Shri Mataji: “Poetry is like Moonlight and when it falls upon any matter, it enhances the beauty and gives it a charisma and the language is so beautiful that it hides all the ugliness as the moon light hides all the detailed ugliness. It creates an atmosphere – so Meditative”
(translated from Hindi – Shri Mataji on Gudi Padwa Day – excerpts: Gurgaon, India, 13.04.2002)
“Today is the New Year day and the beginning of the Moon that is why this day is given so much of significance. It is known as Gudi Padwa. A flag is put on a stick and on it is put a small pitcher. This pitcher represents the Kundalini. It is taken as a symbol. The Shalivahanas were the devotees of the Devi (Goddess) and it is told that they used to offer shawl to the Goddess. In the beginning they were called ‘Sat-Vahanas’ because they worshiped Seven Plexuses. And this ‘Sat-vahana’ was ultimately changed into ‘Shalivahana’. But the symbol of Shalivahana is the same. They put up a ‘Gudi’ means a flag and a small pitcher is put on it as a symbol. This pitcher has a particular shape which represents Kundalini. So they were the worshippers of Kundalini and followed it. That is the reason they made this symbol in this way. All those who follow Kundalini put up a ‘Gudi’ in their houses and also put a flag on it and thus it is indicated that they welcome the Kundalini and exhibit in a special way. But all these people are moving in the rut. They are doing all these rituals without knowing the cause of it. One should know the reason for doing certain things. What is it?! Because the Satvahanas were the worshippers and protector of Kundalini and they started their New Year like that. In the New Year they made their symbol in the form of a small pitcher and the flag put on the stick. But here in this part people do not know about it nor do they celebrate this festival. “ (Note: Shri Mataji belongs to the Shalivahana royal dinasty)
“All our astrology and astronomy go with the position of the Moon. The state of the Moon is considered in astrology and astronomy and the whole astrology is made accordingly. So our first calendar Shalivahana Shaka is based on Moon. All the dates also go according to Moon. Those who have no knowledge of these facts cannot understand the reason behind this festivals falling on different dates. So we have to think that the significance we have attached to the Moon is because it has a great impact on the human beings. We should be careful about it. The greatest effect of the Moon is that our left side (Left Sympathetic /Left Subtle Energy channel that is known as the Moon Channel in the yoga system) depends on it. Very few people know about it. The reason of giving so much importance to this left side is that it affects our Psyche. That is why so much significance is attached to it. The effect on the left side is psychic; it does not belong to our brain. It cannot be controlled. Psychic problems cannot be controlled nor the effect of the Moon. So the dates of the Moon are to be considered. For example on Amavashya (New Moon Night / No-Moon night) or Purnima (Full Moon night) the problems of epileptic or psychic patients gets aggravated. On such occasion we could see that the person is affected by No-Moon (Amavashya) or Full Moon (Purnima). So we are sensitive to the position of the Moon. Very subtle calculations have been done about it. In our country we know much before the dates and times of Moon eclipses. Much thought have been given to it and we have acquired a lot of knowledge about it. It shows that a lot of attention has been given to the effects of the Moon. So much has been written about it. In modern times everything is being calculated on the position of the Sun but it is not proper. The position of the Moon also must be taken into consideration. ”
“We should know what is going to be the effects of the Moon today. It is a very Subtle Subject. We should have knowledge about it and it should be discussed in our country. We should know why it is celebrated in our country? What is particular about it? Without knowing about the customs and festivals of the country we could neither love it nor respect it. These things are very deep rooted but we have no knowledge of them. People say it is Kaliyuga. Why has this Kaliyuga set-in? What is its meaning? Mostly the people do not know. They know about it from different people and talk about it. It has an important Myth behind it of the time of King Parikshit. No one knows about it, no one reads it. People read only stupid books. At the most they read Ramayana but they have no knowledge of its message or its philosophy. No one knows about it. But we Sahaja Yogis must acquire this knowledge. We must know from where the culture of our country dawned and how it reached at this level. Without this knowledge .. ego and other negativities will have hold on us. So it will be better to understand from where these qualities have come and what is their significance, Why do we do certain things or we do it because other people also do it. It is not proper. We must have thorough knowledge of it! I desire that all the Sahaja Yogis should know about it and understand it. If I had time enough I would have written about all these things. But I have no time. You people could read and know about it, all the books are available. There are so many books in Hindi language in India but no one reads them. All these books are available .. We must know about them. Whatever is mythical contains a lot of useful things. By understanding them we could know the roots of India… Many knowledgeable things have been written in these books, .. I wish you people study them. The study of these scriptures will give you new direction ..You don’t have to spend much money. Of course time is needed. We read unnecessary things, watch useless films and unnecessary news. Our study should be very deep and about our old-old treasures.
Today is very auspicious. I was not feeling well, yet I thought I must go for Puja on this auspicious occasion. May God bless you!” (all the above are excerpts from the same talk of the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Shri Mataji, on the subtle significance of Today: the Gudi Padwa Day)
Shri Mataji: “….. a Saint has to be gentle, gentle in the way the moonlight falls upon this earth. It is light without any burning in it, no scorching. That gentleness one has to develop out of the oil that is the love in your heart which lubricates everything, which removes the frictions and soothes…” Shri Mataji (Tivoli, Italy, 17/11/85)
The Moon in Our Hands – True Miracle Story
“Mark Bevan (a sahaja yoga meditation practitioner) told us a beautiful story, he needed to be cooled in those days more than most, but……in short.
One day Shri Mataji told him to hold out his hands and she placed an invisible orb into his hands.. Upon familiarising himself with this sphere and the hugely cooling nature of it, he asked Mother (Shri Mataji) with complete innocence what it was and She said:
“And I saw Shri Mataji coming out of the car and walking one or two steps. And after that I got lost. I don’t remember anything. And then I saw Her on the stage. It was like Moonlight, watching Her. “ – experience shared by Nirmal Gupta from India
“But the moon is the desire. Ultimately when it also collapses back, first of all it works out, it evolves, and then again when it is reversed, you see, then it goes back to desire, desire disappears into the spectator and the whole thing becomes parabramha again.
So the identification with one or the other cannot be said, it’s everywhere. If It is everything how can you identify with any thing else.
Moon is one of the symbols, Moon is one of the symbols. Why? Because according to Sahaja yoga we reach the state where you touch the Sada Shiva in the symbolic form you see or if you can say that after getting realization if you can see the abstract form of God and then we say after reaching your brahma randra you crossover your limbic area and then you go to aardh bindu. Aardh Bindu is the moon.
Moon is the spirit. Because, Shiva also wears the moon on his head. Sada Shiva also wears the moon on His head. So moon is the spectator. Isn’t it?
Sun is the working part. He works and it reflects on the moon. So you become the spectator yourself and start going into that. So every symbol is the same and now why we use the moon more than the sun, about the timings, because it is the moon which is more effective in creating desire within our self.
Like the moon affects even the sea. Not the sun. Sun is a constant-stuck practically; except for it changes its axis some time. And the distances between sun has not much significance with the earth, except that if the earth loses its axis a little bit more or becomes a little bit flatter then may be that the speed of the earth may be reduced, so we can only control the speed.
But the moon is a subtler thing. Which acts on subtle, subtler ways because you have seen the moon acts on the tides, it acts on the temperaments, it is a much subtler thing. Desire is much more subtler than the action itself. It’s a deeper thing. So the action comes out of the desire. So it is better to affect the desire than to affect the action. And that is why, in India people accept moon as the indicator for dates and all that but in the west people are so much time bound and for them they would not like to have these variations because they are not prepared for any such variations. For them, 12 o’clock is 12 o’clock and they are very very rigid people.
So it is not one way or the other .. even Surya – the Sun, is very important.But why the Moon is important because it makes you subtler. And that is why one should achieve the moon as they say. Right-sided people must achieve the Moon (within)….
And actually I would say that the western people should start taking to moon calendar; they will be better off. They will have some more time and they will think of auspiciousness, you see. ..
Moon has such an influence. I read a book called as Super Nature. You might have read it also. The fellow is been dealing with some scientific experimentation. He said there were some oysters. The oysters were placed in Los Angeles, you see. So they remove them and put them to some Ohio or some place in the center of America. Now there is no sea there for those oysters but they used to close and open according to the tidals at Los Angeles for a month. From them you could make out what is the tide in there. Then gradually they started changing and then they took to the timing of opening and closing if the moon at that time was pulling the tides of a sea which doesn’t exist there in Ohio. As if there was a sea and the moon would come in and would attract this sea, accordingly these were opening and closing. Because when there is high tide they close and when there is low tide they open. So with that timing they were working. So, the living things have such an effect of the moon.
So, I think Indians should become more sort of active, though they are, I think, quite active now and they should not do any more activity. Otherwise they will become rajo- gunnies not satva-gunis (Truth/Centre oriented). Only rajo guna (Right/Sun tendency) is no good and only tamo-guna (Left/Moon tendency) is not good. And if you become too much rajo gunnies also what happens you get to the bad effects of moon, then you become lunatics and what paranoid and otherwise all these things come to you and you go up to that because you take to drugs all extreme left-sided stuff is from the moon.
Auspiciousness comes from not only from the sun but also from the moon. Mainly from the moon and also from the stars. ” (Shri Mataji in India, Feb 6, 1982)
And the last but not the least, let’s enjoy the Felicitation Card made by Navin from UAE, sent to all of us with love, on behalf of his strong sahaja yoga meditation group from his country.