Shri Ganesha Puja

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Shri Ganesha Puja. Pune (India), 15 December 1991.

Today we are really sitting in very close relationship with the nature.
The whole thing, as you can see very clearly, is done by villagers and in a very simple way and I’m sure you must all be enjoy-ing it very much.
Today being the first puja in Maha-rastra, we have to do Ganesha Puja, but one has to understand how it is so impor-tant in Maharastra that people worship Ganesha. As you know there are … eight Ganeshas are there around this area and this triangle of Maharastra which has got on one side one big mountain. On the other side we have another mountain which, of course, is not in Maharastra. And also on top we have another moun-tain. So like a triangle which is made like a Mooladhara means the Kundalini itself.
So the Ku ndalini of the whole world resides in this area. That’s why it is called, we should say, as Maharastra, as the country which is very great, the nation which is very great. But I don’t know how far Maharastrans realize that they are sitting in the land of Maharastra.
This land which is vibrated by Shri Ganesha has its own simplicity, has its own vibrations, a different style, a differ-ent type. The best part of Maharastra is that it gives you a very good attention. With Ganesha so much vibrating, the attention becomes very concentrated and this concentration helps you in so many ways and that is why it is said that Ganesha was created to spread or to emit auspiciousness and holiness. Actually, if there is holiness there is auspiciousness. For Ganesha is t he one actually who cleanses everything, cleanses everything because it is innocence and the innocence that cleanses you takes away all kinds of conditionings and egos that are distracting your attention.
So the attention which is so wobbly otherwise in other places can settle down very well in Maharastra because of Shri Ganesha’s blessings that this country has, that people have very good attention. With that good attention you can really do so many things like now, for example, you can see the software. Good mathematics. They’re very good at music because all these things require tremendous attention. Art, dancing, anything which requires tremendous attention, that has to come only through Ganesha. Because they say Ganesha is a giver of wisdom. He’s a giver of wisdom. Means just His wisdom becomes just a dharma, becomes a part and parcel of your being. You become just wise. Now somebody may ask, ÒMother how to become wise. It’s very difficult to say how to become wise. It is just that it happens that you become wise. So, though He’s a child, He’s so matured. He’s so wise. And He’s not only that, but He emits wisdom and this wisdom is an in-nate quality of anyone who is a Sahaja Yogi because in him, also, Shri Ganesha has been awakened.
So he becomes a wise person, very wise, and with wisdom what does he achieve? He achieves a balance, a proper ascent and also he understands that this ascent is for his benevolence, for the benevolence of his country, benevolence of the whole world. He understands the importance of Sahaja Yoga. Without this wisdom, one cannot understand. And this wisdom is within us, just absolutely, in-nately built in. Only thing is we have to use the storehouse of this wisdom that is within us.

Of course, with Sahaja Yoga, it starts emitting and you start feeling and you start understanding what this wisdom is. You give up all your stupid, childish things. You give up all your attachments. You give up many of your, say, things that you don’t like which doesn’t behove you. You feel that you should give up, but you cannot. But, with Sahaja Yoga, it just hap-pens automatically and you just see in your light what is needed, what is not needed. In that wisdom you throw away whatever is wrong.
So that a great work this Ganesha has to do within ourselves. This manifes-tation of Ganesha within us is very important, I think, not that it is only the blessings, but also the foundation stone of spiritual life is Shri Ganesha. That’s why IÔve been very anxious that we should find out proper schools for our children. They should have proper education and t Ëhey should be looked after because their Ganesh Tattwa is already there. Only thing we have to nourish it, we have to look after it and make it grow. Once that happens then children are safe. Then nothing, nothing can harm them. Nothing they will absorb which is wrong. They will never be again in the wrong path. But if from early childhood, you did not have this kind of training or this kind of understanding about Kundalini or about wisdom part of it, you can never, later on, easily assimilate it. For that, you really require a great effort and understanding that you have to have this. It’s so beauti-ful. You must get this attention and you must get this innocence within. With Sahaja Yoga, as you see, it’s working out very fast and people are getting, really, very wise and I can see the wisdom writ large on their faces.
In this wisdom what do we find here? You see, on any line that we move, we can find that most of our problems are coming from human beings because ecological problem, or any problem we think of, comes from human beings. Or other programs that you have in your own country, as you have seen, that they are such problems that it’s sort of endless and they cannot change them. You feel very nice sitting underneath this because you are fed up … that you have and the prob-lems that it causes to you and the way it is now becoming very artificial.
But in these circumstances, one has to understand that the… wisdom plays such a part in life that whatever may happen outside, whatever may be the trend, whatever may be the fashion, whatever maybe the people are all changing into, you do not change. You change within. Once you are changed within, then you have full idea as to what is expected o f others, what they should do, what you are doing and how to deal with them and how to talk to them, how to tell them, how far to go with them – everything. All this comes through wisdom.
In Sahaja Yoga, as you know, you are very capable people, you have achieved a lot, you know everything, you know all about chakras. You know practically everything. I don’t have to tell you anything. Despite all that, one should have also the wisdom how to deal with others, how to talk to others, how to behave towards others, how not to control anyone, not to say something that would be rather harsh or hurting. Because, if you are trying to spread Sahaja Yoga, this is the only way we can go forward, is to look after everyone with great compassion.
Now, we might think that wisdom is there with us and we know how to do so many things with our wisdom and now we are absolutely wise. Agree, with Sahaja Yogis, now they have become really very, very wise and they know how to use their wisdom.
But still, faith in themselves really has to be of the Nirvikalpa state. That is only possible also through Shri Ganesha because He is in Nirvikalpa. He has Nirvikalpas, nothing. He doesn’t have to question anything. He doesn’t have to ask for anything. He is just there. And He’s in complete Nirvikalpa. Complete, absolutely into a state where He is not at all attached, nor is He worrying about things, nothing of the kind. He is just in Nirvikalpa and in that Nirvikalpa He worships Mother.
Small, small stories can show He how you were so sure of Hims }elf, how He had courage and how He worked out everything so intelligently. But when you are doing something, you can be in two minds. You can be not so decisive, but He was and He is, always very decisive that He knows what is to be done like the – this is the point.
So, in wisdom you don’t have to think, argue. I’ve seen many people who say, Mother, you see, we were thinking, then we had vibrations. We didn’t know what to do, this, that, how to do, how to correct, how to work it out. Now, I must say this is a state. It is not a state to be achieved, but it’s a state. Means you are there. It has to be innately built in yourself, this state of wisdom. But you can also work it out by just concentrating on yourself and trying to find out Òwhat’s the matter with me, what happens, why, why is it I’m like this. The introspection can help you a lot to be extremely wise, but Ø easier method is to worship the principle of innocence within yourself.
For example now, we are dealing with, supposing, somebody who is a thief, say. He’s a thief now. What should you do with a thief. After you have found out whatever was lost, the material you had, after that, what are you to do is just to forget about it completely. Once it has happened, then you have to just forget, not to worry about it too much, Oh, this has happened, that has happened and how to make this point all right and this gentleman is not all right. This, that. Just forget it.
So the wisdom is also in forgiving. That why Christ talked about forgiveness? Just forgive. There’s no sense in remembering. This person said so, this person did so, that happened so. Just forget it and once you start forgetting all these things, you know, you’ll remember right things and useless things you’ll just forget.
You don’t remember who has insulted you, who has troubled you, who has be íen misbehaving. I don’t even think about people who have gone out of Sahaja Yoga, talking ill about Me, saying things, this, that. It’s all right. Let them say whatever they like, I am not bothered.
But what bothers Me more, that if they do like this, I don’t know what will happen to them. That’s the only wisdom part of it, that, you see, when I forgive everyone I … forgive. I have nothing to say.
But then also a thought comes in, that if they’re doing like this, then what’s going to happen to them. They’re doing this to some one who’s so good, who’s so religious, so highly placed in spiritual life. Then you can’t play about but somebody’s playing, then what you have to do is to really forgive because one thing is built-in in Sahaja Yoga that who tries to trouble you they will be trouble also.
So try to forgive at least, at least you soothe them down. All right, I forgive you. So soothe them done. Like this kind of a wisdom you should have, not to get after people, únot to pester some one, not to be very strict, not to be very sort of – I should say – pursue the matter. Whatever is it, that point you should finish off and just don’t worry.
I was telling just now that there is a servant, supposing. Now, he steals your money, all the time. You know he steals your money. Now what to do if he’s stealing your money? One thing is to get out, to ask him to get out. Then you have another one. Then again you get him out and get another one. Go on like that because they’re poor people….
Now even if you’re careful, still they might steal, so what you should do is just to forgive the person and put the money in such a place that he cannot reach. Finished. As simple as this. You should just find out what doe s he steal. Oh, that’s all. Then you keep it one side.
But don’t worry about all the time that, Now, how am I to save myself from this thief or how am I to punish him? Just don’t think. These incidents are just like a breeze coming any way. These relationships are just like that. There’s no depth in it. They’re not going to bring any kind of unhappiness or happiness, whatever it is, if you go on lingering about them.
So, the first thing is live in the present. The wisdom is in living in the present. Present, we are here, so forget the past. Now, if I say forget the past, then they say, How to do it? How to forget the past. Again, I would say, meditation is the only way. You give up your left and you give up your right and you are just standing in the centre, enjoying the wisdom, enjoying the joy of your being.
So, the best part of our lives is spent in bothering, in getting upset, in getting worried, getting after some one. Where is the time? Just think like that. Now supposing some one says something to Me and then others will say, Mother, you must do something about it. You must punish that person. Where is the time? We have to awaken the kundalini of thousands and thousands and thousands and here we are just worried about something nonsensical.
So our wisdom is finished. We have no wisdom at all. Even at the highest level you can see people don’t have wisdom. Highest level of realization I’ve seen people who do not have wisdom in the sense that they want to run away, they just get fed up, take sanyasa, finished, go to Himalayas, live there happily. There’s no wisdom in that also.
So living in the present you don’t also feel tired because you don’t think of the past and the future and you live very well and in great happiness, you improve things and you don’t think of the future, what is going to happen to me or anything and that’s how you save lot of troubles of others, as well as yours.
So this wisdom is to live in the present, is now that you ask somebody, How are you? All right. And he’s not in the present. You ask somebody, Are you enjoying yourself? Not in the present. You ask somebody, Are you happy? No. Then you are not in the present. You ask some one that, Are you hungry? Maybe, may not be. Maybe they don’t know even in the present if they are hungry or not.
It’s so much that they’re lost in the past and in the future, that’s the sign of unwise behavior, unwise line. If they don’t know whether they’d like to have their food or not. But those who are really in the present forget all these small, small things. They’re just in the present and in the present whatever they have to do, they just do it.
This is a very good practice. One has to to practice wisdom through living in the present. Just say, What am I to do right now? What am I to do. Like you’re getting out of the house. Many people leave half way – Oh, my God, I have left my passport. They’ll go back. Then again, some time they will come out. My God, I have left my spectacles. Again go back. Then again they will come back and say, I have lost this. I should have this. These kind of people are very, very common. So at that style when you are leaving the house, say, at that time, if you’re in the present, then you just think, What have I to take? Just say, One, two, three, four, five. Yes, this is is what I have to take and this there. That’s how you can really establish yourself in wisdom, itself, means the wisdom acts by itself. It’s a power. Wisdom is a very big power. If you are a wise person, it’s a power. It can combat any kind of ignorance, any kind of attacks, any kind of stupidity. It’s such a tremendous power that one has given us that we are wise and this wisdom you should try to really, to develop it and mature it properly within ourselves.
So today’s Shri Ganesha’s Puja is there. Now you should ask for wisdom and for that we have to be in the present. Every way we should be in the present. If you can try, you can be because your kundalini has been awakened and you can be all the time in the present, but today you should first try and get the kundalini established in the present.

May God bless you.

[English Translation from Marathi]

I was telling them that today we will do the puja of Shri Ganesha. He performs most important functions in our body, in that he controls our mind, intellect and body. The Subuddhi meaning (wisdom) is his special gift. One cannot get the Subuddhi by asking. If someone says I’ll give you wisdom we should never believe him.
For that wisdom has to be ingrained in the being. How to ingrain it? It is ingrained by learning to live in the present. Now, when you are here in the Puja, wisdom is to tell yourself that at present you are doing the puja. If, at this time, you think about the future, say, whether you will get a bus to return or whether you will get food, if I am not able to go, or think about your son…. the puja will not benefit you. If you think about the past, again it is no use. A way to ingrain wisdom is to introspect, wherever you may be, ask yourself a question – whether you are in the present or in the past. The reason is the past is over and the future is not yet there.
Wisdom has a number of aspects such as good intelligence, alertness, the presence of mind etc. These are achieved by inculcating the habit of living in the present. I heard that there is a quarrel because your great grandfather had killed someone, that is why we are quarreling not understanding that the grandfather has died and also his father but you are alive so why are you quarreling on what your father or grandfather has done. Otherwise we give threats about the future that I’ll kill you or injure you One should ask the question what should I do now at the present moment when you are in front of me? When we have such a presence of mind, it is the real one which will tell you that it is a good opportunity to settle the quarrel once for all. When we realize that it is a good chance, we also realize the importance of the moment. We have been able to finish all the quarrels which we had inherited from our forefathers. This will save us from going to the courts. When we have such a presence of mind it is called wisdom. This is very important.
There are also others circumstances where we can use wisdom. For example: When I have to go out of the house what are the things I require to take with me? I’ll be back home only at night so what are the things I’ll require? But instead of having such a presence of mind, I think about something else at that time and once in the car I’ll remember the things I have forgotten to take. Thus to develop this wisdom and having a presence of mind one should try to remain in the present.

We regard Shivaji Maharaj as the great king. But he used to remain in the present. He was not like us. So, we should see, as to which of his qualities we can imbibe in the present times, by asking yourself, whether he used to drink liquor, how he behaved, how his character was. We have a high regard for him but have we imbibed his qualities in these present times? If we just remain in the past it’ll not help us. We also had Mahatma Gandhi. Although a number of such great lotuses bloomed in our country it has remained like a puddle. Hence we should find out where we are. Are we in the puddle or in the lotus? At the present moment, one should see where we are? So long as you do not have the wisdom to find this, Shri Ganesha will not work in you.
One more sign of Shri Ganesha is that he gives you wisdom. Do you see wisdom any where? The people fight they misappropriate money, they indulge into unholy activities, before Shri Ganesha. The subudddhi is totally absent at that place. Then where is Shri Ganesha?
The one with presence of mind will have complete change in his state, you try and you will realize it. You will grow only in the present. Now, see a flower. Does it grow in the past or future? It will grow at this time, won’t it? We do not progress, because we think of the past or the future, but never about the present. If we consider present circumstances, all problems, whatever are there, will be solved. Problems of rural areas will also be solved. Suppose you want to sow seeds. If you are engrossed in thinking over what was sown last year and what the outcome was, all will be lost. Similarly if you keep planning on sowing in the future, again all will be lost. You should consider what should best be sown today.
It is common practice in India to sing praises of past events. But what about you? Where are you? It is very much exists essential in Sahaja Yoga. Shri Mataji gave us the self-realization. So, what is next? We are idol sitting idle or involved in other activities. If you think what you have to do for it today, instantly you will get the benefits. It will happen every moment. Many people have their realization and have benefitted from it. However, the people do not remember that they had the self realization and each moment they are enlightened. How can you do now, what you were doing before the enlightenment with Divine light? That conditioning should be finished with.
The other day a person had come who had received his realization. He told me that nowadays he feels afraid. I told him you are a Sahaja Yogi how you can have fear? How you forgotten it. He said “it’s true I had forgotten that I have got my realization and I need not feel afraid of anything”. Everything is in front of you. But you have not taken notice of it and only remembering what happened in the past. You are only remembering the past- when you were worthless, when you were useless, when you did not understand anything, when you were ignorant or when you were in the dark or when you were not enlightened by God. Why do you want to remember your past (before realization) culture.
When I go to the villages and give realization to everybody. Afterwards everybody wants to come and touch my feet. Why? I am not a stone statue that you should touch my Feet. If I tell them not to come on my Feet they want to give me money. They want to give me Rs. 0.10 . When they were told that Shri Mataji does not take money they wanted to give me Rs 0.25. They did not want to understand that in the present situation Shri Mataji does not take money and nobody should donate money in the name of God. But it simply does not enter their heads. They ask me how is it possible Shri Mataji. They tell me that since your mother has expired you have to donate me a cow and how is it possible that you do not take any money from us.
Now you should overcome your gullibility with the dharma. How will it go? You have learnt the wrong dharma. You wanted to purchase dharma and there are people who sell it. The dharma cannot be purchased. So you have all the three things wrong. You have got the self-realization in the present and now you should do whatever you want to, on the strength of the spirit. Instead of that you want to remain in the past on the pretext that it is a ritual in your culture.
Someone places a stone on the way and paints it with orange colour. He sits in front of the stone and asks to donate money for God from everybody who pass in front of it. And everybody who passes on the way donate some money thinking that they are donating for God. But you are a Sahaja yogi why do you donate for this “stone god” on the pretext that it is your culture. What kind of ill culture you have?
Why do you give to God? Is it God? Anybody places a stone, is God? All these past things we have to eliminate within us and the only way to do it is to understand what is the present situation. They will say,” Shri Mataji we have faith in Shri Rama. But, he is not here, I am here. So you listen to me! Why they have faith in Shri Rama because he can be pocketed and he will not come and question you. Even if you drink and come you can pretend to be a devotee of Shri Rama because He will not question you. But, I will question if you are my devotee. So they are afraid of me and hence do not devote to me, because I am alive. They do not devote to the living God, because he will question and take you to task,” Why have you behaved this way?”
In the rural areas it is all old and outdated. Out of that, what is truth and what is not, you will know only on joining Sahaja Yoga. We have to understand that due to these old fashioned ideas we have rotted (inside), not only outdated but rotten. Thus we should introspect ourselves and see if we have any false ideas about ourselves and about dharma.
Now with this over, another thing has come,” We are modern”. What does it mean? “We will not oil our heads. We will sing dirty songs before Shri Ganesha’s idol. We are non believers.” Thus one is wasted due to one way and the other due to the other. Why so? Because children observe that their parents tramp out chanting“ Hari, Hari”, to the beats of cymbals.They have been doing this life after life in the warkari sect. What have they achieved? A number of times I have explained to them to stop the waris and take that for which they were doing the waris (going on pilgrimage on foot to Pandharpur chanting the praise of Shri Vithala) . However, they cannot understand it. As if intoxicated they go on walking beating the cymbals. It has been brought for you and all should take it. But my advice will not enter into their brains. They say that their forefathers have been doing the same thing. But they do not want to collect the Punyas of what their forefathers and they themselves have done in the past. They are after collecting more Punyas.
What is in the present situation? Sahaja Yoga is Dharma in the present age and we should accept this Dharma. Fully involving ourselves in this Dharma we should cleanse ourselves. Sahaja Yoga is the essence of all Dharmas. We accept all Dharmas, because accepting one Dharma would trigger quarrels like I am very good and you are bad. Instead learning all that is good from all Dharmas, would avoid quarrels.
Also another thing is that, in Maharashtra we have a heritage of Bhaubandki (having groups and dividing ourselves). The reason for this bhaubandhki is that we go on remembering all the useless things which have happened in the past. If someone advises them to forget the past they argue “what are you saying, how can we forget what has happened in the past. It has been going on since generations so how can we forget it? Thus, because we always remember the past which is outdated, we behave in such a way. Now even the bhaubandki has also been outdated thus you should abandon it. It’s of no use. How has it benefitted to Maharashtra. Now when I see in the rural areas, I feel that the situation has become very serious. On one hand they have become modern and have become drunkards and the other who are not modern have become useless in other way.
Where should one start Sahaja Yoga? Even four persons, who would peacefully sit down and understand Sahaja Yoga are not available .So I tell you please take care of the children and tell them not to worry of the past or the future but think of the present so that prosperity will come. Further, it is wrong to build castles in air. Since the past holds you in its fetters the past is also wrong. You should come in the center, in the state of balance. In the state of balance you will see how many powers you will have and what you can do.
Maharashtra is the statue of Chaitanya, because the Kundalini of universe resides here. I am tired of trying to convince the people of Maharashtra but they cannot yet understand. When I am in London, the people from Maharashtra write letters full of complaints,” He does this, that person does that.” I am fed up. It is endless. Amazing that they call themselves Sahaja Yogis and cannot see anything good with others!
If this situation continues what will saints feel? I have come to carry forward their work. I have taken birth in Maharashtra and know the Marathi language. In spite of all this, these people cannot understand what the worth is of what I am here to give you. Now there are people from 55 countries who have come to visit your country. Are you impressed by them, do you see how (simply) they are living. They have come from foreign countries, what is their purpose? Why are they feeling so joyous? What have they gained? We should also try to achieve what it. A wise person should think in this way. To have this wisdom only one thing you have to remember is to remain in the present and to do what is necessary at the present moment. The present moment is very important which some of us do not understand that is why we have all kinds of problems.
Today you should remember Shri Ganesha and make a resolve that we shall lie in the present. When I talk in one language I speak it in a pure way. I cannot translate it in another language because whatever I speak is so pure. So one should have purity even in our language and also in our life. This purity comes only when one tries to understand what he should do in the present situation. As soon as you inculcate this habit everything will change. You will be amazed to realize that even your bad habits will change.
Please do not feel hurt by my talk. I am mother and please understand that I have told the reality to improve your life. Children are suffering. You should pay attention to it. I will come again and again to Shere and I desire that at least life in the village of Shere has improved and in this task I need your help. I request you to accept Sahaja Yoga, work hard to stabilize your realization. All these foreigners who have received the realization had not even heard the name of Shri Ganesha. But we should see how we can make use of the Mother Earth has given us the blessings of having 8 Swayambhus of Shri Ganesha. We should put our attention to this very important aspect which can be useful for the whole country but first of all try to use it to enhance your own spiritual aspect. It is so easy. I did not ask you to stand on your head or go to the Himalayas, nothing of the sort. Try to establish your realization and learn to stay in the present. The rest I’ll take care of. I hope next year I’ll be able to see that there is no quarrel amongst yourself and you will live happily together.
My blessings to all.

H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi