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Sahaja Yoga is a wonderful, utilitarian ‘add-on’ to any religion, writes R VENKATESAN

A Russian seeker of divine knowledge at St Petersburg in September 1995 asked Mata Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation, “What is the purpose of human life?”

Mataji replied, “The purpose of human life is to enter the kingdom of God. It is to enjoy the bounties of God Almighty. The purpose is to become the Spirit so that there is complete peace, harmony and pure joy. Sah means ‘with’, ja means ‘born’ and yoga derived from the Sanskrit yuj means ‘to join’, namely, union of the Self with the Supreme. To become the Spirit is our birthright,” she said.

Sahaja Yoga assumes that the body is not the whole Self and the vehicle of influence is the subtle body parallel to the physical, wherein there are seven chief nerve centres and three main tracks of nervous energy. The seven nerve centres are called chakras and the three tracks are called nadis. The spine is the chief track of nervous energy.

Seven chakras can be viewed as ‘awareness’ levels. The latent vital force in the body, kundalini, resides at the base of sacrum and when roused, pierces various chakras as it ascends along the spine until it reaches the Sahasrara chakra. When this happens, the Atman gets connected to the Paramatman, the universal cosmic consciousness. The ascent in levels of consciousness is the implicit ‘next stage of evolution’, for kundalini is the super intelligent energy behind consciousness and, therefore, the evolutionary mechanism that determines the capacity of brain.

Sahaja Philosophy

The Gaia hypothesis says that the living things are not passive victims of their environment but can alter it. Even Sahaja Yoga system is concerned with the body as a microcosm of the universe. In 1970, founder of Sahaja Yoga, Nirmala Devi talked of Sahaja philosophy that believes that an individual is an integral part of collective consciousness. “Individuals are not only involved and influenced by this collective pattern but also shape them”.

Sahaja Yoga is different from other yogas; it unlocks the kundalini that makes it the techniques of purification.

A Sahaja yogi is able to avoid stressful situations when he develops the skill of entering the witness state through Sahaja Yoga. Mataji explains this with an analogy — compared to swimming in an ocean, being in a boat represents a higher level as you can ‘witness’ waves without unduly getting affected.

Any Sahajayogi whose subtle instrument is in good condition, becomes a collective being and can feel the vibrations from his environment on his central nervous system, which again manifest themselves as appropriate signals on his fingertips. This is termed vibratory awareness. What is necessary is to develop the essential skill to correctly interpret such signals. This vibratory awareness takes a person beyond the dimension of sensory perception and the capability is referred to as the ‘Fourth Dimension’.

Self-realisation

The Sahaja yogi is an instrument of the free play of the all-pervading cosmic energy, because of the connection established at the time of Self-realisation. He is, therefore, in a position to direct this energy according to his desire. This enables him to give realisation to others, clear his own chakras and those of others or, he is able to grow along the spiritual dimension.

Chakras or energy centres must remain fully open to facilitate the free movement of energy. But chakras may be damaged due to both internal and external influences.

Catches in chakras also manifest as heat, heaviness, prickling sensations, in the palm and are thus identifiable and can be attended to. Term it as great awakening, Self-realisation, baptism, coming of the Aquarian Age, Dvija — a rebirth of spirit, Sahaja Yoga — they all refer to the kundalini awakening which is mentioned in several ancient scriptures of many religions. For instance, kundalini awakening is described as the wind of the Holy Ghost in the Bible, in Hebrew as ruach, and as ChaitanyaLahari by AdiSankaracharya.

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