Who is Shri Mataji?
I remember a fine morning of August 1975, sitting in a suburban train between Hurst Green and London. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was sitting in front of me. I had spent some very intriguing and mind boggling moments in her house, the day before having felt levels of consciousness whose bliss
it is impossible to describe. I was fairly puzzled and asked quite simply: "Shri Mataji, who are you?" She responded something like: "open your hands, close your eyes and ask the question again", suggesting I should ask through my meditation. I did so. After some time - I do not know how much time - I opened my eyes again. Shri Mataji was smiling; she said "So?" I responded "Nothing Shri Mataji, just the silence". She said "I am the silence". But for the rest of the day, I had the feeling of being so light that I was literally wondering whether my feet were touching the ground; the quality of well being throughout this day of shopping in London was again ecstatic. These states of higher awareness were registered by my central nervous system and cannot be doubted. The perception is direct. So, who is Shri Mataji? Caiaphas asked Jesus: "Are you the son of God?" When Jesus replied affirmatively, the Pharisees sent him to Pontius Pilatus and to the cross. Sometimes people ask and do not want to know. Sometimes people ask and do not want to believe. But if we ask because we are genuinely interested, and honest, then, only in meditation can we get close to the subject, in a living and experimental manner. All the rest is words, and words are just that: ambivalent and unconvincing. The history of spirituality shows that spiritual masters are fought by the mainstream establishment when they are alive and worshipped when they are dead in order to take advantage of their legacy. My advice to those who would like to know the truth about Shri Mataji's unique and historical advent on this earth is to get access to self realisation through the proven technique of Sahaja Yoga and go deeper in meditation where responses unfold.Gregoire de Kalbermatten
Is Sahaja Yoga a religion?
If religion means belief, no. If religion means connection with Reality, the Self or the Divine, whatever your language, then yes. Sahaja Yoga is not an organized religion, but it unites the essence of all religions through
direct perception of the subtle, divine reality. Sahaja Yoga is moving spirituality from the realm of dogma into the realm of individual experimentation. It is a practice, a direct experience which is felt on our central nervous system and requires no act of faith to substantiate it.Anyone who has eyes can see that the sky is blue. Anyone who has their self realization, which is achievable effortlessly through Sahaja Yoga, can feel the cool breeze of the Kundalini (in the Vedic tradition) or Holy Spirit (in the Christian tradition) above their head. Self Realization is a happening that opens a new category of perception to better handle our daily life.
Does Sahaja Yoga accept other religions?
The word RELIGION comes from a latin word ("religare") which means "to unite". The essence of all major religions of the world is the same: truth. The purpose is the same: to lead a better life, united with the power which created us.
 The religions were all based on the teachings of Divine incarnations who came on this earth, at different times and places, to guide humanity towards its collective emancipation.Through the process of Self Realization achieved in Sahaja Yoga, the truth of these religions becomes apparent: it is not not revealed through compliance to dogmas. It manifests through the liberation of our potential for a higher state of well being. We thus come to truly grasp and accept the essence of these great teachings, not on a mental basis, not by trying to reconcile the differences and ritualism which was added to them over the ages by the people in charge, but through our own experience.
What is Yoga?
Yoga literally means union or connection. The traditional purpose of all yoga techniques is to give us a connection with the inner peace and silence that exists deep within each of us. This is why meditation is actually the essence of all yoga teachings.
Only recently have people begun marketing yoga as physical exercise alone. Sahaja means effortless or spontaneous. Sahaja Yoga meditation gives us the ability to use the power already within us to effortlessly and spontaneously achieve a peaceful state of balance, well-being and self knowledge.The Sahaja Yoga meditation technique encourages us to develop a new awareness of ourselves so that we can grow and evolve toward becoming truly balanced, peaceful and compassionate for the benefit of ourselves and others.
What is Sahaja Yoga?
Sahaja Yoga is the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness. This experience, which started to spread in 1970 thanks to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, has since been extended to more than 90 countries. The knowledge of Sahaja Yoga is very old, yet it was kept secret and mainly only transmitted from guru to disciple.
 Therefore for a long time,only very few people had access to it. Now Shri Mataji has made this knowledge accessible to all, and Self-Realisation has become a reality for hundred of thousands of people all over the world.Sahaja Yoga was foretold a long time ago by numerous spiritual traditions and religions. Until the advent of Sahaja Yoga we manifested our concepts and our ideas by means of our ego and our conditionings, without being able to achieve a state of thoughtless awareness, which is a collective dimension. Because there is no absolute norm for distinguishing an authentic teacher from a false one, many seekers of truth have allowed themselves to be misled by following false and self-proclaimed “gurus”, who are driven by power and money.Sahaja (= spontaneous) Yoga (= union with the Self) takes our awareness beyond relative thinking and into the realm of reality which can be perceived in a tangible manner on our central nervous system. The result of this experience, also called Self-Realisation, Second Birth, Baptism, Satori etc., is that our spiritual evolution happens without effort, just like a seed which transforms itself spontaneously into a great tree. The spiritual evolution which is the moving force behind this process brings us into physical, mental and emotional balance. As Shri Mataji says, “You cannot know the true purpose of your life unless you are connected to the power that created you!”
What are vibrations and the Kundalini?
The Kundalini is the power of pure desire within us - a maternal, spiritual energy which resides in a latent state in the triangular sacrum bone at the base of the spine.
 The awakening of the Kundalini was always the goal of all the religions and all the spiritual traditions throughout the world.“The Kundalini cures you, improves you and showers you with blessings. It keeps you free from all the problems of the material world,” says Shri Mataji. The manifestation of the Kundalini energy is known as vibrations, from the Sanskrit word Chaïtanya. After Self-Realisation (the awakening of the Kundalini) these subtle vibrations can also be felt in the form of a gentle, cool breeze coming from the fontanel region of the head (on the top of the head) and also in the palms of the hands.
What is Sahaja Yoga meditation?
Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a non-intrusive, self-regulated approach to addressing a great need within society. The meditation technique, which is basis of the spiritual path, is easily learned by the average person.
 There is growing acceptance within society of the positive role Sahaja Yoga Meditation can play in the reduction of stress, leading to an enhancement of the individual's physical and psychological well being, and an improvement in the sense of balance, equanimity and self control.
How is Sahaja Yoga different from other types of Yoga?
Sahaja Yoga is different from the other types of Yoga because it begins with Self Realization instead of this being the unobtainable dream of a distant goal.
Traditionally, a guru used to have only a handful of disciples and look after their growth for a lifetime, guiding their inner cleansing day by day. Few souls were able to achieve Self Realization after many years of passing through various stages (yama, niyama, breathing techniques, postures, etc.). For those few souls, it was like trying to cleanse a completely obscure room without having any light. In these modern times - that Shri Mataji calls as the Blossom Times because of the state achieved by human consciousness collectively - she has devised a method by which this happening (Self Realization) is achieved spontaneously (Sahaja), without any effort. A little light is then lit within us (a new dimension becomes available to our awareness) and through Sahaja Yoga meditation we can then grow much faster, without having to go through any penances, while living normal lives amidst our own families and societies. This is because, in the light of the new awareness, we become our own gurus, our own guides. After Self Realization, we are able to feel a gentle cool breeze flowing above the head and also from the center of our palms. We can feel on our fingertips any blockages in our energetic centers and are able to clear them using this energy which has been awakened in us (Kundalini). Moreover. we become collectively conscious, i.e. we can feel others' centers and cure them as well. The fact that we are all part and parcel of the Whole becomes a tangible reality in our day to day life. Becoming one with the pure Spirit in us is the ultimate goal of human life described in various terms in all religions and spiritual traditions of the world. Self Realization is the first step: once this connection is initially established, it needs to be nourished with our attention and regular meditation, enabling us to find out why we are here and to ultimately fulfill the destiny of our life.
A Personal Experiment
Sahaja yoga does not require us to believe anything that cannot be proven with our own experience. There is
 no blind faith or dogma. The best approach is to treat it like a personal experiment- make an honest attempt at meditation for, say, one or two weeks and see for yourself whether or not it gives you any benefit.
Who can practice Sahaja Yoga?
Everyone can. There is no restriction of caste, creed, religion, nationality, age, or sex.

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