8 Syracuse Herald-Journal Oct. 19, 1977

Guru, 19, becomes U.S. citizen

Guru Maharaj Ji, spiritual leader of the Divine Light Mission said "it's beautiful" after becoming a U.S. citizen in a special naturalization ceremony.

The 19 year old native of Hardwar, India was sworn in as a U.S. citizen by Chief U.S. District Court, Justice Fred Winner.

"It seemed that now was a good a time as any", said the guru when asked why he had sought citizenship at this time.