Kundalini Is All There Is ~ Igor Kufayev

Published on Nov 28, 2018

In response to a question on Kundalini, Igor Kufayev speaks on why there is a lack of a shared consensus on what the term stands for.

Awaken Interviews Guru Meher – In Yoga, We Scarcely Know The Upper Limit Of Awakening

November 17, 2018

Donna Quesada: Guru Meher, I’d like to start out by thanking you for your time.


I’m certainly delighted to spend this time with you and I know that our listeners will benefit from having you share your insights with us.

Guru Meher: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

DONNA: Well, thank you for being here, and we have a little tradition here at Awaken.com. We’d like to start with the question of what awakening is. And so let me just stop myself for those who might not know you…you are Guru Meher, and you teach at Yoga West. I know that you’re one of my teachers, so I’ll share that with our readers and viewers…

GURU MEHER: Teacher of Kundalini Yoga, that’s right. Yes.

DONNA: Yes…teacher of Kundalini Yoga. And so,we‘re in the business of awakening, but it’s such a big topic that I kind of like to dive right in and explore that notion of what awakening is.

GURU MEHER: I think of it just like when we’re born, and we are little kids and we can’t really do much…we can’t feed ourselves, we can’t…there’s a lot we don’t know…But later, we will, so the potential of knowing is in us, but we’re not always…have it available to us, right away. So, as we grow up, we keep knowing more and more, and our sense of ourselves in the world keeps expanding, bigger and bigger. So if you take that even further, I mean, that’s a life long process, and so, this thing that might sound mystical…called “higher consciousness” really is just this idea that sometimes we are conscious…and then later, we’re more conscious and then later, we’re more conscious. So, awakening is just a continual lifelong process of awakening as much as we can…so that our scope of what we can know, what we can process, what we can handle and enjoy, keeps expanding.

DONNA: Mmm…So, is it consciousness? Is it just being aware?

GURU MEHER: Well, consciousness has many levels, you know. I’m either asleep or I’m knocked out and I’m unconscious, so I think they all sorta mean the same thing. Like, how aware am I? And I think awareness really solves all problems eventually. Like, most of our suffering is just through ignorance. Well, I stole that from the Buddhists, but we just don’t know while we’re suffering. And once we are more aware, once we awaken…you know, as a yoga therapist my job is just…I was just working with a couple and they’re having this problem. I just help them awaken and be more aware of what was going on that was causing them the problem and as soon as they saw it they were like, “Oh, ok, problem solved. ”So awakening and awareness I put on the same…almost as the same word. Awakening to more awareness.

DONNA: Deeper seeing…

GURU MEHER: Yes, yes…

DONNA: And so, there are degrees, and it’s a lifelong process.

GURU MEHER: Yeah, and some people achieve more awakening and awareness in a lifetime than others, you know…I mean, it’s not a race. You can sort of see the difference in how far a person can get. And in yoga, we really say we scarcely know the upper limit of awakening. And so, we are all sort of pioneers in the spiritual Yoga world, trying to see if we can push the frontier of our own awakening.

DONNA: You know, it’s a curious thing because when people think of things like Yoga, or any spiritual tradition really, they think of awakening as equal to enlightenment. Like, it’s one big moment that happens once…that’s instant, and then it solves all problems immediately. But it’s really a process of degrees, of levels of awakening, and it doesn’t happen magically to make your problems disappear, just like that.

GURU MEHER: Right. Funny story…When I was a kid…Yoga was not a thing when I was a kid…there were no Yoga studios. You maybe found an esoteric book somewhere and read about the secrets of yoga and maybe there was a class…somebody came to town, you know. So, I had this sort of fantasy, mystical approach to it, and I really thought that yoga would, in its broadest sense, would be sort of a magical thing that would allow me to have no problems, no suffering, and be sort of…that there would be some big answer to everything. But really, I see it a little differently now. Like, life still is life. Life still has problems and challenges. But, if I am aware enough, if I am awakened enough, those big challenges become…they’re not overwhelming…they have a context…a larger context, so that I can handle life better. So, in the end, it is sort of a little magical, like hey, life isn’t that hard! But, it’s not that life changes…it’s that I change.

DONNA: And how does Yoga, and specifically, Kundalini Yoga, work toward advancing this process? So that in pragmatic terms, then it does make life easier? …That’s what we want.

GURU MEHER: Ok. I always take these big ideas down to the very immediate and practical. So in Yoga, like in many forms of exercise —which I’m not just saying that yoga is just a form of exercise, but it’s largely practiced that way…that you’re focused on making a goal, making a touchdown, lifting more weight…you’re focused outwardly. And so, the brilliant discovery of Yogis and other traditions around the world was to direct that attention inward. So, when you just close your eyes and get still, and get quiet, which is a part of most Yoga and most spiritual traditions—even Christian prayer, you know—then you start becoming aware of things within you, that you weren’t aware of before. They were going on but you weren’t aware of your thoughts, your feelings, your motivations, your beliefs. So, by just focusing on oneself…and in Yoga…you know, where Yoga can get competitive…Americans are sorta like, Who is the stretchiest? And, Who can be on the cover of the Yoga Journal?…and stuff. But even then, you know that people are going slow, and they’re feeling their body. So, on a very immediate and practical sense, paying attention more to ourselves —because we are the center of our awareness…we are the modality of our awareness…we are the portal of our awareness. So, by just starting to direct the attention inward and pay attention to the self, that’s where awareness starts increasing. And then of course, when the noise quiets down you’re just much more aware of things that you couldn’t hear before…and subtler…

DONNA: Like what…what do we discover when we go inward in that way?

GURU MEHER: Well, my expertise happens to be emotions. So my self-appointed mission in life has become to help people become masters of their emotions…emotionally skillful, and agile, and aware. And so, most people are running around feeling things all the time. Yogic theory tells us our mind will produce continual thoughts and continual feelings. So, most people running around, “We like the good feelings…We don’t like the uncomfortable feelings.”And so, I get amazing results in a class or with individuals, by simply…They come to me with a problem, and I say,“Ok, let’s close our eyes and what do you feel about that?”And most people, it takes them a while just to connect to, “Yeah, that problem is giving me some feelings, some emotion.”And by simply guiding them into an awareness of their emotion, they start…coming out of their…they start solving their own problems.

DONNA: Mhmm.

GURU MEHER: So, an example of just one thing that I help people become aware of is their feelings. And then, their feelings are part of their system that is trying to help them, and so, it does help them. So traditionally, meditation is thoughts, becoming aware of thoughts. So, I’ve just said, “let’s just bring in the emotions because every thought generates a feeling, anyway.”For most people, it just starts with just the body, “Oh my back has been kind of bothering me, but now that I’ve spent an hour slowly stretching it, kinda paying attention, not just trying to get it to perform but actually feeling it,”then we’re like, “Oh! My back is stiff or weak or something like that.”And on levels, that self-awareness, whatever is in there, you become aware of.

DONNA: So, could you give an example. So, for example, if you have a couple who are fighting and there’s anger. That anger then would be directed in a more constructive way because the awareness brings some space around it, so to speak. And I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but I’m trying to think of how this really plays out and the work that you do.

GURU MEHER: Well I’m about to write an article about… there’s three books out right now. One is called Rage Becomes Her. And there’s three books coming out right now all about women, women and anger, right now.

DONNA: Ah…

GURU MEHER: And how there’s this huge uprising of women running for office, in reaction to, or response to just, we’ve had enough of being treated this way for thousands of years. So, anger, this makes sense because anger is simply a systematic response to harm. So, every emotion has a purpose. They’re not just random. Every emotion has a purpose. Anger is a response to harm…to try to protect us, and take care and handle things. So, there it is right there. Awareness is growing, you know, women were property! Women didn’t have the vote in this country, we weren’t even a democracy. You’re getting me political here! No, I’m getting political here. But no, this is not a political issue. This is just a human rights thing, that women have been mistreated and abused by and large, by men, for a long time; not everyone, but…and so that’s a lot of cumulative harm.

And if women today have a voice, and have a vote, and still feel that they are not making as much money as men, but they’re still being harassed and their harassers are favored in the courts and that kind of thing —that’s a lot of harm. Going back thousands of years, that in one lifetime, and one in five women…I’m getting on a roll…One in five women are abused in this country —that’s a lot of harm. So if you think there’s not some anger that needs to come out!

And the whole trick with anger then —and this goes back to your question, “how does this relate to an individual relationship? ”Well, when there is anger, I know there’s been harm. And so, what I try to do, is help people use their anger constructively, and that takes awareness. That takes awakening to the purpose of anger. So, the way we misuse anger —and this is just one example of the many emotions —is, either we repress it… So, if somebody is being abused and they just don’t say anything for a long time…they’re still being hurt, the anger is gonna build, and at some point you know, it’s gonna erupt. But the other way, that even Yoga talks about emotions being bad, is when they just take over, when we just react. And somebody’s angry, so they just, you know, hurt, attack the person that they actually love, you know. So the skill with anger is to bring it into to the middle, to bring it to where —and in terms of the brain…the prefrontal cortex in my limbic system are cooperating at the same time, and I can feel that I’ve been harmed. I can feel the energy of the anger, which wants to protect me, but I can use my executive function mind to then act in a way that actually achieves my protection without harming somebody else.

DONNA: So it’s constructive not destructive.

GURU MEHER: Exactly. So, I’m sorry if I wanted to talk about that for about an hour! The answer only needed a minute, but…

DONNA: That’s an interesting thing, you know, in this culture you see so much, and this is where it differs from the Yogic approach. I remember watching a show once and they were actually going off on a venting mission, you know, and prescribing that as a proper way to deal with anger. And they went out with baseball bats to a junkyard and started hitting stuff. And this idea of venting is so western, and it’s so different from the eastern approach. And so, it’s a good thing I think, to explore. I remember reading the Buddhist monk, Thich Nanh Hanh, who said that that approach only practices the anger; it doesn’t actually help to abate it. So, your approach seems to be similarly eastern, in that we want space around it, we don’t just wanna react to it. That doesn’t help; it’s not like something that you get it out and then it’s done.

GURU MEHER: Right. So my book is called…my work is called Senses of the Soul.

DONNA: Which I have.

GURU MEHER: Oh, nice! Yeah! Even got some markers in there, so looks like you’ve been working it a little bit, okay. Good! That from this higher awareness that we have, meaning, just that sometimes we are not as aware, that emotions really —as opposed to how they’re understood in this culture at this time…as sort of this…even in the spiritual world, you know, I’m too spiritual to be angry kind of thing. Like, there’s a spiritual by-passing that goes on where people are actually replacing their emotions because they think they don’t befit them. But Yogi Bhajan my teacher, used the phrase, “Emotions are the senses of the soul.”And that’s what really created my whole work. I thought emotions were bad, I thought Yogis said, emotions were beneath them, so why did my teacher call emotions the senses of the soul?

And my 15 years of research with myself and with coaching clients is that there is… they come from both an instinctual place, but also a very intuitive place, that lets us know something is not right for us and gives us the energy to make it right. But because of that, there’s a lot of wisdom in the instinctual part, so, when we repress emotions, we lose the instinctual value that hey, something’s not right for me.

But, on the other hand, when we let the animal nature of us just go attack back, then that’s not really the result that we wanted. So, when we can consciously use them, feel them, and be in what we call neutral mind, and not be in a reactive state when we work with them…And Kundalini Yoga is so valuable for this, because in a short amount of time, in Kundalini Yoga, we can get somebody in what we call, neutral mind—a clear state —in you know, three, six, eleven minutes of breathing.

I just came back from Australia. I did 14 workshops in a row, all people who have never done this stuff…mostly people who have never done it, and if people come in afraid of their minds…I had a woman come in and she said, “I’ve got this problem but I never feel emotions, and I don’t want to feel emotions, so don’t make me feel any emotions.“In 11 minutes I can just give her a breathing technique, I think we only spent six minutes, and she got a sense of safety and clarity. And then I just helped guide her into feeling what she was feeling, and literally in a half an hour she came out with the solutions to her problems. And she said immediately…Usually people come out of their meditative state and sort of want to discuss what they learned. She immediately opened her eyes and said, “How did you do that?”and I said, “I just know how emotions work and I know to help you feel safe to feel them. And then I just guided you to work with your emotions, and the answers came out of you.”So this is Yogi Bhajan’s prediction, that the future of therapy is self therapy. That people have the answers within them. We always say this within yoga. This is a really tactile way, that through the emotions, which are the senses of the soul, people actually access very quickly, more than they think they know, about how to solve one of their own problems, right.

DONNA: You know, this is an interesting thing, a personal interest of mine. You were saying that your student in Australia was in the habit of suppressing and not wanting to feel her emotions, which are the senses of the soul, and that is the work that you do. Is there ever an appropriate use of distraction? There’s so much emphasis on feeling what you feel. But just to sort of play devil’s advocate here, who wants to feel yucky stuff? Is it ever a healthy just to focus elsewhere, on something pleasant, to switch gears in that way?

GURU MEHER: Okay. Yoga’s very good at…You can be feeling bad and go into a Yoga class and come out feeling great. And we need that. We know that the brain tends to latch onto negative experiences as a protective mechanism to avoid them. So it’s much harder to program the mind to be happy, than it is to program it to be fearful.

DONNA: Interesting, so the default, or “factory setting” is toward the negative, fearful emotions…

GURU MEHER: That’s right, so…but, we don’t like those, who wants to live that way? It’s great that we’ve developed a way that we can do Yoga class and feel better. And that’s important because it takes twice as much work to feel better, than it does to feel worse. So, that is very wonderful and very important. And that’s what most Yoga people are doing, I just want to feel better. And then there becomes this belief that we should always be feeling good all the time.

DONNA: Mhmm.

Continued in Part II…

Source: AWAKEN

When Spirit Leaps: Navigating the Process of Spiritual Awakening 1st Edition by Bonnie L. Greenwell PhD (Author), Adyashanti (Foreword)

Whether it happens all at once or gradually over time, spiritual awakening is an experience that may be accompanied by great insight, ecstatic bliss, or a mystical infusion of light, love, and vision. But it can be an overwhelming experience, too, leaving those to whom it’s occurred searching for answers and understanding. Written by a transpersonal psychologist and non-dual teacher, this book will help you understand the phenomenon of spiritual awakening, and provide guidance and support for you on your spiritual journey.

At the heart of most spiritual traditions is the understanding that we are one with all of existence. This realization, also known as spiritual awakening or spiritual emergence, can occur spontaneously, after years of spiritual practice, or through many other portals. Although awakening is often considered a purely positive experience, many people are not prepared for the ramifications of such a life-altering event. When your perception of yourself and reality has been altered, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. Where can you turn?

Based on over thirty years of case studies, as well as the author’s own experiences, When Spirit Leaps explores the why and what of spiritual awakening, revealing how this phenomenon occurs across all traditions, and exploring the various ways it can happen. Including discussions on kundalini energy, meditation, yoga and qigong, breathwork, near-death experiences, and much more, this inspirational book offers companionship and practical solutions to common challenges along the spiritual path of awakening.

With this book as your guide, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the process and different portals of awakening, and find comfort and support in the real-life stories of those who have experienced this shift in consciousness and faced its challenges. Most importantly, you’ll learn how you can embody this awakening and live joyfully and effectively without attachment to a personal sense of self, but as the oneness with all that is your true nature. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, this book will help you along the way.

Bonnie L. Greenwell, PhD, is a transpersonal psychotherapist, author, and non-dual spiritual teacher in Adyashanti’s lineage. She has specialized for more than thirty years in mentoring people going through transformative experiences related to spiritual awakening and the kundalini process, which was the subject of her doctoral research at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP). Greenwell has an eclectic background, including work in psychiatric units, at a rehabilitation center, as director of the Transpersonal Counseling Center at ITP, and years of private practice. Before finding her ground in non-dual teachings, she studied Jungian psychology; Jin Shin Do® acupressure; Psychotropic and Radiance Breathwork; kundalini, kriya, and Ashtanga yogas; and many Buddhist meditation practices. The founder and former director of the Kundalini Research Network, she has lectured and trained therapists in Europe, Australia, and the United States. Greenwell also established the Shanti River Center for non-dual education and counseling in Ashland, OR.

Foreword writer Adyashanti is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Adyashanti is author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, Emptiness Dancing, True Meditation, and The End of Your World. Based in California, he lives with his wife, Mukti, and teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live Internet radio broadcast.

Navigating Spiritual Awakening & Its Challenges with Dr Bonnie Greenwell

For more than 30 years, Dr. Bonnie Greenwell has specialized in mentoring people going through transformative experiences relating to spiritual awakening and the kundalini process. Among many hats, Bonnie founded and directed the Kundalini Research Network, established the Shanti River Center and has authored several key books on awakening.

We discuss her latest book When Spirit Leaps: Navigating The Process Of Spiritual Awakening.

We cover:
* What is kundalini?
* What is non-dualism?
* How do we awaken?
* Major common obstacles to transformation
* What does liberation look like?

You can find out more at http://www.awakeningguide.com/

The Power and Mystery of Kundalini

Published on Jun 15, 2018

https://www.scienceandnonduality.com

This panel discussion addresses the mystery and myriad expressions of kundalini energy. Kundalini is reframed as the energetic component of spiritual awakening, as a natural part of the human journey. Surprises and difficulties that may arise during the appearance of this energy are acknowledged, and resources listed for help in understanding and safely navigating its expression.

Carolyn Cowan ‘The Mantle Of Grace’

Published on May 9, 2018

Carolyn Cowan ‘The Mantle Of Grace’
Carolyn is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Psychosexual Therapist specialising in Addiction & Trauma Recovery.Dramatic early Childhood experiences led her into addiction to Smoking, Drugs & Alcohol. Whatever she tried nothing could kill her pain. She became a body painter and worked with many famous Artists such as Bryan Ferry, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Elton John.

When doing the make-up for David Bowie one day her life changed dramatically. David took one look at her and told her she was in trouble. He was at the time himself in recovery and wanted her to get well too. He encouraged her to attend AA and stay sober. Soon afterwards she found Kundalini Yoga and started to meditate which has brought great transformation for her. She says: ‘Sometimes the pain comes on so suddenly and that can be devastating. When you stay with it ‘The Mantel of Grace’ can descend and you realise that you have taken a step through a door and nothing will ever be the same again. You can then see how divine Life is here on this Planet.
In the interview Carolyn speaks about Addiction, Trauma and the abstractness of the spiritual journey, and how healing began when she became bored with her own story of suffering.

The Role of Kundalini in Evolution | Michael Bradford

Wars, revolutions, terrorism and other violent upheavals have been a constant feature of human civilization since the dawn of recorded history. In our current scientifically advanced age, the consequences of this aspect of human behavior have become far more serious. With the advent of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, the very survival of our species is now in doubt.

In this presentation, the role of Kundalini in human evolution will be examined. In light of this, it will be shown how knowledge of this divine power will not only be the solution to this dilemma, but will guide humanity into a glorious future that we cannot even imagine at present.

ABOUT MICHAEL BRADFORD

Michael Bradford has been involved in research on Kundalini for more than 35 years. In 1977 he traveled to India where he spent six years serving as a volunteer worker for the Central Institute for Kundalini Research, founded and directed by the late Pandit Gopi Krishna. Michael has been a board member of the Institute for Consciousness Research (I.C.R.) since it was founded, and has been Director of Publications during this time.

In 1985 he began working full time as an IT consultant in the data processing field, and retired in March 2014. He began studying Vedic astrology with Hart DeFouw in 1995, and in 2003 founded his own vedic astrology practice.

Michael’s website:

http://www.vedicastrologyjyotishreadi…

Awaken Interviews Donna Quesada – How Kundalini Yoga Is A Method To Awaken

David Welch: How is Yoga generally, and Kundalini Yoga specifically, a means and a method to awakening?

Donna Quesada: Because Kundalini Yoga offers specifically, a technology whereby we set up the physical conditions for awakening. So, as an analogy, just off the top of my head…say, it’s time to go to bed. You want to set up the conditions to better get a good night’s rest. So, you’re more likely to fall asleep if you lie yourself down and set the temperature the way you like it…close the blinds and make it dark and that sends the right kind of message to your brain…your brain starts to produce melatonin when it gets dark. And when this is habituated, your body starts to behave accordingly. You’re more likely to fall asleep. As opposed to getting on a tread-mill…you’re less likely to get to sleep.

What we are doing in Kundalini is akin to that. We are setting up the physical conditions for Awakening. Because as I explain in my video which you just posted on Awaken…there is really an energetic component to what we are doing in yoga. There’s the visible stuff where we see people in poses and people doing funny breathing exercises. But what is happening is…we are unblocking energetic blocks which allows the energy to move in such a way that it facilitates the experience that we call “Awakening.

In this video, professor, author, healer and Yogini, Dhanpal/Donna Quesada, speaking from her home, discusses advanced Yogic philosophy in a straightforward way. She makes clear how the spiritual practice of Yoga—culminating in the Kundalini awakening—relates to living and to dealing with stress. In other words, why do we want to raise the kundalini?

http://www.donnaquesada.com
http://www.presenceyoga.org

Or, we have other fancy names for it like, Self-Realization. Or, Samadhi, which means, the state of no separation. Non-distracted awareness. Presence. Samadhi. God Realization. Wholeness. Oneness. We have so many names for this experience. But that is the key—it has to be experienced. We can read all the books on our bookshelves and we can have Ph.Ds, proclaim ourselves masters of writing and intellectual understanding, and we’ll be no better off. And so, there is an energetic component to that experience…or, what facilitates that experience. And when the energy rises—what we call Kundalini rising—we set up the conditions for the experience of oneness. So, Yoga is a tool for that. All forms of Yoga.

David: A brief description of Hatha Yoga?

Donna: Hatha Yoga. The sun and the moon. Where we are balancing those opposites. You’re getting into that energetic component. Where you are balancing the yin and the yang. The sun and the moon. The heat and the coolness. So, within our bodies…within our spiritual vessels, we are creating balance. And in that state of balance, we experience a kind of harmony. A kind of Awakening.

David: And Bhakti?

Donna: Bhakti is devotion. That’s the Yoga that is closest to my heart. To me, this is what appears at first to be so elementary, but what is, in fact, the most difficult and sophisticated form, in my opinion. Because to truly surrender—and that is what Bhakti requires—to truly surrender the self, is what all spiritual practices challenge us to do. Whether your Yoga is Zen or service. Whatever it is. If you can surrender yourself…what the Buddhists call the ego… you are really practicing a kind of Bhakti…a kind of devotion…where everything is surrendered to the divine. The work that you do, for example, is surrendered. Your sense of control is surrendered and that’s bhakti. Through prayer…through chanting….the giving up of yourself…bowing…that is really at the heart of why we bow.

David: That’s what Namaste means?

Donna: Exactly. I bow to the divine in you and you bow to the divine in me. I can’t resist a funny story. I had a student once at the college, who said, “Oh, is that what they say at the end of Yoga class?…I thought they were saying ‘have a nice day.’”

David: Well, just slightly similar.

Donna: And that’s why we say, “Sat Nam,” too. Acknowledging the divine light within you. Which is no different than the true divine light within me.

David: What is a Kriya?

Donna: A Kriya is an action. It’s related to the word Karma, which just means action, or if you prefer, cause and effect. And so, in the context of Kundalini Yoga, a Kriya is a self-contained action which takes the form of a series of exercises or sometimes even one single self-contained exercise, like Sat Kriya, which is just one thing done in a very specific way, to facilitate a specific and predictable result. Cause and effect.

David: And a Kriya contains within it both a posture (asana) and breathing and sound.

Donna: In the context of Sat Kriya, that’s kind of the wowie zonkers of Kriyas. It’s got mantra…actually there is not much movement…there’s breathing, there’s mantra, there’s mudra. It’s not always action in terms of dynamic movement. But you are moving energy. So, there is that unseen element. Like…we were talking about trees…the roots are just as dynamic and expansive as the branches and leaves. There is this unseen component, which constitutes the active part.

David: Talk a little bit about mantra and why that is necessary and beneficial.

Donna: Yes, we use mantra a lot in Kundalini Yoga. Mantra is a sacred sound. And the wise ones, the seers in ancient India—they were called the rishis. They were the ones who had a longing to know God. They were the seekers. And in their enlightened state, they received these sacred sounds that we call mantra.

And so, when we repeat those sacred sounds we are using the vibrational component of the sound to experience what they experienced. So, we think of the sacred sound more as a vibration than as a sound in the ordinary sense. It’s a vibration like Om. Or…Aum. And we are vibrating that sacred sound again so as to facilitate the vibration within our body and the awakening within our soul. And to experience the state of samadhi as those ancient seers experienced.

David: Is there a difference between chanting and mantra?

Donna: Well, when you chant, you are chanting the sacred sound and you are giving your body a chance to resonate. And when we chant we are using three components. Projection. So, we project from our belly with intention, and through our heart with devotion.

The second component is pronunciation. Om . Bouncing the tongue off the roof of our mouth where we have all those acu-points, so as to send signals to the hypothalamus. So, there is the projection, there is the pronunciation and then, there is the repetition.

And so, when we chant mantra over and over again, we are using that third part, the repetition, so as to set up those conditions, to create a steady rhythm and vibrate that sacred sound.

David: How does chanting or mantra help to quiet the mind?

Donna: Yes. I’ll use another analogy. Have you seen those ice sculptures at events, like wedding receptions or something like that? Imagine putting a warm knife through it—it would slice right through that ice sculpture, so easily and without effort. And that is sort of what a mantra does to our bothered minds. Our mind gets to ruminating and into non-stop chatter and we drive ourselves crazy sometimes, with worried thoughts or anxious thoughts…repeated conversations or things we have to do, or just repeating the past. A lot of it is nonsense or judgment thoughts. Sometimes there just is no quieting the mind. Sometimes it keeps you up at night.

But imagine…like the ice sculpture…imagine a warm blade. It cuts right through that chatter in a way that nothing else can. It’s effortless and you can’t use brawn or might or muscle. You can’t will yourself to stop thinking. But if you can surrender and chant with your heart…and do nothing else but sing the sacred song, it cuts right through it. None of it appears relevant anymore. You don’t have to try anymore—it’s effortless. And the mind comes to that still point…samadhi.

David: How has Yoga transformed and changed your life?

Donna: Not as you might think. Again, for me—and everybody’s experience is different and that is what is so beautiful because Yoga is so all inclusive in that all paths are celebrated…your path might be different than my path, yet we are both yogis.

My path came to life when I was chanting at the foot of my teacher. It sounds almost poetic, so as to be corny. And when I gave myself over to chanting…chanting actually is my path…and when I chanted with all my heart, everything kind of crystalized and I knew at that moment what I was supposed to be doing. And my purpose became clear. And all of my worries faded away. All of my fears became less potent. They lost their grip on me. It’s not that they disappeared but they lost their emotional charge. And through a single tear that fell from my left eye…I surrendered and I just chanted the sacred mantra with my teacher. And a kind of joy and a kind of expansiveness and a kind of surrender came over me. And that is all there was to it. And since then, I have known that my form of Yoga is bhakti…prayer. Chanting. And that is how it changed my life. I surrender now. I trust. I’m more willing to get out of my own way. And to let go of my artificial state of control.

David:
What does Awakening have to do with the present moment?

Donna: Because the present moment is the gateway, or the portal to what we call Awakening. It’s where we find the door.

David: To me, it’s the portal or the gateway to the infinite.

Donna
: Yes.

David: To the oneness.

Donna:
That’s right.

David: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our Awaken Community?

Donna: That it’s not about perfection. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other. That is why we call it a practice. Because we never master putting one foot in front of the other and that’s never been the goal. It’s not about perfection. Celebrate your quirks and celebrate the practice. And that happens right here and now. Wherever you are. However you are. All the quirks and the funny things about you. Celebrate those, too. It’s not about perfection.

David: Is diet important for you?

Donna: It is, but not obsessively so. This physical vessel is here to serve us, so we tend to it and care for it like we would our garden. Not to the point of rigidity. Because anytime we become rigid, then we squeeze the joy out of life. And we don’t want to do that.

David: What kind of diet do you usually have?

Donna: One that doesn’t cause harm to living creatures—to my friends.

David: And I would assume that means animals.

Donna: That means animals—my dearest friends here on earth.

David: We’re animals too.

Donna: We are. Sometimes we are the scary ones. And it’s up to us to be good stewards for the beautiful little creatures that depend on us. And I’m a fierce protector of those creatures.

David: As we all should be. What would you say your life purpose is? Just generally, what do you think the purpose of life is? And specifically, what do you think your life purpose is?

Donna: It’s like my spiritual name Dhanpal, which means, one who shares her spiritual wealth. It’s up to me to share my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned, and am learning, along the way. I’m not perfect but I share what I’ve learned. We are all kind of hiking up together and reaching out and pulling each other along.

David: Can you talk a little bit about the ups and downs of your own awakening? I know through my own experiences that it’s not all up.

Donna
: Oh god, it’s two steps back and one step forward. To see it all as God’s play. Or as one of my beloved teachers, Carolyn Myss puts it, “to be able to step into the chaos” and not assume that the chaos is contrary to God’s plan. It’s all part of it. Embrace it all.

David: Any last words?

Donna: I think that’s about all.

David
: Thank you so much.

David Welch: is the founder and CEO of Awaken Global Media and Chief Editor of AWAKEN.com. He is the Producer of the award-winning movie “Peaceful Warrior” and a member of the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. David is a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming, a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and has a continuous, committed and daily yoga, meditation and Qi gong practice.

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Awakening Kundalini: The Path to Radical Freedom by Dr. Lawrence Edwards (Author)


The universal force known as Kundalini has been shrouded in mystery for centuries, yet it influences our every breath, thought, and emotion. With Awakening Kundalini, one of the West’s most respected teachers and researchers in the field explores this spiritual principle in unprecedented depth, with detailed guidance for discovering and working with it directly.

In India’s spiritual teachings, Kundalini is known as the principle within that compels us to evolve and grow. Traditions across the globe have described it as a force that lies dormant within us and, when awakened, connects us to the energy of creation and profoundly elevates consciousness.

With his unique expertise in modern psychology, neuroscience, meditation training, and spiritual traditions, Lawrence Edwards clarifies the many dimensions of Kundalini awakening, including practices and meditations for recognizing its manifestations and preparing your body and mind to enter its expansive, empowering flow.

When worked with skillfully, Kundalini is the most profoundly transformative power in our lives. Awakening Kundalini makes available a complete and practical resource for tapping into this force, and realizing your ability to live “radically free.”

Dr. Lawrence Edwards is the president of The Kundalini Research Network, as well as the founder of a Kundalini support website,kundalinisupport.org. He is the founder and director of the Anam Cara Foundation and a contributing author to the Sounds True anthology Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening. Lawrence has practiced and taught meditation for over 40 years, is a board-certified neurotherapist, a licensed psychotherapist, and has been on the faculty of New York Medical College since 1998. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book on Kundalini, The Soul’s Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within and Kali’s Bazaar. He leads retreats on the Mysteries of the Divine Feminine and Awakening Kundalini.

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Lawrence Edwards – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Lawrence Edwards, PhD, BCN Senior Fellow, LMHC has practiced and taught meditation for over 40 years. He is the Founder and Director of The Anam Cara Meditation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching meditative practices from a variety of traditions. The mission of the Anam Cara Foundation is to make meditation instruction available to everyone. Lawrence has offered thousands of free meditation programs at universities, hospitals, churches, meditation centers, yoga centers, hospice groups, prisons and more.

Dr. Edwards maintains a clinical practice in Armonk, NY, offering Optimal Mind® Training, transpersonal psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, biofeedback, neurofeedback, hypnosis, peak performance training, and meditation training. He also works with people interested in spiritual growth, dream work and Kundalini processes. He has served as President of the Kundalini Research Network since 2006 and is recognized around the world for his wisdom and skill in working with Kundalini.

Dr. Edwards has studied and practiced in the Kundalini yoga tradition, Tibetan Buddhist and Huichol Indian shamanic traditions. These rich reservoirs of wisdom have expanded and deepened the transpersonal and Jungian psychological perspectives of his professional training. His mystical experiences began as a young child and have continued throughout his life. They have been the real guiding force behind his studies and training. His profound experience of the Divine present in everyone, at all times, and in all places has lead him to a life of service in teaching and supporting others on their journeys into the Divine.

Websites: The Soul’s Journey Anam Cara The Kundalini Research Network

Books: Awakening Kundalini – The Path to Radical Freedom Awakening Kundalini – The Path to Radical Freedom (Audio Book) The Soul’s Journey: Guidance from the Divine Within

The Evolving Human: A True Story of Awakened Kundalini by Penny Kelly (Author)

“First there was a distinct rumbling sound, then a roaring explosion, followed by a brilliant flash of light. I felt as though my body was turning inside out, ejecting me in the process. The explosion of light pulsed like a freight train up the center front of me, hit my brain, and kept right on going, carrying me into what looked like the depths of outer space…”

The Evolving Human is the compelling true story of one woman’s struggle with a sudden, spontaneous “awakening of kundalini,” the ancient Eastern term for a massive awakening of the powers of consciousness. From the surprising beginning, through the confusing, sometimes life-threatening events that unfold, to its profound conclusion, it becomes more and more clear that the awakening of consciousness is the entry into spiritual development. What is unexpected, however, is the fact that we are all designed and built to evolve in this way and that the evolution of human beings into truly spiritual creatures is a far more extensive and life-changing process than anyone may have suspected.

Penny Kelly holds a degree in Humanistic Studies from Wayne State University, is a Naturopathic Physician and is working toward a Ph.D. in Nutrition. She maintains a large spiritual counseling practice, and is co-owner of Lily Hill Farm and Learning Center in Lawton, Michigan.

A FEW EXCERPTS:

From Pg. 10: “There was total silence and stillness, and I was peacefully afloat in an endless, timeless place of completeness. My ordinary sense of myself and the everyday world disappeared, and whatever was left of that self was floating like a brilliant point of light in a sky filled with other points of light.”

From Pg. 33-34: “Instantly the dream disappeared and, fully conscious but not in my body, I found myself in the bedroom on Jefferson Avenue, floating above the bed. I looked down fearfully at Ben and I, both sound asleep, and thought, ‘This can’t be happening! I’m not in my body again…oh no…this can’t be…’

“With this thought and mounting fear pushing me, I floated toward the ceiling and right on through it, noticing the dust, dirt, nails, and general construction of the house as I passed between the ceiling and the floor above. Continuing upward through the floor, I found myself standing in the empty, unusued, and unremodeled bedroom above the room that Ben and I shared. … Suddenly it was all too much. Refusing to return by merging back down through the floor into the bedroom below, I went screaming down the stairs, hysterically calling for my Grandma…I ran through the kitchen, half jumping, half floating over the large round table and four chairs, and into the bedroom where I rose over the bed and hung there for a moment.

“My physical body was now tossing wildly about, mumbling and crying. Absurdly, I hesitated to get too close to the waving arms, fearing I might get hit, but the terror was too great and, fully conscious, I merged into it at a pace that seemed to take forever. As the merging took place, my body began to toss and cry more violently and as soon as I was fully back in it, my screams for help and cries for Grandma went echoing through the darkened house, waking Ben and finally my physical self.”

From Pg. 41: “The summer and I hung in suspended animation. I was awake and in a state of conscious awareness around the clock. Even when I could hear myself breathing the slow, deep breaths of someone whose body was supposedly sound asleep, some ineffable part of me was wide awake, full of energy, and engaged in one reality or another, realities that were as vivid and intense as everyday living.”

From Pg. 93: “…I began to have a recurring dream that I was a tall, bronze woman with long black hair and a Polynesian or Hawaiian face. When the same woman appeared for the third time in a dream in which her feet were rooted in my right hip and her head was sitting on my right shoulder whispering in my ear, I began to take serious notice of her. When I had a fourth dream in which the tall, bronze woman told me that I had been herself in a former life, I began to experience long moments when I felt her presence. It was as if she was inside me, looking out through my eyes at the world I lived in.”

From Pg. 138: “For weeks afterward, I luxuriated in the triumph of my understanding. Finally I knew what kundalini was. It was a serious, even dramatic change in the range of frequencies that formed the basis of the electromagnetic – and therefore the electrochemical – operation of the body/mind system. I knew the signs, I had experienced the symptoms, and I had lived with the effects. it seemed truly a miracle not only that such a thing was possible, but that it had happened to me–and I had survived!”

From Pg. 179: “The problem with most people was that development did stop at that age (age 14) and this left most people with an adult body and a teenage mind. Thus, the reality we had constructed here had many of the flaws of a half-grown adult’s immature, unrealistic thinking. The huge majority of humans were suffering all the problems that went with what I came to think of as arrested development. Very few enjoyed the benefits that the later stages offered–the transcendent love, the expanded perceptual skills, the sense of meaning and purpose, the inner authority…”

From Pg. 215: “My abilities to see forward and backward in time had continued to expand and refine themselves. There had been a mushrooming of my ability to communicate with other forms of energy regardless of whether they were people, animals, trees, plants, insects, elves, devas, the wind, the rain, the deceased, or the unborn.”

From Pg. 223: “Sometimes when I look back, I ask myself, ‘If I could go from absolutely no psychic abilities to a reality-shattering array of psychic gifts that I did not even know existed, and if this could happen almost overnight, then are there any limits to personal evolution and self-development if we work at it in an ongoing, purposeful way?”

Penny Kelly – Preparing for Global Crisis

Published on Sep 18, 2015

In the last few weeks on the Honest-to-God Series, we spoke about Climate Change, Cosmic Waves, Drought and Financial Collapse. In this episode, Penny Kelly predicts an impending global financial crisis. We invited Penny Kelly to answer questions and give her advice on how to prepare for the approaching global financial collapse!. You might find some amazing and shocking answers here! http://worldofempowerment.com/penny-k…

Buried Treasures: The Journey From Where You Are to Who You Are by Guru Singh (Author)


Buried Treasures is the confluence of two great spiritual rivers that led to the fulfilling of the author’s destiny — a near death experience and the vision quests of an indigenous village of Mexico. Buried Treasures is the story of 3 years in the early adult life of Guru Singh (the book’s author). Gerry Pond (Guru Singh) was twenty years old when he died in a Seattle hospital from a ruptured appendix. This near-death-experience, and all that came with it, gave him the resolve to deliver on his dream of being a musician for freedom and peace in the musical revolution of the 1960’s.

The book follows the years that it took for him to get out of the Army Draft; land a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records; record and perform his music while living in San Francisco of the 1960’s; explore higher consciousness with an indigenous village in remote Mexico and find the path he is still on today. Buried Treasures is his journey, but also the journey that each of us must travel to get from where we are to who we are destined to become in our lives. We all have this story in us and each individual’s version of this story is the classic hero’s journey.


Guru Singh – born 1945, is a third-generation yogi and master teacher of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, mantra and ‘humanology’. His ancestry studied in India with spiritual masters in the early 20th century and brought this passion for consciousness into his home as a young child. He teaches a practical path to an enlightened household and success in life using these ancient technologies that are completely applicable in today’s world. This brings fulfillment into this busy world and he does this teaching with his wife Guruperkarma Kaur. He is also a musician, composer, author, and minister of Sikh Dharma based in Los Angeles, Seattle and India. He met Yogi Bhajan (master of Kundalini) in January of 1969 (exactly at the end of this book) and has been teaching this science throughout the world since 1970. He has also studied Eastern and Western music from the age of five, and his classes overflow with musical joy, singing and mantra. http://www.gurusingh.com

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Guru Singh at Yoga West Part 1

Guru Singh of Yoga West in L.A. shares his spiritual guidance and wisdom.

Guru Singh at Yoga West part 2

Guru singh at Yoga West part 3

Home at Last: A Journey Toward Higher Consciousness – by Sarada Chiruvolu (Author), Amma Sri Karunamayi (Foreword)


Home at Last explains specific landmarks that we encounter during the journey toward enlightenment, based on the author’s direct experience.

The book also lets readers know what they can expect when confronting the mysterious, awakened inner force called kundalini. It explains how our outlook and goals change radically as kundalini directs our day-to-day life. Part spiritual memoir, part meditation handbook, Chiruvolu’s writings are clear and accessible yet contain profound spiritual insights covering:

• The nature of prana, or vital life force; how to increase its presence in our system; and the process of transmitting pranic energy from teacher to student.
• Detailed information on the important roles of diet, exercise, and training the mind in preparation for the journey of realization.
• The physical and psychological challenges one can expect during the extended process of awakening.
• Possible impediments to raising the energy, and how to transcend them.
• How to adapt to living and working with this powerful new energy in the context of everyday life.


In most external ways I am no different from the billions of people who share the earth today. I was 14 when I left India and made US my permanent residence. Although I spent most of my years in the States, my Eastern cultural roots have remained well established. After completing all my studies I worked many years with various pharmaceutical companies and other medical industries, married, and raised a family while leading a normal life.

I traveled extensively with my husband and two daughters, lived overseas for several years in Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Nigeria, and visited India only occasionally in the ensuing years.

Until nine years ago, I never considered myself primarily a spiritual person. But my interest in Reiki healing led me into meditation, which soon became the driving passion of my life. I left a pharmaceutical career to pursue a spiritual calling. So I set out on a unique journey that has taken me toward attaining realization of Self or Enlightenment through many years of deep meditation.

I began looking for a teacher with whom I could consult about the path to higher consciousness, and discovered an enlightened sage from South India named Amma Karunamayi, who teaches frequently in the West. I traveled to India to take the first of three two-week retreats at her ashram, and her intensive guidance accelerated my progress along the path. Over the years since, I continue to lead a normal family life dedicating my time involving myself in various philanthropic pursuits or in some form of social service where I can make a difference.

My calling now is to tell the extraordinary story of my journey by relaying authentic information and detailed descriptions of the evolutionary process of consciousness that I experienced. I feel that this can be of use to certain advanced seekers, while stimulating the curiosity of the general public. Reliable information can come only from those who have experienced it directly.

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Sarada Chiruvolu – September 15, 2015

Published on Sep 17, 2015

This interview was conducted on September 15, 2015 via Skype.

Sarada’s website is http://www.homeatlastbysarada.com/

Sarada is the author of Home At Last: A Journey Toward Higher Consciousness

A Kundalini Perspective on the Yamas; The First Steps on our Journey toward the Divine

by Donna Quesada

A Kundalini Perspective on the Yamas

Although Patanjali’s eight limbs of Yoga were penned some 2000 years ago, they are more relevant today than ever, not least of all because of the horribly mistaken, but popular belief that yoga is but a system of exercises, but because the function of those eight interconnected branches is rather, the route to a balanced mind–a most dire need, now as always.

The first of those eight limbs, the yamas, are themselves, divided into five parts, and serve as ethical restraints on our behavior. Patanjali saw it as imperative that we get our act together, morally, before we can ascend our spiritual paths.



Ahimsa, or, non-violence–the first of the five yamas–brings our attention to the the violence we direct toward others, as well as toward ourselves. The idea of violence conjures up all kinds of dramatic images, but it is really about the ill-will that starts in our hearts and that shapes our attitudes. It is reflected in everything we do–in what we eat and in what we consume. And it cultivates powerful habits. Even the judgements we fling out so freely toward others is a form of violence, which ironically, only keeps us trapped at the level of the behavior we are criticizing.In Kundalini yoga, this tendency toward fault-finding and pointless grumbling is simply the nonsense of the negative mind, and it is specifically these restraints that call it to a halt. The yamas helps us help ourselves.



Consider now, the second mark of the yamas, satya, or, truthfulness. Again, looking deeply, we don’t think of ourselves as liars, but every time we gossip, we take part in tarnishing someone by spreading what we don’t know to be true. Every time we make a false promise, or indulge in exaggerations, we participate in a form of lying. Even saying that nothing is wrong when something is clearly wrong, is a form of miscommunication, that will likely explode in the wrong way later. But worse, trust breaks down, relationships break down, and on a larger scale, social balance breaks down. We end up causing suffering and feeling alienated by the karmic effects of unskillful speech.

The third instruction within the five yamas is asteya , non-stealing. Again, no one wants to think of themselves as a thief, but we steal in the most subtle ways, all the time. Taking credit where it’s undue–seeking fulfillment in superficial acclaim. Every time we’re late, we steal someone’s time. Every time we take more than we need of anything, we magnify our role in the earth’s depletion and simultaneously draw it away from those who need it more–making us participants in the mass gluttony of consumerism. But, we are driven on by the hope that temporal things might deliver lasting joy.

Next is brahmacarya, the most misunderstood of all. Normally interpreted as total renunciation of sexual activity, the householder’s practice of Kundalini yoga holds it as a reminder of the pitfalls of abusing sexual energy. It means we don’t engage in activities that involve taking advantage of others or that degrade ourselves–behavior that lies outside the confines of a balanced relationship. Not only do such situations leave us depleted, but they prevent growth into higher realms of yogic practice, such as pratyahar, or, commanding the senses. How can we harness the whimsical diversions of the fickle five senses, if we’re drunk with desire? And dharana, or, concentration. How can we hone our powers of concentration if we’re following every fancy?

The last yama, aparigraha, means fulfilling our needs rather than our interminable parade of wants, lest we live out another existence without having known the subtleties of a heightened awareness. In our commercialized world today, it means seeing through the seduction of the dazzling array of things we’re told at every turn, we must have–the biggest screen, the fastest phone, the greenest car, the greatest package, or the latest version. 



The yamas strengthen our will so that we may master our impulses and master our selves. The idea of spiritual progress otherwise would be like the smoker trying to meditate while fighting the nagging thought of his next cigarette. But with compassion, consider that we are all like that smoker, every time we jump up to check our e-mail for the fifth time that hour, every time we lose our tempers and every time we overdo whatever we weren’t supposed to do in the first place.



In kundalini terminology, it is the negative mind giving vent to its usual nonsense. But through the yamas, we train that trouble-maker, so that we may meld freely into the clear space of balance and neutrality; where the judgments, frustrations, doubts and insecurities subside; where we connect to our infinite, boundless, divine selves, and where that radiance that lies within, may shine freely on the whole world without.



It’s true, the yamas serve as an external check, but it works like a loop, since behavior tends to reinforce itself. We’re setting up conditions for new ways to act. And when we act differently, we begin to feel differently, until finally, we begin to be differently. We experience life in new shoes, so to speak, and the new gear reshapes us. New behavior takes the place of the old, and new responses follow. Through it all, we experience life differently while engaged in habits that serve. As we experience, we become.

Donna Quesada is an instructor of eastern philosophy at Santa Monica College and a dedicated teacher of Kundalini Yoga. Her spiritual name is Dhanpal Kaur. She is the author of Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers and is a contributor to The Poetry of Yoga. She lives with her family in the heart of cinema land, Culver City, CA, where you’ll likely find her walking her nutty little terrier Marcel.

Joan Shivarpita Harrigan – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Bri. Joan Shivarpita Harrigan, Ph.D. is the spiritual director of Patanjali Kundalini Yoga-Care (PKYC-USA). Shiva has practiced, studied, and taught Raja yoga and Advaita Vedanta for more than thirty years. She has been tutored as the designated successor for America in the Kundalini Vidya lineage founded by Gomatagiri Maharaj, learning the oral commentary teachings of Traditional Kundalini Science from her spiritual mentor, Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati. A retired psychologist, she has been a brahmacharini (novice) in the Shankaracharya Vedic monastic order since 1987. She is the author of Kundalini Vidya the Science of Spiritual Transformationand Stories of Spiritual Transformation: The Fulfillment of Kundalini Process (to be published soon).

Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care is a spiritual guidance service for qualified spiritual seekers. Based on Traditional Kundalini Science (Kundalini Vidya), it supports serious aspirants in advancing their spiritual progress by providing individualized spiritual practices designed for their particular needs. The specialty of PKYC is to assess the kind of spiritual process that seekers have, to assist them in reaching a stable higher level, and to support them in their continued spiritual advancement by providing ongoing spiritual education, consultations, recommendations, and guidance so they can progress more skillfully and dedicatedly. This helps the divine within make efficient, untroubled, and speedy progress toward Liberation, awareness of oneness with the One.

The Lightning Standing Still by Yogiraj Siddhanath

The Lightning Standing Still is the definitive book on Mahavatar Babaji, His divine work throughout the ages, and His secret avataric assistants, unveiling the most detailed and profound information about the Babaji mystery ever to be revealed.

Sanctioned by the divine Mahavatar Shiva Goraksha Babaji Himself, and authored by his direct disciple Yogiraj Siddhanath, this book serves the highest spiritual welfare of Humanity in the coming golden age. Emerging from the depths of Yogiraj`s anubhuti, his inner experience of the fathomless Ahirbudnya avastha, the Babaji phenomenon is extolled in poetic majesty.

Included are the most treasured secrets of the Kriya Yoga science, the facts and origins of Babaji, Babaji`s mission and purpose, and the secret history of human spiritual evolution that He is tending. It illuminates Babaji`s role on earth from the cradle of consciousness to the fathomless futures of eternity, and reveals mysteries veiling Babaji`s disciples like Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Bhishma, Kalki Maitreya, Vaivaswat Manu, Lahiri Mahasaya and Sri Yukteswar Giri. Also revealed are never-before details about Shamballah, the White Brotherhood, the lost sciences of Alchemy, Magic and the Hermetic mysteries, the Mahatma rays, the Root Race lineages, the true meaning of 2012, and the identities of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Yogiraj corroborates his knowingness with dozens of images, writings and quotes from and about Babaji, derived from ancient and historic sources and collected personally from the length and breadth of India, making this a research and reference book of scholarly depth. Finally, each page is inundated with the powerful vibrations of Yogiraj`s consciousness, fused in the wondrous eternity of Babaji`s Nothingness. To the eagle-hearted reader, craving for Divine grace, this is more than just a book; it`s a pathway to the higher realms.

Yogiraj Siddhanath a born Siddha is descended from the ancient family of Rama of the Solar Dynasty. Spiritually realized from a very young age, he cast away his royal ties after completing his educational responsibilities and fulfilled his calling as a yogi. While traveling as a teenager in the Himalayas, Yogiraj was blessed and empowered by the spiritual supermen of the Himalayan caves. His divine transformation flowered after his deep and personal experiences with Mahavatar (Supreme Spirit Incarnate) Shiva-Goraksha-Babaji (the same mentioned by Paramahansa Yogananda in his “Autobiography of a Yogi”). With these blessings he was charged with the duty to spread the teachings of “Earth peace through Self peace” and spiritual evolution of Consciousness through the divine science of Kundalini Kriya Yoga meditation. Yogiraj is a TRUE MASTER who, unlike a teacher, awakens you to the next level of spiritual experience.

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Babaji The Lightning Standing Still – The Complete Truth about Mahavatar Babaji


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The DEFINITIVE book on Babaji, His Divine work throughout the ages, and His secret avataric assistants. The most detailed and profound information about the Babaji mystery EVER to be revealed. Sanctioned by the divine Mahavatar Babaji Himself, and authored by His direct disciple Yogiraj Siddhanath, this book serves the highest spiritual welfare of Humanity in the coming Golden Age.

The hardcover version of this book was first released by Yogiraj himself at Siddhanath Forest Ashram, Pune, on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, July 15, 2011. This is is now available in soft cover.

The cover was designed by Yogiraj from his anubhuti, his inner experience of the fathomless depths of Ahirbudnya avastha. Dozens of images, writings and quotes of Babaji from ancient and historic sources have been collected by Yogiraj from the length and breadth of India, making this a research book of scholarly depth. Stories and personal experiences line the pages blurring the lines between myth, legend, history and fact, and impressing on the reader the realization that time is an astonishing ceaseless cyclical flow.

Finally, each page is inundated with the powerful vibrations of Yogiraj’s consciousness, fused in the wondrous eternity of Babaji’s Nothingness. To the eagle-hearted reader, craving for Divine grace, this is more than just a book, but a pathway to higher realms lit up in the fire light of eternal spirit.

Bonnie Greenwell – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Apr 27, 2015

Also see https://batgap.com/bonnie-greenwell

Bonnie is a non-dual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, and a transpersonal therapist who has specialized in working with spiritual emergence issues for 30 years. She has published several books and articles related to kundalini and spiritual awakening, most recently “The Kundalini Guide” and “The Awakening Guide”, available on amazon.com. These are based on assessments and consultations with over 2000 people over the years, and also reflect her own experiences of awakening. She holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and founded a counseling and education center in Ashland, Oregon called Shanti River Center where she offers satsang, study groups, workshops, meditation programs and spiritual guidance. She was a founder and organizer of the Kundalini Research Network, and has trained therapists and offered seminars in Europe, Australia and the U.S, and currently does assessments by phone and skype with people in awakening processes from all over the world. With a broad background in eastern and western mystical teachings, energy work and psychospiritual counseling, she describes her role as being a mentor or a mid-wife for people going through the spiritual awakening process.

Websites: http://www.kundaliniguide.com http://www.awakeningguide.com

The Awakening Guide: A Companion for the Inward Journey by Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D. (Author)

Waking up spiritually is a life-altering event that shifts the world view, and changes the perception of what it means to be human. It is a significant grace in anyone’s life, bringing the potential for profound peace, unconditional love and intuitive wisdom.

However, spiritual “seekers” rarely have a clear understanding of what it means to become Awakened or Self-realized, nor do they recognize the natural tendency to become stuck in various cul-de-sacs along the way, or know how to cope with the challenges that arise in this process. Awakening is both sudden and gradual, often beautiful and ecstatic, but it can also be disorienting as the “seeker” falls away. Few spiritual systems or therapists are able to offer guidance to those in this process, and this can lead to confusion, detours and lengthy periods of darkness before embodiment and freedom are established.

“The Awakening Guide” reveals how the search for love, wisdom and wholeness unfolds for those who meditate, and also those who have sudden awakenings to expanded consciousness, radiant emptiness, Oneness and the realization of Self. This might happen following breathing or energy practices, transmission or diksa, traumatic or near-death events, drug experiments, biofeedback, or spontaneously while walking down the street. Consciousness shifts. Wham! Another reality is opened, and the world you know changes before your eyes. Consciousness is invited to recall itself as Source. An initial awakening is seldom permanent, and many seekers are disappointed to discover that this first flash of insight was only a glimpse, and the subsequent months and years require trust, patience and a commitment to living in Truth if they hope to be stabilized in an awakened state.

This inspirational book, written by a non-dual teacher and therapist who has explored the path of spiritual awakening for more than 40 years, and witnessed the spiritual emergence of over 2000 people, is a companion to support a new perspective as an old identity falls away. It offers some guidelines for awakening, descriptions of the varieties of experiences that have been called awakening, comments by people who have had glimpses of awakening, and a revelation of the primary issues and resolutions an awakened person may need to face. It is a companion to Dr. Greenwell’s book “The Kundalini Guide”.


BONNIE GREENWELL, Ph.D. is a teacher in the lineage of the modern non-dual wisdom teacher Adyashanti, and a transpersonal psychologist who has dedicated her work to the support of people in the spiritual emergence process. She is the author of “Energies of Transformation: A Guide to the Kundalini Process”, and “The Kundalini Guide” the editor of Adyashanti’s book “Emptiness Dancing” and contributor to the anthology “Kundalini Rising”. After years of working as a transpersonal therapist, she established Shanti River Center in Ashland, OR. to provide non-dual and transpersonal education. With a broad background in eastern and western traditions, and a long personal history of awakening moments, she has trained therapists and spiritual teachers internationally to work effectively with the dynamics of awakening and the embodiment of Self-realization.

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Podcast: Interview with Bonnie Greenwell by Tazzan and Paula Show

The Essence of Enlightenment: An In-depth Interview with Adyashanti Audio, Cassette – 2003 by Bonnie Greenwell Adyashanti (Author)


Adyashanti discusses the essence and impact of enlightenment and describes his own remarkable spiritual journey in this revealing and hear-felt interview with transpersonal therapist Dr. Bonnie Greenwell. This deep and rich dialogue describes what it means to be enlightened, the true essence of emptiness, and the unconditional love that is part of awakening. After 15 years of Zen practice and a series of every-deepening realization, Adyashanti’s Zen teacher asked him to teach. Since the, many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti. Adyashanti’s unique expression of living truth emerges spontaneously form emptiness, free of any tradition or ideology. His teachings have been compared to early Chan (Zen) masters and the nondual Indian wisdom teachings of Advaia Vendant. Bonnie Greenwell Ph.D. is a transpersonal psychotherapist who specializes in spiritual emergence issues. She has researched, written and lectured internationally about kundalini awakening since 1986, co-founded the Kundalini Research Network.


I’ve enjoyed being a transpersonal psychologist and a non-dual teacher in Adyashanti’s lineage for many years, and through this work have met thousands of fascinating people engaged in a spiritual awakening process. My books are a reflection of all I have learned through my own spiritual journey and by listening to and supporting the spiritual awakening of many others. My intention is to provide guidelines that help people through the challenges of kundalini activation (should it occur through yoga, energy or spiritual practices or spontaneously), and the many other shifts that make adjustments necessary after a genuine realization of your true nature. These are profound transformative events that can strip away every bit of your previous identity, while at the same time bringing joy, bliss and astonishing insight. They change your perspective, your energy field and your life. My work has been to find ways to live with the challenges until they pass into the deeper peace that is available to all hearts that enter this process.

During the years of my own awakening process I finished my doctorate, raised 3 kids, became a grandparent, and managed to stay married. I traveled to Europe and to India, helped to found and then facilitated conferences for the Kundalini Research Network, wrote books and carried a private practice. I have learned it is possible to find joy in everyday life by being present with whatever arises, and that the shifts triggered by awakening open doors within and without once you let go of being the one in charge. My life has been very graced. I hope my writings will lead those who seek Truth and peace into the relaxation of their own unique engagement with life.

Conversation between Bonnie Greenwell and Adyashanti in which they discuss the meeting of two approaches to awakening– the principles of Kundalini and the philosophy of nonduality.

1. Is it true that yoga will awaken deeper energy, which is called kundalini? 2. Jiddu Krishnamurti on Kundalini & Illumination


This video is brought to you by the Krishnamurti Foundation at Brockwood Park, UK, which maintains an extensive archive of Krishnamurti’s original works and is actively engaged in the publication of this material in various forms. Also at Brockwood Park, the Krishnamurti Centre offers a quiet retreat for those wishing to explore Krishnamurti’s works, and Brockwood Park School and Inwoods Small School offer an education deeply inspired by Krishnamurti’s teachings.

For more information about Krishnamurti and the Krishnamurti foundations: http://www.jkrishnamurti.org

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Kundalini & Illumination

Question: “Some have had experiences of seeing lights, oneness with the universe, awakening of Kundalini. Are these not steps towards illumination?”

Kundalini Tantra: Song of Liberation by Jan Esmann

What lies beyond awakening? Pure being is basic and so is the so-called “awakening” everyone is talking about today. The contemporary neo-Advaitins will tell you nothing lies beyond, however that is not true. A whole universe of bliss and unity awaits you and this book will help you discover it. Today, Tantra has become equated with exotic sexual practices; however that is less than half of what Tantra originally meant and still means. Tantra is the science of realizing the Self while remaining absorbed in a rich worldly life. Tantra and kundalini are closely related. Kundalini is the creative dynamic energy of the Self, also known as Shakti. Shakti is Divine Grace and it lives in you as you. Tantra is the science of merging this Divine Grace into your small conscious awareness and becoming enlightened. This book is about enlightenment – not just “awakening” but real enlightenment.

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The author of these pages could be said to be Jan Esmann, though that is just a form, a game, an old habit.

Anyway, here he is…

He is an artist by profession. You can see his paintings here
He also writes software (plugins for Photoshop) here

He has decided to share the love-bliss.
Nothing else matters.

What is written on this website is solely from experience.
All is an attempt to convey the state of love-bliss to you.

Nothing is from books or second hand knowledge.

Love-bliss never ending is the sole reality.

Fire in the brain…

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