Definition - What does Shaktipat Intensive mean?
Shaktipat Intensive is the main meditation program in Siddha yoga in which the guru initiates an aspirant by transmitting divine energy and awakening kundalini energy within the yogi. Shaktipat is a Sanskrit word that means “descent of power.”
Shaktipat diksha (initiation) is the beginning of the yogi's sadhana (spiritual journey or discipline) with the ultimate goal of spiritual liberation and self-awareness. Siddha yoga was created by Swami Muktananda in the 1950s to help yogis reach the level of a siddha, which may be translated as “perfected one” or also referring to an enlightened master.
Yogapedia explains Shaktipat Intensive
Shaktipat diksha is an ancient tradition that was only given to aspirants who spent significant time on their spiritual journey. Swami Muktananda designed the Shaktipat Intensive program, allowing even new yogis to receive the grace of a kundalini awakening. He held the first Shaktipat Intensive in 1974 in Aspen, Colorado. Hundreds of the initiations have been held worldwide since.
Those taking part in the Shaktipat Intensive are given a mantra, along with instructions for using the mantra in Siddha yoga meditation. They also learn how the Siddha yoga teachings may be used in their spiritual development.
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