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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: How do we become aware of chakras (enegry centes) and do we correct them?

Public Lecture (Brisbane Australia '87)

Question: You talked about the imbalances or blockages in the chakras. How do we become aware of them and do we correct them?

Shri Mataji: That’s what you will have to learn. Is very simple. You see once you get your Realisation you’ll have to come to our (Sahaja Yoga) centres and they Raising of the kundalinitell you how to do it. It’s very simple. There are few methods by which you can just clear them out. But you have to come to our centre, you see. You have to respect your Self Realisation and you have to little bit pay attention to it because people, you see to them is like a buying Coca Cola in a bar shop, is not Realisation. Is the epitome of your evolution. Is the highest thing and has to be respected that way. They come to my lectures all right. But they don’t try to work out their Realisation. You have to work it out and you have to become masters. You have to become you own gurus. All of you can.

(Editor: Click here for a list of all Sahaja Yoga meditation centres around the world )

Question: What can you say to them about how to become a realized soul, how to achieve this Cool Breeze?

Radio interview (Santa Cruz USA '83)

Interviewer: The listeners who will be tuning in to this program on the radio won’t have had the experience of being in Your presence. Some of them may have who were in this room. What can you say to them about how to become a realized soul, how to achieve this Cool Breeze that comes from… 

Shri Mataji: At the beginning of My lecture, if you tell them that they should put their hands towards the radio. Just on the radio. They might feel the Feeling the Cool Breeze If they don’t feel it, then tell them to put the right hand first till they feel the cool breeze, and left hand up as if ventilating out. And, then the left hand towards the radio and the right hand up. It might work out because it has worked in Hong Kong. [laughter]

Interviewer: I’ll tell You something interesting. I interviewed Danny and Doug (Sahaja Yogis) before You came so that listeners would have a chance to come here. And, one of them called me and said that he went into meditation in the afternoon and felt the Cool Breeze just by hearing them talk.

Shri Mataji: See, if Sahaja Yogis can do it then when I’m talking it should happen. [laughter]

Question: Shri Mataji… How much are you influenced by Christian ideas?

TV Interview ORF (Vienna, Austria ’88)

Interviewer: How much are you, I mean, I said my last question half an hour before. (Laughter) How much are you influenced by Christian ideas? Shri Mataji: You mean Christianity or Christ? Interviewer: Yes. I don’t know – define it, I mean, whatever is important for You. Shri Mataji: Christ is very much there, no doubt, but Christianity I don’t know, it’s like all other religions, it has diverted. Shri MatajiThere was a book recently which I read Gnostic, which was – you might have also heard about it, when Saint Thomas on his way to India wrote this thing and put it in a jar in Egypt. It was found out about 48 years back. Gna in Sanskrit means ‘to know’. And in that whatever he has written challenges all our Christian ideas. First is that we must suffer, that God wants us to suffer for Him, and all these ideas of Christianity – we should confess our sins, and all that is being challenged. So about Christianity – I was Myself born in the Christian religion. And I was quite surprised the way we are following Christ. Because if we had followed Him properly – the first thing He has said is that, “You have to be born again.” And when He said that again we branded ourselves ”we are born again”. Just like so many people brand themselves as “Brahmins” or anything. But you are not born again, because a born again person has powers, has powers of raising the Kundalini. So, like that, Christ has said that, “You are to be born again,” meaning you have to have your Kundalini awakened. It‘s very clearly given in our Shastras, that a bird is called as a dwijaha, means born twice and a Brahmin is called also a dwijaha, means born twice. Means the Brahmin has one birth as a human being and second birth as a Brahmin when he knows the Brahma, means the All pervading power. In the same way a bird is born as an egg and then is reborn as a bird. So this is what is clearly given that you are to be born again, means that you have to get your Realization. Christ has said so many things, like He said, “Thou shalt not have adulterous eyes.” Now tell Me Christians what do you think about their eyes? Why Christianity has failed? Why has it failed everywhere? The problem with them is that they have not followed Christ as they should have. And it’s all diverted. The whole thing is so diverted. Now also I don’t understand why Paul is in Bible. Paul has nothing to do with Christ. He was epileptic. He was the one who killed Stephen. He was the one who killed so many Christians. He just had the supra-conscious experience of a cross and finished. He is an organizer. And do you know now the Protestants are going so far to say that Christ was a human being – finished. Because they can’t go anywhere near Him. So call Him a human being. They are even going up to the point to say that He was homosexual, what do you say to that? I mean, they go on saying every sort of thing about Him, who was the only Son of God.

Question: Could you mention how to lose body consciousness?

Public Lecture (New York, USA '99)

Q: Could you mention how to lose body consciousness?
SHRI MATAJI: Now all these words have absolutely has no meaning. Body consciousness this thing, that thing. You see it is said that you should not be conscious of your body. You should be conscious of your body as a human being, there’s nothing wrong. But once you get your realization, you become conscious of your subtle body, which is within you, so you can easily get it. But you don’t lose the consciousness of your body, that’s not so.

These are all funny things they are doing. I was telling you that you fly in the air and all that, it’s not. It’s absolutely simple that you become consciously aware within yourself of your own powers. And which you use, not for cruelties or for making money, but for love. I mean it is something it is something that happens to you, like I would say a flower. See it’s just a bud, maybe it’s not even a bud, but then it becomes a flower. And you see your fragrance and you are amazed at yourself.

So all these things that you have to give up your body consciousness, this consciousness, is not necessary at all. You don’t have to give up anything. Wherever you are, whatever you are, in that only you get the light, the enlightenment as they call it.

Question: What you should know about Yoga & Meditation

General Information

What is Yoga?
Yoga literally means ‘union with the universal soul’, Most people today associate yoga with the modern version which can only offer postures and breathing exercises.

Traditionally, those practising ‘true yoga’ aim to have that union between their individual soul and the universal soul – the supreme spirit.

A ‘true yoga’ leads one to this union by awakening the inner Self through special knowledge and meditation.

What is Meditation?
Meditation is the personal experience of going beyond one’s thoughts, worries and upsets, and being in a state of peace and calm. After the ‘true yoga’ or union has taken place, this state is quickly established.

Meditating for even 10 to 15 minutes a day nourishes and improves the individual’s connection with the supreme spirit – the source of all peace and joy.
There can be immediate benefits in stress relief & contentment. It has been scientifically shown that regular Sahaja Yoga meditation can reduce certain illness. It helps one attain balance and enlightenment.

How does ‘true yoga’ happen?
Through Sahaja Yoga a subtle energy within, called kundalini, is spontaneously awakened – giving the ‘true yoga’ for meditation. When done correctly, it happens instantly with no effort or thought.

Sahaja means ‘spontaneous’ and Yoga means ‘union’ – the spontaneous union.

About Sahaja Yoga
Sahaja Yoga is a true meditation that is being practised by thousands of people around the world. Its popularity has grown steadily since it was founded in 1970 by Shri Mataji – who is known as the Mother.

There are many Sahaja Yoga locations, both in Australia and worldwide, which offer the public an opportunity to experience true meditation for themselves. 

Who can do Sahaja Yoga?
Everyone. No matter what your age or lifestyle, you’ll find the techniques of meditation easy to do and follow.  Sahaja Yoga is available and accessible to everyone. It can be practised at home or with other people in our meetings.  People who are stressed through a hectic life at work or at home, find Sahaja Yoga very beneficial. They learn how to relax, which can lead to a more balanced life free from their stress and anxiety.

What does it cost?
There is no charge for the teaching of Sahaja Yoga Meditation – it is free to anyone who desires to experience it. The basic philosophy of Sahaja Yoga is to provide the knowledge and experience of meditation to anyone who seeks it.

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