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The Power of Meditation

Winter in PolandMore than 10 years ago in Poland we had a very troublesome person among politicians. He was trying to trouble all the political and economical issues in our country just to show his own potency. He somehow got coal miners on his side, and one day they threatened the whole country that coal miners would go on strike. They were even ready to stop distributing the coal already mined. It was a cold season; so without coal the whole country would really suffer.

Everyone was worrying because the threat was so real that they had even planned how to evacuate hospitals and other such facilities because it was said that the strike would not end until the government agreed with this man. The beginning of the general strike was marked for Thursday, and in Warsaw we have our Sahaj programs on Wednesdays.

So on Wednesday – the day before the strike – we celebrated a beautiful meditation upon Shri Adi Guru, thinking that as He is the Ocean, so He can spread His gentle and loving waves of peace all over Poland. And He did! We said mantras. We asked for sending peace all over. We really prayed for peace in the hearts and minds of Polish coal miners and all other people who were seeking the turmoil. And we meditated. And all this worked!

Next day the strike started two or three hours later than it was supposed to start and lasted only one hour. And then when the television interviewers spoke with some of the strikers they said they didn’t know why they had wanted to make this strike. It seemed they had lost interest in it. They not only didn’t want to strike, they also didn’t understand why they had wanted it, why they thought it was necessary. And nobody understood what had happened. This troublesome politician just lost his grip over these people. God’s peace entered into their hearts.

Needless to say, we were also a little bit surprised by the outcome of our humble meditation.
Hania Turczyn-Zalewska

(Photograph: villagreta.pl)

Originally posted 2008-03-09 04:47:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Shri Mataji

Shri Mataji

So we have to meditate, and by meditation we develop that strength within us. So automatically we start solving the problem. Like our antennae grow up to that point, the way we are strong inside, they grow outside, to help so many things which are to be helped.

Now you see that people are realizing that the world is in a great mess, and there are lots of problems that have come through materialism, through wrong thinking, through emotional thinking, through stupidity, we can say. We have no time for all this. What we have to do is to develop ourselves deeper and deeper and deeper, so that on a horizontal plane also we are effective.

Shri Mataji , 1988

Originally posted 2009-02-02 04:09:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Reaching for the Stars

Constellation of OrionThe sky at night is breath-takingly beautiful with millions of stars in their familiar constellations.  From time immemorial it has been a humbling experience for humans to consider the vastness of the universe and the steadfastness of the planets which continue in their orbits.  Astrology has also held a fascination for us for thousands of years and many treatises have been written linking the paths of the planets with our destinies.

I used to be very sceptical about astrology.  I could not understand how the planets could possibly influence our lives on earth.  From listening to the lectures of Shri Mataji, however, I have since learnt that the mechanism is, at first glance, quite a simple one. 

How does astrology work?  My understanding is as follows.  Everything in the universe is part and parcel of the whole.  The whole universe, including the planets, is reflected in each individual as the chakras.  The same patterns of the universe are reflected an infinite number of times from the macrocosm (the entire universe) to the microcosm (the individual person, the cell, the minutest atom).

In Sahaja Yoga the left channel is the Moon side and the right channel is the side of the Sun.  In astrology the Moon influences the emotions, habits, memory, the past and our heritage.  The Sun influences our will, our ego, personal identity, vitality, hope and authority.  The left and right channels and the sphere of influence of the planets that govern them are totally in agreement.

In addition, each planet corresponds to a chakra.  For example, Mars is the planet that rules the first chakra, the Mooladhara chakra, and Saturn is the planet that rules the Vishuddhi chakra at the level of the throat. 

Just as each chakra has a sphere of influence in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being, so do the planets.  For example, the Mooladhara chakra is concerned with honesty, straightforwardness, fearlessness, and purity and integrity in sexual relationships.  This corresponds with the sphere of influence of the planet Mars which determines the energy and vitality of the physical body, and manifests in the degree of aggressiveness, belligerence, courage, assertion and determination, and in the expression of the sexual drive and male-female relationships. 

The relationships or angles between the planets in an astrological chart have significance.  For example, if the relationship between two planets is square (90 degrees), opposition (180 degrees) or inconjunct (150 degrees) the aspect is a difficult one in the area of life that is influenced by the planets involved.  Difficult or unfavourable aspects give a person an opportunity to evolve and learn how to overcome the problems presented in his or her lifetime.  Sextiles (60 degrees) and trines (120 degrees) are favourable aspects.  These aspects help us to use our strengths and give us the tools we need to grow and overcome the difficulties.  It becomes clear how a person’s destiny can be revealed in their birth chart.

When we consider that the planets are related to our chakras we can begin to see how karma is worked out in our destiny.  Difficult or unfavourable aspects allow our karma to be expressed, and the planets involved will determine which areas of our lives it will affect.  The planets involved, of course, will be the ones that govern the chakras whose qualities we have not expressed positively, the areas in our lives where we have made mistakes.  The expression of our karma gives us an opportunity to overcome the difficulties, to “put things right”, to rise higher spiritually.

With Sahaja Yoga, we can easily rise above our destiny.  As we meditate, our bad karma is “sucked in” and no longer affects us.  As we cleanse our chakras, our bad karma that we have collected in the chakras is cleared out.  We learn what will keep our chakras clear and how to keep within the maryadas (limits) of the chakras, so that we do not continue to collect bad karma.  We can really “wipe the slate clean”.  It opens up new and exciting possibilities for the rest of our lives.  Truly, the sky’s the limit!

When it dawned on me that this was the mechanism for how astrology and karma work I was amazed by the complexity of the whole process.  Every individual has his or her own destiny and all the individual destinies are placed in an interlocking matrix with the destinies of every other individual.  I caught a glimpse of an infinitely sophisticated computer, a truly omniscient being, that considers everything, down to the smallest detail (down to the numerology of names!) and works it all out.

I feel awe-struck by the enormity, the complexity, the intricacy of such an undertaking.  It leaves me speechless!  It makes me thoughtless!

Kay Alford

Originally posted 2008-07-04 03:57:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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There will be a Sahaja Yoga public program at the National Press Club of Australia  on Friday 29 May 2009, starting at 7.00pm.

More than ten years ago, Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, held a Public Program at this same venue.

Please come along and enjoy an informative and relaxing experience.

Originally posted 2009-05-27 23:37:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Shri Mataji

Shri Mataji

The first time I saw Shri Mataji was at a rare programme in Chicago in 1994 in a huge lovely hall at one of the hotels. It was just a few months after my Self Realisation.

We had driven for several hours and through the whole trip piles of questions filled my head, but the joy of reaching there and watching Shri Mataji walk in the hall in person swept all those questions away. She spoke persuasively as She always does. I wished with all my heart for my Self Realisation, as if it were for the first time. After the guests had received their Realisation, those few of us from the Mid West sang for Her as best we could. She looked at us and it was much easier to sing than ever before.

She asked to see us by city. My city’s collective, Cincinatti, pushed me to the front because I was the newest one. I felt so awkward and shy to kneel on the white cloth and come close to Shri Mataji. I was surprised by the textures of Her face which I could see so clearly in bright stage lights. I must have thought from the photographs that She was made of mist and stars. She took my hands on Her lap and looked into them and gazed a long time. I felt She was looking down, down into every speck of me, down and through to other times and places I could not know.

“Very good,” She said, and that was all…

What I learned that amazing evening was how much She cared for every one of us, but also that we have to ask for Her help. Many of the questions I had come with worked themselves out in time, but even the questions I hadn’t been able to ask myself were answered. When Shri Mataji looked at my hands I knew that She understood everything completely and I learned in that moment that I had finally come home.

Elizabeth Singh

Eternally Inspiring Recollections of Our Holy Mother. Volume 5 – The Americas. Pune, India: Nirmal Transformations, 2007.

Originally posted 2009-03-10 04:58:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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