Let’s find out How can we consider our Meditation as Dedication to Civic Holiday
This article represents the story of our team’s participation to the Joseph Brant Day Festival in 2016, and it includes quotes and explanation regarding how we can perceive our Meditation as Dedication to the Civic Holiday. One should agree that those that are “teachers of Self-Realization”, as well those that are seeking their self-realization and meditate for it, make good patriots. 🙂
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!!
There was a nice moment when Burlington Post reporter came by and wanted to capture few photos with our team during the “meditation action!” 🙂
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!
During the previous 10 years our team from Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network had participated to the Civic Day Festival in Burlington by providing all day long free meditation experience and chakra/energy workshops. 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, trust and love — eventually, finding the 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 national seminars (especially in Toronto and Vancouver) 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 has left her material boundaries but her deep appreciation for the qualities of this land, and especially for the specific role that Canada 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 Sanskrit Roots
Let’s meditate on the explanation of patriotism – given by Shri Mataji – provided by Rabi, a 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 Network team from “here” in Burlington /Halton /Ontario 🙂
Short Q&A about the Civic Heart during a RAIN Event in St Catharines
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