Feedback: There was a gorgeous day at La Salle Park on Monday, August 1st, during the Joseph Brant Festival. Our booth had many visitors, wonderful seekers, some of them were really young but they knew what they wanted that day: to learn how to meditate! Luckily we had the Cool Kids corner assembled so we offered several sessions of intro to spontaneous meditation, for children, parents and .. grandparents too!!
The entire atmosphere was great, and the fantastic (check for a video sample!) Burlington Teen Tour Band was present with all its fun, color and glory! We are all so proud of our community in Burlington and we thank organizers and volunteers from our city for another year of great Civic Day Celebration.
We also thank to our yogi volunteers instructors that were kept busy offering meditation experiences and explanations to visitors all day long: Peter, Mohinder, Shulin, Ioana, Sandra and Navdeep.
For 10 years long Halton Sahaja Yoga meditation had participated to Civic Day Festival in Burlingtonby providing all day long meditation experience and chakra/energy workshops for free to everyone interested. For us ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’ are not related to ‘business’ but instead it’s about reaching out to the core within each of us that brings us all together, in peace and harmony and trust and love — finding joy within ourselves!
So COME , Join us for an amazing Community Event — look for our Sahaja Yoga Meditation booth there!
One from our team had just found photos with Canada Day cards we’ve made about 5 years back to be offered to our teacher and founder of Sahaja Yoga meditation charity — Shri Mataji — that loved Canada and Canadians. She had teached us to be real patriots by becoming better human beings inside out. Also Shri Mataji initiated in Toronto and Vancouver national seminars with collective meditations and prayers for Canada and Canadian people, so we, sahaja yogis from Canada learnt to express our love and desire for protection and spiritual evolution for the entire country not only for ourselves.
Shri Mataji: ” So today in the city of Vancouver, we have gathered here to pray for the country of Canada, and also for the Canadian people…But one should never feel frustrated; one should never feel upset, because even if you are one person you are a Saint, and a Saint brings all the luck, all the auspiciousness to that country, so there’s nothing to feel in any way desperate or unhappy about it. But try to develop your depth by meditation and by collective sitting down and talking to each other. “
Shri Mataji passed away but her deep appreciation for the qualities of this land, and especially for the specific role that America has in the world had ignited in all Canadian sahaja yogis a maple sweet like love for our country and fellow Canadians. Especially that it collects people and traditions from everywhere, truly making so easy to feel that we are all citizens of the world — children of Mother Earth.
Meditate on the Sahaj Definition of Patriotism with Sankrit Roots
Let’s meditate on the explanation of patriotism – given by Shri Mataji – provided by Rabi, dear friend and sahaja yogi from India in his recollection of the sahaj celebration of Diwali Festival with Shri Mataji, in India, 2007:
” Shri Mataji explained the enigmatic senses behind the two Sanskrit words frequently used in Indian vocabulary to express patriotism:
One is ‘Swaraj’- ‘Swa’- means ‘own self ’ and ‘Raj’ – means ‘kingdom’ and the Second word is -‘Swatantra’, – Swa- means -own self’ Tantra – means ‘the machinery’. Therefore the meaning to these words should always be self driven. Whenever we speak of ‘Swatantra’ it invariably should be understood that it is the tantra-of the Self. One should first know his ‘own self’ in order to understand this deep rooted meaning of ‘belonging to a nation’.” Explaining ‘Swaraj’, she emphasized that we must understand and be proud to be privilege citizen by our inner owning-ness of the land where we belong. ” Rabi Gosh
We wish Everyone a Happy Civic Day on behalf of Sahaja Yoga Meditation team from “here” in Burlington /Halton /Ontario 🙂