By Purnima Ramakrishnan
Recently, I came across a few research articles by the world teacher and the fourth spiritual guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga, Kamlesh D. Patel, also known as Daaji, on his site at http://www.daaji.org. He talks about this beautiful yogic energy called pranahuti or Yogic Transmission, which is so potent, yet so subtle, and enables us to meditate so easily.
Daaji oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 150 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Transmission under his care. He is also an innovator and researcher inspirituality, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science. His research has led him to publish aseries ofessayscalled ‘Evolution of Consciousness’ in the Heartfulness magazine.His research into the spiritual anatomy of the human system has led to the discoveries of new yogic ‘chakras’, and techniques of spiritual training.
The spirit and the essence of the interview are offered here to get a taste of its fragrance.
1. Pranahuti Infuses the Fragrance of Divinity
I asked, “What is pranahuti and why is it important for a seeker of spirituality?”
He replied, “Many-a-time, when we are seeking Divinity, we look outside ourselves: we go to our places of worship, as a means of creating a relationship with God. With the first pranahuti offered in your first meditation, awareness of Divinity is awakened in your heart. Subsequent sessions of meditation with Transmission nourish the sprouting seed of Divinity that exists in the heart. This leads to a culmination of Yoga, an integration of the spiritual and materials aspects of our lives, and balances them.”
2. Pranahuti Comes From the Infinite Source
In Sanskrit, prana means life-force and ahuti means offering, so pranahuti means ‘offering of the life-force’.
I wondered aloud: “If you go on sacrificing or transmitting from a limited source, does it not deplete?”
Daaji pointed out, “The person who is transmitting prana must be dwelling in the Infinite Source so that there is only constant rejuvenation, no depletion. A Guru of caliber is connected with this Source, the source of all Creation.”
3. The Effect of Pranahuti Can Be Experienced
I asked for Daaji to explain the significance of the term Pranahuti.
“The best way to understand Yogic Transmission is to experience its effects practically,” he explained. “For many people, the experience of receiving transmission is so convincing that no further proof or understanding is necessary.”
We so often look for external validation, rather than feeling for ourselves on an inner level.
This ancient yogic technique that transforms us from inside out is available for free. I wonder how many of us in the world have really benefited.
“Pranahuti is food for the soul, and nourishes our total well-being in a subtle manner. As a result we feel the effects over a period of time, and recognize its efficacy”.
4. Pranahuti Helps Our Consciousness Evolve
My next question was about meditation’s effect on the evolution of consciousness.
He put it in simple words: “Pranahuti refines and purifies the energy field of a human being, what we call the subtle bodies or vibrational bodies. These subtle bodies include the intellect, the ego, the thinking mind and consciousness. As a result, consciousness expands and evolves. The purer and simpler our personal vibrations, the more we can observe, explore and expand across the spectrum of consciousness, which includes the subconscious, conscious and superconscious mind. As we progress, our ego becomes generous instead of insecure and selfish, our intellect evolves into wisdom, and the thinking mind deepens into the world of feeling and becoming.”
5. Pranahuti Enables Self-Transformation
“So does that mean we become wiser?” I asked.
“Yes, very much so!” was his candid answer. “When we are able to make wise choices, our everyday lives become easier to navigate. Our perception becomes clear, so we see situations for what they are, without the impact of past prejudices and beliefs. We are able to sail through life harmoniously.”
6. Pranahuti Benefits Each One According to Individual Need
I asked, “Don’t we believe that the soul is already alive? Then why do we talk of giving life to the soul?”
Daaji gives a beautiful example of the cool showers during the monsoon season, which makes the trees and plants so fresh,even though they may be alive already by using ground water ! He explained that meditation with pranahuti is similar- ee come out of meditation fresh, like having bathed in a pristine pool of water.
“It is then up to the seeker to make use of it in the best way they can,” he continued. “Some of us get bored and abandon meditation after some time. Many of us continue, but are not willing to fully make use of what we are given. A few dive into their inner universe and allow the Transmission to transform them in a very profound way.”
So it would seem that each person responds to pranahuti according to the degree of one’s own interest .It is not a matter of will power-we don’t need will power to eat ice cream, when we like it. If I like the effects of meditation on me, I harness it for my growth and observe the benefits over time.
7. Pranahuti Has Always Been Free
“How could such a beautiful yogic energy of transmission possibly be free?” I wondered.
“If it were not free, what would you be willing to pay for such a life-transforming gift?” asked Daaji. “If it could so easily be bought, would it really be worth seeking? All the most precious life-giving things in the world are free if you think about it – the air we breathe, the mother’s love we receive as children, sunlight. No price can ever be put on such gifts.”
“Since the rediscovery of this Transmission in the late 19th century, it has been offered free of charge to all. My spiritual guide always said that peace cannot be sold; there is no price tag on the Divinity within each of us.”
If you would like to experience Yogic Transmission for yourself, please click on one of the links below:
Download the ‘Let’s Meditate’ App onto your Smartphone,
Get in touch with a trainer at a HeartSpot center near you.
The interviewer, Purnima Ramakrishnan, is an UNCA award-winning writer based in India. She is the recipient of the fellowship in Journalism by International Reporting Project, John Hopkins (SAIS). She is the Senior Editor at World Moms Network, which is a Forbes Top 100 website for women, writing from 30 countries. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and in the past has contributed to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life and also The Impatient Optimists.