Radical: The term ‘radical’ is meant literally: Far-reaching, thorough, complete, and inherent or fundamental to something, in this case, meditation. Radical is also defined as advocating reform and representing or supporting extreme measures to this end.Meditation: The steady, unbroken flow of life energy (prana) to one place in the body, with the complete introversion of the senses producing a meditative state and samadhi. Sadhana performed for this purpose.
Sadhana: Propitiation, worship, adoration. The act of mastering. A means of going straight to the goal. The word sadhana is commonly used to refer to specific spiritual practices handed down through a guru/teaching lineage. I often use the term ‘practice’ interchangeably with the word sadhana to refer to an established daily routine set aside for this purpose.
I support your spiritual development through meditation by advocating an extreme measure: meditation that doesn’t require the use of a technique to be successful.
For most, meditating requires the use of a technique, a certain way to go about meditating in order to get a certain result. In other words, one uses one’s will to meditate. But might there be a way to meditate without using a technique, without using the will? Well, there is, and this is where meditation takes on the quality of being radical. Sahaja Yoga is experiential meditation that occurs spontaneously through surrender to God, causing the prana to be released from the bondage of the mind and will. It is fundamental, far-reaching and natural.
If you are as old as I am, you will remember the 1960’s and 70’s as a period of radicalism advocating reform. Along with the social, spiritual and political ideas advocated during those times, there was a huge and dangerous backlash from the “establishment”—enough to make one think twice before engaging in anything radical, which was the whole point of the backlash.
Most of us are skeptical, if not down-right terrified, of change that confronts the beliefs and ideals into which we have invested so much time, energy, passion or money. This fear caused the upheaval from the establishment in those days, and this is what will happen if you take up radical mediation—there will be an upheaval: You will encounter resistance from the spiritual-religious establishment…and from your own mind.
The type of meditation I am advocating is natural. But we are not used to natural, especially where meditation is concerned. We are familiar with control—using the will and trying hard to get it right, sitting a certain way and forcing in order to get a desired result. You may feel skeptical about a meditation that is so radically different, and you may be concerned because, with this type of meditation, you give up being in control. Not being in control can be scary.
The sadhana of which I speak is not truly meditation, but a practice that will produce meditation and a meditative state, naturally and spontaneously, without you having to do anything to make it happen. It requires nothing of you, but shaktipat and the surrender of the body, feelings and mind to the Divine—God, Truth, the Absolute, Divine Love, Spirit, call it what you will—during your sadhana. In other words, dismissing all your preconceptions and expectations concerning meditation, you delegate this Higher Authority to run your sadhana, your meditation. With this Divine Authority in charge, meditation is more efficient, effective and appealing than any technique you can ever do. It is, therefore, completely effortless.
Shaktipat diksha (shaktipat initiation) allows for the release of the life energy in the body. The evolutionary force, kundalini, can then awaken naturally and easily. Personal experience will take one through stages of development over time through continued practice.
A Natural Means of Reaching Our Natural State
Radical meditation is meditation in its most fundamental form. It is as far-reaching and thorough as you can get due to its being self-propelled, natural and spontaneous. Though it is radical, this elegantly simple practice is the predecessor of the various forms of meditation we see practiced today. It is the most simple and easy of spiritual paths. As its advocate I recommend it to anyone wishing to reach their natural state of realized divinity and the final aim of life: direct realization of Truth, liberation, the end of sorrows and timeless bliss.
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that you really are),
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