Many students of Sahaja Yoga Meditation, when are coming to the classes they start asking:
‘Now, what should we wear? What is closer to the idea of a yogi, what is recommended?’
Maybe because of the popularity of Jedi order from ‘Star Wars’ or because many sport or spiritual practises are using uniforms or a particular dress code. However, in sahaja yoga we experience a Natural and Spontaneous Connection to this Power of Life that is Universal. This says a lot.
Below, in simple words and stories some truths are provided that bring peace and humorous wisdom; also some barriers might be removed – we become citizens of the world.
I remember that when watching recently Star Wars with my family I had realized with amazement the similarity between Yoda’s way of talking and Shri Mataji’s as well how the Force is the Shakti (power) that in Sahaja Yoga is venerated as the doer in creation; and a jedi’s conduct and connection to the force is entirely sahaj! But, with one improvement: no special clothes or lightsaber use nor training are necessary. No exterior compulsion or ‘special effects’ are required. The search starts within and the transformation is within.
You might find really interesting and enjoy meditating on the following advises:
Shri Mataji:‘For things now.Things have no value unlessand until there are emotions behind it.’
So, one has to develop that DETACHMENT to be a GURU [teacher, master]… Sometimes one has to wear those dresses to announce to the world because if you have to work in a short time then you have to take to that intensive behavior like CHRIST, you can say or Adi Shankaracharya. All these people had a very very short life. In that short life they had to achieve -such a tremendous task that they had to actually take a military uniform just to avoid problems, NOT to impress others. Now-a-days people do it just to impress others that they are detached and do just the things opposite to it. So, we understand that first work is not to harm anyone-AHIMSA [Sanskrit term]. Not to kill anyone. That does not mean that you do not have to eat meat and fish and all that. That is all nonsense. Of course you should not hanker after food, no doubt about it. You do not kill anyone means, you do not kill a human being. THOU SHALL NOT KILL. So first thing is not to harm anyone.
You are just standing in the centre: from one door it comes and from the other it goes.It is nice to see all that movement. It is very interesting.
Apart, from that the way you give it, the emotional side of it is so beautiful, you cannot imagine it. I met a lady after say 30 years of her married life in London, suddenly and she said, “Oh what a coincidence”. I said, “why” ? She said, “(today)I am wearing the same pearl necklace you had given me on my wedding-day .. and I should meet you”. The whole thing, the whole drama changed with the meeting, it is how you give even a small thing it is the greatest art of giving that one has to learn in Sahaja Yoga. Give up the mundane type of things, like if you go to somebody’s birthday, you send a card, ‘thank you, very much’.
Make it a more deeper significant thing. Let us gee how you develop your symbols of love.
When you have these things of vibrations and you will give it to a Sahaja Yogi,’ he will know what it is. Never lack in generosity… Gradually, you will be amazed how through small things you win over as if the vibrations flow through those things and work out for those people.
Then, for a Sahaja Yogi it is important to use things which are more natural in their character. Give up artificiality and be more natural. I do not mean that take out the roots and eat them or you eat the fish raw. I do not mean that. Always you must avoid going too far with the things. But try to lead a life which is more natural. Natural, in the sense that people know that there is no vanity about you. Some people can be the other way round. You see, they will dress up like a tramp, just to attract more attention. I mean there can be both ways. .. So you have to be a natural person; very natural in your behavior. It can mean anything absurd also to some people who do not use their wisdom. WISDOM IS VERY IMPORTANT IN SAHAJA YOGA, that you have to keep intact all the time. Natural means you must wear natural dresses, which are suitable to you, e.g. in this climate there is no use to wear dress like Rama [exemplary Indian king and warrior considered an Avatar] used to wear. He will not wear anything on the top, there was no need. You have to wear the dress of whatever country you belong; whatever suits the occasion. Whatever you think is dignified and good. It speaks for your.. elegance and your personality. .. No clownish things are necessary, no dandy stuff is necessary. Simple, beautiful dresses should be worn which give you dignity. Actually in the East, people believe that God has given you a beautiful body and it is to be adorned with the beauty of what human beings have created, just to respect it, just to worship your body. For example in India women wear their Saris and Saris are expressive of their moods and expression of their worship of their bodies, because you must respect your body. Dresses should be such that they should be for utility as well as dignity. There is no need to have uniform clothes for Sahaja Yogis at all. I don’t like it.
There should be Variety as Nature is.
Everyone should look a different person.
For Puja [special ocassion/celebration] etc. all can wear something similar, it doesn’t matter. Your attention need not be on the variety. But outside, you should be normal person. You are all householders, nobody has to announce something. For you people, I don’t even advice to put the red mark [tika on the forehead] when walking on the street. You should be NORMAL PERSON, not to be pointed out. You need not be dressed absurdly or in funny way but in a normal way as others wear. To be normal is very important in Sahaja Yoga.
Then we have to know that Sahaja Yogis have to get over all kinds of discriminations and identifications according to races, color and different religions in which you are born…
But these identifications will linger on. To accept anything new, you have to be reborn and you are REBORN NOW [kundalini energy is awakened in Sahaja Yoga and this is considered the second birth]. Now, you are DHARMATIT [term in Sanskrit] means you need not follow any particular type of religion. You are open to all religions and the essence of all religions you have to take. You have not to denounce any religion or insult any religious incarnation at any time, it is a SIN. It is a great sin in Sahaja Yoga and you know who they are. There should be no racial understanding of oneself. You could be Chinese or of any group. You could be anything. As long as we are human beings, we should know that we laugh the same way, we smile the same way. This is all conditioning in our mind of this society that some are touchable, some are untouchable. This is in our Indian community .. Horrible. Brahamanism of India has ruined India completely and you learn from for example, who was Vyasa, the one who wrote GEETA, who was he ? He was illegitimate son of a fisherwoman. That is why deliberately he was born like that. All the Brahmins who read Geeta, ask them who was Vyasa ? Brahims [what actually shound be] are those who are realized souls and for realized souls, there is nothing like such non-sensical things like where and in what caste or community you are born. With all education and everything in the West, we [still] find this nonsense of Racialism, I just can’t understand. If somebody is fair or dark, after all God had to make variety, in color, in every way. Who told you that you are the most handsome people going round?! May be for some markets here, or in Hollywood, it may fit but in the kingdom of God, all these so called, handsome people, will be denied entry-marrying seven husbands and all sort of things. The beauty is of the heart and not of the face, that shows and shines. Maybe, people are a little bit aware of it… They are quite aware but there is too much “showing-off” they are doing. Some people like black hair others like, red hair, I mean there have to be all types of hair, why do you like a particular type of hair; this I cannot understand. There is nothing ‘like’ or ‘dislike’. What God has created is all beautiful who are you to judge that I like or dislike, ‘I’, Who is this ‘I’?! is Mr. EGO, which is being tampered by this society, which teaches you how to smoke cigar and… All this training and conditioning has to be thrown away just like filth and
see that God has created all of you as his own children. It is such a beautiful thing. Why you want to make it ugly with these ugly ideas?! All this ugliness of “I like or dislike” is nonsense.
Only there should be one word “I LOVE”. Forget everything. There is no need to remember what British did to Indians or Germans did to Jews.
Those people who did it are dead and finished.
We are different people, we are saints.
This is for the statutes I have told you, which you have to imbibe.”