“Where do I begin when discussing my love affair with SAHAJA YOGA?!
Well I first heard about Sahaja Yoga maybe 15 years or so ago..I was in Toronto and my wife Joyce was in England…It was 6 p.m. my time and 11 p.m. in the U.K. I got this phone call …it was Joyce,..and she immediately started to rant on about having just come back from attending this wonderful class. She said “Howard, I’ve just discovered something I’ve been looking for all my life! It’s called Sahaja Yoga and you’ll just love it too”. “Wait a minute …what’s it all about?” I said. Well after hearing her enthusiastic explanation re meditation, balancing the subtle system, clearing out the negativity, etc. I immediately interrupted her and said…”Oh no we don’t want anything like that…It’s probably a cult. Anyway we don’t need it. We’re happy as we are”….
Anyway I guess you might say I had an altogether negative attitude due probably to my North American conditioning down through the years. I was very right-sided and couldn’t make myself think ‘outside the box’, so to speak. However I did attend meetings with my wife during those first few years and eventually started to grasp what it was all about. At heart I suppose I always was a seeker because I just never believed that any one religion had all the answers. I had that feeling even when I was a young boy and all the later years, up to the time Sahaja Yoga came into my life. Over the years I was always jumping around visiting different churches, chapels, cathedrals, etc.. but none of them made much of an impression. I did have a constant though and that was my veneration for Lord Jesus.
By the time Joyce died 11 years ago I knew in my heart that there really was something special about Sahaja Yoga and our great leader, guru and Mother, Shri Mataji. Almost immediately I started attending Puja’s, seminars, meetings…It seemed Sahaja Yoga was taking over my life ..in the nicest possible way I might add.
All those years when I was doubtful & negative, I was trying to figure everything out with my mind.
As soon as I started to listen to my heart the transformation was complete.
Someone asked me three or four years ago what period of my life had given me the most joy and I truthfully told him that probably The Answer would be Right Now. And I still feel that way today and long may that feeling continue!
I am blessed in the fact that I belong to two collectives,…one here in Ontario, and the other in the United Kingdom. I have such wonderful friends, brother and sister yogi’s and yoginees from all over the world. May you all be as lucky as I have been and if you keep on meditating and believing in Mother’s message of Love and Forgiveness I’m sure you’ll also feel this great joy. Let’s all try to live our lives in a dharmic manner, steering clear of the Temptations of materialism, humbling down when our Ego starts balooning out of control. God bless you all.”
** Howard was too humble to mention in his testimonial the significant connection with Oshawa’s Walk of Fame. But when he was announced about it, few years back, as he is a dear and close friend to my family, he did share in a personal email the following (only an excerpt is presented here):
“…Darryl Sherman informed me that he was in charge of the committee for the Walk of Fame.
We will be inducted at a ceremony at a new theatre (the Regent Theatre) on the 25th of Oct. and later we will put our feet in wet cement which will then be placed on the main street corner of Oshawa.
Barry and I at one time had a comedy act called “Authors & Swinson” which was very successful about 50 years ago.
To be recognized like this by our hometown is a great honour so I am very humbled..”
Note: Howard Swinson is an active actor, his most recent movie is from 2009 (Wallander)