Are we people hardwired for intercourse, disappointment and liberation? In line with Tantric yoga, sure we’re!
Within the e-book Gods of Love and Ecstasy, Alain Danielou hyperlinks the religious hearts of the Indian God Shiva with the Greek God Dionysus. In these two Divine characters of magic and transcendence, East and West meet, each actually and symbolically.
When mystical labyrinths appeared within the earth of Crete some 4 thousand years in the past, Shivaism (Tantric Yoga) had already existed in India for 1000’s of years. “Since its remotest origins, Shivaism has been inseparable from Yoga,” writes Danielou. He additionally claims that Shivaism as a sacred, yogic tradition stretched over an unlimited area-from India approach into Greek and Celtic Europe.
In different phrases, the interior labyrinth of Yoga, the kundalini, which is a coiled up snake of creativity, intercourse and religious liberation on the backside of our spines, additionally manifests as exterior labyrinths of the earth, as symbolic representations of the interior journey of yoga. And Danielou believes these shamanic and yogic snakes crawled to the West from India and could be present in caves and earth circles from the Ganges to England.
Whenever you stroll a labyrinth counterclockwise, you symbolically unwind the cosmic coil of kundalini, you liberate your self from the earth cave of the Muladhara chakra. And this religious uncoiling from the within is the awakening of Shakti, the kundalini, in order that she will be able to unite with Shiva within the Sahasrara, the crown chakra.
This complete interior enterprise of uncoiling the interior labyrinth is what we name yoga. And its an enterprise that is been happening for a couple of thousand years longer than the world’s oldest yoga mat, since when folks did their asanas on filth, sand and rock, since when folks did their meditation bare in rain and frigid climate.
All vitality is lodged on this first chakra, the abode of the Shakti. Certainly, there are 4 basic vrittis, or human longings, related to this chakra:
dharma, or psycho-spiritual longing
artha, or psychic longing
káma, or bodily longing
mokÅa, or religious longing
In different phrases, the primary chakra is just not the “lowest” chakra, it’s really the seat of our religious longing, our thirst for each bodily and religious love comes from this interior labyrinthine cave. We’re certainly hardwired for spirituality, for dharma, for bliss. Hardwired for lust, as effectively, however much more so for liberation, for religious union, for yoga.
That is why in India, you will notice folks worshiping vaginas and penises fabricated from stones. The vagina, the yoni, or Shakti, is the earth labyrinth, the vitality from the place every thing is created. This coiled feminine vitality surrounds the male phallus, the linga, or Shiva, the selfborn consciousness erected in all issues.
As you’ll be able to see, Tantric yoga was not created by puritans, but additionally not by hedonists. For these yogis of previous, they knew that above the primary chakra, there have been quite a few challenges forward. These difficult vrittis -including hatred, deceit, possessiveness, cruelty, concern, arrogance-are positioned in clusters of six, ten, twelve, sixteen and two, across the different six chakras.
As you’ll be able to see, most of those vrittis are extra psychologically difficult than the 4 main ones positioned within the Muladhara chakra. However there are additionally constructive ones, together with hope, effort, discernment, and maybe a very powerful of all, the love vritti positioned within the coronary heart chakra.
Moreover, there’s the human capability for awakening religious data, the well-known apara vritti positioned within the ajina, or eyebrow chakra.
The science of kundalini, chakras, and vrittis – and the way these esoteric, interior expressions are woke up, balanced and alchemically managed by hatha yoga and meditation – is complicated and past the scope of this quick weblog. However the coronary heart of this science is mirrored within the labyrinth of the earth and kundalini of the physique.
In different phrases, the religious vitality labyrinth inside us, the kundalini, is mirrored within the sacred revelation of the earth labyrinth. As inside, so exterior.
Our religious observe, our yoga, uncoils and liberates the kundalini labyrinth and thereby frees us from containment within the earth chamber of the primary chakra.