Nirmala Srivastava

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Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (March 21, 1923February 23, 2011) was the founder of Sahaja Yoga.


  • How to do meditation, many people ask Me. Don't do anything, to just go into thoughtless awareness. Try to go to the thoughtless awareness. If you can get into that condition of thoughtless awareness you've done your job, because that's the point where you are with the truth, with the reality, with the joy, with everything that is so fundamental. When you meditate try not to, not to make some sort of a function out of it – no. Meditation is something silencing yourself, silencing your thoughts and going to that deep ocean which is within you itself. But supposing you don’t do that, if you don't meditate. I can make out immediately those who are meditating and those who are not, it's not difficult for Me. Those who do not meditate are always hesitating and they are confused, they can't understand; and that's why meditation is the most important thing in Sahaja Yoga. [Diwali Puja, 2002, Los Angeles, USA][specific citation needed]
  • Today on this day of Diwali I would say that you enlighten yourself with thoughtless awareness. It is not difficult. It's within you, because thoughts are coming from this side and that side and they are not the waves of your brain, no – just your own reactions. But in case you meditate in the real sense of the word, then you’ll get into that thoughtless awareness which is a very important point, and all these nonsensical thoughts which are of no use to you will disappear. They won't be there, and then your growth is possible and you'll grow very well. [Diwali Puja, 2002, Los Angeles, USA][specific citation needed]
  • But today is the day I declare that I am the one who has to save the humanity, I declare I am the one who is Adisakthi, who is the mother of all the mothers; who is the primordial mother; the Sakthi; the purest desire of God; who has incarnated on this earth. To give meaning to itself; to this creation; to human beings; and I am sure that through my love and patience and through my powers, I am going to achieve it. I was the one who was born again and again. But now I have come in my complete form and with complete powers. I have come on this earth, not only for salvation of human beings, not only for their emancipation, but for granting them the kingdom of heaven; the joy; the bliss that your father wants to bestow upon you. Those devotees of mine who worship me with no other thought and ever united with me, I look after not only their moksha, but their worldly well being as well. Leaving aside all worldly dharmas, surrender unto me and I will liberate thee from all sins, grieve not. [1]

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