[1987-05-06 - The need to go deeper, Sydney, Australia]
1987-05-06 - The need to go deeper, Sydney, Australia
"Now, what is the use?" one may ask. "Mother, now we have got Realization, we have a nice life, we are enjoying ourselves, and we are doing so well."
[1987-05-06 - The need to go deeper, Sydney, Australia]
"I wanted to thank all of you for enjoying this wonderful music from different parts of America. And that shows Sahaja Yoga has a great chance – if it works out this way in America, it will work out everywhere… And it will give the peace and the joy of leading a spiritual life.
I’m so very happy to see all of you here, and all of you enjoying this very encouraging for Me and very supportive of Sahaja Yoga! I bless you all, all… from America and all lands. I’m told that you are from different countries, so all the people, I bless you!
We should know we are all one! There is no need to fight, or no need to argue. But let us enjoy the common thing, as we enjoyed this program tonight.
I hope you are comfortable here. (Shri Mataji is looking around Herself, watching the pendal.) I don’t know, I haven’t seen, I had no chance to see how your things are placed. But if you have any complains or any problem, please, let Me know. (Everybody bursts out laughing, applause; Shri Mataji is laughing, too; great applause, ‘Jay!’ Shri Mataji is laughing.)
Thank you very much! Thank you!"
"Today, first of all we have to establish our desire
within ourselves, that we are seekers and that we have
to achieve our full growth and maturity. Today’s Puja
is for the whole universe. The whole universe should
have to be enlightened with this desire. Your desire
should be so intense that they should emit out the
pure vibrations of Mahakali Shakti which is the pure
desire of attaining the Spirit. That’s the real
desire. All other desires are like a mirage. You are
the people who are chosen by God specially, first to
express the desire and then to achieve that intense
desire of purity. You have to purify the whole world,
not only the seekers, but even those who are not
seekers. You have to create an aura around this
universe of desire to achieve the Ultimate, the
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi:
(quote from Navaratri Puja, 9 October 1994, Cabella. Italy)
Complete silence will exist once you come onto Mother's Kundalini - but not through your mental projection, but through your meditative spontaneous experience - just feel the joy of that. Just think how much your Mother loves you, and then you are jumping onto Her Kundalini.
--Ganesha Puja, Rahuri,
-- AWAKENING THE GURU PRINCIPLE GURU PUJA 24-7-83 LODGE HILL SEMINAR, ENGLAND
- Shri Mataji's address given at Kingston (UK) on 11th June 1980
"On Holi we should burn all those things which spoil our attention and damage the Agnya. Then this attention will clear out and we will celebrate Holi with joy and understanding."
"When your attention goes to Visshuddhi then you see the Shakti of Shri Krishna, Shri Radha, who is Allahad Dayini, the giver of joy. Just by seeing Her people feel joyous. She is the Allahad Dayini Shakti which is in flowers, in children; and it can awaken in you. Till the depth comes this Allahad Dayini Shakti will remain verbal. Think about the combination of these two. It is very important for us to get depth within and to give joy from that depth is equally important."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Holi Celebrations, Delhi 1991
Shri Mataji on Holi
"And not to become a person who is just outwardly something like Christian, Hindu, Muslim. No! Inside. Inside you have to become. Now as a result of that you have seen what Shri Krishna has said, that once you become from inside then I don't have to tell you, "Don't drink, don't do this, don't do that." Nothing. You just don't do it, you just don't do it, and you understand it so well that this should not be done, that should not be done. To overcome all kinds of nonsense of religion Shri Krishna's advent was there. It was a very important advent but I don't know how many people understand that. He came to show that it's all Leela, is all the play of God. What is there to be serious? What is there to be ritualistic? You cannot bind God in any rituals. That's why he came on this Earth, to tell you that you should not try to bind yourself by rituals which are nonsensical. This was his teaching so many years back, he taught this 6 thousand years back. But still, if you see in every religion, there are so many rituals going on. So when the incarnations died, people started rituals; funny stuff, even when Shri Krishna died, they didn't know what to do now. Because he said, "No more rituals ... just play Holi, be happy, joyous, dance and sing," that's what he said. Now what to do? Now if he has said so. So they started a new thing, let's make it a romantic stuff. Human beings know how to make everything perverse. Nobody can beat them in this. So they made him look like a very romantic personality, romancing with Radha.
Ra-dha, Ra is energy, dha is the one who has sustained energy. So, show romances with Her.... when She was Mahalakshmi Herself! To show his relationship with Mahalakshmi as if they were husband and wife. So there were also some poets who started describing them as husband and wife, and all kinds of nonsense. In divine relationship there is nothing like husband and wife. (There) is the power which is potential and the power that is kinetic. There is no such relationship that exists as human beings try to make it. Because human beings have a habit to bring all the Divine incarnations to their own levels. "
ARE YOU PROGRESSING WELL?
And as you start becoming discreet automatically, you should know you are progressing well.
As you become more peaceful and your temper vanishes in the thin air as soon as you see somebody attacking you, then know that you are progressing well.
As soon as you see an ordeal or a calamity falling on the personality and you don’t get worried about it, then know that you are progressing.
When no amount of artificiality can impress you, then know that you are progressing, no amount of material well-being in others makes you unhappy, then know that you are progressing well.
No amounts of labour or troubles are sufficient to become a Sahaja Yogi. Whatever you may try, one cannot become a Sahaja Yogi, while you have got it without any effort, so you are something special.
So this one should understand that you are special. You will become humble about it. Then, when it happens to you that you humble down when you see you have achieved something, that you have some powers, that you are emitting innocence, that you are discreet and as a result of that you become a more compassionate, humbler personality, a sweeter personality...............
The Russians' Love for Yoga
Interview by: Mathur, Rakesh
[Shri Mataji] Nirmala Devi Shares Her Adventure
Mataji Nirmala Devi: Russia was such a surprise to me. One devotee in Switzerland told me, "Mother, they are waiting for you and you just need to come along." I said, "All right, "I'll be there."
I went first to Leningrad from Helsinki To my amazement, I saw 2,000 people waiting outside and 2,000 sitting in the hall. They have never known about me. Somehow they saw my photograph, and they had such a sensitivity for spirituality that, surprisingly, they just recognized me and came. Some of them were sitting outside and picked up this word "Ma." They said "Ma, what about this? Ma, what about that?" My heart just started melting away, I couldn't understand how to leave these people, but what to do? When I finished my program, everyone of them got their realization, 2,000 of them. No questions, nothing. With such respect, I thought I had come to another world where there is no skepticism, no questioning, nothing.
Then I went outside, and all the 2,000 were still there waiting, I was amazed at that. They said, "what about us?" So I said, "Alright, come tomorrow. We'll have it in the open. We won't have it in the hall." All 4,000 were there the next morning. That was the first introduction to Russians in 1989.
Later I attended a Sahaja Yoga seminar with delegates from every Eastern Block country from Berlin to Romania. I told them about Sahaja Yoga. They gave me around 45 minutes, so I spoke for about 30 minutes and then I gave them realization, and all of them got it. Then I walked out of the hall. As I did so, all of them realization, and all of them got it. Then I walked out of the hall. As I did so, all of them came out with me. There was nobody left in the hall to listen. There was one fellow who had come to talk about physical yoga, and not a single soul was left in the hall. They said, "Tell us about your yoga, Mother." There was no place, so we all sat on the staircase. I told them, "You see, time has come for you to be opening out yourself and to be brave and be understanding that one has to make a little sacrifice and fight for freedom." Within eight days the Berlin Wall fell. Just imagine, I met them only once and they became such powerful people.
HT: Did you find that they are different from Western Europeans in the spiritual sense?
Nirmala Devi: Very much different spiritually. I have analyzed it like this. In the West, with the so-called freedom we've got before realization, the people have wasted their energy in pursuits which are absolutely joyless, and they have wasted their attention completely. It's all greed and lust, shown by advertising. Our whole economy is based on money. Everything is money. Even education has now become money oriented. Then nobody will be educated, you see, the essence of education won't be there. People cannot see something like Sahaja Yoga, which is so simple, straight forward, and for which you cannot pay a single penny. But these people could see me through and through, because their attention is not so spoiled. I feel that half are tremendously spiritual.
HT: And you think they are very genuine?
Nirmala Devi: Absolutely, you'll be surprised. They have no ego.
HT: How many Sahaja Yogis are there?
Nirmala Devi: It's unlimited. Sahaja Yoga does not have any membership or organization. Anybody who becomes a Sahaja Yogi first of all has to get his kundalini awakening or Self-Realization, then he has to stabilize himself. He should be capable of giving realization to another. It's self-appointed. So we cannot say, but it must be thousands, because we are working in 40 nations.
HT: How did you develop Sahaja Yoga?
Nirmala Devi: It happened in very funny circumstances on the 5th of May, 1970. I had been going to all these gurus to see what they are doing, how they work and all that, just to study them. I was a born realized soul. I could have given realization to one or two also, but my idea was to find out a way by which I could give en masse realization. I went to see Swami Muktananda and all of them. I went to see this Rajneesh, who was very much after me. I went on my own and stayed there. I was sitting on a little platform under a tree watching all that was there. I was shocked because he was mesmerizing people who were holding an ordinary glass. How horrible it was. I felt so bad because there was mud, dirt, filth, and they were all wearing that.
[In my search, I found that there] were no gurus, they were false people, most of them. So I said, "If that is the thing that those gurus are doing, better try myself." So the whole night I sat under a bilva tree near the seashore. I was just thinking, "How will I manage this en masse realization?" And that is the day when the seventh chakra opened and when I saw how the kundalini was going to rise. Of course, I cannot explain this to you because it is a different level of understanding. It is a siddhi (psychic power) which is beyond chitta (consciousness). So with the siddhi I worked it out. When that happened, this one didn't know anything about realization. Then I started this work.
HT: Could you please throw some light on Sri Ganesha, who seems to be very important in Sahaja Yoga?
Nirmala Devi: Sri Ganesha is the symbol of eternal childhood that is innocence. He resides on the low centre called muladhara chakra. Muladhara is actually the triangular bone in which the kundalini is. The pelvic plexus is responsible for excretions, even "sex." Now this child, who is an innocent child, is put there because he is innocent. When the kundalini starts rising all these functions stop and you immediately become like a child. Now, as mother I don't want to condemn anyone. But some people say that the kundalini resides in the sex, and that is why many people have misused and abused it, which is absolutely wrong. Sri Ganesha is the child of the mother, and He is sitting there watching over her chastity and honor.
Some scientists say that the carbon sits, because it is the beginning, as you know, of organic chemistry and from which it becomes amino acids. I asked scientists to make a model of a carbon atom. I told them "If you look at the model from the right to the left side you will see a swastika, and if you look from right to left you'll see a Omkara." The carbon atom itself is the throne of Sri Ganesha, manifesting those forms.
HT: Could you say something about music and mantras?
Nirmala Devi: Music is very important, especially our Indian music or even Western classical music, because it carries the vibrations very well. You are just a little late, otherwise I could have shown you when the music started how the whole vibrations started changing and how the lights started dancing. Music carries the vibrations, and they help a lot. Mantras are words which are awakened, and when said are understood by the deities. It says even in the Vedas, that first of all you must get your realization, and then you must know yantra, mantra and tantra. So yantra and mantra is the awakening of all these deities, but you have to be a realized soul. You have to have the connection. These mantras are words which carry the power to awaken the deity and to please them.
Address: Mataji Nirmala Devi, c/o Patrice, #56 Cedars Avenue, Walthamstow, London, E17 7QN, England. Telephone: 081-521-5925.
Understanding Sahaja Yoga
Man in his search of joy and happiness is running away from his Self, which is the real source of joy. He finds himself very ugly and boring because he is absolutely unknown to his Self. Human beings seek joy in money or possessions, in power or human limited love and ultimately in religion that is also outside. The problem is how to turn one's attention inward.
The inner being, which is our awareness, is an energy (I call it the energy of Divine Love). All the evolution and manifestation of material energy is guided by the supreme energy is guided by not know how powerful and thoughtful this unknown energy is. The silent working of awareness is so automatic, minute, dynamic and expansive that we take it for granted. At first it appears as silent throbbing vibrations through our being after Self-Realization. Now a method has been found to tap the Divine Power and this is called "Sahaja Yoga."
The word Sahaja (Saha + Ja) means "born with you" (inborn). Whatever is inborn would manifest without any effort. Hence, Sahaja Yoga is the name given to my system, which is effortless, easy and spontaneous. It is natural to nature. You may call it life's source, vitality or Divine.
Here is the first exercise for raising the Kundalini:
1. With the right hand on the heart ask: "Am I the Spirit?" You may say this three times (in every case the number of repetitions is for guidance only).
2. With the right hand on the left upper stomach, just below the ribs, ask: "Am I my own master?" (10 times)
3. With the right hand on the lower stomach, at the join of the leg to the body, ask: "Please may I have the pure knowledge?" (6 times)
4. With the right and back up to the lower stomach, (as in #2), say: "I am my own master." (10 times)
5. With the right hand back on the heart say: "I am the spirit." (12 or 3 times)
6. With the right hand were the neck meets the shoulder at the back and with the head turned a little towards the right, say: "I am not guilty. I am not guilty of any thing at all." (16 times)
7. With the right hand on the forehead and pressing the sides say, "I forgive every one." (Forgive everybody for everything. Say as many times as you want, from the heart.)
8. With the head back a little, place the right hand on back of the head any say: "Please forgive me if I have made any mistakes."
9. Place the palm of the right hand on top of the head, stretch the fingers upwards, pressing down and rotating clockwise ask: "Please may I have the experience of Self-Realization/Yoga." (7 times)
Article copyright Himalayan Academy.