How do you actually tap into this supreme energy of Kundalini? The answer to this question has two dimensions in it – the physical and the mystic or the subtler dimension. That is why very easily people gets baffled and bemused by it.
Without being pedantic, it can be divulged that there are two principles that yogis of ancient India used to follow in order to upraise this primal energy – the manifestation principle and the vehement principle.
The Manifestation Principle:
The Yogis, who followed this principle, understood that a seed manifests itself into a magnificent tree if necessary environment is provided to it. Kundalini is like a spiritual seed, resting in the deep of the Muladhara. By simply providing it a suitable sattvic environment through various forms of Yogasanas (yogic physical postures), Pranayamas (breathing techniques), Kriyas (specific yogic techniques related to internal cleansing), Dhyanas (meditations), Satsangs and Sevas (selfless service) this euphoria can be attained. This process is gradual, steady and one doesn’t need to jeopardize anything to walk on this path of realization. These techniques are available to this date and can be learned by anybody who is interested. Sincere seekers can practice them on a regular basis with reverence to beckon all the benefits of Kundalini awakening.
The Vehement Principle:
Yogis under this category believed in forceful awakening of Kundalini. It is like physically getting into the kunda which stores this ultimate energy and use it for one’s own purpose. Someone nicely explained this principle as follows. It’s like building a very giant dam on a perennial river. The dam is made so high that the flowing river eventually rolls back and finally fills itself up to that glacier where it was born. The water stored this way up there on the mountain top has tremendous energy in it. The vehement upliftment of Kundalini from Muladhara to Sahasrara is also similar to this.
The yogis who used this principle had to renounce everything first and then had go through various austerities before being allowed to participate in classical Kundalini yoga sadhanas. Many a times these sadhanas included Tantras along with other forms of practices. They were often mistaken to be black-magicians and people tried to curtail them by force. The practitioners were exasperated about it and therefore mostly did their sadhanas in clandestine ways.
Hence, it is very difficult to say if these forms of practices still in existence or not. Even though many people want to learn these sadhanas, no one really knows where to find a proper master. Somebody nicely said that these practices are like walking on a sharp blade, if anything goes wrong it can ruin you for eternity. Hence, on this path finding a proper guru who has awakened his Kundalini successfully is of utmost importance. Only being stoic is not enough, as by choosing a wrong master lots and lots of people have already sabotaged their own lives.
Which one is better?
Undoubtedly yogis of both kinds were real life spiritual aficionados. They had complete mastery over the nature and the human system. So, it won’t be right to point one as good and another as bad. They vary in their intentions and hence in their techniques. The intention of the first kind is to attain liberation or enlightenment and that of the second is mostly to gain Siddhi which looks like occult.
Both of them has its own profoundness and could guide an individual to his ultimate possibility. However, looking at our present day scenario one would possibly consider the former principle as safer and more practical.
Self Love : Help Yourself To Become A Better Human Being
A charismatic personality is very important to live your life in today’s world. To have an attractive and powerful personality we need to first accept and love ourselves. No matter you’re obese or anorexic, dark or albino; we should accept ourselves as we are and love our flaws, as the flaws are what makes us uniquely beautiful.
As it is a known fact; “there is no love without care”. It is a spontaneous act to care about someone you love. Hence, we should start taking good care of ourselves. We need to realize that through love there is care and through care there is love. It is a vice versa mechanism. Hence, to love ourselves we need to start caring for ourselves and vice versa. “How to take care oneself?”- is the question that arises.
Love yourself by taking care of yourself!
Following are ways to help you love yourself and become a better human….
1) Mental Health:
We need to make sure that we are in a good mental frame, that is, our mental health should be acknowledged. People are so busily engrossed in their materialistic lives that they completely ignore their mental health and that leads to anxiety disorders and stress disorders, further leading to personality disorders; shifting a person from normality to abnormality. Hence forth, the first step to self care is acknowledging your mental status.
2) Physical Health:
Taking care of our body is very necessary. As all our religions have said, “Our body is our temple”; we should follow this saying and learn to love and care for our body. Many people out there indulge in self harm. The reasons are vast; could be a heartbreak, depression, insecurities and more. We need to understand that, by hurting our body, our mind is not going to attain peace. Whatever is disturbing you is going to continue to do so unless you address it and reach out for help. We should know that, during our last ride on earth, “we would be accompanied by none but ourselves.
3) Spiritual Health:
We should enhance ourselves spiritually. Stereo typically when we say spiritual health, most people connect to religion, but,being religious and spiritual are two different things. Spirituality is nothing but self actualization. It means to understand oneself and follow the path which turns you into a better individual. It also means to become one with the energies of nature. Spirituality is anyway superior to religion because it is an integration of the values of the religions. Progressing spiritually would help you progress mentally and physically as well. Hence, everyone should work towards growing spiritually for their betterment.
Everyone has to have a realization about how important it is to learn and practice self love and gradually heal oneself.
The Conflict Of The Rational Brain And The Irrational Brain- OCD!
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) involves high anxiety levels which results in abnormal behavior. It is amplified due to recurring thoughts that cause disruption. This further hinders your day-to-day routine. So then, you try to make new routines satisfying your compulsions. This would again, disrupt and destroy your life gradually. However by taking certain steps, you can fight the disorder and also emerge victorious.
How to overcome OCD?
When you’re dealing with something like OCD, you need some kind of support to help you overcome it. It is almost impossible to jump over this hurdle without support. It doesn’t mean that you are not capable to get rid of your compulsions all by yourself. It’s just that, getting external support would ease the process and is more productive. You should be open to therapy. Therapy involves all tried and tested methods that do work. There are a wide range of methods; even if one doesn’t work for you, the other will surely do.
You need to talk to your friends and family about your condition in order for them to understand your abnormal actions and thus, help you. Talking to the people who are close to you will help you get out of the discomfort and it would also make you feel less isolated.
It is very hard to accept your OCD. It definitely feels horrible to accept that you have a disorder and it’s creeping into your life, distorting it. When you accept it, only then can you talk about it to others. Accepting may be dreadful but this dread would result in you focusing more on getting better and thus, motivates you to get rid of OCD.
Do not avoid compulsive situations!
You cannot get rid of OCD by avoiding the situations in which your compulsions would re-occur. This would instead increase your fear of these situations. You should rather expose yourself to such situations and then, resist the compulsive rituals that follow. If it gets hard to resist the rituals at once, try reducing the time spent on these rituals and then gradually start resisting the rituals. You will slowly start realizing that you now have better control over OCD.
Relaxation and stress management!
The symptoms of OCD become worse when under stress of some kind. Thus, relaxation and stress management plays a major role to help you get rid of OCD. Relaxation methods like deep breathing techniques, listening to music and reading a book could help you calm down.
Remember you own your mind and body. Don’t let irrational thoughts overpower you like a puppeteer!
I’m Wrong, Yet Right! I’m A Narcissist.
What is narcissism?
Loving yourself is one thing and thinking that you love yourself is another. Accepting yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t have to improve. There is always scope for improvement. Accept yourself, but, at the same time make sure you grow. Growth is the key to success, and you grow only when you’re humble and remain a learner. This is loving yourself.
On the other, you find people who think they are pursuing self love, without accepting their flaws. If you don’t accept your flaws, you are either demeaning yourself or are thinking too highly of oneself. Both are toxic, but, the latter is worse.
These people who think of themselves as “perfectionists” are the ones who fall into this category. They think they are the best and know everything. In reality they are the most ignorant people. They remain stagnant and forever remain average because they refuse to learn.
These are the narcissists!
How do you identify a narcissist?
You know of this girl talking about how many admirers she’s got, how beautiful and attractive she is and goes on with this forever?
You would also know of a guy who takes pride in talking about how many girls he has dated, how many people follow him in admiration of his body and it’s a never ending trail.
You also find handfuls who feel they know more than anyone and they put you down and try to make you feel you’re inferior to them. This is when you know you’re dealing with a narcissist!
Do you know a person who was once your friend and you now recollect of how selfish he or she was; you felt used by them, they always expected you to dance to their music and one fine day, you wanted them to be there for you, but, in return they decided to push you away?
Well! If you’re still dealing with a person like this, you should be aware that you’re around a narcissist!
In every group you will find a self- acclaimed boss. He won’t be appointed to boss over us, but, he will do so due to his superiority instinct. Such people think they know more than anybody and you’ll find such people in constant, meaningless conflicts with the actual authority. Even when they are wrong, they don’t accept it, stay stubborn and continue to dominate.
The individuals living with this illusion of being superior are known to be narcissists.
Entitlement and attention seeking:
Some people think they are entitled to all credits. Even if they are not the ones who have worked on a particular project, they want all the credits. If you achieve something through your hard work, they will come up to you and say, “if it wasn’t for my support, you wouldn’t be able to do this”. They expect you to always give them the major credits. These kind of people always show off their achievements; the minor achievements are showcased as a major performance.
These attention seekers who believe they are subjected to every kind of entitlement are the narcissists!
It is very easy to blame others for the pathetic situations in life. You emerge a winner when you look into your past, within yourself and thus, check yourself so that such situations do not arise again in future.
Few people tend to blame everything and everyone around for a disturbed situation. Sometimes, even when it is very evident, people just do not accept their mistakes and go on to blame people around them.
This is nothing but, an indication of a narcissistic person.
The fact being, narcissism is mental disorder and such people need help.
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