Quotes from Shri Mataji, founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation

A united world

East West connection – the source is the spirit

“Western civilisation is like the tree outside, and the Eastern understanding of the spirit is like your roots. So there is a continuity. I mean, I cannot separate one from another; you need the tree and a tree needs the roots also. Roots must have the tree, you cannot do without it, so both things are complementary to each other. But when there is an imbalance, like a tree grows too much beyond, and it doesn’t reach its source, then there could be a destruction. And that’s exactly what has happened in the West, that you have overdeveloped yourself, and that overdevelopment has led you to a problem, because you exhausted the Mother Earth, exhausted your energies, exhausted your brains. Everything is at an exhaustion point.  So now it’s better to get to the roots. So when you get to the roots you find, you have not reached the source. And where is the source? Source lies within yourself, in the human being himself, and that source is to be found out.”

Beyond limits

“Only when we cross the limits of our human personality and become one with each other, automatically the peace comes. This is what one has to achieve. No arguments, no payments, nothing needed. Only this kundalini has to rise.”

Single drops form an ocean

“Now by knowing absolute truth you understand each other much more. That means a collective consciousness, a new dimension in your awareness.  You can feel others on your finger tips and if you know how to correct your centres you can help them.  The microcosm becomes the macrocosm.”


“Establish yourselves, balance and grow. Grow into great people.”

Becoming aware of the ‘whole’: collective consciousness

“Those who are very much futuristic and of that kind get another type of trouble of a very active heart and a very active liver. They suffer from over activity and they go in a circle and they canʹt stop it. So to compensate it then they take to alcoholism or all kinds of things which are left-sided. And the left-sided take to violence and all kinds of nonsensical things – just to balance. The whole world is today filled with violence. We all talk of peace but there is no peace within. We have created atom bombs to kill each other; no animal has done such a thing. How can we get over the war situation unless and until there is peace within us? But when you get collectively conscious you know we are all part and parcel of one


“The compassion is, actually unites all these things within ourselves. Thatʹs the uniting factor. First is your a8ention, first, which is very, very important, I think. And the second one is your intellect, or you can say your mind, and the third one is your heart. They all get somehow or other united together once you have this capacity to have compassion.”


“When it is on the tree youʹll be surprised, that one leaf cannot tally with another leaf in the whole world. Such an individual thing it is. It is, I would say unity in diversity, complete unity in diversity. Because that is the variety, is the one that gives beauty to this world.”

The world as one

“But one must understand the balance. One must treat this world as one and see how you can help each other. This is one body, one organism.”