Binding and Release of the Soul

The origin is a Singular Eternal Reality.

No one can really can describe this Eternal Reality in the words of this manifested reality /’Maya’.

Maya is taken to mean illusion, which is incorrect. Maya is a Sanskrit word which means ‘not this’. Thus the ‘manifested reality’ called Maya cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real. Thus you, your body and the Universe around you is neither illusion nor reality.

The Singular Reality /Parabrahma first gives rise to duality. The first step is the creation of ‘still unmoving energy’ called Purush and the ‘energy in movement’ called Prakruti. Simply put, still energies are called ‘masculine’ and moving energies are called ‘feminine’ (they do not have a gender, there is nothing sexist about all this). creation preservation and dissolution.jpegWhy does the Singularity differentiate?

What is this first impulse? The first impulse or the origin of this first impulse also cannot be completely described in the words of this Maya. The Nasadiya Sukta (10th mandala 129th sukta of the Rg Ved) gives a background to what this Singularity is like (the first 2 verses) and why did it differentiate (verse 3). There is concept from Sankhya which states that everything that manifests, first exists in seed form before it can be manifested. (e.g. A human does not have horns because he does not have the potential to form horns. But he has the potential to form a hand thus hands are formed. However the human is much more than just the hand. Similarly the One). The Sukta in this first three shloks says that the One has the potential to form several things, and that its Entirety cannot be fathomed.

And the Sukta frames these concepts as questions. It does not want you to blindly follow whatever it says. You are expected to think over it and come to your own conclusions. You may agree or disagree or have no opinion, it is upto you. You are prime. Follow whatever you feel convinced about, remember your Conscience is your only guide. This is the characteristic of only Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism. It is not a religion, you are not expected to follow something because it is written somewhere. Questions are to be asked in the true spirit and answers sought. This is Dharma, the foundation.

Back to Creation. The Light Source emits the Ray. Both are connected, one cannot exist without the other. Though both are the same light, there is a subtle difference between these two. Similarly are the Purush and the Prakruti, these two are in eternal conjunction, same, yet subtly different.

The Purush is the Witness. He observes what is being done by the Prakruti. He is ‘being’, the Still Intelligence. He is the subject. The Purush is not attached to anything nor does he change. Neither does he get involved in or entangled in or moved by whatever is being performed by the Prakruti, he is completely indifferent. He witnesses just because there is ‘something’ to be witnessed. He is not compelled to observe it.

The Prakruti is the object, Spontaneous Motion (she is ‘Sahaj’, ‘Sahaj’ is a very important  concept, might write a full post on this later.) She called the ‘Devi‘/ ray of light. She is ‘becoming’ and goes about ‘becoming’ further creation. She plays the Game, Lila, she is called ‘Lalita’, the ‘one who plays’. She does all this out of spontaneity, no other reason. And as she is the Light of the Purush, so, she plays and the Purush observes. There is no requirement for her to perform for the Purush. It just Is. He IS and She IS, because duality exists, no other reason. He is Stillness, She is Spontaneity. This just Is.dance of prakruti for the purushShe does not observe, she experiences and evolves. She plays with her energy in whichever way possible. There is no judgement, no reason, only energy, actions and further linked actions, all sorts of permutations and combinations. She spontaneously creates the entire experience. There is a fire burning, you see the sparks moving from it spontaneously, ‘playing’. In the micro and the macro levels, i.e. the following are all her energy,

  • The body which will experience – the physical body composed of the Sapta-dhatu, the Panch-pran, the panch-kosh etc.
  • the organs which will be used to experience – (these are 11, the 5 organs of senses, the five organs of actions and the Aham-kaar, the sense of ‘I’ individuality.)
  • The objects of experience (also the subtle seeds of the experience- tanmatra)
  • Bhava, the ‘essences’, ‘feelings’ which are necessary to add value to the experience
  • And finally the Discriminating Knowledge – this is the one who puts a stop to the experience. The limit of experience. This is spontaneously manifested in Her then she is done ‘playing’.

Thus she creates the individual body and the individual Universe, maintains it and then dissolves it. (Your body and Universe is different from my body and Universe. Every individual soul is linked to an individual Purush-Prakruti combo. The Singularity creates every soul separately.)

Prakruti is not Intelligence. There is only one objective in all her actions, i.e. to spontaneously create the experience which because of their link, the Purush will witness. The Purush is not compelled to witness it. She does just this, nothing else. The Prakruti binds her energies with herself. She is bound in her own manifested creation by the seven forms (Roop) of virtue, vice, dispassion, passion, power, weakness and ignorance. These seven forms are also created by herself.

(These leads to the creation of Karma. She modifies herself and creates new experiences to resolve this karma and then creates even more karma, in a cycle. The karma is then the framework for ‘play’.)

She performs the entire dance of creation, preservation and dissolution. She stops when the Knowledge of Singularity (Ek-Roop) is manifested within herself. She manifests this too. Under the influence of this Knowledge, her outgoing/kinetic energy stops. Now the seven forms of her own bindings over her vanish as if they have never existed. The Purush has witnessed and her performance has ceased. She, the artist, stands still on the stage as He, the spectator, stands unmoving in the viewing gallery. They are still duality, now there is no motive for creation, as there is the Knowledge of Singularity in her.

Now, the perfect Knowledge has been attained, the perfect performance delivered and the witness has experienced it perfectly. The reason why duality was manifested in the first place has been satisfied. But the body and the Universe incarnated by her remains manifested. It is just like a fan, when you switch it off, it still moves for a few minutes before stopping completely. This stage of existence is called Jivan-Mukt. The individual soul remains in the manifested body/Universe but the binding of karma does not exist.

 

prakruti creating for the purush(These are very deep philosophies which are actual experiences. All of us will go through this. I will continue on the same theme in my next post.)

Kundalini activation??

In 99.99 % of humans, the kundalini and its interlocking structures are described as being “asleep”. And there is very good reason for this. We are linked to the manifested universe and sense of self identity, this happens because the brahmanadi is closed shut with the interlocking locks of the Kundalini. t1The kundalini is a restrictive force put upon your soul so that you remain unaware of your Real Self. Despite all scriptures shouting out that we are all Parabrahma, we still consider ourselves to be Rita, Priya, Amit, Manish etc, this is because of the lock called the Kundalini. When the Kundalini unlocks, energy starts coursing through the Brahmanadi. This then reaches the top of the head at the Dwadashant and dissolves the illusion of the Universe, there is nothing called ‘you’ and ‘me, there is just one single consciousness, called ‘Parabrahma’.

Most of us are into rajasic (energies pulling towards the objects of the manifested universe) and tamasic (dull disordered discordant damaged energies) energies and thus shut themselves away from this extraordinary energy within themselves. There is nothing wrong about keeping away from the locks of the kundalini. You are here to enjoy the attractive objects created by Mahamaya for your entertainment. If you become aware of yourself, you will not find anything engaging in the manifested universe. You are enjoying this part of your journey because the kundalini locks the door to the brahmanadi. The Kundalini locking system is of Mahamaya Herself. The brahmanadi is the route to Parabrahma, the long road home!

(You are the Parabrahma the Ultimate, the creative force of Parabrahma is called Mahamaya. Mahamaya designed this Universe as a game in which parts of the Parabrahma called Jivatma manifest for the game/Leela. Mahamaya is like the dancer who performs for the observer, the Parabrahma. Once the performance is over, the observer stops observing and the performer stops performing. The Leela is over!)

The kundalini restricts your sense of personality, thus it is a lock, a fierce deadly serpent guarding the final treasure of self awareness. There are people who engage in regular spiritual practice, dhyan, meditation, breath control, mantra, jaap, homa, energy work, Yog, pious activities, charity from the heart, reading books like Bhagwat gita, Devi Mahatmya etc, following a real Guru’s directions etc. In these people the locks on the kundalini may be accessible or partly open. In some whose faith/Shraddha in the Guru/Parabrahma is so complete that even the kundalini locks may be opened. And in the very few, (maybe 5-10 people in the entire human population) by the krupa/blessings of Devi Mahamaya, the Brahmanadi may be completely active and they might achieve self-realization / Moksh.

When the kundalini lock opens, the force of  the real self-identity which has been suppressed for so long rises in a rush and also with violence. If the mind, body and the personality is not trained to accept this energy, it can easily damage to such an extent that it will take several lives to recover. But generally this force does not erupt unless everything is ready. Doing ill-considered ‘kundalini activation’ practices are not advisable.meru2Achieving final Moksh requires that in one single lifetime, you first access the outer locks to the Kundalini lock, open them, then access the Kundalini locks, open them, then manipulate the vital energy/pran into these structures, then increase the flow of pran into the Brahmanadi, open each and every one of the 6 locks of the Shatchakras in the spine, clean them out, saturate them with pran, then work on the chakras in the head, clean them out, balance them and saturate them with pran. After all this clean up of the channels using pran, the energy of self-realization (this is different from pran) will move out of the basal point kundalini lock into the brahmnadi, then through these cleaned out 6 chakras, then the chakras of the head and complete its circuit at the Dwadashant. All this in one single life time, in one body. If you die, you will be born again and again start from the first step, and yes progress will be faster till you reach your previously achieved point.

In some individuals the kundalini unlocks and releases the final energy of self realization before the pran is done clearing its way. This happens when they engage in some ill-considered energy practice. This can result in trouble of the worst degree. The force of self-realisation will then stop or get stuck and wherever it is stuck, this load of energy will cause manifold problems in the chakras near it. So best is doing your regular spiritual practice, do your regular actions every day and leave the final outcome to Her.

Now the biggest question. What will you achieve after all this? If you think you can show off to your friends and on social media that you have ‘wakened your kundalini’, you are sadly mistaken. There will be no wow! effect for others, you cannot show off because there will be no others left. There is just You in all your magnificence.

So first understand why? Why would you want to leave this fun fair and its entertainments? Do you think you can endure this experience? No identity, no home, no parents, no husband/wife, no children, no earth, no nothing, no food, no air, nothing at all but still everything! beyond everything? Paradoxes and mind-benders, which cannot be explained just experienced. Btw your mind will also stop working, as mind is an agent of Mahamaya. Being in the moment can be quite scary, no future, no past just one present instant! Time does not exist and neither does space. Is this what you really want? You will Be You.

I have put a picture of 2-D Shri Yantra and its 3-D version Mahameru, these exist within your spine. Now can you visualise this geometry in multiple dimensions? Can you visualise and then experience yourself as a hyper-dimensional geometry? The beauty of your own energy is so utterly perfect, you will not feel like coming out of your Dhyan. But is your mind ready to to see all this? Most of us are in denial over what we cannot sense with our 5 senses and here is the Universe waiting to reveal itself to you within yourself!

We are told over and over again that we are the Ultimate, the Paramtattva, but are you confident that you are this Para? Your confidence and faith/Shraddha will be tested at every instant of your journey.

If you are even micro-attached to even an idea, the locks of the Kundalini / the Chakras will not be opened and there will be blocks. All ideas are Mahamaya’s, even the idea that you have to become the Parabrahma! Now here is a mind-bender, you have to be confident that “you are Parabrahma” not think that “you want to become the Parabrahma”.

Once the Kundalini locks are open you are leaving the realm of the Mahamaya. Kundalini is just the first lock, there are several more locks on the way.  It may take one lifetime or several lifetimes, once you have glimpsed this you cannot stop. This is also equivalent to ‘death’, the final death of illusion. You will lose your worldly identity, for your friends and family you will be incomprehensible. You also will find them to be strangely limited, shallow and unreal, made of paper!. Sometimes you will feel that the ground does not exist or the sky has vanished. It will be strange but normal. If She is generous, the energy of self-realisation will rise in one smooth stream from the base to the top without stopping. It is quite complicated, so there is just no need to think about it and worry yourself. Do you know how your brain works? The exact stuff related to neurons and chemicals? No! Similarly there is no need to think about all these complexities of energy. Just leave it, it will work on its own perfectly. It is conscious Intelligence.

But you know why, really know why you want this, with every atom of your being, then know your route is available, you just have to walk it now. Do your regular Dhyan.

It is a difficult path going back home, but everyone is moving towards it slowly or rapidly. Kundalini is not a prize for doing Sadhana, it is just the first lock in the series of locks which when open allows you to complete your Sadhana and go Home.

 

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(There was a request in the Contact section for more posts on Kundalini, activation and the myths related to this topic, thus writing these posts. I hope these are useful to you.)

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 on carbon-di-oxide (facepalm!), and 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.

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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 and rudri around the mula bindu.

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 center mula 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.

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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.

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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.road nature trees branchesThere 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 kundalinis 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, yes it is time. If they scare you, you still have to wait.

But for both the solution is the same, do Dhyan!

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