Teaching Authentic Meditation

Excerpts from the first chapter of the training manual for Durga Ma’s Natural Meditation, for personal or online Teacher Training and Certification:

Why Do I Want You To Teach?

I want to get these courses out to everyone. I have two primary reasons for this:

1. Everyone has inherent power to the exact same degree. This power comes with the same degree of personal potential for each and every one of us. It is astronomical. Most people are unaware of this amazing truth about themselves. I want them to become aware of it. This alone is reason enough, for arriving at this awareness will end the feeling of needing to control other people and things, and peace could finally begin to prevail.

2. Meditation gives people the opportunity to become aware of this truth about themselves through their own experience. Hearing it, thinking about it, and even believing it, is not enough. Some degree of personal experience is crucial. Meditation provides this experience. Everyone has the ability to meditate successfully and reap a harvest of benefits beyond the mind’s ability to even come close to imagining. Very few people actually do meditate, even though they have practiced the rudiments of meditation unknowingly since childhood. Many people do not realize that there is anything to know about meditation. There is. I want people to have at least the nuts and bolts of authentic meditation and be able to use them. . . .

Teaching Authentic Meditation

For meditation to be effective it must be authentic. What you are going to be doing is disseminating real, authentic meditation in a non-intimidating manner to anyone who wants it, regardless of their spiritual leanings or the lack thereof. There is nothing floaty-woaty about authentic meditation, but anyone can do it.

There is also a less altruistic reason for why I want you to teach. Simply put, it is this: My cup runneth over. It is full. If I am to move onward to the ultimate end of walking a spiritual path in this lifetime, I must teach, I must pass along to others what has been given to me. I learned a long time ago, before I started meditating, that the best and most effective form of teaching is to teach others to teach, in other words, to teach teaching. . . .

. . . I am not by nature a cause-oriented person. These courses just began writing themselves around 1992 and continued developing over time. They just happened, just as this online Meditation Teacher Training program is on automatic pilot at this very moment. The blossoming of these courses and trainings are a part of my own sadhana, or they wouldn’t be getting written and taught.

If all you ever do is the three New Dawn courses [the first three in the series], I will be pleased and you will be very well equipped to feed others what they are starving for. . . . .

© Copyright 2012, Durga Ma, Phoenix, Arizona

♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦

The Shakti Jet

What you have read above refers to the teaching of three to nine courses written for the masses. The real fruit, however, lies with Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, which I often call Surrender Meditation and which is also known in my lineage as sahaja yoga or Natural Meditation because of its spontaneous and experiential nature through shaktipat. Although the nine courses lay essential groundwork for this sadhana (spiritual practice), or any other path or lifestyle for that matter, Surrender Meditation is a is a different thing altogether — it’s the difference between walking from one coast of the continent to the other or taking a jet liner to get there. I think of this sadhana as the Shakti Jet.

Not only am I putting these nine courses out for others to teach, but I am also considering to whom I will pass the torch of Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Surrender Meditation. I would hope that whoever this may turn out to be has these courses under their belt and teaches them. What a wonderful pool this would make from which the hungry (translate “sincere”) would leap at the opportunity to take the Shakti Jet. Having just reached the age of 70, this consideration has begun to take a front seat. Regardless of age, one rarely knows how much time they have left, and there is so much more beyond these nine courses and a Shaktipat Intensive that a new torch-bearer would need to learn that cannot be written.

I hope this message inspires some action on your part, and leads to more Teachers-in-training, and to the preservation of the teachings with which I have been blessed by the Grace of God and Guru.

Divine Mother sends Her Love.

Durga Ma

2 thoughts on “Teaching Authentic Meditation

  1. prakriti

    Dear Durga Ma:
    I am finding that I am getting more and more reclusive and, to be honest, I don’t really want to teach anybody, not that I feel I know enough to do so. I don’t even feel like teaching regular yoga classes anymore, just want to come home from work and go into my meditation hut. Is teaching for everyone or does the aspirant need to feel a calling for it?


    1. Dear Prakriti,

      I hope you don’t feel that I’m trying to get absolutely *everyone* to become a teacher of this material. You are becoming a *vanaprasti, *a hermit. This as a natural progression that should prove your own progress to you. My hermit stage was profound; I didn’t care if it never ended. I expected renunciation to come as naturally after this as becoming a hermit came after the children left the nest. It did. It just wasn’t the way I thought it would be. This *sadhana *never ceases to surprise. I imagine that someday you will need to teach for your own sake, but if that time is not now, so be it. If I’m still around when that comes up for you, you will have my full support as you do now in your current stage of *sadhana. *If there is anything that I have that you need, let me know and I’ll do my best to see that you get it.

      Love, Durga Ma


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