The Gurus of India presented many paths to Ascension, as defined as "divine presence-spaciousness" (Kether/Brahman), which is essentially the flow of consciousness through the human vessel in a clear fashion sans the oscillation of the monkey-mind. Though the monkey-mind may be present, the adept's consciousness is like the sky which does not cling to the clouds that pass through, or the adept at least knows how to let such clouds dissolve once the adept has engaged a little "know thyself". Such entails not just thoughts, but the correlating emotions, much of which is embedded in the subconscious unknown to the conscious aspects of the adept, which may plunge the adept through a "dark-night" processes when walking such paths. Swami Vivekananda was an adept who attained a significant degree of "spaciousness", and hence, articulated the numerous structures of Hinduism to assist adepts. A text on point would be his Raja Yoga, which essentially entails having a calm lifestyle that does not overly engage the mind, to settle the mind, to move beyond the mind during meditation for the no-mind states of Samadhi (Sat-Awareness, Chit-Existence, Ananda-Bliss). Such yogic states was provided to Vivekananda via transmissions through his Guru, Sri Ramakrishna. (Streams of Yogic and Mystic Experiences, History of Science, Philosophy, and Culture in Indian Civilization).
India has kept numerous traditions and practices alive, despite the numerous conquests and continuing consistent attempts to negate Gurus and Hinduism in general. Especially in India which still faces massive issues of conversionists, it really has been Indian Gurus which kept the tradition of moving from animistic-shamanic practices of the lower sephriot of the Qabalah, into the supernal triad of "divine-presence" as taught as Self-Realization. As an example, such is continually presented by Nithyananda's ashram, where the author has been more than privy to his ashrams prior legal issues, including extensive lack of evidence based complaints ensuing from hearsay witch-hunts, all from individuals (highly financed) who want to see the organization, and Hinduism in general, falter. As I have found in observing his ashram on and off for the past decade, Nithyananda is simply a channeler for higher aspects of SadaShiva, which matches the Draconian gnosis provided by Bill Duvendack's invocation to Shiva. (Duvendack, Bill, etc., Awakening Lucifer). The Gnosis of Shiva simply being that of one's own Atma-Consciousness stretching the inner boundaries within the vessel. Such can be intense, where Shiva is known as the Lord of the Mad Saints. Moreover, like most that have connected with the "I Am" aspect and conduct transmissions, healings, activations, etc., Nithyananda provides the same to his ashram via having his devotees connect with him as Guru and receive downloads where the adept must also similarly channel SadaShiva. In other words, as proper under tantra in doing puja, the adept must state the invocations from the perspective of Shiva, as shown as Stillness with Multi-Dimensional Unity-Oneness-Consciousness, to properly empower the adept by means of "divine will" (masculine logos) such vibrational prayers or "divine energy" (feminine sophia). Nithyananda's ashram is simply Advaita meets right hand path (agamas) tantra.
However, unlike the dualist programming feels of New Age "Light Language" presented by teachers afraid of the dark and harsher emotions such as anger (tamas-aghora), Nithyananda's ashrams sits for hours with their kundalini turned-on invoking Vedic deities to the inner Havan-Kund-alini. Most in the new age are using "law of attraction" by means of "vision board" manifestation, where they are simply just using the interpretation and motives of the monkey-mind (and it's numerous dualist identity bubbles, including the purity-angelic nonsense) to draft the emotive lifestyle they wish to manifest. In comparison, we have the Vedic Goddess' (Goddess Vak) ability to manifest galaxies via vibrational sound establishing the tradition of mantriks, utilizing both yin/yang aspects as the world of matter is of an oscillating dualist nature. Hence, to allow the human vessel, particularly if clairsentient-sensitivities are developed, to be enveloped in "twilight language", or tantrik mantras holding bija-seeds to sprout in the adepts vibrational field, creates a vibrational powerhouse beyond the monkey-minds interpretive analytical skills. Surrender to the vibrations of the bija to allow the vibrations to move the adept to another higher-wider perspective, and hence, another manifest timeline.
Moreover, as Nithyananda's ashram utilizes ancient practices, and seeks to return to and practice proper techniques from the Saiva Agamas (Right Hand Path; Nigama-Left Hand Path), Nithyananda also reads the Akashic records to his audience to return teachings from ancient scriptures to his ashram. From what I've seen, Nithyananda's camp may be the closest to a Harry Potter type magickal revival, moving beyond Advaita as per the tantras. Reading from the Akashic records is a Saiva practice, which most likely may have stemmed from Ancient Lemuria. (Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Lemurian Scrolls). The Akashic records, is creation by and through the Sanskrit alphabet (from Ak to Ksa), or "pure sound vibrations" as described by the channeled material of Ra in the Law of One. To read such records is a wonderful source for "know thyself", where through the use of Archangel Michael (or other record keeper), the adept may work on core issues at the root which will assist the adept in quickly moving through attached-habits and lessen the burden of the emotional backlash of the dark nights. (Recommend: All listed under "My Sadhana" column).
It is important to understand that in Advaita, Guru worship is typically found, as is usually supported by the fact that adepts tend to project significant gratitude to a teacher who has helped them pass a significant threshold in the way they perceive their lives. Moreover, as found through the works of Dr. Lauren Cielo in healing clients, the clients' ensuing bodily euphoria post-healing may be taken as intense loving feelings, which then the Guru-Healer-Teacher must attempt to dissuade any projections thereof. Advaita Gurus know, that attachment to Guru can be a major issue, nonetheless, trust would be required for the adept to psychologically drop (surrender) to the Guru's transmission (gnosis) and ability to handle psychological triggers during the ego-death process. As such, Guru Ramana Maharshi utterly despised organizations, and Nithyananda told his ashram back in 2011 that organization would be his "sin", but necessary to spread the work-product. It is also important to note that most organizations, and the devotees, are typically not governed by the Guru. Some of us would rather meditate than deal with procedural process, as no gold or other externalities can compare to the PhiloSophia Stone of the "I Am". For many ancients, such as the Aztecs, gold is basically decoration and clothing, and maybe an energetic conduit for those alchemists working with metals. Some may know of the inner vibrations of the color of gold, bringing us to "as within, so without", or such could be a programming to collect a resource needed by bloodline-elites tracing back to Mesopotamia. Nonetheless, Nithyananda has attempted to provide "ascension" teachings and transmissions to a "traditional" audience, who are mostly unaware of Saivism as such are typically the practices of those who do not fit the Brahmanic caste system. Hence, your typical Hindu pundit stuck in the folklore of the puranas, fails to comprehend the caliber of Saivism, particularly when the Guru has attained a significant level of Advaita. Most Hindus practice dualist Vaishnava, never realizing that the ten (10) avatars of Vishnu are "ascension" stepping stones to flower as your own "Sri". As stated frequently, Nithyananda's intent has been to show that each adept is Shiva him/herself with multidimensional-unity consciousness, or the "kingdom of heaven is within you" and there are "many mansions".
The current Western World continues capitalizing on Yogic tradition, all the while degrading it to further market radish spirituality ripened with egoic-identity attachments to Samsara, drastically fails in comparison to the caliber of Indian Gurus. Not to degrade any shamanic traditions, as I have noted the blessings (non-intoxicant setting; transmissions and messages) of incredible Huichol shamans who are not conditioned into Western duality, but frightening dualist religious belief-systems have created teachers who will use religious figures to push egoic-agendas under a divine messianic complexity, such as a push for an economic system. I will always be wary of anyone who uses a religious figure, especially Jesus whose entire life was hidden (Essene), where examples, teachings, transmissions, may be easily taken out of context as we've seen with Pauline Christianity. Nonetheless, when teachers express as such, simply understand the intent behind their statements, or motives in terms of bettering humanity, as we are all just adepts walking each other home. The pain of duality had been too hard for many of us, to truly let go for the harmony of duality (yin/yang), as ego-death and shadow-work can be terrifically terrifying. The Essenes were a hidden organization with different practices (baptism), scholars holdings texts predating Jesus by 1000 years and anything older than what the Romans used to craft their agenda via Creed of Nicea, which then pushed the eradication of the "heretics", today known as Gnostics (including Luciferian; Duvendack mentioned above is an Ex-Mystical Christian). The Essenes quietly and humbly paid their taxes-tithing, so they were not bothered by the Pharisees and Sadducees, up until Jesus opened his mouth and debated with them. Some say he was not Essene because Jesus was outspoken, but let's just say we probably know how much it sucks to bite our tongue when we see bullshit, especially wider perspectives. The Roman empire needed to destroy two particular traditions to keep power, which merged with the Cult of Mithra. Does the reader need a hint on which two traditions, wildly taken out of context?
Back to the East, when Alexander the Great (Student of Aristotle) reached India, he took note of the individuals the Greeks labelled as "GymnoSophists", and sent some of his team members home to tell the Greeks that the Greeks were living incorrectly. He had noted the abundance and luxuriousness of India including her palaces, but had stated that the Indian People would rather walk around naked philosophizing. Alexander kept an Indian Guru with him, Kalanos, who Yogiraj Siddhanath has addressed as Babaji under the name as correctly pronounced Kala-Agni (Time-Fire). (Yogiraj Siddhanath, Babaji). Under Kalanos guidance, Alexander continued his sadhana until his death, leaving the world his last spiritual message, by leaving his hand dangling out of his coffin. Such expresses, though one can conquer matter, what is the purpose if the adept leaves with nothing. Be in this world, but not of it.
When it comes to the Ascetics for modern times, I have not heard of anyone outdoing The Walking Shiva of Varanasi, Trailanga Swami. The reader can further research this Siddha, and connect with His ascetic spiritual Daughter Shankari Mataji through the mantra found in Paramanad Saraswati's Trailanga Swami and Shankari Mataji. Nonetheless, he was known to be a well-accomplished Siddha, who also confirmed the siddha-abilities of Sri Ramakrishna to an audience who simply thought Ramakrishna was nuts. One of Trailanga Swami's devotees, was also the Tantrik Aghori-Bhairavi (Witch) who provided Smashan (cemetery) Kali Diksa for Ramakrishna to practice Left Hand Path Sadhana (cleanse, harness, and utilize the central nervous system to properly handle Tamas vibrations). Nonetheless, as has been shown by Trailanga Swami, the ascetic path holds significant validity, where such was also shown by Jesus, Siddharta, and Mohammed.
Traditionally, the Hindu adept was to take on asceticism during the fourth and last stage of one's life, where one is ready to retire from society. Such seems appropriate, where the adept is of the age of having lived out certain desires and can then retire to practice techniques to help the adept let go of samsara, or a deconditioning. As stated above, Vivekananda discusses a particular lifestyle in his Raja Yoga, to mainly subdue the monkey-mind's activity, to have the body reach a sleep-like state resting perfectly in a properly positioned asana, to make sure the state of "no-mind" or samadhi is undisturbed. Such results in an ego-death process, where the adept may face a "dark night of the soul" while doing "shadow-work" of clearing the subconscious. Thereafter, the adept would need to transcend "heavenly" or "highly desired" attachments to samsara, or egoic-identity bubbles such as culture, creed, caste, gender, etc., all of which are simply clouds in the sky of the adepts consciousness which the adept clings onto in their dance with the delusion-maya. The quickest route for those who would want the blessings of such asceticism, will simply just need to be around an Advaita Guru who has accomplished "divine-presence spaciousness" to a significant degree. In Saivism, Guru must be Shiva himself, or the adept must seek Kali Ma's assistance (Kundalini). Advaita Gurus all teach the same thing, which are not teachings at all, but pointers to direct the monkey-brain to drop for the moment where the adept can linger in the spaciousness of the background to the thoughts and emotions. Such is quite similar to the mind-gap thoughtless feeling, when asked with a Zen adage, such as "if a tree falls in the forest, but no one is near to hear it, does it still make a noise" or the sound of "one hand clapping". To sit with an Advaita Guru, is the crack-cocaine form of practicing Zen-Buddhism. Though, many Advaita Gurus may still need a Guru to move beyond certain identified conditioning's, where the adept must use discernment where the Guru should hold significant clarity in presenting the "Primal" True Self. Really, these Advaita camps and Gurus should just unify and have the same damn conversation, over and over, until more and more spaciousness is opened up within everyone (competition is over when soul signature is uniquely expressed). Nonetheless, any Advaita Guru who can provide what I call the "Samadhi Blanket" has attained a significant level to assist other adepts, where the rest is simply pointing out and talking each other out of subtle conditioning to be absolved by "divine presence". (The ones I enjoy: Bentinho; Mooji; and Fred Davis).
To move beyond Advaita, as Guru Adi Shankara had found after transcending Deities for Self Realization, the blessing of the Goddess Sri Sodashi arose, providing the mantrik with an arsenal of vibrations to anchor in the energies of "celestial heaven" or Mt. Meru via the Sri Chakra. Moreover, Tantriks-Luciferians have established that the Goddess' blessings are required to move back down the Qabalist Tree of Life/Death, where moving downwards from Binah/Satariel, the Goddess is sought quite possibly to clear the occult chakras located at the back of the skull. (Recommend: Ms. Elizabeth Lund; See Also the Grimoire Tree of Qliphoth, Temple of Ascending Flame regarding Kali Ma). Hence, traditionally and continuing esoterically, Advaita Gurus under the tantrik traditions took Gnosis significantly deeper as Shiva has described in numerous tantrik texts. Moreover, for the Western New Age teachers competing with Gurus, so far, it has only been Nithyananda's camp that has provided Sri Yantra/Chakra activation, and powerful mantra dikshas to the masses more powerful than your gemstones (at least synergy 12), while the the New Age camps are merely "talking" with slight energetic transmission/variations from entities/egregores/thought-forms. For Nithyananda to call himself "Shiva", would be a lot like this adept, who since 2014 has used mantra to move into and match Kali Ma's vibration, which includes her constantly guiding me, cleaning me, and shockingly protecting me by teaching me malediction practices. It's one thing to go back to typical samsaric life with slightly wider creative abilities, it's another thing to go back to samsaric life where the deceased of your professional clients look over your shoulders when doing work. I'm not bragging about being Kali Ma, as it sucks walking around being ego-death to people. Nonetheless, the temple ashram life is excruciatingly intimidating to me, where I find much of it may be drastically unnecessary. However, during the Sri Yantra activation webinar, Nithyananda asked that his ashram become "progressive". I feel Nithyananda may be the last of the traditional Gurus as humanity steps into its shoes. From my seeking, the purports of Gurus should be Ego-Death, to assist adepts get-over themselves, to see/feel/be wider perspectives, where all else seems to be "permission slips" as such. Nonetheless, like other Indian Gurus, Nithyananda has actually made his presence known within my bedroom, and has actually provided me with special mantrik dikshas outside of the typical webinar activation. Hence, he is the real thing, but adepts should be warned and protected from Vashikaran.
(However, thank you for the Gurus-Teachers who keep it "real" and disclose where they are at in their process, as we are all each others stepping stones, mirrors. I have had difficulty in understanding what's happening inside of me, mostly because I am not to understand "logically". But I've pushed it with LHP practices in terms of Mantra, where I'm attempting to "scientifically" understand "visions" and "energy manipulation" in contrast to the simplicity of just being spacious with "Self" and what is to become of this adept's human vessel via means of Yoga thereof, where I'm coming to believe that anything is possible once I am able to sort through numerous delusional trappings that block inspiration. For those who have a preference for Higher Self in contrast to the Lower Self, well, if you still eat tangible-food, you also have within you the ability to upgrade the meal, if you understand that "it is not the spoon that bends". In addition, megalomania is something adepts of the LHP have to consistently "check-themselves" regarding as the adept begins to feel vibrationally "empowered" particularly as the inner beast holds a bit of a predatory nature. Once the "fight or flight" response has released much of the psychological baggage, we'll just say, beasts don't have heavy psychological conditioning known as karma when they are unleashed. Hence, the reason why Thuggees worshiped Kali Ma, and followed a different moralðical standard befitting their Tamas nature. However, I see megalomania as an issue that can arise well beyond LHP practices. These adepts must embrace the wisdom of power as a high-vibrational field can create quite a glamour).
Nonetheless, many are extremely glued to samsara and the oscillation of the monkey-minds thoughts-emotions roller-coaster, where such adepts will have extreme difficulties in hearing the pointings of Advaita Gurus. The monkey-mind will fight back, as triggers abound, and humans are typically "full-of-themselves" where many are simply not ready for ego-death beyond shadow-work. Such gurus, or rather Western anti-Gurus, are typically opposed to Lunar practices as they have built a career on shadow work and an "angelic egoic-identity bubble" keeping such adepts perpetually running from what their monkey-mind interprets as dark. Such adepts have merely combined ancient practices with limited understanding, and convoluted such with dualist egoic personal agendas, all the while not realizing they are flocking sheep to their new ignorant religion. Wheel them in with healing abilities, and a new "religion" with "reverends" to tithe before is born. Despite numerous Western teachers stating not to go to India, or sit in a cave, etc., such teachers have yet to drop the monkey-mind, distorting the integrity of actual spirituality in separation of spiritual materialism. Nonetheless, such is not exactly inaccurate as the context of the teachers comments needs to be assessed, where through Guru Lahiri Mahasaya who channeled Babaji, we are provided the householder practices of Kriya Yoga where the adept can "be in this world" with enjoyment, and also "be not of it" in terms of transcendence.
As taught by the ethereal Babaji who is equated with Lord Shiva, Guru Lahiri Mahasaya began the Self Realization lineage that includes Sri Yuketswar (A Siddha who kept his passion of Astrology), Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi), and Sat-Guru Yogiraj Siddhanath. Such entails Kriya Yoga practices, that are essentially designed to assist the adept clear the mind, proper breathing techniques to return to the natural ways of breathing, and running inner "channels" to move the flow of energy which often has an internal cleansing process. (See JC Stevens, Kriya Secrets Revealed). Hence, such practices are akin to traditional Saiva practices (See Vijnanabhairava) as well as Taoist Alchemical practices (See Yang Jwing-Ming, Embryonic Breathing; or anything Mantak Chia). Such techniques not only help direct the mind, lead chi-shakti through awareness around within the human vessel, charge the bodies battery at the sacral-lower dantien, but release numerous psychological blockages increasing the adepts sensitives and subtle psychic senses, as the adept begins the process of becoming a Siddha. The Indian Cult of Kubjika further provides the chakra system, where today, most follow a seven (7) chakra system, which are essentially ways to engage seven (7) different aspects of the psyche, which is tied both to the bodies nervous system/organs/ganglia as well as the more ethereal bodies as in such practices will have a transmutation effect thereof. Further, the practice of Kriya Yoga and other forms of yoga, assist in preparing the body and the spine by releasing "knots", which adjusts the spine for prana (upwards) kundalini flow.
Hence, depending on the culture and the arising practices and belief systems, the householder practice was a method of allowing the adept to engage societal day-to-day realities and agendas, all the while consistently running channels throughout the body that tackle numerous areas, from psychology, bodily health and mental stillness, and an overall better energetic flow. It was a way to become a Siddha, without having to disengage from samsara through ascetic practices. Here, the author would recommend Dr. Lauren Cielo's work product, where through the use of spirit guides, the adept can consistently ground (release into grounding cord), and run both Cosmic and Earth energy, where such techniques are easily adaptable to combine with other models to craft the best personal techniques for the adept. Running such channels, proper breathing, etc., is a way of allowing the adept to "let go" and be more anchored within the spaciousness of oneself as opposed to being "present to the moment", which actually has the effect of being "present to the moment" as a heightened standard with a clear head and deep breath as the adept continues to "let go". In other words, as the adept continues to release into the inner spaciousness, an outward heightened clarity arises anchoring the adept more presently into the moment. Therefore, such techniques are quite useful in combination with Advaita, where the inner calm produced by such practices will assist adepts in sitting with Advaita Guru's to properly hear subtle pointings, as heightened concentration may be required. Nontheless, the Householder path is the path where adepts can engage samsara, and explore Siddhas on the path to ascension.
Upon meet, the Ascetic Trailanga Swami looked at the Householder Lahiri Mahasaya, and complained that he personally had to give everything up as an ascetic to receive Shiva's blessings, whereas Lahiri Mahasaya gave nothing up and Shiva gave him everything. Nonetheless, looking at the essence of the practices behind both arenas, both are quite manageable where Advaita will handle the ascetic aspects of Self-Realization and Kriya Yoga handling the householder transmutation techniques of Self-Actualization, where both practices can be easily sought and explored through numerous means found in the age of information.
Nonetheless, the adept must use discernment in assessing a Guru-Teacher ("Destroyer of Ignorance"), particularly those who hold "healing" or other forms of "energetic" adjustments, where such abilities can be used to "flock a herd" for a new pyramid scheme "re-legion". There is only the adepts consciousness (Shivoham) and ensuing vibration (Shakti), all else should simply be tools and guidance in helping the adept pull back the layers of not only moving beyond the mind, but placing the mind in harmony (Tao). The whole purpose of Mantra is to harness the numerous potentials of the Mind, as the mind is placed in a vibration well-beyond what is felt in mundane humanity, and also becomes a push to further the states of Samadhi (at least with Tantrik Goddesses associated with the Kundalini-Shakti), allowing the adept to fall deeper within themselves, deeper into the rabbit hole. Such also has an external effect, with the adage "as within, so without", where external samsaric-reality becomes more malleable, based on one's vibration. a vibration which is the aftermath of the adepts thought-emotional processes (including unknown subconscious), after-all, "thoughts create reality".
Self-Realization is taught in every mystery school, and is in essence, discovering what lies before consciousness when all transient imagery is dropped for the moment. To move with the flow of consciousness, as opposed to the direction of the karmic monkey-mind, which only leads us towards fulfilling mental conditionings, was the aim for every mystic on this planet. Those capable of looking within the numerous aspects of one's psyche, including the shadow self, were rewarded heavily with "inner completion", or not needing transient material illusions to fulfill one's drive. Such provides a deeper rendering of Jesus' "Render unto Caesar", separating the darsan of the Kingdom of Heaven found within from the workings of the material planes.
Siddharta's tradition of Buddhism has placed heavy weight on "suffering" and "desire", where theologians and philosophers have sought to properly understand "enlightenment" by and through "mindful" practices, which often fail due to keeping the adept mindful to aspects within the body and its numerous sensory triggers to further engage the monkey-mind. Nonetheless, the "enlightenment" concept hinted at by both Siddharta and the Hindu tradition as described in Vivekananda's Raja Yoga, would be the place of moving beyond the monkey-mind, or Samadhi. It is important to note that Siddharta was simply one of many Indian yogi's, practicing many different types of techniques, all with the intent of approaching Samadhi. Similarly, Padmasambhava brought his techniques of enlightenment, as a further step beyond the "mindful" approach to the land of Tibet. Padmasambhava's techniques are quite similar to the Saiva tradition, as both fall under the banner of Tantra, with the higher schools invoking wrathful Goddess energy as meditative purging under the Sakta/Vajrayogini Left-Hand Path. As found in the Sakta tradition, Kali, the Mahavidyas, and the 64 Yogini are quite acceptable to assist on the path of physical and mental stillness to approach Samadhi, should the adept be capable of handling such energies as I would consider these beings as a volume knob for the kundalini.
Though taught in every mystery school including the Oracles of Chaldea, Upanisads (Cream of the Vedas), and the Hermetic tradition, etc., Adi Shankara's Advaita Vedanta appears to be the quickest and simplest approach to Self. The self-inquiry technique is simply logical self questioning of removing all transient images from one's mind, Neti (not this) Neti (not this), until one is lingering in a psychologically baggage-free state within the moment. One is in the flow of what is being done as opposed to being directed and controlled by the monkey-mind. Such is accomplished when the adept recognizes a drop in the personal-story for an "observer" state of consciousness, hence, ego-death.
Though such practices fall under the banner of "ego-death", where wrathful Goddesses such as Kali make an excellent choice in assisting in turning "off" the matrix, many choose this approach to have a better materialistic transient life. As an example, many may choose the Goddess Kamakhya for earthly pleasures such as love or regenerative family, as opposed to learning the mysteries of the creative sexual energy and its capabilities. Many simply do not understand "ego-death", and hence, wrathful beings such as Kali. When approaching ego-death practices, particularly Advaita, the need to "let go" arises. If you are looking for a spouse, to save the "state of humanity", or some other transient delusion of fulfilling some egoic desire, ego-death practices will be difficult for you. As an example, in meditation, should a blessed thought arise while practicing Advaita that can assist many human beings, etc., many people would choose to assist. Very few people truly understand that, "when you see the Buddha on the road, kill him". The goal is to reach deeper until one is out of the drama of the monkey-mind. The ending result is actually moksha-liberation for the monkey-mind, where the mind feels like a "feather" as one moves in harmony, where the ego works with spirit. Hence, in practice one looks for ego-death in order to enjoy the ego from a non-attached state. Best of both worlds, be in it, but not of it.
Samadhi appears to be the goal of both the Right Hand Path ("RHP") and Left Hand Path ("LHP"), including that of the Western occultists. The RHP can be seen as working on the higher chakras, where the adepts attempt to stay away from practices that would engross them further in samsara. The LHP works on the lower chakras first in an attempt to fulfill, master, and transcend for stillness. The LHP needs to understand that higher self has a reason for incarnating, the RHP needs to understand that after yoga comes bhoga-enjoyment. After Adi Shankara had attained Advaita (Oneness) moving his consciousness beyond transient existence, the Goddess appeared before him and showed him the beauty of merging Spirit with Matter (Shiva with Prakriti-Shakti). Therefore, the adept is to liberate themselves, and enjoy samsara from a non-attached state.
By placing one's consciousness into the 3rd state of the intelligence body, such has the effect of putting one into the "observer" state or the feeling of "presence". Nonetheless, adepts will face issues regarding the physical body and energy body. Techniques such as Hatha Yoga and Pranayama can be used for the physical body, where I personally choose Mantras (shakti) and energy healers for the energy body (and mental). Nonetheless, to tap into the 3rd state of the intelligence body, as depicted in this video, would be the beginnings of Samadhi. It is the beginning of simply being "present" for the moment, where the adept can simply say, "I just am". It is existence beyond the personality self, as the observer, highlighting the clarity of the moment.
Once the adept has noticed the difference between the 3rd state of the intelligence body in comparison to the 1st state of the physical body, or rather the difference between "presence" and the "monkey-mind", the adept then must do the work of anchoring "presence" as the "monkey-mind" will throw tantrums. Basically, there is an oscillating process.
It appears that all Gurus in the Self-Realization camp are saying the same thing, all are simply attempts to get the adept to look deeper within oneself. Nonetheless, those that have accomplished this to a high degree tend to have some "magic" in their assistance of others, which I can only label as telepathic, transmission, etc. Being new to Mooji, it was Bentinho's silent retreats which helped me push my psychological boundaries, and actually was a stepping stone to be able to properly hear Mooji. There is also Panache Desai's immense energy work, which has pushed my understanding of the capabilities of Advaita. Typically, the Guru assists in purging the adept, whereas Ramana Maharshi did that for Papaji, Papaji did that for Mooji.
There is also Nithyanandaji, who has moved his ashram well beyond Advaita into traditional Saiva practices to further push ancient practices in a scientific manner. Though I am not an adept of his ashram, I have paid attention to his community and have also noted his mantras to be quite expansive. If he can help my personal practice, why not? Nonetheless, such Gurus will be hated as the ego must be purged of everything holding it back. Again, this is the practice of ego-death, and ego will try to run. It is important to note that when Nithayandaji speaks of his egoic-self as he has expressed on facebook, he simply states, "I am just a Sakta". Though I may not consider him as Guru, in the sense that I do not invoke him for stillness, he has become my inspiration in the "if he can do it, I can do it" category. Therefore, I do bow to his feet, as we do in the East, to honor the footsteps that he has walked.
Further I will concede regarding Nithyananda, I am someone who has been more than privy to confidential information and legalities of the numerous horseshit allegations against, not just his organization, but Hinduism in general in a Country where Atheists/Christians are attempting to "Fox-News" the numerous traditions of India. As has been quite alleged, people are often paid to go into these traditional organizations and cause a mess, where further, legal "standing" is not a requirement to file a legal complaint in certain Countries. In other words, to get into a legal mess, anyone can "cry wolf" leading us into endless witch-hunts (meaning lack of evidence). Moreover, when a Westerner, such as attorney F. Greene, who quit the job because opposing counsel gave him too much work (as stated in his motion to be removed), discuses Hinduism, it is done through the eyes of a eurocentric self-centered and overly white-privileged mentality who will not do two-minutes of research to get over themselves and understand someone else's culture. Such was the frustration of every moment of sitting in a Courtroom with this conditioned monkey-mind latching onto the inability to see anything beyond his own personal issues, and henceforth, his personal projections were quite noticeable as we had discussed with the State Bar of California. As an example, in India, we bow to others feet as a sign of honoring the footsteps someone has walked, such as our own parents, where attorney F. Greene took that as an opportunity in all of his Complaints and Moving Documents to degrade the Hindu Religion as being a submissively degrading act signifying mind-manipulation. What I have disclosed can all be found in publicly recorded documents. In defending Nithyananda's organization, I had to deal with rich and organized Anti-Hindu organizations and attorneys, who had no evidence, and sadly overall, no clue.
To those wondering about Nithyananda, he's teaching the same thing as every Advaita Guru, which is to de-condition from what we have been conditioned into, for Self Realization. In the Indian traditions, the Goddesses are synchronized with the Kundalini, allowing for clearing and realigning, where Deities thereafter can help the adept navigate their journey, particularly through the practices of yantras. What Nithyananda is doing in India for the traditional Indian population, is the same as what most "Ascension" alchemists of the West are doing for the Western World. He's "downloading" information and providing all of it to his devotees, using the traditional practices in a scientific manner to assess efficacy. Nithyananda has his own Guru which he is constantly admiring, and of course, his Kaula Devi, Village Godddess. I personally prefer wearing Black, listening to Heavy Metal, and isolation, where the traditional means is too far for this Westernized adept. Nithyananda and I have much in common as he is simply teaching Saivism, as we understand Rudraksha beads are significantly more valuable than gold. Nithyananda has clarified that gold maybe more for traditional purposes, but he sleeps with Rudrakshas under his pillow. In addition, I manage to catch a few of his "activations" throughout the year, which provide significant gnosis unlike any other, and is the same current as Sadashiva that I personally tap into using the traditional mantras, which is simply the Atma-Soul expanding itself slightly painfully within the physical vessel. For me, the Rudrakshas are the golden tears of Shiva, as Shiva terrifyingly mourned the loss of his Sati. Moreover, what really is the physical gold of a demiurge monarch in comparison to a multi-dimensional consciousness, or even further, the eternal-bliss of dropping the egoic-mind for Self Realization? The kingdom of heaven is found within, and there are many mansions. Such would be the spiritual teachings of the ashram, I'll leave the political-material-social conduct and continued accusations to those who are equipped to judge (assess and discern from a wider perspective aka "judge not lest ye be judged") evidence properly.
For serious practitioners of both the RHP and LHP, discover Self beyond transient existences (including dogma), and enjoy your time in samsara.
Combining my love of philosophy, mythology, and the occult in pushing my abilities to work with such "permission slips" for my own Ascension. As I have discovered, true power is found in the ability to walk each other home as mirrors. This is where the inner stairwell becomes the inner sanctuary.
Virtue is the Religion of Siddhas" -Jivanmukti