From Thava, sahaja yoga practitioner from South-Africa, her experience in Ireland with photos:
I am awed but not surprised at how it all unfolds amongst us …
I want to share my story of being invited to celebrate the” Winter Solstice ” December 21, 2009 whilst we were in Ireland before travelling to Rome on the 24th by “Solas Bhride ” in Kildare, a town outside Dublin.
My husband Subri and I arrived at the venue completely open to experience the “Winter Solstice” celebration in the Celtic tradition. We were warmly received by sister Mary Mineham who gave us an overview of their intention to revive and honor the feminine Divine in Eire especially in these times when the churches are in disarray.. We entered a ceremonial space set in offering for Saint Brigid.
The evening was made up of lighting a candle in the centerpiece by the youngest and oldest amongst us from a flame which burns continuously in the centre of the town of Kildare inviting St Brigid into the space. Prayers were offered in the form of praises to St Brigid and everyone went into meditation for about 20 minutes. No surprise ! we just felt at home. Poetry, songs and music followed ….creating a spiritual ambience of honoring the feminine Celtic Divine. Everyone was invited outside to start the flame of a” born fire” set out in the open under the nightsky. The flames burnt robustly no different to a “havan” (sahaj way!) lighting up the sky sending a miraculous glow into the wintry night whilst the harp was played by a young girl.. Everyone stood in silence and absorbed the shift in mood under the now glowing starry sky.
Eventually we returned in silence back inside, each one was handed a tea candle, as we lit each others candle from the first light , we were asked to take that flame back home in remembrance of the Feminine Divine into our worlds.
I was invited to share our intentions for visiting Rome and I spoke of Shri Mataji and Sahaja Yoga, offering everyone to receive their self realization. We ended the service with a short meditation.
I innately knew why Mother had sent me into that space…
I gathered enormous knowledge about St Brigid, sharing St Brigid’s prophecy with passion and joy knowing that St Brigid had returned and was here on earth amongst us. I was gifted a St Brigid’s cross, literature and 2 candles that evening….
I lit this candle in Rome during our Christmas celebration with Shri Mataji, offering to Mother in remembrance of Saint Brigid.
I am awed by the power of intention as Mother allows us to unfold the mess in a systemic and meaningful way as we embrace how we might be instruments to advance Sahaja Yoga’s message into the world in subtle ways beyond our mental planned efforts.
Blessings, Thava Govender from South-Africa
On this day when we celebrate St. Patrick‘s Day – well rooted also in Canada – let’s enjoy few simple connections between basic elements of Sahaja Yoga Meditation and traditions from Ireland (Eire). First, it is important to share that Ireland is connected to the Centre Heart Chakra at the level of Mother Earth. For a keen meditator it is crucial to realize the subtleties of the heart chakra. Few other connections are coming from a dear friend, Anaic, sahaja yogini from France, herself of Celtic origin. Also a sahaj connection is to the
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Anaic: Green is a sacred color for the Celts and expresses the Power of Nature. In Sahaja Yoga, green color is representing the Guru Principle, the Master, the Teacher. But, also, by looking at the green grass from the Mother Earth, purifies the first chakra of Mooladhara, whose element is earth.