Shri Mataji’s Wedding Anniversary

Nirmala Palace - Nightingale Lane Ashram, London (England)

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Mother’s Wedding Anniversary, Nightingale Lane Ashram, London (UK). 7 April 1982.

[INAUDIBLE]…To the Divine, for providing us such a beautiful place. As a name is Nightingale. I didn’t expect it to be that…really that big and so beautifully done. It’s all provided for…for the saints who have to live here, for the people who are chosen by God in this country to do His work. We are doing God’s work and it is God’s desire that we are to be looked after, we are to be blessed, we should have no worry of mundane things like a house…we can say of a…what you call a shelter and food, money…we should have no such worry. Because we have to do so many other things now, that if we go on spending our energies on these useless pursuits who is going to do the great work of God…that is the emancipation of human beings.

At this juncture when we know the crisis…great crisis…is facing us in this Kaliyuga, we have to realize that the divine is working with great understanding of this precarious time, and the dynamism of that divine power is so smooth and so powerful that’s working out everything for your comfort, for your peace, for your blessings, and for your powers by which you can give realization to people. You can assume all the powers that are promised to the saints. In the same way, it is essential for sahajayogis to know that they have to do a lot to give assistance, to allow also the divine power to act through you because you are chosen instrument of God.

Now, one has to understand a big problem that comes to us when we face western sahajayogis. As I am facing you people here…I have to tell you that, that western sahajayogis have different problems from the Indian sahajayogis. The basic problem is that Infrastructure in the west- outwardly is wonderful. For example, if you have to telephone to someone…is very easy here to communicate; if you have to go somewhere you can get a car, to get a house- you can get a beautiful house. The infrastructure is very good, for say…material development, this country is very well suited. Because in the west we have had outward development, the development of the shoot, and the roots were neglected. And roots are the basis of our existence. So the roots, the infrastructure of roots, if they are weak the divine power cannot permeate through those roots. And those roots must be looked after, and are to be put right; we have to see to it that we put them right through your powers of divine vibrations, because in India if you have to develop something, it’s a big problem.

Supposing you want to take a tractor, there is no road to take it there; if you want to …say take a ship there, the ship will be standing outside the ports for God knows how many days; if you want to telephone someone, its always out of order. And it can be disgusting for people who have lived with all these comforts and conveniences here. But to make the divine power flow into the western people is even more difficult than getting telephones to India…much more. The reason is, the structure needed to permeate this beauty, are starved, are weak, are unable to even feel the need for it. But when the tree discovers that it is going to fall down…is going to go out, then it starts looking after its roots and bothering about it why? Why are we getting destroyed? What’s happening to us? We have not looked after our roots? So now how do we go to our roots? Our source is our spirit, and (trauma?) was spirit…we get that strength. But the reception becomes weaker if our roots are not alright. And the roots are nothing but simple things, which are the Ten Commandments, which are the don’ts and dos.

Sahajayoga has one advantage that nobody is told, “don’t do that”. You come along any time any ideas any ego anybody can come in. Raise their Kundalini. Then they become enlightened. The light comes into the room and they start seeing all the defects of the room, and then they start repairing it because they see those defects at something outside…outside. The identification with those defects falls off, and people have changed overnight- we have seen them. But still the structure has to be brought forth. Actually, in Australia things are working out much faster. As somebody told me, “Oh, Australia is a large village!” So this advancement has made people so complicated…so dry…that talking of God itself is something people abhor. Talking of religion is not allowed, I mean people don’t like it in any elite society. If you start talking about religion, they’ll tell you off on your faces, “you are not supposed to discuss any religion; you can discuss politics as long as you like…but religion!” Can you imagine? So the responsibility of the sahajayogis first and foremost is to improve their infrastructure. And that is we have to pin pointedly understand lies within us, and within the whole of us.

The first one was that I never ever put down my foot on any disciplining, on any sahajayogi. There’s a complete freedom for you to rise above, to go to heaven, or you can take two running jumps and go to hell. There was no restriction of any kind on any sahajayogi; if you want you can come, if you don’t want, you don’t come. At the most I’ll enquire how are you and all that; but there was no compulsion on anyone of any kind. The reason is, now you are free people. And freedom that is enlightened should give you proper reasoning to know, what is good for you? And what is bad for you? And how you should go about yourself? The problem arises; actually, all the laws are not for people who are sensible and wise. Not at all, they don’t need any laws. But problem arises only when there are people who are licentious, permissive, who have no control over themselves, who have no will power, those who have bad habits, who try to be destructive. They do not do any constructive work towards the whole, but all the time they are thinking of something destructive. Either destroying themselves or destroying the organization, so ( Unclear can/called), the living organization of sahajayogis.

Now, the problem with us is that we are used to this kind of a freedom so far. In the ashram, I never came up to find out, how you lived? And what was the way you were conducting ourselves? I never enquired as to what people are doing in the ashram? What is the routine they are following? We have ashram, which provides for very cheap living and cheap food. All the conveniences now, God has given you. This is your…these are your punyas, he’s blessed you. Now let us see what we can do about it? We have to also find out what we are doing about thanksgiving? We have to formulate certain things to self-discipline ourselves. The disciplining should come from within willingly; happily…it’s for your building up and for your growth. Those people who do not want to discipline themselves must be kept out of ashram. Because they are still weak, because the people who are in the ashram are expected to be the best people among all the sahajayogis because they are specially blessed!

So those who are the best are specially blessed have to be the best! And to be that, what are we supposed to do? I mean, they are the generals for example, and the generals, if they get up at 11 o’ clock in the morning and just rush up to their work, come back home, get angry with everyone and sleep off; what are they going to do in sahajayoga? So all such people have to come up to a certain maturity of understanding the spirit of sahajayoga. In the spirit of sahajayoga, you have to build up yourself according to the requirements of the time. It’s a war on…really there’s a war on, you have no idea, and you have to prepare yourself for that. If people think that this is a good convenience, that we are here, you are destroying yourself. A big chance has come to you. This is all going in the history. All this will be all written down just like Bible. Everything that has happened to you will be written down. All about you people, who are the people? Who are baddies we should say. The people who do not understand the value of sahajayoga, the ones who do not pay attention to their building up and to the build up of sahajayoga, it will be all recorded. Because you are chosen for a work like that, everybody’s name is going to be entered into that.

So first of all we have to understand, that a self-discipline, which comes from your-self has to be ascertained. For that certain rules and regulations are to be made in this ashram and those who are not staying here or in another ashram also the same thing. Those who are not staying in this ashram or that ashram also should follow the same rules and regulations, as far as their daily life is concerned. That’s how you are going to purify this nucleus. By purifying this nucleus, you will permeate the divine flow of God, the divine love of God, into the hearts of people. We have to educate ourselves in a way that is going to help in the construction work of God’s desire. Certain rules and regulations have to be formed. There are some people who are wise, who will definitely make some rules and regulations and try to follow them. But there will be many who are weak, who require little boosting up and pulling up. You have to do it. You have to be trimmed out to become the beautiful pattern of that great event which is the greatest of all the events of the world…greatest event of the whole creation. And for that, you have to be equipped and educated. And that’s why we have to know that the education that you are going to have, has to be done with full understanding, that you are free to leave or to stay here.

There’s no compulsion on anyone. But it will be most enjoyable…I’m sure it will be. If you are of a little of that caliber you will definitely enjoy the whole education of sahajayoga which is very important. Because you are faced with a society where the infrastructure of the roots are destroyed; nobody wants to talk about God, nobody wants to know about It, nobody wants to hear about It. In such a place if you have to do something, you have to be exceptional people. And for that you have to regulate your life, regulate yourself, and grow in a proper way. If you do not try to look after a tree, the tree dies out. If you do not supply water to it and proper nourishment, it will die out. In the same way, whatever you have achieved, if it has to grow, you have to learn how to nourish and bring to the maturity of that personality which is required to construct the design, which Sahaja yoga wants to implement. We are efficient otherwise, but we are not efficient as Sahaja yogis; it’s the other way round thing.

Now we are talking of the roots. And when we talk of the roots, we have to know, that we have to suck-in that power which surrounds us. And what is the main thing that is going to suck? That’s your Spirit. So first of all, the first priority should be to the Spirit. All material things are secondary. See how you got the house? “Yoga kshema wahamyam!” As soon as you got your yoga, Kshema is working. All of you have been blessed. But especially this place is a big blessing. So one has to understand, to look after the roots, our priorities have to change. First and foremost is our spirit. What are we doing to bring the spirit into our attention? We are all the time worried- about money, mundane things, useless things. On one side there are people who are running after things, which are of no importance. On the other side I find people who think they are very spiritual, live in some ethereal world and do not come in contact with reality. Both things are equally nonsensical. If you think you are very ethereal, you are sadly mistaken. Or if you think you are very materialistic that is also not correct. You are a spirit, which shines in this body. A person who is spiritual is extremely dynamic. Dynamic in the sense that such a person has tremendous powers of activity. He doesn’t get normally tired. He doesn’t waste his energy into nonsensical talks because he respects himself. The self-respect! So the education may start immediately as soon as you put your priorities properly. First of all is your-‘self’ and then the ‘whole’.

Sahaja yogis must educate themselves, in a way to understand- are they selfish or not? For example some sahajayogis are very good at sitting for prayers together. But some of them want to do it individually. They are selfish people, absolutely selfish. It’s all right once in a while, to do your own thing, but if it is available you must do it with others. It’s not only selfish, but it is useless. You may go on doing puja for ten hours, makes no difference. When you are together, you are in the collective. For example, supposing you are the cells in the heart of the Virata, all of you are the cells of the heart, and you find one cell somewhere twitching, what’s going to happen? Is it going to work out the whole function of the heart? All the cells have to work, not only that, all the cells have to understand each other. And they have to work it out in such a way that they fulfill the function for which they are created. That is the criteria otherwise only one cell starts pulsating somewhere, it may become malignant, it would be useless, it is destructive! So any one person who is having his individual prayer, should know that in sahajayoga today, no individual exist- it’s the whole. It’s easy to criticize others, very easy to criticize others. Because see our eyes are outward- not inward, you cannot see inside. But that’s not going to help, that’s destructive again; very destructive to criticize others.

(Transcriber’s note: Shri Mataji is talking to a yogi)

Now if you try to criticize others, you are actually against yourself. Because you will find the another person is also yourself! He is the part and parcel of the same organism, which is working it out- the functioning; and how can one cell in the heart be against the another cell? Can it be? Or individualistic? It’s very destructive for your self and for others. So everything has to work as the pulsation of the ocean. How it moves in a wave! When some have to rise, they rise, then they go down and other comes up, they rise. In the same way, understanding the movement of God’s desire. Now, the roots are spoilt also because we have lost the sense of collectivity. But the worst curse of the western life I personally feel is- alcoholism. It’s really I feel that may be one of the reasons why people have become so deaden to dharma? I mean the amount of things people do here blindfolded, without even thinking that it is wrong, I- I can only blame alcoholism. Because I think when you take alcohol, you become so money minded; you are left with no money at all. And an alcoholic, any amount of money you give is not sufficient you see. He’ll live on a shoe- sting but he must have a bottle; he’ll sleep on the street but must have a bottle. I have known some friends of my husband who were alcoholics. And they were getting- they were senior to my husband getting much more pay, were from very rich families and they didn’t even have sometimes blankets in their house, you see an extra blanket, if you went to their house. They would have all broken cups and saucers and they had no money. All these bad habits of racing and alcoholism and which is supported by the government and all that. All these bad habits have led people to these insensitivity. Because you see alcohol is something like polishing all your sensitivities, to your dharma, to right and wrong. Only thing that really upsets people is that they should not do anything illegal, because they will be caught and put in the prison. But if they can escape even that part, they don’t mind doing for alcohol or for any such drugs. So to bring about that insensitivity, we have to know.

Now we have a pub just outside here. We must avoid that road I think. Or one day this pub may run away from here, if they go into liquidation. Already there are so many which have gone into liquidation for your information. I heard last time they were 57, which had gone into liquidation. But I think this time the number is double, the sooner they go into liquidation, better it would be for this country, for the younger generation that is coming up. All this has worked into our nerves, and our sensitivities are lost to dharma. The only thing…the only hope we have is our spirit, which has enlightened us…which has given us that sensitivity…which has brought us back to light; the truths, the reality, how we have destroyed ourselves! This money-mindedness is also due to this alcohol. I tell you a man who is a drunkard, is very money-minded. Naturally because he has to have money for drinking, and it’s like an ocean he goes on. I mean you can’t drink water in that big beer thing; you can’t drink water that much! I really tell you how they can drink such a big thing…I can’t understand, I mean if you give me water in that big thing I just cannot gulp it down in one sitting… it’s beyond me! You see it’s like an ocean it becomes! It goes into some bottomless pit I think the whole thing is thrown into something and that requires money and for that people have to be money-minded.

Of course thank God, no sahajayogis drink. Now those who are drinking still, I would request them to put their will power absolutely. And will power is very simple, if you can move your right to the left 7 times, you can manage it; if not, try 108 times. But you can manage it. Get rid of this nonsensical habit, which has killed your dharma, which has killed your personality, which has made you a slave of all this nonsensical thing, so get out of it. For sahajayogis I have never put a bandhan on that, that you don’t drink, but you just stop it. But you can understand what a bad thing it is to drink! I mean you don’t see your sisters, you don’t see your mother, this relationships that have developed here they’re so queer, you know so strange, you can’t believe it that human beings can have such a relationships, but that is because you are drunk; I mean how will you know your sister and your mother [UNCLEAR-here/even]? And that’s why, one of the things we have to understand that all bad habits we have, we have to give up A to Z. Worst is drinking of course, but there are minor bad habits also.

Now Christ has talked about murmuring souls. And about them, He’s been so angry, that he said that, “these people I’ve spit out of my mouth.” He said, “those who are hot, I will manage them, and those who are cold, they are mine. But those who are in between, I’ll spit them out of my mouth.” Of course I don’t use such language, but this is his language, which he has said it. This is they’re repulsive people, the murmuring people, who are in the ashram for their convenience. And they are having their own secret things and they are talking sometimes against sahajayoga, against this, why that, why this? These are very destructive people. And beware of them. As it is, we have to look after the very delicate thing, that are the roots, and then these people are of no use to us, absolutely of no use, who start sitting down and saying that, “O, I am doing this kind of another thing and I am trying another thing, and we have this another guru”; and whatever is wrong is wrong. This is not a cult! You must know.

Sahaja yoga is not a cult! It is your evolution, is your natural thing that’s happening to you. It’s not a cult! Where there’s nothing like bad and good, every guru is good, every pub is good, every madman is good; it’s not like this. In a cult, everybody is good you see, there is nothing like bad thing, every thing is good, what is wrong? That’s cult. But in natural processes, we have discretion. And we know what is good and what is bad. If you have seen a sunflower, it knows which way to turns its face. The trees know which way to turn their faces, which way to move. The roots know, where to go? How to go towards the sources of water? They just don’t go towards the…a…deserts! That is also good! So this is not a cult! You must know that. This is not where everything is all right as long as you give some money, or as long as you are a member or as long as you think you belong to some sort of a organization…No, it is absolutely there’s no compromise. There is no compromise with darkness, with untruth, with anything that is destructive for human beings; we cannot compromise. As an evolution, there is no compromise. One has to understand that we are human beings, and we have freedom. That if you want, you can get along with compromises. But as far as evolution is concerned, you will be out. You won’t be there. You cannot pass through the gates of Agnya chakra. You will be thrown on sides. You will be thrown into places, where you don’t want to go. You cannot pass through that. If you have to pass through that gate, then you must know that there is no compromise of any kind. You have to come up to a certain maturity, and a certain adherence to the truth and identification with your spirit.

Like people will say, “Mother! They are also good people.” No they are not. If they are not they are not. Of course out of compassion one may think of giving them emancipation, improving them. But today they are not good people. Today, they are not alright, tomorrow they may be; that’s a different point. If they are not good today, they are not good today means, today for us they are not good. We don’t talk of tomorrow. But to listen to them, or to agree with them, or to support them, or to be with them, is anti God activity. Because moment-to-moment, there is destruction working; and in the same way, there is construction going on. Any moment when you find anybody who is against, they are not with us. We cannot compromise. Especially for people who are living in an ashram. I have seen that person coming from Rajneesh walks into the ashram, and with all his horrible dress and everything and with his mala, and stays in a sahajayoga ashram. There is no compromise with such dirty people. They are not fit to enter into our ashrams; these are temples. Not temples of ordinary people, but of realized souls; who are chosen by God, for God’s work.

We don’t want anyone of that kind to come inside. If they have to meet, they can come to Caxton Hall, it’s all right, there every Dick, Tom, Harry is there, its all right. But not in the ashram, not in the ashram. You should not allow anybody temper the holiness and the auspiciousness of your ashram. For us, holiness is the highest thing; if you are not holy people, you cannot do any work of God, believe me, you cannot. You have to be a holy man, you have to be prophets, and you have to lead a life of holiness. If you are unholy, you are no good. So, the whole working out is in a different line. The efficiency of being holy and holy person is efficient by itself! Jason just wrote a letter to me, saying that Mother, its difficult, just now we don’t know whether we are going to get a house or not, it’s going to be difficult, so far, we have no idea. I just gave a bandhan. See, just holiness working it out and here you are! That’s how holiness is going to work. The purity of heart, the purity of love, but love doesn’t mean run after somebody who is a Rajneesh’s fellow or something. So, anybody coming from any guru should be banned from the ashrams; till he comes to sahajayoga, in Caxton Hall, cleanse them properly, washed, bathed and shaven and shorn, then he can enter. One has to be very careful on this point.

So I am making it extremely clear to you that in the night about 12 o’ clock a phone comes in SOS, “Mother, we have three people from Muktananda.” Send them back to Muktananda. They have been with them for twelve years, all right, let them carry on for three years more. The other day we had somebody who came, who was with him for twelve years. And he said, “I have become a recluse. I can’t think about anything. I have no money, I have lost everything.” I said, “go- go back to him!” He said, “twelve years I have been with him.” What did he get? Now if he has to come to sahajayoga, I told him, you are going to Australia, all right, you get your realization, you be certified by them. (UNCLEAR- and then), only certified people can enter into the premises of our (UNCLEAR-country?). But certified people have to be extremely beautiful people, very sweet tongued. Better try to read dictionary now; find out the sweetest way of addressing people. All slangs and all words, which are full of thorns, must be dropped; all the flowery words must be chosen. You are not a hypocrite, because you are flowers after all, you have to be fragrant no doubt! But for whom? For Sahaja yogis and not for outsiders.

There are people who despise sahajayogis. I have seen some sahajayogis are like that, and are very friendly with other people. They are frightened of other people and are not kind to sahajayogis. With sahajayogis, you have to be very kind. But that does not mean, with outsider you should not be. You should be! Because they are seekers! You have to be kind to them; you have to be nice to them. There’s nothing wrong in being nice and flowery. That’s not hypocritical. Am I a hypocrite? Its not hypocritical, to be nice to people. On the contrary with others you should not be angry. But in a way you should tell them for example, such people walking you should say, “I am sorry, we cannot have people from Muktananda here. If you want, you can come to Caxton Hall.” That’s one way of talking. There’s a way of saying, “its very embarrassing, but we are sorry, this is awkward, [UNCLEAR-you or we?] are not allowed.” Best thing is to write down all the rules and regulations as soon as they come, hand it over to them. Let the blame come to me, I don’t mind. That’s how things have to work out. About minor things and all that I think we’ll have to sit down, make rules and regulations.

But the major thing is meditation together. I’ve told you before also, that I have myself lived in Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram. If I tell you the conditions there, you will be amazed; I mean I would never want my children to be like that. I used to think, Mahatmaji is rather cruel on people. But the way people had to live in an ashram, absolutely (UNCLEAR-spartaned?), absolutely (UNCLEAR- spartaned?) methods. So much so, that even a villager would be running away from such a thing, I mean it was so too much for him to live in those conditions. You have to clean your latrines, clean the latrines of all the guests that are there, with the buckets and things like that. Can you imagine? And all those things we have done, and he said that unless and until you get rid of these things you will not understand what the untouchables are like? So he made us learn all that you see. So it was all right for me, I am quiet a tough person, but with others, I used to think it’s too much! For people, say, Maharaja’s sons coming and all that, with so many servants they have and this and he made to clean the latrines of the guests, it was too much for them. But he made them and once he asked somebody to sleep on the ground, he said, “I cannot sleep on the ground on the mat, I am used to a bed.” He said, “then you go and sleep outside. For one month you sleep outside and you will be all right.” And there were snakes you see, in the grounds. And the snakes never bit anyone. That’s one thing good about them. They never bit anyone. But you see the fellow didn’t know what to do? See…where to sleep? So he would come inside and sleep on the mat again. He thought first, it would be nice comfortable on a…grass, but then he saw the snakes you see, crawling around him so he walked back.

And it was so in the schools also, the such trainings were there before that children were asked to..were asked to go round the whole cricket ground, you see. If they would not make their beds in the morning, they were asked to take the beds on their back and go round the whole cricket ground in the schools you see. But these things must be there for you see untidiness, is something I can’t understand! Untidiness as you see if, you are at this age like this, what will happen to you when you will be of my age? I just can’t imagine I mean, how can you then, I mean what will be your shape? I just can’t think of a person that at this age, how can you be untidy? Untidiness comes from untidy mind I think. And to be untidy is a curse! Absolute curse you know! You are absolutely a lost person! Putting everything under the big curtain and hiding this under this, this is not the way to live! I mean this is such a small thing, that I don’t know how to tell you but, I mean we were in Gandhi ashram, we were not allowed to have any sweeper or any cleaner or anything. And everything had to be spick and span even the leaves had to be clean. Can you imagine?

I have heard that some of the ashrams of these gurus are kept extremely clean. [INAUDIBLE] Most people are punished, not physically, but financially. The fine is fifty pounds, for one litter falling out of your hands, fifty pounds, finished! That they have done in Singapore they do like that. If you drop one cigarette anywhere, you are charged- fifty pounds. So people are extremely careful. But we are sahajayogis, we are not to learn it through; fines and strictness and fear. We have to learn dharma through our freedom and understanding by respecting ourselves, you have to [UNCLEAR- be/live?]. Now sharing is very important. There are some sahajayogis who do not know how to share? For example, food! You must share your food. I have told you that, those who do not share food should not live in an ashram. And such people are not going to be called as sahajayogis at all. You see if you are sick, it’s all right! In a house, for an Indian house I would say, the food is cooked for all of us. And we all eat it. Whatever the mother cooks for all the children. They don’t have a separate cereal in the morning, “which one will you have?”- “I will have this one”…another one, “I will have this one.” Third one will think, ‘what will I have today?’ What is there to think and why to waste your energy in all these choices?

It’s only ego! Nothing but an ego. I have seen it people having big- big these menu cards and reading them for half an hour, and coming down, what are I am going to have? Better have all of useless same, what is there? The tongue is the same, and mouth is the same. And it’s going to be the same! What is there so special about deciding, what will I have today? What have you done today, that you should have something special? What is such a special thing about it wasting your energy, “O! I will have this.” “I will have that.” Even I have seen, when we sahajayogis used to go for our dinners and all that, everybody would order, “I will have this.” Now, imagine, eighty persons going to a restaurant, everybody ordering something else; no wonder that people would not accept us there because all the people who served us must have gone mad!

(It’s all right take it easy. Burnt yourself, with that saree, you need not bring the cup…poor thing. Thank you very much, thank you very much, thank you, thank you very much, thank you.)

So this is what it is, that we should not have all these choices. Whatever is cooked by the grace of God, praise it that we’ve got the food. We eat the food with all joy and happiness, and if anybody sick, [UNCLEAR- we/he] can cook for that person that’s all! But so much attention is paid to food, what’s the use? We are so much worried about these useless things, and after eating all that food also, the tongue is so horrible just like a snake. While snake eats only grass! He doesn’t eat all these cereals and all that! It eats grass. But our tongues are just like snakes when we eat all the best things, with selections this- that. All things we do, clothes we’ll wear with selections, we’ll [have?] be particular about this, and particular about that, but we are not particular about our roots! That’s the point; we have to be particular about our roots. Because we all have to grow, we have to become great sahajayogis.

Out of you, great prophets have to come! And for that there has to be single minded, complete devotion to understanding that you are realized souls. If you have to go after other gurus and all that, you go ahead. You can go ahead and do what you like with yourself. If you have no discrimination of vibrations, you can do what you like! But if you have, then use it and know for yourself that you are your own guru; you don’t need anybody. Anything else like that about your roots you have to understand. That it is you who has to improve yourself it is you who matters and nobody else to me and to God. It is you who has to be such that you should look after yourself the way you look after your clothes, look after your food, look after every choice of yours. Whether you will be that choice that God would like to have, make yourself like that; that God will pick you up, ‘Oh! This is my best flower, with the best fragrance.’ This is what I want you to do. So when we make rules for this ashram it’s a challenge. This is a challenge for my children to come up to it.

I have known many gurus who came to me, who are good gurus, told me that why have you given them realization? Who are they? According to them you are all Dick, Tom and Harry. What have they done? We have done so much of tapsyas, we have done this, we have done that, why have you given them realization to these people? Now the tapsya has started. We have to be tapasvis. We have to be people with penance and we should be happy to do this. But that penance make people egoistical, hot tempered; this is going to make you very sweet, nice and good and joyful…that’s the difference between the two. If you, I had asked you to do this tapasya before realization, you all would have been standing with one stick in the hand, hitting everyone who passed by. Of course you would be good, but the rest of them would be hit by you. So thank God, now the tapasya has started with understanding that you are going to develop your self to this level. And thus I am sure this ashram, which is a blessing of God upon us, we’ll prove worthy of this and create a new world.

The time has started. The breakthrough has started, I can assure you it has started. Believe me! The ways and methods, which are working out, which are very interesting, which I would like you to understand that this new style is developing. You are going to get lots of sahajayogis. But first of all, you should be such that they should see you and see that the faces of this people are like sparkling diamonds. They should not find any faults in you. I bless you with all my heart, with all the powers that I have, with everything that I have- I bless you. May God make you the best flowers of the whole universe. May God bless you.

But today is my wedding anniversary. And that is how we are here and my husband is also going to come. And we have to decide now how many are going to get married this year? Except for one or two most of the marriage has come up very successfully. And those who have been also married before and got re-married in sahajayoga have come out to be very good companions. They’ve improved in their relationships…it’s much better now. And everything is working out in a beautiful way and lots of realized children are being born. And we are being strengthened by their advent. So this auspicious day today, is just after ‘Palm Sunday’ when Christ was received with all jubilations and today is the time when we have to understand that married life itself is a- is a big yagna, it’s a big homa, it’s a big havana in which, we have to adjust, burn off our angularities and we have to appreciate and understand each other and cope with so many things and make it a beautiful…a…beautiful…what you call the beautiful cradle for the children who have to come. And also a sustaining thing, marriage is a challenge and is very sustaining very helpful to understand yourself. It’s like a reflection that you see every minute.

If you know how to really reflect about yourself because after realization you can do that and see for yourself how you are going about? Whether you are losing your vibrations or gaining? It’s a challenge! And every time you do anything in marriage after realization, you progress. How you handle situation? How you work it out? How you understand? Everything is very important. And all these things work out so beautifully, if you know that you are a realized soul and that marriage is a havana. And those people who teach- don’t get married and all that are absolutely anti-sahajayogis. You have nothing to do with such people. Who talk, don’t get married like brahmakumaries and things like that. Not to get married and do what? All kinds of nonsensical things! Marriage has been established by God. Is an auspicious thing and is to be respected. All these ideas must be given up that marriages are not important. Marriages are very important, but not more than sahajayoga.

Marriages are important, because they help sahajayoga. Not because they go against sahajayoga. So more time must be spent with sahajayoga activities, both of you should work it out. And not that we should have a nice holiday together,\ or sort of a thing like that, you’ll never enjoy. You cannot enjoy holiday without Sahaja yogis being there. Now these are your holidays, these are your festivals, these are your enjoying places. I know you enjoy here much more than anywhere else, isn’t it? So that’s what it is! So why should we go for any special holidays separately and this and that and become miserable and come back with all catches? So I am thankful to you for arranging this program today on an auspicious day for me, it was an auspicious day that I married Mr. Shrivastava, and it’s an auspicious day for all of you, that we… we have to understand that marriage has to be done in a proper way, in a sahajayoga way and is to be lived in a sahajayoga manner. I think Mr. Shrivastava will be coming now, before that I better finish this lecture and you have to find out about the food, just call the boy.

(Transcribers’ Note: Sri Mataji is talking to yogis in Hindi)

Shri Mataji: You understand my thing? You like them? Good. Now if the servant is there I will just ask him. Has he come?

(Transcribers’ Note: Shri Mataji is talking to someone)
So any questions? Or should I go and see the place? Alright, where are my shoes gone?
Sahaja yogini: (Someone asking question about reincarnation but INAUDIBLE)
Shri Mataji: They ask you question that whether there is reincarnation or not? Yes it is.
Sahaja yogini: But how? What you say?
Shri Mataji: I mean, Christ himself has said that “I will come back to you.” That’s the proof. But otherwise also you see there are many cases now that have proved that there is reincarnation. That people have been talking about previous lives and when people went and tried to find out and they are verified. It’s been proved now. I mean people have accepted, those who read these books they know there is reincarnation. You see people remember about things about previous lives. But what is…it’s not so important; you should say, it’s not important to know. You see they will hook you on such questions. What I am saying, they will try to hook you on such questions, which is not so important.

(Transcribers’ Note: Shri Mataji is talking to a Yogini)

… (INAUDIBLE) anniversary and we both want to thank you all for celebrating this and also the opening of this place was done on the same day. And we both are very much thankful. And I hope you are all going to enjoy this place and we enjoy the community living and sharing of joy. Thank you.