How to Meditate

Shr Mataji meditationFirst of all, we suggest you try self-realization meditation right now in front of your computer or in one of Sahaja Yoga centers. Self-realization is the awakening of the spiritual energy called Kundalini, which lies dormant in the Sacrum bone. Then the Kundalini opens and relaxes the sixth energy center called Agnya. Only then can one experience a real meditation, which is a state of thoughtless awareness. Unless the Agnya chakra is open, we can't get rid of thoughts even for a fraction of a second. That is why whatever one tries one cannot enter into the state of meditation. That is the reason why so many baffling meditation techniques have been developed over time. Despite the fact that those techniques are generally quite difficult to master, they do not bring forth the desired result – one still cannot get rid of thoughts.

Only after the Kundalini is awakened, everything happens easily, 'sahaj' (sahaj is a Sanskrit word, which mans 'spontaneous' or 'inborn'). Just keep your attention on the seventh chakra – Sahasrara (the fontanel bone on the top of the head) and watch whatever you feel. The rest will be done by your Kundalini, which will relax your Agnya chakra and slow down your thoughts until they stop completely. A very important point here is not to fight with the thoughts, not to try to stop them. If you try, that will create just the opposite effect, i.e. even more thoughts will be coming. That is why one should be patient and not force anything. Our chakras are not yet clean, that is why in the beginning it may be difficult for Kundalini to rise. But gradually Kundalini will cleanse the chakras and then it will be rising easily and steadily. Then you will start easily feeling the joy of meditation. Generally, if one meditates every day at home and joins collective meditations at least one a week (about the importance of collective meditation see below) then one can easily reach a state of deep mediation. Besides, there are many chakra clearing techniques, which one can learn at free Sahaja Yoga sessions in one of the centers. That will help one to easier achieve the state of meditation.


What can help us to achieve the state of meditation?

In India it is common to meditate in front of Guru's photo. Just by looking at the photo of a real guru you will be able to feel his meditative state. Besides, everyone's photo emits the energy (vibrations) of the person and Guru's vibrations will help your Kundalini to rise and to cleanse the chakras. Of course, most great Gurus and saints lived before the age of photography. There are paintings depicting some of them but they are not real. Those paintings were created by some artists according to their imagination, in most cases they never even saw the person they painted. That is why such paintings cannot emit the vibrations of the person. But in Sahaja Yoga, Guru's photos are easily available and meditation is done in front of Shri Mataji's photograph. You can try it right now by putting your attention on the top of your head and watching what you fell in your hands and on your head. First you can look for some time at Shri Mataji's photo, then close your eyes and enjoy yourself.

Candlelight is very helpful in achieving a state of deep meditation. By looking at the candlelight you will relax and your thoughts will reduce. Besides, the fire burns away the negative energies around and thus makes it easier to meditate.

Another effective and at the same time very easy technique is just to say “I forgive”. Say that in general, not remembering anybody specifically. Forgive everyone, including yourself. Say it from your heart and you will see how it helps you to become thoughtless.


Collective meditation

It is the specifics of Sahaja Yoga that collective meditation is especially deep and strong. The reason is that Sahaja Yoga starts from the awakening of the Kundalini. Once awakened, our individual Kundalinis feel each other and in collective meditation they join into one strong energy flow. That is why collective meditation is not just deeper than individual one, it opens a new dimension which can't be achieved in an individual meditation. Just visit free Sahaja Yoga sessions and you will experience that yourself.

There are many more techniques helpful in meditation. Although they are not difficult, they should be shown in practice. That is why we now stop this introduction but we will be happy to share with you all that we know at Sahaja Yoga sessions.