Creation of LETA / LEPA
Creation of LETA
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Life Eternal Trust Australia (‘LETA’) was established in 1986 by HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi as the peak administrative body to administer and promote Sahaja Yoga and its meditation, which has been practised and taught by volunteers as a community service throughout Australia since 1981. Sahaja Yoga is a worldwide community service, operating independently in each country. SY Australia also runs autonomously and is completely self-funded.
Shri Mataji's appointment of Trustee-Directors
Selecting Yogis as Trustees Shri Mataji enquired about a Yogis professional background, capabilities and the skills needed for financial oversight and administration.
Shri Mataji asked about their time in Sahaja Yoga and their standing and respect within the Collective and their willingness to do what they could to support Sahaja Yoga and help do all they could to promote Her work.
To preserve and expand the properties so they could be handed on to future generations to provide a permanent platform for Sahaja Yoga into the future and to help maintain Sahaja Yoga as Shri Mataji had created it.
Shri Mataji's asked that Collective properties be purchased
In 1987 LETA purchased No 10 Clarence Clarence Street in Burwood NSW. Trusts could not own properties in Australia and at the time the Title for No 10 was issued in the name of the then individual Trustees of LETA of 1987 by the Land Titles Department.
Upon legal advice of Life Eternal Properties (LEPA) was setup as a property holding company for the Trust LEPA appointed as a corporate Trustee of the Trust in time for the next property purchase of Balmoral.
Since 1997 the Titles of all Sahaja properties purchased on behalf of the collective are held by a company, Life Eternal Properties (LEPA) as corporate Trustee on behalf of the Collective by Life Eternal Trust Australia.
Enhancements to the Trust Deed
The Trustees arranged for a not for profit expert legal firm to provide enhancements to Trust so the OSR could approve of transfer the titles of No 10 and Scullin from individual names to LEPA. OSR charged no Stamp Duty for the transfer saving the Collective $170,000 in stamp duty. This also secured the Title for No 10 Clarence St from any possible future legal claims.
The enhancements to the Trust was key to meeting the Government requirements for the manner with which not for profit entities own and manage properties.
LEPA is the sole Corporate Trustee of Life Eternal Trust. A windup clause was added to LETA to ensure that if its assets were ever disposed they would be transferred to a like body being LET Western Australia and not under the direction of the Trustee-Directors.
As The Trust is not allowed to own property LEPA (Life Eternal Properties Australia) was created as a stand alone company within LETA to provide maximum protection to our properties for the Australian Collective and to distance them from any individuals. LEPA exists within the Trust and is a registered company with ASIC and operates in full compliance with Australian government legislation.
LETA's aim is to provide individuals and communities in Australia and around the world with free access to the unique non-commercial Sahaja Yoga Meditation method. This meditation method has an integrated yet simple approach for the practitioner to attain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and which crosses cultural, racial, age, socio economic status and location barriers by providing face-to-face classes or online services.
LETA has been set up for the purpose of operating as an administrative organisation to manage the affairs of Sahaja Yoga meditation on a national basis. Its operations are managed and overseen by the Trustee-Directors.
The Trustee-Directors take responsibility for the operations of LETA, the management of its finances and the management of the affairs of Sahaja Yoga meditation on a national basis.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Sahaja Yoga meditation was developed by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970. It is a proven and unique approach to attaining mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Shri Mataji dedicated Her life to helping humanity realise its innate spiritual nature through an experience known as Self-Realisation. In recognition of Her lifetime’s tremendous work of transforming humanity through collective en-masse Self-Realisation, Shri Mataji has been publicly acclaimed and awarded honours by the Governments and leaders of many nations. Her core teaching is that within us all, lies a transformative potential which can be awakened using Her Self-Realisation method. By doing so, we can bring peace and well-being to ourselves, our families, our social institutions, our nations and our world.
Funded only by voluntary donations from regular practitioners, and functioning as a non-profit community service, Sahaja Yoga has no paid positions and is conducted entirely by volunteers in their free time. This is in keeping with Shri Mataji’s principles who never charged for Her work and insisted that Her teachings and techniques should be available to all, at no cost.
LETA is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) in the ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA. As a registered charity we must comply with the ACNC’s financial recording keeping, reporting obligations and governance requirements which include having and adhering to our policies.
Shri Mataji’s Deed had no tenure for Trustees and since that time there have been 12 changes to the Trustees positions. Fulfilling the Trustees role is not permanent. Sahaja Yoga Australia has taken the spirit of the LETA Trust Deed as the founding principles for the organisation of Sahaja Yoga to take us into the future.
The First Schedule of the Trust Deed advises: “The Trustees can make such rules and regulations for the management and administration of the charity and for matters connected therewith as the Trustees shall in their discretion think fit.”
The Trust Deed gives a power of delegation by the Trustees. In addition the Trustees can appoint a committee or committees comprised of such persons as the Trustees may in their absolute discretion determine and to delegate any of their powers to such committee or committees (First Schedule paragraphs (6) and (7)). As a consequence, the Trustees have the overall authority in the organisation and the delegated positions of National Coordinator and the Council only operate within this context.
Along with the various Policies the Trustees-Directors are responsible for, and professional management of our 7 National Properties has secured them for the Collective into the future so no individuals can ever make a claim on them. and substantial savings of $170,000 have been made through successful applications to waive stamp duty and other costs.
Our official website can be found at: leta.org.au