Ascending Through Laughter and Tears

Meditative Wisdom found in Kahlil Gibran’s Poem and Shri Mataji’s Words

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“In everything: in your behavior, your talk, the way you talk, in your touch, your laughter, and your tears, in everything there should be such a vision of your heart. In everything: in your behavior, in your language, in your speech, in your laughter, in your caress, in your crying, in everything you do, your heart should be seen, vastness should be seen, the sky should be seen.” Shri Mataji (January 25th , 1975)

The following poem by the realized soul and poet-prophet Kahlil Gibran is dedicated to the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation – Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – who moved us to tears as well to laughter with her words of wisdom, both powerful and enlightening, as well sprinkled with the most enjoyable  and spirited humor. While we shed tears of love and profound gratefulness or we’ve decorated our faces with spontaneous innocent smiles reflecting our heart’s wide openness and in depth fulfillment – we’ve always have been spiraled higher and higher towards our Spirit – the Ascending Trajectory that was designed for us by our spiritual teacher, Shri Mataji and realized through our awakened motherly power – our own Kundalini energy.


In every winter’s heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn.” – Kahlil Gibran

Grow and Create Beauty every moment through Laughter and Tears

“If you know that you have to grow every moment you’ll be amazed how fast you can grow.

Every moment you have to change. For example, your style of talking.. Some people have a style of laughing in a funny way, all the time they’ll be laughing, giggling, while talking they go on, that’s not the way a Sahaja Yogi should be. He should be serene, he should laugh when it is necessary, he should smile at when it is necessary.

It is so much in tune with your Spirit that whatever you do should create beauty. Even when you cry at the time when it is necessary, it’s so beautiful. See, tears come into your eyes sometimes, they do. But you see somebody very sick, somebody very ill, unhappy – then the tears should come, not when something about you is bad. That’s a Sahaja Yogi.

The Sahaja Yogi must feel for others, not for oneself. In the same way, when you laugh, you see, you shouldn’t just laugh as a matter of habit.  Or one should not be so serious, that next moment a person wants to get away from you the way you are serious. I mean there are silent bores also, they just bore you by their silence. :-)”

When Speaking from Your Heart, You can touch the Roots of Another Person

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“But whatever you have to speak it should come from your heart. If it really comes from your heart, I tell you, it will have so much effect, because heart gives that beauty to you. That’s your Spirit. Connection is with the Spirit. When you speak it from your heart, feelingly, whatever you speak, it shows so much of your feelings on your face, and on your behavior, everything, and it touches another person’s heart, means you touch the roots of the person. You touch the absolute innermost part of his, antar karana’ as you say, innermost compartment of his life, and from there the light comes.”

Excerpts from Shri Mataji’s talk to yogis on March 21, 1982 in UK

A poem from ‘Tears and Laughter’ by Kahlil Gibran

Part II – The Ascending

I have passed a mountain peak and my soul is soaring in the
Firmament of complete and unbound freedom;
I am far, far away, my companions, and the clouds are
Hiding the hills from my eyes.

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The valleys are becoming flooded with an ocean of silence, and the
Hands of oblivion are engulfing the roads and the houses;
The prairies and fields are disappearing behind a white specter
That looks like the spring cloud, yellow as the candlelight
And red as the twilight.

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The songs of the waves and the humans of the streams
Are scattered, and the voices of the throngs reduced to silence;
And I can hear naught but the music of Eternity
In exact harmony with the spirit’s desires.
I am cloaked in full whiteness;
I am in comfort; I am in peace.

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Photo captured on Jan 24th, 2022 – Romanian mountains. Yogis were admiring the balance between the vast white beauty and the blue sky.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. nicolette van 't hek

    beautiful !!!!!!!

  2. anjali

    This is what it means to be in reality…once we ascend our awareness is far far away from all this nonsensical illusions and delusions that we accept as reality but it is not… In reality we are in the kingdom of God which is filled with peace, joy and harmony. Thank you sharing this deep poem Ioana. Felt ii is so perfect to imbibe in during this holiday season.

  3. hala sukarieh

    Thanks a lot for sharing…
    It is heard that in churches in USA people are reading Gibran’s very spiritual books…

    He said also:
    ”God is glorified through human’s joy.”
    ”You shall bless darkness as you would bless light.”
    ”If Lebanon was not my country, I would have make it mine.”
    ”Life has no meaning without meditation.”

    With love from Lebanon (Gibran’s country)

  4. Maria

    Wonderful poem, very cool vibes after reading it!

  5. Jolanta


  6. Aldo

    What a beautiful poem, great vibrations. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Kruti

    So deep and profound words are used by this great poet Kahil Gibran! Just reading this poem again and again and looking at the amazing photos of nature accompanied by each paragraph, itself is so peaceful. Thank you for posting.

  8. Niti

    Thanks for beautiful article about Khalil Gibran and the saying of shri Mataji,the ultimate truth of the Spirit,that there should be harmony in every action and in every movement in every thought with the Spirit otherwise one can’t feel any joy in any action everything will become
    Superficial.Thanks i enjoyed the serenity of this beautiful article .

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