Welcome

Welcome!

Thank you for starting your Sahaja Yoga meditation journey with us.

On this page, you’ll find information and resources to help you with your journey.

H.H. Shri Mataji – founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Who is behind Sahaja Yoga meditation?

We are members of a community based group of volunteers who offer the public free meditation in-person classes and online sessions on YouTube, Facebook and Zoom.

Our meditation is called Sahaja Yoga meditation which was founded by Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970. We don’t charge for the teaching of Her meditation, as this was Shri Mataji’s guiding principles for all those who wish to teach and practise Her meditation.
[More about Shri Mataji]

Sahaja Yoga meditation is now practised is over 100 countries and millions of people have experienced Shri Mataji’s meditation over the past 50 years.
[Worldwide centres]

All operating expenses such as venue hire, advertising and online presence are funded by the generous support of our members. There are no paid positions in our worldwide organisation.

Daily live meditations on Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

Collective meditation sessions with clearing, balancing, talks and discussions on a topic of the day. Suitable for complete beginners and regular mediators. Zoom sessions are interactive so you’ll be able to chat privately with our presenters if you have any questions.

Click here for the Live Webcast calendar

How to Contact us

Resources

Meditation guides to download, meditative music, video and audio meditations and more resources and materials from our “21 Series” Online programs for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced meditators.

There’s a lot of information here, so please keep in touch with us as you work your way through the materiel below.

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RESOURCES - How to Meditate at Home
  • How to Meditate at Home – The aim of every meditation is to feel balanced, relaxed and reach the thoughtless state and sustain yourself there as long as you can. This guide show you steps for your morning and evening meditations.

 

🌹 SETUP A MEDITATION ALTAR IN YOUR HOME
Materials Required
– Shri Mataji’s photograph in a frame (recommended natural material)
– Candle and candle stand
– A clean pedestal or table for the photograph and candle

Shri Mataji’s photos can be downloaded from here: https://www.freemeditation.com.au/21days/#photos

Having this simple and beautiful setup at your home will not only help you get into the practice of meditation, but will also create a positive balance and energy in your home.

Try it yourself and see the difference…

🌹 USING SHRI MATAJI’S PHOTOGRAPH FOR MEDITATION
We have found that by meditating in front of Shri Mataji’s photographs, our Subtle system comes into balance and is cleared through the positive vibrations that are emitted from her photographs. As result, we become more relaxed and calmer as we experience the inner joy of the Spirit in our heart. We follow the traditional respect and protocol of not placing our feet pointing towards the meditation table and meditate with shoes removed. We can sit on a chair or floor, whichever is the most comfortable.

If you wish to use Shri Mataji’s photograph, then it’s best to place the photo in a frame and use a small candle in front of the photo when meditating. Please contact us if you’d like us to email you other photos of Shri Mataji (in different sizes) for your meditation at [email protected]

RESOURCES - The Human Subtle System with its Chakras and Nadis
The Subtle System

Our Subtle System consists of 3 Channels and 7 main Chakras. The right and left channels are the physical support of our sympathetic nervous system and the central channel is the physical support of our parasympathetic nervous system.

 

Energy Centres – the Chakras:

1. The Mooladhara Chakra (Innocence)
1a. The Kundalini (Mothering energy)
2. The Swadishthan Chakra (Creativity)
3. The Nabhi Chakra (Peace)
3a. The Void (the Guru principle)
4. The Anahatha Chakra (Love and Compassion)
5. The Vishuddhi Chakra (Collectivity)
6. The Agnya Chakra (Forgiveness)
7. The Sahasrara Chakra (Integration).

Energy Channels – the Nadis:

A. The Right Channel (Physical and mental activity)
B. The Left Channel (Emotions and desires)
C. The Central Channel (Ascent and spiritual growth)

  • Our Right channel (yellow line), governs our physical, creative or mental activity. It is the channel of action and the future.
  • Our Left channel (blue line), manages our emotions and desires. It is the channel of our past.
  • The Central channel (white line), manages our autonomous functions ( heartbeat, etc…). The Kundalini energy rises up the central channel when we receive our Self-Realisation. It is the channel of our spiritual evolution, the Present.
  • The Chakras – the Sanskrit word “chakra” means “wheel”. These energy centers or chakras ( numbers 1 to 7 in above diagram) correspond to our main nervous plexuses in the body. Each chakra has its own qualities.

By regular practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation, you obtain the knowledge of your chakras, how to improve and look after them, in a very natural and spontaneous way. Your innate qualities start to manifest themselves. You can feel the state of your subtle system and by using simple techniques, you can maintain it in a balanced state.

We give guidelines of these techniques in our weekly classes in your local area. They are always free. Find free classes in your country.

Self-Realisation
Out of all the energies that sustain us, there is one which is the mother of all other energies. This dormant is of a spiritual nature. It manifests the love that the Divine has for us.

It is called Kundalini and she exists within everyone as a great potential of inner wellbeig. This living energy is waiting to reveal itself to us. Sahaja Yoga meditation starts with the natural awakening of this energy. The spiritual energy that is within us is called Kundalini.

The Kundalini resides in the sacrum bone. This is the triangular bone which is located at the base of the spinal column. When this energy awakens, it activates the central channel and passes through the chakras to come out and can be perceived as a flood, gush, spurt (of coolness) in the fontanelle bone area. Once this energy has been awakened we can perceive its manifestation in a concrete way. A new state of awareness is established within us.

Self-Realisation – the Awakening of the Kundalini mother energy.

As soon as we have felt the condition of our chakras, we can improve them. We have the tools to progress easily with discrimination in our spiritual evolution.

The Kundalini awakening is an indisputable discovery. For the first time, we have the chance to change ourselves and become independent.

 

Introduction to the three channels of our Subtle System by Shri Mataji.

RESOURCES VIDEOS - Clearing, balancing and meditation techniques
Videos

Selection of videos about Sahaja Yoga meditation and its many techniques to assist with balancing and clearing the subtle system to ensure peaceful and joy meditations free from thoughts.

RESOURCES - Preparing for Footsoaking and Candle Clearing Treatments

How to prepare for the Footsoaking

‘Footsoaking’ is a clearing techniques to bring balance to your inner subtle system and energy centres.

Please have the items below available so you can participate in Footsoaking sessions:

Items required:

  • A Footsoak bowl: A plastic or metal bowl for soaking your feet. It should be deep enough so you can put your feet flat in it and cover your ankles, if possible. Fill the Footsoak bowl with cool or warm water.
  • Half a cup of table or cooking salt. (Not Epsom salts)
  • Jug or bottle of clean water to rinse your feet when finished.
  • A towel/cloth or paper towels to dry your feet after rinsing your feet.

Footsoak treatment
(We’ll show you how to do this treatment during the webcast.)

How to prepare for the Candle Treatment

The Candle treatment is used to clear our ‘left channel’ of imbalances. As a safety precaution, do not do this treatment if you are wearing loose clothes or near any combustible materials. Take great care. You can sit on a chair or the floor for this session.

Please have the items below available so you can participate in the Candle Treatment session:

  • A small candle in a holder or secured to a plate.
  • Matches/lighter.

Candle treatment
(We’ll show you how to do this treatment during the webcast session.)

RESOURCES MUSIC - Meditative songs and music
Music

Ragas/Songs for the Chakras
Selection of Ragas (Songs with mantras) which are a melodic mode of Indian classical music that focus on each chakra of the Subtle System. Listening to the music can help to clear the chakras when meditating.

  1. Raga for Mooladhara Chakra
  2. Raga for Swadistan Chakra
  3. Raga for Nabhi Chakra
  4. Raga for Void area
  5. Raga for Left Heart Chakra
  6. Raga for Center Heart Chakra
  7. Raga for Vishuddhi Chakra
  8. Raga for Agnya Chakra
  9. Raga for Sahastrara Chakra


Meditation music with Didgeridoo instrument.
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument, played with continuously vibrating lips to produce a continuous drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. The didgeridoo was developed by Aboriginal peoples of northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago, and is now in use around the world, though still most strongly associated with Indigenous Australian music.

The Didgeridoo represents the earthy sounds of the Mooladhara chakra which is located at the base of the spine. The chakra has the qualities of innocence and wisdom and manifests in Uluru (Ayers Rock) located in central Australia. The Mooladhara chakra is symbolized by the elephant headed child – Shri Ganesha.

All this music is performed by musicians who practice Sahaja Yoga meditation.

  1. Omkara Pradhana (Marathi)
  2. Shri Ganesha Kinaryala Lau (Marathi)
  3. Invocation To Shri Ganesha
  4. Tujhacha Mataji Pare
  5. Namaste Ganapataye
  6. Ganesha Mantra (Traditional)


Devotional music
Beautiful devotional music in praise of our inner Mother and the external Spirit. Sung by Anandita Basu who is a recognised name in Sahaja music, Sufi and Qawwali music from Kolkata, India. Anandita started to learn Indian Classical music at the age of 4 with her mother and Guru, Professor Anjana Basu.

  1. Anyatha Sharanam - Thou art my sole refuge
  2. Sheetal Komal Nirmal - Blessings of the Mother Kundalini,
  3. Atma Ashtakam - The Light of our Spirit
  4. Shri Mataji Ke Charano Me - I surrender to my Mother Kundalini
  5. Shri Durga Chalisa - Giver of Confidence
  6. O Lal Meri - Oh Lord,my honour


 

RESOURCES - A Beginner's Guide to Sahaja Yoga Meditation

This unique booklet is intended for people who have received their Self Realisation and have commenced daily Sahaja Yoga meditations with regular clearing and balancing.

The booklet provides in-depth information about how to meditate at home, the Subtle System and the clearing and balancing techniques.

Through regular meditation, one is able to fully absorb the divine knowledge contained in this booklet which has been shared with us by Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation.

RESOURCES - Chakras and Plexus Knowledge

Information about the Subtle System, the Chakras and their qualities and characteristics, and where the Chakras are located in the Plexus area of the human body. A plexus is a branching network of vessels or nerves. The vessels may be blood vessels (veins, capillaries) or lymphatic vessels.

The some of chakras are located in these Plexuses areas:

  • Pelvic Plexus – Located at the base of our spine.
  • Abdominal Aortic Plexus – Located above the Sacrum Bone, in the abdominal region.
  • Solar Plexus – Located at the level of the navel.
  • Cardiac Plexus – Located at the level of the sternum bone, in the heart region.
  • Cervical Plexus – Looks after the Ears, Nose and Throat regions.

Download the “Chakras and Plexus Knowledge”

RESOURCES VIDEOS - Shri Mataji's Talks and Videos

Selection of videos by Shri Mataji on her teachings about Sahaja Yoga, Self Realisation, meditations, the subtle system, chakras and other spiritual matters.

RESOURCES PODCASTS - Talks, discussions and music for mobile devices, tablet and desktop

Audio and video podcasts

Our podcasts provide listeners with guided meditations, guest speakers, music and more details about the Sahaja Yoga meditation technique. There’s also an opportunity to hear a talk by Shri Mataji (founder).

People tell us how much they enjoy the depth of ‘collective’ meditation when they attend online and weekly classes. But for the times when it’s just not possible to attend, there are podcasts!

Listen to a selection of our podcasts on your mobile device, tablet or desktop.

Audio podcasts

Video podcasts

RESOURCES - The Hamsa Chakra

The Hamsa chakra, which is part of the Vishuddhi and represented by Canada, is situated between the eyebrows, and has the qualities discretion and discrimination; It’s also called the Lambica chakra.

Treatment for the Hamsa is to put a few drops of slightly warm melted purified butter (Ghee) with a dropper into your nose and sniff it up. It avoids dryness of the inner lining. Apply it at night before sleeping.

Affirmation to clear and strengthen the Hamsa is: “Shri Mataji, by Your Grace, please give me the power of discrimination.”

Shri Mataji talks about the Hamsa Chakra

Advise from Shri Mataji about the Hamsa Chakra
“It is, you know, placed between the two eyebrows and two eyes represent the left and the right side. So this centre is very much guided by our eyes, by our ears, by our nose, tongue, teeth, throat. Is a very important centre because the Vishuddhi, which has to look after sixteen petals, which, sixteen petals, which look after all these ear, nose, throat, different, different organs within us, also it has to communicate with the Viraat. So it has to pass through this centre of Hamsa Chakra. Hamsa Chakra is the very pivotal centre, which expresses auspiciousness in our awareness. That means, if this centre is alert and awakened, then we immediately know what is auspicious and what is not auspicious, or we can call it, we get the Divine Discretion… the light of the Spirit, which shines through your Hamsa Chakra, gives you wisdom. Wisdom doesn’t mean that you know how to argue things or you fight with people. No, it doesn’t mean that! Wisdom means how you take to the good side of everything, to enjoy it, this is Wisdom. And that you avoid all destructive things and take to something constructive.” (1992/09/13)

“Now, how can we improve our Hamsa then? It’s a big problem, because if our Hamsa is sick, is over-conditioned. The Kundalini cannot work on it; it just gives up. Now, so for Hamsa we use all these physical things. Like I said, put the ghee in the nose. Keep it in a way that it is nourished properly. Because Kundalini, if it tries to too much attack the Hamsa, it will have a problem. Problem because, as it is most of our time we spend in such a manner that your Hamsa things become – what you call the epithelial cells, the linings – become dried out. When the Kundalini rises, She may try to create a problem more for that dryness – maybe. So it is kept out, but it has an effect in the sense that even if there is a light outside, it can fall inside.”

“So it’s not the Kundalini directly that affects your Hamsa. It is like when the Kundalini awakens, you yourself see now that a person is, whether he is fair complexion or dark complexion, he is a human being. You reason it out and Hamsa clears up. Then you see yourself that, “Oh, I’m very egoistical.” You start seeing yourself through your Agnya, start seeing that, “I’m so conditioned.” So you reason it out, and that’s how you correct your conditionings. This is what is Hamsa chakra.”

RESOURCES - Shri Mataji's Photos for Meditation

Using Shri Mataji’s photograph for meditation

We have found that by meditating in front of Shri Mataji’s photographs, our Subtle system comes into balance and is cleared through the positive vibrations that are emitted from her photographs. As result, we become more relaxed and calmer as we experience the inner joy of the Spirit in our heart. We follow the traditional respect and protocol of not placing our feet pointing towards the meditation table and meditate with shoes removed. We can sit on a chair or floor, whichever is the most comfortable.

If you wish to use Shri Mataji’s photograph, then it’s best to place the photo in a frame and use a small candle in front of the photo when meditating. Please contact us if you’d like us to email you other photos of Shri Mataji (in different sizes) for your meditation at [email protected]

Meditation Photos

All images are in jpg format and are ready for printing. For best print quality, use a high resolution printer or take the files, on a USB stick, to a digital photo lab for printing.

Image sizes available

  • 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm) 1800 x 1200 pixels. Average file size for each image is approx 250KBs.
  • 6″ x 8″ (15 x 20cm) 2400 x 3200 pixels. Average file size for each image is approx 350KBs.

How to download: To download an image, right-click on the ‘Download’ link and save the file to your computer or device.

Using Shri Mataji’s Photograph

Short video of Shri Mataji explaining why we use her photograph for meditation.

 

Meditation Card

This Meditation Card contains general instructions on how to meditate with a photo of Shri Mataji and the Affirmations exercise.

Download the Meditation Card

RESOURCES - Useful links and websites

Free meditation classes and resources to help you discover the unique technique of Sahaja Yoga Meditation.

Resources
  • Resources area – Subtle system/chakras, Glossary of Terms, printed guides, meditative music, video and audio meditations, balancing techniques and talks by Shri Mataji (founder).
  • More about Sahaja Yoga – What is Meditation? Who can do meditation? What does it cost? Who teaches the meditation? Who teaches the meditation? Getting started.
  • More about Shri Mataji – Founder of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Shri Mataji quietly transformed lives. For more than forty years, she travelled internationally, offering free public lectures and the experience of self-realization to all, regardless of race, religion or circumstance.
  • Nirmala Vidya Amruta – References to all of Shri Mataji’s talks if you want to look up a particular ailment/issue and find out Shri Mataji’s solutions to it.
  • Meditation music – Selection of music to enhance the meditation experience.
  • Resources for children – Sahaja Yogi parents who are trying to make meditation for children different and interesting for them. (Password to website is Gananayaka)
  • Online daily meditations on YouTube, Facebook and Zoom.
  • Audio podcast website On Apple podcastOn Google podcast.
  • Video podcast websiteOn Apple podcast.
  • Sahaja Yogis Experiences – Sahaja Yogis share their experiences, re-collections of memories and encounters with Shri Mataji and the practice of Sahaja Yoga. Find out about Shri Mataji’s life, and enjoy pictures taken over more than three decades in five continents.
  • Australian classes – in over 80 locations.
  • Worldwide centres – in over 100 countries.
  • Subscribe to Newsletter. – To be notified of online events, workshops and other events.
  • Contact Us – If you have any questions about our meditation then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
RESOURCES - Glossary of Terms

While participating in our sessions, you will come across several terms that may be new to you. This is an overview of the most commonly used terms…

All Pervading Power
God Almighty. Known by many names including Shiva, Allah and Yaweh.

Attention
The faculty of applying the mind and interest. Under pressure it can become short-spanned and undisciplined but through Sahaja Yoga Meditation the faculty can become focused and productive.

Balancing and Clearing
If the attention is majorly focused on right-sided activities (thinking, action, the future) or left side (reflection, emotion, the past) blockages can occur. Meditative clearing removes these blockages and allows the system to gain balance in the centre (mental silence, peace, now).

Catches
Catches occur when the efficient function of chakras is impaired. These catches block the passage of kundalini and are the causes of varying problems. When these damaged charkras are repaired through meditation the problems disappear.

Central Channel
This is the channel through which the kundalini flows. It is opened when self realisation takes place and it is the through-flow of kundalini which brings about real and enriching meditation.

Chakras
These are the subtle energy centres located at the main nerve plexuses along the spine. There are seven main chakras in the human system and they relate to stages of evolution, the seventh, at the top of the head being activated by self realisation.

Cool Breeze
The energy manifested from the top of the head when self realisation takes place. It can be felt as a warmish breeze-like sensation. After meditation the energy cools down and is known as the cool breeze.

Difference between Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is the union of the kundalini with the great energy of creation that surrounds us (self realisation). Meditation takes place as a result of that joining.

Guru
Spiritual teacher, guide. Someone with their self realisation who assists others to gain their yoga.

Kundalini
The mothering energy that resides in the sacrum bone at the base of the spine. When self realisation takes place this energy uncoils, rising through the chakras and the top of the head.

Inner Peace
Being free from mental activity. Not being concerned with memory or plans but being in the ‘now’.

Joy
Happens when deep meditation takes place. A all-embracing sense of relaxed well-being.

Kundalini Awakening
Kundalini resides in three-and-a-half coils at the base of the spine. When self realisation or kundalini awakening takes place, this energy uncoils and rises through the chakras to manifest at the top on the head.

Left Channel
This rises along the left side of the spine but at the forehead crosses into the right hemisphere of the brain to become the superego. It is concerned with emotion, the past, insecurity, conditioning and, if the attention become heavily focused into it, it can cause depression and many painful diseases.

Meditation
It is a state of relaxation without mental activity. It is calming, peaceful and opens the inner pathways to health, knowledge and spiritual deepening.

Right Channel
This rises along the right side of the spine but at the forehead crosses into the left hemisphere of the brain to become the ego. It is concerned with action, the future, planning and, if the attention becomes heavily focused into it, it can cause anger, tensions and many painless diseases.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation
The word ‘Sahaja’ in Sanskrit has two components: ‘Saha’ is ‘with’ and ‘ja’ is ‘born’ – the literal translation is “innate”. Yoga means union with the divine. So, Sahaja Yoga means spontaneous and born with you meaning that the kundalini is born within us and can be awakened spontaneously, without effort. This is Self Realisation

Self Realisation
This is the yoga, the union, the joining of the individual spirit with the great energy of creation. It happens when the kundalini (life force) rises from its home in the sacrum bone along the spine and pierces the fontanelle at the top of the head.

Shri Mataji
The founder of Sahaja Yoga. She was born in 1923 in Chhindwara, India. Her father was a lawyer who spoke fourteen languages and was the first Christian Member of the Indian Parliament. Her mother was the first woman in India to receive an honours degree in mathematics. The family was deeply involved in the Indian fight for independence. Shri Mataji married C.P. Shrivastava, a diplomat who became Secretary General of the UN Maritime Organisation. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. In 1970 she discovered a way of granting spontaneous self realisation. She then travelled the world holding programs, giving self realisation and informing people of Sahaja Yoga.

Spirit
The reflection of divinity within each human subtle energy system.

Spirituality
An intense interest in the non-material aspects of life, reality and existence after death

Subtle System
The network of chakras, channels and kundalini which define the nature of a human being at any given time. (See more here)

Thoughtless Awareness
Is meditation. All thinking stops although the consciousness of sounds around us remains. The traditional name for this very pleasant and rewarding state is mental silence.

Vibrations
The cool pulsing that a realised person feels (often on the palms of the hand) when the attention is focused on something or someone in balance.

Yoga
The pathway to, and gaining of, self realisation. Rajah Yoga is the pathway along the right channel, Bakthi Yoga uses the left channel ‘Sahaja means born-with or spontaneous. So Sahaja Yoga draws attention to the fact that the union (self realisation) can be gained spontaneously by way of mechanisms one is born with.

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