Kriya Yoga New Zealand Incorporated
June 2006 Issue 2
Hari Om Divine All,
Welcome to the second newsletter of our young association.
May this endeavor continue to blossom in the years to come.
We hope your year so far has been a peaceful journey full of spiritual progress.
A warm welcome to you all In November 2005 Bibi meditation hall at 4.45am.
during this chilly time. Hamel and I left the familiar This was the start time for
comforts of our New Exercise class, thirty minutes
With more breath awareness Zealand life to attend the of stretches and yoga asana.
lifting us from body third Brahmacari Training Following this was Chanting
consciousness to the Course in Balighai, India. Class then the morning’s
untouched peace of Spirit I The Hariharananda meditation. Particularly in
trust we are all surviving Gurukulam is an ashram in the first two months it was
winter with a smile! Balighai which was started not unusual to hear one or
by Paramahamsa two people snoring during
It is a joy to bring you news of Hariharananda and is now this time! Breakfast was next
events – both past and future. under the care and guidance at 7.15am then from 8-10am
of Paramahamsa we would be blessed to sit
In Sanskrit one word for food Prajnanananda. The goal of before Baba in the
is ahara. This is formed by the training is to prepare classroom. Here we would
the combining of the word a students for living a receive the wisdom that
which means in front of us wholesome and integrated naturally pours forth from
and hryate which means life through the practice of his Divine being, not just
taken inside. So ahara is not discipline, meditation and from his words but even
limited to the food we eat but moderation. Brahmacari from simply beholding his
includes everything we are in literally means one who presence. To watch how a
contact with that we take roams in God consciousness; realized master walks, talks,
within. Everything we choose it also refers to any spiritual sits acts, listens, interacts
to read, to see, to hear and aspirant who maintains and gives, is an opportunity
touch. In order to achieve celibacy and strives for to learn in itself. 10-11.15am
spiritual growth it is important purity in thought, word and was time given seva . Seva is
that we surround ourselves deed. selfless loving service and
with spiritual food. May this this included things like
news letter dedicated, to God To give you an idea of the gardening, kitchen work,
and Gurus, provide inspiring training lets take a walk office work, or physical
words to keep our minds alive through a typical day at the labour needed to help with
and attuned to the spiritual ashram. Rise’n’shine from the construction of the new
goal. your hard bed (no mattress!) temple. 11.30am saw
at 4am.Then take a bath, that everyone head back to the
6 Months with the is to say, wash yourself meditation hall for more
Master under a cold tap, readying Kriya practice. This
yourself to be at the meditation was not guided.
12.30pm was lunch time, restlessness. His arrival breakfast and be teaching us
followed by some free time spoke volumes, saying be at 8am as if it was all in a
and rest before getting back present, rise up, waste time days work. Which it was for
to work at 3pm. Another with none but God. Each him!
opportunity to be in the holy class would begin with a The second striking quality
presence of Gurudev was in prayer then more often than about Baba was his ability to
the afternoon class at not we were suddenly be so very detached yet
5.15pm. This class went for carrying on where we left off never cold or distant. His
an hour followed from yesterday’s text and ways urged you to put God
immediately by the evening you’d be scrambling to find first, align yourself with
chanting and guided the page! A lesson in itself. Guru, worry not about trivial
meditation. Dinner followed matters and simply play your
at 7.45pm then again we Sometimes after the strict role with devotion.
would return to the silence he would suddenly Thirdly discipline,
meditation hall for satsang, smile, a pure, childlike, discipline, discipline your
arti, and closing prayer. immensely loving smile. He life! In class Baba once said
Satsang is a Sanskrit word might say he didn’t feel like “Spirituality and discipline
formed from the word sat discussing the text and then are two sides of the same
(truth) plus sanga spend the next hour or so coin.” He constantly spoke
(association or company). So telling us stories of his of its importance and was
satsang means keeping good childhood or Hariharanandjis obviously the epitome of this
company and can be a life or stories of other saints in his actions.
gathering of seekers of truth and sages.
where a spiritual talk is Before going to the ashram I
given along with prayer and This training was such a rare had read that it is not so easy
devotional singing. The and incredible opportunity to to stay in the company of the
metaphorical meaning of be immersed in such a master. I have to say, I now
satsang is to be united with positive God oriented see why this is said! In
the soul. Arti is an external environment. Nearly Baba’s presence there is no
form of worship. By the time everyday we could witness excuses. His example
the last line of the evening the manifestation of God in outshines and denies all
prayer was sung we were Guru, the Divine example weaknesses. He doesn’t
more than happy to retire to urging us to wake up. cushion anyone’s ego nor
our rooms with lights out at Everyday one heard words meet you at an ordinary
10pm, exhausted from the of truth, everyday one sung human level, no, he is
day’s activities. They say an the glory of God and constantly resting in the
idle mind is the devils everyday was spent striving heights of purity and his
playground and with this to practice the teachings of message is to inspire you to
understanding the course the scriptures. This be stronger, be wiser, be
schedule was kept full. experience really established in truth, rise up,
exemplified the single wake up and realize who you
The days highlight for minded devotion needed to are.
everyone was class time with attain God realization. Three
Baba. An unparalled teacher, main lessons came across There seems to be endless
He would arrive in class and very clearly from seeing how stories to tell of this
sit in a firm strict silence. Baba lives. One was the experience and what’s
Either eyes closed or open importance of time mentioned is an overview
and fixed on eternity. There management and the from just one angle. The
was no “Hi, how are you all potential in how much one seven months at the ashram
this afternoon?” Immediately could actually do and give. was a most challenging and
our minds would be drawn Sometimes Baba would stirring time but also
to the serious effort and travel somewhere else in immensely positive,
sincere devotion necessary India for a program and he satisfying, eye opening and
on the spiritual path. His might travel by train through life changing.
presence would challenge the night to return to the
you to forget any ashram. He might reach the Bibi Ma is still in the
complaints, thoughts and ashram at 7.45am, skip wondrous spiritual land of
India reaping the benefits of through intensified japa Baba’s Birthday – 10
such a rich culture. We look (chanting the name of God), August
forward to more inspiration meditation and prayer. Many
from her on her return to also fast, or take just milk Another date to be aware of
New Zealand. May she have and fruits. and keep the evening free is
safe and smooth travels. Thursday August 10th. On
We might ask why should this special day in 1960 our
It is a delight to be back and we adopt this tradition. If we beloved Gurudev came to
involved with the are from the west with no this world taking physical
progression of our new history or identification with form. We will email details
association. I dream of Indian culture of what of the birthday celebrations
seeing a Kriya yoga ashram benefit is it to us? How can closer to the date.
in New Zealand one day, but we relate?
for now I keenly await Baba’s visit: October 6
Babas visit in October! Let Any opportunity to to 9
us all work together to make exemplify any aspect of
this four day program a spiritual practice is a
success. May we all be blessing. All time given to
blessed with the wisdom to prayer, meditation and
bring more devotion into our reflection on Gods glory as
daily practice and “meditate seen in the lives of His
nicely” as Baba often writes. Divine messengers helps to
keep us inspired and humble.
An overwhelmed Disciple It is a day we can spend with
Fern our thoughts more in tune October will bring a
with Paramahamsa monsoon of blessings with
UPCOMING EVENTS Prajnanananda, the Divine Babas return to New
Guru who upon initiating us Zealand. Also accompanying
Coming up are two special into Kriya Yoga has him this year is the revered
days to inspire more focus in accepted the immeasurable Swami Samarpanananda.
our practice and dedication responsibility of guiding us
to the teachings of the in all aspects of our life. Centennial Celebarations
We invite you all to attend
Guru Purnima – 11 JULY Guru Purnima celebrations
on Tuesday 11th July at
July 11th is Guru Purnima. 7pm. Join in a short silent
This is a sacred day in Hindu meditation and the screening
tradition to spend in prayer of Guru Purnima
and devotional worship of celebrations at the Balighai
the Guru- the preceptor. It is Ashram in 2005.
a day dedicated in memory On May 27th of this year the
of Sage Vyasa the editor of Fern will also tell of some Centenary Celebrations
the Vedas, who also wrote experiences with Baba dedicated to the beloved
the 18 puranas and the great during the Brahmacari Kriya master, Paramahamsa
epic Mahabharata. It is Training Course. A light Hariharanandaji began. Born
celebrated on the full moon meal will be provided. For in 1907 his life saw him
day in the Hindu month more details and to R.S.V.P pursue and achieve the
Ashad (July-August). The please contact Fern at highest goal of a yogi,
guru is considered as the email@example.com nirvikalpa samadhi. He was
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only possible to unite with complete life, a life
the Supreme through the dedicated to God, dedicated
grace of the Guru. On this to all. He would often say
auspicious occasion spiritual “This life is not for
practices are increased
Hariharananda it is for you What experiences do we 30th November – Mahaavatar
all.” want to avail ourselves to? Babaji’s Birthday.
What company do we wish 3rd December – Mahasamadhi
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