The Golden Age

Focus on Hobart Left to right : Dort Burley, Operations; Andrew Moran, Finance; Margaret Berman, Programs; Chris Love, Communications and Gregg Sherwood, Community Director. Taroona Ashram and Regional H.Q. Hobart Community

In the valleys and beside the sheltered waters to the south of Tasmania dwell many of the folk of this island state. Houses nestle into the shoreline and gracefully reach up into the foothills as the small city looks up at its great flat-topped mountain, from whose heights an eagle sometimes falls to circle above the town.

Hobart is unlike most capital cities in Australia. Missing to a large extent is the sound of demolition teams, the ever- growing streams of commuters and the towering glass and concrete buildings that over shadow busy streets and filter the midday sun. The city is more like a large country town; and Divine Light Mission here appears to blend with mother nature's incredibly beautiful illusion. The Taroona ashram - housing twelve premies, the DUO staff offices and the community satsang hall - is set in a picturesque backdrop of natural bush overlooking the Derwent River. In a way, there are less external distract ions in a place like Hobart. But through experience we've realised that if you let go of meditation, there's always a danger of being lured into this vignette of beauty. It's evident we have to be energetic in a place like this, always moving to apply Maharaj Ji's direction in our lives.

The Mission has been in existence for two and a half years here. To document its origin, we'll take a flash-back with Peter Edge, one of the first premies in Tasmania: "It was in August 1973 that

Left to right : Dort Burley, Operations; Andrew Moran, Finance; Margaret Berman, Programs; Chris Love, Communications and Gregg Sherwood, Community Director.

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