I should say, a very big ghost, and which is not in the past or the future, but in the present – and that ghost I call it as materialism. Materialism, it’s a ghost, it’s a horrible devil that has come onto the heads of Americans, and from them to all of us. This materialism is a horrible stuff. It’s so ridiculous, shameful, doesn’t even suit a human person; even a dog would hate such a materialism, to what level human beings have gone. This materialism makes a person absolutely shameless….
So this materialism that comes in is a mad, mad, mad dog, and gives you a disease which is worse than any disease that is possible. How people play on it, on this disease. As you must have known that doctors when you get some disease little bit, they’ll take out your teeth, take out your eyes, take out your nose, take out your purse and take out everything that you have, for a little thing like malaria or something. But this disease takes away everything that is beautiful within you, that is good within you. For example, it started a fashion. With this materialism they start fashions. Ladies are more vulnerable. Fashion starts, any sort of fashion starts, like the sleeves to be made long – in India also they started – then make it short, then make it half, then make it no sleeves. I said, “I am not running that race!” I will have the sleeves all the time, same sleeves so I don’t have to bother. I can tell My tailor and he can make whatever way I want to have, the tailor, because he knows I make one style – finished with it... Imagine – think of Sahasrara, think of Divine, in what world we are, and in what world the stupid people are going. That’s another world, absolutely another stupid world where people just go after nonsensical things, changing from one to another, changing from everything: ties are changed, everything is changed, giving you such a headache. ... In Sahaja Yoga also when we enter, be careful, materialism should not enter into your minds…it’s nothing important. ..
H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Sahasrara puja. Thredbo (Australia), 3 May 1987