Question: Maitreya, could you talk about the Sabbath,
why it is good for us to observe and how it can create unity over
Maitreya: Human life is usually a series of work and rest.
After any work we become tired and we like to rest to be revived.
So resting is a very important part of life, as working is very
important. We have to be able to work and manifest what is necessary
in our lives to take care of mundanity. If somehow we can create an
environment where people can be in less mundanity, then we can
probably use that energy for a greater purpose, like creating a
newsletter or typing the Satsangs, giving Satsang or going to visit
people, meditating, reading Scriptures, helping someone, etc.
Also, resting is very important to revitalize our energy. Resting
is really not physical as much as it is psychological and spiritual.
As we work and try to cope with the world, our psychic centers start
becoming polluted. Even if we sit somewhere and do nothing, still at
night we feel we want to sleep. Even if we didn't do much physical
work, we feel we need to rest. The reason for rest is more spiritual
Sabbath is also kind of rhythmical. It brings a rhythm into human
life -- six days of work and one day of rest. This one day of rest
is designed for spiritual purposes, for keeping that day holy. So
the focus will be more spiritual, than physical restfulness. When
you bring your thoughts and energy to this level of keeping
everything holy on that day, it focuses your mind to higher things.
So it can become much more restful than just sleeping.
Rest brings greater cleanliness to the body. It was said that
it's kind of a baptism. Every week you just rest and make that day
holy. You clean your spirit. You probably go through your week to
see what happened. If there was something you did or happened that
you didn't like, either you clean that up, or you just release it to
the universe and forget it. At the end of the day you become
refreshed, holy and renewed. You feel you have been born again.
So the people who do keep Sabbath become reborn every week. They
become a new person, a new Soul. They can really go through the
nonsense that usually comes through. The Spirit cleans out their
impurities and puts them away from themselves. Everyone is in a much
higher consciousness at the end of the Sabbath. The community which
is in higher consciousness will stay together because small
differences between the members won't get in the way. They can feel
the unity again, by keeping themselves in a much higher level of
God Himself rested after six days of work. After He rested He
realized He created such a beautiful creation and He loved it. He
admired the creation. Yet He had to come back and engage Himself
again after that rest, because He had to teach Adam and Eve how to
behave, work, and be. He had to teach them what is good for them and
what's not good for them. So you see, He rested but He didn't rest
forever. He rested only one day. He came back and also, once in
awhile, He sits back and He looks at His creation and says, "How is
the thing going?"
As we said, if you are out of the situation you can see things
much clearer than when you are engaged in the action. If you keep
engaged all the time, then you lose your perspective completely. You
become a fighter in the very front lines of the battlefield of life.
The only thing you see is a couple of other fighters on the other
side. You have no idea what the rest of the battlefield looks like.
Yet if you sit back and become a general, you look at it and say,
"It's not that bad. Still the battle is fine. Life is not that hard.
I can move this thing from here to there, or bring a new approach to
my life and go this way, that would be better." Or, "It is not as
bad as I think. Because I'm restful I can see things clearer."
As you go to the Spirit on the Sabbath you come closer to God.
When you come closer to God, God knows everything, and then you also
become clear like Him. You become closer to the King, to the
General, to the One who knows everything. Also, you will become
clearer in your focus. You become closer to God and you honor Him by
keeping the Sabbath holy. That is why we are here, to honor the
Spirit, to bring the Spirit in all levels of our lives. By keeping
the Sabbath we are saying, Spirit, we honor you and we will try to
bring you in all levels of our lives for that is what we want to
That is why we keep this day holy. We keep this day restful. We
keep this day a day that we can cleanse ourselves, we can think
about God and become One with Him. It has many, many different
cleansing aspects in it.
That's why we fast on that day. Fasting has many benefits,
physically, mentally, and spiritually. All these things done on the
Sabbath together will help us in our path. In the evening of the
Sabbath you usually feel, "Wow, I am a new person. I didn't know it
would have such an effect on a person, or could have such an effect
on me." Yet you will see that it does have a great effect.
As more people keep the Sabbath, more people will feel the effect
and the greater Spirit will be on earth, greater sharing, greater
unity, better Communities of Light and the Kingdom on Earth.
Question: Could you give us some general guidelines -- what
kind of things shall we do on the Sabbath?
Maitreya: First of all, we try to fast, that's one of the
things. If you want you can also clean your colon, to get rid of any
residue in it. That also has many benefits physically, mentally and
spiritually. Meditate and try to be in an environment where there's
not much talkativeness. You keep away from talkativeness.
If you can rest or sleep and meditate, do so. If you can't, read
some inspiring literature that keeps you to the Spirit. Do the Reminder, pray. Do everything that is spiritual -- the things
that keep you from the crowd, keep you from mundanity, keep you from
physicality, keep you from too much mental stress and all those
things. Then you will come closer to God and to the Spirit, instead
of being mundane on the physical level.
You know, idle talk is from the first chakra. That's where speech
comes from. Too much talkativeness will stimulate that chakra which
we're trying not to stimulate. That's why it is always recommended
to keep away from talkativeness. That's why on the Sabbath we
recommend you stay as silent as possible. That brings greater
oneness with the Spirit within you.
Question: When does the Sabbath end?
Maitreya: Usually the Sabbath should start at sunset on
Friday and end at sunset on Saturday. So that's going to be 24
hours. It's good to begin the Sabbath with a spiritual endeavor,
like Collective Meditation, dancing (kirtan), chanting and in that
keep yourself in a good state. Then everyone can have a nice light
meal together, in the group or in the community. This will start the
Probably it's not that much of a Sabbath on Friday night. You can
spend Friday night pretty much in the regular way. On Saturday, it's
good to start the morning in silence. Keep alone and keep very much
immersed in God-consciousness and spiritual thoughts. Read good
material, meditate, do the Reminder and rest.
It's your body, when your body rests, you let the Spirit free.
See, you're "body conscious" much more when the activity of the body
is greater and then Spirit is not present as much. When you rest,
you're really resting your conscious mind and you let your
subconscious mind come in. If you are meditating and your
subconscious mind is dissolving away, you're letting the Unconscious
Mind come in.
So the more you meditate, the better you can rest your physical
body and the closer you come to the Unconscious Mind or Universal
Mind. When you sleep, if you have meditated enough and you get rid
of your subconscious mind, you go right to God. Then when you rest
or sleep on the Sabbath, it's really not wasting your time.
Some people say, "Oh, you are wasting your whole day, you're
doing nothing. You could have done so much." That's not true. You
might have done so much nonsense, but you're not doing something
constructive, effective and focused.
You see, it's not what you do, it's what you are. That's
important! If you become more, you might do less, yet you will do it
more effectively. The effect is going to carry itself to the end of
the universe because it's done from the heart, it's done from the
Spirit and Spirit carries it forever. Physical activities probably
affect something around the house or earth. That's fine. That's
great, they have to be done. Yet if you do them in the Spirit, then
they carry themselves around the universe.
The things Esa did in three and a half years, the energy is still
carrying on and on and on. Why? Because he was. He didn't do much,
he was much.
So on the Sabbath also with the techniques, meditation and
everything we give, the more we become Spirit, the more we be(come)
Being, the more effective we will become. It will amaze us when we
do something that seems so small, yet affects so many lives and so
many people. Little by little we realize, that we can do things that
bring people to God.
That's what we are here to do, aren't we? We are here to bring
people to God. We're not here to brag about ourselves, we're this,
we're that, or we're such great spiritual beings, which is OK, we
all are. We are here to connect people to God, to bring them to the
Spirit to save their Souls to God.
Of course, everything is three kinds. It can be from ignorance,
passion or knowledge. Anything from passion and ignorance is a trap.
Some, on their way to Spirit fall into one of those traps. They feel
that it's joyful, it's powerful -- "I am powerful." So there are
siddhis that people gain and they become trapped in those siddhis,
"Oh I have so much power, I'm great."
To gain power is not the goal. The goal is not to be powerful,
the goal is to connect people to God. All these things are to bring
us to that point where we become a channel for God, we can connect
people to God. That is the essence of a good teacher, a good teacher
connects people to God.
Of course, our Mission is a little different. Not only do
we have to connect people to God, we're also trying to bring the
Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth. We cannot do that if we are not in the
Spirit. Without His Grace, we cannot learn to become One with His
Spirit. If we become One with the Spirit, then we become very
Sometimes we don't have to do anything. We can just sit here and
affect things around us, affect the whole universe around us,
because the Spirit carries our thoughts. The Spirit carries our
action. The Spirit carries our wish, to happen. That is why all
these things have been given, to bring us closer to Spirit, to God.
Question: Could you discuss the ability of the center of The Greatest Sign for manifestation?
Maitreya: If you look at the very center of The Greatest
you can see there is an orange point there. Then you can see a lotus
is manifesting out of it. It's an eight-petalled lotus. If you look
very carefully, it's really two squares which have been put together
one over the other with a 45 degree difference. A square, or four,
is the number of manifestation. For instance, we build most houses
with four sides. Four is the most permanent construction in the
universe. That is why four is the number of manifestation. Two
fours, or two squares, one over the other, is twice as powerful for
The very center of The Greatest Sign is God. If you look
at the very center of The Greatest Sign, it says Om. It's the
very beginning of creation. It's the first sound in the universe,
when the big bang started in the universe. Then this Om manifested
itself in creation and became a lotus or Lotustica. So God, as the
center of the universe, manifests Itself outward to the universe. So
the Lotustica itself is the very creation of the universe.
The very center of The Greatest Sign is where there is no
manifestation, that's the Pure Consciousness. That is where the
calmness of mind and the unity of the whole universe exists. The
moment you come out of that center, you enter creation and start
being carried away from the center. You start being carried away
from that calm center of the universe.
Just like the eye of a hurricane, the very eye of the hurricane
is calm. If you can be in the eye of the hurricane all the time, you
don't have to worry about the hurricane. It's not going to affect
you because you're always at the calmest point of the storm. The
moment you are out of that eye, you are going to fall into the
hurricane. With constant meditation and prayer, we can be in that
calm center within ourselves.
This relates to the previous question. Our endeavor is to stay in
the eye of the hurricane, to be in the world but not of it. That's
why we are trying to go to the very center of The Greatest Sign.
The rest of The Greatest Sign is the manifestation. It comes
from the center and expands itself to the creation of the universe,
and the universe is still expanding itself, to more universes. The
only place as calm as the center of the universe is the center
Scientists are finding out that universes are being created all
the time. They thought they had found the very edge of the universe
but recently they found that there's more lights beyond that edge.
They don't know what they are. The more their telescopes and their
technology develops to allow a greater degree of infrared mapping of
the universe, they realize that what they have already found wasn't
it, still there is more. They know for sure that the universe is
expanding itself. Yet they don't know if it's going to expand
forever, eventually collapse back on itself, or expand and
eventually stop expanding.
According to the Sages and great meditators, there are days and
nights in the universe. The days are the days of creation, when the
creation is created and stays for billions and billions of years.
And there's a night of creation, when the universe collapses on
itself and it returns back to the center, to God.
That's exactly how The Greatest Sign shows the
manifestation of the universe from the very center, from the very
point where God as controller is. It expands itself out to the
creation of the universe. That is where we want to go, we want to go
back to the center, back to the Spirit. We want to find that calm
point of creation within ourselves.
There is a calm point in every atom in the universe. There's a
nucleus in every speck. There's a center in every particle of
creation. There's a center in every individual. When we find that
center, we find God. Then we are centered. Then we can hear the
call, we also know His Will and we are His Will, so we do his Will.
Question: When I sit in front of The Greatest Sign, or
I look at it, or I meditate on it, it seems there are so many things
that come from
The Greatest Sign. Why is that? It just seems like you could
sit and meditate on
The Greatest Sign for lifetimes.
Maitreya: You could say that The Greatest Sign is a
yantra. A yantra is a kind of a symbol, or a drawing, or a
crystallized idea which comes to people who meditate. They can
manifest what they felt or realized, into that shape. There is a
yantra called the Shrii Yantra in Indian philosophy, which is
composed of many different triangles. It is supposed to show the
Many people have been trying to explain what the Shrii Yantra is
and have written much about it. Many try to explain it but still,
they haven't explained it completely. Every person finds something
interesting and some realization from it.
The Greatest Sign really can be called the Shrii Shrii Para
Maha Yantra. It means the greatest yantra. It really covers the
whole creation. It's like you're trying to find out about the
creation. You can think about creation. You can meditate on
creation. You can realize creation. You can realize God -- and then
realize Him more. Still the next day you realize something
completely different. That's what they call the play of the Lord.
If you really become close to God, you are never bored because
you have so much Joy. You can realize Him so much today, it makes so
much sense. Then you realize Him more this afternoon and the next
day you realize Him completely different. You wonder, I didn't know
that part exists. That's why I used to say, God even surprises
Himself sometimes -- I didn't know I had this part, that's great, I
That's why people who are mundane and do not know God, drink or
take drugs. They do these things because they haven't realized or
felt the Spirit. They say to us, "What a boring life you have. You
don't drink. You don't go to the parties. You don't do all these
things." That is not true. God is infinite so you have infinite fun
Actually they do those things because of that emptiness in them.
Ego wants to find some answers. They drink because they feel empty,
there's something they want that they don't have. And that's what
God is. The problems about drugs, alcoholism and all those things,
or the problems of humanity in general, are spiritual. Every problem
has a spiritual base or reason.
So when you sit in front of The Greatest Sign, what you're
actually doing is looking at the universe. You want to know the
universe. After sometime being in front of The Greatest Sign,
you start seeing more and more about it. If you remember, we used to
sit and explain The Greatest Sign. Probably I explained it
around fifty or sixty times in the first three to five years we
started the Mission, and every time I explained it, it was
something completely different than any other time. Each time it
came out beautifully, it made sense. It was the same Greatest
Sign, yet it was different and it was beautiful too.
That's why I wrote the more than eight hundred pages of THOTH, based on
The Greatest Sign and still we could
probably write infinite pages about
The Greatest Sign and we wouldn't explain it completely.
So whenever you sit in front of The Greatest Sign, enjoy
it. It's recommended to sit and gaze on The Greatest Sign. It
is a beautiful practice. It brings you to the focus. It brings you
to the realization. It cleans your chakras. It cleans your body,
mind, Spirit and is a very powerful, the most powerful yantra.