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National Retreat 2014: Morning Activities – Yoga, Silent Walking, Meditation

Morning activities – Yoga, Silent walking, Meditation

Meditation Walks

Following Suprabathum and bhajans a group of devotees gathered by the sea front for an early morning meditation walk. Apart from the group there were few people around, only seagulls and other sounds of nature. The walk began with chanting the Gayatri Mantra sending out loving vibrations into the fresh sea air.

Yet how does one walk and meditate? Swami said in an interview with a devotee from New York “When you try to meditate, the very trial invites the success-failure conflict on the scene. You say to yourselves, ‘It is good to meditate on this and not that’, or ‘to meditate on that is wrong or foolish’. Practice choice-lessness. No objectives, no intention. Be yourself. Choose no particular Form for all are equally He; choose no particular word or sound, for all are His”

On each side of the bay is lined by limestone rocks, as if protecting this small haven. In the distance there were wind turbines turning. The air was damp and cool but not uncomfortable. Everyone became naturally silent and the sense of quiet apart from the rhythmic flow of the waves was a fitting environment to just ‘be’. How refreshing to be in an open space where one could be introspective and connect with the inner Divine spark.

There is a poem called ‘Pippa’s Song’ by Robert Browning that ends with “God’s in His heaven – All’s right with the World” came to mind when the walk was completed. A great start for the day ahead!

Jai Sai Ram

Jenni Robson
Region 4 Spiritual Co-ordinator

 

Yoga - Food for Mind, Body and Soul.

Yoga sessions at the retreat took place on Saturday and Sunday Morning s after Suprabhatam in two groups, one for brothers and one for sisters with a nice relaxing and clear minds.

The session started with 3 OM s and three Gayatri Mantras, followed by warm up exercises, stretches , bending , Asanas, Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) and Pranayams (breathing exercise). Relexation and laughing exercises with health tips and benefits were explained at the end of the session.

The hour-long classes were well attended by different age groups, who were so enthused that they felt more time was needed.

The World Health Organisation defines healthy person as having sound mind, sound body, and a spiritually and socially active life. This can be achieved by practicing Yoga, which as Bhagawan Baba reminds us, is not mere physical exercises but also control of thoughts.

“The seers of ancient India professed and practised Yoga with its eight components of Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadihi……….Sage Patanjali devoted his entire life to the study of Yoga and declared that health is most essential for life. He stated that the well-being of the body depends on discipline. He defined Yoga as “the observance of discipline for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being.”

Summer Showers in Brindavan, 1993
Our beloved Bhagawan also often says-
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost;
When health is lost, something is lost;
When character is lost, everything is lost.
Yoga helps us in building character by positively influencing our thoughts.

Indiben Jethwa
Region 4

Meditation

Daily meditation is one of the nine point code of conduct laid down by Swami for all Sai devotees and members of the Sai Organisation. We were fortunate to facilitate the meditation sessions on both days , immediately after the Suprabhatham. Swami has guided his devotees to practise simple meditation techniques, which can be practised by everyone. In the sessions at the Retreat, we explored the benefits of meditation as enunciated by Swami , and also the different techniques to practice meditation- Jyothi meditation, Soham and Japa Sahitha Dhyana meditation ( Meditation accompanied by chanting the name). We also explored the deeper significance of meditation and Dr.Chun, who co-facilitated, presented on different Kundalini Chakras and energy flows. On both days the group was very vibrant , and the sessions were very interactive. Devotees enjoyed the sessions and expressed their keenness for further sessions in their individual centers.

Suresh Sajnani,
Regional Spiritual Coordinator,
Region 2, SSSSO UK