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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

India’s proposal to the World Health Organization (WHO) to establish the 2nd of October as World No Alcohol Day has support from all eleven South-East Asian countries, and has been accepted by the WHO assembly earlier this year, around May.  The day is also Gandhi’s birthday.

The proposal came on a day when all 193 WHO member countries signed a resolution to reduce alcohol-related harm. WHO will now spend the next two years developing a global alcohol strategy.

Member states also drew attention to the links between alcohol and domestic violence, the risks to pregnant women, and road safety. WHO estimates that alcohol is responsible for about 4% of deaths each year.

India, where the average age of alcohol consumption has fallen by nearly nine years over the past decade, is also in the process of formulating and launching the country’s first national policy against alcohol.

The recognition of the day will go to a final vote by the Assembly’s Executive Board in January 2009.

Originally posted 2008-09-29 19:17:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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Surrender

Mahabaleshwar, India, familiar to Sahaja Yoga practioners

What right have we to question God’s will?
How can we know what is in the mind of God?
Why should we become dismayed and enraged
When the world fails to deliver what we desire?

These thoughts, feelings and beliefs come only from the Ego.
They have no reality outside of the brittle structures
Created by the wants and wishes of the mind.

But there is a way for use to realise our true selves
And engage with the One Who is the All-knower,
She who provides us always with everything we require
To satisfy our hopes, dreams and ambitions.

For, when we reach that pinnacle of human existence,
That space and place where fountains of joy flow,
We realise that we did not know our own true existence.

It is only when we surrender at the Holy Lotus Feet
That we begin to understand the plan worked out by the Almighty
For our greater good and the good of all humankind.

True surrender means relinquishing the Ego,
Laying our unschooled, unruly desires
At the Holy Lotus Feet of Our Divine Mother.

Then we know true peace;
Then we know true happiness;
Then we know true love
And are at One with Our Mother
And all Her creation.

Melody Anderson

Originally posted 2008-01-07 05:05:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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Shri Mataji’s Birthday

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Shri Mataji’s 85th Birthday will be held at Easter time on Good Friday (21 March 2008) at Her birthplace, Chindwara, in Central India.

The picture shows the house in Chindawara in which Sri Mataji was born. The house has been purchased by Sahaja Yogis and is now being lovingly restored.

 Shri Mataji is very humble about Her birthday. In 1997 She said:

“I will be very happy to celebrate your birthday than to celebrate Mine. So, may God bless you.”

 Lori Wills, a Sahaja Yogi from Vancouver, Canada, had some special thoughts about Shri Mataji’s 85th birthday:

“Somehow I had the urge to check the calendar to see when Easter is this year. Can you imagine? Good Friday is March 21st!

Also, we had just learnt that Shri Mataji’s 85th birthday celebration and Puja will be held at Her birthplace in Chindwara, in Central India. That weekend will then be, according to Christian beliefs, Good Friday, symbolising the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and Easter Sunday, symbolising His resurrection. So we will celebrate HER 85th birthday in HER birthplace on Easter weekend! Is this a Divine coincidence? The combination of these events will certainly make for global celebration at many levels.”

(Photograph: www.sahajayoga.at)

Originally posted 2008-01-20 22:44:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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Shri Mataji, Easter 1988Christ’s message of love and forgiveness is the same even today, preached by all – all the saints, all the incarnations, all the prophets. They all have said about love and forgiveness. If it was challenged or people felt that this won’t work out, they were asked to have faith in what was said.
Shri Mataji, 1996

If you love a person, you do forgive. You don’t feel bad. Not to forgive is dificult, but to forgive is the best. At least when you forgive, there is no headache for you.

So this love, which is joy … when this love melts and flows like a river and gives nourishment to all the surrounding trees on the shores, that is the time. It is the completion of the individuality or a personality of that love. And that’s the time it feels fulfilled. It’s not just that you have a light in the corner, but it has to flow, it has to move, it has to flourish. Love is not something dead like a stone. When it melts, it encompasses everything and everything becomes very beautiful with that.

So you have to first understand that life is for giving joy to others because you are now saints and your light has to give joy.
Shri Mataji, 1991

Originally posted 2008-03-20 03:35:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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A daily journal in Bucharest, Jurnulu National, published on Easter Sunday an article on Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, based on the press release of the Romanian Sahaja Yoga Association on the occasion of Shri Mataji’s 85th birthday and of the premiere of the movie, Freedom and Liberation, in 22 towns all over Romania.
Cristina, Bucharest

An English translation of the article is provided below:

THE DIVINE AVATAR

Raluca Grintescu

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga (“spontaneous yoga”), recognised as one of the most prominent spiritual personalities of all times, celebrates her 85th anniversary.

In a world seeking for new solutions to the problems facing the humanity, trying to reach to deeper meanings of life, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, recognised as the “Messenger of peace” by Ayatollah Rouhani of the Shia Muslim community in Europe and as an “Avatar of the modern era” by Claes Nobel, reveals us a path to the realisation of a more balanced society, in which transformation and peace will first occur within each individual.

EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Shri Mataji revealed the world the knowledge and practice of Sahaja Yoga (“spontaneous yoga”) since 1970. Sahaja Yoga meditation is based on the experience of Self Realisation, triggered in each human being through the awakening of the subtle divine energy called Kundalini. Self Realisation represents the final leap in the evolution of human consciousness, through which we acquire a new dimension, where the absolute truth can be perceived in our central nervous system.   As a result of this development of consciousness, the spiritual evolution takes place effortlessly, the individual regains their own sense of morality, the establishment of physical, mental and emotional balance leading to the integration of their being and personality. 

INCARNATION. For over 35 years Shri Mataji has been travelling tirelessly around the world. Beneath her quality of a Guru (spiritual master), Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is being recognised by her disciples as an Avatar, an incarnation of Adi Shakti (The Great Goddess, the Creator of the Universe) or, in Christian terms, as an incarnation of the Holy Spirit – which explains, according to Sahaja Yogis, how the founder of this method can grant “Self Realisation”. Sahaja Yoga meditation and balancing techniques are also being taught as part of specialised programs, in various institutions, hospitals,  rehabilitation centres, as a treatment against alcohol and drug addiction.

BIOGRAPHY. Nirmala Salve Srivastava (known as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi) was born in Chindawara (India) on March 21, 1923 to a Christian family. Her parents were direct descendants of the royal Shalivahana dynasty. Her father Prasad Rao Salve, a renowned scholar, master of 14 languages, translated the Koran in Marathi. He was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, the first Christian member of the Constituent Assembly of India and helped write free India’s first constitution. Her mother, Cornelia Salve, was the first woman in India to receive an Honors Degree in Mathematics.

Originally posted 2008-03-31 15:50:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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