...the word 'religion' makes people quite nervous. They think religion means you are binding and then you have to get into some sort of a traditional style of living which is dead. But here our traditions are that we accept which are comfortable for our spirit and for our ascent. So, that gives us the complete freedom to enjoy ourselves in the fullest way. Under these circumstances, we forget what country we come from, what caste we come from, what families we come from. All these past things we forget and we become new blossoming lotuses spreading our beautiful fragrance all over the world. So, all these old ideas which are just curbing our progress should be given up.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - January 12, 1985, extract from talk to Sahaja yogis, Mumbai, India tour.