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"... It is a question of your collectivity growing in you. That is how you become a person who is collective, who enjoys collective, who works on collective and lives with collective. Such a person develops new kinds of powers and these powers are such that they are very subtle but they penetrate into any molecule, atom or human beings anywhere. And their penetration is only possible if you have a temperament which is collective. Without being fully collective you cannot achieve that height, which is very necessary today for Sahaja Yoga." 
(20.07.1997, Cabella, Italy)


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The Significance of Detachment when developing as a Sahaja Yogi
The Individual Journey of a Sahaja Yogi in the process of Detachment
The Manifesting Desire for Collectivity through Meditation
Detached as a Sahaja Yogi

Detachment is Surrender
... Detachment 'must start expressing' itself in your Realization. Detachment. What is surrendering ? - is nothing, because when you are detached, you are surrendered, automatically. When you are holding on to other things you are not surrendered, that's all.
What is there to surrender to me? I am such a detached person I don't understand all that. What am I to get out of you? - I am so detached. - Nothing. (29.02.1984, India)

The Significance of Detachment
Now there are people who go get attached to someone, to one person, or to the family, to their children, to relations..... That's also not the way you can get to God. That's also so limited; keeps you hanging around them and wasting your energy completely. But if you enter into your being, fully, then all these things have such meaning. Every thing has a meaning then. In the sense, if you possess anything, and if you are that kind of a person who is supposed to be possessive-he's never possessive-he is so detached about it. But he can play around, because he's so detached. He can create a drama out of it. He can play with the possessions, and teach lots of lessons to people. He's so detached, so generous, he enjoys his generosity. The whole thing becomes so different too, so dynamic. All the beauty that is created by human beings as possession is exposed before you. And you start enjoying all those things, without possessing them. You understand the myth of possession. (14.03.1983, Australia)

The Journey of Detachment as a Sahaja Yogi through Meditation
It is an individual journey towards God. When you meditate and when you reach there, then you become collective. Before that its an "absolute individual journey within". It's absolutely individual journey! You should be able to see this; that in this journey nobody is your relation. Nobody is your friend. You are absolutely alone. 'Absolutely alone'. You have to move alone within yourself. Don't hate anyone. Don't be irresponsible, but in meditative mood you are alone. No one exists there. You alone. And once you enter into that ocean then the whole world becomes your whole family. The whole world is your own manifestation. All the children become your children. And you treat all people with equal understanding. The whole expansion takes place when you enter inside 'your' spirit and start seeing through eyes of the spirit. There's such calm, such peace, such bliss within you. You have to be ready for that journey. That journey is alone in your meditativeness. (14.03.1983, Australia)

The Manifestation of Desire for Collectivity through Meditation
And the more you find something in your meditation, the more you want to go and distribute it to others. That has to be. If that does not come into you then it has not worked out; there is no purity; there is some sort of a bias. In that individual pursuit, whatever you find, you want to enjoy it with others, you want to give it to others. This is the sign of the person who has been really meditative. The one, who has been meditative and has not been able to distribute what he has found is cheating himself and cheating others as well. Because that joy that you receive in your meditation has to be distributed. Has to be given. Has to be shown. It should flow in your being as the light radiates from every illumined lamp. You don't have to take a vow to say that this is an enlightened light. In the same way a saint should not have to be certified that he is a saint. The depth you achieve within yourself spreads all over, it is such an action and reaction. The deeper you become, the radiation is much more.
You don't have to spend too much time on meditation. But whatever time you spend, whatever you gain, has to be visible outside --How you radiate and how you give it to others. That's the quality of the saints you have to be. Unless and until you become deeper, we cannot save other Sahaja Yogis. And we cannot save those who are not Sahaja yogis. You have to rise higher and higher to pull the whole curtain up. Those who try to rise higher pull the whole thing upward, and they give a pull to every one who ascend with them. (14.03.1983, Australia)

Detachment as a Sahaja Yogi
So just try to keep your aim clear-cut. You must try to understand what is your aim in life as Sahaja yogis. Now you are changed people. You are no more people who have to deal with possessions, or worry about them, about mundane things, about your livelihoods. You are no more people who have to worry too much about your health and things or your personal lives. You are not to worry, also, about your jobs so much. That's not important. And last of all not to worry about your family, children, husband, wife, and find a pocket for you to hide into it. Because the only thing where you can really hide yourself is the love of God, where you can really get the great, restful, blissful feeling of His complete protection. (14.03.1983, Australia)

  


The Joy of Song with Montreal Yogis - ... continued

On a trip to La Belle Province (Quebec) we had the pleasure of visiting our friendly Sahaja Yogis in their homes at south shore Montreal. It was similar to the Sahaja Yoga public programs or weekly classes (although more intimate) in that there was a nice explanation of what is Sahaja Yoga, some of the techniques and Shri Mataji's significance in developing it. After meditating and a workshop in exchanging vibrations came the other interesting part...the yogis broke out the guitar, drums, tambourine and songbooks...this was how they typically ended their weekly sessions with the merriment and joy of songs and bhajans. 

The following is an interview with the yogis on this subject continued from Issue 5 of the Sahaja Path and is an excellent representation of the collectivity involved in the gatherings of Sahaja Yoga.

What are Bhajans?

Simon:
Bhajans are prayers or devotional songs for God or a Deity. It's a way to address the Deity in a singing way...and the nice thing about bhajans is you can do it with people, so instead of being alone you can sing together with people. So it brings more power or desire to the poems.

Ozlem:
Bhajans are a great way of expressing your love to the Divine...and the most powerful thing with bhajans is that you can enjoy the collective consciousness, the collective joy...and you can enjoy together with the people where you can feel the oneness while expressing your desire and devotion to the Divine.

Ozgur:
Bhajans is the reflections of the power within us which is the divine power...the collective power which reflects outside through music.

Can you tell us more about the idea of a Deity?

Ozlem
Deities are actually the qualities of God...the different qualities. We have 7 main chakras...and there are several Deities. Actually, including the left and right projections of the chakras there are 21 chakras or energy centres. So they each have a different representative, which are called Deities and these are different qualities or powers of God, which is placed in us. So each song is representing a Deity, which means we can strengthen our connection with that Deity...with that power of God...and as we can get deeper in our worship with each Deity we can complete each power of God within us and get stronger. 

Simon:
So one very nice song is one that speaks about the 6 enemies of human beings. It's basically asking the Deities to free us from these 6 enemies (lust, greed, attachment, jealousy, anger, vanity).

Matthew:
My favourite bhajans are Namostute and Hasat Ali. I like Hasat Ali because it talks about the beauty of our Guru, you know how She is so Motherly and how She's so decorated so nicely with Her anklets and everything like that...it's so representative of who Shri Mataji is...and She's this kind Mother, this beautiful Deity that's come who's our Guru in life...so I like that song for that. And I like 'Namostute' because it's our way of thanking Her, our way of bowing to her...we fold our hands and say namostute. Those are my two favourite bhajans.

The final portion of the interview to come in the following issue...

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Notes:
- All excerpts are taken directly from the Founder of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
- This month's heading features drawings by Shri Mataji for teaching about the subtle system.  The triangular drawing shows rays of Brahma Shakti (the All Pervading Power) energy striking the brain.  The other drawings show the related locations of the chakras on the heads and hands.  To see the full size drawings click here
N. To learn more about the chakras and the subtle system click here: http://sahajayoga.ca/Presentation/SubtleSystem.html   

 

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