Thursday, 8 August 2013

A Befitting Tribute - Prayer Meeting for Sir CP

Jai Shri Mataji

Dear Sahaja Yogis

A befitting tribute was paid to the memory of Sir Chandrika Prasad Srivastava, Padma Vibhushan, IAS, fondly called "Papaji" by all Sahaja Yogies, on 4 August 2013, at the Conventional Hall of Ashoka Hotel located in the heart of the beautiful Diplomatic Enclave of New Delhi. The Prayer Meeting was arranged by the Sahaja family and was attended by nearly 1200 Sahaja Yogies and guests from India and abroad. Shri Robert Hunter, Director of the Sahaja Yoga World foundation, at Cabella, compered the programme which lasted for about 2 hours.

The programme began with the recitation of the Mahamantra followed by Shri Ganesh Atharvsheersha, and a beautiful rendition of Adi Shankracharya's "Tad Nishkala" (Atmashtakam).

The highlights of the impressively designed programme included a video presentation of the photographs of Sir CP, showing some significant glimpses of the past with our Divine Mother, with various VIPs, and with the family. This was followed by reminiscences of Sir CP Srivastava by senior members of the of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency based in London, in which Sir CP served for four successive four-year terms as Secretary-General from 1974 to 1989, and the World Maritime University founded in 1983 by the IMO under his Chairmanship. All the speakers were highly appreciative of the pre-eminent achievements during his tenure as the first Secretary-General of the IMO as well as making possible the education of some 4,000 maritime leaders globally through the World Maritime University.

The video presentation also included personal accounts by some of the global Sahaja Yoga leaders, based on their close interaction with Sir CP during his lifetime, and of the outstanding contributions made by Sir CP for Sahaja Yoga.

The poignancy of the entire ceremony was finally expressed in the soulful rendition of Sufi Bhajans by Ragini Raino and the melodius santoor recital by Shri Ajay Sopori.

In the end the noble personality, the penetrating intellect, and exceptional character qualities that endeared Sir CP to one and all stood out loud and clear to all participants of the Prayer Meeting on 04 Aug 2013.

Love and Respects
V K Kapoor

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