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The Ego

You see, you should never fight the ego. If you try to fight it, it will sit more on your head. That is not the way to fight it. That there is ego and you fight your ego – “Oh, I am going to box you” – then it will grow more, you see. The more you box it, the more it will grow.  Never fight your ego. Only way is to see it! Your attention is very important. Your attention is now enlightened. Whatever you see, it comes to its right size. Ego, if it is overgrown – you just watch your ego. Best is to watch yourself in the mirror and say, “Mr Ego, how do you do?” Then it will come down. But do not fight it – just to be seen.  All kinds of egos could be there. If you are over-educated, you are egoistical. If you are uneducated, you are egoistical, because you must show you are something. All sorts of egos are there.

Shri Mataji, 1985

Clearing the Chakras

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja YogaIn Sahaja Yoga, there are many simple techniques for clearing the chakras. Shri Mataji, who started Sahaja Yoga, devised these easy-to-use techniques based on the elements – water, earth, fire, air and ether – to clear out negativity from the chakras and the nadis (channels), thus bringing balance to the whole Subtle System.

To clear out the whole Subtle System, we need to pay attention to the nadis, or channels. The left channel represents the cool side, the moon side, the past. If we operate too much on the left side, we can fall into sadness, regret and even depression. By simply warming up the left side, for example by using the heat from a candle flame, we can bring the left side into balance.

The right side, on the other hand, is the hot side, the sun side, the future. People who operate too much on the right side become hot-tempered, futuristic, egotistical and lacking in love and compassion. To clear out and balance the right side, we can simply use cold, in the form of ice, applied to our right sides. It is especially important to cool down our livers if they become over-heated through too much right-sided physical activity and too much thinking. As the liver is  the seat of the attention, we cannot meditate properly unless our attention is clear.

We can also clear out problems or blockages in the individual chakras by using the appropriate element for each chakra. For example, the element for clearing out the Mooladhara chakra is the earth. So, we can clear this chakra simply by sitting on the earth as much as possible.  The element for the heart chakra is air, and to clear this chakra we can do deep-breathing. Being exposed to wind is also very clearing for the heart chakra. The element for the Swadisthan chakra and the Void area is water. A simple technique for clearing these chakras is to do foot-soaking, that is, placing your feet in a bucket or basin of water to which a little salt has been added. You can also footsoak in the sea, a lake or a river.

These are just a few examples of the simple techniques used in Sahaja Yoga for clearing the chakras and the nadis. If you want to find out more about chakra-clearing techniques, please come along to a Sahaja Yoga program. You can find out more information about Sahaja Yoga programs in your area by going to the main website at www.scotlandyoga.com.

The Subtle System

The Subtle System in Sahaja YogaIn Sahaja Yoga, the subtle system of chakras and nadis (or channels) is an important key to the the degree to which human beings have moved forward in their spiritual evolution. As each chakra becomes clear through Sahaja Yoga meditation and clearing practices, various qualities become manifest.

At the first or base chakra, the qualities displayed by those whose Mooladhara chakra is clear are innocence and wisdom, as found in small children.

At the second chakra, the Swadisthan, the qualities of creativity become manifest. As this chakra clears, people may find that, for the first time, they become excellent writers, artists or poets.

The third chakra, the Nabhi, is where reside our satisfaction and contentment with our life situation – where we live, our relationships, our income, our jobs. If this chakra is clear, we attain a deep sense of peace and become very generous people.

The fourth chakra, the heart (or Anahat), is the seat of our love and compassion. When the heart chakra is clear, we emanate great love to all people, regardless of race, colour, status or wealth.

The fifth chakra, the Vishuddhi, is the source of diplomacy and sweet comunication. Located in the throat, this chakra is damaged by harsh words, bad language and unkind thoughts.

The sixth chakra is the Agnya, situated in the middle of the forehead. The quality displayed by those whose Agnya chakras are clear is forgiveness.

The last chakra, the Sahasrara, is situated at the top of the head, and comes into action when the Kundalini threads its way through the chakras, gently bringing them into balance, and emerges at the Sahasrara. At this point, the person achieves enlightenment or self-realisation. The Sahasrara represents the integration of all of the qualities of the other chakras. Those who have achieved self-realisation are able to connect with the All-pervading Power, thus attaining knowledge not only about themselves (self-knowledge), but also about the spiritual state of others. It becomes possible to know the absolute Truth.

Dancing

Water, Air and Earth

Listening to the silky sound of Waters, I dance;
Watching the enchanted colours of the Earth, I dance;
Smelling the freshness of the Air, I dance;
Hearing the melody of the breeze caressing the leaves, I dance;
Reflecting the beaming lights sparkling through the swirling life-drops, I dance.

When my breath follows the Divine breath, then I dance;
When nothing in between interferes, then I dance.

Like swinging waves in the Ocean,
I dance when feeling the love flowing from one heart to another heart.

Cosmic movement,
Vehicle of love,
Please, make us dance.

Meenakshi Pujari

(Photograph courtesy of wikimedia.org)

The Kundalini Energy

Shri MatajiNow, this Kundalini is the primordial power which is reflected within you, and within you, in a human being, it is like many strands of energy. So, it’s like a rope, and these energies are all twisted together to form this Kundalini….

Now, it is absolutely pure light of knowledge, love, compassion and attention. All these three things are in that energy. We know of many energies, like electrical energy.  We know of other energies. But these energies cannot think. They cannot adjust. They cannot work on their own. They are to be handled by us. But this energy, itself, is the living energy and knows how to handle itself. It thinks. If you see a seed being sprouted, you’ll find at the tip of the seed there’s a small little cell which knows how to go around the soft places and then how to encircle the stones, and then how to find its way to the source. That cell has got, I would say, a little Kundalini in it, the way it moves. But within you … a tremendous force of Kundalini exists.

So, you have a storehouse of compassion, which can be enlightened by the spirit. You have the storehouse of love, compassion and knowledge and ocean of forgiveness. When people get Realisation, they do not understand that they have now to grow. And why they don’t grow? Because they do not ask for these energies. A person who is a realised soul, if he says, “I have to have more compassion. My compassion is not all right. My concern about others is not all right. My generosity is not all right. I’m exploiting others. I’m exploiting their love,” then this energy starts moving, giving you that greater dimension of love and compassion.

Shri Mataji, 1991

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