Sat, Aug. 10, 1972 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 21

Followers Want Airplane for Indian Guru

DENVER (AP) - Followers of Maharaj Ji, a 14-year-old Indian guru, are considering buying a plane so the guru "can travel to the four corners of the world to spread his knowledge."

Robert Mishler, director of the Divine Light Mission in Denver, which is the headquarters of the guru's following here, said Friday that a plane that seats 25 persons would be a good size for the guru when he travels.

Up until now the guru has flown commercially. He left Denver Wednesday in a newly purchased $12,000 Mercedes for a six-week cross-country tour.

Mishler said he had no idea of the cost of a new plane.

The guru and his trips are funded-by contributions of followers. Those who live in the ashrams, such as the one in Denver, give up their earnings to the mission. Mishler said 25 live at the Denver mission and about 20 of those work at outside jobs.

There is no commitment expected of those not living in the ashram to contribute to the guru, Mishler added, although many do.