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•  Who is Shri Mataji?

•  Is Sahaja Yoga a religion?

•  Does Sahaja Yoga accept other religions?

•  What is Yoga?

•  What is Meditation ?

•  What is Sahaja Yoga?

•  What are vibrations and the Kundalini?

•  What is Sahaja Yoga meditation?

•  How is Sahaja Yoga different from other types of Yoga?

•  When and How did Sahaja Yoga start?

•  Is Sahaja Yoga easy to practice? What effect / benefits does it have? How does i t benefit me ?

•  Who can practice Sahaja Yoga?

•  How much will this cost me?

•  Is there Membership to Sahaja Yoga?

•  Children and education in Sahaja Yoga.

•  Freedom of Choice.

•  Contribute to Improving Our Society.

•  A Personal Experiment.

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Who is Shri Mataji?

I remember a fine morning of August 1975, sitting in a suburban train between Hurst Green and London. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was sitting in front of me. I had spent some very intriguing and mind boggling moments in her house, the day before, having felt levels of consciousness whose bliss it is impossible to describe. I was fairly puzzled and asked quite simply: "Shri Mataji, who are you?" She responded something like: "open your hands, close your eyes and ask the question again", suggesting I should ask through my meditation. I did so. After some time - I do not know how much time - I opened my eyes again. Shri Mataji was smiling; she said "So?" I responded "Nothing Shri Mataji, just the silence". She said "I am the silence". But for the rest of the day, I had the feeling of being so light that I was literally wondering whether my feet were touching the ground; the quality of well being throughout this day of shopping in London was again ecstatic. These states of higher awareness were registered by my central nervous system and cannot be doubted. The perception is direct.
So, who is Shri Mataji? Caiaphas asked Jesus: "Are you the son of God?" When Jesus replied affirmatively, the Pharisees sent him to Pontius Pilatus and to the cross. Sometimes people ask and do not want to know. Sometimes people ask and do not want to believe. But if we ask because we are genuinely interested, and honest, then, only in meditation can we get close to the subject, in a living and experimental manner. All the rest is words, and words are just that: ambivalent and unconvincing. The history of spirituality shows that spiritual masters are fought by the mainstream establishment when they are alive and worshipped when they are dead in order to take advantage of their legacy. My advice to those who would like to know the truth about Shri Mataji's unique and historical advent on this earth is to get access to self realisation through the proven technique of Sahaja Yoga and go deeper in meditation where responses unfold.

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Is Sahaja Yoga a religion?

If religion means belief, no. If religion means connection with Reality, the Self or the Divine, whatever your language, then yes. Sahaja Yoga is not an organized religion, but it unites the essence of all religions through direct perception of the subtle, divine reality. Sahaja Yoga is moving spirituality from the realm of dogma into the realm of individual experimentation. It is a practice, a direct experience which is felt on our central nervous system and requires no act of faith to substantiate it.

Anyone who has eyes can see that the sky is blue. Anyone who has their self realization, which is achievable effortlessly through Sahaja Yoga, can feel the cool breeze of the Kundalini (in the Vedic tradition) or Holy Spirit (in the Christian tradition) above their head. Self Realization is a happening that opens a new category of perception to better handle our daily life.

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Does Sahaja Yoga accept other religions?

The word RELIGION comes from a latin word ("religare") which means "to unite". The essence of all major religions of the world is the same: truth. The purpose is the same: to lead a better life, united with the power which created us. The religions were all based on the teachings of Divine incarnations who came on this earth, at different times and places, to guide humanity towards its collective emancipation.
Through the process of Self Realization achieved in Sahaja Yoga, the truth of these religions becomes apparent: it is not not revealed through compliance to dogmas. It manifests through the liberation of our potential for a higher state of well being. We thus come to truly grasp and accept the essence of these great teachings, not on a mental basis, not by trying to reconcile the differences and ritualism which was added to them over the ages by the people in charge, but through our own experience.

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What is Yoga?

"Yoga" literally means "union" with the universal soul. Most people today associate yoga with the mordern version which offers stretching postures and breathing exercises. This physical exercise was just a small part of the ancient system of Yoga, which aimed at achieving union byawakening the inner Self through meditation. This also involved a deeper understanding of ourselves and why we bahave and feel the way we do.

" Sahaja " means "born with you". In Sahaja Yoga we use the powers which are already within us to achieve a peaceful state of balance, well being and self knowledge.We gain a new awareness of ourselvesand of any inner imbalances which may affect our feelings and our behaviour.

Each individual can validate this for himself.

Through the meditative practices and techniques we can master ourselves, and thus become our "own masters". The Sahaja Yoga meditation technique encourages us to develop a new awareness of ourselves so that we can grow and evolve toward becoming truly balanced, peaceful and compassionate for the benefit of ourselves and others.

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What is Meditation ?

Meditation is the personal experience of going beyond one's thoughts, worries and upsets, and being in a state of peace and calm, but still fully alert. In Sahaja Yoga, this state is quickly established.

People who can meditate regularly find they become healthier and calmer, with an improved outlook on life. When the inner spirit is awakened and nourished, our emotional, mental and physical problems are solved.

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What is Sahaja Yoga?

Sahaja Yoga is the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness. This experience, which started to spread in 1970 thanks to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, has since been extended to more than 90 countries. The knowledge of Sahaja Yoga is very old, yet it was kept secret and mainly only transmitted from guru to disciple. Therefore for a long time,only very few people had access to it. Now Shri Mataji has made this knowledge accessible to all, and Self-Realisation has become a reality for hundred of thousands of people all over the world.

Sahaja Yoga was foretold a long time ago by numerous spiritual traditions and religions. Until the advent of Sahaja Yoga we manifested our concepts and our ideas by means of our ego and our conditionings, without being able to achieve a state of thoughtless awareness, which is a collective dimension. Because there is no absolute norm for distinguishing an authentic teacher from a false one, many seekers of truth have allowed themselves to be misled by following false and self-proclaimed "gurus", who are driven by power and money.

Sahaja (= spontaneous) Yoga (= union with the Self) takes our awareness beyond relative thinking and into the realm of reality which can be perceived in a tangible manner on our central nervous system. The result of this experience, also called Self-Realisation, Second Birth, Baptism, Satori etc., is that our spiritual evolution happens without effort, just like a seed which transforms itself spontaneously into a great tree. The spiritual evolution which is the moving force behind this process brings us into physical, mental and emotional balance. As Shri Mataji says, "You cannot know the true purpose of your life unless you are connected to the power that created you!"

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What are vibrations and the Kundalini?

The Kundalini is the power of pure desire within us - a maternal, spiritual energy which resides in a latent state in the triangular sacrum bone at the base of the spine. The awakening of the Kundalini was always the goal of all the religions and all the spiritual traditions throughout the world.

"The Kundalini cures you, improves you and showers you with blessings. It keeps you free from all the problems of the material world," says Shri Mataji. The manifestation of the Kundalini energy is known as vibrations, from the Sanskrit word Chaïtanya. After Self-Realisation (the awakening of the Kundalini) these subtle vibrations can also be felt in the form of a gentle, cool breeze coming from the fontanel region of the head (on the top of the head) and also in the palms of the hands.

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What is Sahaja Yoga meditation?

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a non-intrusive, self-regulated approach to addressing a great need within society. The meditation technique, which is basis of the spiritual path, is easily learned by the average person. There is growing acceptance within society of the positive role Sahaja Yoga Meditation can play in the reduction of stress, leading to an enhancement of the individual's physical and psychological well being, and an improvement in the sense of balance, equanimity and self control.

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How is Sahaja Yoga different from other types of Yoga?

Sahaja Yoga is different from the other types of Yoga because it begins with Self Realization instead of this being the unobtainable dream of a distant goal.

Traditionally, a guru used to have only a handful of disciples and look after their growth for a lifetime, guiding their inner cleansing day by day. Few souls were able to achieve Self Realization after many years of passing through various stages (yama, niyama, breathing techniques, postures, etc.). For those few souls, it was like trying to cleanse a completely obscure room without having any light.

In these modern times - that Shri Mataji calls as the Blossom Times because of the state achieved by human consciousness collectively - she has devised a method by which this happening (Self Realization) is achieved spontaneously (Sahaja), without any effort. A little light is then lit within us (a new dimension becomes available to our awareness) and through Sahaja Yoga meditation we can then grow much faster, without having to go through any penances, while living normal lives amidst our own families and societies.

This is because, in the light of the new awareness, we become our own gurus, our own guides. After Self Realization, we are able to feel a gentle cool breeze flowing above the head and also from the center of our palms. We can feel on our fingertips any blockages in our energetic centers and are able to clear them using this energy which has been awakened in us (Kundalini). Moreover. we become collectively conscious, i.e. we can feel others' centers and cure them as well. The fact that we are all part and parcel of the Whole becomes a tangible reality in our day to day life.

Becoming one with the pure Spirit in us is the ultimate goal of human life described in various terms in all religions and spiritual traditions of the world. Self Realization is the first step: once this connection is initially established, it needs to be nourished with our attention and regular meditation, enabling us to find out why we are here and to ultimately fulfill the destiny of our life.

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When and How did Sahaja Yoga start?  

Shri Mataji had always known that She had the power to awaken the Kundalini and that She had come to make that awakening accessible to all human beings. But She wanted to wait until her family obligations permitted Her to achieve her true mission. Saddened by the extent of the damage done by dishonest so-called 'gurus', Shri Mataji's wish was that all the seekers of truth should attain their Self-Realisation. Accordingly, in Her meditation on 5th May 1970, Shri Mataji opened the seventh chakra . The Sahasrara chakra (which has a thousand petals) is at the primordial level of the personal evolution of every human being, that of spiritual integration.

Shri Mataji started by giving Realisation to a small group of seekers in India. Then a first group of a dozen seekers received the awakening of the Kundalini: Realisation en masse had started. Sahaja Yoga spread very rapidly in the villages in India, where innocent people were ready to receive this divine gift with an open heart.

When Shri Mataji's husband was appointed as Secretary-General for Maritime Affairs at the United Nations, London became their place of residence. Some Western seekers started to receive their Self-Realisation . then, gradually, Sahaja Yoga spread through Europe and the United States. In 1989, Sahaja Yoga spread like wildfire in Russia and in the Eastern European countries, where thousands of seekers filled the stadiums and public meeting places to hear Shri Mataji speak and receive their Self-Realisation. Today, Sahaja Yoga is established on the five continents and is present in more than 90 countries.

How does it benefit me ?

Is Sahaja Yoga easy to practice? What effects / benefits does it have?

It is the sincere desire of the seeker which is the driving factor of the Kundalini. When the seeker is thoughtless, it is his desire that allows the spontaneous energy of his subtle system to transport him into the silence of meditation. Meditation requires neither physical nor mental effort. It is a spontaneous happening.

The benefits:

Very quickly, the benefits of meditation are felt in various aspects of our life.

•  Physical benefits:

It is our subtle system which co-ordinates all the work done by the organs and the cells in our body. When one of our subtle centres is blocked, physical dysfunctions appear in the organs it controls. It is then that most illnesses appear. Traditional medicine tries to cure the symptoms. Sahaj meditation allows us to attack the causes directly, by rebalancing our subtle system and by cleaning our centres. Thus, even so-called incurable illnesses can be cured in a spontaneous manner by the purifying work of the energy of the Kundalini.

•  Mental benefits:

When we enter a state of meditation, we enter a realm of silence ; the thoughts which assail us fade away, and the reality of the present is revealed to us in all its intensity. Our senses send us a direct image of the world which is not altered by our mind or our conditionings. The mind even becomes the enlightened servant of our illuminated spirit.

•  Emotional benefits:

When the Kundalini is awakened and we are immersed in a state of meditation, our emotions are also brought into balance. All the weaknesses which hinder the expression of pure and sincere sentiments, such as greed, insecurity, jealousy etc. are reduced when the joy of meditation is felt. This joy is absolute, devoid of all duality. This same joy becomes the motivation of our emancipation.

•  Spiritual benefits:

Last but not least, Sahaj meditation reveals to us the Eternal,Divine being that is Truth, Awareness and Bliss. We become part and parcel of the whole,like a drop in that ocean of Love,and in meditation we melt into that Primordial being. This experience is the next stage in the evolution of an ordinary human being's awareness: that person is said to be born again or realized. This means that our spiritual essence, that had been hidden until then, becomes Reality. We can now set about purifying our inner being, with the help of the self-knowledge that Shri Mataji gives us and the relationship we establish with Her in our meditation. Our union with the Divine will become stronger and stronger as we go along and that is without doubt the most precious benefit that Kundalini awakening can bring us. This Middle Way that is established within us day after day by our Kundalini will shower blessings of all sorts upon us, not only of a physical, emotional or psychological nature, but also material, social and professional benefits.

There are immediate benefits in Stress relief and a feeling of peace and contentment. Physically, it helps in prevention and cure of illnesses which are otherwise difficult to cure. mentally and emotionally. it helps one to attain balance, and spiritually one can attain the highest level of enlightenment. Practitioners of Sahaja Yoga have easily given up smoking, drinking and drugs, and lead a very normal, balanced and moral life.

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Who can practice Sahaja Yoga?  

Everyone can. There is no restriction of caste, creed, religion, nationality, age, or sex.

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How much will this cost me?  

Self-Realisation is free. We cannot pay for a living and spontaneous experience, just as we cannot get a seed to sprout by paying Mother Earth.
On the other hand, we consider it our privilege to create this Internet site and we are willing to pay for doing so, just for the pleasure of sharing with you what has become of our lives since we received our Self-Realisation.

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Is there Membership to Sahaja Yoga  

You cannot become a "member" as there is no membership or power structure in Sahaja Yoga. There are local coordinators who administer day to day mundane activities of sahaja Yoga in each country.

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Children and education in Sahaja Yoga  

One of the most deeply held commitments amongst people practicing Sahaja Yoga is that of the well-being of our children. There are tens of thousands of remarkably happy and harmonious families practicing Sahaja Yoga around the world, and tens of thousands of remarkably happy, well adjusted children have been born into these families.

Parents in Sahaja Yoga are concerned, as all parents are, with helping their children to grow to adulthood without falling prey to the traps of peer pressure, drugs, violence and immorality along the way. We use the techniques of Sahaja Yoga to help our children stay balanced, alert, healthy and self-aware. As they grow up, we teach them how to meditate, and to understand the subtle inner workings of their own energy systems, to know when they are in a healthy, balanced state and when they are not. We teach them how to treat imbalances within and to take responsibility for their own states of mind and awareness.

We have found that as a result, children in Sahaja Yoga develop a beautiful reverence for goodness, for practicality and for righteousness. They maintain a bright, positive attitude toward life long after children of similar ages begin to show signs of encroaching cynicism and disillusionment.

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Freedom of Choice  

Just as a tree cannot be forced to grow it is not possible to make someone meditate. This is why freedom of choice and personal freedom are essential for the practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation.

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Contribute to Improving Our Society   

Sahaja Yoga meditation does not require us to go to any form of extreme behaviour. In fact, the aim of this meditation technique is to help us become normal, balanced, productive and responsible members of society.

As each individual becomes more balanced, peaceful and compassionate, society as a whole will also benefit and improve.

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A Personal Experiment    

Sahaja yoga does not require us to believe anything that cannot be proven with our own experience. There is no blind faith or dogma. The best approach is to treat it like a personal experiment- make an honest attempt at meditation for, say, one or two weeks and see for yourself whether or not it gives you any benefit.
   
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