Mata Ji empowered her eldest son, Bal Bhagwan Ji, as the new Guru Maharaj Ji or "Perfect Master" Satpal Ji. The millions of Indian devotees and thousands of mahatmas seemed quite content with the new Satguru and rejected the "playboy" Prem Rawat.
Prem Rawat's Eldest Brother Becomes the "Perfect Master"
At the death of the previous "Perfect Master", Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, the sensible "worldly" option would have been for a mature, realised devotee or the eldest son to become the next Perfect Master. Bal Bhagwan Ji, the eldest son, was the most intelligent and handsome, thin and charismatic and he could speak good English. He had earlier been presented as the likely heir ('Bhagwan' does mean 'God' after all). It was later claimed that Hans Rawat had already decided who would receive the title (published details of the succession are here) but however it was decided there is no doubt that the young "Sant Ji" or Prem Rawat became the new "Perfect Master" and until Prem Rawat's disinheritance and deposing because of his drug abuse, playboy lifestyle and meat eating, Bal Bhagwan appeared to live the role of Number One servant and devotee.
The Rawat's long time bodyguard, Bihari Singh, claimed 30 years afterwards on a Prem Rawat Foundation sponsored website, A Voice For Peace (since deleted) that at his mother's behest he forgot the words of his father: "You are the older brother. Never try to make yourself anything. Try to help your brother …" Satpal Maharaj, as he is known, became the replacement Perfect Master. Most of the Indian premies and virtually all of the mahatmas obeyed Mata Ji and Bal Bhagwan Ji who, after a protracted court case, won ownership of the name and property of Divine Light Mission in India. As a young boy Prem Rawat or Maharaji's had accused the Indian premies of being "lost in illusion" in his"Peace Bomb" Satsang and to his loyal followers this now seemed prophetic. The young Western premies either rejected both sides or accepted they were witnessing a Divine Lila.
In the past 30 years Satpal has enjoyed a successful career as a politician, a family man with two sons, the Godman head of a large organisation of millions of devotees. He has continued and expanded the work of his father and mother and is a powerful figure in Uttar Pradesh but according to Prem Rawat and his followers there is only one true Perfect Master.
Compare these recent (circa 2006) photos of the brothers. They're both appear to be living off the fat of the land and Satpal and his family are certainly enjoying a wealthy lifestyle (see Divine Enterprise) as is Prem Rawat.
Satpal Ji has numerous followers in England of Indian descent and an informative web site with much hagiographic information about himself, their mother and their father though no mention is made of the prodigal son.
A Voice For Peace website, www.avoiceforpeace.net, was paid for by the Prem Rawat Foundation. It was on the net from December 2005 to December 2006 and is partially available on the Wayback Machine. It's mission statement included:
"This initiative is aimed at gathering for posterity the many fond memories that people with an interest in Maharaji and in his message have collected and preserved throughout the years. Of particular interest are stories that would add to the historical documentation of Maharaji's efforts around the world including first visits to countries, media coverage, and eyewitness reports of significant occasions. Personal stories are welcome as well, but may not be published on this site. They will add to the record of people's personal appreciation for Maharaji and the Knowledge he offers."
It did not remain on the internet for very long presumably because Rawat's activities were so unimpressive and the stories posted by his followers so full of magical thinking.