Public Programme, Hampstead, London, UK, 6th June 1980.
"Is there any purpose in our life? Or are we just here to exist like animals then die, at the most having some insurances to be paid for our children? Is that the end of this human life, which is being created with such care? For thousand of years a little cell of amoeba or, say, a little unicellular animal has gone through such a tremendous change to become a human being, with this fantastic awareness. Why? Why has he come on this Earth? Such a question must arise in every intelligent mind. And when such a question arises, the search starts in the real way."
Collectivity of the Spirit
Plaw Hatch Seminar, East Grinstead, UK, 16th November 1980.
"Here you are coming to become a collective being because spirit is the collective being. The quality of spirit is that it is a collective being, is a part of the collective. It is absolutely one with the collective. It is so collective that you cannot imagine on human level how much it is collective. For example, yesterday I was criticising Gita and the Vishuddhi was opened. Krishna is sitting here and talking through me. There is no difference at all of that. It’s just the same. And I am Krishna, I am Mataji and I am Christ. So much so one that you can’t imagine how much oneness is there. It’s such a unison (that) exists."
Enjoy life in varied roles
Birthday Puja speech, Sydney, Australia, 21st March 1983.
"So the competition between women and men must be stopped. Women must have their own place and men must have their own place and women must know that men are their hands. If you are the shakti, they are the machines. And don't kill your machines by shouting at them, by screaming at them, and by putting them down, making them diffident. You will have no place. We have to encourage them, to do God’s work. You have to support them, look after them, because they are the machines, they are the hands and you are the power. Of course, if these hands go against the power, they will suffer.
So there should be no competition between children and you, my child and his child, there should be not such competition. Take out your mind from there. There should be complete sharing. So the competition should end in sharing. How much we share? How much can we share?
See, drunkards cannot sit and drink alone. They have to have some people to share. The thieves must have ten people to thieve. But when it comes to the nectar of God’s love, how can we alone have it? Cannot enjoy. There is no enjoyment at all in it. So let us be gentle and kind with each other. The people who are going to enjoy the nectar should have competition in sharing that nectar, by which they get more and more of that. Who shares more? Who is more generous?
Materialism should be taken to its beauty. You can have one thing done with your hand. That is much more beautiful than running after money, counting money. You'll become crackpots, really. Those who count their money morning till evening are real crackpots. They always lose money. There's something wrong with their brains.
Count your blessings. See life, the beauty in matter. How life has worked. See a wood. I see the pattern it has created on wood, the life. But it's not morose, it's not dead, it's not insipid, it's bubbling. You can see in art, you can see in all that is beautiful, the reflection of God’s creative power and the joy that he wanted to emit for your happiness, while you become slaves of matter. He never wanted you to do that. You are the masters."
Too much Thinking
Public Programme, Porchester Hall, London, UK, 1st August 1989.
"So the second centre which is there, it does a very miraculous thing, is to provide the grey cells in our brain, when we are using it for thinking and also it looks after your liver, your pancreas, your spleen, your kidneys and lower part of your abdomen. Instead of doing that, poor thing is busy only sending grey cells to your brain because thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, like mad.
So you develop all other diseases - liver trouble, which is very common. Then you develop diabetes - very common. Yesterday, at least there were ten people who said we have diabetes. Now diabetes you do not develop by taking too much sugar. Take it from me. In India, if you go to a village, you'll see that he takes sugar in such a manner that, in the cup, the spoon must stand at right angles, otherwise he won't take it. And he never gets diabetes. The reason is, he doesn't think of tomorrow. He just works hard, eats his food and sleeps off, nicely. He doesn't take sleeping pills either. So this diabetes comes by over thinking and can be easily cured if you can take to Sahaja Yoga, which I'll tell you how we'll stop our thinking at this... I've already told you, at this point."
[ Shri Mataji pointed to her forehead, the location of the sixth main energy centre, known as the Agnya Chakra. ]
Styles of the Psyche
Programme for Department of Religious Studies, University of Sydney, Australia, 15th March 1990
Question: "I'm just wondering if you think there's a difference between the Eastern and Western psyche and if you do, what do you think the differences are?"
Shri Mataji: "Yeah... Now the Western movement has been outward. Like a tree, the whole civilisation grew up. But it must seek its roots. To my eye, there's not two things, East and West. The roots are the same as the tree and if the tree does not find out its roots, it will be destroyed. Both are essential, complementary to each other. But because, as I told you, the climate in India has been quite kind, they went more into the search of themselves: 'Why are we here?' Instead of fighting the nature. But if you see the... I mean in London, if you have to go out, you take at least fifteen minutes just to put on all your weapons to fight the climate there. In our country you can just walk out, no problem. So we didn't have to fight the nature, so that question was over. And it was a very beautiful country, full of fruits and things, so they could live in the jungles very well. Even now, if you go at the foothill of Himalayas, you'll find all kinds of flowers, beautiful things there are. Of course now it's destroyed because of civilisation. So the people indulged more in finding out what is within us and that's how they knew.
So the search which is outside through science has to be substantiated and nourished by spirituality. It's very important. So these are part and parcel of the same. God has made only one world, one world. He didn't make many nations. We have done it. And sometimes, I feel, we move like criminals with our number plate. You see, the passport number, this number, that number. God didn't make that way. It's our idea... because we laugh the same way, we smile the same way, we love the same way. Everything is the same but he had to create a variety of faces, otherwise we would have been bored stiff!"