Harmonise your spiritual peace at the Harmony Centre in Bundanoon
29 Mar, 2010 09:21 AM
A NEW spirit has come to the Southern Highlands with the opening of the Harmony Centre Bundanoon.
Located on the former Quest for Life property, the Harmony Centre is a spiritually based wellness charity open to anyone seeking a space to heal their body, calm their mind and nurture their soul.
The centre, which opened last September, is the third life enrichment facility established by spiritual teacher Shakti Durga and her partner Hugh Keller.
Other centres have been established at Cooranbong on the NSW Central Coast and in Camperdown, Sydney.
Ms Durga was a barrister for 16 years before “giving it all up” to focus full time on teaching and developing the not-for-profit centres.
“As a barrister I naturally came into contact with people dealing with conflict, turmoil and often profound suffering,” she said.
“But it was my own experience of a painful divorce and personal crisis that first propelled me to believe there must be a better way. That’s how my spiritual journey started.”
It was a journey that led her to train under some of the world’s leading spiritual teachers including master Chao Kok Sui in the Philippines, Sri Jaya Shakti in Bali and Sathya Sai Baba in India.
Ms Durga said she learnt about healing the human body and spirit through master Chao and was helped to better understand and experience self-realisation through Sri Jaya.
She said Satya Sai Baba was her inspiration for the Harmony Centres, which she began establishing in Australia in 2004.
“Sai Baba ran centres of spiritual study in India as well as schools, hospitals and programs for feeding the poor,” she said.
“He inspired me to think about how we could bring about positive change through love by bringing together like-minded people. I was inspired by his humanitarian work and while they are still in their infancy I hope the Harmony Centres will achieve something similar. I’m keen to contribute to a healthy community and I believe the Harmony Centres are a different way of having an impact. The centres have become a hub where people can express their beliefs, meet like-minded people and take part in stimulating discussions about the meaning of life and why we are here.”
Ms Durga said her centres catered for any person who would like to improve their health and well-being and get more meaning out of life, regardless of religious affiliation or belief.
She said seminars, which developed life skills in a supportive environment, as well as cleansing and uplifting meditation and chanting practices, were a key part of the spiritual program.
“The programs help people discover how to have more joy and happiness, well being and peace in their lives,” she said.
“A key to this is a form of meditation called Ignite Your Spirit, which releases blockages to peace and harmony.”
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