Once upon a time there was a teenage guru from India named “Mahariji.” He came to the United States in the disco days of the 1970s and created a “cult” following he called the “Divine Light Mission.” The boy wonder made a mint and then retired. Some say his money came from exploiting his “brainwashed” followers, by taking their cash and/or free labor. But as the 70s faded so did the guru—or it least that’s the way it seemed.

Well, perhaps the 70s really never faded at all. The divine Mr. M is back, living proof that you just can’t keep a good guru down, or maybe a bad one.

Guru Mahariji is now a middle-aged man with a gut, but he can’t seem to give up his teenage persona. He calls his current enterprise “Elan Vital.” 4,000 of his devotees flocked to Australia recently to hear the word from their old guru. They paid $275.00 per head to attend, which means that Mahariji made more than a million dollars.

But one ex-follower of Mr. M decided to crash the party. That former fan was Neville Ackland, who was stopped by police from entering the event. He calls Mahariji a “false guru,” and claims that he took him for $500,000. Ackland had a petition signed by hundreds of other ex-disciples who seemed to feel the same way, reported the Courier Mail.

Never mind the bad press though, the money in the guru business is just too fat to pass up. And like an old disco diva playing Vegas, you just can’t seem to keep this 70s guru guy from staging his act. After all, why stay at the ashram when the money is this easy?


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