shaktipatBy Sangeetha Saran

Shaktipat is the descent of Divine Grace from master to disciple. The initiatory ritual of Shaktipat is rooted in ancient Vedic wisdom from India’s tantric Yoga traditions. According to these traditions, there is a serpent coiled three and a half times at the base of the spine. When a sincere seeker comes into contact with a realized master, the seeker’s Kundalini Shakti energy is ignited and awakened.

Over a period of time, the awakened energy then travels up from the first chakra at the base of the spine, to the seventh chakra in the crown of the head. When the seventh chakra is pierced and activated by the Kundalini Shakti, great bliss arises along with a profound knowledge of the interconnectedness of all life. When a seeker receives Shaktipat, his or her mystical journey begins in earnest.

The descent of Divine Grace can be given by a master through touch, glance, and sankalpa or intention. The awakened Kundalini has many manifestations. Some seekers feel strong emotions such as grief, fear, anger, or ecstasy. Often these emotions come in waves and are intermingled as the inner energy is being awakened.

Long lost memories and unresolved traumas may enter the consciousness of a Yoga student and demand immediate attention. There are also physical manifestations of Shaktipat. Some of these manifestations include spontaneous Yoga postures, kriyas, crying, feelings of great heat, seeing inner lights, and hearing inner sounds like that of a conch on a beach or the sound of tinkling bells.

The descent of Divine Grace or Shaktipat touches and penetrates the very depths of a Yoga student’s being. The awakened Kundalini Shakti will transform all aspects of your being as it travels through the chakra system.

According to tantric Yoga, a human being has four levels of bodies – The physical body, the subtle energy body, the causal or mental body, and the body of pure awareness. The awakened Kundalini Shakti will penetrate each one of the four bodies as well as the chakras and align them with divinity.

Shaktipat is a very sacred time in a seeker’s life. It is truly the beginning of the fruition of all spiritual practices. With the descent of Divine Grace from a realized master, a student holds the key to enter into the depths of his or her own heart.

Over time and through consistent spiritual practices, a student will merge into his or her own core of divinity. With this merging, all sense of separation will vanish and the seeker will become intimately aware of the presence of God at all times.

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