Prem Rawat's 25th Anniversary: Remembrance video, 1996
This video consists of 11 short excerpts of Prem Rawat's early speeches with lots of video clips and images of him. To someone who knew nothing of his career, this would be inexplicable. He was a short, fat and ugly teenager but to those remnant followers who have been "premies" and "true believers" for 25 years he is, and was, the epitome of beauty and perfection and for a brief 18 minutes they can partially relive the feelings of youthful excitement and adoration they felt in the heady early days of Divine Light Mission's success when they felt they were part of a movement to bring a millenium of peace to the world that was led by an incarnation of God who had come to earth with more power than ever before. It is part of a series that includes Birthday Gift - 1988", "Evolution - 1989", "Windows In Time - 1989", "I Have This Knowledge - 1996", Storyteller - 1997" and "Passages - 2001".
Back Cover Blurb: First screened at the anniversary events in Rome and Miami in 1996, this historic montage of photos and footage gives a rare glimpse of Maharaji's arrival in the West (1971 - 1974). A moving reminder of times past - and a timeless reminder of the Knowledge, the Master and 'that power that dwells in the heart of every human being.' (Maharaji) With a reflective score composed by Nigel Holton.
A Visions International Release, Duration: 18 minutes, © MCMXCVI Visions International
Take one: "It's the infinite experience we all want, it's uh that energy that we all want to see in this life that we want to experience within ourselves. If you are trying to search, search in everything, every materialistic thing possible because that is what our source is and we want to get back to our source. To understand and to search for it is the only aim of this lifetime and we have to go to a source."
"That is why there is always a need of a Master for guidance. A man who can give us guidance to the perfect point of it so that we can understand, so that we can realize because it is something that is worth realizing."
"The Knowledge is within you but we need that special technique. But now you have to think why have you come in this world, what is your main purpose to come in this world. And I can reveal that truth to you but think it is not like an orange, like a ball or like a chocolate that I can hand over and you can eat it. It is like nothing, it is a matter of personal gain and ???. Thnk you very much."
Swiss Alps Festival, 26 August 1972
"I'm giving this Knowledge to people and people are responding to it fantastic. I don't know what's happened to people but they are just responding to it fantastically, because people try it and they like it."
Embassy Hall, Los Angeles, 17th June 1973
"If you are standing in a dark room and the next room is full of light and you try to open the door and stand in the middle of both rooms, then automatically the light will enter the dark room and there won't be darkness and there has to be one thing, either light, or darkness"
"And I think that's the purpose of me being here. You know I won't say anything more. I won't say follow this religion, follow that religion because we know and we have been following them for for centuries almost and I won't say anything more about it except if you want peace I can give you peace. My purpose is that. I don't claim I'm a prophet, a Messiah, anything. I don't promise you any mirrackles (sic). What I can only promise you is peace if you want peace and that's uh my purpose in this life, that's why I have come here and I'm going to I wanna complete it."
Tokyo Japan, October 1, 1972
"If you want this Knowledge I can give you this Knowledge because if I know A-B-C-D, I can go around the world teaching people A-B-C-D. And I'll still remember the A-B-C-D. Because it's gone into my brain. Same way, if you want this Knowledge, this is the source of Peace, this is I have realized. And I have been able to get into Peace through this Knowledge, through this medium. And I have been able to approach many people all around the world and I have been able to give this Knowledge to hundreds of people. They have realized this Knowledge. And they are in complete Peace."
Guru Puja, Alexandra Palace London, July 13 1973
"You see peace in this world has become very strange for people. Peace in this universe has become a antique. It has become unique"
Third World Peace Tour, New York, 27th July 1973
"See I can't promise anything to you except one thing. I can't say that I will do this, I can't say I will, I will stop the war in Viet Nam. I, I can't promise all these things. But I can promise you one thing. I can promise you satisfaction of mind, I can promise you peace. Because I have a method of it. You can be anybody following any religion of any caste, creed, color, nationality, coming from the north or south pole, coming from underwater, overwater, underland, overland, anywhere. If you are human beings, if you are human beings, that's it. That's good enough for you to realize this Knowledge, for you to experience the bliss within inside of us."
Central Hall, Westminster London, 2nd November 1971
"Tomorrow evening we all are leaving, 353 people are leaving, we have chartered a 747 plane from here to India." (In fact, the young guru did not leave with the plane full of devotees but flew later so that his Western followers could be part of his well publicised arrival at Delhi airport. In those days, at least, Western devotees were major status symbols for Indian Godmen.)
Aren't I lucky?
International Congress on Spiritual Peace, Hans Jayanti festival, Ram Lila grounds Delhi, 9th November 1971
"… definitely understand from the personal experience of this life. There is a commentary aim, all the rays are intersected in this cage but we are to become j??ed, we are to be put under one point of peace, of satisfaction. Now we have to just hang on this Knowledge and rush to meditate. Just do meditation, do meditation because meditation is that feeling good. So make a proper realisation of your lifetime."
Prem Rawat voiceover, 1996
"The remembrance of this Knowledge, the remembrance of the Master, the remembrance of that power that dwells in the heart of every human being. Just remembrance alone of these things can bring unsurmountable joy to a human being."
Copyright 1996 Visions International