First Chakra: Mooladhara"The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini, and its main aspect is the innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditionings. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life."
"The first centre is called the Mooladhara centre. It has four petals (sub-plexuses), is placed below the triangular bone, and is responsible on the physical level of the manifestation of the pelvic plexus which looks after all our excretion, inclusive of sex activity. When the Kundalini rises, then this centre becomes inactive in the excretion functions but active in the support of the rising of the Kundalini. Though the Kundalini has to rise through six centres, the first centre of Mooladhara protects the purity of chastity of the Kundalini at the time of its awakening."
Shri Muladharambujarudha Devi
(Muladharambujarudha [514th]: She is mounted on the four-petalled Muladhara-Padma at the level of the anus.)
"Before human beings were created, before the Earth and sky, long before the sun, the moon, and the galaxies, I filled everything with holiness and innocence. Single-handedly the Mother Holy Spirit, Adi Shakti, created Me first to guard and protect Her everywhere. My total surrender to Her and My exclusive alliance to Her can remove any obstacle. In your body I am innocence, wisdom and spontaneity. I am the sanctity of the marriage union and the blessing of saintly children. When Kundalini awakens My presence in you, you regain your lost innocence. She overcomes all of His enemies outside, as well as those within your being. I am the Everlasting Child and the sparkles of My innocence radiate the universe in a constant flow of bliss."
Shri Ganesha was created by the Adi Shakti, the Primordial Power of God Almighty, without the cause of male-female principle. Being born out of the Primordial Mother, He is with Her all the times and hence in every Chakra in the human being. He is the embodiment of innocence, purity, and chastity in creation.
In the beginning of evolution, the first amoebae cell organisms were formed. Thereafter they become more and more complex, developing into multi-cellular organisms, and ultimately into humankind. The Mooladhara Chakra is made of the earth element and represents the beginning of life. When awakened and nourished, this association with the earth element manifests as a magnetic force within that person. This Chakra is at the root or foundation of the subtle system, and so is the support of all the other Chakras. The Mooladhara is situated below the abode of the Kundalini, at the very base of the subtle body. In Sanskrit moola means root (which is Kundalini) and adhara means the support. So Mooladhara translates into "the supporter of the Kundalini."
The fundamental quality of this Chakra is innocence and the innate wisdom, which comes from having childlike innocence. The innocence is the type of quality which is evident in babies and small children. It represents action without motive or desire for gross personal gain. This innocence is accompanied by the innate wisdom of a child. A baby knows fundamental aspects of nature instinctively — it knows how to show discomfort by crying, or how to suck to obtain food. This root wisdom, if left untempered, would develop into a balanced set of priorities in the adult. Unfortunately the influence of parents and society tends to muddy this innocence and so obscure the wisdom that goes with it.
Simplicity, joy, purity, integrity and balance are other qualities manifest in human beings through this Chakra. Because this center governs the reproduction organs and systems, sexual attitudes and behavior critically impact the strength or weakness of this center. Sexual excessiveness, both physical and mental, creates imbalances throughout the body’s systems. "So we have to put our carnal desires, dissolve them into the innocence, the Ocean of Innocence, we have to dissolve it in the Ocean of Innocence. Innocence is something to be appreciated, to be understood, to be enjoyed. Like you see animals are innocent, the children they are innocent, flowers they are innocent — divert your attention to all these things."
Once Kundalini is awakened reverence for and desire to serve the Spirit within gradually becomes heightened. By awakening the qualities of the Mooladhara through meditation, we learn again to be more innocent beings, to be less motive-led in our actions, and to rediscover the wisdom which is strong enough to help us make the correct decisions in our lives.
The presiding deity for the Mooladhara Chakra is Shri Ganesha, the Eternal Child. He is the embodiment of innocence and He guards His Mother Kundalini (Gauri) and Her instrument with great alertness and uncompromising zeal. It is He who informs Kundalini when it is time to awaken and it is His anger which produces the heat in the sympathetic nervous system if any unauthorized person tries to do so. This is the reason why so many seekers have suffered a wide variety of mental and physical ailments, some serious enough to require hospitalization.
GROSS PHYSICAL ASPECT
The Mooladhara Chakra governs the excretory and reproductive organs, and as such has a direct bearing on the sexual aspects of the human being. There have been attempts in the past to awaken the Kundalini through sexual practice such as tantra. This is obviously very dangerous and can cause the greatest harm to the Chakra itself. If one remembers that the Mooladhara centre provides a gateway through which the Kundalini must pass, then it is easy to understand how anything which is not innocent can harm it. Sex has its place in human life as the most sublime physical expression of love within the marriage. Through this channel birth and creation continue their course. However, it is another thing to allow sex to dominate out lives and bring us out of balance. After Self-Realization one learns to develop respect and proper esteem for one’s own chastity and of others. This sense of right conduct is essential for the development of our own gravity and power. It is the foundation stone of each of us as human beings, the power of incorruptible innocence.
Causes of catch or obstruction on heel of palm
A "catch" ("your hands will speak") is an imbalance. If we feel heat or tingling, or maybe even numbness in our fingertips, it means that our kundalini is alerting us to an imbalance in a particular chakra. For example: Left side is the emotional side, so it is also the side of pure desire. As seekers, our pure desire is to know the absolute truth. Of course, even when we begin to seek the truth, ego and super ego may tend to mislead us on our quest by enticing us with superficial desires. For example if you are still holding on to intellectual ideas or concepts of what truth is, when you are meditating you will very likely feel your left thumb. Left thumb corresponds to Swadisthan, the chakra of pure knowledge. So kundalini knows this misidentification is there and she starts working to clear it out, while making us aware of it as well.
'Your left palm heel will speak' if you engage in sexual excessiveness, tantric and occult practices.
'Your right palm heel will speak' if you engage in excessive puritanism (eg. focusing on the evils of sex).
Spiritual manifestation: Self-reproaching Spirit of God-Almighty within warns of sexual misuse, false gurus, and tantrism.
GENERAL ADVICE FROM SHRI MATAJI
The most effective way to clear or heal chakra problems ('catch" or obstruction) is to put attention on the affected chakra during meditation and allow the Mother Kundalini to heal. Remain in the thoughtless state while you work on the affected chakra. Always remember this quote of Shri Mataji:
"Kundalini will rise and She will cleanse you completely. Kundalini will rise and always cleanse the chakras."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Sydney, Australia, March 31, 1991
Once this is power is established no external rituals are required as catches will be healed instantly and constantly by the Mother Kundalini within. Until and unless external cleansing rituals are discarded this power will never be established. On the contrary, all these rituals only make matters worse according to Shri Mataji:
"The people who think that they can control their ego will eat less or use all types of methods to control ego. For example, someone is standing on one leg or other one on his head, all types of efforts they are doing to reduce their ego.
But with all these techniques, ego doesn't vanish. On the contrary, ego increases. Fasting, reciting the names, increases your ego. With Havans also ego increases because Agni, fire, is the right side element. Anything which is rituals increases your ego.
Human being thinks that they are alright, since they are doing these rituals since thousand years. All the wrong teachings they are still following. For this reason Sahaja Yoga is against Karma Kanda, that is rituals. No need to do any kind of Karma Kanda.
And to go to the extreme point is also dangerous. I had asked them to shoe-beat to destroy their ego and what I see that every morning all the Sahaja Yogis go in the line with their shoes for shoe-beatings. But I had asked to do this if you have ego in you.
All these rituals have entered into Sahaja Yoga. I got somebody in France with the list of the treatments of Vashi hospital. But that was for sick peoples. This is the nature of human being to follow the rituals because he thinks that he can do it."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
25 December 1997, Christmas Puja
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India
QUOTES OF SHRI MATAJI
"No one, so far in the history of spirituality, has ever raised the Kundalini in such a short time, as you people are doing. It moves under your fingers. It is absolutely Shri Ganesha's power which is given to you. “That is an eternal quality you have got. You never lose your innocence. Maybe, as clouds can cover the whole sky, maybe your ego and conditionings and your mistakes might have covered it, but it is always there — always there! Only thing, it is for you to respect it, to behave in a manner that you respect your innocence. Not to feel shy about your innocence. Never. Your innocence itself is a Power and your innocence will definitely give you that wisdom by which you can solve all the problems without any difficulties."
The Ganesha shakti is given to you by Shri Ganesha Himself within you, to give you the confidence. To give you the confidence that you can raise the Kundalini, but not the feeling that you are raising the Kundalini. If you go on without surrendering yourself to Sahaja Yoga, after some time you will lose this power very fast.
At the time when you are moving your hand on Kundalini, it is the greatest power you are using. I don't know how much ,shraddha' (faith) you have for yourself and about the power you have got. At that time there will be no obstruction on your hand by anyone whatsoever.
When you are raising the Kundalini, attention of the person who is taking the realization from you, will not be attracted by outside things. That means you can raise the Kundalini at any time, because, at that time you reside in the lotus which is closed.
At the time of Kundalini awakening you will not have baser or impure feelings about the person to whom you are giving the realization. May be before and after, but not when you are giving the realization. These dirty feelings will not come to you, automatically. You do not have to stop your mind, automatically it will work.
You will be absolutely satisfied. Even if you are hungry, you will not feel the hunger or any physical need at the time you are giving the realization.
There will be no distraction of any kind. You won't do anything that is undignified. At that time you are being blessed with dignity. At that time you will never joke, nor will you make fun nor will you be frivolous. You talk to the person in such a manner, that the person becomes wise and you also talk only that which is wisdom.
These powers can be maintained if you try to follow Shri Ganesha. These are His powers."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
“That is an eternal quality you have got. You never lose your innocence. Maybe, as clouds can cover the whole sky, maybe your ego and conditionings and your mistakes might have covered it, but it is always there — always there! Only thing, it is for you to respect it, to behave in a manner that you respect your innocence. Not to feel shy about your innocence. Never. Your innocence itself is a Power and your innocence will definitely give you that wisdom by which you can solve all the problems without any difficulties."
The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini, and its main aspect is the innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditionings. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. It is nothing but simplicity, purity and joy. It is the inner wisdom that is ever present in the little children, and gets sometimes clouded by our modern lifestyles. But it is a quality which exists eternally within us and cannot be destroyed, waiting to be manifest as pure joy when the Kundalini rises.”
“In most forms of Tantric worship, the awakening of the Kundalini Sakti in the body plays a great role: Sakti lies dormant, coiled up at the base of the human body. Through Tantric practices, especially the employment of mantras, she is awakened and sent through the main nerves of the body trough the other cakras, absorbing the mantras and elements in them, thereby identifying the sadhaka with Kundalini Sakti until Kundalini and Siva unite blissfully in the highest of the cakras. The aim of the Tantrika is always the union of Sakti and Siva, the merging into Sakti. The details of Tantrasastra are very complex and obscure. It does not have any specific mythology of its own and only develops the idea of the Goddess as the ground of everything.
The Goddess is the great Sakti. She is Maya, for of her the maya which produces the samsara is. As Lord of Maya she is Mahamaya. Devi is avidya because she binds, and vidya because she liberates and destroys the samsara. She is praktri and as existing before creation is the Adya Sakti. Devi is the Vacaka Sakti, the manif4estation of Cit in Praktri, and the Vicya Sakti or Cit itself. The Atma should be contemplated as Devi. Sakti or Devi is thus the Brahman revealed in the mother aspect (Srimata) as creatrix and nourisher of the worlds. Kali say of herself in Yogini Tantra: "I am the bodily form of Saccidananda and I am the brahman that has emanated from brahman. . . .
Since it is the aim of the Tantrika to become one with the Goddess, conceived as present in flesh and blood, it becomes understandable that bodily worship and physical acts of devotion play a central role in Tantricism.”
K. K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History
Oneworld Pub., 2000, p. 211.
“Malamatiyah, a Sufi (Muslim mystic) group that flourished in Samanid Iran during the 8th century... often referred to the Qur’anic verse "I [God] swear by the reproachful soul" as the basis for their philosophy. This verse, they said, clearly praised a self that constantly reproached and blamed its owner for the slightest deviation from the world of God. The reproachful self in Malamati terminology was the perfect self.”
(1994-1998 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.)
“Kundalini, Evolution and Scientific Proof
While science has argued that human evolution has been driven by competition, selection and the need to propagate ones genes, the kundalini experience suggests there is a hidden psychospiritual mechanism within each individual which transforms the evolutionary experience from one rooted solely in the physical body and the ego to one in which the integration and purification of the psyche becomes the central goal.
This transcendental view of psychospiritual evolution points to the function of the subtle body comprising the chakras and nadis of yoga as the key to understanding this process.
The individual consciousness is transformed through the action of kundalini on the chakras and subtle energy. Traditionally, this is symbolised by the spiral path of the mystics or individual odyssey of mythology or spiritual pilgrimage of religion.
This process also brings a transformation in the central nervous system and brain as the endocrine system is activated at a subtle level, the sexual fluids can become sublimated, and the whole psychophysical organism purified and refined. . . .
While the West has no explicit cultural or scientific map for the kundalini process, the yogic traditions of the East, particularly Hindu Tantric Yoga and some aspects of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and Taoism, offer a profound framework of understanding within which the unfolding of the kundalini experience can be viewed.
As kundalini works on the mind, body and spirit, the individual consciousness is gradually immersed in a greater reality than that of the conditioned consciousness be it termed the primordial state of emptiness of Buddhism, the Atman of Hinduism or the Tao of Taoism.
In the Western psychological tradition, Jung acknowledged the validity of this process in human development and growth of the psyche. He pointed to the role of symbolic forms such as mandalas as expressions of the need for the emerging kundalini to find harmony and balance to realise her purpose within the individual. . . .
While kundalini can be compared to the Holy Spirit within Christian mysticism, the New Testament offers no explicit model of psychophysical transformation in the manner of the yogic traditions. Thus, while for someone actually experiencing the Holy Spirit, the correlation with kundalini may make perfect sense and be extremely useful, to someone without a Christian outlook there are few conceptual reference points to understand their experiences and the process of transformation it brings.
Thus, particularly in the climate of secular and scientific Western culture, it may help to distinguish between public and personal models of kundalini awakening.
This is not to say there is anything wrong with theistic belief systems, nor that they fail to explain the kundalini experience, but rather that for a wider public living outside that particular world view or belief system it may not provide a language or conceptual framework with which they can easily sympathise either emotionally or intellectually.
Personal models of kundalini awakening often centre on theistic belief systems, and, as said above, there is clearly nothing wrong with this, for Christianity, Sufism and Kabbala, for instance, all offer profound frameworks within which to view kundalini.”
“Question: What is Guru’s grace? How does it lead to Self-realisation?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: Guru is the Self. Sometimes in his life a man becomes dissatisfied and not content with what he has, he seeks the satisfaction of his desires through prayer to God. His mind is gradually purified until he longs to know God, more to obtain his grace than to satisfy his worldly desires. Then, God’s grace begins to manifest. God takes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee, teaches him the truth and, moreover, purifies his mind by association. The devotee’s mind gains strength and is then able to turn inward. By meditation it is further purified and it remains still without the least ripple. That calm expanse is the Self.
The Guru is both external and internal. From the exterior he gives a push to the mind to turn it inwards. From the interior he pulls the mind towards the Self and helps in the quietening of the mind. That is Guru’s grace. There is no difference between God, Guru and the Self.”
"Sitting quietly; doing nothing, stilling the mind and calming the body, has never been the western way. For centuries, meditation and Yoga (Union) have been regard by Europeans as an esoteric, Oriental practise of little practical benefit.
But over the last two decades, the increasing speed and pressures of modern living have been matched by an increasing need for ways to cope with them. Medical science is now proving what a growing number of people in the West have discovered for themselves: That the relaxation of true meditation has measurable beneficial effects on all levels of our being, with no damaging side effects.
In the Yoga of true meditation, there develops a conscious awareness of the subtle energy that exists within us all, and a spontaneous connection with the inner mechanism by which it is governed. This integration cannot be forced through exercises, chanting or mantras. It happens as a natural awakening, in just the same way that our body grows and maintains itself, without any conscious effort on our part.
The last few years have seen the evolution of a process whereby this inner integration can take place in ordinary people everywhere, irrespective of age, occupation race, colour and creed. It is not a theory or a concept that has to be worked at. Sahaja Yoga is a solid experience, an actual, physical relative verifiable in one's own nervous system, that leads on to spontaneous improvements in one's well-being and relationship with the world. These include numerous incidents in overcoming alcohol and drug addiction, diseases (such as cancer), heart problems and other physical and mental disorders such as stress, depression and tension.
The word Sahaja means 'in-born', because the purifying and healing energy that is gently awakened lies waiting within every Human Being from birth.
From that moment one is able to start bringing balance into one's life. As well as the benefits mentioned above, the simple meditation and techniques of Sahaja Yoga bring one onto the central path, between such damaging opposites as: Too much lethargy or too much frantic activity, --too much emotion or lack of emotion--of living too much in the past, or thinking too much of the future. So one becomes a calm, joyful personality, confident and able to enjoy living in the now of the present."
"I have been practising the Universal Energy since 1996 up to level 4 with many well known teachers with the intention of curing people and myself, for which I never charge any money. I did a few experiments against my teachers advise, but worked, which made me more advance than other people, who were in the same level as me. I have also studied fortune telling and facial fortune telling, which helped in combining the curing.
Throughout my years of practising the Universal Energy, I have cured many patients, who got better, but I felt the excessive heat, pain and discomfort inside. Sometimes when curing, I also got the patients illness too. I felt weak every time after curing people, therefore, I only treated myself and a few closed friends. Being a forever learner of new techniques, I went to two more teachers, who taught about the Kundalini.
Not until after I read a newspaper article on Sahaja Yoga, I felt challenged to prove their method. To begin with, I didn't gain much, until after a month, when I learned more and have tried a few techniques like shoe beating, soak my feet into salted water, the Havan fire etc., although sounded and appeared strange at first, but after the experience, they all worked in clearing my negativities and troubles inside me. Everything became better and cleared. I now understand 100% about the Chakras system. Sahaja Yoga taught me how to transfer the adverse energies from my left and right sides to the central channel, which keeps me in balance, I can feel the coolness and not the heat and pain inside any more. Also taught me how to raise the Kundalini energy, by myself, which helps me clear all the negativities inside me and also protects me. So far, whenever I asked Shri Mataji, our founder to help, my prayers have always been answered.
My well known teacher, who taught me the Universal Energy, Luong Minh Dang Dasira Narada, a Vietnamese, told me once, that the next era will be a very powerful women, whom many people respect, now I understand why and feel, that I am most lucky and privileged to have found Sahaja Yoga by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. I have now been in Sahaja Yoga for just over a year and stopped completely, this forever searching for new techniques because Sahaja Yoga provides me all the answers to my search. It gives me the intuition, that do not concentrate on the curing, but teach other people about Sahaja Yoga which will help them automatically to cure themselves health wise as well as spiritually, will be the best solutions to help them. Now, I would not recommend the Universal Energy to anyone because of the ultimate health adverse effect, after understanding more from Sahaja Yoga."
Amanda Currie, www.thai.net/
“For sometime I had been trying to find the path to God and I just knew innately there was something out in this world that would be the link to my spirit. I knew I had a spirit but that was all and felt a yearning to fulfil an empty hole. Each day I would ask in my prayers please God show me the path to God. I watched other people travelling the world and searching for answers. Others I watched throwing all caution to the wind and going with the good and fast life and damn the consequences. Then came all the books on New Age and the writers travelling the world in convoys in commanding huge amounts of money for their seminars. . .interesting I felt but so what...
I too tried some of these ways and it was difficult as I had been bought up a Catholic and had all the hand-ups and conditionings that went with it. I guess just like all the other religions and felt guilty if I looked for my life meaning elsewhere. My conditionings were trapping me. I experimented with TM for a very short time and looking back all I can say it made me open my eyes and question further why are these people doing this form of meditation not only do they want large sums of money to start and continue all the people seemed to be continually battling their hot tempers, dropping out of the mainstream and running away from the responsibilities they had with their partners and children. Thank goodness in the very early days I had the sense not to continue before I too became damaged. years later but only six months or so after my earnest prayers seeking my path to God I had my realization with Sahaja Yoga. The last two years, it was right under my nose and I never realized. I was working with a colleague who was a Sahaja yogi. How blessed I was and my prayers were answered. Through Sahaja Yoga's techniques, this colleague awakened a sacred energy in me, called the Kundalini and instantly I knew I had found the truth. I felt so calm, so much joy inside it was a feeling of all the sun rays melting down upon you and inside I just felt calm. I started meditating each day and clearing myself of my problems with all the Sahaja techniques. The idea of Sahaja Yoga is that the Kundalini, this sacred energy I mentioned above, once awakened, will clear all our physical and emotional imbalances. At the same time, it gives us a higher spiritual insight, and enlightened all our 7 chakras. Through meditation, we start being able to perceive our chakras, and the flow of Kundalini energy that passes through them.
I have had many blessings and had to face many moments of truth but if I look back, I know that I have grown physically, mentally and spiritually power the last two years. Physically, I have now nearly cured my self of asthma which I have suffered since childhood and it is now just so wonderful to be able to breath and partake in a normal life something I could never do. Mentally, I am learning daily not to be attached to what goes on around me and to live in the day which is difficult given my professional life as a Marketing and Business Development Manager which involves so much planning, action and outcomes...All that is now a thing of the past....well nearly I still fall into the traps occasionally but at least I know when I am and can get myself out of there. Spiritually, I know my knowledge and understanding of myself has grown and the vibrations that are awakened on our finger tips I use in my everyday life to make my decisions. One example was whilst I was wait listed at Singapore airport to return to my home city I had sometime to kill and browsed through the airport magazine and bookshop which I love doing as Singapore airport always has the latest publications of everything. I picked up two so called best sellers "spiritual books". I tried to browse through them but felt so overcome with heat and giddiness just like a real panic attack and I just could not concentrate or continue. I put the books down wondering what was happening to me and left the shop to sit down and recover. The instant I put the books down the symptoms disappeared and I realized my own vibrations and vibratory awareness told me these books were not the pure knowledge. They are indeed written by people more interested by the commercial aspect of spirituality than by real inner evolution, and this is how our own Kundalini energy guides us in daily life, helping us to discriminate the truth . I continue to enjoy Sahaja Yoga meditation and my love and recognition for Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi the founder of Sahaja Yoga is my total joy each and every day.
I hope this letter will give some of you the desire to experience Sahaja Yoga by yourself, and to find out the truth about it.”
“Meditation encompasses many levels of depths, from meditative wakefulness during the performance of one's day-to-day work (i.e., “remembrance of the Divine”) to most profound experiences of meditative absorption in which the yogin is unaware of external reality, unless a strong stimulus (such as a loud sound or physical touch) registers in his highly internalized consciousness and draws him back into experiencing the outer world.
Medical studies have shown what yogins have known for thousands of years: Meditation is beneficial to the body and mind. As it is accompanied by deep relaxation, it unstresses the body causing a feeling of physiological and psychological ease, rejuvenation, and heightened vitality. At more advanced levels, the practitioner experiences deep peace and tranquility, which carry over into everyday life. There is also a sense of getting in touch with one's innermost truth, which aids the integration of the personality. Finally, at the highest level of meditation, the boundaries of the subject become blurred and the doorway opens to the experience of transempirical realms of existence (the lokas of higher nonhuman entities, such as deities).
But the spiritual purpose of meditation is neither physical or mental well-being nor higher forms of cognition but ecstatic merging with the object of meditation—samadhi. And the ultimate purpose of samadhi is Self-realization (atma-jnana, purusha-khyati), or liberation. Thus meditation is never an end in itself. It is simply intended to prepare the ground for the recovery of one's true identity, which is the everlasting Self.”