…..all the religions, they were money-oriented or power-oriented. Because of this deviation all the religions became fundamentalist. They could not see that all religions are born like flowers on a tree – the tree of spirituality – at different times. But they plucked the flowers and started fighting among themselves with those dead flowers, that “This is mine, this is mine.” And if you talk to a Muslim he thinks Jews and Christians are hopeless cases. And if you talk to Jews they will say that the Muslims and the Christians are hopeless cases. And if you talk to Christians they will say that all the Hindus and all the others are absolutely hopeless cases – we are the chosen ones. But those who follow any one of these religions – whether Hindu, Christian, Muslim, or any type – can commit any sin. Muslims can do the same, Christians can do, and Hindus can do – anything. And then you see horrible things being done in the name of religion. Then you start losing faith in religion – and also in God.
But there is God and there is truth within ourselves. This divinity is within all of you and it is trying to manifest. If you do not allow it to manifest, it will always keep you in a struggle. But the conditioning is so great in our minds that we think that by fasting, or by starving, or by suffering, we rise higher. That means that all the people of Ethiopia must reach God’s kingdom! So logically, one should understand that there is something more that has to happen to us, to achieve that state of spirituality. Sahaja Yoga means ‘born with you’; ‘saha’ means with, ‘ja’ means born. Born with you is the right to have this union with the divine power which is all-pervading. You have not yet felt this all-pervading power. You may call it the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost. You may call it the all-pervading power of God’s love. Or you may call it “Brahma Chaitanya.” Whatever you may call it, this all-pervading power does all the living work…..
(An extract of talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Public Program at Artemis, Amsterdam, 1st July 1992)