Kundalini Truth & Consequence – Part Two

I won’t tell you it is a good idea to awaken Kundalini. Nor would I say it’s a bad idea. It isn’t about good or bad, right or wrong, better or worse. It is a personal matter of choice and knowing what you want.

Being forewarned is being forearmed.

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If you read part one of this post and listened to Durga Ma’s talk on kundalini, you might be intrigued to find out there’s a lot more to consider and to understand if we are tempting to awaken her (kundalini).

With all of the front page hype about “expanding your field of loving-awareness” as the motivation for moving forward, it feels prudent to  to include some more information.

Durga Ma was passionate about empowering people to make conscious decisions based on knowledge, and I am passionate about continuing this aspect of her legacy. She was (in my humble opinion) unrivaled in her experience and understanding about the process of spiritual development, and ability to articulate and guide one on the path. That is not to say she is alone in this category, but she is absolutely trustworthy according to my personal experience which continues today.

At the end of the day, Kundalini has one job – to evolve you. All of you, literally. She is not interested in if you feel good, are looking for a soul-mate, or seeking personal development so you can fulfill your worldly desires. She is for the one who seeks Liberation, or for the fettering of fools. This is a common warning Durga Ma freely distributed to any seeker who uttered the “k” word.

You may not agree or even like what I have to say, and I welcome it. I’m not sharing Durga Ma’s work with the intention of discouraging anyone, but sharing what she shared with me… knowledge is power, and power can be advantageous or destructive.

There were many times over the years that I initially felt diametrically opposed to something Durga Ma would share or say… but I accepted it (not to say I liked it, or agreed with it). What happened as a result of being willing to accept her unconditionally, was that it allowed her wisdom to begin to work on me from the inside out.

Our journey to traverse the infinite landscape of spiritual awakening is most likely not going to happen over a 3 day weekend retreat. I also regret to inform you that it isn’t all going to be “cherry berry Ben.” While there may be no real control over the outcome, we must first begin with taking responsibility for the outcome, which is where it seems appropriate to get some real grounded knowledge on what it is we are seeking.

Durga Ma told me once that if anyone said they understood kundalini, that I should run. I have only my personal experience that is validated by her teachings and scripture, so I will leave with you the second part of her discussion on kundalini here. If you are considering or pursuing kundalini awakening, or even in the midst of it already,  I invite you to this engaging discussion. There is nothing but wisdom to be gained by taking the time to listen and enjoy the simplicity and directness of her teachings.

May your journey be blessed in every direction and may you receive the knowledge you need to make conscious choices that support what it is you truly want.

Listen to Durga Ma’s talk on Kundalini – Part Two here.

With Love,

Anandi

P.S. There is an addendum I would like to add since this recording was nearly 30 years ago. At one point she mentions that her kundalini was not stationed in the head at the time she was taping this talk.

It was however, by all accounts firmly stationed and had transformed into maruti prior to her mahasamadhi in June, 2019. In the future I plan to share some of the information about this process from her account. However, I mention it at this time as a reminder to her students and initiates because a Guru can only take one as far as one has gone themselves, and I think it might bring great joy to us to be reminded of her completion of this sadhana when we feel or perceive any obstacle in our path.

Jaya Bhagavan (Victory to God)!

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III:25-26 How to Save the World, Conclusion

Self-reference: By making progress in your own spiritual development you help to save the world and everyone in it. By pursuing the fulfillment of your desires they may possibly come to fruition. If you had to choose one of these two, which would you choose? 

BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 3, VERSES 25-26

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The non-knower acts with attachment, but the knower should act unattached for the sake of holding the world together.

The knower refers to those who know, understand and practice the the teachings Lord Krishna has imparted to Arjuna, and to us.

Unattached action as taught by Lord Krishna, holds the world together; attached action does not. If Arjuna is holding back on his own account, Lord Krishna is telling him that he should go forward anyway for the sake of the world and those who inhabit it.

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Do not disturb the minds of the unwise who act with attachment to actions. Instead, inspire delight in all their actions, while yourself constantly practicing unattached action.

For the knower, which now includes Arjuna, action should be performed in the manner described in these verses as ‘unattached’, for it is this kind of action that holds the world together while taking one to liberation. Those who are not in the know will continue to act with attachment. This is inevitable, and why it is so important for the knower to practice unattached action as prescribed.

The ‘world’ you can take both literally and figuratively. Literally, the prescribed action holds the physical-material world together. Symbolically, the world is the body, which indicates that there are clues hidden within this and previous verses for how to hold the body together so that it is not lost or destroyed.

Why doesn’t He just give these teachings to everyone?

That is precisely what He is doing…right here, right now in these very verses. Let he who has eyes, see… For those who cannot see, those who are not at a point of readiness for comprehending these teachings, attempts to explain them can only cause confusion and unhappiness and no good will come of it. Consequently, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna (and us) not to rock their boat by trying to force-feed them, but instead, support them in their endeavors and look toward their happiness in what they do, and to continue to practice these teachings ourselves.

Verses 22-26, How to Save the World in a Nutshell

22-24: For me, there is nothing whatever to do or to attain in all the three worlds. Even so, I engage in action. If I did not engage in tireless action, all of humankind would most certainly follow my path. If I did not perform action, I would ruin these three worlds. I would be a maker of confusion and destroy all living beings.

25-26: The non-knower acts with attachment, but the knower should act unattached for the sake of holding the world together. But the knower should not disturb the minds of the unwise who act with attachment to actions, but instead, inspire delight in all their actions, while yourself constantly practicing unattached action.

Coming this weekend: Liberation!

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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SKY Haven

My motivation for the creation of SKY Haven is its Core as described in “Community“, on this website.

SKY Haven’s Core 

The full-time practice of Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga (Surrender Meditation) requires special conditions that do not presently exist elsewhere in the U.S. This refuge is desperately needed for those who wish to take this sadhana to its fulfillment. Such a place requires that individuals may live independently within the context of these special conditions.

Some of these conditions are that practitioners not have the usual distractions of having to earn a living, deal with snakes and predators (including human ones), noisy peacocks, traffic or other forms of pollution, and have special living conditions such as appropriate dwellings, privacy, abundant water and other provisions as stated in the shastras (spiritual texts). These practitioners will, of course, be few.

Durga Ma’s Onion, as described in Community, is much more complexed than I would actually like it to be, but I put it together this way as a means of including householders and other students who would like to be close by, or have access, without having to live in the Core and practice full time sadhana. However, there are other ways of accomplishing this that have already been successfully demonstrated by other groups whose model we could use as a guide. Until this strata is needed we will keep things simple and concentrate on the Core, keeping our minds open to different ways of accomplishing any expansion we need when we need it. Large, multi-strata communities are much more vulnerable to internal difficulties anyway, so we will start start simply, and see how things evolve.

Past Experience

I have learned through experience the hazards of putting things like this together, and I do not intend to make the same mistakes again. SKY Haven will not be a democracy, socialist, communist, or any other such political model, which will eliminate some of the flaws and temptations inherent in these systems. SKY Haven will be a benevolent monarchy.

The monarch will have an advisory board including at least one attorney and one qualified psychologist, and other experts. If such expertise is not among us, they will be hired. Persons desirous of residency will be screened. Laws, building codes and zoning laws will be carried out to the letter. Any illegal activities or substances will be prohibited and violators evicted. SKY Haven dharma will be short and sweet, and based primarily on the Yamas and Niyamas, and will include simple parameters for building dwellings.

My previous attempt at creating such a place started out well and ended in disaster. One person, who had contributed money and lived there, came to feel that he owned the place and anything and everything on it, including Durga Ma. He became abusive and I became concerned for the safety of all of us. There were seven dwellings, four people in residence and two more preparing to come, leaving one cabin for guests. He refused to leave, so I did, and things fell apart from there. I learned a great deal from this experience, hence the above mentioned monarchy with its advisory board and experts.

Trusting Each Other

What all this comes down to is that we will need to be able to trust each other. I need to be able to trust you, and you need to be able to trust me. We must be able to be kind and direct with each other. No one should ever be living in fear of being controlled or manipulated by anyone else. Nor should I. We must all be and behave as mature adults. As divine individuals, we are all equal in what it is that we really are, and we must keep this, and the significance of it, in mind in all our dealings.

I do hope that those of you who want to take up this sadhana full time, now or in the future, will find this approach reassuring. It may look a little tough and tight, but I believe these strategies are necessary to make a go of things and maintain them with the least amount of difficulty.

I have no particular wish to be a leader and will always take the simplest route, listen to the people involved, and do my homework … but I may ask for help.

Love,
Durga Ma
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