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Sahaja Yoga subtle system A hypothesis in Sahaja Yoga is that we have within us a subtle system with energy centres that can be felt after self-realisation. When we get self-realisation we become connected to the all-pervading energy of the cosmos, and as a result we become subtly aware of ourselves and others.

In the diagram the energy centres, or chakras, are shown as circles of different colours, in line with the spinal chord.

The awareness of the energy centres gives a tremendously objective view of ourselves. We don’t “think” that we have this or that problem but we can actually feel the source of our problems on our finger tips. We all have a great capacity to rationalise our experiences, to justify our actions through the power of our mind. Through this vibratory awareness which we get through Sahaja Yoga meditation we are able to use a much more reliable measure of ourselves. In short, we begin to “know ourselves.”

The amazing thing is that every problem that we have, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, can be related to disturbances, also known as “catches” on these energy centres. If you look at the picture you will see that the colours shown on the hand correspond to colours shown on the body. For example, the thumb has a yellow colour and this corresponds to the colour of the second energy centre at the base of the green circle in the picture.

Further, if we are able to cleanse these energy centres, also called “clearing”, we can actually cure these energy centres. A number of articles have been published in scientific publications to demonstrate that Sahaja Yoga does work when this approach is used.

In addition to the chakras there are also three nadis, the the three vertical lines shown in the diagram, with yellow, white and blue colours. These correspond to our overall state of balance. If we are moving on the left channel, the moon channel, the blue line in the diagram, then we are more active on the emotional side, and may be prone to depression, or in extreme cases suicidal tendencies. If we are moving on the right channel, the sun channel, shown as a yellow line in the diagram, then we tend to plan a lot, be futuristic and very active. The central channel, or white channel in the diagram represents the ideal state of balance in Sahaja Yoga, where we tend to be in a meditative, witness state.

The kundalini is shown as a coil between the red and yellow energy centres, indicating its potential state. It lies dormant in every human until awakened, at which point it travels through the energy centres and pierces the fontannel bone in our head. Interestingly, fontanelle means “little fountain.” When this happens the person has achieved the state of self-realisation.

In later articles we will have a closer look at the different energy centres.

Originally posted 2007-12-05 18:07:00. 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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The swadisthana chakra rotates around the Void area, shown above as a green circle. It has two aspects, corresponding to the left and right channels.

On the right channel it has the quality of creativity. Artists often have a problem with this centre as they tend to overuse it. On a physical level it governs the liver and we know in Sahaja Yoga that on the subtle level it affects our attention. Diet can affect the liver and in turn our attention, and substances such as alcohol and other drugs affect this centre adversely. This centre breaks down fat cells to replace the grey and white cells in the brain and it is vitally important for our thinking processes.

Our attention is to be looked after as it is the basis for meditation, which in turn is essential for any spiritual progress. Practising Sahaja Yoga meditation results in an improvement and settling down of the attention. There are so many things to distract our attention all around us and to take it to whatever is external that it is a relief to be able to overcome and to take the attention inside through meditation. The key to overcoming the problems of the swadisthan on the right side is thoughtless awareness, the essence of meditation. Problems affecting this centre on the right-hand side manifest as tingling or heat in the thumb of the right hand.

The quality of the swaisthana chakra on the left-hand side is pure knowledge (nirmala vidya) . This centre can be affected when one goes to false spiritual teachers or through reading about false teachings. It can also be affected through spiritualism, black magic and too much attention to those who have died. Problems affecting this centre on the left-hand side manifest as tingling of the left thumb.

Here is an extract from a talk by the founder of Sahaja Yoga about the Swadisthana chakra:

“There is another center here down below, if you see, is called as the center of Swadisthana, which gives aortic plexus as the gross manifestation of itself. Now when this center goes into imbalance, it goes round and round this ocean. Also it can retract. It can go further. What happens? Now this is a center for our future and for our creativity when it comes to the right. And when it moves to the left because it has got a step, like a lotus it moves. And if it comes to the left, it acts for something what we call unauthorized, anti-god activity. So another one is also unauthorized, because when we say that, “I am doing that,” then it is ego, is created in you and which passes into that pouch there in the head like a balloon and you form a big institution of ego in your head. On the other side is this one, where it comes to the left or any conditioning that takes place, that people say, “Don’t do that, and don’t do that,” and all kinds of conditionings through any kind of teachings, that creates another institution is called as superego.

Now when we go to the extremes of anything, how problems are caused, example of that I will try to give of one center, because there is no time for Me to cover all the centers. Take this Swadisthana Chakra. It has a very important work to do, is to transform the fat cells of the stomach for the use of the cells of the brain. Brain also is made of fat cells, and when a person thinks, this special Swadisthana Chakra converts the fat cells for the use of the brain. Now, when you think too much for the future, you think, think, think. I mean, people are mad with thinking. Some of them did tell Me, “Mother, you cut my throat, do what You like, but stop my thinking.” It has become another inertia sort of thing. They just go on thinking. They just can’t stop thinking, whatever they may try.

So when this process starts of thinking, then what happens that this Swadisthana, poor thing, goes into a great speedy process of transforming the fat cells. Now it has some other work to be done. Now this is going to the extreme, to think about everything. Sitting down they will think that now they have become the Prime Minister of Australia, so what should they do to correct. I mean, there’s nothing like an election. Nothing has happened, but they are already thinking for the Prime Minister. If they are driving on the street, they are thinking for all the Police Department. If they are building one house, they’ll try to find faults with another house so that he should not have done, while the house they are going to make might collapse. But all the time the idea is to see and think about everything else that doesn’t concern them.

So this heavy load on your head makes it a big ego there. Apart from that, ego which is a horrid thing, which can make you absolutely stupid, but apart from that, it makes this poor Swadisthana Chakra work so hard that you neglect other important things in your body, the organs like your liver. Such people have very bad livers, those who think all the time, plan all the time. They will plan. Even the ladies will plan all the cooking. Imagine, ladies planning all the cooking. It’s absurd! Because you go to the market, you have planned for the fish and there is no fish in the market, and you are upset because you can’t cook fish. But why did you plan? Whatever you get, you bring it home and cook it. That’s the best way. So this planning business also goes on too far. When we go to the extremes it so happens, that we make this work too hard and we get a liver trouble. Then we get also the pancreas out of gear, because pancreas has to work, has to be worked though this Swadisthana Chakra. When it is out of gear, the disease you get is diabetes. The simple thing as diabetes. Now in India if you go and see the villagers in India, they take at least five spoons of sugar; otherwise, they don’t think it’s a tea. For tea, they must have five spoons of sugar, and they never, never suffer from diabetes. But in the cities, where the people even just touch the sugar, they get it back in their urine. So something wrong with the city people. And what is wrong with them is, that they are using this Swadisthana Chakra all the time for thinking and thinking and thinking.

Now another disease that one gets out of it, is the disease of the spleen, which is a very serious thing. Spleen produces red blood corpuscles according to the necessity of the person. Now, any emergency arises, it starts producing more RBCs. Our life is such that we are always in emergencies. Everyone is. Whether he is a shop keeper or he is a minister, everybody seems to be very busy. Now, in the morning first of all to read newspapers, is another curse. Because you read newspapers, you hear, “This is burnt. That is finished. So many died. Somebody in the aeroplane finished off,” maybe our relations are there – so you get a real pain there in the stomach. That’s done by this poor spleen. It goes into a big process, into a very big mechanical production of RBC starts. Now when that happens to you then you don’t know that you better keep the spleen now at least little rested for other things. But just then you will ask for a breakfast. You will get into the car, with a breakfast in your hand eating that. And there is a jam in the way, and then you are screaming at, because you are late. All sorts of things happen to us like that and we go on creating emergencies for ourselves. For what? What are we going to gain out of it? With this hurry and scurry what have we achieved? So this spleen goes out of order. It does not understand the crazy person. It becomes crazy itself. And it starts producing red blood corpuscles, this thing, that thing. Now you become vulnerable to a horrible disease called as leukemia. Of course, it is triggered by something else, about which I may be able to tell you, today or tomorrow. But you are just vulnerable for a disease called leukemia where just doctors will say you may die within one month or two months. That’s all they can say about leukemia. ”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga, Public Program, Melbourne, 9 March 1983

Originally posted 2008-01-11 16:37:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The body of scientific evidence for Sahaja Yoga has grown over the last few years:

  • Asthma research. Dr Ramesh Manocha of the Natural Therapies Unit, Royal Hospital for Women, Australia and others set up a trial to study the effects of Sahaja Yoga meditation. In technical terms, a double blind, randomised controlled trial was conducted. A large group of severe asthma suffers was selected and two groups were established – one practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation and the other a popular relaxation technique. Checks were made at the beginning of the study and then again after 16 sessions of meditation. The study concluded that there are tangible benefits associated with practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation for sufferers of asthma. See (1) below.
  • Hot flushes. Hot flushes are very common for women in menopause and are associated with flushed skin, feeling hot and sweating. A pilot study was set up with ten women enrolled for eight weeks of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Their symptoms were recorded before and after the eight weeks and the results were quite astonishing. All women experienced improvements and 90% of them established a 50% improvement while 60% experienced an improvement of 65-70%, which is typically seen in a hormone replacement therapy program! This study was also completed by Dr Ramesh Manocha – see (2) below.  See Sahaja Yoga Medical Research on hot flushes for more details.
  • ADHD. Another study conducted at the Natural Therapies Unit in conjunction with the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK showed that Sahaja Yoga meditation can result in significant improvements in ADHD. Twenty six children with ADHD, who were aged between four and twelve, participated in a six week program of Sahaja Yoga Meditation in addition to their usual treatment (i.e. some of them were already receiving medication for ADHD) and these were compared to a control group who received no treatment. It was discovered that children who meditated experienced a significant reduction in attention problems, impulsiveness and hyperactivity, as compared to the control group. See (3) below.

This is just a small sample of studies that have demonstrated that Sahaja Yoga can be very effective in treating diseases without requiring the use of medicines.

References:

(1) Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial, R Manocha, G B Marks, P Kenchington, D Peters, C M Salome, Thorax 2002

(2) A Preliminary Study of Efficacy and Safety of Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Treatment for Hot Flushes and Other Symptoms of the Perimenopause, Manocha, M, Semmar B, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, in press.

(3) Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Family Treatment Program for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Children, Harrison, L., Rubia, K., Manocha, R., Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2003, 9 (4), 479-497


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