Some of the recent events happening in India regarding the commercialization of Spirituality prompted me to write this article. Like education, medical service, and other industries the spirituality has become a corporate entity, as part of a modern corporate culture. Many people from India and the West are looking to India as a spiritual hub where one can see god, get bliss, and Mukthi-Blissful Beatitude.
There were plenty of god men and god women who came and gone in India, but sad thing is they still exist and exploit, cheating the innocent God seeking people. These guys make a good living selling spirituality and succeed .The good thing for them is spiritual industry doesn’t need any investment, only some gimmicks to mesmerize and hypnotize the innocent people.
This happens in all religion, not only in Hindu or Christian religion, may be much less in Islam and Budhism.Recently I have come across an young catholic priest who underwent a charismatic retreat and became crazy-Maniac and psychotic. He is now under treatment by my psychiatric colleague. He was not ready for the awakening, unprepared, the fear and repentance brought out by the charismatic preachers led him to the “Holy Hell”.
These god men and women give a bad reputation for Indian Spirituality-Hinduism in particular. There is no place for god men and god women in Hinduism. Look at the teachings of Sree Sankaracharaya, Swami Vivekananda, Sree Narayana Guru, Chattambi Swamikal and many spiritual leaders of this country.They never promoted god men and god women concept in India. When someone approached Sree Naraya Guru and asked the way to find out God, he asked him to take a mirror and look at yourself!!!! What a great thought. God is in you and me. If you cannot see God in your neighbor who is in hunger and pain, and preach lot of the “so called spiritual” theology and philosophy, it has no meaning.
One must understand a real Yogi or Sanyasi live a humble and simple life, never go for any luxurious living, making no cult, not commercialization by building colleges and other establishments to make even more money.
This happens in all religion. Once these guys get some power they change altogether, they live a life of gluttony and sexual immorality. When they get money and power the ruling politicians along with “devotees” follow them for their benefit. I have seen God syndrome not only in Hindu religion but also in Christian religion. Once a person becomes a priest bishop or cardinal, they behave as they are brought to this world from heaven as god men. I think life and teachings of the new Pope Francis is worth a model for these priests, bishops and cardinals.
Recently a newly elected cardinal sat for “feet washing-Paada Pooja” ceremony by some Hindu priests. This unbelievable.
Let us examine why this phenomenon happens-
I have been a student of Kundalini Yoga for the last 40 years, in a scientific way. I must say it is not a cult. It is a science. One can see the science of kundalini yoga in almost all religion but in different names. The Jewish kabalistic teachings are worth learning in this context. I have explained in several of my articles, the scientific aspects of Kundalin yoga system, which is only a part of the autonomic nervous system, plexus, and centers in our body. There is nothing occult or mysterious. Those who know about potential of this science, they either use it for selfish motive or to make money and cheat others. There are few genuine teachers, I accept.
About Kundalini Yoga Centres
According to Tantric yoga, kundalini energy rests like a coiled serpent at the base of the spine (Os Sacrum-Sacred bone). When this dormant energy flows freely upward through the seven chakras (energy centers) and leads to an expanded state of consciousness, it’s known as a kundalini awakening.
For some, the experience can be blissful and filled with feelings of love and a sense of the interconnectedness of all things. For others, it can feel more like a maniac or even a psychotic, where practitioners go through altered sleep cycles, changes in identity, or depression. This discrepancy has led many Westerners to fear the coiled serpent resting in their spine, ready to strike.
The prana or untapped energy of the human body, which can be stimulated through the awakening of the seven chakras in the body, is called kundalini. This energy is present at the base of the spine. Once it reaches the crown chakra, complete enlightenment is said to be achieved. Kundalini yoga is thus the practice of achieving physical, mental and spiritual discipline for the mind and body by stimulating of the kundalini.
Kundalini Yoga employs pranayama or breathing exercises, visualization, asanas and mudras along with chanting and meditation to awaken and then raise the kundalini.
There are different energy centres in our body; you may call them by any name. There are seven major energy centres worth mentioning. Mooladhara, Swadistana, Manipura chakras-basic chakras (Perineal, Pelvic and Solar Plexus-all part of our autonomic nervous system) which are related to the primordial functions of the body like eating, sleeping, having sex etc.
Then comes the Anahatha or cardiac plexus which is related to emotions of unconditional love one can emit. The vishuddhi Chakra in throat-Laryngeal plexus-controls the creativity of a person.
The sixth chakra-Ajna chakra (Third eye-Nazarene chakra) corresponds to the pituitary gland which is the master gland in the body.
Sahasrara Chakra-Correspond to the Pineal Gland in the Hypothalamus which is the spiritual gland- a pathway to the higher dimensions.
A kundalini awakening is when energy flows freely upward through the chakras and leads to an expanded state of consciousness. Once the lower three centers are activated spontaneously or by intention, there is explosion of basic drive energy like a bomb, difficult for ordinary humans to control. The kundalini activation is dangerous if not fully understood or uninitiated. If awakened abruptly or before the body and mind are fully prepared, it can make you crazy-people call this maniac or psychotic. Strange body movements, contortions hissing sounds are produced by these people. Seeing these phenomenon, the devotees fall on their feet calling them god men and god women.
Some Symptoms of Kundalini Activation
• Involuntary jerks, tremors, shaking, itching, tingling, and crawling sensations, especially in the arms and legs
• Energy rushes or feelings of electricity circulating the body
• Heart palpitations
• Intense heat (sweating) or cold, especially as energy is experienced passing through the chakras
• Visions or sounds at times associated with a particular chakra
• Emotional purging in which particular emotions become dominant for short periods of time.
• Pressure inside the skull and headache
• Bliss, feelings of infinite love and universal connectedness, transcendent awareness
• Involuntary suspension of breath
The spiritual manifestations can be even more bizarre. People who have experienced a kundalini awakening have testified to terrifying experiences, such as being visited by spirits who at first appeared friendly but then became hostile and abusive.
Once the kundalini activation take place, our body and mind should be prepared to cope with it. It can very dangerous if you have a spontaneous Kundalini activation not knowing its impact on your system. One should be in a spiritual level to handle it. Otherwise It will effectively leave you “mad’.. If you do it gradually and your mind is prepared it will be ok. Just be very careful and do your own research Kundalini about kundaini activation.
Like donkeys we don’t realize the fragrance of musk is inside ourselves, like the donkeys we humans are searching for God…never find it anywhere, it’s inside you “Here I am”…