Shaktipat is a Sanskrit term that refers to the process of spiritual awakening caused by a guru. This phenomenon has been practiced in India for centuries and is still alive today.
The word ‘Shaktipat’ is derived from two words, ‘Shakti’ meaning power or energy and ‘pat’ meaning to bestow. Put the two words together and you get the act of bestowing spiritual energy to a disciple by a guru.
Each of us has dormant divine energy in us known as Kundalini. In Shaktipat a guru is able to awaken this powerful dormant energy.
The awakening of Kundalini then helps you awaken further.
The process of Shaktipat involves the transfer of spiritual energy from the guru to the disciple through:
A particularly powerful guru may have the ability to help you awaken your Kundalini with just their force of will.
The student can experience intense physical and emotional sensations during the process, such as heat, vibrations, and strong emotions.
The practice of Shaktipat has been a part of the Hindu spiritual tradition for thousands of years. The earliest references to shaktipat can be found in the Upanishads dating back to around 800 BCE.
Over the centuries, Shaktipat has been practiced by various schools of Hinduism, as well as by some branches of Buddhism and Sikhism.
The Process of Transmission
There are several ways in which shaktipat can be transmitted.
In some cases, it is done through touch. A guru may place their hands on the spiritual seeker’s head or heart.
It can also be done just through eye contact, where the guru looks into your eyes.
Some gurus may use a mantra or meditation to transmit the energy.
Sometimes the guru isn’t even present! They simply will it to happen and it activates the awakening in you.
The Two Forms of Shaktipat
There are two main types of shaktipat: spontaneous and deliberate.
Spontaneous shaktipat occurs when the guru’s energy spontaneously activates the disciple’s dormant spiritual energy. This can happen unexpectedly during a random encounter with a guru or during spiritual retreat.
Deliberate Shaktipat is a formal process of being initiated by your guru. The seeker may be required to undergo a period of preparation before receiving the transmission.
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There are also different levels of Shaktipat. Some people experience a mild awakening while others a full-blown kundalini awakening.
The intensity of the experience can vary depending on the disciple’s readiness and receptivity, as well as the guru’s level of spiritual enlightenment.
It’s important to approach anything around Kundalini with respect and reverence. make sure to seek out a qualified and trustworthy guru who can guide you on your spiritual journey.
Shaktipat is a powerful spiritual experience that can bring about a range of signs and symptoms.
These can include physical sensations such as tingling, heat, and vibrations.
You might also experience emotional and mental changes such as heightened awareness, increased intuition, and a sense of inner peace.
Some individuals even experience visions or out-of-body experiences.
The relationship between a guru and disciple is an essential part of Shaktipat. The relationship must be a deep and profound connection built on trust, respect, and devotion.
The guru helps the student navigate their spiritual journey and provides support along the way.
In turn, the student offers their dedication and commitment to the guru. This trust in the guru allows the student to surrender to the experience fully.
Finding a true guru who you can trust is important for shaktipata to be safe and effective.
While Shaktipat can be transformative and blissful for some, many still struggle with the experience.
Some individuals may struggle with the intensity of the experience. Kundalini can be overwhelming causing Kundalini syndrome in those who are not fully prepared for the awakening.
Others may have preconceived notions about what Shaktipat is or what it can do, leading to disappointment.
It’s important to approach Shaktipat with an open mind and a willingness to surrender to the process. While it may not be for everyone, there’s no doubt it can be an indescribably transformative experience.
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