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Shri Mataji's Photo and Chakra Chart For New People in the TriState Collective in 2014

Alan Wherry

Designed by Richard Payment, editor of the Divine Cool Breeze magazine. It has a fold, so that it can be folded and used on a table top, or, it can be framed.

The photo, of course, is the one that Shri Mataji said contained all Her teachings. 

Something we learned by four years experience of going into public high schools was that having words on the chakra chart actually encouraged people to think, and since the object is to help them experience 'thoughtless awareness' the words tended to be counter productive. For example, sometimes students, and I've heard adults say it too, "We don't believer in Evolution, it's against our religion." Notwithstanding that the evolution referred to on our chart is of the spiritual kind and not in the Darwinian sense, the discussion that followed wasn't enhancing the experience of 'thoughtless awareness'. It was better to have the chart blank, and then when people said, "Why is my left hand hot, when I meditate?" or "Why is my right thumb tingling?" we could explain from the chart what was going on.

This approach, "show, don't tell" was much more effective.

We had the cards beautifully printed by a printer in Riverdale, Bronx, 2500 at a cost of 22 cents each.

Of course, further improvement will happen and suggestions or thoughts are welcome.

 

 

 

 

Diwali letter from Shri Mataji 1981

Alan Wherry

LETTER TO SAHAJA YOGIS - 27 OCTOBER 1981   Dear Sahaja Yogis, My Dear Children,    May this Diwali light the lamp of love within all of you. You yourselves are like those lamps whose glow spreads far and wide, and this glow cannot be diminished by trying to cover it up. In fact, trying to conceal them makes these lamps even more powerful. This is the inherent wealth of these lamps. But sometimes negativity causes these lamps to shake and waver. What is the reason for these lamps to shake and waver? All of you please think about this. Don’t you possess a kavach (protection) to keep you from shaking and wavering? Have you forgotten your Mother`s love, and is that why you shake and waver? My love will always protect you in the same manner in which a glass covering provides protection to a lamp. But the glass has to be kept clean. In what words can I explain this to you? Will I have to say like Shri Krishna said - “Give up all other duties and surrender only to me,” or like Jesus Christ said, “I am the path and I am the entrance.” What I want to tell you is that “I am your final aim”. But will you all accept this? Will this message of mine enter your hearts? Sometimes whatever I say is distorted and twisted. But the truth is the truth. You cannot change the truth. If you try to change the truth you will remain ignorant and backward. This is the reason for my unhappiness. Diwali is the day for pure aspirations. Please welcome the entire universe. Many lamps have been lit and these lamps have to be protected. Pour the oil of love into these lamps, make the Kundalini the wick and your inner Atma the flame and let the glow of this flame raise the Kundalini of others. The flame of the Kundalini will glow even much more and the small flame within you will become huge. This huge flame will never die. Then you will receive the pure protection of my love. This love is limitless and unending. I will always look after you. My love will always shower you with infinite blessings. Ever yours, Loving Mother, Nirmala

LETTER TO SAHAJA YOGIS - 27 OCTOBER 1981

 

Dear Sahaja Yogis, My Dear Children,

 

 May this Diwali light the lamp of love within all of you. You yourselves are like those lamps whose glow spreads far and wide, and this glow cannot be diminished by trying to cover it up. In fact, trying to conceal them makes these lamps even more powerful. This is the inherent wealth of these lamps. But sometimes negativity causes these lamps to shake and waver.

What is the reason for these lamps to shake and waver? All of you please think about this. Dont you possess a kavach (protection) to keep you from shaking and wavering? Have you forgotten your Mother`s love, and is that why you shake and waver? My love will always protect you in the same manner in which a glass covering provides protection to a lamp.

But the glass has to be kept clean. In what words can I explain this to you? Will I have to say like Shri Krishna said - Give up all other duties and surrender only to me,or like Jesus Christ said,I am the path and I am the entrance.

What I want to tell you is that I am your final aim. But will you all accept this? Will this message of mine enter your hearts? Sometimes whatever I say is distorted and twisted. But the truth is the truth. You cannot change the truth. If you try to change the truth you will remain ignorant and backward. This is the reason for my unhappiness.

Diwali is the day for pure aspirations. Please welcome the entire universe. Many lamps have been lit and these lamps have to be protected. Pour the oil of love into these lamps, make the Kundalini the wick and your inner Atma the flame and let the glow of this flame raise the Kundalini of others. The flame of the Kundalini will glow even much more and the small flame within you will become huge. This huge flame will never die. Then you will receive the pure protection of my love. This love is limitless and unending. I will always look after you.

My love will always shower you with infinite blessings.

Ever yours,

Loving Mother,

Nirmala

Five Auspicious Days of Diwali

Alan Wherry

courtesy of Tim Bruce, UK.

The Festival of Light will very soon be with us again, when we celebrate the enlightenment of human beings through Kundalini awakening and Self-realization, and the joy of God's love.

HAPPY DIWALI 

2014 dates

Day 1 (Tuesday 21 October) – Dhanteras

The first day is the Shri Gruha Lakshmi day, the actual birthday of Shri Lakshmi, so on this is the day it is considered auspicious to offer a household item as a present to the housewife who is the Gruha Lakshmi of the household. The first day is also the birthday of Shri Dhanvantari, the Divine Healer (aspect of Shri Vishnu), who, like Shri Lakshmi Herself, arose from the churning of the ocean. The photo of Shri Mataji in this aspect is said to cure all ills.

 

Because Vishnu is the one who is, the one who cures. We call Him a Dhanvantari - means a doctor. He is the one who cures because He is our preserver; He is the preserver of human beings. So if He preserve your dharma, then you don't get sick. And if you get sick, it is Vishnu who will preserve, who will cure you. So He is the one who is, we can call, Dhanvantari - is a doctor.” Shri Mataji, Shri Vishnu puja, Paris, 13 July 1994.

Incidentally, according to William Blake, this aspect manifests in the UK in the City of Bath: “Bath, mild Physician of Eternity, mysterious power -Whose springs are unsearchable & knowledge infinite.” ('Jerusalem', Plate 46, lines 2-3)

Day 2 (Wednesday 22 October) – Naraka Chaturdashi

The day when, according to Shri Mataji, the Goddess gave Her power to Shri Kartikeya to kill Narakasura (see Diwali puja 1989). UK & Eire are particularly affected by this negative aspect, that attacks the heart and creates conflict, division and disharmony. Hell's gate is open in the early hours of morning (the real Halloween) when Narakasura is pushed into Hell, so it's advisable to sleep relatively late (ie: not to meditate at 4am or get up early to eat Diwali sweets!), get up after sunrise and also leave a lamp burning safely overnight from evening. Shri Mataji also advised us that this was the only time that Sahaja Yogis should fast, saying that we should not eat before about midday/12.30pm until Narakasura's influence has dispersed.

Day 3 (Thursday 23 October) – Diwali/Shri Lakshmi puja

DIWALI DAY

Today we perform puja to Shri Lakshmi/Shri Mahalakshmi and invite the Goddess into our homes with lights. This is the auspicious day of Diwali, the Diwali Amavasya, the darkest night of the year - symbolising the victory of Light over darkness.

This is the day of Mahalakshmi Puja, not only of Lakshmi Puja” Shri Mataji, Diwali puja, 9 Nov 1980.

Today is the actual Christmas Eve, as at midnight on this the darkest night, Shri Jesus Christ was born as Shri Mahavishnu (Mahaganesha) to Shri Mary who was Shri Mahalakshmi.

Day 4 (Friday 24 October) – Diwali Padwa

This day is one of the 3-and-a-half most auspicious days of the year. Today is the true birthday of Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnation of Shri Ganesha, the actual Christmas Day. Shri Rama was crowned on this day after defeating Ravana. It's New Year's day in the Hindu Vikram calendar, (but note that the Shalivahana New Year for Sahaja Yogis is Gudi Padwa - around late March/April). A very auspicious day to begin new things.

Day 5 (Saturday 25 October) – Bhaiduj

Celebration of the brother and sister relationship.

Shri Mataji talks about all the details of the five days of Diwali in a talk after Her main speech about 39 minutes into the DVD of Diwali 1983 in Hampstead: http://www.amruta.org/1983/11/06/diwali-puja-1983/
"Now today we'll not have any havan, that we have decided because in the Diwali there is no need to have any havan but we'll have just the puja. Now today is the puja - as you know there are five days they celebrate Diwali. The first day is the thirteenth day where it is the Gruha Laksmi's day, that is the day when the Gruha Laksmi is worshipped. But a Gruha Lakshmi has to be worthy of the worship, and then some utensil is given to the Gruha Lakshmi. Some sort of a utensil is to be given to the Gruha Lakshmi as a present. That is the day Lakshmi was born, Lakshmi was born out of the Mother Earth. Out of the, we should say, Mother Earth but She came out of the sea after the churning, so that is the birth of the Lakshmi. She's the giver of wealth, wealth which is material as well as spiritual. A wife who says that: "All right you save all the money," teaches the children to be selfish and teaches the husband to be selfish, to save all the money in the bank and not to be charitable is not a Lakshmi. She's the One who teaches you how to be charitable, how to give to others. A woman who is very particular about her money and bank balances is not a Lakshmi at all. She has to spend. She's there to spend. Man has to preserve his money but the woman has to spend. He has to earn for she has to spend, but rightly, spend it rightly, not only for herself but for the family, but for the husband. She thinks: "What should I buy for my husband, for my children, for other Sahaja Yogis, for other people?" - all her job. The husband earns and gives it to her and she does that. It's a very sweet distribution I think. So that's the day of the Gruha Lakshmi when She's born. She must have these qualities, if she's a miserly, calculating type of a woman she is not a woman at all to begin with. If she's worried about her own clothes and her own comforts and her own things then she's not a Gruha Lakshmi. She makes others work and sits down herself and orders about - she's not a Gruha Lakshmi at all. She has to work for others, she has to do for others, she has to look after. That's the thirteenth day. Then the fourteenth day is the day when Narakasura was killed. You know Narakasura has taken his birth and he's to be killed - the Sahaja Yogis are going to kill him. You have to come up to a point and definitely he can be killed. When Kartikeya is awakened within you he can be killed. But for that you have to be just like gold, untarnishable. You need strong people to do that. A sword that can kill him has to come out of your metals, then Narakasura can be killed. He is one of the worst possible asura. That is the fourteenth day. When he was killed the gate of hell was opened and all those who were his disciples or his followers or satanic people were put. That's the only day you can sleep late, and a good news for you. Then the fifteenth day, is the darkest night which we had, darkest night, that is the night when you put the lights on because it is the darkest night the negative forces can walk in. So the lights are put because Lakshmi can come in. You'll be surprised how Lakshmiji is, that if a bottle of wine enters from one end. She disappears from another. If there's a lady, she's bhootish in the family, they can never have the enjoyment of Lakshmi. The Lakshmiji runs away from them. They may have money but they cannot enjoy. The Lakshmiji will run away. Such a person will be so inauspicious I tell you. Supposing you want to, say, buy something and such a bhootish person telephones to you- cannot get it, finished. First of all your ears will be finished with the poison and then whatever work you are doing you'll never be successful. Now this country is so full of such bhootish women - alakshmis, that I don't know how will they become all right. The women have to decide to get rid of their bhoots and not to carry on with them. They must meditate, they must try, if they feel sleepy they must go and have a bath, go twice, thrice, sometimes burning yourself a little bit, doesn't matter. See to it that you don't feel sleepy and dreamy. If you are dreamy by nature then you are bhootish. That's the responsibility of women to keep the Lakshmi intact. So that's the Lakshmi Day when we say that Lakshmi Puja takes place because that is the day you invite the Lakshmi to come in, the Rajalakshmi, the Lakshmi by which you become the king of the family, or the royal benevolence you can call it, the regal feeling in the family - that is the day. Then comes the day, next to that is the first of the month in... That is the calendar, My forefathers, because you're all My children you have to use the same calendar, Shalivahanas calendar and that is the first day of the Shalivahanas calendar. And what do they do in the morning time to celebrate it? They take one of these jars, Aquarius and put a shawl with it and that is put as a flag, representing the Aquarius and the shawl of the Mother. That's why they are called as Shalivahana - the ones who carry the shawls of the Mother, the "carriers of the shawls of the Mother". That's how they put it up. The shawl on top of the Aquarius. This should be actually the flag of the Sahaja Yogis that you make it the Aquarius or we can say the jar [- what do you call that pitcher? Or not pitcher but this lota business what do you call that - there's nothing used like that here. That one is kumbha - we can call in kumbha and the shawl is there so they put it up. That's why they] (FV note: The section between square brackets was not found on either my audio tape or mp3 file, and hence could not be verified.) call as Gudi Padwa, Padwa means first day of the moon is Padwa, and Gudi means "this". So they put it up and that is how they say that today is the New Year day for the Shalivahanas. Shawl is the covering of your Mother which gives it warmth and also it covers Her modesty. Shawl is a sign of regality and modesty and chastity. So you stand for that of your Mother. You protect it like Ganesha does. Only on one point He gets angry, if anybody says or does anything against the Mother, then He comes down. That's why Christ has said: "Anything against Me I'll tolerate, but anything against the Holy Ghost, will not be forgiven." That's the Son talking about the Mother, that's what happens. So today is the second day. Second day is the Bija - is the they call it the Bhav-bija is the day when the brother and the sister, who are the seeds of one tree have that pure exchange of affection. The sister does the aarti of the brother, gives him a tika and then brother gives her something as a token of his love, as a present. In Bombay we started that and they have made sisters and brothers. I wish you also could find out somebody as a nice brother. But I found that these relationships have been so beautifully managed in India that if they could be managed here, it will be a great day of really ecstasy for Me, because that means you have overcome this devil of immorality. The purity, removing the lust and greed from your mind completely and bestowing that affection for someone who is your sister. Very common in India, everybody has a sister there; all the Sahaja Yogis have a sister and they look after their sister that way. Is a very sweet feeling and a sister is treated – like Raulbai is a sister of Dumas you can imagine, and her sister is treated with the same grace as the own sister is to be treated with all the relationships and everything. So this is the fifth day is Dwija. So from thirteenth to the fifth day they celebrate Diwali. For us Diwali has a very great significance. That is, from one light many lights are awakened and they are put in a line, so they are called as Diwali – means 'the lights put in a line'. So when you hold My Hands together all of us - through that the energy passes and the enlightened rasa is established, and the whole world has to become that beautiful reign of your Mother where nothing but the bliss of your Father and His enjoyment when He sees His Own Creation dancing in that Ocean of Bliss.

May God bless you!" Diwali puja 1983.
 

Diwali puja, 9 Nov 1980:
“ The first day of Diwali is called as “Dhanatrayodashi,” is the thirteenth day of the moon. Because that day is the first day when Lakshmi, the first... was born on the thirteenth day. That means She was born as a Gruha Lakshmi, as a housewife. Now there are eight Lakshmis, which she will read it now and I will tell you later on what is the meaning of them. Just one of them is Gruha Lakshmi. So the first is the form of a Gruha Lakshmi. She is born as a Gruha Lakshmi to begin with. That means the awareness of human beings also, started really getting into evolutionary process when they started their family life. When they were vagabonds moving about, then the awareness was just like animals. Though they had become human beings, but they were like animals. Then when they established their families, then the Gruha Lakshmi started working and thatʼs how the first advent of Gruha Lakshmi was felt. So She is the first Lakshmi who was born, and thatʼs why on that thirteenth day is the day of the Gruha Lakshmi, of the housewife. And so one has to go in the market and buy some utensil or something that she uses for cooking in the house. In India on the thirteenth day everyone goes and buys a pot or say... we can say, what you call, a cooking utensil or something. Or they may buy a sari or something or gold or something for the Gruha Lakshmi. That is the day of the housewife. So, to reach the Lakshmi one has to understand that motherhood is very important. The motherhood as a Gruha Lakshmi
is important.”

Diwali puja 1980.
http://www.amruta.org/1980/11/09/diwali-puja-1980/

1989-10-29: Diwali Puja, Montacatini Terme, Italy
"Then there is, the second day is where Narakasura was killed. Now Narakasura was the one who was the devil from the hell, letʼs say? very cunning, very clever? and he was killed by the Goddess. Actually he was killed by a, another incarnation, Kartikeya, but Goddess gave Him the power to kill. So when he was killed it was celebrated because the evil was killed. But we donʼt find that these days the evil people are getting peace awards. So what is the reason for this kind of a perverted brain? How is it they are using perversion? Just the opposite of it. What has worked out these things? So again we find the same so-called freedom to become also evil. So we have freedom to become evil. First of all we have freedom not to be benevolent, and secondly to become evil we have freedom. So the Narakasura within us must be killed, the one which teaches us evil, to do evil to others. If you are busy doing evil to others you can never enjoy. Because you enjoy doing evil to others. So that has to be faced within ourselves, not in other people. Itʼs very easy to say that this Sahaja yogi is caught up, that Sahaja yogi is like that, but very difficult to say, “Mother, I am caught up. I have got this problem within myself.” So when you start seeing yourself your heart opens out. Unless and until you learn how to open out your heart how can you enjoy? Open your heart. Many people live on very superficial level. All right, some of them might say that, “I am possessed, Mother. Iʼve got this possession.” Why? “Iʼve got this conditioning, that conditioning.” But why? You donʼt want to enjoy. So watch yourself, see for yourself. This is my conditioning, “All right, Iʼll
put you right.” See in the mirror. Tell yourself, “This kind of a useless conditioning Iʼve got it from where? Because Iʼm Indian, because Iʼm French, because of English.” Open the heart. And opening the heart is only possible if Narakasura sitting on your heart is killed, finished, once for all." 

Ashta Lakshmi Stotram (By Shri Adi Shankaracharya)

A praise of eight aspects of the Great Goddess of prosperity and spiritual evolution.

1. Sumanas vandita sundari mdhavi, chandra sahodari hema-maye,

Praised by the virtuous, O Beautiful Mother Earth, Golden sister of the moon,

Sunigana mandita moksha-pradyin, manjula bhshinveda-nute,

Adorned with all good qualities, You give liberation, have beautiful speech and all Knowledge,

Pañkaja-vsindeva-supjita, sadguna varshini snti-yute,

Dwelling in a lotus and worshipped by the Gods, You shower good qualities O Joyful Goddess,

Jay jay he Madhu-sdana kmin, di-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

Victory to the Killer of the demon Madhu, O, Ever-loving Primordial Goddess, protect me always.

2. Ayi-kali kalmasha nāśhinkmin, vaidika rpinveda-maye,

You come in this Kali Yuga to remove darkness, O loving Goddess in the Form of Sacred Knowledge,

Kshra samud-bhava mañgala rpin, mantra nivsinmantra-nute,

O Auspicious Form who arose from the Ocean of milk, You reside in the mantras that praise You,

Mañgala dyinambuja-vsin, deva-Gana-asrita pda-yute,

You give auspiciousness and abide in a lotus, the Gods and Gan$as take refuge at your Feet, Jay jay he Madhu-sdana kmin, Dhanya-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

Victory to the Killer of Madhu,O Ever-loving Goddess who gives happiness, protect me always.

3. Jaya-vara varninvaishnavi bhrgavi, mantra svarpinmantra-maye,

Highest victory to You O Shakti of ShrVis$hn$u of shining colours, You are the Form of all mantras, Sura Gana pjita hghra phala prada, gñyna viksinī śhstra-nute,

Gods and Gan$as worship You to speedily fulfil their desires, O, Knowledge of all sacred literature, Bhava-bhaya hrinppa-vimochani, sdhu-jin-srita pda-yute,

You remove all anxiety and wickedness, the virtuous take refuge at Your Feet,

Jay jay he Madhu-sdana kmin, Dhairya-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

Victory to the Killer of Madhu, the loving Goddess who gives courage, protect me always,

hrNirmalDevsadplaya-mm.

4. Jay jay durgati nāśhinkmin, sarva phala prada hstra-maye,

Victory to the ever-loving Destroyer of our miseries, Giver of all fruits and knowledge,

Ratha-gaja-turaga padti sam-vrita, parijana mandita loka-nute,

Chariots, elephants, horses and servants surround You, and you are worshipped by the world,

Hari-hara Brahma supjita sevita, tpa nivrinpda-yute,

Shri Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma serve in Your Pja, affliction is warded off by Your Lotus Feet,

Jay jay he Madhu-sdana kmin, Gaja-lakshmi rpena playa-mm.

Victory to the Destroyer of Madhu, O Ever-loving Goddess who rides an elephant, protect me,

5. Ayi-khaga vahinmohinchakrin, rga vivardhingñyna maye,

Hail Thou, riding on Shri Garuda, beautiful, wielding a discus, devoid of passion, full of wisdom,

Guna-Gana vradhi loka hitaishin, swara-sapta bhshita gna-nute,

You are in the highest meditation, O Well-being of the world, who is praised with the seven notes.

Sakala sursura deva muni swara manava vandita pada-yute,

In reverend voices the Gods, demons, sages and humans worship at Your Lotus Feet.

Jay jay he madhu-sdana kmin, Santna-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

Victory to the Killer of Madhu, O, Ever-loving Goddess who gives offspring, protect me always.

6. Jaya kamal-sinsatgati-dyin, gñyna viksingna-maye,

Jay Lotus-seated Giver of happiness, You give the blossoming of knowledge and sacred songs,

Anudinam-archita kumkama chandana, bhshita vsita vdya-nute,

Worshipped every day, decorated with scented kum-kum and sandalwood and praised with music

Kanaka dharstuti vaibhava vandita, hankara desika mnya-pade,

Wearing gold, praised with verses in Your glory, Lord Shiva is to be found at Your venerable Feet

Jay jay he madhu-sdana kmin, Vijaya-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

O, Destroyer of the demon Madhu, O Ever-loving Goddess who gives victory, protect me always.

7. Pranata surehwari bhrati bhargav, hoka vinsinratna-maye,

Reverence to the Supreme Goddess of radiant eloquence, O, jewel-like Remover of anguish

Manimaye bhshita karna vibhshana, hnti samvrata hsya-mukhe,

Richly adorned with jewels and earrings, Your smiling face bestows peace.

Navavidhi dyinkalimala hrin, kmita phala prada hasta-yute,

You give the nine forms of devotion and remove impurities, Your hands fulfil all our desires,

Jay jay he madhu-sdana kmin, Vidy-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

O, Destroyer of the demon Madhu, ever-loving Goddess who gives knowledge, protect me always.

hrNirmalDev, sadplaya-mm.

8. Dhimi dhimi dhindhima dhindhima dhindhima, Dundubhi nda suprna-maye,

You are well satisfied with the sound of loud drums,

Dhuma dhuma dhumdhuma dhumdhuma dhumdhuma, hamkhani-nda suvdya-nute,

You are worshipped with the loud blowing of conches and beautiful singing,

Deva purnoti-hsa supjita, vaidika mrga pradarsa-yute,

The Gods smilingly worship You according to the way proscribed in the Vedas and Puranas.

Jay jay he madhu-sdana kmin, Dhana-lakshmi sadplaya-mm.

O, Destroyer of the demon Madhu, ever-loving Goddess who gives wealth, protect me always.

hrNirmalDevi, sadplaya-mm.

Shri Mataji, please protect me always. 

HAPPY DIWALI.... 

Shri Mataji on Sai Baba of Shirdi

Alan Wherry

"See the Divine in the human Being" : Sai Baba of Shirdi " Those who think I reside in Shirdi, do not know the real Sai. Sai is not this three and a half cubic feet of body residing in Shridi.I have no abode. By the cause of karma I got embroiled and took this body. The world is my abode. Brahma is my father.Maya is my mother.By their interlocking I got this body." Shri Sai Nath  "There's a story of Sai Nath where a snake charmer was given a lot of money just to kill Shri Sai Nath. Because in the night Sai Nath used to suddenly go up to his own swing he had made about twenty feet above the ground. God knows, nobody knew how he used to get up there, but they would find him sleeping there. So the snake was taken by this snake charmer and he put the snake on to Sai Nath. And Sai Nath talked to him and He said, "Oh God, you've come here to meet me after such a long time. What is your job ?" Snake said, "This horrible snake charmer has asked me to bite you so I've come to tell you to be careful about these people." The snake charmer was looking with amazement that he was talking to him, Sai Nath said, "Alright, you go now." These are age-old snakes you see. So the snake went and bit the snake charmer. But then He came down and He sucked his poison and threw it away. "Because, after all," He said, "the snake is angry with you because you tried such a trick." So He sucked it. That's compassion. And He sucked his venom out and the fellow was completely changed and he said, "Now I'm going to announce it to all the people that these Brahmins wanted to kill Shri Sai Nath." Shri Rama's Birthday, London, UK, April 2nd, 1982 "And that is how we have people who are more suited for Sahaja Yoga than we have in 'any' other country because they are so conditioned. And it is a very great blessing. For example now, Sai Nath who was the last incarnation of the Guru Principle. He was a Muslim. But all His disciples are Hindus. They are not Muslims. Muslims don't accept him even as God. Not only that, but there is one place called Hazimallang, where a saint died who was a Muslim. But he told that 'only the Brahmins, means the realised souls, must worship Me . And so they had to appoint some Brahmin, which they did not understand the word 'Brahmins.' They are Hindus who are worshipping a Muslim pia. So the idea, that once you become the pia, once you become a realized soul, then he has no religion. He is beyond religion, He 'becomes' the religion." Agnya Chakra New Delhi, March 2nd, 1983.

"See the Divine in the human Being" : Sai Baba of Shirdi

" Those who think I reside in Shirdi, do not know the real Sai. Sai is not this three and a half cubic feet of body residing in Shridi.I have no abode. By the cause of karma I got embroiled and took this body. The world is my abode. Brahma is my father.Maya is my mother.By their interlocking I got this body." Shri Sai Nath 

"There's a story of Sai Nath where a snake charmer was given a lot of money just to kill Shri Sai Nath. Because in the night Sai Nath used to suddenly go up to his own swing he had made about twenty feet above the ground. God knows, nobody knew how he used to get up there, but they would find him sleeping there. So the snake was taken by this snake charmer and he put the snake on to Sai Nath. And Sai Nath talked to him and He said, "Oh God, you've come here to meet me after such a long time. What is your job ?" Snake said, "This horrible snake charmer has asked me to bite you so I've come to tell you to be careful about these people." The snake charmer was looking with amazement that he was talking to him, Sai Nath said, "Alright, you go now." These are age-old snakes you see. So the snake went and bit the snake charmer. But then He came down and He sucked his poison and threw it away. "Because, after all," He said, "the snake is angry with you because you tried such a trick." So He sucked it. That's compassion. And He sucked his venom out and the fellow was completely changed and he said, "Now I'm going to announce it to all the people that these Brahmins wanted to kill Shri Sai Nath."

Shri Rama's Birthday, London, UK, April 2nd, 1982

"And that is how we have people who are more suited for Sahaja Yoga than we have in 'any' other country because they are so conditioned. And it is a very great blessing. For example now, Sai Nath who was the last incarnation of the Guru Principle. He was a Muslim. But all His disciples are Hindus. They are not Muslims. Muslims don't accept him even as God. Not only that, but there is one place called Hazimallang, where a saint died who was a Muslim. But he told that 'only the Brahmins, means the realised souls, must worship Me . And so they had to appoint some Brahmin, which they did not understand the word 'Brahmins.' They are Hindus who are worshipping a Muslim pia. So the idea, that once you become the pia, once you become a realized soul, then he has no religion. He is beyond religion, He 'becomes' the religion."

Agnya Chakra New Delhi, March 2nd, 1983.

  " They were in the state of Dasha and when this state is achieved you become like a kind of Superman. Like Sai Nath of Shirdi, was appearing everywhere and was helping everybody. People would say that we had see you there, yes he would say it is possible, why not. These people became so subtle because this wanting in them had disappeared and they became subtlety." Shivaratri Puja,  March 16, 1997, New Delhi. The Sahaja Yoga Mantra Book lists as a negativity destroying mantra:  Shri Shirdi Sai Natha   The aspect of the Guru who helps us overcome addictions, smoking, and alcohol.

 

" They were in the state of Dasha and when this state is achieved you become like a kind of Superman. Like Sai Nath of Shirdi, was appearing everywhere and was helping everybody. People would say that we had see you there, yes he would say it is possible, why not. These people became so subtle because this wanting in them had disappeared and they became subtlety." Shivaratri Puja,  March 16, 1997, New Delhi.

The Sahaja Yoga Mantra Book lists as a negativity destroying mantra:  Shri Shirdi Sai Natha  

The aspect of the Guru who helps us overcome addictions, smoking, and alcohol.

 "Only thing if I have anything is just complete, complete faith that I am at that state, and that’s why there is complete patience, saburi, complete patience. And that is what we have to learn. It will all happen in any case because you are all at that state."  19961020 Navaratri Puja, Cabella, Italy Sai Baba said "I am not an ear whispering guru. My guru was a great master full of kindness. He did not ask me for any material thing. He only demanded two things- trust (nishtha) and patience (saburi)."

 "Only thing if I have anything is just complete, complete faith that I am at that state, and that’s why there is complete patience, saburi, complete patience. And that is what we have to learn. It will all happen in any case because you are all at that state." 

19961020 Navaratri Puja, Cabella, Italy

Sai Baba said "I am not an ear whispering guru. My guru was a great master full of kindness. He did not ask me for any material thing. He only demanded two things- trust (nishtha) and patience (saburi)."

The Lord's Prayer

Alan Wherry

Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version 

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

There are many versions of the Lord's Prayer, including modern attempt to render it into current English. Most fail to capture the magic and majesty of this - "Our Father which art in heaven...." instead of "Who art" which most Sahaja Yogis say, captures the mystery, the numinous aspect of 'which'. This is the version I learned as a boy in Ireland, but we had, instead of "forgive us our debts" we had, "forgive us our trespasses" which I prefer, 'debts' in this day and age is somewhat misleading and trespasses - which is archaic, as is much of the English in the KJV, is also literary and it's about committing an offense against someone, or the maryadas as we yogis would understand it.

Fooled and not healed - health and related issues

Alan Wherry

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I wouldn't say my doctor is other than a kind, well-intentioned man but when I last saw him, he made his displeasure with me abundantly clear. For ten years, my blood sugar is close to diabetic, I was overweight, and my bad cholesterol was too high, my good cholesterol too low.

Before the latest bloodwork results he said I had a 33% chance of a stroke or a heart attack in the next ten years. according to the statistics on his computer screen and it should be 10% if all the numbers are in line with what he says they should be.

He accused me not taking any notice of his advice - patently wrong. He has told me:

a) to lose weight and since then, I have gone from 197 lbs to 158 lbs.

b) to take vigorous exercise and since January 2014 I have been training five days a week at a boxing gym - not hitting anyone or being hit, but doing the training.

c) to take prescription statins. This I did, but the results were such that I had no energy or focus, felt ghastly and in fact, in 2014, I have been unable to work for a solid three months because of the side-effects of taking them, statins, that he kept changing until he prescribed some that he said had minimal side effects - but not on me, for I felt as bad on them as I did on the others ones he'd prescribed.

I have explained to him that, for example, if I go into a restaurant where people are drinking at my table, without me drinking alcohol at all, I will suffer from a hangover the next day. So the effects of statins on me, are what they are, the research data that he has such faith in, doesn't apply to me.

He says that he's not interested in anything that isn't properly evaluated and tested under the strictest scientific conditions. So meditation, for example, is off his radar of possibilities, as is homeopathy, supplements of all kinds.

I told him about my son Jake's mother in law, Professor Jane Plant, a geologist at Imperial College London. She was diagnosed with terminal inoperable cancer ten years ago and is still alive today, because she noticed that in China, where she'd worked, and Japan too, breast cancer is almost unknown in women and testicular cancer in men. She connected this to the fact that they don't eat dairy products in those countries and our dairy animals are fed hormones, antibiotics, and corn, that they'd vomit where it not for the concoctions of drugs that are fed them. His answer? As a doctor, he wouldn't pontificate on geology.

I am being treated by Sue Donnelly of London. She's a naturopath and what she says makes more sense to me than what my doctor says. She says that I should eat only organic food, lots of vegetables, no dairy, only grass fed, organic meat, v little carbohydrates and she's treating me with the supplements so scorned by my doctor.

HIs blood tests say my liver is fine, her tests and gut instinct says it isn't. She says his medical tests only examine a few liver functions but there are many others that aren't being tested for, and that it's in these other areas that my problems lie.

Common sense says she's right. Medical costs in the USA are absurdly high, the costs of prescription drugs, a rip off - you only have to cross the border to Canada to buy the same drugs at a fraction of the price. 

The problems of the American diet are obvious - obesity, too much sugar in the diet, factory made foods full of stuff that doesn't have to be in it, industrially produced meat in a manner that's a sin against God, and macro agriculture that's exhausted the earth of nutrients and minerals. 

What does my doctor have to say about this? Nothing. Why not?

Why does he want me to take statins for the rest of my life when they render my life not worth living? He concedes that there is an alternative, a diet by Dr. Dean Ornish, which works but he says not one of his patients has successfully stuck to it.

But I'm sticking to the diet prescribed by Sue Donnelly in the UK along with the supplements, my doctor poo-poos without even asking what they are.

Under Sue Donnelly, my blood sugar which has been around 6.7 - 6.9 for many years (diabetic is more than 7, pre-diabetic is between 6 and 7) is now down to 6.11. Let's see what another three months of following her does.

By the way, she doesn't accept the limits that doctors say is OK for cholesterol, but that's another matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A young man's encounters with Shri Mataji - book and music recollections

Alan Wherry

By Caleb Williams,Sydney, Australia:

Some book and music related memories ...

I remember one time sitting with Shri Mataji in Brompton Square. She was going through some of Her personal books. We were unpacking them from a box in the first floor living room and She was deciding what She wanted to keep or discard. I was sitting just below Her on the floor and She was seated on a chair. I'd take out a stack of books show Shri Mataji what they were and She'd indicate whether She still wanted them or not. After a while I thought I was getting the hang of it and could fairly confidently predict what would be kept and what would be thrown away. I pulled out a largish illustrated history of the Third Reich full of black and white photos of the Nazi era (I assumed on 'vibrations' and subject matter this would be one Mother would want to 'chuck out'). I confidently motioned as if to put the book in the 'discard pile' and Shri Mataji surprised me by saying "No, give this one here". She took it onto Her lap opened it, and began leafing through. "This is a very good book. It explains very well how they came to power. It is important to know these things". Then she opened up the book on a particular photo, a black and white scene of scantily clad dancers in a decadent Berlin nightclub of the 1920s. "You see this is what was going on in the society of the time - all the morality was gone - so the negative forces could come and easily take over".

Another time She spoke about certain English authors, including Shakespeare and others, which She called 'avadhuta'. A Sanskrit term for those with a mystical or saintly capacity to see clearly, whose powers of penetration and understanding of human nature go way beyond the ordinary. She said the role of such people was to lift us 'beyond' to make our awareness of life deepen. I remember Her quoting with perfect recall a particular line from a Shakespeare play I think it was Romeo and Juliet, in Nightingale Lane Ashram. It was beautiful to hear Mother very briefly speak in this musical, poetic, ornate, Elizabethan language. I could tell She really loved it, there was such a soft and respectful tone in Her voice when She spoke these words from Shakespeare which was very humbling to me, as I was student studying English at the time.

Fergy (Derek) recently mentioned in a post here about the period in Brompton Square when Shri Mataji would regularly read people's minds. Yes, it often happened, and many others I'm sure will have a personal recollection of moments where Shri Mataji told them something in answer to a thought or concern that they had (but had not spoken out loud to Her about) or how She knew about some fleeting notion or desire that happened to cross their mind while working in the house. I had a few experiences of this myself. The one I most particularly remember, occurred when I was fairly new in Sahaja yoga.

 

It was a day or two after Christmas in the early 80's and I was coming down the stairs (this was before the house was fully done up, I think I'd been painting or scraping walls - my fingers seemed permanently grimed in white paint or scraped plaster at this time). A few days before I had been given a cassette of Gustav Holst's The Planets as a Christmas present by my parents (an orchestral suite in which each planet's astrological character is portrayed in music). I had been listening to the cassette incessantly at home and one of its themes, 'Jupiter- the bringer of jollity', a boundlessly optimistic piece of music was floating through my mind as I went down the stairs that day. I noticed Shri Mataji moving up the stairs toward me. I paused respectfully on the landing to let Her pass, my hands and paint-stained fingers slightly cupped to take vibrations as She went by. Shri Mataji stopped in front of me for just a few seconds. Inside my mind I could still hear with great clarity the jaunty tones of Holst. She looked at me briefly, but with a probing intent, then nodded and said "Caleb, you really do love music very much, don't you?". Before I could say "Yes, Mother", She had continued up the stairs. I went on my way with he Holst theme still replaying in my mind, Mother's words and look reverberating inside, I wondered if She had heard every note of the music I had been remembering as we approached each other on the stairs? It seems there were many moments when each person's mind announced itself like a 'radio' before the Goddess. She only had to put Her attention on us, and tune into what we were broadcasting to know everything.

 

A realisation story ... meeting Shri Mataji for the second time in London.

I was a 16 year old boy, my mother and sister had already come to sahaja yoga and desiring me to also take an interest had given me The Advent by Gregoire to read. After a week of going through the momentous pages of this book at bed-time, I was convinced. I told my mum I'd like to also meet Shri Mataji and receive self-realisation. She took me to a program and soon I was hungering for more. Back then those of us who lived in London were lucky. You could see Shri Mataji at Caxton Hall almost every week, sometimes more. And there just happened to be another public program Shri Mataji was attending at West Kensington library, 2 days after I'd seen Her for the first time.

The program took place in a medium sized second floor meeting room. I remember my family and I bumping into John Watkinson outside, as we tried to figure out exactly where the entrance was. Inside there were probably no more than fifty people there. The sahaja yogi's were easily recognised by their sweet glowing faces, their hair parted with amla oil, ethnic blouses or floral skirts for girls, a wooly scarf twisted round the neck for boys, though we were approaching the height of summer. My mother Magda and my sister Danya were already 'experienced' attenders of programs having met Shri Mataji a few weeks prior. So they knew what to expect. But that did not in any way lessen their eager mood of anticipation. I noticed the way they both sat forward in their chairs, while the introductory talk proceeded, waiting a little restlessly for Mother to arrive, bunches of flowers carefully balanced on their laps.

Then Shri Mataji came and everyone stood up. She wore a white sari, Her face radiant She was in a breathtakingly dynamic mood. Her eyes lit up and became wide as she advanced into the room, voice ringing with bell-like clarity. "Hello, how are you?" She chuckled as She recognised various sahaja yogis on Her way down to take Her seat. We sat in the second or third row from the front. When Shri Mataji leaned toward the mike and began Her talk we were very close maybe no more than a five or six meter distance away. She spoke about the ocean, and the guru principle. It was profound. But there were jokes as well. At one point I burst into laughter at something She said about gloomy Scandinavians.

At the end She asked us to close our eyes and take our shoes off and we began to go through the realisation process. I'd been able to clearly feel coolness and vibrations a few days before, but I was about to receive a much more profound introduction to the world of Sahaja Yoga. While we had our eyes shut I remember being strongly aware of Shri Mataji's attention traveling around the room, going from seeker to seeker. When it fell fully on me, I knew it immediately. Almost instantly my kundalini rose, the petals of my sahasrara stirred and opened and I felt the grace shimmer down in cooling blissful waves into the ida and pingala channels. My kundalini came up again and the grace continued to descend. I felt so comforted and loved. It was like coming home.

Back then after giving the realisation experience to people Shri Mataji liked to come into the audience and personally work on them. I was standing up, to get a better view of what was going on and thinking about Her talk, and all She'd said about our fingers and the chakras and how they related, trying to remember which finger corresponded to which centre and so on. I really wanted to understand this new system of spiritual knowledge. I was standing near to a woman suffering from arthritis and Shri Mataji had moved behind her and had started raising her kundalini and working on her.

As soon as the thought about chakras and fingers passed through my mind, I felt Shri Mataji's hand reach over and take hold of my wrist. Shri Mataji very matter-of-factly without saying a single word to me then lifted up my left hand and placed it firmly on top of Her own head. A little awestruck I glanced sideways at the cascade of deep black hair that flowed downward across Her shoulders, and pondered the sensation of the palm of my hand being pressed gently against the top of Shri Mataji's head where the hairline was parted ... I still remember the powerful feeling of Her scalp pressing against my hand. Shri Mataji then told me to direct my other hand toward the back of the lady with arthritis and to say what I felt, and in which finger. I mentioned some numbness and tingling here or there, showing Shri Mataji, by wriggling the finger that was burning and Shri Mataji said something like "Yes, that's good, you're feeling it now" and explained some more about what this meant in terms of the subtle centres.

Afterward, I sat in a state of deep amazement with my mother and sister on the train returning to Hampstead from West Ken. I felt completely captivated by the love, trust and openness Shri Mataji had shown me, the way She had picked up on my thought about fingers and chakras and lifted my hand and rested it on Her own sahasrara area while She worked on the lady and very gently instructed me about the meaning of vibrations while She did so. All of it seemed a blissful dream, but it wasn't, it was real. And it was just the start of the story.

An old Native American woman recognizes the White Buffalo Calf Woman

Alan Wherry

September 14, 2014

Yesterday, in Farmington, Maine, thirty people received Self-realization at a Mind, Body, Spirit Festival. The last hour was slow, but vibrations told us to wait because someone else would be coming. At ten to four an elder Native American woman with a feather tattoo on her cheek sat down. We happened to have a lotus booklet and an "all aspects" photo with us. We mentioned a little bit about the black and white photo of Shri Mataji and told the woman to ask, "Shri Mataji, are You the White Buffalo Calf Woman." With her eyes closed a big smile appeared on her face. "Yes," she said. "She is not alive any more, but She came here for people and She put Her hands in mine."

Jerry and Archana Mayfield

 

Unless you have peace within yourself you cannot create peace outside.

Alan Wherry

"So far we have seen that the man who starts thinking about the future and the past all the time is in trouble. One thought rises, falls off. Another thought rises, falls off. And we are jumping on the cusp of these thoughts all the time like mad. But when this Kundalini, this power rises She elongates those thoughts and then the space in between. It's a living process; it has to happen; it's spontaneous. And in the center of these thoughts, then there is a space created. This is present. This is where you become thoughtlessly aware. You're thoughtless, but you're aware. There's no thought. This is the seed of our peace. This is what I said today that if you don't have peace within, how can you have peace without? I have met many people who have got peace awards. But they are so hot tempered that if you have to talk to them, have a barge pole in between. I don't know how they give them peace awards, for what? This is what, we talk of 'peace, peace, peace.' It's just a talk. Unless you have peace within yourself you cannot create peace outside."

 

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - 9 September 1995, extract from Conference on Women, Beijing, China.

Can Westerners understand Indian culture

Alan Wherry

An excerpt from a wonderful biography of eponymous entitled Rabindranath Tagore - the Myriad-Minded Man, by Duttaand and Robinson:

In 1846 'Prince Dwarkanath Tagore was staying in the best suite of apartments in one of the best hotels in Paris. Here the young Frederich Max Muller, later the most celebrated Orientalist of the nineteenth century sought Dwarkanath out. Having discussed their shared taste for European music, Max Muller made a repeated request to hear an authentic specimen of Indian music. At last Dwarkanath yielded , played a piece on the piano and sang; but Max Muller could find in the music neither melody, nor rhythm, nor harmony. When he said so, Dwarkanath replied:

"You are all alike; if anything seems strange to you and doesn't please you at once, your turn away. When I first heard Italian music, it was no music to me at all; but I went on and on until I began to like it, or what you would call understand it. It is the same for everything else. You may say or religion is no religion, our poetry is no poetry, our philosophy no philosophy. We try to understand and appreciate everything that Europe has produced, but do not image therefore that we despise what India has produced. If you studied our music as we do yours, you would find that there is melody, rhythm and harmony in it, quite as much as in yours. And if you would study our religion, our poetry, our philosophy, you would find that we are not what you call heathens or miscreants, but know as much of the Unknowable as you do, and have seen perhaps even deeper into it than you have."

"This is how we finish all fundamentalism...."

Alan Wherry

"The second integration that has come within you is that all religions, all religions, are born on the same tree of spiritual life. That all religions are to be worshipped, all incarnations, all prophets, all scriptures are to be worshipped. There are defects, there are problems with those scriptures which can be corrected. 

So gradually you start entering into the subtler side of divinity, to understand that all these people have worked hard to create, today, the atmosphere for Sahaja Yoga, and no religion is to be despised, and no religion is to be attacked, which is a very, very, absolutely a unreal thing and you are working it out a very unreal theory which doesn't exist in the divine plan. 

So this is how we finish all fundamentalism. Fundamentalists are the ones who believed that this is written in this book, this is written in this book, and that we, we because we read this book, we are something better. Anybody can read any book, what is so great?"

Sahasrara Day 1992

Which puja talks would you recommend?

Alan Wherry

Shri Mahalaxshmi Puja, January 1st 1983, Kolaphur.

Shri Mahalaxshmi Puja, January 1st 1983, Kolaphur.

In this talk Shri Mataji teaches the yukti, which doesn't quite translate as 'trick' while it seems to be more than mere 'technique'. We have to learn to speak sweetly, madhuri, to master ourselves, and then master the temper of others. A 'must watch' talk for yogis, and for people a little beyond beginner stage. 

This is a very important talk, especially for American Sahaja Yogis, for in it, Shri Mataji explains why the USA is going down, because of the loss of innocence and the disrespect of nature, and She says that only the Sahaja Yogis here can do anything, that the responsibility is in their hands.

This talk is possibly unique in that it is the only one where Shri Mataji lays it on the line, we have to get to nirvikalpa - doubtless awareness - in this lifetime, no ifs or buts....

In the talk the evening before this puja talk, Shri Mataji says that She'll tell us in this talk how to get to nirvikalpa. I listened to it many times over the years, and never heard Her say how. Then, in August 2014, maybe fifteen years after I'd first listened to it, there it was, subtle, but unmistakably there!

Recommended by Ravi Sah. This is not a puja that's performed in the scheme of international pujas, it was something of a one off and Shri Mataji said that it was a puja that might have been done in India, for the seed of it, is something that's not easy to plant in the Western countries. Shri Mataji speaks of the power of Vishnumaya, the power of the sister. She speaks of the three feminine powers, the power of the primordial mother from which all emerge, the power of Her children, Shri Mahakali, Shri Mahasarawati and Shri Mahalaxshmi and the power of the sister, three feminine powers. And we need to understand the effect of these three powers on the chakras. The female is the power, the male is the kinetic power, which asserts these three powers which surround him. We don't understand the powers of chastity and innocence.

The talk is very deep, very subtle and needs to be watched and absorbed over and over.

A really important talk, unless we cleanse our hearts, progress, individually and collectively is not possible.

First night of Navaratri where Shri Mataji talks about the importance of discipline.

A prayer for innocence

Alan Wherry

"So today’s Puja is specially to be done with a prayer in your heart that: 

Shri Ganesha, please be kind and merciful and forgiving that You manifest within ourselves. Let all these hypocritical things, all these conditionings and all these wrong ideas we have or all the wrong life we have had, should just disappear like thin air, and let the beautiful moonlight of your soothing qualities of innocence be manifested through us. Let us manifest these qualities.

This is what is to be asked."

Prayer at the end of Shri Ganesha Puja 1990, Lansersbach, Austria 

And a prayer from Shri Ganesha Puja 1986 in San Diego CA, The first thing you must ask for is the pure Ganesha, Nirmal Ganesha within you. "Oh, Mother, please give us the blessings of establishment of purity in our Ganesh Principle."

If you are thoughtless, then your attention can work things out...

Alan Wherry

So the best thing for all of you is to become thoughtless. That's the blessing of Christ, that's what He worked it out for you. And I am sure, if you work it out that don't pay attention to others. Don't react, just don't react. Everything they will see, they'll react. What is the need? What is the use? What are you going to do with that reaction? This reaction creates nothings but ripples of thoughts in your mind, I've told you hundreds of times. And now you have to become absolutely thoughtless after this puja.

If that happens, I think we have achieved a lot. That's the biggest blessing that Christ has given you, which you should really enjoy. Then only this Akash Tattwa in you will work. And how it works? Through your attention, it works with Me as you know. With My attention I work out many things. How? Just My attention has become thoughtless, just thoughtless. It goes, wherever it goes it works. But if you put your attention for thought all the time for thinking, then it doesn't do the work that it has supposed to do. Attention works marvelously if you are thoughtless, otherwise it doesn't.

So it has to rise from your own self. Then from others to the higher level of humanity, where you are in communication with the sky, which we can call it as the tanmatra, or the essential, or the essence of ether. With ether you can have television, you can have telephone. It's a miracle otherwise. But with this tanmatra, sitting down here you can do the job. It works, just attention works. I know that. You also know very well. You don't have to ask Me to put the attention; you just put the attention and it will work out. It's a very important thing that you have got. I think that is the first thing - once you have, no problem. But we start manifesting from the earth element. Then from the agni element, then from the jala element, and then we come to tejas, where the face starts shining. But lastly we get this thoughtless awareness by which our attention is absolutely free to do some special work. But if you are all the time thinking, then poor this attention is so busy, you know, so very busy. You don't have to ask Me then, "Mother, please pay attention." You can pay attention, and you can work it out.

In this attention, you don't feel what you got, what you are standing, what you are wearing, what others are doing - no, nothing. You are one with yourself. And it's a life full of humor. So much humor. So much of joy. So much of happiness that you don't care for anything that normally people care for.

An extract from Christmas Puja, December 24th 1998, Ganipatepule, Maharashtra India.