I used to live near Tolmers Square, Euston, in North London. About half a dozen of us had a little community club there and one day in 1974 a man came to teach us yoga. He had tried all sorts of different yogas and meditations and then one day he went to see Shri Mataji and, because he had so much experience, he tended to be a bit sceptical, but he did feel vibrations.
‘I’ve found this new sort of yoga,’ he said, ‘and all we have to do is sit down in front of this photograph of Shri Mataji and put our hands to it.’
He produced a little black and white photograph, not much bigger than a postcard. We sat there in the rather cold, drafty, old bank that we used as a social club, with our hands out before Shri Mataji’s photograph. He came round and felt our hands and asked us what we felt and we all felt different things because we were all in different states of awareness due to what we’d done before.
‘You get these vibrations from Shri Mataji,’ he said. ‘Would you like to come and meet Her at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan?’ This was on New Oxford Street.
The following Friday we went there. We met Shri Mataji and sat at the back. We listened to what She had to say and realised it was something really nice. She was working on somebody at the time. We were aware that it was something special and had an inkling of what it might be, but weren’t prepared to admit to anybody, least of all ourselves, that we had actually met Shri Adi Shakti.
We went to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan about two or three times and then, because the series was over, we moved to a house in Clare Court, Judd Street, where Mukund Shah lived, just over the road from Kings Cross Station. We had a few meetings there and Shri Mataji told us about raising the Kundalini. Also, we had our first experience of actually hearing through the Sahasrara.
‘Put your hands over your ears and cover them up completely and you’ll still be able to hear Me,’ She said.
We did so and we could actually clearly hear what Shri Mataji was saying because we were hearing through our Sahasraras. She told us our Sahasraras had opened. So that was the first amazing experience we all had, apart from feeling the cool vibrations.
We had a few meetings at Judd Street, and then we started to meet in a house in North Gower Street. That was when it actually began to take root, because there was a base for the Sahaja Yoga to actually put roots down. Shri Mataji would come and there would be maybe half a dozen of us. She would talk to us and tell us all about Sahaja Yoga. The way She would work on us would be that we would kneel and put our hands under Her Feet, and She’d do various things to clear us out.