Feedback shared by Burlington and Halton Officials about Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day 2023

Ioana Popa from Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation is introducing the Mayor of Burlington to the Mexico’s representative at our event, Mrs Shukla, the wife of the Indian Ambassador in Mexico.

Let’s enjoy the Beautiful Feedback shared by Burlington and Halton Officials about Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day’s Celebration on March 18, 2023 at Art Gallery of Burlington

The hand-made souvenirs offered to the Mayor of Burlington by our volunteers from Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network . Shri Mataji told us that the pink color is indeed the color of love and love is expressed as concern for the wellbeing of everyone else.

As you all know we celebrated on Saturday, March 18, 2023 “Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day'” at the Art Gallery of Burlington with The Festival of New Beginnings.

We arrived in the morning at 10am to start the preparations for the Event. When we left home were snowflakes in the air; once we parked at the AGB it was bright and sunny. We were welcomed by the first day of Spring in Burlington. 🙂

We had the honor of having the Mayor of Burlington attending our special Celebration of Shri Mataji’s 100 Birthday; the Mayor really connected to it by participating to most of the items on this event’s agenda.

The Mayor of Burlington on one side and Anjali, Ioana and Jyoti from Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network, on the other side of the “100th Anniversary” sign.

One of our young volunteers who is on FB (I am not :-)) informed us today (Sunday March 19) about the beautiful feedback posted by the Mayor of Burlington regarding her experience at our Public Event dedicated to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day’s Celebration in Burlington with The Festival of New Beginnings on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Here there is for you to enjoy!

Enjoy Burlington Mayor’s Feedback posted on media

“Spent a beautiful and moving afternoon of dance, song, poem and art from many cultures, celebrating the Festival of New Beginnings.

Sponsored by the Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network in Burlington, the event honours the 100 year celebration of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day, founder of Sahaja Yoga.

The event also marked the launch of 100SeedsOfJoy.com in Burlington, with the goal of hosting 100 free mental health workshops / events in 2023 as a gift for Burlington’s 150 years of existence

This initiative is a testament to the contributions immigrants make to their new beautiful home in Canada [ a new immigrant family from Romania started sharing Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes and events here in Burlington 18 years ago].

All the key performers and organizers of this event and #100SeedsOfJoy initiative are women of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, that are inspired by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi’s life and teachings

Great to see so many people out including my colleague Councillor Paul Sharman, Sanjeev Saklani, Head of Chancery at the Consulate General of India, and visitors from Montreal bringing songs from Ukraine and Turkey.

Thanks to Ioana Popa and all the volunteers who put this together!!

#100SeedsOfJoy #festivalofnewbeginnings

text extracted from the Mayor’s media posting (screenshots are shared below)
Caption from Mayor’s media page; The Mayor took several photos as she took a little tour to observe our “Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day” Gallery displayed around the beautiful room at AGB.

Some of the Photos shared by the Mayor of Burlington

The Mayor of Burlington took herself many (really good!!) photos and posted about 12 photos from our event on her official media outlet.

Feedback from Councillor for Ward 5, City of Burlington and Region of Halton

Also it was such a joy to recognize in the audience the presence of the Councillor for Ward 5, City of Burlington and Region of Halton with whom we already had the pleasure to discuss our 100seedsofjoy.com project in the recent past. We took his advice to heart and we are looking forward to continue advancing in implementing our projects for 2023 with some wise support and direction. Enjoy below the text and screenshot of Councillor’s feedback:

“It was a delight to join you. Your meditation is very familiar to me. It was lovely experience. Your guests from Montreal provided additional beauty and sincerity. Looking forward to speaking soon.”

text of Councillor’s feedback posted as per the screenshot shared further below

More feedback from the Mayor of Burlington

The Mayor’s published noted and photos from our event “The Festival of New Beginnings” honoring the Mayor’s SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI DAY proclamation marking the 100th Birthday Anniversary on March 21, 2023 of the Founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation.
Captured from the official media shared by the Mayor of Burlington. We are so deeply touched by our Mayor’s gracious presence, speech from the heart and genuine support and understanding for both our event’s special significance and the #100seedsofjoy’s importance as a timely community initiative.

Standing Together to Honor SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI DAY + Launching the #100seedsofjoy mental health community initiative initiated by Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network

We were absolutely honored to be Together at SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI DAY with:

1. Mrs. Marianne Meed Ward, The Mayor of Burlington

2. Mr. Sanjeev Saklani, HOC (Head Of Chancery) on behalf of Consul General of India at Toronto, Ms. Apoorva Srivastava

I was glad to be able to discuss with Mr. Saklani his experience during the guided meditation and the event overall; he definitely felt the energy and it was a pleasure to realize the genuine interest in spirituality that we both are sharing.

3. Mrs. Elena Lazar , President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Hamilton

4. Councillor Paul Sharman for Ward 5, City of Burlington and Region of Halton

5. Dr. Shruti Shukla, WHO consultant in the area of Biosafety and Biosecurity; Mrs Shukla was also representing Mexico at the event as the wife of India’s ambassador to Mexico

5. Artist yogis representing Quebec, Turkiye, Ukraine and Iran

6. Canadian Yogi volunteers among which many are immigrants coming from Romania, Croatia, Philippines, India, Guyana, Brazil, Russia, USA, Bulgaria and other countries around the World.

7. Seekers and Yogis participants coming from across Ontario

Ekaterina – the opening musical act for the event on March 18,2023

Enjoy few Photos until the Photo-Album and Videos (Music, Dance and Surprises) will be ready to be shared

Celebrating TOGETHER in 2023 the 150 years existence for our beloved Burlington City and the 100th Birthday Anniversary for Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – the Founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Commemorative sign created by the volunteers from Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network ( particularly:, Kathleen, Carmela, Andrew and Gratiela) We loved this sign, all is made with “natural” items.
Meditation with self-realization facilitated by Ioana
Marina and Shivangna — our beautiful “Media Elves”, Great job!!
Eastern-European trio: Daiana, Anca and Emiliana who joined from the GTA and brought flowers for the event as well helped with the final activities. Thank you!
Ioana from SYMN with Mr. Sanjeev Saklani (from the Consulate General of India in Toronto) with a lovely group of seekers coming from Brampton.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation

There is so much more to share about this event and actually the entire day was so special for all of us involved in organizing and offering this public event, as well for our artists and yogis friends visiting from Montreal and Toronto. Stay tuned, many joys are coming your way!!

We are grateful to our Burlington Mayor for all her support and we are looking forward to meeting the Mayor again to a similar joyful and meaningful event!

Explore the following posts that are related to this event – ou will enjoy them!

Must watch the video in its entirety; it shows so many aspects of joyous spontaneity and beauty coming from such a diverse collective of cultures

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Kruti

    The whole program was a special tribute to Shri Mataji for Her 100th birthday. It was magical! There were Shri Mataji’s photographs, quotes, painting and flowers vibrating the whole place even before it started. Our special artists, Ozlem, Ekaterina, Diana from Montreal, started singing and dancing, opening the hearts of people. They actually brought tears to people. There were 2 new ladies sitting beside me, and they were saying “wow” for all the performances. The presentation on Shri Mataji’s life was so touching, there was pin drop silence. My family said they watched the whole presentation thoughtlessly. Very impressive. Because of this presentation, the poems and personal experiences shared by yogis, the officials and new seekers learnt more about Shri Mataji. They offered flowers to Shri Mataji without any hesitations. That was one of the touching moments for me. The vibrations were so deep and cool, I was just considering myself to be lucky to experience all this.
    When I was raising Kundalini of a girl sitting in the back row, she asked me about the class information. There were many who were interested in joining the class. After the program, so many left the room with Shri Mataji’s photo tagged to their clothes. They were all smiling. The program ended with bandhans for the world, followed by Iranian yogi brothers and sister, playing music. We all joined hands and danced together.
    I remember, when the team was deciding on the date, venue and many other things, we were checking vibrations, and now I know why it was so cool . This will be our most memorable Sahaj experience that we will cherish for years. Thank you from bottom of my heart to the entire team.

  2. Ioana

    Feedback received via email from sahaja yogini Helen M. who came from Toronto to our Celebration:

    “The word that came into me throughout the NEW BEGINNINGS was AMAZING!!.

    How the event was organized, the details, the sharing, the love, the absolute joy was incredible.

    The presentations about the work of Shri Mataji were incredible. The togetherness, the friendship, the devotion in all the presentations was amazing!! The opportunity to experience all was amazing!!! Such joy, absolute joy !!

    In chatting with some of the fellow folks who attended, they said that having the experience of the guided meditation was so amazing , so different from whatever they have ever experienced in meditation. They loved it.

    The Proclamation from the Mayor of Burlington, wow!! Her attendance and the speech she gave was so heartfelt! So caring and loving.

    The musicians, the singing, dancing so uplifting!!

    My deep, deep gratitude to the Halton Sahaja Yoga Meditation Network Team who commemorated Shri Mataji

    May the world become a better place, may the teachings of Shri Mataji now penetrate all collectives and remove all the negativity once and for all

    Jai Jai Shri Mataji”

  3. Colleen

    It was such a beautiful event. Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The room was packed, we had to keep getting more chairs out!!

  4. Luigi

    En lisant cette brève prĂ©sentation de l’Ă©vĂ©nement Festival des nouveaux dĂ©buts, la joie s’est exprimĂ©e…..par des larmes sur les joues.
    Bravo à tous ceux qui ont fait cet événement possible.

  5. Rabi Ghosh

    There could have been nothing better than upholding the pride and joy of celebrating our most holy Mother’s birth centenary. 100th Birthday.

    The announcement itself harbinger of joy. Great work Burlington family. It was indeed a very noble to read through the Proclamation by Mayor.
    Only joy reverberates in heart to watch and read through such event and happening.

    Indeed a new beginning has ushered in where citizen of this world must recognise the power of divinity in the self without doubt. Recognise that Mother within each and every indivual that desires to be recognised and awakened. The only root yo achieving peace, love and harmony amongst the upcoming citizen of this world. A new beginning is in air.
    Let it start from Burlington. Gratitude to Mayor for the recognition and gracing the felicitation event of our most holy Mother Shri Mataji on Her 100th Birthday.
    Thank you for the wonderful post that spreads Nirmal fragrance of love.
    Shri Mataji we love You
    For you have given us
    More than we could ask for
    Bliss, peace and harmony.

    Shri Mataji we love You.

    Your soldiers of Live.
    We continue to love…
    Forever and ever
    As You taught us.

  6. Ajay Nargas

    Thanks Ioana …for sharing glimpses of wonderful well presented….Festival of new beginning….a tribute and grand celebration of Shri Mataji birth centenary . I was not present but jyoti narrated me all . Acknowledgement from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward speaks for itself. Precisely it is Shri Mataji divine gift to Halton collectivity…. a new beginning to cherish dream of happy, joyful.and compassionate, community .Jai shree mataji

  7. Roshani

    This is amazing and beautiful.

  8. NITI

    I was really blessed for being the part of this auspicious occasion, celebrated with the desire of
    Spreading seeds of joy of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.When I was listening to the Mayor’s speech she mentioned and showed her deep concern about the hatred going around in the world.Thanks for this concern .I hope this meditation programme of 100 seeds of joy initiative will bring peace and harmony in human beings.

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