For a concise introduction, go to Meditation. That first page links to the following pages: Sahaja Yoga
Meditation has been practised in many cultures and in many contexts. People who tried were often religious but sometimes they were not. Meditation is essentially a spiritual practice but it is not linked to any one religion or philosophy of life. Even the word 'spiritual' brings the possibility of confusion because it means different things to different people. Until you experience what this word spiritual means, it is just a word. So don't get lost in ideas. Don't be in a hurry to try and encompass something unlimited within the limited understanding of your brain.
When you try to meditate, something should happen in your central nervous system. A number of quite concrete things may be experienced. You may be able to judge for yourself how successful you have been. Sometimes you may also need some guidance to understand the experiences which you have had.
Talking about meditation is like trying to explain how a receipe will taste after the ingredients have been cooked. Nothing can beat the real experience of tasting the food. Similarly, until you have been successful with meditation, you cannot imagine how it should feel. When meditation is successful, whether in Leicester or anywhere, it takes you beyond your mind, so the experience cannot be conveyed to the mind in the form of words.
Why People Meditate
Some people will try meditation because they are not happy or they are not satisfied with life. Others may be suffering from worries or various forms of stress. Some people hope to understand life more or to evolve spiritually. Meditation is very helpful during pregnancy. The foetus shares the mother's hormones, so the more healthy and happy the mother, the healthier and happier will be the baby.
Some meditate to improve their health. Success is not guaranteed but most people who learn from us will experience significant benefits. If you take into account the numbers of people suffering from asthma, ADHD and ADD, cancer, diabetes, eczema, hayfever, heart problems, headaches and migraine, high blood pressure, obesity, liver problems and neurotic disorders, our society has a serious lack of good health. This is true in relation to both physical and psychological aspects. The U.K. has almost epidemic levels of illness. We looked at health statistics on the internet. For a broad impression only, we present some Figures.
It is important to understand that meditation is not just a treatment for keeping us sane and sanitised. It is not just an antidote for the pressures of modern life. Much more than that, it is a mechanism and a state which promotes our evolution as human beings and as spiritual beings. It is your attention or the flow of your waking consciousness which becomes 'enlightened'. It develops its own powers of discrimination. You start to perceive and feel subtler things than before.
Life does normally become more satisfying. We come to a better understanding of ourselves, of other people and of the world. We start to see problems and their solutions with greater clarity. We start to feel that we are not isolated. This is the result of a process of experiencing, through the central nervous system. It is not a question of adopting some new mental concepts.
For centuries the path to making progress with meditation was littered with casualties. Meditation used to be either very difficult or only mildly effective or both. But times have changed and the cosmos has changed. Meditation has become much easier since the 1970's. This is a new era.
There are still a few obstacles but most are man-made and can be overcome. For example, distractions: Modern life is full of these. If you accept to be distracted, that is what is likely to happen to you. A little will power is needed but not much. Then time: People may complain that they are too busy. Yes, it is true. They are too busy. The solution is simply to make time. Just find ten minutes a day and soon you will discover that you have, say, 30-50 minutes a day available. Thinking is next: The brain of most people is overactive. To cover that topic we would have to start talking about physiology, psychology, philosophy, etc. It is probably better for you to forget about all that for the present and learn to meditate. You can read about the Brain later.
The knowledge which we have comes from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. For over 30 years Shri Mataji has been speaking around the world about spiritual and material development, from North and South America to China, from India to Russia and Western Europe. Although Shri Mataji has retired from public speaking, hundreds of her recorded speeches provide unique insights and guidance for mankind.
Shri Mataji is the last in a long line of divine personalities, which includes Abraham, Gautama Buddha, Guru Nanak, Jesus Christ, Lao Tse, Mohammed, Shri Krishna and Socrates. They all came to inspire and teach the human race. In the present age, mankind is poised between self-destruction and enlightened salvation. These are the most dangerous times but for many they are also the most fortunate times!
Our Resources page leads to some images and documents to download and also some audio and video material.
You can Restore the image on this page. You can read about Meditation for Teachers or Meditation for Nurses or Meditation for Council Staff.