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Lesson 109 - Q&A Bhakti, meditation and
Date: Fri Feb 6, 2004 8:18am
New Members: It is recommended you read from the beginning of the web archive, as previous
lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: Is it possible for kundalini to lets say for lack of a better word talk to you? Lets go
back... after reading the bhakti lesson I have been working on redirecting desires towards
spirit-sometimes not so well, but at others I feel as if my steps and thoughts are where
they should be. At one point I asked God to direct me through the divine kundalini energy
to let me now what is spirit and what is just ego pretending to be spirit. At times I get
guidance from the energy in a way of blissful feelings and surges if I am working in a
spiritual way. So my question is can kundalini speak to us with her energy, or is this a
direct answer form god/angel thoughts? Is this Bhakti? Are there any techniques that we
can use to help purify old habits and desires and redirect them with bhakti?
A: Yes God can speak to us, and does all the time. It can come through kundalini or any
other God-channel we choose. By choosing and focusing on a spiritual ideal, we can filter
out the noise in us and receive guidance constantly. In time, we become one with the
guidance, for the guru/God is in us, and is us. It is not so much in the mind. God does
not speak to the intellect, so be careful about the mind games we can play with ourselves
-- we can build castles in the air in a hurry with the intellect. He/She speaks to us in
the heart with feelings and intuitions. This is also how we speak to God, with our heart,
with our feelings. If we are intense in our bhakti to our ideal, our needs will be
communicated automatically and we will know what to do next. It is like that, a very
intimate process that emerges as a oneness inside us on the inner levels of feeling.
We experience a knowingness deep inside before we know. If that is how it happens you can
be sure it is divine guidance, and not some trick of the mind.
The best way to cultivate bhakti is to purify the heart, which is done through all the
advanced yoga practices we have discussed to date -- especially meditation. A purified
heart is a blissfully silent heart. Meditation brings up the "silent witness" in
us, which is the deep heart awareness that enables us to choose what direction our
emotions will go in. Before the witness, we were dragged every which way by our thoughts
and emotions, because we were identified with them as our self. With the silent witness we
experience our self beyond all that, so thoughts and emotions become like objects we can
redirect before they manifest outwardly. We can pull an ongoing "inside job" on
our thoughts and emotions and avoid problems that come up when everything flying around
inside us shoots out. In essence, working from the level of the silent witness, we are
able to develop the habit of redirecting thoughts and emotions deep in the mind before
they reach the surface. This was mentioned in the first lesson on bhakti (#67).
This inner process of bhakti is more about feeling than about thinking. Deep inside us
there is a fine line between feeling and thinking. The line is where mind and heart meet,
and that is the point of stillness. Functioning at that blissfully silent balance point
between heart and mind is the destination of yoga, living in union with God. Meditation
and the other advanced yoga practices are for cultivating that.
There are more practices coming (mantra enhancements, samyama and physical techniques)
that will expand our silent presence in the heart, and these will make our witness (pure
bliss consciousness) and bhakti much stronger.
If you want to do more now, favor an attitude of service, and be mindful about
surrendering desires/emotions to that. All emotions can be redirected in that way. It is a
path of surrender, and is something we can do anytime, anywhere. Very good for the heart.
But don't get too carried away with it. We don't want to do it at the expense of sitting
practices. The best bhakti is the bhakti that puts us in practices every day.
The guru is in you.
Note: For detailed instructions on Bhakti, see the
AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book.
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