by Marolyn Herzog
The Bay Area chapter of what has been described as the most important organization for women ever to exist on earth was launched quietly in San Francisco on Mother's Day this year.
A small group of militant feminists and gay women joined with female devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji, the 15 year old Perfect Spiritual Master from India, to discuss the new Divine Organization of Women (DOW) which the devotees feel will bring complete liberation to all women of the world.
Rejoicing in the certainty that the oppression of women will not be a part of the Aquarian Age now dawning, the women of DOW say that they have begun to realize their true identity which is not confined to any sexual, social, economic, or political role.
All of the women in DOW have received Knowledge from Guru Maharaj Ji, the Perfect Master who is imparting the practical experience of this real self. Questionaires filled out by women in DOW nationwide indicate a dramatic change in self-image after receiving the Knowledge, from uncertainty, inadequacy, and dull complacency to a sense of inner strength, a feeling of unity with all human beings regardless of sex, race, or creed, and an increased understanding of the important role which women play on all levels of society.
Being an organization dedicated to service, DOW is very much interested in working with women from other groups, hence the meeting with feminists in S.F. to improve the condition of women and, subsequently, of all humanity.
Women in DOW are urging all women to join them in exploring the various means by which women can elevate the quality of life for all humankind.
Information about DOW or about the knowledge that Guru Maharj Ji offers can be obtained by calling 664-9989 (The Divine Light Mission Ashram in S.F.) or by writing to: Carole Greenberg, National Director, Divine Organization ot women, 1560 Ra'ce Street, Denver, CO 80206. Also, informational discussion groups (Sat Sang) about Guru Maharaj Ji and the . Knowledge he imparts are held at the College of Marin every Tuesday evening at 7:30-9:30 in the Faculty Lounge of the Student Center and also on Wednesdays at 10:30-1:30 in the Student Plaza Area.