Lesson 3 – Thoughtless awareness


Foot soaking is a Sahaja Yoga technique which many people will recognize from everyday life. Quit simply it is the Sahaja Yoga version of putting the feet in a bowl of warm water as a way of relaxing at the end of the day. It is best done in the evening, and the main difference in Sahaja terms is that salt is added to the water to represent the earth element. The element of water rinses away, and salt (earth element) sucks or absorbs away negativity.

Get a plastic bowl, and keep it exclusively for footsoaking. Fill it with enough lukewarm water to cover the ankles. Add a handful of salt. Keep a jug of water and a towel beside you. Sit on a chair and put your feet into the water. Close your eyes.

Keep your left hand on your lap and put your right hand towards the ground. Repeat a few times: “Mother Kundalini, please balance my left channel and give my emotional balance. Please give me pure desire.” Keep for 5 minutes.

Put your right hand on your lap and raise your left hand up palm facing backwards. Repeat a few times: “Mother Kundalini, please balance my right channel and give my mental balance. Please give my pure attention.” Keep for 5 minutes.

Put your left hand on your lap. Keep both hands open on your laps. Keep your attention on your Sahastrara, on top of your head. Repeat a few times: “Mother Kundalini, please give me balance and inner peace. Please give me thoughtless awareness.”

If thoughts are still there, you can say “Not this thought”, each time a thought rises, and the thoughts will slowly give up. You can also say “I forgive everyone”. Say this sincerely from the heart and it will have a much more powerful effect.

If you are thoughtlessly aware, relax and enjoy the meditation. Open your eyes. Rinse your feet with the fresh water in the jug and dry your feet on the towel. Pour the water from the bowl into the toilet and rinse the bowl with fresh water.

What is Thoughtless Awareness?

Thoughtless Awareness is a state of being where your mind is calmed and gradually emptied of all distractions.

In the state of thoughtless awareness we think neither of the past nor of the future. We are entirely in the present moment, in the state of being and do not waste the precious moments of life thinking about times that are finished forever or yet to come.

This state is a higher state of awareness which bisects the past and the future. Usually human beings are unable to enter the present because the mind is either thinking about the future or the past. Hence we do not feel at peace.

Thoughtless awareness immediately gives us a feeling of deep peace during our meditation, and this peace remains with us to varying degrees throughout the day. Of course the deeper we go into our meditation, by regular practice, the longer we tend to stay in a semi meditative state all day and eventually we enter an even higher dimension where we are constantly in a deep, joyful and largely thought free existence.

We start to enjoy our Self, our Spirit, our own inner beauty and the beauty of creation. We start to enjoy ‘being’. We are able to enjoy the singing of birds and the scent of flowers at a much deeper level as we are no longer bombarded by the meaningless mental chatter that assails our awareness and pollutes our attention, distracting us from the simple joys of our existence.

In this state, we start to feel the vibrations of our chakras and our surrounding (and the effect of our behavior and lifestyle) on our fingertips. Also we feel the vibrations in either the presence or absence of our inner joy and peace. As a result we spontaneously and naturally, gradually change ourselves and our environment so that we maximize the joy, both for ourselves and for those around us.

Most people say that it is not possible to have a moment where there is no thought.

Is true. You cannot till the Kundalini is awakened, you can’t have. One thought rises and falls, another thought rises and falls. There’s a little space in between which we call in Sanskrit as Vilamba, very little space. Now what happened with Kundalini awakening, both these thoughts become elongated and this Vilamba increases. So you will automatically have that. You won’t have to worry about that.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

The state of witnessing is only possible through meditation: you reach the state of thoughtless awareness. It’s combined together. Now the witness state is such a state where you just do not react. If you react, then the problem starts. It’s a very simple thing to understand that we react through our ego or through our conditioning. Otherwise there is no way to react.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

If you have achieved the thoughtless awareness then you have crossed one step. That is the main thing. You have to become thoughtlessly aware. It’s not difficult. There’s a sanskrit saying that you start saying ‘no’ to every thought. Whatever thought comes in… ‘Ya neti neti wachane nigamor awachus’. Just go on saying ‘No. Not this thought. Not this thought. Not this thought.’ And you can achieve it. Also raising Kundalini, forgiving people, you can achieve it. Also if you can find out why these thoughts are coming to you, what is the source of this thought. If you could just see what is the source then you can do it. Suddenly you will find you are silent, you are not thinking but you are aware, fully aware and aware of so many things of which you were never aware. It’s something you have to practice, is to become thoughtlessly aware.

But one has to work it out, that you look at something without thinking. Try! Try to do that. I know it’s difficult for some people because too much of thoughts in the mind all the time. Now the thought comes from the left or from the right, that is it comes from the past, from our conditionings, and comes from the right with our ego and futuristic ideas. All the time. So one thought will rise, fall, another will fall and rise and we are jumping on the cusp of the thoughts. But when Kundalini rises, what happens that these thoughts elongate and the space in between is created that is thoughtless awareness. Now how to do it is the problem with people. [By] raising your Kundalini. You raise your Kundalini, raise the Kundalini of others, suddenly you will find that you become thoughtlessly aware. Not difficult.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Morning Meditation

Repeat the same morning meditation as it is described in the previous lesson.

Evening Meditation

Evening meditation helps you clear the blockages in your chakras and give you a balance. It is best if you do before you go to sleep. You can do evening meditation like below order:

  • Do Kundalini Bandhan exercise
  • Balance your left and right channels while are doing footsoaking
  • Repeat the Self-realization meditation from the video
  • Do Kundalini Bandhan exercise


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