There is very little that you need to know to do Sahaja Yoga sadhana, but there is a great deal you must learn in order to understand these few things well, and it is important that you do.

Most written Sanskrit teachings on the way of union with God begin with, “Therefore, now yoga will be explained.” This statement clearly indicates that something comes before taking up yoga sadhana.

During the time most of these texts were written, dharma was assumed to have been instilled throughout childhood and adolescence, so these teachings are not always found in writings on yoga. An exception to this is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, where he mentions ten spiritual principles, or laws. Because our own culture has missed out on this, I have written the Ten Keys to Success course as a means of getting this knowledge out in a generic fashion.

The ten principles, or Ten Keys, consist of five yamas and five niyamas. Each yama and each niyama is one Sanskrit word—ten words for ten principles, not all of which can be translated succinctly into English in one word. The important thing to remember is that each of these words expresses a principle, a teaching, and is a representation of your true nature and what that looks like when you live successfully by that principle.

For convenience, I have translated these principles as simply as possible.

The Yamas
As practices, the yamas are generally considered to be “restraints.”

1. Harmlessness
2. Truth
3. Non-theft
4. Sexual restraint
5. Non-possessiveness

The yamas are said to be universal: They are not limited by birth, class, culture, race, time (past, present, future), situation, or religion, and constitute the foundation and support of yoga and successful living. Abiding by these principles constitutes a meritorious mode of life that is the greatest service to the world.

The Niyamas
As practices, the niyamas are generally considered to be “observances.”

1. Purity of food, environment, thought, speech, and company
2. Contentment in all circumstances
3. Self-discipline, self-control
4. Study of scriptures, of self and Self
5. Surrender/devotion to God and Guru

These ten principles are meant to be looked at more closely as teachings for one practicing surrender sadhana, regardless of one’s religion, spiritual path or teaching lineage. They are brimming with information, and can only be fully understood through experience, as is the case with all mystical teachings.

The Payoff

To the degree a yama or a niyama is mastered, a special power results. So there is a payoff for bothering yourself to pay attention to these ten principles/teachings/laws. By making progress toward mastery, you clear the way to even greater progress.

Durga Ma

Surrender Meditation
Sahaja Yoga, Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga

Shaktipat Diksha
Shaktipat Intensives & Remote Shaktipat

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Sahaja Yoga

Uplift the world and her people from conflict and suffering, UPLIFT YOURSELF !

This statement is not just a sentiment or an opinion. It should be obvious that we are all connected. If you accept that you are created in the image of God, you are Its own likeness, just as we all are, so how could it be otherwise?

To improve the world by improving ourselves, it is vital that we each pursue a means of attaining union, communion, with God, Truth, the Divine, directly. In doing so, we will affect everyone else and help to bring everyone forward to their natural state of perfection, goodness and joy, for what one of us does inevitably affects everyone else. Our own individual endeavors, scientifically and experientially proven to get us there, will have contributed not only to our own fulfillment but to the victory of peace, enlightenment and paradise on Earth for every living being. The following is one such established means:

Sahaja Yoga   

We have had discussions on Hatha Yoga (sun-moon union) and Raja Yoga (royal union) and their results, including special powers and liberation from the cycles of birth and death. The subject of this and the next few installments concerns one means, one special practice, that handles everything you have read here on these subjects, in a simple and easy way that is natural to everyone.

Sahaja Yoga (natural union) has long been used as one of the names of the natural sadhana (practice) of shaktipat kundalini yoga. The name is descriptive: Sahaja Yoga is a natural means of bringing one into union with Truth, God, the Divine, and the direct experience of individual divinity. By natural, I don’t mean trees and grass, but something that is inherent to you, and therefore effortless. Being natural to you, it is fast, efficient and uncomplicated.

Sahaja Yoga is so simple in fact, that it has a way of aggravating the mind into trying to figure out and understand the obvious. The next few entries are meant to give you enough information about this practice to get your mind to take a rest, to help you to determine if this practice is of interest to you, and if so, how to go about it.

Durga Ma

Sahaja = natural, “produced together or at the same time; innate, hereditary, natural; always the same as from the beginning; natural state or disposition.”

Sa = junction, conjunction, similarity, equality; with, together or along with

Ha = a form of Shiva, Lakulisha

Saha = powerful, mighty, overcoming, able, capable of; together with, along with

Ja = swift, victorious; born or descended from, produced or caused by, connected with, peculiar to

Yoga = union; the act of yoking together, joining; remedy, means, undertaking. From yuj, to yoke together + ghan, auspicious, fortunate.

List of installments on Sahaja Yoga

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Yoga Sutras, Chapter 3 on Raja Yoga (Royal Union).
Today we are going to make a leap and get right to it: paranormal and superhuman powers.

III:1  Concentration (dharana) is the binding of the mind-stuff (chitta) to one place.

III:2  When definitely established with certainty in that one place, concentration (dharana) becomes meditation (dhyana).


III:3  By this (meditation) samadhi is attained, and objects shine forth of their own light, in their own form, void of physical substance.


III:4  These three (concentration, meditation and samadhi) bind together as one.

III:5  Having victoriously won that (samyama), one sees with the light of wisdom.

III:6  This progresses by degrees.

III:7  These three (concentration, meditation and samadhi) are inner limbs, and surpass the previous five limbs.

The Highest Samadhi
III:8  Moreover, they (concentration, meditation and samadhi) are external and subordinate limbs as compared to nirbija (without-seed).

The Elevated State
III:9  The cessation of the mind in nirbija overpowers mental impressions and leaves its own impression, and thus an elevated state (vyutthana) ensues.


“As the body is composed of five major elements (earth, water, fire, air, and ether), a yogi purifies and conquers them through the practice of yoga. By conquering these elements, one gains extra-ordinary powers. Mastery of the earth element causes all the diseases of the body to vanish. By conquering the water element, one can walk on water, no poison of any kind may cause their death and all sins* are destroyed. One becomes free from the danger of fire by attaining command over the fiery element. Power to move in the air (astral traveling) is attained by conquering the airy element. One attains moksha (liberation) and the power to extract rasa (nectar) by conquering the ether element.” — Swami Kripalu

*Sins: Errors in the use of one’s free will, or power of choice. From the original Greek, the word “sin” means to “miss the mark”. To miss the mark is to act out of sync with one’s own true nature as divine. To have these sins “destroyed” is to have their effects nullified, i.e., one’s karma is neutralized.



16    Knowledge of the past and the future

17    Understanding of the meaning of the sounds produced by all beings

18    Knowledge of previous births

19    Knowledge of the mind of another…

20    but only knowing other’s minds, not identifying with the contents.

21    The power to disappear, become invisible

22    Knowledge of death

23    Physical, mental and spiritual strength

24    The strength of elephants, etc.

25    Remote sensing: knowledge of subtle or distant objects

26    Knowledge of the worlds and of the cosmic regions

27    Knowledge of the ordering of the stars

28    Knowledge of the relative motions and positions of the stars

29    Knowledge of the bodily system

30    Cessation of hunger and thirst

31    Steadiness and stability

32    Vision of the adepts, the perfect ones (siddhas)

33    All-knowingness—knowledge of everything

34    Knowledge of the mind

35    Knowledge of Purusha (soul) as spectator of Prakriti (nature).

36    Extrasensory perceptions of sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell

37    These are siddhis [powers] of samadhi vyutthana (the Elevated State).

This is how this sutra looks to me. The usual translation seems to include implications that I do not see in the Sanskrit, but which make perfect sense:

These are worldly powers—powers of the extroverted state. Using these powers hinders the achievement of samadhi [which requires an introverted state].  

38    The ability to enter the body of another

39    Passing untouched over water, mud, thorns, etc; exiting from the body at will

40    Radiant effulgence emanating joy and goodness.

41    Nada (divine sound)

42    Levitation

43    Passing out of and acting outside of the body

44    Mastery over the elements

45    Divine Body and the manifestation of the Eight Supernatural Powers beginning with anima.

46    The Divine Body is of beautiful form, perfect, with strength and vitality, and cannot be destroyed.

The Eight Supernatural Powers

1. Anima: The power to become invisible. The power to reduce one’s size to that of an atom, attain very minute form and go anywhere he likes without being noticed by anyone.

2. Laghima: Astral travel. The yogi can become as light as a cotton ball or a straw to fly through the air.

3. Mahima: The power to become as big as a mountain. The ability to expand oneself in space and to become huge.

4. Prapti: The power to reach anywhere. The ability to touch anything, however far away it may be. For instance, one can touch the moon while standing on the earth.

5. Prakamya: The power to fulfill all wishes and desires. Through this power, a yogi can realize or materialize anything he so chooses merely by applying his willpower. For instance, he cannot ordinarily dive into the earth, but if such a yogi decides to exercise his willpower, he can dive into the earth and again come out of it. His resolve never fails.

6. Vasitva: Mastery, power and dominion over all things. With this power, a yogi can make inanimate objects move and animate objects behave as he wishes, but he himself cannot be controlled.

7. Isitva: Supremacy, lordship. The power to create, sustain and destroy any element or piece of matter at will.

8. Yatrakamavasayitva: The power to raise the dead. The ability to change the qualities of matter. For instance, the yogi can revive a dead person by giving him poison.

These eight miraculous powers are not attained by any or every yogi. They can be attained only by one who has accomplished the highest wisdom and divya sarira (Divine Body).

During sahaja sadhana, powers arise of their own accord, spontaneously. By using the powers that come, one’s progress is curtailed, so it is best to cultivate a passion for God rather than powers. Resisting the temptation might be a struggle, but if one is driven by love of God and divine union, one tends to pass them by without much notice. They easily become forgotten, left behind like old toys of little interest.

Remember that the punch line always comes at the beginning in yogic scriptures. Though this chapter is called “Powers”, the very first thing we read about is samadhi. We are then given to understand that the ultimate samadhi is nirbija, so the real power is nirbija samadhi and its aftereffect, the Elevated State.

Durga Ma

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