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Divine Light Mission (Elan Vital)
Former Follower Crashes Convention with Petition of Protest
Neville Ackland, a former follower of Mahariji, failed in his attempt to use a rented truck to crash a convention near Brisbane of some 4000 devotees — from 61 countries — of the Indian guru’s Elan Vital organization [formerly the Divine Light Mission]. He carried a petition signed by hundreds of ex-followers who claim that they were duped by what they call the “cult.” The ex-followers believe, said Ackland, that Mahariji “is nothing more than a fraud and fat cat who is living in the lap of luxury at the expense of his followers.” [csr 1.3 2002]

Ackland, who claims that as an impressionable young man he gave over $500,000 in property to Mahariji 25-years ago, said of the guru’s teachings: “It’s all about surrender. Unfortunately, that includes surrendering your money.” (Tony Keim, Courier Mail, Internet, 9/4/02) [csr 1.3 2002]

World Religions & Spirituality Project - Divine Light Mission (Elan Vital) 

The Life and Career of Prem Rawat (Maraji)
This is a large repository of information about Divine Light Mission, Elan Vital, and Prem Rawat, who also calls himself Maharaji and who attained some infamy in the 1970's as the Guru Maharaj Ji on the net.  The site has over 3,500 web pages, around 15,000 jpgs, and 50 video clips,  (Also see for information, especially video clips.)

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