The Times Diary
The disciples are members of the Divine Light Mission which was founded in India 12 years ago by the Guru's father Satgurude Shri Hans Maharaj. Like his father Guru Maharaj Ji is " the perfectly enlightened soul of our time " who, say the divinely lit missionaries, can give " the knowledge of God " to over five million people, just like Christ or Krishna.
Guru Maharaj began to deliver spiritual discourses on God realization at the age of two and a half and at six gave his first satsang in English with such strength and authority that his audience was moved to tears of joy. Now, as be approaches his fifteenth birthday he speaks for hours, often before audiences of hundreds of thousands.
Last year the boy guru - a distinctly portly figure in western dress - paid two visits to Britain since when the number of his adherents here has risen from a mere handful to over six thousand. There is an efficiently-run organization based in North London which produces a weekly newspaper, The Divine Times, and distributes lots of glossy publications carrying pictures of Him (they always use a capital "h") and transcripts of His discourses. His picture is widely fly-posted about London.