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Shri MatajiWhat is meditation? In the West meditation is considered to be quiet thought, reflection or contemplation. In the East, where the ancient art of meditation developed several thousand years ago, it is considered to be “thoughtless awareness” or not thinking. 

Meditation developed in India as part of a tradition of mental, physical and spiritual practices known as yoga. The purpose of practising yoga was to achieve the state of “Self-realisation”, a meditative state in which the practitioner becomes one with the whole universe, has a feeling of total peace and tranquillity and achieves complete psychological integration.

Modern psychologists have called this state of self-realisation “self-actualisation” and Carl Jung has called it “individuation”. It is the state in which artists, writers and musicians receive inspiration, and sports people talk of being “in the flow” when everything becomes effortless and spontaneous. It is also the state where healing, both physical and mental, takes place. It is a state of “thoughtless awareness” in which you are able to focus on the present moment for a sustained period of time. You are fully alert and in control, but you are not being bombarded with thoughts about the past or the future.

In about 500BC in India a sage and physician called Patanjali formalised this tradition of yoga into a science to achieve the state of Self-realisation which included eight branches among which were ethical restraint, self-discipline, mental focus, physical exercise and meditation.  The physical exercises were called Hatha Yoga and they were designed to clear the chakras (subtle energy centres) so that Self-realisation could take place.

For thousands of years people who wanted to achieve their Self-realisation and experience this meditative state had to spend many years studying with a guru in the Himalayas, clearing their chakras and undergoing many hardships in order to achieve it. In 1970 Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi devised a simple method to allow people to attain their Self-realisation and to go into this state of meditation spontaneously. This is called Sahaja Yoga.  It takes just ten minutes but is a truly life-changing event.

Sahaja Yoga meditation fits easily into the Western lifestyle, taking just five minutes in the morning and ten minutes at night to start seeing the improvements in your life. It has been shown to have many benefits – better health, peace of mind, improved relationships and greater enjoyment of life.  According to the wishes of the founder, Shri Mataji, Sahaja Yoga is always taught free of charge. 

Kay Alford

Joy!

 Pink flower with waterdrops

There are so many joys in this life to be had;
So why think yourself into a sorrow?
There are so many reasons today to be glad;
Then why should you think of tomorrow?

The sun’s always shining above the clouds,
And night always makes way for morning;
So please keep on searching for higher ground,
And don’t stop until you are soaring.

The joy in this moment of love that we share,
Is a part of the whole Divine plan.
If your heart’s open wide, you just cannot compare;
If you wish, then you will, and you can!

Melissa Richard

(Photograph courtesy of geekphilosopher.com)

Venus near the moonAfter you have been meditating daily for some time and daily clearing your energy centres, called chakras, you find your Kundalini is up all the time. When your Kundalini is up all the time, you are technically in a state of meditation. So when you sit down to “go into” meditation, you just deepen the state you are in all the time, anyway. This is a wonderful way to live!

I went to see the doctor the other day about a simple health matter. When I walked in, I also asked him to check my blood pressure, only because I am about to enter my sixth decade on Planet Earth. 

“Oh, it’s high. Hmmm. I had better measure it again in five minutes,” he said in a serious tone. This was unusual – I had never had high blood pressure before.

After the doctor did the unrelated, mildly painful procedure I had come in for, which took a few minutes, he got out the blood pressure equipment again. As he wrapped the equipment round my arm I consciously put my attention at the top of my head where the Kundalini emerges as a cool breeze, and I silently said the mantra to Shri Chandra Ma (the moon) to cool down my right side. I was instantly, beautifully thoughtless: in a state of deep meditation. 

 “It’s down! It’s gone down!  Hey, great! No problem!” the doctor said in amazement. I told him it’s because I had gone into meditation. Of Eastern ethnic origin, he was not surprised, although he did not know anything about Sahaja Yoga. 

Jenni Kiama

(Photograph courtesy of freerepublic.com)

The Breakthrough

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga“Self-realization manifests at the exact moment that the Kundalini pierces the fontanel membrane at the top of the head. Some feel the waves of grace, which flow from the Sahasrara into the left and right channels while others simply enjoy the silent consciousness and the physical perception of the vibrations, which mark the integration of the central nervous system and the spiritual awareness. The fusion of the human and cosmic planes takes place instantaneously. From the instant of realization, the nervous system becomes conscious of the autonomic system. Auto, in the sense given by Shri Mataji to this term, means the Self. The awareness of the Self or Atma, which is a spark of the Self of God (Paramatma) is dawning in our conscious mind. Straightaway the new spiritual sensibility manifests on the physical level. The cool breeze of the vibrations conveys the message of the unconscious…

“The unconscious works in quite a different fashion in a realized being. There is no grand design, no mental decoding; it is always susceptible to the ego’s influence, but it has a spontaneous connection with the mainframe. Not only the receptor of the unconscious, the realized being also becomes the emitter. He or she can use vibrations on their surroundings, cure a sick person of disease and even awaken the Kundalini of another. The more a realized being progresses on his or her evolutionary path, the more effective is the spontaneity with which they emit the vibrations of chaitanya. And, without acting, they act on the environment.”

Gregoire de Kalbermatten, The Third Advent. Camberwell, Australia: Viking, 2003 

Have No Sorrow

 

Sunset reflection

Seated in silent concernment,
I gaze upon Her ancient form,
Now receding slowly from me.

A thousand images She has given us,
Bursting suddenly into my now inward looking view,
I am one with them all.

Avdhut

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