We began the New Year with a free four-week course. Each week’s class included a presentation on several different aspects of meditation, the energy centres and channels that make up our inner being, and things in every day life that can improve / act to the detriment of our subtle system.
The classes were structured so that beginners and regulars would both benefit. Each class covered the basics – an introduction to meditation was given, and there was always a collective guided meditation session, with simple and easy-to-follow steps. In this way, a person who had not attended previous classes would still get the experience of meditation, and be able to try meditating at home straight away.
We had a good number of people attending each of the four classes, with numbers ranging between 30 and 50. The first day of the course, which was also the first meeting of 2014, saw 29 people trying Sahaja Yoga meditation for the first time. A good number of people attended the entire course. We were happy to inform everyone that immediately after this one, we would be presenting another four week course with a similar format – a chance to attend any classes that may have been missed.
This free event took place in the large Victoria Room of the Ealing Town Hall. The main presentation was given by Katya Rubia, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, who reviewed the published findings of over 20 years of scientific research into Sahaja Yoga Meditation, and other meditation techniques, collected from different countries of the world. The proven diverse health benefits of this meditation technique were introduced in simple terms.
At this free event, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Katya Rubia offered a presentation on scientific research into the health benefits of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. A video of the event can be viewed below. The hall was packed. The considerable levels of interest in the subject matter led us to schedule a second event of a similar nature, to take place on 10-December-2013.
The free event formed part of the weekly Sahaja Yoga Meditation class. At the culminating point of the evening, accomplished London-based singer-composer Deborah Eckman offered participants the opportunity to immerse deeper into meditation, guided by her unique musical renderings. The beautifully sung Sanskrit shlokas and mantras provided a unique opportunity to experience how one’s inner energy centres respond to this living music. The programme included an introduction to the basics of meditation, followed by an easy-to-follow collective meditation.
In 2013, our regular Thursday programme fell exactly on William Blake’s birthday, and we felt this was an unmissable opportunity to celebrate. H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has often referred to William Blake, describing his positive contribution to spirituality. At the event below (William Blake's birthday commemoration on 28-November-1985; Hammersmith Town Hall, London) Shri Mataji focuses her lecture on William Blake:
The program included an introduction to meditation and a self-realisation session as usual. At the end, in the refreshments section, in addition to the usual drinks and biscuits, we had a large-sized birthday cake.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, has often referred to William Blake, describing his powerful spiritual personality. In his lifetime he produced an unparalleled body of creative work, which continues today to baffle, attract, and inspire admirers. At this free event, we were delighted to have a scholar of William Blake who offered the audience a visual presentation focusing on the subtle significance of some of William Blake’s works, and the references they include to meditative states.