During 1973 Divine Light Mission presented a partial history of Prem Pal
(Maharaji), how he became Satguru and how his family were ordained to help
him. This historical narrative was obviously according to the DLM views at
that time. It is not known who the actual author of this article
It was about a year later that this self same family were to
witness a split with Prem Pal's elder brother Bal Bhagwan Ji (now
Satpal), instigated by their mother Mata Ji, claiming and winning
ownership of the Divine Light Mission in India, with Prem Pal winning the
Presented here is a scan of
the original 1973 "And it is Divine" publication as well as the
transcript of that publication. Click on the
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Mata Ji (mother of Guru Maharaj Ji)
Prempal (then known as Guru Maharaj Ji)
Bal Bhagwan Ji (now known as Satpal)
Maharaj Ji simply answered, "It is not my
fault. The blame must be placed on God. For God places divinity in the
heart of every man, the Brahmin and the Sudra alike, and there is nothing
that I can do to alter the fact."
Cutting through a maze of superstition, ritual and rhetoric, Shri Maharaj
Ji led all those who would follow him into the true brotherhood of man.
Meanwhile, Shri Maharaj Ji was raising a family, Mata Ji had given him
four sons. The autumnal equinox is that day of the year when the sun has
reached its highest point in the sky, and is giving light for the same
amount of time to all people. It is the moment of the peak of creation.
Mahatma Satyanand Ji one of the greatest disciples of Shri Maharaj Ji,
predicted that the Master's first son would be born on this equinox. So it
was that Shri Bal Bhagwan Ji came into this world the very instant the sun
reached its zenith on September 21, 1951.
A keenly observant parent can often determine a child's personality at a
very early age. With the four Hans children it was not a difficult task.
The disciples of Shri Maharaj Ji had constructed a beautiful chariot in
which the three-year-old Bal Bhagwan Ji sat. A procession celebrating the
child's birthday was to be held with all of Shri Maharaj Ji's disciples
parading joyfully through the streets of Delhi.
Above the confusion of hundreds of thousands of people, little Bal Bhagwan
Ji watched quietly as crowds pressed so tightly that the chariot came to a
halt A disciple anxiously asked Shri Maharaj Ji if the procession should
be discontinued. Shri Maharaj Ji replied, "Let he who is running the
Then Bal Bhagwan Ji stood up, and taking a large stick, he began to direct
the chariot throng. The chariot moved forward and the parade continued.
Onlookers threw flowers from their windows and balconies and all of the
people began to sing.
Shri Maharaj Ji's middle two sons were named Raja Ji and Bhole Ji. Their
childhood activities also foreshadowed what would later be their roles in
the spreading of Knowledge. Little Raja Ji would always break away from
the endless games of the boys and go to find someone who would tell him
stories. Invariably, the stories he demanded to hear were those of the
great servants of the Perfect Master, such as Hanuman or St. John.
There was a young man, Bihari Singh Ji, who would later become such a
disciple for Guru Maharaj Ji. Often upon arising early in the morning, the
family of Shri Maharaj Ji would find that Raja Ji had gotten up in the
middle of the night and gone back to sleep lying at the foot of Bihari
Singh Ji's bed. He wanted to be a servant of the servant of the Lord.
As for Bhole Ji no one could quite figure out what to do with him. He
never stopped moving. Almost before he could sit up, Bhole Ji was dancing.
Much to everyone's astonishment, he did just that at a festival Mata Ji
took him to when he was nine months old.
Young Bhole Ji was constantly gathering the poorer children around him and
scattering his toys and food through outreached hands. When at last
everyone was happy, he would entertain them with a dance or a lively song
played on the tabla. Soon all the children would be dancing, not a sad
face in sight.
The youngest of the four sons was called Sant Ji or Prempal, “Savior of
Love." At his birth the sky lit up in brilliant colors and a sweet music
could be heard all around. It is said that when Sant Ji Maharaj, now known
as Guru Maharaj Ji, was an infant, Mata Ji used to walk along the River
Ganges, holding the baby in her arms.
But she would not go there too often, for on those occasions the waters of
that holy river would rise up and envelop her, almost drowning her. The
Ganges would rise just until it touched the feel of Sant Ji and then
recede back into its channel.
There was a time when Shri Maharaj Ji and his family lived in what is now
the sewing room of their residence in India. The house was located in
Dehra Dun in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a magnificent home
surrounded by beautiful gardens. In those days, however, it belonged to a
She was a very proud woman, but had actually been only one of several
wives to whom the king was married. When the king died, his son banished
all the queens but gave each woman a place in which to live. There was one
condition, however, each queen was never to marry again.
Just outside the window which looked out from the room rented by the Hans
family, there grew a patch of very beautiful flowers. Now the queen had
fallen in love and knew that she would have to leave her house and sell it
back to the prince. The queen's lover saw Maharaj Ji's flowers and said to
her, “We should pick these flowers and take them with us." Reluctantly,
the queen agreed.
When Shri Maharaj Ji came home, he saw immediately that the flowers were
gone. "Who took those flowers?" he shouted in a voice full of anger. The
very earth shook at the sound and the Satguru's voice pierced the hearts
of everyone within the house.
The queen herself then realised what power resided in Dehra Dun.
Trembling, she fell at Shri Maharaj Ji's feet and begged forgiveness for
her greed. To prove her sincerity, the queen gave him the house.
Shri Maharaj Ji did not remain with his family for long periods of time.
He continued to travel throughout India on toot, horse and bicycle, using
any means he could find to spread his message of peace. For the first time
in centuries, there was rejoicing in the homes of hundreds of thousands of
India's poor as the divine Knowledge entered their lives. Weeping with
joy, they would listen to Shri Maharaj Ji as he sang this song:
I have seen a great wonder.
There is a well in the sky
from which nectar is falling,
and a lame man climbs up to it
and drinks his fill.
There are gongs ringing,
drums beating, cymbals clashing
and trumpets sounding,
yet no one is playing them;
a deaf man listens to them
and dances, beside himself with joy.
There is a palace
built where no world exists,
and it shines with a brilliant light
day and night.
A blind man is overcome with joy
simply to behold it.
There are living people who die
and are brought back to life again.
They are full of vitality,
yet they take no food.
Brahmanand has this to say:
Rare and fortunate among holy men
who understand my riddle.
For the first time in existence, countless numbers of human beings could
understand that ancient song, for they had received the Knowledge and
partaken of those splendors. Now their lives were spent in worshipping the
Giver. As one disciple of Shri Maharaj Ji said: "Shri Maharaj Ji was a
flash of light and the embodiment of love. I fell in love with him at
first sight. I found in him the fruition of all my hopes and
Yet the more Shri Maharaj Ji uplifted the people of India, the more he was
attacked. The established religions could not brook someone who was in a
position to answer the prayers of their members. They began violently to
oppose the mission of Shri Maharaj Ji and to slander his name. Attempts
were made to take his life. Those who could experience the Creator
directly had no need of chanting, of ornate temples, prayer beads and high
priests. Shri Maharaj Ji, like all God-realized souls before him, did not
bring to people another rite to perform, another hierarchy of priests who
must be fed by their parishioners, or any external substitutes for God. He
brought hungry souls back to communion with their Father.
Directly, simply and practically Shri Maharaj Ji's love, his unceasing
effort to reach all of India's people with the Knowledge of truth and to
inspire his disciples with the same desire and strength, bore fruit in
1960 when he founded Divya Sandesh Parishad or Divine Light Mission. This
would not be a new sect or religion, but merely a practical means to help
spread the Knowledge.
At that time, no one except the Satguru himself could foresee the
magnitude of what was being done. Those who had personally experienced the
power and glory of God's Infinite Form, seers of that purest light within
men, banded together. The divine energy created by their union was to
begin a revolution of spirit in every country of the world. Yet only he
And so Param Sant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj commanded his close
disciples to learn English. There would be no more hiding in the caves of
the Himalayas or retiring to a peaceful existence on a small country farm.
The sun of divine Knowledge was just barely over the horizon; soon the
whole world would be witnessing its first delicate rays. The long, long
night was finally over.
Shri Maharaj Ji had not slept during that night. He had been busy
preparing the world gathering together an army of saints. The work of Shri
Maharaj Ji was done. Early in the morning of July 19, 1966, Shri Maharaj
Ji sat in silent meditation, and in perfect peace he left.
Before leaving his mortal body, Shri Maharaj Ji sent a letter to his
family who, as so often in the past were hundreds of miles away. In that
letter the Satguru gave infinite prostrations to his youngest son, thus
identifying his successor as Satguru, the present Guru Maharaj Ji.
But it was not only Guru Maharaj Ji who had work to do. All of the Hans
family would have to carry on the duty of spreading the Knowledge of God.
As it was Shri Maharaj Ji's task to take the Knowledge throughout India,
so it would be theirs to bring it to all the peoples of the world.
Mata Ji had always been reserved, appearing in public only at the request
of Shri Maharaj Ji. At programs, she would sit at the front of the stage
listening with the thousands of other devotees. On July 31, 1966, when she
first spoke in Maharaj Ji's absence (see her satsang in this issue of And
it 1s Divine) she insisted that it was only grace that allowed her to
address such a large crowd.
Yet through the veil of tears and these moments of distress, Mata Ji's
divine role became very clear. She rose above her personal grief and
promised the devotees that she would care for her husband's Divine Light
Mission and strive to fulfill all his desires.
Then she listened to her eight year-old son explaining that he had heard a
voice which said, "You are he, you are the one to go and take this
Knowledge to the world." Weeping tears of joy, Mata Ji knew that her Shri
Maharaj Ji had indeed kept his promise that he would never leave her, and
her heart filled with great inspiration.
While Sant Ji Maharaj was completing his studies at St. Joseph's Academy,
Mata Ji began travelling all over India actively propagating the Knowledge.
Mata Ji arrived in North America the spring following Guru Maharaj Ji's
first visit. People came from as far away as Florida, Denver, and
California to welcome her at Toronto's International Airport in May, 1972.
Her presence gave pause to one newsman who reflected. "You do not have to
believe that Mata Ji is the actual mother of God's earthly incarnation to
recognize that she is one very special lady. There is something completed
about her presence. She speaks only Hindi, but there is a grace and a
merriment about her that filled the room."
It was in this Toronto airport that Mata Ji announced, "I have come to
take care of my children." The newsman reports, "And you should have seen
them (the devotees) when she said that! They turned their faces toward her
like flowers before the sun, they laughed like children beneath a
fountain. I have not seen such faces before."
Who can claim to understand what it is to be the wife of a perfect saint
and the mother of a child with such divine power that he is completely
changing the course of human life? Mata Ji could have been speaking of
herself when she said:
"For whom do saints live in the world? For whom does the river flow? To
whom does the tree give fruit? For their own sakes? No. Saints, trees,
rivers, mountains and earth exist for the good of humanity and the welfare
Meanwhile, Bal Bhagwan Ji came into this world for one purpose, and that
is to render service to the Perfect Master. He served his Father and now
he is serving Guru Maharaj Ji. As he himself has said:
"Guru Maharaj Ji has served us by giving us hands, limbs, such a good
face, our whole body. He served us first and now in turn we have to serve
him. See, we are not immortal. We have to use the short span of our life
in such a way that not even a moment or even a second is lost in the
In 1970, it was the nineteen-year old Bal Bhagwan Ji who was put in charge
of coordinating the largest festival ever held. That festival culminated
in Guru Maharaj Ji's famous Peace Bomb address before an audience of over
one million listeners.
In 1971, he gathered the materials for the World Spiritual Exhibition
while at the same time raising the funds to take care of the three hundred
Westerners who were coming to spend two months as guests in the Indian
ashrams. He also arranged the transportation of the hundreds of thousands
of disciples who wished to attend the Hans Jayanti Festival in Delhi and
the exhibition in Bihar.
At the same time, Bal Bhagwan It was personally helping to construct Guru
Maharaj Ji's stage. When other disciples lagged in their work, he would
become furious. But in the midst of sternly admonishing one unfortunate
or, perhaps, blessed worker, he turned to another and said softly.
"Sometimes you have to shout, otherwise what we have to do will never get
For the past two years Shri Bal Bhagwan Ji has been travelling throughout
the world giving inspiration and direction to the newly formed Divine
Light Mission, whose purpose it is to bring humankind to the Knowledge
that the Perfect Master reveals. Now he is at work organizing Millennium
'73, this year's Hans Jayanti. In this way Bal Bhagwan Ji is helping to
set in motion a process of change which will turn the world right side up
and bring it to peace.
When Bhole Ji, age twenty, landed in London even Guru Maharaj Ji's Anand
Band was feeling lost. They found that no matter how they tried, they
couldn't get a hold on that dynamic energy which gives birth to
irresistible sound. The band was housed at the Wandsworth Music Ashram.
Once or twice a week Bhole Ji went to jam with the group, but his plan
called for something more.
No one believed Bhole Ji could pull it off. By the time of the Guru Puja
festival that summer, Bhole Ji wanted to assemble a fifty-piece orchestra
which would create and arrange its own music and which would be so good
that not one person could sit still while they played. The band was to be
his present to Guru Maharaj Ji.
Blue Aquarius became a band unlike any other. Everything which was
produced came from intimate Knowledge of the Soul, from joyous contact
with the source of creativity itself. Their music found its highest form
in glorification of the giver of that contact, Guru Maharaj Ji:
There's nothing left for me to do
just to lose my mind and fall in love,
in love with you."
Said one of the troupe. "Bhole It doesn't talk much, he just laughs,
dances, moves. He doesn't know music. He is music." When the lead singer
is joined by Bhole Ji, they become as one power that shoots an arrow of
light through the heart of the crowd. As Bhole Ji directs Aquarius, so he
changes the consciousness of his audience, taking them through happiness,
nostalgia and excitement into worship.
When more established musicians become excited by the charisma of Blue
Aquarius and Bhole Ji (three members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
asked to join the band after its London concert, and Santana has offered
to play with them for free at MILLENNIUM), Bhole Ji has a stock answer:
Receive Knowledge first and find out where music comes from.
Bhole Ji is not dedicated to music: he is dedicated to Guru Maharaj Ji.
His love of music has brought an incredible band together, but he knows
that Guru Maharaj Ji's love will bring a world together. That's why when
he sings for the Satguru, he sings with all his being.
Raja Ji has been playing a different part. More than any other member of
the Holy Family, he carries out his work behind the scenes. Though he
often gives satsang at programs, he is not so prominent as Mata Ji or Bal
Bhagwan Ji unless one has a keen enough eye to perceive his presence in
everything which is happening off stage.
Raja Ji is the Chief Commander of Guru Maharaj Ji's World Peace Corps.
Under his direct supervision, the W.P.C. provides all the support systems
that allow Divine Light Mission to help Guru Maharaj Ji spread the
In India, thousands of devotees are on call at a moment's notice for any
service which needs to be done. The Corps is mainly known for its relief
work in disaster areas, and for assisting in maintaining order in large
crowds. It is well-trained and efficient and it coordinates all aspects of
Guru Maharaj Ji's programs in India. "The job of W.P.C.," Raja Ji has
said, "is to make sure that whatever is happening, happens correctly."
When Raja Ji first arrived in the West, the World Peace Corps had barely
gotten off the ground. He immediately began to draw around himself scores
of disciples who had been waiting for a chance to serve Guru Maharaj Ji.
Without a tightly structured back-up system, a festival the size of the
London Guru Puja Celebration which filled the Alexandra Palace, could have
turned into a catastrophe.
But by that time, the World Peace Corps in England had grown to ten times
the size it was when Raja Ji first came. Moreover, every day Raja Ji
supervised the training of the Corps members and every night he met with
the entire British W.P.C. to give satsang and inspire them to become
perfect at their various tasks. The result was obvious to anyone who was
fortunate enough to attend Guru Pula. The W.P.C. members were so
well-organized that they could run an electronics system, take care of the
gigantic stage which they built themselves, arrange flowers, man a
day-care center, print and sell brochures, act as usher, and a security
force, keep thousands of overly excited people from mobbing Guru Maharaj
Ji, and feed and house the people who had come from all over the world to
attend the festival - all at the same time.
Raja Ji is now back at school in London, England. Soon, however, he will
be coming to America to make sure that the World Peace Corps is properly
prepared for the MILLENNIUM festivities.
But of the four brothers, it is Guru Maharaj Ji, the youngest, who has
been doing the most work of all.
At the 1970 Hans Jayanti Festival, a celebration of Shri Maharaj Ji's
birthdav, there could be little doubt that this small child possessed such
power as could unite the world. Before an audience of over one million
people, Guru Maharaj Ji revealed his plan, "I declare I shall bring in the
Golden Age of Peace to the whole world."
There it is. Three years ago the final phase of human evolution began,
ushered in by a twelve-year old boy.
The reverberation of that speech, known as the Peace Bomb, brought the
first Western disciples on a chartered jumbo jet to India the next year.
Guru Maharaj Ji had come to Europe and America and gathered them together.
It happened so quickly that no one knew what to expect. No one except Guru
Maharaj Ji. He stated that these young people were only the beginning of
his plan, and that ten times as many Western disciples would come to India
The following November, five jumbo jets left Kennedy International Airport
to carry disciples of Guru Maharaj Ji to the 1972 celebration of Hans
Jayanti. Citizens from all seven continents were converging on the Ram
Lila grounds in Delhi. Guru Maharaj Ji was uniting the world at his feet.
"God is one regardless of where we come from - if we come from India or
America, from Europe or Japan, God is still one; if we fly over the South
Pole: still one. After all, whether we believe In Mohammedanism, or
Hinduism, or Christianity, we still believe in one God.
"But why then if we are children of God, why should there be communism in
one country and commonwealth in another country? Because we have not been
able to understand the fundamental humanity, the fundamental truth that
exists among all human beings. We have failed to understand what we have
got in common between ourselves as human beings."
There was an alternative, Guru Maharaj Ji was manifesting it. He had
gathered together 3,300 people from every continent, race, religion and
class to manifest a practical example of harmony. And it had worked. At
Hans Jayanti, 1972 Guru Maharaj Ji demonstrated that the union one
experiences in true meditation can be translated into a viable blueprint
for a world community.
Guru Maharaj Ji has worked very quickly to fulfill his promise of 1970. At
that time, the Knowledge had been revealed to millions in the East, but to
only a handful of Westerners. Now Guru Maharaj Ji is operating two massive
world-wide organizations, Divine Light Mission and Divine United
Organization, which help to bring his message to countless numbers of
people every day.
Guru Maharaj Ji is bringing peace on earth.