The tradition of meditation dates back to the begining of human history. Thousands of years ago, Patanjali, an Indian Sage of legend, described the process by which the capacity to meditate is actualised. He called it "Self Realisation" since, in the state of meditation, he experienced an absolute awareness of his "Self".

The mechanism by which "Self Realisation" occured was a closely kept secret that was handed down from a Guru to his

disciple after long penences, discipline and purification.

In the 14 th century the great saint Gyaneshwara of Central India took permission from his Guru to translate the secret texts written in Sanskrit into the popular vernacular.Thus the tradition of mysticism and meditation began within the populace in India.

Gyaneshwara told of a subtle system and a subtle energy that resides in every person, regardless of caste or creed, which must be awakened for them to attain true inner peace, Self knowledge, Moksha or Nirvana.

This subtle system consists of seven energy centres (called "Chakras") and three energy channels that pass through each of the chakras. True meditation occurs by awakening the subtle dormant and Sacred energy which is present in the traingular shaped "Sacrum Bone" at the base of the spine of every human being. This energy is known as "Kundalini" meaning "coiled up" in Sanskrit.

When the Kundalini is awakened it rises through each of the chakras, pulling them into alignment like beads on a string, harminising their function. Since each of the chakras governs corrosponding aspects of our physical body's function as well as our psyche, the alignment of the chakras causes our physical organs to function harmoniously and our health improves. Similarly our intellect becomes harmonised with emotions and a state of mental and physical balance is achieved.

This balance of mind and body was taught by many great souls. The Buddha spoke of a balanced lifestyle and behaviour which he called " the middle path ". Lao Tse spoke of a balance that was dynamic, which changed with demands placed upon it, but was always a source of stability and balance. he called it " Tao ". Jesus Christ taught that through forgiving others and by being forgiven we could experience inner peace and spiritual ascent. These qualities start to emerge automatically when the Kundalini activates the subtle system.

Clearly in our, fast-paced, demanding lifestyle we can clearly see the need for balancing ourselves and our society and the world at large. External problems cannot be solved till such time we have problems within us.

Hence the purpose of Sahaja Yoga- to make available to anyone who seeks it, the ability to balance thamselves and the capacity to experience the true "Self".

The entire process of awakening the Mother energy Kundalini and achievement of Self Realisation is an extremely simple process (like all living activities eg breathing) and easy to achieve.

As we practice and become more balanced, we find that instead of being controlled and dominated by our thoughts, we are master of them. Similarly we become masters of our emotions rather than their victim.
Most significantly we are able to experience, during meditation, our true nature which is neither the mind, the ego, emotions nor body, but the silent and peaceful joy of the self- the "Atman" or "Spirit".