What is the first real proof to a Sahaja practitioner that Sahaja is not merely based on faith?
Experiencing the awakening of the inner energy. At this stage, the practitioner feels relaxed but perhaps also excited. It was totally fascinating to me. How could something not talked about in the scientific community be so real? But it was. And I continued to feel it day after day, month after month. I no longer doubted the presence of the inner energy.
I began to try to understand what this energy was, where it resided and how it passed through the energy centers. I found all the answers, one by one, over the next 3 - 4 months. I began to actually feel the energy centers themselves, feel the blocks in these centers when the energy passed through them. Next, I learned about the qualities and benefits of this energy and how it helped improve mental and emotional health. Even as I was making these discoveries, I found a strong change in my attitude and thinking — a surge in positive emotions. I developed tremendous control over myself. Negative feelings such as anger, frustration and irritation gradually lessened until they had all but disappeared.
Then I read Sahaja literature in great depth and at each step, verified for myself that everything stated was true and applicable to me and my inner energy system. The best part was that I could conduct this experiment all by myself at my own pace, driven by my own desire and interest. In the initial stages, I did run into some roadblocks with some of the concepts and had to seek help from other senior, more experienced Sahaja practitioners to break through them. I passed through some highs and lows. But after about a year, there was no doubt in my mind that the entire system of energy and meditative techniques had a strong, verifiable basis, and that there were tangible experiences and benefits attached.
For anyone willing to experiment with the techniques and the subtle energy system, Sahaja has tons of literature, as well as experienced folks who can answer pretty much any question about the whats, hows and whys of it all. But the trick is that one must be open-minded enough to accept that if proof is obtained through a tangible, verifiable experience, it must be true, and you can move on to the next concept. At the meditation centers, I have seen the teachers run into problems teaching people who come into Sahaja Meditation with heavily conditioned minds or preconceived notions that, for example, the inner energy doesn't exist and that energy awakening is just a concoction or hallucination. I guess they have to simply say, Okay, suit yourself!
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