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Q. What is this Enigmatic Yogic Transmission (Pranahuti) Practice and How Can We Master It?
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Yogic Transmission, also known as Pranahuti, is a unique and vital aspect of the Heartfulness Meditation practice, which is rooted in the Raja Yoga system of meditation. Pranahuti is a Sanskrit term that combines "prana," the life force or vital energy, and "ahuti," meaning an offering or a sacrificial act.1 Essentially, Yogic Transmission or Pranahuti refers to the process of transmitting spiritual energy or "prana" from a qualified spiritual guide (preceptor) to an aspirant or practitioner during meditation.2
The practice of Pranahuti is based on the premise that spiritual progress can be accelerated through the direct transmission of spiritual energy from a more evolved being to a less evolved one.3 This energy transfer helps the aspirant refine their consciousness and achieve higher states of awareness more efficiently than through individual meditation efforts alone.4
Pranahuti is practiced within the context of Heartfulness Meditation, which incorporates relaxation, meditation on the heart, and cleaning of the impressions or "samskaras" accumulated during the day.5 The practice of Pranahuti typically unfolds in the following manner:
The aspirant begins by sitting in a comfortable posture with their eyes closed, focusing on their heart and invoking a sense of openness and receptivity.6
The preceptor, who has been trained and authorized to transmit prana, mentally connects with the aspirant and transmits the energy through their own thought and willpower.7
The aspirant is advised to maintain an attitude of openness and surrender, allowing the energy to flow through their being and transform their consciousness.8
The effects of Pranahuti are said to be subtle yet profound, leading to a deepening of the aspirant's meditation experience and inner transformation.9 Regular practice of Yogic Transmission, along with the other components of Heartfulness Meditation, is believed to foster personal growth, emotional well-being, and spiritual evolution.10
Although the concept of Pranahuti may seem esoteric, it shares similarities with other spiritual practices that involve the transfer of energy, such as Reiki, Qigong, and Shaktipat in Kundalini Yoga.11
In conclusion, Yogic Transmission or Pranahuti is a unique aspect of Heartfulness Meditation, wherein a qualified preceptor transmits spiritual energy to an aspirant, enabling them to achieve higher states of consciousness and accelerate their spiritual progress. Through consistent practice, the aspirant experiences inner transformation, promoting personal growth and well-being.
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Ram Chandra, "Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Vol. 1" (Shri Ram Chandra Mission, 1989), 146.
Kamlesh D. Patel, "The Heartfulness Way" (New Harbinger Publications, 2018), 40-41.
Ram Chandra, "Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Vol. 1" (Shri Ram Chandra Mission, 1989), 156.
Kamlesh D. Patel, "The Heartfulness Way" (New Harbinger Publications, 2018), 16-20.
Ram Chandra, "Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Vol. 1" (Shri Ram Chandra Mission, 1989), 179.
Kamlesh D. Patel, "The Heartfulness Way" (New Harbinger Publications, 2018), 43.
Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, "The Essence of Yoga: Heartfulness" (Shri Ram Chandra Mission, 2014), 32-34.
Richard Rosen, "Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga" (Shambhala Publications, 2012), 108.