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Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
A hundred times.
Come, yet again, come, come.


PathwayI had tried a few of the New Age therapies around in the early ’90s, including affirmations, re-birthing, kinesiology and counselling, among others, but none of them seemed to fill the void, or answer my questions, or explain the mysteries of life, or even help me to feel better. 

I wanted to learn to meditate so I could find peace of mind and equanimity, to improve my health, to become a better person and to satisfy a longing for knowledge of the truth about life, about the world.  As Sahaja Yoga was free, I felt like I had nothing to lose.

I went to a program at the local Arts Centre.  The people at the program were friendly and helpful, and I could see that some of them were very impressive in that they were very nice, kind, sincere, balanced, and strong within themselves without being egotistical or aggressive.  I liked the fact that there were no rules to follow, and that you find the truth within yourself in Sahaja Yoga.  It was different and interesting and I really enjoyed the Indian classical music.  I was keen to find out more about the chakras and how to meditate.

Shri Mataji came to Canberra and gave a public lecture shortly after I went to my first meditation class.  I was very impressed and thought she was an amazing person – strong, compassionate, wise, intelligent, funny, witty, passionate, knowledgeable, kind, refreshingly honest and direct, and I was surprised by her independent and original thinking.  I felt inspired to give Sahaja Yoga a serious trial.

My curiosity was aroused and I was intrigued by Shri Mataji’s lecture at the public program, as well as by her talks on the videos we saw at the local programs.  I was particularly interested in what she said about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and about Lao Tse, Confucius, Abraham, Moses, Zarathustra and Socrates, and about realised souls like Mozart, Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Einstein and Gorbachev. 

I was amazed to find that the techniques I learned at the meditation classes really worked!  I was very motivated and in the beginning I used to meditate for five minutes every morning when I woke up, and at night I would footsoak, use candles to clear the left side for five minutes and then meditate for five minutes.  I found that I felt better!  I felt better physically.  Emotionally I felt stronger. I was worrying less, sleeping better, felt happier. 

And it was fun!  Sahaja Yoga is fresh, alive, always different, never boring, never the same.  It is always interesting and full of variety.  I found small miracles started happening, making my life flow more easily.  If I needed to speak to someone, they’d phone me, and if I became aware that I needed to buy something, it would be on special.

After doing Sahaj meditation for thirteen years, I spent seven weeks at the Sahaja Yoga International Research and Medical Centre at Mumbai in India.  Here I learned more clearing techniques and had the opportunity to spend each day in clearing, meditation and introspection.  I learned a lot from the teachers or doctors at the Centre and admired their dedication and selfless work in helping the people who went there.  Since that time I feel I have gone through another deepening in my meditation and in my understanding.

I continue to be inspired more and more by Shri Mataji, by her selfless and tireless work for the spiritual evolution of all people, to help them find love and truth and genuine happiness, to help them become better people and to relieve their suffering.  I have been helped so much myself that I want to help others find the same peace and joy that I have found.  I enjoy listening to her lectures and am always finding new things I hadn’t heard before. 

I continue to feel better, emotionally stronger and to have better self-esteem and more peace of mind.  I sleep well, worry less and cope better with stress, I’m not buffeted around by my emotions and I’m less affected by others’ opinions of me.  I am more optimistic and hopeful.

I enjoy meditating more and more and find it more and more helpful in my life.  I find the clearing techniques helpful and have got to know myself much better through clearing and through meditating: why I react as I do, how I can act differently and more constructively. 

I have better judgement, I feel more certain about the right thing to do, have better judgement about people and situations, and am not swayed so easily by other people.  I find meditation helpful in finding the right solution to any problems that arise.

I feel satisfied and content with my life.  Material things are not so important and minor inconveniences don’t worry me so much.  I feel like the emptiness inside has been filled by the knowledge of the whole.  I feel like the mysteries of life have been answered.

I am still fascinated by learning more about Sahaja Yoga and about how it fits into the scheme of things, the way it is an integral part of the intricate web of life, how it permeates into everything, how it is the basis of life itself – science, nature, the absolute, the ultimate truth.

It’s continually heart-warming to see the wonderful qualities in the realised souls, the Sahaja yogis – the love, the kindness, the integrity, the truthfulness, the simplicity, and each one’s particular talents and abilities.  I enjoy seeing the variety of their different life journeys, all leading to the same destination but travelling there by many different roads.

The love, kindness and blessings showered on me, the love I feel for others, the nice feeling of being able to forgive, and the warm feeling of seeing others express their love towards me and towards others never cease to amaze me.

I enjoy seeing the myriad ways beauty is expressed by realised souls in music, dance, literature, art, craft and architecture.

In a world where there is so much cynicism, so much dishonesty and trickery, so much cruelty and hatred, Sahaja Yoga gives me the strength to continue to behave with integrity and honesty and kindness.  It also gives me the strength to cope with adversity and to maintain my equanimity in the face of so many threats – natural disasters, climate change, wars, disease, terrorism.

Sahaja Yoga gives me hope for the future.  If many people take to Sahaja Yoga all the world’s problems can be solved.  Just as Sahaja Yoga has transformed my life it can transform the lives of others.  Sahaja yogis don’t add to the problems of the world; they help to solve the problems.  They are also able to help and support others.

I heartily recommend Sahaja Yoga.  Try it!  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Kay Alford

(Photograph: Vishnu Bonneau)

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja YogaThe power of the Goddess that you have got within yourself has now to be deliberately projected….

The power of the Goddess is of love. Whatever She does with the whole world is through her compassion and love. The whole body, the whole being of the Goddess is made of compassion and love and nothing else. This power gives full understanding of the reality and also this enlightenment inside and outside.

For example, if you love somebody, you know everything about that person. It has nothing to do with money. It’s the highest, most valuable, very important power that you have. Even when you think about something noble, something benevolent, this power is filled into that thought and then this thought fills in, into the universe, into your country, into individuals.

The aim of this compassion and love is only one: to see everyone joyous – that’s all, joyous in the real sense of the word. This power cares for the collective as well as for the individual. It cares for the whole world as well as a particular nation. All the time this power works – especially in modern times – to better the lives of the people of the whole world …. So it’s like an ocean of love and compassion that wants to touch every shore. It wants to touch every heart but some are just like stones….

Thus, this love is the power of the Goddess. It is very subtle, silent, but it manifests…. It is this Goddess who is ruling this universe, who is in your centre heart, who looks after you and looks after the whole universe. It is nothing but the pure desire of love. It knows how to express. It knows how to act. You don’t have to do anything. It is spontaneous. What goes against it is your mental activity because the mental activity will say, “Oh my, how can you love somebody like this? It’s no use.” It’s a mental activity which gives you funny ideas. The mental activity is limited and linear. Everybody has different fixed ideas. That’s why they are fighting. That’s why they are having wars. But this power, which is of love, gives you the absolute truth. Then how can you fight? So what we need is this power because our power is very limited.

Shri Mataji, 1995

 White lotus

There are those who know
the time has come
that their hands can speak the truth.

There are those who comprehend
the powers of auspicious magic
and hold it dearly at every moment.

There are those who understand 
they are the creators of the New World,
who can see now the age of Aquarius unfolding
as the Lotus above their heads.

There are those who accept
the responsibility laid upon their breast,
rewarded tenfold in joyful blessings
bestowed upon their lives.

There are those who realise
the meaning of surrender,
the fickleness of this world,
and the subtlety of their spirit.

There are those who see
only the present, who hear the songs of every bird,
who comprehend without a thought
the nature of each moment.

There are those whose faith
takes them on serendipid journeys
into the lightness of their being,
and adventures in a world unimagined before.

There are those who are blessed
to gaze into Her infinite eyes,
To bow at Her Holy Feet,
knowing who it is before them.

Melissa Richard

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