‘Know about Shaktipat’ the Vedic method to achieve a higher state of consciousness

Dr.Ashutosh Upadhyay

What is shaktipat?
Shaktipat is a spiritual practice in which a spiritual teacher or guru transmits spiritual energy or “shakti” to a student through a glance, touch, mantra, or other means. The goal of shaktipat is to awaken the student’s inner spiritual potential and help them achieve a higher state of consciousness. It is commonly associated with the Kundalini tradition of yoga, but can also be found in other spiritual traditions such as Sufism and Advaita Vedanta.

How shaktipat is done?
Shaktipat can be performed in various ways depending on the tradition and the teacher. Some common methods include:

Direct gaze: The teacher looks directly into the student’s eyes, which is believed to transmit spiritual energy to the student.

Touch or blessing: The teacher touches the student’s forehead, crown chakra, or other points on the body, which is believed to transmit spiritual energy.

Mantra initiation: The teacher initiates the student into a sacred mantra, which the student then repeats to themselves as a form of spiritual practice.

Energy transmission: The teacher may use specific hand gestures, postures, or other methods to transmit energy to the student.

Meditation: The teacher may guide the student through a specific meditation to help them access the shakti

It’s important to note that Shaktipat is considered an advanced practice and should only be attempted under the guidance of a qualified and experienced teacher.

What changes come after shaktipat in a disciple?
The effects of shaktipat can vary depending on the individual and their level of spiritual development. Some people may experience profound changes in their consciousness and spiritual growth, while others may not notice any significant changes. Some of the changes that may occur after shaktipat include:

Increased spiritual awareness: Some people may experience a deeper understanding of the nature of reality and the self, as well as a heightened sense of connection to a higher power.

Kundalini awakening: Some people may experience the awakening of the Kundalini energy, which is said to reside at the base of the spine and is believed to be responsible for spiritual growth and enlightenment.

Psychological changes: Some people may experience changes in their emotional and psychological well-being, such as reduced anxiety and depression, increased self-esteem, and greater emotional stability.

Physical changes: Some people may experience changes in their physical health, such as improved energy levels, better sleep, and reduced pain.

It’s also important to note that some people may experience temporary side effects such as increased sensitivity, emotional release, and changes in the perception of reality, which can be challenging but usually resolves over time.

What is the scientific basis of shaktipat?
The scientific basis of shaktipat is not well understood, and the claims made about its effects have not been proven through rigorous scientific study. Some theories suggest that shaktipat may involve the release of certain neurochemicals in the brain, such as endorphins and serotonin, which can have positive effects on mood and well-being. However, there is currently no conclusive scientific evidence to support these theories.

Additionally, many of the claims made about shaktipat, such as the awakening of the Kundalini energy and the ability to achieve a higher state of consciousness, are based on spiritual or religious beliefs that are not amenable to scientific investigation.

In summary, while shaktipat may have some positive effects on the individual, the science behind it is not yet well understood and more research is needed to fully understand the mechanism of action and potential benefits. It’s also important to note that people should be cautious when considering spiritual practices such as Shaktipat, and should consult with qualified professionals before proceeding.

Where can you find shaktipat teacher or Guru?
There are a few ways to find a qualified shaktipat teacher or guru:

Word of mouth: Ask friends or family members who have experience with shaktipat if they can recommend a teacher.

Online: There are many websites, forums, and social media groups dedicated to shaktipat and spiritual practices that may be able to connect you with a teacher.

Ashrams and spiritual centers: Many ashrams and spiritual centers offer shaktipat as part of their spiritual practices, and may have teachers available.

Yoga studios or holistic centers: Some Yoga studios or holistic centers may have teachers who are trained in shaktipat or related spiritual practices.

It’s important to note that when looking for a teacher, it’s important to research their qualifications and experience and to make sure they are reputable. It’s also important to meet with the teacher and get a sense of their approach and philosophy before committing to working with them. It’s also important to be aware of the fact that not all teachers or gurus are genuine and some may use spiritual practices for their own gain.

Leading teachers of kundalini awakening and shaktipat
I can suggest a few well-known teachers of Shaktipat and related spiritual practices, but please note that this is not an endorsement of any particular teacher or organization and it’s important to research and evaluate any teacher before pursuing spiritual guidance with them.

Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswathi, is considered as one of the leading teachers of kundalini awakening and shaktipat.

Sri Aurobindo, who wrote extensively on spiritual practices such as yoga and advocated for the spiritual evolution of humanity

Sri Ramakrishna, a 19th-century Indian mystic and yogi who was considered a spiritual master by his followers

Swami Muktananda, a 20th-century Indian guru, and founder of Siddha Yoga, which emphasizes the use of shaktipat to achieve spiritual awakening

Swami Rama, a 20th-century Indian guru, and founder of the Himalayan Institute, which emphasizes the use of yoga and meditation to achieve spiritual growth

It’s important to remember that these are just a few examples of shaktipat teachers, and there are many other qualified teachers around the world. It’s important to do your research and find a teacher that aligns with your personal spiritual goals and beliefs.

Some books on shaktipat
Few books on shaktipat and related spiritual practices:

“Shakti: The Secret of Yoga” by Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswathi, provides an in-depth look at the practice of shaktipat and its role in spiritual growth.

“The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence?” by Lee Sannella, is a medical doctor’s look at the Kundalini awakening and its effects on the human body and mind.

“The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner” by Michael Stone, which provides an overview of the history and philosophy of yoga and its connection to spiritual practices such as shaktipat.

“The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja: Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom” by Ross Heaven, explores the spiritual practices of the ninja and how they can be used to achieve spiritual growth, including shaktipat.

“The Yoga of the Siddhas” by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, provides an introduction to the spiritual practices of the Siddhas, a group of Indian mystics who emphasized the use of shaktipat in their teachings.

These are just a few examples of books on Shaktipat, and there are many other books available on the subject. It’s important to read reviews, and check the author’s background and qualifications before reading any books on spiritual practice.

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