Frequently Asked Questions
Benefits of Meditation
People who meditate regularly often find that they become healthier and calmer, with an improved outlook on life. Regular meditation, and the mental peace that it gives us, can improve our understanding of our psychological, physical and spiritual being. It also helps us understand others so that we become more compassionate and positive towards the people around us.
Scientific research done both overseas and in Australia has shown how meditation can improve physical and psychological wellbeing
Sahaja Yoga Meditation is Absolutely Free
There is no charge for Sahaja Yoga Meditation. It is a non-profit, grass roots organisation and costs nothing for the individual to learn. The technique is taught in over 80 countries – always free of charge. It has been taught this way since it was started by Shri Mataji in 1970.
Our aim is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try the technique. It is then up to the individual to decide if it suits them and whether or not they would like to practice it regularly to experience its benefits.
Freedom of Choice
Just as a tree cannot be forced to grow it is not possible to make someone meditate. This is why freedom of choice and personal freedom are essential for the practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation.
Sahaja Yoga emphasises the importance of each of us becoming our own master and teacher. Sahaja Yoga meditation gives us the capacity to gauge our own progress and adjust our practices accordingly so that we can guide our own development. For this reason there is no official form of membership or subscription. Just as there is no formal organisation there is also no hierarchy of authority or power structure. There are local co-ordinators who administer the day to day mundane activities of Sahaja Yoga in each country. They can help you to get in touch with other Sahaja yoga practitioners in your local area.
Contribute to Improving Our Society
Sahaja Yoga meditation does not require us to go to any form of extreme behaviour. In fact, the aim of this meditation technique is to help us become normal, balanced, productive and responsible members of society.
As each individual becomes more balanced, peaceful and compassionate, society as a whole will also benefit and improve.
Meditation is the Essence of Religion
All of the major religions have taught something valuable to humanity. The experience of Sahaja Yoga improves our understanding and respect for all the religions and their founders as they are part of the one tree of life. Meditation and the inner peace that it gives us is actually the essence of all these religions.
A Personal Experiment
Sahaja Yoga does not require us to believe anything that cannot be proven with our own experience. There is no blind faith or dogma. The best approach is to treat it like a personal experiment – make an honest attempt at meditation for, say, one or two weeks and see for yourself whether or not it gives you any benefit.
Who is Shri Mataji?
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is the founder of Sahaja Yoga, which she established in 1970. Read more.
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