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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

Originally posted 2008-01-23 18:10:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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

Originally posted 2007-12-20 19:08:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Guided Meditation

Enjoy the following guided meditation:

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Freedom and Liberation

A fascinating and beautiful new movie about HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is being screened in different parts of the world, and will be screened all around Australia and New Zealand during March. The film covers significant parts of the life of Shri Mataji , including the struggle for independence in India as well as the emergence of Sahaja Yoga.

Please enjoy the following preview:


Originally posted 2008-02-26 18:54:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Self-realisation video

You can get your Self-realisation online. Just follow the instructions on the following video of Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga:

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For more videos go to Sahaja Yoga Videos

Originally posted 2008-03-29 19:33:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Subtle System Once you have experienced your self-realisation through Sahaja Yoga, a new dimension of awareness is opened up to you. You are able to experience thoughtless awareness, or nirvichara samadhi, which is a state where you are perfectly alert, but are conscious without having to think. This is a truly liberating state, as our state prior to self-realisation is characterised by constant nagging thoughts and worries, or planning for the future.

Another area of awareness that becomes available to you in Sahaja Yoga is known as vibratory awareness, in which you become aware of the state of your subtle system, which is depicted in the diagram. Sensations on the fingertips, such as tingling or heat indicate a problem in an energy centre, whereas coolness is associated with an absence of problems in an energy centre, also known as a chakra. The colours shown in the hand in the diagram correspond to the colours of the energy centres, and in this way you are able to decode the sensations on the fingertips. For example, if the thumb (yellow) on the left hand tingles this indicates a problem with the swadisthan chakra on the left hand side (also shown as yellow in the diagram).

In Sahaja Yoga it is common to hear people talking about being left-sided or right-sided. What does this mean? If you look at the diagram you will notice that there are three channels. There is a blue channel which runs down a person’s left side (as we are facing the person in the diagram it naturally appears on the right-hand side) and is called the left side or in Sanskrit terms, the Ida Nadi, where Nadi means ‘channel.’ On the other side, on the right side of our body, is the right side, or Pingala Nadi. In the middle, running along the spinal chord is the Sushumna, or central channel.

What are the qualities of these three channels? The left channel is also known as the moon channel, and if we move too much into this channel then we can become depressed and in extreme cases, suicidal. It is also associated with feelings of hopelessness, dejection, fear and failure. Normally the colour of this channel is blue, but as we move more towards the left side, the colour becomes quite black. How do we know if we have moved into the left-side i.e. our left channel has become overactive? We can tell from our behaviour, as described above, but through Sahaja Yoga we can also detect this more subtly on our hands. If we feel more coolness on the right hand than the left, then this indicates that we have indulged too much into the left side of our consciousness.

The right channel, or the sun channel, is associated with feelings of elation, excitement, planning too much, being futuristic, dominating and aggressive. The colour of this channel is gold when it is in balance with the left side, but as a person moves more towards the right, the colour changes to yellow, orange and then red as the person becomes increasingly aggressive. The ideal state in Sahaja Yoga is to be in the centre, which means that we are are moving on the central channel, and that we are not too left-sided or too right-sided. In this state we are detached, enjoy being with others, and enjoy ourselves more too. This can be felt on the subtle level as coolness on both hands.

By attending a Sahaja Yoga centre near you, you can find out how to balance yourself on a subtle level.

Originally posted 2007-12-13 18:53:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4627852693272110709

Originally posted 2008-05-11 04:18:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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