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Navaratri Puja, Wisdom Through Meditation, Bhakti & Shraddha, Los Angeles (USA), 27 October 2002.
Today, we are going to worship the Goddess. That’s the, first the left side programming is with Her, but later on, at Sahastrara, She’s the Adi Shakti. And, on the left side, whatever She does is already written, as you must have seen, because She’s the memory and She’s the wisdom and, that She protects you, is shown when She uses Her power over the Ganas.
There are Ganas that are, as we know, responsible for all kinds of corrections in you. These are the Ganas which act through the left side. As we know very well that cancer is caused by the problems of the Left side. And, on the left side are these Ganas, which are completely in unison with the Devi’s powers. She doesn’t have to tell them, She doesn’t have to guide them, they are already built up like that. And these Ganas are the ones which, I should say, target, they target the diseases and cure you. We have cured many cancer patients and many left-sided people through the Ganas.
But Ganas won’t listen to anybody else. And Ganapati is their leader, their controlling power. So, if your Ganapati is alright then problems are less, but if the Ganapati is not alright, then all kinds of problems can come up and they can torture you. This is one of the things I am so particular about, that we must get our Ganeshas corrected.
The other day I received a big envelope with letters saying that, “Mother, difficult to control Ganas,” but [it’s] difficult to control Ganapati Himself! So, what should we do when we get into traumas? A simple thing is, at such a point when you are in a trauma, and when you cannot overcome this defect of the Ganapati, then what you should do is to meditate. Meditation is the only way you can overcome Ganas.
The first of all is the upbringing of the children and then the atmosphere as it exists. With these two important factors, you can do well with the Ganas but the problem is that human beings get lost and they don’t look after their Ganapati. So, as you worship the Goddess, you are also worshipping Shri Ganesha who is the power behind Her.
But the greatest power that is belonging to the Mother is your protection, protection from all kinds of things. All the left hand side protections are there. They are described, as you must have learned, in the Devi Mahatmyam, what a protections She gives you. So tremendous is Her protecting power, and this protecting power gives you understanding: how kind She is and how very, very protective of you, extremely protective. She’ll guide you all the time that you should be protected, on the left side, and through Her Ganas She looks after you.
But on the right side also, those who are on the right side, the Goddess puts Her powers to put you right, to bring you back to normal conditions, to humble you down and make you understand that you are a child of the Mother and you have to behave like a child. But, if you go to extremes, then you develop all kinds of complications of the right side also, as you develop on the left side. And the right side problems these days are very, very common, which I have seen people cannot get over. So many diseases like Alzheimer and other diseases come up, later on. First it starts with the liver. The liver is the main point, as we fall into the trap of the liver. If you are thinking too much, if you are futuristic, if you are aggressive, then the liver goes out because you use liver’s power to do all that. And when your liver power is over, you are finished with liver power, you can develop so many diseases, so many troubles that you cannot overcome it, it’s very difficult. Of course, with Sahaja Yoga, so many people’s liver has been cured; so many people. And it has been doing wonderful work as far as the liver is concerned, but one should humble down and try to keep the liver alright.
So the protection is also built-in your body by Ganas on the left hand side and by reactions on the right hand side, but the greatest thing is the blessings of the Mother: the way She looks after you, the way She loves you and the way She cares for you – which you should never take it for granted! You must meditate, you must meditate, is very important, no question [that] without meditation you cannot keep yourself alright – it’s no question. Meditation is the most important thing which must be followed because that’s how you come close to Her vibrations, come to Her nature. Even animals are so sensitive to Mother, very sensitive to vibrations; animals are, but human beings have their own understanding, have their own freedom, have their so-called intelligence and they fall a trap to it; they follow things which they should not do.
So what is necessary very much, in the country like America, is the devotion and bhakti. These two things are not there. Indians take to Sahaja Yoga and go deep down into it because they know what is bhakti, what is devotion. All this ego and all that melts away. But this bhakti is to be enjoyed. I don’t know how to create bhakti within you – that I can’t say. But I have seen people with bhakti, they have achieved great heights, though it’s a left side movement. With the left side movement they have achieved great heights. I don’t know how the bhakti (devotion) and shraddha (faith) has helped them so much. In this, I must say, Indians are the best because they have this power of bhakti and of shraddha. It’s not madness, it’s not madness as they have here: I have seen people who get into some sort of a cult or something, they go mad. It’s not madness, bhakti is love, and love which is understanding, which understands what is bhakti and shraddha.
Unless and until you develop that bhakti and shraddha within you, you cannot rise, you cannot rise above your problems, you cannot rise above your personality because bhakti is something you cannot impose on anyone, you cannot force on anybody. You can make somebody mad and say that he can do bhakti, but he cannot.
You have to have all your qualities absolutely intact: you should be intelligent, you should be understanding – everything should be there, but at that time the joy of bhakti is within you. And this joy of bhakti when it starts flowing, the Goddess Herself enters into your being, I should say.
I have seen people, bhaktas, many great saints in India who achieved a lot of height. They’ve gone too far into it. And if you read about them and, if you understand them, you are amazed how, without any help, without any guidance, how could they go that deep and worship Devi?
Worshipping is not just out of sheer reading or some sort of a chanting or anything, but it’s the deep attention of your heart; I think it’s Spirit. If the Spirit is awakened within you, you develop the bhakti and drop out all nonsensical ideas, all different things that have crawled into your head, but you just develop the bhakti.
Now all these qualities described, of the Devi [that] are left sided, are in the brain: memory, ‘smruti rupena sansthita’. Other things also – whatever are described – are in the brain. And then the bhakti reaches the state [where] it just neutralises everything. All the problems of the brain are neutralised and you become a wise person.
So the greatest boon of the Devi is to give you wisdom. You can call it awareness, you can call it anything but it’s a kind of a wisdom by which you become absolutely a Divine personality. That wisdom you must reach through your bhakti. But, you see, we have people of all kinds: some are very much in the shraddha, in the bhakti, in the devotion but they are wrongly placed and they don’t understand to whom we should worship and where we should go.
Now Sahaja Yoga is a actualisation, Sahaja Yoga is a Sakshat, is actualisation, in which you know whom to worship and whom to surrender, it’s not blind, in any way. Whatever is blind bhakti can take you to any kind of nonsense and that’s how many cults have come up, many [of] these things have come up, but that’s not a thing that sees, that knows, that understands. It should be understood by your intelligence, by all your qualities – what is your bhakti is like.
Now we have, through Kundalini awakening, reached a very great height of understanding of bhakti, the power of bhakti. The greatest power of bhakti is that it protects you, it protects you. Those people who are suffering from any kind of trouble, any kind of problems, just get out of it because this bhakti of yours gives you the right type of understanding, the understanding of your Self; also the understanding of surroundings, understanding of the whole Universe, why people behave like this, why they are like this – all this can be solved through your bhakti. It should not be blind, it should not be blind, but it should be wise bhakti, wise with wisdom. Only possible through Sahaja Yoga, I think, otherwise, whatever bhakti people do like mad, that cannot be bhakti. You don’t become mad, you become a wise man, wise man as we had so many in the past. And the way they have talked about everything is surprising. How they have said things about human awareness, about your ascent is remarkable and sometimes I feel that they have really prepared a field for me, a proper area for me, to talk to people.
Especially in India, I don’t know why, traditionally we are very, traditionally we are very much devoted people. In the same way all over it should happen. Because, in India of course there are mad people also, there are cults, there are all kinds of things, no doubt, but actually there we have saints who have guided us very well. Despite that you find in India people are going astray, doing wrong things and wrong type of worshipping. This is true, no doubt, but it is just a funny type of a madness, where there is no wisdom.
What is [the difference] between a mad and a sane person is, that a mad person has no wisdom. And those who have also so-called wisdom, or so they say, that “we are very wise,” are sadly mistaken. Because the way they behave, the way they commit mistakes, the way their whole attention is, the whole working is, is sometimes surprising but [it’s] because they have no wisdom. First of all is, to test yourself you must see, “Am I wise? Am I wise? Do I do wise things or I’m not doing?” So many complaints come to me, about Sahaja Yogis also. I am surprised, why: why are they doing like that? I would say, still, they have not reached the state of bhakti. Bhakti and shraddha, these two things are missing in the Western life, I must say. We should come back, we should develop, we should grow. But, even in the Eastern life now it’s missing. For them the ideal is now the Western life. Once you take to Western life, that part is over because the whole thing is judged with ideas: what is beneficial, what is helpful in life. But bhakti and shraddha, according to them, is of no use, that doesn’t help. Most of the people nowadays think like that but you are very few who have understood what is bhakti and what is shraddha.
So, I would say, the Goddess gives you bhakti and shraddha. By what? She gives you through your meditation; that you see so many miracles happening in your life and you are amazed. “How this has happened? We never expected this to happen. How it has happened, how it has worked out?”
Also She corrects you. All the time, if you are aware, She corrects you and tells you, “Don’t go this way! You are going on the ego side.” Or She’ll tell you, “You are going on the left side.” She’s the one who corrects, throughout. We get into diseases and we are trapped into all kinds of things; it is because we don’t have bhakti. In the bhakti, you have to depend on the wisdom of the Mother, wisdom of the Shakti, that She looks after you, She finds you out the way and She will help you. If you start becoming on your own and thinking that, “I am alright, I can do this, I can do that,” you will find inevitably that you are wrong, that you had a very wrong idea about yourself and about the Divine.
So, what is the most important point is surrendering. The word ‘Islam’ means surrender. But Mohammed Sahib has described what you should have before surrender is your Realisation. But, you have seen, even after Realisation people take time to settle down. But once you are settled down you understand that you are under a protection of the Goddess, that you see every day how it works and how it helps you.
Many people who are in Sahaja Yoga, so-called, have great respect for me but are not fully there; then they suffer and they have problems and then they ask me, “Mother, how is it I have got this problem?” I don’t tell them, because you cant tell anything to human beings, you see, they are very aggressive. But, the fact is because you are not one with the Divine. And with the Divine if you are one, you’ll have nothing but compassion and love, nothing else. And everything you will do so smoothly, so nicely. People may not understand, like they crucified Christ, they did all kind of things -agreed. But now, you should ask for the protection of the Goddess because that is the greatest quality of the Goddess, that She protects you from all problems, from all troubles, from all kinds of nonsensical things that can happen. And there are so many things that happen. I tell you, I was told that one of the leaders of Sahaja Yogi was killed. I said, “Not possible!” And the fellow was in Rome, he was not killed. So, it’s not possible that a young man should be killed like that. Of course, if somebody is old you have to die, but that he was killed, was not a right thing.
So it is the protection, not only physical, mental, emotional, but spiritual protection comes to you. Spiritual protection in that what you do is that you don’t do wrong things. You don’t kill anybody, you don’t torture anybody, you are not rude to anybody, that is the situation into which you all can enter because you are Sahaja Yogis. You can achieve it. You have a power to do it because you have so much shraddha and so much understanding that you have reached the certain state of protection, of growth of wisdom.
Now first test your wisdom, you must test your wisdom, “If I am doing this, is this wise, is it good, why I am doing it?” First test your wisdom, then you’ll find out that many things you do which are wrong, which should not have been done. But first your wisdom must develop and you must see that your wisdom works and helps you. I have seen now, yesterday’s drama (evening programme play), you must have seen that girl she is very sensitive and she could see through her wisdom what was good. If you cannot find out what is good and what is bad that means the wisdom is lacking. If you cannot find out what should you do then the wisdom is lacking. But, if you have the wisdom, then you will immediately know that this is wrong. Apart from that, you’ll be saved from all kinds of problems; it’s a fact, I have seen with so many people like that, who have been saved, not only from death, but from all kinds of catastrophes, all kinds. And I was amazed how these Sahaja Yogis are helped by the Divine. Divine is a power, everywhere it exists. But it will only help the people who are Sahaj Yogis, who are divine – not the people who are not, it will never help you, on the contrary it might punish in a way that is never expected.
So, one has to be careful to test oneself, what I call ‘introspection’: Have you been wise in dealing with certain problems? What has been your style? Is it money oriented or it is domination oriented. But what sort of a power it was that you were working under? You have to introspect to find out. And you will be amazed, very much amazed, that even in the name of God you can do wrong things.
Lots of wrong things have been done in the name of God and that’s why today we have such a big chaos of so called ‘religions’, when nothing was religion with religion as such, and those religious people who talked about it – nothing wrong – but the way people absorbed it and the way people used it was wrong. Because [what] they lacked is wisdom. And the wisdom is the thing which really is not just assumption that, “I am very wise and all that,” but it asserts, it works out and it shows what is good and what is bad.
Wisdom is the sign of a person who is really a realised soul of a very high level. If you don’t have wisdom whatever you may do, you might feel satisfied about it, but the wisdom part is very, very important. That is the most governing part within us and as you know, Ganesha is the giver of wisdom. That’s why Ganesha must be worshipped.
With the proper upbringing Shri Ganesha is established, who is nothing but the giver of wisdom. And this wisdom is innate, you don’t have to judge it, it’s innate within us, grown up, just like any other qualities in us. It takes time with some people, it takes time, no doubt, but once it comes in, such a person becomes quiet, simple and absolutely truthful. He knows about it. And this is the thing one should develop is, “How far am I wise?” You see in this world people are protesting for this, protesting for that, fighting for this, doing all kinds of things. But if you have wisdom, then you don’t have to do anything of the kind! What happens is that automatically people understand that he’s a wise man. From ancient times everywhere a wise man has been praised. He’s not worried about his financial side, or emotional side, nothing! What he is worried is, “Have I been a wise person?” That is the first sign of the blessings of God.
The one who has blessings of Divine is a wise person, he’s very wise and his wisdom is shown by his silence. And the Whole Power, the Divine Power, uses that person as a media and works tremendously. That man himself is surprised how it has helped him. A woman can have that, a man can have it, anybody can have that wisdom, that profoundness, that temperament which is so beautiful and so empowering. Such a person doesn’t curse anyone, doesn’t bother to curse anyone, but it works. He never gets angry with anyone, but it works. He doesn’t lose temper, no, but some temper works and harms you which you never expected. It is within us, within our power as human beings, to be wise.
I have seen animals have such a sensitivity to vibrations, extremely sensitive. How? Because their wisdom is intact. It works in them, they are not conscious of it. The difference is, human beings are conscious of their wisdom, that’s the only difference. Animals have wisdom, but automatic, we should say, natural. But we have inculcated this, or we have developed this wisdom within us, through what? Through our meditation, through our understanding of bhakti and shraddha. So it’s very important to understand the value of bhakti within us. You cannot superficially touch it. Those who are superficial will never get it. Wisdom only comes through understanding what is wisdom is. You might find somebody extremely wise, he may be your servant, may be your driver, may be anyone, and you are amazed how such a person can be so wise. Because, maybe from his last life, he has got it within him, or he has gone into it and he found it. Is not the estate of one person, is not the property of one person but it can belong to many of them.
So the Sahaj Yogi is the one who has to have that wisdom, “Why I am doing this? What is the need to do it?” They don’t have to ask any questions, they just don’t do wrong things. They just don’t do wrong things. They are always on the right path. That is the sign of a Sahaj Yogi, I believe, and which is the blessing of the Goddess.If there is the Power of the Goddess working in you, you will have the wisdom to work it out.
Now you have seen many people coming to America, doing all kinds of things. They all have disappeared. There’s no support to them, where are they? They are finished. Because they were money oriented, or power oriented, I don’t know what they were oriented! And they have lost it. But for a person who is standing in his wisdom, is the sage as they call him, is the saint as they call it. But, this can be every Sahaja Yogi could be a saint, could be a sage, every Sahaja Yogi could be that. But if you lose your wisdom then you are no good.
So, I have to tell you one thing: it’s your wisdom which will save you. Your wisdom will unconsciously help you. There was one gentleman, Sahaj Yogi, once he was going somewhere in the car and suddenly decided to go on to another road, suddenly. And what happened, that on that road there was a very big accident and he would have been in that accident. Like that there are many incidents people have told me, that, “Mother, how we were saved, how we were brought to the brink of death and then how we are just alive.” It is because the Divine needs you, Divine doesn’t want you to die, or to finish off, it needs you very much. It has to do its work and you are the instrument of that Divine. If you have wisdom you are the best instrument for the Divine to work it out.
The Devi’s powers first of all existed in Her body only and She killed so many rakshasas and evil people – She did, kill it, actually. But now, there’s no need because you all are there and you are the instruments. And it will all work out in such a way that all those people who are trying to destroy the goodness, trying to destroy wise people, they will be killed, they’ll be finished, they’ll be destroyed. This is not to be done through any outside instrument or anything. It’s your wisdom, is the biggest instrument that will work it out.
Do you know, when I came to America first, I saw such a horrible thing here: that people were running after some horrible ‘gurus’ and I never came [again], after nine years I came because I said, “These people are mad! How do they follow these horrible people? And why do they believe into it? They have no wisdom to understand what is the Truth is like.” And it works out, now, today, you can see there are so many people here.
So, that is what is the wisdom part. And if this wisdom comes to Americans they’ll come to Sahaja Yoga. Not only come, but they will grow into it. But the wisdom will be, to see, “What are we going to do, what are we going to get, what is our aim?” All these things must be brought to them, which is not done normally. We must talk to them, and we must tell them that, “What is within you is the Spirit. You should become the Spirit, everyone of them has said so. So why not do that? And why not become the Spirit?” So, then they will themselves feel, “Yes, that’s true. It’s said that you should become the Spirit.” They’ll go to Church, they’ll go to temples, they’ll go here, there, not understanding why they are doing it? They need some sort of a protection, that’s why they go, but this protection comes from your spiritual status, where do you stand as far as the Spirit is concerned.
Those who have enjoyed the Spirit, I have seen do not deviate from the right path. But those who haven’t, they may call themselves Sahaj Yogis, anything, but they can be very wrong. So, first of all, find out about yourself. If you are a real Sahaj Yogi, if you really want to be a instrument of This Power, then, what you have to do is to become full of bhakti and shraddha for that. And this bhakti and shraddha is very joy giving, I know that. It never makes you tired, it never troubles you, nothing! But it’s very nourishing and beautiful. But it should be at the right place with the right aims and right understanding. For all that what you need again is wisdom. And you should try to find out – are you wise enough? Are you wise, or are you not? It’s very difficult for every human being to find out whether you are right or wrong because, you see the effects of this wisdom all around.
So, the bhakti and shraddha to the Goddess gives you, definitely gives you, wisdom. We have had some people in India who did lots of bhakti, so called, and showed lots of shraddha, but they were not, they were not. Just they were talking about it, or doing all kinds of things about it but they were not.
So wisdom is something a very innate quality, very innate, its not superficial. You cannot just say that this person, is he wise or not. It shows, just like a power, it’s a power of understanding and is supported by the Power of the Goddess. So She is the giver of wisdom. This is the biggest quality of the Goddess, that She is the giver of wisdom. And wisdom comes as a part of the evolutionary process. Now She has brought about all the evolution so far, and to go further She is going to make you a very wise person.
Even an ordinary sage in a village, in a far-fetched places is respected if he is a real sage. But, [if] he is a stupid fellow, what can you do? He may befool you, may do all kind of tricks and things like that. And then, does he get anything good for you? No, nothing. So first thing is: anybody who is supposed to be your guru or supposed to be the person who is guiding you, must have bhakti, bhakti of the Goddess. It’s very important to understand. Modern things have such, come to such a limit, that they have no respect for the Goddess, no, they don’t even talk about the Goddess and they just talk about something which cannot be explained and understood. If they talk about Christ they won’t talk about Him, that He is the one who said at the cross, “Behold the Mother”. What was the need to say that? Because He didn’t want His Mother to get into trouble, but He said, “Behold The Mother,” that means, “Look out for the Mother who is going to come.” They all have indicated and they have said so but still we are busy with our own ego and our own understanding and we run after things which are not real. First of all you must follow only thing that is real, not unreal things. For that also, again, you need wisdom. I think for that you need wisdom very much more. And that is something, whether you have the wisdom first, or you have the blessings of the Mother, is between the two.
So I have to tell you one thing that: before you people start spreading Sahaja Yoga, please judge yourself. Just see if you are wise. Also see for yourself if you have the blessings of the Mother. Only the wise are the people who know whether they have the Mother’s blessings or not. For that we have so many ways of understanding. First and foremost thing is meditation and feeling your vibrations on the photograph and facing yourself clearly. If you are a realised soul, are you really a good realised soul or not? Are you deep or not? Are your vibrations working out or not? If you can see that then you will realise that greater than all ambitions, the greatest is to become a devoted, wise personality. That is the one that will give you the joy, joy for all kinds of things. Otherwise it is just a human being like others going about.
Now the time has come for this to work out. It’s a special time, I should say. Although, quite a lot of struggle for me, no doubt, but doesn’t matter, I know, because I have landed myself in the area where things are not so simple, it doesn’t matter.
But, on the whole, what I feel is you can support me very much, you can support my work very much, if you have that wisdom. And the wisdom is to judge yourself: how many people you love? How you love? How you talk to them? What do you want out of them? All this should come. Judge yourself – introspection. Through introspection you can see it.
So, for a Sahaja Yogi is important is introspection. Second one is meditation. And third one is to take vibrations. It’s very important. What I find, some of them say, “Mother, we don’t do this, we don’t do that,” “But why? Why not do it?” “We do Sahaja Yoga!” Sahaja Yoga, which part? If you are not doing these basic things, how are you a Sahaja Yogi? And then lots of complications come out of them, they also suffer. I think one has to have again the wisdom to understand what is Sahaja Yoga is. No one understands that sometimes, and they go on forming a group of people who are not at all understanding what is Sahaja Yoga. It’s a very, very deep personality. Sahaja Yoga is not just by saying, “I am a Sahaja Yogi,” but it’s a very deep personality, and that deep personality has to be felt by others as the wise, very wise thing. Not that how much you talk or shout or give lectures is important; is with peace, the tranquillity, the capacity to love within you are important and that’s how people can judge whether you are really blessed by your Mother or not.
So, this is one of the things very important when I’ve come to America just to protect America from problems, because suddenly this has grown into problems. And it was inevitable because they were blind here not to understand what’s going wrong with them and that blindness has brought them to this point that they start seeing their ego specially, which has ruined them – money orientation. All this has shown how stupid they have been to believe that they are very rich people and they can do anything they want to with their money and with overpowering of other countries and other people. First overpower yourself. You have to know yourself first of all. What’s the use of overpowering others? Those who do not know how to overpower themselves are always miserable, always in trouble because it reacts. If you try to overpower others, it reacts. For that you have to be absolutely introspecting, again and again I have been saying this that, “Introspect.”
Of course, I must say, so many good Sahaj Yogis have come out now and they have worked it out, and they are very good, simple, wise people. It’s such a great hope for me, I never expected I will work it out that good, but it has worked out and always, always, you must know you have That Power within you and then must use that power and not fall a prey into nonsensical ideas.
Thank you very much
H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi