Sahaja Yoga is an experience. It is not a theory or system of beliefs, but something with which you can experiment and verify. Sahaj (meaning born with ourselves – present since our birth) and Yoga (meaning union with God) gives us the actualization of this union with our Atman or the spirit, which as Shri Mataji advocates, is the birthright of every human being. Its correspondences with the physical level explored by modern medicine are very clear and scientific. Through meditation in Sahaja Yoga, our awareness gains a new dimension where absolute truth can be felt tangibly - on our central nervous system. As a result of this happening, our spiritual ascent takes place effortlessly and physical, mental and emotional balance are achieved as a byproduct of this growth of our awareness. We then realize that we are not this body, mind, ego, conditionings, emotions or intellect, but something of an eternal nature which is always residing in our heart in a pure, undisturbed state - the Self or Atman or the Spirit. The Spirit is the source of true knowledge, peace and joy.
Is Sahajyoga a religion?
If religion means belief, no. If religion means connection with Reality, the Self or the Divine, whatever your language, then yes.
Sahaja Yoga is not an organized religion, but it unites the essence of all religions through direct perception of the subtle, divine reality. Sahaja Yoga is moving spirituality from the realm of dogma and rituality into the realm of individual experimentation. It is a practice, a direct experience which is felt on our central nervous system and requires no act of faith to substantiate it.
Anyone who has eyes can see that the sky is blue. Anyone who has their self realization can feel the cool breeze of the Kundalini (in the Vedic tradition) or Holy Spirit (in the Christian tradition) above their head. Self Realization is a happening that opens a new category of perception to better handle our daily life. Its actualization is at the core of the teachings of Sahaja Yoga.
No belief is required before or after this happening.
The conclusions we arrive at through our experience and meditation are our own. No one can take them away from us just as it would be futile for anyone to convince us that the sky is actually green.
As Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga emphasizes : we become our own masters.