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Lesson 181 -
Expectations and Our Time Line (Audio)
Date: Wed May 5, 2004 11:33am
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Q: I have recently joined your yahoo group. In Sept 2003, the root knot of
Kundalini opened. I was practising Kriya yoga since 1 year before. Since
then any spiritual gathering or intense worship my heart chakra opens and I
feel the spinal flow upwards coming out thru the top of the head, fontanel.
I believe that is Satya Sai Baba, as I am his devotee. Still, full
enlightenment is eluding me. Can you help?
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
Your experiences of opening are very beautiful, but probably do not
represent the end of your journey to enlightenment - more like the beginning
of a new and wonderful stage.
There is the idea out there that kundalini energy moving to the crown is the
end of the enlightenment process. It rarely is. In fact, if it is premature,
before adequate preparation is done, it can signal a long and difficult
ordeal (see Gopi Krishna in the links section on this). If you are
consistently using spinal breathing between third eye and root, you will
likely be spared the greatest difficulties of kundalini imbalance that can
happen due to premature focus on the crown (sahasrar). We will be covering
more on opening the crown in future lessons.
More importantly, it is essential to be cultivating inner silence (pure
bliss consciousness) through deep meditation to round out the
neuro-biological transformation going on inside. If you read through all the
lessons, you will see the importance of this discussed from many angles.
Enlightenment is a union of divine polarities within us, and
kundalini/shakti is only one half of that equation. Inner silence/shiva is
the other half.
As for having the blessing (and shaktipat) of a great one such as Sai Baba,
it certainly can't hurt. Even so, the obstructions in your nervous system
will have to come out to reveal your enlightenment, and no one can hasten
that process beyond the physical limits you can tolerate. In other words,
for most it is a long and gradual journey of unfoldment. It can be done in a
lifetime, but not likely in a few years, unless you are of avatar stature (a
savior born nearly enlightened), which we would all welcome, of course.
It is more likely that you have more work left to do. The good news is that
there are plenty of good integrated yoga tools available, and you have the
blessing of a great one besides. It is just a matter of bringing your
expectations in line with your actual time line, and proceed with gusto from
It is suggested you settle in for the long haul and focus on doing a routine
of good integrated spiritual practices every day. Then you have the best
opportunity for rapid progress. You may wish to review the lessons from the
beginning and check for elements of practice you may not be using yet that
can help accelerate your progress.
It is wonderful to have the blessings of saints and sages, but in the end it
is we who must follow through on our spiritual transformation with the daily
use of advanced yoga practices.
I wish you all joy and success on your chosen spiritual path.
The guru is in you.
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