Prem Rawat's "Holy Family"
Prem Rawat's mother disowned and disinherited her youngest son and he sued her and his eldest brother to gain control of his father's property and lost. A fuller exposition of this sordid affair is found here.
Prem Rawat and his followers now claim that from 1966, the death of Prem Rawat's father, Shri Hans, the Perfect Master of his time and the wedding of Prem Rawat to his Californian sweetheart, Marolyn Johnson, the family kept up a deception 1 pretending that they believed he was the Master, the Guru Maharaj Ji, the Satguru, the Perfect Master of our time while all the time they were running the religion as a money-making family business.
During this time they gave devotional, worshipping satsang and brought thousands of people to Maharaji and the Knowledge. His mother was instrumental in providing the support for the early Western premies that allowed Divine Light Mission to get off the ground in the West. Many darshan stories of the divine lilas of the Holy Family that they had personally experienced were enthusiastically related at satsangs throughout the world by the premies. Maharaji's second older brother, Bhole Ji, headed up a big band of premies who recorded an album and the soundtrack for DLM movies. And all the time Prem Rawat's brothers and mother were engaging in deception to make money while not accepting him as the true living Perfect Master and only Prem Rawat, himself, knew and kept the secret hidden. It is no wonder he was hospitalised in 1973 for an emergency ulcer operation at St Luke's Hospital Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
We will probably never know why Maharaji kept this secret for so many years or if he was lying when he taught this version. While none of the Western premies or students knew the whole story it is certainly a concern that none of the DLM administrators and premies close to Maharaji publicly alerted anyone else to the secret, bitter family disputes that was common knowledge amongst them at the time. From the beginning it seems Maharaji's organisations had a culture of secrecy, deceit and phony public relations.
1. from the Elan Vital video, Passages, 1999 @Visions International
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