Holy Breath in The Power Of Love Film, 1974
An in-depth deconstruction of Prem Rawat's Holy Breath during His Darshan in the Guru Puja Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, in late October 1974
In late 2009 a former community audio/visual co-ordinator for Divine Light Mission known only as 'G' 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 and this is one of them. In 1976 at the Frankfurt Conference, Prem Rawat (Maharaji) said Power Of Love was the best movie that DLM had ever produced. This page concentrates on the giving of "Holy Breath" by Prem Rawat as shown in the film.
In October 1974 very few Australian premies had seen Rawat in person. "Mahatma" Padarthanand had been the driving force behind attracting new followers in Australia.
So in the darshan line
Maharaji had to constantly give "Holy Breath
" which had to be given once to each new premie the first time they had darshan of Prem Rawat and kissed his feet
in adoration and worship. Here we see details of His technique in stop motion images.
From another angle more details of this incredible process are revealed. In the first image below The Master recognises the call of the devotee for "Holy Breath
Does the position of the tongue matter? Only He can know. In the second image, He prepares the Holy Breath trumpet shape of his right hand pointing at the perfect place
and then (right image) speeds His Grace on the way with an elegant follow through.
The Darshan line can be over-awing for new premies. The incredible build-up prior to the Perfect Master's arrival for the festival.
The anxiety: will you be surrendered enough to experience Maharaji in all his Glory. The fear: you will be "in your mind" and experience nothing but Maharaji as the "Perfect Mirror"
reflecting your confusion and fear. Then there is the long wait and the long walk past the most dedicated and realised premies who beam their love and devotion at you as you pass.
As you approach the Lotus Feet of the Perfect Master, Durga Ji his divine consort looks at you with such love and you desperately try to remember what to do with your right hand to receive Holy Breath.
Maharaji's Grace will overcome any doubts or worries in the premie.
Durga Ji is ever faithful at Maharaji's side giving her inexhaustible love to each premie. Maharaji gives Holy Breath to each premie no matter
what their future might hold, be it apostasy, disgruntlement, even legal action. His Love and forgiveness have no bounds, they are boundless
. Pranam Maharaji.
Because of the need for speed in the darshan line to allow 1,000 premies to pass in a reasonable amount of time (Prem Rawat takes no toilet breaks in this holy time)
and the large percentage of premies requiring Holy Breath, Maharaji had to work at top speed.
In these front on shots the fatigue is quite noticeable on his face. But nothing deters him from giving each premie their necessary Holy Breath
In these images we can see how plump and heavy Maharaji's hand and fingers are. Fortunately He has removed his rings and watch. Gold is very heavy.
This makes His effort in giving so much Holy Breath even more commendable. What a physical strain it must be.
In this sequence we once again see the special position of the tongue at the beginning of the Holy Breath process. Possibly this is dependant upon
what the Perfect Master sees when He looks into the heart of the devotee/student.
Bolie Shri Satguru Dev Maharaj Ki Jai!