The Former Lord of the Dance: Hans Rawat (Shri Maharaji)
In 1976, Prem Rawat found himself in trouble. The majority of his management group had decided that Divine Light Mission and his followers could not afford to maintain him at the level of luxury he considered was essential and the foot soldiers and officers of his Mission that provided the free labour and most of the funds had deserted the ashram in great numbers and donations had plummetted. Such ingratitude! Prem was not the brightest divine spark in the pack of Eastern gurus scrambling for a piece of the youthful Western market but he was smart enough to go back and imitate his role model. His father had single-handedly created the following that bestowed divinity and luxury on the young Rawat and he had done it through dressing up, dancing and boasting about being God and the source of infinite love and mercy and so Prem faithfully followed this route for the next 5 years or so until he felt comfortable and safe and rich enough to try his own ideas again.