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Posted by: Samady ® |
"The audience will be addressed by Prem Rawat, who is billed as a motivational speaker."
"As a successful private investor he supports himself and his family through independent means."
"He lives a comfortable life and makes no secrets about it."
At least he's doing better than the late Chris Farley of Saturday Night Live, whose motivational speaker character lived in a van down by the river!
Does anyone even recognize the person we knew and loved as Maharaji from the above advertisements and PR statements? I don't.
It would be interesting to see a two column piece (FA? Roger?) with his present claims on one side and his original bait that he snagged so many of us with from the 70's to the 90's on the other. Maybe make that an open letter to him asking for some sort of accounting for his early claims and the donations (including interest) that he got directly from making those divinely-related claims.
The present PR makes no mention of how he got his seed money to begin his financial career on the backs of people he had convinced he was the Messiah (let's not mince words here, a vast majority of the old timers believed and still do that he is the Incarnation of this age, in very large part because of the way that he came on to us and all his media indicated overtly and covertly).
He makes no secret of his 'comfortable life', but he sure does want to make a secret of how he got there, eh what?
That's what I call 'chutzpah'!
(yiddish for 'in-your-face nerve')
I wonder how his family members really feel about all this. Maybe they are all happy as long as the Arminis and the Valentinos and the cars keep on comin' in. Maybe they are afraid of saying how they really feel for some reason. Or maybe they are so spoiled from living the high life they have lost touch with the 'little people', the ones who helped get him off the ground financially, including us.
On Choosing a Motivational Speaker
Do you kiss the feet of your motivational speaker? Why?
Did you ever? Why?
Do you bow down to him? Why?
Did you ever? Why?
Do you sing songs to your motivational speaker glorifying him as the superior power in person? Why?
Did you ever? Why?
If Prem Rawat wants to change careers from Messiah to motivational speaker, fine. But don't anyone go telling me that he is doing the same gig he was doing when I met him in the name of spreading Knowledge. Shape shifting right in front of us and the whole world, and he knows he can count on the world being so overampped with sensory overload that he can do and say pretty much anything he wants without much scrutiny, and the law of averages will still give him enough seeking, semi-conscious people to have as a base if he gets in front of enough people....
Son of a gun, he IS a successful businessman!
But that is not who he said he was, nor was that his stated mission and what we agreed to help him accomplish. He said (or he allowed it to be said of him) that he was the Greatest Incarnation to ever walk the Earth, with more power than ever before. That's what got him off the ground.
So that got him in many of our doors, the rest flying open with the promise of Peace within and on Earth.
Fact: there are hundreds or thousands of people around the world who will swear by him and Knowledge that it has changed their lives for the better, brought peace into their lives, and fulfilled them. Some of these people are old-timers who have just hung on despite all the changes. Some are newcomers who have no idea of the history and the roots of how he became such a 'successful businessman'.
Modified by Samady at Sat, Jun 07, 2003, 23:24:47
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