Swami Chetanananda’s teachings arise from the understanding of the true purpose of this life: that we are in this world to grow. We are here to grow spiritually, to reach a higher and finer state, to express the unimaginable possibility that exists in each of us.
We grow through doing our spiritual work, which is releasing tension and allowing the creative energy of life, our kundalini, to flow. We use our meditation practice to help us learn to circulate energy through our system of chakras and channels, releasing tensions in us and changing our state to one of expanded awareness.
Swamiji summarizes the whole of spiritual practice in the concepts of contact, alignment and flow. These principles apply on every level: physical, mental/emotional, and energetic.
First, we make contact with our breath and our body, and through linking our breath and awareness, we are able to focus on the circulation of our creative energy or kundalini. We bring our awareness to each of the main chakras in turn, creating a natural alignment between them. We align our mind and emotions with our creative energy using our wish to grow as a focus. When the chakras are open and aligned, energy can flow through them and from them into the field of our life. We absorb the feedback and continue to cycle the energy through energetic mechanism. This process transforms our life completely.
In our spiritual endeavor, there are four main components:
1. The wish to grow: The wish to grow is the foundation of our spiritual practice. It expresses our intention, our purpose and our guiding principle. When it is sincerely and deeply felt, it provides a way to navigate through anything life presents us.
2. The presence of a teacher: Although the idea that teachers aren’t necessary is becoming more popular these days, having a teacher or mentor is an integral part of the tantric tradition. The teacher functions as an energy source and a support to help us overcome obstacles, tensions and confusion.
3. The circulation of creative energy: The essence of the practice is to keep our energy in a state of flow. Over time, we develop the capacity to keep our energy expanding and rising. We reach higher and higher states of awareness, until we understand that we are one with the creative energy of Life Itself.
4. Service: The result of our practice is the desire and capacity to give back in service. The natural response to what we have received is the expression of gratitude.
“Sadhana is about training ourselves to hold the awareness of our body and our breath and the energy of Life itself purely and completely in a moment, to dissolve ourselves in bliss over and over and over again until we’re liberated from every delusion about life on Earth. This brings us complete happiness, unfathomable abundance and unimaginable possibility to bring benefit into the lives of others.”
To learn more about Swami Chetanananda’s teachings:
- Explore books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs and streaming videos by Swamiji available from Rudra Press;
- Watch videos of talks on Swamiji’s YouTube channel;
- Attend programs at The Movement Center.
- Read articles and interview transcripts