Rennie Davis - Spokesman for The Lord of The Universe

Rennie Davis as devotee of Prem Rawat (Maharaji) Rennie Davis as devotee of Prem Rawat (Maharaji) The person who brought the most publicity to Guru Maharaj Ji (Prem Rawat) is Rennie Davis, the famous anti-Vietnam war campaigner, one of the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial defendants. He stars in the "Lord of The Universe" and "Mysterious Miracles, Aliens from Spaceship Earth". He tirelessly explained how the political and counter-cultural movements of the 60's were just the fore-runners for Prem Rawat's mission to bring Peace to the World. His very personal, public testimony of the incredible effects of Prem Rawat's Knowledge and his certainty in and devotion to Maharaji's divinity are unequalled and may never be equalled. Here are a very few of those personal testimonies and cultural analyses and short video clips of these impassioned talks all of which were complete nonsense.

In 1973 he told the New York Times that he now loved him. "I would cross the planet on my hands and knees to touch his toe." He did not specify which toe.

He currently (circa 2011) works in the field of "personal wealth creation" via credulous investors in research into infinite energies and health modalities and is the Director of the phony Foundation for a New Humanity. In other words, a bullshitter ripping off the gullible. He sells Advanced Tuning Forks: For regenerating and relaxing themuscles, skeleton and nervous system of the human body and so much more. Much more? How much more could there be? Frequency Crystals: which put an energetic psychic immune system around you when you want to block out the negativity and fear of others. The Earth Crystal supports your work with plants, animals, weather and the Earth. It also includes subtle frequencies for opening your being and silencing the brain. Quantum Balance Elixirs: do much the same as the crystals but you drink them. Also known as Snake Oil. He does not regret anything, the names have changed but the bullshit remains the same, only the details have changed. In 2009, he reached a new nadir, driving around in a motor home trying to find anyone to listen to him. The website is often not working.

Rennie Davis died February 2, 2021. His death at his home in Berthoud, Colorado, at 79, just two weeks after he was diagnosed with lymphoma, was announced by his wife, Kirsten Liegmann, in a post on his Facebook page. It looks like all his snake-oil New Age scams didn't help him stave off death by cancer. An ignominious but fitting end to a life in which he was a legend in his own mind but not really anywhere else. "… many of his old allies from the antiwar movement, lamented a life of great promise diverted to magical thinking and dubious causes." "Rennie took the most garish, the most mockable, the most virtually self-caricatured of those paths." - NY Times obit

Rennie Davis gave an introductory public speech at the event.

"It is not possible to understand the Middle East, or Watergate, or UFOs, or the super comet in the sky unless you understand the central event on this planet around which all other events now spin. Guru Maharaj Ji says: 'Life is like a chess game and very soon now the whole world will be checkmated' and if America wants to know what is happening it must first understand the main thing that is happening, the Lord is on the planet, he's in a human body and he's about to usher in the greatest change in the history of human civilisation."

Rennie, interviewed in a park in 1973, talks about Divine Light Mission:

"The thing we've got here is not only a movement that is incredibly efficient and incredibly together and built really on an incredible self-understanding but you see it's led by the Lord, heh heh heh."

Rennie Davis discusses Bhole Ji in an interview in the park:

"See, it's sort of like all the music of the 60's and the early 70's is being given back to us you know and you would never expect you know like uh I don't know, at first you think that's really far out, that's pretty good music, not bad group particularly considering the fact that it's only five months old and then you come out and realize it's being organised and conducted by the Lord of Music. Wait until people find out who Bhole Ji is!"

Rennie 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."

In an impromptu satsang in the back of a car Rennie explains the reason the Astrodome was built.

"You know you see this Astrodome and uh the more time we've spent in here the more we realize that it really was built for this event. Have you ever, have you been in the celestial suite or heard about that?" "No, what is it?" "Well the Astroworld here, see that whole uppper part there, on the top, the elevator goes up to the green and all the think, that's called the Celestial suite and that's where the Holy Family will stay and the bedroom where Guru Maharaj Ji will sleep is called the Master Bedroom." "Oh wow!" "There's a little, wooden plaque and it says 'Master Bedroom' and then you walk into the master bedroom and it's just, it's just so incredible you know because first of all there's this magnificent chess set, you know, and Guru Maharaj Ji really loves to play chess, you know, and it's all in place and you walk in into the bedroom and there's this nice uh you know bathroom and everything but the the water fountains, the spigots on the water fountain are in the shape of a swan," "Oh no" "which is Guru Maharaj Ji's symbol, you know and uh this every little details like that its mind blowing just really really beautiful … down the last letter."

"Thousands of people are convinced from actual experiences that they have found in themselves, that they have experienced a breakthrough in consciousness that is perhaps one of the most dramatic and exciting changes in the history of civilisation."

"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 look back at your lifetime and you sort of feel like what you're doing now in Divine Light Mission is what you always wanted to do and it's rather like everyone sort of feels like every like whatever it was we were doing in the past, we're doing now and I'm rather getting that perspective about the whole generation that the vision we proclaimed in the streets of this country in the 1960's is actually what we're going to do now in the 70's and the 80's and it's actually going to be the generation of the 60's that is actually going to carry out this, thisw incredible change that we're talking about so people say well it's a big break with the past and do you look back at the past with regrets you know but I don't look at the past with any regret at all you know I just think it was really all a a warm-up you know and the political and cultural revolution it was just like, like I say a warm-up for the greatest transformation in the history of human civilisation and it's going to be far out."

Rennie's analysis of the search of the 60's leading to Prem Rawat and his Knowledge:

"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."

Part of an interview he gave in a radio interview with Totonto radio station CFTR was published in the Canadian Divine Times of 26 October 1974.

The most newsworthy aspect of Prem Rawat's mission was the membership and outspoken foolishness of Rennie Davis.


Articles in Magazines & Excerpts from Books:


  • Meditate, not Agitate INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) Long Beach, Calif., Sun., April 24, 1973
  • Rennie Davis, Antiwar Activist The New York Times, May 6, 1973 - Rennie was quite straightforward: "I would cross the planet on my hands and knees to touch his toe"
  • Zippies cool to Rennie after trip to India May 13, 1973 Sunday Post-Crescent, Appletown-Neenah-Menoshah. Wis.
  • MAHARAJ JI DEVOTEE: Rennie Davis Finds New Cause - a Guru Los Angeles Times; May 19, 1973 He has become a devotee of Guru Maharaj Ji, the 15-year-old Indian spiritual figure whose presence on earth, Davis says with disarming lack of equivocation, is "the most important event in the history of the world." Elaborating in a long conversation with me earlier this week, he said, "Jesus is back, but this time he's brought his father, and it's revelations time."
  • Looks Like a Good Idea THE DAILY TIMES-NEWS Monday Afternoon, May 28, 1973
  • People Daily Review Hayward, Calif., Monday July 30, 1973. Rennie predicted that 1973 was the year that the USA will recognise Prem Rawat as the living perfect master, the answer to all the world's ills.

    Well, at least they recognized Rennie for what he is …
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Lord of the Universe, is a TVTV television documentary filmed at a time when Prem Rawat and his followers had full confidence that any examination of the guru, his 'Knowledge' and his followers would be positive. In November, 1973 the Divine Light Mission held a festival, Millenium 73, "the most significant event in human history" according to Guru Maharaj Ji as Prem Rawat was then known to the world. The documentary makers were allowed full access to the event held at the Houston Astrodome and to the followers, especially to Rennie Davis who was then the major spokesman for the movement. It contains footage of Guru Maharaj Ji, events from the Millenium festival, premies involved in 'Soul Rush' a pre-festival publicity campaign, interviews with premies and Prem Rawat's oldest brother, Bal Bhagwan Ji and his mother, Mata Ji. It is still available at Amazon and is a must for anyone with an interest in 1970's Divine Light Mission.

A full transcript of the film is available here

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Mysterious Miracles: Aliens from Spaceship Earth, A Spiritual Odyssey contains some early footage of Prem Rawat in the West, some even earlier footage of his father and his "Holy Family" in India, some background material with voice-overs by the folk singer Donovan who was not a follower of Guru Maharaj Ji but of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of Transcendental Meditation, and some footage of darshan lines in the USA and England with premie music.

During this early period of confidence in Divine Light Mission before the Millenium '73 fiasco, before Prem Rawat's marriage to a devotee of his who was nearly 10 years older and 4 inches taller than him and before his disinheritance and disowning by his mother, footage from Divine Light Mission movies and interviews with Rennie Davis were given to film-maker Don Como for a documentary on gurus and 'New Religious Movements' that were proselytising in the USA.