iv10Out of Africa

I flew to Abidjan, Cote d'lvoire, on the west coast of Africa, with only the hope of seeing Maharaji once again. Twelve former instructors and I had been invited to help with the ReCon Program Knowledge Review. Once there, we discovered a land rich with sweet smells and sounds, where bright colors and bold patterns adorned the noble people who moved with a grace and a rhythm much gentler than most of us know.

It was a thrill to use my rusty French and work side-by-side with the Ivoirians, putting together a program that had been called only a few weeks before. It had been three years since Maharaji had come to Abidjan. This would be the first review.

The challenges facing us were built-in: Only the most basic equipment was available, all the ticketing had to be clone by hand, and we were prevented from entering the hall until the very last moment due to a national convention. I had no idea how it was all going to come together - the dramatically relaxed rhythms of the African people and the precision timing of Maharaji's standard of excellence.

Somehow, as if by magic, a beautiful program emerged on July 31 for 1,500 Africans, and 500 others the next clay interested in receiving Knowledge. Maharaji opened the program with powerful images of the land, animals, and the Creator. He then answered questions and prepared the way for a review of each technique. The first evening program began with an instructor candidate from Ghana, followed by Yoram Weiss, an instructor from Israel. After a break, we watched the Contact video, and then Maharaji spoke again. The second program followed the same format, with a candidate from Abidjan and Padarthanand. I'll never forget the cries of joy when Maharaji announced that Belkis Shah would remain to give Knowledge to those who were ready to receive it….

I left Africa with a heart that had been stretched by effort, admiration, and joy. There is so much more to be done, yet there is so much more capacity to do it than l had ever realized. Maharaji really is making this whole world our home.