Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Shri Mataji Nirmala DeviShri Mataji Nirmala Devi quietly transformed lives. For more than forty years she travelled internationally, offering free public lectures and the experience of self-realization to all, regardless of race, religion or circumstance. She not only enabled people to pass this valuable experience on to others, but taught them the technique necessary to sustain it, known as Sahaja Yoga meditation.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga is known in the world for her inspiration and efforts of establishing global peace. She has brought this revolution in the modern times through Sahaja Yoga, for what she never charged any money.

Because of her extremely affectionate and motherly nature, she is known to humanity as the “Mother” or “Shri Mataji”. Her insights into the understanding of humanity are deep and invaluable. On the year 1970, she has discovered this technique and since then she has traveled tirelessly worldwide, speaking at thousands of seminars worldwide, giving the actual experience of self-realization to hundreds of thousands of people, visiting almost in every nation.

Shri Mataji was born in 1923 in Chindwara, in the very center of India. She lived her early childhood during India’s fight for independence. As a child, she lived with Mahatma Gandhi in his ashrams and impressed Gandhi with her wisdom and maturity. In her youth, Shri Mataji led a number of student demonstrations, focusing on political and social freedom for India. After India became independent, she continued to strive toward her vision of universal peace and unity, and worked along side those achieving important social, educational and economic reforms for India.

Sahaja Yoga

In the present live wire business environment, the biggest challenge for the organizational development professionals is striking balance between keeping their employees satisfied and retained while deriving optimum work output. Billions of dollars are spent every year towards achieving this objective globally.

Over thousands of years, India has perfected the system of human resource development so that the person becomes fully functional and high output contributor. This system is called Yoga. Developing this system into a simple & spontaneous process, Sahaja Yoga meditation, aims at bringing its benefits for the integrated mental, physical, emotional and spiritual development of an individual so that he or she evolves into a high performance professional and balanced social contributor.

Sahaja Yoga meditation, founded by H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970, is a simple way of meditation that connects us to our Self and has the potential to transform us into joyful, happy and satisfied personalities free from anxieties, tensions, insecurity and the sheen of superficiality. Meditation in the state of thoughtless awareness gives us balance by keeping our attention in present and nourishes our subtle energy centers (chakras) (see diagram above) that are responsible for our ultimate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

The various benefits regular meditators in thoughtless awareness enjoy are:

ü  Health improves spontaneously and there is a sense of being fully functioning and fully alive without any outside stimulation.

  •   Anxiety & Stress is replaced by confidence and calmness when handling pressure situations or jobs.
  •   Relationships become harmonious and our interactions are at a deeper level.
  •   Our behavior expresses pure joy and happiness.
  •   There is improvement in memory, concentration, creativity, sharpened analytical ability and even the work atmosphere
  •   Spontaneous dropping off of any addictions
  •   Gain of depth of understanding of one’s self and environment & promise of attaining the highest level of awareness

 

The source of reaching this thoughtless awareness state is Kundalini Awakening. Kundalini resides in the Sacrum bone of the spinal column of every human from the birth. When She is awakened She crosses the chakras, located in our spinal chord and pierces through our fontanel bone, the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of our head and unites us with the All Pervading Divine power. The connection can be felt as a cool breeze on top of head and the palm of hands. Kundalini awakening is the experience of self realization and is the second birth, the key theme of many religious and spiritual practices all over the world. It takes us into the state of thoughtless awareness which is the state of complete peace, joy and reality.

 

Many other Sahaja techniques further help in removing the harmful effects of our daily pressure environment and making us peaceful and transforming our personality, thereby improving our capabilities. When the seven energy centers in professionals are fully operational through Kundalini awakening and subsequent Sahaja Yoga meditation, the age old personal values such as Wisdom, Creativity, Self-mastery, Dynamism, Self Confidence, Diplomacy, Forgiveness etc which are missing in the present business environment, can be inculcated back in the individuals at the corporate level on stable basis.

About Bihar

Bihar is one of the oldest states in India. The Land of Buddha, as it is popularly called, has a rich cultural heritage which is evident from the numerous ancient monuments that are spread throughout the state. Bihar attracts many tourists from all over the world. The hospitality and warmth of the local people lures many tourists throughout the year. Around 6 million tourists travel to Bihar every year.

Ancient Bihar, known as Magadha, was the center of power, learning, and culture in India for 1000 years. India’s first empire, the Maurya empire as well as Buddhism arose from the region that now makes modern Bihar. The Mauryan empire, originated from Magadha in 325 BC, was started by Chandragupta Maurya who was born in Magadha, and had its capital at Pataliputra (modern Patna). The Mauryan Emperor, who was born in Patliputra (Patna) is believed to be one of the greatest rulers in the history of India and the world

Bihar is a very sacred place for many religions. It is an important religious destination for pilgrims from various religions like Jainism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism. The temples in Bihar are very attractive and have rich historical connections. The Buddhist shrines are exquisite and the UNESCO world heritage site is quite a sight.

Northern Bihar – Sitamarhi and Sonepur

Northern part of Bihar is dominated by Sitamarhi and Sonepur. Other towns of Northern Bihar are Madhubani, Balmiki Nagar and Muzaffurpur. There are some great tourist spots in this region. You can visit Sitamarhi if you are interested in learning hindu mythology. This place is a cultural extravaganza. The festivals and rituals that take place here are most sought-after by the public. You can spend a day or two offering your worship to the almighty. The picturesque location of these temples helps you feel relaxed through the journey.

If you have a couple of more days in hand, visiting Sonepur is not a bad idea. The Sonepur Mela that is held every November is a visual treat for any tourist. The cattle fair is a huge even in this part of Bihar and people come from all over the world to watch it.

Southern Bihar – Bodhgaya and Nalanda

The Southern part of Bihar is dominated by religious destinations like Bodhgaya and Nalanda. Bodhgaya is a major Buddhist shrine close to capital city of Patna. The travel to this place is quite beautiful. Tourists swarm in throughout the year to capture a glimpse of the birthplace of Buddhism. To spend a day or two in this part of Bihar will be an enjoyable and a learning experience for any tourist.

Nalanda is another very important place in southern Bihar. If you are travelling from Patna, it takes you a day to travel. The ruins of Nalanda University are very popular because of the historical significance of the ancient Buddhist learning centres.

Other attractions include the Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, Nalanda Museum, Nav Nalanda Vihar and the Surya Mandir. The tourists visiting this part of Bihar hardly miss these places. You can spend a day or two to take a look at the museum, libraries and the temples. There is scope for some shopping too in southern Bihar. You can bring home some exotic handicrafts, paintings and photographs.