Guruphiliac: Prem Rawat's Big Splash

Friday, September 16, 2005

Prem Rawat's Big Splash

File under: Satscams and Gurus Clockin' Dollars

Prem Rawat, the guru formerly known as Guru Maharaji Ji, has come a long way since his disgrace and subsequent withdrawal from the satsang scene in the early 80s. He recently addressed the U.N. during its 60th anniversary (and produced his own movie about it), has spoke at various educational institutions and donated $75,000 to a Texas food bank for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. How do we know all this? By the hand of his organization's PR department, of course! This is one guru who really knows how to toot his own horn.

Accused of the usual abuses (including shielding a pedophile in his organization), he has a very strong and seemingly well-organized group of ex-devotees who protest at his engagements. One went so far as to rent a truck to batter his way in.

We find that large, active communities of ex-devotees mean one thing: satscam. Rawat's renaming his org and flooding the internets with positive press releases doesn't seem to have quelled their criticism much. They say that any PR is good PR, but not when you claim to be God. Bad PR sticks to gurus like tobacco smoke at a truck stop. Unfortunately for him (but perhaps fortunate for the guru-seeking masses), we don't see poor old Prem getting out of that anytime soon.

Update: A Google blog search using the term "Prem Rawat" turns up an impressive number of blogs with Rawat-inspired entries, most of them seemingly planted by devotees. We're starting to smell a large, organized and concerted effort to flood the internets with positive portrayals of this notorious satscammer. Stay tuned as we attempt to track this scheme (if there is one) as it unfolds.


At 9/27/2005 10:41 AM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Two words, Liza: Gulfstream jet.

Justify that.

At 9/27/2005 11:40 AM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

- He does not receive any money from organizations that organize his satsangs

Corporate insulation.

- The Gulfstream does not belong to him

More corporate insulation.

- Rawat is a pilot who flies the aircraft himself to those places around the world in which his satsangs takes place

At a much higher cost than just buying a ticket in coach.

At 1/17/2009 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prem Rawat has re written his own history all his life. And deleted the past as if it never even happened, thats how he operates. he's vile. like to jump from lord of the universe to inspirational (not) speaker in a day, and then to get his organisations to act like it was always this way, and then to get the gullible out there to belive the same lie. All the while his real past tells a very different story. God alone knows why he has suddenly started to do charity work, when for years he was against it. He himself in the past never showed a charitable bone in his body, but suddenly we are all to beleive he's a humanitarian leader????? a very very dangerous psychopath to say the least.

At 11/22/2013 9:20 AM, Blogger Rogério Maciel said...

Truth reveals the Good and the Light , but LIGHT reveals to everyone the worst a human beeing has ...scinism , envy , the frustration of not beeing simply happy .
What Prem Rawat's simple but profound words teach , is that
« Life is Simple .What we do in Life is the complication.» .
Jodi , may GOD Bless you and open your heart to the Simplicity of what , Wise men like Prem Rawat have to Share to all .


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