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”
Gudi Padwa is Today – The New Year for the Protectors of The Kundalini energy & The Seven Chakras
(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 (chakras).
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 worshipers 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 worshipers and protectors 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 dynasty – they were her forefathers)
March 30, 1976 – Gudi Padwa Meditation in India about the Three Dimensions in Life (excerpts)
“We cannot meditate; we only can be in meditation.
When we say we are going to meditate it has no meaning.
We have to be in meditation.
Either you are inside the house or outside the house.
You cannot be inside the house and then say that: ‘Now I’m outside the house.‘ Or when you are outside the house you cannot say: ‘I’m inside the house.’
In the same way, you are moving in three dimensions of your life – of emotional and physical and mental being. You are not inside yourself.
But when you are inside, then you are in Thoughtless Awareness. Then, not only that you are there, but you are everywhere, because that is the place, that is the point where you are really in universal… From there you are in contact with the Principle, with the Shakti, with the Power that permeates into every particle that is matter, into every thought that is emotion, into every planning and thinking of the whole world. You permeate into all the elements that have created this beautiful Earth. You permeate into earth; you permeate into Akasha [sky, ether], into teja [light], into sound. But your movement is very slow.
Then you say: ‘I’m meditating,’ that means you are moving in permeation with the Universal Being. But you are not moving yourself, you are just unloading yourself to be free from the weight of things that do not allow you to move.
When you are in meditation you must allow yourself to be in Thoughtless Awareness. There, the Unconscious (“Achetana” in Sanskrit language) Itself, the Achetana itself will take charge of you. You will start moving with the force of Achetana. The Unconscious is going to work it out. It is going to take you there, where It wants you to go. You keep to thoughtless awareness all the time. Try to keep to thoughtless awareness as much as you can. When you are in thoughtless awareness you must know that you are in the Kingdom of God and His people, His arrangements, His consciousness, is going to look after you.”
“Those who are involved with each other, by any relationship whatsoever, must know that this kind of involvement is not going to help them to attain their individual ascent. Everybody is ascending individually though you are collectively contacted with each other and in communication; but the ascendance is individual, absolutely individual. So whether he is your son, brother, sister, wife, friend, you must remember that you are not responsible for their ascendance. You cannot help them for their ascendance. Only Mother’s Grace (the universal feminine power represented by Kundalini energy within) and their own desire, their own effort, to give up all that is three dimensional will help them.”
(lord Ganesha made of clay found in the woods nearby by Irish yogi children and a Canadian yogini during the Navaratri International Yoga Seminar and Puja celebrated in Ireland, 2018)
“Today is a very great day with the (Shalivahana’s) New Year.
Within two years from today, Satya Yuga (“The Era of Truth”) is going to start. It’s a great day for many things that nine days are celebrated after this, for the advent of Mother (the Primordial Energy – Goddess). It is the date, or I should say, the calendar was started by my forefathers (Shalivahanas) and they perceived that this is the day when the Mother started creating. And this is the day She created (*) Ganesha to begin with.
** Shri Ganesha represents the the principle of Eternal child within, governing our Root – Mooladhara – chakra
In the Utpatti stage [first stage, Genesis], She started her work this day.
And that’s why they put this date as the first date because the Time started from this date long time back.
And that’s why this date is very important, and if you cross this date then you are beyond time. You have to step on to this date and go beyond. You have to step on your dharma (innate righteousness), on to your religion, and go beyond : ‘dharmateet’ (beyond the dharma). You have to be those three gunas and to go beyond: ‘gunateet’. You are all those three. But the steps on which you are standing have to be all right, or those which are crossed or, have to be all right too. So when you are beyond, you have to repair those steps, which you have crossed somehow, which can be done through meditation, puja, prayers.
But the most important, the greatest advancement is done by giving the universal through your universal being. You all must dedicate your life to Sahaja Yoga and give more and more. Among us there are some people who have given a lot and by that they have achieved a lot too. You have to give, talk about it, spread it and bring more people to get this. Otherwise they will be left out of evolutionary processes. There’s no time for you to doubt and think; don’t waste your time in all these useless activities. If you have still doubts, it’s better to give up. It’s high time that you get into the process.
So Today I wish you Happy New Year for a journey in the spiritual life of this world. You have to think of all the Sahaja Yogis who are far away from us and our thoughts should carry our love for them and they should be blessed as you all are blessed here.
I hope these important days that I am here, you will fully dedicate yourself for your emancipation on those four lines that I have told you. And whatever program comes in, take it sahaj. You should not insist on times and timings. Whatever comes sahaj (naturally, spontaneously), accept it.”
The Moon’s Importance for the Psyche
“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. ”
Subtle Subject & Old Treasures – Important for Sahaja Yogis to Study
“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 Kali yuga (the dark age – in Saskrit language). Why has this Kali yuga 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.
Moon’s bad effects — Solar & Lunar Energy Channels’s Importance
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’ (Sun/Right/Solar tendency) is no good and only tamo-guna (Left/Moon channel/Lunar 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)
(check related article) The Spiritual Influence of the Moon on People and Chakras – Connections to HARVEST and SUPER MOON -The Birth of Virgin Mary & Anant Chaturdashi Festival
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.