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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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Question: Shri Mataji, when did you start to create your theory, your yoga?

Radio Interview (Austria '84)

Interviewer: So can you give me some not private details on your family’s life. I read as well in your bio, that now your daughters are married, and then you started to do what you are doing nowadays. So did you influence them as they were kids? Or when did you start to create your theory, your yoga?

Shri Mataji: No, I was quite aware of it from My very childhood. And I took My birth in a Protestant Christian religion, you Shri Mataji is pictured here with her immediate family, her husband Sir CP and their daughters Kalpana and Sadhana on the occasion of Sir CP’s Knighthood. Sir CP received a Knighthood, on the recommendation of the British Government, as Knight Commander in the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG). see, My father and mother were enlightened people, especially My father was a very enlightened person, and actually he told Me what sort of work I’ll have to do, because what problems I’ll have with human beings, because he told Me how human beings are, their problems are, what permutations and combinations they have. And then as a custom in India I had to marry also and I married a very nice man, and then I had children. And I thought that unless and until I reach a certain age, I should not start talking about it, because at a young age people may not take it up seriously.

But apart from that I had another problem that I found that human beings have certain permutations and combinations of barriers and  Continue Reading »

Question: Mother, some questions about who You are; who were You as a child; what people influenced You…

Radio interview (Santa Cruz USA '83)

(From Radio Interview 1983 Oct 01, Santa Cruz USA)

Interviewer: Mother, today there are many, many things said about Sahaja Yoga, about Your philosophy, and very little is said about who You are as a person. [Shri Mataji laughs] And, I thought it would be good to start out with some, some questions about who You are; who were You as a child; what people influenced You; what brought You to the place You are today as a Luminous Being sitting before me and before us.

Shri Mataji: I am a very ancient being – that problem is like this. [laughter] I had to… what can I tell you about Myself? I just don’t know what part will interest you, but only thing I can say that I was born with this understanding and awareness that I have to find out a method by which I could give en masse Realization to people. I was a Realized Soul, of course. I knew all about it from My very childhood. But the problem was that how to make many people get it, because if one person gets it or one person has it; if one person is an incarnation, people don’t understand it. Not only that but they may even try to destroy such a person. That’s what happened to all the saints who came on this earth. Christ was crucified; Mohammed Sahib was given poison – because they were
ignorant. They did not know what it was, what was He saying.

So, it was important first of all to find out a method how to give them en masse Realization, and from that angle I just thought that “this is why I am on this earth and I have to do this job” for which I wanted to study about human beings. I took My birth in a Christian family and that too a family which was Protestant family, because I felt that Protestants are fanatics but very sophisticated. [laughter] And, they rationalize everything to such an extent that nobody can see beyond it. So, I better take My birth in them and My father and mother had already taken birth whom I had chosen as My parents. They were great people, realized souls and specially My father was a person who knew why I was on this earth. Even My mother knew about it. Continue Reading »

Question: So, which God is for the Kundalini?

Press Conference (London '99)

Question: So, which God is for the Kundalini? Christ is over here (Agnya chakra). Which God is in the Kundalini? In the triangle?

(Sahaja Yogi: What is the God or the deity in the triangular bone, the Kundalini? )

Shri Mataji: Kundalini itself. The Kundalini is your own mother. Your individual mother. And She has tape-recorded all your past The rising of the Kundalini... "And She knows everything about you. So, when She rises She does, goes very slowly, without harming you, without troubling you and pierces through." Shri Matajiand your aspirations, everything. And She rises because She wants to give you your second birth, but She is your individual mother. You don’t share Her with anybody else. Yours is a different, somebody else’s is different. Because the tape-recording is different. 

We say She is the reflection of the Adi Shakti who is called as Holy Ghost in the bible. But She rises without any difficulty. Hardly any time it takes.

Editor – This image depicts the rising of the Kundalini  through the chakras (energy centres). The Kundalini is located in the triangular sacrum bone at the base of the spine. This process is part of the Self-Realization process that is offered through the Sahaja Yoga meditation technique.

Question: Shri Mataji, with all the traveling do you miss your family?

Public Lecture (New York, USA '99)

Q: With all the traveling do you miss your family?
Shri Mataji: No. [Shri Mataji laughs] My family is very sensible. And I travel, they also travel with me. My family, all of them, are here now in America. But my family is very sensible and they realize, they have realized that this is such a great work I’m doing. So they support me, they help me in every way. They are very supportive. And they like it and they enjoy it, enjoy all the people who have got realization. There’s a family, has the same ideas, or we can say the same feeling, for the world and they are very happy about it.

Question: What is the difference between Sahaja Yoga and the other meditations such as Buddhist meditation, TM?

Public Lectures (Australia '92)

Shri Mataji: You see the Buddhism meditation, is the meditation that was followed at the time of Buddha, all right? That time you had to renounce everything, and go to His stupas into places where to meditate. Now the time has come, that you have to get your Realization. That is how He prepared the Buddhists to get their Self-realization, all right. So that was the beginning. Every religion, every religion said you must pray, you must balance yourself, every religion wanted to do that. That is at that stage, all right? But now, you have to get your Self-realization for which you have worked. Because He has talked of the future Buddha known as Maitreya and also Bodhisattva So this state is there. So that meditation is just the, ladder to reach the state where you can get your Self-realization, all right. So nothing wrong with that, but you have to go further with it.

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