About Prem Rawat

Prem Rawat - Maharaji at various events

Throughout history, men and women have sought answers to these most fundamental questions. Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title Maharaji, has dedicated his life to giving people the keys that will unlock those answers. He speaks to people around the world about the possibility of finding peace within — not as some utopian ideal or an absence of conflict, but as an immanent, personal experience.

'What I offer people is not just talk, but a way to go inside and savor the peace that is within
Prem Rawat directs his message at each individual, independent of their beliefs, circumstances, or background. His vision is far-reaching but simple. He wants to bring peace to humanity, individual by individual.

His Childhood

Prem Rawat - Maharaji

Born in a town near Dehradun, India (10th December, 1957), he started addressing audiences at the tender age of three. At the age of eight, when his father and teacher, Sri Hans Ji Maharaj, passed away, he began teaching. Despite his youth, for the next five years, he travelled across India, during school breaks, often addressing vast audiences.

Coming to the West

In 1971, at the age of 13, he was invited to speak in England and, from there, Germany, France and the United States. He began training for jet aircrafts at the age of 15. So began a journey to take his message to the wider world. Ever since, he has reached to those who want to listen, no matter where in the world they may live.

1970s to Present

In the four decades since, he has addressed over 12 million people on every continent, criss-crossing the globe countless times and reaching out to millions. He has a physically grueling schedule, traveling tirelessly to bring his message of peace to even the most remote places. A professional airplane and helicopter pilot, he regularly clocks up 100,000 miles and attends over two events a week, in an average year. Prem Rawat - Maharaji

Without advertising or charging fees to attend his events, he has spoken in places as far afield as Tokyo and Tenerife, Quito and Cotonou, Malmo and Miami, attracting audiences as large as 325,000 in Gaya, India, and as small as one hundred in Hapuna, Hawaii. Regardless of their size, people find that his conversational, interactive style often make his talks deeply personal experiences.

While his public events can be very large, he is increasingly asked to speak as an honorary guest at smaller formal gatherings, including the Italian Senate and the Argentine Senate, in 2006, and Australia’s Parliament House, in 2005, where he spoke at an event organized in commemoration of the United Nations’ Day of Peace. Over the last three decades, Prem Rawat has been honored by the Governors and Mayors of states and cities across the United States and Europe, and has received the Keys and seals of cities in North America, South America and Japan. In 2006, he was awarded the title Ambassador of Peace, for the first time, by the Rector of the International University of Peace (Unipaz), in Brazil.

Humanitarian efforts

In 2001, Prem Rawat founded The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), which focuses on the fundamental human needs of food, water, and peace so that people can live with dignity, peace, and prosperity. The Foundation’s model food program, Food for People, provides hot nutritious meals for children in poverty-stricken areas, now including Bantoli, India; Tsarpu, Nepal; and Otinibi, Ghana. The TPRF Peace Education Program is an innovative educational program with a curriculum that fosters personal strength and positive life skills. The Foundation also provides relief for survivors of natural disasters. Captain Prem Rawat

To honor Prem Rawat and his foundation, for the support provided to United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Water Development Initiative, an event was held at the United Nations in New York, attended by distinguished representatives of the United Nations and local New York government, Civic, and business leaders.

Personal life

In addition to being a highly qualified pilot with over 12,000 hours of flying experience, Prem Rawat is a talented artist, poet, musician and inventor. A lifelong fascination with technology coupled with a passion for helping as many people as possible enable him to constantly explore new ways of delivering his message. His addresses are broadcast on television channels around the world and are available through a wide range of media, both online and offline. As a result, his message is now available in 97 countries and 70 languages. As a private investor, he supports himself and his family through independent means. To date, he has never charged for any of his events.

Some of the recognitions he has received

* Honor & Letters of appreciation »
  • “Ambassador for Peace”, International University of Peace, Brazil
  • Asia Pacific Brands Foundation BrandLaureate International Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Honorary Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
  • City of Atlanta, Georgia
  • United States Library of Congress
  • National Geographic Society
  • Vermont Historical Society
* Resolutions / proclamations »
  • Governor of Michigan
  • Governor of New Mexico
  • General Assembly of the State of Connecticut
  • Court of Common Council, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Wisconsin Legislature
  • Mayors of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Miami, Florida
  • San Francisco, California
  • House Majority Leader, Portland, Maine
* Keys to cities »
  • New York City, New York
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oakland, California
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Miami Beach, Florida
  • “Illustrious Citizen”, Quito, Ecuador
  • City of Tainan, Taiwan
* Special Honors given by government officials »
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Agrigento, Italy
  • Denver, Colorado
  • New Hampshire
* Best Television Program »
  • 2004: Brazilian Association of Community Television Channels for Words of Peace
    (a weekly series featuring excerpts from Prem Rawat’s message of peace.)
  • Channel 31, Australia
  • 2006: Brazilian Association of Community Television Channels
  • 2008: Publieksprijs (people's choice) for Best Television' at the Amsterdam SALTO Awards
  • 2008: Third time getting first position on Brazilian Association of Community Television Channels
Prem Rawat - Maharaji being honored