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Taking it further
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September 20, 2009
10:47 am

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In ancient times Self-realization was a dim distant goal, which for many seekers was all but impossible to attain, even with the most arduous practice. Now at this time in the West we are fortunate to be able to experience the power of true Self-realization through the gentle touch of Sahaja Yoga Meditation and Kundalini awakening.

Instead of being the end of the road, however, Shri Mataji stresses that this can be the start of a wonderful journey of discovery, one where we can make amazing use of our new found power of compassion to improve our environment, relationships and the world at large.

Passing it on

One of the most important features of practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation is that we can pass it on to others, by giving them Self-realization to help them experience the light of the Spirit.

Many people are initially shy of attempting to do this, but in fact it is really a very simple process, which involves little more than your desire and the ability to recognise the right time and place.

The easiest way, of course, is to invite friends and family to attend one of the regular weekly Sahaja Yoga Meditation meetings, but if this is not practicable, it is perfectly fine to give Self-realization to them yourself at home or work, and even to conduct your own small workshop to help them feel more during the process.

To do this all that needs to be done is to raise their Kundalini with your desire and attention. Sit them down so that they are comfortable, and get them to close their eyes. This is not mandatory, but it helps to get them to take their attention inside. Once they are settled, you can raise their Kundalini using your right hand in a flowing movement up the spine, or do the same by simply using your attention rather than any physical actions. Whilst doing  this we can ask silently inside ‘Mother, please give this person – or name x – their Self-realization.’

We can then wait a few moments – it usually takes a few moments for the process to register properly on their dormant system – and then ask them if they feel anything on their hands or coming out of the top of their head. Sometimes the answer will be positive, and in other cases not. It doesn’t matter, in either case you can either go on to explain a little more about the system and process or give them a practical demonstration by working on them as we do in the weekly meetings.

‘Becoming’ a Sahaja Yogi

True Yoga is not built around organisation or infrastructure, instead it has the Spirit as its foundation. Any authentic Yoga is also more than mere religion, it is an individual journey into the nature of Self. This search for self -knowledge is as old as time, and involves no conflict between our religious beliefs and the practice of our meditation. The two must exist in harmony, as both are based around the core ideal of the eternal Soul of man. Pure Yoga therefore needs no dogma, ritual or external props.

By the same token there is no Sahaja Yoga Meditation organisation which one can ‘join’, in much the same way that one cannot join one’s personality. We evolve into our personality as we pass through life, and in the same way we only truly progress in our Yoga by becoming meditative in all ways – by becoming more peaceful, more balanced, more  compassionate in every part of our day to day lives. In this way, over time and with patient practice we ‘become’ Sahaja Yogis.

It is not hard to recognise the clues of this transition towards becoming a true Yogi:

a) The whole focus of our life changes – we seek primarily to nurture our growing relationship with God and the Spirit.  

b) Material passions gradually drop away, to be replaced by a growing inner peace.

c) We develop a deep seated desire to help others find the same wonderful path to the spiritual universe.

d) The world becomes a hugely significant place. We begin to experience powerful and meaningful events in our meditation and our life in general.

The art of giving…

If you recognise any combination of the above states in your life, it could indicate that you are ready to step forward and lend a hand at this magical time of en masse enlightenment by helping to give self realisation to others. There is no evangelical or religious fervour involved in spreading the message of the Spirit, simply a genuine desire to help people find themselves, and by so doing help the world improve on a global level.

Sahaja Yogi volunteers who run local meetings are always grateful of any help from practitioners of any age and creed. In fact simply attending a local meeting regularly to help in the workshops and serve refreshments can be a huge source of assistance. There is no commitment involved, no dues, no formalities, just a gentle brotherhood of spiritually minded people.  And of course the more you give……!

The power of collectivity

One of the important methods of progressing our meditation practise is to understand and use the power of the collective experience. Regular attendance at a local Sahaja Yoga Meditation meeting definitely improves our meditation at home. Every time we have a collective meditation we go deeper and learn a little more, even if it looks on the surface as though the meeting we attend is simply covering old ground.

Our individual progress is driven by our subtle desire, which means that we receive exactly the spiritual answers we need at the right time and not before. The best way of receiving these answers is by continuing to attend collective meetings, advanced courses or any of the subtle ceremonies.

Using Sahaja Yoga Meditation in our everyday lives

Whether we join in directly or prefer to remain distantly involved makes no overall difference to our progress towards self knowledge. As Yogis we learn to appreciate the power of detached involvement and with organising without organisation. 

So even if we do not feel comfortable with becoming actively involved in a local meeting or in some other ‘Sahaj’ activity, we should remember that as long as we have the desire to grow spiritually, we will continue to reap the full benefits of our meditation.

It is also possible for each of us to use our new-found balance to improve our environment in other ways.  We may find ourselves promoting a more spiritual way of life at work, or offering a calm word and sympathetic ear with friends and family. Often we may be called upon to introduce our meditation technique, which is again where we can offer self realisation as a gentle introduction to the spiritual world.

Core benefits

There are many aspects to a true Yogi – from the wisdom of the Guru, to the compassion of the Saint – and all of these aspects will begin to manifest in our day to day lives as we continue with our meditation. In basic terms, as our chakras and subtle system become cleansed through meditation, we start to experience absolute freedom:

1) At the Mooladhara Chakra we experience real innocence = (freedom from corruption)

2) At the Swadhistan chakra – ‘true’ knowledge = (freedom from ignorance)

3) At the Nabhi chakra – total satisfaction = (freedom from fruitless desire)

4) At the Heart chakra – genuine security = (freedom from fear)

5) At the Vishuddhi chakra – ‘collectivity’ =  (freedom from misplaced ‘identity’)

6) At the Agnya chakra – absolute forgiveness = (freedom from anger/resentment)

7) And finally at the Sahasrara chakra – simple Joy = (freedom from suffering). 

These benefits are genuine and tangible and are open to everyone, regardless of race, creed or colour. They are not fanciful goals, dangling tantalisingly out of reach. The only thing we need to do is be diligent in our practice and firm in our resolve. We should also not be afraid to use our power of compassion to spread this message, as it is the means by which the world will eventually enter into a new era of peace and stability.


So by all means take the path towards your evolution that you feel happiest with. You have already taken the first and greatest step by accepting your Self-realization, the flowering of your spiritual energies. Now it is up to you how far you wish to progress on the road towards becoming a true Sahaja Yogi. Only you will be able to know when you have reached that state of understanding, compassion and desire which is the hallmark of a balanced and deeply spiritual individual.

Remember one thing, however. It is your birthright to achieve this awakening, you owe it to yourself to recognise this privilege and respond to its call. Try not to waste this invaluable, unique and amazing opportunity!

February 15, 2013
1:53 am
Mohini Venkatesh
Forum Posts: 5
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February 15, 2013

Hi Ozge,

I am reading your post long after you added it. Just replying to say that all of what you say is true. The transformation in Sahaja Yoga makes one a truly collective being… and rules are not needed anymore, all the answers come automatically.


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