It's interesting and hypocritical that Maharaji used to talk about the demon mind and letting go of it and giving it up. He may not call the mind evil or call premies rats in ratholes anymore, but the message is still the same regardless of how he uses his strange words now. When I read his blurb from Ft. Lauderdale about "This is Kaliyuga," I nearly fell off my chair in disbelief that he would use such a well imprinted term that could easily cause older premies to feel fear.
He may not dictate a particular lifestyle anymore but he does require devotion and love for him, him, him! He does demand focus upon himself and a belief in his power to reveal something magical in those techniques of K -- why else would he rev people up to want Amaroo not to be lost? DARSHAN LINES!!! That's lining up and bowing down before him and actually kissing his feet (that's for the uninformed).
Everthing is about himself and no one else. The conditions he places upon premies is unbearable to even consider now that I've seen life from both sides. Maharaji does indeed continue to tell premies and newcomers that he has the way to free people of their minds.
But, what has Maharaji ever given up in his life? Not much that I can see. The only things Maharaji has given up are these things to mention a few:
2. Honesty about his past and current life and behaviors
3. Courage to face his own past (his fear of publicity bears this out)
4. Simple human kindness
5. Charity towards the less fortunate
6. Ethics and morals
7. Personal Responsibility
8. The opportunity to have real friendships with people without the condition that he is superior to others.
9. Simplicity (Oh, what a tangled web he's woven)
It may be incorrect to say he gave those things up because I wonder if he ever had any of these basic human qualities.
He's a good actor. I'll give him that one. Put him on a stage and he has that old time religious charisma! He does enjoy adoration...