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Divine Light Mission

Divine Light Mission. Religious movement founded by Sri Hans Ji Maharaj in 1960. He was acclaimed Gurū Maharaj Ji (often Maharaji) and Satguru. The movement was largely run by his mother, Mata Ji, until a schism, with Maharaji renaming his part of the movement Elan Vital. Central to the movement's teachings is a belief that Buddha, Kṛṣṇa, Christ, Muḥammad, and a number of lesser masters have taught what is termed the Knowledge, which consists essentially of techniques of meditation. This Knowledge is transmitted from one master to another, each one being the only perfect or true teacher, satguru, during his lifetime. Followers or ‘premies’ believe that Guru Maharaj Ji is the present satguru.

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