- Jun 13, 2005What is Meditation?
Meditation is the ancient art of inner contemplation, of regulating the mind in
order to uncover the true inner Self, which is Divine.
In materially developed nations, little value is placed on spiritual growth, while
a great deal of emphasis is placed on physical and material aspects of
human existence. This imbalance lies at the root of many of the ills currently
afflicting our societies.
People require both spiritual and material sustenance to live in harmony.
Neglect of either one can spell disaster on the personal, familial, social and
What is Sahaj Marg?
Sahaj Marg, meaning the Natural Path, or the Simple Way, is the ancient Raja
Yoga, simplified and modified for people of today's world. The practice is
simple and without rituals or ceremonies. It is centered on the heart. The
power of the mind is used to reach the spiritual goal of complete oneness with
the Ultimate - God.
Sahaj Marg does not promise powers, or financial success, or better health,
etc. The only promise and purpose of Sahaj Marg is spiritual evolution.
The practice of Sahaj Marg integrates the physical, mental and spiritual
the human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family
and working life.
What Does the Practice Consist Of?
The daily practice of Sahaj Marg consists of an hour of meditation in the
morning before the day begins, a half-hour of cleaning practice in the evening
after the day's activities are complete, and a short prayer at bedtime.
Weekly attendance at group meditation and regular individual meditations
with a preceptor also form part of the practice.
After practicing the system for a time and receiving the benefit of transmission,
a person begins to feel a state of calmness and inner peace. This is the first
stage of the spiritual journey.
What is Transmission?
An essential and unique feature of Sahaj Marg is the transmission of divine
energy from the Master to the aspirant.
This long-lost technique, called Pranahuti in Sanskrit, was rediscovered by
the Grand Master of the system, late in the last century. The Master, who is
himself merged with the Ultimate, is thus able to transmit the spiritual essence
into the deepest level of the aspirant's heart.
Who is the Master?
There is a need for a living realized Master to effectively train an aspirant in
spirituality. It is for the aspirant to read, associate and accept a Master.
The present living Master of the Sahaj Marg system is Shri Parthasarathi
Rajagopalachari of Madras, India. He is the President of Shri Ram Chandra
Mission. He works for the spiritual benefit of all, and travels to centers both in
and outside India as well as welcoming those visiting him in Madras. He is
assisted by some individuals called preceptors, whom he has permitted to
transmit to aspirants.
What is Shri Ram Chandra Mission?
Sahaj Marg is taught and practiced worldwide through the organization of
Shri Ram Chandra Mission. It is a non-profit organization with branches in
many parts of the world. The Mission was established in 1945 by Shri Ram
Chandra of Shahjahanpur, U.P., India, and was named in honor of his Master,
the Grand Master of the system who also had the same name.
How to Start the Practice?
Training in Sahaj Marg is free of charge, and is open to all over eighteen
years of age. The only qualification is a genuine and abiding interest in
spiritual growth and the willingness to participate.
To begin the practice of Sahaj Marg it is necessary to receive introductory
meditation sittings from a preceptor.
For more information on the system and to begin the practice, please contact
the center nearest you. Main international and local centers are listed in this
"God is simple, and therefore the way to Him must also be simple.
God has hidden Himself inside your heart and exposed you. Hide yourself
and expose God."
- Shri Ram Chandra
"Remember, you are not only a tenant of this house, you are a tenant in this
body itself. Prepare your next residence, before you leave this. Otherwise, you
will be a houseless person, with nowhere to go."
- Shri P. Rajagopalachari
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