Gurus Who Are Not Perfect Masters
Gurus can be members of a spiritual tradition who have achieved recognition because of their practise and development of wisdom and charisma and because they manifest spiritual power or they can be self-proclaimed or they can inherit their position without having to spend years in prescribed practices. Prem Rawat was publicly proclaimed by his family as a divine guru when he was 8 years old. His father had met his guru when he was an adult and had practised meditation for many years and was accepted by his Master and his peers as a mahatma, a person who had realised basic truths about life and was believed to have a total experience of life that was on a higher level of existence than normal human beings. The controversy at the death of Shri Swarupananad was not because his peers believed Shri Hans to be an immature child who knew nearly nothing of life and true religion but because they believed there were others better qualified. Shri Hans was not the son of his Master and Shri Swarupanand was not the son of his Master. Father to son transmission of the power of the Satguru was definitely not the historic norm even within the Sant tradition of India.
There is no outside evidence that Shri Hans proclaimed his youngest son as the next Perfect Master. He was set up as the Master by his mother and her close associates, though years later Rawat claimed that his family did not accept him as the Master. When he was younger he publicly stated he was always in God-consciousness and told of how it felt to be the Perfect Master. From the age of 8 he was revered and treated as divine. He became a spoiled, fat brat and his actions since coming to the West fit that explanation better than the rationalisations of his devotees.
It has been claimed by many of his apostate, closest accomplices and administrators that he does not meditate regularly and that he abuses tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. Certainly his obesity and general appearance tend to validate these accusations and there do not appear to be any physical or mental health benefits to be gained from practising the techniques of Knowledge under his guidance even though he claims he reveals the universal source of life, the Elan Vital, within each person, the energy which is keeping you alive.
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