It was our first warm day.
We waited for the audience of “Mama Mia” to exit the theatre in Newcastle, Australia, where we were to present Shri Mataji’s film, “Freedom and Liberation”. Only four people filed out. For a moment we felt doubtful whether anyone would come to see “Freedom and Liberation” given that it was election day, a good beach day and even “Mama Mia” faired badly!
Within a few minutes a slow trickle of people began to steadily enter the theatre. This theatre was one of three in the complex and so some people came to see any old film, but opted for Shri Mataji’s.
When the lights dimmed we had sixty-five new seekers in the audience. Our kundalini shot up in a shower of joy as we saw Shri Mataji’s image on the big screen. As I had grown up around this area, this was something that I had dreamt of but never considered possible in Newcastle.
As the film came to an end the audience applauded! Again, something unimaginable. Through Shri Mataji’s grace, the sixty-five people were given their realisation. The silence was awesome. No one left. Everyone stayed and enjoyed a short meditation.
Afterwards, some members of the Sydney Sahaja Yoga music group played bhajans in the foyer. Many people stayed to listen to the music. Some filled out feedback forms with comments describing tingles up the spine and in the hands, an enlightening experience. One read “in lightning” and I couldn’t help but wonder whether this newly-realised person knew that their inner light had been turned on!
Shri Mataji’s humour was subtly at work, as the musicians had unwittingly set up next to a poster advertising a film showing a girl sitting in meditation, with thought bubbles showing a clutter of all the objects associated with the materialistic, hectic Western lifestyle. The teenage girl’s expression was one of rejection. We all had a chuckle when we realised!
As we were leaving I noticed another poster showing words to the effect: “He always knew what he had been built for. Now he knew what he was meant for.” Shri Mataji was truly letting us know that she was with us. After all, doesn’t this describe in very basic terms the revelation of truth that we all receive through Self-realisation? It was a great summary of the whole event!
Lisa Barron, on behalf of the Newcastle Sahaja Yoga collective
When was the last time you had a day you could describe like this:
“A most enlightening and enriching experience.” Sushil
“Wonderful, positive…and truly was attuned to the individual spirit.” Katrina
“I experienced calmness and tranquillity.” Murali
“Lovely atmosphere and a beautiful place to be.” Alan
“I felt very peaceful of mind, which was hard lately…having very kind and warm people around was a good feeling too.” Indiana
These are just some of the glowing comments received from people who attended Sahaja Yoga’s free one-day meditation workshops in Sydney. If a day like this appeals to you, please read on to learn how you can participate.
Seeking truth and peace
Most people at some time have felt stressed or out of balance or found themselves seeking an indefinable something “more” in their lives. As a result, many people have now discovered the benefits of true meditation with Sahaja Yoga, and enjoy the peace and enlightenment they find when attending our free weekly classes in locations across Australia. The meditation is very easy and no prior experience is needed.
Here in Sydney, over some time we had requests for more in-depth sessions, more than we could possibly fit into our local weekly meetings of an hour or two. So one bright Sunday morning, some years ago, we held our first half-day meditation workshop, which proved to be very popular with both absolute beginners and regulars alike. Demand simply kept growing. So we now hold free one-day meditation Sunday workshops in Sydney, about three or four times a year.
“A beautiful experience – what a lovely day we had!” Anita
“This was a touch of love in my life.” Carlos
“It is one of the most amazing and wonderful experiences, coming to the meditation workshop. Enjoyed each minute of it.” Nandini
“Thanks for helping me to see how much power and energy I have in myself. It was really an amazing experience – I enjoyed it very much.” Manpreet
“Brilliant workshop! Theory is clear and the meditation makes it a very rewarding day.” Sandra
Though the topics and presenters may vary with each workshop, by request the workshops have an emphasis on blending lots of practical sessions and meditations along with the theory.
Sahaja Yoga meditation workshops are provided free, as a non-profit community service, with very experienced meditators there to help with any queries.
“In this age of commercialisation and business orientated activities, I am delighted to see such activities being done on a volunteer basis at no cost to the participants. This speaks a lot of the true intentions of the organisers, who are there to really help the community. Keep it up!” Yan
Lunch and morning tea are provided ($5 by donation on entry).
When is the next workshop?
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We look forward to meeting you.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to experience the peace of true meditation, and would like to join us at a workshop, you are welcome to come along. Who knows? Maybe next time it will be you writing to give us your feedback!
Sahaja Yoga collective in Sydney, Australia
It is a true privilege to be able to help to promote Shri Mataji’s film, “Freedom and Liberation” (G Rating). This life-changing film will be shown in Newcastle on Saturday, 13 September at 2.00 pm in the Greater Union Cinema, 183 King St, Newcastle.
It is hard to stay in the centre when I cast my mind back to my first encounter with Sahaja Yoga. The kundalini dances at the thought of more people getting their Realisation, and the prospect of meeting yet more of our true global family. I wonder sometimes what chain of coincidences will bring these new seekers here.
Next I go thoughtless, in awe of it all!
Please come along if you are in the Newcastle area. If you live in the Lake Macquarie area and Newcastle is too far away, the film will be shown again on 11 October 2008 at the Hoyts Cinema, 244 Pacific Highway, Charlestown. The session will start at 2.00 pm.
Do yourself, your family, and in fact the planet a favour and come along! We all need each other and this film will tell you just how true this is.
During the Sahaja Yoga programs held in Lebanon from 8 to 10 August 2008 about 120 people received their Realisation.
On Friday 8 August at Unesco all the people stayed until the end, more than three hours. Two people came for the second time and asked lots of questions.
On Saturday 9 August in the public garden most of the people were older. Many felt peace inside and asked when the next meeting would be. One of the children after receiving his Realisation brought his mother who enjoyed her Realisation.
Most of the Realisation sessions were done in Manara on 10 August. It was the first time there was less stress, the surrender was deeper, and the fear of giving Realisation to people who may have refused it was not felt as usual.
A Shiite lady who had already received her Realisation brought her husband to the program. After receiving his Realisation, the husband started helping us and explaining to people that Sahaja Yoga is not related to any religion and was not against their religion.
Another Shiite lady, after receiving her Realisation, expressed her very, very deep joy and bliss inside her and added, “I feel so much light! I believe that all religions are to be respected.” She seemed to be against fanaticism. So it opens the heart to meet such wonderful seekers.
A young man who was a volunteer in a Peace association enjoyed his Realisation so much that he invited us next Tuesday and Wednesday to have Sahaja Yoga activities for children coming from all religions and cities in Lebanon.
The next Sahaja Yoga programs in Lebanon will be held from 19 to 21 September, 2008.
A Sahaja yogini