Note: Shri Bhairavanath represents the subtle principle known as the Archangel Michael in Christianity and who plays a subtle role within the chakra system, representing the energy flowing along the left subtle energy channel).
Shri Mataji: “Ida Nadi is the nadi (Sanskrit for ‘channel’) of Chandrama, of the Moon. So this is a channel for us to cool down. So the work of Bhairavanathji is to Cool us down.For example, people have a hot temper with their ego, with their liver, whatever it is, and if a person is in a big temper, then Bhairavnath plays tricks on that person to cool him down. He organizes everything under his own control with (the) ganas (angels) help, with Ganapati’s help (Note: Ganapati is the lord Ganesha that reigns the Root chakra and he is known as the ruler of the Ganas) .. to cool down your temperament, to give you a balance. So if somebody is a very hot tempered person and he crosses all the limits of his temper, then somehow or other, Bhairavnath will organize, also with the help of Hanumana (same with the Archangel Gabriel) , to show that this stupidity of anger is no good. So, for example, people who are depressed or who become left sided, Hanumana tries to help them to come out of it, no doubt, but also Bhairavnath helps them very much more to come out of it. Now a person who is left sided (= has problems with his left energy channel) cannot be collective.”
“It is very difficult for a person who is very left sided, who is all the time feeling very sad, unhappy and worried, cannot enjoy the fun of collectivity… while a hot tempered person, a right sided person, does not enjoy any collectivity, does not allow anybody to enjoy collectivity, no doubt, but tries to be in the collective so that he can assert – because such a person tries to show the superiority, is something superior – naturally he cannot enjoy the collective. On the contrary, the person who is depressed, all the time thinks: “Nobody loves me, nobody cares for me, I’m so depressed, this, that,” – all the time expecting something from others, also cannot enjoy the collective. Such a left sided person will find everything is something unhappy. Like the other day, I went to Moscow. There was a lady with us who was a Sahaja Yogini – a left sided Sahaja Yogini. So we went to have our food and it started raining and they couldn’t get a taxi, but then a car came in and we went there. Then they said that you are very late so you have to sit on the other side, you have to take the seats which are more expensive.So this lady started saying: ‘What all problems, no taxi, it is raining and we can’t get a seat.’ I said: ‘This is all fun; this is not something a problem.’ This ‘problem’ – word should be given up. This is a new word I have learned, because ‘problem’ we used to use only for geometry in our young age! 🙂 Now this sort of an attitude, negative attitude – to find everything negative – is the way we really spoil our Left Side (subtle energy channel – the moon channel).
Shri Mataji: ‘But then a gentleman who had invited us came and he said: ‘We are sitting on the other side waiting for you.’ So we went to the other side, enjoyed nice food, everything was fine, (and I) said: ‘See now, you are only counting how many negative things there are, and you were not seeing the fun.’ So she asked me: ‘What should I do?’ I said: ‘You take Bhairava’s name, sit with your left hand towards the photograph and right hand on the Mother Earth and that’s how all your bhoots (=dead spirit in Hindi) of negativity will go away.’ So Bhairava always has a light in his hand – always light in his hand – and he runs up and down Ida Nadi to make light for you to see that there’s nothing negative. And this negativity comes to us by many ways. One of the negativities are that: ‘This is mine’, like: ‘My child, my husband, my property,’ – ‘MY’. So then, you see, once you get attached in this manner, what you find (is) that your children also become negative.But if you want to be positive, it is very easy and for that you should see: WHERE IS YOUR ATTENTION?”
Shri Mataji: “Are you only seeing problems or you are seeing some FUN ?! There are people who cannot make fun out of ANYthing. If it is a sunny day they will cry: ‘Oh God, what a sunny day,’ and if it is a day with clouds they will say: ‘Oh, what a day.’ Nothing can please them! But to enjoy the positivity in every negativity is the capacity of a Sahaja Yogi! The negativity doesn’t exist – it’s an ignorance. Also it is not ignorance because ignorance also doesn’t exist. If everything is the all-pervading power, then how can there be ignorance?! But supposing, in the force of this power, if you hide, run away, you will say that there is negativity. Like, you hide yourself in a cave, close it properly, and say that there is no sun. So those people who cannot become collective are either right sided or left sided but more left sided. But left sided people can be collective in negativity. There is a very big fraternity of bhoots (negative dead spirits – posessions).You see some drunkards sitting together… They cannot see FUN at all, they cannot enjoy at all, and they become very – sort of think they are very meditative, they are some higher people, they are something superior … in negativity.. So this emotional attachment is too much and to emotionally worry about somebody, that this is my child, this is my this thing, this is this, this is that – and all the time wasting your precious life in these things is not the way a Sahaja Yogi should live. If a Sahaja Yogi cannot become collective then know that he is not a Sahaja Yogi.So one has to know that this is the work of Bhairavnath within us.Another work (is) that he gives us light in darkness, is that he destroys all the bhoots (negativity) within us and all kinds of bhootish ideas and funny ideas about attachments and also the depressive-ness.
So today I am very happy that we are worshiping Shri Bhairava because he is very much connected with Ganesha. As you know, Shri Ganesha is at the Mooladhara (the root chakra) while Bhairava moves onto the left side and goes to the right side. So all kinds of conditionings, all kinds of habits, can be conquered through the help of Bhairavnath. In Nepal we have a very huge, big Bhairavnath statue which is really a Swayambu and people are more left sided, so they are afraid of Bhairavnath. So if somebody has a bad habit, say, of stealing, they take him in front of Bhairavnath and put his light there, make a flame. I mean, the police take them and they ask them: “Now, say before Bhairavnath, confess it.” And they confess what wrong they have done.“So he protects us also, from doing wrong things, sly things like thieving. Whatever we think we can do secretly, can be hidden, but you cannot hide it from Bhairavnath.If you don’t change then he exposes you completely. That’s how he has exposed all the horrible false gurus.So today we are here to worship this great deity of Bhairavnath who incarnated on this earth later on, ultimately as Mahavira also.So he stands on the gate of hell and stops people from falling into hell. But if you want to go to hell, if it is your desire, is your willpower like that working – that I should go to hell -then he says: “Alright, you can go.’ But as you know, now the hell is also full of people 🙂 , so (it) is better that we should try to fight our negativity and become fun loving, enjoying others, loving others, not worrying about what others are doing to you but only thinking what good you can do to others.
So today’s special puja (= veneration in Sanskrit) for Bhairavnath (the subtle principle governing our Moon/Left Energy Channel) … we offer, to give us a sense to laugh, to enjoy, to have fun. May God bless you all.”
(the above are excerpts from an informal talk offered by the founder of sahaja yoga meditation, Shri Mataji, right before the celebration of Shri Bhairavnath during an international yoga seminar at Garlati, Italy, on 6 August, 1989)
Collectivity – Sahaj Definition with Descriptive Photo
“The Collectivity which attracts all of you from all over the places .. try to enjoy that collectivity, but the basis of collectivity, the foundation of collectivity is very deep ..
and the deep understanding can only tell you that: the basis of collectivity is
Detached Love.. love is the only way .. it is not possible to have collectivity unless and until you have Detached Love..”
Shri Mataji (short excerpt from a lecture on Collectivity offered in 1989-07-09)
** this article is dedicated to this beautiful bouquet of sahaja yogis seen in the photos above ..various ages, backgrounds and so on, but having in common Sahaja Yoga Meditation .. they gathered together on that day to help with a Special Class in Oakville – enjoying their and each other’s Self!