Trends of Yoga
Let us talk now about kundalini yoga and about the role of kundalini in spiritual self-realization of man.
Let me note first that on the Path of yoga (which is the same as religion) one can distinguish three directions of work on oneself: intellectual, ethical, and psychoenergetical. They imply:
— Studying and comprehension of the Goal of spiritual efforts and the ways of Its cognition.
— Ethical self-correction.
— Direct transformation of oneself as a soul (consciousness) — for the sake of becoming closer by the degree of the subtlety of the consciousness to the Primordial Consciousness: after all, the Primordial Consciousness is the most subtle part of the Absolute! Also one has to grow oneself as a consciousness.
All this is necessary. One cannot achieve full spiritual self-realization without mastering everything listed above.
Let me note also that for achieving full victory one needs a high level of the so-called personal power, that is the power of the consciousness. And it depends, first of all, on the size of the individual consciousness, and of course, on one’s ability to act, on one’s skills of acting outside of the physical body.
Also it is very important to understand that the size and power of the consciousness are valuable only if the consciousness is purified from coarseness and egocentrism.
We have discussed already in our books and in our previous conversations that the destiny of coarse people who are inclined to violence, aggressiveness, who live in the states of irritation is hell, the “cesspool” of the Evolution of the Universal Consciousness.
What concerns egocentrism, people who possess it cannot infuse into the Creator and dissolve in Him: an inflated personal “I” prevents this; Mergence with God implies that there remains only His “I” — the “I” of the Creator; the second small inflated “I” is inappropriate in this case!
… In the book Ecopsychology we considered the stages of the spiritual Path described by ancient sage Patanjali. They include recommendations on cleansing the mind, body, and consciousness; work on mastering control over the indriyas (that is the “tentacles” of the organs of sense and of the mind which we stretch to touch outer objects); also on interaction with the Primordial Consciousness.
One can read about the principles of spiritual development also in our book Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present. It describes, in particular, the Teachings of Jesus Christ, Krishna, Babaji, Juan Matus, Sathya Sai Baba, also the ethical principles of the Teachings of Gautama Buddha and Islam.
One of the most important rules to follow for successful advancement on the spiritual Path is to adhere to the killing-free nutrition — due to ethical reasons. This implies absolute refusal of meals made of bodies of animals.
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Before starting to practice certain spiritual methods under the guidance of an instructor, it is very important to understand first what God wants from us and why He sent us to develop on this planet. Only in this way one can avoid joining various ignorant sects who maim their followers.
And when we have understood the intent of our Creator toward us, when we have fully accepted ethical principles suggested by Him — the principles of interaction with Him, with all living beings, with the entire environment — only then we can begin real transformation of ourselves on psychoenergetical component of the spiritual Path.
This work begins with cleansing and development of the energy structures located inside the body. This stage is called raja yoga. On this stage, one uses such methods as pranayamas, mantras, work with images. They are described in detail in the book Ecopsychology and demonstrated in our previous films.
It is very important that these methods allow harmonizing one’s emotional sphere, because it is in the chakras that our emotions are generated. And emotions are states of the consciousness. In what emotions we are used to live on the Earth determines our future after the death of the material body.
Therefore, the habit to live in coarse emotions programs us for hell.
And the habit to live in the subtle emotions of tender love-care ensures paradise for us.
Let us note what large importance Jesus Christ attached to this in His Teachings! One can read about it in detail in both books mentioned by me.
The paradisiacal states of the soul (they are called also sattvic) — be they states between one’s incarnations or in the current incarnation — are the “starting ground” from which one can begin walking directly to cognition of the Creator in His Abode and then to Mergence with Him.
… Also it is important to know that further steps on development of oneself as a consciousness are performed outside the physical body in the subtle strata of the multidimensional Absolute. And one can enter these strata to work in them only from the energy structures of the organism which was brought to the corresponding level of purity and subtlety. If the body is energetically dirty, one can exit from it only to coarse strata — hellish or those close to hell.
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So, after the chakras and main meridians are cleansed and treated inside the body and one has learned to stay firmly in the chakra anahata — one can start working at the final stage of the path — the stage of buddhi yoga; that is to work on development of oneself in scales much larger than the size of the physical body.
Here one has to make first efforts in the following directions:
First: Development of oneself as a spiritual heart. Let me stress that the only way of direct cognition of God is to cognize Him with one’s own giant and subtle spiritual heart; there is no other way.
Second: Creation of dharmakaya; in the literal translation, the term dharmakaya means “body of the Path”.
Third: Mastering the Nirvanic state of Nirodhi through the meditation of total reciprocity. This is a universal method which allows the consciousness much larger than the material body to enter the state of Mergence with the Consciousnesses of the Holy Spirit and the Creator. (By the way, in the School of Juan Matus described by Carlos Castaneda they used an analogous method called rolling force).
Forth: Cognition of all the main eons, that is the strata of the multidimensional Absolute, and mastering the subtlest stratum. (In some of our books including Ecopsychology, we published a scheme which helps one to study successfully these strata).
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Development of the chakras outside the physical body allows one to form a dharmakaya. Such transformation of the chakras is performed through expanding them from within the body with the help of the method of pushing the chakra’s walls from within it.
A dharmakaya is made in the form of a pillar of connected chakras. Of them, the four upper chakras are partly located within the body, and the three lower chakras prolong this pillar to the space down-backward from the body.
A developed dharmakaya represents a structure of many kilometers in size. Thus it should be clear that one can grow with the consciousness to such a size only after years of arduous efforts; or, to put it more correctly, by dedicating the entire life to this purpose (of course, starting not from childhood but from an adult age).
Moreover, it is desirable to create not one but two dharmakayas: the right and the left…
… By this word one can call also a more simple structure created on the basis of the anahata chakra only. I am speaking about the spiritual heart developed to the size much larger than the material body. This is very good! Only this direction of self-development allows one to quickly become closer to the Primordial Consciousness by the state of the soul.
Yet dharmakayas made first on the basis of the spiritual heart and then from the entire complex of the chakras (as it was described above) gives one the unique possibility to come close to Mergence with the Primordial Consciousness in Its Abode right now.
What does one need to do for this? One has to appear as a developed spiritual heart (with active arms of the consciousness) — under the muladharas of the two dharmakayas… And then… with a little effort one can achieve the possibility to perceive the Primordial Consciousness in the space where the body is situated, that is in a very convenient situation: not there but right here. The cells of the body in this case become completely filled with Him; they divinize and gradually attain Immortality…
And then one can easily master the meditations Temple and Two Temples…
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In this way one can gradually transform (of course provided that one successfully develops in all three directions mentioned above) from an ordinary person into a Messiah, an Avatar: an incarnated Representative of the Creator.
Yet in order to make it happen, one has to have a significantly large experience of positive evolution in the current and in the past incarnations. Such an experience is reflected in the amount of accumulated Atmic (i.e. Divinely subtle) potential of the consciousness, which is called by the term kundalini.
It turns out that every time man incarnates into the next body, not the entire soul gets embodied, but only a small part of it; this part is called jiva. The rest — the most valuable part — is stored in an “archived” (speaking in computer terms) form in this unique “container” of kundalini.
The “container” of kundalini resembles by its form a giant prolonged balloon, which can be many kilometers in size.
Therefore it is completely wrong to believe that kundalini is located in the coccyx or in the muladhara chakra. No: it resides far outside the physical body, yet is linked with the body by a special channel connected to the front bottom part of muladhara.
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A consciousness has the ability to grow quantitatively. We receive the energy for this growth from our ordinary food, first of all.
The quality of the accumulated energy of the consciousness depends on what we eat and in what emotional states we live. For example, from “killed” food we receive the most coarse energies; from vegetarian food — subtle energies.
(Let me note that the consciousness can degrade by its quantitative feature; that is it can decrease. This happens most brightly due to prolonged states of fear, feeling offended, feeling of being suppressed by someone, and similar “sorrowful” and “intimidated” emotional states).
… Thus, God saves from us this best part of every one of us (as a consciousness), which is accumulated when we feel most subtle emotions of love-tenderness and other similar states, in particular sexually-tinged states. God does it so that we do not spoil this part, do not waste it in vain.
Yet we have the possibility — when we grow in our development so as to we receive this right — to unite by the jiva with one’s own kundalini by “unarchiving” it. This is called raising of kundalini.
Such work is performed in several stages.
First the kundalini “container” has to be brought to the body, to the muladhara chakra. One cannot do it oneself: it is done by an incarnate or non-incarnate spiritual Master possessing these methods. And the task of the disciple is to create conditions for this.
Then, lying on the back with the eyes opened, in daytime (in the morning, best of all), one introduces one’s hand of the developed consciousness through muladhara into the “container” of kundalini and awakens kundalini there. This causes “unarchiving” of kundalini: that is an increase of its volume; this resembles the “boiling out” of champagne from a warm bottle. And its flow of subtlest white Light runs through the meridians of the body, which have to be prepared in advance with the help of the methods of raja yoga.
Moving kundalini through different energy structures of the body allows one to radically heal the body.
After passing through the body and flowing out from the sahasrara chakra, kundalini is accumulated behind the head of the practitioner. This is also an important moment: it allows the practitioner to enter into this “cloud” of kundalini and to learn to be this living Atmic Light.
Such work continues several days: until the reserve of kundalini ends.
In the future, this reserve will be replenished during meditative conversations with Divine Teachers representing the Creator and during tender and loving emotional conversations with each other among the members of the spiritual group of community.
And it is especially good to grow the reserve of kundalini and to work with it — on places of power like this!
… Let me repeat that the purpose of the work on “unarchiving” kundalini is, having enriched oneself with this “one’s own” power, to advance more successfully to further cognition of the Absolute, to Mergence with the Creator and service to Him.
And those who have not accumulated kundalini yet know now how to grow this Divine Potential in themselves.
I wish you success!
Vladimir Antonov, Ph.D. (in biology)
Translated from Russian
Definitions of terms:
Man is not a body. Man is a lump of energy of consciousness (a soul), capable of self-comprehension, remembering, thinking, moving, growing qualitatively and quantitatively, and also of degradation.Read more
Soul (jeeva in Sanskrit) — see article Consciousness.
A consciousness is an energy aware of itself. This is man himself, who can be in the embodied or unembodied state.Read more
Ethics is the science about the correct attitude of man: toward God,toward other people, and all incarnate and non-incarnate beings...Read more
Emotions are states of consciousness. They are generated in special energy structures of the human organism — chakras.Read more
Indriyas is a Sanskrit term. It denotes “tentacles” that we “extend” from our organs of sense and from the mind (manas) and consciousness (buddhi) — to the objects which we perceive or think about.Read more
Meditation is the highest method of mystical practice.
It is meditation as a method that allows one to cognize Living God and — at the very end — to come to Mergence with Him.Read more
Raja yoga is the second stage large stage of the psychoenergetic direction of yoga. (The first stage is hatha yoga).Read more
Buddhi yoga is the highest stage of yoga. This term is translated as “yoga of consciousness” and denotes a system of methods for developing the consciousnesses.Read more
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Working with energies within the body and within the energy cocoon that surrounds the body is the task of raja yoga.Read more
The ethically correct nutrition (which is important also for health) is the killing-free diet, that is the one which does not contain meat and fish products (but it should necessarily contain enough amount of protein supplied by milk products, mushrooms, nuts, soya, and so on).Read more
Spiritual heart is the organ responsible for generation of the emotions of love — the chakra anahata (the middle dantyan). This term may denote also the energy of consciousness that begins its development in the chakra anahata (in the middle dantyan).Read more
Chakras are bioenergy structures of human organism.
Chakras are organs responsible for the generation of emotions and other psychic states of man.Read more
The entire human body, as well as bodies of animals and even plants, is run through by numerous canals, invisible to ordinary eyesight, that channel energies of various levels of subtlety around the organism.Read more
The Holy Spirit (Brahman, in Sanskrit) is the Creator manifesting Himself in the Creation.Read more
In ancient times, Indian rishi Patanjali highlighted the principal stages of the ascent to spiritual heights, to the Primordial Consciousness.Read more
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