Guru Maharaj Ji biography
Guru Maharaj Ji is a Nigerian spiritual leader. He lives in Ibadan. He has declared himself to be a Living Perfect Master, Guru Maharaj Ji, and his also called the “Black Jesus”.
Full Name: Mohammed Ajirobatan Ibrahim
Born: 20 December, 1947
Birth place: Ghana
State of origin: Ibadan, Oyo State
Famous as: Religious leader
Also known as: Ji, Sat Guru Maharaj Ji
Religious name: Love Family, the One Love Mission, One Love, One Family, and the Divine Love Family
Place of worship: Satguru Maharaj Ji Village
Location: Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, Nigeria
Biographical and educational history
Guru Maharaj Ji was born 20 of December 1947 in Ghana and his birth name is Mohammed Ajirobatan Ibrahim. He worked for Nigeria Airways and travelled between Africa and London.
Ji was in London as a student before he founded his spiritual group in November 1987.
He claimed to have experienced a divine encounter while studying in UK in 1954. According to him he was given a mandate to help rescue Nigerians from poverty and injustice.
According to him, “During the divine encounter, I received the light and was mandated to go and liberate mankind from poverty, oppression, and injustice. I was specifically told to return to Nigeria and start the work of the one that sent me.”
This led to a change of name, which he says is the name of the creator. He says, “Unknown to many people, Sat Guru Maharaj Ji is not an Indian name. It is the original, true name of the creator derived from Sankskirt, the mother tongue of creation.”
Ji disavows any connection to Prem Rawat, who also led a group called Divine Light Mission and was also known as the Perfect Master and Guru Maharaj Ji.
His religious group is known as the One Love Family or the One Love Mission, One Love, One Family and the Divine Love Family and the worship place is called Satguru Maharaj Ji Village, It is located in along the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway.
Beliefs and philosophy of the religion
According to Sat Guru Maharaj Ji, “the religion is established to convey a simple message about nature created by the creator that forms the origin of man. All human beings are related to one of the elements in one way or the other. They form the second character in man that shapes destiny.”
The guru’s devotees beliefs that the sun, moon, water, fire, air, star and the mother-earth as part of pillars of their faith.
They see Guru Maharaj Ji as the Living Perfect Master or the “Black Jesus”, who can heal and solve every issues affecting humanity
Shoes and phones are not allowed in the Satguru Maharaj Ji Village and all devotees must be vegetarians, who are mostly dressed in white and red and wear badges as signs of their loyalty.
Guru Maharaj Ji does not believe in marriage. He sees the sacred institution as an unnecessary distraction.
In 1989, a former members claimed that 200 bodies were buried around the ashram. Ji was arrested, but the charges were dropped when no bodies were found.
In 1999, the ashram was burned down by youths connected to the Iju Youths Progressive Union who were angered by the alleged killing of a Ghanaian man by devotees.
Ji was charged with the crime along with twelve of his disciples, and was kept in jail for several months. He was again acquitted in 2000. While incarcerated he received an average of 25 visitors a day.
The judge criticized the prosecution for its lack of diligence and evidence. A state governor tried to shut down the ashram and acquire the property, but Ji was able to prove ownership in court.
In 2000, he asserted that a visit by US President Bill Clinton to Nigeria was part of an American plan to open a military base in Nigeria and to take control of Africa.
In 2003, he said the re-election of
Olusegun Obasanjo as president of Nigeria was part of a “Golden Change”, for which he was responsible.
In 2004, he predicted that John Kerry
would defeat George W. Bush.The same year he held a press conference warning church leaders to use contributions in accordance with biblical principles, such as feeding the poor, or else they would face the wrath of God.
At a press conference in 2008, he expressed his strong support for Nuhu Ribadu as chair of Nigeria’s anti-corruption Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, saying, “The fight against corruption must be seen as a genuine effort to stabilize Nigeria and give meaning to all”.
Those who have sought spiritual guidance from him include Mohammed Abacha and Hamza al-Mustapha.
Criticism and controversy
Guru Maharaj Ji has criticize a a lot of other religious leaders and their beliefs and he has also received harsh criticism from the majority of the public who sees him as a deceiver and as evil person misleading people.