Question: I have heard of a process called Shaktipat where a guru can temporarily raise the kundalini of someone else. Is this possible? If so, is it something that should be done?
Answer: By who? It is possible. But thank God you say that “where a guru can temporarily raise the kundalini of someone else.” “Temporarily.” Yes, it is possible. And then, what do you gain by that? Even a cigarette can temporarily give you. In the sixties Temporarily. Temporary. A peg of whisky can temporarily kindle the kundalini. But the problem with that is temporarily if you push it up when it begins to go down it will go down below where it was before. That’s the danger. It doesn’t stay there. When it falls, it falls more deeper. That is the reason why, don’t depend on those temporary things.
Even Patanjali talks about that. Samadhi siddhi. How can you accomplish samadhis. What are the various ways? Mantra. That is one. What else? Aushadhi. That means drugs. He talks about that. But then that is temporary and it has its own side effects also. That’s why, even though it is possible, a teacher would not do that. In the life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa he did it only once to Swami Vivekananda and that, too, because he was so keen, so keen. And then he wanted to stay in that state. He said, “No, that’s temporarily given by me to you. It’s not your own. It’s a borrowed energy. You had better come down. You go out. You work it out yourself.”
That’s why it’s not always good to look for such quick, quick, quick, instant samadhi. This is the age of instantaneous things. Instant coffee, instant tea, instant iddli, instant dosa. Why not instant samadhi also? If it is possible they are not stingy. They could have done that to all. Because they want to see others enjoy what they were enjoying. But they know it won’t work. They will always look for another peg, another puff. Because once you get used to that, you become addicted to that and you want that again and again and again. Every time you use again you go down a little, go down. The side effects are there. Otherwise, a bit of a tap on the back is enough to rouse your kundalini and then you will say, “Ahh, wonderful, wonderful.” What happens afterwards? It lasts only for a few minutes. So, don’t be in a hurry. Heaven can wait.