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The Russian Music Group has been helping spread Sahaja Yoga in Israel. For the last two weeks, the Israeli collective was blessed with Nirmal Naad (Russia) visit. It was one of the most wonderful periods we had as Sahaja yogis here. All people were working together to fulfil this great task. Everyone did his/her part to make all the pieces of the puzzle be in the right place.

We managed to organise 12 public concerts throughout the country from north to south. The group also gave an interview and performed on a TV channel. Many Israelis attended the concerts and now we can already see the first results of the tour. There are phone calls from people in several cities, asking about follow-ups. We are told that people describe for those who did not attend the concerts how impressive the concerts were. In one town, a woman brought flowers to a follow-up program.

We also have been contacted by a new Centre of Yoga which expressed the desire to invite Nirmal Naad to perform at the felicitation ceremony in the Centre. Although it was too late for Nirmal Naad, we are going to  present Sahaja Yoga there; the Centre might be able to attract real seekers. The musicians’ dedication, talent, creativity and spontaneity made the public feel the joy and pure vibrations of Sahaj music. They worked really hard to achieve this and we are really grateful for that.

On behalf of the whole Israeli collective, I want to thank all the brothers and sisters in Russia for the commitment and support given to this precious event by sending here such great musicians and yogis!

Valentin Popa, Israel

To listen to a music item from the concert, click on the following link:

 Nirmal Naad in concert in Israel 

Originally posted 2008-04-24 01:58:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

You are invited to attend a One-day Meditation Workshop to be held in Burwood, Sydney on 17 May 2009. Workshop topics include meditation for beginners, clearing the chakras, balancing the subtle system, tips on how to meditate at home, using affirmations and mantras, using music for meditation, reducing stress, and scientific research on the benefits of Sahaja Yoga meditation.

When: Sunday 17 May 2009
10.00am to 4.00pm (Doors open 9.30am)

Where: Sahaja Yoga Meditation Centre
10 Clarence Street, Burwood Sydney

Workshop cost: No charge!

Donation: Lunch, morning tea and workshop materials are provided. $10 by donation at the door will help towards the cost of these.

Seating arrangements: Chairs, pillows or carpeted floor.

Bookings: If you are planning to attend, please use our Workshop Booking Form to book for this event. The Booking Form is located here.

Originally posted 2009-05-05 17:16:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Balancing Ourselves

Pink frangipanni

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But the spirit itself is a sensitive thing. It is there, no doubt. It stays there, no doubt. But that it should shine in our attention, you have to know that your attention has to be congenial to the spirit. If the attention is not congenial, then the spirit doesn’t shine. The spirit will shine on an attention which is steady. Steady it. By balancing, you bring a steady state. Balance your thoughts.  Balance your eyes. Balance your desires. Try to balance it. Ego and super-ego – you balance it. Attention is balanced very much like that.

Now how do you do it? With your will. First of all, you desire and then you act. “Where am I going? What am I doing? I am a seeker. Is this the thing I have to do as a seeker?” Immediately the balance is there.

So this balancing has to come. The foremost thing is to balance yourself. Any extreme behaviour must be balanced. Any extreme attitude to life must be brought down.

Now here we find that the will acts, opposed in an opposite direction. For example, people become obstinate. They do not want to accept that we have to balance and they say, “Oh, I’m all right,” and they will give all explanations to show that they’re all right. For whom are you giving the explanations? You are fighting with yourself. Why? Because you are not yet integrated fully within yourself…

Integration comes in when you do something, you wish something, you enjoy something, you want something. Then you find integration is also wobbly in your attention. But if you want your spirit, you just want your spirit to be happy because if the spirit is happy it means you’re happy. The spirit is always happy. How are you going to make the spirit happy?

The only thing when you say you want the spirit to be happy, what you are saying is this: that you want your attention to be happy. If you keep your attention happy and cheerful, completely integrated with your being, not with your ego, this is where the discretion has to be used…

So with discretion, you will know how to correct yourself, even rationally.

Now your rationality is absolutely logical. Before this, rationality was illogical. But now, with integration, your rationality becomes logical and it tells you, “No, this is wrong; this cannot be.”

Shri Mataji, 1980

Originally posted 2009-02-13 05:06:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Navaratri

Shri Durga, the Devi

Shri Durga, the Devi

In Sahaja Yoga, Navaratri is the most important puja [celebration]. Though we can say in modern Sahaja Yoga, Sahasrara Day is, because that’s how you started getting your Realisation. But if you go to the whole historical events of evolution you’ll find Navaratri is the one which has brought you to Sahasrara. Without the help of the Devi [Goddess] at different stages of your ascent, you could not have been in a position to receive your Realisation. So all the steps that you took in the past are today worshipped and are used for thanking the Devi for what She did to bring you down. So it’s like a thanksgiving. Without Her work nothing could have happened.

So when we read about the Devi, about Her incarnations, how She came on this earth to save Her bhaktas [devotees], people who are trying to ascend, to cross this Bhavasagara [Void], how She worked hard, how She fought the devils, how She fought, She killed the demons single-handed, She took upon Herself the responsibility of making the people cross the Bhavasagara. Guru gave you the strength, taught dharma [right conduct], but She’s the one who brought you out. Even those who were dharmic could not do it because of the demonic pressure. She’s the one who fought single-handed with Her powers of destruction. In Her love for you She fought. She brought you to this level. And then She took a milder form of incarnation. Even during the time of all the gurus She took the form of, as you know, Janaki, was the daughter of Janaka. Then Fatima was the daughter of Mohammed Sahib and Nanaki was the sister of Nanaka. In those forms, these Powers sustained and nourished the Guru Tattwa and later on or sometimes simultaneously they incarnated in milder forms to help human beings to rise.

So today is the day of thanksgiving. As Guru Puja is a day of thanksgiving to your Guru, the One who has counselled you, the One who has told you about the truth, the One who has taught you the truth and has given you Realisation. And the Devi Puja is a thanksgiving where single-handed, just like a very loving mother, under Her sari She’s protected you, fought for you, fought with every enemy that is around, every sort of problems that existed and ultimately brought into Sahasrara level and then gave you Realisation. It’s a real thanksgiving to the Mother. So we can say Navaratri’s like a Mother’s Day where you give thanksgiving to Her, which was just relentless, continuous working for Her children.

Shri Mataji, 1985

Originally posted 2008-10-03 04:02:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

No Ego

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

It was about 1991 or 1992, in Delhi.

I was travelling with Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga, and I asked a question which had been in my mind.

“What is the thin line dividing self respect and ego?”

“A person who has self respect has no ego.” Mother replied.

G.K.D.

Originally posted 2008-11-06 20:43:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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