Tour Journal

Day 1 : Friday 7 May – A Libyan Odyssey

It is a certainty of life that the straight path of our expectations and the twisting path of our footsteps are only ever going to meet at rare moments of grace. Too far ahead, the way forward dissolves into a haze and all that remains is the continuous present echoing into eternity. Nowhere is this more true than in Africa, the land of Shri Saraswati.

So we began our second tour of Ghana. Leaving  London Gatwick at lunchtime, we fully expected to be in Accra  the Ghanaian capital later that same evening, after a brief stopover in Tripoli in Libya. This is not what at all what happened!…

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Day 2 : Saturday 8 May – Hotel Oasis

In our journey we were less than halfway. So our attention turned instead to Libya. Interestingly there had been an attempt earlier in the year to hold a programme here in Tripoli, but the plan had fallen through…

…we had a secret weapon – vibrated water, which we sprayed liberally around the shopping centre as we walked around. Amazingly, after a very short time, the vibrations completed lifted and it melt much lighter. Even the people seemed to brighten. Especially Obi, who rediscovered his passion for mangoes in the fruit stall. Baklava sweets were also very much in our eye and later on the tongue.

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Day 3 : Sunday 9 May – Journey’s End

It was such a joy to be back in Ghana. A massive vibrational difference to Libya. The atmosphere was light and pleasing, and it felt very satisfying in the heart to be there. The heart wasn’t the only warmth. The air was hot and sticky even at 9.30pm in the dark of the evening – much hotter than last time we were here.

The vibrations were blasting as we left the baggage hall and were met by Koby and Michael.  It was very joyous to see them again and we gave each other huge hugs of welcome or ‘Akwaaba’ as they say in Ghana…

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Day 4 : Monday 10 May – The Beating Heart of Ghana

Some people had stopped drinking altogether and people who had been a big problem in the community had settled down and either become much more positive or left. People also felt much more protected and had a deep respect for Shri Mataji. Many people had pictures of Shri Mataji in their houses and had placed it in a frame on a simple altar…

The chief was deeply affected when we told him that Shri Mataji had been very pleased with the programmes in Sankor, that Her attention was very much with them and that She had been enjoying looking through photographs of them only a couple of days before…

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Day 5 : Tuesday 11 May – City of Seekers

Takoradi was our next stop, a city to the west of Ghana nestling on a golden sandy coast… By about 8pm, everyone was gathered together and about 15 people were sitting meditating before Shri Mataji’s picture. We were both happy and amazed. All of these people had carried on meditating by themselves for seven months after attending only one or two programmes! Not only that, they were anxious to carry on with it collectively and help to try to establish a regular meeting in Takoradi…

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Day 6 : Wednesday 12 May – Sea and Seekers

By 6pm people started arriving for the programme and as the music played 13 people took their seats in the hotel restaurant room. We talked a lot about the importance of meditation and of clearing, ending the session with a guided workshop, so that they would learn how to work on themselves and others. After a strong meditation where huge forces seemed to move around the chakras and work things out (especially in the void and left Swadhishthana), we returned again to the subject of weekly follow-ups as we were anxious that there should be some continuity.

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Day 7 : Thursday 13 May – Kumasi Calling

We just had time to nip back to the Guestline Lodge which is where the programme was scheduled to begin at 6pm, before our guests began to arrive. Luckily Ghana runs on what they call GMT – Ghana Mean Time – which means most people will be late! In all we had texted and called about 40 people and we were curious who would turn up at such short notice. In the event 10 people came into our guest room, which doubled as the venue. Mahesh the owner of the hotel (a Paramhansa Yogananda follower who had come to the programmes with his family last year) had beautifully set up the room for us, removed the beds and replaced them with rows of chairs; and so within a few minutes the altar was set up, the Charlie chakra banner was flying in the AC breeze and we were ready to go…

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Day 8 : Friday 14 May – Too Hot to Bother

Quickly we re-arranged the room which suddenly transformed into a meeting hall. Soon 13 people had arrived including an English PhD student called James who was studying the conservation of the Ghana wildlife. Of the other 12, about half had kept up their meditation and about four signalled their desire to come to the seminar in Accra. After a deep meditation and an introduction to the bija mantras we then talked to them about establishing a regular meeting in Kumasi.

Later that evening the blog went live and the vibrations suddenly sky-rocked as the collective attention swung away from the UK general election and focussed its enlightened gaze upon Ghana. Thank you to all! You cannot begin to know how much you can help…

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Day 9 : Saturday 15 May – A New National Centre in Accra

The new Sahaja Yoga centre was quite close to the sea, a little out-of-the-way down a side street in the shadow of the Ghana National Football Stadium. Once a beautiful mid-19th century house, the building was in disrepair and was in the process of being renovated by the yogis.

Interestingly enough, to date every person on both Ghana tours who actually came from England has some deep connection with Newcastle. Both Gill and Tim were born there, Gill still lives there (well, in Hexham) and Manitu’s English blood line goes back to his Geordie Grand-mother! Why-aye the lads!! We began to wonder why. Was Newcastle the left Swadhishthana of England? At that point there was such an enormous rush of vibrations, we were in little doubt. Was the Tyne the Saraswati river of England? Again the vibrations indicated yes…

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