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The Inner Pluto


In recent days, humanity has managed to gain unprecedented access to Pluto and her neighborhood. This achievement of human seeking endeavor reflects our inner evolution.

Our inner subtle system of chakras and channels maps to other sysetms in the universe, including our Sun’s planetary system. Mars corresponds to the first chakra, moon to the left channel, sun to the right channel and 6th chakra. Pluto corresponds to the crown chakra.

The crown chakra was a mystery, much like Pluto. This mysterious region of our subtle system was demystified with the revolutionary work of Shri Mataji, that resulted in the en masse opening of the crown chakra, the Sahasrara. This phase of our inner evolution began with Shri Mataji’s opening of the collective crown chakra in 1970, and as all external achievements follow inner achievements, human’s destiny to reach this heavenly body was on course.

Let us celebrate the external achievement that acknowledges what humanity has truly achieved in recent times: unfettered, unrestricted access to the 7th heaven within – the Sahasrara Chakra.



Posted by on July 18, 2015 in Nature, Spirituality


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Love Is a Supreme Intelligence


Pure Love, which enlightens us all, is the real quality of the Heart Center. Before our Inner Energy gets awakened and opens up all our energy centers, we may not always love for love’s sake. Because of our conditionings we may confuse feelings of Love with those of possession, sex and selfishness. Pure Love is detached, it gives without interest. Like the tree which gives shade to one and all, it is without prejudice and motive. True Love is the quality that emanates from the Spirit and not from the body or mind. When we talk of loving someone, we should understand the direction in which this Love is flowing. Bodily attraction is physical. It can arise out of sex appeal, or the conditioned response to a dream image of a prince charming or even from an artist’s or ad-man’s projection. There are even those who exercise seductive arts to ensnare a good “catch”. We can see this in those who indulge in excessively trendy fashions. These people are especially at risk in their relationships because they relate not as two Spirits, but as two fashionable physical forms. This kind of physical attraction is not true Love because it comes from the mind, and mind does not love – it merely wants. When the want of the mind is attained, then the novelty wears off. For instance a child is excited and attached to a new toy, but after a few days as the novelty wears away, the excitement dies. The same occurs with relationships which are based simply on physical attraction. That which is illusory cannot love or be loved.

Love is often mistakenly taken as restricted to male and female. In fact Love is the flow of life in all limbs, between children/parents, brothers/sisters, friends, old people, etc. When many people share and care, then the whole society opens up its Heart Center. It becomes a collective society and changes the world. This is the power of Love. Love is the principle behind all creation, all vibrations. We say that God is Love and Love is God, because in its depths we cease to be. In true Love there is no “I” and “You”, there is simply the merging in the Spirit. In this state we experience true human unity, the true oneness of life. Physically we can appear as different colors, shapes, characteristics, but as we become the Spirit the drops all become one ocean, with the vibrations dancing in different rhythms, taking different patterns, breaking and remaking again in a perpetual cosmic dance. Hate and jealousy develop an anti-current which flows against the cosmic rhythm. Where there is Love there is Growth, Celebration, Joy and Evolution!


12 Quotes About Love by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

1. We are all part and parcel of one country. And that country is of Love.

2. The light of Love is so sweet, so beautiful, so enamoring, so abounding. You can feel that Light within you which is of pure Love, pure relationship and pure understanding.

3. What do we have to achieve? Not your position, not your wealth, not all these outward things, but you have to achieve a Loving heart.

4. It is important to learn that Love is your life, Love is spirituality.

5. This all-pervading divine power of Love is the ocean of knowledge, is the ocean of bliss and compassion, but above all it is the ocean of forgiveness.

6. Some are rich, some are poor, these are transitory things. Look into the heart within and enjoy that Love. With that Love you elevate and once more rise to greatness.

7. If love is killed, joy is lost. You cannot have joy without Love.

8.  You can do marvels and miracles if you have developed the understanding of Love.

9. If you have love, you can correct people without saying anything to them because Love is a supreme intelligence.

10. We do not know our potential, our beauty, but once this connection with the mains is established you will be surprised at the results and the dynamism. Through our love we can absorb the defects of others and cleanse them. This is the power of Love. So far we have never used the power of Love.

11. It’s all on a shifty sand we are standing, all the time … The reason is, I want you to stand on rocks. And this Rock is emitting Love, is emitting that Divine Love. And the Joy of that Love is really so Beautiful.

12. When the day will come when human beings will be understanding the beauty of Love, then from the heavens there will be flowers falling on us. It is my vision. It’s the future for you, to see how peacefully you can talk to people, how sweetly you can Love others, how much you can give to others.

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Humble Statesman

ImageShri Mataji has often mentioned the greatness of America`s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Speaking of Lincoln, Shri Mataji said: “Everyone… an American… should think of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln believed that everybody must have freedom. And that government should be for the public, for the people. Whatever he talked, he practiced. Whatever he believed in he worked it out, and he gave his life for it. That’s why he’s a great man.”  Lincoln – a ‘realized soul’ – was born with a a deep spiritual nature that he reflected throughout his life through his display of humility, simplicity, humor, diplomacy, sweetness, compassion, and a sense of collectivity and equality.

Abraham Lincoln was not a lucky man, at least when it came to material prosperity. He was born into a life of poverty, lived in a three-walled log cabin during his childhood, and lost his mother and a sister to the rigors of American frontier life. However, the difficulties that Lincoln faced during his youth elicited within him a sense of simplicity and humility that many across the world continue to admire.

President Lincoln had no formal education. In fact, until the age of 15 he did not know how to write. When he went to Congress in 1847 and filled out a biographical blank, he came to the question, “What has been your education?” He answered it with one word – ‘Defective.’ However, Lincoln conquered his broken education with his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Sitting by candle-light till the early hours of the morning, he studied books on law, philosophy, and algebra, and he spent hours lying under Illinois’s greenest trees, memorizing his favorite poems. To himself, to his friends, and to fellow politicians he encountered during his political career, Lincoln often recited the following line from one of his favorite poems: “Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud?”

In 1837, Abraham Lincoln rode into Springfield, Illinois, to begin what he then called his “experiment as a lawyer.” Comparable to India’s Mahatma Gandhi, Lincoln carried all his earthly possessions in a saddle-bag. A few years later – still unemployed and in debt – Lincoln made his first public address. Using the speech to announce his candidacy for the Illinois State Legislature, Lincoln proclaimed through the dirt roads of Springfield: “I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life. I have no wealthy or popular relatives or friends to recommend me.

            Indeed, Lincoln had few friends when it came to politics. When he became a United States Congressman, his peers on Capitol Hill simply viewed him as the tall, lanky, self-educated lawyer. To them, Lincoln was the biggest joke that walked through the halls of Congress. Nonetheless, Abraham Lincoln proved his political brilliance through his presidential campaign debates with Stephen Douglas. He also displayed his great power as an orator through his numerous public speeches, the most notable being his Second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln proved to Washington D.C. and the rest of the world that intelligence and responsibility must not be supported with arrogance and over-confidence, but rather with humility and wisdom.

            In addition to humility, President Abraham Lincoln expressed many divine qualities through his life experiences and through his discourses to the American people. Lincoln’s expression of diplomacy was truly unique in American politics. To the surprise of many, Lincoln – upon being elected as America’s 1st Republican president – appointed numerous campaign opponents to his executive cabinet. He contended that this diplomatic strategy would benefit the American people, for the executive branch of government would not express solely the opinions of one person, but rather the contradicting opinions of many experts.

President Lincoln also implemented the quality of collectivity in many of his political endeavors. Lincoln knew, better than anyone, the value of personal liberty and the individual pursuit of the American Dream. Indeed, his own life was the very definition of the American Dream. Nonetheless, Lincoln had a firm belief in the power of collectivity and in the responsibility that government held by being an instrument of that power. “The legitimate object of government,” he wrote, “is to do for the people what needs to be done, but which they can not, by individual effort, do at all, or do so well, by themselves.” At a recent event commemorating President Lincoln’s 200th birthday, President Obama stated that “Lincoln recognized that there are certain things we can only do together. […] Only by coming together, all of us, and expressing that sense of shared sacrifice and responsibility – for ourselves and one another – can we do the work that must be done in this country.” Lincoln’s emphasis on collectivity elicited the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation, the executive order that granted freedom to slaves in America. Yet another democratic ideal – equality – permeated throughout America, due to President Lincoln’s actions.

Abraham Lincoln also held the strong opinion that human beings are simply instruments of the Divine, and that they must recognize and witness their place in the Divine’s play. The following lines on this topic, which President Lincoln wrote in his personal diary during the Civil War, display his wisdom:

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party — and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true — that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.

             President Lincoln faced numerous obstacles during his political career. Upon being sworn in as president, he become responsible for ending the Civil War and for resolving the impending social issue of slavery. Americans could not have asked for a more honest, wise, and humble Commander-in-Chief during this time. Born with deeply spiritual qualities, Lincoln constantly expressed humility, diplomacy, kindness, and compassion. Furthermore, through his actions, the Union was kept united and collectivity truly reigned.

It is apt to conclude this brief account of America’s most humble statesman with the following eloquent words that he said during his first inaugural address:

I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”


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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized


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The Citizen of the World


Since 1986, every third Monday of January is observed as Martin Luther King day in the United States.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American activist and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement using nonviolent civil disobedience. He became a national icon in the history of American progressivism. On October 14, 1964, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born Realized – with his Inner spiritual energy awakened. Shri Mataji many times had praised this visionary American patriot as a Realized soul. Can you recognize the essence of Martin Luther’s King life, ideals and words of truth in Shri Mataji’s following quote, describing a Realized person?


“Today world needs only Peace. Everything else that we have today is worthless without peace. We have to see how peaceful we are … Have you not found peace in Sahaja Yoga? … basically we are people who believe in peace, because without peace no growth can take place. There has to be complete peace. If there is peace in your heart, if there is peace surrounding you, you grow into a beautiful nation. Not out of fear, not out of pressure, but from inside, if you are person who has complete peace within the heart, not that he is not afraid of anything, but he emits peace. He gives peace. Anybody who goes near such a person, gets the peace, the feeling of peacefulness. You all have got your Realization. That is, your Spirit is now emitting Vibrations of Peace and Joy. Wherever you are, you will emit peaceful vibrations. You will create peace. You’ll find out ways of creating peace, how to establish peaceful atmosphere. It’s very important that we have to grow in such a manner that we create peace and give peace to others and become examples of it.“

Did you know? Martin Luther King, Jr. was directly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s testament to the revolutionary power of non-violence.
Dr. King argued that the Gandhian philosophy was ‘‘the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom’’.

(by Martin Luther King, Jr., excerpt)

“Then one Sunday afternoon I traveled to Philadelphia to hear a sermon by Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University. Dr. Johnson had just returned from a trip to India, and, to my great interest, he spoke of the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. His message was so profound and electrifying that I left the meeting and bought a half-dozen books on Gandhi’s life and works.

Like most people, I had heard of Gandhi, but I had never studied him seriously. As I read I became deeply fascinated by his campaigns of nonviolent resistance. I was particularly moved by the Salt March to the Sea and his numerous fasts. The whole concept of “Satyagraha” (Satyu is truth which equals love, and agruha is force: “Satyagraha,” therefore, means truth-force or love force) was profoundly significant to me. As I delved deeper into the philosophy of Gandhi my skepticism concerning the power of love gradually diminished, and I came to see for the first time its potency in the area of social reform. Prior to reading Gandhi, I had about concluded that the ethics of Jesus were only effective in individual relationship. The “turn the other cheek” philosophy and the “love
your enemies” philosophy were only valid, I felt, when individuals were in conflict with other individuals; when racial groups and nations were in conflict a more realistic approach seemed necessary. But after reading Gandhi, I saw how utterly mistaken I was.

Gandhi was probably the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force on a large-scale. Love, for Gandhi, was a potent instrument for social and collective transformation. It was in this Gandhian emphasis on love and nonviolence that I discovered the method for social reform that I had been seeking for so many months. The intellectual and moral satisfaction that I failed to gain from the utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill, the revolutionary methods of Marx and Lenin, the social-contracts theory of Hobbes, the “back to nature” optimism of Rousseau, the superman philosophy of Nietzsche, I found in the nonviolent resistance philosophy of Gandhi. I came to feel that this was the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom. ”

September 1, 1958
New York, N.Y.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Celebrating the Sun

SankrantiEvery year on the 14th day of January Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the Indian sub-continent to welcome the north-moving sun. On this day, we wish you renewed life force, hope and creative energy!

Shri Mataji on Makar Sankranti:

“Today is the day where we celebrate the change of the axis of the Sun and that he moves towards the tropic of Cancer. Tropic of cancer is the one which represents the motherhood, the motherhood of the earth.

This tropic of Cancer has passed through quite a big area of land while the tropic of Capricorn has not. And the area through which it has passed it has created different beautiful manifestation of the mother qualities on this earth. We celebrate this change because the sun has now moved into the new dimension so that all over the world there will be the warmth of the sun.

Warmth of the sun represents the warmth of God’s love. This is the reason why we celebrate this festival by giving you some sort of a sweet made out of sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are given because they are also heat giving and now as we are coming from the cold we come to the hot season in a way hotter season so to prepare you with that warmth of the Sun.”

January 14, 1987

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Reversal of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with Sahaja

The pursuit of happiness and contentment is the basic tenet of human liberty. Human pursuit and its motivations are more complex than rocket science or brain surgery. The latter two having been achieved in the 20th century, but the human happiness – still an illusive cause, for which many surrogates have been tried, and few claimed success.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs start with the basal needs of food and security, then going up the pyramid to higher needs like social validation through family and friendships and ending in enlightenment, which he called self-actualization. Surely human needs do progress in more or less that manner. But there has been a new phenomenon of iteration. Getting more – the economics of unfullment which results in corruption of this chain of proposed satisfaction. Once we get to enligtenment, we should be satisfied – or else, it is clear proof we have not reached enlightenment.

Shri Mataji introduced a top down propogation of satisfaction by granting spiritual self-realization first. The model of contentment would allow for the trickle down of contentment from enlightenment into our various lower needs. This has been reported widely in anecdotes by those who have achieved enlightenment with Sahaja. There are those cases where-in enlightenment was achieved – however, the trickly down effect takes a long time, as one of the links in the chain of satisfaction may take a long time to be satisfied. So the trickle down happens in all but a few areas. So one or two of the points of contentment may still feel the need for more.

The need to have more, wheter in the area of food, money or anything else with the potential of forming an addiction is explained through the blunting effect of our pleasure pathway by Prof. Linden of Harvard, author of “The Compass of Pleasure”. When there is a desire to consume something or experience something out of its natural bounds, then the problem is not addiction to pleasure, but the chase of the initial pleasure.

E.g. An alcoholic does not waste himself on alcohol because is is deriving pleasure out of the drinking game. Rather, he misses the original surge in pleasure that never came back. Result? Addiction to fulfilling that pleasure pathway which is blunted by abuse of the substance, resulting in lowered sensitivity and a vicious circle of consumption, dissatisfaction and more out of bounds consumption.

Meditation’s purpose after enlightenment is to heal the broken parts of our satisfaction chain or pleasure pathways. One way to introspect and find out is to see if experiencing something in a balanced amount satisfies us: balanced diet, balanced social interaction, balanced time spent in meditation, balanced time with family and human propogation.

Wish you balance and peace as we go closer to giving thanks next week. Have a great holiday weekend ahead and may you find the peace to maintain your healthy habits of balanced consumption.

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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Meditation


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The Water Element in Us: Qualities and Powers

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  2. Imagine still water. It will soon stagnate and become a candidate for landfill. Now imagine flowing water, any flowing water. It has dynamism, it nourishes, it glistens in the sun and it satisfies the thirst of others. That is the difference between having a quality and developing a power.

    So what are the powers granted to us through meditation? This article focusses on the powers granted to us at the third spiritual center, the Nabhi Chakra. The expression of this subtle chakra is the solar plexus in our nervous system. The primary element associated with this center is water.
  3. Power #1: Be the Cool

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  5. Water element allows us to cool others. It helps to soothe others, and bring them to a cooler state. Are you able to calm down the anxiousand the angry? Then you’ve really got the power of cool.

    Power #2: Nourish
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  7. Water has the innate ability to quench the thirst, supply the necessary support for growing food and ultimately satisfying our hunger. At the spiritual level, a person with an enlightened water element quenches the spiritual thirst in others. If your water element is flowing, others who seek the spirit should feel satiated in your words or just by your presence.
  8. Power #3: Purify

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  10. Water purifies. It makes our presence wash over others and make them forget about the illusions of their burdens.
  11. Power #4: Permeate

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  13. Think: Water on soil. It quickly gets to the roots. A person with their water element enlightened can quickly and easily get to the root of any given problem.
  14. Power #5: Reflecting

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  16. This is one quality that can be a bit tricky. The water element within you makes you a mirror that reflects the truth around you. So a person who gets to know you starts seeing their own reflection within you. This is a double edged sword: if the person is innately good, they will love you with all their hearts. If they have darkness within them….
  17. The rest…
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  19. The above were the top five qualities which become powers when they act upon others. There are certainly more. When you think of powers at the solar plexus, think water. What are some other powers of water that you see within others? Please reflect and respond in the comments area. 

Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Meditation, Nature, Spirituality


Are You Getting Some Quality Meditation Time?

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Do we need to warm up for meditation? That is the question I have been asking myself. Having taken both physical movement and meditation seriously, I’ve come to realize a common truth between these two aspects of being well: warm up and cool down. I am starting to wonder if, subtle warming up and cooling are also critical elements of mediation?

There are days I sit down for meditation and if I skip energy balancing before meditation, I may not feel completely satisfied. I try to have a variety in my approach to meditative states, but this element may not be optional. We are constantly seeking the key to guarantee a good meditation. Let us explore this concept briefly.

Now how does warm up help with physical exercise? Stretching groups of muscles is important for the actual exercise we are planning to do. It improves circulation to those groups of muscles and prevents short-term soreness and long-term injury.

Similarly, when we meditate, we deal with a subtler system within us, which needs to activate and be brought into the “zone” before it can get into a good meditative state. Then one can spend quality time with one’s own self, because the distracting elements within, mostly thoughts of the past and the future are subdued and do not create disturbances.

Balancing the left and right channels using the earth and sky is a great way to start warming up to a real meditative state. Raising our energy and shielding ourselves with our own energy acts as an entry and exit exercise and the wonderful state of meditation between these can be counted towards our quality meditation time.

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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Meditation


From Paris to Guangzhou: The Harmonium Leaps Over the Great Wall of China

Invented in Paris in the 1840s, this bellow powered musical instrument has reached an unmapped region in it’s history: Guanghzou (Canton). The European harmonium was brought to India by Christian missionaries. It seemed to have ended it’s travels with the great wall of China blocking it for a couple of centuries. It settled down in India, had a star child: The Indian Shruti Harmonium and became the mainstay of North Indian Classical music, replacing stringed accompaniments.

But it’s fantastic journey east was not the only one it took: It went to North America, evolving there as a cottage organ or parlor organ, which was feet pumped, as oppsed to the Indian avatar, which is almost always hand pumped. So how did it make the leap? What gave it the wings to finally break through the great Chinese barrier? Did it really get there from India? The answers may surprise you. Read on…

A Harmonium sits in the foreground, as Chinese people learn Sahaja Meditation

In 1995 one of the guest speakers at the UN Conference on the Role of Women in World Peace, was no ordinary participant. She was Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja, instructing two Chinese students on the art of meditation. This sparked a slow, yet sure process of the seeping in of Sahaja meditation culture into Chinese hearts which only grew over the next fifteen years. A core component of Sahaja meditation culture is music to sustain the connection gained in meditation.

The above picture is from 2011, shows the harmonium a part of the Sahaja meditation session, now a practiced widely with the support of meditation practitioners in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, which in turn were supported by practitioners from Australia/Malaysia. Vincenzo writes about the latest happenings, media attention and desire of the Chinese to meditate and be at peace.

Next stop, Wunan, the central province of China. The harmonium has become the unstoppable messenger of peace.

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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


Sometimes, Words Speak Louder than Pictures

An elegant ad for an upcoming newsletter quotes a student in the Bronx. Can you summarize your Sahaja Meditation experience in a sentence like this? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Art, Culture, HealthCorps