How does the State of Consciousness transform with Meditation? | Kundalini Yoga-01
Meditation led to God-realization in Satya Yuga, also known as Krita Yuga. However, even in Kaliyuga, you will find several yogis following the path of meditation. The Raja Yoga path encompasses meditational practices that open the gateways towards higher realms of consciousness. It sequentially raises our consciousness from Bhu Loka (the present plane of human existence) to the higher subtle realms. They are Bhuvah, Suvah, Mahar, Jana, and Tapa Lokas. Some beings abound in these higher realms.
Many meditational techniques and processes come to apply when trying to uplift our consciousness. Although this is not the highest recommendation for Kaliyuga, the pathway to the higher planetary systems still open through Raja Yoga. Meditation forms a sub-section of Raja Yoga.
Essential Rules we should follow before starting Meditation
Essentially, the practitioner must first get established in Yama and Niyama.
The code of ethical conduct forms Yama. On the other hand, practices that enable Yama, infusing the ability to become a perfect candidate for God-Realization are called Niyama.
Meditation works best if the practitioner follows both Yama and Niyama. In other words, God-Realization is impossible with the application of these duos.
Does Meditation cause Hallucination?
When we carry out meditation with the fundamental practices of Yama and Niyama, divine visions might come along as an outcome. People sometimes tag it as “hallucinations.”
People might relate these divine visions with Psychiatric disorders. Family members might rush the meditator to the clinic for consultations and medical support. However, such subtler experiences crop up for people who undergo significant alterations during meditation. People stuck in this state of consciousness need guidance to come back to normalcy.
However, Psychiatrists and other medical professionals cannot help much. Their medication suppresses the reality. Medicines do not alter consciousness but drug the brain from receiving subtler vibrations. They affect the brain but do not affect the mind and consciousness. Hence, a bonafide guru must educate the practitioner about the various experiences that come along with their pursuit.
Such an approach will prevent unnecessary diversions during meditation. A guru alters the state of consciousness through his personal experience. But, a medical professional has no clue about such a state.
Unusual experiences during Meditation
Sometimes the practitioner may talk incoherently or may become fearful and touchy on account of some meditative practices. He may see divine visions or ghostly visions as he is traversing various levels of consciousness. We must know that a mind-boggling number of subtle beings surround us. They are present right here, but our primitive state of consciousness prevents us from experiencing those creatures. But, meditation makes them accessible. Their sudden vision or sound may create a ruffle in our hearts.
As the Sadhaka progresses under strict guidance, he or she may experience fragrance, extraordinary sounds. Also, he or she develops clairvoyance and clairaudience. They may receive some advanced instructions from the higher realms and may also attain the skill of prophecy. Unfortunately, modern science rejects these experiences. They may claim that it is “Bipolar disorder.”
Modern science sometimes fails to arrange the symptoms in the right bucket. Genuine higher-world experiences get shunned as the doctor confidently claims the sadhaka as a bipolar patient. Treatment starts while meditation stops.
Out-of-world experiences of the Sadhaka are verily the awakening of the Kundalini Shakti. We may observe changes in the behavioural pattern of the Sadhaka. Others, including family members and the sadhaka himself or herself, must admit that Sadhana causes these.
Physical and Subtle sensations during Meditation
During meditation, the Sadhaka:
1) Feels throbbing at the Mooladhar chakra or the root Chakra below the spine.
2) Some Yogic practices start happening automatically: The Sadhaka may not have heard about a particular Yogic posture. But, the yogic posture gets introduced from the inside through the inner push of the Kundalini force.
Some of the common yogic postures that are bound to happen automatically are Uddiyana (उड्डियान), Jalandhara (जालन्धर) and Mulabandha (मूलबंध).
3) The breath of the Sadhaka may stop, either during the practice or during routine activities. This state is called Kevala Kumbhaka (केवल कुंभक). There is no exertion on the part of the Sadhaka, owing to the power of the Kundalini Shakti.
Sometimes, the Pranic forces flow with such momentum that the Sadhaka may experience:
4) Shocks in the back.
5) He or she may feel a tapping sensation on the head.
6) Sometimes one may experience physically being touched by someone.
7) One may feel numbness.
8) The feeling of the presence of the physical body gets negated.
9) Eyes remain shut, and it becomes difficult to open the eyes.
This inability is because there is a distancing between the body and self.
Om Mantra and Trikuti initiate Kundalini Awakening
When the subtle currents (Kundalini energy) rise upwards to the Sahasra Chakra (at the top of the head), the practitioner experiences extreme bliss and peace. He goes beyond the thought world. Chanting the OM mantra heightens this state of experience. It prolongs the flow of the Kundalini-driven Pranic currents.
Perfect meditation happens when the meditator focusses on the Trikuti (त्रिकुटि). Trikuti is the region between the two eyebrows.
The rapid flow of Kundalini can suddenly instil insights of various kinds. Future predictions about oneself may be a common experience for many Sadhakas. The ability to assess the personality of others and recognizing the inner motives of other people also develops. These are blessings of Kundalini Shakti as she travels from the Mooladhara to the crown Chakra.
Benefits of Kundalini Awakening
Meditation brings forth inspiration and insight, and nature unfolds its secrets to you. Kundalini becomes fully activated when the Sadhaka experiences or can:
1) Interpret the Shastra: Decoding the meaning of Vedic texts is the toughest pursuit. If you develop the unique ability to interpret the scriptures after meditation, know for sure that Kundalini has awakened.
2) Body becomes light like air: This state signifies that the grossness of the physical body has dispersed. It allows subtler energies to flow through the body. The Prana-Shakti or regulation of air currents gets enhanced.
3) A balanced mind in perturbed conditions: After long years of Kundalini Yoga practice, one gains mind-control. Negative vibrations get nullified due to the resistance power one develops.
4) One possess inexhaustible energy for work: The body and mind organism harmoniously integrate due to Kundalini Shakti. One experiences lethargy due to lower currents in the body. But, after successful meditation, the Kundalini Shakti rises, increasing the overall energy of the Sadhaka. These energies applied to fruitive work generate positivity in life.
What are Chakras?
The Chakras radiate Shakti that is the vital force nourishing the body. It maintains the energy system circulating within the body. In other words, Chakras are centers of Pranashakti (the subtle air energy that radiates through the body) manifested by Pranavayu (subtler airs) in the living body. Prana Vayu is another name for Universal Consciousness as it manifests in the form of these centers.
The Chakras are not perceptible to the gross senses. They are the organizing faculty of the body. Hence, they disperse at the time of death, where no more organization is required. Prana Vayu enables the maintenance of the body.
Purity of mind is the most needed for the operation of the Pranavayu. Transparent like a pure conductor, the pure mind works as a conduit to transmit Prana through the body and nerve centers. If contaminated, Prana gets locked at various nerve centers and becomes the source of disease.
Hence, leading a regulated life as we perform Kundalini Sadhana must be followed as a rule. The free flow of energy also depends on our outlook on people and life in general. If we are compassionate and empathic, our hearts open up to invite the free flow of Prana currents.
Success in Yoga maximizes if we focus our energy on Yogic practices. We must have a keen longing for liberation and intense Vairagya also. Purity of intention is the essential cracker for Kundalini Sadhana. We must be sincere and earnest in following Yamas and Niyama processes preceding Kundalini Sadhana. Intense and constant meditation is necessary for entering into Samadhi.
Connection between Chakras and Personality
A worldly mind with base desires and passion fluctuates between the Mooladhar and Svadhishthana Chakras. These centers lie near the anus and the reproductive organs. A person situated in the lower chakra has excess lustful tendencies and greed. If one’s mind becomes pure, Kundalini Shakti rises to the Manipur Chakra or the center in the navel. It invites some power and joy.
If we further purify our mind, Kundalini Shakti rises to the Anahata Chakra lying in the center of the heart. We experience bliss and visualize the vibrant form of the Ishta Devata or the tutelary deity.
A highly pure mind results when meditation and devotion become intense and profound. Energy current rises, unlocking the Vishuddhi Chakra lying in the throat. The Sadhaka experiences more power and bliss. However, there are possibilities of the mind reverting to the lower states of consciousness. When a Yogi reaches the Ajna Chakra situated between the two eyebrows, he attains Samadhi. He realizes the Supreme Self or Brahman.
There is a slight sense of separateness between the Sadhaka and Brahman.
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