On the Memorial Grounds of Washington D.C., on Memorial Day Weekend, yogis from all over the East Coast gathered together for a most memoriABLE weekend. In three days, we gave self-realization to almost 450 people!
The yogis of Washington D.C. got a tent set up on the Memorial Grounds. For security purposes, a few yogis camped out in the tent, at times, in the pouring rain, and guarded the space for the next day’s work. Let us give a big hand to all those brave souls who sleep out in the rain.
Meanwhile, the majority of the yogis stayed in Anurag and Soña’s house singing bhajans all night long. As Soña’s husband was one of the troopers sleeping in the tent, she told the yogis who were about to start singing: “Just don’t sing ‘Bathe in the Waters.’” We all burst out laughing. It was very sweet.
Explaining Sahaja Yoga
After a fun-filled bhajan session, we headed for the Memorial Grounds the next morning. During the day, when it was raining, the tent provided a nice shelter for the seekers. Apart from the main tent, we spread ourselves out on several corners of the Grounds and set up a Sandwich Board along with some chairs. Some of us were distributing flyers, some were meditating, and some were talking to the seekers about Sahaja Yoga and giving realization.
Tent at the Washington Memorial Grounds
When Sahaja Yogis are there everything works out so beautifully. Although the weekend was not particularly sunny, seekers of all kinds were filling up the chairs. People were even forming a line at one point! The rain didn’t seem to get in the way of many. I’m sure we all remember that one lady who had us holding umbrellas over her while she got her self-realization. We were all so happy. We rushed to take a picture of her getting her realization in the rain.
Self Realization In The Rain !!
This moment reminded me of the time when Shri Mataji was coming for a public program in Delhi. We all had been waiting patiently for Shri Mataji’s arrival. When all of a sudden it started pouring; we were all soaked within seconds. It was like a waterfall of rain. No one knew where it came from. I thought now surely everyone would leave. But, that was not the case at all. Not only did all the seekers stay, but we started singing bhajans in the rain! Everyone stood up and started singing and dancing and clapping their hands. It was so joyous. I’ll never forget it. I just thought to myself: Only in India, would seekers wait in the pouring rain to see Shri Mataji.
And The Multitudes Gathered
Well, I don’t think that anymore. Even here, in America, seekers are so much wanting to get their self-realization. Though they may not know exactly what it is that they will receive, they want to know something Higher, something that will bring peace into their hearts. So, whether it rains or shines, yogis and seekers will be out in the world giving and receiving self-realization.
A MemoriABLE Weekend
The Grand Finale to the whole weekend came on Monday. As some yogis were packing up in their Van parked on Constitution Avenue, suddenly the cops started blocking the road as President Bush was going to pass by. The yogis immediately mounted a huge photograph of Mother on the top of the van and started waving. The security team immediately moved in to inspect but the yogis kept on waving. To our surprise, Mr. Bush also waved back as his car passed by. Even more, his camera team took a long shot of the yogis with Shri Mataji's picture on the van too.
For those who have never given realization before, now is the time to start. It is so easy. We shouldn’t think that we do not have enough knowledge about Sahaja Yoga to give realization. We do. Just go with whoever is going that day and see how it all works out without any of our doings. Giving self-realization is the most satisfying, most joy-giving moment in all our lives, and it is what Shri Mataji wants us to do above all.
We were so thankful to be able to give realization to so many people that weekend.
It is very inspiring to read so many articles on the SWAN about yogis from all over giving self-realization. Please keep sharing your precious moments with us all.
Jai Shri Mataji