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Sahaja Memories of John Noyce

Australian Visit
Access to Burwood ashram in Sydney during the 2006 and 2007 Australian visits was restricted to the elite. I remember after one puja going back to Burwood and gaining access because we were with the wife of the then Australian leader. All very spontaneous and good fun at the time. But I later heard many stories from yogis of access gained and access denied based on who they knew. It should also be said that some attempt was made by the Australian leadership both years to allocate access on specific days to various groupings of yogis, geographically, by age, by interest. But it always ended up as access through who you knew...

Biscuit
The Miracle of the Biscuit, Melbourne 1987.
Shri Mataji was waiting for Her flight at Melbourne airport at the end of Her Visit, Abraham (the youngest one) offered Her his partly eaten biscuit. Shri Mataji then gave a piece of the biscuit to each of the children and returned the biscuit to Abraham in exactly the same partly eaten form in which he had given it.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sahajhist/sets/72157631750368134/ 

Black clothes
(fb comment) This is something of a case study in understanding the context in which the comments were made and the events being refered to. In early 80s England, Shri Mataji was trying to get the yogis to look at life in a positive way - difficult to do when the clouds obscure the sun for days on end during the winter - and She pointed out the tendency of the English at the time to wear black or grey clothes, and to eat dull rather bland food. And yes we did. Part of the culture of the day. Of course much of that has changed 30 years later.  As others have said, be your own master and make your own decisions.

Candle havans
Candle havans were first used by yogis in Hong Kong (China) in the mid 1990s, and then soon after in Russia, both had some valid reasons for doing so, but hey: ego and superego... Nothing like a good fire for clearing negativity.
  
Coca cola
In 1983/84, there were two pujas in London at the Temple of All Faiths in Hampstead where a can of coke was passed from the back of the hall through the yogis to the front where it was poured into a glass for Shri Mataji to drink. The first time it was a red can (ordinary coke), and the second time a silver-grey can (diet coke). For months and years after, some English yogis would insist on drinking coca-cola because "Mother drinks it". I remember, as a new yogi, saying to some of these early yogis, "but Shiva consumed the poison, didnt he?" and getting some very odd looks...

Eating the gold-leaf
Eating the gold-leaf intended for the staircase at the Brompton Square house was something I witnessed once (1984). The yogi  ate a complete sheet of gold leaf in front of me, and then apologised for not sharing it with me. I didnt say anything at the time, but my mental reaction was 1) you're wasting Sir C.P.'s money and 2) dont you know gold is toxic to the human body.

Freemasons
I was at Shri Mataji's house in Brompton Square house in London (probably in 1984) when Shri Mataji was given a book that was an expose of the freemasons. Whilst She was reading the book something attacked from the left side which received the Goddess's full glare, and then a few minutes later, a second attack (which got a mere glance). Only four yogis were in the room, of which one then went out to burn the book. (the logic of which escaped me then, and still does).  I remember Shri Mataji saying, in reference to the freemasons, that you cannot worship God and Satan at the same time. You have to make a choice.

 Matka treatment
In the original version of the matka treatment, as taught by Shri Mataji, the lemons and chillis are sprinkled with a little vibrated water. There is no need to fill the matka pot with water. What purpose would it serve?

Miracle photos
Thirty years ago on India tour, long before the digital age, an Indian yogi gave me a copy of a miracle photo he had taken which showed a shaft of light above Shri Mataji's head. On closer inspection it became obvious that Shri Mataji was standing in front of a building, and in particular in front of a vertical pipe that was reflecting the flashlight from the camera.


Music
I came into Sahaja Yoga in England (Brighton) in 1983. It took a while before I felt any vibrations. I first felt vibrations listening to two pieces of very different music: The first was the Irish group, U2, live at Red Rock in the USA (where the thunder joined in the performance); and the second was an LP by a medieval composer, John Dunstable. So I mentioned this to another yogi who was a national trustee. She borrowed the LP and when she next went to London to see Shri Mataji, she played some of the music. The LP was returned the next week with the comment 'Mother says he's a realised soul'. This is the music, converted to digital and youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crZfY90JJqo (and yes, I still have the LP)

Navaratri 1985
I was in the cable car on the way down after the Havan, and Shri Mataji was laughing as the wind moved the cable car around.

Sugar
 In the early 1980s when Shri Mataji was in London and dealing with some very damaged yogis, She observed that some yogis who were using white sugar in their liver diets were improving and others, also using white sugar, were not. The difference turned out to be that cane sugar worked, beet sugar did not. At the time most white sugar available in England and virtually all white sugar in western Europe was beet sugar (ie grown below ground). White cane sugar (grown above ground) was imported from Australia and the West Indies and was hard to find. English yogis when travelling in Europe at this time would often travel with a bag or two of white cane sugar to give to families they were staying with – always gratefully received.

Tie him up
Pamela (Bromley) gave me my realisation in her house/ashram in Brighton in 1983. After having raised my kundalini, I heard a voice say from behind 'ok, tie him up' followed by the clunk, clunk of those metal bangles Pamela always wore... 


 Vibrational awareness
 CM: In support of Michael’s comment; I remember once at Caxton Hall; that three of us were working on a new person. Mother came up and asked what was the problem, one yogi held up a finger; it is Nahbi problem; Mother immediately responded; no that is you; you should be feeling the vibrations of the other person; not your own! So yes; one may feel vibrations; but it is our discrimination that should be improved.
 JN: Colin's memory from Caxton Hall in turn jolts my memory. Sitting in meditation with 300 others in a SY public program in a palace in Venice in 1985. Over the loudspeakers came a clearly audible conversation.
WR: Mother, they're catching on nabhi.
Shri Mataji: no, thats you.


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