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One Year On… Against All Odds
August 2nd, 2010

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Last month saw the first anniversary of Ananda Meditation Group, Isle of Man. It was an event that I knew in my heart would come to pass; however the odds against the group’s very survival have been great.

Paramahansa Yogananda taught that nothing is sent to us that we cannot handle, and it is something I often bring to mind in times of seeming adversity. Firstly we had to find a suitable venue for the group, which was growing rapidly and wasn’t as straight forward as we thought. That was because I was trying to arrange it myself, rather than waiting for Divine Mother’s intervention. But then, relaxing into the flow once again, the way opened and we were kindly offered the use off the hospital chapel where I work.

Inevitably perhaps, the initial enthusiasm of some of the members began to wane and some we lost altogether. People come and people go, but all will have been touched by Guru’s vibration and received what they were capable of receiving, according to their karma and level of spiritual development. It has been a wonderful lesson in practicing non attachment to the fruit of our labours. It could have been all too easy to take rejection as a personal affront.

As the group began to establish itself some members could not deal with the meetings gearing more toward devotion to our line of gurus. That was fine and their decision to make, but I wasn’t prepared to compromise on the true purpose of an Ananda Meditation Group just to put more ’bottoms on seats’. Contrastingly, I witnessed 2 sincere members undergo great emotional healing of long standing problems, both on a profound level and after only a few weeks of meditation.

So our numbers are few, and not surprising on a small island. We do have, what I call, ‘satellite’ members who either live too far away, or cannot get to our meetings for various reasons, who like to stay connected by receiving the Group News letter each week. I am always available for advice to these members who strive to build an effective meditation practice on their own. The main Ananda website offers great support for those who want to deepen their practice, whether struggling alone or in a group, and now even offers ‘virtual’ webinars.

Divine Mother continued to play Her hand as circumstances then led to my being taken away from the Island and not being able to lead the group some weeks. I was away on the UK mainland frequently (and still am) to attend to the needs of my sister who is very sick, but my conscience against letting the group and gurus down was appeased knowing the group was in the safe hands of a sincere devotee, or so I thought until she badly broke her leg shortly after I had received the news of my sister’s illness. Rendered immobile for a good while, we moved the meditation venue to her home so she could still attend.

Not to be deterred, we strove to maintain a steady stream of energy flowing through the group, even if it meant only one person keeping the flow moving by meditating alone some weeks. We have the faith that God is taking care of everything and that, like all new ventures on The Path, we are all being tested. The group itself is being tested.

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And so it was such a joy to be able to see the group’s first anniversary; hanging in there against all odds. And what better way to celebrate than with our first Discipleship Ceremony.

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Son-in law, Ben and dear friend, Liz both took their vow in view of progressing to Kriya initiation next year at an Ananda centre.

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The energy of our guru’s was tangible throughout the ceremony. As we chanted ‘Jai Guru’, the very ether was supercharged with cosmic energy. I knew that God was smiling upon us this day, as He has been throughout all the karmic trials we, individually and as a group, are working our way through. He has never left our hearts and is ever more strongly present as we emerge from our trials out the other side, unscathed, strengthened and ever more determined to put our guru’s teachings into practice. Jai Guru!

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Joy to you

AUM

t. maitreyi

 

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8 Responses

  1. Brindey says:

    Dear Maitreyi,
    I read most of your posts and am always uplifted. I am an old time member of Ananda and live in Las Vegas, where Nayaswami Vijay and I a starting an Ashram house, and I understand the Joy and the wonder of it all!!
    Master and the Great ones are with you dear one, and you are in Their Light! Thank you for your fortitude, and consistancy in you service to God and Guru!!
    Ever more New Joy,
    Your sister in Them,
    Brindey

  2. Nancy Cralle says:

    What an inspiring story. I love your dedication to God and Guru. It goes to show that where there is a will, there is a way. Congratulations, and many more anniversaries for your group. Many blessings, Nancy

  3. Dambara Begley says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, Maitreyi, and the timely reminder that all trials are there only to help us grow and be stronger. Happy Anniversary, congrats to all, Jai Guru! In joy, Dambara

  4. kamini bhasin says:

    Dear Maitreyi,

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. A lesson,indeed for all fledgling Ananda groups!

    Kamini

  5. Richard Salva says:

    They say that some tapasya (austerity) is necessary to start any spiritual work. Congratulations on keeping the flame burning bright on the Isle of Man. I wish you and your group great blessings.

  6. Nayaswami Anaashini says:

    Dear Maitreyi,

    I enjoy reading your posts. Congratulations to you and the new disciples.
    Thank you for sharing your learning, it is very inspiring.

  7. niru says:

    INSPIRATION for us cribbers complaining of no ananda group!!

    your faith is heart lifting!!

  8. Sarah Gosney says:

    Thank you Maitreyi. Your dedication and devotion is palpable. The ripples of your efforts through Master go well beyond the Isle of Man.