Knowledge of the roots
The term “self–realization” is a translation of the Sanskrit expression atman jnana or atma-sakshatkar. Self is nothing but one’s Spirit (Atma). In the Indian understanding, self-realization is liberating knowledge of the true Self, either as the permanent undying Atma, or as the absence (sunyata) of such a permanent self. Self-realization means peeling away fabricated layers of own personality to understand the true self and hence the true nature of reality. It’s to be true to your innermost self. To truly know the self is, in effect, to know God.
Self realization or the Knowledge of the self was the prime aim of human life as propagated by all the Incarnations, Saints and Prophets. Unfortunately, those Divine beings were never truly understood by humankind. Instead, organized religion were created by the priesthood and they tried to control the teachings of the great Masters through rituals and superstitions ever since. The vast majority of us are still entangled into the clutches of organized religion and we assume our religion, cult or way of living as the most evolved one. Shri Mataji through Sahaja Yoga integrated all the religions and teachings of great prophets and showed us how connected they are. Let us look into the major religions, philosophers and prophets of the world and their way of describing self realization. Most of the teachings in those times were in coded or indirect language understood only by highly evolved seekers of the time but ignored by masses.
Hinduism defines spirit (atma) at the core of all human beings irrespective of the race, religion, colour or gender. Atman is considered as the eternal pure power of God which cannot be blemished by the human body and the external world. Connecting the atma to the Parm-atma (Supreme God) is considered as the ultimate aim of human life, which is nothing but achieving self realization.
13th-century poet and philosopher Saint Gyaneshwar has very clearly described the whole process in Dnyaneshwari. He has written, ”Te kundalini Jagdaruba, je chaitanya chakravartichi shobha” describing Kundalini as the Jagdamba and splendour of Chaitanya which controls all the chakras.
Adishankaracharya considered as the foremost scholars of Hinduism in Saundarya Lahri has mentioned the experience of kundalini rising and its manifestation as ”Salilam, Salilam”. In Upadesasahasri he said “I am other than name, form and action. My nature is ever free! I am Self, the supreme unconditioned Brahman. I am pure Awareness, always non-dual.”
Jesus Christ talked about the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost and how he will appear before the seekers as tongues of flames during the last judgement. Last judgement is described by Shri Mataji as the process of kundalini rising when we have to face ourself and kundalini shows us our true self. Christ’s foremost contribution to human evolution was to propagate the quality of forgiveness among the masses, a quality associated with the 6th chakra of human subtle system.
Prophet Mohammed described the Self Realization as ‘Qiyama’ – essentially the time when judgement days comes and hands speaks against ourselves. The phenomenon of ‘hands speaking’ is a metaphor for kundalini rising and its manifestation on the palm of the practitioner.
Individual conscience and individual consciousness are central in the Jain philosophy. Self-realisation is one of the major pre-requisites to attain ultimate enlightenment and liberation (moksha).
Bodhi (Knowledge), in Buddhism, is translated as Enlightenment. In western philosophy, enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.
Guru Nanak says Those who realize their self get immersed in the Lord Himself. He who realizes his self, comes to know the essence as described in the verses ‘Kahe Nanak bin aapa chinnhe mite na bhram ki kai’ meaning without knowing oneself, it is impossible to understand the divine and its creation.
Mystics & Poets also described the importance of self realization and looking towards spirituality through open eyes without the clutches of organised religion.
Saint Kabir has described the experience of kundalini rising and self realization beautifully in his poems. Some abstracts like ‘Shunya Shikar par anahad baje’; surati chadhe kamal etc describe the experiences when kundalini rising.
17th century poet Tukaram dweleved on the importance of community oriented worship and collectivity. He stood against the priestly class who treated spirituality as a personal right of the Brahmins.
In Shri Mataji’s own words, “Self Realization is the first encounter with Reality” Self Realization is the awakening of the Kundalini through the central channel, piercing through the six chakras above the sacrum bone and emerging at the top of the head (fontanel bone area) as a gentle “fountain” of coolness.