Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord Darshan: The Greatest Magician

Darshan in the Divine Light Mission production "The Greatest Magician" video of 1978.

In late 2009 a former community audio/visual co-ordinator for Divine Light Mission was cleaning out his attic and contacted the Ex-Premie Forum to see if anyone might want the boxes of tapes, magazines and some 35mm films that he hadn't destroyed when ordered to in the early 1980's. The film quality had deteriorated during the 30 years but were professionally converted to DVDs.

The film has a 7 minute 10 second section showing the darshan line at Holi Festival in Miami, Florida in 1978 and possibly in Malaga, Spain the same year. It is the climax and the emotional highlight of the film for Rawat's followers and the most popular or at least most often used Divine Light Mission song, Teach Me Devotion is the sound track during these scenes.

A scene of massed premies in a stadium shouting "Bolie Shri Satguru Dev Maharaj Ki Jai" fades out to a single line of feet, mostly bare, almost Biblical and the song Teach Me Devotion's slow introduction begins…

Walking To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Walking To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Walking To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Darshan Line Glimpses
Walking To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Walking To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Walking To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord

The people in the line are 5 years older than those shown in "Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji?" They are less hippie-ish, there are older people and there are children. As they approach the darshan area, always now through a tunnel, darkened where possible, they pass through a line of known dedicated premies, the closer to Rawat the more dedicated, who provide a model of behaviour and emotional intensity to those approaching the Lotus Feet of the Perfect Master.

Waiting To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Waiting To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Waiting To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Darshan Line Glimpses
Waiting To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Waiting To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord
Waiting To Kiss The Feet Of The Living Lord

The darshan line ritual and directions were well understood by now and disastrous experiments like the double-line-kiss-one-foot trial in 1975 were over. Fainting and other signs of deep affect were encouraged. It was a highly staged ritual that was constantly promoted as the ultimate experience for a devotee and was built up to with hours if not days of "satsang."

Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Kissing the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Kissing the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Kissing the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji

Children were allowed to kiss the Lotus Feet as well, no doubt they were encouraged to by their parents who hoped they would gain spiritual benefit and they were happy to accede, no doubt hoping for some material benefits.

Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Kissing the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji

DLM officials quickly learnt to place Rawat on a high pedestal to to facilitate the pranam and foot kissing and to try to make him look as impressive as possible.

Preparing to Start Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Preparing to Start Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Preparing to Start Kissing The Feet Of The Living Lord
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Approaching the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji

Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder: Wild celebrations are going on Deep Within Inside.

Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Have Kissed the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji

And after the tension comes the release but wild scenes of blissful cavorting were no longer appropriate, now premies were meant "to go deep within inside."

Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Have Kissed the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Have Kissed the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji

Prasad, usually pieces of fruit, that had been offered to Guru Maharaj Ji, the Perfect Master, was then given out after darshan. That may be the "Recovery Tent" for those overcome by the experience.

Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Post Pranamic Bliss Disorder
Prem Rawat: The Greatest Magician Video, Premies Have Kissed the Feet of Prem Rawat aka Guru Maharaj Ji

Complete cycle: Holy Breath in slow motion, academics will study this for decades.

Holy Breath Phase 1: Rawat spots a Holy Breathee approaching in the darshan line and brings his hand up to his mouth.
Prem Rawat's Holy Breath In Slow Motion Prem Rawat's Holy Breath In Slow Motion
Phase 2: Rawat creates the Holy Breath hand trumpet, blows and begins to throw the breath out.
Prem Rawat's Holy Breath In Slow Motion Prem Rawat's Holy Breath In Slow Motion
Phase 3: Rawat's Holy Breath hand trumpet fans out, the expelled air reaches the waiting ear and the hand drops awaiting the next new devotee, the unbreakable connection to the Satguru is created.
Prem Rawat's Holy Breath In Slow Motion Prem Rawat's Holy Breath In Slow Motion

Teach Me Devotion

If you want to wander and roam
Go on, go on
Till you're tired and you want to come home
Come home, come home, back to Maharaji
Maharaji holds the key

Our father has come to lead us along the path of perfection
He's come to make us understand why we're alive
He's pure and his love is deeper than the ocean
Come and take control and make us all one

Our Father has come to lead us along the path of perfection
He's come to make us understand why we're alive
He's pure and his love is deeper than the ocean
He is taking control and making us all one

And we're asking please, please, please
Teach me devotion
Oh Maharaji please show me
I'm ready to start
I can see that your love is deeper than the ocean
Come and take control and making us all one

Our father has come to lead us along the path of perfection
He has come to make us understand why we're alive
He is pure and his love is deeper than the ocean
He is taking control and making us all one

And we're asking please, please, please
Teach me devotion
Oh Maharaji please show me
I'm ready to start
I can see that your love is deeper than the ocean
Come and take control and making us all one

(repeat)

Prem Rawat, Maharaji, Satguru, Perfect Master, Guru Maharaj Ji, Lord, Savior, God Incarnate
Prem Rawat, Maharaji, Satguru, Perfect Master, Guru Maharaj Ji, Lord, Savior, God Incarnate
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