On the 12, 13 and 14th of May 2006 (during the major Buddhist holiday of Visaka Puja), a group of seven yogis and yoginis from Thailand traveled to Vientiane, the capital of Laos to hold a Sahaja Yoga public programme. This was the very first attempt to organize a Sahaj conference in this small and peaceful South-East Asian country.
Although no established yogi lived in Laos , preparations could be made
thanks to the help of a young Laotian journalist who had received
self-realization several years ago, during a training in Hanoi, Viet Nam -
which was also attended by a yogini from Thailand.
Some six years after his first and brief encounter with Sahaja Yoga, the
young Laotian very enthusiastically helped advertised the programme , kindly
translating a short article to announce the event into Laotian, contacting
newspapers to publish it and placing a few leaflets in targeted places
(health and fitness centers, shops, etc.)
After a lively ten-hour journey by bus from Bangkok (a handful also traveled
by plane), yogis could lend a hand with the advertising, discretely touring
shops and restaurants to place leaflets to be picked up by potential seekers
(placing posters and approaching people directly in the street was not
recommended in this rather strictly-ruled Communist country).
A beautiful room had been booked for the programme in the Novotel hotel and
yogis were happy to see the hall slowly getting filled. About 30 people
attended the programme , including two journalists and received their
self-realization. All of them clearly felt the flow of energy in their hands
or on top of their head and expressed great interest in pursuing the
practice of Sahaja Yoga.
Thanks to e-mails and Internet, the Thai yogis will keep in touch with the
new comers and more Thai yogis are planning to return to the country in the
near future to hold follow-up sessions.
Jai Shri Mataji!
With love, from the Thai Sahaja Yoga collective.