Shaktipat is a word in the Hindu tradition to represent spiritual awakening – in particular, spiritual awakening that is facilitated or initiated by a guru/teacher and conferred upon his or her students. Did Jesus confer Shaktipat and can we still be recipients of this Divine energy today?
I am currently reading Where Are You Going? – A Guide to the Spiritual Journey by Swami Muktananda, now deceased guru of the Siddha Yoga tradition. http://www.siddhayoga.org/ In this book, Swami Muktananda describes the highways and byways of the spiritual journey from the perspective of the Siddha Yoga tradition. As I am reading this book, I’m seeing unfold before me all the parallels between the Hindu/Siddha Yoga tradition and the Jesus story. Kundalini/Holy Spirit; Meditation/Prayer; Mantra/Rosary and now today, Shaktipat and Jesus.
The Siddha Yoga tradition (which has its roots in Hinduism) defines Shaktipat as follows:
Spiritual awakening, or shaktipat, lies at the heart of the mystical journey. This infusion of energy from the spiritual master to the seeker brings about the awakening of the seeker’s own inherent spiritual power, called kundalini. Shaktipat is described by the yogic texts as an initiation that activates an inner unfolding of awareness that leads to progressively higher states of consciousness. http://www.siddhayoga.org/
As I read about and seek to understand more fully the experience of Shaktipat, I cannot help but image that this is what it must have been like for Jesus’ own disciples. Something in Jesus’ touch and/or presence startled them out of their normal everyday existence and awakened them to a higher path – the path to Oneness with God. Many felt called to leave behind their former existence to follow Jesus and learned from him the path of spiritual awakening and enlightenment and many were healed of their spiritual fears and false perceptions – some through Jesus’ physical touch and some simply through being in the presence of this remarkable man. The Jesus story certainly rings of Shaktipat to me.
In the Siddha tradition, Shaktipat is conferred by a living guru within the lineage of the Siddha tradition. Shaktipat is said to be conferred upon a seeker who is willing to receive it and can be received through touch or simply by being in the presence of the guru. It is also said that Shaktipat can be received in the absence of the physical presence of the guru through desire and intention. This is how Shaktipat is available to those who claim Jesus as their teacher and guru. We no longer have the gift of the physical presence of Jesus among us, and yet this does not prevent those who follow Jesus from becoming spiritually awakened – all we need to do is desire to be awakened and be open to the spiritual lessons that will then unfold. The gift in this spiritual awakening/Shaktipat, for those who claim Jesus as their guru is the same for those among the Siddha Yoga and Hindu traditions:
Over time, through grace and our efforts in spiritual practice, the sense of separation from divinity drops away. We come to recognize the presence of God in ourselves and in the world around us. We experience the world as a play of God’s energy. http://www.siddhayoga.org/
If this is true, why would we not all be open to receiving Shaktipat/Spiritual Awakening and celebrating our respective teachers through whom this has been made possible? I for one, offer a profound prayer of gratitude for the experiences that startled me out of my normal everyday existence and set me upon the path of spiritual learning, growth and transformation…and I give the credit to Jesus, the Christ, my personal guru (while thoroughly enjoying the teachings of all the great spiritual masters!) And I thank Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda of the Siddha Yoga traditions for giving me words through which I have been able to more fully understand the experience.
Are you open to receiving Shaktipat/Spiritual Awakening?
Through what teacher do you desire to receive this awakening?
How can you be open to the unfolding spiritual path once this awakening has been facilitate?
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