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Makar Sankranti Puja in Suryavanshi hall at Mumbai (India), 14 January 1985.
Today we are celebrating here a special day called Makar Sankrant. For the information of the foreign Sahaja Yogis, I will explain to you what it means. [Shri Mataji explains that She will speak first in English then in Marathi]. It means the day, today is the day the sun crosses over from the Tropic of Capricorn to the Tropic of Cancer. It is a very big day for us because, now during the summer time we have the harvest, and we look forward to the rain and so many things that happen in every country. The sun falls at right angles in this country during the summer season and so we welcome the sun. We eat something – that you must have eaten already – what we call as til and jaggery. It is to prepare your body and your mind to give it sufficiency to receive the sun. Because if you are living in the cool season, then all your body, mind becomes lethargic and you become also sometimes very lazy about things in the sense, that the day is so small, that you cannot achieve many results. So the body has become cold as we call it. We take these things, which give us heat so body is prepared to receive the heat of the sun to welcome.
To overcome the inertia setting by the cold weather and also to invigorate the body’s strength, tuned to the sun, people take to all these ways of greeting you by which they give you something that is heat creating in the body.
But it has another very subtle expression, which I find is this, that when they give you these, they say now, you take now til and gul, and you say things, which are sweet. Because when you are taking til and gul, your body gets heated up and you become right sided person, and when you become right-sided person, you seldom speaks sweetly. So, it is a contrast that they give you a thing to heat you up so that your body gets heated up, but you must be sweetly. So there is a warning, that you are eating all these things, but that doesn’t mean now you ride on a big horse of ego and start splashing every one. It’s a very subtle thing to understand that when we become temperamentally right sided, we are so much covered by our ego that we do not feel that we are hurting others by what we say. If there are two egoistical people, they can manage among themselves. But if there is one egoistical and another one who is subdued, then the subdued will be finished. That’s why they say, today is the day when we start speaking very sweetly. Even if there is some enemy or somebody who is not friendly with you or there has been some misunderstanding, this is the day we say that : “all right take this and say something very sweet.” Talk sweetly to each other.
But today only I think I received a letter from a Sahaja Yogini, which was so full of harshness that I was surprised that I should receive it today – not to Me, but some other Sahaja Yogi. So one thing today we have to decide and take a vow, that to another Sahaja Yogi we are not going to say harshly. And talk to him in a way as if he is an ordinary person. Now supposing he is a leader, then there is more reason that he receives respect. And if he is a senior leader, then there is more reason that you must respect. The first thing one has to learn that we have to respect.
Now the Sun is so much respected in this country, that in early morning time all the people get up and say namaskars to Surya with all His names and do a particular type of exercise to show that they are completely surrendered to the will of the Surya. When you do that then the ego doesn’t come in. Now the sun, when He shines here, it gives you a feeling that you have to be active you have to work very hard. As a result of that you might develop ego. But when you develop ego then its surrounds your brain completely and when the brain is surrounded with ego you do not know which way to go. You do not know what is right what is wrong. You do not have any discretion and no direction. You do what you please, whatever pleases ego.
And this is the day when we celebrate it, in a way to surrender ourselves to the Surya, to the Sun which is, as you know, is the residence of Shri Lord Jesus Christ. He resides on the Sun. So how humble He was, how humble He was residing on the sun. The more you live on the sun, there should be much more humility. Of course I must say in India, people are humbler. But still, the quality of Sun can make you extremely arrogant and very unpleasant person. This unpleasant person can really ruin all kinds of good relations. But the worst thing that happens to us, is that we lose our integration. Because when we say harsh things to anyone we feel guilty, so we have another problem, our heart feels bad, our liver feels bad everything is upset and thus you feel absolutely disintegrated. And this disintegrated is the sign of our not evolving at all, or we should say devolving.
This integration is such a common thing that we see, in ourselves, we see that we fight with our ego, then we fight with our super ego, then we fight with our heart with our emotions and all the time we are fighting within ourselves. So at least, within ourselves we should speak sweetly on this day. Then we can start speaking to others very, very sweet. Now some people think, to speak sweetly is a sign of weakness. In some countries people believe that if you speak to someone sweetly, it is a sign of weakness. It is the greatest strike [?] of Sahaja Yogi to speak to others with respect with proper protocol and with proper understanding. Now because of arrogance, people also forget what is their situation is, and this indiscreet temperament gives you no sense of direction. You move in every direction and you don’t know where you are going. As long as your ego is satisfied you go ahead with it and by the time you discover that you have really become a humpty-dumpty, you do not know what you have done to yourself. So the best way to conquer your ego is to speak sweetly first. It is such a small thing to be done but it brings you to that synthesis of character within yourselves first of all and to the synthesis of all the beautiful principles of lives.
Like you talk to somebody sweetly, the person may like you. He may tell you something, which he may be knowing of a very great importance for you. If you talk to somebody sweetly then you may get the peace of mind because you have given peace to another person. Whatever you give to another person, that you feel within yourselves. But if you are quarreling with another person, actually it is the reflection of your quarrelling nature within yourself. Today there is a big dirt and big cry and big organizations working out the peace missions. The peace mission is within yourself! Let us start all of us the Sahaja Yogis who are great saints sitting here decide today that we are going to make peace with ourselves and with others. But first and foremost thing the peace cannot be made with quarrels. You see like America and Russia want to decide it, with missiles – the peace part. They say : “let’s fight As many as will remain, they can live in peace. Let all those who are fighting, kill each other! [Shri Mataji laughs] They think this is the solution of the problem. It is the other way around.
Let everybody live peacefully within themselves and give peace to others, so that this peace will become a nucleus for the peace of the world. So your great task today is to establish a great source of peaceful people. We have so many Sahaja Yogis here. You’re sitting in complete peace and happiness and joy, you don’t know you are emitting all that peace, channelizing it and doing it. But still, there are some who are suffering from horrible ego, and with hurt ego, and they are trying to do something, which they should never do, is to think just now. [Shri Mataji smiles] If you are thinking just now, you will not register what I am saying. Because this is another quality of a person who is ego oriented, is not to register. You may say anything you like, but they don’t hear. They hear what they want to hear or they don’t hear. So this is another thing we have to, today, decide, that we’ll register things than to tell out. Let us register. This is a sign of a character that wants to know, wants to know more about. The criteria of ascent is synthesis and integration. A person who is not integrated with other Sahaja Yogis is not a man who has ascended. Who tries to divide and talk of divisions : “We, the English, we, the Germans, we, the Indians”. Then they are not Sahaja Yogis, they are Indians all right, but not Sahaja Yogis. Sahaja Yogis have no caste, creed or nationality. We have to carry our passport only because we are born in this jail. So we have to carry our criminal number. [Sahaja Yogis laugh] But actually you don’t need it. You don’t need all those things.
Now for us today to decide first of all in your heart that we will take to peaceful methods, when we are troubling, we will be taking to peaceful methods. Anybody who is trying to provoke you or trying to create a problem or divide you on any issue whatsoever, run away from that person as fast as possible. Anybody who talks of peace, the peace makers, stick on to that person then only you will understand that you are also getting peace.
You, here, you have come to get peace, not to create problems or to listen to your problems, but to get to peace. Peace is a nature or is the quality of your spirit. So, once you jump onto your peace, somehow, what happens that you go beyond the cause and the effect. You are beyond the cause and the effect. So the cause disappears and the effect also disappears. So today we all have come here to worship the peace, the within and the without. Let us be peaceful within. Let us not join groups who hate, who talk hate. Who wants to hate one person who wants to create a group. Who says “we, the Americans” or “we, the this”, just.
In Sahaja Yoga you must learn from people who have advanced who have very much progressed. For example I would say among all the Europeans, Australians have done very well. There is nothing to feel jealous.
All right if Australians have done well, all right, that’s your glory. So ask them how they have done, how they have worked it out. Tomorrow, may be that Americans – I wish that very much- may do the best.
So then you should ask them, how have you done so well? That’s the way we re going to live. We are not going to compete, we are not going to be jealous, but we are going to absorb all that is best. This is Sahaja Yoga. It is the other way around. Like, if they discover something like a pilotless bomb, then they will discover something as, which is a machineless bomb. No. It is another one : we develop a mind, which absorbs everything, and then we develop a bigger mind, which gives everything. There is no secret in Sahaja Yoga. Everybody who has known something better, have had some good experiences of Sahaja Yoga, should tell. But then in ego I have seen people start preaching that all right this method you try, that method you try. There is no need to do that also, because of lack of discretion. If you had discretion, you would have known that this is not to be done. What is not to be done in Sahaja Yoga is not to be done ! But how will you know when you don’t have the discretion, like a lost ship?
So then you have to see how your Mother would act at such a position. And then I am sure you will go beyond the cause and the effect.
So today is the day I should also not say anything that is in anyway hurting to anyone and I am trying to make you smile and laugh but you are so serious [big laughts] . So today we decide on peace. Peace with ourselves, peace with others and that is how we worship the Sun, Christ the one who was the emblem, who was the absolute practical symbol of that peace.
And once you understand this, I am sure you will try to follow that instead of hitting everybody, getting angry with everybody. Just forget all these things. You have come here to ascend and your gain is your gain. Your fighting is not your gain, remember that. Your quarrelling is not your gain. The gain is the peace that you have achieved, the love that you have developed, the compassion that you can emit, the amount of relationship and the rapport you can penetrate into others. This is your gain which we have to receive today, a mind, a heart like a lion and not chicken hearted people. Not people who would be angry and this, to boast of your anger. These days are gone, we boast of our peace, we boast of our contentment, we boast of our glory and we boast of our state. And that is the state where we are now in the Kingdom of God.
May God bless you!
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Marathi translation part starts here
Now I want to tell you that so many guests have come to us responding to your cordial invitation and you have made proper arrangements for their stay. Also, nobody of you has even slightly indicated to me how much trouble you have taken or efforts you have made to make them comfortable. Indeed, the Mumbaites have made great efforts and on behalf of you and these people I want to tell that they have, in this regard, surged ahead. However I am telling you, which I have already told to them, that today we distribute the sesame and jagarry mix, so as to avoid any problem from the Sun.
First problem we face is, with hot Sun in the sky one becomes irascible and insults others. The person has strong ego. The people who are directly exposed to Sun have big egos. Hence, such people should remember the mantra, “Talk sweet (god god bola)” The eating of the sesame and jaggary, increases the body heat and the person starts showing his temper. Just a short time back you were given the sesame and jaggary, at least for that time you speak sweet words with me! But even that does not happen. He started shouting immediately after accepting the sesame and jaggary. Then what is the use of the sesame and jaggary? Better to throw it away! So, on this occasion, all should decide that this is good opportunity and that even though Shri Mataji comes here and advises us, Her advice will not enter in our brains if there is heat in our beings. Where does heat come from? It comes from our egos In the past, when I started teaching the Sahaja Yoga, all were fighting, which used to be so much that, fortunately, they were short of breaking each others’ heads. They used to fight for some reason or the other. Half of them ran away and half continued. I said, Sahaja Yoga is not possible with these people. It was like; one man came for the work and ran away after two days, the second man came and disappeared after three days! It is in this situation of people running away, that we have established the Sahaja Yoga.
The main reason is, you should have the desire, “We have come to meet God almighty, we want his blessings, we want to know Divine Principle. We want to destroy all that torments the people.” So we cannot afford to fight. The ego has caused problems all over world and we should completely give it up in the Sahaja Yoga. “Aataa Sahaja Yoga madhe maatra hyaalaa poorna-pane Tillanjali dili pahije” Take sesames in hands held together in the cup form, and drop them in water. Thus you make a resolve, “We shall not indulge into falsehood and also we shall eschew anger.”
You should try to bring it into practice. You must try at least once. Then you will see; how many things can one settle, how many things one can face, and that a number of problems are solved just because you have not paid attention to them. If you attach too much importance to anything, then it can be said that you have become Taamasik, left-sided by temperament. What is being Taamasik ( left-sided) ? It means the person who makes big issue out of a small one. Suppose a woman’s husband is sick. She goes on harping, “My husband is sick, my husband is sick”. All right your husband is sick, but you are all right, what about you? This fact is ignored. In a way, husband’s illness is important. But people take a small issue and blow it out of proportion and harass others with it. This is a common practice with us because we attach great importance to minor things and ignore major things.
As for these people, small and big are just the same. They do not understand anything from them, but you do! The reason is the heritage, that we have received, is very great. We were born on this land of Yoga (Yoga bhoomi) but having been born here what have we achieved? It is said that one is born in India after the Tapasya (penance) of a thousand years and after another thousand years in Maharashtra. But when I see inebriated persons lying on road side, I wonder whether they are from Maharashtra or somewhere else, I mean one cannot understand how these worms were born here.
You have become Sahaja Yogis because of your Tapasya of the last life, now you are getting its reward. But it does not mean that Shri Mataji has to perform the rest of your Tapasya in this life. The first penance of this life is to talk sweet and with love and not to be curt. Hence we have initiated the practice of having the Puja on this first day. On this day we should speak sweet words today and continue with the use of those words as talking sweet is easy and getting angry is difficult. Beating someone is impossible to man. Then why to do these difficult things? Talk sweet, simple and straight forward. We have many who use sugar coated words. I thought that the people from their families speak that way. They really spoke sweet but while using sugar coated words they cut others’ throats. So, I asked,” What is this” They answered, “In the past while our people spoke sweet language, others took their disadvantage. So we use sweet words and also cut the throats.” I asked, “Why are you doing it? Have you learnt a good thing by it? Has it done anything good to you? Have you risen above it? Those who used only sweet language were all right. They lived comfortably and contentedly.
Suppose you quarrel with two persons and you cut their throats, then what have you achieved? You must see what you have achieved. So, today is the day of a special festival which all enjoy. Hence I do not want to say unpleasant. I always speak with full care so that nothing should happen that would hurt the peoples’ feelings and make them sad. Now, some people come and suddenly touch my body. It troubles me a lot and should not be done. But, how can one tell them? Hence I have to bear it; that let it go, lest that person will feel bad. Thus I have to bear a lot. I do not mind it, since that person will feel sad if pulled up. So instead of admonishing him I bear that pain. I do not mind it being aware that the powers that I have others have not.
The same is also true about love. If our power of love is stronger and the others’ is less, then who is greater, we or those people? If this way we use our discretion, that we are Sahaja Yogis and our mother has bestowed on us the power of love. So we are greater than them. So, what do we lose even if they say something? What is the need to get angry and fight with them? As your temperament becomes peaceful, your face will shine. When people around see you they will feel your peace. However, being peaceful does not mean that if somebody beats you up, you should bear it. Not at all! I told that only with respect to Sahaja Yogis that if you are slapped on one cheek, show the other. This is not so with respect to people who are not Sahaja Yogis. As for them, I tell you that if they give you one slap you give them four, so that bhoots possessing them will run away.
Among Sahaja Yogis your speech should be pure and loving. It is very necessary. All should talk lovingly amongst themselves. I do not mind if you speak this way with an outsider. But, one who is ours a Sahaja Yogi, is in my body. Every Sahaja Yogi is in my body. Hence when you abuse or fight amongst you, should think that you are abusing me. You should know each other and should be of sweet and gentle behavior. It is not correct to be like a distracted person; somebody runs after someone, another indulges into childish prattles, third one sings the songs, yet another always read poems, this and that. We should do that which is pragmatic and beautiful. There should also be beauty in the demeanors. We make ornaments for the Mother. How beautiful they are! But you are my ornaments and on my body. If those ornaments are unclean and lack in purity, meaning they are deficient of the main quality, like gold ornaments without gold, or contain brass instead of gold, of what use they are? The same applies to you too. Where will I go wearing the ornament which contains fake main ingredient?
So you are my decorations. You have decorated me and I do not need any other decoration. So I request you to be considerate, humble and gentle when you talk to, or on the whole, deal with children or other persons. You should not be aggressive, rude, or hasty with anybody. Thereby a day will come when the whole world will behold you and wonder, as to, “Who are these people? Where are they from”? Then, the world will know that these are messengers from heaven. God has sent those angels; to take care of the world, to bestow success on the whole world, to take the world at the God’s doorstep.
I bow to such angels.
H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi