Below are real stories written by people who either practice Sahaja Yoga regularly (whether for many years or just months) or those who have just discovered Sahaja Yoga. Some are short notes, and some are astoundingly personal letters describing events in the lives of the authors which took our breath away.

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Paul Caffrey
"The lights were switched on and I felt alive"
Rosemary Hume
"Peace in my heart and mind"
"My heart felt lighter and I started to enjoy life more and more"
Nigel Powell
"I just thank God for allowing me the privilege of enjoying my life in this glorious manner"
Jan Waterfield
"This subtle and utterly non-invasive yoga opened my heart and continues to do so"
Mark Daniels
"My life has been given back to me. I have returned from the shadows"
Mark Beaven
"With Sahaja Yoga meditation I have been able to maintain the experience of a clarity of mind and great depth of inner peace"
"I thank Life for leading me to this path"
"Incredible surge in my spine, third eye and crown"
"Rising above suicide: believe me, Sahaja Yoga works!"
"Never felt this good after doing other techniques like Reiki"
"You bring light to this world in more than one way, you are the speakers of truth and true knowledge"
Without SY, I would have probably died by now
Healing back problems through vibrations
"Hope and joy became a part of my life again"
"A sense of peace like never before"
From drug abuse to purity and social integration
"Deep feeling like it was all I ever wanted"
"I feel extremely fortunate to have Sahaja Yoga as a vital part of my life"
From drugs and darkness to light: a story
"Sahaja Yoga has transformed my life"
"After only two months of Sahaja Yoga I feel like a new human being"
"When I do it regularly, I enjoy it and it is extremely rewarding"
"during the meditation that night, I felt like a tornado of energy circulating on top of my head!"














Paul Caffrey - professional carpenter

On the 11th march 1991 I went along to a Sahaja Yoga meeting held in Coventry England, it was there I had the most unforgettable and uplifting experience in my life I received self realisation, an awakening of my spirit, the lights were switched on and I felt alive.

I was twenty five years old then and had a very difficult life already, suffering from behavourial problems in early childhood progressing into hardcore drug abusing /criminal lifestyle all through my teenage years and beyond.

Just before receiving self realisation i was in very poor condition physically ,mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I felt pretty hopeless, desparate just to feel normal whatever being normal was, confused about my own wellness and my place in life. I tried many times to 'sort myself out' changing locations, meeting different people and seeking help from sources that have limitations when comes to helping a person understand what he really is. Frustratingly I always ended up back in the same street, stuck in the same cycle of self destruction and emptiness.

During this difficult period I had a deep instinct of the exsistence of some power within that could liberate and balance you 'sort you out' and the origin would be divine or spiritual not psycological or physical. I started reading books on meditation and enlightenment and often noticed references to kundalini energy which aroused interest, It became clearer that this energy is perhaps an interface between the mundane human exsistence and the real experience of the divine in your everyday life.

I saw a poster for Sahaja Yoga one day while eating a bowl of goulash in a cafe, it seemed to say all the right things, also that its free when everybody else wanted your money 'suspect' this meant a lot considering I had no money anyway.That evening I received realisation in a small meeting house and began to meditate at home, the change and transformation started immedeatley.

After meditating for seven weeks and with genourous loving help of the local Sahaja yogis working on my subtle system there was dramatic improvement in my overall health, one unforgettable experience was staying with sahaja yogis for a week end and sharing with them some of my adventures in life and just having such a roaring laugh , i mean the kind of laughing that makes you cry and makes your sides hurt for days after. This was such a blessing after having a heavy heart for so long.

I went to visit my family, when i walked through the door they couldnt beleave it was me because i was so well from the last time they saw me, it inspired the whole family and cousins to go to a sahaja yoga programme the next day I didnt have to say anything . They got realisation, they dont practice meditation but my mother has the upmost respect for sahaja yoga because she has witnessed how it has helped her son get allright , she is quite proud now.

There is so much more to share with you about sahaj experiences it would take much longer than this brief testimonal,words alone cannot express the joy and knowledge and importance of sahaja yoga for the whole human race, this is only become possible with the grace of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi whos heart is big enough to love the whole planet and more .I would like to thank you from the deepest part of my heart for giving me my life back and spreading so much love to every nation.

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Rosemary Hume

In 1982 I was introduced to Sahaja Yoga - a friend came to tea and told me a little about it and I was so interested she promised to take me to Caxton Hall in London where Shri Mataji Herself used to come every week.

We travelled to London on a Monday with the boot of my friend's car packed with stems of lilac that I had picked from my garden to present to Shri Mataji. I didn't know what to expect but was comforted by the introduction talk when it was explained that our Lord Jesus Christ was a crucial part of Sahaja Yoga - this made a deep impression - and when Shri Mataji came onto the stage I was aware of a light cool breeze all about me.

Being a C of E Christian I had spent my whole life believing that Christianity was the only way to God and that all other faiths were not even to be considered. After this first meeting and remembering particularly Shri Mataji telling us that ALL the great faiths are part of Truth and Reality - I determined to read the ancient scriptures of other faiths to see what they said for myself.

To start with Sahaja Yoga was an intellectual pursuit for me - I meditated from time to time but concentrated mainly on reading the Bhagavad Ghita, the Koran, the Dhammapada, Lao Tsu, Socrates, the Nag Hammadi Library, the Bible and was completely bowled over by so doing. It was a great experience to study these beautiful texts and to see for myself that what Shri Mataji had told me was true.

I was very slow in starting to practice Sahaja Yoga and in l985 at last went to Diwali Puja in Rome - the entire airoplane was full of Sahaja Yogis and Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Herself flew with us. Again I didn't know what to expect - over the past three years I had had little contact with other Sahaja Yogis and traveled all the way from Scotland by myself to join the flight from Gatwick to Rome. What a brilliant weekend it was. I didn't expect to be so filled with joy and confidence - I didn't expect to come back home with peace in my heart and mind and such gratitude that I had been lucky enough to find Sahaja Yoga.

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Personal Experiences - the effects of Sahaja Yoga on my Life.
The death of my father when I was a child left me with deep insecurity and lack of confidence - these problems being buried so deep that I never considered the possibility of being able to change the way I was. But after Self Realization I found I was able to feel the damaged Chakras on my fingertips and this enabled me to stand back from myself and see why I didn't feel confident and secure.

Being able to separate myself from the problems made me know that they were not part of myself at all and with the simple techniques of Sahaja Yoga I gradually started to feel incredibly different. My heart felt lighter and I started to enjoy life more and more.
Looking back over nearly twenty years I can say that my life has been transformed by Sahaja Yoga and that it is a wonderful treasure to discover the Truth that we ALL have a Subtle System within our Spinal Cord and that the gentle and loving Mother Kundalini energy really is there in our Sacrum Bone to look after us and bless us with Her Love and Grace.

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Nigel Powel

I received my Self Realisation and began practising Sahaja Yoga meditation via a totally unremarkable process. It was January 1992 and I had been feeling increasingly restless for a while, and so – unusually for me - I corresponded with an astrologer to try and obtain an indication of how I should proceed with my life. He sent me back not a chart, but a suggestion that I start to meditate. I remember ringing him up and explaining that I was not into ‘that kind of stuff’ and his reply that I should just try it (any meditation, he didn’t specify which) because it would help me get myself together. As a result of his suggestion, I bought a copy of the Time Out magazine (a hippie rag, as I called it) and sent off to all the new age and mediation courses advertised in the back. Amongst these was Sahaja Yoga, which of course was free. And to be honest it was simply the fact that it was free that encouraged me to try it, I was not too keen to spend up to £200 just to try out some form of meditation.

My first visit to a Sahaja Yoga meeting was also unremarkable, mundane even. I remember sitting down in an empty room (I always arrive at new venues early) whilst the meeting was being set up. I became a little uneasy when I saw what looked like too many new age artefacts being assembled – chakra chart, incense and a picture of an Indian lady, but determined to stick it out to the end come what may. At least then I could say I had tried! I suppose that I had in mind that meditation classes would be sort of like a formalised or conventional tutorial, a sort of MBA for the mind!

The meeting seemed to pass quickly and I received my Realisation in the conventional way. Interestingly, I remember thinking how cold my hands were as we were going through the process of saying the affirmations, and nobody had mentioned about the cool breeze! It was only afterwards when I heard another new person mention their cold hands that I remembered my own sensation. After the Realisation, there was a video of a talk by Shri Mataji. She made me laugh several times during the talk, which I took as a good sign. I remember thinking that anyone with a sense of humour can’t be bad.

Finally there was a meditation workshop, where we were ‘worked on’ by another person, which was quite pleasant. Not incredibly profound or anything like that, just quite pleasant. The meeting ended with tea and biscuits during which we had time to ask questions, and my chat with Alan (the person who had worked on me) was just what I needed to hear. No hippie or new age type talk, just a nice sensible guy who seemed to be very down to earth and normal. I went home quite relaxed.

I tried to meditate over the next week, and it was very difficult. I remember sitting in the bathroom (didn’t want to upset the family you see) trying to understand the instruction sheet that I had been given. ‘If you are still troubled by thoughts, try raising the left and lowering the right’. So there I was, photograph perched precariously on the sink behind the taps, with candle spluttering merrily away, lifting my left foot into the air and trying to work out how to lower the right leg!

Needless to say, my early meditations were not superb.
Another interesting fact from these early days. I was due to watch the Super Bowl American football match four days after my Realisation. It was an annual pilgrimage that I paid to a sport I enjoyed a lot at the time. The matches were usually late at night because of the time difference, and I always set myself up beforehand with beers, popcorn and suchlike, so that I could watch it in a ‘proper’ American style. Now strangely enough this time - just four days after my Realisation, note - I decided totally ‘spontaneously’ whilst preparing for the game, that I would watch the match ‘straight’ this time. I remember thinking, ‘hey, it might be nice to see the match without being totally blitzed’. And so I did, and enjoyed it immensely. This was my first experience of the gentle and natural way our spirit will guide us whenever it is needed for our benefit -a small voice that I now listen to with the utmost respect and attention!

Anyway, I was sufficiently intrigued by Sahaja Yoga to return to the meeting the next Tuesday, and it was then that I was shown just how powerful Sahaja Yoga can be. I was being worked on by Chris, and I just dissolved into a glorious bright light in my head. No thought, no worries, no nothing. It was incredible. It was better than any drug induced high that I had ever experienced. I went home that evening on cloud nine and from that moment on I spent my time trying to reach that state again. There is no doubt that the early days of Sahaja Yoga meditation were the most intense for me, in fact from what I hear a lot of people have their most incredible experiences right after their Realisation. Everything became so much more vivid. Trees stood out in glorious green as though etched in 3D on the roadsides of London. I remember standing, washing my hands in the sink and staring in wonder at the beauty of the water running in rivulets down my palms.

I also quickly determined that if I drank any alcohol I would ‘come down’ from this incredible high I was on, and so without even a second glance (although I was never a great drink lover) I gave up drinking alcohol. I tried to meditate as often as I could, even rushing down to the toilets in my office at lunchtime to try and meditate and keep the feeling going. And all the time, I was realising things about myself, about my family, my relationship with my mother, partner, boss etc. It was a most amazing period of several months. In fact I quite often look back now and realise that I have absolutely no recollection of the weather, events or conditions in 1992. I don’t know whether it was a great or terrible summer, or whether it was cold or rainy in the autumn. Nothing. That is how absorbed I was with the new experience of Sahaja Yoga.

Of course no one can continue at that kind of intensity for ever, it would just wear you out, so gradually I have ‘settled down’ to a life where subtle Joy has become a daily companion, without being artificial or forced. Joy as in contentment, as in peace in oneself and as in enjoyment of the flow of life within and without. But I will never forget those early experiences.

Within a few months of starting to meditate, I had also begun to visit the homes of Sahaja Yogis on a social basis, and I also spent a lot of time at the office of Nick, one of my new found Sahaja friends and guides. We must have discussed everything under the sun and Spirit during our chats. I used to rush round to his place bursting with questions, and sometimes be taken completely aback as he handed me a sheet of paper or a tape with a talk by Shri Mataji that answered my questions perfectly – even before I’d asked them! I remember also several fleeting instances during my meditations of the time where I experienced - could actually sense - an incredibly infinite and yet benign power, guiding and comforting me. This I took as yet another clear sign that this was a path far deeper than anyone could imagine.

Since the early days of my Realisation, life has returned to what could be termed normality. Except that it is, in fact, supra-normality. I have an immensely enjoyable job, doing something creative which I love doing. I travel the world and in material terms, although I am far from rich, I want for nothing. That’s not to say that I live in some rose coloured utopia, where nothing ever goes wrong. Far from it. But the sense of balance, purpose and wonder that I have been lucky enough to gain from this amazing Yoga appears to be strong enough to overcome just about every negative eventuality. It really is like being able to create your own benign universe!

Sahaja Yoga is a fantastic and never ending adventure. Just when you think that you have ‘settled in’ to a calm period in your life or spiritual journey – WHAM - up pops some new opportunity or test, or you have such a profound Realisation that your whole being alters course, perception or attitude. Sahaja Yoga to me is the ultimate adventure. Beside it, everything else pales into insignificance. Nothing can match the richness of experience that it provides, and there is nothing which to me comes close to offering such meaning to life.

In fact, although some of my friends and family were initially rather worried about my new found ‘meditative’ life-style, I believe they now realise that I am experiencing some of the most incredibly enjoyable and productive times of my life – and it is clear that a few of them are even starting to question their own goals and attitudes to life as a result.
I just thank God for allowing me the privilege of enjoying my life in this glorious manner.
N. P.
London, December 2001

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Jan Waterfield - professional musician

I remember, aged four, asking my Mother who was God and who made him. She had to confess that she didn't know. The dissatisfaction that I felt with her answer continued for a very long time and the desire to understand what was truth never left me. How should human beings treat each other? How could they access what was best about themselves without hurting each other or resorting to religious fanaticism? How could they find their true identities without resorting to external props or disguises like money or fame? What was true love, that didn't depend on flighty emotions or ego?

I come from an English family of academics, very used to finding the answers to questions in the thousands of books that they cherish, yet strangely unable to sustain marriages or practise the tolerance and idealism that they would argue for politically. I became determined never to become really close to anyone or believe in anything unless my instincts were satisfied and at least some of my questions could be answered.

An externally successful life acted as the cover for internal despair. Nothing was truly satisfying, not relationships (however many), not money, not travel, not music, not solitude, not therapy, not company, not alcohol, not drugs, nothing.

In 1995, my then flatmate heard an advert on Jazz FM for a meditation programme at the Royal Albert Hall. She heard the words 'you are not this body, or this mind, but you are the spirit' and she knew that she had to attend. I was typically cynical, expecting it to be another instant fix, like the latest diet or clothing.

A year later, I reluctantly attended the same programme, where Shri Mataji was speaking. I remember nothing about what was said, and I certainly felt absolutely nothing when people were asked if they felt a cool breeze. All I did feel was a very quiet reassurance somewhere deep inside that Shri Mataji was speaking the truth (although I couldn't have told you what it was she said). I didn't attend any other meetings for at least six months. I was determined not to feel pressurised into some sort of collective hysteria, and I also felt very strongly that if this was true then it wouldn't be in a hurry to sell itself to me and I could take my time about it.

I went to the Sahaja yoga meetings in Covent Garden and very very slowly understood that the peace and silence achieved in those meetings were settling something fundamental inside me.

Satisfaction was to be found in this extraordinarily simple method of meditation that was open to anyone, and depended only on that person's genuine desire. Slowly I began to enjoy my life and to my intense surprise and joy was able to get married to someone (without fear, doubt, panic and the instant desire to escape). I slowly understood that my noisy thoughts and anxious questions could be gently dissolved into the vast expanse that is God's love, and most importantly, that I could still be true to myself at the same time. This subtle and utterly non-invasive yoga opened my heart and continues to do so.

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Mark Daniels

As a young and fairly precocious teenager it seemed the world was my oyster. I won prizes for my academic success. I achieved recognition for my prowess on the sports field and enjoyed home life in the bosom of a large, loving family. But all that was to change.
Whilst undergoing my 'A Levels', I became ill and suffered the first breakdown of what was to become a recurring nightmare over the next 20+ years. What followed was a Helter Skelter ride of severe depressive moods, lurking in the shadows of human existence, followed by all too brief periods of calm normality and then the sublime highs of an indestructible mania. The ride was turbulent, tortured and often too much for those around me.

I knew somewhere within me that there was so much more to this existence than the relentless struggle of keeping up appearances, so much more than the drug-induced monotone of sensory deprivation, and so much more than the inverted social hierarchies which praised the material and spurned the spiritual.
Salvation came from an unlikely source - a chance encounter in a troubled moment, a picture on a library wall, a subsequent telephone call and an invitation to a Sahaja Yoga meeting in someone's home.

For me, I had no great initial revelation, no strong sensation, no earth-shattering, mind-blowing experience but an intuitive knowledge that I had come home. My heart felt open for the first time in ages and it dawned on me that I, like so many in England, had been running away from this experience.

A year later and I was in Bombay, India, attending a clinic which specialised in Sahaja Yoga treatments. This was the breakthrough, the moment of sublime realisation. It was to be my 'time'. I had the experience of real 'Kundalini' awakening. I could feel this energy, which lies within each of us, coming out of the top of my head as a cool breeze.

I then knew that what had been referred to by the great prophets in their scriptures and by many evolved souls was a living reality, and it was happening to me! I could not deny it, even though my background was that of an atheistic Physics Undergraduate. I can't say that my life was now completely free from moods and altered states but that, at last, I had a mechanism for coping and that this mechanism had been lying dormant within me.

Once awakened, this Kundalini, which lies within the Sacrum bone, can gradually cleanse our problems, both physical and emotional and burn away the layers of detritus that we build up through our lives. We are restored to innocence and purity and love, and all of those higher qualities, that we know to lie within us, start to manifest.

When I look around at my fellow Sahaja Yogis, I look at a reflection of my own salvation. I look at these lovely people who, like me, pilgrims, have travelled far but are reaching our destination. We're coming home. Sahaja Yoga is not a sanctuary for the few but a simple system of Meditation which takes only a short time each day

When done with love and devotion it will change your life and the lives of those around you. It represents the highest ideals of the human spirit and its practice unlocks the beauty within you, that is often hidden from view.

My life has been given back to me. I have returned from the shadows. I am very grateful. Above all I am sure this is something we have to share.

We all have the same origin and the same destiny. We are connected in ways which are not yet understood by scientific endevour. Evolving, as we have, from Amoeba to Astronaut, from simple beginnings to great complexity, was not by chance.

The emergence of our realisation through Kundalini awakening carries us to that next plane of evolution to transcend the intellect and conditionings and take our place upon the next great stage.
I have my seat and the play is about to start. I invite everyone to come and enjoy the show !

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Mark Beaven
How Sahaja Yoga changed my life

About 20 years ago I went to Caxton Hall, St James Park, London to hear Shri Mataji talk to a full hall of spiritual prospectors about Sahaja Yoga and to receive their Self-Realisation.
I remember it well because I only had 5 pounds to my name and that was the cost of the train fare from Brighton to London. It was all I had - the best 5 pounds I'd ever spent!

From that day on I've had a tremendous life. I've had no confusion as to who I am and what my purpose in life is. My life - like all people who have taken to Sahaja Yoga has become a tangible reality. It's like a childs complete recognition of it's Mother - you know exactly where you stand.

With Sahaja Yoga meditation I have been able to maintain the experience of a clarity of mind and great depth of inner peace - genuine inner peace.
- Mark

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I thank Life for leading me to this path
i am a writer and i have written three books: Truth, Freedom and Knowledge. i have devoted my whole twenty years of living to these books. i have studied anthropology, philosophy, psychology, children, human biology, music, arts and by writing and painting i try to understand Life, the Soul, the Heart and the Mind...but i now know that these four are represented in everything you do.

I find people such as leonardo da vinci, einstein and isaac newton a few of my most inspiring influences because of their Love for the universe and its secrets, and now Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi...

Apart from these men, i have never come closer to anyone who has had the same beliefs and purposes as i have. i admit i have a long road to travel, but nothing can stop a real dream. my whole life i have been searching for Divine Truth and Divine Knowledge, amongst these people and my dreams, i believe i have found my release...

I thank Life for leading me to this path..... i will be glad to recieve any new information from you, and i will be visiting the nearest centre closest to me for inspiration.
yours truly

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Incredible surge in my spine, third eye and crown
Dear Friends, just had your website experience with Shri Mataji. Had an incredible surge of Kundalini energy in my spine and third eye and crown.I must know more of this work.

I have taken some phone numbers from your website directory and will phone them tomorrow. I must get involved with this work. Thanks, C. C.

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Rising above suicide: "believe me, Sahaja Yoga works!"
I am writing this for people who, like me, tried to commit suicide and kept after that the desire to start again. I have read that this desire often remains for those who tried once.

After my attempt I was sent on holiday, then to a therapist, then on a yoga course with a 'yoga specialist', all kinds of things to make me forget and get the taste for life back. But I did not.

Until I got my Realization: I knew that this was worth living for. At first I felt for a while a pain on my left heart and had to ask forgiveness to my Spirit for trying to extinguish the life given to me by God. The black ideas receded little by little, and it took a few years for them to disappear completely. But soon after Realization I decided I would not try again.

So I owe my life to Shri Mataji and Sahaja Yoga: without them I would be only a skeleton since ages! Depressive thoughts enter my mind once in a while but never like before. The insidious cancer of suicidal desires has completely gone.

I am sure that some of you reading this have had such thoughts: believe me, Sahaja Yoga works!
E., 49 years old

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Never felt this good after doing other techniques like Reiki, ...
Respected Mataji,
Thank you very very much for initiation into sahaja yoga. This person was initiated into Sahaj Yoga 15 days back in Delhi center at the Safdarjang enclave.

Felt very good and did actually feel cool vibration in the hand, over the head and sometimes in back areas also. Never felt this good after doing other techniques like Reiki, Magnified healing, spiritual healing, meditations.
Thank you very much.

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A beginner's impressions
I originally come from Portugal and have recently started Sahaja Yoga. I would like to say to all people who follow Sahaja Yoga as a way of life that I am deeply greatfull for all the work you do and I admire your dedication. You bring light to this world in more than one way, you are the speakers of truth and true knowledge.

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I would have probably died by now
Well, first of all, if SY where not there I would have probably died of liver damage by now. I used to drink every day from very early in the morning till I used to faint at night. I basically had more alcohol in my system than blood!

Then obviously all the cigarettes, 2 packs a day, marijuana, extasy and lsd...all that during ten years, I was living in hell... Trying to get out of all that situation; but the more I tried, the more I would go back in, it was a nightmare.

My first step out was with AA, which I started same time as Sahaja Yoga, but then I realized very soon that Sahaja Yoga was absolutely helping me on a "real" level. I could feel all my chakras, where all the harm had been done and how easy it was to cure it.
S.Y. is a very simple, loving way to help anyone from any problem, thank you Shri Mataji.

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Healing back problems through vibrations
Dear Dr. Rai:
I am amazed at the work you have been doing with Sahaja Yoga. I only wish I had come to know about it before I had my back (L5-S1) surgery. But I am so glad I have found it and have been a practicing Sahaja Yogi of the last 13 months. I do not need my Asthma medications as well as any pain medications even though I still have bulging L4-L5 and herniated discs C3, 4 and 5. My physician is amazed at my movement in all related parts.
P.R., D.D.S., New York,12/1/1999

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Hope and joy became a part of my life again
I started doing Sahaja Yoga when I was a university student studying environmental science. At the time I was depressed by the nature and scope of the problems in today's world. The solutions to environmental issues appeared to be beyond our ability. Yet this is only one aspect of our society that has huge problems. When issues of racialism, alcohol and drug dependence, family breakdowns, child abuse, political corruption, media bias, religious conflicts and wars, fundamentalism and global lack of respect for women and children are added the problems became overwhelming. The public desire to correct these problems seemed distressingly inadequate. After doing Sahaj for a remarkable short period of time I became much more balanced in myself and could view these problems with clarity and compassion. I saw solutions rather than problems. No longer did I become lost in the problem, without vision.

In addition, my general health and energy increased tremendously. Hope and joy became a part of my life again, I hadn't really known that they were missing until I felt them again.

Sure, I get out of balance occasionally but now I have to tools to correct myself. They are simple and easy. If you are at all interested in connecting with your True Spirit, discovering your potential or understanding your connection with the universe I urge you to experiment with Sahaja Yoga so that you may become your own guru. The rewards are priceless.

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A sense of peace like never before
Namaste Shri Mataji,
I have recently joined Sahaja Yoga and I am enjoying the experience. Before I joined I had so many problems, however as I grow in knowledge and experience I have experienced a sense of peace like never before. Thank you for being here and for the help you send us all.

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From drug abuse to purity and social integration
Before Sahaja Yoga, my life was darkened by mental illness. Day by day, I plodded through college work with a sense of dread. I spent time with marijuana smokers as well as heavier drug users at times. I felt like a social misfit. I fit in nowhere and would go through psychotic episodes and mood swings that would go on endlessly. I was destructive to the property of others and would test my parents at home to see who could scream louder.

For the past three and a half years, I've been using the techniques of Sahaja Yoga to cleanse my inner vision. I now have a genuine interest in learning and participating in society and bettering American culture. The turning point for me was about six months after I began practicing Sahaja Yoga and started to see the minute changes that were occurring.

I saw Shri Mataji speak at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan in the summer of '96. From then on, I gradually and spontaneously gave up on drug abuse and many other issues which have attacked my life.

The older people in Sahaja Yoga have seen the changes in me too. When I walk into a room full of yogis, I feel welcomed, not paranoid. When I spend time with other yogis, I feel like family to them, not a stranger. I look forward to spending time with my parents, not dreading it. I feel enlightened now and remain proud of that knowledge. I feel like a vital part of the human race. I wake up in the morning and am ready to enjoy another day and am finally a pleasant person to spend time with!

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Deep feeling like it was all I ever wanted
What I said was that I am going to stick with Sahaja Yoga. What I practiced before never gave me any results. Now with Sahaja Yoga I think I have made a connection. I start talking to the Kundalini energy like to my dear friend and telling it to go up my spine and sit at the crown of my head, then after a while I felt a deep feeling for self realization like it was all I ever wanted, then I felt like the whole Earth was within my self. I move my left hand to the top of my head and feel something cold running inside of my hand. It could be the Kundalini showing herself ? [...]
From the God of my Self I am.......Light, Love and Peace.
A.B., Florida,3/1/1999
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What has Sahaja Yoga done for me ?
To try to answer the question "What has Sahaja Yoga done for me ?" is like trying to answer the question "What has being able to breathe done for me ?" Everything. It has transformed the way I live my life, the way I enjoy life, the way I understand life. Before Sahaja Yoga I was always looking for a meaning upon which to base my existence. I became frustrated as there seemed no ultimate answer to What is good or bad, right or wrong. How could I conduct my life according to principles if I didn't know WHICH principles ?

The amazing thing about Sahaja Yoga is that it proves what it sets forth. There is no blind acceptance of a set of beliefs or techniques; there is a mechanism, the existence and effects of which are verifiable on our central nervous system. This mechanism is applicable to all fields of life, and on every level - mental, emotional, physical, etc. Whenever one is in doubt or questions the best course of action, one has simply to ask one's enlightened nervous system and the answer manifests itself ( as a cool breeze or heat on the hands and on the top of the head). And as the basis of this system exists in every human being, it functions in a collective way - as we help ourselves, so can we help others, by using this "subtle knowledge" for human benevolence.

Gross level problems like insomnia and allergies were quickly resolved after I started Sahaja Yoga meditation. They became insignificant as I saw more subtle changes in my life - I became more balanced emotionally and psychologically, relationships became based on innocence rather than eternally "hunting" for the perfect mate, I started to enjoy the present moment rather than racing to the future or dwelling on the past. Every day provides examples of situations which would have either troubled, annoyed, or stymied me before, but for which I now have the capacity to handle in an appropriate way. I feel extremely fortunate to have Sahaja Yoga as a vital part of my life.

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From drugs and darkness to light: a story
I am a forty-one year old artist who lives and works in Austria. My wife and I have a successful art work-shop in Vienna. We have a very strong, healthy son in his seventh year who also keeps us very busy. We have dear and gracious friends in many countries all over the world. Every day we discover new sources of joy and inspiration which we love to share with everyone we meet. We are Sahaja Yogis, individuals who have, by the grace of H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, achieved the breakthrough to Mother Nature's highest and most sought after blessing: SelfRealisation; Sahaja Yoga; Second Birth; Union of the individual awareness with the all-pervading Source of beauty and joy. Since experiencing this essential transformation seventeen years ago, I have been living a completely new life filled with the dignity, compassion and fulfillment which could only manifest through actual enlightenment.

I was born into a large family in a city in Canada. My parents were then chronik alcoholics and most of my memories, which reach back as far as my third year, are dark and fearful. Myself and two younger brothers were raised mostly by our older sisters. Our parents often fought. When my father left the family he was replaced by a man who I deeply feared as he treated us harshly and sometimes beat my mother. Twice, as a small child, I badly broke my right elbow. The second break was so severe that I almost lost my arm. My mother was not there that time to comfort me as she was being kept in a mental hospital, withdrawing from alcohol addiction.

Throughout my early school years I used to pray from my heart that I could live without fearing people. I was always drawn into the company of trouble-makers and began stealing at the age of seven.

When I was fourteen, my father, who had returned to us for five joyful and prosperous years, began drinking again and divoriced my mother. This is when my indulgence into alcohol and drugs, including cokaine and LSD, began. I was just fifteen years old when I took a massive over-dose of LSD and went temporarily insane; I would say, became possessed. For two weeks after this hellish experience I was in a dream-like depression. My personality changed and I often went out on weekends with bizzare clothes and painted face.

Eight months after this fall I stumbled into another selfdestructive trap: I was seduced into a cunning organisation that brain-washes its members, taking their money and destroying their mental and physical health. It was called Transcendental Meditation.

In the following eight years I became more and more tangled in selfdoubt and antisocial sentiments. I lacked all normal motivation for pursuing a productive life. I sought escape from my numbness and frustration in drugs, alcohol and parties. I was always watched carefully by the police because of my illegal activities, and lived in fear of them. I could not relate to normal, productive adults and saw them as strange and frivilous. I spent my time with younger people who admired my wild lifestyle. I reached the age of twenty four with no professional qualifications; no position in society; no confidence; and little hope of fulfilling the countless desires which haunted me. I desperately wanted to know myself; to feel the joy and love of nature which sometimes overwhelmed me in my child-hood. But I found only noise and heaviness within.

One morning a friend of mine came over. I thought he wanted to buy some drugs but he said he had found something important. I knew him as a dull and lethargic person but now his eyes were shining with enthusiasm and delight. He asked if I would come to meet some special people. I insisted that Sunday is the best day to party and that I wanted to get drunk and go to the beach. At his insistence I agreed to attend a meeting on the following Tuesday. I was then completely unaware that it would become the single most precious day of my life.

The experience which I had during that first real meditation was quite vague. I had just begun to become aware of just how much I had ruined my delicate nervoussystem. Gradually, as the days and weeks passed, I was realising that my fears and habits were fading away. The urge for intoxication was loosing its hold on me. A definite peace and clarity was growing inside of me. I moved away from my circle of crazy friends and a lifestyle which felt like deadweight over me. Small changes in my health came to my attention. After many years of suffering from painful hemmorhoids, this problem disappeared. My hair suddenly stopped falling out and later grew in again. Psycologically I became more secure. Nightmares about losing my eyesight and being possessed by demons did not come anymore. I slept deeply and awoke fresh. Even my eyesight improved, to a level above normal ( 105% ).

My parents were deeply impressed, especially when I had my beard and long hair cut and started wearing attractive clothes. The subtle, cool, pure vibrations which I began to feel and direct for my own better-ment and that of others, had a noticable effect on many. My mother suffered from emotional depression and even relapsed into alcohol and drug use. For nine months I did not see her, but often applied myself to directing these purifying vibrations to her. When I contacted her again she was like a new person. For the first time in about ten years she was rising early from bed each day, and even had a job caring for small children.
Another person who was astonished to see this change in me was a police detective who had watched me for many years in my home municipality. I happened to meet him one day, and he just congratulated me again and again. I think it gave him great hope.

By chance, or by divine intervention, my first fulltime job was a position with the city police department as a communityworker in an anti-theft campaign. I continued with similar work until, perhaps again through divine intervention, I married and moved to Vienna where my dreams to become a successful artist have been fulfilled.
In these few years I have met countless individuals from all walks of life from London to Calcutta and from Moscow to Los Angeles who have lived this miraculous metamorphisis and are using this natural power to transform others. It is my sincerest desire that anyone who reads these words will not judge the message mentally but will make an honest, scientific investigation into the historic subject which now faces them. If their desire is pure and their determination for revealing the truth is undaunted, I have no doubt that they will also achieve this magnificent inner-awakening which is dawning to the human-race.

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How Sahaja Yoga has transformed me
The memory is keen and dramatic of the first time my Kundalini was raised some 16 years ago. Surrounded by gentle, swirling cool breezes, it felt as if a 16-lane highway was opening up inside my back! A feeling of great peace followed; it gave me joy.

I was 45 years old then, the mother of 3 grown children, divorced and living in New York City where my job in minority business development had taken me. Trained by a father who was a government civil servant and a mother who was a political, community development volunteer, they left no doubt in my mind that I was supposed to help save the world. Yet, the world was getting worse and my close proximity to political and community leaders led me to the conviction that I had met the enemy and it was us! Unless we human beings rose to a higher level so we could define the problems with a new and better perspective, our so-called "solutions" would continue to fail. At this life junction I began trying to transform myself with greater intensity during all my non-working hours. I tried Re-evaluation Counseling, Tai Chi, Kriya Yoga and marijuana - all of which soon ceased to be helpful in giving me permanent change. I was also suffering deep depression from divorce, feeling distant from my children and having long, unhappy relationships in search of a new husband. My state of being swung like a pendulum between feeling very elated and energized - to long periods of crying and lethargy, wanting only to be a recluse.

Immediately upon beginning the practice of Sahaja Yoga, my optimism was restored. At last I had found a method of self-transformation that actually worked! My daily meditations produced small, subtle improvements immediately. Both large and small emotional upsets began to subside inside me - even though nothing outside had actually changed. I continued to work in a high stress environment (which was by now in banking) where both customers and employees are most often upset. When I became upset, Sahaja Yoga had taught me how to immediately put myself back into balance. Equally profound was the impact that my restored balance had on the people around me! Their stress and upset also began to subside. I began to realize I didn't have to say or do anything but if I could simply feel positive and project compassion into a meeting, or on the subway, or in any group situation, the reactions of those around me quickly became more positive. This positive energy was even more contagious than negativity.

After 2 years of the subtle clearing that comes with the daily practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation, I remember reaching a milestone. I could verify the truth that it is possible to keep oneself in a steady state of joy and inner peace. Even though I continued to live and work in stressful environments, now when anger, fear or depression tried to "swamp" my continence it no longer succeeded My departures into the left side (too much emotion) or the right side (too much thinking or action) were happening less and less. Sahaja Yoga had given me the "steering wheel", the "brakes", and the power system to get myself back into the center.

In a continuing test as to the truth of Sahaja Yoga methodology, at age 60, I married a 62-year old Ukrainian man who is also practicing Sahaja Yoga. At first it was clear that the "cold war" was not over. We struggled with our opposing conditionings about many issues, but especially those that are 360 degrees opposite of each other, such as the differences in attitudes about authority. Had we not been able to witness some of our own fanatical reactions, and introspect about our lack of ability to forgive and forget, this marriage would have lasted only a few months.

What a miracle in human achievement. What a revolutionary discovery for bringing about true world peace. For if peace is going to be genuine, then first it has to happen within our own hearts, then in our own families and finally it can happen within the community.
The founder and teacher of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, recently received honorary membership into the Petrovskya Academy of Science and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. As the academy's president handed Shri Mataji the award, he told the audience that this same award was also given to Albert Einstein. "Shri Mataji's work is even greater," he said, "because Albert Einstein worked in dead matter. Shri Mataji gives peace to all mankind."

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After only two months of Sahaja Yoga
I just started with Sahaj Yoga 2 months ago and it has been incredible. I am 58 years old and was suffering with pains all over and as a smoker I had chronic bronchitis and could not breathe easily. Now with my realization and Sahaj treatments I can breathe. I feel as a new human being, thanks to Shri Mataji.
V.Y., Aruba,9/1/1998

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My experience with Sahaja Yoga
My experience with Sahaja Yoga has been a continually growing experience. My realization has been and continues to be a very subtle process. Contrary to what I thought when I started Sahaja Yoga, I have not felt powerful forces moving through my body and have not experienced anything that could be considered mystical. What I have experienced is a spiritual awakening that in retrospect, has been quite dramatic.

While being subtle, it has not been effortless. For me meditation is like doing physical exercise in some ways. When I do it regularly, I enjoy it and it is extremely rewarding.

When I don't do it regularly, I have to make an effort to do it. But no matter what, I always feel better having done it. Since I started Sahaja Yoga, and especially when I have meditated on a regular basis, I have felt a definite difference in my views towards life. I am closer to the people around me, more productive in my work (graduate researcher), less stressed out, and basically more contented than I have ever been since my childhood.

Realization and meditation have affected my Spirit, mind and body in such a way as to get at what really makes me happy in all aspects of life. I have also been extremely productive.

Most recently, I received a national student research competition award, a university student research scholarship and a travel scholarship for my research and academic achievements, and I just got engaged to be married. All these things were initiated after I got my realization; I was hardly contented personally or professionally before then. I don't really know if my growth in Sahaja Yoga is responsible for these things, but I can't help thinking it had something to do with it. I also feel that at the present time, I have only scratched the surface of what I can achieve. As I spiritually mature, I am sure that my horizons will expand.

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Gnosis And Yoga: A personal experience
In response of
Yoga is potentially a means to Gnostic wisdom.
M. M. writes on 19 Oct 1994:
Well put. I have been practicing Sahaja Yoga for the last two years and have most definitely gained knowledge through direct experience. However, it is the only yoga I know that actually provides union (yoga) with the Divine from the very first day. And via a Self Realization experience that is 100% verifiable.

In years past, a true Master of Yoga (of which there have been very few) would work on his disciple(s) chakras (energy centers) until they were cleansed and balanced. He would then give him his Realization by raising the Kundalini. The Kundalini is the residual life force left over from our creation and resides in the sacrum bone which is located at the base of the spine. This Kundalini energy is a reflection of the Primordial Mother which is the Power of God that does all the living work and creation. She is like your own individual Mother and when awakened, will heal and enlighten your chakras, your brain and fully awaken your spirit, which resides in the heart, and is a reflection of God Almighty.

In Christianity, Kundalini is known as the Holy Ghost (yes, the trinity is actually the Father, the Son and the Mother). The Father is the source of all, but is the witness. The Mother is the creative aspect of God, while the Son is the object of the creation. Hence we are all children of God.
I realize I'm digressing from the point of this newsgroup, knowledge through experience, but I would like to say just a couple of things about Sahaja Yoga before I share my own experiences, which I'm sure many of you will find hard to believe - and yet they happened!

First of all, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, has devised a method whereby seekers of truth can get their Self Realization en masse, spontaneously; meaning you don't have to do anything for it, e.g. penances, pay money, study scriptures to no end, etc. I think the following quote of Shri Mataji sums it up best:
"You cannot understand the meaning of your life until you connect with the power that created you. It's my job to help human beings make that connection - then they will do the rest."

And once you have established the Self Realization (a.k.a. second birth, resurrection) through daily meditation and cleansing of the chakras, you can give the Realization to others - like one candle lighting another.
And now for my own experiences.

It all started by a very earnest prayer to God for a change in my life. I had been seeking and studying religion, philosophy and metaphysics, but nothing seemed to "stick" and really make a noticeable change in lifestyle or behavior.

The very next day I saw a posting on the Internet that Shri Mataji was coming to Seattle to talk about Self Realization and meditation. I guess seeing this posting the very next day was the first of many "coincidences" that I would experience over the next few months.

Shri Mataji gave Self Realization that night in a process that took about 10 minutes. As usually only a few strands of the Kundalini actually make it through all the (usually clogged) chakras, the experience for most people is somewhat subtle or maybe even non-existant. For those that do experience Kundalini awakening, you can feel a cool breeze on top of the head just above the fontanale bone or on the hands. Sometimes it is hot, especially if the chakras are damaged. The chakras (means wheels in sanskrit) start to spin off negativity once they have been pierced by the Kundalini.

This feeling of the cool breeze is what Christ meant when he said first you must be born of the water (womb) and then of the wind (Self Realization).

In my case, I felt intermittent cool breeze and hot. Shri Mataji also said our shoulders may hurt if we are feeling guilty (a catch of the Vishudhi, or throat chakra). Well, as I left the hall, my shoulders were really aching but the soreness left after about 20 minutes. This is a typical clearout of the chakra.

I continued to meditate every day, twice a day for about 15-20 minutes as recommended. However, I wasn't really sure if I was feeling anything until about 4-5 weeks later. It is really difficult to describe, but during the meditation that night, I felt like a tornado of energy circulating on top of my head! I was overcome with a feeling of joy, satisfation and bliss like I never knew existed.

The seven chakras are also mapped via our hands, e.g. the five fingers, palm and heel of the hand. Once you start the cleansing techniques, the chakra "catches" manifest themselves as tingling on the fingertips which are then decoded so you know which chakra needs to be attended to. The causes of these catches as well as the techniques for cleansing and clearing them are taught through the Sahaja Yoga centers.

In the Koran, Mohammed Sahib said at the resurrection time (right now) the lips will be sealed and the hands will speak. It is all built in. We will judge ourselves. We will not go before God like a magistrate and plead our case.

The beautiful thing about Sahaja Yoga is it happens spontaneously, it is all built in each and every one of us, it costs absolutely nothing to do it, and other than the initial Self Realization experience, you are dependent on no one to ascend spiritually. However, I'd like to add that as you become aware of being part of the collective consciousness, you realize that the spiritual ascent is happening collectively, you just aren't dependent on what human beings do "externally" to yourself to achieve spiritual growth.

I've had some pretty amazing experiences on a physical level as well, but they are a byproduct of being connected. The first "experiment" I tried was when I had a sore throat. I circled the throat chakra seven times and held my right had there, with my left hand towards Shri Mataji's photograph. I felt a cool breeze on my left hand and heat coming from my right. After about 5 or 10 minutes, my sore throat was completely gone.

I've had a severe hay fever allergy, which I've had for 24 years clear up instantaneously using Sahaj cleansing techniques. I've had two sinus infections cleared using the cleansing techniques. In the past I had only been able to get rid of sinus infections using antibiotics. I must emphasize that Sahaja Yoga is not a health clinic, but your health improves as a byproduct of meditation and cleansing.

On a mental level, I have a clarity of thinking like never before. My performance at work is at another level. Sounds somewhat arrogant I know, but I have received so much recognition from those I work with it is almost embarassing.
Emotionally, I am practically stress free. I feel a level of joy and satisfacation like I never new existed. I am so very fortunate to have a profound spiritual experience, everyday - twice! At least.

Once you start to bring down your ego and let go your conditionings, you start to experience absolute Truth. It is our ego and our conditionings that blind us from Truth. The ego and superego (conditionings) are what medical science calls as the left and right side of the brain. We bring down the ego by forgiving others absolutely.

When Christ said, through the narrow gate you must pass to enter the kingdom of God, he was talking about the channel between our over-inflated ego and superego. Christ is the deity that looks over the agnya charka (at the optic chiasma) and by his dying on the cross for our sins or karmas, he opened the cosmic agnya chakra, and he collapses the ego and superego so the Kundalini passes upto and beyond the sahasrara chakra (limbic nerve area of the brain) so we can have our yoga with the Divine All Pervading Power.

While I have talked a little about Christ and Mohammed, the teachings in Sahaja Yoga include and respect ALL the holy scriptures. Truth is truth, nobody owns it, there is only one source of it (God), so why fight over whose truth is best?
One important thing to note, and I cannot emphasize this enough: Spiritual awakening and subsequent growth is NOT a mental process. I'm not saying don't read and study scriptures, but you will never acheive your intended purpose for being here at this auspicious time in human evolution, which is quite simply to become The Spirit, by doing anything on a physical or mental level. You can only perceive the Spirit, your true eternal Self, in a state of thoughtless awareness after the thoughts drop out and the physical sensory inputs are ignored.

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