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Sahaja Yoga Intro Video

Please enjoy the following video in which the founder of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, introduces Sahaja Yoga meditation.

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Sahaja Yoga Guru principleWhat does it mean to become your own guru? Firstly, it means that you are able to find out what your spiritual state is. Secondly, it means that you have the ability to bring yourself back into balance after having determined that you are not in a balanced state.

How do we find out what our spiritual state is? We do so through what is called vibratory awareness in Sahaja Yoga, an awareness of the state of our energy centres, also called chakras. This awareness manifests through our hands and feet, as well as directly in our body through sensations of tingling, heat or coolness, but only once we have experienced self-realisation. Coolness indicates that a particular energy centre is in a good condition, whereas heat implies that it is not in an ideal state, and that we need to change our behaviour and cleanse this energy centre to bring it back into balance. Each finger corresponds to an energy centre, and so we are able to decode these vibrations quite clearly.

In addition to vibratory awareness, another very helpful approach is to use introspection to find out where our mind is going and why it is doing so. This introspective approach is very clearly manifested in many Russian writers such as Tolstoy.

Having found out what is wrong with us on a deeper level, how do we correct ourselves? This can be done by giving vibrations to the affected energy centres ourselves, or asking someone else do so. Cool vibrations start flowing through one’s hands as a result of self-realisation and these can be used as part of the cleansing process. Sahaja Yoga provides a number of very simple techniques to cleanse our energy centres and to bring ourselves back into a balanced state.

Probably the most powerful means of correcting ourselves, which Sahaja Yoga provides, is mental silence, i.e. the state of meditation. In this state one is able to go beyond any thoughts, worries, fears, or planning and experience the presence in all its beauty. This extract from a poem by William Blake expresses this very well.

To see a world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

The guru principle is expressed within us in the form of what is known as the Void, or bhavasagara, and is situated in the area of the stomach. There have been many great prophets who have embodied the guru principle: Mohammed Sahib, Guru Nanak, Moses, Abraham, Socrates, Confucius, Lao Tse, Sai Nath of Shirdi, Raja Janaka and Zarathustra.

It is no coincidence that the Void is situated in the same area as the Nabhi Chakra, which is the centre of good conduct within us. We cannot be masters of ourselves if we do not follow the principles of good conduct first.

The following is an extract from a talk by the founder of Sahaja Yoga:

As you know that the principle of Guru resides in the Void. This is the principle which gives you balance, which gives you the gravity. The gravity that we have in the Mother Earth is expressed through your Guru principle. The first point of gravity is that you should have a personality, a character and a temperament that people would see that you are a personality who doesn’t get dissolved into worldly things, a personality which doesn’t get ruined by the skirmishes of life. Is the personality of a Guru which sits down deep into his – into his being and is not easily disturbed or dissolved by any solvent what-so-ever. This is the first principle of the Guru, is the gravity. As I told you it is something which cannot be dissolved into anything. It settles very deep down into your personality. So it doesn’t float in the water.

Now you see, in the countries which are developed very much we think that we have a very great power of individual attainment. That individually we are absolutely free, we can do whatever we like and that’s why individual freedom becomes the goal of all democratic countries, neglecting the collective. Of course, individual is important, and it has to become all right to nourish the collective. But, if the individual does not have the gravity, then they float on the surface and anything can impress them. That’s why we find today people get impressed by fashions. By fashions, which by no logical reason are good for your health, for your wisdom.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga, 31 July 1988

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shrimataji3.jpgThe Kundalini is the key to our spiritual evolution. The word “kundalini” actually comes from the Sanskrit “kundal” meaning “coiled up,” and we know in Sahaja Yoga that it is coiled up at the base of the spine in three and a half coils, in a dormant state, waiting to be awakened. See subtle system.

It is an energy which is present in every single human being, which also means that every human being has the potential for spiritual evolution.

It is situated at the base of the spine, in the sacrum bone. In Latin Os Sacrum refers to a sacred area of the body, and so there was an awareness of its significance a long time ago. The Greeks also knew that this was a special part of the body and called it Hieron Osteon. They were aware that the scarum bone is the last bone to be destroyed when burning a body.

The kundalini has been well known in India for many centuries and is described clearly in the Upanishads and other texts. Adi Shankaracharya, Guru Nanak and Gyaneshwara have written about it. In the bible it manifests as tongues of flames on the disciple’s heads. Lao Tse referred to the kundalini as the spirit of the valley.

In Sahaja Yoga we know the effect of kundalini awakening (which is also known as self-realisation) is a cool breeze on top of the head. In other words we can feel the kundalini on our finger tips.

When the kundalini rises for the first time there may be blockages in the chakras which interfere with its ascent. When this happens it pulsates at that point of the spine and can soemtimes be seen even with the eyes alone.

Here is an extract from a talk by the founder of Sahaja Yoga:

Today I told you about Kundalini, and that Kundalini is the Pure Desire within us, that manifests or is awakened to give us our self-realization. Means the desire is only fulfilled when you get your self-realization, otherwise it is not manifested – it is just dormant; it is still residual. It has created the whole universe, but until and unless you get self-realization, unless and until you become one with your spirit, you have not achieved the manifestation of this power, which will go on making you run and run and run, thinking that you have not yet achieved or you have not found out your meaning. It will be there, all the time, sleeping, but giving you a feeling of vacuum.

So this power must be made to manifest… Then, this power has got certain qualities. The first quality it has got, … means it goes against the gravity. It goes against the gravity. You see, a thing rises, it doesn’t go down, so a person who has to be aspiring by nature, if a person is not aspiring type the Kundalini doesn’t rise, because, like, you see that when food passes down our stomach it presses the sides of the intestines. By that these movements of going down takes place. You see my point?

So when the Kundalini starts, and starts pressing on the sides of the chakras, She creates a feeling of throwing it higher and higher so the chakra is bounced upward. All the heavy things, all go downward, but the Kundalini rises higher and higher and higher, because it is like fire. Fire never burns downward. It always burns upward. She looks also like fire, and She has the capacity of fire within Her. The fire has a capacity to purify, and to burn off whatever can be burnt off. It purifies the things which it cannot burn and burns all the things which are inflammable, which can be burnt out.

So, the quality of fire that exists in the Kundalini burns off whatever is useless, like in our house, we find all the useless things, and we take them in the garden and burn them, finished – once and for all they’re all finished. So when the Kundalini rises, She also burns off all useless things, all your useless desires, your useless ideas of action, all sorts of useless accumulation of feelings and egos, and every sort of a nonsensical thing that is in between. Everything is burnt off fast, because they can be burnt, they are not eternal, by nature. They are not eternal by nature. They are temporarily there. All that is temporary, She burns down, and that’s how She enlightens the Spirit, because Spirit cannot be burnt by anything.

But this burning is so beautiful that it burns off all that is bad, stagnating, all that is polluting, all that is a disease, and cools down the system.

It is very interesting to see how this power of fire becomes the cool breeze, but in the science also you find that electricity can give you hot breeze or cool breeze. You can transform from one to another, but there is no ultimate for these things, they are always reversible. Supposing something becomes a magnetism, you can always convert into electricity, electricity can always be converted into magnetism. But Kundalini’s such a thing that once she burns off everything that is there, that’s how you get heat, because she’s burning. But when she cools down and becomes cool then she’s not reversible. That’s why it is a living process. Living process is never reversible. All dead processes can be reversible, but anything that is reversible – now, supposing you are grown up – you can all become a little baby- whatever you may try- you may have any number of operations –you cannot become. Now you are grown up, now you are modern, over-developed. You may try anything to become a primitive person – you cannot. You just cannot, whatever you may try. That will be all very artificial. You may just feel that you have become primitive by wearing some sort of a dress, by feeling that, “oh now there’s no modernism in us, and now we have become very very subdued”, nothing of the kind. It is curable, but not reversible. But, it is a living process . So, Kundalini within us expedites the living process within us of our evolution.

So the power of Kundalini is to purify, she purifies us like fire. She doesn’t purify us like water, surprisingly, she doesn’t purify us like water. Now, water, what does the water do? Water never burns off anything, but it dissolves certain things. It can take in something within itself, see. It can contain some of the dirt within itself. Supposing you put a color in the water – it assumes the color. But Kundalini does not assume the color. She burns out. Do you follow my point? So, if you have anything wrong within you, she’ll burn it off , but she’ll not absorb – she’s pure. She cannot absorb those things into her that will pollute her. She cannot be polluted.

This quality of fire, say, for example, if you put gold in fire, silver in fire, you can purify it. The pure form comes in. That’s how you know. But if you put gold and fire in water, nothing will happen. At the most you can wash them from outside. But in and out you cannot do it. So outwardly you can do it with other things, but with Kundalini you do in and out. The face also looks beautiful, as if some glazing has taken place on the face, a new, bright face. It’s not sallow, neither it is horribly burning, nor is it pale and ugly-looking, but it becomes radiant. Radiance, that’s what Kundalini gives you. It looks also, as if a molten iron, you see, -have you seen molten iron? – pillar of – supposing you take a pillar of iron, and, and heat it, to a point where it starts showing, you see, copper, every color in it, copperish and all sorts of color you see, golden, copperish and all that, you see, like a furnace. But very silent, very silent, it works out.

Extract from talk by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga, 17 June 1981, London

Originally posted 2008-01-08 18:21:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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I bow to all the seekers of truth. Today we find in the whole world a great inner movement to seek the truth. This movement has come because we feel that so far whatever we have tried we have not been very successful. We are not being happy, satisfied. All kinds of ideologies, religions came into being. But they have failed to give what they promised about it. This failure for every honest and thinking man has opened a new era of seeking. And this era of seeking has to culminate into something substantial, has to give the light of reality to people and not just talking.
If you categorize the past enterprises of people into politics or into religion you can easily see the principle behind it was either money-oriented or power-oriented. All religions have been money-oriented. They use the name of great incarnations to make money. And people also very humbly accepted that, “We have to pay money to these people who are teaching us religion.”
The another side of all these religious bodies have been to give us a kind of a idea that they are very powerful. They make you fight with each other. These organizations have created soldiers out of you; militaries out of you. This has happened in the past and it is happening even today. We have to be very alert and understand that God does not want you to fight among yourselves. God has created only one world. Human beings are saying that, “We are this and we are that.”  They talk of peace and unity when there is no peace in their hearts. There are scandals and scandals coming out of these so called religions. Wars after wars you find they are fighting in the name of religion.

Today somebody asked me, that why should I come and talk to the Western people? I told him that in my mind there is nothing like East and West. The Western culture, the Western enterprises, endeavours are like the growth of a tree, but they do not know about their roots. When the tree grows and grows, without paying attention to its roots, without knowing from where do you get your nourishment, it would be totally destroyed one day. From the East you have to know about the roots. And East has benefited from your knowledge of science, of all this growth outward – why not the tree benefit from the knowledge of the roots?
This nourishment comes to us spontaneously from a happening that has to take place within us. That happening is not mental, it is not emotional, neither it is some sort of a physical acrobat. It is the inner awakening of a residual force within us, called Kundalini. This Kundalini is the reflection of the Holy Ghost – about which no priest can talk. She is the Primordial Mother, She is the Primordial Power, She is the power of Divine Love. And in a subtle form She exists in every atom and every molecule. We have never felt it before – but is described very clearly in so many scriptures that It is the Cool Breeze of the Holy Ghost. You have to feel the Cool Breeze oft the Holy Ghost, of the Pentecost, as they call it. Of the Pentecost. But the way people think Pentecost is, that to get possessed is the way it is Pentecost. When the disciples of Christ started talking about the centers and about the channels, they thought they were talking in some other language. So some people think, if they get possessed and start screaming and shouting, now they have got the blessings of the Holy Ghost. This is sheer madness. If you are blessed by the Holy Ghost, you will become much more aware, much more dynamic, much more compassionate. You have to become a blissful personality. And you have to become the witness – that you can see the whole drama very well. So it is a state which one has to achieve. It is not just a ritual of putting some water on your heads and saying, “You are baptized.” Actually when you are really baptized you get the Cool Breeze coming out of your fontanel bone area. So please do not identify yourself with all such false dramas that are played around, because it is not going to do you any good.
In these modern times scientifically we can say one thing, that it is the last breakthrough, is the epitome of our evolution, where you enter into that subtle power of knowledge, so that you feel on your fingertips the all-pervading Power. And you feel your own centers and the centers of others, in the new era of collective consciousness. This collective consciousness is an expanded awareness of your central nervous system. But talking about it one should not believe. One has to experience. One has to see for one self.
If it is the living process – how can you pay for it? The people who ask money for religion are really hungry wolves. This is a living process, which is something like a seed sprouting. What do we pay to the Mother Earth for giving us such beautiful fruits and such beautiful lush greenery? What efforts can we put in? It’s spontaneous, it works spontaneously. The Divine is anxious to reveal Itself to you, but you have to keep your minds open. And think of your benevolence and your own powers and your higher state which you can easily get. It’s all your own. Just like one candle which is enlightened can enlighten another candle which is ready. It just happens that way. Not by arguments, not by discussions – but by living force within us which has not yet come into play.
There have been lots of misunderstanding about Kundalini – specially in German language there have been very funny books, I know about them. That shows people have not gone thoroughly into it to find out the truth. Kundalini doesn’t trouble anyone, She is your Mother, She gives you birth, She takes all the trouble.
Now, the problem with our own understanding is that either we are too much conditioned, even by science, or we are identified with some falsehood. For this a simple example is that if you are holding on to say – some sort of a snake and there is no light – no use telling you about it. But when you have the light then you yourself will drop it. So when your Kundalini brings the light of your Spirit in your attention you become aware – fully aware, because now you know the absolute truth on your fingertips.

Now, you don’t have to have any effort, no money – but an open mind to see for yourself.
May God bless you!
Tomorrow I will again come and explain to you little more about how we get into diseases and into troubles. Now I would say, if you have any questions you can ask me, but ask relevant questions. There’s no need to be aggressive because I’ve not come here to take anything from you – but to give you something that is your own. If you do not want to have it I cannot force, it cannot be forced. It has to work out. Like the way Christ has described the parable that, “Some seeds fell on the rock, but some fell on the fertile land – and they became the trees.”
May God bless you!

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Guided Meditation

Enjoy the following guided meditation:

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Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga

What are we really? We are not this mind, this body, these emotions although we tend to identify with these. Some people operate on a mainly intellectual level and may find the thought of going beyond their minds unsettling. Others operate more on the emotional or physical plane.

But then, to come back to the above question, what are we really? We are, in essence, the Spirit, a part of our being that never dies. This has been expressed beautifully in a poem by Adi Shanakaracharya called Tad Niskala. The first stanza is reproduced here:

Om. I am neither the mind,
Intelligence, ego, nor ’chitta’,
Neither the ears, nor the tongue,
Nor the senses of smell and sight,
Neither ether, nor air,
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Here follows an extract from a talk by Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga:

So, today we are going to think about our Spirit, which we have neglected throughout. They are not even conscious that we have a Spirit. Through Sahaja Yoga those who are now conscious, because they can feel it through their vibrations, they can also get lost and can forget it. The Spirit is the only eternal thing within us, all the rest are transitory and evolutionary. Everything rose into evolution and the better is the evolution the higher the Spirit starts manifesting itself. Like the reflection… the reflection on the stone of even the sun is zero. And the reflection of the sun on the lake is sometimes I think, is the reflection that is felt in the Sahaja Yogis, when they see, feel it, it flows, they can feel the breeze in their hands.

But still their attention is not fully enlightened, the Spirit has not permeated inside. It’s just reflecting still. In the mirror you see the reflection of the sun. But even then, when you removed it you cannot reflect it. This is the difference – that even if you become the mirror of the sun, unless and until it permeates into your being and transforms you into something new, you have not done full justice to yourself and nor to the powers of your Spirit. The Spirit has come just like a vision to you an experience to you, but the growth of your being has not yet started and if it has started it’s so slow that you may not achieve much in one lifetime. Because your attention is on all various things. You have been misidentified from the very beginning, since the time you were amoeba you have been misidentified. The matter played a big role in your life, so matter was important. Then all the five elements that are within us were very important to us. Because we can see them, feel them we have lived them for years, thousands and thousands of years. So they are part and parcel of your being and that is why you are so much identified with it. That should be, no doubt.

But in the living process it never happens like that. There are some seeds which grow so fast that within one year they become trees after they have been sprouted. They bear fruit in one year’s time. Some trees are such, but some of them linger on and linger on and linger on and they take too much time. So much so that maybe when they are not yet fully developed any storm, any wind, any one of these things can just push them down. So you have to make a rapid growth within. Even after realization I have seen people do not pay attention to their Spirit. So for every Sahaja Yogi today I would say they have to ask … “Where is your attention?”

Extract from a talk, The eternal Spirit, London, 10 November 1980 by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga

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Shri Mataji Nirmala DeviIs it possible that Sahaja Yoga meditation could be the basis for world peace? If we accept that peace cannot be imposed from above, but needs to be established in each individual, then this starts to look quite plausible. If you ask any Sahaja Yogi if they have become more peaceful within I’m sure you’ll find that the answer is “Yes!” So if everyone is peaceful and satisfied, how can there be war?

This peaceful state can only be established once the kundalini has been awakened, through a process called self-realisation, and after that through meditation and through a process of cleansing the chakras, a process which is made easier by attending free Sahaja Yoga programs.

Meditation allows us to let go of our identification with our body, mind, our ego and our conditionings. Through meditation we become detached from our gross selves, from the enemies of our spirit, such as greed, anger and attachment. One of the results of getting our self-realisation is that we become aware of our inner being, our energy centres. and as a result we know where we need correcting. By attending a Sahaja Yoga class we can find out how to cleanse each energy centre.

Each problem within us, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual is actually associated with a problem in one or more energy centres. By cleansing all the energy centres, we remove all our problems! This has been demonstrated scientifically through research into the effects of Sahaja Yoga meditation on various diseases.

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Heart chakra

Please enjoy this beautifully made Sahaja Yoga video on the Heart chakra. It incorporates beautiful music, pictures, as well as extracts from talks by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.


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