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Totality of Love

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga

(Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga)

We have within us a being which I call the spirit – the spirit, which is also part and parcel of the totality that is love, totality that is God, totality that is joy, totality that is knowledge. And that spirit within us is watching us. It is not watching like a guard or a police inspector. That also, we human beings cannot understand….

 The spirit is the one that is love. Can you understand total love? Can you understand something that just gives and enjoys giving and not asking for anything? Can you understand someone like that? Can you? Loving for love’s sake, that’s what is your spirit. It is watching you with that love, that total love.

That totality of love is watching you to give you that what it is. Now here, I would say you are the spirit and you are this Self. Another one, which is this awareness, is this human awareness which you have got. This human awareness has to be enlightened by that totality, that spirit. When it enlightens that, then only, you know that you are a part and parcel of the totality and that you are beautiful, you are really beautiful.

There’s some times one feels a little bashful to know how beautiful one is and so fragrant and so grand and so dignified. That new dimension one has to understand….

To understand the totality of love, total love, you have to know that these are all just flecks. The ocean, the oceans of oceans of love will wash off these specks in no time, but have faith in yourself, that’s all. Have faith in yourself. After all, you are human beings.

Shri Mataji, 1980

Originally posted 2009-01-19 21:37:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Shri Mataji

So the attention becomes enlightened after realisation. You pay attention to anything, it works. It does work, no doubt; you try. Those who have got realisation should try this. Try your attention, but attention has to be pure. You have to purify your attention, and the best way to purify it is to keep your Agnya Chakra open. When this centre is open which is the centre of Christ, which I have shown that it can only open through the Lord’s Prayer after realisation, when you open that, then you are in that state where your attention is divine.

And you’ll be amazed how things work out, even the smallest things, the material things, the useless things and the great things, and the subtle and subtlest, and how you start growing. So the growth is to be achieved by purifying your attention, and to purify this attention is to keep your Agnya Chakra open and be in thoughtless awareness. You watch something; you don’t think about it. Zen said the same thing but I think people didn’t understand, you see. Before realisation it’s like telling about colours to a blind man. Zen said the same thing; you watch a thing without thinking about it. They created patterns which didn’t mean anything, which you see it without thinking. But that’s only possible after realization. So the thinking process minimizes and you start witnessing.

Shri Mataji, 1981

Originally posted 2009-09-08 04:56:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja YogaThe truth is that we are part and parcel of the whole and the spirit is the one which is the collective being. That means it connects you with everyone. When, in your awareness, in concsiousness, you become the spirit, you feel the spirit of another person and this spirit is the power behind this love. This spirit, once you feel it, you never change your ideas. In this spirit, you see the truth, you see the beauty of another person, you enjoy the love of another person. And this truth – that you are part and parcel of the whole – fills you up with tremendous security…. But I have to just tell you very lovingly and with great request that you have to just enter into that and you will see that reality is the most beautiful thing that gives you all the security that you want.

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga, 1984

Originally posted 2008-07-14 04:11:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Being Happy Is Easy

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja YogaA work colleague and I were having a cup of tea after lunch and discussing a variety of topics, from the meaning of life through to the rising price of petrol. During this chat, she commented that she understood why so few people experienced true happiness, because you had to work really hard to achieve and maintain any sort of happiness.

The lunch bell went and we were inundated with students (I work in a high school). So our conversation came to an abrupt halt.

It was only later that I had a moment to reflect on what she’d said, and I realised how wrong she was. If it weren’t for the students in the classroom, I would have gone to her and taken her by the shoulders and said, “No, you’re wrong. Happiness is so easy to achieve. It’s the easiest thing in the world.”

The simple fact is that as a Sahaja Yoga practitioner, I find happiness is the easiest thing for me to achieve. I can sometimes struggle with reasoning, sometimes with finding answers, sometimes with the appropriate reaction to other people, but happy is something I seem to always be. I spend most of my time in the present, and I am able to enjoy even the most mundane of tasks.

My friend meditates, but not using the Sahaja Yoga technique. As with many other forms of meditation, the meditation she does requires effort, is difficult and requires a certain level of skill. With her meditation you have to “earn” the peace, as opposed to Sahaja Yoga, in which the state of meditation (known as thoughtless awareness) is spontaneous. My friend’s oversight is that she’s simply trying too hard.

If you are a Sahaja Yogi, there is a small level of dedication and motivation that you must have, but it is simply enough that you sit down for 10 minutes each day in front of Shri Mataji’s photograph. When I first began meditating, I had to talk to myself as if I were a small child; I often chastised myself for being lazy or procrastinating, and I would gently encourage myself to incorporate this 10 minutes of meditation into each day. After a while, this chastising wasn’t necessary.

Sometimes it’s a little bit like telling yourself you have to get out of a warm bed on a cold winter’s morning. Often we will have an inner conversation with ourselves outlining the reasons why we should stay in bed rather than get up. However, my chastisement of myself was always humorous – to take yourself too seriously can take away from the spontaneity and pleasure the meditation brings. Humour, smiles and laughter can often, in themselves, chase away negative behaviour and feelings.

I want to sit down with my friend and show her how easy Sahaja Yoga is. But I also know from my own experience that we often don’t believe that anything of value can be this easy. We’re always being told, “You don’t get something for nothing”. When I first started meditating I, too, would try hard to achieve the state of meditation. But that was my problem. I was trying. I simply had to be. I eventually learned that thoughts (and interruptions and noise) weren’t bad or frustrating or wrong. They simply were. I learned to watch my thoughts and allow them to pass. In a way, I forgave my thoughts (because there’s nothing wrong with thoughts). I allowed them to be. And gradually, the space between my thoughts grew. And it was in this space that I found what Shri Mataji was talking about. In this space was peace. In this space was the place of serenity and healing.

In the beginning, the space between thoughts would last one second, and sometimes it didn’t arrive at all! But I can only encourage others to keep sitting down for 10 minutes each day. You will, with Shri Mataji’s vibrations from her photograph, find this peace. And even in such small amounts it can transform your day. It’s amazing how beneficial a small amount can be. So imagine what it’s like being able to be in thoughtless awareness for long periods. If I can do it, anybody can. I’m a Virgo, with a mind that used to travel 100 miles an hour. I couldn’t sit still, and when I did I was always thinking and planning; going backwards and forwards into the past and the future. No wonder my body was ailing; it was simply reacting to the lack of peace I was insisting on.

Now my life is very different. And the reason is so simple that it’s beautiful – Sahaja Yoga. Very soon I will sit down with my friend and show her what I’m talking about. And she will be able to see for herself that happiness is the easiest thing in the world to find.

Anna Penton

Originally posted 2008-06-01 00:28:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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While I was in India at Shri Mataji’s Birthday celebrations the New Zealand collective graciously invited me to attend the North of the North Island, New Zealand Sahaja YogaTour.

Upon my return to Australia I prayed with all my heart to remove any family and financial obstacles that came my way. To my amazement everything flowed so well. It was like playing a game of Patience, sitting on the fence, waiting for the right time to act on my desires. I had no doubts in my heart.

A few obstacles appeared but I was determined to go, as I felt it was my duty and responsibility to go. For so long I had desired to go deeper, to devote myself to face myself, to face my family, the Maori people and to help work out the collective issues in New Zealand and enjoy giving realisation to as many people as possible.

When I arrived in New Zealand a sweet yogini, Shirley, offered me a ride to Ahipara some 4-5 hours away, to meet up with the collective. Just north of Auckland, we had car problems, and unfortunately Shirley and her car were destined to return to Auckland for repairs. There was no way I was going to miss out on the Tour; so I made my own arrangements. I rang and asked my father to meet me half-way. So I caught a ride to Whangarei, 2 hours away, on a huge freight truck. The truck driver was the sweetest Maori man. We had much to talk about, and travel time went so quickly. We met my father and his new wife, Belle, and then drove to Kohukohu, another 2 hours away.

So many phenomenal experiences happened in “Aotearoa” which means “The Land of the Long White Cloud”. On 25 April, we toured 90 mile beach on a 4 wheel drive bus, the journey so beautiful, so mystical, full of so much joy, being with the collective and learning so much of the local history. The landscape is so lush, an abundance of colours of greenery. It is unbelievable how in the North the most barren land of sand has been transformed into a man-made pine forest which creates work for locals as well as income for the government and local iwi ( family) trusts. This in return is a never-ending cycle of life, as well as an eye-opener for the tourists. There is so much to see, including the wild horse population. This was one of the longest days of my life, in slow motion. Time was truly of the essence, so omnipresent.

The highlight of the day was visiting Cape Reinga which has great historic and spiritual significance in Maori mythology. It is known as “Te Rerenga Wairua” – the departure of spirits – where the spirits of the dead are believed to leap off the headland and climb down the roots of the 800-year-old pohutakawa tree, and descend into the underworld to return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki ( the heavens).

As you walk down the path to the light house, look to your right and you can see this sacred place, this tree, growing on the cliff edge. Looking to the left you see the beautiful views of the ocean – being Anzac Day this was special as well. This is where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. The waves cross paths and integrate into one grand ocean.

A few of us paid our respects, by taking time to sit, to pray for all the spirits to take their rebirth. Many ventured on to the lighthouse for photos, and Denis so humbly sat on the top of the hill, giving realisation to 2 young European women. We travelled on, having fun on the sand dunes and cruising down the beach in style. We celebrated back at camp with a barbeque feast.

The following day, we moved on to Coopers Beach, for our next program. A few of us chatted about how New Zealand, with all its glory, is so beautiful in nature, and the people, too, are in tune with nature. The peace is all around them. No wonder many have no desire to look inside.

We camped at Bay of Islands, near Pahia, for 2 nights. What a heavenly place, surrounded by water, and hills! I had a strong pull to go to Waitangi; so Uncle Upendra and I went. When we arrived we were greeted by this angelic being called Dollarina. She was literally waiting to for us to receive Mother’s Love. She had just returned to work after having a major operation. She was frail, yet enthusiastically she opened her heart to realisation in Maori and attended our program in Kerikeri that evening.

I chose to do the full tour with a guide to learn the history and receive a copy of the original Treaty. For those who don’t know about the Treaty of Waitangi, it was signed in 1840 as an agreement between the British Crown and Maori. It established law and order in New Zealand while guaranteeing Maori authority over the land and culture. The treaty protected Maori land in exchange for British sovereignty.

Waitangi Day is a National holiday in New Zealand. A dawn ceremony is celebrated annually on the 26 February at “The Treaty Grounds” where the government and Maori people unite in prayer, where sacred and meaningful discussions are held.

Firstly we were shown the Maori war canoe, built in 1940, which is used during Waitangi Day celebrations. We moved on to the Treaty Grounds where we learned about the Treaty, where questions from tourists were answered by our guide. There are 3 flags flying high at the mast to mark the actual place of the signing by the representative chiefs and the Crown.

We entered the meeting house, a place of learning. To Maori, this house is a reflection of the woman’s body. Entering the house you enter the womb. Inside you see carvings of all the tribes of the people throughout Aotearoa. You can see the rib cage, which means the women are the backbone of the people. There are three main poles: the pou mauri (the memory pole); the pou tokomanawa (the heart pole); and the poukaitiaki (the pole of protection or the protector of the people). I quietly admired many of the carvings. The carvings of the tongue signify the Maori language as being a verbal language, a sweet language. Finally, I returned to the mast, at the “Four Directions of the Wind”. Here I sat in meditation for a short time.

Wow! What a precious moment! I left full of Mother’s blessings, so honoured and forever grateful, so content to know Mother has vibrated this land forever, and forever this will make a difference in the future of Aotearoa.

On our return to Whangarei, so many overwhelmingly wonderful personal events happened for me, holistically. The wounds of my family’s past are deep for my siblings, but I have been graciously blessed with Mother’s Love and forgiveness. New relationships with my father and my grandmother have been established with much dignity.

Roger desired so much for his mother’s carer (an extremely hardworking Maori woman with such a huge heart) to attend the program. So he took me to meet her. We managed to talk her and her niece into attending the program at Tikipunga.

During the program the heavens opened. As the library had a glass ceiling, we witnessed Shri Vishnumaya (Goddess of Lightning) in full display, clearing Whangarei. Roger opened the program with such confidence. I was asked to give realisation. As I stood, my family arrived – Grandma, Belle, and Dad – amidst the raging storm. To my own surprise this brave warrioress, confronted with her family, proudly spoke with an open heart about Sahaja Yoga. What a divine gift to give my father his realisation at a public program! Afterwards I witnessed him, struggling vibrationally, but he never took his eyes off Shri Mataji’s photograph.

This journey was so deep and meaningful for me, to make me stronger than the memories and strive forth as a Soldier of Love. The amazement of my growth is supreme. My connection with Aotearoa is as strong as my connection to Mother. When I was there, I felt like I had never left, and now that I am here, I feel I am there. I am neither here nor there; I am the spirit, forever omnipresent, with Mother in my heart.

Many thanks to Shri Mataji for having this tour in her absolute attention. To Uncle Upendra, thank you for the joyous laughter, your wisdom, your sweet innocence. To Uncle Dave, thanks for sharing your dynamic influence of Joy. To Aunty Trish and Julie, you truly are saints. To Akhila, you are a blessing from above, a true angel. To Roger, my Kamo brother, you are the best! To all the New Zealand collective, thank you for your generosity of Love.

Arohanunui (an abundance of Love)

Merenia Ashwell

(Photograph: earthobservatory.nasa.gov)

Originally posted 2008-05-17 03:56:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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