Beautiful World

Shri Mataji and a baby

On Saturday, we watched a movie “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson in the main part. Americans’ struggle for independence. Many families are ruined, houses are burnt. In the middle of the film, one of the characters asked what they were fighting for and another one answered that when they were free they would get an opportunity to build a new, beautiful, world.

This phrase just did not leave my mind… Americans got freedom. Two hundred years have passed since then. What is their world now? Loss of values, extreme consuming, money-thirstiness, spiritual coldness in families – what can be called beautiful there?

I do not say through hearsay. Having lived one year in the States (I met the millennium there), I also became infected with money making (though, on returning home, thank God, my zeal was cooled down).

Another example. India. The previous century. A struggle for freedom. India got physical independence by many victims. Not much time has passed since then (what are decades for history?) but what is happening in this country now where spirituality have been nurtured for centuries? Spiritual values are being exchanged for cheap aspects of western culture.

As being known everything that we create is the reflection of what we are inside. Only a pure (dharmic) person can create beauty around. As far as the beautiful world is concerned.

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Interviewer: The theory that scientists say that man came from a little cell from heaven know where; how did you feel about those?

Shri Mataji: It’s a fact, it’s a fact. He (man) came through a cell, evolved through a cell. How did he evolve? Why did he evolve? What is the purpose of his life? It is not all answered by science. What is the power that males you evolve? Also, that is not answered. So, in Sahaja Yoga you know all that. Not only you evolve but with the same power you go higher.

Interviewer: What is your theory about that then? Why are we here or, why are we so long in the process?

Shri Mataji: You see anything that you create, even human beings for example, you have created things. A beautiful lamp is to give us light, isn’t it, the power. So, that’s how God has created us, to give His power to us that we feel Him and know Him in our awareness and understand and we emit His powers and enjoy it; to say in the words of Christ ‘to enter into the kingdom of God’…

Interviewer: Is it what Self Realization means; that You mean as a Realized Soul?

Shri Mataji: Yes, Self Realization means when the Self, which is talked about in all the scriptures, starts emitting its manifestation in our conscious mind; means that time when we become aware of it. To this extent our central nervous system starts recording the power of our Spirit, of oneself and we start feeling the breeze-like vibrations of the Spirit which is called in the bible as the ‘Cool Breeze of the Holy Spirit’…

Interviewer: Two very interesting thoughts come to my head at this point. One, is it through being Realized that one gets to knowledge of what’s on the other side of death, as it were and two, whether one really through this Realization that one finds a little bit of God inside oneself? Continue reading “Beautiful World”

Are religions flowers on the same tree?

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As I can see my post on the Painting of Buddha caused many ideas, questions and arguments. And all I have read in the comments made me dwell on the idea of all the religions depicted as flowers on one tree.

First of all, no Great Master/Prophet/Teacher has ever created any religion. Religions were created by men. Some of these men even could not understand the ideas expressed by the Master and, therefore, were sure that other people would not understand Him either – in such a way new interpretations appeared. As Goldmare has mentioned in his comment, “It’s a terrible thing – I had a friend in one of my old schools who abandoned Christianity because she saw how all the denominations couldn’t agree”. Some other men, seeing that the teaching really influenced people, used it in their politics including some parts into it which were beneficial for them. For example, let’s take Christianity. Paul even was not Christ’s disciple. He has never heard the words uttered by Christ Himself. On the other hand, he was in touch with Romans ruling in the country at that time. The greatest part of the Bible is written by him… Mohammed never wrote Koran. After His death his nearest and dearest were killed by, so to speak, Mohammed’s followers…

Then how can we understand what is really true in the Scriptures and what is not? What we, ordinary people, should follow and what not? Already when I was a teenager I was sure that there should be some True Values /Dharma/ that men should follow and after I had got acquainted with different cultures and religions I came to the conclusion that these values are the ones which are the same in all the religions. That was one of my spiritual achievements.

After I had started practicing Sahaja Yoga, this idea developed into a new dimension. There were
Great Masters/Prophets on the Earth who came at different time to different places but each of them tried to teach people almost the same values: there should not be greediness, stealing, lying, adultery, etc. but there should be forgiveness, love, generosity, creativity, etc. Of course, each Master emphasized only some of the qualities but that is the whole idea! Christ appeared in Jerusalem at the time He was needed the most there as people had been losing morality. By the example of His all life He was teaching that one should have compassion and forgiveness. These were the qualities He came to work out on the Earth. Mohammed appeared on the Earth in 570 in Mekka. Can you remember, please, what was going in Arabia at that time? There were many tribes who were at war with each other often and who were worshipping different idols (though in the same place – Kaaba). Yes, there was some notion of Allah but He was considered to be abstract and transcendent. The Great Deed by Mohammed, first of all, was that He announced Allah the only All-mighty God. By the way, he respected the teachings of Christ and said that Koran was only for Arabians as those were they at that time who needed the rules given by Him. And there is nothing in the Teaching of Mohammed that contradicts the teaching of Christ if we look deeper. For example, Mohammed allowed Arabian men to take several wives. Nothing strange. Many men had been killed in battles and if Mohammed had not allowed polygamy (which is not allowed in Christianity), prostitution would have been prospering.

By the way, why should one limit the list of the Great Masters only by the ones mentioned above? Why not take into consideration the teachings of Raja Djanaka, Abraham, Moses, Zaratustra, Lao-Tzu, Confucius, Socrates, Guru Nanaka, Sai Baba from Shirdi. There were also Great Masters even before Christ: Buddha, Rama, Krishna, Mahavira.

In a word, there is one and the same Almighty God (though each of us can call and depict Him differently: the Creator, All-pervading Energy, Allah, Supreme Power, etc.) and He is the personification of all the virtues. For us, people, not to lose the path to these virtues, to spiritual growth, Prophets and Great Masters were sent to Earth for them to work out different aspects of one and the same God in people. Thus, Great Masters/Prophets are flowers on the Earth planted by God for people to teach from each of them. And as Axinia has mentioned, there is a part of God in each of us. Therefore, I see the aim of my life in the development of these virtues in myself for God to see His reflection in me. And the real meaning of the words “All the religions are flowers on the same tree” is the following: there is one tree, one God, and there are many interpretations of Him and ways to Him but the aim is the same and the path to it is also the same – spiritual growth. And all the religions are flowers as if we separate seeds from tares in each of the religion there really will appear a beautiful flower.

photo by the author

Why not Widen the Outlook?

True religion

A doorbell. My husband opens the door. There is a woman and a man standing in front of him. Neat and educated by appearance. In the process of communication it turns out that the man is a Canadian who speaks Russian quite well. Moreover, he is a seeker by nature. It also appeared that they had come to introduce the teaching of the Seventh-Day Adventists to my grandfather. My husband answered that the grandfather lived quite happily and if they wanted to talk to somebody they could talk to him.

The unexpected guests started with the fact that there is God. The truth is incontestable. But then the conversation turned to the topic of salvation. According to their point of view, only those will be saved who follow their, so to speak, religion.

My husband asked, “Do you mean to say that the whole world, except your followers, will be put into a sack and thrown overboard? From the Creator’s point of view, it is quite illogical. There is a part of God in everybody”. Continue reading “Why not Widen the Outlook?”

What Do We Learn from Children?

Children’s Innocence 

Many of us were saved by life when we were kids. Life saved us even from such situations which, at first sight, seemed hopeless.

When I was about five, my mother, going to leave on business, took me to her sister for a night. I was put to bed in the living room. But I became frightened of something at night and asked to take me to my aunt’s room. And in the morning my aunt found out that Continue reading “What Do We Learn from Children?”

Parables by Christ

Jesus…And afterwards Jesus started to explain in parables to all the people how one should understand God’s Kingdom.

The first parable was the following:

When a person sows seeds in his field he does not think about them but sleeps at night and gets up in the morning and does other things not worrying about how the sprouts are coming out and growing. The seeds swell, come up, turn into verdure, into stems, into ears and get filled with corn. And only when the crop is ripe, the owner sends reapers to mow the cornfield. In the same way God does not establish Gods’ Kingdom among people with his force but lets people do it themselves.

Jesus told a second parable: if there is no God’s Kingson within a person, God does not accept this person into His Kingdom but leaves him in the [human] world until he becomes worthy of God’s Kingdom. He said, “God’s Kingdom is like the following: when a fisherman sets his fishing nets about the sea, he hooks various fish into them but having caught the fish he selects those which he needs and lets the others go into the sea again.

And he told one more parable about it:

An owner sowed good seeds in his field. And the seeds started to grow. Weeds have grown among them, too. So, the workers came to the owner and said, “Did you sow bad seeds? Many weeds have grown up on your field. Send us and we will weed them”. But the owner answered, “You shouldn’t do it, otherwise, when weeding the weeds, you will trample down the wheat. Let them grow together. When the time for mowing comes, I will order the reapers to select wheat and throw the weeds away.

In the same way God does not let people enter other people’s lives and does not do it Himself. Each person can come to God only with his own efforts.

(Mr. 4, 26-29, Mt. 13, 47, 48, 24 – 30)

Christ’s Teaching, Told for Children, by Leo Tolstoy

Thought for the day: “Seek with sincerity and be persistent in your seeking. In the end you will discover Truth” (Buddha).

A Parable about Seeds

Jesus Christ
Jesus told such a parable about God’s Kingdom:

When seeds are planted on the field, not all the seeds grow in the same way. It happens to seeds like this: some seeds turn out on the road and birds come and peck them up; there are also such seeds which appear on the stony ground and these seeds, though grow through, do not live long: they have nothing to put down their roots into and the sprouts soon become dry; there are such seeds which fall into wild grass and the wild grass takes over them. And there are also such seeds which turn to fall into good ground and they grow up and bring 30 and 60 seeds from 1 seed.

There are also people who do not take God’s Kingdom into their hearts, temptations of flesh come to them and steal what has been planted – these are the seeds on the road. The seeds on the stony ground mean people who first acknowledge the teaching with joy but then, when offenses and persecution because of the teaching come, reject it.

The seeds in the wild grass mean people who have understood the meaning of God’s Kingdom but worldly routine and greediness for wealth take over the meaning of the teaching in them. The seeds on a good ground are those who understood the meaning of God’ Kingdom and realized it in his/her heart – these people give much fruit. Thus, those who have managed to keep what is given to them are given much and those who haven’t managed are taken the last they have. Therefore, try to enter God’s Kingdom using all your efforts. Do not grudge anything, just try to enter it.

You should do like the man who, when he learnt where a great treasure is hidden, sold everything that he had and bought the piece of land where the treasure was buried and became a rich man. You do the same.

Remember that a little effort towards God’s Kingdom gives much fruit: the same as a high tree grows from a small seed.

Any person can enter God’s Kingdom just with his own efforts because God’s Kingdom is within.

(Mt. 13, 3 – 8, 12, 19 – 23, 31, 32, 44 – 46; Lk. 16, 16)

Christ’s Teaching Told for Children, by Leo Tolstoy
Translation by the Author

Thought for the day: God’s Kingdom is within (Jesus Christ).