Recollections and Pictures from Birthday Puja 2008

Birthday Puja 2008

Night 1 Felicitations

The evening program with felicitations concluded a few hours ago. It
was heartening to have many letters from USA governors, mayors and of
course the office of the president. These were all greeted with wide
applause. Other notable ones were from the prime minister of Canada
and the leader of sufi saints fro turkey.

This historic celebration has brought attention to this little
village which has been transformed into nirmal nagri by Mother’s
special attention.

It was shared that Mother was concerned about the arrangements. In her
infinite blessings She offered to sleep on the floor and cook, all
for the visitors and Sahaja yogis coming for birthday puja.

The speeches during the felicitation were sincere, heartfelt and
inspired. The ladies and girls of nirmal Prem ashram performed a
musical skit on Mother’s life, which was awe inspiring.

We are looking at the confluence of celebrations, as a speaker
remarked that the next few days marked the birth of prophet mohammed,
good Friday, zorastrian Navroz fest etc.

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Night 2: Birthday Puja Recollections

Going to Chhindwara, little it was realized that the event coming up is quite cosmic in proportions. Good Friday, Persian New Year, Prophet Mohd. Birthday and of course Mother’s 85th birthday. Celebration of Holi was expected on the day after puja, so we dressed in our silks and other finest for the puja, leaving ‘holi clothes’ for the next day. Little did we realize that we were going to break into spontaneous Holi color smearing right after puja. Sadhana Didi and Kalpana Didi decided to play holi with Shri Mataji right there after the birthday cake was cut. More Gulal was vibrated by mother (red powder for smearing on each other). The Indian yogis spared no time mixing the vibrated red powder with tons more, making packets and distributing right away to a rapturing crowd of 20,000+

A new movie on Shri Mataji’s childhood was premiered just before the puja. In February this year, Mother gave a 3 hour intervew, reminiscing about Her childhood and the house in Chindwara. The house is a shrine restored without replacing most of its vibrated elements: The floor on which Mother took Her first steps, etc. The house was a hospital for a long time. During this time, many years ago, Baba Mama took Sahaja Yogis to the building and asked them to check vibrations in various rooms to find the room where Shri Mataji was born. This Sahaja Yogi recollected that they passed many rooms before coming to a small, abandoned room which was quite cobwebbed. It gave vibrational evidence that Baba Mama confirmed as the birth place of Shri Mataji.

After the puja, holi celebrations resumed with the folksy charm of Mukhiraam & Dr. Rajesh’s songs about holi. It was quite the co-incidence to celebrate holi in the state of India where holi is celebrated quite intensely: Madhya Pradesh. Shri Mataji departed from Chindwara on Sunday and during transit, at a hotel in Nagpur near the airport, asked for the offering of Easter Puja. The highlight of Birthday Puja was Shri Mataji’s power of transforming the remote puja site in Linga village near Chindwara into a hospitable place for thousands in a matter of weeks.

Jai Shri Mataji!


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