The performer, catalyst and Creator

Hinduism/ Sanatan Dharma has very deep statements which cannot be understood but need to be experienced. My Guru would talk about things and we all used to listen. But it is only with practice that some of his statements are making more sense now.

There is only one origin called the ‘Nirvishesh Brahma’, the ‘intelligence where differentiation does not exist’ or Parabrahma, the ‘beyond intelligence’. This is the goal of each soul, your and my personal spiritual evolution leads here. This is the Ultimate Creator.

The first creation was duality, ie observer-performer energy was created. The Para creates infinite numbers of observer-performer pairs. The observer energy is called the Purush and the performer energy is called the Prakruti. Prakruti is said to be feminine as the energies are active, kinetic, capable of responding, changeable. Purush is said to be masculine as these energies are still and unchanging but are capable of eliciting a response. (The Purush and Prakruti are not a physical man and a woman, there is no sexism in the spiritual context.)

Only Advaita as discussed by Adi Shankaracharya is subtle and deep enough to pierce through all duality. It can take you upto the Real Creator, the Parabrahma. Advaita is referred to as ‘Non-duality’. It can be only expressed as a negation as what it really is cannot be described in the words of this creation, it needs to be experienced. This is the Reality which you and me actually desire to experience. Sankhya-shastra is a method analysing intelligence, energy, matter and the rest of it. This is a discriminative, rational, calculative and deliberate instrument directed to the understanding the Self. Sankhya is a prelude to the understanding of the Advaita.

The Prakruti is called Lalita, the one who plays the game. This game is of her devising, created out of her own energies, occurs within her and is not separate from her. The entire performance occurs within the energies of the performer. All creation theories or even modern science describe this Game that she plays, the secondary creation of the manifested Universes. These theories are limited to only Prakruti and the processes that go on with her body. These do not describe the Purush as they have not reached so deep within. And neither do they take you upto your reality, ie the Parabrahma.

Exalted and debilitated, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn

In my earlier posts, I have written about Prakruti and her active role in creating, maintaining, evolving and finally destroying the manifested. Whatever you see around you, your body, mind, environment, etc is all Prakruti. Now there is one twist here. Prakruti is described as being ‘Jada’ जड. She is without animation, insensate, still,  lifeless, paralysed, numb, dull, stunned, cold, apathetic as Jada means ‘matter without Intelligence’. She is capable of motion but incapable of initiating the motion herself. She does not have the intelligence or the consciousness. So why does the Prakruti start her performance?  What caused her to move, to start Playing?

The reason is the catalyst, the Purush.

The Purush has a very important role in all this Play. The Purush is called the ’Sakshi’ in Sanskrit. This word is usually translated to mean a witness or an observer. This is slightly incorrect as Devbhasha Samskrutam is a palimpsest, the deeper you go the more meanings you understand. Sakshi is a compound word ‘Akshasya sah’. Sakshi is the ‘intelligence which accompanies the Axis on which the individual soul exists’. Or the ‘self-awareness of the Pivot of the wheel of creation’.

Purush is Aware Intelligence.

The Purush is the catalyst. He, by his mere presence causes the Prakruti to start her performance. But the Purush does not interact with any other energy or get involved in any way. Purush is the ever-existing, steady, ever-pervading Intelligence. He doesn’t change and neither does he interfere. Manifested creation happens just because he exists. His existence is the reason why Prakruti goes about creating.

There are catalysts in every system, eg enzymes are catalysts in biology, they bring about all the cellular life processes but remain unchanged and unaffected. In chemistry, the neutrons are Sakshi, they do not participate but their presence makes things happen, eg electrons are captured by protons and chemical reactions take place. It is the same with the creation, Prakruti performs just because the Purush is there. Matter moves just because of the presence of the Purush.

In our usual life we all are actors, we perform. A very simplistic example, I interact with my son. I get cross and tell him to clean his room, he is irritated but cleans it. Both of us have changed. I was irritated, now I am satisfied. He was irritated, now he is tired. And a new reality has come to being, the room is clean. So two energies interacted and changed themselves and also changed the environment. This has happened within the realm of Prakruti. Emotions, physical realities which are capable of being changed are part of Prakruti and occur within her body.

Now if you look around you, there are also catalysts/ sakshi everywhere. These Sakshi do not engage with anyone else nor do they change, but events occur around them because of their mere presence. A very simplistic example again, I am at home just sitting and reading, my son comes home and because I am sitting there, carefully removes his shoes and puts them on the rack. I didn’t even look at him. But my mere presence, the catalyst, made him ‘perform’.

My Guru would say that I must bring in the ’Sakshi-bhaav’ into myself, ie bring into myself the reality of the Sakshi. He was telling me to be the unchanging center around which the whirl of creation unfolds. To change my perception from the ‘matter’ component to the ‘intelligence’ component. But how do I bring in this ‘consciousness’ within me? How can I stop being involved in ‘matter’. All my senses, my organs of action are oriented towards matter. I smell, taste, touch, move.. matter. I perceive only matter whirling around me.

The solution is to do Dhyan, when you sit still and focus only at your Ajnya chakra you are focussing on your personal consciousness. The Ajnya chakra is the seat of the individual consciousness. Once you identify with the fragment of the Ultimate consciousness within you rather than the matter swirling around you, your evolution gets easier.

Route from the Ajnya chakra to the Sahasrara and the Bindu within the Sahasrara gets easier. This is real evolution.

But when you are just starting your spiritual practice you cannot experience or imagine or visualise or even think of such subtle energies. So you start the ‘observe yourself’ thingie again by observing whatever is visible at your third eye during Dhyan. Dispassionately, you close your eyes and focus at your third eye. In the physical body, you, the individual consciousness, reside at the third eye Ajnya chakra. You start your practice of observing yourself from this chakra. Initially you see just darkness here. As your practice deepens you will observe yourself in all your increasing higher energy levels.

You have to traverse a distance of ’10 fingers’ from the third eye chakra to the top of the head. All this practice for this seemingly tiny thing!

The Sakshi is the pivot, the axis around which change occurs. The Sakshi is essential for evolution. Matter by itself cannot move. Intelligence makes it move, evolve. Consciousness is steady, it does not change, it remains constant, it is. This principle is applicable everywhere, from biology, chemistry to spiritual evolution. When you become your own catalyst, you further your own spiritual evolution.

 

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Kundalini, an overview

“Kundalini” is one of the most searched word on the internet. I do not know if I should take it as a good sign or a bad sign that so many people are interested in this topic. “Kundalini” has now become a brand which can be sold! Anything can be sold if you have the right marketing, Hell, people have managed to make empires from air, on carbon-di-oxide (facepalm!), then Kundalini is even more saleable !

Why would someone even be interested in kundalini, no one has sensed it or felt it seen it or heard it? But we are all interested in it. Even those who do not follow Sanatan Dharma also feel an interest in it. It is our subconscious pulling at us wanting to know more and ultimately experience this energy flow.

As you all know by now, our bodies are are not biochemical, but electromagnetic. The electricity of this body (prana), flows along the wires (naadi) and the system is powered by 7 vertices in the body located along the central naadi, from the lowest to top these vertices are muladhar, swadhisthana, manipur, anahata, vishuddhi, ajnya, sahasrara. These names are quite familiar. However, in addition to these 7 there are additional chakra/vertices in our head, like the jeshtha, vama, rudri, mula around the central bindu.

Kundalini, an overview

In an average human the chakras are not moving at their full capacities, the naadis in the body are blocked at several parts (leading to physical diseases too), and the prana is also not moving in full force in the naadis. The additional chakras are not powered on and prana flows through the main energy naadi, the sushumna is only intermittently (avg 3-4 minutes every 1:45 hrs or so ). The sushumna is blocked. The very thin sushumna has an even finer inner channel and one even finer more with this one, the vajrini and chitrini naadis. The sushumna then at the base of the neck divides into 2, one ends at the ajnya chakra and the second at the brahmarandhra. There exists another portion of the naadi from ajnya chakra to the brahmarandhra which is never active, this channel gets activated only when the person is able to divert the flow of kundalini when it reaches the ajnya chakra. If after this, in case this final connection between the two branches is also complete, and the triangle of the jeshtha, vama and rudri with their central bindu is powered on, and the kundalini can flow through the entire system. Now the person is said to have attained moksha. At this point the aura of the person will be silver/gold.

The bottom line is that the energy grid of the body for an average human is not clear, is blocked and the flow of the prana is very intermittent and faulty. In such a faulty body the kundalini is dormant. The kundalini is energy, different from prana, which can flow only through the Sushumna naadi and the higher naadi systems.

For persons who do regular spiritual energies the kundalini is not dormant but may be active though sluggish flowing between the muladhar and swadhisthan. Such persons may see signs like a whirring sensation at the point of the joint of the legs, a cold/hot sensation at the base of the spine, a feeling of tingling electricity on the skin, able to “see” persons who are afar, may be able to “see” the other denizens of the universe, from pretatmas, nagas, gandharvas, yakshas etc. They may also gain minor “siddhis” like making things vanish or appear etc. But this is all a diversion, to entice you with smaller things so as to make you forget what is your true goal. If you get diverted, well.. enjoy it till you get bored again, which you will.

You need to be conscious of the energy (prana or kundalini) movements. Only then will you progress. Intention and regular practice both are required. Do Dhyan.

Kundalini, an overview

So what happens when you do dhyan? You sit with your back and neck straight. The focus is on the ajnya chakra, i.e. one end of the sushumna. If you touch the back of the head with your fingers, you will feel a hollow (the point where the sushumna divides). Ideally you are supposed to visualize yourself looking at the ajnya chakra from this point of division. But do not worry too much about the technicalities, as you progress, the body will automatically align this way. You breathe focussing on a mantra, your breathing and the ajnya chakra. This starts the movement of prana throughout your body in a very intense and focussed manner. Now the flow of prana will get stronger and will push out and clean out the blockages in the naadis throughout the body. At this point the cleaning out of the blockages will manifest as minor illnesses as negative stuff will also leave the physical body.

When the flow of prana is such that all the naadis are clean and full of energy then a very interesting thing occurs. The process described in the amrit sukta begins. The ajnya chakra starts withdrawing the prana from the organs of sense and action etc. And then this prana starts the process of cleaning out the blockages of the sushumna, vajrini, chitrini and this naadi/chakra system in the spine and the head. Only after these are all cleaned out does the kundalini get active and move through these cleaned and through passages and energy vertices. This is samadhi which will further lead to the final moksha.

There are some physical and mental exercises and breathing techniques which are helpful in cleaning out the naadis of the body etc. But in this you can never be sure about what you are being taught. If something goes wrong you may have to spend your next few lives setting it right. So do the simplest thing, sit and breathe mindfully, that is dhyan.

So the point in that “raising kundalini” on the internet is a way of trapping you, the aspirant. Fake “modern age gurus” trap you in kundalini yoga, kundalini tantra, kundalini whatever. Do not get carried away by such words. Do not give away your faith/Shraddha so easily to the wrong person! A real Guru will not be on the Internet raising the aspirant’s kundalini-s over lessons sold in dollars.

For those who think kundalini raising is “power” for this world, read on, read on and be scared.

The kundalini is the final point of your lives, kundalini starting to move means you have come to the end of your “lives”. No mother, no father, no husband, no child, no Guru, no Shishya. Nothing yet Everything! You never take a birth again, never die again, You just Are, Everything and Nothing!

This Dhyan is not easy, it takes lives, intention and practice and practice. And Shraddha! Can you sit and stare in the blackness between your eyebrows in the Shraddha (faith) that you will see something? How deep is your hope? How strongly do you want to see the Real You? This is the ultimate test. Yes you will see the lightening there by the grace of the Guru, but after how many lives? Will you be patient? Will you practice?

After all the energy points and chakras become saturated with kundalini you are “Parabrahma“, not of this world. This world is the domain of Mahamaya! Are you ready to leave her domain and go on to become the “Parabrahma”?

If these words appeal to you, then yes it is time. If they scare you, you have to wait. But in both these situations the solution is the same, do Dhyan!

 

Kundalini, an overview