darshan for all

Prem Rawat: Divine Times magazine

"Holy Breath and Darshan for all," Guru Maharaj Ji had said, and he wanted all Colorado premies to attend. It was to be an unforgettable night, and it was. Well over 1000 eager souls were at Denver's John F. Kennedy High School Sunday, May 12 to partake of this opportunity.

Guru Maharaj Ji had not appeared for two previously scheduled programs, so as the evening wore on the intensity of the crowd's devotion gained some healthy anxiety. At 10:45, to the astonishment of all present, Maharaj Ji walked in adorned in his red and gold Krishna outfit. This was the first time he had worn the costume since Millennium '73 and only the second time he has worn it in the West.

He gave satsang for 45 minutes, then asked all premies who had never had Holy Breath to file by. Time was running out and it looked like the remainder of the premies would miss out on the darshan line. But what ensued was one of the most beautiful, holy and cosmically comic scenes ever.

Maharaj Ji sat smiling on his throne as hundreds of premies joyfully zipped past his feet. To maintain a brisk pace, the band played some rousing, footstomping bluegrass music called the Lotus Blossom Special. Maharaj Ji laughed and waved the premies on faster and faster.

Premies in line were snapping their fingers and shuffling their feet as they danced their way up to Maharaj Ji. As each premie neared the throne someone would take his dedication, ehlp him past Maharaj Ji's feet (a sort of kiss and run affair), shove prashad into his hand and help him off the stage. In less than one hour more than 1100 people received darshan, setting a new record of 19 d.p.m.'s-darshans per minute. Entry is being submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records.