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May 5th Declared World Realisation Day In Honour Of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Shri Mataji 1The Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Sahaja Yoga World Foundation is pleased to announce the recognition of 5th May as World Realisation Day, in honour of the work and vision of the founder of Sahaja Yoga meditation, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. The date marks the day in 1970 when Shri Mataji managed to transcend significant cosmic barriers through her meditation under a Bilva tree on a remote beach in Nargol India, and open the final Chakra called the Sahasrara.

By effecting this momentous change, Shri Mataji opened the door to a new era of universal emancipation through spiritual growth, and most importantly she enabled the opportunity for large numbers of people to receive their spiritual enlightenment quickly and easily. Instead of having to retreat to mountaintop austerity, anyone could energize the vital Kundalini energy inside of them and become connected to the cosmic spirit through yoga meditation.

Shri Mataji made this process, called self-realisation, into the root of a form of yoga meditation she called Sahaja Yoga. Uniquely among practices of this kind, the key is ‘thoughtless awareness’, which elevates through mental silence, rather than through using visualisation or other kinds of mental focus. This form of meditation has grown massively over the past 40 years and is now practiced in over 122 countries. Practitioners come from all walks of life and cultures, and typically discover the kind of peace, satisfaction and general well-being that modern society tends to degrade.

shri_mataji_claes_nobel_sahaja_yoga_meditationShri Mataji, who as a young child worked with Mahatma Gandhi in the non-violent struggle for India’s independence, was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and received the U.N. Peace Medal in 1989. She spent more than 40 years traveling the world to spread her message of peace and unity through her soothing form of meditation. Uniquely among the so-called gurus of the time, her key message was that every person carries the seed of their own mastery inside themselves. They can in effect become their own guru, without need to resort to dogma or ritual. The meditation would provide all that anyone needed to unlock the reality behind this material universe, and help them find purpose and enjoyment in their existence once more.

Shri Mataji passed away in 2011, but her legacy lives on in the lives and community work of her followers around the world. She repeatedly explained that every person has the right to obtain their self-realisation, and the process of delivering self-realisation to anyone who asks for it, free of charge and with no obligation, carries on today as strongly as when this extraordinary personality was alive.

The tree on the beach in India which was the only witness to the cosmic breakthrough has now been designated Nirmal Tree, named after Shri Mataji, and is officially recognized as a place of deep spiritual significance. It is hoped that the 5th May, a date which one day may rank as the most important anniversary in the history of mankind, will serve as a universal and suitably loving memorial to the guru of gurus and teacher of teachers, who brought tangible, meaningful spirituality to a world lost in fear and confusion.

More information can be found at www.shrimataji.org

“The Force” Is My Ally

Throughout all cultures and religions we felt that there is something more to life than just the day-to-day business, that there is something beyond our understanding and that it is worth to reach out to it. We have tried many different ways to connect to it, and given various names to it: life, nature, God, Allah, all-pervading power, the Divine, Buddha, Shiva, fate, good luck, the force…

Some had the ability to touch this unknown area, various masters in all cultures and ages and they tried to explain about it and how things would become easier for us – even to the extent that “miracles” can happen – by simply connecting to this power and let it allow to work. I would like to share with you (for me personally a very beautiful and poetic) description of this one power – out of the movie Star Wars. Yoda, a Jedi Master, explains to Luke, his disciple, about “the force”. As the accent may be little bit difficult to understand there is the transcript below.

“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me at my size, do you? And where you should not, for my ally is the force – and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you, here between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes, and even between the land and the ship.”

But what is the key to feel this “force” around us, to connect to it? Do we have to be magical beings to be able to feel something that others don´t? Well, not really. As it is we are already magical beings. Just look at it from where we came from, how – out of nothingness – everything was created, how out of dead matter life started to evolve. So when we feel that there must be something more to us and to life than we are aware of, then we are totally right.

It all begins with the awakening of our inner energy. It is the moment where we receive a new awareness, a wind in the hands and over the head, a deeper intuition that guides us in new and fresh directions. We may find new places within full of hidden treasures, and we may suddenly know things without knowing why we know. It is the beginning of a new journey, a journey to ourselves where we find everything else.

A Simple 10-Minutes-Meditation

  1. Awaken your Inner Energy:
    Here is a guided meditation (approx. 10 Min.) to awaken your Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji.  If you went through it already skip step 1). When your Inner Energy is activated it will stay so, there is no need to repeat the affirmations (although you can do so if you like).

     
  2. At the beginning and the end of each meditation we do what we call “raising the energy” and give ourselves “a shield of protection”.
    Here is a nice animation how to do it: charlie.swf
    You can also find a detailed description in our Meditation Tips on page 4 and 5: Meditation Tips
  3. The following guided meditation is about 10 minutes long – please keep your eyes open (at least for the first time) as the instructions are in written form.

To Be Born Twice

This post about the meaning of Eastern in a Sahaja context was written by Ioana

easter-knocking-eggsSome Christians (the Orthodox for example) celebrate Easter this coming Sunday and in some of these Christian traditions the eggs are boiled and painted in a variety of colours and on Easter Sunday the meals start by knocking and breaking the coloured eggs and this custom is done with the loud announcement : “Jesus Christ is risen!”. There is almost like a “contest” of knocking eggs and who breaks the most eggs that belong to others is declared “the winner”. While exploring more on this theme: “Easter Eggs – Traditions and Symbolism” one can see that it’s always about life and death or while going even deeper in the pagan traditions the egg is associated with the spring fertility rituals. So let’s start sharing the Sahaja perspective on this interesting theme, by diving into the pure and sacred knowledge related to the Tree of Life that lies within us, where the chakras (the subtle energy centers) are the fruits that nurture our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual layers of our being.

agnya-imageActually the 6th energy centre, Agnya chakra, known as The Third Eye, according to the Sahaja knowledge about the subtle system of energy channels and centers resonates to Jesus Christ and we all are familiar with his declaration: “I am the door to …“.

Imagine that this centre actually represents the small door towards the realm of Sahasrara (7th) Chakra – the lotus with 1000 petals, where the true yoga (union) takes place, where the microcosm and macrocosm become one and the seeker becomes whole, integrated, realized, awakened, balanced and by this, the seeker has indeed access to “the kingdom of God”.

Those that have a subtle connection with Jesus – so they are Christians inwardly, genuinely, within their subtle system by having Agnya chakra in a pure / open state – will allow to their own motherly Kundalini energy to complete its journey from the sacrum bone (underneath Mooladhara chakra) till the Fontanelle bone area (“fontanelle ” literally means “small fountain” in Italian  – > transparent symbol for the fountain of rebirth or eternal youth filled with the water of life).

In this way, Kundalini will spontaneously ‘break free’ through the top of the head (egg?!  see the image above) and while in meditation one will enjoy that beautiful feeling of bliss and connection as a liberation from stress, anxiety and mundane worries. One indeed may experience the reality of the sahaja knowledge described below in simple words … understanding as well the symbolism of the Easter Egg.

“I wonder how many Christians know the significance of an egg. Now egg signifies a stage where you are, before Realization. When you are in your egg-shell that you are Mr X, you are Mrs Y. But, when you mature fully inside, the bird is ready and that is the time you are hatched. This is the time you get twice-born. So, the Resurrection of Christ signifies that, and that’s why we give that egg to people, saying ‘you are that’.. an egg, a reminder of that. And this egg can become a Spirit. “ said Shri Mataji , Eastern 1982, London


How To Become A Real Yogi (Including a 10-Minutes-Meditation)

Nowadays we have come to associate yoga with images of knotted limbs and uncomfortable positions with the aim to make our body fit and healthy. But do these practices really achieve yoga?  Where are all these stretches and exercises supposed to lead?  What does “yoga” really mean? Can we really achieve “yoga”? Can we become a true “yogi”?

The word ‘yoga’ comes from Sanskrit and means ‘union’. It is similar to the word ‘religion’ in its Latin root (religio) which means ‘re-connection’. In all countries and cultures there was this mystic knowledge about a power beyond our comprehension, an acting power, the power of creation. And although our individual spiritual journeys start out in different places – we all have different life experiences and have grown up in different traditions – we essentially move towards the same place and the same condition: to re-connect with this One Power.

But that was never an easy task to achieve, especially for a normal social person because 1) only the awakening of the Inner Energy could make this connection possible and 2) to allow this energy to rise first the inner subtle system  had to be cleared. So this state could be achieved only by a few who ventured to the Himalayas, or to a monastery leading a very austere and strict life and clearing themselves relentlessly. One way was the yoga exercises to try to open up the energy centers. Rumi described the purification process poetically:

“Purify your eyes, and see the pure world.
Your life will fill with radiant forms.”

Only when all the energy centers of the subtle body were completely purified would the Inner Energy rise from the Sacrum Bone along the spine and pierce the top of the head to unite the person with the All-Pervading Power. In this union a person would receive the full enlightenment.
We all know the story of Buddha, and we might have read the words of Jesus who said that we have to be born twice, once in the flesh and then in the

spirit.

The Founder of Sahaja Meditation Shri MatajiIt was the big vision of Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Meditation, to find a way to awaken this Inner Energy in the ‘normal human being’ because she thought that if this inner light could be given to each person then they themselves would see their own problems and would be able to solve them, without depending on others. Thus they would become their own masters, or their own guru, knowing for themselves about their own qualities and strengths and also what they need and where to improve. She knew if that could be done and many people could receive this Inner Awakening the world could be transformed into a beautiful place where social behavior would be based on benevolence and compassion rather than greed and aggressiveness, and life could be enjoyed to the fullest.

Shri Mataji in Nargol

On the fifth of May in 1970 she found a way, at last, of turning the enlightenment process around. This process now allows the Inner Energy to be awakened as we are, before there has been any work of purification. Thus, only a few strands of this energy are able to rise through our mostly blocked energy centers. But even these few strands are already capable of connecting us with the All-Pervading Power and we start feeling a new awareness that expresses itself in a cool breeze in our hands and over the head. Then these energy strands go back into our subtle body and start purifying our energy centers. So what before could only be achieved through a tremendous effort of asceticism and austerity has now become effortless – as this energy would do all this work for us – we only need to let it happen. The more we meditate, the more strands of this energy can rise and we increasingly start feeling its pleasant and soothing effect on our energy centers. With time we will feel lighter and lighter, and we will realize that even deep-seated problems just dissolve and disappear.

Meditation means nothing else than allowing this Inner Energy to work in us and letting the All-pervading Power provide us with everything that we need. Focusing on the top of the head (where our connection is happening) we become thoughtless, supporting our Inner Energy with our inner silence. In this state we are truly in yoga. That is when we can call ourselves as being ‘a yogi’.

A 10-Minutes-Meditation for Balancing the Left and Right Channel

This meditation is an easy way to help balancing our emotional, mental and physical state

  1. Awaken your Inner Energy:
    Here is a guided meditation (approx. 10 Min.) to awaken your Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji.  If you went through it already skip step 1). When your Inner Energy is activated it will stay so, there is no need to repeat the affirmations (although you can do so if you like).
  2. At the beginning and the end of each meditation we do what we call “raising the energy” and give ourselves “a shield of protection”.
    Here is a nice animation how to do it: charlie.swf
    You can also find a detailed description in our Meditation Tips on page 4 and 5: Meditation Tips
  3. The following guided meditation is about 10 minutes long, at the end the music goes on for about 3 more minutes if you like to meditate longer

I wish you a wonderful week, enjoying your own Inner Energy!

Yours, Angi

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