“You cannot know the meaning of your life until you are connected to the power that created you.”
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

It is early summer 1991, I am walking into a local church to attend a free meditation class.

I’m nervous, yet excited about the introduction to this new meditation called “Sahaja Yoga.”

A week earlier I’d been shopping for my dad’s Father’s Day gift and found the flyer for this meditation neatly tucked under the windshield wiper of my car at the mall.

I’d been about to crumple up the leaflet when the photo of the Eastern Indian woman with the beaming smile upon it caught my attention.


I clutched the leaflet in disbelief as I read that this meditation was completely free – forever.

I was already meditating, using another method that I wasn’t completely satisfied with, and had been considering taking TM (Transcendental Meditation) for some time. The cost of the TM course had put me off though. Not believing in coincidence, I knew happening upon a “free meditation” was not a random coincidence, but the answer to a prayer.

The woman with beaming smile on the flyer was Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi the founder of this meditation. She believed that you could not pay for something that was already innate within you such as your connection to the Divine. I decided then and there that I would attend the meditation the following week.

The Miracle

I enter through the back door of the church and go down a few stairs to the community room where the meditation is to be held. As I near the room I detect the smell of frankincense, which is an incense I love and am accustomed to smelling having grown up in the Greek Orthodox church. It already feels right.

I enter the room and immediately become aware of a change in the energy around me – not something I am normally aware of. I am greeted very warmly by two Eastern Indian men who will be running the session. I sense such kindness from these two individuals and feel an instantaneous rapport with them. What is happening here, I think?

In the front of the room I see a table draped with a gorgeous cloth that has a vase with fresh flowers, a large framed photograph of Shri Mataji and a lit candle upon it.

As I walk toward en empty seat, I notice that my palms, forehead and the top of my head are pulsing very strongly. I do not recall ever having had this reaction to anything before.

I hear a loud voice in my head that says: Something extraordinary is happening here.

The two gentleman begin the session by explaining that “sahaj” is a Sanskrit word meaning “spontaneous.” The meditation, they explain, spontaneously fosters “self-realization” by immediately raising the Kundalini energy that is laying dormant at the base of the spine in the sacrum bone.

They explain about the chakra system and Kundalini energy pointing to various things on the chakra chart they’ve set up in the front. I am aware of these subjects through the books I’ve read and my practice of Hatha yoga for many years.

What I am not prepared for is what happens during the meditation.

The pulsing in my hands and head continues and gets stronger. As I settle into the guided meditation led by the men I begin to feel a “coolness” all around me. At first I think the air conditioning is on but then I realize the “coolness” is coming from within my body. It’s quite a strange sensation to feel this coolness being exuded from my body. The men explain that I am feeling the “cool breeze” of the Holy Spirit.

I suddenly became aware of how “alert” I am and at the same moment aware that I have no thoughts running through my head – which I find astounding. I realize I’ve never experienced such peace before in my life.

Thinking about the fact that I have no thoughts snaps me out of this aware state, but only momentarily. As I focus on my breathing again I find myself effortlessly back in that state of “thoughtless awareness.” It is heaven.

The class lasts for about an hour and a half, but I could swear it had been just 5 minutes. I really didn’t want it to end. I’d never felt such a palpable connection to the Spirit before even though I’d been meditating for many years.

I promise the two I’ll be back the following week and leave still “high” from the experience and feeling the pulsing and coolness. I continue to meditate on my own during the week and to experience the pulsing and “cool breeze.”

I notice how calm and centered I feel during that week. Everything has a new vibrancy about it – even colors seem brighter. My consciousness has been altered in a way I am still too fresh to understand. And yet, it is only the beginning of what I am going to learn.

The week couldn’t go fast enough. When I return I have the same experience again, and then the week after….

As the weeks turned into months and then years I continued to practice the miracle that is Sahaja Yoga meditation. It has been one of the most life changing gifts I’ve ever been given.

If you have the chance to attend this free meditation – don’t pass it up. You can try it online, but it’s much more powerful when done in a group. There’s much more than I have described here, but I’ll leave it for you to discover on your own.


I was profoundly saddened to learn that Shri Mataji passed away on February 23rd. I had the honor of meeting her on a number of occasions and the supreme joy of assisting her, along with several other yoginis, on one of her visits to the US. (read her obituary)

I will be forever grateful to her for the gift she gave me and the world.

Have you ever heard of Sahaja Yoga meditation? If so, what was your experience? Do you believe we can experience a connection with the Divine power that created us?

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