"All the premies will have to first mature, seriously applying themselves to satsang, service and meditation. If we do not apply ourselves and have the real understanding of who we are and what we are supposed to do, and if we do not really do satsang, service and meditation, I sincerely feel this makes the premies quite incapable of doing my service properly."
Plus it gives the community the opportunity of seeing various Directors, different people practising Knowledge, different satsang so that they don't get too familiar with the people that they are dealing with, because as they say, familiarity can breed contempt. So this is just a means of making sure that everybody is kept awake.
Bob: I would say that there are a lot of members that we don't see unless Maharaj Ji's in town. In the U.S. we might have 50,000 names on our mailing list but maybe out of that we only have 15,000 who
are participating and of that we only have 8,000 or 10,000 that we would classify as active members.
Bob: An active member is somebody who's participating in our programs and it's a documented regularity. In other words they're making regular contributions, they're involved in our regular programs.
In a way, there are less external distract ions in a place like Hobart. But through experience we've realised that if you let go of meditation, there's always a danger of being lured into this vignette of beauty. It's evident we have to be energetic in a place like this, always moving to apply Maharaj Ji's direction in our lives.
Guru Maharaj Ji's satsang at a premie program in Mendoza, Argentina on 11 January, 1976.
The Creator has given us the power to function, the power to work, and we realise that. Well, I can't think of a more suitable person to work for. When we have surrendered to our Lord, really surrendered to him, then there is not another person in this whole world that it would be more beautiful to work for. When we realise this Knowledge, realise our Lord, and we surrender ourselves to him, realising and surrendering at the same time, who could be more suitable in this world to work for than him? Then whatever action we do, by his grace, by his agya, by his order, is service. That's what we have to really become clear on.
This article really shocked me when I saw it a month or so ago (November, 2007). I realised that every couple whose later lives (all but one) I had some knowledge of had seperated or divorced. I was always a fringe premie but people do like to gossip and I further realised that virtually every couple mentioned in these 1970's Divine Light Mission Golden Age magazines that I knew of had seperated or divorced and nearly every couple I knew of in the 1970's Australian Divine Light Mission seperated or divorced.
Durga Ji's satsang to mothers in Denver, December 1975
"There's an incredible thing happening. Maharaj Ji's really, really manifesting himself in this world. I see it happening and it's so beautiful the way he's doing it. He could have just come on so strong, just done anything he wanted. Instead, he's working miracles so subtly within our own hearts. It's really such a miracle he's coming to this world in such a beautiful way."
26 State News
At the end of the program, Ira took the microphone again. He wanted to stress the importance of looking after the new premies, and to enjoin the community to try with as much sincerity as possible to prepare those who had not yet been initiated. He added that this was the whole purpose of everything, that people be brought to a point of understanding where they can receive Knowledge.
We have such a precious opportunity now to serve him as an instrument; to be an instrument of his peace. In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Guru Maharaj Ji explained in his satsang that every human being is a puppet in the hands of the Lord. For me it was really powerful. Every human being has to serve him. Every living thing has to serve him. Our decision, then, as human beings and devotees, is to decide how we want to serve him: consciously or unconsciously. The truth is that he is Master. Our choice is whether we want to be conscious of that truth and be in the joy which is the fruit of that realisation; or whether we want to serve him unconsciously and thereby experience the fruit of our unconsciousness, which is frustration and ignorance.
Given the right circumstances this little shoot will grow up, round and over all obstacles and burst into the sun in about six days.
Given the right circumstances we will grow up, round and over all obstacles and burst into the light whenever we like.
Lend a hand, help the gardener, help the nursery, help yourself.
For further information on the Active Membership Program plese contact your Regional Office or National Headquarters, 14 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW, 2010.