Of course, there are many articles that appeared in newspapers around the world but these were the first to be shared in the sahaj community. Not many know that Shri Mataji had revealed to us that countries as well have a subtle role related to their own subtle energy that contributes to a subtle energy centre (chakra) or specific attribute within the Cosmic body. About Italy, Shri Mataji had mentioned that represents the Soul in the cosmic level. So it is no coincidence that in this land her ‘departure from Earth’ had started and ultimately happened, also that Shri Mataji was felt so genuinely by the people of this country, not only by those that were her followers in the practice of yoga and meditation. Before the next article from an Intalian Newspaper is presented and translated (again, thanks go to Anna Mancini!) .. let’s have an impromptu sahaj lesson on Soul, Spirit and the Elements. A short but significant excerpt from the series of books: ” Collection of Eternal Recollections of our Divine Mother” by Linda Williams.
The Soul and The Spirit – What’s the Difference?!
“This talk took place at Volterra, on the 25th of July, 1986. In this extract, Shri Mataji is defining the relationship between Soul and the Spirit. The analogy She uses involves light, water and the glass that contains the water. The light would be the Spirit, the glass the body and the water which reflects the light, would be the soul. We pick up the talk when Shri Mataji has just given the analogy. One can see an image of chakras reflected in the glass.
Shri Mataji: “Then it (the light) comes in there. This (the glass) is the body. All the five koshas, the five auras, koshas, are there. So these five koshas are managed by the five elements, the essence of which can be called the causal element, the causal of the …”
Gregoire: “The causal of the five elements. What we know as Atma in Sanskrit, is it the soul plus the Spirit, or only the Spirit?”
Shri Mataji: Jivatma is the Soul but Atma is the Spirit.
Gregoire: So jivatma is the Spirit but individualized; belonging to one person?
Shri Mataji: No, no, jivatma is the Soul, means with these five elements, and these five elements give you your own identity, your own character, your own particularities etc. These five elements – the way they are placed in you. That’s the causal element, the causal of the elements that are within you. Then these causals act on the chakra and through the chakras these causals act on the other, on the grosser side. So from the subtle to the subtler to the, you can say the subtlest. The subtlest we can say is the Spirit, supposing, then the subtler is the soul, and the subtle you have the chakras. And the gross is the body.
Gregoire: “So England should reflect on Italy then?” (Mother, on a previous occasion, had told us that while England is the Spirit, Italy is the soul of the Universe).
Shri Mataji: “That’s why all the art grew from here (Italy). Now soul is the essence of all the elements of this Europe, which is here, and England is the reflection. So England has to reflect on Italy.”
Another Sahaja Yogi: “See, the water in the glass is reflecting the light. England is the light and the light has to shine out of Italy which is the water. I mean the five elements in a way. “
( Gregoire de Kalbermatten and others had shared this recollection)
Anna Mancini’s translation of this article “Il Personaggio” to English is below with some more photos from Cabella.
“In 1970 she founded the Sahaja Yoga Movement which has its basis in meditation techniques.
The Indian guru Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of numerous Sahaja Centers in Italy and throughout the world, has died from cardiac arrest last Thursday in Genova.
She passed away in the Montallegro Clinic where she had been treated some days ago. Almost 88 years old (she would have celebrated her 88th birthday March 21) she founded the movement of Sahaja Yoga in 1970. This is a meditation technique which allows one to achieve internal balance.
The foundation, which is named after Shri Mataji, has established centers in over 100 countries. It has opened hospitals, schools, and various health centers which all use the same meditation techniques. In Italy, the foundation is located in the medieval town of Cabella Ligure. It has become an “ashram’ with followers coming from all over Europe. That is where the great saint had her residence and where she stayed during the summer months.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born in 1923 in Chindwara,India, into a Christian family.She was called “Nirmala,” which means “pure” in Sanskrit. Her father, Prasad Rao Salve, was a direct descendent of the royal Shalivan dynasty. In 1920 he married Lady Cornelia, the first Indian woman to receive a degree in mathematics from Ferguson University. Mr. Salve knew Mahatma Gandhi. When it was time for the young Nirmala to choose her field of studies, she chose medicine. She wanted to focus her interest on human anatomy and physiology.
Just like her father, Shri Mataji’s heart was in the fight for the liberation for India. Many times she was imprisoned for participating in the students’ peaceful movements, the “Quit India Movement” (1942). She was banned from further studies due to her activities in the fight for independence. After India’s Independence Proclamation, Shri Mataji married the young diplomat Mr. Chandrika Prasad Srivastave on April 7, 1947. Later he was named in important official in the United Nations. Shri Mataji and her husband had two daughters, Kalpana and Sadhana. Shri Mataji then began to work for the benefit of society. She started the “Youth Society” to promote young talent in the field of cinema. At the same time she fully respected morality and all moral customs.
Shri Mataji also founded the P.K. Salve Music and Art Academy, a center for abandoned women (Nirmal Prem), a hospital in Belapur, India. The hospital treats patients only with Sahaja Yoga meditation techniques, (International Sahaja Yoga Research and Health Centre) and TEV, the Theater of Eternal Values.
Since the 1980’s, Shri Mataji has traveled throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, and in Oceania, permitting thousands of people to experiment Sahaja Yoga. Since 2006, the movement, which is named after Shri Mataji, has among its holdings homes and land.” Translated by Anna Mancini