Targeting Gandhi VIPs
The lengths that Prem Rawat’s followers will go to ensure that their
master’s veneer of
legitimacy is maintained has been revealed to include arrant
A London Legal firm, Paul Robert’s Solicitors,
serving as organisers for a Fundraising event claimed to be benefiting
the Gandhi Foundation,
sought the involvement of supporters of Prem Rawat; this same firm was
behind the organisation of an event at
London’s Guildhall in May 2007. According to the London Evening
a Trustee of the UK Elan Vital organisation 
which promotes Prem Rawat, accountant Roland Klepzig, wrote to selected
followers of Prem Rawat regarding the Gandhi Foundation event in terms
1) Attendees at the Gandhi Foundation event were, by arrangement
with the organisers, to view a DVD of Prem Rawat speaking.
2) Attendees at the event were to be given ‘goody bags’ containing
DVD of Prem Rawat speaking at London’s Guildhall, an authorized
biography of Prem Rawat and a 34 page booklet promoting the Prem Rawat
Foundation as a humanitarian charity.
3) The event would be attended by diplomats, politicians, celebrities
and very influential and wealthy business people who would be exposed to
Rawat’s message for the first time.
4) The event would be a “unique networking opportunity” at which
followers could act as “discrete ambassadors” on Rawat’s behalf amongst
this “most influential group of people”.
5) Followers were encouraged to attend the event to secure it’s
‘success’ and to discretely provide support to Rawat’s message.
Although Rawat claims to be non sectarian, his discourses have
frequently made reference to the Baghavagita, a work that is not only
revered by fundamentalist Hindu’s who detested Gandhi but a work which
is inimical to Gandhi’s pacifist stance. Rawat’s own lifestyle of
opulence and consumption is diametrically opposed to everything that
Gandhi stood for and for Rawat’s followers to seek to subvert the
Foundation event to their own ends seems not only dishonest but a
grotesque insult to the memory of the ‘father of India’.
Responding to a journalist’s inquiries, spokesman for the UK Elan Vital,
Shaw said the “fact is we are not a cult and we do not behave in
cult-like ways”. The bizarre ‘entryist’ attempt that appears to have
been encouraged by Mr Shaw’s colleague, Roland Klepzig, would seem to
suggest that in fact Prem Rawat’s followers do behave in “cult-like
ways”. In respect of the earlier Guildhall event an Elan Vital spokesman
was quoted as saying “'There is no question of it being used in any way
to raise money or recruit”[
]while in a further twist Elan Vital itself publicly quotes the
principal organiser of both the Guild Hall
and Gandhi Foundation events, Mr
Paul Bloomfield, in terms that appear to indicate a degree of partiality
toward Prem Rawat.