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Part of the Cosmos
Part of the Cosmos

I am not my mind.
I am not my ego, so vain.
I am not my body
With all its passions and pains.

I am not my profession,
Nor inspiration, nor art.
I am not all these things –
This I feel in my heart.

I am bathing in Cosmic rays
In Eternal Love of God
I am only Pure Spirit –
Nothing else in the World.

Vladimir Mikhanovsky

Vladimir Mikhanovsky. Hope Faith Love: The Road to God. Pune, India: Nirmal Transformation, 2007.

(Photograph: NASA, Hubble telescope)

Originally posted 2008-12-22 05:43:51. 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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Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, who founded Sahaja YogaTo love God is … difficult. Without seeing Him, without knowing Him, without knowing His bounties, without getting Realisation, it is very difficult. But today that is not the case, but still you have to have no fear in your mind. Trust – you trust yourself and trust others. First of all, try to trust yourself. If you have made mistakes, you have to say, “Yes, I have made mistakes…” Trust yourself that you can correct yourself also.

Trusting doesn’t mean a blind ego trip. It does not mean that. Trust means that “Yes, I can correct myself. I can improve. I can do better…. I have been faltering, but I can correct. I have that strength within me. I can rise above all these things. I have that thing within me that I can use to my advantage.”

Trust yourself. Trust that you are realised souls. Trust that God loves you, that He has chosen you to be His instrument.

Love yourself…. You have to perfect yourself and trust in yourself that you can perfect yourself through your kundalini awakening….

A clean heart, transparent open heart – trust others. Talk to everyone with an open heart. Trust others.

Why do you doubt? If you do not doubt yourself, you’ll not doubt others…. What is there to be afraid of anyone? What is there not to trust anyone? What is there to be angry with anyone? Talk to everyone. Shake hands with everyone. Be nice to everyone. On the way, if you find somebody’s difficult, give him a hand….

If somebody cannot sit properly or has a problem, you try to remove the problem. If the person cannot stand, give the place…. Allow your heart to be drenched in your Mother’s love. Just allow.

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga 1981

Originally posted 2008-06-19 04:41:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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Patience

Patience is the nature of Shri MatajiAs people start becoming collective, they do not bother others, they do not trouble others, but they give joy to others. They are not bothered about their going and coming, their eating and everything. They just don’t behave like mundane, usual type of people, but they are very patient – saburi, as they call it. They are in the patience.

Now this patience is most joy-giving. Patience gives you the greatest joy. When you are patient, you develop all your qualities. I think in patience you blossom the best. But patience is not just to be patient. Patience is also a kind of a state within us. With just this patience … you just watch and see. Wherever you are, you are.

Now some people are worried that they must get into the bus. Some people are worried they must reach back home. Some people are worried they must get their food in time. According to them this is discipline. This is not. This is conditioning. But what is the discipline is of patience in Sahaja Yoga, where you watch everything and you are patient. If you are in the bus, you are there. If you are standing on the road, you are there. If you are walking on the road, you are there. On the contrary, it is a good idea to walk…. It’s a very good idea. Leisurely you can walk … to feel that, “I have to walk. I have to go there.” Once you start thinking you get exhausted sitting here, even if you have not walked. So it is important that patience should be made the discipline of life….

Patience is my quality. It’s my nature which I enjoy most of all…. If I lost my way, I enjoy it because I am there to enjoy myself.

Shri Mataji, 1988

Originally posted 2008-02-19 23:51:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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Sahaja Yoga Queensland cordially invites you to a free meditation seminar.

When:  Saturday 28 March, 2009

Where: Sahaja Yoga Centre, Wamuran Queensland
(60 minutes north of Brisbane)

The seminar will be held at the Sahaja Yoga country property at 95 McClintock Road, Wamuran, Queensland. Wamuran is west of Caboolture and about 60 km north of Brisbane.

The seminar will start at 2.00 pm and conclude about 5.30 pm followed by dinner. There are no costs or payments required for your attendance.

Please feel free to come, even if you have never meditated before.

Seminar program

2:00 – 2:30pm: Arrival and refreshments
2:30 – 3:00pm: Introduction to meditation
3:00 – 4:00pm: Clearing techniques to improve your meditation
4:00 – 4:20pm: Video lecture from Shri Mataji (founder of Sahaja Yoga)
4:20 – 5:15pm: Meditation and live music
5.30pm: Dinner

Directions to Wamuran
From the M1 motorway, take the Kilcoy exit and proceed along D’aguilar Hwy until reaching Wamuran. Opposite the IGA store, turn right and then right again into Station Rd. Turn left at the small roundabout into Newlands Rd for approximately 3km, then left into Patane Rd which leads to McClintock Rd. Number 95 is just over the top of the hill on the left.

Plan to attend? For planning purposes, please email us at syqld@bigpond.com if you’d like to come along.

We sincerely hope you are able to attend this relaxing and informative event.

Originally posted 2009-03-24 23:16:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


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