--- Christy <personal_balance@...
> Hello everyone! My name is Christy and I am a new
> member so I thought
> I'd introduce myself
> I'm a 33yr old WAHM in Oklahoma and I love to spend
> time with my
> family, learn about new things and get to know new
> people. I
> personally feel that we all have many choices; we
> just need to educate
> ourselves in order to make the right ones for us,
> I'm hoping I can find some good information here so
> I can better
> myself, and the world around me. I'd also like to
> meet some like-
> minded individuals.
> Hope everyone is doing well and I look forward to
> getting to know you
> Christy Putnam
> What is Sahaj Marg?
Sahaj Marg (the Natural Path) is the system of
practical training in spirituality offered by Shri Ram
Chandra Mission. It is in essence the well-known old
raja yoga (yoga of the mind) remodeled and simplified
to suit and help the man of present-day world to
achieve inner perfection, which is a synonym for God
Realization. According to the teaching of this system,
God is simple and therefore, the way to reach Him must
be simple. Mind is the key instrument in a human being
and by proper regulation of mind through meditation
under practical guidance and support of a spiritual
Master, one can evolve to the Highest. There are no
rituals and ceremonials. Do's and don'ts are also few
and there are no rigid methods of austerity and
The Sahaj Marg system is specially developed for the
average householder. It teaches that normalization of
all functions leads to saintliness. Every faculty
in-built in man has its legitimate function and must
be used in the performance of that function.
Therefore, celibacy is not prescribed but a
normalization of the generative function is essential.
It is in the world of family that almost all of man's
powers are perfected. Therefore, this system does not
recognize differences of race, differences of sex, or
indeed any other differences between individuals, and
all are qualified to practice it, the sole
qualification being willingness to participate in it.
The term 'spirituality' has nothing to do with
religion, as commonly understood. In fact, according
to Sahaj Marg, spirituality begins where religion
ends. While the basic education of man can be
undertaken by religion, his further development when
he has reached what may be termed adulthood, can only
be offered by spirituality. Religion enforces an
externalization of the mind in man's search for God.
Mysticism or spirituality internalizes the search and
directs the mind to the heart of man where the search
should really commence. God is not something external,
waiting with a rod in hand to punish us for our
transgressions. He is inside us and being inside, if
He punishes us, He has to endure that punishment
Himself. Spirituality, therefore, focuses man's
attention on the divine effulgence radiating in one's
own heart, which effulgence is created by the presence
of the Creator Himself in the heart. This immediately
presents the Divine in an altered light and brings Him
to a proximity with one's own person which can hardly
come any nearer. Being within us, such a Being is not
only always accessible, but readily reachable and all
that spirituality requires of us to achieve the sense
of oneness with God, is to focus the mind inwards and
approach Him with love.
It is generally believed that meditation requires a
lot of preliminary sadhana (practice) and preparation.
Sahaj Marg on the contrary says that meditation is a
simple thing and it does not require any preparation.
In fact meditation can alone prepare the mind. In
meditation, mind is not controlled but regulated. The
mind is bought to bear upon a single subject, and
disturbing and intruding thoughts are allowed to drop
off by non-attention. Non-attention is the greatest
weapon to avoid thoughts, as thoughts without human
attention have no power. The mind, therefore, is not
being destroyed, but is gently diverted to communicate
with the ultimate.
Yoga, which means union, is the culmination of the
spiritual practice and not merely the practice itself.
The perfection of the imperfect is what is to be
achieved before the union is possible. This is
achieved by the cleaning process in Sahaj Marg. This
is where the need for a spiritual Master comes in
most. It is the spiritual Master who is able to remove
past impressions from our mind and provide the input
of divine energy into us which nourishes the soul.
Once a state of spiritually elevated consciousness
pervades the individual self, normal worldly life goes
on while spiritual progress also follows hand-in-hand,
thus bringing into play harmonious and balanced
development of the human being in the twin fields of
existence, finally culminating in our achieving the
goal of human perfection.
The most unique feature about Sahaj Marg is called
transmission (pranahuti). Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj
of Fatehgarh, the adi-guru (first guru) of this
Mission, is said to have re-discovered the capacity
for the transmission of yogic or life energy from his
own centre of existence into the centre of existence
of another individual. This art has been passed on by
him to his disciple, Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj of
Shahjahanpur, who has perfected it and in turn passed
it on to his successor and spiritual representative,
Shri P. Rajagopalachari, the present President of the
As power can be transmitted, as thought can be
transmitted, as speech can be transmitted, so also
spirituality can be transmitted. Transmission is
defined as the utilization of divine energy for
transformation of a human being. When the transmission
is made into the heart of the practicant (abhyasi),
the practicant is filled with a force higher than
himself and therefore, his evolution or progress
becomes not only very much speedier, but also becomes
in essence independent of his own capacity for
progress. This transmission gives the practicant the
possibility of growing without limitations. Secondly,
it erases by Master's power, all past impressions
(called samskaras) which we have built up in our mind
and which conditions our behavior and existence. When
the past impressions are eradicated, material
existence falls into its proper place as does every
facet of existence.
This transmission is something which is capable of
being felt by anybody who takes the trouble of
practicing this system for a brief period. In fact it
is transmission which sets Sahaj Marg apart from other
yogas and from all other systems of human evolution.
Transmission under the Sahaj Marg system can be
received directly from the Master who is adept in the
art, or from preceptors who are also endowed with this
power of transmission by the Master.
A preceptor is an abhyasi who has been prepared and
permitted by the Master to introduce people to the
Sahaj Marg system and conduct group meditation.
Preceptors also give individual sittings which clean
the deeper impressions and impediments of the abhyasi
(spiritual aspirant). Just as the daily impressions
may be cleaned by your own efforts, the deeper
impressions can only be removed by a capable Master.
The Master works through the preceptor to do this
deeper cleaning. In order to begin the practice of
Sahaj Marg meditation, it is necessary to contact a
preceptor to receive the introductory meditation
For more information visit www.srcm.org
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