Devi Puja: Commitment and Dedication

Paithan (India)

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“Commitment and dedication”. Puja Talk, Paithan, Maharashtra, (India), 11 January 1987.

You must have felt the vibrations of this place: they are tremendous. And that we should come here after so many years is really very much surprising.

This place has a great connection with me, as such, because my forefathers ruled in this place. And this was the capital of Shalivahanas. It’s called as ‘Pratishathan’ but then they made as easier as ‘Paithan’. There were rulers here for thousands of years and they are the ones who started this Shalivahan dynasty. Actually they called themselves as ‘Satvahan’ [which] means ‘seven vahanas’. They represented the seven vahanas of the seven chakras. It’s surprising how Sahaj. After that there was a great poet as you know about him – Gyaneshwara. He came here and he was born very close to this place. He was here for quite some time. And there was one fellow, who was a very supra-conscious person, who challenged him. His name was Changdev. So he said that, “What do you have with you to show that you have got God with you?”

And there was a male buffalo with him which was just walking on the road, and Gyaneshwara made that buffalo say Veda mantras. And this Changdev tried to show some tricks. And Gyaneshwara, with his brothers and sister, were sitting on a broken wall and made the wall to move with all of them in the air. And then he realised, Changdev, that this sort of any incarnation on this Earth. 

Apart from that another great poet called Eknath who wrote lots of folk songs, like Namadeva, describing Sahaj Yoga. 

So this place had some sort of attractive focus of vibrations for all these great saint to come and settle down here. There were excavated lots of old things about this place and the sari given to Goddess here, [which] is made in this place, is called as paithani. It started at the time of Shalivahana and that art is still there. That’s the only sari in which they use real gold as the thread, real gold; just for the goddess. 

So this place is still very vibrating. It’s out of the way to the people to come down, thank God, so it’s still maintained its own vibrations, and His goodness and His purity. And you all lucky people in this group to have come to this place and to have visited this one.

As you will go round, you will see there’s a beautiful garden next to it. The River Godavari is called The Ganga, The Ganges of the South. It starts from Nasik where you were before and then [is] brought here. And a big dam is made for the supply of water all over, which you can see on your way. And there’s a beautiful garden nearby. And Eknath’s temple is just behind here, so we can all go and have a look at it also. 

I’m happy you went and saw Ajanta Caves: it should for you how people were dedicated, to build all that in ten centuries. They had not seen Buddha at all. Buddha never came from South of India. Just believing in Buddha, what work they did! What sacrifices! How they built it! They had to go through very difficult times because there was no water, there was no communication, nothing. And they used the stones – you must have seen there – of different colours and different hues, which are created by Mother Earth. And when you break them, inside those egg-like stones, you get beautiful semi-precious stones.

They dissolved them in some sort of an indigenous solvent and used for painting and that’s how the paintings are today surviving. You can’t see [the paintings] without lights, so how they must have painted it at time, what sort of eyes they must be having! Their dedication gave them this power that they could build it. And they carried on for ten centuries this work! If Sahaj Yoga can carried for ten centuries this world would be a different place.

So, one has to learn that we have to dedicate. We must full dedicate ourselves. We are not here to gain everything out of Sahaj Yoga. Like, in the beginning people have problems about their families so they think that God should solve the problem because they have come to Sahaj Yoga to oblige Sahaj Yoga now, so God must solve their problems. Now, [if] they have problems with their jobs, God must solve their problem! If they have problems with their relations, Go must solve the problem. That’s the job given to God because they have very graciously joined Sahaj Yoga. Then, after that God must give them money, He must provide them for everything and He must look after them, for no commitment at all, there’s no commitment, nobody has any commitment in Sahaj Yoga. But God is committed and God has to work it out.Then they start, some people foolishly start using in Sahaj Yoga, for other purposes, like earning money or earning power, or name or fame or domination or anything. These are the steps which are going down, not upwards. And then, once you go down, you don’t realise whether you are going upward or downward.

So, in dedication one has to see, “What have I dedicated for Sahaj Yoga? All the time, I have problems. All the time I say, ‘I can’t do this because of that. I can’t do that because of this, this is the problems, this I would like to do this I would like to do.’ All the time there’s an I, I, I and I. But what have I dedicated? What time have given to Sahaj Yoga? How much money have I given to Sahaj Yoga? Nothing at all!” 

People don’t even take leave (holiday) for Sahaj Yoga. They can’t do anything for [Sahaj Yoga]. These people not only took leave but permanently went and settled in that place, in their farfetched place; without any machinery, without anything. They did that whole painting and the whole excavation and all that entire work of such a tremendous volume that is impossible in these modern times. Nobody can recreate something like that, with your machinery, with everything because people don’t have dedication. 

So for Sahaja Yoga we have to put ourselves onto a point, “What did I do? What did I sacrifice for Sahaj Yoga? Nothing! It’s only for my own child, or maybe for my wife, or for myself, or for my job, or for something.” 

What is our commitment? And without commitment purity cannot come in. You’ll go up and down like a yo-yo.

We are committed to Sahaj Yoga. If there are even five people who were really, fully committed to Sahaj Yoga it can be built up that way.

But the problem is everybody shares with each other, this kind of non-committal behaviour. And that’s something not good. 

Committed means that even if we have to give our life we should do it; even if we have to give up everything we should do it. But all other considerations are to be taken there everything should work out, it all should be joy all the time, you must get your jobs, you must get your wives, you must get everything, children, properly done. Everything to be done by Sahaj Yoga. And when this commitment will start, I’m sure Sahaj Yoga will spread like anything. Even falsehood when people are committed, like you see all other religions, every religion they did that, and how much it has spread!

Of course, Sahaja Yoga is blessings, is blissful, it blesses you all the time. It gives you a very long rope to hang you also sometimes. One must know that it’s a blessing of that kind also. So one has to be very, very alert that God has chosen us for such a special work and we have to be fully committed to Sahaj Yoga.

All those who are wise will take this and understand that the life is only worth this. Otherwise it’s useless, it’s good for nothing, it has no meaning. And this has to come first from the leaders and then from others: complete commitment to Sahaja Yoga. It doesn’t mean that you have to give up anything. For my sake, you don’t have to do anything, but for your own sake, for your own betterment, you have to do it. I hope next time when you come to India you will be coming better prepared for commitments.

It’s not only money, it’s not only your talking about, your saying about it, writing about it, but it is through your own being it should happen. You all should become the source of energy that I want to emit all over the world; that light which is going to enlighten. No amount of artificiality is going to work it out, but complete genuineness within you. 

Look at these saints! They had nobody, they didn’t have Mother to help them. This Gnyaneshwara’s life if you read, you will be shocked! He didn’t have even shoes to walk. He was treated so badly because his father was a sanyasi and was married. So, they said that, “These are the children of a sanyasi”. They had no food to eat, and they have to walk for miles together barefoot. They had no blessings of the Mother on them. Despite that, they kept to Sahaja Yoga, they kept their blessing of being one with God. Because they achieved that state. 

Now all this is for your good, for your benevolence, that you get all the blessings. But that doesn’t mean that you should stagnate, that you should not progress. One has to progress higher and higher. One has to decide the commitment. I am committed to Sahaja Yoga that is what you have to be, committed.

May God bless you all