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Record-Breaking Crowds Listen to Maharaji

LOS ANGELES, December 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, just concluded a 16-city tour of the Indian subcontinent during which more than 900,000 people sought his inspiration and guidance.

Between October 29 and December 10, he held events in 11 locations. 200,000 attended the event in Varanasi and 150,000 in Kanpur. More than 50,000 came to hear him in Faridabad, Agra, Ambela, Delhi, Koto, Jaipur, and Lucknow.

At the end of the tour, people interested in Knowledge, a practical way that Maharaji offers for finding peace within, participated in a countrywide interactive follow-up event where they were able to ask him questions. More than 600,000 participated from 1,116 centers equipped with satellite dishes. They interacted with Maharaji via audio feeds, and Maharaji responded via satellite video feed from Delhi, where the event originated before 28,000 people. 1,125 questions were sent in from 59 locations during an enthusiastic exchange that lasted more than 90 minutes.

For H. V. Nagappa of Raj Vidya Kender, which promotes and disseminates Maharaji's message in India, "As India becomes a vibrant modern country, people's thirst for finding peace within is growing as well. The strength and purity of Maharaji's message stands out, and it is a great pleasure to see him receive such an enthusiastic welcome. While the numbers are impressive, they are only a beginning. Maharaji started to hold events outside Delhi only a few months ago. Hundreds of cities are inviting Maharaji to visit. Starting in February 2004, he will be holding events in Southern India, as well as in the North, and record-breaking crowds are expected."

Linda Pascotto, President of The Prem Rawat Foundation, which promotes and disseminates Maharaji's message outside India, expressed: "The tremendous welcome which Maharaji has received during this tour marks the dawn of a new era of recognition for him and his message of peace. He mentioned once at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok that "when people in the world are at peace, the world will be at peace." One person at a time, Maharaji is making an extraordinary contribution toward making this world a better place to live. It is a great joy to see him receive the recognition that he and his message deserve."

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