Sahaja Yoga is different from the other yogas because it begins with Self realization instead of this being the unobtainable dream of a distant goal. Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi makes this possible, for in being born Self realized She is able to pass on Her gift of Divine Revelation to others. She derives infinite wisdom, love and power by being connected to the main power supply of the Life Source Itself whilst all others must rely upon the pitifully inadequate potential contained in their own personal batteries.
Spontaneous realization of the Divine mysteries is the first of three fundamental differences between Sahaja Yoga and other Yoga paths. Self Realization is the key which unlocks the invisible barrier which blocks the life force of kundalini and this makes the kriya techniques of purification and the asanas of hatha yoga quite unnecessary as this work is already accomplished. Because the Divine Grace shines forth from the very beginning, the ego does not develop in its seekers and the major obstacle to attainment never emerges in their awareness. This destroys all sense of separation as the enlightened ones merge together in a sea of love.
Finally, the Mother Shri Mataji, unlike other gurus, opens up Her heart to all who seek Her Grace and turns away no one, whatever their transgressions and shortcomings may be.
This book forms the simple working basis of Sahaja yoga and although some of the teaching may appear unorthodox by ordinary yoga standards, in practice it will be found to work very well indeed.