“The people who think that they can control their ego will eat less
or use all types of methods to control ego.
But with all these techniques, ego doesn’t vanish. On the contrary,
ego increases. Fasting, reciting the names, increases your ego. With
Havans also ego increases because Agni, fire, is the right side
element. Anything which is rituals increases your ego.
Human being thinks that they are alright, since they are doing these
rituals since thousand years.
And to go to the extreme point is also dangerous. I had asked them
to shoe-beat to destroy their ego and what I see that every morning
all the Sahaja Yogis go in the line with their shoes for shoe-
beatings. But I had asked to do this if you have ego in you.
All these rituals have entered into Sahaja Yoga. I got somebody in
France with the list of the treatments of Vashi hospital. But that
was for sick peoples. This is the nature of human being to follow
the rituals because he thinks that he can do it. “
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
25 December 1997, Christmas Puja
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India