All quotations in this article are from a Divine Times' interview with Rennie Davis of World Welfare Association.
This planet has reached a global crisis because of individual crisis. All our personal fears, greeds and ambitions have manifested on a world scale, through nations behaving as giant personalities of the people they represent. And our ignorance has even allowed a few individuals to bring our planet close to disaster. Perhaps we had to come so far to see that what we do in our own backyard has its bearing on every other human being and has an interaction with every living thing on Earth.
A long time ago Confucius pointed out that for the world to be ruled wisely a chain of action led back to the individual ruling himself wisely. But now the world needs more than government. It needs love. And Guru Maharaj Ji has the means to see that this world is loved wisely. From the people who have that personal experience of peace, he is creating the World Welfare Association, to spread that peace and love on a global scale.
"Guru Maharaj Ji has said he wants premies in humanitarian programs. And when we do what he wants, we find it brings us closer to him. Word is getting around about how much Grace we can feel in this service. A mental retardation home or prison program really pulls us out of our minds. Premies are like miracle workers in nursing homes or drug rehabilitation centres. Maharaj Ji wants to pour such love into these places. So when we go there, we experience him coming through us like a waterfall. That's why there is such enthusiasm among the premies for WWA. We realise it's a gift for us, to help us experience Maharaj Ji."
Before WWA can be truly effective, the community behind the program has to live in faultless co-operation. We have to know and love each other with the utmost sincerity and honesty. Sometimes, because meditation makes life so easy and relaxed, we fall into the habit of just relating on a personality level, not really trying to serve each other completely. Shri Hans Ji Maharaj once declared that "A disciple who concentrates on making many friends, instead of forging a strong relationship with his Satguru gets stuck midway, and never reaches the abode of Truth."
Our task is more than just to have a good time; it is to have the best time by discovering and getting to know Guru Maharaj Ji in our hearts. From that strong relationship with our Lord, we form our community of love and bring suffering humanity to this Truth by sharing the love that Guru Maharaj Ji has given us. What are our own personal desires when the whole world cries for that peace which has been revealed to us so freely?
"No one should miss the firing gun I really don't mean any rhetoric. We have got to wake up to why we are here. Maharaj Ji has a mission on earth. It is his gift to let us fulfil this mission. But we are not completely in touch with one another. We are not quite ready. We do not have the organisation or communication or human connection to let him use us as he would."
"So we have begun Project Love. Project Love will be the direction not only of WWA but also of all agencies in the Divine United Organisation this year. It is a campaign to bring our family together."
So remember Project Love. On an organisational level, more and more information will come from international headquarters in Denver, explaining the function of the World Welfare Association and how it can be adapted and introduced to Australia. A service such as this requires the greatest understanding and attention to detail. But Project Love has begun already within each of us. It is our own efforts to be attuned to this perfect Knowledge. "Accurate for the love", said Maharaj Ji, "Attentive for the satsang, active for the service and this will make you perfect." Through this personal project we learn to help each other follow Maharaj Ji's agya. Through our meditation we gain the inner strength to carry out the service Maharaj Ji has Graced us with. This is how our project becomes pure love, flowing ceaselessly and selflessly to all.
"We can only serve people out of loving families and efficient offices, corporations, or campaigns. That is why we have to build our families first. But I deeply that we could do this now and this is the time to do it. We could pull ourselves together if we let Project Love be a beautiful merging, if we reached out to each other's hearts in a way like children play, in a way that is very human. We could help each other recognise and remember that our purpose on earth is being together."
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.