Question: Shri Mataji, what is your tradition. I mean the tradition of Sahaja Yoga,

Interviewer: What is your tradition. I mean the tradition of Sahaja Yoga, since when does it exist as an idea? Shri Mataji: I think from times immemorial, because this is the only way you can raise Kundalini, by a Realized Soul. But used to be only once – one person, maybe two persons maybe. Like we can say the Tree of Life had one or two flowers to begin with. But today is a Blossomtime. That’s …

Question: How do you discriminate a false guru and a genuine Guru?

Interviewer: I did read in the Press Communiqué that one of your topics is the topic of Guru, of gurus. Gurus, false gurus. Now what are they? How do you discriminate a false guru and a genuine Guru? Shri Mataji: Yes, I’ve been talking against them since I think, 1970 very openly, even naming them. It’s very easy to make them out, you see, they are out for money. It’s the shopping. And they are …

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

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 …

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

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, …

Question: … spread the word of God using our thoughts and our actions.

Question: Someone once said to spread the word of God using our thoughts and our actions. I just want to know what is thought about that statement. Shri Mataji: First you should get connected to God. If you are not connected to God, whatever you are doing in the name of God may not be. First point is we should be connected. Supposing this instrument [pointing to microphone] is here, and if it is not …

Question: What about vegetarianism?

Question: What about vegetarianism? And, if you believe that by eating meat, war can ever be at peace, how can we achieve our spiritual breakthrough? Shri Mataji: All right, you become vegetarian. All right? So it’s all right for you to become vegetarian and receive that all right? Any ‘ism’ is against Sahaj Yoga, any ‘ism’ is against, ‘ism’ is a mental idea, it’s not the truth, it’s not reality, you have to face the …

Question: I want to know what qualifies someone to be a guru?

Question: I want to know what qualifies someone to be a guru? And, what makes you do the work you do? Shri Mataji: Oh, because I love it! It’s so beautiful to see people getting their Realization. You will also do the same once you get it, it’s so beautiful. The most beautiful thing is to give Realization to someone and so joyous because if you are selfish, if you are low type of a …

Question: Are there any mantras?

Shri Mataji: Yes there are, there are mantras which are according to the centers, which are in trouble. For example, this is the center between the optic chiasma, is the center of Christ. So now, if the Kundalini has stopped at that point, then you have to take His name, and it opens up. But you have to be a Realized soul first of all. You must have the authority. Then it opens out that …

Question: … if you’re not living somewhere close to where there is a center then what do we do?

Question: In order to develop realization, if you’re not living somewhere close to where there is a center then what do we do? Shri Mataji: There’s no need to depend on me. We have people here who are experts, who have really become masters. And, they will definitely help you so it doesn’t matter. I am always with you. Whenever you think of me, you’ll know I am with you and you can always write …

QUESTION: When we get angry, is our anger just our tendency to react like this?

SHRI MATAJI:  You see, if you get angry within yourself, and if you are sure that you are not doing anything wrong, for a Sahaja Yogi there is no need to say “outside you are angry.” There’s no need. That anger itself is a power. And you should do your bandhan and anything that you want to do. But you should not show that you’re angry. You should be absolutely silent, because you can be, …

Question: Do we have to change our lifestyle in Sahaja Yoga?

Question: Do we have to change our lifestyle in Sahaja Yoga? Shri Mataji: No, not the lifestyle, you see when you do what is needed for you, what is good for you , nobody has to change dresses or anything it’s nothing outside. But supposing you see now if I tell somebody now don’t wear such tight dresses, nobody would listen, because they will wear varicose veins and this all had happened. Then now they’re …

You must pray,…

You must pray, to God and ask, what you want. Ask for “complete satisfaction in my heart, joy in my heart, bliss in my heart, so that the whole world becomes blissful. Give me love, love that I could… love the whole world and that the whole world becomes one in love. Give salvation to this… humanity. Which is suffering. Take me to your feet. Cleanse me with… with thy love.” Now see if there …