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Forest Lectures on the Highest Yoga/Kundalini Yoga
Let us now talk about Kundalini Yoga and about the role of Kundalini in the spiritual self-realization of man.
Let me note first that on the Path of Yoga (which is the same as religion) one can distinguish three directions of work on oneself: intellectual, ethical, and psychoenergetical. They imply:
— Studying and comprehension of the Goal of spiritual efforts and the ways of Its cognition.
— Ethical self-correction.
— Direct transformation of oneself as a soul (consciousness) — for the sake of becoming closer by the degree of the subtlety of the consciousness to the Primordial Consciousness: the Primordial Consciousness is the most subtle part of the Absolute! Also one has to grow oneself as a consciousness.
All this is necessary. One cannot achieve full spiritual self-realization without mastering everything listed above.
Let me note also that for achieving full victory one needs a high level of the so-called personal power, that is the power of the consciousness. And it depends, first of all, on the size of the individual consciousness, and of course, on one’s ability to act, on one’s skills of acting outside of the material body.
Also it is very important to understand that the size and power of the consciousness are valuable only if the consciousness is purified from coarseness and egocentrism.
We have discussed already in our books and in our previous conversations that the destiny of coarse people, who are inclined to violence and aggressiveness and who live in the states of irritation, is hell, the “cesspool” of the Evolution of the Universal Consciousness.
As for egocentrism, people who possess it cannot infuse into the Creator and dissolve in Him: an inflated personal “I” prevents this; Mergence with God implies that there remains only His “I” — the “I” of the Creator; the second small inflated “I” is inappropriate in this case!
… In the book Ecopsychology we considered the stages of the spiritual Path described by the ancient sage Patanjali. They include recommendations on cleansing the mind, body, and consciousness; work on mastering control over the indriyas (that is the “tentacles” of the organs of sense and of the mind which we stretch to touch outer objects); also on interaction with the Primordial Consciousness.
One can also read about the principles of spiritual development in our book Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present. It describes, among others things, the Teachings of Jesus Christ, Krishna, Babaji, Juan Matus, Sathya Sai Baba, and the ethical principles of the Teachings of Gautama Buddha and Islam.
One of the most important rules to follow for successful advancement on the spiritual Path is to adhere to the killing-free nutrition — due to ethical reasons. This implies absolute refusal of meals made of bodies of animals.
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Before starting to practice certain spiritual methods under the guidance of an instructor, it is very important to understand, first, what God wants from us and why He sent us to develop on this planet. Only in this way one can avoid joining various ignorant sects who maim their followers.
And when we have understood the intent of our Creator towards us, when we have fully accepted the ethical principles suggested by Him — the principles of interaction with Him, with all living beings, with the entire environment — only then can we begin real transformation of ourselves on the psychoenergetical component of the spiritual Path.
This work begins with cleansing and development of the energy structures located inside the body. This stage is called Raja Yoga. On this stage, one uses such methods as pranayamas, mantras, and work with images. They are described in detail in the book Ecopsychology and demonstrated in our previous films.
It is very important that these methods allow one to harmonize one’s emotional sphere, because it is in the chakras that our emotions are generated. And emotions are states of the consciousness. The emotions that we have accustomed ourselves to living in while being on the Earth determine our future after the death of the material body.
Therefore, the habit of living in coarse emotional states programs us for hell.
On the contrary, the habit of living in the subtle emotional states of tender love and care ensures paradise for us.
Let us note what large importance Jesus Christ attached to this in His Teachings! One can read about it in detail in both books mentioned by me.
The paradisiacal states of the soul (they are called also sattvic) — be they states between one’s incarnations or in the current incarnation — are the “starting ground” from which one can begin walking directly to cognition of the Creator in His Abode and then to Mergence with Him.
… It is also important to know that further steps on development of oneself as a consciousness are performed outside the material body in the subtle layers of the multidimensional Absolute. And one can enter these layers, with the purpose of working in them, only from the energy structures of the organism that were purified and refined to the level of purity and subtlety of these layers. If the body is energetically dirty, one can exit from it only to coarse layers — hellish or those close to hell.
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So, after the chakras and main meridians are cleansed and treated inside the body and one has learned to stay firmly in the anahata chakra— one can start working on the final stage of the Path — the stage of Buddhi Yoga; that is to work on the development of oneself on scales much larger than the size of the material body.
Here one has to first make efforts in the following directions:
First: Development of oneself as a spiritual heart. Let me stress that the only way of direct cognition of God is to cognize Him with one’s own giant and subtle spiritual heart; there is no other way.
Second: Creation of dharmakaya; in the literal translation, the term dharmakaya means “body of the Path”.
Third: Mastering the Nirvanic state of Nirodhi through the meditation of total reciprocity. This is a universal method that allows a consciousness, which has become much larger than its material body, to enter the state of Mergence with the Consciousnesses of the Holy Spirit and the Creator. (By the way, in the School of Juan Matus described by Carlos Castaneda they used an analogous method called rolling force).
Forth: Cognition of all the main eons, that is the layers of the multidimensional Absolute, and mastering the subtlest layer. (In some of our books including Ecopsychology, we published the chart that helps one to study successfully these layers).
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Development of the chakras outside the material body allows one to form a dharmakaya. Such transformation of the chakras is performed through expanding them from within the body with the help of the method of pushing the chakra’s walls from within it.
A dharmakaya is made in the form of a pillar of connected chakras. Of them, the four upper chakras are partly located within the body, and the three lower chakras prolong this pillar to the space down-backward from the body.
A developed dharmakaya represents a structure of many kilometers in size. Thus it should be clear that one can grow with the consciousness to such a size only after years of arduous efforts; or, to put it more correctly, by dedicating the entire life to this purpose (of course, starting not from childhood but from an adult age).
Moreover, it is desirable to create not one but two dharmakayas: the right and the left one…
… The word dharmakaya can also be used to describe a more simple structure created on the basis of the anahata chakra only. I am speaking about the spiritual heart developed to the size much larger than the material body. This is very good! Only this direction of self-development allows one to quickly become closer to the Primordial Consciousness by the state of the soul.
Yet dharmakayas built first on the basis of the spiritual heart and then from the entire complex of the chakras (as it was described above) — gives one the unique possibility to come close to Mergence with the Primordial Consciousness in Its Abode right now.
What does one need to do for this? One has to appear as a developed spiritual heart (with active arms of the consciousness) — under the muladharas of the two dharmakayas… And then… with a little effort one can achieve the possibility to perceive the Primordial Consciousness in the space where the body is situated, that is in a very convenient situation: not there but right here. The cells of the body in this case become completely filled with Him; they divinize and gradually attain Immortality…
And then one can easily master the meditations Temple and Two Temples…
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In this way one can gradually transform (of course provided that one successfully develops in all three directions mentioned above) from an ordinary person into a Messiah, an Avatar: an embodied Representative of the Creator.
Yet in order to make it happen, one has to have a significantly large experience of positive evolution in the current and in the past incarnations. Such an experience is reflected in the amount of accumulated Atmic (i.e. Divinely subtle) potential of the consciousness, which is called by the term Kundalini.
It turns out that every time a person incarnates into the next body, the entire soul does not get embodied but only a small part of it; this part is called jiva. The rest — the most valuable part — is stored in an “archived” (speaking in computer terms) form in a unique “container” known as Kundalini.
The “container” of Kundalini resembles by its form a giant prolonged balloon, which can be many kilometers in size.
Therefore it is completely wrong to believe that Kundalini is located in the coccyx or in the muladhara chakra. No: it resides far outside the material body, yet is linked with the body by a special channel connected to the front bottom part of muladhara.
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A consciousness has the ability to grow quantitatively. We receive the energy for this growth from our ordinary food, first of all.
The quality of the accumulated energy of the consciousness depends on what we eat and what emotional states we live in. For example, from “killed” food we receive the most coarse energies; from vegetarian food — subtle energies.
(Let me note that the consciousness can degrade by its quantitative feature; that is it can decrease. This happens most brightly due to prolonged states of fear, feeling offended, feeling of being suppressed by someone, and similar “sorrowful” and “intimidated” emotional states).
… Thus, God saves from us this best part of every one of us (as a consciousness), which is accumulated when we feel most subtle emotions of love-tenderness and other similar states, in particular sexually-tinged states. God does it so that we do not spoil this part, do not waste it in vain.
Yet we have the possibility — when we grow in our development so as to we receive this right — to unite by the jiva with one’s own Kundalini by “unarchiving” it. This is called raising of Kundalini.
Such work is performed in several stages.
First the Kundalini “container” has to be brought to the body, to the muladhara chakra. One cannot do it oneself: it is done by an incarnate or non-incarnate spiritual Master possessing these methods. And the task of the disciple is to create conditions for this.
Then, lying on the back with the eyes opened, in daytime (in the morning, best of all), one introduces one’s hand of the developed consciousness through muladhara into the “container” of Kundalini and awakens Kundalini there. This causes “unarchiving” of Kundalini: that is an increase of its volume; this resembles the “boiling out” of champagne from a warm bottle. And its flow of subtlest white Light runs through the meridians of the body, which have to be prepared in advance with the help of the methods of Raja Yoga.
Moving Kundalini through different energy structures of the body allows one to radically heal the body.
After passing through the body and flowing out from the sahasrara chakra, Kundalini is accumulated behind the head of the practitioner. This is also an important moment: it allows the practitioner to enter into this “cloud” of Kundalini and to learn to be this living Atmic Light.
Such work continues for several days until the reserve of Kundalini ends.
In the future, this reserve will be replenished during meditative conversations with Divine Teachers representing the Creator and during tender and loving emotional conversations with each other among the members of the spiritual group or community.
And it is especially good to grow the reserve of Kundalini and to work with it — on places of power like this!
… Let me repeat that the purpose of the work on “unarchiving” Kundalini is, having enriched oneself with this “one’s own” power, to advance more successfully to further cognition of the Absolute, to Mergence with the Creator and service to Him.
And those who have not accumulated Kundalini yet know now how to grow this Divine Potential in themselves.
I wish you success!