Yogmata Keiko Aikawa, the ultimate meditation master, came to the U.S. and held a Dharma Talk (Darshan), Meditation Workshop (Kriya), and Transmission of Meditation Techniques (Diksha) on October 15 and 16, 2022 at the New York Hilton Midtown in Midtown Manhattan.
This was the first time Yogmata has held these in New York in nearly three years, since December 2019 because of Covid. The venue was well attended by New Yorkers of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
During the Dharma session, Yogmata began with a video presentation of her career to date and the “public samadhi” she conducted in India.
After reviewing her career, Yogmata said that her trip to the Himalayas gave her a clue to change in her life. She said, “I want you to regain your true self and incorporate this into your future life.” She also said, “Information from the five senses disturbs the mind, so I want you to have an awareness of what is really necessary and what you need to discard.
Touching on mental health, which has been in the news recently, she introduced various stress reduction methods, including behavioral therapy. Among them, she also discussed the use of meditation to realize and analyze oneself. Yogmata, who “conveys the wisdom of the Himalayas and has transformative energy,” said there is something to be said for sharing this and becoming purified and at ease.
She reiterated the importance of raising one’s own awareness, and told the audience that “if you have good energy, good actions, and good choices, what you emit will be good and transform you,” and that “I came to New York to call on you to live that way.” She told the audience, “I came to New York to call on you to live that way.
The fastest way to develop “good habits” of choosing good things and improving yourself is “to be taught by Himalayan saints who are connected to your own source,” she said.
She encouraged the participants to check their daily activities and move forward in life with more love and peace, saying, “There is hope for you. Let us create an even richer life.
During the Q&A session, she was asked what “success” means to her. She said, “It is not only about becoming financially wealthy, but also about perfecting our human nature. First of all, I believe that “success” is to complete one’s inner self.
The audience applauded as she concluded that the world will become more peaceful as the energy of each individual contributes to the enrichment of life and the spread of peace.
The meditation workshop (kriyas) held in the afternoon was also well attended, with everyone meditating after Yogmata’s talk. The kriyas were attended by parents and children, as well as Japanese visitors from Los Angeles. After the meditation, Yogmata looked at each person’s face and spoke to them. A darshan (audience) was also held to awaken and purify the life energy in the body, and each participant had an audience with Yogmata.
Yogmata said, “I want you to experience your own transformation through kriyas. The participants left the venue with a satisfied look on their faces.