you were born on earth as human
why are you in slumber now?
take care of yourself;
yourself is what you have to Know
Sahaja means easy, naturalness, the gentle path, spontaneous.
Don’t go off somewhere else!
Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things,
and stand firm in that which you are.
The following is an extract from ‘The Pathless Path’ by Sri Gurudev Mahendranath. He was an Englishman born in 1911, who took to the life of a Nath yogi. The source for this is here ~ http://www.mahendranath.org/pathlesspath/pathlesspath.html
SAHAJA: When we review the vast procession of naked, ragged, and unkempt dropouts who illuminated the dreary passage of history to leave wisdom on which lesser minds could ponder, have we not great cause for wonder?
What is it that made these men so different from the men of the mass-produced vulgar rabble who populate the earth? The answer is that the former had Sahaja!
Man is born with an instinct for naturalness. He has never forgotten the days of his primordial perfection, except insomuch as the memory became buried under the artificial superstructure of civilization and its artificial concepts. Sahaja means natural. It not only implies natural on physical and spiritual levels, but on the mystic level of the miraculous. It means that easy or natural of living without planning, designing, contriving, seeking, wanting, striving or intention. What is to come must come of itself.
It is the seed which falls in the ground, becomes seedling, sapling, and then a vast shady tree of wisdom and teachings. The tree grows according to Sahaja, natural and spontaneous in complete conformity with the Natural Law of the Universe. Nobody tells it what to do or how to grow. It has no rules, duties and obligations incurred by birth. It has only its own inborn self or essence to guide it. Sahaja is that nature which, when established in oneself, bring the state of absolute freedom and peace.
It is when you are in your natural state, in the harmony of the Cosmos. It is the balanced reality between the pairs of opposites.
“The person who has conquered the baser self, and has reached to the level of self-mastery: he is at peace, whether it be hot or cold, pleasure or pain, honoured or dishonoured.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
Thus Sahaja expresses one who has reverted to his natural state, free from conditioning. It typifies that outlook which belongs to the natural, spontaneous and uninhibited man, free from innate or inherited defects.
In all the Golden Dharmas, Sahaja flourishes. In Taoism, it was the highest virtue (teh). In the earlier Zen records, it is the main plank of training along which the disciples had to walk. The masters demanded answers which were Sahaja, and not the product of intellectual thinking or reason. The truth only came spontaneously.
Sahaja in Chinese became tzu-jan, or Self-so-ness. Taoism openly lamented the loss of the peculiar naturalness and unselfconsciousness of the child. Lao Tzu saw that Confucian ethics, which have their counterpart in the modern world, crushed the original natural loveliness of the child into the rigid patterns of convention. Retirement from such a society, as the dropout of modern times, became the outer symbol of freedom from the bonds and bounds of conventional society. Taoism, as did Brahma-Vidya and Zen, saw retirement or renunciation as the only possible way for people to recover Sahaja. Thus the greatest quality of children again became recaptured by saints and sages.
Artificial clowns throng the world;
Only children and saints know Sahaja.
Dattatreya tried to teach mankind that if they had Sahaja, there was no need to do anything to prove it. It manifests only by the way one lives.
Sukhadev is the great naked Mahatma who expounded the Bhagavat Purana. When a young man, he stood naked in the presence of his father, the sage Vyasa, to be initiated into the Brahmin caste with mantra and sacred thread. This was a moment such as we have just mentioned when the natural unspoiled boy was to be ushered into a world of concepts, ideas, and obligations, and all naturalness would be lost.
Sukhadev decided to keep his Sahaja. Taking to his heels, he ran from the house and took to the path which wound itself along the side of a river and into the jungle. As he came to the river, some young women were bathing naked in the water. They took no notice of Sukhadev, and he only glanced as he ran on. Vyasa, the father, was hot on his track, and was following the young man to induce him to return. But as Vyasa approached the river, the young women there screamed, rushed for their garments, and covered themselves as the panting Vyasa grew near.
Having observed their complete indifference when his naked son ran past, and this modest but demonstrative display at his own approach, Vyasa could not help wondering at the contrast. He stopped by the now covered women, and asked for some explanation of such widely different behavior toward his naked son and his decorously dressed self. One of the women explained, “When your son looks at us, he sees only people, and is not conscious of male and female. He is just as unconscious of our nakedness as he is of his own; but with you, Maharaj Vyasa, it is different.”
Sukhadev had Sahaja, and the women knew it. He knew it and never lost it. His father never caught up with him, and he never returned home. He became one of India’s many great saints, not living in any fixed place, but only in the fullness of the immediate present.
My mind has returned
to its own primal state;
I realized the Lord
When I died while living;
Says Kabir : I am merged
In the bliss of Sahaj;
I no longer know fear
Nor inspire it in others.
In the Sahaja state one sees only the Self; and one sees the world as a form assumed by the Self ~ Ramana Maharshi