Development of Collective Nature.
First, we should desire and try to achieve our individual evolution, in the sense that we should attempt to overcome some of our individual problems of behaviour, psychology, lifestyle, health, etc. Then we should try to assist others to do the same.
If we remain insular in our attitudes or our activity, we should not expect to make much progress. It is a form of self-delusion to believe that, as humans, we are all separate individuals. Our true nature is something far more subtle and permanent than our physical body or our mind.
From Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, Contributions to Analytical Psychology, 1928:
"Learn your theories as well as you can but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the living soul."
From Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, 16th November, 1980:
"You are the channels and you are going to generate this energy through you. If you were just channels, then your responsibility would have been much less. But Sahaja Yoga, it’s a very different type of a living process. Perhaps you might have noticed it, that once you receive your realisation it starts transforming you, firstly. Then it starts transforming other people. By your presence, you start transforming other people. By your existence, you start transforming other people. You start transforming the atmosphere, the subtler problems of negativity. They all work out, like a tree. When it is blossoming, the fragrance of the blossom creates a different type of aura around itself, that it attracts all the bees around to gather the honey. In the same way, when a person is realised, is enlightened, the aura spreads and you start getting people attracted towards you.
We have to remember a few points about Sahaja Yoga, that you receive the light, first. The second step is that you generate the light. It is never done in any other process, that you generate the light, on your own, with your will, with your understanding, with your freedom. Now 'will' does not mean desire. Will means desire put into action."
From 'The One Man Band', a music video by Leo Sayer, 1974: [ external website ]
"So, hey there mister, don't you look so sad,
Don't look so ill at ease.
I can play you any song you like,
To cheer up that life you lead.
Yeah, cos I'm a one man band,
Nobody knows nor understands.
Is there anybody out there wanna lend a hand,
To my one man band?"
There are several possibilities for people who want to help others. The easiest is to support one other person. We call this a Workshop activity. One person sits, hoping to achieve or to deepen a state of Yoga or Meditation. Another person will stand or sit nearby, to help with that individual process - the Yoga Assistant.
The next option is to support a group of people by guiding them to achieve or to deepen a state of Meditation - the Meditation Assistant.
Then there is the role of teacher, who can handle all of the needs of a class, including giving explanations and individual advice - the Easy Yoga Teacher.
These roles are practical. They should contribute to positive changes in the people being helped. A good understanding of inner processes and reliable discrimination is required for a Meditation Assistant and an Easy Yoga Teacher. A teacher also needs communication and organisational skills.
See the information under Workshop on the Techniques page.
It is important to have a sensitivity to subtle energies and an understanding of how they originate. This is an aspect of awareness but is not the same as maintaining a concentration somewhere or following a procedure.
Trying alone to reach a meditative state, most of the attention will be on oneself. For example, some sensations might be felt inside the body or on the surface. Also some influences may come from outside, from the location or from disturbances experienced by the people in the district or the country. There is some skill and intuition involved with decoding and responding, or not responding, to various sensations. However, it is not just guesswork or a random process.
When someone is trying to assist meditation in a group, their awareness will be partly on the group. Some inner sensations will relate to the condition of the group. How are their energies? How are they physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Are there any significant blockages in the energy centres? These issues will change during a session. The giving of guidance to the group will benefit from some decoding, some understanding and some patience. The brain may also exhibit intuition about what is to be done and how much might be achieved.
Easy Yoga Teacher
The world needs many more.
"So, one should understand that you are not to pay for this. You are not to pay for what I say to you, or for my lectures, or anything. Or for your realisation, not at all. Not a single pie for that [ a small Indian coin ] .
You cannot pay for it. It's so invaluable. That's the only thing that's so invaluable. That, one thing, you cannot bring it to the level of this gross existence that we have. It is absolutely overflowing. It's absolutely freely coming to you. So, you cannot pay for it. It's love and love you cannot purchase." ...
... "You must take out some time for your growth and your meditation, by which you understand yourself and you understand others and help others. Life is not worth living for yourself. It's a useless life which lives for oneself. You must live for the whole.
You must understand that the whole, if you accept, you become the whole. If the drop accepts the ocean, you become the ocean. Why not we become the ocean, instead of little drops which are just evaporated by heat of the sun or by anything? You can be lost. So, why not become the ocean? Ocean of love, ocean of forgiveness and ocean of compassion.
May God bless you all."
[ Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Public Programme, Caxton Hall, London, 29th March, 1982. ]
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