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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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A daily journal in Bucharest, Jurnulu National, published on Easter Sunday an article on Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, based on the press release of the Romanian Sahaja Yoga Association on the occasion of Shri Mataji’s 85th birthday and of the premiere of the movie, Freedom and Liberation, in 22 towns all over Romania.
Cristina, Bucharest

An English translation of the article is provided below:


Raluca Grintescu

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga (“spontaneous yoga”), recognised as one of the most prominent spiritual personalities of all times, celebrates her 85th anniversary.

In a world seeking for new solutions to the problems facing the humanity, trying to reach to deeper meanings of life, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, recognised as the “Messenger of peace” by Ayatollah Rouhani of the Shia Muslim community in Europe and as an “Avatar of the modern era” by Claes Nobel, reveals us a path to the realisation of a more balanced society, in which transformation and peace will first occur within each individual.

EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Shri Mataji revealed the world the knowledge and practice of Sahaja Yoga (“spontaneous yoga”) since 1970. Sahaja Yoga meditation is based on the experience of Self Realisation, triggered in each human being through the awakening of the subtle divine energy called Kundalini. Self Realisation represents the final leap in the evolution of human consciousness, through which we acquire a new dimension, where the absolute truth can be perceived in our central nervous system.   As a result of this development of consciousness, the spiritual evolution takes place effortlessly, the individual regains their own sense of morality, the establishment of physical, mental and emotional balance leading to the integration of their being and personality. 

INCARNATION. For over 35 years Shri Mataji has been travelling tirelessly around the world. Beneath her quality of a Guru (spiritual master), Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is being recognised by her disciples as an Avatar, an incarnation of Adi Shakti (The Great Goddess, the Creator of the Universe) or, in Christian terms, as an incarnation of the Holy Spirit – which explains, according to Sahaja Yogis, how the founder of this method can grant “Self Realisation”. Sahaja Yoga meditation and balancing techniques are also being taught as part of specialised programs, in various institutions, hospitals,  rehabilitation centres, as a treatment against alcohol and drug addiction.

BIOGRAPHY. Nirmala Salve Srivastava (known as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi) was born in Chindawara (India) on March 21, 1923 to a Christian family. Her parents were direct descendants of the royal Shalivahana dynasty. Her father Prasad Rao Salve, a renowned scholar, master of 14 languages, translated the Koran in Marathi. He was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, the first Christian member of the Constituent Assembly of India and helped write free India’s first constitution. Her mother, Cornelia Salve, was the first woman in India to receive an Honors Degree in Mathematics.

Originally posted 2008-03-31 15:50:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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My Heart Was Like the Sun

Sahaja Yoga founder, Shri MatajiIt was my first India tour, in the eighties, and I was one year in Sahaja Yoga. I was in quite a bad state and had a lot of pain in my Centre Heart. There was a procession in Vaitarna, but I was not at all in the mood for it. Everybody was dancing, there was music and Shri Mataji was [riding] in a bullock cart. I was walking at the side, and in my heart was saying, “I’m sorry, Shri Mataji, I can’t dance because I am in too much pain.” Then we went to a programme in the village where Shri Mataji gave realization and everybody could go and do namaskar [a mark of respect] to her. At the end I went there and did namaskar too, and Shri Mataji just put Her hand on my Centre Heart.

“Good!” She said, and at that moment my heart just opened, just exploded, so much that I have never felt like that. It was as if my heart was like the sun, radiating one kilometre and it was a huge experience. I knew my vibrations were not so good, but Shri Mataji said, “Good!” and opened my heart. Afterwards I went away and cried a little because it was so strong, and only Shri Mataji knew what was my state and what I needed.

Trupta de Graaf

From: Eternally Inspiring Recollections of Our Holy Mother. Volume 1 – Stories from India. Pune: Nirmal Infosystems & Technologies, 2006, pp 65-66.

Originally posted 2008-06-26 16:30:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Shri Mataji

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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Diwali lights

Diwali lights

The lights of your heart together make a greater light for the world to move in a proper direction.

It’s a day of great joy, and those who join in this, are spreading also great joy.

But the problems are there, as they say, but for us there is no problem because there is no darkness. We don’t see any darkness anywhere. We see lights, and lights, and lights.

Then what is the thing missing? Missing is our sincerity. We have to be very sincere with ourselves, because it is not just a borrowed love or borrowed joy, but it is from within the source. It’s flowing and flowing and flowing.

So that is to be awakened, and that love should flow, and our small petty things like jealousies and competitions and all those things which spoil us must be washed away. And it can be washed if your heart is full of love.

Today is a day of spreading that light of love, so that everybody feels enlightened and happy and forgets these petty problems.

I am happy that you have been able to get some hall. It’s all luck that we got it. People were so much worried about getting a hall. But it had just happened. So you should know also that our destiny is all also guided and looked after. You are already blessed people; there is no doubt about it. And we should not worry about small things and small matters. It will all work out very well, you will see, if you just leave it to your destiny, which is very high, very great – in this your own destiny you will go very far.

This is the Promise of Diwali to you all, that you will reach the highest and the noblest way of life. Every word I say will be there to prove what I say is there.

Whatever petty problems you have, they’ll all be washed off. All these are the messages from the Divine. You don’t have to worry about petty things, about money, about jobs. That’s not your job. Your destiny will work it out.

You have a promise that you’ll be looked after. I hope you believe in that promise and are joyous in the highest way. I bless you all from my heart, all of you, for a very happy and prosperous Diwali.

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga, Diwali 2003

(Photograph: indianfestivals.info)

Originally posted 2008-11-03 00:14:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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