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

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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.

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Upward Flow

Some powers may be attained early on in one’s sadhana. These are the more worldly powers that can be achieved by a yogi of the pravritti marga (path of the will) or the nirvritti marga (path of surrender) but are a hinderance to any yogi seeking liberation (moksha). A yogi may encounter such powers all or in part earlier and throughout sadhana. Miraculous, or superhuman powers on the other hand, arrive only after the attainment of nirbija samadhi and urdhvareta, spontaneous upward flow, the key to liberation from the cycles of birth and death. 

A liberated yogi is a jivan mukti, liberated by stages while living, or paramukti, fully and finally liberated, overcoming birth and death, the ultimate effect of which is Divine Body and the attainment of the eight super human powers (Yoga Sutras III:45 and 46).

During Hatha Yoga (sun-moon union), Kundalini, seated at the first chakra, tries to become upward-trending in order to bring about Raja Yoga (royal union) and establish Herself at the sixth chakra. Of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Hatha Yoga involves the third, fourth and fifth limb, and Raja Yoga the sixth, seventh and eighth limb.

During Hatha Yoga (sun-moon union), by means of various purifying actions, holds and seals (kriyas, bandhas and mudras), prana, the life energy whose trend is upward and warming, is attracted downward in order to unite with apana, whose trend is downward and cooling. Their union is the union of sun and moon (prana and apana). Once united, they try to rise up the sushumna nadi (central channel). In the beginning, this is only partially successful but increases over time. Eventually, the energy begins to rise upwards and into the head to produce samadhi. So it could be said that the yogi is practicing Raja Yoga for at least a few minutes during his Hatha Yoga sadhana. Ultimately however, Raja Yoga, the union of the soul with God, becomes established when Kundalini is established at the sixth chakra, and nirbija samadhi and urdhvareta (upward flow) are achieved, the nectar of immortality is drunk, and the body begins its transformation…..

Not a mental imagining or fantasy, not a dream, not an altered state of consciousness, the physical body undergoes a profound, dynamic event:

In love, longing and crying out for God, Grace descends. Through the tears and sobs of separation comes awareness of the ascent of Kundalini-prana, not as before when rising upward from the basal plexus, but powerfully and intensely sucked upward into the head until it seems the skull must surly burst. It is intolerable. It is ecstasy. It is Divine. There in the head, the energy continues to accumulate, pulled upward by some invisible tractor beam at the top of the head, pressure building until finally it explodes. But even then the pull continues, never stopping, a golden fountain ejecting nectar from the top of the head into the ether and into the body — upward flow is inward flow. On it goes, the crying now a cry of ecstasy. And the body, an electrical sub-station bent on overload, drinks the nectar, not tasting with the tongue but imbibed by the whole body, by every single, individual, joy-filled cell. This goes on for a very long time.

The aftermath is barely different than the event itself. The imbibing of the nectar continues, the current strong and vital, the energy like lightening bolts coursing throughout the body. There is no sleep and no awake. There is the thought, the knowledge, that this could kill the body. There is no resistance to this idea, and on it continues.

Eventually, the pain sets in. There is no resistance to this either. It continues for days and days as the energy goes about the business of attempting to transform base metal into gold, giving tapas (burning, melting) a whole new meaning: the body is on fire. It trembles. The mind stops thinking. There is no resistance to any of this. And on it goes. It is intolerable. It is ecstasy. It is Divine.

And as if once were not enough, this event is repeated two more times in the space of two weeks, each time upping the amps, the voltage, the pressure, the trembling, the fire, the weak-in-the-knees, the agony and the ecstasy, the mind a drop-out from the think-tank with which it was once so familiar. Still, there is no resistance. On it goes.

How can I write this with no functional mind? I can’t. The pain, pressure, burning, is too great. Divine Mother has written it, and having done so has granted a release from the body’s anguish; I can breathe normally for now, but I will never be the same again.

Does this suggest that the writer of this event is in the process of developing Divine Body? Perhaps, perhaps not. But this is certainly trying to happen.

In our present-day western culture, obtaining the proper conditions for sadhana as stated in the scriptures is difficult if not impossible. Without the ability to come by these conditions, one finds that impurities inevitably continue to enter the body giving it more to have to pass through at this point in sadhana, causing pain and other intolerable sensations. The impurities must be removed or transformed, an uncomfortable process, and one that could be too much for the body to handle. Nevertheless, at this juncture, sadhana will continue due to the devotion and commitment of the the one seeking final liberation. To this person, there is simply nothing left to want or to do that isn’t upstaged by this aim.

I encourage all of my initiates of any age on this journey to immediately begin to prepare for early retirement, get all your ducks in a row and sequester a buffer fund so that everything is arranged in the event that this stage is reached and you choose to go on with it. Because one is prepared in practical matters involving money, investments, and where the body might live, one can go on with the sadhana if one wishes. If one is not prepared though, the option to do so can easily disappear and leave one feeling out on a limb, alone, helpless and without purpose. Whatever happens, if you have prepared for it, even if you decide not to go forward with the sadhana at this turning-point, think how nicely you have prepared for a sweet life empowered by conscious choice.

Durga Ma

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