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The Power of Yogi, The Guru, Mastery Of Life
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Kundalini The Liberating Force There is no doubt about it: if God is with you, your mental waves will be crushed and you will become liberated. Much of the knowledge contained in spiritual books will be understandable by you when you go through those experiences. You can never understand the Gita or the Bible because you do not know Jesus Christ, you do not know Arjuna, you do not know Krishna. You may find it surprising that you are Arjuna, and Krishna is sitting inside you in the form of the Guru. The battle you have to fight is with your mind which is the Kauravas. The king of the Kauravas is Duryodhana which is your ego. It will not accept defeat very quickly, even if Krishna is there. It is very difficult to eliminate this ego. But once Krishna uses His Shakti (chariot), and Arjuna sits in it, He will see that it (the ego) is gone.

Kundalini The Liberating Force There is no doubt about it: if God is with you, your mental waves will be crushed and you will become liberated. Much of the knowledge contained in spiritual books will be understandable by you when you go through those experiences. You can never understand the Gita or the Bible because you do not know Jesus Christ, you do not know Arjuna, you do not know Krishna. You may find it surprising that you are Arjuna, and Krishna is sitting inside you in the form of the Guru. The battle you have to fight is with your mind which is the Kauravas. The king of the Kauravas is Duryodhana which is your ego. It will not accept defeat very quickly, even if Krishna is there. It is very difficult to eliminate this ego. But once Krishna uses His Shakti (chariot), and Arjuna sits in it, He will see that it (the ego) is gone.

To awaken Kundalini Shakti, the safest way is to receive the grace of a blessed Siddha Guru, who have already merged his identity with the Supreme Consciousness, the Shiva, and have become one. When Kundalini Shakti gets active by a Siddha Guru it automatically starts functioning. Kundalini becomes the master of fist whose goal is Shiva, the source of existence. In this world, despite all that we achieve, we never feel contented and never attain permanent peace, happiness or bliss. Complete fulfilment is only possible when we realise our own self, when the Kundalini Shakti gets aroused in our bodies and the backward journey towards Shiva gets Initiated, till one day, with the mercy of Kundalini, the jive gets liberated from all the attachments with the world.

As this Kundalini Shakti is very powerful, no one else other than Shiva can control this Kundalini Shakti, when it is awakened.

Under the guidance of a Guru, the movement of the Kundalini is controlled, the six spiritual centres get slowly pierced, the nervous system gets cleansed and the individual becomes transformed completely. He realises his own Self at the sahasrara, the seventh spiritual centre and becomes One with the Supreme Consciousness, the Shiva. The main principle is that when awakened, Kundalini Shakti ceases to be a static power, which sustains world consciousness. Once set in movement She is drawn to its other static centre in the thousand petalled lotus (sahasrara), by merging Herself and the jive with Shiva consciousness or the consciousness of eternal ecstasy beyond the world of form. When Kundalini sleeps a man is awake to the world, when she wakes up, he sleeps, that is, he loses his consciousness of the world and enters his causal body. In this Yoga he passes beyond to the formless consciousness.

As the aspirant transcends the sense-mind more and more and emerges to be a stronger witness, someday he gets instantly illumined further about the nature of the ‘self, and the ‘non-self. He automatically starts recognising that the ego-‘I’ and mind which contain the ideas, thoughts, images of men and material, and numerous other things is the ‘non-self, and the witness is the ‘self. He further recognises that the ‘non-self has items which have size, length, birth, death, etc. The emotions of lust, greed, attachment, jealousy, hatred, etc., also take place in relation to the ‘non-self. On the other hand, the ‘self is unchangeable, and is not bound by time or space. It is all peace, silence and calmness. The ‘non-self’ is untruth. This ‘self is truth.

There is no doubt about it: if God is with you, your mental waves will be crushed and you will become liberated.

Much of the knowledge contained in spiritual books will be understandable by you when you go through those experiences. You can never understand the Gita or the Bible because you do not know Jesus Christ, you do not know Arjuna, you do not know Krishna. You may find it surprising that you are Arjuna, and Krishna is sitting inside you in the form of the Guru. The battle you have to fight is with your mind which is the Kauravas. The king of the Kauravas is Duryodhana which is your ego. It will not accept defeat very quickly, even if Krishna is there. It is very difficult to eliminate this ego. But once Krishna uses His Shakti (chariot), and Arjuna sits in it, He will see that it (the ego) is gone.

Don’t think that Kundalini gets active just for nothing! It is God in your heart which says to Shakti, ‘Get up and bring this jiva back to Me!’ She obeys God, and she has to do this work. Even if it takes one life or 50 years, she will not leave the job undone.

Through all the processes of learning we are limiting ourselves although we say we are growing, we are expanding. Expand in consciousness, not in mind and world! That is specific to the existence of man. If you try to expand in mind and the world, some day it will bring you grief. If you expand in consciousness, you will become like Shiva. You can expand in consciousness by contracting in mind and world. Remove the mind and world, and you are Shiva.

The real things are already inside you. You superimpose certain things from outside and you become limited, you don’t expand. When you remove these things, you expand really. Baba says, ‘Expansion is My life!’ Is it true? Actually when you remove the burden, you are in every corner of the universe. When you put the burden on yourself, you are limited to your home.

In the ego-world, the man thinks he is dust, living at the lowest chakra and playing at the second chakra which deals with greed and lust and jealousy and many other things. Maximum, he goes up to the third chakra which relates again mostly to his greed and jealousy.

Kundalini is based on spiritual reality, what you have always been, what you have forgotten about yourself, because you know yourself as a body. So you just adjust at the second centre most of the time. Ninety-five per cent people are running only in search of things which exist at the second and third centre or the first centre. But at the place of a Siddha-Purusha one has to cross over. Sometimes the Guru will break him by His own Will so that the person reaches higher. This breaking of nerves is a normal phenomenon in the Kundalini process. There is breaking and re-making, breaking and re-making. So often I say, ‘Any person who is passing through Kundalini, do not underrate him!’ May be you do not find him very sociable and adjustable. There are many things you just cannot imagine what is happening.

Because when you love Jesus, your attention will go in Jesus, and when your attention is in Jesus, your Kundalini will get active, and you will be transformed slowly and steadily, yet inevitably. Nobody can stop it. Once Lord wishes, He has to transform you through Shakti. Nobody can stop it.

So Kundalini is positive. It is not negative. Whatever negative things appear in your life, they may be due to your own karmas. Kundalini is only pulling you out of these karmas. Kundalini is not putting you into some trouble.

The Path of Spiritual Practices

The spiritual practices help the aspirants in two ways: (a) All spiritual practices help in the upward flow of energy through the backbone thus automatically clearing or breaking some of the mental formations and freeing the I-sense from them. It may be pointed out that the spiritual path is an upward path for this bound I-sense, while the worldly path is downward path for this I-sense. In the downward path, the I-sense gets more and more bound. This represents the process of involution. It is only on the upward path that bondages are broken slowly and steadily, thus representing a process of evolution and transcendence. (b) The second way in which spiritual processes help the aspirant is that they sharpen the process of clear observation and introspection thus helping the path of enquiry as already given. In this respect, meditation and ;spa are very helpful. By pursuing them, a stage soon comes when the aspirants start witnessing the working of his mind and ego very clearly. In fact, he starts discriminating between the two different states of ‘I’. One state is that ‘I’ which simply witnesses and observes; the other state is the ‘I’ which works, desires and claims things as ‘mine’.

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The word guru literally means one who brings light amidst darkness: Gu meaning darkness and Ru meaning light. The guru quest is orchestrated through the guidance of the gurus. A guru is not an ordinary teacher or a prophet or even just a saintly poet. He is a spiritual torch endued with the jyothi (light) that illuminates the path to God; the path of liberation. The guru is the one who takes one from darkness into light. The guru is thus one who reveals the light in the the darkness . He is the person who takes away darkness and ignorance the and fills it with light. wisdom.

The word guru literally means one who brings light amidst darkness: Gu meaning darkness and Ru meaning light. The guru quest is orchestrated through the guidance of the gurus. A guru is not an ordinary teacher or a prophet or even just a saintly poet. He is a spiritual torch endued with the jyothi (light) that illuminates the path to God; the path of liberation. The guru is the one who takes one from darkness into light. The guru is thus one who reveals the light in the the darkness . He is the person who takes away darkness and ignorance the and fills it with light. wisdom.

The role of the guru in the quest for salvation is worth mentioning at this stage.

Meaning The word ‘guru’ comes from “

gu”, meaning darkness, and “ru” meaning light. So a guru dispels spiritual darkness and gives light to the disciple. Another meaning links the name guru with a word meaning ‘heavy’. In other words, the guru removes the burden of doubt and ignorance from the disciple, leading from the unreal to the real.
The four qualities of the guru The guru must:

• be knowledgeable in scriptures
• have achieved the spiritual goal
• be free from desire
• be pure and without cunning.

The work of the guru

The guru:

• guides the seeker in: — which action to take — which food to eat
• advises from his knowledge of mantras and techniques of meditation.

The guru acts as a helmsman to steer the disciple across the ocean of birth, life, death and rebirth.

The guru takes us from darkness to light (“gu” meaning darkness; “ru” meaning light).

The word guru literally means one who brings light amidst darkness: Gu meaning darkness and Ru meaning light. The guru quest is orchestrated through the guidance of the gurus. A guru is not an ordinary teacher or a prophet or even just a saintly poet. He is a spiritual torch endued with the jyothi (light) that illuminates the path to God; the path of liberation.

The guru is the one who takes one from darkness into light.

The guru is thus one who reveals the light in the the darkness . He is the person who takes away darkness and ignorance the and fills it with light. wisdom.

The day this light pierces the darkness of the heart and glows with its unique inner radiance, you will receive answers to your many questions. Once you have its vision, you will know your true identity. You will know the reason why you are here. You will know the purpose of your life. You will clearly see the goal and the path you must walk to attain it.

`Man is ever in search of inner peace. It is only when man turns within that he begins to find peace. Enter the cave, the dark deep cave of your heart, and behold! The bright point of light, magical, eternal, and overwhelming, fills you with its radiance.

The vision of this inner light is God realization.

‘True, the light of the Divinity shines within each one of us; but, alas, we live in the outer darkness, unaware of the Light within

What do we know of the Light within us? ‘Let me repeat, the Light inextinguishable dwells within each one of us, but we cannot see it, for it is hidden behind veils of ignorance, veils of mind and matter. The great wall of the ego stands between us and the Divine, and we cannot see the Light Divine.

It is the Guru who can destroy the great wall of the ego and lead us from darkness to light.

‘The Guru reaches out to us and, with His grace, annihilates the ego; He tears away the veils of ignorance, which shield us from self-realization. He reveals our true identity to us.

That thou art! It is His grace that liberates us from bondage to the circle of life and death. This gift of grace has devolved on the Guru from God Himself, for God knows that the world is in dire need of grace. His presence is of course universal; He gives us the Guru, for our individual benefit, for our personal liberation. ‘This is why our ancient scriptures enjoin us to venerate the Guru as God. This is the greatest blessing that the Guru can bestow on us.

He leads us out of the darkness of moha and maya into the light of detachment and peace. After this realization, we enter the Realm of Light; we will reach our eternal home illuminated by the radiance of that Light.

The Guru has lit the brilliant light of spiritual wisdom, and the darkness of ignorance has been dispelled.

The arrow of the guru ‘ s instruction shatters ignorance , and light is revealed ; the illusion created by the darkness of māyā disappears … When the mind is absorbed in God the sense of duality ( dubidha ) runs away .

“Self-help” is a multibillion-dollar industry. Human beings will pay through the nose to discover “enlightenment” or “knowledge” for life. All true knowledge, however, is of God. “In him lie hidden all the trea-sures of wisdom and knowledge,” Paul writes in Colossians 2:3. Daniel declares the same: “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars,” revealing “deep and mysterious things.” Only God, Daniel adds, “knows what lies hidden in darkness” (Daniel 2:21-22). Thus, God may direct us to other outlets for knowledge—books and retreats, colleges and universities, travels and experiences. But seeking Him lights this path. “You will grow as you learn to know God better and better” (Colossians 1:10). Tired of ignorance? Of stumbling in darkness? Of trying unreliable sources? Cry to Him who is Knowledge, Understanding, and Light. If we but ask, He enlightens. How? He is the Source of all. fie/

The end of all learning is to know God.

We ask God to give you complete knowledge. Colossians 1:9

Know thyself. Since ancient times, philosophers have urged our inner knowl-edge. But the Bible encourages us to approach it differently. “Commune with your own heart upon your bed,” says Psalm 4:4 (KJv). Take some good time, that is, to know how God wired you. Then marvel at how He made you and use His unique creation to glorify and bless Him. Complete knowledge of ourselves, yes, glorifies Him. A lot of work, in fact—this knowing ourselves. But when it comes to looking inward completely, what exactly should we know? First, know your gifts. Your strengths. That special anointing placed in each of us by God’s Spirit. “Each person has a special gift from God” (1 Corinthians 7:7). What’s yours? Can’t figure it out? Ask God to show you. Then as you seek God for this self-awareness and discover it, you’ll see how to best give back to God’s Kingdom. Even if it looks unusual. In fact, the more unusual it looks, the more correct it probably is.

Most important, know who you are in Christ. Victorious. Triumphant. A new creature in Him. Able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you beyond any weakness because He shines brighter. And that’s not just a slogan. That’s the blessing of complete knowledge of Him.

The term Guru ( teacher ) is meant by “ remover of the ignorance ” . The syllable “ Gu ” refers to ignorance and the syllable “ Ru ” refers to the remover . Thus , one who removes ignorance and fills in prudence is is called “ Guru ”

The satguru , the giver of truth, or the Perfect Master , removes this ignorance forever.

We are ignorant; ignorance fills our minds.

The Guru generates the sword of wisdom within them and has them sever the head of their own ignorance.

It is therefore an absolute necessity to have a Guide , a Guru to help us pierce the veil that separates us from God.

The human soul is of the same character as the universal Spirit , that is Brahman , but the influence of maya does not allow the individual to pierce the veil and realise this identity . He goes on mistaking the world as real in itself.

Realistically , only higher – order consciousness has the capacity to pierce the veil .

The pursuit of this path enables one to pierce through the veil of matter and behold the self – effulgent spirit by whose light all things get illuminated and by whose presence everything lives and moves . It ensures a life of pure consciousness.

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Master´s of wisdom. Self-Discovery, and Transformation.

Master´s of wisdom. Self-Discovery, and Transformation.

There are two worlds: the outer world and the inner world. When the kundalini is fast asleep, man is awake to the outer world. He wants to have everything that the outer world can offer him and he feels that he can get satisfaction only from what the outer world can give him. When the kundalini is awake, man is fully aware of the inner world. He knows that the outer world cannot satisfy his inner needs. He has brought to the fore the capacity of the inner world, which he has come to realise is far superior to the capacity of the outer world. He has brought to the fore the hid-den powers, the occult powers, within himself. Either he uses these powers properly or he misuses them. When he divinely uses the powers of the kundalini, he becomes the real pride of the Mother Supreme. When he misuses them, he becomes the worst enemy of man’s embodied consciousness and of his own personal evolution.

Any individual can practise kundalini yoga if he sincerely wants to. Or if he only wants to study it – that kundalini yoga is worthy of study with the deepest reverence. The main objectives of kundalini yoga are to realise the dynamic existence in the static existence, to change the lower state of consciousness into the higher state of consciousness, to transform the bondage of the finite into the freedom of the Infinite. The dynamic existence is Shakti and the static existence is Shiva. If Shakti is not present in Shiva, then Shiva will remain static. Shakti, the Mother, is the Power, but it is the Father who hous-es this infinite Power.

Blessed is he who practises kundalini yoga as part of his self-discovery and not in order to acquire power in hypnotism, black magic or other low forms of occultism which operate in and from the vital world. A genuine student of kundalini yoga is he who tries to unite the vital power and the spiri-tual knowledge in perfect harmony with the evolv-ing spirit of life. A genuine seeker never considers the hidden powers or occult powers as his goal. He cares only for God. He longs only for God’s loving Presence in his life. The kundalini power is the dynamic power in us. When the dynamic power and the spiritual knowl-edge go hand in hand, the perfect harmony of the Universal Consciousness dawns and the conscious evolution of the human soul reaches the transcen-dental Self.

Most genuine spiritual Masters have advised their disciples not to care for the hidden powers of the kundalini. If a disciple cares only for truth, only for light, then he will make real progress in his inner life. We practise kundalini yoga in order to get power of one kind or another. But if we meditate on God and please God, the Creator, He will give us His entire creation if He wants to. If we want the Creator first and foremost, and not His creation, then we will get the Creator. And once we have the Creator, His entire creation will also be at our dis-posal. If we cry for one tiny part of the creation, we may get it with comparative ease; but the infinite wealth of the Creator will be withheld from us, and we will have to be satisfied with the tiny portion which we asked for.

The Spiritual Kundalini is a higher frequency of life force than the normally active Mundane Kundalini. Once the Spiritual Kundalini is awakened within a person, it rises up the spine to the top of the head and eventually merges with the Crown Chakra, the seat of Spirit in the body. Along the way, this high frequency fire serpent fully activates all the chakras, destroys limitations on all levels of a person’s being, and finally transforms him or her into a god or goddess.

The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom is an extraordinary synthesis of esoteric wisdom, and it contains some information that is highly secret.

It is a Serpent of Wisdom, living in the noumenal worlds, which comes to save man when he needs salvation.

Some whose desire to raise the Kundalini fire is inordinate resort unwisely to a haphazard use of various forms of yoga or even illegal drugs. The raising of the Kundalini under the Ascended Masters’ tutelage is not a sudden burst of fire, but a gentle rising of strength and consciousness. The key to unlocking this energy of the Kundalini is adoration of the Mother Principle.

Will-power in kundalini yoga Spiritual Masters of a very high order do not go through concentration or meditation to open their chakras. They simply use their invincible and all-conquering will-power and open the seven centres as easily as someone eats seven grapes. You can call this will-power the light of the soul or the breath of the spirit. This will-power is like divine volcanic power. it does not take them more than a few sec-onds to open a centre.

These great spiritual Masters also once trod the path of strong concentration and deep meditation. They did not concentrate or meditate on the chakras; they concentrated on God’s Feet and meditated on God’s Heart. From God’s Feet they received God’s ceaseless Compassion, and from God’s Heart they received God’s boundless Love. While playing with God’s Compassion, they saw and felt that God’s Compassion, was nothing other than God’s indomitable Will-Power. While playing with God’s Love, they saw and felt that God’s Love was noth-ing other than God’s Wisdom-Light. When these Masters, in the course of time, were granted the use of this boundless Light and Power, they were to use it only when the Inner Pilot com-manded and not at their own sweet will.

A real spiritual Master has less freedom in the ordinary sense of the term than an ordinary human being. The ordinary human being has a limited power of choice. He can use his limited power of choice to go against God’s Will at his own sweet will. But a real spiritual Master has surrendered his individual will to the Will of the Supreme. He can never have any personal will other than the Divine Will.

The Absolute Supreme asks the spiritual Master always to use his wisdom-light before using His will-power. Very often, ordinary yogis and people who are fond of occultism and magic do not use wisdom-light at all. They just use the will-power that comes from the vital. Will-power can come from the vital world, from the soul’s region or from the transcendental Self.

When we use the will-power from the transcendental Self, we are safe, totally safe. When we use the will-power from the soul’s region, we are also totally safe. But when we use the will-power from the vital—the lower vital, the aggressive vital, the destructive vital or even the dynamic vital—then we run into danger. Very often people who do this create danger and difficulty for themselves and for others because they do not have proper control of the vital force. But a real spiritual Master first uses God’s Wisdom-Light and then uses God’s Will-Power in order to illumine blind mankind and feed hungry mankind.

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Training Your Mind To Realize Its Potential, This kundalini energy of enlightenment resides within each and every one of us, Often dormant until we make the choice to seek unity with God. In our timing spiritual study and practice, we awaken the sleeping power within, and we are profoundly changed—physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Training Your Mind To Realize Its Potential, This kundalini energy of enlightenment resides within each and every one of us, Often dormant until we make the choice to seek unity with God. In our timing spiritual study and practice, we awaken the sleeping power within, and we are profoundly changed—physically, mentally, and spiritually.

The Kundalini Book of Living and Dying is such a significant work; it explains the nature of kundalini, why it is important, and how any person can bring its benefits into his or her life. In the process of enlightening our-selves, we contribute mightily to the enlightenment of the soul of global humanity. Our ability to evolve as human beings and as souls, our ability to unite with God, our ability to leave behind forever hate, war, and ter-rorism will be facilitated—even determined—by kundalini.

This kundalini energy of enlightenment resides within each and every one of us, Often dormant until we make the choice to seek unity with God. In our timing spiritual study and practice, we awaken the sleeping power within, and we are profoundly changed—physically, mentally, and spirittfally.

The hallmarks of kundalini are phenomena such as surges of electricity in the body, detachment from the body, intense heat and fire, buzzing sounds, a feeling of being in the presence of God, and awareness of spiritual presences such as angels. More important, however, are the benefits that lie beyond the phenomena: creativity, genius, enhanced well-being, longevity, and, most significant of all, enlightenment.

Experiences of kundalini have been recorded around the world since ancient times. Kundalini is the divine fire of God and the gods, thesamadin of adepts, the raptures of saints, the healing power that floods through the hands of healers, the inspiration of invention, the intense happiness of a peak experience. The average person may think that kundalini belongs only to those whose spiritual practice elevates them into a rarified atmos-phere of consciousness, but this is not so. Kundalini is universal, available to all.

Anyone who prays or meditates regularly is likely at some point to feel the power of kundalini.

The common psychic abilities occur by opening the solar plexus chakra and include: clairvoyance, which is seeing images from the emotional plane; and clairaudience, which is hearing sounds from the emotional plane.

The opened solar plexus chakra also enables the person to register lower emotions from the emotional plane. The adjective “lower” signifies that these emotions are associated with personal relationships and could be positive or negative in nature. Examples of lower emotions include positive regard, anger, fear, and desire. When the heart chakra is opened, the person is able to register higher emotions from the emotional plane.

The adjective “higher” signifies that these latter emotions are associated with group relationships and could also be positive or negative. Examples of higher emotions include compassion, devotion, and a consciousness of the weight of grief under which humanity struggles. And when the crown chakra is opened, the person is said to be an “illumined seer” and can register an “inflow of light, information and inspiration,” which is a higher form of clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Training Your Mind To Realize Its Potential

The Buddhist Yogi Master explains the 7th chakra: “Your sushumna is the primary conduit of the kundalini energy in your nonphysical body. It is an astral nerve tube that runs between and connects all of your major chakras. It begins at the base of the spine, where your first Chaim: is located, and then rons up through your spleen chakra, navel chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra and ends in your Sixth chain, the third eye, which is located in the centre of your forehead.

It runs in the astral plane next to and along the spinal column. To go into Samadhi you must pull the kundalini energy up from your root chakra, the first chakra at the base of your spine, all the way up to your third eye! Then you must move all the kundalini energy you have amassed at your sixth chakra, the third eye, up and into your seventh chakra- which we in Buddhist Yoga refer to as the crown chakra.

This is the difficult part, because the crown chakra is not directly connected to the third eye by the sushumna. II takes 8 great deal of willpower, and total vibratory purity, to move the kundalini energy all of the way up to the crown chakra from your third eye. When the Kundalini energy enters your crown chakra. you experience Samadhi, Samadhi is the direct experience of nirvana.

The crown chakra is the nexus of one thousand dimensional planes. That is why, in Buddhist Yoga, it is often referred to as the thousand-petalled lotus of light.” There are various points of view held by different spiritual teachers as to which chakra to focus on in mediation. I would like to share an exercise combining breathing and following the breath as well as simultaneously working through the six chakras.

What exactly is kundalini?

Kundalini is the personal aspect of the universal life force named prana by the yogic tradition. This primal cosmic energy is akin, if not identical, to ch’i, ki, the Holy Spirit, and various other terms from cultures that identify a life force that is the source of all vital activity. Prana has not yet been identified by modern science, but ancient wisdom maintains that it is the means for raising human awareness to a higher form of perception, variously called illumination, enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, samadhi. Kundalini, often referred to as the “serpent power” because it is symbolized by a coiled snake, can be concentrated and channeled through the spine into the brain—a process likewise not yet identified by modern science. The systematized process for accomplishing this upward flowing of enerav is known as kundalini

This spiritual bliss is true yoga. In every realm of Nature, it is the union between two opposites that creates bliss or life. According to modern psychology, everyone is both masculine and feminine. In other words, there is woman in man and man in woman. Unique to Hindu mythology is a single form of half-male and half-female called Ardha-narisvara. Like two sides of the same coin, shiva and shakti are opposite sides of one Supreme Reality. Shakti — the universal energy—residing in the human body is called kundalini. She is the active aspect of the Absolute. When kundalini awakes, it rises from the base of the spine in the mooladhara and unites with shiva at the top of the head in the sahasrara. A nectar-like coolness, as it were, coming from hundreds of moons starts flowing from this union of shiva and shakti. Thus, the individual Self merges into the universal Spirit—the subtlest union of the masculine and the feminine within. This ultimate union of shiva and shakti occurring at the top of the head is called yoga, love, samadhi, Self-realization, enlightenment, liberation, moksha, nirvana, kaivalya, emancipation, whole, or truth. Indeed, it is the highest of all unions.

Kundalini Awakening

Kundalini, the power of the inner Self, is a potential spiritual energy inherent in every human being. Yoga can be effortlessly achieved by awakening and channeling kundalini, which is loacted in the subtle body, not in the physical body. The subtle body is within this physical body like the bladder inside a soccer ball. It is an exact counterpart of the physical body. Without the subtle body, the physical body cannot survive. The seat of kundalini is exactly midpoint from the sole of the foot to the top of the head. It is said that no super conscious state or samadhi is ever possible without the kundalini awakening. Although the word kundalini originated in India, the kundalini awakening experience is common to all religions. For example, in Christianity, it is called the “Holy Spirit.”

Kundalini awakening is a divine gift of God received through the medium of a Gum (true spiritual master). By the look, touch, word, or thought, a Guru can fully unfold the kundalini in a worthy seeker. In yoga, this kundalini awakening is called shaktipat. For instance, the initiation that Vivekananda received from Ramakrishna Paramahansa was shaktipat. Kundalini yoga is also known by various names such as, maha yoga, siddha yoga, shaktipat yoga, gurukripa, gurumarga, sahaja yoga, kriya yoga, puma yoga, or the perfect yoga. Kundalini, functioning on the physical plane, is called hatha yoga, on the plane of speech, mantra yoga, and on the mental plane, laya yoga. Explaining the effect of shaktipat initiation, Muktananda said:

“As we follow Siddha yoga, these various yogas (Raja yoga, Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, Hatha yoga, and Dhyana yoga) happen to a person without his practicing them. Without his trying to learn them, they just come to him. This is the result of kundalini awakening. Just as nobody deliberately pushes the outgoing breath out or pulls the incoming breath in — it happens by itself — in the same way this yoga is self-generated and self-sustained. You don’t have to do anything you just sit back and watch it happen to you. This comes from shaktipat initiation.

In the sahasrara (the cerebral center at the top of the head), there is a sparkling tiny blue light, which an individual can seeonly after the awakening of kundalini. It is the vibration of this blue light that controls breathing in every human being. What is called death is nothing but the departure of this blue light from the physical body.

In Kundalini yoga, all aspectsof yoga comeautomatkally to a seeker whose kundalini is awakened. Then the seeker’s entire personality—actions, emotions, mind, and intellect—starts to develop. The inner realms open up. Knowledgearises from within. The seeker radiates love and feels extraordinary bliss. This kundalini energy is a fact, not myth or fiction. Indeed, Kundalini yoga is a complete yoga.

Physical, mental, or emotional movements initiated by the awakened kundalini are called kriyas in yoga. Explaining kriyas, Muktananda wrote: “Some of the kriyas are a pan of Raja yoga, some of Hai& yoga, some of Mantra yoga, and some of Bhakh yoga, for when the power of the Guru enters the disciple, all these yogas occur spontaneously according to the disci ple’s needs. When all four yogas come together to work within the disciple, this is called Siddha yoga or Malta yoga.”” With theawakening of kundalini, dormant compartments in the brain start blossoming like flowers. The faculty of intuition, which remains dormant in most people. starts developing. This awakening generates electrical impulses, which are intimately connected with the entire brain. Yogis hold that psychic energy and physical energy are convertible into each other. To energize the whole brain, the following psychic energy centers called rhaknIts need to be activated:

I. Mooladhara— Earth or survival center; corresponds to coccygeal plexus; connected to the sense of smell:4 petaled deep red lotus at the base of the spinal column.

  1. Swadhisthana—WaterorsacialcenteGeorresponds to the prostatic plexus:connected to the sense of taste; 6 petaled orange lotus at the root of the genital organ.
  2. Manipura— Fire or will center; corresponds to the solar plexus; connected to the sight; 10 petaled bright yellow lotus in the naval region.
  3. Andra& —Air or heart center; corresponds to the cardiac plexus; connected to the sense of touch; 12 petaled blue lotus in the heart region.
  4. Vishuddhi —Ether or throat center; corresponds to the cervical plexus; connected to the sense of audition; 16 petaled purple lotus at the base of the throat.

Ajna— Mind or third eye center; corresponds to the cavernous plexus; 2 petaled silver-grey lotus in the middle of the two eyebrows.

  1. Sahasrara—Consciousness or crown center; corresponds to the cerebrum; 1,000 petaled multicolored lotus.
    Though the chakras are located in the subtle body, their influence extends to the physical body. Sivananda remarked: “Just because post-mortem examination of the body does not reveal these chakras in the spinal column, some people think that these chakras do not exist at all, and are merely the fabrication of a fertile brain. This attitude reminds us of a doctor who declared that he had performed many post-mortems and had never yet discovered a sour° When kundalini is awakened, either by yogic practices or by the Guru’s grace, it activates all these chakras as it travels up from the Mooladhara to the Sahasrara. The most important nerve (nadi) in the subtle body of a human being is sushumna, which extends from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Within the sushumna nerve, there is a fine nerve called vajra. Within this vajra nerve, there is a very fine nerve known as chitra. In the chitra is the finest nerve called brahma. It is this brahma nerve that is the passage for kundalini and contains all the chakras. For a comprehensive knowledge of these chakras,

One who can go into “ Samadhi ” regards himself as a great yogi .

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Kundalini can become active any moment when you are near a Guru. That is why Jesus Christ often said, ‘When you are near me, you are near fire’. This Kundalini is fire. ‘Near me’ means ‘when you are near me’, ‘you’ means the consciousness in you, and ‘me’ means the Cosmic Consciousness. The Kundalini is the most important instrument in the hand of the Guru, by which He can take you on the path of liberation. The Guru is sitting inside you.

Kundalini can become active any moment when you are near a Guru. That is why Jesus Christ often said, ‘When you are near me, you are near fire’. This Kundalini is fire. ‘Near me’ means ‘when you are near me’, ‘you’ means the consciousness in you, and ‘me’ means the Cosmic Consciousness. The Kundalini is the most important instrument in the hand of the Guru, by which He can take you on the path of liberation. The Guru is sitting inside you.

The Guru is sitting inside you, because Shiva (or Christ, Buddha) is sitting inside you. The form of the Guru is always inside. Similarly this Shakti is at the command of Shiva, the Cosmic Consciousness and the Guru also. In the human body, this Shakti can work at any moment. When you are sitting near a Guru and looking at the form of the Guru, walking with Him, talking to Him, laughing with Him—at any moment it can become active: because this Shakti, the aspect which is known as Kundalini, is also searching the Cosmic Consciousness, Shiva.

This Kundalini can become active any moment when you are near a Guru. That is why Jesus Christ often said, ‘When you are near me, you are near fire’. This Kundalini is fire. ‘Near me’ means ‘when you are near me’, ‘you’ means the consciousness in you, and ‘me’ means the Cosmic Consciousness.

When the body of Guru is near the body of the sadhaka, the attention is also in the form of the Guru. That is the advantage. But merely two bodies being close to each other will not create the current. This fire will not become active. But when your attention is in the Guru, it means that your individual consciousness is in touch with Cosmic Consciousness.

You do not know that when you walk in the ashram, most of the time individual consciousness is in touch with the Cosmic Consciousness. So any moment you may feel the vibrations, the Shakti will become active, and your body will start moving. Now what does the Kundalini do? From the base of the spine, it has become active. It is the Shakti of Shiva, it wants to go up and meet Shiva, since it has become active in your body, for which . your personal consciousness, individual consciousness or jive has done some efforts.

This Shakti takes this jive also towards God, because you are praying to God, you want to meet Him, you want to contact Him, you want to have oneness with Him. Because of that the Shakti became active. Shiva said to Shakti, This jive, wants to come to Me, you get up, because by his own efforts he will not come to Me!’ So the Shakti gets up, and it is the purpose of Shakti also to meet Shiva; and It takes the jive with It towards Shiva.

So it is the liberating force, it is the force which grants you Moksha (Nirvana) or kingdom of heaven. But before you achieve that kingdom of heaven, this Shakti will break your mind. Whatever wrong formations are there, whatever formations which contain any kind of attachment, whatever emotions: jealousy or violence or lust or anger—all are considered as basically false in a human personality.

This Kundalini, this Shakti will move up and start breaking these formations which contain these items; because the jive, unless it is purified thoroughly, the fire, and the things, contaminating the Svc are removed, it cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven. So the Kundalini fire, the Kundalini Shakti, gets up and then it starts moving towards Shiva. But Shiva keeps control on it.

If Kundalini Shakti wants to meet Shiva immediately then it can really break the whole nervous system, if it is not controlled, Shiva keeps control on it. It will break something, remake something, destroy something, reconstruct something and slowly, the whole of your mental system, mental body is reconstructed; and all your faults are burned into this fire, and are reduced to ashes.

Similarly, the Kundalini will keep on burning your faults, not you. Suppose there is a paper, and there is a stone here; we burn the paper; but the stone feels. ‘I am going to be burnt!’, although the fire will never reach the stone and it will never get burnt. Only the external things which stick to it will burn. Similarly, bondages and karmas, which bind the jiva, will be burning and sometimes you will feel the trouble. You will feel that the danger is to you, but you are absolutely safe. Kundalini will burn only your bondages, your karmas, and would liberate you. Purification means, it will purify you and take you to Shiva. Meeting with Shiva means, that you have entered the eternal life, you have become one with Shiva, you have become a Yogi and you have achieved the kingdom of heaven. But you must pass through this hell. Most of us are not ready to pass through the hell.

The major role of Kundalini is to take the jiva slowly and slowly towards God, which is the goal of Kundalini and which is the goal of jiva also, so that jiva gets a contact with Shiva. In some cases, it is Shiva who first provides the contact to jiva and then the Kundalini starts becoming active. Thus the jiva is always safe. The Kundalini is the most important instrument in the hand of the Guru, by which He can take you on the path of liberation. Nowadays many people are incapable of following various steps which lead to purification.

When the Kundalini is activated, the man is caught. Otherwise people come to a Guru and run away. They don’t want to become Yogis because it is a difficult path. When the Kundalini is active, you are caught. Now you have to go on this path.

A you straight. Kundalini will not rest fill it makes you straight. The more you cooperate with it, the more beneficial it is for you, and when you go to a Guru, be very conscious of it.

Kundalini is the cosmic energy, which is lying asleep inside you, and it can become active, and it should become active with the grace of the Lord or Guru. Then it goes on and you will have to cooperate.

You are trying to reform the Guru since ages. But you have never succeeded, because He is unchangeable! You will have to change! But you make a lot of attempt to change the Guru, His habits, His style, but you say, ‘I am striking my head against the wall! This Guru will not change!’ So you feel frustrated; but you will have to change. He is the unchangeable truth. You are the changeable ego. From the ego you have to be changed to spirit. Now you feel that you are flesh and blood, and tomorrow the Guru will tell you, that you are the consciousness.

So this work goes on like this. Guru is not possessive, that after granting you realisation He would like to possess you. No! His only business is to make you realise God. Then you will become absolutely independent in happiness, in knowledge, and Guru will say, ‘My child, now you go and show this path to other people.’ When you start telling this path to other people you will find it extremely difficult to put even five people on this path! Everybody will oppose you! It is a very difficult path.

You know that many individuals have no idea of spirituality. They may be religious people going to temples and worshipping God. This kind of religion is a conditioning, it is a bondage. Spirituality is a process of liberation. Spirituality and religion are very different things. A man, who is ignorant about spirituality and does not know the way to God, sometimes comes to a Guru, and quite often gets an experience which changes the direction of his life all together. For example, the Guru may come in the dream and tell something at night which comes out true then, the whole mental structure of the person gets shaken, trying to find out ‘How did it happen?’ A man comes with an incurable disease, and the Guru just comes in the dream and touches the person, and the disease is gone. Or, some day the man may come near the Guru, and this Shakti, which is known as Kundalini, starts moving automatically.

Such mind-body experiences take place near a Guru, and the life of the individual takes what you call a new turn: it goes absolutely in a different direction later on. This experience through the Guru is responsible for putting thousands of people again and again on the spiritual path. When you come into the world, all your senses tell you that this visible world, which you can approach through senses, is real and this is the only world. So you work for it, you work in it, you get all education to be a very efficient man in this world not bothering about some of the more real questions: who are you? why should you come in this world? how long are you going to live? when are you going to die? why should you die at all? and why should you not want to die? A more important question is: when you have seen thousands and millions of people dying daily, why should you not accept it willingly and consciously? Some day somebody puts you on the spiritual path, a Guru specially, and then he starts making the operation of the cataract of your Third Eye, because your Third Eye is not able to see the reality as it is clouded, the vision is clouded. It is the Guru who starts operating on it.

How did the Guru communicate something to me which is true? Is it possible? You fear to tell it to people. They will laugh at you! But you never know that this Shiva is already in your room. He does not need any door to enter. The Guru is just His representative. The Shiva, who is present on your left and right and everywhere, just manifests Himself.

People do not know the reality of spirituality that you are also everywhere. An experience through the Guru starts changing your life; it starts changing your thinking. A state will come when your thinking will be the same which is given in Bhagavad Gita or in Upanishads, or in many other scriptures.

You will speak the same language. You will say, ‘God is everywhere. I am that reality. I am also everywhere!’ because then you know that your physical body is not true. But this is the end of spirituality when you know this. In the process of reaching that state you go to many stations, and many stations will come where you stop for a moment, half-confused, half-real, and you find that most of the people are going in this direction.

When you alone are going in that direction, you doubt your own journey sometimes. All your relatives ask you, ‘What has happened to you? You were a very successful man in life, you were drawing very good salary, you were respected in the office, and now you are talking something else?’ Hence, sometimes it creates a doubt in you whether spirituality is the right path or is it just fantasy. But this is the same journey which Buddha performed, which Mahavira performed, which each one of you has to perform some day, whether in this life or in the next or in the next to next, till the drop of water merges into the ocean or meets the ocean, till one meets Shiva which is

Yoga itself, till one finds the true goal. Yoga is not standing on your head with your feet towards the heaven. Yoga means that the individual consciousness must meet Cosmic Consciousness, they must unite. There is an eternal desire for this spiritual unity. When I say, ‘I have a desire of love!’ it means a desire of meeting Shiva. The jiva has got separated from Him, who was complete, who was full, who was all bliss, who was all ananda. Now the jiva is hankering after getting bliss, but out of confusion it is searching happiness in so many other things. Till it returns back to its source (that is Shiva), it will never be fulfilled.

So you can see what a change has come. Only God can reverse the direction of the flow of this energy in the minds of the people. The flow of this energy is reversed by Kundalini and sometimes by the single touch of the Guru.

In the cosmos there is one God. It has two aspects. One is Cosmic Consciousness which is Shiva. It is stable. It represents the entire wisdom and will power. There is a second aspect of God which is Shakti. All the visible world is produced by this Shakti. This is the operational aspect while Shiva is the intelligence aspect. Shakti represents the dynamic aspect, Shiva the static.

When you are ignorant, you may ask what does it mean? You are a flame, and you say, ‘I am the chimney.’ You are consciousness, and you say, ‘I am the body.’ This is fundamental ignorance!

When you are ignorant and you consider that you are the body, you claim, ‘I am this body!’ This is the first claim you make. This is the root of the ego in man, root of ignorance. Then you claim, ‘This body of the mother is mine!’ It is a tendency to claim things as mine. This is known as Ahamkara-ego and Mamkara-possessiveness. Ahamkara means, ‘I am this body!’ Mamkara means a tendency of the ego that ‘this thing belongs to me!’ These are the two most basic foundations on which the personality of a person starts developing.

In many cases, it gets active when the crisis is very deep. Sometimes it gets active when the breakdown is taking plea, sometimes it gets active when the man is at the point of death, sometimes it takes place when the doctors say, ‘This man is dead, he cannot be revived!’ and the man suddenly calls on the Guru: maybe the force then starts working!

When your Kundalini becomes active, and God is pulling you towards Himself, can you do something at that time? Of course you cannot do much, but still you can undertake some exercises if you understand what Shiva wants you to be, why He has granted you Kundalini, and what the Kundalini will do.

Because when you love Jesus, your attention will go in Jesus, and when your attention is in Jesus, your Kundalini will get active, and you will be transformed slowly and steadily, yet inevitably. Nobody can stop it. Once Lord wishes, He has to transform you through Shakti. Nobody can stop it.

When people talk about Kundalini, they only talk about some problems that after Kundalini arousal this happened and that happened. They never say, ‘I got such and such insight into divinity, I got so much peace and so much happiness.’ So Kundalini is positive. It is not negative. Whatever negative things appear in your life, they may be due to your own karmas. Kundalini is only pulling you out of these karmas.

Kundalini is the main support of all the yoga practices. When kundalini is sleeping it is aroused by the favor of the guru [spiritual teacher], then all of the lotuses [lotus here stands for nerve center] and granthis [swallowings, nerve plexus?] are pierced. Then prana goes through the royal road, susumna. Then the mind remains suspended and the yogi overcomes death.