Prem in LondonWords Of Peace Global (WOPG)

Élan Vital had never become a famous brand giving instant name recognition to either Prem Rawat or Maharaji and it was a bit klunky to explain its relationship to "Knowledge ©" or "Self Knowledge ©" so after 30 years of outreach failure it was time to decapitate and disembowel it. In 2013 Rawat switched his major organisation and public outreach to the cloud under the title Words Of Peace Global, a foundation set up in Holland. The majority of his Western followers are in the USA but as the activity of local groups of followers has little relevance to Rawat and his Knowledge anymore the country of registration is irrelevant. Holland has regulations that allow organisations like WOPG to avoid close public scrutiny but it does provide annual financial reports.

The publicly stated aims of Words of Peace Global are to collect donations to ensure that Prem Rawat can attend:

  • Public internation events organised by WOPG;
  • Third-party special events, where he is invited to speak at any place an audience can be provided and
  • Media interviews for print, radio, and TV.

Note the word 'invited' - it is a legal fiction that Rawat is invited to these events.

Of course Rawat and WOPG provide no real public benefit though keeping 10,000 ageing Westerners not going to their graves screaming but nicely sedated without the harm drugs might do can be considered a public good. But is it worth that many millions of dollars?

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Information

The table below summarises WOPG's publicly disclosed finances and is based on published WOPG figures and is in euros

 Yearss 
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
 Total Revenues 
1338983
1021741
1285201
2478730
4111120
4165500
 Percentage +/- 
31.05%
-20.50%
-48.15%
-39.71%
-1.31%
 Event Expenses
980000
754000
654000
906000
1252000
1646000
 Media & Communications
14000
20000
33000
1007000
1485000
1624000
 Local Initiatives
130000
112000
94000
114000
192000
464000
 Total Expenses 
1232000
1011000
946000
2588660
3894800
4964500
 Years 
 Total Revenues 
 Total Expenses 
2019
1338983
1232000
2018
1021741
1011000
2017
1285201
946000
2016
2478730
2588660
2015
4111120
3894800.
2014
4165500
4964500
Total
14401275
14636960

Revenues which are 100% donations (either direct or through the sale of Prem Rawat related materials) had a significant 40% fall from 2015 to 2016 and a 50% fall to 2017 and a further 20% fall to 2018 though they picked up again in 2019. One has to assume that this is probably caused by a fall in numbers of "students" and/or a fall in their intensity of belief. While the median age of the "students" is between 65 to 75 years old death should not yet be a significant reason for this fall especially as Rawat has circulated calls for "students" to remember him in their wills. It may be that Rawat sees no need or possibility of success in publicly pushing WOPG and has requested private personal donations instead. Personal donations to a private bank account have always been a significant part of Rawat's financing.

From 2014 to 2016 over 4 million euros was ploughed into transferring Prem Rawat Maharaji Inc. into a wholly internet business which now requires relatively small annual inputs. What started in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a mass movement Childrens' Crusade of LSD survivors growing from frenzied face-to-face interactions and nightly intense, confessional, "satsang" meetings and revival-style public gatherings of young hippies and Hindu-ish "spiritual" festivals has developed (you couldn't call it an evolution) into a pallid streaming pseudo-spiritual wellness nebulosity of ageing, fattening, balding baby boomers hanging on to their memories of youthful excitement and transcendental promise. Their Perfect Master/Guru/God in a Bod tells them not to proselytise personally which suits them fine as it saves embarrassment when anyone queries their own meditative experience on Rawat's 50 year hyped path of the Possibilty of Peace, a possibilty that always just seems out of reach.

Event Expenses are the major transfer of funds to Rawat directly, something that legally should not occur. The payment of Rawat and his entourage's travel and accomodation expenses are included in this and are the major reason Rawat's lifestyle has been tailored this way. Rawat prefers flying to any other activity and dislikes having to jostle with the hoi polloi. He flies an enormously expensive personal jet, the largest and fastest and gas guzzlingest his students can afford to lease and fuel. Its possible that the US government has inadvertently funded Rawat's travels through tax laws that allow his wealthy followers to lease a jet for his use and get tax write-offs.

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While it can be difficult to find on the WOPG website and is not obvious to people first clicking into the site Prem Rawat's raison d'être on earth is as the one and only empowered (Perfect) Master who can reveal and inspire the meditation method he calls Knowledge that is the only way to access True Peace in this life. It requires some brainwashing before you can understand Maharaji's magnificence and Knowledge's importance and this is done through a process known since 2005 as "The Keys."

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