creation in 1971, the Divine Light Mission had an
important role for Prem Rawat's followers who are musicians, this role
continued long after the organisation changed its name in the early
1980s. Music is an important tool for reinforcing
emotion, and to a large extent both mirrors and sets the actual tone of Prem Rawat's followers' emotions. It is an important indicator of beliefs in the
group and it's evolution reveals much that is not available from examination
of the groups' other publicly available material.
It especially shows the extent of the worship of and devotion to Rawat as a
divine figure and exposes the current Élan Vital revisionist history that
Rawat attempted to remove the beliefs in his divinity as well as the Indian
trappings of Divine Light mission in the 1970's. A cursory examination of
the "Court Of Love" tape by "the Holy Jesters" published in 1982 by
Productions shows that Indian style devotion was being openly promoted in
the organisations even as the renaming of Divine Light Mission as Élan
Vital, was in progress.
The sample music below is certainly not exhaustive and any further information and
copies of media would be greatly appreciated.
Where actual lyrics or excerpts are given (as underlined below),
these demonstrate in sharp relief the importance of music within a
cult setting and how it reinforces a group milieu. In the case of the Prem
Rawat cult it is mainly the extreme personality worship that is undertaken
Also see 'You are my
everything' by One Foundation.
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|1980 POWER OF LOVE
Power Of Love
Weeping In My Joy
I Only Want To Be With You
What You Know
You Saved me
How Can I Ever Stop
Brand New Love
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
© Divine Light Mission, Inc
|1981 FIRE IN MY HEART
Fire In My Heart
You're The Only One
Oasis Of Love
Message Of The Heart
The Need For Love
Loving Is Where We Start
© Magenta Music
we can see that there had been no attempt to remove any Indian-Hindu
trappings from Divine Light Mission despite the re-branding of the
organisation as Élan Vital that was then underway. Actually the opposite had
happened and the main impetus of the organisation was encouraging
devotion and worship of Prem Rawat as a divine omnipotent guru through
the use of Indian bhajans as the dominant musical form at meetings.
|1982 COURT OF LOVE
I Have Seen Such A Great Wonder
Court Of Love
Please Fill Me With Your Devotion
Glory Of My Master
In Your Hands Is A Jewel
My Master Blessed Me (With Such An Eye)
Life Is Passing
I Am In Love With You My Lord
Don't Let Me Loose Hold
© Élan Communications
|In 1989 Prem Rawat began to
reinvigorate his moribund organisation and this "greatest hits"
compilation was released.