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    Alexandra Bruce
    April 7, 2014

    How many days does the average person live? This video addresses the topic with humor, surprise and poignancy, combining infographic-style motion graphics with excerpts from Prem Rawat’s talks and “man-on-the-street” interviews.

    Prem Rawat, currently 56 has accomplished a great deal in his small number of days allotted on Earth: He became a guru at the age of 8 and made his first tour of the US at 13. He came to speak at my High School in Brazil when he was in his early 20s. It was like having a rock star come visit your little school auditorium.

    He was then known as Maharaj Ji and when I breathlessly told my mother that he had been to my school already she knew all about him and said he was the worst of these religious shysters. He was notorious for having amassed an enormous fortune, heaped upon him by his grateful followers – and he was especially known for having numerous expensive cars, including a gold Rolls Royce. My mother was particularly riled by the latter and wondered how on Earth he got into our school…

    I later learned that his “excuse” for these material excesses was that he was fully engaging in “Leela,” i.e., “Divine Play of the Cosmos” (Hey! he was barely twenty, what do you expect?!)

    He got a lot of bad press, at the time for the cars and the planes – which he has been passionately flying, himself, for decades.

    More recently, he was made the honorary Mayor of the City of Sao Paulo. (They love him, over there!)

    Regardless of the naysayers, he is as effective as ever, as an inspirational teacher. Having originally started out from a lineage of Hindu priests, he has incrementally sloughed off all references to Hinduism, now going by his given name and eschewing all titles and honorifics.

    He teaches his techniques of meditation, to which he refers simply as “Knowledge,” with the intent to put the waking consciousness of his students in touch with the indwelling spirit of the Divine – without which, you would not be alive – and which is the center of pure Creative Force of Joy, Love and Peace.

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