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Sahaj Sandesh No: 2007.29 – Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Dear Sister / Brother:
Video report of Rev. Master’s 80th Birth Anniversary celebrations
A short video report of Rev. Master’s 80th Birth Anniversary celebrations at Tiruppur, India may be seen at: http://web.mac.com/spiritualvision/iWeb/Spiritualvision/Home.html
Rev. Master’s visit to Bangalore
We were all eagerly awaiting Master’s arrival in Natarampalli. Master's convoy arrived at 11:00 am much to the delight of all the abhyasis. After having some refreshments, Master immediately joined the abhyasis outside His room to enjoy the weather and partake in some free flowing conversation. The conversation ranged from technology to plans for the upcoming ashrams in the nearby centers. There was a feeling of joy, calmness and excitement amongst those present.
After lunch, Rev. Master left for the Zonal Ashram in Bangalore. On Sunday, August 5, Master conducted Satsangh, and immediately came and sat outside his cottage to spend time with the abhyasis. He shared many pearls during this exchange. A few are captured below:
In the evening, Master left for the Banashankari Ashram and stayed there overnight. The next day, August 6, Master left for His residence. The groundbreaking ceremony for a new meditation hall was also being planned on August 8. The kitchen team had setup a huge tent nearby and were all geared up to serve the 2000+ abhyasis who were invited for the special occasion. The meditation tent was being erected and volunteers were bustling around in preparation and anticipation for the special day. In the evening of August 7, Master delighted all those present by cutting a huge chocolate cake and distributing pieces of the cake to the young ones present.
On August 8, approx. 2000 abhyasis assembled in the wee hours of the morning, in front of His cottage. There was a huge lineup in front of His room, to wish and exchange greetings with Him. It was amazing to watch the patience with which He met with everyone individually, despite all His discomfort. It was a true demonstration of Love and Sacrifice, the essential attributes for spiritual growth, in action. He conducted Satsangh at 9 am. After Satsangh, He walked over the meditation site and performed the groundbreaking ceremony.
This was a joyous moment for the Bangalore abhyasis. Master had blessed the center with another meditation hall, this one on the eastern side of the city. As He walked back to His car, He said, “Congratulations!! May your center grow. It is after all for you that I am building this!!”
On August 9, Master left for CREST (Center for Research, Education, Sadhana, and Training) early in the morning to celebrate the “Foundation Day” of CREST. It has been one year since CREST was officially inaugurated by Rev. Master. Brother Ajay Bhatter conducted Satsangh followed by a short speech by Brother Jagannathan, Director of CREST, and Brother Ajay Bhatter. According to Brother Jagannathan 183 abhyasis have participated in the seminars, 542 abhyasis have participated in one week short course, and a total of 400 abhyasis have visited CREST to date. He thanked the abhyasis of Bangalore and the local functionaries for their unstinted cooperation and hoped such cooperation would continue in the days to come. Brother Ajay Bhatter spoke of the experience of “stillness” at CREST, which was characteristic of this place, something that can only be experienced by being here.
The rest of the days at CREST have been spent in total calm, peace and rest by our Beloved Master. He made a few preceptors and took the opportunity to take walks around the Retreat premises. On August 15th, Indian Independence day, Master walked up the flight of stairs to the first floor of the dormitory block, and at 7:20 AM, majestically unfurled the Indian tricolor atop the flagpole. It was followed by the singing of the national anthem, after which Rev. Master gave a short speech. He requested “…The abhyasis must take an oath to renounce lies, renounce corrupt business practices, renounce hatred, and adopt Babuji’s message, Love All whom He Loves”.
Rev. Master leaves by road for Harur and Natrampalli tomorrow and is expected to return to Chennai by the end of this week.
Photographs taken during this period these sessions are provided at the link below:
YOUTH PROGRAM AT THE BABUJI MEMORIAL ASHRAM –
This is to bring to your attention the launch of the 6th batch of “YOUTH PROGRAMME” from 1st October to 31st December 2007 at Babuji Memorial Ashram, Manapakkam, Chennai – 600 116, India. The sixth batch of YOUTH PROGRAMME is running successfully and we are happy to announce the commencement of the next batch to accommodate more willing Abhyasi Brothers & Sisters from across India including those who missed out in the earlier batches. This full time residential program will run from 1st October 2007 to 31st December 2007 (for a period of 3 months) and is aimed at training the YOUTH of Sahaj Marg in the various aspects of running an Ashram.
Salient features of this program:
The following are eligible to apply for this program:
The medium of instruction will be English. Abhyasi brothers & sisters who are willing to apply for this program must route their applications (with complete resume in the annexed format) through their respective ZIC / CIC / Preceptor-in-Charge on or before 31st of August ‘2007. Short listed candidates will be intimated by email / post / phone on or before 10th September '2007 after proper screening. They must report at Manapakkam Ashram by 28th of September ‘2007 and the program will commence on 1st October ‘2007. Kindly make photocopies of the application format at the link below for the use by applicants. The completed application copies can be forwarded to the below address.
Encl : “Youth Program Application format”