Reflections on the Festival
Running With it
What is it I got out of the program? I got my life back. I went there and forgot where I was. I let go of Atlanta, I let go of my job. I felt no one else was there but me. His last words, what were they? 'Run with it.' I felt like getting out there with the football and playing the game. I never felt such a passion for living, and such a grateful feeling for being alive, and such a complete proud confidence that he will show me when I'm off. I've not felt so free since the day I received Knowledge - no. Since the first time I saw him.
JEFF HERRMANN ATLANTA, GA
Yes, This is Worth It!
My own awareness of how much I need Maharaji, not just Knowledge, was greatly deepened - and my gratitude as well. That's something I'm very happy about - the confirmation inside that practicing Knowledge and participating to whatever level i can, is worth every effort. Maharaji plays the role of a Pied Piper in my life and I find his song very sweet. He teaches me to take advantage of all that is inside of me. He has enabled me to be at peace deep inside even when things aren't so great. it's not like he's a teacher in the mode of some professors I've had. They didn't care if you failed or dropped the course. They didn't give a damn. But Maharaji gives a damn. He's the teacher who really cares.
TANYA JAFFEE ASTORIA, NY
Focusing the Message
On my way home, I talked to someone at the airport who had just seen Maharaji for the first time. She said she never understood the importance of Maharaji in her life before and that it became so clear to her what his role was as far as focusing the message, and bringing the clarity, and keeping the quality, and making sure she knows she can always experience more. I received Knowledge in 1970 and it's the same for me.
JOAN APTER PARSIPPANY, NJ
I felt the triangle - Maharaji, Knowledge and me. Maybe in the past, only Knowledge and Maharaji were emphasized, but now the you part, that individuality, is becoming more and more obvious. The program was a new beginning, the launch of a journey.
JONATHAN YEH TAIWAN
A Real Return
I've been going through a difficult time and almost didn't come to this program. But I did and got more than I could have ever asked for. It brought home a feeling of a real return for me, a real homecoming, a real realignment, a real blessing. It was very grounding for me, very sobering, very honest. His honesty and his realness and his humanness endeared him even more to me. It made the Knowledge even more real. I'm still going through a difficult time, but I'm able to do it with more courage, strength and support.
CARON LADINSKY Los ANGELES, CA>/p>
A Chance to Know Myself
This was my first time to America. It was different. Strange. But I really just came to see Maharaji. I feel so nice now - in the whole body, in the whole heart, in the whole spirit. I have learned a lot from this world, but now I unlearn it. I become more simple. I feel more at ease. I feel comfortable. In my country, so many people live for other people's ideas, especially for their parents or their family. I have come from that background. I ask now to have the chance to know myself really.
CHIH CHIANG CHANG TAIWAN
Surprised By Love
I feel that Maharaji is trying to say something that deep inside I know, but don't know how to phrase. Sometimes I feel like he is opening a new territory that I have never imagined before. Maharaji's love surprised me. but yet it wasn't a surprise, because every time I come to Maharaji's program that's the way it is.
JIA WEI HWANG TAIWAN
Just to Be Myself
Maharaji makes a living experience of the saying, 'It's never too late to have a happy childhood.' Not only is my childhood being made happy, it is being made sane. He's kind and loving and smart, and the older I get.. . that's what I want to be, too. Just to be myself. When I stop wasting time on pursuits that take me nowhere, there's plenty of time to practice Knowledge.
Joe FAZIO PORTLAND, ME
My practice of Knowledge had subsided to almost nothing since I attended one of the Rejoice programs last year. I had been abusing the gift. I was like a car running on one cylinder. That lonesome feeling within me drastically changed at this program. Twice I was reduced to tears unexpectedly. My heart. which had become so hardened from not practicing Knowledge, was cracked open by Maharaji's inexplicable and oh so profound love and presence.
JOHN LLOYD COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Freedom of Choice
The Festival felt so mellow, which allowed me to open up and listen to what he had to say. He redefined my role as a student and his role as a teacher. I felt I was being given my freedom - my freedom of choice. Do I want to experience this Knowledge? Is it something I really want in my life? And it was like. "Yeah. I would like to have the experience. It would be good for me." The only thing which goes beyond comprehension for me, something I can never talk about, is the devotion I experienced in his poems. it's that flame that knows no boundaries, knows no reasons. It's what makes Maharaji more than a teacher.
ROBERT KORPERSHOEK AMSTERDAM
It's the Best
In West Africa, we have no money. But if a festival is happening and if I have some money, I go. Knowledge is really good. It's the best. I don't need anything else but Knowledge. That is why I come to see Maharaji.
ALLIN N. GUESSAN COTE D'IvOIRE, WEST AFRICA
A Sense of Well-Being
The festival provided me with a strong basis for renewed inspiration, love for practicing Knowledge, being involved with Maharaji's work, and with my own feelings of life. it gave me a tremendous sense of well-being about everything that's been going on for me. Maharaji reminded me to look and see, "Am I really doing what I want to do with my life?"
ANTHONY J. TRIPODO MIAMI SHORES, FL
It Brought Back Devotion
When Maharaji started to read his poetry, I cried. It meant so much to hear it in his own words. It brought back so much devotion. That's what I want to feel in my life. For the past couple of years I have been examining how I felt about Knowledge and Maharaji - and it felt healthy to me. But at this program, the feeling I had inside answered a lot of my questions and doubts.
GINNI MCGANNON GLEN ELLEN, IL
I See it as a Process
This was my first time seeing Maharaji. I have a lot more respect for him now. Maharaji doesn't say, "There is something wrong with you, let's fix it." He says, "There is something beautiful inside. Go there!" I hope it doesn't take another year before I get Knowledge, but I see it is a process.
KAY MARLAIRE CHICAGO, IL
This program was so beautiful I hated to leave. I felt sad until I remembered that I am not leaving anything, because I have it right inside me to feel every day.
GAYLE JOHNSON CHICAGO, IL
Knowledge vs. Busyness
I had been so caught up in a momentum of newly developed habits before this program that the practice of Knowledge had been replaced by busyness. I was even doubtful of whether or not I should go. But I did and it was beautiful. I cried when I saw how far away from the world of Maharaji I had become.
JOHN WAINRIGHT Los ANGELES, CA
Back to the Beginning
I was surprised at the depth of feeling that he uncovered. That is Maharaji's art. Maharaji reawakened my interest in practicing Knowledge. It was humbling to get taken back to the beginning. I saw that I don't really progress in this thing, I just keep going back to the beginning.
SHERRY BOULTON CHICAGO, IL
A Little More Relaxed
This festival was a first for me; I'm an aspirant and I've only been to local programs. Hearing other people's explanations about how it happened to them and how it touched them made me feel a little more relaxed and open and ready to accept it however it happens to me.
ANNE ETHERIDGE ATLANTA, GA