In 1983, his "Divine Light Mission" changed name to "Elan Vital"; concurrently, Prem Rawat asked that he be referred to as "Maharaji" rather than "Guru Maharaj Ji." For characterization of Divine Light Movement as a cult, Saul V. Levine, "Life in the Cults", in Marc Galanter (ed.), Cults and New Religious Movements: A Report of the American Psychiatric Association (1989), pp. 95-96. Quoting p.100, "members are expected to turn over all material possessions and earnings to the religion and abstain from alcohol, tobacco, meat, and sex... total devotion and constant preoccupation with the teachings of the group are demanded."
Father: Shri Hans Ji Maharaj (guru, b. 8-Nov-1900, d. 19-Jul-1966)
Mother: Jagat Janani Mata Shri Rajeshwari Devi
Wife: Marolyn Johnson (m. 1974, two daughters, two sons)
Emancipated Minor 1974
Naturalized US Citizen 1977
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