This was the second of Guru Maharaj Ji's programs on his Summer Tour of North America. The Providence Civic Center accommodated the largest of the tour's attendance, an estimated 3,000 people, yet the evening became progressively more intimate, and accomplished its purpose: to allow people to sit, listen and make a personal connection with Guru Maharaj Ji.
South African Festival
Initiators on the road
"One point that he did stress was that in many ways we had made it very difficult for people to receive initiation when our goal is just the opposite, and that what was important was for people to have the right understanding through satsang in order to be inspired to know the Truth and then be able to initiate them so that through their experience in meditation they can have right motivation."
Jos Lammers Director International Operations
and Francisco Arce Director International Operations
Well, I guess the largest part of the time was taken up with the question of the ashram. We've had a generation of ashram premies, some of whom have been in the ashram for five years now, and in many cases their development seems to have gone contrary to what we would like to see in the development of ashram premies-counter to what Maharaj Ji has expressed that he would like to see in the development of responsibility and maturity as we practise Knowledge for a long period of time.
Two short articles by Margaret Crossley nee Smith, editor of the Way Out: Radical Alternatives in Australia
"The whole night seemed to encapsulate our experiences over the years so well that some of us danced to the old songs afterwards. But that wasn't for long, because what the night did above all was give us a strong desire to really meditate, to make Knowledge a real experience and not an external trip for our protection from the world."
The wonderful Margaret was a very lovely person but she did not continue to believe what she wrote here much longer and soon departed after realising that "Knowledge" was not a "real experience" and Prem Rawat was not the "Perfect Master".
Guru Maharaj Ji speaks to premies in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 5 July 1976.
" … But this premie starts explaining to him, "Man, when you come to satsang, you just will completely bliss out; and when you have darshan, that is it. All these premies come together and they have this experience of Knowledge, and there's all this light. But to really experience all this you have to have complete dedication and complete surrender. You have to give all you have, just give everything you have and, man, you can really get this experience together."
With the closing of the ashrams and the consequent collapse of DLM's finances Golden Age staff were scattered and a request for contributions and help was published.
Two upbeat stories from Canada and Denmark explaining how the catastrophic closing of the ashrams by DLM management, who claimed they were following Maharaji's orders, was really very beneficial if not "perfect".
Richard Satchell of Adelaide and Jody Holloway of Brisbane give satsang.
I knew Jody very well, after all his wife ran off with me, and one thing I'm sure of. He has been much happier since he walked away from Prem Rawat and his "Knowledge" because despite what he wrote here, he was a very unhappy "premie" and he was caught in the catch 22 of believing in Prem Rawat and his "Knowledge" and following his direction but just being frustrated and unhappy anyway.
Guru Maharaj Ji speaking to premies in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 May 1976.
"To understand, to gather the information that we get from satsang, to be able to get even the glimpse of the experience of Knowledge that we have had, would take us centuries, would take us I don't even know how many years of being destroyed and created again on this earth. How many years would it really take for us to be able to get through to that?"
In the last letter I told you I would be getting back to you with a second letter and so I am writing now to let you know how thing's have been progressing.