……innocence has a special capacity to make a person extremely peaceful, extremely peaceful. All the anger, temper, violence. If a person doesn’t have innocence, it cannot come in you, because a person who is not innocent is either sly or aggressive. He cannot have peace within his heart. But a innocent person is not bothered, innocently he lives, he enjoys everything in complete peace and harmony. But this violence comes when a person becomes clever. He thinks: “I am so clever, the another one is so stupid, I have a right to shout at that person.” And the one who is not innocent is never wise. He may be, to look at, look sharp, but he is not wise. Wisdom comes only with innocence. And how much wisdom have you gathered? That is what one has to see.
When your power of innocence increases, wisdom is apparent. People say: “That fellow is very wise.” For example if somebody is crying about his wife, a wise person will say: “Oh Baba ! just look at this, still busy with his wife.” Another one is crying about his house or something. He will say: “Oh! look at this one still busy with the house.” There is no end to it. I’ve known people who get so swollen up that they think they must give a big lecture for one hour, on Sahaja Yoga*. Unless and until, they have given one hour lecture, they do not think their ego has manifested itself fully. But a wise person, he doesn’t have to talk or speak or do anything. He impresses his silence, his wisdom on others much more easily. That is what we have to see. Have we been able to discipline ourselves?
…..And people don’t understand this point in an atmosphere of egoistical temperament that you have to grow, you have not yet grown. You have to grow a lot. And when you grow you find this wisdom really fragrant with compassion. Your wisdom is fragrant with compassion. Such beautiful compassion can emit through your being, that anybody who comes in contact with you, will feel your auspiciousness. But, again you must give due respect to your Self Realization and to your Self. That is the first thing you have to do, is to meditate.
(An extract from talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on Navaratri Puja, London Hampstead, UK, 23rd September 1984.)*To experience self realisation,you may visit http://www.sahajayoga.org or any other sahajayoga website/tv channel.