Powerful quotations & extracts from Shri Mataji's public talks and interviews. Shri Mataji a spiritual master, who founded Sahaja Yoga, and is known for her system of learning which is open-source and free to teach forward.
Viratangana: Holding everything together
Secrets of the Saptashringi Mountains
Adi Shakti, as you know, is the Saptashringi, means the One with seven peaks. She rests on the seven peaks, means on the Sahasrara, on the seven, seven chakras. She rules all the seven chakras. They told me that when we had the puja in Calcutta, same time, that's the only time when those who follow Saptashringi, which are very few people, all of them come there, and there they come, first of all the people from Her mother's side come down.
- Sept 23, 1990. 10th Day of Navaratri in Switzerland.
Attachments lead to misery
-Arzier, Switzerland, September 23, 1990
No saints were ascetics, they all had wives, they all had children. But all their attention was at the Lotus Feet of the Mother. As Guru Nanaka has said that a little boy is playing with his kite, the kite is going all over, and he is talking to his friends, joking, this thing, but his attention is on the kite. There's a lady who is cleaning her house with a little child on her waist, and she's cleaning the house and grooming it. She's doing everything, but her attention is on her child. Then there are ladies in India, as you know, they have three, four pitchers filled water and they walk with both the hands like this. They know how to balance it. They're talking to each other, laughing, making fun, pulling legs. But the attention is on the pitchers. My attention is always on your Kundalini.
So first of all your character, your behavior, your relationships should be so pure that, by itself, it will emit light. Like if you have a very clean glass, the light can pass. But also, Kundalini being the pure desire, you must have a very fervent and extremely bubbling, you can call it a absolutely pouring out desire whom to give vibrations, now, whom to give realization. You give it to the trees, you give it to the dogs, you give it to anyone, and if you find human beings also give them. Rather difficult. So, that has to be done. But whatever you are doing, keep attention in your connection.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - 6 July 1986, extract from Guru Purnima Address, Gmunden, Austria.
Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi - 15 July 1996, extract from public programme, Moscow, Russia.
The Mother and Child Principle
I have told you that I have seen even a crocodile cracking her eggs. They showed it in a film, and you should have seen the eyes of the crocodile at that time, how carefully she was cracking,. So beautiful her eyes were, full of - such love pouring out of her eyes. You can't believe these are the eyes of the same crocodile, and so slowly she was cracking with her mouth all the eggs and the little, little crocodiles coming out. And then she brings them on the shore and washes them in the mouth all the time, so carefully, like a bathroom she uses her mouth, you see.
You should see how animals also act to their children.
- August 8, 1989, Les Diablaret, Switzerland
Eternal versus the transient: know the difference
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - 11 June 1989, extract from Shri Virata Puja talk, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA.
Kundalini is universal
The currency of guilt
"So when you try to find faults with others, know that we have too many faults ourselves. Not to feel guilty – of course, that point is there also. You should never feel guilty about it. If you have faults, just see, 'What faults do I have? How will I correct? What chakras I am catching?' Instead of seeing the chakras of others if you see your own, then you’ll become purified, you’ll be very clean, you’ll be wonderful; everything will be fine. But if you cannot see your own faults, that means you haven’t yet got your Self-realization. 'Self-realization' means to know about your Self."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - 28 March 1991, extract from talk after Mahavira Puja, Gidgegannup, Perth, Australia.