" The problem of our western society is this. You see the eastern society has its own problems and western society has its own problems. Basically they are two different problems, absolutely two different problems. And to discuss about the problems of the east will be of no use to you. For example, in the Gita, Shri Krishna has said that, "Yoga Kshema Vahamyam." I look after your yoga, means the union with God. Vahamyam, means I carry that, carry that process or I'm the person who has to do that process. And Kshema, Kshema means the well-being. I look after the well-being. But in India, people absolutely believe that God looks after our salvation. I mean they do believe, I mean that's the faith they have. Which is a very big advantage, they don't believe that they can do anything about it. Most of them, I mean except for a very few westernized, otherwise normally they think that is only God who is going to do it for them. In whatever way possible. He might send an Avatar, or an incarnation, or somebody who will redeem us. They don't believe that they can do anything about it. And they are right, they are very right. Absolutely that's the correct attitude about things. That, Yoga cannot be managed by - Yoga means the union - by anyone but for the grace of God. That is no doubt. Like Adi Shankaracharya has said clearly, "Hat Yoga Na Sankay". By doing anything, by doing this, you see, acrobatic things or taking postures or doing anything, you cannot achieve your salvation. By doing any sort of a Sanyasa it is called asceticism, you cannot achieve. It's very clearly said. By doing all these tricks you cannot achieve, but by the grace of the Mother. He believed in the Divine Mother, so he said by the grace of the Divine Mother only it will work out."Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi June 19, 1979 " The Difference Between East and West " Public Program Caxton Hall, London, U.K.
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.