“So he (Buddha) went into various areas of search – as today we find many seekers have been going to many people to find out the truth – and he was tired, very tired. He thought all his seeking, all his working hard, all his efforts, everything had just made him tired. And he thought it was all fruitless. So, he was lying under a Banyan tree, and there the Adi Shakti (the Goddess /the Holy Ghost/ the Mother Source for our Kundalini energy) gave him realisation. When all your searches are over – people search in money, in power, in love, and all kinds of things. Ultimately people start searching in various groups, cults, gurus, all kinds of drugs, alcohol, whichever ways are possible they try to search. But when human beings try to search something, then in their movement they either go to the left or to the right. And he (Buddha), being such an ardent seeker, such a truthful seeker, he could see very clearly that this is not the point of going left or right. But there has to be some ascent, but how to achieve it? Who is going to give him self-realisation? All that tiredness he laid down himself under the tree and suddenly he got his realisation.
When he got his realisation, he started understanding why these problems of conditioning and ego is there. He found out one thing: that people when they read too much, and try to understand through ritualism God, then they develop their ego. The other side, he found out, that when people just get some desires, go on praying to God, “Give me this, give me that”, they become mad. And when he realised it, then only at that moment when he was tired, he got his realisation.
This is exactly what is happening today in the modern times. That those who were seekers have been seeking the Divine on the left and right hand side. Nowadays they are jogging. I don’t know what they’re going to achieve through jogging. They’re jogging like mad. Then there are ardent Christians, ardent Muslims, fighting the whole world for their religion, for their God, for in the name of Mohammed Sahib, in the name of Krishna, in the name of everything. Then they think their religion is in danger. I mean it is not. Neither the prophets nor the incarnations, nobody is in danger, not at all. How can they be? And no religion if it is true religion can be in danger. But this he only realised after his realisation. But his followers who came did not see the point that ultimately it is self-realisation is talked about. Actually he took all the care to see that people should get their self-realisation first. Then, anything else.
First of all he said,’You are not going to worship me’. As you know we don’t allow people to come for my Puja unless and until they are fully established in Sahaja Yoga. So he first said, that you should be fully established in your self-realisation, that’s all. He would not talk about God, because once you start talking about God, then he saw all these horrible religions coming up in the name of God.
When I first came to America, you will be surprised, I did not talk of God, I did not talk of bhoots, I did not talk of any religion. I just talked about self-realisation. The reason was, I thought, if you get your Self-Realisation then you’ll understand the rest of it, but no use talking to you about God or about Divine because first thing is you must have your eyes, you must have the light, otherwise what’s the use of talking about these things. But it is so happened that Buddha did not give anybody realisation. So it was alright to Him to talk about the Spirit and not about God or any religion, to such an extent that people say that Buddha was an atheist. He did not believe in God. No, it was a matter of His policy that He did not want to talk about God.
So today we have to pray for the whole of America which is really suffering from this nonsensical, mythical ego, which is being exploited by everyone. People are befooling them. .. everybody is befooled, because they’ve got ego. If they had no ego, they could not have been befooled. All these advertisements and all this hokus-pokus that’s going on, is because human beings have ego and they can’t see it.
So we have to say ‘Mother, please take away this curse of ego from Americans and America‘. That’s why it is nice today we have this Buddha Puja. May God bless you.“
(Excerpt from a speech offered by Shri Mataji on Buddha’s life and teaching in 1988-07-23)
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