Martin Luther King and The Art of Non-Violence

“I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”

⁠—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

In a conversation with a friend we wondered what was it about Martin Luther King that made people follow him even if it meant to be beaten up, tortured or imprisoned. What was his secret? What his power? Do we have it, too?

The word “power” – according to the Oxford dictionary – means “to be able to exert a lot of force”. Most of us may associate it with domination and aggression. But there is another form of force, too, equally powerful.

Martin Luther King was such a force. A force that could sweep others away with him to walk a new way into a new future. A tremendous force of benevolence. Of a deep love for humankind. Of an understanding beyond the minds of his time. The power of non-violence. Of non-aggression. The power to not re-act (give back equally) but to act.

Throughout the ages the powers of dictators crumbled to dust and leaving them in the collective memory as the failures they were. But the powers of the kinds like Martin Luther King will shine through all the ages, bright like stars in the night sky, throwing their light on the path to build a new world that is benevolent for everyone, not just a few.

So while we honor the memory of Martin Luther King today maybe we can take a look inside to find a Martin Luther King there, too. In everyone of us there is a leader, too. Even in our smaller, day-to-day lives it is possible to have a heart of a lion, the goodness of a lamb and to hold our ground with heads high when we answer to aggression with non-aggression; to violence with non-violence.

We have the same power inside of us that forced an empire like England onto its knees in the freedom fight of India led by Mahatma Gandhi! The same power by which Martin Luther King inspired such a change in America! Maybe we will not become famous for it but the people will know their heroes amongst them! Those who made a difference in other people’s lives. Those who risk their lives daily to serve and protect. Those who find means and ways to make the world a better place. We all can be a part to make the dream of Martin Luther King a reality.

And if by any chance you wonder “How?” then  come and meditate with us!

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“Love has to be unlimited. Unlimited love which binds the whole world. You have to become the agents of that, to become the people who can communicate that love.”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

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“It goes to a long extent to forgive and forgive and forgive. Forgiveness is one of the qualities of the Spirit.”

Shri Mataji, 1981-0403

Have you ever faced a situation where you really, really had a tough time to forgive? And maybe it did not even feel right to forgive because, after all – how can we just let it go when someone bullies us? When we had to face cruelty? Maybe even torture? When we still carry the wounds, be it physically, emotionally or mentally that others inflicted on us?
Wouldn’t “forgiving” mean that we kind of accept what the person did, that we somehow “ok” it? That the person would escape the deserved punishment; that justice would not be served; that a person would not learn from his mistakes? 
Some or all of these reasons may jump into mind when it comes to forgiving, right? And understandably so. Most of us have something to chew on that we cannot quite forgive. But… let me ask this question:

By not forgiving – has the person learned from his/her mistakes? Has the person changed? Has that person been punished? Was justice served? Has it made your life easier by holding on to what happened to you (I know… this is an anger-trigger-question… because of of course life has not been easier… but…)

One of the most bitter pills to swallow (talking from my own experiences) may be that the person who has hurt us does not really bother if we forgive or not. They actually might lead a quite happy life (at least for the moment because yes, there is a higher justice and they will have to face the consequences of their actions) while we are trying to deal with what was done to us.
So, what does that mean? What is forgiveness really, then?
If we look deeper then we have to acknowledge that by not letting go, by not for-giving (give it away), we still allow someone to have power over us; because every time we think about what happened we again feel the pain; and again; and then again.

Shri Mataji said: “If you don’t forgive, then you play into wrong hands. The other person, who has troubled you or tortured you is quite happy, but you are tortured, you are playing into the hands of such a person. So the best thing is to forgive.”

Shri Mataji, 1990-0314

I would like to  share a story that has deeply touched my heart and was a true inspiration for me.
It is the story of Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor who put forgiveness into action and set an example of how empowering it is. She was one of the children used in experiments in Auschwitz. Here is what she said about her journey of forgiveness:

12:53: And at the end of it I said (to a pretend-in-the-room Mengele), “In spite of all that I forgive you.”
Made me feel very good that I, the little guinea pig of 50 years, even had the power over the angle of death of Auschwitz.

13:35: I felt free. Free from Auschwitz, free from Mengele.

13:55: But what is my forgiveness? I like it. It is an act of self-healing, self-liberation, self-empowerment. All victims, all hurt, feel hopeless, feel helpless, feel powerless.

I want everybody to remember that we cannot change what happened. That is the tragic part. But we can change how we relate to it.

Holocaust Survivor

For anyone who would like to see the full story here is the link (please know that it has very graphic and disturbing descriptions so it may not be advisable for some to watch it):

In the practice of Sahaja Yoga Meditation forgiveness is a fundamental part in the awakening of our Inner Energy, our Kundalini. And once our Kundalini is awakened if becomes so much easier because the energy-center which carries the quality of forgiveness in us, the Agnya Chakra on the forehead, starts opening out and we can let go of past events and our reactions to them.

So please join our meditations and experience the richness of your own energy-centers, the store-houses of so many qualities waiting to unfold in you!

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One may give you a lot of things and also take you to great heights but you will still remember only the person who loved you deeply.

Shri Mataji, 1981-1018

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“The light of love is joy. Anything else cannot give you joy. It’s only the love that you feel in your heart that gives you joy. “

Shri Mataji, 1979-1230
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Sahaja Yoga Meditation Is The Most Practical Thing in Your Life – a story how i found my dream job

Have you ever had the dread of having to search for a new job? Getting stressed over interviews with people who will scrutinize every bit of your professional self, moving you through seemingly endless cycles of assessments together with sometimes 200+ competitors, then the anxious waiting for a ‘Yes’ that might never come… no fun!

I was in that situation some 15 years ago where I suddenly had to search for a new job after the company I worked for went bankrupt. But – as I already had practiced Sahaja Yoga Meditation for more than 10 years – I was not much worried. I searched for all the available job offers on the internet and did a simple thing: I checked the vibrations of each.
[A quick note for those who do not know about it, yet: if you get cool vibrations in your hands it is great, if vibrations are warm – not so great. But – it only works after you got your Kundalini Awakening!! (hint hint! Come to one of our classes!)]

So, after finding all the ‘cool’ job offers I started applying for them and guess what… – the one that was the coolest was the one I got. It was in a big company where two years later I was sent to Dubai, stayed in a super luxurious apartment paid by the company and – had one of the best times of my life there!

“Ok, great story….”, you might think, “but… times have changed… I am not sure it will work for me…”. And of course, these times are challenging as never before. But that is exactly the time you really really want to have something so amazing at hand! And the best way to find out is to take the first step and join one of our daily meditation classes (see info below – they are for ever free, no hidden anything, so you have absolutely nothing to lose but tons and tons to win!!!).

So, come and meditate with us! Start this beautiful journey towards yourself with a group of like-minded people! The reason why it is always free is because Shri Mataji insisted that it is our birthright to have!! – for a beautiful, meaningful, joyful life!

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