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By Akash Shukla

Meaning is paramount to everything we do! Not only in pursuit of material things but a desire to understand is evident in everything that an individual ventures for. Yoga is one such endeavour that opens covert doors to countless multiple secrets.

The topmost among the lot is Kundalini. In the contemporary context, Kundalini is understood and believed to be unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force. It is also considered to be the ‘mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation’. 

How is Kundalini yoga different from its various other counterparts?

While Ananda Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Integral Yoga, Ishta Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Kali Ray TriYoga, Kripalu Yoga, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Svaroopa Yoga, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, White Lotus Yoga, and Yin Yoga share common strands of wellness and well being, Kundalini Yoga gallops beyond–  it focuses on awakening the energy dormant in spine.

Though individuals foray into Kundalini yoga for different reasons, yet the most prominent among all those is the activation of chakras for all and sundry.

Believed to be inherent in spine, these chakras are Mooladhara chakra, Swadishthan chakra, Nabhi chakra, The Void, Anahat chakra (Heart chakra), Vishuddhi chakra, Agnya chakra, and Sahasrara chakra.

Mooladhara chakra

Symbolic of Innocence and Purity, the first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini. The activation of this chakra leads to experience of pure, childlike joy sans prejudices. Also known as the chakra of simplicity, it brings along inner wisdom inherent in little children. Normally, this quality is shrouded by modern lifestyle. However, this quality has a permanent manifestation in us and it rekindles with the rise of Kundalini.      

Swadishthan chakra

Speaking of Creativity and Pure Attention, the second chakra is symbolic of pure knowledge. Through yogic feat, this chakra connects us to inspiration within and opens us to beauteous experience around us.

On the physical level, this chakra’s energy protects our liver, kidneys, and the lower abdomen. Every time we brood over something, the energy from this center is depleted and the body becomes vulnerable to diseases like diabetes or blood cancer. Thankfully, Kundalini yoga strikes a balance and smoothes all odds.

Nabhi chakra

Bringing along a sense of generosity and contentment, the third chakra’s energy revolves around peace and its activation through yogic moves eases stress to a large extent.

The Void

Besieging the second and the third chakras is ‘the Void’ and it speaks of self-mastery. Several traditions call it ‘ocean of illusions’ and crossing it requires a mentor. When the yogic feat in Kundalini achieves this state, this spiritual guide is established within. The craving for an extrtenal mentor or guide is neutralised as you become your own guru and here is the spot in yoga when you gain power to cure your problems through Kundalini. This chakra neutralizes laxity and gross attachments.

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Anahat chakra

Anahat or the Heart chakra is the ‘seat of spirit’. This fourth chakra, is so pure that it is unaffected by anything. It is barely a beholder or a diamond within that has witnessed all deeds and actions. The yogic feat at this level takes the practitioner to a point in self where misidentification is snubbed and ego is neutralised. The sense of true nature and self comes to the fore.

Spirituality and tantra apart, when an individual targets this chakra in yogic manoeuvres, he/she steps up heart and lung protection.

Vishuddhi chakra

Underpinning Diplomacy and Playful Detachment, Vishuddhi chakra highlights diplomacy and playful detachment. Practicing yoga at this precipice frees an individual of remorse and removes guilt. Most importantly, the tendencies to dominate others and the sense of inferiority and superiority go out when Kundalini yog feeds Vishuddhi chakra.

Agnya chakra

Highlighting Forgiveness and Compassion, the sixth chakra brings about forgiveness and compassion. It triggers the emotion to release and eject anger and resentment in order to discover the spirit’s humility, generosity and nobility.

Roving eyes and succumbing to impurity dents this chakra and apart from Kundalini yoga, it can be provided with a second booster through sky watching and nature relishing.

Sahasrara chakra

Symbolic of Integration, this seventh chakra intertwines and integrates all chakras and brings together their respective qualities as a whole. In Kundalini yog, it is the last milestone of human awareness. This chakra enables us to witness direct and absolute perception of Reality on our central nervous system.

The chakra decoding is too complex for a single discourse. However, a powerful practitioner of Kundalini yog is aware that it is not a practice at mental level but it is essentially a part of experiential learning about the material world and striking an unmatched relation with its help.

The practice continues to grow beyond 75 countries and decoding Kundalini’s mysticism continues to rule the roost.

Following are the links to dive deeper into spirituality:

http://www.newsgram.com/kshetra-jna-working-of-nature-and-consciousness-as-per-vedic-thought/

http://www.newsgram.com/bhagavad-gita-from-despondency-to-yoga/

http://www.newsgram.com/gorakshanatha-the-siddha-yogi-who-spread-yoga-in-all-four-directions/

http://www.newsgram.com/karma-yoga-the-concept-of-work-and-duty-as-defined-by-swami-vivekananda/

http://www.newsgram.com/rajan-zed-criticizes-ban-on-yoga-in-los-angeles-parks-and-beaches/

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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)