Prem Rawat's Lame Speeches at Millenium '73

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle The Millenium '73 festival was billed by Prem Rawat (Guru Maharaj Ji) as "the most holy and significant event in human history" and it's preceding publicity campaign was called 'Soul Rush'. He predicted it was going to be a big shot of TLC (tender loving care) but the festival showed that the young Rawat and his inner circle of administrators and family members had a completely unrealistic picture of their powers, the number of their followers and the public response to Rawat's proclamations that he could bring World Peace. Rawat claimed to be an incarnation of God and actively promoted himself as about to bring in 1,000 years of peace on earth, hires the largest hall on the planet and requests the media to join him as he unveils the details. The media response was critical, very critical and dismissive and Prem Rawat himself, the Guru Maharaji Ji, the Lord of the Universe received the worst of it. He was just so lame.

Critical Responses to Prem Rawat's Speeches at Millenium 73

During his three hour Millennium oration he must have made at least a dozen analogies involving automobiles. (He appears to have a fixation.) And he went into one long rap comparing God to the Astrodome (with either one, if you haven't experienced it personally, you don't really know what it is). And there was the one about the poor fellow who tears Houston upside down looking for a Superman comic book, fails in his task and ends up hassled and discouraged. When who should appear but a smiling five-year-old kid who walks up and hands him - wonder of wonders - a Superman comic. (You don't have to look for it; it'll come to you.) And those stories were high points. He mostly droned on and on with his basic message: "You want peace? Give me a try. I'll establish peace for you. It's a simple deal." It's hard to accept a God without even a little charisma. - Texas Monthly

He began to speak. There were long, rambling parables having to do with automobile carburetors that need filters for purification of fuel and with a boy who searched frantically for a Superman comic book only to be given one by the child he tried to rebuff. Slowly I began to feel the stunning effects of Goom Rodgie's high voltage, and I tried to fight off sleep. Oh, yes. The plan for peace. "You want peace?" he said. "Give me a try. Let me have a try. I'll establish peace. It's a simple deal." That was just about all he had specifically to say on the subject. - Saturday Review

Maharaj Ji gave his farewell address to America and to the world. Imagine if you wanted a Superman comic real bad. And you go all over asking people if they've got one. You go to all the bookstores and to all all the kids in the colleges, and all the people on the streets and no one has one anywhere. And you're real depressed and you're sitting there in the park and this little kid comes up and says "Hey man, how'd you like a Superman comic." And you say, "G'wan. You don't have one." And this kid pulls it from out of his shirt and it is a genuine; a gen-u-ine Superman comic: And you look at it and say, "Hey man; this must be very expensive," and he says "no, take it, it's yours, it's free." And you don't believe him but then you take it. He just gives it to you. Well if you can imagine that, you can imagine what Knowledge would mean to you. And that was it. When it ended I began to cry. I cried for the premies: how genuine they are and how much they want a world where people care about one another. I cried at how sad it was that a tinsely god was all this country has to offer kids who have a vision worth much more. - Village Voice

The story was banal, hackneyed and obvious but the young Maharaji strung it out. He thought is was good, interesting, indisputable and one of his better ones introduced with: "it's like there's a better story I can tell you." Don't believe me, Read It For Yourself

Prem Rawat's Speeches at Millenium 73

There were only 3 Rawat speeches published in official DLM publications and some clips from videos filmed there and journalist reports.

Prem Rawat's First and Last Real Press Conference

Here are some excerpts as reported in the New York Times:

Q. There's a war in the Middle East; why aren't you there?
A. When a war begins, a general doesn't have to be on the spot.

Q. Why don't you sell your Rolls-Royce and buy food for the people?
A. What good would it do? I could sell it and people would still be hungry. I only have one Rolls-Royce.

Q. Are you the son of God?
A. Everybody's the son of God. You ain't the uncle or aunt of God, are you?

Q. Why do you think you can succeed when other perfect masters failed?
A. Listen, man, I'm not saying they have failed; I just say I can bring peace to this world. I'm not asking who passed and who failed.

A fuller report of the Press interview with the young Guru Maharaj Ji, now calling himself Prem Rawat, was published in Rolling Stone magazine of March 14, 1974:

Maharaj Ji, who is clearly accustomed to more respectful attention than he has been getting from the press, appears tense and hostile throughout the questioning (one is not surprised to learn from his personal physician that he still takes Tums to soothe his stomach). He comes out dressed in yoga whites and sits on an armchair in the front of the room, his expression deadly serious and his arms folded in a manner that makes him resemble the crown prince of some puppet Himalayan kingdom. His eyes dart about the room like a squirrel in traffic as the photographers, who have not been allowed this close to him before, click away furiously. Only when they are through does he allow himself to smile, forcing them to begin shooting again. It seems a deliberately taunting gesture, as do his opening remarks: "The thing is, if you write an article, maybe the credit goes to you or not; but if peace is established in the world, definitely there will be a credit for you. And this is the most important point that press reporters usually look for, 'Will we get credit out of this or not?'" Then the Guru calls for questions:

Reporter: Maharaj Ji, are you the Messiah foretold in the Bible?

Maharaj Ji: Please do not presume me as that. Respect me as a humble servant of God trying to establish peace in this world.

Reporter: Why is there such a great contradiction between what you say about yourself and what your followers say about you?

Maharaj Ji: Well, why don't you do me a favor … why don't you go to the devotees and ask their explanation about it?

Reporter: Guru, is it possible to have two Perfect Masters living on the earth at the same time?

Maharaj Ji: Well, I think the best thing for us to do right now is to find out one Perfect Master and be satisfied with that.

Reporter: Do you think that the comet that is coming has any relationship to the Millennium?

Maharaj Ji: Oh, I guess you just better wait and watch.

Reporter: It's hard for some people to understand how you personally can live so luxuriously in your several homes and your Rolls Royces.

Maharaj Ji: That life that you call luxurious ain't luxurious at all, because if any other person gets the same life I get, he's gonna blow apart in a million pieces in a split of a second. … People have made Rolls Royce a heck of a car, only it's a piece of tin with a V-8 engine which probably a Chevelle Concourse has.

Reporter: Why don't you sell it and give food to people?

Maharaj Ji: What good would it do. All that's gonna happen is they will need more and I don't have other Rolls Royces. I will sell everything and I'll walk and still they will be hungry.

Reporter: Would you respond to those who say you cannot be a Perfect Master if you have an ulcer?

Maharaj Ji: If an ulcer is the only imperfectness, then people who don't have ulcers are perfect. … Perfectness has got nothing to do with an ulcer and a broken leg and things like that. Perfectness is perfectness. When Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross, He bleeded. People could have said, He's not a Perfect Master.

Reporter: Guru, what happened to the reporter in Detroit who was badly beaten by your followers?

Maharaj Ji (after a brief hassle in which Richard Profumo, doing an imitation of Ron Ziegler, accuses the questioner of hogging the floor): I think you ought to find out what happened to everything.

As abruptly as he entered, the Guru suddenly gets up from his chair and heads for the door along a path cleared by a few WPC guards moving before him like a snowplow.

Clips of Prem Rawat speaking from the TVTV documentary 'Lord of the Universe'

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

Maharaji gave this satsang on his arrival at the Houston airport. When he left, the garlands that had been laid around his neck were ripped apart and distributed to the adoring premies as prasad.

"This is just about the time that everybody comes together and understands who is God because I guess there have been too many of these phony things going around these world. Ah, messes like Watergate and things like that but it's just not America, it's right around the world, you can't just blame just one country for it. And I guess this is just about time that everybody gets together and understands who is God because it's important that people know God by now, at least." (knowing laughter in crowd)

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

At this time the young Prem Rawat and his close followers hadn't yet completely realised that their ideas and enthusiasm were not about to sweep everybody off their feet and at Millenium they held the last open and free press conference Maharaji has ever held. However, they angered the real reporters by packing the press conference with phony reporters asking questions that only people who were premies would ask and closing the conference when they began to ask difficult questions.

"Ladies and gentlemen the thing I would like to tell you first of all before we begin the conference is that there have been many news appearing in newspapers and televisions. To some extent they are true and to some extent they aren't true and uh we would just like to clarify some of these things because the purpose of this mission, the aim of this mission is to establish peace in this earth and we want that we should be helped by all brothers and sisters because if we are humans, if we are real humans, we would very much like that peace should be on this earth. And thus we would like to help somebody who can establish peace. Well, here I am and I can I say I can establish peace in this world.

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

Q: "It's hard for some people to understand how you personally can live so luxuriously in your several homes and your Rolls Royce and stuff and why don't you spend that money on feeding people?"

A: "And that's a really good question. Let me tell you this that life you call luxurious ain't luxurious at all because any other person gets the same life I get, he is going to blow apart in a million pieces in a split of a second."

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

Q: "Guru, are you the Perfect Body?"

A: "Oh no." (Sustained laughter)

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

"I'm trying to accomplish peace in this world. That's what I'm trying to do."

 Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

A constant part of Rawat's teachings has been 'Vitalism', the belief that life requires a vital principle distinct from medically recognised biochemical reactions.

"Because whatever Jesus taught to his disciples has not disappeared, it's still there. Because at that time, if those people stayed alive, it was because of the same Knowledge. And if at this time people are going to stay alive, it's because of the same Knowledge. And you're alive and it's because of that same Knowledge. So, for my sake, for your sake, for the sake of Almighty, and for the sake of peace on this earth, please will you realize this Knowledge? Thank you very much."

Prem Rawat's Millenium '73 Debacle

The Infamous Comic Book Satsang
"There is this man who comes into Houston and he is looking for a Superman comic. And he goes searching right around Houston and he searches all Astrodome and he searches all stationery book and every just bookstores and every place. He can't get a Superman comic. And then he's sitting with his eyes closed and suddenly a little guy, 4 years old, 5 years old comes up to him with something under his shirt and he shakes him up and says "Excuse me" and you go like that "What's up? What do you want?" "Oh. I'm sorry but I thought you wanted a Superman comic, I can give it to you." It's just like he's really cool boy, he's just smiling, he's cool and you're all screwed up and just ready to burst open. You just don't like guys fooling around you, you want them hot so they can really boost up that thing inside you. And then he opens the first button of his shirt and you look "Hey man I don't believe it. What's going on?" And then he takes out this superman comic up and he gives it to you and your mouth is open and then just like that."

Press Reports of Millenium '73:

"the most holy and significant event in human history:"

  • 'Special Millenium '73 Edition' of the Divine Times, page 2, under the heading 'A Festival for the Whole World'
  • It was quoted in the Golden Age magazine Number 4, Thursday, April 25, 1974: Guru Maharaj Ji declared that Millennium was "the most holy and significant event in human history".
  • It was quoted in the Canadian Divine Times magazine October 15, 1974 Volume 3, Issue 4 in an article titled "Hans Jayanti In Canada": Maharaj Ji said that Millennium '73 was "the most holy and significant event in human history."
  • It was quoted in the Newsweek magazine of November 17, 1973

Click here to see a selection of newspaper reports of Millenium '73