Why don't we just 'move on'?

The most common question current followers of Maharaji ask ex-premies is, "Why don't we just move on?". If we have decided that Maharaji is not for us, then why bother with him at all? After all, if we don't like a brand of beer, we simply don't drink it - it would be strange to mount a campaign against that beer.

Well, the short answer to this question is that the vast majority of people in Europe, the Americas, and Australia, who became followers of Maharaji, have 'moved on'. At the height of Maharaji's popularity in the west in the late 70's, he could command 20,000 to attend a two week outdoor festival. Now, after a further 22 years of teaching 'Knowledge', he has difficulty getting 5,000 to attend a two day international event in the US, in spite of most followers being more affluent than they were in the 70's. The situation in India is different where their culture includes having a guru, or quite often, several gurus. The situation in Africa is unclear.

Most of these former followers have probably never read this website, but even amongst those that have, many never post on the forum. They simply read the site, write to the webmaster address thanking us, and, as current followers suggest, 'move on'. Although firm evidence is unavailable, it is reasonable to assume that there are a group of readers of the site who do simply 'move on', but never get in contact.

Even amongst those who have posted on the forum during the last four years, most have posted for a while, and then 'moved on'.

So to the hard core of forum posters - why are we still here? There appear to be several reasons. Some of us are forum junkies. We love debating with the many intelligent, clear thinking, people who post on the forum. It's actually very enjoyable. Some of us like the social interaction, which includes regular real-life social gatherings. After all, with who else can you talk about believing a teenager from India was an incarnation of God? Some want to convert current followers. Although this motive may seem evangelistic, when you feel the relief of renouncing Maharaji, it is understandable to want to share that experience. Some definitely feel bitter towards Maharaji because of the devotion to himself that he demanded, and want to contribute to 'bringing him down'. For those who run this site and the forums, there is also the motive of providing a public service. The regular emails thanking us for the existence of this site bear testimony to this view.

One day, probably all of us will 'move on', but there's still work to do, and, unfortunately for Maharaji, there are still many of us willing to do that work.

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