We have been deeply touched by the many offers for help and donations coming in after a large fire burnt Shiva’s Lap, the Monte Sahaja workstation, to the ground. The fire broke out at approximately 3pm on 17 November and was so fierce that the whole area and all our tools were lost in the flames. Shiva’s Lap was rich in creativity and full of inspirational ideas—impossible to describe or convey. The exact cause of the fire has not yet been established.
Your loving support and generosity are very much felt by Moojibaba and everyone here in Monte Sahaja. While we are still in the process of assessing the full extent of what has been lost, your offerings are very welcome and will support the clean-up, ongoing work and sharing of Satsang at Monte Sahaja.
Donation of tools and other items — Please refrain from donating tools or other items. While such offers are naturally coming from a place of generosity, it unfortunately creates complications in several ways such as added shipping costs, clearing customs and using warranties when needed.
In Gratitude and Appreciation
We are deeply thankful to the Portuguese firefighters, known as bombeiros. Over 50 firefighters came from many stations in this region to help put out the fire. They arrived swiftly in trucks and a helicopter and together with Monte Sahaja’s own fire team fought the flames until the fire came under control several hours after it started.
We also thank the GNR (national guard) who ensured our safety, and the mayor of Sao Martinho das Amoreiras, Nuno Duarte, who ensured that the evacuated Sahaja residents were cared for by providing shelter, blankets and food in the village. Many villagers also came forward to offer shelter, food and love to the sangha. Special thanks to Sandra from Zmar, and Mario, the former mayor, and the local community for their care and support. We are truly humbled by the genuine love, support and care shown to Monte Sahaja during this time.
We are under God’s grace continuously.
Things could have been much worse as we have seen
in this season’s series of wildfires here in Portugal.
This could have resulted in a huge tragedy were it not for grace.
Grace kept the wind from blowing.
We are full of gratitude and appreciation for all.