“Meta Modern Era” is a unique book about spirituality and the modern times written by Nirmala Srivastava (Shri Mataji).
“The most difficult part is to convince a human being that in the entire creation […] he is capable of becoming a glorious personality, a beautiful,peaceful angel.”
1. Modernism and Rationality
A profound perspective on the causes of the problems of modern times, predicted and described as the “dark age” (Kali Yuga). A vivid and critical look at our times where technological development lacking the knowledge of the roots of our Being has lead to a deep and desperate quest for the absolute truth in our hearts and minds. The limits of mere rationality can lead to disastrous conclusions and theories which are justified by the ego instead of being enlightened by the Spirit. Their effects can be seen in arts, social trends, and in all the manifestations of our society.
The root of consumerism can be found in the traps of choices and fashions set by entrepreneurs for the modern minds. This chapter exposes the subtle causes of materialism and its implications on family life, and how a realized soul (person who has achieved Self Realization) can go beyond them.
Communism is dead. Nazism is no more. Why have the modern democracies become ‘demonocracies’? Money orientation versus power orientation. Where can the question “what’s wrong?” lead. Real freedom is not abandonment to one’s habits and instincts, but the freedom to enjoy one’s Spirit which becomes a reality after Self Realization.
A fresh look at this widespread conditioning of our society, and how it can be replaced by a culture of true integration, coming from the heart, in the light of one’s Spirit.
5. The Culture in the West
“Culture shows the social heights in serenity, wisdom and morality”. Culture directs social trends. The culture of vulgarity justified by sheer rationality is contrasted with the subtle culture of innocence which expresses the beauty and purity of the Spirit.
All religions were started in a pure form by great prophets and incarnations, but due to the people “in charge”, deviated over time from the absolute Truth into ritualism and fundamentalism. Their common essence and integration can be found – not mentally, but by experiencing the connection with one’s Spirit (Self Realization) which is beyond the mind. “The prayer said without connection (Yoga) with God is like a telephone without connection”.
The true religion is within. It can be awakened and manifested in our lives through the process of Self Realization. “With Sahaja Yoga, the innate universal religion of Divine Love is enlightened within and the seeker becomes spontaneously truly religious, righteous, moral, peaceful, compassionate and a powerful, enlightened personality.”
A humorous look at human ego and its stunning manifestations in our modern times, and how on the subtle side it ends up destroying our peace within. Peace cannot be achieved through lectures or political changes, but has to be established in the individual, and Sahaja Yoga makes this possible through Kundalini awakening. “The human mind is always bombarded with thoughts. It builds the ego and reacts with it. […] These thoughts come from the past or from the future, but reality is in the present where we achieve peace.” Self Realization leads to collective consciousness which is not a concept, but a higher state of awareness in which one becomes part of the whole and acts spontaneously to help others.
8. World Peace
All wars have caused a reversal of our value system, which is reflected in our family life. “It is not an investment in armaments which will secure a truly peaceful future. It is the investment in our children which will yield invaluable dividends in the shape of a peaceful and moral society in the near future.”
A sweet but profound look at raising our children in a loving, disciplined and spiritual way, developing all the beautiful qualities which are built-in within them. How to avoid their exposure to cultural agressions that play on their curiosity and attack their innocence. How to build a culture of universal spirituality for our children, preventing them from falling into the terrible problems caused by religious fundamentalism.
A breathtaking view of the evolution of life that lead in an accelerated spiral to the human stage, paralelled by the evolution of awareness. Seeking the truth is part of this living process, and Self Realization is the next step in human evolution. The opening of the Sahasrara (seventh center) at the cosmic level in 1970 and the birth of Sahaja Yoga.
10. Message of Meta Science
Limits of science and the message of Sahaja Yoga which is the meta science of our modern times, bridging the gap between science and spirituality. A scientific exposition of the evolution of matter and awareness to the human level and beyond.
11. The Subtle System
A description of the three channels of energy and seven chakras and the role they play in our being and life, as well as the transformation that takes place through the awakening of the Kundalini.