HOW TO HELP A PERSON WHO YOU KNOW OR SUSPECT IS POSSESSED BY DEMONS (FALLEN ANGELS)
I think of this as both a prayer to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as a command to Satan, the ruler of all demons who are his slaves. Bible-believing Christians all have WRITTEN PERMISSION in the Bible to help our brothers and sisters who have been afflicted. Here are the words you can use:
"IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, I demand that Satan stop giving [name of person] his benefit, including drugs. In the Name of Jesus I command Satan to stop communicating with [name of person] supernaturally and I break any power [name of person] may have with witchcraft until s/he comes face-to-face with the Gospel, and I command that [insert name of person]'s mind to be set free so that s/he can perceive the Gospel and make his/her own mind up whether s/he wants deliverance from Satan and to accept Jesus as Personal Lord and Savior! Thank you, Jesus, for your precious Blood. Amen."
NOTE: The reason this command/prayer does not cast the demon(s) out and be done with it is because it says in the Bible that once cast out they will come back sevenfold if the person has not accepted Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior and has not asked for deliverance. If someone DOES ask for deliverance, John recommends you cast out the demons with another strong Christian or Christians and not just by yourself. Or a pastor, if you have one.
Prayer and fasting also helps with this, especially in difficult cases. You can form a chain of people all who agree to pray one day a week many times a day while also fasting. The reason I mention this is because Jesus told the apostles that there are some demons that will only come out with prayer and fasting.
By the way, during a brief phone call I read the above to John Ramirez, ex-Satanist of 25 years who was saved and is now in the ministry. He warned again not to cast demons out without the permission of a person for the same reason described above. They must of their own free will ask for deliverance. God the Creator gave each and every one of us free will, and there are no exceptions! John used to this his "daddy" was the most powerful daddy (Satan). Now he knows his Daddy (Jesus) is more powerful than that – and if He were not, John would not even be alive today! You can hear his testimony on YouTube:
(This is the shorter 20-minute one. There is another on YouTube which is much more in-depth.)
OBEDIENCE: IS IT REALLY A DIRTY WORD?
Obedience. Is it abuse or a higher love? Certainly it depends on the situation, but what prompts me to speak of this is because of people's knee-jerk reaction of not wanting to obey God. "Oh, I have to obey? I'm outta here!" This is in my opinion one of the main reasons for the growth of "new age" religion and "spiritual practices" in the West by those who have turned away from Christian doctrine.
I'll be the first to admit that there is a lot about Christian doctrine to make one way to turn away -- and almost none of them having anything to do with Jesus or what He taught. One of His main commandments was to love others as ourselves - and not just our friends and family and those who might have something to offer us, but those who have nothing to offer us and those who offend us and even hate us. He is calling for love "all the way." But this little essay is not about the commandments of Jesus. Lest I get off topic, let us turn again to that scary word: Obey.
I find it very interesting that the word "obey" or "obedience" has become such an anathema -- or such a cursed word -- in our time. It has come to be perceived as opposite of "free will" or choice. However, this is only true when someone is a SLAVE -- and NOT when someone has CHOSEN to be a servant. Obeying as a slave is or can be not only drudgery but also doing things against one's will or choice and can be outrageously abusive, evil and just plain wrong. However, obeying because you WANT to obey -- is an entirely different tune on the whistle. One metaphor could be a submissive in a dominance and submission relationship. Some may see that kind of relationship as antiquated, abusive or perverse -- but like any other practice or relationship IT DEPENDS ON HOW IT IS DONE -- AND WHETHER IT IS DONE BY THE FREE WILL CHOICE OF BOTH PARTIES -- and in trust and loving. If it is done by choice -- and if it is a truly loving and committed relationship, the submissive (and the dominant) experience much, much joy from same in a very healthy relationship. (I have found such relationships being done in a such a healthy manner rare, but I do believe they exist.) Similarly, to obey Jesus Christ -- who loves like no one else in history has ever loved -- who has shown love, mercy and forgiveness to degrees far surpassing anything ever seen before or since -- is a TRUE JOY to those who of FREE WILL have chosen to love and OBEY Him. Praise the Lord -- it is a beautiful thing...!
MY STORY: HOW I BECAME WHAT I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE - THAT IS, A CHRISTIAN
I grew up the daughter of agnostic parents (neither believed in nor disbelieved in God) and was also given (very sweet) although atheist "godparents." This was to make sure that if anything should happen to my parents I would not be delivered to my relatives for fear they would "religion me to death."
My mother was not a motherly woman and when she divorced my father she left me and my brother behind with the idea that never to speak to us or see us again was the way to do things. As a young girl I worshipped my earthly father. He was my all and I wanted only to please him and I took on his belief systems gladly.
My father was not perfect, but he was a very kind, sensitive, intelligent and compassionate man. He had been brought up with a type of delivery of Christian religious doctrine that hurt rather than helped him with parents who thought that because he was sickly that he was retarded, and hid him from visitors. How much of this ties in with his dislike of church I do not know but suspect there was a connection.
For many years I thought as many in this world still do -- that Jesus, if he even ever really existed, was "just a man." A really nice man, but no more. This is what my father believed, and it make sense to me.
I had a poor view of Christians also because I had lived with my Southern Baptist grandparents for 9 months when I was 11 years old and was taken to church with them several times a week. This was my nearly-only exposure to Christian churches. My experience of Christians was a painful amount of sanctimonious self-righteousness, judging others and hypocrisy. I did not want to have anything to do with the church. Church seemed like a place that just made people feel bad and where my questions in Sunday School were not answered and where I was instead instructed to stop asking. It was not understandable to me that I should "have faith" that the Bible was God's Word.
I now understand (and really always understood) that this was not Jesus's fault, but it was so hard to be around it.
But that is not why I brought this up. I brought it up because I wanted to mention that the FIRST to witness to me that Jesus was truly real and had power -- the first witness that actually got through to me -- was the satanist movement itself. How ironic.
I became fascinated by Dennis Wheatley books which I found in a used bookstore in the small town in which I lived. He was apparently a popular author in the UK but his books were not ever as far as I can tell distributed in the U.S. He wrote a number of novels whose recurring theme was of black magic and satanism -- and then how a Christian or Christians would come in and try to break their curses, etc. However, I would not recommend Wheatley's books to anyone concerned about such curses. Dennis Wheatley, I realize now, was not a very effective Christian (if he was a Christian) when it came to his ways of dealing with the satanists as he did not in his books give the true information needed to cast out devils and demons but instead focused on things like Christian rituals and holy water and things I suspect came from the Catholic Church. He did not, as I remember, speak of the power of the blood shed by Jesus or of Jesus' Name. Be that as it may, what his books did show me was that satanists believed in Jesus! This was clear, because they went out of their way to define themselves as defilers of anything considered holy by Christians, from upside down crosses to cannibalism in their drinking of human blood, etc.
That really blew me away. Being a sincere non-believer myself at that time, why did satanists place so much importance on Jesus? Wasn't Jesus "just a man"? I read a number of his books, and in all of them the devil worshippers testified again and again in their belief in Jesus by their concentration on villifying Jesus Christ. This really had me shaking my head!
After reading those books I ended up (unknowingly at the time) with a boyfriend who was a practicing satanist. I do not recommend this particular way to get witnessed to, but for hardheaded and stubborn people like me, it can happen this way -- and when Jesus saved me it was a dramatic save -- because within weeks or months I was truly experiencing hell on earth with dark spirits entering my very mind and whispering to me with heartbreaking and horrible wickedness that brought a terrible dread to my heart.
Here is a short version of the story:
I had quit smoking marijuana after having been a chain-smoker of marijuana for several years. I had gotten away from the people who encouraged me to smoke it as well and was living with my maternal grandmother in her tiny house in North Texas. I was 29 years old, a legal secretary, and working to pay off the IRS.
My ex had mailed me a joint (marijuana cigarette) even though he knew I had quit, and even though I had quit and successfully for some months, rather than throwing it away I put it in a draw in my dresser. There it waited for me until I was sufficiently tempted to smoke some of it. And that is what happened. The Tempter came to me through someone I had just met and who shared with me a weakness for lust. I did not know it at the time, but he was also married. He was an ex-preacher who had lost his faith. He teased me about the joint I had in such a way that I pulled it out one evening and smoked half of it.
Now one of the main reasons I had quit smoking marijuana was because it made me feel and think in a paranoid way. I find nothing enjoyable about paranoia, although I had lived with it for three years when I smoked it so much. I had thought the paranoia would finally leave, but it did not, and sometimes it increased dramatically. Therefore I was done with it once and for all, especially once I left my boyfriend who was one of those who for some reason really wanted me to smoke it.
Anyhow, I smoked half of it, and then began one of the worst -- really I have to say the worst experience of my life. Suddenly I found myself thinking really scary things and BELIEVING them -- like that certain people I knew and did not know were out to kill me, and that all these different people (mostly who I did not know) were conspiring to kill me, were flying over my home in helicopters, whatever. My terror grew by the minute. I cannot express to you how frightening this was!
It continued for about 5 minutes, then suddenly was gone. Suddenly, to my great relief I was myself again, thinking MY thoughts. Those thoughts that had literally controlled my mind for the previous 5 minutes were NOT my thoughts. They had come upon me from "out of the darkness" unbidden (except by the fact that I had smoked that joint). For the next approximately 5 minutes I felt so much relief and could finally relax, and wondered and wondered how and why that had just happened to me!
But after 5 minutes of rest, it started again! It came back with the full power of the time before. This cycle of 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off continued for at least 45 minutes before I thought to myself I HAD to try to do something to get rid of these "demons." By now I had that name for it. By now I could only describe my experience as "demons entering my head" and terrifying me beyond any terror I had known before.
I was in a town I had not lived in since I was 3 years old and where I knew no one but my grandmother, the one or two people I worked with and the lady that lived across the street. The lady across the street, Vicki, was very sweet and nice and interesting, but I had purposely tried to keep some distance from her. Why? Because she was a Christian. We all know how Christians are, right? Sanctimonious and judgmental, they are also ultimately the most boring people ever. This was my judgment of Christians, unaware that I was being at LEAST as judgmental as I thought they were!
Now suddenly it occurred to me that her being a Christian might not be a bad thing at all. Maybe she could help me! The people in the Dennis Wheatley books that were trying to undo the evil done by the ritualistic satanists were doing Christian things to deal with them, and the satanists themselves worked so far to do anything and everything that could possibly hurt and anger Jesus, maybe a Christian would know something that could be done to make these demons go away from me. That was my hope!
I walked across the street -- it was evening -- and Vicki was not home, but her teenage daughter let me in and invited me to wait for her. During the time I was waiting for her the demons did not re-enter my head, but I still felt a sense they were near and could return at any minute. I waited for about 30 minutes before Vicki returned.
When Vicki returned, I tried to explain to her what was happening to me, and that demons were attacking me and kept returning. She said to me, "Michele! What did you do?!" almost like an accusation. But I was in too much need to bother to be offended, and I told her I had smoked that joint. Then she started in with a short lecture of how I should not smoke marijuana with a sort of tsk-tsk attitude.
Well, this was definitely NOT helping me. I started to feel very antsy sitting on her couch. I felt like I needed to leave there. I wasn't going to get any help here. All she had for me were lectures. "Just like a Christian," I thought, in disappointment. I did not know what I was going to do, but I needed to go find out what I was going to do, so I got up to go.
As I cross the room toward the door, my back was to Vicki and she was about 20 feet behind me at I approached her side door. Then suddenly it happened. Thoughts that were not my own (but which I responded to as if they were my own, because they totally controlled me) came into my head. This time I just "KNEW" that Vicki was not really Christian. She just pretended to be a Christian. She was really a wicked person who cast spells on people and all this time she had been casting spells on me! I was aghast...! Barring the little lecture, Vicki always seemed like such a sweet and kind person and to "realize" that she was really a meanspirited, evil-minded practicer of witchcraft was STARTLING to me as well as terrifying! I spun around to look at her, and as I did, simultaneously I let out a blood-curdling SCREAM...!
Suddenly all was silent, including the voices in my head. I was looking at Vicki, and Vicki was looking at me. She now understood that I needed some real help. She said, "Michele, do you want to come back into the living room and pray with me?" I knew I really needed help too, and this was more like it. "Yes!" I said. I didn't know much about the praying business, but I was glad she knew how to pray and maybe I would have a prayer of getting these awful attacks to stop.
I sat on her couch and she took my hand and began to pray out loud. I cannot remember most of her words. I remember the words I did not expect and needed so much. And the opening part of her prayer, she said, "Michele, are you ready to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?" I was stunned. I did not expect this and was totally unprepared. Here I am falling through this hellish pit and she is asking me this -- now?! But I don't want her to stop praying. I want to be cooperative. I didn't have anything against Jesus, and I was okay with repenting for my sins and forgiving others for theirs.
But accept Jesus as my Lord? I had to think fast. What was I going to do?! I spoke to God (I have always believed in God) silently and said, "I don't know who Jesus is, but if he can save me from this, sure, I'll accept him as my Lord!" And I said YES. She continued in the prayer and commanded the demons, in Jesus' Name, to leave in no uncertain terms. And it was done. And they were gone. And they did not come back. Ever. This all happened over 30 years ago. They did not come back (and, for the record, I have never smoked marijuana again either).
I felt and feel so much love and gratitude for that experience. My heart began to really open in a big way on that blessed evening. The love that Jesus has for me -- who did nothing to deserve it -- touches my heart every time I think about it. And the gratitude I feel for Vicki will also never end, though I have spoken to her only rarely through the years. As I left her home that evening, she handed me a book saying it might be of good help to me. It was a book about why the blood of Jesus is so precious and so powerful. It is alchemical and powerful and miraculous in its strength and there is no magic in this world or any other world that cannot be overpowered by the act of Jesus' shedding his blood so that all men and women could have a covenant with him and be able to live, ultimately, with God, our Father, in heaven. The blood cleanses us of the burden of our wrongs, our sins -- if we will accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We repent of our sins and ask forgiveness and His blood that was shed a Calvary cleanses us of all our past wrongs, wiping our slate clean. Then it is very important also to read the Word, the Holy Bible, which gives us many truths. As someone put it, it is like a love letter from God to us and tells us the importance of things such as getting baptized both in the Holy Spirit and in water.
It is true that the Bible can be a difficult book to read. Some seeming contradictions may leave one wondering if the translation is clear -- and we may find a better understanding in such cases by studying the culture of the time in which the Bible was written. However, the most important things are very clear, helpful and wise. Someone recently recommended to me that when embarking on reading the entire Bible, it is a good idea to begin first with the New Testament.
I agree. The New Testament is the fulfillment of prophecies of the Old Testament, but also with certain teachings accentuated very clearly by Jesus's words.
Last but not least -- be sure to pray often and every day. The woeful mistake I made when I first became a Christian was not realizing the importance of the Word in my life. When it confused me I turned away from it totally. Now I approach it again with a new recognition of its importance and its mysteries. I do not expect to understand every line, every story or every page -- but I find that will study and prayer it is a constant blessing to me. And like the Good Book itself says, the Bible is the Sword in the armor of God. We must all take up this sword during these times of great spiritual warfare.
Wishing you a blessed life!
HOW TO PRAY. In the Bible, Jesus stresses the importance of praying in your own room, alone and with the door shut whenever you may. When you pray in secret to your Father who is in secret He will reward you. He also says not to think a prayer is better just because it is long, because the Father already knows what you are going to say before you say it. He instructed to pray in this way, and this is commonly known as
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who is in Heaven,
Holy is your Name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins and tresspasses
as we forgive those who sin and trespass against us.
Do not lead us into temptation
but rescue us from the evil one.
For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the
Glory forever. Amen.
A great addition to use just before Amen if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior is: In Jesus' name we pray.
[These words are slightly different in different translations of the Bible, this version using more of the modern words - your rather than thy, rescue rather than deliver, etc.]
Jesus went on to explain that if we will forgive others for their wicked deeds, then our heavenly Father will forgive us for our wicked deeds. We must forgive others if we would receive forgiveness also for ourselves!
In other parts of the Bible it is also stressed that value of speaking Jesus' name out loud to cast away dark spirits (or demons), as well as saying out loud "the Blood of Christ." Jesus' name and his Blood, which He shed for all of humanity that we may be able to be cleansed so that we can ultimately be in the company of our Father in heaven is so holy and so full of God's true Light that darkness cannot bear it and must flee, in most cases. I say in most cases meaning "immediately." If it/they do not flee immediately, pray as often as possible day after day, even if it takes a month or more. In such difficult cases, from my understanding of the Bible, fasting with prayer is even more powerful.
However Jesus also explained that some unclean spirits who may inhabit a person can be much more difficult to cast out. In those cases only prayer and fasting will bring the desired result.
I feel it is important I put information about this on my website and keep this portion at the top of the page, because the spiritual warfare on this earth is heightening. The dark spirits walk the earth and they can see us and know so many things about us -- whereas the vast majority of us cannot see them and many deny their existence at all. The fallen angels take that as a great advantage when people do not believe they exist; all the better for them to do their evil works.
Atheist Ian McCormack has life-changing near-death experience:
DO PEOPLE REALLY BURN IN HELL FOREVER? (Hint: No!)
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72eJeryrQeI
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7cplP-g2v8
The best news ever...! Your choices will be to live forever for and with God -- or perish and cease to exist at all.
September 29, 2013.
Feeling nauseous today at the number of televangelists who are corrupt deceitful people who mock the Holy Spirit to fill their pockets. They make me feel so disgusted, because there are so many hungry people in the world, even just here in the U.S. (especially children in homeless families). I will be in the coming days posting YouTube videos of preachers, pastors and/or Christians that have a sincere message that is valuable and truly Spirit-filled to the best of my discernment.
If you see any Christian video posted on my website that you feel is from a corrupt preacher or person I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks! And meanwhile, I'll leave you with this sermon from a preacher from Uganda who is relating a message that is very meaningful, but would like to first note that the title of this video is a bit over-sensationalized. This preacher was not banned from Heaven but was told why if he continued in his current ways he would be banned from Heaven:
WHAT? me, a religious fundamentalist?
I can totally understand the surprise felt by many who have been seeing my evangelistic types of posts these last few weeks and days and Facebook and elsewhere. People say that doesn't sound like me at all. Well, I am still me -- but let me explain:
I became a born-again Christian 30 years ago and became absolutely spellbound by Jesus' love and by the moves of the Holy Spirit (and more).When I say born-again I am most specifically referring to being baptized by the Holy Spirit.
However I could not find a church to join (I ran into a lot of churches that I would better describe as train wrecks!) and ended up over the years almost forgetting about Jesus. Where attention goes, energy flows -- and without a church I simply stopped paying attention. I do not plan to make that mistake again. I also believe that being able to worship with others is a great support, which I did not have. I barely had a Christian friend, in fact.
Recently I found a loving church that also holds at least most if not all of my own fundamentalist-style beliefs: that Jesus is the Son of God (as well as Son of Man) and died to save humanity from certain death (mortality) -- so that we can all who will confess our transgressions and love and obey God (who is one with Jesus and the Holy Spirit) will be immortal and live forever, in bodies, in a place very much like earth but even more beautiful and without its darknesses, called Heaven.
And yes, I believe that Heaven is an actual place and that earth is a "shadow" of Heaven but that God's will can be done on this earth -- when we of our free will choose to do His will. When I first became a Christian I was very embarrassed about it. Why? Because I had always disliked Christians. Hate is too strong of a word, because in general I was not a hater. I did not dislike all Christians, because I loved those in my family that were Christians and I met a few other nice ones, but the year I had to go to Southern Baptist Church when I lived with my grandparents really got me to being more uncomfortable with church and Christians. The preacher talked a lot about fire and brimstone and hell (which did not translate to me as if much love were going on) and the congregation sang the song about Jesus loving all the children of all races, but if that was true why didn't I see people of diverse races in church? Why did blacks have separate churches? I may not have known what the word hypocrit meant at the time, but I learned what that word meant from what I saw there. It was a simplistic view of a child that was unaware of larger social issues, but I was disturbed by it and by the racism I encountered in less-than-discreet comments from time to time from people who were Christians.
I thought of Christians as self-righteous, judgmental and (therefore) unloving people. And the fact is, a lot of them are. I realize now that that is not the fault of Jesus or God or the Holy Spirit. We have free will here, and it is up to us to be REAL Christians or not. Jesus said that if we are ashamed of him, that he in turn will be ashamed of us before our Father God. (As well he should be.) I can understand that. So I denounced my embarrassment and shame and boldly will tell anyone that yes, I am a Christian -- and a fundamentalist at that (if that is what you want to call me), because I follow the Bible to the best of my understanding and ability.
The main commandment I see in the Bible is from Jesus and that is to love one another as much as we love ourselves (even to the point of loving others more than ourselves). This sort of spirit of love, to me, is the most fundamental of all as a Christian. And that includes loving and accepting LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) people into churches and to be treated like any other member. After looking at the passages in the Bible that people use to say God is anti-homosexual and reading different translations and interpretations of those translations I am certain that God is very displeased indeed with sexual immorality and perversion -- but what is said to refer to homosexuality in the Bible is neither clear nor profuse in the Bible, whereas the admonition not to judge others is very profuse in the Bible, and most especially in the New Testament -- as well as to love them. I am going with not judging and loving. How about you?
A little prayer: Thank you, Jesus Christ, for the precious gift of your Blood, which sets free and protects all those who come to you with sincerity, confess their sins and live life anew in You. Thank you, Lord Father, our Almighty Creator -- and thanks very much also to the Holy Spirit, our great Comforter in these troubled times.
God Bless you and yours,
Michele (Avocadess) Deradune
Ex-Satanist John Rodriguez of 25 years tells his story:
Ways satan stops our prayers:
WHY I CONSIDER PREM RAWAT A FALSE PROPHET
Prem Rawat is also known as Maharaji and, in earlier days,
Guru Maharaji Ji
I'll start with the most popular song of Western followers of Maharaji (now more publicly known as Prem Rawat, his legal name -- and then known as Guru Maharaj Ji) back when I first became one of his followers. The Lord of the Universe in this song was not referring to God or Jesus Christ, but to Maharaji, and it was often said at meetings to propagate his mission that "Guru is greater than God, because Guru gives you God." The following was the most popular song we sang about and for Prem Rawat (Maharaji) back in 1972 when I first got involved:
THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE
"The Lord of the Universe has come to us this day
The Lord of the Universe has come to us this day
And he comes to show us Light
And he comes to show us Love
And he comes to show us the way back to our Father."
One of the reasons I don't personally feel any real anger toward him, false prophet though he is, is because he was born into a family which set him up to take on the role he took -- at the young age of 8. He may even have believed it himself, and probably did, for a time. However, it is time to drop the facade and I feel responsible for any part I played in the life of anyone who may have been by me to follow him.
Also, due to some supernatural occurrences that have happened in my own life, I am convinced that demons in the army of Satan use Maharaji as someone for the more "pure in heart" to serve -- if for not other reason, to keep us from following our true Lord and God. Satan is an envious, proud and wily fallen angel who once was the most perfect and beautiful of all the angels in heaven and full of wisdom. I believe the name Lucifer means "Angel of Light." Since he was kicked out of heaven (because he wanted to be worshipped and adored and be more powerful than God), he got the new name of Satan. A third of the angels in heaven followed him, and as fallen angels the new term for them is "demons." To quote the Bible (Ephesians 6:11-12):
"Put on the whole armor of God. so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
Heavenly places NOT meaning heaven -- because no demons are allowed in heaven -- but heavenly places means the spiritual planes which our physical eyes cannot see. Devil is another name used for Satan -- as well as Accuser, Adversary and the "serpent" in the Garden of Eden.
Not having been very well versed in the Bible, having been brought up mostly by my agnostic father, I did not see a lot of signs I would have seen had I known the Good Book a lot better. Jesus told us that the only way to the Father was through Him.
Another thing we were commonly told in those early years was that Maharaji was the Messiah and his second coming had been "through the clouds" (in a jet plane from India to Great Britain and then to the U.S.) and was "seen by all" because his arrival made (a few) headlines at the time.
Interestingly, the key teaching of Maharaji is what he calls "Knowledge." A curious choice, since the first fall of humanity happened in the Garden of Eden when Eve partook -- under the influence of the devil in the form of a serpent -- of the tree of Knowledge. It was the only tree that God had told Adam and Eve not to eat from. Eve ate of the apple because she was deceived; Adam ate of the apple because he knew that if he did not he would never see Eve again, and he wanted to remain with her -- so he disobeyed.
Maharaji's "Knowledge" came in the form of what was then described as Light, Music, Word and Nectar. (Nowadays he has repackaged the Knowledge and now I think they are simply called the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th techniques.) At the time I received Knowledge, people were asked to not only bow down to Maharaji but pledge their lives to him. I remember one Mahatma in fact would ask people if they would allow themselves to die for him -- and only if they said yes would they receive "Knowledge." A very clear WORSHIP factor was there at that time. It is still there in the old-timers, though they may not be willing to talk about it. It is not seen as good PR to admit it at this point.
The Angel Lucifer was not only an angel of light, but he was also very musical. Interesting that light and music are the first two "techniques."
Back in the day, we were quoted from the Bible, John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Maharaji translated the "mystery" of the Word as "primordial Vibration." He would make fun of the Bible being the Word of God, and did not seem to know that Jesus also was the Word (or if he did, he did not mention it to my knowledge). The 3rd technique was "the Word" or vibration, and the technique is basically just a breathing technique, well known for helping a person to relax (or, if in excess, hyperventilate).
The 4th technique also seemed to be based on the Bible, as it used to be called "the Nectar," the "living waters." Bob Mishler, who used to be the president of Divine Light Mission, once held a talk where he explained that the "nectar" came from the pineal gland.
After many years of service to him, listening to him hours a day on the average and practicing his Knowledge (the term used for "meditating" using the four techniques), I found that there really was not much there for me. I had moments of feeling fulfilled, but mostly I felt no fulfillment.
Maharaji taught that there is no heaven like Christians think of heaven, but that heaven is ONLY inside a person. For me, this heaven became considerably lacking. That, combined with some of the things I heard Maharaji preaching -- such as the importance of serving "the Master" (he likes to talk in third person when speaking of his titles) and that serving one another was NOT serving the "Master," was the beginning of the end of my "marriage" to Maharaji and his "mission."
I could get into a lot of little details but I see no need to resort to gossip. I only hope that my writing this will help at least one genuine seeker of truth. I have ZERO doubt in my mind that Jesus is the Living Lord, that He died for our sins so that we could be cleansed of them, and that until His return to this earth, the Holy Spirit or Comforter, which is without flesh and blood, and is one with God and Jesus, lives within every true Christian. Jesus is both God and man, both son of God and son of man. He is our bridge to our True Father.
But back to more on Maharaji. I lived in his ashram in Denver, Colorado from 1973 until 1976. Part of living in the ashram was a vow of chastity, poverty and obedience. Every morning and every night we were to sing at an altar with photos of Maharaji (and his family) on it (and this is only a small part -- the whole song taking 30 minutes to sing):
"You are my Mother and you are my Father
You are by Brother and you are my Friend
You are riches, you are wisdom
You are my all, my Lord to me."
That was the short song to be sung just before the longer 30-minute song. Here is the first verse of the long one:
Jai guru deva Maharaj Ji
Your glory fills the world
Protector of the weary and the weak
You bring the death of attachment
You bring the mind true detachment
Save us from the ocean deep
Jai dev, jai Satgurudev
"Jai guru deva Maharaji" translated (and we all knew this), means: Glory to the one who brings us from darkness to light, the divine King)
Here I must inject another quote from the Bible, again showing this mockery of the Word: "...I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark." (John 8:12) (Names of God Bible) (Jesus speaking) or "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life" (New Revised Standard Version).
"Jai dev, jai Satgurudev" means: Glory to the divine one, praises to the Lord of Lords (or guru of gurus). Maharaji translated "guru" to mean "one who brings from darkness to light."
I don't want to apologize for Maharaji, but again I do want to emphasize that he was BORN into his "status." Although he had several older brothers, when his father, Shri Maharaji, passed away Maharaji was just 8 years old, and Sampuranand, a devotee, pointed out that Shri Maharaji had sent the family a postcard prostating himself to his youngest son, Prem Rawat. (Prem, by the way, means Love in Hindi), and was one of the first of Shri Maharaji's followers to bow down to the young Prem.
I see Prem as someone who grew up in a gold-gilded prison. He is older now, and I have no idea what demons hound him, but I do know he serves them. Will he in the end refuse to admit that he is just a man and stop wasting the time and money of what must be hundreds of thousands of followers around the world? I do not know.
I pray for him. I know that God and Jesus would forgive him if he would publicly confess and accept Jesus as his Lord. I pray that he will do that, but until and unless he does, I must at least let others know what I know.
I confess that I did follow this false prophet and encouraged others to follow him. I apologize and am sorry for my foolishness and am very grateful for Jesus's love and forgiveness. I pray that I will never stray from serving Jesus the for rest of my life here and beyond.
May God bless you and keep you,
Michele (formerly Michelle) Mitchell Michael Reel Deradune
"ashram premie" and transcriptionist for Guru Maharaj Ji's English talks (1973-76)
and former coordinator for Austin video events for Maharaji in the '90s (4-6 years)
P.S. Just as I have no hate for Maharaji, I have no such feelings for his followers, current or past, whom I have known. If you choose to follow Maharaji's advice and to not have anything to do with someone like me, that is your choice. I love you and wish you the very best!
P.P.S. Famous "enlightened ones" such as Buddha? None of them died for us like Christ the Lord did, and none of them bring us to the Father like Jesus Christ does. I do not know but certainly hope that those with sincere hearts but who never turned to Jesus before they die will be given another chance after death to live forever in heaven.