"Sahaja" in Sanskrit means spontaneous and also born with,"Yoga" means union with God. The potential to the spiritual awakening and ascent is inborn in every human being. This potential is possible to be actualized through a unique living process of Sahaja Yoga. This unique discovery has been done by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (in 1970).The process of Sahaja Yoga is spontaneous and natural. It is a technique to awaken the Kundalini Shakti which lies in the sleeping state at the base of the spine (sacrum bone) of each human being. The process of awakening this Kundalini (Self Realisation) is a spontaneous and joy giving process, quite contrary to the widespread misinformation about it.
There are seven chakras (energy centers) basically within us. These seven chakras are responsible for our physical, emotional and mental well being. Once we get our Self Realisation we feel these centers in the Subtle System within us. As the Kundalini rises and passes through the six centers (which are our energy centers in the spinal cord) and pierces through the fontanel bone area on the top of our head, it nourishes and revitalizes the centers (chakras) so that the person feels relaxed, calm and full of life.
These centers are are meant for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual requirements. These centers are enlightened. Once the Kundalini pierces through the last center, which is the fontanel bone area, which was a soft bone in our childhood, it becomes one with the all-pervading power of the Divine love. A cool breeze, like very beautiful vibrations, starts flowing through the fingertips .We can also feel the cool breeze coming out of the fontanel bone area on the top of our head. This is the first experience of Self-Realisation.
The second experience is that, when this Kundalini rises, she creates a state of thoughtless awareness (Nirvichar Samadhi). Human beings are always thinking about the future or about the past. When the Kundalini rises, these thoughts elongate. There is a space, very small, between the thoughts (vilamba), which spread out, and a state of complete silence is created. Then, we are in the present, but without thoughts, without any worry, without any anger and we stand in the present, which is the reality, and the past is no more and the future does not exist.