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Sahaja Yoga

Sahaja Yoga

It is a Living Process

Sahaja Yoga is a modern form of yoga initiated by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, when during the depth of her meditation, she made the last breakthrough integrating the spiritual and the physical dimensions on the 5th May 1970. She knew then that this meant that all mankind could now easily attain yoga, the subtle spiritual connection and grow into a higher awareness. This state of Self realisation had been achieved by very few in the past and only after colossal effort, so the state is not new, but now, thanks to Shri Mataji, the method of achieving it is revolutionary. Effortless, spontaneous en masse realisation is now possible. Shri Mataji discovered that her presence or even her photograph triggered this transformative energy. She dedicated her life to working tirelessly for the benevolence of humanity by travelling worldwide granting Self realisation to all who were ready to receive it.

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Shri Mataji explains the meaning of the Sanskrit words she chose to describe her movement.

“The meaning of the word “sahaja” is, “saha” means “with”, “ja” means “born”. It is born with you, “sahaja”, means it is spontaneous. It is a living process. As whatever is born with us is also very easy. In the same way, it also means it’s easy, it’s simple, spontaneous. For example the breathing mechanism within us is born with us. So it is spontaneous. We don’t have to read books about it or put any effort. In the same way it’s effortless. You cannot do it through your mental projection. And “yoga” means the union with the Divine. And union with the Divine is to be understood through the technique of yoga. So it also means “technique”. It means the union and then the technique of the laws of the Divine.” (25/10/82)

Ancient yoga techniques were devised to try to achieve this spiritual connection and were arduous and mostly futile. Modern yogas seem to focus on physical fitness, mental visualisations or turn spirituality into a commercial enterprise. Sahaja Yoga is the meta modern yoga of our time, that freely triggers this connection spontaneously.

Shri Mataji, “Sahaja Yoga is not in the market. This you must have known because you cannot pay for Sahaja Yoga. It is an insult to even think of money. This is your own right. You are made for it.” (7/3/1981) Through Shri Mataji’s dedication, millions received their realisation, a spontaneous actual spiritual connection, but then to deepen and establish it, takes a commitment. She explains “So Sahaja Yoga is not meant for people who are shallow by nature, or not meant for people who are not deep enough to seek. It’s a special category of people who are seekers.” (9/8/1983) Evolution is the progress of human awareness from amoeba to modern man driven by this seeking. It is ongoing as our awareness becomes subtler and subtler. Self realisation is a transformative, actual, personal experience and is part of the natural evolutionary process that raises awareness to a subtle new dimension.

In Shri Mataji’s own words “This is the only way now human beings can evolve into their higher realm of collective consciousness or what you call Self realisation where they become the Self, the spirit. It is said in all the scriptures that you are a spirit but you have to be born again. So there is something that is lacking in this human life, in this human awareness. And this human awareness has to be enlightened by the light of the spirit. But how to do it?

We think that by reading, by talking about it, by thinking about it, or by crying for God, or worshipping God we can get it. It’s wrong. It’s a living process. Just like a seed sprouting. Just like a primule coming out of the seed in a living way. In the same way there is a Kundalini within us, a power, a residual power which is actually our primal desire, the power of primal desire which manifests this happening. She’s sleeping there till somebody who is the authority or has a capacity to awaken it. Like the Mother Earth has got the capacity to awaken the primule in a seed. Nobody can do it. Even if you try to read the whole of Bible, the whole of Koran before a seed, it will not sprout.” (25/10/82)

Shri Mataji is that authority and has that capacity to awaken this residual power, the kundalini, not only individually but to thousands at a time. This awakening potentially enables people to transform themselves into a higher dimension. She is the core of Sahaja Yoga and the source of all the knowledge and techniques which allows a state of true meditation and thus, yoga to be achieved. She is fundamental to attaining this new spiritual awareness by her mastery of the kundalini.

The kundalini is dormant in three and a half coils in the sacrum bone. Kundalini means coiled energy and is part of our subtle system. The subtle system is an unseen mechanism of energies inside us. In the spine there are three channels. The left is this power of desire, the right is physical and mental activity and the central channel is the sustaining power which is the power of evolution. Along these three channels are energy centres called chakras which are the milestones of our evolution. They developed as our awareness grew. In the heart lies the spirit, the Self. Self realisation is when the kundalini energy moves up through the chakras and joins with the spirit. They continue rising together and pass through the brain chakra quietening mental activity and allowing true meditation, which is the state of thoughtless awareness. This clears the way to the last chakra in the body at the fontanel bone area which opens connecting the Self with the whole to achieve yoga.
When this connection is achieved, it is verifiable and can be felt as a cool breeze above the head. The entire nervous system of the body becomes enlightened and is felt as a cool sensation on the hands. Through the nervous system, any blockages in the chakras can now be felt as sensations on the extremities of the fingers or toes. The transformative effect is very real and personal.

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Other person’s state of realisation can be confirmed as well as any blockages on their chakras. The meditative state of absolute joy and peace that the rising of the kundalini induces can also be a collective experience. The practitioners of Sahaj Yoga reap great benefits from collective meditations and celebrations together and some also enjoy collective ashram living. As Shri Mataji says “First we must know [that] without collectivity we cannot exist. As the body has to be in connection with the brain, in the same way without collectivity Sahaja Yoga cannot exist.” 10/4/91

Although millions and millions of people received Self realisation through Shri Mataji raising their kundalinis, not so many committed to the sustaining of it by practicing Sahaja Yoga. Shri Mataji explains “Sahaja Yoga is not possible in people who are frivolous, who are cheap, who have no respect for themselves, who are people who have wavered, who do not care for their realisation and for higher life. You see, that is how Sahaja Yoga spreads very slowly. It does not spread fast.” (28/2/1983) Despite this, Sahaja Yoga is now practised in over 195 countries by hundreds of thousands of people and continues to expand.

In today’s world, the seeking in humanity is growing stronger and this prerequisite for spiritual connection, coupled with the presence of someone whose kundalini is already awakened is all that is required for achieving Self realisation. Once you get your Self realisation you too can activate the kundalini in another person. Shri Mataji declared “So, in modern times, Sahaja Yoga is not just raising the Kundalini, but giving the complete knowledge about Sahaja Yoga and also empowering the person with the power to give others realisation.”(1/9/1991) So this actualisation is a living process that is exponential. Shri Mataji describes it “Like a candle that is lit can light another candle.” This is how, even though Shri Mataji is no longer with us, Sahaja Yogis, using her photograph, continue to give Self realisation to those people who desire inner peace and seek the meaning of their life. Sahaja Yoga continues to transform people’s lives spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically by programs constantly being offered free of charge all over the world.

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As Shri Mataji says, “But there is something like absolute joy and that emits through your spirit. But if you do not go for your primal desire, the only desire for which you are made, to be one with the Divine, all other things cannot give you the joy. Because that’s the primal in you existing and if you do not pay heed to that, you cannot be happy. But I must say that everybody doesn’t have the seeking. They do not have. There are some people who are really of a very deep nature only who have seeking” 25/10/82

She so respected the seekers of this world that she opened her discourses with “I bow to all the seekers of truth. At the very outset, we have to know that the truth is what it is. We cannot change it, we cannot describe it, we cannot conceptualize it.” (21/5/93)
She would explain “The truth is that you are not this body, mind, emotions, intellect, ego and your conditionings. But you are the spirit, the pure spirit. The second truth is that there is an all-pervading power of divine love which does all living work.” (21/5/93) She would continue to explain many great spiritual truths and sooth and quieten people’s minds to ease the path of the kundalini, to raise the vibrations of the atmosphere so the state of yoga, connecting the spirit to the collective unconscious could be achieved en masse. Thousands at a time received their realisation, offering them the opportunity to move into a higher awareness by taking to meditation and using the techniques of Sahaja Yoga.

Now, after over 50 years, Sahaja Yoga is a huge worldwide family of practitioners who freely make available all of Shri Mataji’s audios, videos and transcripts as well as many other resources. There are centres and properties used for public programs and meditation seminars which are all financed by donations and fundraising. It is an entirely non-profit organisation where the process of Self realisation and ongoing meditation programs are always offered free of charge. Shri Mataji insisted it is an evolutionary process and you cannot pay for your evolution. Just as a flower changes into a fruit the process cannot be forced or paid for. Sahaja Yoga is an organic movement maintained by the dedication and generosity of Sahaj yogis who themselves have transformed and benefited from the blessings of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and Sahaja Yoga and share her vision of an enlightened humanity.

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