Sahaj Marg (the Natural Path) is the system of practical training in spirituality offered
by Shri Ram Chandra Mission also known as SRCM. It is in essence the well-known
old raja yoga (yoga of the mind) remodeled and simplified to suit and help the man
of present-day world to achieve inner perfection, which is a synonym for God Realization.
According to the teaching of this system, God is simple and therefore, the way to reach
Him must be simple. Mind is the key instrument in a human being and by proper regulation
of mind through meditation under practical guidance and support of a spiritual Master,
one can evolve to the Highest. There are no rituals and ceremonials. Do's and don'ts are
also few and there are no rigid methods of austerity and penance. Current Master of the
system is Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalchari who is affectionately called, Chariji.
The Sahaj Marg system is specially developed for the average householder.
It teaches that normalization of all functions leads to saintliness.
Every faculty in-built in man has its legitimate function and must be used in the
performance of that function. Therefore, celibacy is not prescribed but a normalization
of the generative function is essential. It is in the world of family that almost all
of man's powers are perfected. Therefore, this system does not recognize differences
of race, differences of sex, or indeed any other differences between individuals,
and all are qualified to practice it, the sole qualification being willingness to
participate in it.
The term 'spirituality'
has nothing to do with religion, as commonly understood. In fact,
according to Sahaj Marg, spirituality begins where religion ends.
While the basic education of man can be undertaken by religion,
his further development when he has reached what may be termed
adulthood, can only be offered by spirituality. Religion enforces
an externalization of the mind in man's search for God. Mysticism
or spirituality internalizes the search and directs the mind to
the heart of man where the search should really commence. God
is not something external, waiting with a rod in hand to punish
us for our transgressions. He is inside us and being inside, if
He punishes us, He has to endure that punishment Himself. Spirituality,
therefore, focuses man's attention on the divine effulgence radiating
in one's own heart, which effulgence is created by the presence
of the Creator Himself in the heart. This immediately presents
the Divine in an altered light and brings Him to a proximity with
one's own person which can hardly come any nearer. Being within
us, such a Being is not only always accessible, but readily reachable
and all that spirituality requires of us to achieve the sense
of oneness with God, is to focus the mind inwards and approach
Him with love.
It is generally believed that meditation requires a lot of preliminary
sadhana (practice) and preparation. Sahaj Marg on the contrary
says that meditation is a simple thing and it does not require
any preparation. In fact meditation can alone prepare the mind.
In meditation, mind is not controlled but regulated. The mind
is bought to bear upon a single subject, and disturbing and intruding
thoughts are allowed to drop off by non-attention. Non-attention
is the greatest weapon to avoid thoughts, as thoughts without
human attention have no power. The mind, therefore, is not being
destroyed, but is gently diverted to communicate with the ultimate.
Yoga, which means union, is the culmination of the spiritual
practice and not merely the practice itself. The perfection of
the imperfect is what is to be achieved before the union is possible.
This is achieved by the cleaning process in Sahaj Marg. This is
where the need for a spiritual Master comes in most. It is the
spiritual Master who is able to remove past impressions from our
mind and provide the input of divine energy into us which nourishes
Once a state of spiritually elevated consciousness pervades the
individual self, normal worldly life goes on while spiritual progress
also follows hand-in-hand, thus bringing into play harmonious
and balanced development of the human being in the twin fields
of existence, finally culminating in our achieving the goal of
The most unique feature about Sahaj Marg is called transmission
(pranahuti). Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj of Fatehgarh, the adi-guru
(first guru) of this Mission, is said to have re-discovered the
capacity for the transmission of yogic or life energy from his
own centre of existence into the centre of existence of another
individual. This art has been passed on by him to his disciple,
Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj of Shahjahanpur, who has perfected
it and in turn passed it on to his successor and spiritual representative,
Shri P. Rajagopalachari, the present President of the Mission.
As power can be transmitted, as thought can be transmitted, as
speech can be transmitted, so also spirituality can be transmitted.
Transmission is defined as the utilization of divine energy for
transformation of a human being. When the transmission is made
into the heart of the practicant (abhyasi), the practicant is
filled with a force higher than himself and therefore, his evolution
or progress becomes not only very much speedier, but also becomes
in essence independent of his own capacity for progress. This
transmission gives the practicant the possibility of growing without
limitations. Secondly, it erases by Master's power, all past impressions
(called samskaras) which we have built up in our mind and which
conditions our behavior and existence. When the past impressions
are eradicated, material existence falls into its proper place
as does every facet of existence.
This transmission is something which is capable of being felt
by anybody who takes the trouble of practicing this system for
a brief period. In fact it is transmission which sets Sahaj Marg
apart from other yogas and from all other systems of human evolution.
Transmission under the Sahaj Marg system can be received directly
from the Master who is adept in the art, or from preceptors who
are also endowed with this power of transmission by the Master.
A preceptor is an abhyasi who has been prepared and permitted
by the Master to introduce people to the Sahaj Marg system and
conduct group meditation. Preceptors also give individual sittings
which clean the deeper impressions and impediments of the abhyasi
(spiritual aspirant). Just as the daily impressions may be cleaned
by your own efforts, the deeper impressions can only be removed
by a capable Master. The Master works through the preceptor to
do this deeper cleaning. In order to begin the practice of Sahaj
Marg meditation, it is necessary to contact a preceptor to receive
the introductory meditation sittings.
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