The secret of secrets to getting into meditation naturally and spontaneously is Shaktipat.
It is important to understand what happens in meditation. In meditation, the mind merges into its source, the innermost Self (atman in Sanskrit).
What is Shaktipat? According to Shiva Sutra Vimarshini, “Guru paramesvari anugrahika shakti” (“Guru is the grace-bestowing power of God”). This bestowal of grace is called shaktipat, literally meaning “the descent (pat) of energy (shakti),” and is essential in a Kundalini awakening. This descent of grace can only come to a worthy seeker through the medium of an individual guru.
Shaktipat requires an individual guru to transmit this energy to awaken another. As a candle cannot light itself and must be lit by an outside source, so too the Kundalini cannot awaken itself but must be awoken by the descent of grace through a guru. This is the role of the guru: to be a conduit for the bestowal of grace on another.
It is important to understand what a guru really is and how a guru is connected to God.
First, we know that there are five functions of God:
1. God manifests, not creates, the universe
2. God maintains the universe
3. God dissolves, not destroys, the universe
4. God conceals the universe within His own being by reabsorbing it for future manifesting
5. God bestows grace so that worthy individuals can realize their oneness with God. (Guru)
The final function – the bestowal of grace – is central to the understanding of what Guru is. There are two aspects of the Guru: The capital ‘G’ Guru, which refers to the cosmic principle that is present within everybody and everything, and the lowercase ‘g’ guru, which refers to an individual regarded as a guru, in whom the same cosmic Guru principle operates fully on an awakened level.
Once Kundalini awakens through the guru’s grace, it causes the right kind of yoga to happen inside you, the yoga that is best suited to your temperament. It guides you from within and will do everything that needs to be done. Just as outgoing breath and the incoming breath happen so also meditation happens naturally and spontaneously.
Describing what a kundalini awakening is, Swami Vivekananda writes in his book Raja Yoga: “When that Kundalini awakens, it tries to force a passage through this hollow canal [Sushumna], and as it rises step by step, as it were, layer after layer of the mind becomes open and all the different visions and wonderful powers come to the Yogi. When it reaches the brain, the Yogi is perfectly detached from the body and mind; the soul finds itself free.”
Although the word kundalini originated in India, the kundalini awakening experience is common to all religions. For example, in Christianity, it is called the “Holy Spirit.” In Japanese, it is called ki; in Chinese, chi.
If you’d like to learn more, and for an account of spiritual experiences, I suggest the book Play of Consciousness by Swami ‘Baba’ Muktananda (1908-1982). Explaining what a firm faith can do, Swami Muktananda said, “I receive so many letters from people who were reading Play of Consciousness and received shaktipat from the book. They put the book against their hearts and began to meditate.”
I would also suggest a book I wrote myself, called Building a Noble World. In this book, you will find my own experience of Kundalini awakening: transcending physical body and mind and experiencing absolute reality. I also answer questions about body, mind, and Spirit as well as the fundamental truth we all share.