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Shri Mataji

Now what you have seen here … I would say is the knowledge of the roots. In the West we have grown outside like a tree, but in the East people had time to find out the roots. As Indians had to learn a lot about science I think it’s important that all of us should know also about the science of the roots. A scientific mind has to be an open mind; it should not be a closed mind, which does not want to see the other side of it. If a hypothesis is put before a scientist he works it out and if it is proved correct he accepts it as laws. So the hypothesis is first to be listened to; then if it is proved that it is absolutely correct then we have to accept that there is a science of the roots.

 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…

 That point is very simple – the truth is: you are the Spirit. You are not this body, not this ego, nor these conditionings, nor Austrians, nor Indians, but you are the Spirit. Above all that you are a human being, you are the Spirit.

Shri Mataji, Vienna, Austria, 12 October 1987


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A New Awareness

Shri Mataji

You have to find out that absolute without which we are in confusion.

That absolute is within you. That’s why Sahaja Yoga is a spontaneous thing, is a living thing. “Saha” means with, “ja” means born. It is born with you, as in a seed.  All the maps of the seed that it is going to manifest are built-in. In the same way within you, your spirit and your kundalini are all already existing there and they are just waiting for a chance to give you your Self-realisation.

Before telling you about the benefits of Self-realisation, I have to tell you that you must keep your minds open as you would for any science lecture or any other lecture. There’s no jugglery or there is no shopping, guru shopping in Sahaja Yoga. It is a happening; it’s an actualisation. It is within you. It’s a living force, like a flower becomes a fruit or an egg becomes a chick; you get your realisation and you become a different personality.

A new dimension of awareness grows into you and this new dimension of awareness is an actualisation; it’s not just a mere words or any kind of a brainwash. It is an actualisation within you which happens by which you start feeling the collective consciousness. You are a part and parcel of the whole; so many have said it. We also believe in it that we are the part and parcel of the whole, but so far in our awareness, in our central nervous system, we have not felt that. So this is actually should happen to you. In this we have to accept, whatever is nourishing for our growth, after realisation. Gradually you start accepting …

Shri Mataji, 2 April 1981, Melbourne, Australia


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Bliss Is Everywhere

Moss

This bliss then, you find everywhere. In a little thing also you find there is bliss. Zen taught that to people. They saw bliss in seeing only a moss, a little bit of moss. And you see the moss and you say, “Oh God, what a beautiful piece it is.” God has created a little moss and that moss has all the little, little tentacles and that bliss. But those who are vain people can never feel bliss. Vanity kills bliss. Ego kills bliss….

It is so beautiful. How many have got this bliss? Have sympathy for them, have compassion for them, those who do not have.

But bliss comes to you through your confidence in yourself. If you have no confidence in yourself, bliss cannot be. And the worst thing against confidence is [saying], “Then what should I do? Then how can I get it? Then why not I have?” It is the worst, you fighting yourself all the time. You are that, sitting on that and still if you are saying, “Why shouldn’t I have it?”

So what to answer? I mean, you just want to ask because you have to ask. It is there. Why are you asking? Just feel it. If that works out, that you feel where you are sitting, then you will be surprised that you are at peace with yourself and there is bliss.

Shri Mataji, 1985

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Kumbh Mela, 2010

One of the holiest of holy festivals and fairs of Hindus – the Kumbh Mela – attracts the largest number of religious and spiritual seekers at one place who come down to receive their blessings by bathing in the waters of the River Ganges during this particular auspicious festival.

Interestingly, Sahaja Yogis in Haridwar had hosted a big stall in that fair where a very successful  Self Realization program during Kumbh Mela was worked out to reach more than 31,000 seekers from various parts of the globe from March to April 2010. The seekers who received their Self Realization were from all sects including the ritualistic sadhus (saints) and various religious seekers.

There were such moments that can be described as unique experiences of its own kind (never heard of before), as many saints who had come from the high recesses of the Himalayas just expressed their anxiousness to receive their Self Realization. They just turned up near the hosted stall of Sahaja Yogis, and when asked what they were seeking they said affirmatively that they had come all  the way to receive their Self Realization, as if they knew everything beforehand like any other expert who could tell what is going to happen next. One of them claimed after seeing the photograph of Shri Mataji after the Self Realization that they  have already met Her with Her holy darshan at Himalayas from where they were coming to attend this special event.

Significance and legend behind the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar
According to astrologers, the “Kumbh Fair” takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbha (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage festival. It takes place at the following four locations of India: Prayag at Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh),  Haridwar  (Uttarakhand), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Nasik (Maharashtra).

The origin and significance of this Kumbh is very ancient and dates back to the time of the churning of the primordial sea (Samudramanthan). The resultant effect of this primordial churning is said to ensue a fierce battle between Gods and demons (Asuras) when the pot of nectar of immortality, called the “elixir of life” came out of the sea. The legend says that to prevent the vessel of ambrosia (Amruta) being snatched away forcibly by the powerful Asuras, four designate  deities, namely Brahaspati (Jupitar), Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon) and Shani (Saturn), were entrusted to take it to a safer place for the gods. Asuras, learning of the conspiracy, turned furious and chased these four gods running away with the vessel. This legendary chase  is said to have lasted for twelve days and nights during which the Devtas and Asuras went round the earth. During this chase the Devtas (deities) put the prized vessel containing ambrosia at Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nasik.

According to Indian Holy Scriptures and Puranas, during the process of the fight that ensued between the Devtas and Asuras over the rightful possession of the  Amruta, it spilled out of the vessel at these four places which turned them into holy places on earth during the chase. To commemorate this holy event of chasing and shifting their hiding places with the vessel of the Amrut, Kumbh  is celebrated at the above four places periodically.

In India the festival is religiously very important for the Hindus. At every Kumbh occasion, millions of Hindus take part in the celebrations. During the 2004 Kumbh at Haridwar, more than 10 millions devotees were said to have participated at the site. Saints, seers, priests and yogis from all corners of India gathered to participate in Kumbh. Haridwar is considered very holy, due to the fact that the River Ganga enters the plains cascading from mountains through this route.

It is popularly believed since ancient times that bathing during this Kumbh season in the waters of the Ganges helps cure the seeker of all sins and evils, while granting one salvation and boons. It is also believed that during the phase of this Kumbh the water of Ganga is charged with positive healing effects.

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Shri Mataji

Shri Mataji

The central path of evolution has brought you today to this level of human awareness. Now beyond that is a very short ascent which you have to achieve, by which you become the spirit. But there has to be some living process  for this to happen. And what is that living process built within us? It is the reflection of the Holy Ghost within us in the triangular bone [sacrum], which is called as Kundalini in the Sanskrit language. This exists within us…. At the top of the head, it pulsates and then it breaks. When this breaks, the pulsation stops and you start feeling the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost coming out of your fontanel bone area. This is the happening … that takes place so that you get connected with the truth.

So the connection takes place and you start feeling on your fingertips the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost which surrounds you. Actually you start feeling…. One should know that when we have eyes we start seeing, when we have ears we start hearing; so now you have got a new awareness. What is this awareness? This is the awareness of collective consciousness, that you become. Again, I say, “You become.” You are not just certified, but you become. It’s a question of becoming, that you become collectively conscious, that on your central nervous system you can feel another person. You can feel yourself. You can feel your centres [chakras]. You can feel the centres of others on your fingertips.

Shri Mataji, 1984


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