Being Born Again"Now I say again, like all these people (prophets) have said — 'You have to be born again!' They have said it to prepare you all for this Time. It's My fortune that I have to do it. It has to happen. If they had said all these things either they were all false and wrong. So I am here to prove it, not that they were wrong in any way but they were the only people who were enlightened. They had an eyesight to see much deeper than what you can see."- Shri Mataji
Even it is easy to say that we believe in them, we believe in God, we believe in Christ, we believe in Krishna, Rama, all that. Both things are equally the same.
When you believe in God you believe in the darkness and ignorance, and when you do not believe in Him also you are in ignorance. By believing into you close your eyes, accept the faith and go along with it. Of course it shows that you are conscious of some Power which is beyond. Such people have a great chance. But in the case if you go to these extremes in this kind of faith then you start only believing in Christ, only believing in Muhammad, only believing in Krishna — I mean depending on where you are born. How human beings are so narrow-minded?
If you are born in England either you will be a Catholic, or a Protestant, or maybe one of these witchcraft people. You believe into anything because you are localized in a place; there has been some identifications because your mother believed into something, because your father believed into something, or you paid for it. And this faith can become such a blinding effect on people that you develop absurd types of groups which call themselves as Christians, Hindus, Muslims — whatever you may say — and are extremely, extremely exclusive, blind, and fanatic.
Today one of the problems of the times of the Modern Times is fanaticism. Now this fanaticism has been growing. The more people try to get out of this fanaticism, it grows more. For example those people who have given up religion, who gave up God in the sense that they never gave up — you cannot give Him up, He has to give you up — those who felt that they have been able to give up God have done nothing good. They are equally useless. I mean they had by giving up God they have given up all ideas of any control by any divinity on anything. But what have they achieved — suicides, bad society, sick people. They have achieved nothing.
So one side is this fanaticism growing deeper and deeper into people who remain in fanatic ideas while the other side — to prove they were correct — the other side is also growing deeper and deeper. And both are wrong. The main thing is that you have to feel God within you. You have to become something more by which you can feel the Divine — not through your rationality by any chance! Neither through your faith! If the faith is blind you cannot know God — you will become a fanatic.
If people could just remain faithful and do not become fanatics then there is no harm. Or else even if you deny God and you do not become egotistical then there is no harm. But that's not possible. We are progressive and we cannot remain at one point. Once we start moving we start moving in that direction. Either we are to be fanatics or we have to be absolutely egotistical and tyrannical. That's how we finish our former search and all these extreme behavior of human beings have brought such a shame to God, to His Creation, and to the Beauty and Joy that He wants to bestow upon us.
Rationally I can approve the existence of God, but rationally I can also disapprove because rationality is an illusion. It is an illusion. Like the people in the West say," You just can't say which way."With rationality you go about anything. Like you can say," What's wrong? What's wrong in denying God?"Nothing is wrong. What is wrong itself how are you going to take term; is the point. Through rationality you cannot say what is right or wrong because rationality speaks on relative terminology, on a limited sphere.
Now to tell the Truth, whether it is right or not, how can you say? Supposing someone is about to murder someone and is asking where the person. If you tell the person the Truth that the person has gone this side — through your rationality because Truth-telling is good — the person is killed. If you see today's atmosphere there is such a confusion; people do not know who is right, who is wrong. To some people it is great to be a fanatic. They think they are doing a great honor to themselves because they are fanatics. They are so confused that they do not know how far to go in obeying the religious warnings and religious, you can say the saints. And how far not to go they do not know. It is such a confusion. In this confusion you, the seekers, are there.
You are seekers of Truth for ages. If you are not Sahaja Yoga is not going to help you much. If you have come here just to rationalize something this is not the place where you can discuss, argue it out, or anything. It has to work in you. It has to give you that Blessing. If it can't bestow that Blessing in you then Sahaja Yoga is useless; useless work.
So this is the central point where you recognize within yourself by becoming something else that there is God. Not only that He is there but His Power is All-Pervading, that He organizes, co-operates the whole Universe, and that He is the All Powerful, All Knowing. All these things you feel within yourself. You recognize Him not through your rationality but through your feelings. Like if I put My finger to this flame it will be burnt. It's My feeling. It's My subjective Knowledge. Somebody tells Me it is hot. I say," What's wrong?"I put My hand there. But the feeling is such an Absolute thing that when you touch it even a child can say it is hot.
So that Absolute feeling within us that makes us feel through our organs — sensory organs — the hot and cold by which we hear and we see clearly that subjective Knowledge. Whatever language you speak, whatever religion you follow, whether you are an atheist, or egoistic, or whatever it is, that feeling one gets when enlightened; then you start feeling God Almighty. Then you can also rationalize it in the sense that when I burnt my finger I can say," Yes! What they say is correct!"But until and unless this happens to you all other arguments and discussions are of no value to anyone whatsoever.
I was amazed Myself when I was born to see such ignorant people quarreling over something which they do not know at all — nothing of that kind. They are so ignorant. They do not know there is Power of God working. They cannot feel it and what are they doing? Whether they are church people, or temple people, or all these scientists, when they talk about God they are at a level from where they cannot talk. But they are not even conscious that they are that level.
This is why we have to know that despite all efforts to destroy our scriptures this Knowledge that you have to become something else — that you are to be reborn — this Knowledge they could not destroy. They have tried to maneuver it for their own advantage. They have tried to use it for their own building up because they had to have big, big buildings, they must have big, big money projects, and sometimes they also must have some business. How can you do all these things in the name of God? Just think of it. And they are doing all these mad things and they call it God? And the seeker gets absolutely shocked and surprised that he also gets into the whole whirlpool. He just cannot get out of it because he is a seeker. He says," Let me go and see for myself what it is. Let me burn my finger here and there and find out for myself."
Now I say again, like all these people have said — You have to be born again! They have said it to prepare you all for this Time. It's My fortune that I have to do it. It has to happen. If they had said all these things either they were all false and wrong. So I am here to prove it, not that they were wrong in any way but they were the only people who were enlightened. They had an eyesight to see much deeper than what you can see.
So within us lies that Power and that Power is anxious to give you your second birth. That Power lies as shown, lies in the triangular bone of sacrum and you can see with your naked eyes the rising of this Power. It has nothing to do with what nationality you have come from, what sort of clothes you are wearing, what sort of hair dress you have — it has nothing to do with this but it has to do something with your inner being. And while in your inner being there are certain problems which you have created out of your ignorance, and this Power being your Mother — your sweet loving Mother who has been born again and again with you — knows your problems and She knows how to correct it.
So I say that you don't have to do anything about it. It just works! It has to work but for human beings to understand that their evolution has to come spontaneously is very difficult, especially in the West. They think that they have to do something about God, to fix Him up, appoint Him, pay for Him to give you Realization — it is all absurd. It makes Me laugh. But we are absurd like that if we think we can pay for it, and then He'll come and bestow His Grace upon us; we can purchase Him, or we can honor Him by which He will give us that. No! It is useless. It is His own Compassion that is going to do it as it has been done before when we became human beings from amoebae state. It is His Love — His own Ambition you can call it in the human understanding — that He wants to bestow His Power onto His own children, onto His own Creation. And as you are His own flowers — human beings are the flowers of His creation — He wants to transform you into the beautiful fulfillment of your own being. These are the fruits of His creation, His Garden. But all these words may sound very poetic and very enchanting, and should be so.
This Kundalini is awakened within us all the time to help us. I have seen to My very great sorrow that we have really hurt our Kundalini and mashed it. We have really tortured Her. I have seen big, big holes and wounds in Her Being. In our ego, in our useless ideas we have really wounded our Kundalini. I have seen this poor Kundalini in a mess and I soothe Her. I soothe Her and tell Her that You, The Mother of this child, be contented that this child has got desire to know God.
So the first stage is to have desire, desire to know God. God is not going to fall at your feet. At least you must be matured so much that you want to know God. That is why Sahaja Yoga is a slow process. It does not work on people who do not want it. You have to be interested in knowing your Self. It is the only thing that is required in Sahaja Yoga, that you should be desirous of becoming of becoming that. Then it will happen! This is the first basic thing. You must have desire.
Then also there are other things that are very important which I have seen because now I have been traveling, and I have been meeting people, and I have been seeing that there are problems that have touched the path of Kundalini.
The path of Kundalini can be quite arrogant and the Kundalini may refuse to come up. And even if She comes up, out of pain, She may drop off. The path of Kundalini may have been ruined by so many things and these wounds we have caused in the path, in the central path, by not remaining in the centre, but going to extremes. We have harmed ourselves. You have not harmed anybody else but you have harmed yourselves. You have harmed your own chances.
But even that can be cured because God is Compassion. He is Love and He understands that you have been childish, you have been immature, and that you should be helped. But maybe that you do not know the desire of Kundalini within you and that you may not be on the same level as She is. Still She will work. All those types of grace are given — grace marks as you call it.
It is actually the meaning of your life. All your lives what have you been? You might have been a Roman soldier, all right, then? You might have been Caesar — so what? You might have been Napoleon, all right — so what? You might have been Louis the XIV, or could have been the Bloody Mary, or someone like that. Or you could have been some gracious women, alright, so what? You have not known God so far! You might have been the mightiest of mighty, you might have been Lao-tzu, or you might have been in the history, the photograph might have been there — so what? So far you have not known God! Till you have not known that Absolute within you, you cannot know God. Only by knowing your spirit you will know God.
Like without My eyes I cannot see you, in the same way without knowing your spirit you cannot feel God — and you have to know your spirit. But when I say you have to know you that doesn't mean by jumping or by doing anything that you will do, but that you don't have to do anything. Now when you have to get — I don't know whether human beings understand or not — that you don't have to do anything about it. Now there is no way of saying it that you just don't have to do anything and it will happen to you; that you have to become that. As soon as I say you have to become that then you have to become that. Any sentence you use like that you think that you have to put in some effort, or some money, or something else.
But it is an effortless thing. It is an effortless happening. It is beyond human understanding. We cannot understand that we can do something effortlessly, but we do. We digest our food without putting any effort; we breathe without any effort; we have become humans without any effort; we got this whole sky before us, this whole Universe before us without any effort. All things that are important are without any effort. These are not important things like getting a chair, or a car; all that. Of course, for that you might have to put in effort. But you are amazed; whatever is vital you have got it without putting any effort and that's why this is going to happen to you without any effort.
But try to bring your mind, the opposition, where you must accept that it is effortless. The happening is absolutely effortless, and after that happening your efforts must have to be to neutralize your previous efforts. This is the problem that is even worse than anything else. Happening is the easy thing. Happening will take place. But you have already finished off many things since then which must be corrected, and to really become effortlessly thoughtless will be your main problem. But there are so many here as you know who have got it, who have found it, and are managing it — so you all should all get it.
But, as I have said that as I have traveled a lot, I have seen that people have problems of a different nature according to the society they live in, according to the countries they live in, according to the ideas on which they have. All these things do create a problem in your centres and these problems are best solved if, through your happening, if you would like to be disassociated from all these misidentifications. And these misidentifications itself will start troubling you. Then you will have to give up.
I will tell you a simple example of such a thing now. We have people from all kinds. Say we have a bureaucrat who comes to us and he has a problem because bureaucrats have a problem on the Nabhi. They could be very horrid and their Kundalini could be absolutely frozen you know; terrible. To raise their Kundalini I get such a headache and the whole force has to be put in for a bureaucrat. One bureaucrat is equal to one thousand small children I can tell you. When they just say they are bureaucrats I just prepare Myself. You see if you have to shake hand with a bureaucrat you have to massage your hand properly before you shake it, but if you have to raise their Kundalini, Oh God! You, before and after, you are just finished.
So now supposing there is a bureaucrat who is misidentified with his problems he comes to Me. I see he gets his Realization all right, but he cannot forget that he is a bureaucrat. He goes on identifying with himself; bureaucracy. Then he'll talk," I believe ..."Then I will look at him. Still, still it is there. Still it is there.
Like we can take the case of now, hippies, who are another bureaucrats I tell you; they are no less. Hippies thought no end of themselves. They thought whatever we do to ourselves, these are our own. Who is this anyone to tell us you see? So they had a real drugstore within them. They created real problems for themselves; spoiling their brain, spoiling their whole Kundalini — everything! Oh, they got themselves into a real mess.
You see if freedom means nonsense then one can only conclude that people have no sense of it. Like if you put some children in a room to play and then they start eating. First of all if they get some sweets they eat. Then they will eat the tea. When the tea is finished they will say," Alright, we will eat the ashes."Then they will eat the ashes. They will eat some cow-dung. It is like that. It is so stupid and foolish to ruin yourself like this but they have all done it.
Now you are given Realization and after Realization still you go back to the same serious state of becoming great wise people who have been taking drugs. You cannot get out of it you see. Still it's very difficult. And this was wrong I did. This was wrong I done it. I should get out of it. There is no use of it.
So all these are misidentifications of which there are so many others like that. Like somebody has been to some guru. Now that guru is a crook. He has made money out of them — All right! He has befooled all of them completely; he has been telling them stories — All right! They have become bankrupt giving money to him. Everything has happened. Now they have come out of it. Now you must understand that you were fooled and he was useless fellow, and have nothing to learn. But the misidentifications still works out. Once you get your Realization still you cling on to all the people who come from the same guru, and you share all the nonsense.
Now you are no more belonging to any group now. You have become your Self. All these misidentifications are useless. They give you angularities. They do not give you individuality. They give you angularities and these angularities are troublesome to the society and to your Self. They have given you bends. Your normal life has become extremely abnormal or subnormal. So normalize yourself with Sahaja Yoga and you will be amazed you are no longer belonging to any country, no more belonging to any group, any democracy, bureaucracy, or communism, or anything. But you become a human being who is on absolute values as a human being. This is a tremendous thing.
This is what today we need in this world; human beings who have jumped on to the Absolute side. Absolute does not compromise. It does not aggress. It does not take any aggression because it is Absolute. It is not afraid of anyone because Absolute is Compassion, Absolute is Love, and Absolute is Truth. When your attention becomes enlightened by this Absolute, it's a very limited terminology again to explain that it gets enlightened, but to understand it one has to become. As one would say to a blind man that your eyes will be open to know what is God. That's all one can say.
And when people said alike people did not like it. They crucified them, they killed them, they finished them off — normal human beings and just think of that. That a person who has killed Him — that has to happen to you, this should happen to you — was killed. Imagine! And the people who said," No, you must give us money, you must give us palaces, you must give us big cars, and your women, and everything."— such people they worship. They fall at their feet. And those people who were telling you the Real were killed; crucified them and tortured them.
They bore it all. They bore it all not because they were not powerful, not because they did not have the Powers. They had tremendous Powers. If they had just, just lifted their finger just once, the whole world would have been destroyed. But that's not the game. The game is to make the whole world aware of God's Kingdom and to make them useful with the Powers of God Almighty. This is the Job. So you have to show tremendous patience with stupid and foolish people who want to crucify you because they are so ignorant.
But now the Time has come for all of us to achieve for which we are created, to be what we have desired. This is the Time, the Blossom Time as they call it, for which you cannot pay. You cannot appoint Me. I have to appoint you. It's the other way round this time. You cannot demand. It's the Grace. Otherwise it cannot work out. It's the Grace of the Compassion of God which should be asked. Here the faith plays the part that you see this God who has to bestow His Blessings. That's why faith was there.
And rationality should play the part to say that this is wrong, this is falsehood, these are fake gurus, these are fake people. But you never used to do these things properly. If you had faith you would have never organized religion because you would know that it is God's Hand, God's Grace, which has to bestow us and not these theological college people. And these self-appointed people, they cannot give us the Grace of God.
And the other side of rationality you never used it properly because if you had used it you would not have become slaves of these horrible fake gurus.
So both these mistakes have been committed. But doesn't matter. The Time has come to get your enlightenment.
Now when I tell you all this, first and foremost thing is, I request you not to feel guilty because when I say that it is very easy to become guilty, and finish off with it. There is nothing to feel guilty. You are all in My Heart. I love you very much. Whatever you have done is finished off. As soon as I have faith in you it is all done. Whatever mistakes have been done can be cured. If a child goes and spoils his clothes mother has to clean it. That's her job. She's paid for it you can say. She's paid by other things, not by money. I don't know what is the payment for feeling your Love for others. It is such a tremendous Joy that you Love so many of them and all of them, despite all their defects and all their mistakes. It is such a tremendous feeling of Peace and Bliss that with that feeling you do not consider any, any pain or any effort be mentioned to you.
I wish you all get your Realization fully, establish yourself and you, instead of facing Me, come and stand with Me and also feel what I am feeling. Once you start feeling that then you will know the Joy of Sahaja Yoga in the real sense. Still you keep yourself limited to your problems — all of you. Now direct your attention to the problems of others. As soon as you do that you will be amazed the transformation will be very, very quick and fast.
Today there is no chart (Subtle system chart) and all that. Doesn't matter. Chart is no, of no use, as long as you get your Realization and get settled down with it. In Sahaja Yoga you cannot just come to one of the rooms of Caxton Hall; first you are visiting that room, then you say," Let's see what is going on here. Oh! So there's one mataji has come. Alright."So you come in, just sit down here, then walk up to another room. No! it's not like that. Here you have to get it. Your search must end! You have to find it. That's what it is. It's very different from others. Here you must get your Light! This is the point. May God bless you all."
Shri Mataji Shri Nirmala Devi
Being Born Again
Caxton Hall, London, U.K. — May 12, 1980
YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN
Jesus answered ..."Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'"—JOHN 3:5,7
Jesus answered him," Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."-JOHN 3:3
In the third chapter of John's Gospel, Jesus is speaking to"A man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews" (John 3:1). Pharisees were the experts in the Jewish Scriptures. This is why Jesus was astonished that Nicodemus was baffled about what Jesus meant by"You must be born again."Nicodemus asks," How can a man be born again when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" (John 3:4). Jesus responds," Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?" (John 3:10).
A NEW SPIRIT I WILL PUT WITHIN YOU
In other words, an expert in the Jewish Scriptures should not be baffled by Jesus' demand," You must be born again."Why not? Because there are so many clues in the Jewish Scriptures that Jesus and Nicodemus had in common. God had promised a day when he would cause his people to be born again. One of God's clearest promises is in the book of Ezekiel. Jesus echoed Ezekiel's words when he said," Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). Being"born again"Is described as a birth from water and Spirit. Those two terms," water"And"Spirit," are linked in Ezekiel 36:25-27. God says:
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
God promises cleansing from sin and the gift of a new human spirit by the presence of his own divine Spirit. Jesus thinks Nicodemus should make the connection between his demand to be born again and Ezekiel's promise of a new spirit and the gift of God's Spirit. But he doesn't. So Jesus explains further by describing the role of God's Spirit in bringing about this new spirit: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6).
THE DEAD CANNOT SEE
Flesh is what we are by nature. It refers to ordinary humanity. By our first birth we are only flesh. This natural human condition, as we experience it, is spiritually lifeless. We are not born spiritually alive with a heart that loves God. We are born spiritually dead.
That's what Jesus implied when he said to a would-be disciple who wanted to go home to a funeral," Leave the dead to bury their own dead" (Luke 9:60). In other words, some are physically dead and dead need burying. Some are spiritually dead and can bury them. He implied it again when, in his parable of the prodigal son, the father says," This my son was dead, and is alive again" (Luke 15:24). That's why"unless one is born again and he cannot see the kingdom of God" (God 3:3). The dead can't see. That is, they can't see God's kingdom as supremely desirable. It looks foolish or mythical or boring. So they"cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). They cannot because it is foolishness to them.
Jesus sees all of humanity divided into two parts: those who are merely born once—"born of the flesh," "The (spiritually) dead"—and those who are"born again"by the Spirit of God—those who are alive to God and see his kingdom as true and supremely desirable.
THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT WILL
Nicodemus is not entirely wrong to be baffled. There is a mystery. Jesus says so in John 3:8," The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."In other words," Nicodemus, you need new spiritual life—a second birth."
And what Jesus demands from Nicodemus, he demands from all. He is speaking to everyone in the world. No one is excluded. No ethnic group has a greater bent toward life. Dead is dead—whatever our color, ethnicity, culture, or class. We need spiritual eyes. Our first birth will not get us into the kingdom of God. But we do not cause ourselves to be born again. The Spirit does that. And the Spirit is free and blows in ways we do not comprehend. We must be born again. But this is a gift of God.
Look away from yourself. Seek from God what he alone can do for you. Moral improvement of the old you is not what you need. New life is what the whole world needs. It is radical and supernatural. It is outside our control. The dead do not give themselves new life. We must be born again—"not...of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:13). That is what Jesus demands from the world.
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