On June 21st 2003, Long Island Collective was given the opportunity to have a
Sahaja Yoga booth at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. I had actually
gone over to the mall beginning of June to find out if we can have a booth
Mall for a weekend. The receptionist was insisting strongly that the Administration
of the Mall does not rent booths just for the weekend.
They only rent by the
Month and that too for an exorbitant price. I managed to leave some information
and requested her to pass the message to the proper authorities. I was very
pleasantly surprised to hear from Ms. Joni Roberts asking if we want to have
a booth during
their community day. The community day conveniently fell on 21st of June, which
was the week before our Public Program in the Lynbrook Library. We had a few
problems with Insurance.
Until two days before June 21st we had not finalized
everything. But by Mother’s grace everything got planned and organized
very spontaneously. Due to the short notice to the collective, we did not expect
much yogi help, since Long Island is in one corner of NY. Thus we thought it
would be quite difficult to man the booth with three people, as per the mall
contract from 10 AM to 9:30 PM. But believe or not we had more than 20 yogi
hands giving realization and helping out the small Long Island Collective that
Saturday 21st of June, started out with clouds which was later followed by
thundering rain that also drew many more people to the mall. So even the nature
was lending us a helping hand. In the mall we were provided with a long table
in between a lounging area and a Wireless Telephone Booth. We started with
about 5 Yogis at the booth and by around 1.00pm 25-30 people were blessed to
have their realization. Slowly and steadily as the day progressed so did the
yogis and the seekers at our booth.
Earlier a stage had been set up for the
sale of the new “Harry Potter” book. We requested Joni Roberts
(lady in charge of the fair) if we could move to that area. Once again the
vibrations were with us and we moved more towards the middle of the mall. With
this and with all the yogi power working at the Long Island seekers the small
table we had turned into a big arena of people everywhere. With all the yogi’s
always working on some new seeker! It was simply fabulous!
A father and his 5 year old girl came to the booth full of curiosity. The
father kept discussing with me about realization and Christ but did not sit
down for his Realization. But his 5 year old wanted to do what the others at
the booth were doing. So she sat and got her Self Realization. When she finally
opened her eyes she had a bright smile on her face. That encouraged her father
to get his own realization. The little girl sat with her hands open during
the whole time. She wanted to stay near the booth.
During the evening we were pleasantly surprised to see the same father with
two boys and two girls including the 5 year old saying “I have brought
you more customers”. The little girl sat down again to have her Kundalini
raised. When her brother asked her what she was feeling, “Cool wind blowing
from my hands”
Even though we were allowed to have only three yogis present at the booth
at one time but the mall administration did not object to the small arena that
we had made for ourselves with the 15 or more so yogis there. All the other
booths were closed by 4:00 PM but till the time we left ie when the mall closed
9.30pm we still had seekers on the stools at our booth!
By Mother’s grace 250 seekers received their Self-Realization that rainy
day at the mall.
!!Jai Shri Mataji!!