Reality & Society: A look at yoga: The origins of Kundalini; Religion Revival & A link to Freemasons
Yoga has become very popular in the last 5-10 years. Learning how to meditate, freeing your mind to relax and gain peace, as well as channeling energy through poses are the basic fundamentals of yoga. However do you know what yoga means?
Sanskrit definition of yoga
Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection’. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a body of techniques that allow us to connect to anything.
Conscious connection to something allows us to feel and experience that thing, person, or experience. The experience of connection is a state of yoga, a joyful and blissful, fulfilling experience.
Awareness is the secret of yoga.
Yoga definition by Merriam-Webster
1capitalized : a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation 2: a system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and sometimes meditation derived from Yoga but often practiced independently especially in Western cultures to promote physical and emotional well-being
What is Kundalini?
Kundalini may unravel and arise from the base of the spine (or sometimes from the feet) due to spiritual practices, or in response to life events, and when this happens it may move gradually, uncoiling like a snake, or quickly and explosively, into the gut, the heart or the head. This event can be startling and chaotic, frightening or blissful, and it usually triggers months and years of new sensations and changes in the person who awakens it. It may feel like the body’s wiring has moved from 110 to 220, and it takes time to adapt to it. It is understood in the eastern tradition to be a significant adjunct to spiritual realization, but it is rarely recognized as such in western traditions, although Christian mystics have often been said to have intense energetic or physical problems.
It is possible to find acknowledgement of this spiritual movement in many yogic and tantric traditions, Tantric Buddhism, Taoism, gnostic mystical tradition and some Native American teachings, and indigenous societies. An image of a rising snake in the body signifies its existence in the esoteric art of many cultures. The capacity to intensify and raise energy in the body has been explored for thousands of years. It is a natural human potential.
Kundalini awakening can trigger a wide range of phenomena, both positive and negative. It can cause significant changes in the physical, emotional, sensate and psychic capacities, cause stress in vulnerable areas of the body, open the heart and mind to major shifts in perspective, and cause many unique and unfamiliar sensations including shaking, vibrating, spontaneous movement, visions, and many other phenomena.
Kundalini awakening offers a profound opportunity for those called to follow a spiritual path. It gradually releases many patterns, conditions and delusions of the separate self. It can be threatening to the ego-structure because a person may feel a loss of interest in their old life and identity, and consciousness may go into unfamiliar expansive or empty states that are disorienting. It also makes people who are unfamiliar with it afraid they are ill or losing their minds. So understanding is important.
Aum: Kundalini & Freemasons
What is AUM?
Om (Aum) pronunciation;
A mantra that can be recited by anyone is the Om mantra. For Om japa to be effective, the mantra must be pronounced correctly.
Remember that the Om (Aum) has actually four syllables. There is ‘A’, ‘U’, ‘M’ and the silent syllable. For Om (Aum) japa to be effective, the mantra must be pronounced correctly.
The sound of Om starts with a circle and ends with a point. During pronunciation, the lips are slightly apart with ‘A’, slowly starting to close with ‘U’ until they are completely closed with ‘M’. First there is expansion outwards and then contraction inwards. This indicates the path of Yoga: starting from a more or less (mentally and emotionally) dissipated state (represented by the circle), where we search for meaning externally, in the world at large. We start Yoga and progressively move to a more unified state where we are centered in Being (represented by the point). Every time we chant Om we are symbolizing the path towards unity.
The symbol of 'Aum / Om' contains three curves, one semicircle and a dot. Each aspect of its appearance is said to symbolize something deeper. The large lower curve symbolizes the ordinary waking state of consciousness; the upper curve denotes deep sleep (or the unconscious) state, and the lower curve (which lies between deep sleep and the waking state) signifies the dream state. The dot signifies the Absolute state of consciousness (known as Turiya), which illuminates the other three states (A - waking, U - dreaming, M - sleeping). The semicircle symbolizes Maya and separates the dot from the other three curves. The semicircle is open on the top, which means that the absolute is infinite and is not affected by maya. Mayaonly affects the manifested phenomenon. In this way the form of 'Aum' symbolizes the infinite Brahman and the entire universe.
In Hindu mythology, 'Aum' has another symbolic meaning: the letter ‘A’ also represents the process of creation, when it is said that all existence issued forth from Brahma's golden nucleus; the letter ‘U’ refers to Vishnu, the god who is said to preserve this world by balancing Brahma on a lotus above himself. The ‘M’ symbolizes the final part of the cycle of existence, when it is said that Vishnu falls asleep and Brahma has to breathe in so that all existing things have to disintegrate and are reduces to their essence to him. This is the ‘M’ of Mahesha, also known as the great god Shiva, whose long period of yoga begins so that the sensual world ceases to exists. Finally, the silence at the end of the mantra symbolizes the period between death and rebirth. One must not forget that this silence is an important part of the mantra.
In AUM our view is the reverse of conventional Masonic thinking along these lines as to what came from what, and a consideration of this question must, of necessity and again, include a consideration of the Ancient Landmarks. Viewing this phrase as a symbolic expression embodying the basic truths of Freemasonry, the most esoteric meaning closest to the origin of the idea is that of the precipitation on earth of certain cosmic and universal archetypal plans, which are to be found preserved for us in the “picture-book of the Heavens” where the pattern of things exists. The Ancient Landmarks might therefore be defined as a reflection, externalization and symbolic form of those principles, purposes, techniques, methods and rules of order that govern the Lodge on High. The recognized landmarks must have a relation and correspondence to a subjective reality.
The Landmarks associated with Freemasonry have been persistent throughout the ages, “since time immemorial,” and if a definition of the term, “Ancient Landmarks,” is to be consistent with the idea of precipitating archetypal patterns in the Heavens, it substantiates the proposition that Freemasonry, with its emphasis upon the building of the Temple of the Lord, is a reflection or the precipitation upon Earth of an eternal but similar activity of an inner and spiritual Lodge of Master Masons working under the Grand Master of the World, and further extended to the Grand Master of the Universe. The very existence of Freemasonry itself is the result of this inner activity.
Our Masonic lineage is the descendant of a divinely imparted religion, which long antedates any known religion or prime dates for the emergence of humanity. Our rituals, symbols and numbers are all that remain to us of that first unified religion that flourished in an antiquity so old that it is impossible to fix a date; then came an era for many millions of years, of separation, of many religions and of sectarianism. At this unique time in the evolving spiritual awakening of humanity’s consciousness, however, we are poised upon the dayspring of a new era in which that of which Masonry is a remnant will arise again.
The birth of that universal primordial religion was imparted to our ancestors (who were but the former aggregates of our reincarnated selves) by the Initiate-Priests of those ancient civilisations, Who are perhaps beyond the ken or recognition of conventional historians, and about which conventional history probably knows absolutely nothing, in spite of the attempts of many luminaries throughout the ages to bring such knowledge to our attention.
Many millions of years ago, according to the Teachings of the Ageless Universal Wisdom, and far beyond the calculations of conventional history or conventional science, a certain number of Lords of the Flame came to our Earth, and—together with the Lord of the World, the Ancient of Days—established the Grand Lodge on High, the Spiritual Hierarchy and true inner and spiritual government of our planet, and were the custodians of the revelation from The Most High and gave it to mankind.
They laid down those landmarks which could and would lead the infant race—groping in the darkness of ignorance—out into the light of knowledge, and guide them towards an eventually glorious resurrection.
Thus may it be said that Masonry is as old as humanity itself, and religion as old as Masonry.
There has never been a time in the long history of humanity when the Lodge on High has left itself without an earthly witness, and thus, the current Masonic Lodges on earth bear witness to that greater Brotherhood of Supernal Light.
The Mysteries of past ages are all a part of that ancient thread which had its origin in that primeval religion, and which today terminates in modern Masonry.
It has been said that “religion is the name given to the invocative appeal of humanity and the evocative response of the greater Life to that cry.”
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If you are active in yoga, you need to stop because you are inviting demonic energy. You cannot serve Yah and the other religions of this world. As you see the revitilization of the ancient arts of worshiping other deities, idols, and practicing their relgions even without knowing you are doing so is wrong. Know what you are doing and the history behind it before you indulge in things that are not Of Yahuah. Don't fall for the bait and send your soul to hell for lack of knowledge.