Shri Mataji – How to Pray in Sahaja Yoga?
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“Pray with your Heart.
First of all, you must ask for strength from Mother. ‘Give me strength so that I be genuine, I won’t deceive myself.’
You are deceiving yourselves, morning till evening. ‘Give me strength that I face myself’ and say it: ‘with my heart that I try to improve myself. ‘ Because these are defects which are not your own, they are outside. If they fall off, you will feel all right, you’ll be perfect.
Now, then you should ask for forgiveness, pray for forgiveness. There should be prayer, say that, ‘Forgive me because I have been ignorant, I did not know what to do, I have done mistakes so You please forgive me.’ That is the first thing one has to ask, is the forgiveness.
Then second thing you ask for is,
‘Give me a sweet tongue. A method by which I become communicative with others, others respect me, they like me, they like my presence.
Give me strength. Give me love, give me that beauty of culture, beauty of understanding that everybody loves me, wants me.’ Ask for that.
In the prayer you ask that, ‘Oh Lord, give me the sense of security of my Spirit, so that I do not feel insecure, by which I trouble others, or get angry. Give me sense of my own dignity, so that I do not feel that I am belittled or somebody has belittled me.‘
If you are at a higher position nobody can belittle you. It’s only you belittled by your foolishness and doubtfulness.
Ask for strength that, ‘Give me my witness-state, give me satisfaction. Let me feel my satisfaction from what I have. Whatever I have, whatever I eat, everything, take out my attention away from all these things.’
You know that your attention is in the stomach, and those who are very much interested in food will get liver (problem), in any case, whatever you may try.
If anything like this, (pray) ‘Wherever my attention is going, please give me strength to pull it back. (Chittanirodh in Sanskrit).
Teach me how to avoid things that tempt me, that take away my attention, take away my thoughts.
Give me witness-state by which I see the whole drama.
Let me never spite others and criticize others. Let me see my mistakes, not others.
Let me see why people are not happy with me. Give me strength to have a very sweet tongue and a sweet nature so that others like my company, they enjoy my company.
Let me be like a flower and not like a thorn.’
You have to pray. All these prayers are going to help you.
Then ask for the greatest prayer which is,
‘Please keep me away from Ego that gives me ideas that I am superior to others,
I am better than others, or in any way it takes away my meekness and my humility.
Give me natural humility by which I can penetrate into the hearts of people.’
Just you have to bend your head and you go up to your heart.
You have to bend your head.
Just to bend your head and there is your heart where resides the Spirit. Be with it (your Spirit). If you are any way hurting your ego, or you are hurting somebody’s ego it is just the same. You will behave in the same manner, in the same egoistical manner.
So try to understand that these things have to go away.
The best is to pray and ask for help.
Prayer is a very big thing, but with your heart pray that,
‘God give us strength and that growth that we can please our Mother sometimes.
We want to please our Mother, we want to see Her happy.’
“The only thing that really will really gives me happiness is that
the way I love you, you love each other.”
“Try to go out of yourself. Selfishness has to be controlled.
Self-centeredness has to be finished. Self-indulgences are to be taken away.”
Shri Mataji’s Advice to Yogis at Chelsham ashram, London (UK), 26 September 1980
**dedicated to Shri Mataji – 1 day after Remembering Her passing on Feb 23, 2011
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