Sahaja Yoga International
The teachings and practice of Sahaja Yoga, which are offered free of
charge, have transformed and benefited the lives of hundreds of thousands
of people around the world.
Sahaja Yoga is a world-wide movement that is strikingly different from
any other spiritual or self-improvement path available. There is no high
priest or dominating guru, and no money is taken at any time for Sahaja
Yoga techniques and teachings. Practitioners are instead encouraged to
become their own gurus, and to look within themselves
for the experiences, understanding and knowledge that lead to a balanced,
joyous and purposeful life.
Our goal as Sahaja Yogis is to spread this great discovery and to help
people enlighten and transform themselves throughout the world. The time
has come and millions of seekers are looking for reality, sanity and inner
peace. Thousands of people around the world practise Sahaja Yoga on a
daily basis. The quality of their renewed life speaks for the purity and
integrity of Sahaja Yoga.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, is a pure and noble
personality. She has devoted her entire life to alleviating human suffering
and spiritual confusion. The time she has devoted to Sahaja Yoga has meant
the sacrifice of time she could have spent with her husband, children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Upon meeting her, one is immediately
aware of her love and compassion.
Shri Mataji epitomises the best qualities of a woman. She is loving,
patient, wise and an inspiration for others. As a girl, she worked alongside
other freedom fighters to establish the independence of India from British
rule. Mahatma Gandhi invited her to stay in his ashram and he consulted
her on spiritual matters, as he recognised the great wisdom in her even
when she was no more than seven years old.
Shri Mataji has never charged money for her knowledge or teachings. On
the contrary, she has contributed substantial funds to the establishment
of Sahaja Yoga around the world, initiating over 35 projects in India,
Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and other
countries. The projects include medical centres, music and art academies,
schools, Sahaja Yoga ashrams, seminar retreats and centres to help destitute
In a single program, whether it be in a village in India, or in England,
Russia or Turkey, Shri Mataji grants Self Realization to thousands of
people at one time. We are convinced that she is a being of exceptional
spiritual stature, an Avatar. There are many signs in thousands of miracle
photographs taken by Sahaja Yogis verifying the existence of divinity
in this era. There are scientists who have verified that Shri Mataji is
emitting cosmic energy.
How Sahaja Yoga is Financed
There has never been a charge for Sahaja Yoga meditation programs. However,
renting halls, printing literature, and preparing and running programs
all cost money, of course, and Sahaja Yogis themselves contribute willingly
and voluntarily whenever money is needed. That is how Sahaja Yoga is funded.
Whatever money is collected at our seminars is carefully recorded and
used to fund projects throughout the world.
Those of us who practise Sahaja Yoga on a daily basis voluntarily contribute
towards Shri Matajiís travel expenses, ensuring that she travels in comfort
and stays in accommodations befitting her years and our respect and love
Sahaja Yoga and Family
The practice of Sahaja Yoga results in inner balance, increased discrimination
and the ability to think for oneself. A fundamental principle of the movement
is responsibility for one’s own life and spiritual growth. Unlike
many fad movements that sprang up in the 1960s and 1970s, the culture
of Sahaja Yoga is based on a strong, secure, loving family with a wholesome
and nurturing environment for children to grow up in.
With respect to marriages, some sahaja yogis, but not all, prefer the
practice of arranged marriages as is still common in more traditional
countries. They look for somebody sharing a comparable spiritual vision.
The high rate of success of marriages in Sahaja Yoga suggest their choice
To help prepare our children for an adult life of self-respect, personal
responsibility and spiritual awareness, Sahaja Yoga operates several schools.
There are many more Sahaja children than there are places available in
the few schools we have founded. Often parents who want to register their
children find that there is a waiting list.
Sahaja Yoga and Religion
Shri Mataji has made us aware that all the religions are from the same
“tree of life” and are to be respected by all of us. She has
founded a global religion, Vishwa Nirmala Dharma, which is the innate
pure religion. It is not based on belief, dogma, or interpretation, but
instead is based on the core experience of oneness with the Divine
which is at the root of all religions. She grants this experience of connection
to the Divine to anyone who asks for it. It is Self Realization. Her teachings
have corrected many rituals, dogmas and prejudices about religion. We
respect all the incarnations, prophets and the realized souls of the past.
The universal character of Sahaja Yoga can be seen in our publications
such as Bible Enlightened, Islam Enlightened and Geeta Enlightened. This
inclusive culture of spiritual understanding can be verified from thousands
of Shri Mataji’s speeches.
Learning More about
The work of Sahaja Yoga is so tremendous that it cannot be described in
a single web site. If you have any questions, please visit sahajayoga.org
or visit any of our local centres.
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