SINGAPORE, 29 Apr 2010: The long ANZAC weekend had a special significance for Singapore. Over a dozen yogis from Perth came to support the Realise Singapura programs which culminated in 250 people getting Self-Realisation. Other yogis from Malaysia, Austria and Taiwan also came to give us the much-needed boost in vibrations. In this multicultural city-state with juxtapositions of modernity and old traditions, it has been difficult to establish a vibratory foothold as many seekers were mired in false gurus and ancestral practices. After this amazing weekend, we felt a breakthrough had occurred and that seekers are waking up to the call of divine love.
The first event, an Indian music concert for the public, was held at Young Musicians’ Society Arts Centre on Friday evening. The concert was aptly themed as Chaitanya. An hour before the scheduled start, the heavens sent forth a mild cleansing drizzle, setting the stage for the subsequent showers of vibrations in the days to come. Over 100 Singaporeans, including many Chinese came along to the concert, attracted by the beautifully designed poster & brochures. Sitarist Ustad Sharafat Khan started the evening with a popular evening raga Yaman Kalyan, reflecting a joyful, exuberant mood. Following that, Perth yogi and vocalist Sadanand Mankar gave a short but intriguing presentation on the relationship between Chaitanya, music and meditation. The audience was given the experience of realization and many felt the meditative silence. The two vocal ragas Malkauns and Jog that followed on were a sharp contrast to the earlier performance. Reflecting a meditative and almost somber mood, the ragas were subtly working on the Void of the audience. Finally, the concert ended with five familiar, fast-paced bhajans by the Perth group. The audience responded keenly by clapping and singing along, bringing a jubilant climax to the musical evening.
Saturday morning began with a havan at the woods near Punggol Beach, northeast of the island. Craig and Sadanand explained to the collective the significance and context for the havan. The Devi Sukta and Kunjika Stotra were also recited followed by the 108 names of Shri Mataji. The yagya was extremely powerful. One foreign yogini said it was like participating in a havan at Cabella. It felt as if three-hundred-year-old negativities got burned away by the fire. At the end of it, our heads felt infinitely lighter and vibrations were flowing strongly. It was a much-needed clear-out.
The afternoon program was held in a private business college AEC at Jalan Bukit Merah. We advertised for an additional Saturday workshop for newcomers in the newspapers and 30 newcomers turned up. Two adjacent rooms were booked for the parallel activities – one for complete beginners and the other for intermediate level yogis. Craig gave an excellent introduction to the beginners, followed by self-realisation and the collective foot-soak experience. In the adjacent room, Martin was presenting on the ten primordial masters and their qualities. During the Q&A session, a lady who was caught up with ancestral problems got her queries answered. Both groups convened after the tea break for the final segment where Ramaa spoke about children & meditation and about balancing techniques. The workshop ended with a collective meditation on Bija mantras. One could see everyone’s faces lightening up in a happy relaxed state when they left the premises. Having parallel activities for two groups of seekers and yogis was a clever and innovative arrangement. The mood was informal and casual and the Q&A session clarified some doubts that new yogis had.
The Sunday lecture and workshop was held at Suntec City Convention Centre, a well-known convention venue in a central location. Just a short distance away from our event, a charismatic church group was conducting their service. We also learnt that a weekend ago, the false hugging guru had a crowd following of 22,000 in the nearby ballroom. Whatever were the vibrational challenges, the local collective were up in arms, with 130 foot-soak bowls, 20 kg of salt and plenty of pails, ready for a Clear-out Singapura. We had four yogis seated at the corners of the room, acting as four cardinal points of vibratory defence. About 220 new people showed up and the workshop kicked off with Ramesh’s scientific lecture. What got us spellbound were the witty, humorous style and anecdotes that Ramesh dished out. Some of us were holding to our stomachs, containing our laughter in case we fell off our seats. It was the Ramesh the story-teller and not the scientist, with the vivid account of his own experience, that got us transfixed. This was a particularly important lesson to me as a presenter, that at the core of it, everyone loves a good, well-narrated story with a beautiful ending.
Before lunch, the audience was given self-realization and a handful of them felt vibrations and mental silence. Once the audience left for the hour lunch, it was time for action! Local yogis swarmed the nearby toilets, filling up the foot-soak bowls using pails and tubes in a manner that looked like a human conveyor belt! It was a sight to behold, an experience to remember. Almost everyone returned after lunch for the workshops. The room was partitioned into two, with concurrent activities going on. Dragaa explained in-depth on the chakras, linking them to science and nature. This was followed by an en-mass foot-soak with right-channel affirmations. Meditation was incredibly deep and silent, and vibrations were flowing very strongly above the Sahasrara. In the adjacent room, Martin was teaching the other group of seekers about the 3 channels and balancing techniques. Andreas, the Austrian ambassador to Malaysia, also helped answer questions from the floor.
During the tea break, seekers were eagerly surrounding Craig, Ramesh and the Perth yogis with their questions. A few of them later gave feedback that they found their answers to be really enlightening and insightful and asked when they will return to Singapore. Meanwhile, local yogis sprang into action, emptying and re-filling the other 80 foot-soak bowls while tea was being served. It felt like a buzzing scene from a local festival. After the tea break, the two groups switched rooms for the presentations and the workshop ended at 4.30pm.
Thereafter, everyone headed to the East Coast beach for a nice footsoak in the waters of the South China seas. Grandfather Ocean dissolved all that we absorbed during the day, leaving us feeling fresh and soothed. We ended the day with a sumptuous seafood feast at the nearby restaurant.
The collective met for the last time at some yogis’ home on Monday evening. Sadanand led a guided meditation above the Sahasrara which was a deep experience. After the exchange of gifts, the Perth bhajan group gave an overwhelming musical performance of bhajans, which got everyone on their feet, dancing in joy.
Over four days, we had made new friends among our Australian brothers and sisters and felt a new dimension of love in the collectivity. Their grasp of Sahaja knowledge and presentation skills impressed us deeply and we look forward to learning more from them in future. We are connected now – Australia, the land of Shri Ganesha and Singapore, the gateway to Asia.
In the days following the weekend, many of us reported deep meditations with Kundalinis dancing above our Sahasraras. Even the clouds above us were filled with vibrations with sightings of twirling Kundalinis and bandhans. It felt like the deities, pleased with the work, were smiling upon us from the heavens.
Jai Shri Mataji!