This page contains an initiation. Just read it and move on, or hop on board and begin Surrender Meditation, the most amazing journey you could ever take. Prior religious or spiritual paths or the lack of either are not required; the teachings of this path are universal and pertain to everyone.
Along with shaktipat initiation, you will be initiated into the meditation that I practice, and I can tell you from over 40 years of experience and teaching, that it can sweep off your feet. This is a good thing if what you want is God, liberation, and eternal happiness.
Shaktipat is not meant as a finish-line, but is the beginning of a new and unusual practice that will take some time to comprehend. You are urged to join Shaktipat Roundtable for this purpose (see below).
There is much ignorance about Shaktipat, and Kundalini is misunderstood by almost everyone. Contrary to popular opinion, Shaktipat does not awaken Kundalini, but releases the pent up Life Energy (prana) in the body so that it can awaken Kundalini. When this happens differs from person to person. The regular practice of Surrender Meditation will bring you to this point, so don’t despair if you don’t feel that Shakipat has awakened you. Also, you may receive Shaktipat subtly and not recognize it, so don’t throw it away.
Shaktipat can only take place through your surrender to Absolute God/Truth in the context of this initiation and the proper conditions for daily practice. Shaktipat is an initiation: it begins the process.
Proper Conditions for Initiation
- Set aside a generous space in a private room for your initiation.
- Spread a blanket or comforter on the floor. You may use a 1″ or 1.5″ mat underneath if you wish.
- Secure your room from any possible distractions or interruptions. Lock doors, close windows, turn off the phone, etc. You must be alone in the room the entire time, and secure from interruptions.
- You may have a dim light, but do not leave candles or incense burning.
- Wear loose garments.
- Set a timer for one hour.
The KEY to RECEIVING shaktipat is SURRENDER. Surrender is the abandonment of all your preconceived ideas, desires and expectations, to Absolute God/Truth. Leave them at the door along with all your preconceived ideas and expectations about meditation, shaktipat, kundalini, chakras, and spirituality in general. All these concerns will block shaktipat and deaden your experience. If you want to keep them, they will still be there when your initiation is over.
The key to surrender is knowing WHAT you are surrendering and what you are surrendering it TO:
Surrender your body, feelings and mind.
Surrender them only to Absolute God (by any name).
Now you will be open to receive God in the form of Shakti, female God, the instigator of all action.
Open Your Meditation
- Sit in the middle of your blanket and bow down to the North, to the guru initiating you, or to the deity on your altar. Then close your eyes and keep your eyes closed during the entire period.
- Take a few deep breaths: Inhale through your nose, hold your breath until it becomes uncomfortable, then exhale fully through your mouth quickly and completely to empty your lungs. Do eight breaths in this manner.
- When you have completed eight rounds of breathing, allow your breathing to return to normal.
- Now surrender your body, mind and feelings to God/Truth. There is no certain way to sit or lie from this point on, so release your control over your body, feelings and mind and surrender them to God/Truth.
- Relax. Divine Mother Shakti will now manage your meditation.
- Consider any actions that want to prevail at any time to be instigated by Shakti, and do not try to stop them. Allow absolute freedom for any movements that want to occur. Whether you observe or not is irrelevant.
- If you should fall asleep, don’t worry about this. When you are asleep, Shakti has the best access to your body, feelings and mind because they aren’t busy working for you. Just let everything be what it is, and enjoy your time with Divine Mother Shakti.
Close Your Meditation
- When your timer sounds, open your eyes and bow down as you did in the beginning, to end your meditation.
- Take some time to acclimate before going about other activities.
Use your initiation instructions as a general guide for your daily practice.
Do one or two hours per day of this practice. With less than an hour, not much will happen.
If you are married and/or have responsibilities in the world, periods longer than an hour of this meditation can make these responsibilities difficult to carry out, so limit yourself to an hour a day.
With only one hour a day, it is unlikely that you will be swept away and wanting to do this practice for long periods of time. Some people get by with doing two hours a day, but not more, so start with one hour.
Share your experiences and ask questions in Shaktipat Roundtable. It is vital that you have this information, and contact with others who are also doing this practice and learning these teachings. There will be someone there for you via Comment and Replies.
Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
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