Shanti cannot sit still or The First Step

by Sia Reddy

It must have been the fifth time during the morning meditation that Mum told Shanti to just sit still! But no use. She is fidgeting around, playing with the song book, and if there is nothing to grab near by, she plays with her toes, her trousers, her fingers…

Shanti!” Mum scolds again. “Please! I told you! Sit properly! Hands on your lap”. Shanti follows Mummy’s instructions for just about a second, until she finds the pattern of the carpet really interesting again and follows the lines with her fingers.

Ok”, says Mummy now. “Listen. Why do you meditate? Hm? Tell me.” Almost six years old, Shanti has heard a lot about vibrations and knows a lot of mantras, but she has not yet really thought about WHY she should be meditating…

To make Shri Mataji happy!” she replies. “That is also true.” Says Mummy. “Of course. But you really meditate for yourself and nobody else, not even Mummy”. “But why?” Shanti asks. “Why do I need to meditate?” “Mummy takes a deep breath and looks at Shri Mataji’s  picture. After about a minute she turns to Shanti and says “Look. When we meditate, all the bad things in and around us run away. We can feel happy and light again. But meditation is so much more than just sitting here. If you imagine meditation being a huge beautiful mountain, we have properly not even reached the first step. But you know what the first step is?Continue reading “Shanti cannot sit still or The First Step”

Not to look different…

I have been trying to find a way to take Sahaja Yoga into my 7 year old son’s school for quite a while. So, it was a miracle when his Religious Education/Music teacher, Mrs Gow, asked him to do a presentation on Sahaja Yoga to the whole class.

On Wednesday, last week, he took in a framed photo of Shri Mataji, candle, incense, leaflets and the CD Heavenly Riverby the Kiev (Ukraine) Collective.

He set the photo and the candle and asked the class to put out their hands and listen to the music. The first part of the first track of “Heavenly River” is beautiful. It starts with the sound of the river bubbling along, (in Cabella?) then some santoor, which then fades into the river again. It lasts about 3 1/2 minutes. Perfect for the children.

After this he asked who had felt any cool breeze coming out of the top of their heads. 14 felt cool blasting and 2 felt heat. Oliver got those who felt cool to help raise the kundilini of the 2 that didn’t. The children then Continue reading “Not to look different…”