Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
A Life Dedicated to Humanity
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was an extremely charismatic, dynamic and divine personality who radiated nothing but love. She had absolute unconditional love – nirvajya prema (निर्व्याज प्रेम) – with which she saw the spiritual potential of people and the heart of divinity in all creation. It emanated from her like a relentless magnetic force. To see this magnetism in action in one of her many thousands of programs was to bear witness to the care, compassion, and command with which she attended to the woes and worries of those who sought her guidance until each question had found its answer, all sound was replaced with profound silence, and a glint of light shone bright in eyes that beheld that which was right. Truly an awe inspiring personality.
The Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Sahaja Yoga World Foundation (in short, Shri Mataji Foundation) is an international organization based in Cabella Ligure, Italy. Our objectives are to perpetuate, document and spread all over the world, the knowledge of the teachings of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and to support the practice of meditation founded by Her, known as Sahaja Yoga, on each and every continent and country.
Sahaja Yoga is a method of meditation that takes you beyond mental, emotional, and physical activity and allows you to experience the true self which lies within. In Sanskrit, Sahaja means ‘born with’ (‘Saha’ is with, ‘ja’ is born), and Yoga means union. The name, therefore, translates to ‘the union which one is born with.’
This union is between your true self and the all-pervading power that permeates all elements of life. It is achieved through a process that awakens the dormant energy called Kundalini that is within each human being. This process is known as Self Realisation. Once the Kundalini is awakened, the individual experiences a blissful state of thoughtless awareness, where the mind is silent and they simply witness the present moment.
"In love you don’t doubt, no question. Only when you think you doubt, but when you love you don’t doubt, you just love because you enjoy love. And that’s why love is joy and joy is love."
"You have to develop that peace of mind within yourself by which you can become the witness of yourself first. You should be able to witness yourself and see what are the things, which are putting you down."
"Spirit is the source of peace. It is the source of joy. It is not a duality of happiness and unhappiness, but singular joy."
"The truth is, first one, that you are not this body, this mind, these conditionings or ego but you are pure spirit. And the second truth is that there is a all-pervading power of divine love which works out all the living work."
"Thoughtless awareness is the first beautiful state you have to achieve. That will give you peace and a witness state to enjoy the drama of life, to enjoy the different varieties of people, while you will be growing within yourself."
"Once you start growing in your self-realization, you develop such a personality that you see the whole world as one."
"So to have peace, the best way to put your mind right is to think of good things. Think of the flowers, not of the thorns […] Count your blessings, otherwise you cannot create peace."
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