Sikhism & Chakras: Kundalini & Yogi Harbhajan Singh

In my book ‘Mischievous Mystic’ (considered too contentious for publication), I indicate how many a chakra is ignored in favour of a normativised acceptance of, and reference to, only seven of them.

NOTE: Mischievous Mystic is an account of my life.  I detail how, born with ESP I soon learned to button my lip lest I received an open-palm smack across the face; and how ESP was developed, and of a future where ‘human hybrids’ will devastate humanity as we know it. The book is hard hitting, however, about the current European Empire and its psychopathic nature…not nice reading if you happen to be  race European, thus it is considered unpublishable.

To begin with, please remember, as I am constantly at pains to remind everyone, that Awareness is Complex, Confusing, and Contradictory. This triumvirate reality is assimilated from birth as a result of ongoing awakening from previous births. It can’t be spoon-fed.

Okay, so let’s get some of the ambivalent, Machiavellian, pseudo-philosophical adjunct debate cooked in an oven of over-imagination where fertile masterpieces are baked in wishful brothels built on out-of-the-way piety fantasy, totally out of the way.

Chakras are not a ganglion, nor are they a junction point, nor an area where several of the physical pathways and routes congregate or coexist.

Let me explain. Ask an amputee, even years after the amputation, as to how often they get an itch at some point along the length of the nonexistent limb. They will tell you that it happens, and happens quite often, in some individuals. While nothing physical exists, however, they still feel an itch, and at times they actually itch the point where they feel the sensation.

Now let’s bring this around to ancient Arya Vedic knowledge, which details the following:

Each bio-system has multitude of bio-signature-frames…inaccurately termed ‘subtle bodies’ (more about that another day) overlapping and interwoven into and onto the actual physical bio-frame. Each of these bodies is a separate independent bio-signature with its own mind, in which resides its thoughts. These thoughts are separate from the thoughts of the physical frame. For example, after a heart transplant, the thoughts of the recipient also change, because now he has two currents of thoughts co-existing. And in the same manner where brain transplants have also become a normal procedure – although all that will need realigning in that case is to put names to pictures of relatives and close associates for the bio-system to have points of reference – two currents of thoughts will co-exist.

In that situation (brain transplant) the sum total of thoughts will change somewhat, and will seem more profound than the change of thoughts after a heart transplant. People assume that a brain transplant will radically alter all thoughts. No, that will not happen because thoughts are the sum total of a relationship of all the other organs of any given bio-frame working in cooperation. Thus, a new brain will have only a small spectrum within which to operate out of sync, as the very spectrum it has to operate in is controlled automatically by the unifying energy of all the organs of a given bio-frame.

The same principle governs the function and interplay of chakra ‘energy’ to its physical relative.

Chakras are an independent entity and thought system; not an energy per se. This system, where it intersects the bio-frame causes a flux. The points where the sensation is felt is at the bio-intersection of nerves, blood vessels, and glands. If one surgically removed the gland and the nerves at this point a sensation would still register, due to the impact this interaction has on the local cells and blood vessels. The resultant wave of this contact is felt by the nerves along the blood vessels and the blood, right into the heart, the brain and the rest of the body. And don’t forget each cell has at least seventy thousand working parts to it; and each cell and its parts have their own consciousnesses.

The point that is misunderstood and needs correcting is that the chakra interaction is not an output of an impulse by the glands’ interaction with the nerves and blood vessels of the gland itself. Furthermore, what is not openly understood is that the chakras exist outside, surrounding, the body. Thus, simultaneously, the chakras exist internally and externally to a given bio-system; they exist in the frontal aspect of a body, as well as in the back, legs and arms, and of course (as well documented) along the pathways of the spine.

The much published and gleefully consumed information about the seven chakras housed along the spine in ascending order is the stuff that most people assume to be the sum total of the chakras. Thus, we have the base chakra at the base of the spine. The second chakra is located on the spine opposite the navel. The third is opposite the point, below the diaphragm, where the front of the rib cage terminates. The fourth is behind the point where the heart is located. The fifth is at the bottom of the neck, behind the base of the throat. The sixth is towards the middle of the head at the level corresponding to the point between eyebrows and ears. The seventh is the dip, the indentation, at the top of the head.

And then comes the Marie Antoinette of the chakras: the irresistible and misunderstood Kundalini chakra. Often spoken of in hushed terms, and usually by the holier-than-thou chakra hijackers possessing little knowledge and over-inflated glossy-magazine cover sense of their ‘are you out there’ astral ability, is the eighth chakra. It is located at the lowest point of the trunk of the body – difficult for men to find, but much easier to ascertain in the female anatomy. Two centimeters above, internally, the area between the anus and vagina is this cashmere jewel-bedecked cipher of misinformation, pathological reverence for which sways between God-like status and that of the Devil’s playful mistress.

The kundalini chakra and its energy impulse has a unique pathway totally independent of the spinal dual-carriageway. Yes, it does interplay with the spinal motorway, but it has its own path. This energy has a direct influence and affects the heart, as well as the seventh chakra based midway in the head/brain area. Screw this chakra and you’ve well and truly screwed the emotional tide as well as the rhythm of the heart. This is one chakra you do not touch nor interfere with under any circumstances, at all. It has its own governance and operates best if left alone.

The kundalini chakra is the counter-balance mechanism to the main physically-based chakra expressions. You can mess with the other chakras to a point, because they will be brought under reasonable control by this mechanism without your knowledge. But start messing with the masterpiece that is the kundalini chakra… and you’ve had it. We from our level do not touch this mechanism. If held in respect, this chakra has the capacity to control the severity of a heart attack (though a genetically unbalanced kundalini chakra is, it must be pointed out, incapable of doing so).

The kundalini chakra is a little beauty, and must be left to her own devices.

A Buddhism/Hinduism chakra interlude:

The Buddhist chakra system had to succumb to the prevailing Vedic formulation several centuries after Buddhaji had initially cleared the air about chakras (some six centuries before the attributed time of birth of Jesus). About a century and a half after the formation of Sikhism, Hinduism was formally established. Hinduism was a creation made to encompass varieties of Vedantic rite, ritual and knowledge practiced in the countries and princely states of the old Aryadesh and comprising India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in order to bring a coherence that might be easily grasped by the nonplussed British colonialists.

Each of these Aryadesh countries and states also had their own language; so a common language was established too in an approximate amalgamation of the variety of words and idioms strewn across northern India. The language, Hindi, was that of everyday commerce and interaction, the slang of its time. It was not the language of a religion, taken nowadays to be Hinduism, but an aspect of what Hindiusm really was and is: a culturally-respectful vehicle of commonality, a paean to the fact and reality of pluralism. And yet, in the very process of its rising collective presence, bringing several hundred million of people together, Hinduism gained supremacy; and overpowered much of what it originally sought to respectfully amalgamate.

Such too had been the experience of Buddhism a long time ago: piqued by its desire to bring together disparate and valuable kingdoms of thought across Aryadesh, and consequently led to subsume the same, until they and it were diluted into a one-size-fits-all symmetry. Thus was Buddhaji’s clarity about the chakras lost, leaving varieties of Buddhism across the globe each as different as the taste of the water from these regions.

Nothing remains pure for long.

Sikhism and chakras:

In Hinduism, the root chakra at the base of the spine is the initial power that has to be ‘energised’. Then the same process is repeated as one moves higher up the spine. At the point of the heart chakra, one has attained the level of an advanced Sant and Svami. Then at the ‘mastery’ of the throat chakra one has advanced in to uber-refined awareness, although the journey carries on.

Purity and unconditional detachment, as well as being able to see the oneness of the Creator’s presence throughout the physical world, are the minimum abilities one has to have mastered, in the absolute, in order to deal with the material world; and this is usually only accessible to the very advanced. And in fact, once the throat chakra has been mastered, (actually, it is not mastered but assimilated with), one seldom interacts with the material world of people.

However, a title conferred by a very ancient language for one who permanently resides and functions from the throat chakra while simultaneously interacting with the secular world is that of ‘Sikh’. So, Sikh is a person who has successfully assimilated the throat chakra and does not dilutes its principles in dealing with the secular world.

Guru Nanakdevji, who rejuvenated and refreshed an ancient truth dove-tailing it into the prevailing modernity, set this high standard as the minimum entry point for any who wished to follow and expound his teaching; with utmost humbleness the prerequisite to even being considered entry, for one is still learning, one is a student of the art; but it is a complete misnomer to regard a Sikh as a naïve learner placed on the bottom rung of the ladder.

Having said that, it is equally wrong to assume that having been born to parents who practice and attain the status of Sikhi one is de facto also a Sikh. As a secular everyday person, even a religious one, a person cannot in an absolute sense be born into Sikhism. You attain Sikhism through advancement of awareness. Only Guru Nanakdevji was born as a Sikh, others had to be ordained into it.

How Sikhism differs with respect to the chakras is in its enunciation, in the common everyday prayers detailed by Guru Nanakdevji, of twenty five chakras – of which the throat chakra (whose attainment usually signals the topmost achievement by some, and is accompanied by their retreat from the material world) is merely the first. To become Sikh one must traverse through, and assimilate with, all twenty five before attaining the right to trip the light fantastic permanently.

To add further complexity to this – where we’ve gone from identifying seven chakras, to adding the kundalini chakra, before pointing to the existence of twenty-five actual chakras – is a little-known fact (or at least one not shared with the masses): each chakra comprises its own multilayered existence. Some have four, others have eight or nine, while others have eighteen. You will fall down the scale of any given chakra if you fail to operate within the very detailed layers comprising each chakra. Each chakra has its own regulatory thought and administration centre. Each chakra has the authority to fail your progress and thus downgrade your access to refined Awareness. I will share more of the detail of this environment in a subsequent post.

Guys, this stuff is not easy as it first sounded when work began at the base chakra.

For ordinarywallahas, the Hindu chakra system is a must that they have to master. For a Sikh the journey of self-discovery only truly begins from the throat chakra. Having said which, one cannot just begin a journey of self discovery from any but the lowest most chakra that your given bio-signature is designed for…and mess up the chakra system, and Dame Kundalini will mess you up good and proper in turn.

Thus, the Sikh chakra system doesn’t in fact differ from the original system clarified by Buddhaji. Though in current times there is a sense of the Sikh chakra system as a tentacle of Hinduism, as diluted by the latter’s own simplicity.

Sikhism & Kundalini:

Yogi Harbhajan Singh found fame in California teaching kundalini to those who had self importance embedded in them as a racial trait. They in turn now teach kundalini yoga with all the misplaced pomp of buying a must-have classic parfum over the counter of a Parisian boutique counter situated in the middle of the Gobi desert. It is both sad and utterly wrong. These people may be, and in fact are, fellow practicing Sikhs, but they are wrong; no matter how much I must respect their defence and claims to being right.

The point they have missed is that humbleness is a prerequisite to assimilating even the base chakra with one’s bio-frame, let alone the other chakras. You can’t assume that you’ve been chosen to teach the world, and then speak of kundalini awakening in the same breath! No way guys, no way.

Now let me make sense of this drama.

A negative into a positive:

Yogi Harbhajan Singhji had a role to play in the scheme of things. Consciously he did not know he had this role nor what it was: he simply went about teaching about kundalini chakra so that others in turn, non-Asian Sikhs, would go forth and spread that teaching. But his role, and a crucial one at that, was to initiate arrogance into self analysis. Why? Because only arrogance can challenge arrogance.

Now, I have steadfastly maintained that North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania have to be freed from the European Empire. The Europeans have to hand these lands back to their original inhabitants. The arguments and the policy needed to revert to rightful ownership cannot be achieved by the Asian or African race thought paradigms.

It can only be achieved by the Sikhs who follow Yogi Harbhajan Singhji’s teaching. An Asian following his teaching will fail. It requires a mentality steeped in visual Sikhism, as are his followers, who have the mental dexterity to argue points with the European Empire’s masters from a race-thought paradigm consonant with their own.

This is why I am forever at pains to remind my listeners that advancing and advanced Awareness isn’t a simple matter but is in fact shrouded and grounded in the Trinity of Contradiction, Confusion and Complication.

Kundalini is wrong yoga. However, to free the occupied lands from the European Empire requires the raising of the kundalini. A prime example of Trinity C in operation.

Finally, a note to Asian Sikhs:

To all my fellow Asian Sikhs the world over, I share the following. In the early 1980s you belittled me when I contacted you about teaching yoga from Gurdwaras. Nowadays you are falling head over heels teaching not just yoga but the dangerous kundalini yoga at that.

Today, I invite you to consider the following statement; “You have to earn the right to practice Sikhism, and then after that earn the privilege of becoming a Khalsa. Simply born into a practicing Sikh family does not make you a Sikh. You have to live the code of Sikhism daily, moment by moment. Can you? Sikhism’s yoga starts from the throat chakra. Did you even know that? My fellow Sikhs, please, do not dilute the privilege of Sikhism by repackaging it into the lesser frameworks of secular rules and rites. Please don’t do that. I can only ask, and I have asked. The rest is up to you.”

One of the responsibilities required to be a Sikh is to acquire detailed education about each and every religious scripture, preferably in their mother tongue. Then comes the responsibility to correct aberrations practiced by the faithful of those religions, without demeaning them. The authority of this responsibility has to be exercised with due cultural care and respect. All this is just one of several ‘duties’ you have to have mastered.

Being a Sikh is not only about standing out in the crowd wearing the 5 Ks.

It is a damn sight more than that.