Meditate with China’s Yangtze River and Learn about Tao from Lao Tzu, a Guru for Humanity

 Lao Tzu

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” 

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Empty yourself of everything. 
Let the mind become still.

The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.

They grow and flourish and then return to the source.

Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of Nature.
The way of Nature is unchanging.

Knowing constancy is insight.
Not knowing constancy leads to disaster.
Knowing constancy, the mind is open.
With an open mind, you will be openhearted.

Being openhearted, you will act royally.
Being royal, you will attain the divine.
Being divine, you will be at one with the Tao.

Being at one with the Tao is eternal.
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away."

(Lao Tzu)

 Tao, River Yangtze and Kundalini

“In your country you had very great philosophers once upon a time. Of course you believe in humanism; but there was another great, great philosopher who was called as Lao Tzu, of a very high spirituality like a great incarnation of a Master. What He has written about, described about Yangtze River is very interesting, because I went through the Yangtze River myself. And He calls it Tao. Tao – He is actually talking about Kundalini. He was a poet, so whatever He has described is rather subtle. And maybe they must have thought that it’s better to understand other people than Tao written by Lao Tzu. But all over the world you will find it is Tao which people respect very much, and they like to always interpret the meaning of the word Tao.

Really symbolically He has described that this river Yangtze is a difficult river to go through. And the surroundings, the banks of this river, are extremely beautiful. You won’t believe for twelve hours I was sitting outside watching the beauty of the banks. I’ve never seen such beautiful mountains, trees, and the whole movement of nature is like an artist painting something. And all your paintings, most of them, I think are impressed by that kind of banks that I saw, because I have studied your art and I felt that the way you have shown in your art that is mostly paintings of Yangtze River. But the symbolic thing is this: that in the beginning it’s a very difficult river, there are lots of currents, they form lots of circles, very heavy type, and is very difficult to climb. It is for quite some time you have to pass very carefully. Just about few hours when it reaches the sea, it becomes calm, absolutely calm.

In the same way, the Tao that He describes is, in the beginning, according to Him, is rather difficult. But when it reaches near the sea, it calms down. It is a remarkable thing that how He could see the Kundalini so much well defined as this Yangtze River. It is an extremely, very artistic, subtle idea. Shows what a poet He must have been, and how highly developed spiritually He was.”

Tao, River Yangtze and Visions

Shri Mataji was asked by a Chinese Yogi about visions he was seeing, and here is what Shri Mataji answered:

“Now, this is interesting, the way you are seeing visions… Now, you see, for this, best thing is to know about Tao which is your specialty, it’s Chinese in which he describes, you see, Tao; Lao Tzu describes the journey through the river Yangtze. I’ve been myself to see that. So he says on the side or the banks there are beautiful, very beautiful mountains and beautiful trees and it’s so beautiful that you feel like jumping out of the boat and going to the, these gardens and these mountains. But what your aim is to go through this, Tao, means the Yangtze river, towards the river. In the beginning, maybe there are some currents flowing, maybe you might lose faith in yourself. But by the time you reach near the sea, it becomes very silent and you have to go to the sea, that’s the point is. So, you see, all these are there; these are just enticing! It’s all right you see but it’s nothing important because all these will keep you on a mental level. You will be always thinking, What is this vision? What is that? There is nothing to be on the mental level, you have to go beyond, all right? If you don’t see, you don’t bother about it, they will disappear.”

(Shri Mataji – Talking to Sahaja Yogis in Hong Kong, March 10, 1996)

Then the people think that it would be that if you get lots of money, we’ll be happy. But you should know that those people who have lots of money are not at all happy; on the contrary, much more unhappy than the people who don’t have much money. Because they have greed, and greed never satisfies them. Then another type are they think if they have some powers, you see, political or economic powers, they’ll be very happy. But they are also not happy.

If a person is sensitive, he doesn’t feel satisfied with what he sees around. And then he becomes restless. All over the world you’ll find these days thousands and thousands of people who are restless. But they don’t understand why they are restless, and they think they have to seek the peace within us so that they become at least joyous.

I think in this whole world these days there are numberless people who are seekers of Truth. Because normally we live in a relative world. We don’t live in the absolute world. Because of that, we have problems. For example, one man thinks something is very good, he has a fixed idea. Another man thinks that something else is good, and he has another fixed idea. But they are not satisfied because they have to find out the absolute Truth. For that, in our whole creation through the evolutionary process, there is a built-in mechanism within us, which is the Tao. This  I think in those days it must have been hard to say something very openly, so He took this name Tao and described the Yangtse River.”

(Shri Mataji – Public Program in Beijing, China – 13 September 1995)

Lao Tzu and Sahaja Yoga –  Integration

Question to Shri Mataji: “Is the Kundalini the same force that exists all around us as the Chinese call Chi (or Qi)?

Answer from Shri Mataji: “Yes, it is true. But you see, it is, it has something to do with that, and that is what is our ego (i.e Yin) and super-ego (i.e.Yang). The Chinese what they have written, it’s correct. But Chinese also don’t know who is Lao Tzu, can you imagine? Lao Tzu is the man who talked about this thing, He’s the one who told them about Kundalini and they don’t know who is Lao Tzu. Especially in America, I don’t know what sort of Chinese live here. 🙂 It’s such a great source of knowledge (i.e. Lao Tzu’s) , and what they have said is a perfect thing.

But everything gets integrated in Sahaja Yoga. All the knowledge, all the scriptures, everything gets integrated. Absolutely integrated because out of light you see the truth in all of them. There is truth in everything, there is truth in every religion.

But religion now has become money-oriented, or also power-oriented, so it’s gone off.”

(Shri Mataji – Public Program in New York, 1999)

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The first photo in this article is with Lake Ontario in Burlington.
The other photos capture various aspects of the Yangtze river in China.
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4 Responses to “Meditate with China’s Yangtze River and Learn about Tao from Lao Tzu, a Guru for Humanity”

  1. Neel N says:

    Enlightening Words from a Spiritual Master like Mataji are most inspiring for seekers of the unknown.

    • adrian says:

      The unknown…
      Is the River…
      The river of Truth…
      It flows Naturally…
      With an Open Heart
      For it Is The Water…
      And The Enlightenment…

      And is The Way
      Simply

  2. Anjali says:

    This article and the pictures are so soothing and full of serenity. Thank you

  3. Maria says:

    Beautifully written article that really emphasizes what the Kundalini is through the words of another realized soul. Waves of calmness washed through me with every paragraph.

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