THE JOY OF MATTER IS GIVING

Did you ever feel that punch in your stomach when you found a beautiful gift for someone, you were all excited about it and then, when the person received it you got the: “Oh, ahem, nice, yes…” and they put it aside too quickly? Did you feel the guilt that you could not find anything better? The nagging feeling at the back of your mind because you would have wished that no matter what, your efforts could have been appreciated a bit more?

More than 15 years back I got one of those painful punches that later on turned into an aha-moment. I found a beautiful glass figurine (expressing a blessing for a new home) for a friend but already, when she unwrapped it, I got this blank polite expression and a couple of months later she gave it back to me because “her husband did not like it”.

I felt as if someone had hit me over the head with a club. I went home, dumbstruck, left the figurine at a fountain on the way and hoped it would find a better place (the next day it was gone).
I pondered over this incident for a long time. Maybe, if she had not been a close friend it would not have hit me so hard. But she was and I rather wished she would have thrown the gift away, or given it to someone else and told me that it broke by accident. I would not have minded that, at least not so much. But I minded that she gave it back.
Giving it back felt like giving back my friendship, my good wishes, my love.

All difficult situations in life have a gift for us. Also here, one day the realization hit me: we do not only express our love by giving something but we also express our love by accepting what was given.

ACCEPTING WHAT IS GIVEN WITH LOVE IS AS MUCH GIVING AS GIVING WITH LOVE ITSELF


In the spiritual practice of Sahaja Yoga, you will experience an even deeper level of this meaning. Everything that exists carries vibrations. They can be felt as a cool soothing breeze in your hands after you have received the awakening of your inner energy (in Sanskrit: the Kundalini but described in all the scriptures; the Holy Ghost; the Tao; the Ruach; etc).

Matter given with love is constantly giving beautiful vibrations to our home and is a constant source of joy for our hearts. Handmade items or food cooked with love hold the strongest vibrations because all the love and the joy of the artist goes into it.

SHRI MATAJI SAID:

Now, it’s most surprising that the countries which are affluent have more money orientation than the people who are not. It’s very surprising.

Say, for example, in an Indian village, a person may not have so many things as you people have, but if you go to him, he’ll be very happy, whatever he has, he would like to serve you, his food, anything that he has. He would not like to see that you have not taken your food or your milk or something at his residence. He’ll feel so obliged that you go and you serve him with that joy and with that love that he has. He would like to express his love.

Now, people misunderstand. I’ve seen, people who are affluent misunderstand. They think it’s a slavishness. It is not. It is that they find joy in emotional life, in expressing their joy. To them, it does not matter if he has to starve for the day, doesn’t matter. But he has given you food, so he feels that satisfaction: “Oh, God, he has eaten at my place. So sweet of him.”
There’s no slavishness, but is a kind of an expression of that love.

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Meditation and live music – saturday, October 10

Experience the depth in meditation through live music.

About this Event

Join us on Oct 10th at 7:00 PM for an evening filled with Meditation and Music. Experience your self-realization and go deeper into meditation through live music. To Learn more about Sahaja Yoga Meditation visit us.sahajayoga.org.

Event will live stream on our YouTube channel

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International Yoga Day – Live now!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet amazing speakers and learn about so many facets of a spiritual life!

https://www.sahajayoga.org.in/live

Listen to global experts, professionals and social activists live with 30+ sessions from more than 20 countries in more than 15 languages about Self-Realization and Kundalini Awakening.

Find the topic of your choice and click “Join” at the right side of the topic.

https://www.sahajayoga.org.in/international-yoga-day

Some of the topics you will find:

  • What is the purpose of life?
  • Self realization as means to transcend racism
  • Secret of our own inner source of energy
  • Freedom and self-mastery: be your own boss
  • Detoxification of the brain
  • Non-duality of joy
  • Untapped potentials of human brain – unlock the full potential
  • The source of all problems and best solution
  • Improvement in focus and concentration
  • Making sense of the reality, away from the sheen of superficiality
  • Rest the unrest: Stress Management
  • and many more…

Please note that the life-stream is directly from India and times are in IST so it is already live!
20th June, Saturday, EST 10 pm is 21st June, Sunday, IST 7:30am (there is a 9 1/2 hours time difference)

Sahaja Yoga is a Divine Gift to Humanity by H. H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.

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Let us answer to hate with our united love

William Blake was a poet, painter, printmaker and visionary in the 18th century. Throughout his life his poems and paintings express a notion of universal humanity, abhorring any form of racism or other -isms.

In the poem “The Little Black Boy” I found these lines especially meaningful:

“And thus I say to little English boy.
When I from black and he from white cloud free,
And round the tent of God like lambs we joy”

Let us all stand up together against any form of racism, let the anger we feel give us strength to building up something new, something better, let us all stand united against the forces which want to divide us and respond to any hate with our united love.
We are all one human family!
With love, Angi

The Little Black Boy by WILLIAM BLAKE

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but O! my soul is white;
White as an angel is the English child:
But I am black as if bereav’d of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree
And sitting down before the heat of day,
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
And pointing to the east began to say.

Look on the rising sun: there God does live
And gives his light, and gives his heat away.
And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive
Comfort in morning joy in the noonday.

And we are put on earth a little space,
That we may learn to bear the beams of love,
And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face
Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.

For when our souls have learn’d the heat to bear
The cloud will vanish we shall hear his voice.
Saying: come out from the grove my love & care,
And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice.

Thus did my mother say and kissed me,
And thus I say to little English boy.
When I from black and he from white cloud free,
And round the tent of God like lambs we joy:

Ill shade him from the heat till he can bear,
To lean in joy upon our fathers knee.
And then I’ll stand and stroke his silver hair,
And be like him and he will then love me.

One Human Family

Who can watch events unfolding in our country and remain unaffected? It is heartbreaking to see. We are One human family.

When we meditate, we connect with our Spirit, the pure and eternal essence of ourselves. The power of Spirit is collective, there is no exclusion or differentiation. The kundalini does not distinguish between races, colors, genders, ages – it is a universal force of love.

When the kundalini rises and the mind becomes still, we reach a state of awareness known as collective consciousness. In this state, all boundaries disappear.

Let’s meditate as ONE.

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