Jan 14, 2006

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Sahaja Yoga Shivrati Puja Weekend

Balmoral Country Property

Over the last two years the Balmoral Country Property has been evolving from a rough old farm into a venue worthy of Puja to the Goddess. Firstly, completely new additions to the farmhouse were built to house Her in both Subtle and Physical forms. Secondly, over time, the grounds were transformed into parklands and gardens featuring a large meditation building and grassed areas and facilities for collective gatherings. Finally, over the Shivaratri Puja weekend, the country property has been completely prepared, equipped and fully utilised for the largest gathering of Sahaja Yogis that Australia has seen in more than ten years.

Almost 1300 yogis from Australia, New Zealand and abroad gathered for two unforgettable nights of music and joy prior to the Puja in Sydney. The first on Friday evening was a spontaneous and growing bhajhan session that began with focussed joy and escalated and expanded through several stages into a collective state of blissful union. Such events prove that you are truly a part and parcel of One Body and that your Mother is ever present within you and Her great Sahaja family. The second evening also ran into the very small hours and featured a truly awesome showcase of extremely good and varied performances of music and dance. When technical skills are married to puja strength devotion and collecive attention the results are truly inspiring. Great young souls are fast approaching international standards and no doubt will prove beautiful instruments for awakening the World to Her incarnation.

The crowning beauty of the Balmoral country property is the now fully transformed farm house buildings. Structural extensions like the new rear deck and bathroom renovations, as well as new gardens and the Burwood-like re-furnishings and decorations, have created a perfect and holy sanctuary for Her in the country. The diligent and attentive preparations have in themselves been a puja and those involved with this type of creativity will confirm that they too feel they have become divine instruments in the doing. People are again saying for certain that the best work you can be involved in, is the preparation for Her coming, and that in so doing we too are being transformed. Jai Shri Mataji!

The Homebush Story

When it became apparent that our Divine Mother would be more comfortable being at Her home in Burwood for the Shivatri Puja, the best possible configurations were designed to help everyone feel part of this great event. The trick would be to arrange everything so everyone could see the actual Puja ceremony, as well as arrange for the swift transfer from the satellite venue of all the children above three years into Burwood for the first of the three Pujas that build the complete Shivatri ceremony.

At Homebush, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, not far from Burwood, a large amphitheatre was turned into our largest most collective venue for the Puja. Featuring perfect viewing arrangements from every seat, with three colossal video screens and two huge portraits of our Divine Mother as Shri Shiva, the stage was set. Before the puja itself could be web-cast and transferred to the big screens however the vibrations began to build and bhajhans were soon stringing the pearls of Her children into a beautiful collective garland of Bhakti. As if to join in and confirm the auspiciousness of these golden moments the heavens opened and a watershed of thunder, lightning and torrential rain washed clean the suburbs of Sydney and brought much valued nourishment to this recently drought ravaged part of the World. Lord Shiva seemed to be dancing in waves of ecstasy on top of Sydney, using the very elements as His drum in a shower of blessings.

The webcast then began of the events at Burwood itself, and our gathering of 1200 plus joined the gatherings of those in front of Her there, as well as the many thousands of yogis World-wide who also began tuning in, by web-cast and Collective Consciousness, to this most elevated of Pujas to our Father God Himself and to His Eternal Spark within every one of us.

God is Great and His greatest Work is that He should allow His Power to give us that Spark and that direct knowledge and becoming. "We are Flowers in the Garden of Her Holy Sahasrara, created by the Shakti, in Sada Shiv Puja."

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Departure of Shri Mataji and Sir CP from Sydney Airport

Spontaneous Caterers Volunteers Evening

Shri Mataji and Sir CP's 59th Wedding Anniversary

Shalivan New Year Celebrations

Music Night Farewelling Sadana Didi

Birthday Puja at Darling Harbour

Music Night of Birthday Puja Seminar

Didis' Kids Party

First two days of Birthday Puja Seminar

Holi Celebrations at Burwood

Childrens Party at Burwood

Spontaneous Bhajans at Burwood

Shivratri Weekend Seminar & Puja

Sahaja Yoga 25th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner

Sadhana Didi's Wedding Anniversary

25th Anniversary Public Program

Sadhana Didi's Birthday Celebrations

Images of Shri Mataji's First 24 hours in Australia

Images of Sir CP Srivastava's Address

Shri Mataji & Sir CP tour the Burwood garden & kitchen

India Republic Day Music Concert