Prem Rawat has an opulent lifestyle, an extremely opulent lifestyle. He makes no bones about that. He makes no apologies for it.
He is a successful private investor and inventor which is quite remarkable as his mother cut off the family income when she disowned and disinherited him when he was 16 years old and he failed in his legal bids to gain control of his father's property in the Indian courts. Of course all of his initial funds came from donations and presents from his followers. He makes no bones about that. He makes no apologies for it.
As Jesus Christ said: "She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could."1 In Prem Rawat's case there are many people who understand the correct way to treat a Perfect Master. He has a luxury mansion in Malibu. He makes no bones about that. He makes no apologies for it. He has sold his $7 million dollar yacht, 'Serenity'. He makes no apologies for that.
He does not have a larger fleet of cars than the deceased Bhagwan Rajneesh though he does have a fleet of fine autos. He does fly around the world in a private jet inspiring people to experience complete inner peace and joy from within rather than from possessions. If you have problems with people who are rich just remember what Prem Rawat has said about this:
"You know some people don't like rich people. They have this idea or that idea of what it is to be rich. But they really don't know. It's not easy to be rich. It isn't. Once you've made your first million, you need another to protect it. Then you have two million, and you'll need another two million to protect those two million. Then you'll have four million and you'll need another four million to protect those four million, and then you'll have eight million. Of course then you'll need another 8 million to protect those eight million and then you'll have 16 million... it isn't easy, it's not what you think."
Maharaji speaking at Long Beach 1995
1. The Bible, New Testament, The Gospel of Mark 14:3-9
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