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  • 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. The Editors

    ASCENT by Niranjana Sattarshetty, Melbourne.

    We began the walk. Ascended the hill Slowly. Saw the clouds Cast dancing Shadows on The hills, Slowly. Heard our steady Steps Crunch gravel Slowly. Bated breath And Around the corner A spectacular view Spreads out before Us And slowly I saw That silence again And waited For the Plunge.

    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 nonetheless.

    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 street realisation. 

    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 them. 

    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 contagious. 

    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 about Ethiopia.

    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- day.

    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- ans. 

    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 reassurance. 

    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

    The AKASHWANI INTERNATIONAL SAHAJA YOGA & YUVA SHAKTI JOURNAL - EDITED IN LONDON

    “Unless and until you are completely free you cannot act. This is the greatest blessing of Sahaja Yoga that your attention has become so free. It acts the way you wanted to act and it communicates. It communicates to you. The real com- munication starts.” — H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, 1988

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