Shaktipat Diksha in Yoga
Yoga philosophy says energy is all-pervading and its up to a man whether to use it for his spiritual progression. To use this energy one has to know and realize this energy. Know in the sense, not theoretical but direct experience.
This will happen only when one’s kundalini energy is awakened.
From the different methods of awakening kundalini, shaktipat is considered as the safest and fastest approach.
Shaktipat was the safest method of initiation passed down from Guru to disciple through ages. There are few texts which mention the shaktipat transmission.
The Prakirna Upanishad states about the initiation done through the shaktipat transmission. The Hata Yoga Pradhipika says that ‘When the kundalini is sleeping, it will be aroused by the grace of the Guru, then all the chakras and knots are pierced’.
Lord Krishna initiated kundalini in Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra; Gautama Buddha initiated kundalini in a village girl Krishnagautami shows its significance in spirituality.
Methods of Kundalini Shaktipat Diksha
The Kundalini shaktipat Diksha does not take place in the normal plane because there is no need of physical means during the transmission as that of the energies mentioned in the physical sciences.
The transmission takes place in an astral way and it requires a medium exists in the astral plane. There are four traditional methods of giving shaktipat according to the availability of the receiver.
1. Touch: This is the generally approached process. Through this approach, the initiation will be normally given in the Ajna or Sahasrara chakra. Ideal Guru awakens the kundalini energy in the Muladhara of the aspirant and raises it to the Ajna chakra as I mentioned in the book “Why Kundalini Meditation So Special?”
2. Look: Powerful Master with his bright eyes look straight into the eyes of the disciple and awaken the kundalini energy in him. This seems like a beam of white light emitted from the guru’s eyes enters the aspirant and fill his whole being with that light. Sometimes nothing can be felt rather than the inner glow filling the entire body with some unknown bliss. These two approaches are the direct methods as the receiver is available in the vicinity of Guru.
3. Mantra: This approach of shaktipat transmission is done in the receiver through a physical object like a flower, letter or any other material gift. The object will be endowed with the shaktipat transmission. When the respective seeker receives the gift or object, he gets initiated with the touch or smell of the received gift. He feels like an electrical impulse passing through his body and it leads to a pleasurable feeling. Generally, the thought or will of the Guru bestowed in the gift will arouse the kundalini energy in the aspirant.
4. Will or Thought: The perfect Guru with his strong will or thought can awaken the kundalini in the disciple. By the power of this thought, the receiver is filled with the inner bright radiance that outburst all the darkness in him. This approach is done when the receiver is not available in the proximity of the Guru.
Kundalini awakening cannot take place in any person without the awareness of Guru. It is his will that is responsible for the descents of Shakti.
Sometimes the propinquity of the master is required in the shaktipat transmission as the surges of the vital energy (prana) in the aspirant becomes uncontrollable initially. It may cause a severe headache and weightiness in the head which cannot be cured by the medicine.
The energy has to be lowered and it is done by bringing it down to Muladhara chakra in the fresh seekers. (Read also How to Receive Shaktipat Diksha?)
The book “Why Kundalini Meditation So Special?” gives a clear understanding of such practices and more over a guide for those who seek the path in this field.