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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 44 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 26, 1973 Sears 25 year head warranty 2 year on electrical parts Just snap m the buttonholer and rotate the disc for any one of five sizes. Automatically does all tnese stitches: 1. Scallop and knit stretch stitches 2. Straight and zig zag and stretch stitches 3. Mending and smocking stitches 4. Box and overcast stitches Also available in a wide range of furtniture styles for as little as more than the portable 5. Blind hem and elastic zig zag f. i Save Kenmore stretch stitch zig-zag lets you dial 11 major stitches! 98 ,98 Reg. 249 Just twist a dial and you've got eleven major stitches at your finger- tips. It's that easy. Dial decorative stitches. Dial practical stitches. All are specially designed to help you breeze through your sewing. Plain or fancy. And the handy stretch stitch feature lets you automatically sew today's easy-care crimps and knits with regular thread. Twin needle operation works in two colours. There are no cams to insert, ever. In fact, the only attachment is a snap-on buttonholer that makes buttonholes in the five most-needed sizes. So easy you can almost close your eyes and let the machine do all the work. The Kenmore stretch stitch automatic is lightweight, compact, and uncomplicated. A real honey to handle. Price includes operating lesson. Sewing Machines at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or money refunded and free delivery Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Store Hours: Open Daily from to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall Telephone 328-9231 Superstition Stuart Hodgson, commmissioner of the Northwest Territories, is not one to ignore local superstition. Mr. Hodgson crawled on elbows and knees on a recent trip to Marble Island, in Hudson Bay 850 miles north of Winnipeg. There is a superstition that says if you don't crawl on Marble Island you won't survive a year. The commissioner flew to the island to dedicate a monument to the sailors, whalers and explorers who opened up the Arctic during a search for the Northwest Passage. 15-year-old guru preaches peace gospel By MALCOLM N. CARTER DENVER, Colo. (AP) Guru Maharaj Ji. the 15-year- old from India, promises to reveal God and achieve world peace. His followers compare him to Jesus, Buddha and Krishna, but this supported link to God processes his disciples through a personnel department, keeps track of them with a computer and depends upon a public rela- tions staff to shape his image. The guru is a spiritual leader, a pudgy adolescent with a fondness for sweets and a business titan whose mushrooming missionary cor- poration includes such diverse activities as film production, education and the Cleanliness is Next to Godliness janitorial service. Titled corporate "supreme executive" and spiritual "perfect the boy en- joys the benefits of both, and suffers the consequences. With status comes worldly stresses and worldly middle-age executive's ulcer, three luxury cars and as many elegant homes. His Divine Light Mission teaches an unspecified mystical truth, experienced in part through tongue contor- tion and eyeball pressure. Bliss is tlie purported result, and the guru's claimed follow- ing is legion. Many of them had searched through the war-stirred '60s and early '70s. F'redominanlly white, middle-class and edu- cated, most were uncertain about their future. CONSIDER HIM GOD Then came the guru with a promised path to inner sereni- ty and an answer to life's great questions. To his followers, he is God himself. They bow before his photo- graph and hang on his every word. Kvcry night they attend listening to testimonials, worshipping his name, singing his praise, rein- forcing their beliefs. Each conversation begins with a phrase that recalls his teaching. And each converss- tion ends with it. "What he shows us is a tool that can transform the human race." says Rennie Davis, the ,'W-year-old peace activist who joined the guru's movement last February. That tool is called "knowl- which the guru's followers say cannot be com- municated in words. It is an experience, a realization of a unity with the spirit of God, they say. To receive knowledge, the guru teaches, is to reach perfection through meditation. Peter Berger, a sociology professor at Rutgers Univer- sity and author of The Homeless Mind says: "we have a society in which tens of thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of people, are desperately searching for identity." GAINS FOLLOWERS When someone comes along who can at least "put up a front of assurance and out of this seeming assurance tell people who they are and what their life is all about, it's highly predictable he'll find followers." Berger says. "People are likely to believe almost anything you tell them." He observes that those who embrace therapeutic, political action and sectarian "far-out religious have a tendency to join several in a row. For his part, the guru terms himself "just an ordinary humble servant of God, preaching the gospel of peace in the world, preaching the knowledge of peace." His professed humility not- withstanding. Guru Maharaj Ji lives comfortably with the other members of the "Holy three older brothers and his mother, a dominant figure he willingly obevs. ;