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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Question: After receiving self-realization who is going to correct the injustice in the world?

Public Lecture (New York, USA '99)

Q: Once you get self-realization you know yourself, but who is going to correct the injustice in the world? Who is going to become the leader? Who will change the world where there is injustice, where there is discrimination, where there is hatred? If you are saying forget about the hatred, who is going to come forward? If I become self-realized and then forget the hatred then who’s going to come forward and change the world where there’s injustice, where there’s a crime, where there’s a harassment?
Shri Mataji: Ah, correct, that’s the worry I have. This hatred and all this, comes through ignorance. We have ignorance, and once you start getting into this great ocean of love, it starts just disappearing from you, to begin with and from others also, who have got realization.

Now they say that Sahaja Yoga is working in seventy-two countries and we have seminars in India sometimes and sometimes in Italy where the people from all these countries come. I have never seen them criticizing each other. Of course they have great fun, they enjoy, but never seen complaining or doing anything wrong to each other. Because now they have become all one.
It’s the last judgment, this is the time of last judgment. If you want to remain as you are, you’ll remain, nobody can force you. But, if you want to rise to that level, you’ll be amazed, you’ll have friends all over the world. Not ordinary friends, but real, real friends.

So, just to get rid of this hatred and all nonsense what do we have to do? Think this hatred comes from where? It comes from human beings. So, we have to transform them. If they are transformed, things will be all right.

Question: What are the ways and means to raise the Kundalini?

Public Lecture (Miami USA '90)

Question: What are the ways and means to raise the Kundalini and what are the symptoms?
Shri Mataji: The first one is I’ll do it now, so you Rising of the Kundaliniwill see it’s nothing so special, but the second one is that when you get your Realization first thing that happens to you that you become thoughtlessly aware to begin with when it crosses over Agnya chakra and when it pierces through this one you can feel the cool breeze coming out of your head, you can feel the cool breeze around yourself.

Now all these fingers are shown there you can see. They denote your centers. Only you have to understand the decoding of it.

Now supposing you take ten children who are realized souls and you tie their eyes and ask them: “What’s the matter with this gentleman?” Immediately, they will all raise the same finger, supposing they raise this finger and you ask that person: “Are you suffering from bronchitis?” They’ll say: “Yes, how do you know?” So, all these centers are decoded and once they are decoded if you know the decoding, if you know how to decode it, then it’s so easy, very easy you find out.

So this is the only thing we have to know about the decoding part of it, what is the center we are catching, what is the center others are catching? Now if you know how to correct the centers, you are all right. And the others are all right. It’s very simple it’s either left side or right side. Only two problems, basically.

Question: Shri Mataji, don’t you know many people that want more of yoga than yoga can give?

Radio Interview (Austria '84)

Interviewer: Shri Mataji, don’t you know many people that want more of yoga than yoga can give.

Shri Mataji: You see, yoga is a big misnomer in the West, people don’t know what this yoga is. Because even if you read Patanjali, it is said that you have to Shri Matajiget to your Self–Realization and then how to grow in your Self–Realization. Once you start growing in your Self–Realization, you develop such a personality that you see the whole world as one. You reach your wholesomeness. And when you reach your wholesomeness the complete balance and the curative sense comes in. Like you see, if there is a problem in my left finger, I’ll try to rub it, all right, I rub it and I soothe myself, whom am I helping, whom am I supporting, what is a developing country, what is a developed country, you see? You need something from the developing and you have to have the developed. So the whole thing is, that we haven’t got the wholesomeness. We are not integrated. Continue Reading »

Question: Is reincarnation necessary until Self-Realisation is attained?

Public Lecture (Sydney Australia '81)

Q: Is reincarnation necessary until Self-Realisation is attained?

Shri Mataji: That is again, you are thinking about the past. You see, why to worry? You have reincarnated many-a-times. No doubt about it. But now, this is the point: at this point, where are you? There’s no need to have reincarnations, who is going to count? From amoeba to this stage how many times reincarnated why do you want to know? Forget it. At this time you have to have your spirit, enlightened. Alright? Forget about the past. Just forget it. And then we start to …. specially in India, they’ll ask Me, ‘Was I a king? Was I this? Was I that?’ I said, ‘I am not bothered about the history.’

There was a boy … very scholarly … he came and asked Me, ‘Mother was I Napoleon in last life?’ I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘Even if I was don’t tell me, otherwise I’ll jump in the sea.’ I said, ‘No, why, why what makes you think that way?’ He said, ‘Because I’m very ego-oriented, my ego is colossal and another point is I’m very good at drawing so I think these two combinations are only possible in a Napoleon.’ I said, ‘No, no, you were not Napoleon, don’t you worry.’ He said, ‘Otherwise I will jump in the sea and take another incarnation!’ So don’t worry about these things, alright? It can be quite deviating. There is a big show going on, I agree there. ‘What was my last life?’ Somebody said, ‘You were in Egypt’ – what does it matter? Whether you were in Egypt or Timbuktu, what does it matter? You, this is a big a story going on, people paying money … now tell me what is … and they are telling also very nicely about this, you see?

You must ask a question, ‘What were you last time?’ Must have been a donkey! Otherwise, why is he taking money for this?

Question: And what is this technique (Sahaja Yoga Self-Realiszation) about?

TV Interview ORF (Vienna, Austria ’88)

Interviewer: And what is this technique (Sahaja Yoga Self-Realiszation) about?

Shri Mataji: It’s a very – depending on a person. Now see, we will take your case for example. (Shri Mataji laughing) You are a very busy person, one thing.

Interviewer (laughing): How do you know?

Shri Mataji: and you are very futuristic

Interviewer: Yes.

Shri Mataji: and you plan a lot, you think a lot. Such a person we call as a right-sided person. And you exhaust your right side energy much more.

So we have to fill in your right side energy. There’s a very simple method after Realization is to put your hand like this and – after Realization, not before that, and just to take the energy from the left side and put it on the right side, to fill you up. It’s very simple examples of movement of your fingers and hands – but after Realization, not before that. Before that it has no meaning. It is like if it is not connected to the mains, no use using this instrument.

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