The Names and Titles Of Prem Rawat aka Maharaji aka Guru Maharaj Ji

The young Prem Rawat openly enjoyed creating and naming organisations and proclaiming proclamations and giving himself titles though to be fair not all of his nomenclatural complexity can be laid at his feet. Some were the creative flair of his devotees set aflame by his Divine Knowledge. Like most things related to Prem Rawat, there is considerable confusion. All these unholy names are referenced to official Divine Light Mission/Elan Vital publications or various newspapers. You can't make this stuff up.

  • Prem Pal Singh Rawat - Apparently this is his name though maybe it was Pratap Singh Rawat
  • Prem Rawat - Shorter version of name
  • Sant Ji - What he was called as a child, 'sant' is usually translated as 'saint'
  • Maharaji - Ultimate Ruler

Maybe we should accept the research of the New York Times which sent a special Indian investigator who discovered what name was actually given to him first:

The name given to him at birth was Pratap Singh Rawat. When he succeeded his father as head of the Divine Light Mission, he came to be known both as Balyogeshwar (Child God) and Shri Guru Maharaj Ji. He is a little over 15. He is the youngest of a family of five, consisting of three brothers and a married sister. His late father, generally regarded as the founder of the mission, is alluded to by his full title: Yogiraj (King of Yogis) Param Sant (First and Supreme Saint) Satgurudev (True Worshipful Teacher) Shri Hansji Maharaj. Balyogeshwar's mother is addressed as Shri Mataji (Revered Holy Mother). She is a buxom, good-looking woman with chocolate-brown complexion and high cheekbones. She blushes as easily as she smiles. Her row of sparkling teeth are outdone in their luster only by the diamonds in her nose and ears. Balyogeshwar resembles his mother. He has the same dark brown, smooth, mahogany skin, with slanting eyes and a tendency to fatness. He looks a brown cherub. His hair is well oiled. He wears a black waistcoat over a starched white shirt, white pajamas and ankle-high Western boots. As he enters, the devotees go down on their knees and press their foreheads on the floor. He takes the cushioned armchair.

New York Times Photograph