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“Realise Your Own Divinity”, Sahastrar Puja, Ischia (Italy) 5 May 1991
Today we have assembled here to celebrate the Sahastrar Day which was opened in 1970 on this date. I find this beautiful canopy is like our Sahastrar. And [it’s] so very apt to have this beautiful arrangement for Sahastrar Day.
We have to understand what happens when the Sahastrara opens.
When the Kundalini passes through the five centres it enters into the area which we call as limbic area. This area is all surrounded by thousand nerves and when these nerves get enlightened they look like flames of VIBGYOR colours, seven colours, and very mildly, beautifully shining, emitting peace.
But when the Kundalini starts emitting its vibration on the sides all these nerves get enlightened gradually and start moving on all directions, opening the Sahastrara and then the Kundalini emerges out through the fontanelle bone area, which we call as ‘Brahmarandhra’. ‘Randhra’ means the ‘hole’ and the ‘Brahma’ is the All-Pervading Power of God’s love.
So it enters into the subtle energy, which is all-pervading, which we do not feel normally. But then the chaitanya, the vibrations, which are the part and parcel of this energy, All-Pervading Power, the Paramchaitanya, they start entering into our brain and showering their blessings in the limbic area they assemble.
Now the limbic area is connected to all the area of the brain and also to the nerves. So it starts flowing onto the nerves giving you the new awareness of collective consciousness, called as ‘samuhik chetana’.
So, you get a new chetana, a new awareness, which is showered upon your limbic area. The working of these chaitanya waves is very interesting. They are normally formed like small commas, but then they go into different forms. They make themselves into swastikas as the four-limbed symbol of innocence or they become the Omkara: as you know how ‘Om’ is written, which is the symbol of our doing, our awareness.
So, when they form the swastika they try to nourish the left side and when they form the Omkara they nourish the right side: left and right sympathetic nervous systems they nourish.
But Sahastrara to be kept open, is rather difficult for people because it’s a vicious circle. First, these vibrations should enter into your brain through the Brahmarandhra when it is opened out and they should nourish your nerves by which your left and right side open out and so more chaitanya can flow down all these centres. But if your Sahastrara is not properly opened this process doesn’t take place. As a result of that the chakras don’t open, the Kundalini only as very few strands is kept in the spinal cord and the new strands cannot rise because your chakras are not open. So, in Sahaja Yoga, it is very important to keep your Sahastrara open. Otherwise, there’s a vicious circle.
To keep the Sahastrara open is, in a way, very easy, as well as difficult. As you have known in Devi Mahatmya that, “at Sahastrare Mahamaya comes.” She is a Mahamaya: not easy to recognise Her, not easy to know Her. She lives just like you. She moves just like you. And you can never make out Her real nature. She is in the form of Mahamaya.
So, at the Sahastrara, to recognise the Mahamaya is another vicious circle. You may say that, “Why should it be Mahamaya. Should have been better as, starkingly (sic), some other form.” But any other form could not have worked out Sahaja Yoga in modern times because people would have been frightened and upset and they would never have taken to Sahaj Yog because they had no discretion already within them already to know what is right and what is wrong. That is why it had to be in the Mahamaya form.
In the Mahamaya form you have to recognise. This is another test because Mahamaya you cannot recognise, while you have to recognise. But in Sahaja Yoga you have seen so many photographs which should convince you people mentally about this Mahamaya Swaroopa. You can see, mentally you can understand there’s something very different. Even when I came to Napoli the policeman and everybody was given a photograph and they all recognised that there’s something very different. They all wanted to shake hands with Me. (note: all the police asked for Mother’s photos and badges when She arrived at the Napoli airport) This is one way.
Another way is that you start seeing the blessings and you start seeing how you become so progressively better materially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Still on a mental level most of the people recognise.
But, unless and until, it is recognised in the heart it’s no recognition. Already the heart is surrounded by seven auras of the seven chakras and the Spirit, the Atma, resides in the heart. As it is, on top of your head here, resides the God Almighty, Sadashiva.
So, when Kundalini touches that point your Spirit gets awakened and the light of the Spirit starts spreading and it starts acting on your central nervous system because automatically the vibrations, the chaitanya flow into your brain, who enlightens your nerves.
But still the recognition in the heart is not there. Even without that you start feeling the cool breeze, you can raise the Kundalini of others, you can cure people, you can do many things. But still it is not yet felt in the heart so much. That’s why we have music, art. All these things start opening your heart. But still it is not recognition because recognition is a mental activity of the heart. How can heart have a mental activity? This is another problem you all can face – and I know that – that, recognition, if it is a mental activity of the heart, how do we do it?
Say, if you are a Christian, born in a Christian family, as soon as you see the photograph of Christ, immediately you feel “It’s Christ,” you see, something here. Or if you are a Hindu, if you see the photograph of Shri Rama, immediately you know, “It’s Shri Ram,” you see. There’s a kind of a thing, a recognition, in the heart.
But the recognition of somebody living with you is very, very difficult and you live on the cusp of your mental activities only. But to go deep down into your heart, “What should we do?” People tell Me, “Mother, how should we get into our heart?” How this mental activity can be performed through the heart? Now, you must remember that heart is absolutely connected with brain – absolutely connected. It’s not a disconnected thing. If it was it would have not have worked out. When heart fails, after some time, brain also fails. The whole body goes out of order.
(If the child is crying please take out the child. You better take out the child. Something wrong with the child if the child is crying.)
So, this mental activity of the heart is to be understood this way: that as soon as you see the danger, without even thinking, in a reflex way, your heart starts pumping more blood and you get palpitation. You don’t have to think. There’s no mental activity. Just you see, supposing, a tiger standing before you, immediately the heart will start pumping. It’s a reflex action.
Now, how this activity takes place, one may say, is that, because it is built-in within you that as soon as you see some emergency your sympathetic nervous system goes into activity and you start feeling the fear, you start feeling that there should be some protection, that you should do something about it. But you do not think, you just run, you run as fast as possible. You don’t think about it, “What I should do, where I should run.” Just you go on running away from the danger. And how do you do that? Because it is built-in within you, all this in your brain, that as so as the heart starts pumping too much blood it should just make the legs work and the hands work and you should run. Or we can say, it is in the central nervous system built in – the fear. Any reaction, any response like that is built-in within you.
But the response to spirituality is not yet manifested. It is manifested, it is all built, no doubt but it is not yet manifested. And how will it manifest? That’s what people ask Me, “Mother, how will it manifest?” Through your past you have learned that you have to be afraid of this, you have to be afraid of that. Also in this lifetime, you have learnt many things. For a child may put his hand to the candle, won’t feel be frightened but a grown-up would because an experience. With the experience gradually you build in that reaction of reflex within you so that you try to save yourself.
Now, what experience you should have to build that in your heart is the point. And the experience is of your own divinity, of your own spirituality. Once you start developing that experience then you know that you are a divine person. Unless and until you are aware fully that you are a divine person howsoever faith you may have in Me the recognition is not complete. Because who is recognising Me? Is a blind person. If a blind person is recognising Me it won’t have that response of the heart.
So, first you have to recognise yourself to be a divine person, to have faith in yourself. We do not have faith in ourselves, though we are Sahaja Yogis. If there’s any problem, they will write a letter to Me. If they are sick they’ll write a letter to Me. If there’s any family questioning they’ll write to Me. If there’s somebody bothering them with some questions they’ll ask Me. But if you become introspective and meditative then you touch that divinity within you. When you touch that divinity you know you are a divine person.
So, in Sahastrara Puja, actually, you have to recognise your own divinity, that you are divine, by experiencing your divinity. How do you experience your divinity? That you give realisation to others. It’s a great experience to give realisation to others. Not only that, you give realisation but you can tell about their chakras, you know what’s wrong with them – you are quite confident. And mentally you know that, “Yes, yes, it’s working” you’ll say, without getting involved into it as “I do it!” You’ll say, “Mother, it’s working. It’s happening. It’s this thing, that thing.”
But you never introspect, “How is it I am working? How I’m working it out? How I can feel it? What has happened to me? What has improved in me? What has sharpened in me? What is the development in me? What is the transformation?”
Once you start thinking about it, the experience of your own being, then a kind of a feeling – feeling – toward the Mahamaya, develops. Feeling. Again, I say ‘feeling’. Like feeling of fear, feeling of happiness, feeling of depression. Any feeling you develop. And this feeling, you could call a feeling of gratitude, feeling of love, feeling of oneness, feeling of joy. All this starts working in your heart and then you feel the responses. If, supposing, the sea is responding to moon that means it has that mobility in it to respond. A stone will not react to the moon.
In the same way: in your heart these waves of these feelings are created by the experience of spirituality, by the experience of your own being. And then you start expressing them. And I could make it out. Such a person may not be so much talkative, may not know much about Sahaja Yoga, but in the heart, in the heart he feels a response. Is something to be achieved because you know that the centre of heart is placed here. The peetha, the seat, of the Heart, is on Brahmarandhra.
If your heart is not open, in the heart if you do not have those responses built-in…they need not be of awe or fear. But a natural protocol that develops. Then you can never do wrong because you know what ever is good in your heart. Supposing you love somebody from your heart – you are not going to harm that person. In the same way, when you start feeling those responses in your heart, you can never do wrong because they are now manifesting which were built within you. Because there was spirituality, there was that divinity which was built in. Now it is manifesting.
And then you do not worry about things and you do not do anything outwardly. It is said in Upanishads like Shandilya Upanishad, Kathopanishad that once you know the Brahma, then all the outside things like wearing a thread of Yagyopaveeta and all that, should be thrown away – it’s not necessary – because now you got the sutra (thread) within yourself. Then you should give up all those outward things because inside is all built-in now, is expressing itself. And such a person automatically becomes a yogi of very high calibre.
There was one gentleman in Calcutta, His name is Mr. Khan, though he is a Hindu gentleman and a great scientist of physics. He was developing those feelings and one day he was taking his bath in a bathtub and fell down on his back. And it completely broke and some of the splinters went into the brain and he was in complete coma. So much so that doctors gave up complete hope about him, saying that, “He can never come back to life.” And he was in the intensive care. But just before falling he called – responses – “Ma!” That’s all. Then I was in Delhi. They informed Me that he has fallen and this is what has happened. I said, “Alright.” I just paid attention to him. Gave a bandhan. Next day he opened his eyes. The doctors could not believe it. And then they removed him to the another ward where Sahaja Yogis went and said, “We’ll give you vibrations.” He said, “But I’m not feeling any pain, nothing.” He’s looking ten years younger now and so different. Now the experience: this is a complete thing for him now. He is absolutely into his divinity. So he says, “Mother, I am a person now who doesn’t think about anything. About life, death, anything. About my children. Now I know who You are. I know that I am under your protection. I don’t have to worry.”
Another case was a Dr. Worlikar who had a very bad heart so they made a by-pass for him. A great devotee. And his by-pass went out of order perhaps and he had a very massive heart attack. He, again, went into coma. They put him in the hospital. His aorta, in the beginning, was eighty per cent clogged. So only twenty per cent was opened. There was no hope. So they did this by-pass for him and he just said, “Please send word to Mother.” That he need not have done also but doesn’t matter. And I just put bandhan to him. I was in Australia. He, again, was a given-up case. And they said, “Now, how can we have another by-pass. This pass is finished now, what should we do?” They were about to operate him and thinking about it when he opened his eyes and he told the doctor. “Doctor, I am feeling all right. I don’t know what has happened. I’m feeling perfectly all right. Can I sit up?” So the doctor couldn’t understand. He felt his heart. He said, “His heart is doing very well. What has happened?” So, they put him on the test and they found out that his old aorta was opened out completely which never happens in the history of medicine.
Now this experience that he had about is also because of his divinity that I could work on him – the connection was so good – and it worked. But if you mentally go on analysing everything and mentally understanding Sahaja Yoga you cannot reach that state of divinity from where you receive all the blessings. It starts pouring on you in every way. If you hear the way these people were helped as far as the money was concerned, as far the buildings were concerned, the transport was concerned – every thing – as if somebody’s working it out. Even if you are mentally Sahaja Yogis, all these things work out. But you are definitely helped when your divinity is manifesting in a very, very big way, in a such a big way that it is not possible otherwise.
These are not miracles. For human beings these might be miracles, but for God it is not. After all the whole world He has created, the whole Universe He has created, universes of universes He has created so what is so great for Him? But this is the faith with experience not a blind faith. Faith with experience. And through introspection, “Why do I do this? Why should I do like this?” “Why shouldn’t you do like that?” This introspection should start. When you are introspecting then this depth moves further but more through meditation. That’s why I always tell you that please get up in the morning and do your meditation and get up in the evening and do your meditation. At least before going to bed, you should get to it. That’s the only way you can go deeper into your divinity which is the source of all creativity, source of all the innocence, is the source of all the knowledge and the source of all the joy.
So when you get it into your Sahastrara – yes, it is true Sahastrara was opened out [and] because of that you got this mass realisation. That’s true. But now the quality has to go up. Quantity is quite big. The quality has to grow of the Sahastrara. And the Sahastrara is the only instrument which is going to work out Sahaja Yoga in the modern times if we realise that heart plays the most important part in Sahastrar. Just here (at the centre of Sahastrar) is the heart centre. How important it is that you have to recognise through your heart otherwise this [Sahastrar] centre won’t open. Then how do you get your realisation? What a beautiful connection made: that this centre here is the seat of the heart, is the peetha of the heart. And this has to open out. Then only does Kundalini comes in.
So all this machinery is connected and made in such a manner that you have to understand the importance of heart connected through this brain which is absolutely integrated with heart. Sahastrara is the one to be preserved. [Not just] by putting left to the right, right to the left and everything, opening it out but by recognition. With introspection also, you can ask, “Why can’t I recognise that way? Why can’t I do that way? What is my interest?”
Now, if you come to Sahaja Yoga for making some sort of a power game, you want to have a power, you are finished. You want to have money or some sort of a business, you are finished. Anything else you try like making something for your children or for your marriage or family or any such outward things if you come to Sahaja Yoga this won’t work out. But just to expand your heart, to spread your love to everyone, to feel their love within your heart and then to put yourself into a position when it responds, the heart responds, to divinity within you and to your Mother with full mental activity of the heart.
Today’s subject may sound rather difficult for you to understand but I had to say this one day because we are quite satisfied with a little of the Kundalini coming out of our head. There’s so much to come out. So much divinity is there which has to come out and if you have to ascend and if you are the foundation of that new age which is going to transform the whole world we’ll have to work hard. We shouldn’t say, “I don’t know how to get up in the morning. I don’t know.” You are on a warpath. You are soldiers now. And you have to work it out if you have to fight the forces of ignorance and darkness. This has to be worked out. This has to be paid attention to.
So what you have to do is absolutely decide within yourself today that, “We are going to work it out in such a way that we will all become very powerful Sahaja Yogis and through us the whole world is going to be saved.” It’s a very important thing for all of you to understand.
Today is the Sahastrara Day which, of course, I agree that I opened the last chakra. But, further to go, to grow, you have to get to meditation where you become silent and your Tree of Life will grow in silence, not in a turmoil. If you understand that, please work it out in such a manner that you all become completely aware of your divinity by which you can see.
If you have to see the image you have to have a very good mirror. In the same way, if you have to feel the Mahamaya you have to have a complete, pure, divinity manifesting in you.
May God bless you.
H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi