Once a year at the time of the hosting of the National Puja the local collective
makes a concerted effort to host a series of major Public Programs to build
upon the vibrations and enthusiasm generated at this time, and take this into
the community : specifically into the lives of seekers.
the last few months a genuinely collective endeavour had begun to promote a
range of Public Programs within areas where Sahaja Yoga has not been traditionally
strong. From the early meetings held to discuss what was before us there was
the view expressed that if the maximum number of Yogis were involved, and if
we surrendered our actions to the param-chaitanya then we would be playing our
part as instruments to help carry Shri Mataji's message into the world.
Collective awareness, will, and unity are some of the greatest instruments we
manifest as Sahaja Yogis, where we draw upon the powers of the Divine, and become
vehicles to accomplish all that is needed. Then we move from the normal level
of human experience, towards the unfolding vision of spiritual liberation. The
strategy was to host seven programs and encourage groups of Yogis organised
around responsibility for Puja roster duties to take on the ownership, promotion,
and hosting of the programs.
A total of 75,000 leaflets and 6000 posters were produced to cater for all
the programs. The main focus was to centre upon the desire and activity
of the Yogis. Each program group was provided with 12,500 leaflets and 1000
posters to promote each of the programs. The general strategy was to use each
of the program Venues as the central point and to poster and distribute leaflets
within the letterboxes of homes within the immediate vicinity of the program.
Advertisements were placed mainly in the local papers for that area, large
distribution daily papers were avoided, although they have huge areas of coverage,
and wide distribution channels, advertisements placed tend to get lost amongst
a sea of other material, and perhaps are not as effective in reaching the targeted
audience. The theme for promotion was to think along regional lines promoting
the program within the local neighbourhood.
Considerable effort was extended by many of the groups to promote the programs
by means of local community services: libraries, community health establishments,
community service organisation, information was also disseminated through the
networks of the local Councils. Some Yogis were able to secure the publication
of associated articles promoting the health benefits Sahaja Yoga meditation
can deliver. Some groups set-up information stands, and stalls at local community
fairs that were held in the community prior to the programs.
During each of the programs an informal poll was conducted where we asked those
attending how they had come to learn about the program, about 50% of those
attending had gained knowledge of the program via the letterbox leaflet distribution.
The remaining portion were evenly distributed between the newspaper advertisements,
posters, directly via Email, and through the Internet via the homepage www.freemeditation.com
The success of the programs helped established that as the vibrations flow
through us, and through the majority of the collective, this is one means Shri
Mataji can work to attract seekers : as we assume our roles as Yogis.
Over the last year a concerted effort has also been made to collect the Email
contact details from everyone making inquiries about Sahaja Yoga. Yogis receiving
phone inquiries via the 1300 number, Yellow pages , community fairs, and programs
have been making an effort to collect contact Email information..
Experience has shown the majority of people are very keen to provide this information,
after we assure them their privacy will be respected. Our contact database has
been steadily expanding over the last twelve months and very few people have
written back to request to be taken off the list. Email details have been shown
to be one of the better means of encouraging people to attend Sahaja Yoga programs.
Program - Tuesday October 8th .
The first of the seven programs was held at western extremity of Sydney within
the town of Campbelltown. Sahaja Yoga arrived in Campbelltown with its biggest
and most successful program with around 50 new people attending. A great achievement
for the area. The manner with which the event was supported, and promoted by
the local Yogis, and those had adopted the program was magnificent. It was a
great beginning and an indication that there were to be many great things in
store for Sahaja Yoga in the area.
The program began with Music, one could sense the dullness and dryness lifting
as the audience engaged with the music and began to respond to the vibrations.
There were a number of speaker who spoke about Sahaja Yoga, its benefits, historical
significance and Shri Mataji's unique gift to the world after which the self
realisation segment was conducted. This was followed by Shri Mataji's Video
presentation, then further meditation before handing back to the musicians,
the program concluded with the essential tea and cake .
During the program there was felt that positive divine joyfulness, it is that
very special feeling that you feel at Public Programs, when we have come together
for the selfless work of Sahaja Yoga. There is so much to be individually and
collectively gained from involvement with spreading Sahaja Yoga .
Program Thursday October 10th.
For the next program we travelled to the city of Penrith, located on the Cumberland
Plain, on the western fringe of Sydney : the area covers a large area of 400
square kilometers that makes Penrith one of the largest local areas. Sydney
lies 40 kilometers to the East; the Blue Mountains rise at the western border.
The venue was the Joan Sutherland Performing Art Centre. Leading into the programs
a sophisticated Sahaja Yoga exhibition had been developed which presented basic
information about the charkas, subtle system, and some of the achievements of
the medical research. The information was presented on large free standing displays
that could be positioned at any designated location throughout the venue. The
exhibition ably presented key information, and helped present Sahaja Yoga in
a proficient and competent manner.
This formed the basis of the program build, which was stored and transported
to all the program venues. The Yuva Shakti acted as a most capable build team,
marshals and all-purpose aides.
Once established the format of the programs were fairly similar commencing
with live music provide by the Bhajan group, which always made easier the lifting
of the vibrations and settling of the audience. A number of speakers presented
the introduction, followed by self-realisation, Shri Mataji's video presentation,
The venue was again full, another good crowd of around 60 new people. Before
the program Avinash asked each of the people attending the reasons they had
come? what was it about Sahaja Yoga meditation that had attracted them? and
what had they wanted to achieve from the evening? This proved to be extremely
interesting in helping us to appreciate the variety of reasons people had come.
Many reported they were looking for peace of mind, meditation, better ways
of dealing with life, coping with stress, some came out of curiosity, some admitting
their wives or girlfriends had made them come. As the program unfolded the different
speakers attempted to direct the program to address some of the issues that
Program Friday October 11th.
The next program was in the City of Liverpool which is the 4th oldest town
in Australia founded in 1810. It is an hour's drive west from the centre of
Sydney and has been determined that it is one of the fastest growing areas in
Australia of a great cultural diversity with over 45 major cultural groups represented.
Aside from the major program in Sydney this was to be the largest of the regional
program with over 100 new people in attendance. Large numbers of Sahaja Yogis
were also on hand to create a significant and major program.
As we did with all the programs we passed a number of clipboards around the
assembly with forms designed to collect Email and contact information. This
seems to work far better than an information desk, where people forget, or are
too busy to take the time out to attend.
The program unfolded in an effortless manner as we had settled into a groove
about what we needed to do, trying to surrender as much as we could to Shri
As with all the programs everything came together, the state of meditation acheived
was as deep, and profoundly silent as any achieved in our collective meetings.
It facilitated a greater appreciation that Sahaja Yoga is not a lecture, nor
mere words upon a page, but an experience, an awakening, a phenomenon.
There was nothing further that needed to be said, or done; all that had to
be communicated had been experienced during those moments of silent contemplation
Erina Central Coast - Saturday October 12th
City of Gosford covers an area of 1,000 square kilometers stretching east to
the Pacific Ocean, south to the Hawkesbury River and Sydney, west to the mountain
ranges of the Great Divide, and north to meet Newcastle. Situated between the
major centres of Sydney and Newcastle, each about one hour away, the region
has an attractive natural environment of ocean beaches, extensive lakes, waterways,
mountain forests, and lush valleys.
Unlike some of the locations for the other regional programs Sahaja Yoga has
been well established on the Central Coast for a number of years, with a relatively
large dedicated collective who wished to take advantage of the new momentum
to host a major program.
many drove north from Sydney to the Erina program the dominant impression of
the region is one of towns and villages separated by extensive areas of beautiful
natural vegetation, waterway and bush covered hills. It retains a semirural
atmosphere and sense of community, far removed from the anonymity and impersonality
of Sydney. These characteristics combine to provide a quality of life for residents
that is very relaxed and comfortable but allows people to remain within their
comfort zone, seeking is not so driven by the pressures of the city . The local
Yogis had worked hard for its promotion and gave their full support to the program.
The public program was attended by around 40 seekers and aided with the usual
lift provided by the Bhajan group. There was the introduction talk about Sahaja
Yoga meditation; video presentation by Shri Mataji, and some simple left and
right-sided clearing techniques employed to help people clear out and enjoy
a deeper meditation. The evening ended with a collective meditation and the
new people encouraged to attend the followup programs and use the techniques
learned to meditate at home.
Canberra Program Saturday October 12th.
program was also held on the same night as the program on the Central Coast
within our nations capital on Saturday October 12th .This was mainly supported
by Yogis from the ACT, and attended by 35 new people. The program flowed freely
and was favorably received. On Sunday a collective Puja was hosted by the Canberra
Yogis within the main ashram of the city and was to mark the commencement of
the National celebration of the Navrartri festival.
weekend spent with the Canberra collective was a most joyous occasion : whenever
one travels with Sahaja Yogis, especially when there is an aspect of Sahaja
Yoga at the center of the endeavor, there is always such vibrations, joy, and
blessings involved. This is at the very core and heart of collectivity and what
it can bring to our life.
It is a shame that so many Yogis let pass opportunities such as these , and
leave aside the potential of what Shri Mataji can add to our lives.
In fact someone commented that the two-week period involving much traveling,
attendance and support of a variety of public programs, and Puja, had been somewhat
like a mini Tour ; it certainly felt like one.
Hornsby Program - Monday October 14th
Shire lies on the northern extremity of Sydney and has a unique combination
of rural, urban and bushland environments, and a diverse population with a strong
commitment to community living. Sahaja Yoga has been established on the North
Shore from the very early days of Sahaja Yoga's establishment in Sydney. It
has a relatively large and committed collective who also wanted to host a major
The collective worked as a committed, dedicated and enthusiastic group of Yogis.
The Yogis of this region have had to overcome a number of obstacles placed in
their path over the years as they have sought to promote Sahaja Yoga. On this
occasion no quarter was asked or given as they took Shri Mataji's message into
Around 80 new people were in attendance, and in keeping with the elevated results
already seen the vibrations and meditation experienced conveyed all that we
desired to communicate.
Menzies Hotel - Sydney October 19th
programs ended with Sydney's biggest free annual all-day Meditation seminar
event held within the Ballroom of the Menzies Hotel located in the centre of
The Seminar was promoted to the public whereby they could experience the enjoyment
of the peace of collective meditation, key points used in the campaign to promote
the Workshop were : medical aspects of Sahaja Yoga , how to go deeper into meditation
, balancing and clearing the subtle system and energy centers, how one could
learn to meditate at home , and easy techniques to help reduce stress suitable
for absolute beginners and regular attendees .
Over 350 new people attended that day. The morning segment of the seminar included
an introduction to meditation hosted by a variety of speakers, video talk by
Shri Mataji , guided meditations, and a presentation of the medical research
into Sahaja Yoga.
Following the luncheon break and an in-depth practical session into clearing
the left and right side during which time established Yogis ensured that everyone
could leave the day having felt the cool breeze of realization . The day ended
with a deep collective meditation.
During the hosting of the seven programs Shri Mataji blessed the collective
with great success: the tremendous results could only be achieved through a
dedicated effort. Success is not measured only in terms of numbers but in the
depth of experience conveyed to seekers and the enthusiasm and keenness expressed
by the majority of those attending.
There was much to commend the unity of purpose, collective effort and unbridled
enthusiasm, but there could be no greater reward than venue after venue that
were overflowing with seekers.
Self-realization means we have the capacity to utilise our spiritual freedom
in a meaningful manner, it depends upon the choices that we make, the work we
choose to undertaken, the path we desire to walk upon, but we need to act as
instruments in the this great work of the Divine unfolding before us.
It seemed strange that during a period when so much activity was being conducted
to help spread the message and work of the Divine, that our country, its people,
and all that it stands for should at this time be attacked in Bali by representatives
of the forces of evil.
The Divine has never been represented by the powers of hatred and brutality
as articulated in the violence that took so many young innocent lives from all
quarters of the world, each and every one so cruelly destroyed far from their
homes : while our nation is not without its faults, it is by and large dedicated
in its goodness, its rejection of evil, and its commitment to social justice,
generosity, the miracle of racial multiculturalism, and peace : best expressed
by the Australian adage 'a fair go for all' .
What happened in Bali was the work of individuals from a race of beings of
no humanity, who are influenced and driven by the motive to impose their own
will and hatred, by force and violence, upon others, and who seek to put out
of sight the light of Divine from the world : but that great light is far too
absolute, far too powerful and all-pervading to ever be so diminished from this
Earth, and each of us has been chosen to play a role, but we must do our part
to ensure that the Love of Our Divine Mother will surely reign supreme.