Money, Chastity, Self-Respect & Music

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1984-08-19, Money, Chastity, Self-Respect

PART ONE

So, we were today, I mean I must say I’m really happy, extremely happy and joyous because I think that yesterday’s puja has done wonders. For the first time in the West, vibrations were sucked so well, I had no problems.
[Applause.]
Yesterday, when you were doing the puja the Left Vishudhi was just like a stone, you see, and then afterwards, then I said they have no business for the Deities to be here. So now, the only problem you people have is of Left Vishudhi. And somehow, if you could get rid of that, it’s going to be very fine for all of us. But this Left Vishudhi problem should be got rid of, immediately, as soon as possible, and it’s really just against it or [inaudible].
God send you [Inaudible] to enjoy this, enjoy that: “The whole world is created for my enjoyment. Why should I [Inaudible]?”
Count your blessings, then you’ll be happy. Because if you go on feeling guilty, Kundalini cannot help you. I mean, I have found it difficult yesterday, but after puja it cleared out. Because I told you that. But you tell yourself! Because I don’t have to tell you that, isn’t it? You have to work it out that way.

Second thing, it’s something with lots of [Inaudible] and Dany and all that, all of you. About the money problem, I told them to do one thing: that supposing I want to come next year to do a public program here, best thing would be to start account, you see, you can start it in Manilla [Inaudible] But because it is in Manila, it cannot be so much. When I come here, then we will give the money. Then we will give the money, that’s what you do it in New York. You people take [inaudible] but, we cannot have. I can find out but I won’t tell you [Inaudible]
[Laughter]

So, there has to be one account, in different places we can have, just one for the program that we are going to have next year for Mother’s Day. And one account should be at York [unsure] for the things, as we have in India, that if you want anything, like you want to have a program of your own and you want to hire a hall. You want to have anything that [Inaudible] for that? That’s a different part.

But for a program, for the programs, you should have substantial money here so that you don’t have to take money from others, all right.
Moreover, [Inaudible] coming from America and Canada also and if that is done, then it’s easy also for others to contribute.

The third thing that we discussed about was that we should have funds left [Inaudible] here, like something for our investment money if you want or something for the ashram. So, I said I maybe able to invest myself, some money I left it here, my [Inaudible] Because the money I spend, I don’t know.
[Laughter]
Yesterday, I spent about a thousand of dollars for the [Inaudible]
Sahaja Yogi: My Goodness!
Shri Mataji: [Inaudible] Sahaja Yoginis, really. It was a thousand dollars, isn’t it?
Sahaja Yogini: Yes, Mother.
Shri Mataji: A thousand dollars, yes. So, it was like that. So, it’s all right, let’s see what ever was the situation.

So, you people, in different centres, should find out where you think you can have an ashram and the five per cent of the down payment, as they call it here, has to be done, how much that. And those who are willing to invest that much money, to give it. But it should be a very cooperating thing that you work out say, it’s in New York. Now, for example New York, take any place like that. San Francisco, Los Angeles, anywhere. Then the people there have to find out how many will be willing, definitely who are Sahaja Yogis, to stay in ashram. So that the person who earns money doesn’t go for a kind of lost. So those who can form a group of people, then a house can be bought and a proper rent should to be maintained and that’s a way anybody will have an intention to put the money there. So, try to found out places, houses which are large enough, it needs not to be very posh and everything but houses which you can live in for [inaudible] and the community’s needs and all that.
And in the ashram, you must- because ashram is the place where you really develop that sense of cooperation, sense of collectivity, sense of working it out. [inaudible] the rhythm is a little more.
So that is a possibility in America very much.

England was [inaudible] English are the great trees planted. Now, we have seven ashrams in London. Nick has given us about three, can you imagine? So, they have no problems. So, every country has its own style and accordingly, you should try to solve all the problems. Like France had some problems and we are trying to solve that problem. So, everyone of you should try to find out a way and method of establishing these ashrams. That’s the point.
With that ashram, if you want you can start a shop or something or a restaurant, whatever you want. But you should not think that Sahaja Yoga is your own, it’s your private thing, you do it the way you like. The people can donate money for the ashram and you should pay back [inaudible]. And that is what you need to understand that in money matter, you should not [inaudible].

That one has to pay [inaudible] that I’m shocked. So, in money matter, one should not.
Because I know of something [inaudible] and I don’t want you to suffer physically and have [inaudible] accident. Tony has failed but he lost his legs and things like that. So, I would not like and I don’t want to frighten you but do not try to play about with this religious money. Be very honest. And let it with us, do not wats money, it’s very dangerous. It will affect your parents, it will affect your children, it will affect everyone. So, be very, very careful on that point and you have to take an extremely great care and caution. That thing you don’t understand because auspiciousness you don’t understand. It is inauspicious to play with God. This is the work of God. For him, everything is mine. I mean if I take away everything that you have, I will not commit any sin because I am sinless. But still, how meticulous I am with money, you can ask people. Every pie that I spend of yours is reported; of course, mine I don’t because that’s my money.
But every account, every [inaudible] if I spend up and [inaudible] I pay back.
That’s what you have to be careful about that don’t play about this money
That’s one thing I must warn you because it is really, you have entered into the kingdom of God. And the laws of kingdom of God are tedious [unsure]. Now, we can say that: “All right, if you are not staying in contact with the [inaudible] doesn’t matter, we can say, all right, doesn’t matter. [inaudible]
But if you don’t pay attention to the money that is collected for God, then there is a problem. So, be careful.

Secondly, you have to be careful about your chastity. There, your chastity is extremely important and you have to preserve your chastity more than anything else because one you lose your chastity, you will lose all your powers. So, that is a very important thing, keep your eyes on the Mother Earth, anyone, try to train your eyes here. Treat every woman as your sister. That’s how you’ll work it out, their innocence will come back because that’s the power of Ganesha which is innocent, innocence. And it will come, it’ll work out. Ganesha, who is awakened within you, gives you that power. So, try to understand, for that, you don’t have to exert much because you’ll see God helps you so much that you control everything in such a manner that you’ll enjoy your chastity, you’ll enjoy your generosity, you’ll enjoy work. Anything extreme must be avoided in Sahaja Yoga.
Like I told people that we don’t [Inaudible] in the sense that people should not joke too much. But it is not for the people who are [Inaudible]. The people who are left-sided must come to sahaj and the people who are right-sided should take so more rest.
[Laughter]
[Inaudible] your brain, you think too much. Do not think. Right-sided people should give up thinking, less of aggressiveness, less organizing things, organizing others but better organize themselves. So that I’ll be happy.
And the left-sided people should take some exercise and put more efforts to plan out and think so that there is a balance. But again, one should not go to the extremes. Once you come to the centre, when you are in thoughtless awareness, you just don’t do anything, God is looking after you, thinking for you. He is the One who is planning. You don’t have to worry on that. It works out this way that you correct yourself, you give yourself a balance, the left hand has to go to the right, the right has to go tot the left. But when you come to the centre, you carry yourself there, work it out and then you start growing. The growth is only when you are in the centre, neither on the right nor on the left. When you are in the center the growth starts. And that is how everything will work out in such a beautiful manner, you yourself will be surprised how it worked.

This is the one point and there is another thing which I must tell you which is very important. It is, the new people who come now, you do not know how far you have gone from the day you had started, sorry. You have grown too much, you grew up very fast especially with a puja.

Suddenly you find out you’re pushed into it. Puja is something that really pushes people into it. And you have to find out how it feels, how it is worked out, how it happened.
When that sort of thing happens to you, you must remember that others haven’t had this opportunity of the puja. They have not been in Sahaja Yoga so far, they just have got Realization, so what should we do? We should be kind, compassionate, considerate, forgiving to them and try to bring them along.