Shaktipat

When people ask my opinion on other Kundalini methods, I tell them that since my Kundalini was fully and permanently raised by a single method (GFM) at the age of 34, it is impossible for me to critique other methods, including Shaktipat. Since I cannot rewind the clock back to the moment before I started GFM and cannot reverse the Kundalini energy that now courses through me 24-hours a day, I cannot present myself to a someone and ask him to perform Shaktipat on me. Kundalini is already active. Therefore, there is no way I can comment on the validity of Shaktipat as a method. I have, however, heard many hearsay accounts from trusted sources, which lead me to believe it does work.

Kundalini shaktipat is like being doused with an electric shower
Nothing Like a Cold Shower
Gopi Krishna's plan included accumulating and categorizing substantive accounts of all types Kundalini experiences. Unfortunately, to my knowledge nothing was ever done about this. The accumulation and categorization of Kundalini accounts cannot match the scholarly interest that has overtaken Near Death Experiences (NDEs) over the last twenty years — even though the effects of NDEs are a mere subset of Kundalini effects.

The reason for this is numbers. NDE research has reached critical mass and Kundalini research hasn't. Therefore, I can contribute little to the subject of Shaktipat as a method, although it does interest me.


During Gopi Krishna's lifetime there were meetings, panels, and discussions on Kundalini. Since his death this interest has become muted, on account, some say, of over-saturation of "New Age" fads. I'd love to see a revival widespread interest and discussion on Kundalini and the various methods for activating it.


There is a long thread in the Golden Flower Forum that discusses Shaktipat, a mere fragment of the ongoing discussion around this important topic.


Nevertheless, for me, Shaktipat seems like a something-for-nothing deal, almost like the one-time static electric discharge you experience after walking across a thick rug in leather soled shoes and touching a metal door knob. Yes, the kick is there and it makes you pause to wonder at it. Wow, that was a surprise, you remark. Wonder where that came from? And then you remember, Oh yes, static electricity. It lasts for a moment and then you get on with it, but it's a far cry from 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week permanent Kundalini, which is more like being permanently hooked up to the electric chair, albeit, a lot more benign. And that's what I've heard about Shaktipat: there is an energy rush that makes you stop to pause, but the aftermath effects vary widely, sometimes evaporating within minutes, sometimes sending the neophyte into a temporary stupor, sometimes, well, there are too many variations for this sentence to support. Plus, as I say, I'm not an expert, having previously activating Kundalini, thus forever eliminating my chances of experiencing Shaktipat.


One aspect does bother me: the lack of preparation afforded those on whom Shaktipat is conferred. It’s like a play with only one act. After individuals are anointed, there’s very little, if no, follow up. I’m convinced that Shaktipat is authentic, but what good is it if the individuals who undergo it, are left in a state of stupor? And, from the accounts of the many people i’ve talked to, that’s exactly what happened to them. Not all, mind you, but some, enough to make the whole business problematic. And in important life experiences like activating Kundalini, one is too many.


People, who claim to have experienced it, only to have it dissipate more or less rapidly are legion. Some individuals I've talked to actually got stuck in a funk after experiencing Shaktipat. One person, in particular, sat in her bathroom for several years whiling away the hours, unable to manage her life. This is the extreme. The SGF warns against this, says we must — in spite of our 'spiritual ambitions' — meet life head on. Something-for-nothing tends to induce this kind of soporific behavior, to rearrange brain chemistry such that the affected individual loses control of the decision making process and the will to keep moving forward. It brings to mind Jonestown, large rallies, mass movements, Rock Concerts, Kool-Aid sessions — places and events The SGF warns us to avoid. Is that what we want — spiritual zombies? I don’t think so.


No matter which method is used, there needs to be preparation as well as follow up. Moreover, the reasons for activating Kundalini need to be considered. It’s not enough to show up at an ashram because some friend “talked about the marvels of Kundalini” just to be touched with a feather and induced into a state of insensibility. This may show off certain wondrous powers on the part of the guru, but it is irresponsible to have no Act Two or no plans for helping the beneficiary assimilate the newly conferred energy. Are initiates informed about the possibilities of winding up in a torpor or not being able to function? Do they know the effects are short lived in many cases? Are they informed about methods for raising permanent Kundalini, should they desire to continue? Do they have any idea of what they are in for? Do they realize that in “buying into” the process they are handing over control of their being to someone else?


Situations that require us to hand over personal responsibility to others ARE problematic. Be sure you know what you are doing and what you want to do. You don’t have your being or your responsibilities to others. YOU have all the necessary power within you to realize your own regeneration, your own self-realization.


Seriously, take a moment to reflect, because this question goes to the heart of the so-called "spiritual" quest. It covers just about every religion, every sect, every movement. It also plays a role in individual motivation, which is one of the keys to success in this work. Free will, predestination, creativity. Don't you want to control your life and practice?


There is one important positive point, suggested by a Golden Flower Forum participant, and that is: "I know that some look for Shaktipat as a way to avoid 'doing the Work.' Such has never been true in my case. I am one who LIVES the Work. My ideal goal would to be awaken everyone. The Shaktipat experience that I had opened my eyes to the reality of kundalini -- for the first time, it became an attainable goal rather than a spiritual fantasy. Without this taste of what was possible, I might have never been able to commit to such a program as GFM, as derived from The Secret of the Golden Flower. I certainly wouldn't have had faith in its possibilities that I do now. The fact that my awakening was only temporary was far outweighed by the benefits of having 'seen the Light'!"



The more I think about it, the more it seems like a reasonable solution for those who are seemingly unable to feel or perceive sensations or activity in the inner landscape.

I'm talking about receiving Shaktipat and/or learning Reiki before getting into GFM. If you are unable to move forward after continued meditation practice, you might consider trying Shaktipat or Reiki to "prime" your being for experiencing Kundalini. The idea is to establish a meta-neurological mnemonic, a target that you can get back to later during meditation.

Used correctly, I believe it might be a valuable addition to the overall method. It worked for Tom Kinney, perhaps even expedited his awakening. It could be useful for those who practice meditation intently, but have difficulty feeling or observing sensations and activity in the internal landscape.

Prior experience of Shaktipat or Reiki might give devoted individuals a leg up, in that they would realize activity in the inner landscape is possible and they can observe and experience it, and they can get back to it. Believing you can get back to something, and "knowing what that something is," are powerful incentives to successful accomplishment.

Step 1 Reiki/Shaktipat – Learn to observe inner activity, know it is real, know what it “feels” like, know you can get back to it.

Step 2 Golden Flower Meditation (GFM) – Learn and practice the techniques, ever mindful of the sensations and activity already experienced. Psychic bio-feedback acts as a powerful incentive.

All this, provided that the teacher is capable of providing guidance throughout the various stages, preparing the subject for living with and adjusting to permanent Kundalini. Physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.


So before going on, I'd like to pose a quasi-rhetorical question, "What would you do if I told you I could perform Shaktipat? Would you ask me to perform it?" Perhaps if you could answer all the relevant When, Where, Why, How questions convincingly, I would if I could.

8 comments:

  1. I received what must have been shaktipat on a beach in Big Sur California from what I later realized was a superhuman type of being. I have never met his like since and I have been around real spiritual teachers. Several months later I was in the woods on the opposite coast and during that evening. I had a massive kundalini uprising that lasted for 3 straight years at a constant level. My experiences during that time are well known to many people and the supernatural events were a regular affair. I was 21 at the time.

    Since that time, over the decades it went into a kind of slumber, only to awaken again in recent years and cause some very intense experiences. I never met that man on the beach (if man he was) again but I suspect I will. Thank you for the article.

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  2. Kundalini encounters are always unpredictable: in manner, in type, in outcome, in effect. Sounds like yours continues to surprise. What strikes me most is you never seemed fearful about the process.

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    1. can a kundalini awaken master really check the recipient weather he is ready for shaktipat.

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    2. You'd have to ask those who say they can confer Shaktipat.

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  3. i have a doubt on southindian guru nithyananda who had a sx scandal with a kannada actress.
    Is an enlightened master do go for sex and if so why and what is the need for 20 sec's of orgasam,rather he has paramanandam with him.

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  4. Having worked for over 30 years to support people in a kundalini or spiritual awakening process, I am currently offering two new books "The Kundalini Guide" an "The Awakening Guide" on amazon and kindle. Perhaps some of your readers would like to understand all the issues, both challenging and wonderful, that may arise once kundalini activates. I am a non-dual teacher, and transpersonal psychologist, involved in many spiritual shifts of my own and an original founder of the Kundalini Research Network. Kundalini arises for many reasons, shaktipat (an encounter from an awakened teacher that activates the natural life force in another person) being only one possibility, People awaken in meditation, yoga, Qigong, following an NDE, in martial arts (very occasionally), through deep concentration, in shamanic practices and even spontaneously. It leaves surprised and challenged to deal with shifts in energy, emotions and perspectives.

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    1. Unlike many years ago when I activated Kundalini, there are now many sources for Kundalini information. This site is but one of them. The contributors to this site also offer books on the subject, in fact, much of the information out there overlaps. There is no one-size-fits-all source; the more you live with it, the more you realize that each case is different, and you must become your own best detective in learning to live with Kundalini. Each day is a revelation.

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  5. For those who are drawn to the spirit, explore, learn, practice, try.

    For those who seek to glorify their image, please don't

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