AGHORA, At the Left Hand of God (Aghora) by Robert E. Svoboda

AGHORA: At the Left Hand of God This trilogy forms a portion of the story of the Aghori Vimalananda. An aghori is a practitioner of Aghora, the spiritual discipline that takes Tantra to its farthest limits. For Vimalananda Aghora was a wholly internal process that eliminates all commonly-accepted restricitions to the human faculties of perception. He defined an Aghori in this way: “An Aghori is beyond the bounds of the earthly shackles; nay, something above the elements which shape the universe, and you. He takes a sort of intoxicant and thus gets intoxicated in Supreme Love which emanates from the innermost recesses of his heart. Shall I call it interiority? It is that part which is beyond awareness. He gives off the best part of love. Why part? Part of the Supreme, Universal Love, where one experiences, with the help of perception, All-in-One/One-in-All. When you, the finite, merge into infinity what dost thou not know? During this stage he merges with his own deity so that he becomes Him — capital H. That is why he is said to have gone from darkness to divine enlightenment. This is an Aghori.”

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God is the first book in the Aghora trilogy. Written almost entirely in Vimalananda’s own words, it presents events from his life, tenets of his philosophy, and highlights from his spiritual practices. Designed partly to shock and partly to comfort, but wholly as an offering to his Beloved, Aghora is as clear a picture as possible of a man who was a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. Vimalananda insisted that this book be published only after his demise, that he might be spared pursuit by those whose curiosity might be inflamed by some of the sensational events described within. He believed in devoting his all to the pursuit of the direct perception of Reality, and advised others to be similarly dedicated to attaining personal experience of God. To readers he offered this warning: “Don’t take anything I say as gospel truth. I am human, I make mistakes. Test on yourselves what I’ve told you. Try it out, experience it, and then you will know whether or not I’m telling you the truth.”


Robert Edwin Svoboda

Born: Texas, USA in 1953

Education

+B.S., University of Oklahoma, 1972
(Major:Chemistry, Minor: French)

+Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya), Poona University, 1980

During and after my formal Ayurvedic training I was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotisha, Tantra and allied subjects by my mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He also owned thoroughbred race horses, and I served as his Authorized Racing Agent at the Royal Western India Turf Club in Bombay and Poona between 1975 and 1985.

Grants and Awards

National Merit Scholarship, 1970; U. of Oklahoma Merit Scholarship, 1970; U.S. Office of Education Scholarship, 1973; National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant, 1975; Marsden Foundation Grant 1978

1975 – 1980: Won all but one of the University of Poona awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal

Ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya in June 1973 as its first white member.

Professional Experience

The first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. Lived in India 1973-80 and 1982-86. Since 1985 I travel the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing. I have served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA.

Books on Ayurveda

The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda,
1st Edition Bombay 1980, 2nd Edition The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 1994

Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution,
1st Edition Geocom, Albuquerque, 1988, 2nd Edition Sadhana Publications, 1999

Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity,
1st Edition Penguin Books, London, 1992; reprinted by The Ayurvedic Press, Albuquerque, 2004.

Tao and Dharma,
(with coauthor Arnie Lade)
Lotus Press, 1995

Ayurveda for Women,
David & Charles Publishers, Newton Abbot, 1999

Other Books

Aghora: At the Left Hand of God,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, 1986

Aghora II: Kundalini,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, 1994

Aghora III: The Law of Karma,
Brotherhood of Life, Albuquerque, and Sadhana Publications (a co- production), December 1997

Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India,
(with coauthor Hart de Fouw)
Penguin Books, London, 1996

The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth,
Sadhana Publications, 1997

Light on Relationships: The Synastry of Indian Astrology,
(with coauthor Hart de Fouw)
Samuel Weiser Inc., 2000

Vastu: Breathing Life into Space
Namarupa, 2013

Other Publications

The Ayurvedic Home Study Course,
The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, 1985

Contributions include:

Enlightened Sexuality: Essays on Body-Positive Spirituality, ed. Georg Feuerstein, The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA 1989

Oriental Medicine: An Illustrated Guide to the Asian Arts of Healing, eds. Jan Van Alphen and Anthony Aris, Serindia Publications, London, 1995

All of Us: Americans Talk About the Meaning of Death, Patricia Anderson, Delacorte, 1996

The new entry on Ayurveda for Encyclopedia Britannica, 2000

The chapter on Ayurveda for Awakening Body, Mind, Spirit, Aperture Foundation, in preparation

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Robert Svoboda – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Apr 2, 2014

Robert E. Svoboda is the first white member of Kenya’s Pokot tribe, and the first non-Indian ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India, where he lived for more than a decade. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. For a decade he was involved with thoroughbred horses as Vimalananda’s Authorized Racing Agent. The author of more than a dozen books, since 1985 he divides his time between India and other lands.

Books: AGHORA, At the Left Hand of God (Aghora) (v. I) AGHORA II: Kundalini (Aghora) (Vol II) Aghora III: The Law of Karma The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution Ayurveda: Life, Health, and Longevity Prakriti Vastu: Breathing Life into Space Ayurveda for Women: A Guide to Vitality and Health Tao and Dharma: Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda

Grace Without Ascend ~ Igor Kufayev

Published on Feb 26, 2014

Q: Many speak of the need for the Kundalini to move upward through the spine, but this is not my experience. Aurobindo himself spoke of consciousness arising and the Divine consciousness descending and that being felt as energy/force movements, etc.

I know you are a Tantric and I wondered if you subscribe to one method or the other and in general your opinion. I feel this is an important clarification as it took me months to grasp and fully own my own naturally unfolding process instead of trying to convert to somebody else’s.

Here’s what Aurobindo has said: “In the Tantra the centres are opened and Kundalini is awakened by a special process, its action of ascent is felt through the spine.
Here (Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga) it is the pressure of the Force from above that awakens it and opens the centres. There is an ascension of the consciousness going up till it joins the higher consciousness above. This repeats itself (sometimes a descent also is felt) until all the centres are open and the consciousness rises above the body. At a later stage it remains above and widens out into the cosmic consciousness and the universal Self. This is a usual course, but sometimes the process is more rapid and there is a sudden and definite opening above.”

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica. February 2014.

Ascent of Shakti vs descent of Grace ~ Igor Kufayev


QUESTION: What’s the difference between Kundalini rising up the feet/first chakra through the body and out the tenth gate and Energy/light entering the body from above, and through, the tenth gate into the body?

Respond to a set of questions during live Webinar, Dec 1, 2012 Lake Arenal

Kundalini and the Fire of the Holy Spirit ~ Humanity Healing Network

The Great Secret of the Initiates

KundaliniSpiritus Sanctus vivificans vita,
movens omnia.
Et radix est in omni creatura,
ac omnia de immunditia abluit, tergens crimina, ac ungit vulnera.
Et sic est fulgens ac laudabilis vita,
suscitans et resuscitans omnia.

Holy Spirit, bestowing life unto life,
moving in All.
You are the root of all creatures,
washing away all impurity, scouring guilt, and anointing wounds.
Thus you are luminous and praiseworthy,
life, awakening, and re-awakening all that is.

~Hildegard Von Bingen
(medieval abbess, mystic and upbraider of popes, quoting the Holy Spirit)

In the Gnostic writings, the Christ Jesus spoke directly about the need for an inner transformation or self-realization. He also told us that the Holy Ghost, or Divine Mother, is the power by which this is accomplished.

Kundalini[1] has always been the biggest and best-kept secret of all times. Knowledge of it was a privilege conceded only to a few Initiates in the great occult and the esoteric mysteries. According to them, only through constant purification and self-perfection are the seven vital energy centers/vortexes, or chakras, which govern all aspects of mind, body and soul, are prepared for the awakening of Kundalini.

In actuality, the Kundalini energy is a colossal potential vortex located on the first Chakra, called Muladhara, which means “root support” and is situated at the base of the spine or more exactly, between the genitals and the anus.

At the time of mythological Lemuria and Atlantis continents, the human race was more advanced and had fully developed physical and extra-physical senses. Over time, the involution of these two people was extraordinary and the force called Kundalini was progressively compressed and resumed to a single point on the first Chakra.

The knowledge that illuminates not only sets you free, But also shows you clearly that you already are free. ~A Course in Miracles

Kundalini’s extraordinary energy can both raise a Human Being to the higher planes or imprison him in the lower worlds. As the Kundalini rises through the Chakras, the pineal gland awakens from its ancient slumber and the Seeker will recover their Sidhi, which are the extrasensory powers.

Some of these extra-sensorial powers are:

>telepathy which is the communication of thoughts;
>clairvoyance which is the vision of what happens at a distance;
>astral projection which is the outflowing of a conscious invisible body out of the
physical body;
>the gift of healing with the hands or fingertips;
>and other gifts such as levitation, invisibility etc.

“I have reached the inner vision and through Thy Spirit in me I have heard Thy wondrous secret, through Thy mystic insight Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge to well up within me, a fountain of power, pouring forth living waters, a flood of love and of all embracing wisdom, like the splendor of eternal light” ~ Book of Hymns of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Kundalini also awakens the Jina State[2], which is the extraordinary and wonderful practice that allows the introjection of our physical body into other dimensions of the universe and unravels the mysteries of life and death.

“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them.” ~ Acts 2, 2-3

The Kundalini is symbolized by a serpent biting its own tail, showing that transcendental energy is compressed like a spring. The Egyptians, and in the same way as the Mayans and Hindus, knew the Secret Serpent of Fire, as did the Gnostics, which considered its mastery to be the Keys of Eternal Wisdom.

“She is the first power. She preceded everything, and came forth from the Father’s mind as forethought of all. Her light resembles the Father’s light; as the perfect power She is the image of the perfect and invisible Virgin Spirit. She is the first power, the glory, Barbello, the perfect glory among the worlds, the emerging glory, She glorified and praised the Virgin Spirit for she had come forth through the Spirit. She is the first thought, image of the Spirit. She became the universal womb, for She precedes everything, the common parent, the first humanity, the Holy Spirit”. ~The Secret Book of John


The Kundalini is the Sacred Fire of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Grail of the early Christians and the energy of Chi, or Ki, of the mysticism of the East. In the New Testament, the story of the descent of the Holy Spirit, the coming of the “Paraclete[3]”, was described through the appearance of flames of fire on the apostle’s heads. The decent of Holy Spirit of God and its consequent encounter with the Divine Feminine energy of the Mother always comes bearing spiritual gifts. In the Biblical case, the Gift of Tongues and understanding were part of that Divine dispensation.

The release of Kundalini begins in the first Chakra and goes upwards from Chakra to Chakra, until the seventh. When this happens, the person becomes an enlightened and fully freed from ego or the psychological strains of selves. In theory, there are thirty-three steps to become a Solar Man with the Seven Bodies totally reintegrated and crystallized in power[4]; self-realized and co-creating realities within the Divine Mind.

[1] Kundalini -Shakti

[2] The Jina State can be defined, according to the Modern Gnosis, as our fourth dimension; the hyper-geometrical plane or the hyperspace.

[3] From the Greek parakletos: an appellation of the Holy Ghost. The early church identified the Paraclete as the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 1:8,2:4,2:38) and Christians continue to use Paraclete as a title for the Spirit of God.

[4] no longer carbon based

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