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Spiritual Activist

Vaz Sriharan is a channel writer who, in 2007, co-founded the London College of Spirituality: Claire Gillman discovers more about his extraordinary journey You describe yourself as a spiritual activist – what does that involve? Spiritual activism is about how we can really say that we are walking our talk and living this way of life, practising love and self-love, awareness and compassion and bringing it into all parts of our life, and also into society as well. I’m very passionate about social issues and things that happen on our planet. You are the co-founder of the London College of Spirituality (LCS). Consisting entirely of volunteers, the group has grown to the point where their spiritual events in central London are now being attended by hundreds. What do you hope the college will achieve? The group first met in Waterstones for coffee and it just grew and grew over the months. In the beginning, I had a vision about what it could become but now what we really focus on is ‘what does the group want right now?’ And ‘are we able to change on the day to accommodate them?’ We lead from the back basically and watch what the group wants to do. When people come together, individually they may not understand what they want but when they’re together, there’s a collective consciousness. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past four years and it’s incredible. We all shift unbelievably. We’re very conscious of this so if people want more workshops, we bring in more workshop interaction. For example, right now we’re finding that a lot of people want Reiki – they want to be able to offer it to friends and family. We try to understand exactly why these trends happen. I guess right now, for example, what’s happening with the Reiki workshops is that there’s this bubbling energy where people feel like they’re ready to do something. They might not be quite sure what it is but they want to make that step. You run other social enterprises. What is the inspiration for your humanitarian work? My personal passion comes from a background of around 15 years of depression where I was very lost and unable to find myself. Having come out of that experience with the help of spirituality, I am able to apply that to whatever I encounter. I just know that no matter how dark a situation, there’s always a light. If

people know about that light, then we all can help one another. This is such a deep passion. I really want to see this planet living in harmony – it sounds like a cliché; like some sort of idealistic dream – but I’ve got such a deep feeling; I know that we can live together and join forces. One of my biggest passions is that we actually work with one another. In every field, not just the spiritual field but across lots of organisations, there is amazing work coming out. From my perspective, I love the fact that we can now actually come together and be united – there’s always going to be differences in beliefs and how we do things but it’s amazing. In the light of recent events with the summer’s riots, how can you see spirituality helping society in general? I think the greatest way of looking at everything is to bring it to the personal level. The Masters of Love have talked about it throughout the ages; that is to lead by example. I could be on stage talking to a thousand people but I believe the greatest work we do is individually and with our family and friends. If we can shine that and beam that, then it creates very powerful waves that go out into the community. Especially living here in London, there’s been a lot of talk about there being no sense of community but I feel it’s bubbling under the surface. What happened after the riots is that there was a lot of love. People came together and helped repair people’s shops and showed that great community spirit. Out of adversity comes good. This can be a warning for all of us but we don’t need to create chaos in order to come together. We can all step out and show who we are. This message is universal – we don’t have to label it as spiritual – it’s simply

showing compassion to the people around us. We are so conditioned not to do that but if we just lend a hand to someone, they will feel it and it will automatically change their conditioning and the way that they affect everyone else. One of the biggest things is for people to realise the power of every action. You give a great deal to others. How easy do you find it to accept help from others? We actually work on a donation basis. Everything is low cost to make it accessible to everyone. Eventually, we want to be giving all this work for free. The amazing thing is that the Universe works in such complicated and unique ways that one day it might be a donation and the next it’s someone giving help that takes us to the next step. It’s faith that gets us through, always. ks

More information Since 2007 the London College of Spirituality has grown to contain 3700+ people. Last year, Vaz travelled to the US to set up similar spiritual groups in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. visit: www.londoncollegeofspirituality. for more information. Vaz’s new book, Infinite Being, is being published in November. See website for details. kindred spirit

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Spiritual Activist - Vaz Sriharan