How to Awaken Kundalini?

Kundalini is a massive energy pool residing in our subtle body, which once awakened does wonders but the question is how do we awaken it. There are many ways to awaken Kundalini, while some take years of practice, some are instantaneous let’s explore them one by one….

Automatic Awakening

Automatic awakening may happen due to many reasons like near death experience, extended periods of depression, to evolved parents with activated Kundalinis or through past life karmas etc. Automatic awakenings can be scary as the person doesn’t really know what’s happening.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga generally conceived as practising Asanas lays a very strong foundation for awakening of Kundalini. It is like Building the body of a car, you can not expect to put a BMW engine in a motorcycle hence you also must first make your body strong enough to sustain boundless amount of energy called Kundalini. (Checkout 3 poses to awaken Kundalini)

Pranayama

Pranayama is a series of techniques for controlling and expanding Prana through systematic breathing. Pranayama helps clear two essential nadis (energy pathways) Ida and Pingala and subsequently charges the Kundalini with Prana itself, this can be literally understood as giving wind to fire where Kundalini who’s element is fire is stimulated by breathing through Pranayama. Awakening only through breathing alone would generally take 20-30 years.

Mantra Chanting

A “mantra” (Sanskrit: मन्त्र) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words. Mantra chanting is repeated utterance of a Mantra while focusing on the sound or vibration created by the chant itself. It is one of the easiest ways to gain higher states of consciousness and increased energy levels as it shuts all thoughts.

A guru helps choosing the right mantra for desired results and getting the pronunciation right, guided mantra chanting in the presence of a Guru reaps benefits much faster.

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is where a sprcial kriya is taught to students under the supervision of a trained Guru. Kriya is an amalgmation of Yoga Asanas, Breathing Techniques, Chanting and Bandhas. This is a very self satisfying way of awakening kundalini as you work towards you own progress in the guidance of a Guru.

Shaktipath

Shaktipath is the practice of transferring energy from Guru to practitioner through touch, vision or thought. This requires complete faith in guru and is done only when a person is stuck or unable to proceed further with one’s sadhana. It leads to instantaneous awakening and can be an overwhelming experience. Only a few gurus who have attained such yogic powers can perform Shaktipath, hence if you are considering this method you must choose your guru wisely.

Herbs

Various cultures through out history have used herbs for partial or full awakening. This must be done under the supervision of a Shaman or Tantric, who has in depth knowledge of the science of using these herbs.

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How To Eat Like A Yogi-Summer 2020

According to Ayurveda with the onset of summer Pitta Dosha becomes prominant in the body therefore, it is important to consume more alkaline foods in order to fight the heat in the system. Intake of water should be high whether it be in the form of water-rich foods  onions, green vegetables, tomatoes or your favourite summer drinks like aampanna, shikanji, khus etc. This will not only re-hydrate your body but also provide antioxidants that keep you healthy.

1. Eat Fruits and vegetables with high water content

You must ensure eating foods that cool your body and give you relief from excessive heat. Load up on water-rich fruits like watermelon, pears, apples, pineapples, berries and grapes. Pick vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, avocados, sprouts and cucumber.


Ayurvedic tips: You must ensure eating foods that cool your body

2. Avoid Inflammatory Foods & Drinks

Avoid foods and drinks that will produce heat and inflammation on digestion. Limit the intake of garlic, chili or fried foods. Chai and coffee should also be avoided as much as possible to avoid hampering your system. Try eating light salads specially during lunch to avoid feelings of laziness and lethargy. Avoiding dark meats as they heat up your body.

Ayurvedic tips: Avoid foods that will produce heat in your body and become hazardous

3. Eat At The Right Time

Some basic rules of eating remain the same across all seasons like one should eat when digestive fire is at its strongest. Missing meals or delaying meals leads to acidity and gastric issues specially in summer.


 

Ayurvedic tips: Always eat when your digestive fire is at its strongest​

4. Consume Superfoods like Sattu and Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Sattu is typically made of Bengal gram and is said to have an instant cooling effect on the body. A perfect cooling agent and a power-packed energiser, you must add sattu in your diet. Amla, or Indian gooseberry, makes for a popular and healthy fruit, and is known for numerous nutritional benefits. This sour-bitter fruit works as an excellent coolant during hot days. Did you know amla juice contains about 20 times more vitamin-C than any other juice? So, this summer binge on amle ka murabba or amla juice to ensure a healthy you.

Ayurvedic tips: Consume superfoods that help in cooling the digestive system

5. Herbs Like Ashwagandha, Brahmi And Tulsi

These three cooling herbs help in cooling your body. Ashwagandha is known to reduce inflammation in the body further treating conditions like asthma and arthritis. Brahmi can soothe the body nerves and reduce stress in the body. Tulsi, or holy basil, acts as a detoxifying and cleansing agent. It is also known to cool your body system in extreme heat. You can drink herbal teas to see effective results.

Ayurvedic tips: Consume Herbs for their natural healing properties


How to Awaken Kundalini?

Kundalini is a massive energy pool residing in our subtle body, which once awakened does wonders but the question is how do we awaken it. There are many ways to awaken Kundalini, while some take years of practice, some are instantaneous let’s explore them one by one…. Automatic Awakening Automatic awakening may happen due toContinue reading “How to Awaken Kundalini?”

Why is Shiva Called Neelkantha??

The Devas (gods) and Āsuras (demons) together were looking to extract the treasure Amrita, the nectar of immortality hidden in the depths of the ocean to the surface. They used Mountain Mandara as the churner and the serpent Vāsuki as the rope. The gods held the tail of the snake and the demons held its head. In this way they were able to churn the ocean of the world with their combined power. Numerous treasures and precious objects emerged from the ocean and, finally, the much longed-for Amrita rose to the surface in a golden vessel.

But the serpent they had used to churn the oceans spat out a deadly poison that was capable of destroying the whole earth. Quickly the Devas caught it in a bowl so it was not able to do any harm. But as they had absolutely no idea what to do with it or how they could permanently “dispose” of it, they turned to Lord Shiva for help.

Lord Shiva Or Bholenath, the most gracious gods of all, never refuses a request from anyone. He took the bowl of poison and drank it down to the very last drop. However, in the process he did not swallow the poison but held it in the Vishuddhi or Throat Chakra and purified it by means of Ujjāyī Prānāyāma and Jālandhara Bandha. In this way he rid the world of a deadly peril. Through the poison his throat was coloured blue and since that day he has borne the nickname Nīlakantha (the blue-throated one).

There is a deep symbolism in this story. Our own negative thoughts and qualities are the demons; the Devas, however, are our good qualities – understanding, compassion, mercy, love, devotion and wisdom. Both qualities exist within us, just as the nectar of divine wisdom and immortality and the poison of ignorance and earthly mortality exist simultaneously in the world. The ocean of the world propels us in two directions – one towards the Devas, therefore towards goodness and light, and the other towards the destructive powers, the Āsuras. The serpent (Kundalinī) represents both the lifetime that is at our disposal and the power (Shakti) that brings the hidden treasure up from the depths of our inner being.


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How to Use Siri like a Yogi!!

The same technology that is used to create nuclear bombs can also be used to provide electricity to entire nations. Our phones with their multiple apps, which are used for brainless consumption of media can also be used for spirituality and increased productivity.

What you need to do is simple, just set three or four reminders at regular time intervals using the ‘Hey Siri’ (‘ok google’) function on your phone. Every time the reminder pops up take a deep breathe and read it.

Hey Siri remind me everyday at 10 a.m. ‘I am not this body, I am not this mind’.

Hey Siri remind me everyday at 2 p.m. ‘I am not this body, I am not this mind’.

Hey Siri remind me everyday at 6 p.m. ‘I am not this body, I am not this mind’.

Now, the reason I chose this affirmation is because the entire system of yoga is directed towards creating an experience to elevate our existence from being merely physical (i am not this body) and mental (i am not this mind) to that of a more evolved conscience.

All sufferings of any human are either caused by the body or the mind, there is no third kind. The more we attach ourselves to the body and mind the more we identify ourselves to concepts of race (black/white/yellow), physical appearance (slim/fat/beautiful/ugly), religion, nationality, personal preferences like food, sports, brands etc. etc.

I am not saying having attachments and identification is bad, we will all continue to do so, even the greatest of yogis. All I’m saying is, ‘the tighter you hold on to your attachments the greater is your suffering’. For example you might be in a vegan restaurant of your choice, watching your favourite team win yet still someone might annoy or hurt you by saying something against your favourite political leader.

This is where Siri can help you, repeated reminders create a space between you and your faculties, giving you more control over them instead of being driven by them. They bring your awareness to a state where it is easy to recollect, regather, reimpose “who you really are” and thereafter you can get back to fulfilling your destiny.

You can also use affirmations for different chakras with specific desired results.

Base Chakra : “I am grounded, safe and prosperous.”

Sacral Chakra“I am creative, loving, and passionate about life.”

Solar Plexus Chakra“I am driven, successful and will what I want to be.”

Heart Chakra : “I am compassionate and exude unconditional love.”

Throat Chakra : “I live in truth and clearly communicate with others.”

Crown Chakra : “I am one with the divine.”

Click here to Learn more About the 7 Chakras

But before you go learn more about Chakras remember to set the reminders.


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ALL LIFE MATTERS

How can we be different in life if we are not different in death. When you die you are as dead as a plant or an animal or any other human being, not more or less dead. Similarly when you are alive you are equally alive not more or less than any other specie or race. Life energy is the same in all of us.

The 7 Chakras Explained

In yoga the subtle body comprises of thousands of energy pathways which run across all over the body, these pathways are called Nadis. The vital energy force that Nadis channelise is Called Prana. There are about 70,000 Nadis in our body, majorly meeting at 7 different junctions called Chakras. Chakra literally translates to a wheel,Continue reading “The 7 Chakras Explained”

Yoga Starts Way Before You Get On the Mat!!

The Sanskrit word yoga means ‘to unite, to yolk’. Although popular belief is that yoga refers to practising Asanas or breathing techniques, but originally yoga is about union between body, soul and mind leading to union of ones individual consciousness to the supreme Universal consciousness.

Yoga is a Lifestyle, it is a system of holistic purification of the mind and body through Physical, Mental, Moral and Spiritual discipline. Hence even before we get on the yoga mat we must try to inculcate the following practices in our lives.

Certain principles were listed in Patanali Yoga Sutra as Yama and Niyam, these are virtually the “dos and don’ts” of a yogi. These principles highlight the mindset of a true yogi. Or, as my Guru says “Become a better human being before you become a yogi”.

  1. Yama – Abstinence ( or the Don’ts of yoga) Moral discipline through universal morality.
    1. Ahimsa– Non-Violence- against all creations humans, animals and plants alike.
    2. Satya– Truthfulness – to oneself and to others.
    3. Asteya– Non- stealing.
    4. Bhramcharya– Self-control – to not be driven by physical needs.
    5. Apavigraha– Non- selfishness – to give and to share.
  2. Niyama – Cultivation: Spiritual discipline through self purification.
    1. Saucha– Purity – Bathing before your class, keeping yur yoga area clean.
    2. Santosh– Contentment – Not being distracted by greed of acquiring more.
    3. Tapas– Self-discipline – Monitoring one self by introspection and trying to change for the better everyday.
    4. Svadhyaya– Self-study & Self- practice being true to your craft.
    5. Ishvara Pranidharan– Surrender to God – Knowing that you have done your bit, you leave the outcome to God.

3. Yogic Ahaar or Yogic Diet

Yoga in essence is maximising the efficiency of our body and mind. Like a machine requires fuel to operate, we need food for proper functioning of our system. Hence a Yogini must choose her food wisely, we should try to eat foods that are Positive Pranic, which means that the energy released by digestion of these foods should be greater than energy consumed in their digestion, resulting in a net positive energy output.

4. Sleep

Finally, after all the external and internal work the body and mind must get some rest. Sleeping is one of the easiest ways to do this and i must say there is no correct ‘sleep quota’ or number hours one must sleep but whats more important is the quality of sleep. Complete down shut of the body and conscious brain is necessary for smooth functioning of the system. So taking adequate amount of rest before and also after a yoga session is very important.


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9 Accurate Signs of Kundalini Awakening!

  1. When you feel vibrations of Prana in different parts inside your body, when you experience jerks like the shocks of electricity, know that Kundalini has become active.
  1. When there is throbbing in Muladhara, when hairs stand on their roots, when Uddiyana, Jalandhara and Mulabandha come involuntarily, know that Kundalini has awakened.
  1. When the breath stops without any effort, when Kevala Kumbhaka comes by itself without any exertion, know that Kundalini Shakti has become active.

4. When you feel currents of Prana rising up to the Sahasrara, when you experience bliss, when you repeat Om automatically, when there are no thoughts of the world in the mind, know that Kundalini Shakti has awakened.

Seasons of India Grishma Ritu 2020

The word ‘Grishma’ is derived from another Sanskrit word ‘Grishmarutu’ meaning ‘summer’. Grishma Ritu marks the onset of hot and humid summers in India. According to the Hindu calendar, this season lasts for two months, Jayeshtha and Ashadha while in the Gregorian calendar, the months of mid- April and mid-June are termed as summer season. It is preceded by ‘Vasant Ritu’ or Spring Season and is followed by the Rainy Season, the ‘Varsha Ritu’. During the Grishma Ritu the heat of the sun breaks all the temperature records and is defined as the season of exhaustion, lethargy, dehydration and lack of energy.

Grishma Ritu 2020 was on May 23 Saturday

Festivals observed during this season:

  • Even during the super hot Summer Season or Grishma Ritu, Hindus observe multi religious festivals like:
  • Ganga Dussera: On this day, Hindus take a ritualistic bath in the sacred Ganga River and perform the Ganga puja. They take the blessings of Goddess Ganga for a happy and prosperous life.
  • Rath Yatra: Rath Yatra is an important festival celebrated in the Lord Jagannath Temple, in Puri. On this day, the idols of the three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are taken out in a Chariot on the streets of Puri. The event of Rath Yatra attracts thousands of devotees from different parts of the country. This festival is symbolic of integration and equality.
  • Guru Purnima: Guru Purnima is observed on the ‘Purnima’ or the full moon day during the Hindu month of ‘Ashadha’. On this auspicious day, devotees pay respect to their Gurus who have showed them the path of enlightenment. As per the legends, the festival of Guru Purnima is celebrated in memory of the great saint, Maharshi Ved Vyasa. This day is very propitious for beginning spiritual lessons.

Significance of Grishma Ritu:

Grishma Ritu is the summer season and the weather is hottest in most regions of the country. This hot season comes to an end with Summer Solstice. As per geographical calculations, Solstice is a planetary event that occurs twice in each year during which Sun escalates to its peak point in the sky. It can be witnessed from the South or North poles. During the Summer Solstice we get to experience the longest day of the year.


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Do You Have Any of These 7 Psychic abilities!!

TELEPATHY Telepathy is the ability to pass on information, ideas, impressions, feelings, moods, and thoughts between living beings without involvement of known sensory organs. PRECOGNITION Precognition is the prediction of future events that are already anticipated or are subsequently experienced, whereby the prediction can relate to few seconds or many years. MEDIUMSHIP The term mediumContinue reading “Do You Have Any of These 7 Psychic abilities!!”

The Strawberry Moon Eclipse

The June Lunar Eclipse is not just a ‘Penumbral Lunar Eclipse’ but also a ‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse’. It will begin at 11.15 pm on June 5 and end at 2.34 am on June 6, it is nicknamed as the “strawberry moon” in reference of the strawberry harvesting season. In this Lunar Eclipse, the skyseekers will be able to see strawberry moon get a darker shade.  There are a total of three types of eclipse: Partial Lunar Eclipse, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, and total Lunar Eclipse. A penumbral eclipse is very subtle. In this eclipse, only the more diffuse outer shadow of Earth – the penumbra – falls on the moon’s face At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face.


Songs & Spirituality

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A Veda Called Common Sense

Common Sense is defined as sound practical judgement that is independent of specialised knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence. Is it really common sense?? when for someone smoking is bad as it leads to cancer while someone else still might do it. Many such examples might sprout up in your head where commonContinue reading “A Veda Called Common Sense”

Mantra to Chant During Lunar Eclipse

An Eclipse is when the Sun, Moon and Earth are in one line. This celestial phenomenon results in a different cosmic energy pattern. The mind is connected with the moon, the body is connected with the Earth and the Sun is connected with both. The time when all three come in alignment is good for meditation and chanting. It is not considered a good time to eat, or indulge in pleasures.

Even the Mahabharta mentions how the Pandavas would wait for years to meditate during Surya(sun) and Chandra(moon) eclipse to gain certain Siddhis or powers.

Chanting mantras at the time of eclipse is much more powerful. Below is a Sanskrit Mantra to chant during the Lunar Eclipse.

*Om Shraang Shreeng Shroung Sah Chandramase Namah*

Other mantras like Gaytri Mantra and Mahamrityunjau Jaap can also be chanted during the lunar eclipse.

English Affirmation
I hail to thee, lunar master
shower me with love, joy and prosperity.

Why is the June 2020 Eclipse Called “The Strawberry Eclipse”.


KARMA and TRAUMA

How helpless are we feeling right now, how much control of our destiny is in our hands? “We only control our actions, the results can not be controlled.” Said Krishna to Arjun. Karma In order to understand how karma and trauma are related, first we must try to understand Karma. Karma, literally translates to Action.Continue reading “KARMA and TRAUMA”

ALL LIFE MATTERS

The basic principle of yoga is to enhance the experience of life itself. This can only be done if life in itself is given due importance. Life within, life outside and life around us all matter equally. Human intellect has divided life into different species, races, religions & communities but in essence life is the same. Prana or life animating energy is not individualistic but is unified at the source we are a part of the same creative energy. Let me ask you a simple question – How can we be different in life if we are not different in death. When you die you are as dead as a plant or an animal or any other human being, not more or less dead. Similarly when you are alive you are equally alive not more or less than any other specie or race. Life energy is the same in all of us.

Then what is the predicament???

The predicament is, the nature of human intellect is such that it needs to disintegrate and dismantle to make sense or use of anything for eg. to know what a flower is the human intellect will urge you to peal the flower’s petal and put it under a microscope in this process you might understand various things like it molecular structure, chemical composition etc. but the life within it also disintegrates and dies. No amount of human intellect can then restore life back into it.

On the other hand the intuitive, natural or feminine side of our human intelligence doesn’t try to break or dismantle, it appreciates and loves life in its natural form it understands life and its interdependence on various other species. It is supreme ignorance to think that suffering caused to one life form will not effect other lives. Were we to live if there were no plants?? We are all a part of the same collective consciousness it is evident now more than ever.

A Yogi’s way is to maintain balance between the two energies giving equal weightage to both. But the problem today is that we are overrun by the intellectual side often ignoring the intuitive side of our human intelligence. Our society has been structured in a way that, divisive forces are more dominant than uniting forces. We are forced to be a part of the great divide, where we are either this or that…. A yogi’s recommendation would be to not get influenced by external factors, to live life knowing that inside we are all the same, of the same, by the same and that divide doesn’t really exist except for in our brains, we must uproot it completely and live life in harmony with one and all life forms. As that is also the true meaning of Yoga, Union of the self with the Universe.