On Saturday morning, 12th June there was a general buzz of excitement and anticipation at the Cabella International Sahaja School. In some ways this was quite normal; it was the last day of the school year and all the parents had gathered to pick up their children for the summer holidays. But it was more than just that. Everywhere you went in the school you could hear people whispering excitedly to each other; “Will She come?”, “Won’t She come?”, “Well, I spoke to my brother in Australia, who is friends with one of the people working in the villa in Genova, who said …” And so it went on.
So when Shri Mataji actually did turn up at the school in the late afternoon, to attend the school end-of-term function, the feeling of joy exploding in people’s hearts was palpable. As Shri Mataji’s car drove into the driveway of Centrassi everyone - children, parents, staff and guests - could not contain their exuberance and broke into song, singing ‘Swagata Agata’. It was a wonderful moment. Our Mother was back to bless the school with Her love and attention.
A small marquee had been set up in the garden so that there would be enough space for everyone to see Shri Mataji. The ceremony began with aarti and then some speeches from representatives of the Foundation and of the school. The common theme was the expression of a profound sense of gratitude towards Shri Mataji for creating this opportunity for our children to grow up into strong Sahaja Yogis capable of giving self-realisation and carrying forward Her message of love and emancipation. Sir CP, gracious and dignified as ever, also took the opportunity to thank the Sahaja Yogis for their contribution towards the success of the school project.
The highlight of the event depended a little bit on who you were. For the children it was surely when each of them was presented with a graduation certificate by Shri Mataji. For the volunteers, who make up an incredible 70% of school staff, it must have been when they too received a certificate from Shri Mataji thanking them for the love and dedication with which they offer their service to the collective. For the rest of us it was almost certainly the last song that the children sang for Shri Mataji, a beautiful version of Adi Shankaracharya’s ‘Atma Shatakam’ - Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham. Listening to it we were propelled into a state of complete bliss that is only possible when the Goddess is pleased and pours out Her vibrations. We feel deeply privileged and grateful for the opportunity to sit once more at the feet of our Holy Mother and enjoy Her state of prasanna; with these miserly words we hope to be able to share with you the beauty of that moment.
When the time came for Shri Mataji to leave for Genova, there was no sadness. Every desire had been fulfilled and only silence remained. It was just the perfect end to a perfect day.
Thank you Shri Mataji.