Planet Briefs

… Guru Maharaj Ji, Mata Ji, Bhole Ji visit JAMAICA following end of U.S. tour … Communication stepped up with other West Indies Islands to coordinate propagation efforts..

… Devotees in HONG KONG starting a trading company called "East West Traders" and developing ties with China. They hope to attend bi-yearly International Trade Fair in Canton, China. Chinese speaking premies needed there.

… Under the direction of Shri Raja Ji, premies in JAPAN now hold satsang out of the ashram and in premie households. Media here now giving good coverage to DLM …

… Because of the large Indian population, propagation in SOUTH AFRICA has been happening for several years. Ashrams now exist in two major cities and premie house is forming for Shri Hans Productions. Five premies now hold satsang in a home in Casablanca, MOROCCO

… Recent Knowledge session in Nairobi, KENYA, results in 53 new premies - 7 Africans, 8 Europeans, and 38 Indians. Regular newsletter serves as link between premies helping to overcome diverse backgrounds and family situations …

… Visit by Mahatma Krishnasukanand to SRI LANKA (CEYLON) stirs up beehive. Says report - "the former controller of a bank here is presently sweeping the floor, the president of the Law Society is arranging satsang programs, two Supreme Court Judges are filing, and typing in the office." Regarding Mahatma Ji, "He laughs a lot, which is what people here want, he is also very strict, which is what people here need: and mostly he is a real saint, which is what people here expect. High priest from Ravanna's temple to visit Baisaki festival in India.

… Police invavade Knowledge session being given by visiting Mahatma Mohani Bai in ISRAEL. Bai Ji and some premies taken to police station but all ends well. Police chief becomes interested and invites her home for coffee and satsang. Meanwhile. over 130 received Knowledge this visit. Satsang packed nightly with up to 200 people. The public gathering of joyous, flower-laden, singing people amazes war-weary Israelis …

… After one year of propagation, ARGENTINA ashrams now in Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Over 600 premies. Services underway include a nursery, photo lab and Spanish Divine Times. WPC and Divine Sales also being started …

BRAZIL has extensive media coverage of DLM activities. Most favorable. Major drawback is that work is done mostly by Argentines. Native Brazilian premies urgently needed …

… Theatre group, folk dancers and musicians now active in COLOMBIA. Fantastic festival held in December. Ashrams in Bogota, Cali, and Ibasgue …

… Word of Guru Maharaj Ji is spreading everywhere in MEXICO. Premies wearing buttons or carrying Divine Light publications stopped in any part of the country and asked about him. Most recent development - "Hansa" health food store Opened by Mexico City Ashram. Story of Oaxaca prachar soon to follow …

… Divine Sales store opens in PORTUGAL. FRANCE now has eight ashrams. Main center in Bry sur Marne. Divine farms active in south …

… After visits of Bal Bhagwan Ji and Raji Ji last year, propagation has thrived IRELAND. One hundred persons attend satsang nightly …

… In HOLLAND, National Broadcasting Station telecast 'The View' in which four Dutch premies are interviewed. Following Program, station received 3,800 requests for transcriptions of broadcast … well known writer publishes experiences of his 20 year search for peace ending with Knowledge … Contacts with Army; Protestant missionaries, Montessori schools, and Descartes-inspired students "Who think before they are" major channels of propagation. Projects yield permanent spiritual exhibition, reading room, in addition to Divine Sales, Divine Services, and publication projects …

… Despite major problem of restrictions on large groups in YUGOSLAVIA, Thomas Sajkovic managed to arrange for visit by Mohani Bai who gave Knowledge to 18 people in a small rented room … "To this day, the landlady is not aware that the most important event in Zagreb history has taken place in her apartment during the night of 29-30 November 1973." Necessity for casual 'get-togethers' in coffee houses, parks, etc. Funds for propagation hard to come by ..

… Articles on Guru Maharaj Ji and the Knowledge have appeared in two major magazines, one written by a premie in FINLAND. Ashrams in Helsinki and Turku. A farm near Turku will provide food for premie communities. Mohani Bai gave Knowledge to one soul above the arctic circle. Story to come next issue …

… Most extreme difficulty so far due to government interference. In SPAIN, DLM has been declared illegal and premies are barred from meeting together. In CHILE, the ashram was forceably disbanded and all records confiscated. More information on situation will follow next issue …

… Baisaki festival hela in INDIA. Mata Ji and Shri Bal Bhagwan Ji report that Holy Family sleeps very little constantly busy giving long-awaited Darshan to Indian premies …

… Discouraging large meetings in LEBANON due to government restrictions but have succeeded in drawing both Christians and Moslems …

… Satsang continuous in URUGUAY since January despite government hassles. PUERTO RICO prachar chiefly person to person. Best reflected by one professional man saying, "I really need that light, there IS a light, isn't there?"