You are all My sons, too, and made after Him, after
the same pattern as I made Christ. I’m proud of you
My children. Come up to it, and you have an example
already created for you. Before you is Christ. See Him.
What a support it was. I never had any complaints of
any kind, no upset. He would never be upset, no ques-
tion, He would never tell Me, “I’m upset,” never. This
word doesn’t exist in the dictionary of wise. How can
you be upset, when you are set once for all? This word
must go from the dictionary of many Sahaj Yogis who
use it, problems and upset. You solve the problem, give
the solutions. No problems, only solutions.
That’s the way a son should be to a mother, that she
can depend on him, absolutely, no problems there,
nothing. I mean you have a son, one like Christ, what
is there to worry about anything? Even the one word
He said, “Behold the Mother.” It’s a mantra. Is the
greatest mantra that I use. When your attention is
here and there I just say that mantra to you, as a
command it is. And so humble, so humble. Behold.
Behold doesn’t mean look, no, it’s a very humble way
of addressing. Behold. It’s something glorious, some-
thing great, behold it, accept it, understand. It was
such a mutual understanding of support and love that
should exist between us. No secretiveness, no formali-
ties, no exclusiveness. No exclusiveness, all enjoyments
must be together. Now all your ideas of having sepa-
rate enjoyments must be given up for a change.
H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Christmas Puja, London 1981
FROM THE PRINTING PRESS
Here we are again, hello all. It has been a while.
We hope the holidays are bringing our dear read-
ers joy and light as we near the end of another
year. For this issue, the central theme of Humility
shines through adventures both abroad and at
home as we share some stories of giving realisa-
tion and continuing on in the work Our Mother
set out for us. We hope you enjoy reading this
edition and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year. We love you.
Jai Shri Mataji.
by Niranjana Sattarshetty, Melbourne.
We began the walk.
Ascended the hill
Saw the clouds
Heard our steady
Around the corner
A spectacular view
Spreads out before
That silence again
Ethiopia Realisation Tour
Saturday 19th November
Today we all gathered. And by all I mean myself, a
yogi from Germany, and a yogi currently living in
Ethiopia. The accommodation was very nice – like
the ones we had in Amman and Cairo. It had
pleasant vibrations. From the balcony we had the
view of the city centre, Addis Ababa, the high
altitude capital city surrounded by mountains. The
street view was different, with a goat casually
grazing away on the sidewalk, an elderly lady
walking by, holding a rooster by its feet (remind-
ing me of my own granny). The streets are full of
life – street vendors selling all different goods,
crowded minibuses and rickshaws. I could show
you pictures but not the sound and smell – it is a
mix of Middle East, North Africa and India, with
frankincense filling the air.
Tonight we had lamb stew (we accidentally
bought 2kg lamb – lamb for the rest of the tour –
that’s what happens when I use my body lan-
guage for communication). We began the tour
with a havan to Shri Ganesha. The vibrations were
serene and comforting. After the havan we went
through the workshop activities we would use in
our programs; it was rather difficult to demon-
strate the “Walking Name Game” with
only 3 people playing, but was enjoyable
Tomorrow we have 3 workshops, one in an
HIV orphanage. Wake-up is at 6 am...
Sunday 20th November
This was our first day of programs and our
first two programs were...rescheduled. It
took us exactly ten minutes to figure out alterna-
tives, and it quickly became apparent we had do
The question was where? Within 24 hour of being
in the city, we had to find a place with lots of peo-
ple who were open to meditation. After some
phone calls, conversations, and Google, we were
back on the road heading toward the National
Museum. Halfway through the city, we bumped
into the end of the Addis Ababa marathon and
immediately parked by the clusters of runners and
set up our roll-up.
Almost instantly people gathered in front of the
roll-up asking what meditation is about and how
they can be benefited. Inner peace, balance, better
decision making, health, words bubbled out from
my trained response, but this time hitting a dead
end. The people couldn’t care less. I kept changing
narratives until it slipped out that it is the connec-
tion to God. Peoples’ faces lit up.
Oh my God, they only care about God. All of
Then it took off, people immediately felt
the cool breeze. One boy even felt un-
easy because there was cool breeze all
over him and he had never felt anything
like this before.
We stayed until the police came asking if
we have permiss ion. They were
friendly, but we decided to go. I sudden-
ly realised that our first program was street realisa-
tion during a state of emergency. It ended up be-
ing the one and only public program in the tour.
We went to see the 3.1 million year old lady Lucy
in the museum and gave some more realisations –
not me, but the other two yogis, were giving reali-
sation left and right… on the bus, in the courtyard
of an Orthodox Church, everyone who got in
contact with them had realisation. It was certainly
We abandoned the taxis, and decided to take the
crowded minibuses as the locals - taxis charged
100 times higher than minibuses and the discrep-
ancy made me feel uncomfortable, although we
can afford it.
The day ended with a workshop for 25
orphan youth in the SOS Children's Villages.
They were giggling and joking during the medita-
tion because they did not want to go deeper into
their emotions; for some reason it was hurtful and
they were avoiding. It worked out that we contin-
ued to meditate on the left side during the work-
shop; it was a struggle bringing back their frit-
tered attention, but at the end, in the silence of
the room, you knew something cleared out.
Dinner tonight was the second chapter of the
lamb trilogy – Moroccan style.
We ended the evening with a puja to Shri Adi
Shakti. Wake up will be same as yesterday with
another busy day ahead of us.
Monday, 21st of November
The second day was a day of understanding more
We began with a workshop for the “mothers” at
the SOS Children's Villages. Each mother looks
after about 10 orphans in SOS Addis and the
village director asked us to pay special attention
on them, thus we design two programs for them –
realisation on Monday and foot-soak on Wednes-
We then moved onward to a meeting at UNICEF.
As the regional director was visiting the country,
the staff were busy but they still kept our meeting,
partly because they were interested in meditation,
and partly because of the hospitality of Ethiopi-
The UN compound is massive; the modern high-
rise buildings are under strict security regulation,
very different from rest of Addis Ababa.
It was the meeting with them that made us aware
for the first time of the strong orthodox condi-
tioning of the society. In contrast to yesterday, any
mentioning of God was highly suspicious. The
meeting was mixed on both ends with everyone
trying to measure each other up. Although two of
the staff got their realisation, it was unsuccessful
for creating an actual collaboration.
Immediately after the meeting with UNICEF, we
had another meeting with and organisation called
Care. From our first experience, we were very
cautious about how we communicated, relating
the meditation to common humanity and reassur-
ing them that this is not religious – later on we
realised that all of our collaborators required such
Faith in God is strong in Ethiopia, and so are the
fixed ideas about God. We had to be very alert on
how to find a way to communicate without chal-
lenging the fixed ideas they had in mind. Thus,
they can feel secure in getting their realisation in
the first place.
The meeting with Care went well. We found out
that as with the Save the Children staff in Jordan,
the staff at Care is overworked (often working 10-
14 hours per day) and dealing with burnout issues.
जय श्री माताजी
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