There are many Yoga meditation techniques I learned ay Aura Wellness Center to help the mind focus and concentrate. However, the classic Yogic meditation technique to awaken the mind is based on the gift of Shaktipat, or divine awakening. A truly awakened and enlivened mind is permeated with divine awareness and light. This gift of awakening is usually bestowed on a Yoga student by an enlightened meditation master.
According to ancient Vedic wisdom from the Indian scriptures, there is a serpent coiled three and a half times at the base of our spines. She is located at approximately the fourth vertebrae. This serpent is known as the divine Kundalini Shakti. She is said to only awaken when a devotee comes into contact with an enlightened master.
This contact can occur in a variety of ways, through a touch, glance, picture, book or hearing the voice of the master. Some people even receive Shakipat through an interaction with an enlightened master in a dream. Once the Kundalini Shakti is awakened, she begins to ascend upwards along the spine and through the chakras, until she ultimately pierces the crown chakra. When she pierces the crown chakra, the mind is truly awakened.
Once the Shakti is awakened, there are a number of classical Yoga meditation techniques that will nourish her journey through the chakras. With this continuing unfolding, various mental powers will also be awakened. These powers can range from clairvoyance to clairaudience and even a heightened sense of smell. A very highly-evolved meditation master will even be able to mentally penetrate the interior reality of a common object and find the essence of the universe within the object itself.
Repeating a mantra, especially an enlivened mantra given to you by a meditation master, will strengthen the Kundalini Shakti energy within your own begin. It is important to establish a regular, daily meditation practice to truly nourish your awakened mind. A classic mantra that is often given to a devotee is the So Ham mantra. This mantra means simply, I am. You can repeat this mantra internally or externally with each breath. As you breath in, repeat So Ham or I am. As you breath out, repeat So Ham or I am. Continue this meditation practice for some period of time.
As the Kundalini Shakti grows stronger and stronger, your mind will become quieter, more able to focus and truly awake. Remember to not get caught up in any mental powers or siddhis that you may develop. The goal of Shaktipat is to ultimately rest in the divinity in your own heart. Many thanks to Paulji and the members of Aura Wellness Center in Attleboro, Massachusetts.