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7 Things to Know About Pranahuti (Yogic Transmission) — A Global Guide To Heartfulness Meditation

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Recently, I came across a few research articles by the world teacher and the fourth spiritual guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga, Kamlesh D. Patel, also known as Daaji, on his site at http://www.daaji.org. He talks about this beautiful yogic energy called pranahuti or Yogic Transmission, which is so potent, yet so subtle, and enables us to meditate so easily.

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Daaji oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 150 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Transmission under his care. He is also an innovator and researcher in spirituality, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science. His research has led him to publish a series of essays called “Evolution of Consciousness” in the Heartfulness magazine. His research into the spiritual anatomy of the human system has led to the discoveries of new yogic ‘chakras,’ and techniques of spiritual training.

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The spirit and the essence of the interview are offered here to get a taste of its fragrance.

  1. Pranahuti Infuses the Fragrance of Divinity

I asked, “What is pranahuti and why is it important for a seeker of spirituality?”

He replied, “Many-a-time, when we are seeking Divinity, we look outside ourselves: we go to our places of worship, as a means of creating a relationship with God. With the first pranahuti offered in your first meditation, awareness of Divinity is awakened in your heart. Subsequent sessions of meditation with Transmission nourish the sprouting seed of Divinity that exists in the heart. This leads to a culmination of Yoga, an  integration of the spiritual and materials aspects of our lives, and balances them.”

  1. Pranahuti Comes From the Infinite Source

In Sanskrit, prana means life-force and ahuti means offering, so pranahuti means ‘offering of the life-force.’

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I wondered aloud: “If you go on sacrificing or transmitting from a limited source, does it not deplete?”

Daaji pointed out, “The person who is transmitting prana must be dwelling in the Infinite Source so that there is only constant rejuvenation, no depletion. A Guru of caliber is connected with this Source, the source of all Creation.”

  1. The Effect of Pranahuti Can Be Experienced

I asked for Daaji to explain the significance of the term Pranahuti.

 “The best way to understand Yogic Transmission is to experience its effects practically,” he explained. “For many people, the experience of receiving transmission is so convincing that no further proof or understanding is necessary.”

We so often look for external validation, rather than feeling for ourselves on an inner level.

This ancient yogic technique that transforms us from inside out is available for free. I wonder how many of us in the world have really benefited.

“Pranahuti is food for the soul, and nourishes our total well-being in a subtle manner. As a result we feel the effects over a period of time, and recognize its efficacy.”

  1. Pranahuti Helps Our Consciousness Evolve

My next question was about meditation’s effect on the evolution of consciousness.

He put it in simple words: “Pranahuti refines and purifies the energy field of a human being, what we call the subtle bodies or vibrational bodies. These subtle bodies include the intellect, the ego, the thinking mind and consciousness. As a result, consciousness expands and evolves. The purer and simpler our personal vibrations, the more we can observe, explore and expand across the spectrum of consciousness, which includes the subconscious, conscious and superconscious mind. As we progress, our ego becomes generous instead of insecure and selfish, our intellect evolves into wisdom, and the thinking mind deepens into the world of feeling and becoming.”

  1. Pranahuti Enables Self-Transformation

“So does that mean we bcome wiser?” I asked.

“Yes, very much so!” was his candid answer. “When we are able to make wise choices, our everyday lives become easier to navigate. Our eperception becomes clear, so we see situations for what they are, without the impact of past prejudices and beliefs. We are able to sail through life harmoniously.”

  1. Pranahuti Benefits Each One According to Individual Need

I asked, “Don’t we believe that the soul is already alive? Then why do we talk of giving life to the soul?”

Daaji gives a beautiful example of the cool showers during the monsoon season, which make the trees and plants so fresh, even though they may be alive already by using ground water! He explained that meditation with pranahuti is similar — we come out of meditation fresh, like having bathed in a pristine pool of water.

“It is then up to the seeker to make use of it in the best way they can,” he continued. “Some of us get bored and abandon meditation after some time. Many of us continue, but are not willing to fully make use of what we are given. A few dive into their inner universe and allow the Transmission to transform them in a very profound way.”

So it would seem that each person responds to pranahuti according to the degree of one’s own interest. It is not a matter of will power — we don’t need will power to eat ice cream, when we like it. If I like the effects of meditation on me, I harness it for my growth and observe the benefits over time.

  1. Pranahuti Has Always Been Free

“How could such a beautiful yogic energy of transmission possibly be free?” I wondered.

“If it were not free, what would you be willing to pay for such a life-transforming gift?” asked Daaji. “If it could so easily be bought, would it really be worth seeking? All the most precious life-giving things in the world are free if you think about it – the air we breathe, the mother’s love we receive as children, sunlight. No price can ever be put on such gifts.”

“Since the rediscovery of this Transmission in the late 19th century, it has been offered free of charge to all. My spiritual guide always said that peace cannot be sold; there is no price tag on the Divinity within each of us.”

If you would like to experience Yogic Transmission for yourself, please click on one of the links below:

Take Daaji’s masterclass series for beginners,

Download the ‘Let’s Meditate’ App onto your Smartphone,

Get in touch with a trainer at a HeartSpot center near you.

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Author’s Bio:

The interviewer, Purnima Ramakrishnan, is an UNCA award-winning writer based in India. She is the recipient of the fellowship in Journalism by International Reporting Project, John Hopkins (SAIS). She is the Senior Editor at World Moms Network, which is a Forbes Top 100 website for women, writing from 30 countries. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and in the past has contributed to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life and also The Impatient Optimists.

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A Spiritual Perspective On Smoking Cannabis: An Important Viewpoint To Consider

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  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Sadhguru shares his perspective on smoking marijuana and why it's not truly needed to achieve the feeling one may receive to do it.

  • Reflect On:

    I'm not saying there isn't medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I'm saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up.

I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being.

As I got older and I finally tried cannabis for the first time, and then a few more times after that as years went on, I started to realize it actually brought my state of being and clarity down. The tough part was trying to explain that to others when having conversations about how these substances don’t produce a true experience of higher consciousness, but more so give you a glimpse in a sense.

Before we go on, I want to bring something up. The challenge with this topic is that we tend to get very emotional and rigid about it. Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I’m not here to do that. I’m simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly thrive. So for a moment, set aside your own hard coded beliefs and just be open to what this article is shining light on.

Societal Cannabis Culture

For the most part society either breaks down into people who judge cannabis as a drug that is for ‘stoners’ and are very against it. These people tend to believe there are no positives to cannabis. On the flip side are the people who feel cannabis is an amazing wonder plant that can do no wrong, and that the “highs” it provides expand the mind and we experience peace.

The truth is, cannabis has good aspects and not so good aspects to it. And while the positives can be really helpful for a very small subset of people on this planet, smoking it is one of the worst ways to use cannabis health wise. Not only that, society is using its medical benefits to turn attention away from the addiction many users have to it. This is a tough pill to swallow and makes many people aggressive and angry when I bring it up, but it’s true. In a big way, but not all the time, we are using cannabis as a society to help cope with feelings deep down that we want to shut off or hide from. As a note, we are also using food, TV and other things in the same way, but right now I want to focus on this reflection.

Cannabis can assist people with autism, people who have seizures, and in some cases it may have helped people cure cancer. There are benefits that can come from this plant being used in a proper medicinal way, but we must remember to look at the downsides that come from regular cannabis use that many simply don’t want to acknowledge.

A Note On Legalization

First off, I do not believe the plant ever needed to be illegal to begin with. In fact I’ve done much research on how it became illegal and it really had more to do with protecting an industry more than anything else.

That said, there is something to consider here that many of us aren’t looking at too clearly when it comes to what legalization really means. It means that powerful people are going to be the ones who profit most from it, that’s why it’s becoming legal. Not only that, but the reason it is taking so long is so they can get in place the many aspects required to make sure they achieve what they want: stripping medicinal aspects out of the plant profiles, controlling the seeds, and ultimately feeding society cannabis focused solely on creating a THC based ‘high’. This is no different than controlling alcohol and feeding it to society in the ways we currently do.

The cannabis industry is worth over $40 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crop in the U.S. after corn. As stated in a powerful article by GQ, “And even though weed is still federally forbidden, it sounded like whoever was behind BioTech Institute had spent the past several years surreptitiously maneuvering to grab every marijuana farmer, vendor, and scientist in the country by the balls, so that once the drug became legal, all they’d have to do to collect payment is squeeze.”

Humans should be able to make choices as to what they want to do to themselves and their bodies i.e. smoke cannabis or consume alcohol, but I believe greater education needs to be placed behind both and ultimately: we must start looking at the real reasons as to why we use both of these substances so often.

Looking At Cannabis Differently

I see that in many ways the use of cannabis is making the average user numb, in the same way alcohol does. I’ve used cannabis before, in a number of ways -smoking, edibles etc. I’m not saying the feeling is the same for every single user, but I’ve also been around thousands of cannabis users in my lifetime while they were high and you notice the same ‘vibe’ virtually every time. Perhaps there are varying degrees, but for the most part it numbs us out and sometimes quiets the thoughts to create a calmness. Is this like meditation? No, but it can be confused as that. I know, I’ve been there too.

Below is a video of a perspective on cannabis I feel is very important for us to consider. Let me be clear, I’m not saying there isn’t medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I’m saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up. I am inspired to help create a world where we can truly empower ourselves form within, move beyond our mind and egoic challenges that help us grow and do just that – grow. But if we continually bury our challenges in substance, we won’t.

I believe it’s time we come to the uncomfortable truth and face the fact that as a society we have not done the greatest job in encouraging one another to truly explore, express and move beyond many of the emotional challenges life’s experiences have provided us, that are there for our growth. Think about it, do we want to just cope through life? Or do we want to truly move beyond our stuff? There is SO much suffering we can prevent by making it a societal norm to work through our challenges on a deep level. This is where I believe we must go.

Note: You can try meditation to help calm the mind and move more clearly through challenges. Here are more tools as well.

Lost relationships, divorces, losing jobs, feeling unloved, lack of confidence, depression etc. All of these things are not here so that we can use bandaids everyday to cover them up and get through them, they are here for us to learn more about ourselves, grow and evolve as people and as a society. To create a world where we can truly thrive. To get there, we must begin to face our challenges.

I made this choice 10 years ago when I started to discover meditation and inner reflection, and although I wasn’t a user of substances like alcohol or cannabis, I would use food to cover up my emotions or I would distract myself with TV, whatever worked. But I can share from experience, the incredible changes that come from shifting those stories within and gaining true empowerment will change everything in your life, and everyone can do it.

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New Moon In Virgo: Efficiency & Practicality

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We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 17th. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on October 1st/2nd.

Virgo season began on August 22nd/23rd, nearly a month prior to this Lunation, and will end on September 22nd/23rd when Libra season begins. However, his New Moon will still carry some of its Virgo themes into the first eight days of Libra season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, service, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, discerning, precise, and practical.

Virgo is about problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, this energy can be cynical, fussy, high strung, and perfectionistic. It can also be exorbitantly mentally oriented as well as overly critical and discriminating.

Mars began its retrograde a week prior to this New Moon which will last until mid-November. This energy is a significant part of the current astrological backdrop. Generally it is a time that can ultimately help to facilitate a change in how we apply ourselves in certain areas of life, however, the retrograde period itself can bring frustrations and challenges that help with that process. You can read more about this Mars Retrograde here.

New Moon Trine Saturn & Quincunx Mars Retrograde

This New Moon is in a tight trine with Saturn in Capricorn which is transitioning out of its retrograde at the end of the month. This can be a good period for operating in a responsible, cautious, orderly, productive, realistic and practical way. However, considering that Saturn is finishing up its backwards motion, these next couple of weeks are generally better for getting things sorted out and prepared as well as perhaps focusing on tasks that you have already been working on.

It is possible that in late September and in early October, we can experience some sort of shift, or change in gears, that can take things into a different direction. Saturn will be in a square with Mars Retrograde at that time, and we may have to contend with limitations and obstacles that can affect how certain things move forward.

This New Moon is also in a quincunx with Mars retrograde which can reflect annoyances, tension, or conflicts that may require adjustments and adaptability. Issues that come up may be at odds with our needs or the way we want to express ourselves. This energy is the strongest on the 19th/20th but can also be more noticeable on the day of the New Moon.

New Moon Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Square Jupiter

This New Moon is also in a close square to the North Node in Gemini opposing the South Node in Sagittarius. We may be at odds between the past (South Node) and the future (North Node), beliefs (Sagittarius) and facts (Gemini), our immediate aspects of life (Gemini) and the world at large (Sagittarius).

However, the focal point should be the North Node in Gemini and expressions of the South Node in Sagittarius energy should be serving that focal point and not be the emphasis. The rulers of the Nodes, Mercury (Gemini) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) are also in a tight square with each other at the time of this New Moon. This can reflect tension between these two sides and potentially conflicts between ideas, viewpoints, and opinions.

Jupiter is in the limiting Saturnian sign of Capricorn while Mercury is better placed in Libra, the sign of diplomacy, seeking common ground, considering different needs/perspectives, and fairness. Mercury square Jupiter can be good for learning but it can also be excessive when it comes to information and we can more easily be mentally scattered.

Mercury Quincunx Neptune, Then Square Pluto, Saturn & Opposing Mars

Mercury is in a quincunx with Neptune which is strongest on the 18th/19th. This energy makes it harder to integrate or juggle our intuitive, creative, imaginative, compassionate or spiritual expression with our mind, communication, tasks, and thought process. Issues pertaining to lack of boundaries, flakiness, delusion, escapism, intoxication, may come up.

Mercury moves towards a square with Pluto which is strongest on the 20th/21st. Our thoughts and communications can be deep, powerful, penetrating, investigative, raw, real, and potentially intense. This can also reflect obsessive or compulsive behavior, suspicion, fears, anxiety, or conflicts pertaining to power or authority.

Mercury then moves to a square with Saturn (22nd/23rd) followed by an opposition to Mars retrograde (23rd/24th), creating a t-square formation in that time period with the separating Pluto energy (20th/21st, mentioned above) tied into it a bit. This can be a time of obstacles, delays, communication issues, pessimism, and conflicts while we can get more easily irritated or angered. Circumstances may come up that can be pushing us to be more cautious, realistic, or responsible.

This period is the beginning of Mercury’s pre-shadow period in which it will be returning to another square with Saturn. Some of the issues or developments that occur at this time may be connected to things that will play out during the retrograde (October 13th/14th until November 3rd/4th) and weeks surrounding that period. It will also be the Equinox and therefore this energy is imprinted into the following three months in which it can manifest in other ways/areas separate from this initial period.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to be more practical, productive, and efficient? Is there anything you can or should implement to improve your health and functionality? What have the circumstances, developments, or challenges over the last week (leading up to this New Moon) shown you in how you should be applying yourself? Do you need to implement stronger boundaries? Do you need to be more adaptable? Are you clinging to the past or are you willing to take steps to help you grow? What aspects or details of your immediate life, surroundings, or relationships do you need to focus on more and what excesses or broad aspects of your life are getting in the way of that?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 11:00am Universal Time on September 17th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Why We Get Into Fights When Sharing Information

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We’re in a time when mainstream media and traditional conversations are failing to address a number of important topics within society, anything from current events to politics and so on, and this is birthing a great deal of ‘alternative conversation’ that often stems from alternative media.

But with this, comes to the common ‘fight’ between various ideas and ideologies that is much more avoidable than we often realize. I wanted to share a quick tid bit from a recent episode discussing how we can reflect to develop better communication and connection faculties that can make a big difference in how we communicate important ideas that are emerging without creating such huge divides ad tension.

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