– By Brenda Telchak /01/04/2014
“It was a blistery cold and windy night as I walked the path to class at the end of February. I soon forgot the treachery of the journey as the warmth of the people comforted me like a fluffy blanket as I entered the Burlington meditation class. The genuine fondness of those who regularly attend was very apparent for each other as hugs and smiles were exchanged and that same ol’ wonderful welcoming feeling of acceptance shone its lovely light throughout the room.
We were all ready and willing with a true desire to have a guided meditation and Holly’s soothing and rich voice delivered an amazing collective meditation that drew us all into a unified state of consciousness that lifted us all to an inner peace of grace and gratitude. Yet for some magical reason as I was in this state, I began to breathe in a sweetness of extraordinary beauty, a strong and powerful scent of what smelled like, fields of flowers. Then another, and another, as wafts of unique and exquisite flora filled my soul as though I was rising through the foothills of some glorious mountain range and each level was sweeter than the one before it.
Afterwards, we gathered into a large circle around the entire room to introduce ourselves to each other and to share a little about our experience and/or how we came to find Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Then it was my turn, and I shared about my occurrence with the fragrant floral sensations I had delightfully experienced. Coincidentally (or should I say most unexpectedly), the lovely and humble woman sitting beside me then shared how astonished she was that she too could smell flowers during the meditation. She then went on to explain that she has a medical condition which sadly, prevents her from having a sense of smell all together so she was very surprised and elated to be able to enjoy her sense of smell once again and how it gave her joy. Others continued to share their own pleasing tales and then we came to Yon of the Oakville youth group who also shared his own account of the series of beautiful scents he as well could smell during the meditation. For some unknown miraculous reason, all three of us were witness to fields of fragrant flora that we will all truly cherish. And so it goes, that this mysterious gift of glorious scents became worthy of sharing in this short story. By the way, this image is the passion flower which also bloomed that same day in my home when I awoke…oh LIFE is so SWEET.”
Note: that class was dedicated to the remembrance of the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation – Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi as she left behind her human existence on February 23, 2011. For many of us, the collective gift-experience with beautiful fragrances was the sign of Shri Mataji’s actual presence among us.