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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


In a School Called Freedom

School gymnasiums can invoke a whole spectrum of emotions. But a new set seemed to emerge from the children at Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida as they sat down for a few minutes to meditate. After a few minutes of Sahaja Meditation instructions imparted by the program conductors, they began to calm down into a state of bliss and awareness.

The Health Fair conducted by HealthCorps in many schools all over America provides students to experience a whole range of healthy choices. Healthy behavior is not automatic in humans, whether young or old. A lot depends on self-efficacy – “Am I really capable of achieving a better decision, standard or choice?”. Meditation, especially the Sahaja kind improves self-efficacy through a direct connection with the self.

After meditation, almost every child responded positively to the meditation instructions. The self-reported sensations included:

  1. Felt the cool on both my hands
  2. Felt calm and relaxed
  3. Felt the energy
  4. It was awesome

However, the most reliable indicator of success is the social factor. Those who experienced the exercises, were willing to fetch their friends to come back and experience the phenomenon that meditation is.

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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in HealthCorps, Meditation, Stress


3 Tips for a More Comfortable Meditation Practice

When a person is under a great deal of stress, the benefits of meditation are not so easy-to-understand at first. It can initially seem like a waste of time to sit and reflect on inward things when the outward pressures of life are so demanding and so obvious. And usually people don’t even know how to meditate properly.

Here are three tips to make your practice more comfortable:

  1. Make a designated sport in your home for meditation.
  2. You don’t have to designate an entire room if you don’t have space for it, but at least pick a corner and set a comfortable cushion there.

  3. Go easy on yourself.
  4. No one is perfect at meditation at first. It takes many months of practice to go deeper into it. If your mind wanders, that’s normal!

  5. Play soothing music.
  6. Some people like pure silence, but for others meditation music makes all the difference between getting into it vs. not doing meditation at all. Try some out at a very low volume and see how it works for you!

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Meditation


Sahaja Meditation All Around the World

A look at how Sahaja Meditation is truly a global spiritual movement:

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Posted by on April 16, 2010 in Meditation


Surfing the Waves of the Mind

Philipe was headed to the beach for a day of sun, sand and ocean. Little did he know what was in store for him at the beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Philipe was not the only one who had sought redemption in the waves of the ocean. There was another who had been seeking and finding. Things that Philipe was unfamiliar with. Until that fateful day.

Bruno, another surfer, was also out to ride the waves for joy.

As Philipe was getting ready, he saw an uncommon sight at a distance. Being a carioca, he had seen it all at the beaches. Or at least he thought so… until he saw Bruno, sitting in the lotus position and meditating. This was not what suffers normally did. Philipe went up to the meditating surfer and enquirer about his practice.

Bruno was happy to share the open secret of Sahaja meditation with Philipe. I met both of them a few years after this incident, when while visiting Rio. Philipe was well rounded in the practice of surfing the waves of bliss inside, rather than drowning in thoughts. Philipe shared with me the secret to real bliss: Just like surfing is fun between two ebbs, the real bliss of meditation is between the waves of the thoughts, that delay called vilamb where you truly get in the zone of the autonomous nervous system taking over your self.

Enjoy the ride!

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Posted by on March 12, 2010 in Meditation


The Mind is Like a Mountain Lake

When you first try silent meditation, it can feel rather difficult or even uncomfortable to sit still and stay focused. The mind is constantly prowling and analyzing. Even if you close your eyes, your other senses – like smell, touch, hearing and taste – start feeding your brain subtle bits of information that tempt you to pay attention to the outer world. And when you’re thinking or processing sensory impressions, you can’t possibly connect with the silence and beauty of the inner landscape.

Frater Perdurabo, one of the first Europeans to study meditation in the 19th century, described the deeper levels of meditation – which enlightened sages and saints have experienced – by using the metaphor of a high-altitude lake:

Think of a lake into which five glaciers move. These glaciers are the senses. While ice (the impressions) is breaking off constantly into the lake, the waters are troubled. If the glaciers are stopped the surface becomes calm; and then, and only then, can it reflect unbroken the disk of the sum. This sun is the “soul” or “God.”

It’s no simple task to calm the senses and make the “waters of the mind” smooth, but it gets much easier with regular practice.

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Posted by on February 19, 2010 in Meditation


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