Asana is a stage of sadhana. A look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, will give you a feel for what I mean. With shaktipat diksha, one begins Sahaja Yoga sadhana, Surrender Meditation, and for the serious aspirant, the stage of asana begins fairly soon.
The Teachings of the Immortal, Lord Lakulisha,
Twenty-Eighth Incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Translations are in bold
Comments that follow are my own.
Continuing from chapter two, sutras 1 and 2, “Left of the player”:
II:3 Of most excellent standing, the Best Player
When you achieve ascension, you become a player of high standing. This excellence is natural, but it is not ordinary. You have achieved greatness by having experienced for yourself, the truth about action, and you now have that knowledge, which is also not ordinary but exceptional. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that one who knows action in inaction, and inaction in action, is wise among all.
II:4 Rudra (scary)
You have the power to face fear.
Rudra, whose name means “Roarer” or “Howler”, is connotative of fear — “crying, howling, roaring, dreadful, terrific, terrible, horrible”. But Rudra is also “the bestower of strength and power”. This suggests that power can be found in your own fear when it is not suppressed or hidden from yourself. Thus the interpretation, You have the power to face fear.
This scary guy, Rudra, who runs around roaring and “driving away evil”, is also identified as “praiseworthy”, and as “the practitioner”—that’s you when you’re in surrender meditation running around howling, crying, etc., fearlessly facing fear, and the purification of associated patterns, even though the purification invokes fear.
II:5 Impeller of the asana
The impeller refers to what propels you into the asana stage of sadhana. You are propelled by God because that is what you have surrendered to. So asana (seat, position, or disposition; dwelling within) refers to the power of God within your practice, as well as in the effects of your practice. This is possible because of your willingness to surrender enough to face fear.
Asana is a stage of sadhana. A look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, will give you a feel for what I mean. With shaktipat diksha, one begins Sahaja Yoga sadhana, Surrender Meditation, and for the serious aspirant, the stage of asana begins fairly soon. This stage is pertinent to the physical body, but not exclusively. The emotional body and the mental body are automatically affected accordingly, for what takes place on the physical plane is immediately accomplished on subtler planes, i.e., emotional and mental. This doesn’t happen in the other direction, from subtle to gross, which is why the physical aspect of spiritual development cannot be skipped or ignored as so many of us would like to believe.
For some reason, we westerners tend to venerate the mind to the point of exclusion of anything else, like feelings (emotions) and the body. It may be that the mind is the ultimate field of sadhana, but this stage can only be reached by getting there—there is no avoiding it, any more than one can avoid the first rungs of the ladder when trying to reach the rooftop. Attempts to skip this stage of development will not succeed. If you find this exasperating, just think of it as a shortcut to success, and read the bold type above, again.
II:6 All that is wished for appears
You discover that what you had wished for has now come to be, and that what you wanted to know has been told.
What you wanted, and even the want itself, was an effect of the practice and determined by God, because that is what you surrendered to.
You are a player who has become a player of excellence. Prana-shakti is ascendant because you surrendered fully and faced fear. The result was that you achieved what you had thought was to be abandoned as inauspicious, but now…
II:7 And here, the inauspicious becomes auspicious.
Now you discover that what you once thought to be inauspicious is actually auspicious, and the very thing that takes you to the goal.
Shaktipat Intensives & Remote Shaktipat
Sahaja Yoga, Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga