March 16, 2015
Patel's Sahaj Marg (more ...)
News: The Patel Inflection?
Sahaj Marg - Between Change and Continuity
“The visit to France and the gatherings in New Jersey have already brought about many changes in the functioning of the Mission.(…)He later met with around 150 prefects from North America, where he mentioned some of the new changes the Hierarchy of Masters have permitted in the Mission, as have also been indicated in recent messages from the Brighter World.(…)”
After his travels in France and the USA, Kamlesh Patel made his first trip to India. Where? To Hyderabad, from March 6th to 9th, he went to the "Thumkunta ashram, ashram BHEL, Kanha website of the project".
What did he say or do special?
A new call for unity:
“(…) our beloved Masters want to see unity among us. We should do everything to maintain unity, harmony and peace.”
The confirmation of a changing role for preceptors authorized by the "Hierarchy from the Brighter World" to do more work with a new method:
“(…) Later in the day, there was a very lively interaction with a group of eighty-five preceptors. It was largely focused on preceptors’ work. Master emphasised that the Hierarchy has given us the permission to do more work. All need to use it wisely. The new methods are in addition to the regular work all preceptors have been doing. The whole session was informal and focused on the practical aspects of when and how to use the new methods. There was a great deal of enthusiasm among preceptors about the new possibilities for growth.(…)”
All this is told in the "Abhyasi Bulletin", a new formulation of the old "Sahaj Sandesh", which ends with these three words: "Accept, Cooperate and obey."
Is this the formula to replace Chari's "Serve and Obey"?
The addition of Claude (Abhyasis bulletin 2015.22 du 16 mars 2015):
In February of 2015, respected Kamlesh bhai announced that the Hierarchy of Masters of Sahaj Marg has enabled preceptors worldwide with new responsibilities, in order to better facilitate the growth of the Mission.
These new permissions do not replace the existing practices of face-to-face individual, group and introductory sittings. Instead, they are an additional way of working, required for the increasing expansion of the Mission worldwide.
The following changes are a result:
1. New seekers are welcome to join a group meditation, without first having to take separate introductory sittings.
2. Seekers can be introduced to the practice of Sahaj Marg in groups on consecutive days if individual introductions are not possible.
3. Preceptors can give individual sittings to groups of abhyasis at one time.
4. Preceptors can give individual sittings remotely when required. Remote sittings can be given only if the preceptor confirms just beforehand that the abhyasi is available and both sit at the same time.
5. Preceptors can conduct group sittings remotely in cases where no local preceptor is available, or where conditions are really too difficult to attend, e.g. bad weather. They can also include those abhyasis who are unable to attend in person for genuine reasons in the satsang.
Care and wisdom are needed with our newfound freedom. For example, respected Kamlesh bhai said recently, "It should not become a scenario of, 'Oh, brother, I would like to have a long distance individual sitting now,' even though that person is less than a kilometre away. No. That is what I call abusing the system. So be careful. The greater the freedom that has been given to us, the greater the responsibilities are on our shoulders.”
Preceptors have been permitted to give remote sittings when there are genuine requests, and not in instances where it would defy the spiritual culture, e.g. when an abhyasi wishes to avoid taking a sitting from a local preceptor they do not like, as this would lead to disharmony. Unity and brotherhood remain the culture of Sahaj Marg.
Patel's Sahaj Marg