HRH Yogiraj Param Hans Sadgurudev Sri Hans ji Maharaj (1900 - July 16, 1966) was a guru in India. He was the Satguru or Perfect Master before Prem Rawat. He married twice, the second time to Jagat Janani Mata Shri Rajeshwari Devi, also known as "Mata Ji", and had four sons and one daughter.
Shri Hans was early in his life an egalitarian iconoclast, and an opponent of the Hindu caste system. He was originally a member of the Arya Samaj, but left that movement after he met a guru of the Sant Mat tradition, Sri Swarupanand Ji Maharaj. Swarupanand initiated him into on the four techniques of Knowledge or kriyas, which were to become his trademark. In the 1930s following the death of his guru, he began to travel in Sind and Lahore and later to Delhi. His work grew informally for many years, spreading across northern India. He founded the Divya Sandesh Parishad or Divine Light Mission in 1960.
The best internet resource for information on Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, the father of Prem Rawat is the web site of his 'apostate' eldest brother, Bal Bhagwan, or Shri Satpal Ji as he now calls himself. While Maharaji and his organisations have sometimes mentioned the life of Shri Hans they no longer have any information about him available on the internet. Most of the publications and information about him available in the West were destroyed in the early 1980's on Prem Rawat's direction. Prem Rawat gained most of his knowledge of the scriptures through listening to the satsangs of his father. In the past, Prem Rawat often acknowledged that everything he had achieved came through the grace of his Guru Maharaji, Shri Hans.
Shri Hans was a progressive man who believed in the equality of women and had already begun preparing the ground
for propagation in the West He had a keen sense of the need to spread the Knowedge to create World Peace
and had contacted Western political and intellectual leaders before his death writing letters to President John F. Kennedy
and Bertrand Russell.
On July 19th, 1966 Shri Hans Ji Maharaj died at the age of 66.
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