12. The Practice of Sahaja Yoga

When we refer to the practice of something which has the word “yoga” in its name or description, the western mind immediately thinks of a repertoire of techniques or procedures to follow, which, if they work, can solve something which bothers us.
The “cognitive attitude” of the western mentality, and what impregnates its whole culture, is the dualism between the manipulating ego (which is identified as “I myself”, “what I am”, etc.) and the “outside world” which is the object of manipulation. […]

11. Sahaja Yoga and Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

As we have explained throughout these pages, the essence of Sahaja Yoga, and what differentiates it from the spiritual proposals offered at previous stages of evolution, is the following:
– The opening of the Sahasrara chakra at the level of the collective psyche, a phenomenon which affects the whole of humanity, and which is what will enable each individual to climb up the last steps of evolution.
– The “Self-realisation” represented by the spontaneous rising of the Kundalini, […]

10. Evolution on the psychic plane

As far as the physical body is concerned, no one nowadays doubts that it was formed through a long evolutionary process, starting with a unicellular entity and passing through many stages. These stages, modern science assumes, include invertebrate marine, amphibious and finally mammalian states, leading to the form and characteristics we have today. The Bible myth of Genesis where God creates man in his own image can only be an allegory, like the descriptions of many other creation myths associated with various religions and beliefs. […]

9. Gods and demons

As we commented at the beginning of this book, it is not our intention to demonstrate here the existence of spiritual beings to which a divine nature can be attributed, or indeed the existence of the ‘outside world’. We should however like to show the effects that concepts like these have on the psyche, or rather, what the ‘outside world’ and ‘deities’ mean in terms of psychic energy.
We have referred several times to the ‘plane of truth’ […]

8. The outside world (the environment)

In conventional scientific thought, there is a tendency to consider human beings as basically isolated entities, with a certain network of relationships and dependencies with others and with the environment, but which are basically little different from the relationships that exist between any other kinds of ‘objects’.
The ‘environment’ is presented as a ‘fact’, which produces certain responses in human beings according to their personality (or one could also say according to their ‘programming’). Changes in personality (in the programming) are made in order to respond more effectively to the environment. […]

7. The outer world : the physical body

Evidently, the closest thing to the “outer world” is our own body. As we have said, all aspects of the psyche which make what we might call “the individual or personal psyche” have a reflected expression or counterpart in the exterior world, via the physical body.
The diagram on page 7 shows the organs of the physical body in which the psychic functions and characteristics that have been mentioned in previous chapters are “embodied”.
It must be stressed that while the “outer world” with one’s physical body “appears to be outside us”, […]

6. Inner world – outer world

Everything that we have said so far refers only and exclusively to the plane or realm of the “psychic”, which, as we have said, is the only plane with which we have direct contact.
But our bodily senses (sight, hearing, touch, etc.) also place us in relation with another plane, which for the purposes of differentiation we shall call “outer world”. We shall use the expression “inner world” to refer to that psychic plane which has been the basis of our explanations up to now. […]

5. The symbolic aspect of the “outside world”

Between the “outside world” and what we observe in our psyche (“inner world”) there is an obvious correspondence. This correspondence is of vital importance in understanding the way in which Sahaja Yoga works. For this reason we shall dwell on this point and analyse the concept of “symbol”, which is where the psychological influence of the objects and forms of the physical world have traditionally been studied.
However, in view of what has been said in earlier chapters it will be clear that we do not consider there to be two worlds (the psyche and the physical world) which are independent and only connected by certain influences which circulate in the direction “physical world- psyche” (phenomena of the physical world received through the senses which affect the psyche), […]

4. The structure of a conflict

Human life seems to take place under the sign of conflict. This conflict has been the basis of many plays and dramas, such as Greek tragedy, Goethe, Shakespeare, surrealism, … It could be said that human endeavour in all fields is the struggle against conflict. We seem to be in contradiction with nature and we try to “conquer” it, but paradoxically all we do is annihilate it and thus pave the way for our own annihilation. […]

3. The ego

We are all conscious of “being”, that is, of “existing”, of “being here”. This needs no theoretical demonstration, it is something which is experienced by everyone.
But this feeling of “being” does not exist in isolation. in fact it is absolutely, and, apparently, indissolubly associated with two other experiences which seem equally true and which are:
I am. That is, my being is differentiated and there are other beings (“Is”) different from mine.
I am something. […]

2. The qualities of the psyche

When we feel our inner being, that is, when we have the sensation or experience of ourselves, of ‘what we are’, that experience is ‘coloured’ by a quality that stands out from other experiences. Sometimes we feel solid and sure of ourselves, in charge, able to control the situation, our interior seems ‘in one piece’, solid and indestructible. Our relationship with the outside is, at those moments, like that of an emperor ruling his empire. At other times we feel within us an exhibitionist spirit; […]

1. The spirit and the psyche

When we are dealing with spiritual or religious subjects, it is difficult to avoid being dogmatic or subjective in some way. This should not be interpreted as a pejorative statement; it is a simple fact that the meaning of the words we use and the very logic of language come from human experience on the plane of the senses, which is by definition different from the other, spiritual plane which we are trying to describe or comment on. […]