Mysterious Miracles, Aliens from Spaceship Earth, A Spiritual Odyssey
This video is a rich, though unsettling, documentary about some of the most famous, and infamous, gurus of the 1960's and 1970's. It is introduced by the singer, Donovan, who was a follower of the original phony-guru the self-designated Maharishi of TM©. Donovan is the commentator and voice-over voice but Rennie Davis has the co-star role with many scenes of him pontificating about his then guru and Perfect Master, Prem Rawat the Lord of the Universe. It didn't take very long for Rennie to return to worshipping his true love, Himself. The scenes of Rennie and Guru Maharaj Ji were taken from the DLM film, "Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji?". The video is still available at Amazon and on the net and is a must for anyone with an interest in the wilder reaches of human religion and the excesses of 60's counter-cultural youth. Only scenes devoted to Guru Maharaj Ji (aka Prem Rawat aka Maharaji) are shown here.
The video contains some Indian footage including scenes of the "Holy Family" in India with an explanatory voice-over by the folk singer, Donovan, who MCs the video.
"This rare footage traces the development of a highly publicized and controversial career. Of all the well known gurus, the youngest, Guru Maharaj Ji Ji is easily the hardest for the skeptical Westerner to believe in, particularly in the light of publicity concerning his family's struggles for control of the organisation which he nominally heads. What few people realize was that he was proclaimed Perfect Master and named head of the Divine Light Mission after his father's death. His father founded the worldwide organisation in 1961 and died five years later when the boy was just eight years old. He now claims millions of devotees around the world. Many of them, Rennie Davis, included, have braved the ridicule of family to follow this path to an experience of consciousness."
This is a video clip of a darshan line in Montrose, Colorado in July, 1972. Bihari Singh collects the donations as the premies come to pranam to Maharaji.
"This time he's come as a great king." - Rennie Davis
"People think God is a man. People think God has got ears, nose, teeth and he rises daily in the morning, toothbrushes, washes mouth and he is an old man also so he makes his beard also and all that people think. But no, God is energy, God is perfect and pure energy and that is why scientists say energy cannot be created and cannot be destroyed. There is a glorious sun, not the sun that you see in the sky but the sun that is within ourselves which is much brighter, much, much, much brighter than the sun you see in the sky. People try to search God outside. How can we get you? God is inside."
"Peace in this world has become very strange for people. Peace in this universe has become a antique. And if we want to today receive and achieve this point of peace we have to go to him who is known as Perfect Master. Now why do they call me Perfect Master? See, if someone teaches you Maths, if someone teaches you English, if someone teaches you Science, you call him Maths Master, English Master, Science Master, respectively. Same way I can teach people peace. Uh now, again I tell this to people that I'm not prophet, I'm not a prophet. I'm just an ordinary human being with two legs, two eyes, and I work and I voluntary put myself here so that I can reveal this Knowledge to people. I think because people need it, people have forgotten what this Knowledge is and I'm just teaching them perfectness and that's why they call me Perfect Master."
Seeing His slightest signal
Across the head of the throng
Hearing His faintest whisper
Above earth's loudest song.
I'm hearing His faintest whisper
Above earth's loudest song.
At the Feet of the master
Well you can really let it go
Let it flow
Cause we're all love
We're all love
We're all love, love, love
By His grace
Joe Anato of the Public Affairs Department of Divine Light Mission speaks on control of the organisation. Unfortunately, the social service programs he mentions were more pipe dreams than reality and all attempts were stopped once Prem Rawat fired Bob Mishler and took control of the mission's direction.
"The question has come up several times as to whether Guru Maharaj Ji is still in control of this Divine Light Mission. Honestly, he has always been in control and always will be as far as his followers are concerned. Because many things that were reported in the media were not reported corrctly. Actually under his direction what's really happening is that people who are practicing this meditation are coming together in communities all over the world and they're opening food co-ops and they're uh starting medical clinics and there are social service programs, for instance here in America there are 250 ongoing social service programs in prisons, in old folks' homes, in childrens' hospitals because whenever you are experiencing love then it is something you want to share."
Rennie Davis talks about the supposed biological bases of Maharaji's techniques of Knowledge:
"More and more believing that a natural physical or biological change takes place while experiencing this pure energy inside ourself, that there's actually a gland on the top of the brain called the pineal gland and that this gland is a light receptor and when we turn to the energy inside ourself which is light it activates a gland that right now in the human body is not active and this gland in turn secretes chemicals that leads to a whole harmonisation of the physical body so that the gland that ordinarily secretes chemicals that lead to fear and outrage and anger are actually brought under control."
Rennie talks about the true test of the guru:
"The thing is, there are many gurus in the world but it's not what you believe or whether you have any faith or whether you get high by his, by his words but whether or not he can actually show you that light inside of yourself that is keeping you alive. To me that's really the test of the guru."
"I suppose really the lives of a whole generation have just been a series of incredible surprises and certainly when I was in Chicago with Judge Hoffman in the trial of the Chicago Seven, you know, I just had just had no idea that you know that just a few years later I would be involved you know in a very deep meditation and really believing that a breakthrough in human consciousness was going to be the solution to the problems of the world."
"You know a little baby comes into the world and their their face is just completely like open and shining and just everything is so incredibly joyous well this meditation is like that, I mean it just puts you in in, it's so incredible, it's magic, it's, it's like being in love all of the time and you can actually work in the world, you can be in a very intense situation, you can be in a subway in New York city, you can be you know in a screaming battleground and yet you're just connected to a very pure and beautiful place inside and you're just completely open to life and it's really beautiful."
"You know to me the search of the whole 60's, the activity of the whole generation in the 60's was really, was really just a search for peace, to really try to find what are the root causes of war, of racism, of human suffering and I think that you know that whole period was really a search outside ourselves you know a search in the external world and I think we came to see that that actually our own human mind is what is creating war, is what creating separation, is what is creating our difficulties and many, many people in this country are are now sensing that, you know, without inner peace we can't have peace outside, if there can't be peace of mind you can't have peace on earth."
"We all have concepts about how a holy man should be, you know and we, we remember stories, you know, when I was growing up I was uh went to Sunday School in the Baptist Church and they always made a point in Sunday School about how the people of Christ's time had sort of a concept that he would come as a great king and when he came more according to the the ways of that time and, and rode into Jerusalem on a donkey you know it seemed like everybody freaked out it was just just peoples' concepts and now we have a concept about a holy man that goes sort of back 2,000 years and now we have a come to the 20th century and he rides in an airplanes and rides in cars and appears on television sets and it doesn't fit our concepts concept and we're beginning to see that perhaps it's a kind of cosmic joke maybe that this time he's come as a great king."
Everything was dark at first
Things had gone from bad to worse
The Lord of all the universe
Came down to show the way
I was just a little child
Maya made my mind run wild
Then Guru Maharaj Ji smiled
And nighttime turned to day
I will give you peace he said
And at his feet I laid my head
So rock me Maharaji and roll me tonight
Rock me Maharaji and say it's all right
It's all right
The video is a must for anyone with an interest in the wilder reaches of human religion and the excesses of 60's counter-cultural youth. With hindsight it is obvious that Guru Maharaj Ji (aka Prem Rawat aka Maharaji) was the least despicable of the gurus and other cult leaders who featured in this "documentary". Sure he loves luxury and isn't very nice and used his divinity sometimes to get sexual favours from blondes but he's not really as evil as the others.
Sathya Sai Baba: Sleight of hand magician whose claim to fame was "materialising" jewellery and "holy dust" was a homosexual paedophile predator who used his status as "avatar" to lure children of his followers. Among other controversies was the killing of four boys in his bedroom in 1993.
Swami Muktananda: the usual - sexual predator and pedophile.
Swami Satchidanandaa: certainly looked the part of an Indian guru when he appeared at Woodstock had a large following until numerous female followers stated that he had used his role as their spiritual mentor to exploit them sexually despite claiming he was celibate and was a guru with "complete mastery over his or her body and mind, purity of heart, and total freedom from the bondage of the senses."
Yogi Bhajan whose followers were distinguished by wearing turbans was the divine head of 3HO, the nonprofit "Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization," headquartered in Los Angeles. He was a customs agent in New Delhi before emigrating to North America in 1968 claiming to be able to teach kundalini and white tantric yoga. Same old story sexual exploitation of his female follwers and amassing wealth and abusing his power over followers.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet founded the pseudo-Christian pseudo-Theosophist Church Universal and Triumphant. Her story includes the misuse of power, sex, and money by a less-than-genuine, self-proclaimed spiritual leader of the planet plus failed predictions of imminent nuclear war that got 2,000 of her most deluded followers to move to Montana and stockpile weapons, food and clothing in underground bomb shelters.
Father Yod and the Source Family. Yod was a charismatic eccentric but there was no public deceit. He had a crazily eclectic religion, a rock band, 14 wives and a penchant for weird clothing and smoking dope. Unfortunately for Yod he was somewhat rash and decided to hang glide of a high Hawaiian cliff despite having no experience and killed himself.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an ashram clerk who went to the West and claimed to be a yogi. He claimed to have a unique method which was a standard mantra meditation. He made a lot of money and spent decades living in private luxury in Holland while making megalomaniacal claims for his teachings, claims as silly as his followers levitating and creating a Maharishi Effect through group meditation. He made some of his followers Global Rulers of Earth of various countries. Really weird stupid shit but no scandals possibly because he was such a recluse