This article is tuned to the international sahaja yoga seminar held in Italy this fall, focused on Shri Ganesha Principle – let’s all go deeper on the importance of Innocence within and without, in our families, in our communities, all around the world. Let’s meditate with the attention on children while absorbing the words of wisdom coming from Shri Mataji – concerned, spiritual mother.
(Shri Mataji invites the children to come and sit on the stage)
“Now we are facing little children. They are the ones who are incarnations. They are the ones who are going to lead humanity into some great advancement – the humanity has to be looked after. They are tomorrow’s humanity. And we are today’s. And what are we giving to them for them to follow? What is their aim in life? Very, very difficult to say. But with the Sahaja Yoga they will all go in the proper way, they’ll behave in a proper way and the whole thing will be a different mass of Sahaja Yogis coming up.
But it is the duty of ‘bigger’ Sahaja Yogis to look after them; to have better moral standards, to have better lives so that they follow your life and become genuinely good Sahaja Yogis. It’s a very big responsibility, perhaps we don’t recognize it, we don’t understand, but all these are little creatures which are after the image of great souls and they should be brought up in that way, respected in that manner and loved with great care. This is to be understood. The problem with our elderly people is this that we do not consider them to be considered, to be bothered about, to be understood about. We think we are too intelligent, too good and we need not waste our energy with them. This is the trouble of the elderly people.
But today when we are sitting here to worship Shri Ganesha (the principle of the eternal child within us, governing the root – Mooladhara chakra), we should know they are all incarnations of Shri Ganesha and they should be given proper attention, proper understanding about themselves. I find certain amount of children who are very well-behaved, which are very spontaneous, and there are some who have no idea to what they are doing. So it is the duty of the elders to put ideas into their heads, to proper understanding about themselves and the self-respect. Same thing I would say for the elder Sahaja Yogis who have to look after their younger brothers and sisters. In this family of ours which we call as Sahaja Yogis, there are all kinds of people, all types, all behaviors. Of course they should not be regimented, there should not be uniformity, but in that variety there should be this beauty, there should be the beautiful trend of being one with each other.”
Let’s Introduce Children to Shri Ganesha
(thank you Bernard, our brother yogi from Belgium who posted this clip)
“For that (the beauty, the beautiful trend of being one with each other), what should we do, is the problem. What should the elders do to achieve that? What is our solid ‘contribution’ to their lives?
The first will be to tell them who is Shri Ganesha, and that what are the qualities of Ganesha, what does he represent.
What does he represent, what qualities he has – and once they start understanding, that though being a little boy, he’s so generous, he’s so kind, he’s so forgiving – they’ll be amazed because they are also small and they’ll also take to that kind of life.
I find some children very sensible, very good here. Some are naughty and some don’t understand what we are doing here. Whatever it is, they are after all children. And what we have to do is to look after them, respect them, and give them the full idea about Shri Ganesha.
I think everybody must have a statue of Shri Ganesha in your house, so the children will see it and ask:
“Who is this? What is he doing?”
And you will be amazed how they will understand you, how they will understand his qualities and how they will work it out. It is important for all of you to have at least one Shri Ganesha in your house, so that you can tell your children that ‘You all have to become like him’.
Now what are the qualities of Shri Ganesha ?! (the principle of the Root Chakra). They won’t understand chastity, they are too small, they won’t understand all those qualities.
But one quality they will understand is to be honest.
Gradually you will find all difficult ones will go down, it will work out that way. Because you see they don’t understand my lecture, they don’t understand what I am saying. If there are some of possessions within, they will show, because they are so innocent and so simple, their innocence will help them to expose them (the negativities) to reality.
I hope you all look after your children, guide them properly and take them to a level of understanding that they understand what is their position, what qualities they should have, why will they be respected. You’ll be amazed, that their behavior will change the behavior of all the other children.”
When are we “Grown Up”?!
“What I have to say that nobody should think that you are very grown-up because you can keep quiet, sit quietly and all that.
You are grown-up only if you can imbibe the qualities of Shri Ganesha.
I have seen people who are very grown-up still do not have simple qualities of chastity, of honesty – they don’t have, and they can’t have it because they don’t think it is important. So, I leave it to you to find out Shri Ganesha within yourself.
I enjoy their (children’s) company because they’re so innocent and so simple hearted and I like them very, very much. So, you should not get afraid or frightened of their mischievousness. On the contrary, you should know they deserve much more love, much more understanding and much more scope to grow. I hope by the time they will be of your age, they’ll be great Sahaja Yogis. They’ll understand what we are doing here. I had to face mountains of nonsense with the older people, but these won’t have that. They’ll be very simple, very sweet and they’ll understand love.
So I will say we can allow these children to go out and play and somebody can look after them so that you’ll be at peace.
(no-one moves and the children also remain motionless sitting on the stage)
Who can take them out? (laughter)
You can give me flowers. If you have got flowers, I’ll take them.
(The children start giving her their flowers) Every so often we hear Shri Mataji saying –
Thank you … Thank you very much …. Thank you ….
(all the above represents the transcript of Shri Mataji’s addressing to yogis before the international Shri Ganesha seminar, Cabella Ligure, Italy, 13.9.03 – transcript)
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