Highlights: See Days 1, 7, 11, 15
Day 1 : Fri 16 October – The Longest Day
Arriving at 5am in the morning at Accra airport the last thing you expect to see is a crowd of a dozen or so welcoming yogis! But there they all were, absolutely beaming with joy at our arrival and this heart-warming welcome set the tone for the whole tour. Not only that, they had all stayed up all night at the airport waiting for us. Wow – and we thought we had had a rough night!
Day 2 : Saturday 17 October – The First of Many Meetings
It was actually much easier to get up in Ghana than in England, where the back Agnya can nail you like a rock. We were all up and gradually filing through the one toilet and bathroom to be meditating collectively by 6am. We made the mistake however of having a silent meditation and before long many of us had succumbed to the heavy left side of Ghana and nodded off.
Day 3 : Sunday 18 October – Diwali Puja
We cleaned all the puja items and by late afternoon all the local yogis had gathered at Tema to celebrate Diwali puja. We sang bhajans and worshipped Shri Mataji as Shri Ganesha, Shri Mahalakshmi and Shri Jesus. The vibrations were much better than before, but still lots of things were churning in our chakras, particularly in the left Swadhishthana, void and back Agnya. By the time we sang the Shri Mahalakshmi Stotram, Kundalini was on the up…
Day 4 : Monday 19 October – A Mega-media Campaign Begins
Aaron, Obi and Tim had to leave by 5.45am to get to Metro TV by 7am to meet Aaron the picture editor. Three hours later (nothing happens quickly in Africa), we had put down the voice-over and cut the picture montage to produce a 15 second and 30 second radio advert and a 30 second TV advert. I cannot tell you how miraculous an event that is and how much perseverance it took to arrive at that point! This meant that we could launch our media campaign in earnest and boldly broadcast to the nation: ‘Sahaja Yoga Meditation: Awaken the miraculous power within’!
Day 5 : Tuesday 20 October – Angels to Direct Us
Early that morning and reflecting on the fire at Peace FM the day before, we performed a simple puja to Shri Vishnumaya and from that point on lighting was present in the sky either before or during most of the evening programmes. While most of the team went out into Accra to give realisation around the beaches and transport hubs, the rest of us darted back and forth from the various media offices of radio and TV stations and newspapers…
Day 6: Wednesday 21 October – Realisation to the Nation
The next morning started very early, as we had to be at the GTV station by 6.30am, which meant leaving base in Tema by 5.30am at the latest… Finally Manitu was able to cut through all the heady questions and jump in with the realisation exercise. Before the whole nation, we gave realisation to all those watching the programme!
… As we jumped into taxis and headed back to base, we saw a huge blazing fire consume the Foreign Ministry building in flames …Again we felt the awesome presence of Shri Vishnumaya.
Day 7 : Thursday 22 October – TV Heaven
Breakfast TV beckoned once more and the virtual media angels had yet another job to do. Squirting vibrated water as we went, we ventured playfully through the TV3 compound, the commercial ITV to GTV’s state-run BBC…
Day 8 : Friday 23 October – The Drum King
Koby was the drum king, with Aaron close behind him on drum number two… the rest of us jumped around and danced, well, sort of African style – bottoms sticking out, pointing to da hills. After some more street realisation, we headed off to the Chelsea Place Hotel for the follow-up programme… Soon the new people started to arrive and by 6 pm we had 20 people fill the room who had all come the day before.
Day 9 : Saturday 24 October – Divine Presents
After morning meditation, we distributed what remained of the gifts that we had brought with us from Europe: photos of Shri Mataji, pendants and badges of Shri Mataji, incense, an altar cloth vibrated by Shri Mataji Herself at Navaratri, new mantra books, song books, DVD/CD/tapes of Shri Mataji’s talks, Sahaj music, a CD of the Sahaj Latino band ‘Casabella’, Borotin children’s CDs, hand-outs on subjects like clearing techniques, vibrated sugar, salt and kum-kum and some vibrated water from Navaratri puja to spray wherever we went.
Day 10 : Sunday 25 October – On the Road to Kumasi
Out in the countryside the vegetation was amazingly lush in the rich fertile earth that again reminded me of the deep red Ganesha earth from Ganapatipule… As was customary, the public programme opened with music and as we were in a new city, Tim opened with a Ganesha song, the Shri Saraswati Vandana and the sung version of the Devi Kavach to invoke all the Shakti powers to come into that place…
Day 11 : Monday 26 October – A Special Day
Later that morning we took to the streets and went out to give realisation in the market place in Kumasi which was reputed to be the biggest in all of West Africa. Walking along the crowded streets, which seemed even hotter than Accra now that we were inland and far away from the coast, we eventually settled on a place near a busy transport interchange and started giving realisation. Within seconds people started to show an interest and were very curious to see what these westerners were up to in the streets…
Day 12 : Tuesday 27 October – Last Supper in Kumasi
That evening, the programme was again well attended with nearly half of the people coming to each of the three… We were sad to leaving Kumasi as the city had a special quality that we had not experienced elsewhere. As the old Ashanti capital it had retained the essence of traditional Ghanaian culture and seemed to manifest its beating heart. Especially sad was the knowledge that we would not be able to continue with weekly follow-up programmes, as there were no resident yogis to run them.
Day 13: Wednesday 28 October – Battle by Music
After a little light leafleting and street realisation, we trundled off to a nearby restaurant for Fufu and Red-red! Afterwards was our first and only chance for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean… Afterwards we felt refreshed and raring to go. Just as well, as the programme ahead was challenging to say the least.
Day 14 : Thursday 29 October – A Restful Day
That evening we were over-joyed when about 90% of the people who had come the day before came back for more. This time in the peaceful meditative calm of a troll-free zone.
Takoradi is an interesting place with a lot of seekers. Many Jamaicans and Rastafarians had elected to revert the tide of history and repatriate themselves back into Ghana…
Day 15: Friday 30 October – Blessed Day of the Goddess
Friday was a magical day, the day of the Heart, the day of the Goddess. It started very early with collective meditation and a 6.30am journey along the coast road from Takoradi to Cape Coast Castle. The mood was a little subdued as there was clearly something of an anti-vibrational mountain up ahead. At one point Manitu mentioned the infamous ‘Door of No Return’ and we instantly felt a horrible churning inside…
Day 16 : Saturday 31 October – The Closing Moments
After jumping into Aaron’s taxi for the penultimate time, we headed to the Chelsea Place Hotel for the regular Saturday follow-up meeting – pretty much at the same time as the collective UK meeting was taking place thousands of miles away back in the original Chelsea in London. I noticed that some negative entity had exited the sealed meeting room during the week and broken one of the windows. After much vibrated water, mantras and matka, the room was vibrationally transformed and ready for collective meditation…
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