Tuesday, July 31, 1973
NEW YORK (UPI) - Rennie
Davis, defendant in the 1968
"Chicago Seven" trial, led 3,500
youths this weekend in worship
of a 15-year-old Indian guru
whom he calls the "living per-
fect master" - the answer to
all the world's ills.
Davis acted as taster of cere-
monies Saturday at a happening
in the newly named Louis Arm-
strong stadium to welcome the
Guru Baharaj Ji on the first stop
in a seven-city tour of the coun-
"I BELIEVE 1973 is the year
America will recognize that the
living perfect master is here,"
said Davis, who forsook radical
politics several months ago to
become a devotee of the cheru-
Several hundred followers,
wearing buttons depicting the
Indian boy, burst forth with the
Hindu response "Bolie Shri Sat-
burudev Maharaj Ki Jai!" which
is Hindu for "Speak of the Glory
of the Perfect Master!"
After two hours of music and
talk, the guru himself entered a
stage bedecked with roses and
sat on a large velvet throne as
a rock band played music with
spiritual lyrics. To his enrap-
tured followers he said "I can
promise you satisfaction of mind;
I can promise you peace."
SOME OF THE spectators were
not so impressed. "I think he's
just talking trivia - common
sense," said John Friedman, 30.
"But he talks like a 15-year-
The guru, leader of the Divine
Light Mission which has offices
around the nation, claims 40,000
followers in the United States
and 6 million around the world.
THE SUMMER DAILY
Viewing the remains of their creation
Shelly Finkel, left and Jim Koplik, promoters of the "Summer Jam" rock festival that drew some 600,000 fans to a race track in Watkins
Glens, N.Y., converse while the last few stragglers prepare to leave the festival site.
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