The "Peace Bomb" Speech
In November, 1970 the 12 year old Prem Rawat, then titled Guru Maharaj Ji, gave what can be considered as his "coming out" speech. His "Sermon on the Mount." He spoke in front of as many as a million spectators at the India Gate festival grounds after a huge and chaotic Indian religious procession through Delhi. A small contingent of around 300 Western devotees were there.
This speech was considered by his followers to be the definitive statement of his position and power as the living Perfect Master, God Incarnate in a human body though it has never been quoted since the 1970's as it's rhetoric is delusional if not insane and none of his arrogant claims have come true. Among other nonsense he claimed:
- the great leaders of the world think he has come to rule the world and they are right!
- he will rule the world and even the lion and the sheep will embrace each other
- he will establish World Peace.
- he will reveal the Holy Name to every child in the world
- the Kingdom of Peace will be established soon and Bollywood will be destroyed
- to have come with more powers than any other incarnation of God
- that many people who received Knowledge while his father was alive no longer attend satsang and are ashamed
- he is a greater devotee even than Mira but he wants no praise for that
- you should sacrifice your life to spread this Knowledge
- obey my command, or else you will be drowned
He claimed that he would sacrifice his social respectability and that he did not want pleasure or rest or sleep in a luxurious bed but he did want the crowd to sing in unison. In a bizarre twist that shows where his true interests lay he spoke of the person who "drives his motor-cycle into the tunnel of death" - a circus sideshow.
The rest of this page is a facsimile of a pamphlet published by the Divine Light Mission, London in 1974 or later.
Peace Bomb Speech
Translation of Guru Maharaj Ji's discourse at the Hans Jayanti Festival, 1970, to honour the anniversary of the birthday of His late Father, Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, the Perfect Master of His time.
Occasionally, the Perfect Master makes a speech of such power, strength and truth that it stands out as a milestone in His work and is remembered throughout history as a turning point for humanity. It is at these times when the Master unleashes a little more of His infinite power than usual that the world trembles before such a show of divinity.
For Jesus, the moment came with His "Sermon on the Mount." The power of His words pierces the centuries as a timeless definitive statement of Divine Truth. This is God, laying it on the line, and we ignore it at our peril. Now the wheel has turned again, and down the corridors of centuries still to come, the Peace Bomb satsang of Guru Maharaj Ji, delivered in 1970 at the age of twelve, will ring loud and strong and pure. On that November day, before a million people, the Lord announced His presence once again on the planet and made His great declaration: "I declare I will establish peace in the world." Once again the eternal message is voiced by the only one who can voice it — the Lord Himself in human guise. Once again the divine words are heard: "Give me your love and I will give you eternal peace." Mankind rejoice, for He is here!
Cover and page 4: Guru Maharaj Ji during Peace Bomb declaration
In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord says that whenever religion becomes corrupted and evil increases He takes a human body and manifests in this world to destroy evil and to protect His devotees. All of you must know very well what is happening to religion and Knowledge in this materialistic age. All the time, the latest models are being built, the latest fashions are being designed. Day by day men are striving to improve the quality and appearance of their inventions. And today I have to say with sorrow that the Knowledge which was once firmly established in this land of India has been slowly disappearing. But when the Lord saw that the troubles His devotees were having to endure had reached the final point, He said, "My devotees can bear it no longer," and then manifested Himself in a human body. So He has now come to reveal the lost Knowledge and to restore true peace. The Lord, the True Saint, the
True Guru Maharaj Ji, has incarnated in this world. So in this ground, where one moment ago I expressed sorrow, I now praise the fate of India. I do not have the words to express how fortunate we are that the Lord's Grace always saves us from destruction and makes us His lovers.
So dear premies, we have a duty and that duty is to forget that self-esteem which makes people lazy and to destroy those things that separate them from God. Only accept that which is of God, which is one with the Name of God, and from which every ray of the Light of God comes. Accept that and show the Western world that in this degrading age we are the same Indians as before. The Lord, Guru Maharaj Ji, has brought the same Grace with Him that He brought for us before, and if you are not receiving it then come to me.
In this age which is coming, everybody will have his deserts. Justice will be done and the proud will be made humble. So dear premies, forsake that grandeur that is making you so lazy, and go and tell people about God. Remember what the Lord says about this in the Bhagavad Gita: "He who tells people about me is dearer to me than my own life." So tell people about God. In the Ramayana it is said,
The Supreme Light illumines all day and night;
It does not need any lamp, oil or wick.
You read the Gita, Bible and Ramayana daily, worship them daily, but have you understood their essence? Have you even tried to understand their essence? What is the significance of their words? What is that Supreme Light? The light of the sun, moon, fire and electricity can be seen by all animals and birds, but there is one Light that is beyond them. Before the electric light was invented, then it was called the Fourth Light, but now it is the Fifth Light, and only man can see that Light. Only man has the right to see that Light. It is said,
Even animals and birds know what is
good and bad for them. But this human body
is a treasure of virtues and Knowledge
All living creatures know what is good for them — that if I go this way I will hurt myself — all animals and birds know this. But what is the purpose of this human life? It is to know something more than this — it is to know God. By obtaining the human body, you can receive Knowledge and meditate on God, and this is the unique purpose. There is one famous poem in which the poet expresses his feelings in very simple words. "Which is the blessed home?" he asks. "That home where there is talk about God. Which ears are blessed? Those that hear words about God. Which eyes are blessed? Those that have the darshan of Guru Maharaj Ji. Which foreheads are blessed? Those that bow down to Guru Maharaj Ji."
So dear people, receive this Knowledge and know God within yourself. That pure energy, God, is within your own heart. Saint Tulsidas has said,
The people of the world have developed cataracts, for they cannot see God who resides in their own hearts. Like the deer that runs about in the forest seeking the fragrance of the musk that comes from its own navel, God exists in every heart, but the world does not know.
When the deer smells a scent, it roams around the jungle in search of its source, but the poor thing does not know that the scent is coming from its own navel. In the same way, dear premies, we seek outside and do not know that He is within us. Dear premies, if God is within us, how will we know Him? We cannot tear open our hearts like Hanuman because even if we cut our finger slightly, we bandage it. Will you tear your heart? How will you rip open your chest? But, dear premies, that energy, that Lord you are seeking outside, is within your heart, so seek for Him inside.
One who seeks in deep water, finds.
I sought fearfully and was left sitting on the shore.
One who dives deep finds the pearl, but one who only sits by the shore bathes in salt water. Those who turn their minds inwards see God and those who look at the world only see the world.
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So dear premies, receive this Knowledge, and those who have received this Knowledge must meditate and have Guru Maharaj Ji's darshan. He who learns to love Guru Maharaj Ji, Guru Maharaj Ji gives him peace. Subash Chandra Bose used to say, "Give me your blood and I will give you independence." Likewise, I too have a slogan: give me your love and I will give you peace. Surrender the reins of your life unto me and I will give you such a peace as will never die. Come to me, and I will give you liberation. Place the reins of your life in my hands, and I will relieve you of your suffering. First, be capable of giving the reins of your life to me, then give them. And if I do not give you peace, I will give them back to you.
So dear premies, give the reins of your life to me and I will give you peace.
Why do you search in the world? Peace is not there, peace is with me. To have peace, come to me; I will show you the way to peace. If no one else can give you peace, I will give it to you. Those who are lost can come and those who are fond of roaming can roam about in arrogance. Those who come to me, those who are lost, I will give them peace.
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What am I? I am just a travelling saint. What have I to do with the world? What will the world give to me? It can receive from me, but what can it give me? Guru Maharaj Ji has infinite mercy on me. Take from me, but what will you give me? Will you give me love? The love that you will give me, that love is also mine, so what is yours? Did you just happen to fall from the sky without the help of Guru Maharaj Ji and without the Lord? No, the Lord has created you and Guru Maharaj Ji has put love into you. Oh, give what is mine back to me, and I will give you such a thing, such a peace, that not even a pistol or a gun will be found in the country. Not one leader will stand and shout slogans, not a single man of the army will remain and, dear premies, there will be peace. I will give you this peace because it is in my possession and I can give it. I do not need machine guns, I do not need pistols, I do not need a sword, I do not need a spear. I possess such a Knowledge that with it I can control the whole world, from ants to elephants, from men to animals, from birds to mosquitoes, by tying them in the thread of love. I have this Knowledge and to give you this Knowledge I have come to Delhi. The very same Knowledge Lord Krishna gave to Arjuna and Lord Ram gave to Hanuman. With this Knowledge I have come to the citizens of Delhi and just watch, I will give this Knowledge to the citizens of Delhi.
Ah! We shoot someone and he dies but is that peace? No, that can never be called peace. I say that peace will come without guns being fired. Is this impossible? No, it is possible, and I am going to show how it is possible. If you stay alive to see it, watch how I will make it possible! Not a single pistol will be made in this world. Lions and sheep, pigeons and cats, will drink water in the same lake and there will be no hostility.
What if I am twelve years old? What does it matter? Old people drive cars and I also can drive a car. What does it matter if I am twelve? If at twelve I can drive a car which one is able to do only at the age of eighteen, why can I not give the Knowledge of the Soul at the age of twelve? Is this impossible? This is possible. In London, just for fun, the press reporters from a newspaper printed a photo of mine where I am blessing with both my hands and sitting in meditation. Someone had given them that photo. They titled it, "Let Me Rule This World." Their feelings in publishing this were not sincere, but people took that cutting and framed it. The premies in London really appreciated this photo and they displayed it in their houses. Oh, you think I am small and in this small age I will not be able to do anything. But this age is the age of the body and not of the soul. The body is twelve years old, not the soul. And I have a soul. That is how I am speaking because I have a soul. If my soul departs, I would be dead. What difference does it make whether my body is ten years old or 200 years old? My soul has no age! Whether I am very old or very young, listen to me.
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Guru Maharaj Ji is such an ocean of Grace, what shall I say of Him? How is it possible to understand Him? No ordinary person can sing about the love within Him, about the love of Guru Maharaj Ji. Only a true devotee of Guru Maharaj Ji can sing about it. If you do not obey what Maharaj Ji says, what is the use of your living in this world? Rather you should die of shame!
Now Guru Maharaj Ji has come. Whenever He came before, you did not accept Him. Now I have come again to reveal the Knowledge, and still you do not understand me. Why don't you realise? Why is this curtain of darkness shadowing you? The age of darkness will come to an end and the age of Truth will start and people will listen to me and act accordingly. Do you think it is a joke? The great leaders think that I have come to rule and, yes, they are right! I will rule the world, and just watch how I will do it! Even the lion and sheep will embrace each other.
Has there been such a king before? Krishna was not such a king. Rama also was not such a king. There were lesser powers in Rama, there were lesser powers in Krishna, but I have come to the world with full powers. Accept my words, accept me. I will give you Knowledge.
Therefore, dear premies, the time has come. See how peace will be established in the world. There will be peace on earth. That peace which disappeared shall prevail again. It will come, and once again the world will understand. So listen to me and act accordingly. Bow before Guru Maharaj Ji! Oh, blind humanity, you are like those blind men who tried to visualise the elephant by feeling it. You have become like a horse blinded by blinkers. You have been blinded so much that you are lost in illusion. The world has blinded you in such a way that the blinkers of illusion are now around your eyes. You have been blinded and are now lost in the circle of illusion.
Love flows from the Lord who has given me wisdom; will He not also give me strength to establish peace on this earth? How will He not give? I have complete faith in Guru Maharaj Ji. And the tears I am shedding on His anniversary are not because I remember Him, or because I feel sad. They are because of the power I carry with me. Right now I feel such a power in me I do not know where it has come from; I feel as if I want to shake the world. Soon I will leave my studies and spread the Holy Word of Guru Maharaj Ji throughout the world. How will the world not receive it? To every single child I will reveal this Name. I will give you such a thing, such a Name, that you have never received before in your life.
But come to me. Why do you hesitate? Mira did not hesitate. When she was given poison to drink and was told it was nectar, she drank without suspicion, so trusting was she in the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji. If Mira had hesitated, definitely she would have been killed; but she was not at all troubled by pride or how her social position would be affected. She had sacrificed her whole life at the Lotus Feet of Guru Maharaj Ji, and this is why she did not die. The poison that was given to her became nectar as she drank it.
Therefore, dear premies, the time has come for restlessness to be destroyed and the Kingdom of Peace to be established. Whether you take it as my prophecy or anything else, the Kingdom of Peace will be established soon. Those people who roam about like insects of the monsoon, misguiding the people, will be set aside. Today people everywhere listen to film songs and do not find time for Truth. Here I say that such films will be destroyed. Those film actors, those directors, those musicians whose music is causing harm to religions and satsang programmes, will cease their work. They are supposed to remind us of God, of Truth, of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Nanak and Lord Christ, but instead they only show stories of boys and girls. Is this the Hindu religion? Is this the culture of India? Is this all that remains of the citizens of India? No, I understand that my fellow Indians still have the same blood that they had before and have complete faith that they will know this Name, realise this Knowledge and make others realise it too.
This section was edited out, no doubt, because of the strong statements. See The Golden Age No 49:
Look, doesn't Guru Maharaj Ji give you darshan from time to time? It is for you to sacrifice every drop of blood for Him. Once, Guru Maharaj Ji pretended to His disciple Shiva Ji that His eyes were sore. He said, "What should I do? Once when I was young, my eyes were sore, and someone gave me the milk of a lioness. I put that on my eyes and they were alright." Shiva Ji left that place, doing his pranam to Guru Maharaj Ji and saying in his heart, "O Guru Maharaj Ji, you are all powerful. What can you not do? You can do anything. I surrender myself at your Lotus Feet. Protect me, please," as you should pray in your heart when you do pranam before Guru Maharaj Ji or His picture. Saying these words, Shiva Ji left. Now the life of Shiva Ji was in the hands of Guru Maharaj Ji and He protected Shiva Ji. When he reached the forest, it was on fire, and the cubs of a lioness were in great danger. Shiva Ji picked them up and carried them to safety. The lioness came and when she saw Shiva Ji, she was very angry. But see how the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji works through those who have faith in Him. Both the cubs ran to their mother and told her he had saved their lives. "Oh mother," they said, "he has saved our lives, please give him what he wants." The lioness asked, "What do you want?" Shiva Ji replied, "My Guru Maharaj Ji is not feeling well. His eyes are burning. Give me a little of your milk." And the lioness allowed him to milk her in a bowl. Where was Shiva Ji from? He was not from London or America but from India. That Shiva Ji will always exist and he exists now, but dear premies, why should he manifest himself? He wants huge masses to rise first. I do not want to be a Shiva Ji just to appear before Guru Maharaj Ji. Shiva Ji never wanted that. He only wants one thing and that is the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji who is the ocean of love. When he became one with Guru Maharaj Ji, He gave him such a love that he wanted everybody to benefit from it, and for nobody to be hurt. He only wants this.
So, dear premies, how fortunate we are to celebrate Guru Maharaj Ji in our midst, to celebrate His anniversary which was on the 8th. How can I describe the lilas of Guru Maharaj Ji? Just think - this is something to think over - how many people, to whom Guru Maharaj Ji Himself gave Knowledge and explained it at that time, are still following Him? If I ask you to cut your head for Guru Maharaj Ji, you should do it and offer it to Him on a plate. You should sacrifice every drop of blood for Guru Maharaj Ji.
Guru Maharaj Ji is the ocean of love. He wants everybody to benefit from His presence in the world and from the love He has to give. This time He has come with more power than ever before, but what can He do unless men come to Him with love in their hearts and a sincere desire to know peace and truth.
If you want supreme consciousness, you will get supreme consciousness, but if you want to drown, Guru Maharaj Ji will never let you. Rather, He will extend His hand to the drowning. If it was possible for the Lord to feel tired, if Guru Maharaj Ji could ever feel tired, then He would surely have lost hope by now. He wouldn't bother to keep coming. But He comes for the people of the world and they do not recognise Him. You must understand and have faith in my words. All I ask is your love, all I ask is your trust, and what I can give you is such a peace as will never die.
I only need the opportunity. If I have the time, dear premies, what will I not do! I have so much faith in Guru Maharaj Ji and I pray to Him, "0 Guru Maharaj Ji, increase my faith twofold; and increase it thricefold in those who do not love you. Increase it for them fivefold so that they too are blessed."
Look! I often notice that those people who received Knowledge at the time of Guru Maharaj Ji do not even come now. Fortunate are they to have received Knowledge at the time of such a great saint, so how does this happen, why are they ashamed? I do not feel shy of anything. It is not because I am a boy or because I have a manly heart within me. My mother has also sacrificed Her social position and respect. Look at Mata Ji! So many Gadwalis have come from Gadwal (birthplace of Mata Ji). What must they be thinking? They see that Mata Ji speaks, people touch Her feet, She travels around, sits on the stage, and gives discourses and darshan. But dear premies, Mata Ji is not bothered by all of this. She says that until the work She has undertaken is accomplished, She will not sleep restfully at night. Even an ant will keep trying ceaselessly until it carries a dead insect to its home. Brothers, it is a time of testing for us and I bless you all so that the Lord and Guru Maharaj Ji will shower Grace on you so that you may succeed.
So, dear premies, tell the people that we are devotees of Guru Maharaj Ji. Ask them what there is in these things they are following. All have to forsake shameful things when they die, so why stay shyly at home, hesitating to propagate. It is alright for a girl with a good character to stay at home feeling shy about going out and roaming with boys. But, dear premies, I would like to ask you, will the world not hear you if you scream? They will listen with their ears wide open. Will that girl who is now so socially respectable still be full of consideration for her social respectability when four people are carrying her dead body on a bier? No, at that time she will have to give up her social respect. So, dear premies, forget about your social respectability, and put yourself in meditation, the remembrance of God. Just now the Madrasi premies sang a bhajan. Really, I did not understand the words, except for a word or two like gurudev, but how can I explain the wonderful feelings expressed in that bhajan! What feelings of devotion did that bhajan pour forth!
So, dear premies, one day you will have to sacrifice your social respect, so leave it now. What is there in that? One day all have to die, but what can happen if you die while meditating on God? Do not misunderstand my words. What else is there?
I declare that I will establish peace in the world. Just give me the reins and let me rule and I will rule in such a way that even Rama, Hariscandra, Krishna, and other kings could not have ruled like that! That day is fast approaching. So arise, awake, open the ears of each man and tell him the time has come! Do not tell him that there was a festival. No! Make them understand He has come to reveal the Knowledge, that He has come to show us the True Path, and if you truly give me the reins of your life, I swear by Guru Maharaj Ji, I take an oath on Guru Maharaj Ji, and I swear by my Mother who has given me birth, that I will give you peace. If with a true heart you give me the reins of your life, if you place them in my hands, you will be saved.
So, dear premies, if you want to merge yourself into that bliss like Mira did, you can. Do not think that time has passed. Now the time has come when people will see that a greater devotee even than Mira has manifested. I do not want any praise for this. I do not gain any pride by doing this, I do not want to have a name for it. No, I do not have this feeling in me at all. If I did, then proud and foolish people would come to satisfy their doubts and I would spend time in discussion with them. I will discuss with those who are sincere, but some foolish and proud people come to me just to argue. And if I waste my time on them I will not be able to give satsang, and if I do not give satsang to people, then I do not know what will happen.
Some say I am a smuggler. Yes, I am such a great smuggler that there may not be another like me! You smuggle cars and tape recorders and escape duty, but I smuggle the Knowledge of God which saves everybody. The unrest within you stops you finding true peace. We save you from it. Not only am I a big smuggler, but I am also a big thief. I steal your heart. I am a big fraud because I destroy your unrest. I raise slogans against unrest and bring peace.
So brothers, now the time has come when I have to sacrifice my social respectability. You also sacrifice yours and show the people who I am, whose children we are. Tell the people who is your True Master, whose devoted children you are.
I have the hope that you are the pearls of the True Master, and if you are, then sacrifice your life in this enterprise. He who drives his motor-cycle into the tunnel of death has no hope in life. He only has to close his eyes and drive and if he falls he dies, but if he escapes he gains fame. Likewise, devote yourself wholeheartedly, sacrifice your life to propagate this Name. You can serve the world afterwards, you can fill this stomach eating and drinking later, but if you sacrifice yourself now for the devotion of God, I say that people will spread out golden carpets for you. Oh! Sacrifice yourself! Why didn't you hear the bhajan just now that said if you miss this chance you will not get a human life again!
This human life is not available time and time again. So, arise! Now is the time. It is time to awake and know the Word about which it is said,
The Word is the earth. The Word is the Sky
There is but the Word; and all enlightenment
The whole universe is based on the Word
Nanak says the Word is in every heart
So make people realise this Word. If you make others realise then you will also be blessed. Hasn't it been said, "Do good unto others, and good will be done unto your
So obey my command, or else you will be drowned. What can I say about Guru Maharaj Ji who has sent me amongst you and has given me this chance to serve you? The name of such a merciful Guru Maharaj Ji is Shri Hans Ji Maharaj. How shall I sing of Him? How shall I express the love He has for you? He has deep love for humanity. I cannot express the great love He has for you. I do not have sufficient words to express how much Guru Maharaj Ji loves you. Had I liked sleeping on a luxurious bed, I would have been doing so by now and enjoying it, but I do not want pleasure or rest. I only want to devote every moment to propagating the Knowledge of God. Now Mata Ji will give you satsang. Listen attentively. Firstly, these people will sing a bhajan so that you may settle yourself in the meantime. And look, I have noticed that you all do not sing in unison. It would be a pleasure to hear you sing together, then we will be so fortunate as to have Shri Bhole Ji sing a bhajan for us. Sing loudly and together so that people can listen and hear the words. Then I will return. Understand these things. Tonight is our night.
"GIVE ME YOUR LOVE. I
WILL GIVE YOU ETERNAL
PEACE. SURRENDER THE
REINS OF YOUR LIFE TO
ME, AND I WILL GIVE YOU
SUCH A PEACE AS WILL
NEVER DIE… I HAVE COME
TO REVEAL THIS
KNOWLEDGE AND, JUST
WATCH, I WILL REVEAL THIS
WHY DO YOU SEARCH IN THE
WORLD? PEACE IS NOT
THERE, PEACE IS WITH ME…
THOSE WHO ARE LOST CAN
COME TO ME AND THOSE
WHO ARE FOND OF
ROAMING CAN ROAM ABOUT
WHAT CAN THE WORLD GIVE
ME? EVEN THE LOVE THAT
YOU WILL GIVE ME, THAT
LOVE IS ALSO MINE…OH,
GIVE WHAT IS MINE BACK TO ME
…I DECLARE I WILL
ESTABLISH PEACE IN THE
Published by the Divine Light Mission, 72 Grove Vale, London, S.E.22.
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This speech was written about and published many times in the 1970s including the following:
- Peace Bomb pamphlet Published by Divine Light Mission, Great Britain, in 1974 or later
- Divine Times newspaper, November 1975
- Golden Age magazine, Number 49, November 1978
- Peace Bomb speech on roneoed sheets