A STATEMENT ON A GLOBAL RELIGION FOR THE THIRD MILLENIUM
FIRSTLY: ABOUT THE STATE WE ARE IN
1 GLOBALISATION AND RELIGIOUS FACTIONALISM
* Religion like Yoga was meant to bind man and his God. Instead,
it often let the demons loose.
* The opening of this millennium challenges us all to review
the foundations of our civilization. Today, caught between dogmatism
and decay, the world religions are in crisis. On one hand, the
eagerness of zealots to hate and kill in the name of a God of
Love is a paradox that recalls the darker hours of our medieval
past. On the other hand, corrupt religions encouraged widespread
ethical and moral corrosion. In modern societies, this is expressed
in the shallowness of people that have forgotten their God.
* The history of mankind is replete with episodes of conflicts,
aggressions or repression of our freedom of beliefs, linked to
the assertion of religious creeds and dogmas. Despite the spread
of modernity through globalization , the contemporary era is no
exception. Armies again camp before Jerusalem. Recent wars, from
Kosovo to Kashmir and terrorist aggression remind us that such
misuse of religion is still alive in the present era of globalization.
* Can we bring a global response to religious factionalism and
fundamentalism's destructive trends?
* Globalization is the driving force of contemporary history.
Nevertheless, the importance of the economic dimension of this
process occults the deeper aspects of relationships between the
people of this earth. Globalization based only on the materialist
values of present day modernity can unlash centrifugal forces,
resentment, conflicts and wars. Globalization grounded on spiritual
values will prepare the unifying field of our togetherness, well
being and prosperity.
* Squeezed in a global village, the various human tribes must
rediscover the common message hidden behind the teachings of the
religious instructors of mankind and reach the spiritual core
of their humanity. This statement suggests why the genuine path
of experimental spirituality must now render justice to the exhortations
of Lao Tseu, Moses or Socrates and manifest collectively into
a global religion.
* The teachings of HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, revealing the
potential of spontaneous meditation, represent the historical
religious breakthrough that fulfills the prediction of world religions
such as Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity,
Islam or Sikhism. Mankind must now clearly perceive the importance
of this guidance in the context of the challenges that threaten
peace and prosperity on the international scene. The time has
come to give these teachings full exposure.
2 INEQUITY AND SOCIO POLITICAL THREATS
* Technology, trade, finance and the liberalized economy seems
at times, at odds with the fight against poverty, the wider distribution
of wealth and the maintenance of regional cultures. The loss of
the inner spiritual path causes the decay of traditional cultures,
the egoism of corrupt elite, social alienation, violence and amorality.
* Alienation and moral decay, in turn, contribute to a justified
movement of rejection of modernity, which unfortunately translates
in the return to jingoism and fundamentalism. Henceforth, in a
global world, modern amorality and religious fundamentalism are
in an opposite yet, mutually reinforcing relationship.
* Globalization consists of the interaction between regional
cultures that evolved around their respective religious core,
information technology, the global economy, the common biosphere.
A sharp increase in the rate and level of international transactions
in these fields is an easily measurable index of the process of
* At the present time globalization trends are called in question.
Increasing discontent in parts of the world community could, in
times of recession, roll back the process and leave the global
trading system adrift. Concerns about the globalization engine
focus on the ethnocentric agenda of the have=s who use the global
momentum to perpetuate exploitation relationships with the have
not=s, a situation which opens wider socio-economic disparities.
* When spirituality declines, compassion and justice vanishes
too. The present model of globalization could fail if it cannot
be substantially adjusted to address solidarity, equity and ethical
issues. In this process exclusively driven by materialist values,
wider disparities exist within national societies and at the international
* To this day, international statecraft and politicians have
yet to demonstrate that globalization is equally beneficial to
all. Existing international policy instruments are inadequate
to hold a critical mass of " Global Equity Equilibrium". Yet,
starting to deal with the future before it reaches crisis level
is the only way we will be able to avert real tragedy for our
* At the beginning of the third millennium, natural catastrophes,
resources depletions, environmental scarcity as well as widespread
poverty are the consequence of our spiritual wasteland. Public
security threats, forced refugee flow or extreme instability within
vulnerable regions reflect our questionable stewardship of this
* An alternative scenario for evolutionary - as opposed to
confrontational- globalization would call on policies to build
up compatibility for a benevolent integration of societies.
* Indeed globalization present an unique opportunity to identify,
in the common heritage of mankind, the seeds of a new found understanding
of our togetherness and solidarity. Global challenges call for
global responses that must be applicable at the local level.
SECONDLY:ABOUT A SPIRITUALITY BOTH GLOBAL AND PRACTICAL
3 SPIRITUALITY AS THE FOUNDATION FOR GLOBAL INTEGRATION
* Religion is the living knowledge of our unity with Self,
Nature and God. The emptied shell of our dogmas buried it. To
overcome the present asphyxia of religions by superstitions, fanaticism
or plain indifference, we must return to the inner spring of spirituality,
at the heart of all religions. Only access to genuine spirituality
will empower us to improve our societies and ourselves.
* Spiritual messages had fashioned the diverse ancient cultures
of this planet, which are now eroded by religious decline and
modernization. The connections between spirituality, common well
being and nature have been much neglected and this is an area
were progress is badly needed in this era of globalization. These
relationships must be investigated in the context of policy fora
at the highest level. To balance the conflicting energies of globalization
and to reach a new level of collective integration, we must rediscover
the path of spiritual behavior both at the individual and at the
* An harmonious international integration process cannot be
the fruit of economic relations alone. It ought to rest on the
common denominator of the fundamental spiritual and ethical values
at the core of all the great world civilization.
* At the same time, most attempts at achieving spiritual harmony
between the faiths has ended in theoretical constructs without
clear positive impact on our personal lifestyle or society as
a whole. Although well meaning, these interactions could not raise
from the mental to the spiritual levels. International statecraft
and all men and women of good will must demonstrate that globalization
does not become a vehicle for exploitation, and, to this effect,
build confidence that a spiritually enlightened globalization
is equally beneficial to all. We all would wish to emphasize what
binds us together rather than what divides us. Buddha spoke about
enlightenment; Christ said we must be born again, Mohammed spoke
of the inner Jihad of self purification. Jewish mysticism invites
us to feel the Presence or the Shekina. The question is how to
THIRDLY: ABOUT THE GIFT OF HER HOLINESS SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA
4 THE MEANING OF SHRI MATAJI'S MESSAGE
* Sustainability of development cannot be reached without reverting
to ethics. Ethics cannot be reached without inner spiritual transformation.
Inner spiritual transformation cannot be reached without Self-realization.
Self-realization cannot be reached without kundalini awakening.
What does this mean?
* At this juncture we must recognize the transformational spirituality
revealed through Sahaja Yoga. Sahaja Self Realization is an actual
psychosomatic experience of the awareness of the Spirit, revealed
by the awakening of a dormant spiritual energy, the Kundalini,
which rises within the spine to cross the limbic area of the brain.
This is the genuine meaning of baptism.
* The experience is felt on the central nervous system. It does
not boil down to yet another theological discourse. Consequences
of this initiation unfold in a most concrete manner through improved
health, enhanced cognitive capacities, emotional balance and spiritual
* The benevolent message of HH Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has
already transformed the life of a significant numbers of people
in over 65 nations including in the United States. This call is
made effective by the unique capacity of Sahaja Yoga to develop,
at the experimental level, a new area of development for spiritual
consciousness. The new level of satisfaction and fulfillment now
accessible to man is no longer predominantly depending on material
* The objective of this spiritual revival is to achieve greater
awareness for the individual and enhanced well being for the society
through the establishment of a post materialist code of ethics.
The New World shall be guided by the operating power of Love expressing
itself in such principles as self-improvement, mutual respect,
equity, compassion, justice and tolerance.
* Revolutionary thinkers of the past endeavored to change society
without changing the individual. Mostly, they did not succeed.
The neglect of the connections between Self, spirituality, nature
and collective well being unleashed the destructive trends of
globalization in modern history. Now are the time to become our
true self and to counter negative forces through a global religion
manifesting wisdom, love, justice and spiritual transformation.
* The spiritual capacity of Sahaja Yoga to empower individuals
of all races and creeds makes this call uniquely effective! Rather
than a revolution, the new consciousness represents a thorough
but peaceful and benevolent evolutionary breakthrough.
* This holistic form of meditation, as taught by HH Shri Mataji
Nirmala Devi, manifests the potential to reactivate the core messages
of the ancient world religions in a more coherent manner, through
the actualization of the happening of Self-realization. Its manifestation
is clearly an event of historical magnitude and we hope the established
powers and their media may grasp it.
* Sahaja Yoga shall contribute both to personal fulfillment
and to a new Global Equity Equilibrium. It calls for mutual understanding
and tolerance between the world cultures, ethically driven policies,
a more enlightened and equitable system of production, the valorization
of hand made products and the respect for nature.
* A medieval Cistercian monk, Joachim dei Fiori, announced that,
after the age of the Father and of the Son we would enter the
Age of the Mother. Perhaps we can understand what he meant. The
divine work of Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi manifests
the power of Love as the operative Force that can guide history,
in full conformity with the work of Christ and of all the great
prophets of the past. We recognize in Her the Avatar of the primordial
mother, the manifestation of the Holy Ghost that had been promised.