After reading the story of Yogi Temba Spirit who got his realization in prison
(New York Newsletter, May 2003) the desire arose to spread Sahaja Yoga at my
work in Prison Vught, the Netherlands.
I would like to share the joy of this experience with you, but because of
privacy reasons the real names and certain details cannot be mentioned in
this story. The unit-department that I work at consists of 12 prisoners.
Having this desire of giving realization to the boys from PI Vught but not
knowing how or where to start, I surrendered it all to Mother. Two days
later, in the first week of June 2003, Mother helped me in giving Sahaja
Yoga leaflets with Mother's picture on it to two boys: Andre and Nico. They
both positioned Mother's picture on the wall above their head and the next
morning each one had their own experience:
· Andre who could never sleep and always took medicine several times
at night had now fallen asleep and did not once ask for medicine. Mother let
him sleep so deep that not even the wake-up call could wake him and the
guards had to shake his bed in the morning.
· Nico had a lot of catches and some conflicts with his religion: Who
is Shri Mataji? Is she a prophet? That's impossible, Mohammed is the last
prophet. Does Sahaja Yoga believe in Mohammed, Allah and Jihad? Despite our
answers - Shri Mataji is a loving Mother and not a prophet, Mohammed is a
prophet, Sahaja Yogis meditate upon Allah, Jihad is the inner sacred
transformation from bad to good within a person - he still felt like he
would betray his religion if he would take to Sahaja Yoga.
In the next days Andre kept Mother's picture with him: during the day as he
was sitting at his desk he put Mother's picture on the desktop and at night
he put Mother's picture on the sill next to his pillow. And yes he felt
Mother's vibrations: he slept very well, started having dreams and even
stopped smoking within one month.
These positive changes of Andre made the other boys curious, but as you know
prisoners are mostly tough guys who think that they have a reputation to keep
up, so they pretended not be interested. However, one Saturday evening while
I was having a little chat with the boys suddenly they changed the subject from
football into Yoga, Meditation and Spirituality.
But still they were very careful in choosing their words. After this chat as
I was about to put the boys into their cells, Gregory whispered in a very discrete
way: "Ward, can I have one of those things?" meaning a leaflet. That
same night he positioned Mother's picture on the wall above his head and the
next morning he said that he had such a strange dream.
Mother made it clear to me that the great days of giving realization were
In the third week of July 2003, on a sunny Sunday morning, the boys asked me
if we could do a special outdoor-activity like football or just taking more
fresh air. "Yes" I said, "Today we will do something special
in the garden: Yoga & Meditation". For a minute there was a complete
silence since none of these tough guys had expected such a proposal. Then Andre,
Gregrory and Hank agreed and within a few more minutes Jay, Pete and Ron also
While sitting in the garden Jay said: "Ward, it's a bit scary, but I will
still stay". So, on July 20th 2003, right there in the garden of PI Vught,
by Mother's grace realization was given to 6 souls. They all felt the Divine
vibrations and at night when going to sleep they thanked me to which I responded:
"I did nothing, thank Shri Mataji, She is the doer". They all positioned
Mother's picture on the wall above their head and went to sleep.
In the following days the realized souls asked me: "So, now we have come
to Yoga, but how to go on? What should we do now? How to meditate? Can you show
us how to meditate?". Hank had even gone to the library in search for Yoga
lecture. But I told him that he didn't need those books and gave him a stencil
"Sahaja Yoga Week 1" in which the self realization exercise is described.
As it was lunch time Hank took the stencil to the lunchroom and after lunch
he said: "Ward, I have already read the whole stencil, now I know how to
do the 9 steps myself" meaning the Self realization exercise. Then they
asked me to collectively do the Self realization exercise again since they enjoyed
it so much.
The joy of the realized souls drew Achmed's attention and in that same week
he said: "Ward, every time you come here I feel something and it makes
me so peaceful inside". Obviously Achmed's Kundalini was ready to be awakened
and no wonder that he joined the next collective meeting. Mother blessed this
7th soul in a special way: as soon as Achmed sat down he began staring at Mother's
picutre and said: "Hey Ward, She is showing me images of my son and my
brother". Achmed got his realization very easily.
After the meditation he got his own leaflet and while walking to his cell,
he kept on staring at Mother's picture in his hand, saying: "No need for
me to try and find out if She is telling the truth, She knows everything, Whatever
She says is the truth". He also positioned Mother's picture on the wall
above his head and after almost one hour Achmed ran out of his cell with his
eyes wide opened, saying: "Mother laughed at me, She knows what crime I
committed, She even knows how I committed the crime, but She smiled at me and
I asked her to please help me and I know She will". He kept on saying "She
So within 10 days Mother raised the Kundalini of 7 souls who come from
different parts of the world with different religions.
Ever since Mother has granted us in having collective meetings every week.
The director gave permission to use the silence room, sometimes we might use
the video room and as long as the sun keeps shining we may also meditate in
the garden. Some of the boys take foot soaks every night and hopefully the others
will follow. They enjoy the video "Experiments with truth" so much,
especially Part 3 in which Mother gives the self realization.
In fact, on their request, we have done this exercise three times collectivily.
One day prisoners from other departments saw us sitting in the garden and asked
my colleagues what we were doing to which my colleagues responded: "They
are meditating and if you are interested we will see if we can arrange something
for you". Some colleagues suggest that it would be nice to have Sahaja
Yoga spreaded in their units as well and they will ask their unit directors
By Mother's grace it should become possible to spread Sahaja Yoga not only
to the boys but to the colleagues as well. And with the help of the Sahaja
Yogis it will all be accomplished.
JAI SHRI MATAJI