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The three channels

Shri Mataji, who started Sahaja Yoga

In each human being, the energy flows in one of three different channels. For simplicity we refer to them as the left, right and centre. Prior to Self-realization through Sahaja Yoga, the energy flows – the attention settles – in the left or the right. The left – the tamo guna – is concerned with desire, with yesterdays, with the moon, with conditioning, with memory. If the left side is out of kilter we can become cold, insecure, depressed, fearful. On the other side is the right channel – the rajo guna – concerned with action, with tomorrows, with the sun, with planning. If the right side is out of kilter we can become tense, aggressive, even violent. Some of us swing from one side to the other, and back again with painful consequences.

But Self-realization opens up the central channel – the satwa guna – bringing about the yoga, the union of the spirit with the Divine energy of creation. And once this central channel has been opened, then good meditation, health and well-being follow. When the energy flows along this central channel the other two – the left and the right – are brought into balance so that insecurity and depression on one side, tension and aggression on the other, disappear.

The energy that flows through the central channel is called kundalini, a sanskrit word. There is no English word for it. This power is the mothering energy in us, the nurturing energy, the energy that transforms us into spiritual beings. It is a reflection, in miniature, of Divinity. It is a seed of God’s power, the First Power, the Adi Shakti, the Holy Spirit, the Devi, the Feminine Aspect of God. The Goddess. And it is our honouring of this Divinity within us, our dedication, our worship, that strengthens the flow of kundalini, and opens up the rich world of the spirit.

Brian Bell

Originally posted 2008-07-22 18:39:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sahaja Yoga energy centre - Nabhi chakra

The Nabhi Chakra is associated with the spiritual qualities of righteousness, evolution and seeking. This centre also relates to our financial well-being and the extent to which the housewife is respected in the family and society. If there are financial difficulties or too much thinking about money this centre also gets affected. Too much attention on food also causes this centre to go out of balance. Once we have experienced our Self-realisation through Sahaja Yoga this centre becomes very sensitive to activity that goes against the principle of right conduct and such activity results in a feeling of nausea.

When this centre is awakened and cleansed one experiences a feeling of satisfaction and peacefulness which replaces the constant striving for a better material situation which is so typical of modern society.

This centre controls the liver, kidneys, stomach and gall bladder. Of these, the liver is especially significant in Sahaja Yoga as it controls the attention. Without a settled attention one is unable to meditate. Diet does play a role in soothing down the liver and when it is overheated it is best to avoid greasy foods, ice cream, butter, chocolate, black tea and coffee. Alcohol is harmful to the liver and also affects the Void area, the centre of self-mastery. The following are very cooling for the liver: cane sugar, white rice, yoghurt and ginger. Most fruits are also very cooling especially grapes and vegetables and especially radishes are very good too.

This centre is associated with the water element and it is very helpful to place the feet in a river or in the sea or in a bucket of water with some salt added. Many people who have suffered from insomnia have found this very helpful.

Here is an extract from a talk by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga:

The third center within us, which is the naval center, which looks after the solar plexus on the gross, is called as the Nabhi Chakra meaning the naval center and is responsible for giving us the seeking. We should know why do we seek. Why do we seek food to begin with? We feel hungry, but how do we know that we are hungry and that we want food? Even a child knows that, even an animal knows that; how? This is the center tells us that now you are hungry better go and have some food. And this is the center tells us now you better seek some money, maybe some power, maybe all the human things that we seek and waste our life quite a lot in that. After that when you are affluent when you have solved all these mundane things like no more we are living in the jungles like animals. Then we start thinking that there must be something beyond because I have got everything now but I haven’t got joy. I don’t feel joyous. I am not satisfied, what is that? When this seeking starts then you are a special category of seekers for which William Blake has clearly written very, very clearly two hundred years back he said that men of God will become prophets and they will have powers to make others prophets and that is today’s Sahaja Yoga. This seeking is a special category of people who we find now a days all over the world. That’s why I said it at the very outset that you do not find so many seekers, in the history of spirituality so many seekers. But today there are thousands and thousands; I would say millions and millions of seekers. But what happens to them? Again they get lost. Some start getting lost in the intellectual understanding of God, finished. How can you understand God with this limited brain? He’s unlimited. You have to go beyond this mind to understand. What can we understand of that God who does all these marvelous things of living processes which we cannot do even a wee bit with this brain of ours? So some are lost in the books and some are lost in the organized religions, finished.
Talk by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga, 2 August1984, Leicester, England

Originally posted 2008-01-28 18:29:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Originally posted 2014-11-02 19:41:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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shrimataji.jpgWelcome to the Sahaja Yoga in Australia site, and we hope that you find it useful. The purpose of this site is to familiarise you with Sahaja Yoga in Australia and Sahaja Yoga in general. You may know that we already have an Australian Sahaja Yoga site which we encourage you to visit, but this site will more conversational and interactive, and less formal.

Sahaja Yoga enables you to get in touch with your inner being through the awakening of a subtle energy within you known as kundalini. This energy exists in a potential, or dormant state at the base of the spine in the area known as the sacrum bone (the Greeks knew there was something special about this). When it is awakened it rises through 6 energy centres known as chakras, awakening the qualities of these centres. For example, when it crosses through the Swadisthan chakra (the second energy centre from the base of the spine) it awakens the qualities of creativity and pure knowledge in that centre.

Sahaja Yoga subtle systemIn addition, a state known in Sahaja Yoga as thoughtless awareness is entered into, resulting in a true meditative state where one does not need to think and one is released from the chains of thought which plague us so much and which are such a major source of stress in modern society.

One also becomes aware of one’s inner nature through a state called vibratory awareness where one is able to discern the state of one’s energy centres through sensations on the hands.

This whole process is known as self-realisation and has been pursued by seekers for many thousands of years. In the past seekers would retire from the world and try to gain mastery over themselves, hoping that they would achieve this state. We are in the very fortunate situation today that this is no longer necessary, and that self-realisation can be achieved in a few minutes. This does not mean that all the energy centres are purified overnight. Through vibratory awareness, which is a result of achieving self-realisation, we are able to see what is wrong with the energy centres and to correct them using techniques that are demonstrated at the many Sahaja Yoga centres worldwide.

The fact that self-realisation is possible to achieve in a short time is possible through the grace of Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, who has devised a method to allow people to have this experience en-masse. She started Sahaja Yoga in 1970 with a small group of seekers, and has worked tirelessly to spread it throughout the world since then.

Sahaja Yoga courses are free of charge. To find one in Australia go to Meetings in Australia, otherwise go International Sahaja Yoga Meetings.

Originally posted 2007-11-05 22:31:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Agnya chakra

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga

Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga

The Agnya, situated in the middle of the brain, is the gateway to the last energy centre, the Sahasrara Chakra, and so it is the penultimate step on the journey to our Self-realization, our yoga, our union with Divinity.

It is the Kundalini, the life force within each one of us, rising from its coils at the base of the spine, in the sacrum bone, rising up through each of the energy centres, and eventually piercing through the bone at the top of the head, the bone that was soft in our babyhood – the fontenelle bone – it is the freeing and activating and rising up of this Kundalini energy that brings about our enlightenment, our moksha, our Self-realization. And to our great good fortune, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, has found a very simple way for us to take this wonderful leap forward in our evolution, this realization of the Self, this manifestation of the Spirit, this ability to feel the very essence of our being on our central nervous system. Self-realisation is a great gift, through which we gain sweet meditation, our health, well-being, peace and joy. Our oneness with the Spirit.

The Agnya. Sixth of the main energy centres, situated at the crossing of the optic thalamus (the pineal and pituuitary glands). It influences, and is influenced by, what we see, what we hear, what we think. The day of the week that the Agnya chakra is associated with is Sunday, its colour is white, its planet is the sun, its element is light (this is very important – we’ll be coming back to it) its gemstone is diamond, its place on the hand – where we can feel if the Agnya energy centre is clear and doing its job – or not – is the ring finger, and the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ was directly related to the opening up of this chakra.

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Originally posted 2008-09-22 20:08:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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