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Friday, March 1, 2013

Siddhayoga, Mahayoga: the Yoga of Kundalini

From Wikipedia: Siddha Yoga

"Siddhayoga" ("perfect" or "perfected" yoga) is a Sanskrit term adopted by Swami Muktananda to describe the path of self-realization that he embarked on under the guidance of his spiritual teacher, the Indian saint Bhagawan Nityananda. Swami Muktananda regarded the path he learned from his teacher as a perfect path because it embraced all of the traditional yogas (jnana yoga, hatha yoga, raja yoga, and bhakti yoga), spontaneously bringing the disciple to perfection in each.

[Swami Purushottam Tirtha:] The easy way of attaining it (salvation) is said to be Siddhayoga... Siddhayoga or Siddhimarga is that means by which yoga can be attained without difficulty... Siddhayoga is attained by the infusion of spiritual force through the good grace of a saintly preceptor...

Siddhayoga or Siddhimarga is nothing but the knowledge of the unity of Self and Brahma...

Kundalini ~ image from Courage for Life blog
 (used by permission)
A further definition of "Siddhayoga" was offered in 1948 by Swami Purushottam Tirtha's disciple, Swami Vishnu Tirth: Therefore the yoga of Kundalini is known as Mahayoga. It is also sometimes called Siddhayoga because it can be acquired only through the favor of a perfect master (Siddha Guru), without any effort on the part of the initiated.

It has been said that through shaktipat Kundalini is soon awakened, and that Mahayoga or Siddhayoga is the direct outcome.

Swami Muktananda himself defined a true Guru, or spiritual teacher, as "one who awakens the inner shakti Kundalini through shaktipat."

Shiva-Shakti ~ the male and female aspects of God
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