Democracy: It can be perverted to a new slavery

So we've got two types of theories: as we see,one is communism and another is democracy, where one is power-oriented, the another is money-oriented, and in both the cases we say that it's all failed. And it's a good news for all of you to know that Russia which was a country known to be run in complete fear has turned out to be the best for Sahaja Yoga. It is one of the super powers. When the government is like that I think the people are better. They do not have these false notions of individual freedom. They do not think that, "Ah, what's wrong?" I told them, "You must put oil on in your head because you'll become bald." Next day all of them were down with the oil, rubbing it in. So the kind of obedience they had from very beginning of their country. that sense of obedience is so great. You tell them anything, immediately they do it. Not one, thousands. One thousand were sitting in the hall; two thousand were outside waiting for Me, on a follow-on. Imagine how wise and deep they are, while in the West we are lost in our so-called freedom idea of so-called freedom: "What's wrong?" But actually we are slaves if you see. Any fashion that starts, everybody starts doing it. But why? Why do we follow those fashions? We must see how we are slaves. Because others will laugh at us if we don't do like that. They'll make fun of us. Because they will criticize us. So because they have got a freedom to criticize we are frightened of such people who can criticize. And now the criticizing people are criticizing them. Critics have critics, their critics are their another critics, and there are critics after critics. So only the critics are produced. Where is the benevolence? There's no question of benevolence at all.
So in the freedom-loving people who are supposed to be free, the idea of benevolence is finished. Because whatever is good for you, whatever is benevolent for you
 , can be only understood if you have wisdom, if you have depth. But if you have this kind of freedom is to go amuck, do what you like. Because everybody's doing it, I must do it. Everybody is singing like this; so I must do it. But from where does this idea come in? From where these ideas come in? Are they entrepreneurs who want to befool you, make slaves out of you? And this slavery is so-called freedom for you, but actually I think it's complete slavery because you do what they tell you, behave in the same manner as whatever they say. There are no fashions in that country. Very few, very few women indulge into fashions. Nothing. And men are also very simple. They have no fashionable things. They have only things which are convenient, good for their climate. That's what they wear, whether you laugh or don't laugh. It's everybody laughs here. If anybody laughs at them they'll say, " "They're stupid." They'll all have pity for him, that's all. "

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi     October 29, 1989      Diwali Puja     Montacatini Terme, Italy

A Child-like Heart: A Prerequisite

Now there are some people who never smile, who never laugh. So then you are allowed to tickle them. It's absurd. It's said that 'you have to be like children'; you have to be like children. You play with something, finished; then you play with another, finished. You don't get involved into anything. You don't get attached to anything. Unless and until you have that child-like heart you cannot enjoy Sahaja Yoga. It's useless. You will be here for years together; you will be useless, absolutely. Specially if you are coming from false gurus, it's very difficult. Because what I have known of false gurus, they never laugh, never smile. They are very serious. Only take your money, keep on the backside. So it is important that we should be in a very joyous mood, alert, aware, enjoying every bit of it. That's one of the Lakshmi's principles is."

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi    October 29, 1989    Diwali Puja    Montacatini Terme, Italy

The Culture of Spirit is Nourishing

Today I was thinking of talking, telling you about the Sahaja Culture...

So the culture is the pattern of behavior we have with others. Is a common pattern of behavior we are supposed to have with others... 
So the culture of the Spirit doesn't change. It's universal, and is higher than any other culture. Apart from that it integrates all the essences of all the cultures... 

So for a person who is imbibed with the culture of spirit, the Sahaj culture, impresses others by his calmness and relaxed attitude. Relaxation never means lethargy, by any chance. It doesn't mean lethargy. Lethargy is against relaxation. A person who is relaxed cannot become lethargic. "Relaxed" means a person who's alert and calm. These two things for human beings is an impossibility, because if they are alert, if they are alert then they're not calm. If they're unhappy, sad, then they think they are very, very calm. So this is one of the things one has to remember, that you have to witness yourself all the time. Not to condemn yourself, but witness.

Now I said the word "witness" means "detached". Now what happens with this, when you start condemning yourself, you miss every good point. For example, you have some experience of a sudden height being achieved. All right? At that point you should catch hold of it, hold on to it, keep doing, but don't forget that you may go back, no. And then wait for another higher moment to come, hold on to it. That's how you climb Himalayas. But not that, "Oh Ma. Now it's all right, but what will happen next?" Then you are gone down, because you have to face yourself in the way, knowing what are your powers. You are a spirit now, you are no more an ordinary human being, so you have no business to condemn yourself, or to degrade yourself, or in any way to feel unhappy. No way. Past is past. What happened a moment before is finished. "Now I am going to rise. Now I am going to rise." 
So a person who has a Sahaja culture is not only spontaneous, but is inspired, is an inspired personality. A person who is of that kind, an inspired visionary, then other people get impressed by such a person that, "See, there's a man who's inspired, who talks in an inspired way, in a way that is something very different from others." Something new he says, new that is nourishing.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi    October 6, 1985    "Sahaj Culture"    New Jersey Ashram, USA

The False Prophet Epidemic

Do you know, when I came to America first, I saw such a horrible thing here, that people were running after some horrible gurus, and I never came - after nine years I came. Because I said, "These people are mad. How do they follow these horrible people? And why do they believe into them? They have no wisdom to understand what the truth is like." And it works out now today, you can see there are so many people here. 

So that is what is the wisdom part. And if this wisdom comes to Americans, they'll come to Sahaja Yoga; not only come, but they will grow into it. But the wisdom will be to see, "What are we going to do? What are we going to get? What is our aim?" All these things must be brought to them, which is not done normally. We must talk to them and must tell them, "What is within you is the Spirit. You should become the Spirit, every one of them has said so. So why not do that, and why not become the Spirit?" So then they will themselves feel, "Yes, that's true. It is said that you should become the Spirit." They'll go to church, they'll go to temples, they'll go here, there, so, not understanding why they are doing it. They need some sort of a protection, that's why they go. But this protection comes from your spiritual status. Where do you stand, as far as the Spirit is concerned? Those who have enjoyed the Spirit, I have seen, do not deviate from the right path. But those who haven't, they may call themselves Sahaja Yogis, anything, but they can be very wrong. 

So first of all find out about yourself. If you are a real Sahaja Yogi, if you really want to be a instrument of this power, then what you have to do is to become full of bhakti and shraddha for that. And this bhakti and shraddha is very joy-giving, I know it. It never makes you tired, it never troubles you, nothing; but it's very nourishing and beautiful. But it should be at the right place, with the right aims and right understanding. For all that what you need again is wisdom, and you should try to find out: are you wise enough? Are you wise, or are you not? It's very difficult for every human being to find out whether you are right or wrong, because you see the effects of this wisdom all around.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi    October 27, 2002    Navaratri Puja    Lake Piru    Los Angeles, Ca.  USA

How Ego Rises

Today I was thinking of telling you about the ego problem, because I think everybody feels that that's the biggest problem they all have; and there's a big ego trip one gets into, and they don't know what to do with it. So first part I will tell you how the ego rises and how, what it does to us; the second how to understand it, how to tackle the position of ego and put it in its own aspect.

As you see in the map here, the yellow stuff that you see on top is the ego. The balloon that is yellow is the ego. You see down below it starts from the Swadisthana. This is the color of the bile within us, and this Swadisthana Chakra which is for our creativity is directly connected to that ego there. And when it starts rotating round the Void and going to the various parts of the Void, it collects all the problems of the Void. Void is that green circle within us where physically we have in the Void, we have uterus, we have kidney - it's a complete viscera: all the intestines, ascending, transverse, descending colon, liver, is the upper part of liver more, then also pancreas and the spleen. So all the problems of these organs are collected by this chakra which moves. It comes out of the Nabhi Chakra and moves round and round and round, and collects all the problems. It nourishes, gives power, the vital power to these organs, and also it generates necessary power for our creative action. It also collects the fat cells of the Void, convert it into the proper cells for the brain, for its use, for the grey matter. All this work it has to do, one chakra.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi   October 22, 1979    Public Program    Caxton Hall   London, UK

Seeking What?

No doubt, everyone will have to go through this process, but how many really want to be themselves? There are certain people who say, "We are seeking.''

When I ask them, "What are you seeking?" they say, "We are seeking joy, peace, happiness..." Some of them are worried if they are worthy of it or not, whether they should really know their Self or not.

There are two types of problems about such seekers: One which I call as "the left hand side problem" of the Ida Nadi, where the people are very emotional, subdued, who bear all the oppressions of others on themselves. They say, "We are unworthy of this great position, Mother. How can we get Self-realization? We are sinners. How can we be... that higher evolved souls, when we have sinned, when we have done wrong?" This is one type.

The another is the one who uses his rationality and he thinks, "How can it be possible? How can we get realization?" So many of them cannot believe that there could be a phenomena within us which works out Self-realization. They do not even understand that God is compassion, He is love. I wonder if such people of this category also really believe in God, in His all-powerful nature. They may have a photograph in their houses. If He's compassion, if He's love, then He's not going to allow His own creation to be destroyed by foolish human beings, by some foolish people. So both ways, one has to understand that every one of you will be exposed to His grace. But if you deny, if you do not want to get exposed, then even the compassion of God recedes; attention of God recedes from such people who do not want to receive the grace of God.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  October 23, 1978  " The Three Channels"  Public Program  Caxton Hall  London, UK

Prosperity and Money are different ideas

So we have to realize, in all introspection we have to realize that we have gone too much into materialism. That doesn't mean that you should not make money. That doesn't mean you should not work, you should be lethargic, that you should say that 'Oh, Mother has said, Now, let us be lotus eaters.' Not that. Try to understand. If you are making money it is just to give. Then otherwise your situation will be bad, you'll be always insecure about money. And those who have money instead of feeling secure they are all day shaking like this, I have seen. So what is the use of having? Is better not to have anything like that that shakes you. Better to settle down with a little hut somewhere and enjoy Sahaja Yoga. So Lakshmi tattwa is not money-oriented.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi    October 20, 1990    Diwali Puja    Sotto, Italy

Existential Purpose

Today we have gathered here to know something about ourselves and not about others. We know that we are human beings and that God has created us from a small little amoeba to this complicated structure called as human being. But does He have any plan behind it? Why did He make us a human being, which is such a beautiful thing according to Me? What was His purpose in creating us? Have we reached that point to understand what is the purpose behind our creation? And that is why it is necessary sometimes one has to reach that stage to know what you are. Are you only your body, your mind, your intelligence, your ego, your superego, or there is something beyond, within you? Is there any undercurrent which works out the whole creation and you? Have you got any role to play in the whole plan of God Almighty? If so, what is the role and where do you stand in relation to Him? If I have to say that there is a great meaning in your creation of your own being and that you do not know your value, you are not to just believe Me, neither to deny Me, but keep an open mind of a scientist. Like a hypothesis if I put something before you, you have to just see for yourself it works out or not."

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi    October 19, 1979    "Getting To Know You"    Public Program    Gayton Road   Harrow,  London, UK


Now about the Spirit. As I told you, the Spirit resides in your heart. It is the reflection of the aspect of God which you call as God Almighty or Sadashiva. Because God is one. But one person. Now, I'm one, but I'm a wife, a grandmother, I'm your Mother. I'm doing so many things. These are aspects of God. And God has got firstly, the aspect of love. By which He creates the power of His love, which is called as the Primordial Mother or the Adishakti. It is the same aspect, is represented in you as the Kundalini. You'll be amazed that even, even the Greeks knew about it. Because they called this bone as sacrum. Means the sacred bone. That means they knew that it was a sacred power there. Even, Athena, 'Atha' in Sanskrit means Primordial. And if you see the photograph of Athena or her statue, I've been to. I was so surprised. In Greece that they all speak [NOT CLEAR]. And She had this snake in Her hand representing the energy. When we see the snake, it is the energy. Not the devil or anything. But it's an energy. It moves like this and so she has the snake and also all the chakras in her hand and she's standing with a dress like that. That is Athena. It's very interesting. That place, the Delphi, and all that was so much revealing. And, that Delphi, they said is the Nabhi, is the navel of the whole universe. Which is true also. And lots of things, I saw there, which I've talked in a tape you can see for yourself. Now this Spirit is the aspect of God which is a witness - the God that witnesses the play of His love. The first of all is the state where we call it, it is Parabhrahma, where everything is just silent and sleeping. When we are sleeping, nothing exists for us. In the same way the whole thing like Parambrahma, the abstract, sleeps. Then, it comes to Its awaken state. Then It wants to - It gets the desire to create - out of love. So, this power of His love spreads around Him, accumulates and forms another entity called as the Holy Ghost or you can say the Parashakti or you can call it also as the Primordial Mother. She is the Holy Ghost. Now, when the breath takes place, there is a sound. And this sound is the logo, as you call it, the Spirit, that is the sound, is the divine integrated sound, not one sound. And that one is called as Omkara, which is the child, which is the child of this couple and that's how you get the Son of God."

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  October 18, 1981  Public Program  Santa Cruz, Ca. USA

Death & Nature

Question: " She would like to know if death is a result of our errors or a law of nature."

Shri Mataji:  "No, no, it is - anything that is born has to die. We just change our dress as we do every day. That's how we change this body. But what is it that we learn when we are in this world? We had a driver in My family who was a very patient and regal person. So I tried to think about him and I found out that in his last life he was a king and he was so much worried and he was fed up with his life. And he saw his chariot driver so peaceful, nicely sitting, not worrying about anything. So he prayed that 'Oh God, please, make me a driver next life.' So every life you learn and you ask for something so you get it. Supposing somebody is too much in love with someone, like mad absolutely, and cannot marry that person, also may commit suicide. Next life that person marries the same person and learns a lesson,  takes a divorce. " 

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi   October 17, 1990  Press Conference  Bucharest, Romania

At NIH: Truth comes with evidence

At the very outset we have to know that truth is what it is. You cannot change it, you cannot conceptualize it, and unfortunately at this human awareness you cannot know it. Another thing, whatever I'm going to tell you today, please do not accept it blind-folded. We have accepted many things blind-folded and we have suffered. But keep your mind open as scientists and if this hypothesis is proved, then you have to accept it as honest people.

First of all, I'll tell you what is the truth, you are all seekers, but you must know what is the truth you are seeking. The first truth is that you are not this body, this mind, this ego, these conditionings but you are the pure spirit. You always say this is "my" body, "my" conditionings, "my" mind, my... When you say "my", who is this "I" to which all these belong? The second truth is that there is a All Pervading Power of Divine Love; which does all the living work. You see beautiful flowers and beautiful trees, they are all miracles, but we take these miracles for granted. Who runs our heart? If you ask the Doctors, they will say its "autonomous nervous system", but who is the "auto"? Who runs our heart? Look at our eyes, which is such a wonderful camera, and this brain, which is such a perfect computer. Who has made this and who runs them? We never ask this question, we take it for granted. This is all done by this All Pervading Power of Divine Love.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  Oct 14, 1993   Public Program  National Institute of Health  Washington,DC  USA

Tree of Life: An Ancient Science

This is not a new science in India. Fourteen thousand years back somebody called Markandeya wrote about it. But it was not available to every person. We can say that it was a secret science. And was only bestowed upon very, very few people at that time. As we can see the Tree of Life has few flowers to become fruits in those days, but today is the blossom time, where people are trying to find out something beyond. They sometimes see the futility of their lives and want to know what is beyond, that is of permanent nature. So there is no harm in turning to our saints and great prophets and great incarnations who have talked about this knowledge. It is mentioned in all the scriptures that 'You have to be born again.' But that does not mean that you just put a certificate on your head saying 'I'm born again.' Nor to form a club of saying 'We are born again.' When you are born again, means if you have jumped into new awareness, into new dimension of awareness, you should be able to feel the all-pervading Power of Divine all round you. Minimum of minimum that should happen to you, because your nerves get new dimension. And when you get your Self Realization or your second birth, you become entitled to an awareness by which you can find out the roots of everything. You can find out the roots why people get sick, you can find out why there are incurable diseases, you can find out why there are psychological problems, you can find out why there are moral crisises, you can find out why there are political problems, why there are economic problems: because the tree has grown too big and has paid no attention to its roots.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  October 12, 1987  Public Program  Audimax University  Vienna, Austria

To Seek & Know

These were written to say that you have to know. And at the very beginning of the Vedas, it is written that after reading this book, throughout, if you have not known the truth, it is of no use to you. The very first stanza says so, so the whole thing was done with that idea, and in the ancient country of India they started working on the right side to know this subtle body or the subtle Deities of all the elements so that they could master the elements, this was first time. On the left hand side, they started another kind of a search in believing that there is God, and we have to ask the help of God. And they started praying, first to Primordial Mother, because in every religion there is a place for the Mother, there's no religion which does not believe in the Primordial Mother.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi    October 11, 1983    Public Program    Boston, Ma. USA

Spirit & The Primordial Power

The Spirit resides in our heart. It's the reflection of God Almighty. In Sanskrit language: this aspect of God which is all-pervading and is the first and the last, is called as Sadashiva, is the Father, who does not incarnate. We say Yehova, you can say, or the God who does not incarnate. This great aspect which encompasses everything ultimately and also manifests everything, is reflected within our heart as the Spirit. This aspect is just the witness aspect. It witnesses the play of its power, the Primordial Power, the Holy Ghost, to see what is created by Her. He's the only enjoyer of the game. He sees the game, the leela, the fun. She organizes everything, it is She who gets divided into three powers, it is She who creates the whole universe, it is She who gives us this evolution, it is She who makes us human beings and it is She who has to make us the higher human being. That's the Holy Ghost, the Primordial Holy Ghost and the reflection of that is this Kundalini within us. 

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  October 7, 1981  " Spirit - Satchitananda "  Public Program  Houston, Texas  USA


"Today is a sad day because such a great man like Sadat is dead. He is not great to Me because he was a great politician or he was president, but he was a saint, he was a realized soul, I knew all about him. The attack of the negativity is on but no more they will crucify a saint this way and will not face the punishment. They will be punished now. All those who tried to do such things will be punished because the new age has started."

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Oct 6, 1981 " From Krishna to Christ " Public Program Houston, Texas USA

Unconscious Supercomputing

Unless and untill you are thoughtlessly aware, you cannot grow, that is first thing. And secondly, unless and until you are thoughtlessly aware, you do not know the absolute Truth. Through your brain only you will know. You don't have to put your hands, you don't have to ask questions. But it's like a computer that works, it just gives you an answer. In that state you are completely one with the Divine, and it just gives you an answer, and you do that and you are amazed how it has worked out.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  Oct 2, 1994  Yogeshwara Puja  New Jersey  USA

Sakshi is Being a Witness

Our brain should become a sakshi, should become a witness, witness the play. You should not take anything as something extremely serious. When you look at things as sakshi swarupa, as something that you are watching, like a drama, you may for the time being feel that you are Napoleon, you are the one who is acting. But after some time the play is over, you know it's a play. So, to reach that state, you have to become thoughtlessly aware. Because we think from our brain, and this brain goes on thinking, thinking, creating a Maya, and playing into Maya. Now, here it is when you are a realized soul, you should see through the Maya. Everything that I am doing or you are doing, should be understood very well if you are really the reflection of Shri Krishna's brain. So, in your brain, there should be no worry, there should be no stress, there should be no problem, because you are just watching everything in thoughtless awareness. So, when you are in thoughtless awareness, means when your brain is just in the state of witness, you understand everything that is Divine.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi  October 2, 1994  Shri Yogeshwara Puja  New Jersey, USA.