Any premies wanting to correspond with my wife and I about the possibilities of establishing an active premie center in New Brunswick, Canada, please write us Michael & Leslie Dailey, 2807 Steves Street, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
PREMIE COUPLE - with a big house and an acre of land want a single person or a couple (vegetarian) to share our home. Will consider room and board in exchange for house and yard work. Art Wells, 9105 La Lima, Atascadero, California 93422.
REMEMBER GURU PUJA '74? A new premie house will be starting in Amherst, Mass. in June. We are a married couple looking for two other premies to join us in providing the community here with a small family-like center. Write: Deb and Dave Olert, 22 Butler PI., Northampton, Mass. 01060 or call: (413) 584-5136.
SERIOUS PREMIE MUSICIANS NEEDED to form Professional desert-style band. We will be doing much original material and are looking for keyboards, drums, and guitarists. If interested contact Mitch Druckman, 405 N. Granada, #5, Tucson, Arizona 85709. (602) 623-3240.
DIVINE CONTEST: Sink into the holy name and come back with a new bumper sticker slogan to turn people's heads toward Knowledge. Things like "Peace on Earth begins within you", "just meditating-, "don't depend on things that end" etc. Don't be afraid to use Guru Maharaj Ji in your slogan. 5 or 6 words maximum. Send entries as soon as possible to: Bumper Stickers, P.O. Box 532, Denver CO 80201. Winners will be announced next issue.
NEEDED FOR DT RESEARCH: We'd like to get together a complete set of Time-Life Books - TL has put together several editions: TL Nature Series, TL Science Series etc. If you have a set or a volume you'd like to contribute, write us: Divine Times, P.O. Box 532, Denver CO 80201.
IN JAIL working off karma. Could use pleasant satsang letters about importance of meditation. Bob Swiryn, 701 So. Abel Street, Milpitas, California 95035.
LOST - Bathrobe, pillow, sheets, El Al flight bag with important music manuscript book. Anyone from premie retreat at Posey Corners, PA contact: Marc Halberg (216) 932-4507, 3265 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts, Ohio 44118.
ENERGETIC PREMIE would like to serve on a premie farm this summer from June 25th to August 31st. Time is limited because of school. Please contact Howard Peck, 8907 Turton Drive, Philadelphia PA 19115.
JOBS WITH PREMIES ON INDIAN RESERVATION. We hope premies, strong in meditation, will apply for these job openings in Tuba City, Arizona. We need Holy Company to establish a strong center here.
Public school jobs - teaching K-12 or guidance counselling, write. Tuba City Public Schools, Tuba City, Arizona, 86045. BIA: teaching, counselling, dorm work. Apply at your local Federal Bldg. Once your name is on a national list for BIA jobs, you are eligible for local positions. There are many openings in Tuba City because the school is expanding. Let us know what jobs you might be interested in. PHS: Indian health - same as BIA hiring process: positions in nursing, mental health, medicine.
Contact: Sarah Lee, P.O.Box 727. Tuba City, AZ 86045.
Ads are now free. Send your message to Divine Times, Box 532, Denver, Colo. 80201. And please be brief.
A pit-stop report on Starship Prachar, the mobile propagation caravan driven by its three member crew of premies: Dick Qualsett, Larry Sutton and Stuey Shuffman a history of their travels and adventures as they criss-cross the continent in search of thirsty souls.
Picture India 1972. 3,600 Western disciples have flown in to stay for a month at Prem Nagar Ashram. Picture Western digestion; picture Indian food.
It was at this time that Starship Prachar was conceived. Tiny Rhinehart and Brad Griffin were lying in their tent looking up at the canvas, suffering dysentry, swatting flies and fantasizing about the future: "Just think, we could buy a motor-home, fill it with gas and tour the whole United States giving satsang and telling people about Maharaj Ji and the Knowledge." As they lay there they thought about what kind of vehicle they would get and how they might get the pleasantfinance their venture (for they had none). They traced imaginary routes for their travels on the ceiling of their tent.
When they returned to America, the two retained their fantasy, though for over a year it remained in the back of their heads while they set themselves to full-time service in the Mission. Then, in February 1974, the fever returned. Millennium '73 had just wound up and the Mission was about to wind down into a year of rest and recuperation. Tiny, Brad and a third brother, Dick Qualsett, got together again and began to discuss their idea, this time with a little more earnestness.
The first problem was money. Finding a motor home was easy; they'd found several the first day they looked - but getting the $10,000 they needed by buy the home, that was a different story. Dick Qualsett remembers how they finally got ahold of the needed cash, and what an act of grace it was: "The first thing we did was call up our parents, our relatives and our friends, trying to get as much money as we could from them. You have to remember though, this was just after Millennium '73, and asking for money then, after all the negative press we'd had, was very difficult. Somehow, we were able to collect about $1,500.
"So now all we had to do was go to the nearest bank, show them the money we had for a down-payment and get a loan for the balance about $8,500. Not quite that easy. All three of us were ashram premies. There we were, planning to walk into a bank and ask to borrow $8,500 we had no income, no savings, no property, none of us had a job nor did we intend to get one; 'just give us the $8,500 and we promise we'll pay back.' My mother back in Illinois is a banker and even she said she wouldn't lend us the money."
Yet when the three of them went to get their loan this is exactly what happened. They walked in, asked for the money, the bank president said yes, gave them the money and they bought the motor home. "I remember walking out of the bank after that meeting," said Dick, "Tiny turned to me with his mouth open in disbelief, 'did he really give us the money? I mean, did he really give us money?' " He did.
Once they got on the road their fantasy began to blossom into a beautiful reality. Their idea was to work their way across the continent, visiting places where little or no propagation had been going on, and blast them with a flash of premie power - your basic one-man-band/ one-night-stand program. Colleges and universities were undoubtedly their best target - with 26,000 of them in the U.S., only a fraction had yet had any exposure to Guru Maharaj Ji or information about the Knowledge.
They began from Denver, and headed south for Mississippi and the great Baptist front. They weren't on the road five days before adventures began - and they've been going on ever since. Hearing Dick and Stuey (Stuey Shuffman, a later addition to the crew, along with Larry Sutton), the travels of the Starship sound like a current rendition of a timeless mahatma story; never beginning and never really ending, an enhancing admixture of events always on the brink of disaster yet always riding on the crest of grace.
Their first encounter took place in Louisiana where they met a certain dean of students determined not to let their 'strange philosophy' invade his placid campus. They remember him with a chuckle as a member of the world-wide network, DARK (Demons Against Receiving Knowledge) - sort of a convenient term for humanity's unknowing stubbornness toward the Knowledge.
In answer to DARK, the crew officially named their vessel Starship Prachar: Prachar was from now on short for People Racing Across Country Happily Advocating Realization. Take that DARK.
In the next five months the crew travelled through Louisiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota and all of New England before arriving in Amherst for Guru Puja. "You may not remember us there," muses Larry Sutton, "Maharaj Ji's own motor home was a much bigger attraction."
From Guru Puja the Starship took off North, then up the Canadian Highway and on into Alaska where they spent a month, navigating gravel roads, negotiating snowstorms and waiting for frozen passes to thaw. One time they stayed for a week in a one-gas-station town waiting for the sun to melt the 16-foot snow drifts that stood in their way. They took full advantage of the situation by holding three days of continuous programs for the three hundred other travellers sharing their fate - and three of them received Knowledge. After the pass opened the Starship headed further North, for Anchorage, where they invited Mahatma Rajeshwar. Before leaving they saw 50 people receive Knowledge and witnessed the opening of the first Anchorage information center.
Some of the Starship's best stories surround their consistent efforts to get money to support their activities while they're on the road. Despite the fact that all the members of the vehicle are in the ashram, their venture is financed solely by donations they get from the premies, and occasionally the public, they meet during their travels. The crew makes contact with premies wherever they go. They call around, arrange an informal satsang or meeting, usually show a movie, and generally make friends and find out what's going on in the area. In this way, though they never ask for money, the members of the crew always get enough to get by on; usually just enough to get by on: "It's funny how it works," said Dick, but it definitely works. It's kind of like the Stone's song: 'You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.'
Once in Anchorage we owed $700 for halls and printing costs and with Mahatma Ji due in two days our situation looked desperate. We'd been trying to get money for two months with no luck. We even had to borrow food for Mahatma Ji on the first day. Then at the program that night an aspirant came up and asked us if we wouldn't mind a donation he was worried it might offend us to offer money. 'Not at all', we said, and he turned up the next night and handed us an envelope. When we looked inside it, there were seven one-hundred dollar bills."
And this is not the only story they had to offer of barely getting through a financial squeeze.
"In theory I always understood that Maharaj Ji would provide for the people who dedicated their lives to him," said Dick, "But until last year I had no experience. Now I see the system working before my
eyes: there isn't a day goes by that Maharaj Ji doesn't show us how he's taking care of us.
With a slightly different crew (Tiny leaving, Russel Tate boarding), Star-ship Prachar is now continuing their relentless tour. After Alaska, the Starship travelled back to Louisiana, then to Denver and Los Angeles. They're now blissfully cruising up the West-coast.
"Are there any plans to start another Starship?" I asked. Larry said: "There could be ten Starships on the road right now - a whole fleet -- if only someone would get them together. You see everyone comes up to us and says, 'What you're doing is really beautiful, I wish I could do it.' Well, the thing is you can. We started Starship on a shoe-string and there's no reason someone else can't do the same. When you put out the effort, Maharaj Ji gives you the grace. It's just that simple.
Ed note: Reading this, Lou Schwartz agreed. If you have any ideas for starting another Starship write: Lou Schwartz, National Director, P.O. Box 532, Denver CO 80201, and he'll see if he can't help you get your ideas on the road.
Rainbows in Black and White
Since Chicago Rainbow Grocery opened it has been attracting a lot of attention. Here is an excerpt of a Chicago newspaper article describing a reporter's first visit to the store.
"Service is a two-way street at this co-op. The Rainbow Grocery is so comfortable that it's almost irresistible. When you walk into the food store at 946 Wellington, you have to right the urge to find a beckoning cranny, discard shoes and socks, and settle back to watch the plants grow. And almost by lucky foresight, you're in the right spot, when reality intervenes and you must think about preparing meals."
Correction: Most of the members of the band Liberty are premies, but not all as you might have thought from our article in the last DT. Jan Garrett, Jerry Fletcher and Larry Gottlieb are premies, while Victor Garrett and Kent Lewis are not. Danny Wheatman, the group's fiddle player, has been hearing satsang for six months waiting for the band to stop playing long enough to cross tracks with a mahatma.
Maple Sugar 'n' a Bite of Delight
Have you heard of yankee fighting spirit? The premies of the Bethlehem, New Hampshire information center have it. Completely snowed in for the winter they now write that things are beginning to thaw out. All told there are only twelve of them living at the center but they have not let their small number stop them from inspiring a full 6 per cent of their town's 900 person population from attending their most recent monthly potluck.
Family businesses, they decided almost three years ago, were the best way for them to keep body and soul together. Beginning first with a Divine Sales type thrift store they soon expanded, opening a restaurant they named "Milk and Honey". Food service felt right to them and last year they bought "Quality Bakery" and began to live up to the name. The most recent additions to these backwood premie entrepeneur's growing empire are a coffee concession on the local Franconia College campus, "A Bite of Delight", and a small maple sugar factory behind the "Milk and Honey" restaurant. All of this gently nestled in the New Hampshire hills, which are right about now bursting into green-gold.
Set Your Sails
I knew Boston needed some kind of free furniture outlet for needy families, but I didn't think it was something that Divine Sales could do," said Richard Keeney, a premie who recently received a government grant to set up an emergency furniture supply warehouse. "When I was working at Divine Sales last year," he said, "sometimes I felt we were trying to do two things that just didn't fit together. We wanted to support ourselves and our store and to make money for the Mission, but when people would come in, in such obvious material need, we'd want to help them, too."
The grant Richard has now received allows him to follow his heart without worrying about money. His program is called NEW, or Neighborhood Emergency
Warehouse, and it will operate alot like an old-style Divine Sales store. Beginning with jumbling collecting unused furniture - the staff will then clean it up and distribute it to people in need.
The whole operation will work out of a large warehouse. When we asked Richard how he plans to manage such a large project with so little previous experience, he said, "Living in the world is just part of remembering Holy Name. It's like dancing - the body follows the music. Simple. Fun."
And what of Divine Sales? "We couldn't really stay on that borderline either. We've stopped trying to be a thrift store. About a year ago we took our first dive into the world of finer characteristic furnishing, and we now have surfaced as a successful and professional operation." The Boston (and Buffalo) Divine Sales stores are the only two, out of almost twenty Divine Sales, that have managed to successfully make this transition and remain in business. The others, like the great days of door to door subscription drives and jumbling, are gone.
The Boston Divine sailors have no regrets. This is better, they say: "Working side by side with people who have dealt in the antique business all their lives, as well as with our customers - all the students, newlyweds, couples, collectors, and everyday people who come into Divine Sales to buy furniture - we have been given an opportunity to relate to everyone on a grass roots level. When you 'have it together' people can come closer and understand what you understand."
But just because the new Divine Sales is netting $175.00/wk for every premie working there, this doesn't mean they have given up their social concerns. Actually, their financial stability has freed them to help others, not by having low prices, but by training. CETA, a locally administered social service fund, is sponsoring two men, previously unable to maintain any sort of job, to work in Divine Sales. The premies are very enthusiastic to help their new brothers and look forward to teaching them all they know, first about furniture and refinishing, and later about the secrets of the heart.
It's official now. Mike Donner, sweetheart and stalwart of two years of DLM vice-presidency has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for charges stemming from his antiwar activities in 1968. But it's not as grim or final as all that. His case will be appealed again, and even if he has to stay in, his judge said that Mike would be serving his time in a "non-conventional institution". He'll be eligible for parole in a year. In the meantime, Mike will make good use of his time, catching up on any meditation he may have missed as VP - staying up long nights trying to inspire and organize Guru Maharaj Ji's evergrowing family. Before Mike left, he agreed to occasionally write a satsang column for DT - to be called the "Soul in the Cell" - a macrocosmic complement to the long running AHD science series "The Cell and the Soul". When we get Mike's permanent address, we'll print it in the paper - we're sure he'd enjoy satsang/love letters.
Cheek to Cheek
If you are dancing at a WWA program and all of a sudden you find yourself giving satsang cheek to cheek, write the story down and send it to us. We want to use this space in the National News pages to highlight our continuing adventure propagating Knowledge.
Kevin, a vintage 1975 premie, lived with some seldom-practicing premies for almost six months before receiving Knowledge. He says, "I got sick of waiting around for them to get it together and give me satsang so I went and received Knowledge myself."
Judy Hofrichter from Middletown, Connecticut, is an organizer in a statewide non-DLM food co-op. Her life is a wonderful example of
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