Looking back, Kenya was very different to our previous experiences in Ghana – less challenging on the left side generally, but still with a pattern of complications and difficulties all of its own. Shri Vishnumaya was again very active, as during the two weeks four ministers were exposed for corruption and removed from the Kenyan government. A significant proportion of 1.5 million viewers of the KBC interview and the 791, 000 plus viewers of the Citizen TV interview received Self-realisation live across the air-waves not only in Kenya, but also in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and beyond. Also we have forged close ties with two of our active Sahaj brothers in Tanzania who run successful weekly programmes in Dar-es-Salaam.
After our initial misgivings at the relatively small number of people coming to the public programmes, the quality of the people that came was very high and the retention rate equally high. The community programmes were an immense success with large numbers of people getting realisation and with a sustained interest in attending follow-up programmes or regular meetings. We now have weekly public meetings in Nairobi; and for the first time Kisumu has its own weekly public meeting with a brand new dynamic collective guided by an experienced yogi who recently moved back into the area. Best of all, through the first Kenya national seminar, we have found and fostered 10 good dynamic new yogis who have taken the first confident steps to becoming fully-fledged yogis.
Thank you Shri Mataji for all the multitude of blessings that you have showered upon everyone during this very memorable first tour of Kenya. We pray that many more of Your children in Africa will be blessed with Self-realisation and will return once more to Your lotus feet. Jai Shri Mataji!
A big thanks also to UKCASY and the council of France who helped support the tour financially and to all of the Sahaja Yogis around the world who have supported the tour with their bandhans, shoebeating, meditations and so on. Please continue to support our brothers and sisters with your enlightened attention and vibrations – not just those in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, but all over the great continent Africa.
Finally, in the immortal words of Arnie Schwarzenegger: we will be back!
Bolo Shri Afric’eshwari sakshat,
Shri Adi Shakti Mataji
Shri Nirmala Devi ki…
Sunday, 14 November
After a heartfelt farewell to the Kisumu yogis, we spent most of the day travelling by car to and from Mount Kenya, a swayambhu of Shri Shiva. By a bizarre quirk of fate, we only made it to the foothills of Mount Kenya, as the particular road our driver took was rapidly deteriorating into a quagmire and only the hardiest of four-track vehicles could pass. As we were in Rajeev’s executive Honda, we turned around.
After about five minutes, we discovered a wonderful footsoak place in a vigorous stream that flowed from the holy mountain whose top we could not see. The water was incredibly clearing, as if it was Shri Ganga Herself soothing our chakras and revitalising our kundalinis. Sitting there in the water, an hour passed with ease; and the lush mountainside vegetation merged into paradise.
We were roused back to the world with a local banana to discover that the name of the village where we had stopped was called Kamala, which in Sanskrit means ‘lotus’, and is one of the names of the Goddess. It was as if Shri Mataji had brought us specifically to this Divine spot (which incidentally was on the opposite side of Mount Kenya to where we were originally planned to be!).
Ah – a much needed period of rest and relaxation.
After lunch, we visited a high waterfall which thundered through the deep mountain valleys of the river Mara; and we enjoyed a jungle walk through the plantations of tea, bananas, avocado, mango, maize and sugar cane. The sunset light was incredible on the Shri Ganesha-coloured deep red earth and the lush green of the trees, as we drove back to Nairobi. Arriving back, we met some of the local yogis who had not been able to make it to the seminar and made our farewells, as we would be leaving the next day. In particular saying goodbye to Rajeev the next morning was very emotional, as he had helped us so much, we spent so much time together and we had all grown very close in such an intense yet short space of time.
Saturday, 13 November
Waking up at Rajeev’s place was as if it had been transformed into the first all-Kenya ashram! Yogis old and new, eating, sleeping and meditating together from all over Kenya and beyond.
By 11.30am the first team had arrived at the seminar venue, the ‘professional centre’: in the basement was a fully working professional theatre, opposite a training seminar for counsellors and elsewhere a wedding celebration was beginning. While searching for a multiple plug socket, Tim had a fruitful chat with the director of the Phoenix theatre about the possibility of TEV performing their production of ‘Eternity in an Hour’ there (the theatre play about William Blake that recently toured to New York: see www.tevtheatre.com). A serious ‘watch this space’ scenario, but you never know. The director (a guy named George) was very interested in the proposal, albeit rather loose at this stage. (Incidentally, not only was the director called George – an epithet of Shri Bhairava – the building opposite was called St. George. Moreover, the phoenix is a mythical bird of transcendence and the symbol of the professional centre itself features a kundalini with a lion standing upon it).
In all 16 people attended the seminar, 10 of whom were brand new yogis (6 from Kisumu, which is at least 5 hours away and 4 from Nairobi). We began with a footsoak, meditated, then went through each of the chakras in detail. At one point the vibrations became amazingly strong, especially as we talked about how creation had taken place, beginning with the Aum. It was also a good chance for them to ask us any questions that had arisen since they had begun to experience Sahaj.
After food, which was a wonderful chance to chat with the new people in a relaxed informal way and really get to know them, we collectively cleared and worked on the left side using vibrated lemons, then finished off the day with a group workshop (four groups of four, each with an experienced yogi guiding them) and a meditation. Especially after the lemon treatment, the vibrations were really blasting and the day ended on a massive vibrational high. When the time came to leave, many hung around to chat and enjoy the atmosphere; and there was a real palpable sense that they had bonded very well as a group and gone very deep.
That evening four of the people from Kisumu stayed with us at Rajeev’s (aka ‘the ashram’) and we took them all out to dinner at a very nice Indian restaurant, most of them tasting Indian cuisine for the first time. What a great day!
Friday, 12 November
The journey back to Nairobi began with pick-ups of three new Kisumu yogis who were hitching a ride with us to the national seminar: Everline, David and Millicent. It was another hot day as we said farewell to Kisumu, the tribal lands of the Luo people and left Lake Victoria behind us.
By midday we arrived at Molo junction where we had stopped for repairs on the outward journey and given realisation to about 50 villagers. No-one was about, so we phoned again and spoke to Laban, the elder brother of one of our contacts. Time was short as we had arranged a programme at Prakash’s rose farm in Rongai, so we agreed to keep in touch and hold a programme next time we were back. The village has 1500 people and there are 3 such villages nearby, and Laban was certain that after our last programme that many people would interested in coming along.
Arriving at the rose farm, we were met enthusiastically by 150 workers. We all sat together under some trees, unfurled our banner and tied it to the side of the mini-van so that everyone could see. Obi gave an introductory talk while David stood up in front of the workers and for the first time translated everything into Swahili. A few did not do the realisation exercise, but in all about 130 received their realisation. They were all a little shy at first to discuss what they felt, but soon we discovered that many had felt a cool breeze. As they gained confidence, they began to ask good questions, mostly reflecting their Christian religious upbringing. The idea of the Holy Spirit (or ‘Roho Mtakatifu’ as it is known in Swahili) being God the Mother drew an instant collective reaction that sparked through the 150-strong crowd like an electrical pulse.
By the end of the session the workers had dropped their guard and were enthusiastically asking for the handouts and photos of Shri Mataji that were available. We also left some vibrated water for the roses as this had had such a dramatic effect on crop yields in Pratishthan (Shri Mataji’s house outside Pune). Also these roses are mostly for export to Europe and may well end up on the altar of many a European yogi. The workers seemed keen to have more meetings and it looks as if it would be possible to have regular meetings there.
Just before leaving, we sang the Mahamantras before a photo of Shri Mataji which hangs permanently on the packing factory wall. Prakash gave us a beautiful box of roses and we said ‘kwaheri’ (goodbye) to all the workers who were already busy with their work.
We stopped off again in Nakuru for a late lunch, then made our way through the dark and the dust to Nairobi: city of the cool waters (in the Massai language).