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Puja. Nasik (India), 17 December 1985.

Nasik, as you have come here, (towards someone) I think that you should stop now. For half an hour they are doing this. You should not make any noises.

This place, Nasik, has a special significance, that long time back, say about eight thousands years back, when Shri Rama went away for His exile, He came to Maharashtra and He passed through various places and He settled down in Nasik, this place, with His wife. And here a lady who was actually the wife, was the sister of Ravana, called Shurpana, she tried to entice Shri Rama. Now this quality of enticing men or enticing women are really demonic and that is how people call them rakshasas. Because those who are demonic people are people who are by nature aggressive, full of ego, who want to overpower everyone. And they feel quite satisfied if their ego is satisfied. So all the people who were like that, were called as rakshasas in this country. Was not a normal human behavior, according to them.

So these rakshasas were more living in the northern part, northern most part of India and they have different categories like described. So those who run after women were called by some other name and where the women tried to dominate them are called by some other name. Where the men tried to become like women, there is another name. But they were never called as human beings. They were called as “Rakshasas” or “Betalas” and all other names. But now-a-days you find such a confusion that you don’t know whom to call what.

But the human beings in those days were sensible, matured, deep, who with the age matured. Now you have to notice on the streets of Maharashtra, just now I was coming by train, I saw, no men, there were nobody who were interested in women, no women were interested in men, some men were hugging each other, walking around, holding innocently. I mean, the whole thing was, that life is innocence. And that is what it was here when this rakshasa’s sister, Shurpanakha. So nowadays, if there is a woman in India who behaves like that, tries to entice men is called Shurpanakha.

So this woman came and tried to entice Shri Rama. Imagine what audacity. So, Shri Rama being sankochit, he was a man full of grace, He told her, “See now, what’s the use of running after Me? I’ve already got a beautiful wife. So why do you run after Me? Better try My brother who has no wife.” Because He knew that His brother is a Sheshnaga, he is the serpent on which, very big serpent called Shesha, Shesha. And he is a hot tempered fellow and he will just know how to deal with this woman and “I can’t manage this show.” Because He would not ill-treat a woman, it was too much for Him. Though she was Shurpanakha, and not only that, but she was also a woman.

So when He went, no, He asked her that, “You go and see him.” Lakshmana was sitting outside. Lakshmana had taken a vow to be a brahmachari, a celibate man, with fourteen years penance, though he was a married man. This he had to do and that’s the only way he could kill another demon, whose name was Meghnad, who had run away with his daughter, called as Sulochana. It’s a long story. So, make it short, this fellow went to this brahmachari, Lakshmana, thou he had a wife in Ayodhya, was leading a life of brahmachari. It is very common in India. I mean, if your wife is away, you just think about her, and you are in separation, still you enjoy your wife thinking about her. You think about the good things she has done to you. But if she has done all the time bad things, you don’t want too think about her. And then all these demonic things start. All right.

So this, when she went and started. She dressed up very well, in a very attractive manner, tried to show off her body and all that, in a very funny way, and not in the traditional, decent way, but a very indecent, indecorous manner, just to attract. He was so angry with her, He just cut her nose. So she should not do this to anybody else and get rid of her pride of nonsense, to kill her ego. Because nose is the one that expresses actually the ego part.

So when he cut his nose, the nose is called as nasika, in Sanskrit, is called as nasika. This was the place where the nose was cut and that’s why this place was called as Nasik. So now we have to remember we have come to an area where noses can be cut. So one has to be careful and on the watch out that we do not show any, any symptom that Shurpanakha did, hence forth. We should behave in a manner that we are Sahaja Yogis and Sahaja Yoginis. And we have to have that right type of conduct which comes from the purity inside.

So, as this is now actually the beginning of the tour in the real sense of the word, I have to make certain suggestions to all of you, that our behavior should be very decent and decorous so that all the vibrations that are flowing through us, which are holy vibrations, auspicious vibrations, should not be spoiled by our ego or our Shurpanakha ideas, or any such nonsense which has no relevance to your ascent. All these come from decadence, the decadence we have gone through. And because you have come up you can see the decadence of the society. So here you have to show through your good behavior, good dress and good conduct, the beauty that you have developed within yourself and that now you belong to a society which has ascent and the decadence is over now. It is only for you to watch that and to help others to come out of it.

Beginning of the tour at Nasik is a very holy and auspicious thing that has happened to all of you. Because the river here Godhavari is called as the Ganges of the south. But as in every pure thing all the filth is put in, this great kshetra, the pilgrimage, is ruined by many people who want to exploit. We call them as “vadjees”. They are the ones who are making money out of the temples, out of the holiness of this place. To them Sahaja Yoga is a challenge because you can do it without any money, without any work, without any extra sacrifices. That they can’t understand. According to the theory of all these people, all over the world, if you see, is this, that all those who are seeking should hand over the purse to the people who are in charge, first of all.

Secondly, those who are seeking should become absolutely miserable in their seeking. They should suffer, suffer and suffer. Till they become just bones and die. They have to go on sacrificing everything, going through tortures till they reach God. This is not the way the ascent has to be achieved, as you have learned it. This is true not only of Hindus, also of Jains, also of Christianity, also of Islam. The way it is preached today is all adharma, there is no dharma in it. That’s why the establishment of our dharma is very important, which is the pure religion which gives you ascent, joy, peace and the blessings of God. This is what is Vishwa Nirmala Dharma.

Now I have to also say that this place has another significance that we have a very powerful Jain, a gentleman who has come to this dharma. Now, Jainism again the same style it’s going, same perversions as we have seen. Like about Jains if I’m going tell you, you will laugh and laugh, and laugh and just won’t stop. So I don’t want to go about it. Again, the Jains are mad about vegetarianism. They want to save all the mosquitoes, bugs, everything and kill the human beings, all right, with money. They are the Jews of our country and they have really extracted people, their money and everything. Very rich people here but they don’t kill a mosquito or kill a bug. That’s what they are.

So now this kind of thing is on and doctor Sanghvi, who is a very learned man, his wife is another very affectionate and dedicated Sahaja Yogini, the son, daughter in law, all of them have understood that religion cannot be such madness that you start saving the mosquitoes and not the human beings. The attention is from the other end, which, of course, against Mahavira’s principle. Mahavira on the contrary had described the hell the best. He is the one who being the Incarnation of the essence of Bhairava and described the hell very well. And in England we have William Blake, who has also done the same way because he is the same style, he is the same thing. What is hell that he described, there are worms, there are mosquitoes, this, that. And just the opposite of that is to save the mosquitoes and bugs, shows how we go just the other way round, how we oppose the religious achievements of these great people, those who tried to teach something sensible, how they make a nonsense out of it.

That is how, here we see that the Jains should see how Shri Mahavira is being misinterpreted and insulted in many ways. This is a very big achievement I feel that some people have started seeing this light and they will start seeing it more and more. Also we have some very good here musicians, as you have heard him and it’s a whole party was so beautiful, I heard about him, that he sang beautiful songs for you and you enjoyed all the music program. And he also sang some very nice English songs. It’s a good beginning. Because as you are singing Marathi songs and Hindi songs, our Indians also should sing. But they make a melody out of everything. So you have to little bit guide them, because they are, you see, they are melody oriented musicians. So we try to make melody out of everything, otherwise it doesn’t go with our minds all right. So you have to give some guidance and you have to forgive them if you think it is not absolutely all right.

So we have to thank all the people over here for being so kind and so nice to us, and the singing. And I hope you are all very comfortable in that place. The only problem was we couldn’t get a proper place, as doctor Sanghvi was worried. Because, you see, Indians are too much hospitable. And he said, “I’ll have to cover all the sides, I don’t want them to get the cold, this, that. I’ll put some heaters there.” But by God’s grace, there’s no need. And so pleasant. I was just smiling at him, I said, “don’t you worry, everything will work out.” And it has worked out, you know, we don’t need any heaters, and if we need anything, we might need some fans.

Like in Madras they said, “We have no water, we have to buy water now from other places going to be, we are all going to be dying.” I said, “All right, you’ll have water.” So it rained, rained, rained so much that they had floods. So it should not be felt that there is a problem with the nature. Nature is always with you, will always help you, will be kind. But we have to be kind to ourselves, to our nature. The nature that we have is that we are human beings, we are not rakshasas, we are not devils, we can’t do all these things which are devilish, which are nonsensical. And once we understand that we are saints, we will know that we have to keep our saintly hood in such a manner that others can see through our behavior.

Nasik has another great heritage that many saints came and did tapasyas, tapoguni. Nasik area is the tapoguni, is the land of tapas, tapasyas and that’s why this is a very, very auspicious land. And here it is. You will see on your way to Dhulia, the Incarnation of the Adi Shakti, which is the three powers of the Kundalini completely integrated, expressed here as Sapta Shringi, meaning seven peaks. Now seven peaks are the seven centers in the brain. And the Kundalini, though she has seven centers to pass through, the governing pithas, the seats, are in the peak, in the head and so Adi Shakti takes place in the Sahastrara. She incarnates in the Sahastrara. So we can say that this is the Sahastrara of Maharashtra, or of the Universe in a way, though Himalaya is regarded as the real abode of Sadashiva, which is on top. But the Sahastrara part, which is the limbic area, should be here because we have three and a half coils settled here. That’s why the Kundalini of the Universe is here. But as the Sapta Shringi has come out of Mother Earth, this is the place where we can say resides the Sahastrara.

Though the, on top is the Himalaya, and Himalaya we can say is beyond Sahastrara, the three powers of the Goddess I don’t know if you’ll be seeing all these, three expressed in three different places in the Maharashtra, but this is the Ardha Matra, the half Matra, which is the Adi Shakti Herself. And this is what you see in this place and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it tomorrow when you go on your way to Delhi. With this understanding that in a subtle way we are in a very important place, I hope you all will raise above mundane gross attention into a subtler attention, into a higher attention and enjoy the bliss of God.

May God bless you.

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The Emblem of the Adi Shakti of course you know is a thing like this, you see, is to call it a elliptical, you see, elliptical, elliptical. You all know that. But the mark of the Adi Shakti is the half moon and the star. You can put a half moon and a bindu, is a point. That point is a star. You see the Islam follows the star, the inside, and below that is this, what you call, they call it the moon. But that’s the half Mudra, or we can call it the half of the coil. But half, according to the Western mind, half means it’s bad. But half is the one that takes everything within it. You see, the one like the bottom of the sea. Bottom of the sea is always bigger than the sea itself. So this half Shakti takes all the shaktis into itself. And the Bindu represents the heart or we can say the Atma. So is the complete thing, is the Adi Shakti and the Bindu. That’s the was Islam sees. And in the same way this is the seat of the Adi Shakti, is a half circle. Is not even half, we shouldn’t say half, first night’s moon and a star. And why this it is used, because this is the, coming from the creation, from the nature. So that also what we call Islam is nothing but is the creation of Adi Shakti.

H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi