How & Why Open the Heart? Divine Sensitivity with Mahatma Gandhi’s Prayer, Flowers & Sahaja Yoga Culture’s “Know How” from 1989 Guru Lecture

HOW WE SHOULD BEHAVE ?! Feel the Joy of Oneness Together

“It was very interesting I was thinking about you all and about the people who have done so much for Sahaja Yoga. It is impossible really to say how many have worked for Sahaja Yoga with such interest and dedication. And this dedication is directed by Divine Force that’s why I think you people are not even aware how much you have worked so hard without getting any material gain out of it. And the joy has no value. We cannot evaluate in any human terminology nor can we describe it as to how we feel the joy of oneness together. This Togetherness is very much felt in Ganapatipule. I see the leaders (sahaja yogis) from all over the world have become great friends – there’s no jealousy, there’s no quarrelling, there’s no fighting, there’s no domination, there’s no shouting, nothing. Such beautiful brothers and sisters such a Beautiful Family we have created out of this beautiful universe.” (*)

“Now we have to maintain the Beauty individually and Collectively. Some people think that individually if you do something that is alright; but if it is not related to the collective it cannot be sahaj. Anything that you do has to be related to the collective. Now to be individualistic is a trend in the modern times and in that how far we have gone into nonsense that we know very well. Individuality is a personality within yourself which has to be of different hues, of different colours, of different beauties. Like if you see the flowers, now every flower is different and individual. In its beauty, in it’s softness, in it’s fragrance, in it’s form, in it’s colour every leaf is different, but they adorn the whole forest, the whole garden in such a beautiful manner that the whole thing works towards the Collective.”


“So the Individuality is where we do not become like other people, exactly like military people as they are, the outside people may become like military people but inside you become individual in the sense everybody has a different way of pleasing others, of teasing others, of loving others of saying beautiful things. Everybody has a style of saying nice things and of offering your words of thanks and words of appreciation. This individuality is to be developed by all of you. That what is the new thing I can say to please. As people I have seen every day think “What fashion I should have, what sort of a fashion I should wear, how I should become more fashionable outside “. If you can think: “How can I be more fashionable inside myself”. In India fashionable has a different meaning. It doesn’t mean the way we know in England. I think many people don’t know that in England fashionable means popular. Here fashionable means out of the blue, something special, something extraordinary is fashionable here. ”

The Opening of the Heart – Importance, Power & Connection with the Beauty of Spirituality

“So if we could put our attention to this, how we could be more beautiful inside, when we are touching others hearts, how we could be very pure in our expression, genuine in our expression, not artificially. Like we have seen also that even we are superficial you’ll say “Thank you very much, thank you very much, thank you very much” and you don’t mean it, it’s just a lip service you don’t mean it. But in Sahaja Yoga when you want to thank you see it is really heart felt you say it from your heart, you have to put your hand on your heart otherwise you just can’t say it, it is that way that we should feel and once you open that heart fully, Opening of the Heart is very important and that, unless and until you can do it you cannot enjoy anything in Sahaja Yoga because the heart  is where resides the Spirit and it is the Spirit that emits the Joy. So if you do not have an open heart, and if you are just living on very superficial level you can never enjoy Sahaja Yoga, and this enjoyment of Sahaja Yoga is something to be really achieved and to be enjoyed. Because that’s why you are here for, there’s nothing else to offer in Sahaja Yoga but the joy of life, and that is the essence of all the achievements of life. Everything we do for the joy but everything whatever we do for joy after some times we find it becomes a sort of a reaction. So there is very important point that to make our individuality beautiful we should not immediately react to people, should not give our own opinion “I don’t like it, I don’t want it”, but we should absorb the Beauty of another person. Now supposing there’s a flower you get, immediately you will see the beauty of the flower, you like to take the fragrance of the flower but suddenly you say “I don’t like flowers” then what can the flower do to you? So one should not react and one should not have such subtle idea about your likes and dislikes because it’s a joy-killer habit, it’s a joy killer. If you want to enjoy take enjoyment from every person like the bee which takes the honey from every flower you must develop that sweet personality within yourself and then only you will know what is sweet, what is good and the enjoyment from one person to another, from one collective to another, from one city to another, from one country to another will be just beautiful like a swing, it will be like a Swing going Up and Down enjoying yourself,

that’s what is your Real Divine Sensitivity.


And the divine just wants to do that. It’s working out so many ways of giving you photographs, giving you miracles, working it out, making you believe that you are in the Kingdom of God. But if you have all these angularities and if you have all these ideas about yourself then please try to neutralise them.”

“Now some people also feel that Mother is angry with us or some sort of thing I can never be angry with you, for what should I be angry ?! But if you think like that, forget it. .. So just to judge yourself through such ideas is only your mental projection it has nothing to do with your heart. So again, today the first thing we have to know that in our Heart lies the power to Absorb, to Enjoy the Beauty of Spirituality.”

Mahatma Gandhi’s Morning Prayer –  Sloka recommended by Shri Mataji

Shri Mataji says: “There’s a beautiful shloka which I had told Mahatma (Gandhi)ji that he should put it first, I was a very small girl but he listened to me (Mother says it in Marathi):

“Early in the morning I pray to that principle of my Spirit which is the Truth, the Attention and Joy – Sat, Chit, Anand– so that I should go to the higher state of my Ascent”.

Shri Mataji concludes:

“So, Opening of the Heart is very important for all of us.”

(All above are excerpts from: International Sahaja Yoga Seminar, on the shore of Ganapatipule, Indian, 1989 – lecture by Shri Mataji – founder of sahaja yoga meditation; Note: Shri Mataji as a child spent a lot of time with Mahatma Gandhi, living in his ahsram, meditating all mornings with him and with the other ashramites)

I had found the lecture from 1989 to be so clear and nurturing for all of us – begginners /”advanced” – that participate to the Halton Sahaja Yoga meditation classes -, possibly helping us to go deeper and higher in our Spiritual Ascent. Let’s use Gandhi’s Prayer in our Morning meditations and if you have time, enjoy other 2 Morning Meditations below.

Sweet Audio from UK – Little  Boys Leading Morning Meditation with Mantras

Video with Music on Murmur of Starlings & Morning Meditation Advises

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Manga

    What we do is nothing, with out Mothers permission and Her guidance nothing can be done. It is such a coincidence, this morning I was thinking of Mahatma Gandhi: the way he is strict with himself and also discipline was very important in his ashram. Shri Mataji on the otherhand wanted us to achieve discipline and every quality that is there within us just becoming the pure spirit. The greatest Mantra we can take is “Sat Chit Ananda”.

  2. Debbie

    Let’s look within ourselves, stop being critical but see and appreciate beauty in everything, recognize the importance of being one with the spirit.

    Lots of love always.

  3. paula

    Opinion is over-rated, I am sure I have read that somewhere if not here. We have to test ourselves not to have a comeback every time a comment is thrown out there. Just to “be” and “observe” in the “present” to access the truth, the consciousness, the bliss and stay connected to that source.This rings so true, thank you.

  4. ann

    Yes being present in the wonderus present is God’s gift to us all

    Love Ann

  5. anjali

    This article came to me in such a timely way. I was struggling with opening my heart. As Mother said, I was getting swayed by my superficial likes, dislikes and reactions and was not able to enjoy the beauty in things. Now that I see this layer of superficiality within me, I am able to realize the beauty and enjoy it.There is no need to walk around moppy…just enjoy every person and things. as simple as that. With the hand on my heart, that you dear sister Ioana for bringing Mother’s precious messages to us. With humility, thank you Mother for your Love.

  6. Jolanta Miszkiel

    I’ll (try to remember to) ask for truth, attention and joy so as to ascend.

  7. Paula

    So deep, so timeless, truth, consciousness, bliss…becoming one with our spirit, and connected to the whole…it is a living process…thank you for this beautiful wisdom from Gandhi and Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga…their interactions were a part of our yoga journey into bliss that we enjoy at classes and everywhere we travel.

  8. Ioana

    ** comment from Vani (NZ) via what’s up”

    Thanks so much.. just what I needed after am exhausting Day at school .. love the photos 🙂

  9. NITI

    This is a beautiful article about the true and heart felt dedication,In which mother describe how some of the sahajyogi they are working hard for Sahajyoga not for any material gain but for the joy of spirit.They feel the joy because there is nothing else but the truth{sat}is there.
    Mother here also teaching us how to maintain balance between our qualities of inviduality and collective ness.Our ideas about these aqualities should be genuine and should not be artificial.Iam really thankful to you Ioana for bringing this amulya, knowledge of Mother in this article.

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