News, events and articles about Sahaja Yoga meditation worldwide

Music of Joy

Music of Joy world music group

Music of Joy have now launched their official website, www.musicofjoy.com.au.

Here you will be able to keep track of all their concerts around Australia and tours around the world.

The Realise Asia Tour 2010 included thirteen concerts in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Combodia, Laos and Malaysia, with plans under way for the 2011 Realise Asia Tour.

“Music of Joy” is a unique, multicultural group of musicians in Australia who believe the purpose of music is to create and share joy. Exceptional joy – jubilant, relaxing, profound. Joy that reverberates with audiences, offering elation, bliss, solace.

Much of the group’s repertoire stems from Bhajans – songs of the spirit, songs of praise and adoration. To these ancient songs, “Music of Joy” has added Indian traditional village songs, music from Pakistan, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Israel, Russia and Africa, as well as a number of home-grown compositions by members of the group.

The experience that can result from sharing this unique world music is thoughtless awareness, a relaxed meditative state which can be understood and developed through the Sahaja Yoga Meditation practised by these musicians. It’s an experience the musicians love to share.

Find out more at: www.musicofjoy.com.au.

(Photograph: www.musicofjoy.com.au)

You are invited to an evening of Meditation, Music and Dance on Saturday 23 October 2010.

This program will include the world music group, Music of Joy, classical dance and other performances. A video-recording of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, will be presented. This will be followed by a meditation and Self-realisation session.

When: Saturday, 23 October 2010, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Richmond School of Arts Hall,
Cnr March and West Market Sts (opposite library)
Richmond

[Google map]

Admission: Free of charge

For more information: Call 02 4567 8030

We hope to see you there.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation, NSW, Australia

While holidaying in Vietnam recently, I had the great honour and privilege of meeting with Sahaja yogis in Ho Chi Minh City and taking part in some of the Sahaja Yoga programs being conducted there.

Music of Joy concert, Ho Chi Minh City

I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City one week after the very successful tour by the Sahaja Yoga Music of Joy music group from Australia (Click here for a video clip of the Music of Joy). This visit was part of the Realise Asia Tour that was conducted throughout the Asian region, visiting Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma) and China, as well as Vietnam, in July 2010.

About 1000 people had registered beforehand for the Ho Chi Minh program, scheduled for 3 July. As the hall was not large enough to accommodate such a large number, a second concert was organised for the following day. Five hundred people attended the first concert, and a further two hundred came back the next day for the second concert.

A joyful experience for Music of Joy concert audience

A joyful experience for the audience

After Music of Joy performed, a Self-realisation session was provided. The joy on the faces of the people attending was wonderful to behold. This joy soon expressed itself in spontaneous dancing.
                               
Since then, follow-up programs have been held for those wishing to find out more about Sahaja Yoga and its benefits, and learn how to meditate. It was one of these follow-up programs that I was privileged to attend.

The follow-up programs are held on Sunday mornings, as this is the most convenient time for people to attend. Vietnamese people work very hard, and most people work from Monday to Saturday. On the day I attended, there were actually two programs offered. In the group I joined, there were about sixty people who were attending Week 4 of an eighteen-week course on Sahaja Yoga, while in the second group there were about twenty people attending Week 2 of the course This group consisted of people who had received their Self-realisation at the Music of Joy concerts.

Ben Tanh Markets, Ho Chi Minh City

The session I attended was run by Katie from Malaysia, who spoke to the group in English. Her words were translated into Vietnamese by Tuyet and Giang. The subject for the day was Kundalini, the primordial energy within all of us, residing in the sacrum bone. Kundalini can be awakened by the presence of someone who already has his or her Kundalini awakened. If a person has the desire for it to happen, the Kundalini will awaken, rise through the spinal cord and come out of the top of the head, at the fontanelle bone area. When this happens, the person becomes connected with the All-pervading Power. This process is called Self-realisation.

Shri Mataji

After the session on Kundalini, which was preceded by a guided meditation, we watched a short video of a talk by Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga. After that, we had another beautiful, deep meditation. At the end, there were lots of questions from the participants, with people wanting to find out more about Kundalini, Self-realisation and Sahaja Yoga.

 

Ho Chi Minh City at night

It was a wonderful experience and a great honour for me to take part in this follow-up program. The Vietnamese are very sweet and loving people, and it was a great pleasure for me to share this experience with my Vietnamese brothers and sisters.
                     

Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City

I was also fortunate enough to be in Ho Chi Minh City at the time of Guru Puja. Guru Puja is celebrated around the world, and is a time when we pay homage to our gurus. In Sahaja yoga, our Guru is Shri Mataji. Happily, through Sahaja Yoga we also attain the ability to become our own gurus. During the Puja, we watched a video talk by Shri Mataji where She discussed the qualities of a guru, how we can tell who is a real guru, and the qualities we need to develop within ourselves so that we can become our own gurus. These qualities include patience, wisdom and discretion.
                                    

Vietnam is a very beautiful country, and I really enjoyed my visit there. Ho Chi Minh City has many wonderful parks, gardens and street plantings, gracious old buildings, built by the French, and modern skyscrapers. It is a vibrant, beautiful city.
                                           

Vung Tau, Vietnam

I also visited Vung Tau, a lovely beachside resort city, about one and a half hours away from Ho Chi Minh City by fast, modern ferry. An International Food Festival, which attracted huge crowds, was held while I was there.

While I greatly enjoyed my visit to Vietnam and look forward to visiting again in the future, the high point of my trip was the opportunity to meet and spend time with the Vietnamese Sahaja yogis.

Editor

News Categories
Lastest news by email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner