Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Emptiness and Joy

"To enjoy Sahaja Yoga, in Niranand (absolutely without anything else but joy) then one has to know that he should give up all the myths with which he is living. All kinds of myths there are. Some people have myths: “We are very poor”. Some have myths: “We are very rich”. Some have this thing that “We are very unhappy”. Some have that “We are very happy”. All kinds of myths these are. These are all myths. What is the thing is the complete emptiness; complete emptiness. That is joy. This emptiness is filled with joy. Complete emptiness. Then you don’t expect anything from anyone. And this emptiness from within, it actually gives chance to compassion and love to enter into you. Supposing there is something in a pot already, what can you pour into it? What can you give into it? So if you are completely empty within, there’s nothing of this nonsense of the past and the future: the aspirations, the ambitions, all those things, and falsehood. If you just become empty, it is filled in with nothing but joy, and joy of such a eternal nature. You never asked for it; you do not look forward to it. It is there, all the time. And this is what I wish today you people can feel it: the quality is of compassion and love, fearlessness and courage and the complete emptiness. In this emptiness, then, you are not worried about what you have to achieve."
- Shri Mataji's Navaratri talk 1994


Parwathy Narayan said...

You have a beautiful way with words. I suffer from depression and feel an emptiness inside sometimes. Some stay that depression brings you closer to your spirit. It's nice to hear from you how I can fill this emptiness up with joy.

jeronimus said...

Hi Parwathy. Actually that was a quote from Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, who passed away this year. Her talks are a goldmine of wisdom.
It's interesting that your name sounds like that of the Goddess Parvati (is it a South Indian variant of that name?) She is the one who resides in the left heart chakra. If you suffer from depression, that means there is a blockage of some kind in the left heart. Shri Mataji has taught techniques for clearing such blockages, which would help you a lot. Depression can be your subtle body's way of telling you that you need to look after/realise your spirit, which resides in the heart. But the real state of the spirit is pure joy, it is never depressed. It is not possible to depress the spirit. So you should get your Self-realisation, and that will illumine and expose the source of any problems that are weighing on you. You might like to try the Self-realisation exercise here: http://www.onlinemeditation.org/
All the best.