Sahaja Yoga is the metascience, philosophy and method of inner self-development founded by Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava in India in 1970. The practice of Sahaja Yoga is based on the awakening of the inner subtle energy called Kundalini, which is usually dormant. The maternal qualities of Kundalini energy provide inner support for humans and help to get rid of internal contradictions by putting in order our subtle centers and uncovering inborn potential – wisdom, discrimination, creativity, generosity, ability to be impartial – that is inherent in everyone from birth.
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The transformation of the individual into a deeper, understanding and developed personality is the challenge posed in front of many contemporary theories and practices, schools of self-development as well as ordinary people. This aim is achieved in Sahaja Yoga by using the enormous potential inherent in each of us in the form of subtle energy Kundalini. This energy has the maternal qualities and its only concern is our complete well-being on both our physical and subtle level.Typically, Kundalini in humans remains dormant in the sacrum coiled up into three and a half.
Our errors with respect to ourselves and others violate the normal functioning of our subtle centers (chakras). When this occurs, the Kundalini moves to the appropriate center and tries to clean it. Its manifestation and regenerating action is much more effective in the case of a man whose Kundalini is already awakened. The movement of the Kundalini along the spinal column and its subtle work performed on the chakras can be distinguished by realized people through the sensations
that are called vibrations. The main indicator of this work is the cool breeze on the palms, fingertips and over your head.
In a case of absolutely pure personality, Kundalini rises to the seventh subtle level and remains there permanently, bathing the individual in a continuous flow of the all-pervading power of Divine Love (Paramchaitanya).
Human development is regulated from inside by seven subtle centers and three energy channels namely left channel (Skt. Ida Nadi), right channel (Skt. Pingala Nadi) and central channel (Skt. Sushumna Nadi). The left channel is used for emotions and desires, it is associated with the past. The right side determines our physical activity, action. It is associated with the future. Central channel enables spiritual development, evolution on a personal and collective level. In an ideal state, the right and left side are used by the person to the same extent, which in turn enables active work of the central evolutionary channel and the seven subtle centers.
This center was created from the element of Earth. It is known as the most important because it provides the basis for the ascent. It supports the raising of the Kundalini energy. Qualities that emits a person with a good Muladhara are chastity, innocence, wisdom, purity, devotion to the higher spiritual values.
This chakra is created from the element of Fire. Balanced Swadhisthana manifests the qualities of creativity and patience. Humans with awakened Kundalini can feel the cool breeze of cosmic energy Paramchaitanya on the palms and overhead with the help of Swadhisthana. Those who achieve the absolute purity of this chakra obtain the complete knowledge of themselves and others.
Nabhi Chakra and Void
Nabhi chakra is created out of the element of Water. The qualities that are revealed in a person with a clean Nabhi are generosity, contentment, balance and adherence to the universal laws of evolution (dharma). The subtle area that surrounds Nabhi is called Void. This area as well as Nabhi is connected with Water. It contains the principles of teaching and discipling.
This center was created out of the element of Air. In a person with good Anahata it is manifested the qualities of simple existence, joy, courage, maternal care for others, compassion and responsibility.
Visuddhi was created from the element of Ether (environment, space). Openning of its qualities makes a person capable of expressing full respect for themselves and others, being collective and unattached.
This center was created from the element of Light (Fire). The man with clean Agnya chakra has no destructive conditionings and manifests a pronounced capability to forgive. Such people can keep a state of thoughtless awareness for so long as it is practically necessary.
This center unites the qualities of the first six chakras. The full opening of Sahastrara occurs automatically when all the other six chakras are perfectly clean. Sahasrara allows a person to plunge into the ocean of joy and constantly stay connected with the Collective Аwareness.