Meditation on Chakras

In the meditative state, the life energy flows steadily to a single thing.  Meditation on a chakra is the steady flow of the life energy to a chakra. 

Mantra Meditation on Chakras

Mantra is generally understood as the repetition of one or more Sanskrit syllables that make up a sacred formula, a chant, incantation, or one of the many names of God.  Mantras are used for a number of purposes and affect the chakras.

The repetition of mantra is usually thought of as the repetition of words.  If we look at ‘repetition’ as the repeated fluctuations that constitute regular vibrations, we have the definition of a musical tone.  If ‘formula’ refers to the rate of speed of the vibration, we have a tone of a specific pitch.  A tone of the same frequency as a chakra will resound in that chakra causing it to vibrate.  So sound vibrations, such as music and chanting, also affect chakrasChakras are focal points in the body to which everything in the body is connected via the nadis [channels], so sounds from external sources have an effect on the chakras and consequently, the entire body… 

Each letter of the Sanskrit alphabet is a syllable that makes up the word or words of a mantra.  Each of these sounds is associated with a chakra.  The vibrations, or frequencies, of the sounds in a particular order and combination make up a mantra and can cause one or more chakras to become activated.  When a chakra is activated, either the power or the obstacle that is associated with that chakra surfaces.

A mantra can be chanted or spoken in any language, but Sanskrit, which means ‘purified, perfected, sanctified’, has the special quality of being a spiritual language.  With secular languages, we take potluck with the organization and quality of the sounds that make up the language and the way they affect the chakras.  Sometimes the effect is beneficial, sometimes harmful, sometimes neither.  Sanskrit has its origin in spontaneous elevated meditative states and consists of a natural order of the fundamental pattern-producing sounds responsible for creation.

In the beginning was the word and the word was made manifest.

The root of the word mantra is ‘man’ (pronounced muhn), the same as the root of the word for mind, manas.  The repetition of a mantra has a direct effect on the mind by soothing it and causing all or part of it to be calm and motionless.  When awareness merges with this non-active part of the mind, samadhi is attained.  In the case of mantra meditation on a chakra, the ‘object’ of meditation is a chakra.  By affecting a particular chakra, the part of the mind connected with it is calmed.

The type of samadhi in which only a part of the mind is motionless is called sabija samadhi.  The samadhi that occurs when the entire mind becomes motionless is called nirbija.  In nirbija samadhi, all mentally based desires are dormant (in earlier stages) or nonexistent (in later stages).  Nirbija samadhi is blissful beyond description and follows the accomplishment of sabija samadhi.

Meditation on a chakra can be achieved by using the technique of saying a mantra repeatedly, or by the energy going there of its own accord naturally through surrender to the Divine.

Spontaneous Meditation on Chakras

A teacher of mine once said, ‘When you can give it up, you can get it.’  If we can give up trying to make it happen, the Divine Energy in its infinite wisdom will naturally go to the appropriate chakra on its own, in its own time. Trying to make this happen is a mental activity caused by the desire to have the results. This keeps the energy in a state of bondage. In natural Surrender Meditation, the energy acts independently and is free to go where it sees fit. Meditation on a chakra occurs spontaneously and the sound of music, the Magic Flute, is heard from within.

Kundalini, the evolutionary force, and prana, the healing, purifying, sustainer of life, get directed automatically to a chakra in natural meditation.  It is quite common for one practicing Surrender Meditation to find the actual recitation of a mantra occurring aloud spontaneously.  This is, in fact, the origin of the technique of mantra.

From Living the Mysteries, Copyright ©1999,
Durga Ma and Terry Anne Preston, Ph.D.

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Shaktipat Prep

Shaktipat, along with its subsequent practice, sahaja yoga, was originally given to very few people. Through shaktipat, kundalini, the evolutionary force, could awaken naturally and one could attain yoga, ‘union with God.’

A teacher might have initiated only one or two students in a lifetime. Students desirous of shaktipat initiation would live at the teacher’s residence (ashram) for twelve years practicing selfless service to the teacher (guruseva), repetition of mantra, postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), proper diet, and so forth.

Before you gasp in horror at these requirements, keep in mind that masters of many arts and sciences in many cultures throughout the world also trained their students in this manner, and in many cases, still do.

After twelve years, if rapport with the teacher was sufficient, if devotion and determination was firm, and if the student’s karmic situation was conducive to it, he might be granted initiation. This trend continued for millennia for very good reasons.

The following are some of the qualifications for shaktipat initiation. I recommend that you use them as guidelines for maximizing your opportunity to get the most out of your spiritual practices, whether or not they are the practices of my lineage.

1    Have some sense of who you really are.
By “who,” I do not mean the popular concept of “who” as it is used today, which has to do with personality, lifestyle, likes and dislikes, what you do and how you do it, and so on. I mean who you REALLY are without all that packaging.

2    Have respect or devotion to the teacher who initiates you.
If you do not have respect for this person, and if you do not feel some degree of devotion to this person, he or she will be useless to you when you need them most as you progress to more advanced stages.

3    Set a limit on material possessions.
The purpose of this guideline is to help you to simplify your life in order to make room for your sadhana to bear fruit. Too many things creates too much distraction and steals time.

4    Read and reflect on scripture.
One who reads, studies and reflects on the written teachings of those who have successfully travelled the path, ups the ante a thousand times over one who does not.

5    Find something you feel you can surrender to — God, the Divine, Divine Love, Truth, Higher Power, the Absolute…
Do not try to do this sadhana by surrendering to yourself. This is counterproductive. In this meditation you will get the best results if you surrender to That which is Divine that is Other-Than-You.

6    Be willing to do at least one hour of sadhana a day.
This means an hour of actual sadhana, not including preparations, getting settled down, or any special opening and closing you might want to invent (it is a good idea to do this, by the way).

7    Be willing to do guruseva, selfless service for the teacher.
Do not believe for a moment that this is self-serving on the part of the teacher who initiates you. Guruseva is really for you. It burns up negative karma quickly, gets you out of the red and makes it possible for you to make faster progress. Guruseva also allows time for the teacher to continue his or her own sadhana, which is to your advantage.

8    Be willing to communicate with the person who initiates you about your sadhana.
A teacher who initiates a student will have a sense of responsibility for that student. If you do not communicate with this person, the teacher has no opportunity to contribute to your advancement, and you loosen the bond between yourself and the teacher. If you continue successfully on your own, you may reach a point when you will need this person’s guidance, but by losing your rapport with the teacher, this guidance will not likely be forthcoming.

9    Continue to reflect on and improve your application of yama and niyama.*

If everyone, regardless of spiritual orientation or the lack thereof, attended to these spiritual principles, we would certainly have a better, more peaceful world. But alas, not everyone will. This leaves it up to those of us who would, to do our best to do a good job.

Jaya Bhagavan (Victory to God),
Durga Ma

* Yama and niyama: The yamas and niyamas consist of ten fundamental spiritual principles for attaining and maintaining success in spiritual development and in everyday life. See the New Moon elective course, Ten Keys to Success.

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