Nov 14th, 2014
Nov 14th, 2014
Originally posted 2014-11-14 01:30:29. Republished by Blog Post PromoterNo tag for this post.
Nov 14th, 2014
Nov 14th, 2014
What 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 PromoterTags: Abraham, Confucius, guru, Guru Nanak, Lao Tse, meditation, Mohammed Sahib, Moses, Raja Janaka, Sahaja Yoga, Sai Nath of Shirdi, self-realisation, Socrates, void, Zarathustra
Nov 14th, 2014
You’ve heard of Sahaja Yoga, but what is it? When people think of yoga they often think of Hatha Yoga which has a big emphasis on the physical level involving postures etc. Sahaja Yoga is a form of meditation, or a better definition might be that it is the key to meditation where meditation is defined as mental silence, thoughtless awareness or nirvichara.
Meditation only occurs when we have experienced self-realisation, which is a state in which the kundalini, a coiled energy, has awakened from its slumber at the base of the spine, and has risen up through the energy centres situated on the spine, pierced the fontanelle bone at the top of the head and has connected with the all-pervading power. If you have not experienced self-realisation you won’t be able to go beyond thoughts, but will just be battling them in an effort to achieve silence, but this is a bit like banging your head against the wall.
So you could say that self-realisation is the starting point for Sahaja Yoga. This is not how it used to be. Prior to Sahaja Yoga people who wished to achieved their enlightenment would retire from society and would spend years, decades to overcome their attachment to the physical, emotional and mental aspects of their being. They would cleanse energy centre after energy centre, starting from the root energy centre, the Mooladhara and working their way up. Most of the time they would fail or give up.
In Sahaja Yoga you first experience self-realisation and then you go about clearing the chakras, or energy centres. Normally only a few strands of the kundalini rise up all the way to the top as there are obstructions in the chakras preventing more strands from rising up. The task of the person who has achieved this first step on their spiritual path is to then cleanse these energy centres in order to allow further strands of kundalini to rise up, and hence to deepen the experience.
How would you know which energy centres need cleansing? Well, one of the amazing results of getting self-realisation through Sahaja Yoga is that you are able to perceive your energy centres on your finger tips. This is known as vibratory awareness. Each finger corresponds to a different chakra, so that if a particular finger tingles or burns we know that there is a problem in the corresponding chakra. If you attend a Sahaja yoga program near you (and these are free) you will find out what to do to cleanse each centre. The cleansing methods are amazingly simple!
The other result of self-realisation is that you are able to enjoy mental silence, and at a deeper level, bliss. As you cleanse the chakras within you and continue to meditate you are able to discover the beauty within.
Originally posted 2007-12-06 20:18:28. Republished by Blog Post PromoterNo tag for this post.
Nov 14th, 2014
Originally posted 2014-10-26 03:14:42. Republished by Blog Post PromoterNo tag for this post.
Nov 14th, 2014
Please enjoy the following Sahaja Yoga talk in which Shri Mataji talks about the Heart (Anahata) and throat (Vishuddhi) chakras and their qualities.
Originally posted 2009-05-07 21:09:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterTags: anahata, Heart chakra, meditation, Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji, throat chakra, Vishuddhi chakra
Nov 14th, 2014
Nov 14th, 2014
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 PromoterTags: balance, channel, ida nadi, pingala nadi, Sahaja Yoga
Nov 14th, 2014
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!
Originally posted 2014-11-14 19:31:11. Republished by Blog Post PromoterTags: cool breeze, Holy Ghost, kundalini, Sahaja Yoga