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Sahaja Yoga Meditation… Questions & Answers

Welcome… Here you’ll find a compilation of Questions and Answers (Q&A’s) relating to the Sahaja Yoga meditation technique and its philosophy, as taught by its founder, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. These Questions have been posed to Shri Mataji at various events, such as public lectures and interviews. The answers below are Her response to the questions. Each event is grouped using the Q&A Categories feature (on the right sidebar). New Q&A’s are regularly posted on this page.

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Q: Is there a difference between the awakening and Self-Realisation?

Public Lecture (Sydney Australia '81)

Q: Is there a difference between the awakening and Self-Realisation?
Shri Mataji: Yes. Very good question. There is a difference between awakening and realization, it’s true.

It awakens, it passes, you can see with your naked eyes in many people when there is obstruction, you can see. It passes through various chakras, you can see. In some people it is so slow moving, otherwise it takes just split of a second. But if there’s an obstruction you can see it and the awakening has taken place.

But the breaking of the Sahasrara is the realization where you get cool breeze in the hands. If you don’t get cool breeze in the hands at least you must get cool breeze here. Minimum. But sometimes this center is very bad in many people. Then you don’t feel it in the hands but you must feel it here. But still, it’s just the beginning, just the germination.

Like Christ has said that some seeds fell down here and some seeds fell there. It happens like that. So awakening is not the end of it. It’s just the beginning. It has started and then realization is established.

First, when the Kundalini goes over these chakras you get a state called thoughtless awareness, where there’s no thought in your mind. It’s very easy to get. This is the center of Christ. It goes above that. When it passes through all these centers of Moses and Abraham and all that, it passes through the center of Christ and it passes through this Brahmarandra, fontanel bone, then you get your baptism, then you feel the cool breeze in the hands. But, it may be sucked back into the places where there’s a problem because with me I’ve seen people get it just like that. It flows like a great … river, in flood. It happens. But then, sometimes it comes back. But once it is awakened, it is awakened, you have to learn how to establish it. It’s a very good question, my child. You have to know about it

Question: …Is there hell and heaven?

Public Lecture (Miami USA '90)

Question: You mentioned about a hell and heaven. Is there hell and heaven?

Shri Mataji: Of course, of course, there is, I must say, yeah, of course but forget about it, just now I’m talking about the heavens so forget about the hell part. All right.

Question: How do you feel about people asking for money for spirituality?

Public Lecture (Miami USA '90)

Question: How do you feel about people asking for money for spirituality?
Shri Mataji: Is correct, you see that’s a very correct question you asked me, that how do I travel because most of time my husband pays but now these people (Sahaja yogis) are feeling ashamed of themselves that how he should pay for your salvation so they pay to the airfare not to me, all right? To the  what you call the travel agents, not to me, for this hall they have collected little money and they are paying for it. But, you would not like me to pay for your food, for your chairs, for everything. That’s not expected.

See if I have to travel they should pay, it’s in all self-esteem and in self-respect, but I did it for years together first when I came to America I came on my own, My husband paid for everything. Luckily he has money so and he thinks this is a good work so he pays for quite a lot of things, but that’s a different thing, that’s very different, that’s very little that they have to pay, that’s different and it’s all our accounts are known. I don’t know what they do, how they collect money, where they spend it, I don’t see, I’m very bad at accounts! I just don’t understand, but what I’m saying that sometimes if they want to pay for my travel it’s correct, because I think they must have self-respect, my husband shouldn’t pay for my travel, for this hall, for their food, for everything, is it proper? It’s not proper.

So, if you go to one extreme that you give thousand of pounds to somebody, because he gives you a funny mantra, and here people ask me who pays for the hall, I mean they must pay, don’t you think so, in self-respect you all must pay.

Question: Why is it that with Sahaja Yoga you can come to self-realization so fast?

Public Lecture (New York, USA '99)

Q: Most saints spoke of self-realization coming with the lifetime of practicing the education and commitment. Why is it that with Sahaja Yoga you can come to it so fast?
Shri Mataji: Why, because the need is so much. It’s the need of the Divine. Divine now is fed up with human beings and it wants to have a very short thing.
You see formerly, to go to even to New York was very difficult. I don’t know how many years Columbus took to come to America. But today, you can just come in. So I would say it’s a jet age and the Kundalini has also become like that.

Question: I have this friend with allergy problems, is there anything that you can base the chakras on?

Public Lectures (Australia '92)

Shri Mataji: Yes it is curable. This is due to liver, it’s a liver problem, allergies are due to liver. But also it’s triggering from the left side and so it can be cured, we have cured that. It can be cured, all right? Some people take more time, and some people take less time, but I’ve seen most of them get cured, most of them. You may write to Me if you have any…

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