We are pleased to inform the sangha that the Publication Committee of the World Council for the Advancement of Sahaja Yoga (WCASY) has taken up the task of producing an updated, accurate Sahaja Yoga Mantra Book.
In due course, this will be complemented with a second publication, a Sahaja Yoga Book of Worship. This will contain prayers existing in the old mantra book and completed with a few selected texts from world religions that have a specific relationship to Sahaja Yoga.
The Mantra Book should be based on Sahaj shastras, the existing body of texts that were prepared for and accepted by HH Shri Mataji at different pujas over the years. The draft will be scrutinized by Sahaja yogis who are Sanskrit experts and reviewed by members of the Committee and interested members of the WCASY prior to final clearance and printing. In this manner each yogini and yogi will know that the utmost care has been invested in the production of this important document.
There are now a number of differing Mantra Books in circulation and we are aware that, this year, a text entitled Sahaja Yoga Mantra Book has recently been circulated on the web and printed in a limited number of copies in India with the mention on the cover page of rights to Shri Mataji and the Life Eternal Trust. It should be clear that this work represents an individual effort, which has not been cleared in its present form by the Committee.
No matter how well meaning attempts by individual yogis may be, they will create unnecessary confusion. While recognizing the involvement of the author, some of the changes he brought to the texts of the old book are not called for. Many texts that are changed in this edition have been read to and accepted by HHSM and have become part of our devotional practice and there is a need to further improve on Sanskrit translation and to ensure objectivity.
Therefore the Publication Committee does not encourage or authorize at this stage the publication or circulation of a new SY Mantra Book other than the one to be soon developed and approved in the context of the WCASY. In the meantime the old (green) mantra book is the one recommended for use by the sangha.
We are grateful for everybody's understanding in this matter. As Mantras are a corner stone of Sahaj practices, we are conscious that the sangha expects a Book carrying the needed authority. We are confident that the above process shall serve well the need for a universal and consistent SY Book of Mantras.
For the Publication Committee of the WCASY
Alan Wherry - Grégoire de Kalbermatten - Philipp Zeiss
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