With the gracious help of the Paris Sahaja collective, Beatrice arrived to Kinshasa on 11 April to help in the preparation of the first ever public programmes in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. There had been a group of four Congolese yogis who had been meditating for some months, but francophone reinforcements were needed from outside. The vibrations started changing after the Easter puja and the first havan, and as Sahaja posters with Shri Mataji's picture started going up in the city neighbourhoods, vibrations flew even better.
We had decided on some radio messages as well as handing out individual invitations to people. On 18 April the first public programme took place in Cinemax theatre on the main boulevard, and some 80 seekers arrived to get their self-realization, mostly men and some ten women. Questions were influenced by the traditions from the different churches and black magic practices, common still. But by the end of Shri Mataji's video, seekers were asking about follow up programmes and "when can we start?". The first programme ended in subtle vibrations and quiet minds. The cinema hall was a vibrational microcosmos.
As it is the case word spread around and 170 people came to the second programme on 25 April in the same location. 50-60 of them had received their self-realization the week before. After intense postering at different universities in town, many younger men came and more women also. We had a couple of mothers with children as well. We also received three medical doctors and three army officers.
On 22 April, Beatrice and yogis were invited to meet the main political opposition leader Mr. Tshisekedi (PPDS) at his residence. Beatrice spoke with him for almost an hour, explained SY and offered him the Meta Modern Era book. The guards outside were surprised because he usually never receives guests for more than 15 minutes at a time. Meanwhile we continued with little havans and pujas over the two week period.
Sylvain had been looking for a place to rent for a follow up programme closer to the city and more accessible to people who have many difficulties in moving around as the city of 7 million people has no public transport system. The following day we had over 70 people in a programme at Lycée Molière. Many people commented that they sensed the smell of flowers during the programme! The questions were very practically oriented showing eagerness to start real Sahaja Yoga practice. The third follow up programme had close to 60 people.
The Congolese yogis thanked wholeheartedly Beatrice and the Paris collective for their support and hoped to see her here soon again. We invite all French speaking yogis to visit Kinshasa.
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