Shri Ganesha Puja, Project your innocence to others

Nirmal Temple, Cabella Ligure (Italy)


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Shri Ganesha Puja. Cabella Ligure (Italy), 10 September 1995.

With all the Ganapatis sitting around me and you all the ganas sitting in front of me, I don’t know what to say. It’s remarkable, very remarkable, because most of you come from a culture which has never shown any respect of Shri Ganesh. They never realised how important it was that, without Shri Ganesha’s qualities, we cannot achieve anything in our life.

The idea of everyday, moment-to-moment enjoyment has destroyed them. And also the desire to know the Divine vanishes also in the thin air because you get lost into this moment-to-moment enjoyment till you get destructive, completely destroyed. But I really don’t understand how you have achieved this state where you see [that] the purity is so important to life; that Ganesha’s qualities, His value system and His innocence are to be imbibed. I feel very gratified that such a thing has happened now in your lives and you all are so much in praise for Shri Ganesha.

Shri Ganesha is there from our childhood. Yesterday you saw the children, how they were so beautiful and entertained us the most. Everybody had a smile on their face and I said, “Don’t laugh,” because if you laugh they feel a little offended and they think that you are laughing at them. The enjoyment that we had from that drama of children was more than what one would expect from adults doing that kind of a drama just to entertain us. It might be some sort of a very subtle joy of Shri Ganesha that made us so happy. We all have Shri Ganesh settled very nicely within ourselves and, in you, awakened; awakened in such a manner that, in your free will also, you do not want to do things that will go against Shri Ganesha.

His manifestation within you is so evident. [If] you see your faces – they are so beautifully shining, so very different from other people.

One day I was travelling from London and there was one Indian lady who came to see me and she said, “I was surprised to see your disciples. Their faces were shining with such light. I have never seen any disciples like that.” I asked her, “Who are you?” She said, “I am married in Guru Nanak’s family and all the people in his family are just the opposite [of] what Guru Nanak was.” So I said, “Because they worship Shri Ganesha.” So she said that, “In our family nobody worships Shri Ganesh.” I said, “It cannot be possible! How is it?” They believe in nirakar, in the formless God of chaitanya. I said, “But who is the source of that chaitanya? Why don’t they find out who is the source?” So they said that Nanaka has only talked up to this point. He’s not talked about the source. I said, “Better find out, because in this book maybe some things have been taken away.” And then somebody gave me a passage where he had described the innocence, the Deity of Shri Ganesha also. He had described that the whole Creation was done by the Mother and not by the Father. It’s very surprising because nirakaris, those people, who don’t believe in the forms of God, always talk of Father, not of the Mother. It is true also about Christianity, also about Islam, also about the Jews. All of them, they talk of the Father and not of the Mother, nor about Shri Ganesh. It seems, in the ancient times they believed in child God, even in China, even in Greece and also in many other countries who were supposed to be primitive. But they all believed in the child God.

So now, when we deal with our children, we should know that they are just like Shri Ganesh: they are very innocent, very simple; except in cases sometimes [where] they are affected by some things and they lose their moorings.

But Shri Ganesha’s greatest contribution to Sahaja Yoga is that He makes you feel my vibrations. He makes you feel the beauty of purity and simplicity. [It’s] only possible if Shri Ganesha is awakened within you. Also the Kundalini won’t rise without the sanction of this ‘chancellor’. He’s the one sitting on Mooladhara. But you should know He is on every chakra. Innocence cures all the maladies, physical, mental, emotional, specially the spiritual one. But Shri Ganesha’s quality, the most important, is that He believes in emitting vibrations, He believes in projecting His vibrations to everyone. That is the quality now [that] I feel all of you, as Sahaja Yogis, can use. You got your Realisation without any effort I should say. It was Sahaj. The life before Self-realisation was different. You got your transformation and you have jumped into the new era of Meta Science. But here now we have to see – whatever we have got, what are we to do with it? You, of course, know that you have to give Realisations to others, you have to cure people, you have to love them and you have to be compassionate but apart from that, now the deliberations about yourself have to start. That is through Shri Ganesha’s powers that are within you.

You should see that you can emit your powers your energy to others. You can project it to others. Now, for example, If somebody comes to you, meets you, if you know how to deliberately project your energy. This is a new type of meditation you have to practise now: that to emit your energy, project your energy to others. You don’t have to say anything, you don’t have to talk but just feel deliberately – again I say deliberately. It’s not sahaj, it’s not spontaneous. This is what you have to practise, is to emit your energy of your innocence of Shri Ganesha to others so, when they see you, their innocence would be awakened.

Now, for example, say we had some problems in London and Sahaj Yogis told me, “Mother, there are still some men are looking at us.” And some said that, “There are many women who are looking at us.” It was a mutual sort of a thing going on. I said, “You can project your energy in such a manner that that projection will stop all this kind of stupid behaviour of other people and also make them understand, respect you and feel your dignity.” Not very difficult.

But, on the contrary, as the culture is to attract men and attract women – it will diminish. The energy will diminish. When you feel your own dignity and serenity and [realise] that you are now Self-realised people – you are not ordinary people – a kind of majestic personality develops within you. That majestic personality really can have a tremendous effect on the surrounding people – tremendous! It’s a kind of a deliberate projection you should start. I don’t know that side, that how to project it or how to deliberately do this. It’s just spontaneous with me, it just happens. But you can achieve it yourself with [a] little practice. Try to face such people, not with disdain or contempt, but just your majestic personality.

This personality is here now, you see, is sitting in such a majestic manner and is also giving the vibrations to others. The whole figure is doing something suddenly to people.

To expect that the whole world will change spontaneously, I don’t think is alright. Because, you know, the world is so chaotic, full of so much chaos, so much ego, so much conditioning. But something within you can rise above others with your sense of dignity, with your complete Selfhood, where you stand with yourself. You are not to be rude, you are not to be egoistical, you need not say things if you don’t want to say anything. Just that silent personality can emit such beautiful vibrations, which you have. You have stored up a lot of vibrations within yourself. And this storing up is showing on your faces, which I said are shining. But the innocence that you have, you have to be proud of it, very much proud of it.

Even now sometimes you feel that people will say you are not properly dressed up or maybe you are ugly looking or all kinds of things that they expect every other person to be. It’s a funny thing that in this world all human beings expect others to be very good. Everybody should be a hero or something – what about themselves they never think! So now you have become heroes in the sense that spiritually you are much higher than all of them. So this projection, when it starts – I am saying again ‘deliberate’ – then you should not be afraid that, “I will develop my ego.” You should not be afraid that, “I’ll get some conditionings.” But just, in the way, with the understanding, that you have these powers within you, beautifully expressing themselves, as a child does. If there is one child, it can entertain at least hundred people. What is so sweet about the child? Is the innocence: the way he speaks, the way he talks, the way he behaves, the way he expresses his love. It’s so simple but it has something in the essence, this innocence of Shri Ganesha.

Anywhere there’s a question of children, the whole world get worried about it, the whole world wants to solve the problem. If a child is in trouble anywhere, all over the world it will be circulated that such and such a thing is happening to such a child and everybody will be worried. If they see a child anywhere, the faces change; [if] you see the faces, the expression changes, automaticall. Because that child is emitting that innocence; without any deliberations, without any special way of doing it, but just spontaneously. But then you grow, you start growing, growing with others who are also not innocent. You have to meet them. You can’t run away from the society. You start getting all the rapport with such people who are talking about things – actually, those who are criticising Shri Ganesha. Gradually, your innocence starts dying out and you feel sometimes inferior to all those who are supposed to be very great warriors against innocence. In the sense that – when I was in London I saw they all used to laugh at me because I had this kumkum. But I used to think they don’t know why I am wearing it. So, it’s so ignorant they are: very ignorant people that they don’t know [that] in India all the married women have to wear this. Even the Muslims wear that; they also wear mangalsutra. So I said that, “This is just written down, on my head, that I am a married woman.” It’s just to tell people ‘don’t bother me.I have got my husband behind me and he can take you to task.’

This kind of ignorance is so much in the West and still they think they are a higher race, they are greater people. They don’t know even small, small things about life. For the innocence, I think they have lost any knowledge about it, long time back. And that’s how it is a society, today, which has absolutely lost its own moorings. Every individual is separate, every individual is doing something and they don’t know each other. Without innocence you cannot have a rapport with other people. Because that means you have some sort of a lust or greed behind the whole thing. So much so now, it’s become so boring the whole thing, that even once I told this Sahaj Yogi that, if you are going there, there’s a family and they have a daughter, so just give this present to her – a simple thing! Now this yogi was quite an elderly person, not a young boy. He said, “Mother, I’d better not go.” I said, “Why?” “Because they will misunderstand me.” “What will they misunderstand?” “Why am I giving a present to this girl?” I said, “But it’s I am giving. What is the harm?” “No!” That’s the psychology. He was himself a psychologist. That’s the psychology. “So I cannot take this present for that girl!” I mean, I was [amazed]: for Indians, you don’t understand this kind of a fear. But then I noticed it’s too much that they don’t want to be with any woman, they don’t want to be alone with any woman. And they said Mother, “You don’t know these women! They will make a rape case out of us!” “But how?” “They do!” So the whole idea is to challenge the innocence of people.

For that, I must say, they made this Freud into a god because of his writings. I don’t know how they accept, also, such writings, I just can’t understand how they accept. Because I think they have no idea as to what they are. Somebody asked me about Freud, “Then what did he say? Why are people so much against him? Why are you so against?” I said, “He said that there’s a bad relationship between the mother and the son.” He just jumped. “He said so? My goodness! Thank God he never came to India, otherwise we would have cut him into pieces and put them in the Indian Sea!” I said, “But why spoil the purity of Indian Sea also?” He was so annoyed and angry, he said, “How could they tolerate such a nonsense? How could they accept such nonsense against the mother? They have no purity?” I said, “That’s the trouble with them.”

Now the trouble is that the brain developed too much, ego developed too much and any such stupid idea – it’s much worse than stupid – was accepted. And that is how I find it’s so boring: every time anywhere you go it’s nothing but this sex business. It’s too much. I can’t understand how people go on tolerating. It’s alright, at the most, in some adult films you might show some nonsense, but every time you see something you find suddenly this kind of nonsensical scene is coming, this bedroom scenes, these scenes, and people like it. They pay for it. They want to have all aspects of it. It is such a natural thing. What is there to talk about it all the time? I don’t understand. It’s only the development of the brain, of such a manner, that every kind of nonsense it wants to accept. “So what? What’s wrong?” “Well, you’re mad! That’s what. You go to lunatic asylum.” Lunatics also talk like that. “So what’s wrong?” Same way. Because of such acceptance, they don’t know how much people have ruined their family life, their children’s life.

In every way, we find that the whole society is full of this nonsense and specially in the television – Italy specially. I mean, certain buttons you should not press, you should be very careful, otherwise you don’t know what you face and you go for vomiting. You see, as Indians – first reaction is to vomit. But for people who have not yet realised the value of this innocence can be easily taken up by this kind of nonsense that’s going on. Whatever it is, through the blessings of Shri Ganesha, you are all transformed. You are on a different line.

Yesterday these two musicians were surprised how you were praising Ganesha. They couldn’t believe it, how you could praise Shri Ganesh, because you haven’t even heard the name of Shri Ganesha before I said, “They see what Shri Ganesha has done to them, how He has made their attention so beautiful that they enjoy all the beautiful things of the world, all the innocent things of the world.” And there are many people like them, I can tell you, who are struggling. Not that all the society has accepted this nonsense. There are many who are struggling because I know in England they published a book about what children have to say about the politicians: very sweet, sweet things, very sweet. And those books [that] were published were five thousand books because if you publish five thousand, you get it cheaper or something like that. And in one day all the books were sold out – in one day. That shows that there are so many people still who are respecting their innocence and they want to be innocent and they want to enjoy it. But a society has to be created of that kind. For that, you must have a kind of a personality.

You know that I was in London and once I went to Greece. And the ministers’ wives also came to meet me. I was surprised. Normally they don’t do. So they said, “You see, our husbands told us if you want to see serenity personified, then you must see Mrs. Shrivastava.” I was surprised [that] in Greece they are talking of serenity! In these modern times anybody talking about purity! I just couldn’t understand, but I felt at the back of their mind their tradition, whatever it is, these men could see that simple thing in me and they went and told them. And they all enjoyed my company very much. I was making them laugh and telling them things and all that. And one of them then turned around and said, “Mrs. Shrivastava, you are just like a child!” “I said, “Really?” “No, we enjoyed your company so much!” And when I was coming, they were in tears.

So what I am saying that: whatever innocent personality you have, you have to project now, to project towards others. Say somebody is trying to be funny with you – just with one glance you can put that person right, that you don’t like it. Just to say you don’t like it. In a way that’s a projection. Around your society, around where you are working, you will also find people who have no sense of innocence. And it’s disgusting to be with them. But as you have powers, you must use [them] – is to project. I see with Sahaja Yogis, they don’t even cure people. They’ll tell me, “Mother, he is to be cured. That is to be done.” But you are so many, why do you need me to do that now? You all can cure a patient. You can help the patient. Why can’t you do it? What is the need for me to do it? You have those qualities within you because potentially you had them before and now they are enlightened through the grace of Shri Ganesha.

Now, what you have to do is to assert them. In that, of course, you must remember not to use your ego, not to use your mind. So somebody would say that, “Mother, without mind how can you impress others? How can you have a rapport with others?” It’s very simple. Just go thoughtless. Once you are thoughtless, you are in the Realm of the Divine, and then the Divine takes charge. And it will start emitting such beautiful vibrations that you will be amazed at yourself how things are working out. It is not a coincidence we should say. Like once I was going somewhere and they told me that, “You have to be very careful!” I said, “Why?” “Because in the night, you see, these Naxalites (Indian communists) are here and they might just kill you.” I said, “It’s alright!” He said, “No, it’s very late. You be careful!” So, the gentleman with me was very much worried. He said, “You take out your ornaments, everything.” He put them under the seat and did all that. So, as soon as we reached that place where many Naxalites were standing with their lanterns and with their sticks, so I told the driver that, “For one minute you stop the car.” He said, “No, I will not!” “No, you stop!” I looked at them and I don’t know what happened – they just moved on. I said, “Now speed up the car.” You see, it is the power that you have. Unless and until you use this power of love and compassion, you will not know what you have got. And that comes from your Shri Ganesh.

You see, how children understand love. If you are nice to them, how they react. Maybe sometimes they do not, but ninety-nine percent [of] children, I have seen, they really react to love. In our school in Dharamsala there were two children and they were very troublesome to begin with and the parents were worried about them. They sent them to Dharamsala and otherwise they were very demanding as the modern children are. “You buy this. You buy that. Go here. We want MacDonald!” This, that was going on. When they went to the school for one year, they came back and the parents asked them, “Now, what do you want?” They said, “We don’t want anything!” “You don’t want anything? You want to go to MacDonald’s?” They were American. “No, no, we don’t want to go to MacDonald. We want to sit here and watch Mother’s videos.” They said, “Suddenly, what has happened to them? They were so troublesome. Why are they now so much changed? What’s the matter with them?” So then they said, “What about food? Whatever you cook, we’ll eat. We are not bothered.” And they were amazed how these children had changed! But then they said, “We must go out somewhere. We must see the river, we must see the mountain.” “Alright, that we’ll do.” Then again they came home – no demands, nothing. They didn’t want to go for any shopping or asking for any shirts or blouse or nothing. Very much satisfied, dignified. So they said, “What’s the matter with you? You don’t want anything?” “No we want something but we don’t know how to tell you.” “What is it?” “Because you don’t have that. You can’t get it in the market.” “Well, what is it?” They said, “Can you get us a pendant of Shri Mataji?” So sweetly, you know, they said. That’s all. But they said, “You don’t have?” “No, we don’t have any.” “So you just get us the pendant of Shri Mataji, that’s all.” I mean so deep expression. You don’t want anything else. I mean, I know the children, I have met them, but I have not been with them for a long time, I have never been so close to them, nothing, but look at the love that they have.

And they were telling me in the school in the beginning that anybody goes to trouble us, we said, “Now we are going to inform Shri Mataji!” “No, no, no, don’t inform Her.” “Why?” “Because She will not love me any more!” Can you imagine? The value of my love is so much understood by these little, little children and so much they admire, they want it. It has no material gain by that, nothing. All this really shows that Christ as He has said it, that, “You have to be like small children to enter into the Kingdom of God.” Without that, you cannot enjoy anything. Like yesterday’s programme was really, I must say – these Swiss have worked very hard. They are very hard working I know, but not to this extent that they started singing Indian music so well in such a combination and we enjoyed all that very much. Now imagine these Swiss who are overactive, always working, they have no time to think about creating something innocent, creating something sweet of this kind. And the way they did it shows, really, that they love Shri Ganesha and they understand the value of Shri Ganesha’s manifestation in them. I was really surprised how they could learn all this Indian music and so many sitting together and singing that song. And there were some Indians, I said, “Can you sing like this?” They said, “No.” I said, “Look at these Swiss.” This is the power of Shri Ganesha’s love. Because they were to celebrate Shri Ganesha’s birthday, so they got equipped from within. But if they had not projected it there would have been nothing.

So whatever He is giving you, whatever He is creating in you, this beautiful innocence, this beautiful fragrance of your living, every moment, when you are enjoying it, also know that we have to give it to others. We have to pour this into others. And it will work out, I know it will work out. It is so tremendous. His powers are so tremendous.

Yesterday you saw that in the children’s programme that nobody could beat him, even Shiva, anyone. And Shiva had to cut His head because He didn’t know how to overpower Him otherwise. This is what we have to understand, that if you are innocent, nobody can cheat us, nobody can trouble us, because in innocence you become a person who doesn’t care for what is happening to you. You become a person who tolerates everything thinking these are…you don’t even think, you feel they are something, stupid people, that’s all.

It is a story about a king in China, as I am going to China. There was a king in China. They are very wise people, I must say Chinese are extremely wise. And he decided to win a cocks’ fight. It’s a cocks’ fight. Imagine the king thinking like that! But it’s all child’s play. So he went to one great saint and told him that, “How will you train a cock to fight the other cocks?” He said, “Leave the cock with me.” So he left the cock there and he trained him very well because when the king arrived after one month before the fight, he said, “See now, take this cock it’s your one.” He said, “This one? This one is not doing anything, just standing straight. He said, “Yes, yes. That’s it. You take it.” So he took that cock and put him in that contest. So all the cocks were together. They started troubling this cock, which was just standing like this as if, “Some stupid people are trying to trouble me.” He wouldn’t touch them, he wouldn’t react, nothing of the kind, he was just standing straight. So all the cocks were surprised that, “This one is not protesting. He’s just bearing up everything and he’s not bothered as to what we are doing.” One by one all the cocks disappeared from the field where they were having these fights. And this was the only cock which stood up. So the king was surprised. He took him to the saint and he said, “This one has become a saint now. So it’s better you keep it with you!” He’s such a saint that they were all trying to trouble him and he was least bothered. He was looking like this, left side, right side, both sides. He thought, “What’s going on with these people? Why are they behaving like this?”

So this is what I have to tell you that your personality itself is made like that and now you worship Him so much [that] He’s within you. And any kind of problems that you have will be really solved very easily if you take to your innocence. And that will create coincidences, as they call it. But I would say it’s not coincidence, it’s the vibrations. And you’ll be amazed how things are solved. They’ll say, “Mother, this had happened, that had happened.” Now see, the other day, it rained so much. It rained so much so that they said, “It has become knee-deep mud here and Mother what are we to do?” I said, “It’s alright. Leave it to Him.” Next day it was very hot. Imagine underneath these things, the whole thing got dried out and today you are here for the puja. It’s an impossible thing that there could be such a change in the weather that one day it rains so heavily and second day the whole thing gets absolutely dried out. It’s His work, because He’s so much powerful.

You have come to worship Him, so first of all cleansing has to be done and He did the cleansing by putting the rain here. It’s so heavy rains and some of the part of the rains which came near this Palazzo Dorio they turned into ice (hail). I don’t know what is English word is [for] that. So they all started and the whole thing went round the house. They were all forming into little, little ice-balls, falling nearby. Now it is something unbelievable that all over it has just rained [and] only near our house it is the ice-balls are coming. We can call it ‘miracles’, we can call it anything, but it is Shri Ganesha’s, we should say, sensitivity that He thought that, “Now this rain is going near my Mother’s house, so let us make some sort of a beautiful ice-balls.” And I went out and I saw, and I was amazed how it was all around my house [that] there were ice-balls.

What He can do, what he’s capable is absolutely unbelievable. How He guides you and how He helps you. How He takes you to [the] right path. Not only that [but] how He protects you. All the time He is with you because you have become His ganas now. You are His ganas, so He protects you, looks after you, gives you all the guidance. He takes you to the right path. He takes you to the righteous road. He gives you all that is dharmic to enjoy. You always meet friends here and there. You think it’s a coincidence – it is not. And that is how He works. He works with all His beautiful, sweet, loving attention on you because you are His ganas.

But the ganas have to work! As I say that, in our body there are ganas and they fight the disease, they fight the problems that are in the body – those antibodies which are the ganas of Shri Ganesha. In the same way, you are also His ganas. He does all this for you. He protects you, He loves you, He gives you all the good time. Then what are we doing about it? It should not be one-sided. When He does all this for you then what should we do about Shri Ganesh? What can we do as antibodies?

You don’t have to fight the enemies with any sword or any kind of a weapon. The enemies you can conquer by simple, two, methods. One is try your love, your pure love on them. Try that, you may melt away many people. Or else, if that is not working, then what should you do is to sit down and meditate and give bandhans. There are ways of giving bandhans. The bandhan works so fast and so beautifully that you are amazed how it has worked! Because you are so powerful. The way you give bandhan, [if] anybody else can give it is not going to work! It’s only you, the Sahaj Yogis, can give bandhan. There are different types of bandhans you have to give. And all that works out so well.

So we have to have now faith in our own powers and we have to know that we are now empowered by Shri Ganesha to do the work of Sahaja Yoga. To do the work of Sahaja Yoga is not to feel that you are doing it, but it is Shri Ganesh who is doing it. You will be surprised – giving Realisations to people is the greatest joy Sahaja Yogis can have. And then you don’t have to think that you have done it – then is the best – but if you think you have done it then, “I am very tired,” or “I have done this!” Many people come and tell me, “Mother, we have done this, we have done that!” That means they are just feeling the strain of doing any work. But you are not to feel any strain. His powers are within you, you can see it. Believe me! Believe in yourself. Have confidence in yourself – confidence and faith in yourself. And [know] that you are a storehouse of innocence which is nothing but compassion and love.

If you have that faith you will definitely develop a beautiful way of talking to others, of having [a] relationship with others. It is something that is really a gift of Shri Ganesh. I don’t think I every shouted at anyone. Even on my children, I have never shouted, never. I have never got into a fury or a temper because I think I can manage without it. Of course, I had to correct, I had to tell people. But one thing I have seen [is] that everybody has been afraid of one thing – that somehow I should never drive out somebody from Sahaja Yoga, because Sahaja Yoga is such a joy, it is such an energy-giving thing, it is such a light that you feel absolutely confident about yourself. So to ask you to leave Sahaja Yoga is the greatest punishment because you can’t leave me now. It’s difficult. You just can’t leave me! It’s impossible! And that is what it is that you also develop those qualities that you can’t leave. See, a child, if it is lost, I mean, the parents just go off, they don’t know how the child is lost. But supposing, some son of theirs is a very bad boy, is misbehaving, is doing all kinds of wrong things, they don’t mind. But when they are young, they are innocent it’s some sort of a tremendous attachment to them and understanding that “They are our children, we have to look after them.” So [it’s] this innocence that attracts you, that keeps you wondering about your children, about other children.

And I was very happy the way you gave a present to Guido because he’s doing a very difficult task, I must say. And this appreciation shows that to you it’s very valuable that your children are looked after. But you are also a child of your Mother. As a result, you have all these powers within yourself. But you must know how to smile. You must know how to win over people.

Still there are some Sahaj Yogis and some Sahaj Yoginis who are still rather stiff! I find them little stiff type and they can’t give up their stiffness. Maybe they think no end of themselves or whatever it is. Then they will not enjoy Sahaja Yoga. Of course, mentally of course they understand Sahaj Yog and all that but they cannot enjoy fully Sahaj Yoga and all its mirth, its joyous moments.

Today is to celebrate His birth and He was the first God that was created on this Earth; because he’s also auspiciousness, he’s also Holiness. So the Primordial Mother didn’t want to create this world without first creating the holiness, the auspiciousness, the purity. And that’s why He was first created. Created on this Earth with vibrations, just [a] bundle of vibrations: so that He can look after all the people who are going to come from ages to ages, to guide them always on the right path.

So He is supposed to be in charge of our conscience, the conscience that eats you up sometimes, that says, “This is not alright. This I should not have done. That I should have not done.” But one should try to take very great pride in it. Like there was one gentleman, an Indian – Indians can be exceptionally innocent sometimes, exceptionally, you can’t understand them! So I told him, “Why did you give up your land?” He said, “Mother, I thought that later on, when my children will grow, I might become greedy and I may not give this land to my brother, who deserves it because I’m too clever, I can cheat him. So I thought it’s better to give up. So I gave up the land to my brother.” And he so innocently was telling me that, “I should not become greedy because maybe that my children will grow up and I will feel that I must give all this to my children, so I decided to give up the land just now to my own brother.” But I said, “What about your brother?” He said, “He deserves, he needs. I don’t need so much land. I am doing very well in life. That’s why I have given.” “But legally?” “Legally,” he said, “it was not in his name, but I thought it’s better that I give it to him now. Later on I might become a bad man.” So the innocence works out in such a manner.

And very sweet, sweet stories I have got to tell you. There’s one Sahaj Yogi who was a little boy, say about sixteen years of old, he came to me and he said, “My mother has some badhas and the father, too. I don’t know what to do. Now supposing I leave my father and mother, then will the badhas also leave me?” I said, “Maybe. May not be. Depends on…” “Then what is the need for people to leave their parents when they are eighteen years of age? Why do people leave their parents at the eighteen years of age? Because, you see, it will be a big loss.” I said, “Why?” “Firstly, if I start smoking who will stop me?” Such an innocent thing. “If I start smoking, only my father can slap me on the face, nobody else. So he can save me from the smoking.” I was amazed at his innocence, the way he was saying that, “I want my father to be there to slap me.” And then he said, “And then my mother, she’s the one who corrects me every point; so if she goes away, if I am not with her, who will correct me? Who will tell me don’t do this and don’t do that?” I never understood that, look at this boy of sixteen years – he’s an Indian – telling me that his parents’ utility is that they are the only people who can stop him from doing wrong things! Because he was a born-realised and he could see that, “if I try to do something wrong it’s only my parents can tell me.”

So this innocence always seeks [a] virtuous life, this better life and it doesn’t assert on others. But it’s, somehow or other, when there is innocence – just like you people are now Self-realised people – in the light of your Self, you don’t want to do something that is not innocent, that is not simple. For example, I have never seen such honest people as we have in Sahaja Yoga. Absolutely honest, I mean, they don’t want to take even a single pie (1/192 Rupee) out of things. Of course, there have been some horrible people, also, who made lots of money out of Sahaj Yog, doesn’t matter; but most of you have become so honest. I mean there’s so much corruption in this world and to see people who are so honest.

Now the greatest quality, as you know, of Shri Ganesha’s was told yesterday, that for them their Mother is the most important. What Mother says and what Mother does, that’s the most important thing. I mean, it is so much that I really can’t understand how you people are so much fond of me. Because I think that, whatever you think about me mentally is nothing compared to what you have within yourself and that is Shri Ganesha’s, again, the quality. Because He’s so attached to me that he will fight his Father, he will fight everybody. That’s what you are. Anything against me, you cannot tolerate, anything wrong said against me you cannot follow. I have seen people getting furious if somebody said a word against me. So this quality of love for me is coming from Shri Ganesha within you. But the another quality, as I said, is that He makes the ganas work and so you have to work it out.

Yesterday’s thing has shown me how this collectivity of Switzerland has come up so well, so well. And it was really showing how we can progress. You all have talents. Not that only Swiss have. You all have talents. You all have understanding. You are all intelligent. All of you are special people and you have to work out in collective way and also individual way to show your quality of Shri Ganesh, the way He has the rhythm within Him. He’s very rhythmic and yesterday those two big musicians sitting, he said, “Mother, they are so rhythmically clapping, they are rhythmic. There’s no, ‘ha, ha, hoo, hoo,’ just clapping and so rhythmic. Nobody makes a mistake.” Then they said, “When they sing also, nobody’s out of tune.” Normally, if ten people are singing, without proper training, then this are in alto, tenor, bass, everything, they go on. And you don’t know on what swar (note) they have taken, on what note they are singing. But they were yesterday very amazed that all of you were singing on the same note; you wouldn’t leave the note and come onto another note. That shows that the rhythm of Shri Ganesha is working in you and His understanding of music, which is one of His qualities is: that He dances on the music of which Nataraja, the Father Shiva has taught Him. It’s very rhythmic. That part, I think, a little bit, Sahaja Yogis are missing: that when they dance they need not be, all of them, in [a] very rhythmic pattern. They’re alright, but still one has to learn [a] little more rhythmic pattern, would be a good idea. As the Shri Ganesha, which is such a big stomach that He has, He dances so well, so lightly He lifts his body and the way He works it out, it’s amazing. How does He do it with such a…and a short person with such thick legs? He is very light and the lightness comes because of innocence – Mooladhar. If the Mooladhara is alright, then lightness is there. You have seen in Maharashtra how these people were playing the Lezim (dance) with such speed and with such lightness: they were lifting their legs and hand. It was really amazing how they were doing it. And it is only the innocence of these people of the villages that they don’t understand much of this nonsense. They don’t know what is going on with all these things. They earn their living, they are farmers, and then in the evening they just sleep off in complete innocence. They do not plan, they do not sit down and find out how to kill somebody, maybe something how to rob somebody or another bad things that people think – the bad action that comes into their minds. There is no time for that. They work the whole day. In the evening, nicely they sleep. Or else they will have a bhajan mandeley where they will all sing together in a very beautiful manner.

So it’s a real sahaj style where we don’t have to think about killing anybody or to murder anybody. Like all these cults, they have weapons with them! I can’t understand. Even I was told that in Poland our Pope maharaj sent lots of weapons there. What is the need for anybody who is spiritual to have weapons around and think of violence and killing people? Because there is no innocence at all. You can see that. If you are innocent your power is your innocence, you don’t have to have weapons and guns and things. All these religions, so-called, are using nothing but weapons and guns and all kinds of killing objects and they are also killed. It’s a funny thing going on in the name of God, in the name of Shri Ganesh. There is no need for us to fight. There is no need for us to think that we’ll kill this man or kill that one. Only you have to just desire, project your energy and you will see [that] the person will disappear. He’ll either become a transformed person or he will not be there to trouble you.

So, one thing I have to again stress is that we must know our qualities and our powers. Many people I know could never come on the stage and speak also. I said, “You get along – finished! Start it.” It worked out. Anything, you just project. “I can do it! Why can’t I do it?” To say, “I can’t. I am sorry.”

This ‘sorry’ is so common now. On the telephone also people will say “sorry”.  I said, “What ‘sorry’?” All the time, “sorry, sorry, sorry.” We used to say, “I beg your pardon,” – was sensible. But the way people are, “Poor me, you know. How can I do it?” All such people are not yet aware of their powers that they have. You can do it, everything. You can. Everything can be managed; after all, you have the power. In that power you must know that you are not going to do something indiscreet, you are not going to spoil anybody, but your power itself will show that this power is really of love, affection, compassion for the transformation of the whole world. I am thinking of the complete global transformation, which, I know, is a mad dream, but still I think like that, because I see you all, then I think you all can do it and when I see the Shri Ganesha in you, I am sure it will work out.

So, in my lifetime I have seen so many Sahaj Yogis, all over. How things are worked out: you have heard about in Brazil and also in Argentina, most unexpected. The people came to a programme from twelve o’clock in the morning when we were going to have the programme at seven o’clock! I reached there at about eight, as usual, and they said, “Mother, You won’t believe there was a big drama here!” I said, “What drama?” “They were sitting here from twelve o’clock, so all those who had come earlier got inside, but those who came at the last minute would not be allowed and they are sitting there and fighting, ‘No, we are going to come inside somehow!’ ”

So then, one of the Sahaja Yogis sensibly went and talked to the manager and told, “Baba, let them come! There is room.” So there were four tiers. One was the ground, then one more, one more, one more. When I came I saw, “What’s this?” All over, the whole thing was filled with these people. I had never seen them before, but they were there, and so respectful, so much absorbing the vibrations. And I found it difficult to control my tears out of a real feeling of such gratitude for Shri Ganesh. He’s the one who worked it out. That’s why they say always, “First worship Shri Ganesh before starting any work,” because then it gives you that peace, that tremendous powerful peace which works out so many things that you never thought it would.

So we have to request Shri Ganesha that all the problems of our land owning should be solved by Him and by your Shri Ganesh power. We are still hoping to get the land and I want to install this properly for you because every time I don’t want you to suffer like this. It’s a pilgrimage, but rather difficult this time you all had, but you managed it very nicely and you never showed any kind of a reluctance to accept this challenge. Shri Ganesha was testing you I think also, a little bit. But all that has worked out so well and now we are here to do the puja of Shri Ganesh.

May God Bless you.