In the past ages the news of the Truth spread slowly. John the Baptist was a voice crying in the wilderness, Perfect Masters rode on donkeys or travelled on foot. In the Golden Age the propagation of Truth will be astonishingly rapid. Guru Maharaj Ji's message, that peace is available, has already been conveyed to millions through the media of film, television, radio and newspaper.
The Golden Age has been prophesied as the time when peace will be established on earth. But prophecies aside, we need practical proof that the Golden Age has arrived. How will this age be fully established? What is powerful enough to have man living in harmony?
To have peace on earth, each person must have peace of mind. The mind must be controlled by something greater than itself, something which gives constant satisfaction. And that is spirit or infinite energy or God or whatever label you wish to apply to that which is indescribable. Contacting that energy is meditation. Guru Maharaj Ji, through teachers called Mahatmas, reveals that energy in four simple techniques which concentrate the mind on light, music, energy vibration and taste within the human body. From this meditation comes peace of mind, the inner news of the Golden Age.
Ashram: "shelter", a spiritual community of Guru Maharaj Ji's devotees who have dedicated their lives to spreading Knowledge of God.
Knowledge: the spiritual experience gained through practising the four meditation techniques' (Light, Music, Word and Nectar) revealed by Guru Maharaj Ji.
Mahatma: "great soul", a disciple of Guru Maharaj Ji empowered to reveal Knowledge.
Darshan: the physical presence of Guru Maharaj Ji.
Premie: "lover of God", a devotee of Guru Maharaj Ji.
Satsang: "company of Truth", discourses about the Knowledge revealed by Guru Maharaj Ji.
Playing his role of airline steward, Malcolm Davey, co-director of Satsang Cinema, jets frequently to the United States. Here is a report on his latest visit:
Far from the hassle of Waikiki and its tourist trade, Divine Light Information Centre of Hawaii rests in a peaceful valley on Oahu's southern shore. Within the area, religions from a multi-racial society have built their convents and temples, enriching the tropical garden surroundings with an air of spiritual paradise. Ocean breezes carry incense and the sound of prayer gongs from the pagoda style shrine of the Zen Buddhists across the street, to where devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji Ji live in a rambling two storey Hawaiian home with a magical garden of fountains, white swan statues, pools and trees of tropical fruit.
Thousands of kilometres to the east, many devotees live in Los Angeles. The name echoes Lost Angels, and nine million of them dwell in the greater city area, polluting their existence so much that the buildings at the other end of the block are lost in the grey-black smog.
Here in the home of Hollywood, movie stars, cadillacs and the notorious Watts district, the pulse of western technology throbs. L.A. International Airport, Hollywood Boulevard, the Beverly Hills Hilton, L.A. is a mechanical monster snorting and hissing black sludge into surrounding California.
And it is here in Los Angeles that Guru Maharaj Ji has made his home. In the battle for world peace he is camped, seemingly, on the front line. The Divine Residence is by the sea, among the sprawling suburbia of L.A. His home is moderate, and middle American in price.
On my flight to L.A., the hostess asked me to give a letter to Guru Maharaj Ji's wife; Marolyn was her school friend. Many know her personally and all speak of her love and devotion.
The World Welfare Association, operated by Tom Wells, is giving satsang and film shows to prison inmates.
Divine Light Mission has been invited to talk at a program titled "Religious Sects - what's in them for you". Adult satsangs are also being held regularly.
Shri Hans Productions is leaving Hollywood this week and moving the entire production to Denver. They will set up as a professional film production house, to help offset the cost of devotional films. Bruce Stanford, the new producer of Shri Hans Productions, said that the Millennium film bills have been paid. Jacques Sandoz has filmed a parallel plot to the Millennium film story, where a New York junkie makes it to Houston. The new plot shows the Indian man's spiritual path. The simple Indian peasant is seen coming down from the Himalayas to the Vaisaki festival. The two plots will link east and west. Jacques now believes the Millennium footage is being saved until the general public is ready. It may even be used as part of the Akashic Capsule film, Guru Maharaj Ji hinted. In this film, time and space are transcended in a time machine, which visits Perfect Masters of past ages.
Film-makers have recorded another important event, namely Guru Maharaj Ji's wedding. This film and many others will be available to Divine Light Mission internationally through a new Shri Hans Productions film library service. For a subscription fee, a centre may receive one new film each month. Other subjects include early footage of Guru Maharaj Ji and his father, cartoons, and possibly Australian and English movies. Four Australian films have already gone to Denver for distribution evaluation. A new film, Soul Rush, is nearing completion. It will be twenty-five minutes long.
Players are also active in Los Angeles and for ten days have been performing a play to the general public at a small theatre. Skits and scripts are discussed on a thirty-person couch, amidst roars of laughter, at Betty Grable's old Hollywood home, which is now an ashram. Any players wishing to exchange scripts and ideas should write to Jule Voel, PLA Co-ordinator, 511 Sixteenth St, Denver.
Recently Guru Maharaj Ji had issued a questionnaire to all ashrams, following some misunderstanding on the difference between monastic and missionary paths. The questionnaire asked each premie about his living conditions and his spiritual growth in relation to ashram rules.
Guru Maharaj Ji has given no public programs for over a year now except for festivals. He is advocating the meditate and ten percent wage contribution programs. Now is the time to really get into meditation and realise this Knowledge. The Divine Light Mission is established, now let's make it stick. Meditation is its base.
That is why Los Angeles DUO Director, Jeff Grossbaum has been looking for a mellow meditation retreat, so premiees in downtown L.A. smog can get a fresh whiff of Holy Breath and a rest on the Word.