The Heart of the Matter
November 24, 2012
Prem Rawat in Johannesburg

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The third in a series of reports, by Louise Roenn, from Prem Rawat's events in Africa.

The lobby of the Gallagher Convention Center, in Johannesburg, is packed with the most diverse audience I have ever seen at one of Prem Rawat's events.

2,200 South Africans dressed in saris, indigenous African robes, suits, summer dresses, and surfer shorts have arrived to hear Prem Rawat address this rainbow nation in person.

Since his first visit to South Africa, in 1972, and all through the years of apartheid, Prem Rawat has consistently reminded his audiences to go beyond color, religion, and race so they can look at each other as human beings.

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Winifred Rampa has traveled from the Johannesburg suburb, Soweto, to see Prem Rawat for the first time. She first heard about his message in a book she inherited from a cousin in 1986.

"When I read the first page," explained Winifred, "it hit me. This man is speaking my thing. Through my religion, I had been taught that I had to die in order to be at peace. But now I know that peace exists here."

Thembi Madliwa, a resident of Cape Town, has been listening to Words of Peace TV, every Sunday, after church, on channel Cape TV, since 2011.

"Prem Rawat tells me about this peace that is within us. For me, it is a journey that takes time. The work that Prem Rawat is doing cannot be compared to any leader I have ever known. My wish is that there could be more Prem Rawats out there, and that people will listen to his TV program."

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Photo 1: Winifred Rampa (left) and her friend, Usha, in the lobby prior to the event.

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at November 24, 2012 07:48 AM

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