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Shri Mataji, Founder of Sahaja Yoga

So we come to the subtler side. And the subtler side of Sahaja Yoga is extremely simple. Is Compassion. Is Forgiveness. Is Love.

 But the greatest of all is the Service to God.

We are doing the work of God. How can we be tired?

The dynamic is flowing through us, that Compassion is so fulfilling, that love is so beautifying, that how can we not do it?

 We should run to do it.

 But you have to know that this love has a tremendous urge within itself.

Shri Mataji, 1984

Originally posted 2008-04-17 04:53:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Republic Day, India

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On the 26th January 2008, the whole of India celebrated the 59th Republic Day to commemorate the day on which India gained independence as a nation. This day is also Australia Day which commemorates the founding of Australia.

As early as 7 o’clock in the morning, people started gathering in the front garden at Pratishthan, Shri Mataji’s home near Pune. There were children holding Indian flags of all sizes according to their own size, ladies wearing beautiful saris, military officers and policemen, all in a mood of celebration for this official and joyful occasion.

At 9 o’clock, about 1000 people were waiting in a beautiful setting, specially prepared to receive Shri Mataji and Her husband, Sir CP Srivastava.

The program began by the unfurling of the National Flag by Shri Mataji. The National Anthem was sung with great fervour and respect by the Sahaja Yogis present.

The children then danced to patriotic songs. Shri Mataji appreciated and enjoyed the performances very much and was smiling almost throughout the performances.

Russian Sahaja Yogis who were visiting Pune joined their Indian brothers and sisters in celebrating the Indian Republic Day. They offered their respects to Shri Mataji in the form of a bhajan (devotional song). Everyone present on the lawns enjoyed the performances  by the Pune Bhajan group as well as the bhajan by the Russians.

Sir CP addressed the group and congratulated everyone on the occasion of the Republic Day. He recollected the occasion when India had gained its independence and mentioned that Shri Mataji had requested him then to serve his country whole-heartedly. He talked about the importance of Sahaja Yoga and the message of Shri Mataji to the world. He also said, on behalf of Shri Mataji, that She was very happy, Her heart rejoicing, and very pleased.

The picture above shows Shri Mataji and Her husband, Sir CP, enjoying the Republic Day celebrations in Pratisthan.

Originally posted 2008-01-28 04:28:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Sierra Leone countryside

It is July 2008, just one year since finding Patrick Sheriff alive in Bo, Sierra Leone, after eighteen years of no contact. That was in itself an amazing event following the chance meeting with the Sierra Leonian lady in a shopping centre in Toowoomba, Australia, nine months earlier. So much has occurred during the past twelve months.
 
July 2007 quickly became October 2007and we found ourselves sitting at Shri Mataji’s feet discussing the possible Tour of Sierra Leone in March 2008. That promised date soon took place and we found ourselves landing at Lungi Airport on 7 March after many vexing pre-flight preparations. Patrick was on such a high as he met us at the airport. It was 21 years since he visited Shudy Camps in England and met other yogis and later on Shri Mataji. 

          

During the 4-week Sierra Leone tour, six Sahaja yogis flew in from other countries to support the daily activities. Every day the public found us at Aberdeen Beach waiting under the twin trees. Simply, people came and sat on the sand with hands out and gained the experience of Self-realisation without too many questions. Day after day this was happening from 8.00am onwards.

 

We made contact with the manager of ABC TV in Sierra Leone, and thanks to his good nature we had radio announcements telling about the beach programs across from the UN helicopter pad. Also he agreed to broadcast a DVD of Shri Mataji followed by a live interview on television. The public were able to call and ask questions live as we sat in the studio and replied on screen. This session happened at peak viewing time and lasted for one hour.
 
He advised us that the Ballanta Music Festival was happy to allow us space during their event. We found our way there and put up our poster. Soon people were sitting in the chairs provided and taking the opportunity that was offered. Suddenly, a lady came around the building and her face lit up. She was the Principal of the Ballanta Academy of Music. She was so pleased to meet us as she had gained Self-realisation nine years earlier in the USA and never imagined Sahaja Yoga would be in Freetown. Over the past two months she has been holding Sahaja Yoga weekly meetings in Freetown.
 
Once we were invited to a dance troupe and 120 people or more felt the Cool Breeze. Day by day, many more found us on the beach. Once we had some children sitting with us and we asked one if he would sing a song for us. Immediately he spoke up and recited the Koran for us for the next thirty minutes. Who are these souls? Shri Mother’s children!

 

One day we only had about a dozen people with us and a man was walking past along the edge of the water with a rectangular board under his arm. I motioned to him to come but he kept walking even though he had noticed. I motioned again and he turned towards us. He sat down and took Self-realisation and would not leave us. The next day he arrived with a partially finished sketch of Shri Mataji taken from the leaflets we supplied. Later he asked if could he do another sketch, somewhat larger this time. They were both very beautiful.

 

As April arrived we prepared to celebrate Patrick’s 75th birthday which we all enjoyed. A few days later we were to catch the ferry to go across to Lungi Airport, to leave for home. In the months since our departure from Sierra Leone regular phone and email contact has been going on. Six weeks ago it was decided to set up a Sahaja Yoga ashram in Freetown.
 
Peter Corden

 

Editor: This story is a follow-up to our earlier story about the Sahaja Yoga realisation tour in Sierra Leone in March 2008. It is written by an Australian Sahaja yogi who went to Sierra Leone to help with the tour. The earlier story can be found here.

 

(Photograph: www.sahaja-yoga-sl.org)

Originally posted 2008-07-20 03:23:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Dream of Shri Mataji

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja YogaThe following story is from a book of recollections of Sahaja yogis throughout the world of experiences they had while with Shri Mataji in India.

“This was around 1990. Shri Mataji was arriving in Mumbai one day and we were getting ready to go and welcome Her. My wife had had a dream the night before, of Shri Mataji sitting in our car. My wife advised me to clean our car in case Shri Mataji would need to use it. It was untidy and all kinds of marketing tools were on the rear seat. Knowing that Shri Mataji would not be invited to sit in such a car, given the protocol for showing Her respect and love, a good clean car was required, decorated with a nice cloth and some flowers. Because of this I felt She could not possibly choose my car, and off we drove to the airport.

However, like in my wife’s dream, it so happened that Shri Mataji’s daughter, Kalpana, was unable to come and welcome Her, and to my great astonishment somebody walked straight up to me and requested me to take Shri Mataji in my car. I did my best to adjust the back seat as fast as I could and made sure all the business stuff was put in the boot in a few seconds. Then Shri Mataji came and sat in the car.

“Ah, you have a nice car!” She declared, smiling.

S B Singh

From Eternally Inspiring Recollections of Our Holy Mother , Vol 1, Stories from India. Pune: Nirmal Infosystems & Technologies, 2006. P. 114-5.

Originally posted 2008-02-10 09:15:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Shri Mataji

Shri Mataji

Everything that you are doing is for God and that is why you are doing it for your Self.

So introspection is very important. Criticising others should be less and criticising yourself and laughing at yourself is the best.

I laugh at myself many a times and say many things like that, if you have noticed. That makes life so interesting. That will kill your ego.

“How I am trying to assert myself and where is the meekness that Christ has talked about?” It is a natural goodness within us. Once it shines and shows, you become so beautiful, so loveable.

Whether you are sitting here near me or there, I know who is that kind. My heart just opens for such a personality. I know who they are. But even if I know, I will never tell you. It is better that you know yourself.

Shri Mataji

Originally posted 2010-02-20 05:36:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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