Protocol Versus Ritualism, Shri Ganesha Puja 19/9-1993, Cabella

“First of all, we should see that our conditioning takes over our innocence. It makes you extremely ritualistic. Even in Sahaja Yoga, I’ve seen, I’ve heard also, that people are extremely, extremely ritualistic. Now the ritualism is like this: that you have to say something three times, you say it three times, seven times, like tied up people. I have seen some Sahaja Yogis like that.

So one should understand a difference between a protocol and ritualism. An innocent child knows the protocol. So for children, you see, innocent children, the worship, everything is not ritualistic. It is heartfelt. You feel it from the heart: how to do the worship, how to show your love. Is very sweet way an innocent person does it; while a person who is very ritualistic, he may even beat another person because, “Why did you do this? You should not have put camphor in it? Why did you put the camphor so? It’s very wrong.”

There’s nothing wrong. If you do it with your heart, with your open heart, innocently, anything is all right. It is the open heart which is necessary, not the closed heart — “Why did you do it? Why didn’t you do it? Where did you sit? What happened?” Nothing.

Now you are in the Kingdom of God and here there are no such rules and regulations that you should be ritualistic.”

H H Shri Mataji

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