April 5th: Day 4

A day at Ueno Park

We moved into the Youth Hostel, leaving our luggage behind so we can all go to a park famous for its Cherry Blossoms.

It was overly crowded and we couldn’t help but loose each other. Luckily we had pocket wifi provided by the Japan collective to help us communicate via our phones. We walked up the steps of a temple we found and took in the view all around us.

A few of us distributed flyers and talked to foreigners about our upcoming programs. Suman was with us to translate in Japanese. She had been in Japan for 8 months, but it was her first time getting to explore Tokyo.

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Just on the border of the park we found a lake surrounded by streets packed with food stalls. We got takoyaki (Fried Squid Dumplings with Mayo, Peanut Butter and Soy Sauce on top). We also got Dango (sweet sticky rice).

We sat down under a tree to eat and the pigeons on the branches pooped on Sophie and Lukas. The problem with Tokyo is that you can never find a garbage bin or a toilet. It seems to be part of the culture here to take your garbage home with you. So poor Lukas had to run around looking for a bathroom.

We also found a cat trapped in a tree and Emma and Qasim tried to get it out. Eventually, the cat jumped off the branch and landed on its owner’s back.

We headed off in another direction toward another popular temple with lots of outdoor markets. At the entrance Devdut and I found a Sandal hanging from the wall. Devdut wanted to raise his foot to make it look like he was wearing the sandal, but we figured it might be disrespectful to the temple, so we proceeded to walk down the busy street.

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A long day of travelling ended with packing for the trip to Chiba for Shri Rama Puja!

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April 12th: Day 11

We woke up to seeing the tip of Mt. Fuji from the window. We hadn’t seen a blue sky since the tour started. We felt that it had something to do with Shri Shiva puja performed the night before on Shri Hanumana Jayanti.

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We all rushed out to Yoyogi park to enjoy the weather. We ended up sitting in a park behind a temple and found many foreigners relaxing on the grass.

A few of us did some leafleting, Ana from Austria gave realization to a few passersby and those sitting on the grass. What attracted people to our group was the music. Ganesh from Germany played the harmonium, and Rohan from Malaysia played the dholak. Nooria from the UK and Agnese from Italy sang bhajans along with a few others.

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Nalini danced with a few girls, Ram, Devdut, Emma and others climbed a tree. Qasim and the rest sun-bathed on the grass as we all relaxed and enjoyed the music.

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Madhavi from the UK did the girls’ hair and put Sakura petals on their head. A US couple approached us to ask about meditation. We all sat in a circle as Sanjivani led the meditation.

The US couple spoke Russian and Anton kept them company. His forehead was red and sun-burnt so he had to talk with his head in the opposite direction from the sun and from our direction. He was very funny and the US couple took a liking to him.

Everyone who got their realization at the park felt the vibrations, they commented on what they felt in their hands, and took flyers in hopes of finding a class near them in their country when they leave Japan.

All the yuva girls decided to surprise the boys with a small Raksha bandhan. One rakhi bracelet was assigned to each group of girls, so one group of girls would rakhi one brother out of the 7-8, since we outnumbered them. The smiling and shining faces of our brothers warmed our hearts. They were totally caught off guard and very happy with our surprise, especially the sweets we fed them.

We took a group photo by the Sakura tree and said goodbye to Sophie from Australia.

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Our group split up with a few going to Yoyogi station to get lunch, and a few returning the instruments in OYC for the evening workshop/bhajan practice.

We got to go kimono shopping at a secondhand store. Amar (Austria) bought all the kimonos for men, leaving Omar (Romania/Iraq) with nothing but the kimonos for women which he bought for himself anyway.

At the workshop, a 3 week-old SY seeker, John from Australia, came. He joined us later for Bhajan practice and sang Kali Kamaliya Wali, and Mast Qalandar with us.

It was the first time I heard Kali Kamaliya Wali. It was so powerful that I could only pray to perform this more often with the collective.

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April 13th: Last Day

Our group had become smaller, we had been saying goodbye to several after the puja weekend. Luckily, Tarini and Madhavi had missed their flight to Australia, and their next scheduled flight was cancelled, so they stayed with us much longer than we thought they would.

They got to tag along with us to Hitoshi’s house for lunch near Minami-Osawa station. There was a beautiful altar and a meditation room set up at their house. The Japan collective held regular meditations and pujas there.

Vandana, her sister Rajini and the rest of the Japan family cooked enough Indian food for 27 people. It was a nice change from the Ramen, Udon, and raw foods we ate from 711 and at the hotel in Chiba. Although, we did miss the chocolate fondue.

Hitoshi and Bagus shared their stories about how they came into Sahaja Yoga.

Hitoshi told us how he has always been seeking since a very young age. He liked to use a telescope and look at the stars. He studied psychology because he had a lot of questions about life. He knew there was something more.

When he attended a program by Shri Mataji in Japan, 200 Japanese seekers had come. Hitoshi felt that this was the answer he was looking for. He also thought that was it, everything was okay now and he didn’t need to go back to meditation again.

Within a few months he attended the follow up programs as he realized he was feeling heavy and not as vibrationally strong as the first time. One time, he received an invitation from Uncle Bruno and his wife for Mother’s Bday Puja in Kolkata.

When his flight to Kolkata could not land and had to go back to Delhi, Hitoshi felt very lost, and confused. He had many doubts. He hadn’t been meditating with Shri Mataji’s picture at that time, but he did in the airport.

Suddenly, someone sitting next to him said: “Are you a Sahaja yogi?”

He said, “yes.”

The yogini next to him explained how everyone around him was the Italian Collective and they were all going to Kolkata. Hitoshi also described a moment when he was in front of Shri Mataji, and she concentrated her attention on him as if giving him enough energy to last him a lifetime.

Bagus also shared how the first time he sat in front of Shri Mataji’s picture, he felt his heart sing a prayer from the Quran, despite that he wasn’t Muslim.

We started bhajan practice. Songs for the left, center and right heart were selected because we felt that since Shri Mataji said she was welcomed in Japan by Shri Shiva and 1 meter of snow in June, to not only cool down the right side of the country, but also to open up the left heart of the Japanese people.

Shri Jagadambe ayi re was tremendously powerful. On top of shouting the words at the top of our lungs, our faces were bright and shining, and our hands danced in the air. We hoped to muster this energy for our last performance tonight.

Niraja and Emma practiced Bhangra outside the apartment, adding some new and cool sword fighting moves.

We followed Bagus to Chofu were our last concert would be held. It was in a very fancy theatrical hall.

6 new seekers had showed up. The Japan Collective were very surprised by the number as people in Tokyo are very busy and caught up in their work that it was a miracle for one person to show up.

The guided meditation felt a bit heavy as a huge clearance took place. The meditation was followed by Bagus’ piano solo of Jago Kundalini Ma. The vibrations became much better which set us into the mood of playing the next songs: Raghupati Ram, Shankara Bole Bhale, Jagadambe aye ri.

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After a successful concert, and as a farewell to everyone on the tour, we went all out at this pizzeria. A 3 week-old SY seeker, John, from Australia, joined us.

“Everyone is so happy all the time, and their faces are just beaming. It’s something I haven’t seen in my three years here in Tokyo. You guys uplifted the roof of Japan.”

John expressed a strong interest in following up with the collective in Australia as he was moving back there.

A group of yuvas shared that they would be staying longer, some exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, and even Hokkaido!

Katherine and Devindra, two yuvas from the tour, as well Dilia, a yogini from the Japan collective will be going to Hokkaido May 1st-May 9th.

They celebrate Sahasrara Puja at two swayambhu look-a-likes in hopes of awakening the Sahasrara of Hokkaido and it’s Ainu people (Japanese Natives).

Madhavi’s birthday celebration ensued. We bowed to the Pizzeria’s chefs, saying:

ARIGATOU GOSAIMASU!

April 10th: Day 9

Arriving back at the OYC after the Puja weekend, floating Sakura petals greeted us in the air. The trees had finally reached their full bloom. It was just like the song Sakura that the Japan Collective sang at the evening program: “there is a breeze that blows the Sakura petals and they fall at Mother’s lotus feet.”

Our ninth day started differently for some of us. A group of eighteen left the OYC at 7am to be at the Tokyo International School for 8am. We were scheduled to teach several classes about meditation and give a concert. We had separated into groups and each was assigned three classes. We had K1 and 2, Grade 1 and 2 before the concert, and Grades 3 and 4 afterwards. Here are a few personal experiences from some of the groups.

Katherine from Canada:

We entered K1A filled with 4 year-old children. We sat down in a circle on the carpet and did a name game.

“Does anyone know what meditation is?” I asked.

A few children put their hands up. “Have you done meditation before?” They put their hands down. “Do you know what meditation means?”

“You sit like this,” one boy explained, imitating Kung Fu panda. “and… and… it makes you relaxed.”

We talked about how we are a group called Inner Peace Meditation, and had the kids explain what inner peace means. We also talked about the energy within us and how it takes care of us like a mother. One girl began to cry: “I miss my mommy.” Her name was Sydney. Sanjivani from Italy scooped her up and made her feel all better.

We used the uppy uppy dance to raise their kundalini, clapping as we do the rainbow and singing “uppy uppy uppy, mother energy go up, one…. two… three …” we sang for the three channels. “Go up one, go up two etc.” we sang for the rainbow (bandhan), our right hand clapping against our left after each bandhan was done.

With our hand on our forehead, we sang: “I forgive, I forgive, my brother today. I forgive, I forgive, my sister today. I forgive, I forgive, everyone, and I also forgive myself.”
With our hands open on our lap we sang: “Open up your hands … and feel the cool vibrations …”

We did the affirmations for each chakra starting with the mooladhara and up: “I am innocence … I am creativity…” it was very similar to the inner peace meditation done on the Eiffel tower in Paris 2015.

We finished the class with making a lotus flower from paper and balancing it on our heads while Amar played the Bansuri. We also finished the meditation with the uppy uppy dance again but this time with the lotus flower on our heads.

We followed the same structure in our next two classes: 1A and 3A.

In 1A, the teachers also meditated with us and felt very good. The children checked the vibes over our heads including their friends’ and their teachers’. The students were asked to give a special thank you to us.

“Thank you for taking the time to come and teach us how to meditate.”
“Thank you for teaching us to do new things,” another said.

3A was a bit tough because the children were very hyperactive and chatty. They were finishing our sentences and interrupting us with phrases like: “and then it exploded into a million pieces …” We noticed they used words like explosion, or broken a lot when we tried to talk about the mother earth, or mother energy. Amar worked on a very naughty and chatty boy in the class. He used him as an example to show the class how to balance the channels. The boy settled down, and we felt cool vibrations from him.

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Group photo in front of the school entrance!
Lakshmi from Switzerland:

Group two started with K1b and then Grade 1b. The children in Grade 1b were already in a circle on the carpet so we joined them immediately, introduced ourselves and started with asking them if they knew anything about meditation. Quite a few of them did, we had answers explaining that it brings us peace, calmness and silence, one said it helps us connect to God, to which one asked if it mattered that he didn’t believe in God. This really surprised me as he was only 7 years old and already knew that he didn’t believe in God.

We had them all draw a face of how they were feeling on a piece of paper before Emma led the meditation. I was sitting next to the child who asked:

“Is it necessary to believe in God?”

I could see he was struggling with something within so I put my attention on him to hopefully help soothe his mind a little. After the meditation, we asked them to draw a face of how they felt and talk about it with their neighbour. We then asked if anyone wanted to share how they felt with the group and ended up having everyone share. The boy who didn’t believe in God said:

“Before the meditation I felt extremely angry and very sad, and after the meditation, I only feel sad.”

We were very touched to see this change in him as the anger was visible on his face before the mediation. He also struggled during the meditation.

We ended the class using the imitation game to raise their Kundalini and give themselves a bandhan.

Concert at the School during the Assembly

We started with a bhangra dance on stage to hype up the children from k1 to Grade 3. We wore our shining punjabis and jumped on stage.

Rohan, from Malaysia, was the MC, and he took the mic and talked about meditation as well as the qualities of the three channels.

Amar played his flute next while the children and teachers sat in meditation. We saw the faces of children from all around the world, some mixed between Japanese and another country. There was even a student whose parents were American but she was born in Hong Kong and was living in Tokyo now.

Madhavai took the mic next and sang:

“We feel the joy, joy, joy, joy in our hearts, joy in our hearts …. I feel so happy, so very happy …”

She then asked the students to stand up and get ready for the Hyda Dance. We started slow and gradually increased the speed. Madhavi made it challenging by singing the song slow and then fast every few seconds. So everyone would dance really fast, then slow, then fast again, then medium-slow/medium fast.

The laughing faces of children and teachers warmed our hearts. We ended the concert by singing and doing the uppy uppy dance: raising our kundalini and doing a bandhan.

The principle came and informed us that we were very professional, and he thanked us for making everyone happy today. After lunch, he said he will write us a recommendation letter to go to more schools in Japan and teach meditation to children.

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Over twenty Yogis from the Shri Rama Puja joined the audience. Some pretended to be beginners. We had three new Japanese seekers receive their realization. They all stuck around at the end talking with Hitoshi and his wife Vandana about the Japan collective.

Anandamay from Italy lead the meditation. She gave a very nice introduction and shared some quotes from Dante related to what we feel when we meditate. The seekers were very interested in learning about the instruments and their eyes glimmered when the musicians gave an introduction. Devdut, also a flute player, explained how in India, Shri Krishna is portrayed as playing the flute, and how the flute is an old instrument. The seekers nodded with curiosity.

We finished with qawwalis and everyone got up and danced.

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Yuan (China), Rohan (Malaysia), Isadora (Italy), Madhavi (UK)
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Hitoshi (Japan)
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Emma (Holland), Ram (Austria), Agnese (Italy), Madhavi (US), Qasim (England), Ganesh (Germany)
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Rohan (Malaysia)
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Nalini (Italy), Agnese (Italy), Madhavi (US).
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Niraja and Hitoshi
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Bhangra

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April 6th-9th: Shri Rama Puja

International Shri Rama Puja 2017

Through the eyes of Nalini from Italy 

On the 6th of April we arrived at Katsura. As we exited the train station, and were welcomed by a beautiful country side scenery, the outline of Japanese rooftops engulfed in a sea of long moving grass and surrounded by the greenery of the forest.  The closer we got to the Puja venue, the winds of the sea seemed to wash away the heaviness accumulated in the city and vibrationally I felt regenerated by the power of nature. Only after leaving the city, I realized how vibrationally we had been working at a collective level the heaviness of our surroundings.

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On Friday we had a havan outside on the beach. The sky was stormy and the ocean was loud. While setting up the havan, we really felt we were the protectors of the havan just as Shri Rama is the god that defends with his arrows, the havan protects us from any negativity. We dug up a pit in the sand and decorated the sides of the fireplace with mandalas.

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We placed Mothers picture by a gateway at the beach that symbolizes the Japanese culture, a passage to the divine realm. An easy way to heavan, just as our Mother standing beyond the gate gave us an easy way to self realization.  During the whole havan many of us felt that all the elements were participating in this event. Our feet were sandy, our skin salty, our heads wet from the drizzling rain as the wind mingled with the flames of the havan. In the sky, birds flew low, almost like messengers of mother nature that the land of Japan was also participating in the havan.

Throughout the weekend, I felt cool vibrations but somehow I always felt as if a bit of my inner joy was missing. During the Puja, although Mother had talked of Shri Rama, my attention kept going to Shri Shiva and my left heart. Suddenly while having my attention on Shri Shiva I felt so much joy and felt there was a connection between Shri Shiva and Shri Rama as if one could not exist without the other. The perfect human being cannot exist without the joy of the spirit.

 

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I opened my eyes and the white Sarii decorating Mother’s photo reminded me of the snow of mountain Kailash.  Later on in the weekend, uncle Bruno talked of the time Mother came to Japan and how it had snowed 1 meter in the middle of June. He said that Mother told the Japanese yogis that Shri Shiva was welcoming her in Japan as only the joy of the spirit could open the heart of the people and make them seek inside.
So, although the calm and silent culture of Japan had made me more peaceful and directed inside, after the Puja, I was also filled with great inner joy. The joy was fully expressed then in the many performances offered by our brothers and sisters from the Asian countries.
As we left the Puja venue to go back to Tokyo, I felt recharged as I knew I was empowered with Shri Rama’s arrows, ready to give more realizations.

 

April 4th: Day 3

April 4th Day 3

Twelve of us had gone off for a concert in Nasushiobara, and at around 10 in the morning, Sheng Chai (China) organized a candle havan at the OYC. We took the names of Shri Ganesha, Ekadasha Rudra, and negativity destroying mantras.

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Leafleting at the OYC

Later, we went to hold a workshop at the OYC from 2-4pm in the Central building. In preparation, we carried flyers to distribute in the area prior to the program. When we arrived at the venue we set up and eagerly waited for seekers to arrive. However, after 20 minutes, no seeker had come.

Tarini stood at the front of the room trying to cheer up our disappointed faces and motivating us to go outside and get people. We all felt tired and strangely less energetic. Finally, a few of us decided to go outside and distribute flyers and bring people in, despite the fact that we didn’t speak Japanese.

When Lukas, Devdut and I stepped out, I looked out the window and asked: “is that the Athletic Building?” Immediately I felt such cool vibrations. We had been looking for it, since people who went there might be going to do yoga, aerobics etc. I asked Lukas and Devdut to head over there and find out if anyone might be interested in coming.

The moment we walked through the front doors, two girls with yoga mats greeted us. We told them about meditation and two more yuvas showed up to guide them to the class. After visiting a few empty floors, we went to the basement level and I had a sudden instinctive urge to open a door we found. Behind the door I found 20 young girls doing gymnastics inside.

“Let’s ask the teacher if we can teach a 5 min meditation at the end of class!” I told Lukas and Devdut. But, we didn’t speak Japanese. Just then, a yogini, Vandana, from the Japan collective arrived outside the building at the perfect time. We pulled her into the gymnastics classroom.

Vandana explained about Sahaja Yoga meditation. The teacher agreed for us to come back at 5:30pm to teach meditation at the end of the class.

We came back again with a larger group and with Makoto (Vandana’s son) to help translate. We did the uppy uppy dance, singing mother energy, instead of mother kundalini, and go up one … two … three … instead of saying the names of the chakras.

We took the affirmations out loud for the guided meditation, and the teacher made sure everyone repeated the affirmations loudly. “Again,” she would instruct.

We asked the children to raise their hands if they felt something. They were very shy, but a few raised their hands. Then the teacher instructed the kids in Japanese and they all put their hands up. “Good job,” she would compliment after, or “pay attention” she would interrupt here and there.

The teacher was very interested and said we could teach the class. She also claimed to have done Peace First meditation under UNESCO, and was very eager to learn about Inner Peace Meditation and Sahaja Yoga. She took our contact information and a beginner’s booklet. She also gave us her contact for follow ups. The girls enjoyed the meditation and followed along beautifully. Everyone felt the vibrations, including the teacher who said she felt all her chakras rotating, especially the agnya.

Sheng Chai organized a puja after dinner. We took the names of Shri Raja Rajeshwari. The names were beautiful and the description was about powers and qualities that weren’t quite familiar to us. For some of us, it was the first time we had taken those names.

— Nasushiobara —

About twelve of us Yuvas travelled to a place three hours outside Tokyo called Nasushiobara where we were met by two smiling politicians from the local area.

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Ganesh on the train ride to Nasushiobara

The politicians not only picked us up, they had even rented a van to take us around for the day!

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Altogether we went to lunch and the two men very kindly took us out for a special lamb barbecue lunch and insisted on treating us. They were so kind and warm, attempting to speak and practice any bit of English they knew as to get to know us better.

After lunch we were off to the mountains to visit a boiling hot spring. In the hot spring, one of the men asked us to sing a song so we sang “Down to the River to Pray” and then in return we asked if he would sing us a traditional Japanese song. In a strong husky voice, he sang a song about the ocean and ended laughing that he had forgotten the words. We enjoyed our time with them immensely and even though there was a language barrier we shared many joyful moments together.

After our scenic tour in the mountains, we went to set up the venue to perform a concert for the locals. Following the rehearsal, the two politicians and their campaign volunteers surprised us with a home cooked meal! We were completely taken aback by their thoughtfulness. They had thought of everything: drinks, different courses, and other snacks.

By the time we returned to the hall, there were sixteen people quietly sitting and eagerly waiting for us to begin. During the concert, the musicians explained their instruments and the audience responded with enthusiastic ohh’s and ahh’s at all the new information they were receiving. It was so heartwarming how interactive and responsive they were to every part of the program.

They listened devoutly and took part in the realization process with complete focus and became very peaceful as we showed them how to balance themselves.The whole evening was extremely joyous and the people were genuinely interested in learning more about continuing meditation. But, the most beautiful part was when some ladies and gentlemen got up from their seats and started dancing to Mere Piya Gari Aya and Ranga de Jhini.

We couldn’t believe our eyes, as we had been told that people in Japan do not express themselves in this way usually.

Our energy level went up ten fold as we witnessed their newfound joy. At the very end they insisted we take a group photo together and that marked the end of a beautiful evening.

“I smile at everything … I smile to trees.” -Anandamai

April 11th: Day 10

After having finished last night’s concert with Shri Hanumana Sthuti, we began the morning meditation celebrating Shri Hanumana Jayanti.

Day 10 by Agnese

A group of six people went to check a Cultural music center and the Sophia University area. Before that, we had a few contacts of schools we wished to call to see if we could manage a meeting or, even better, a concert or a program. So, what happened is that we made the phone call to the Indian International school and they immediately embraced the opportunity of a collaboration with us, therefore, the first thing we did was send an email with all the contacts and information needed.

We then headed towards the Cultural Music Centre and we tried to get in, but the security guard told us Monday was actually they’re closing day so there was no possibility to visit. We didn’t give up though, and asked him if we could speak to someone in charge of the events as we were a group of international people in Tokyo providing music concerts and meditation workshops. He immediately got at the phone and in three minutes we were inside of the building waiting for the PR manager who showed up after a short time, welcoming us and showing great interest in who we were and our purpose.

He told us they have two main concert halls and they organize events regarding different cultures, and collaborate with the embassy, and other relevant organizations and universities, and that with a notice of three or six months in advance they could organize an event for us (so for the next tour expect great things!!!!!).

Just when we thought we were done and we had exchanged info and contacts, he turned and asked us to follow him taking us on a mini private tour of the two main rooms of the center which had a collection of pianos that Beethoven and Chopin had played. All of this was made with such spontaneity, kindness and open heart that I got a little emotional … seeing all of this is what really made our day very special from the very beginning!!

We moved to the University of Sophia, and witnessed another gesture of extreme kindness when an old lady gave Anandamay her kimono after she stopped her on a street to ask where she could get one as beautiful as hers. A young gentleman also stopped to see if he could help and eventually ended up being our translator.

All of this filled our heart with inexplicable joy, we were all touched by such gestures. Moving on, we walked through a venue full of temples where we sang bhajans and vibrated the area. We felt the vibrations flow through and around us. We got to see beautiful parks and of course the chance to appreciate more and more, like everyday, the Sakura, and its stunning process with the blossoming and the slow fade of the petals.

We then made it to the university and there, we were welcomed by the biggest crowd of students going up and down the venues inviting us to join their clubs. We thought of it as a good chance to give realization, and so we dove in the flow of people and eventually gave some realization and asked questions around. As a matter of fact, it was their second day of the new term and all the associations and clubs were recruiting new people, and the thing would go on till tomorrow, so get ready for some more adventures people cause not one but two groups are going back there tomorrow!!

Day 10 by Katherine

We had a workshop today in the Olympic Youth center in the Arts Building. Emma and Ram went around the Olympic Youth Center handing out flyers and trying to bring people. Emma took my bottle of vibrated water from pujas and sprayed the OYC. Suman and I set up the room. Within 10 minutes, Ram and Emma escorted a Japanese guy from the athletics building and into the room. He sat down and Suman talked to him in Japanese.

We placed our hand on our heart and another Japanese guy walked into the room. He came just in time before we started. He spoke English.

We did the affirmations. After they received their realization, we raised our hands to the heart level, took a breath in and out. We slowly opened our eyes to examine our hands. The guys saw that their left hand was lower than the right. They were curious to learn more.

We talked about the channels and the qualities of each one. We mentioned how Shri Mataji came to Japan, and sailed on a boat all around the country. She said the Japanese people are very blessed. After explaining the five elements, we showed them how to balance the channels using the earth element and the ether element. We finished with raising our kundalini and doing a bandhan.

We raised the hands to the heart level and asked:

“Do you feel different now?”

“I feel cool here and here,” the first Japanese guy explained, showing us his wrists where the left and right mooladhara chakra is. The second guy said he felt cool in both hands. Everyone’s hands were equally balanced and on the same level.

The first guy who arrived had to leave right away because he was late to pick up someone from the athletics building. The second guy who spoke English stuck around asking us questions. He wanted to know more about the importance of meditating in the morning and at night. He wanted to know how it helped us cope with people, and how we could catch from them and how we could clear our catches.

“I really appreciate you coming here,” he said after giving us his email. “Japan really needs this. Thank you so much, and good luck.”

In the evening, we had a Shri Shiva Puja, as Shri Hanumana is one of the powers of Shri Shiva. There was a big rain storm going on outside, along with heavy winds. After the Puja was over, the wind and the rain stopped and the night became silenced.