Mystical Path of Hinduism

1 Oct

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion and one of the least understood in the West.

Hinduism is the fount from which all the Western and Eastern mystics have drunk whether they knew it or not. It is the oldest source of the idea that latent in each one of us is the Self that is God.

Hinduism gives the first step-by-step instructions on how to realize or become one with God. The inner, mystical path of Hinduism is a well marked one, yet to the casual Western observer it may appear to be lost in a mire of superstition.

Hinduism as one of the major world religions corresponds to the root or base-of-the-spine chakra and the fourth ray in the spectrum of the divine consciousness. As the name implies, the base-of-the-spine chakra is located at the end of the spinal column. It has four petals and its etheric color is white, though it may appear red or orange in a less pure state. The fourth ray, for which this chakra is a receptacle, is the ray of divine order, harmony and purity.

The Sanskrit name for the base-of-the-spine chakra is Muladhara, which means “root support.” It is associated with the perineum, near the anus. Within this chakra, say the Hindus, lives the Goddess Kundalini—the coiled-up energy or “sleeping serpent” of unlimited spiritual potential. By means of spiritual exercises, discipline and self-purification, the force of the Kundalini is awakened and travels up through the chakras, along the spine, through three main energy channels: the Ida, Pingala and Shushumna. Ultimately, this rising energy unites with Brahman in the crown chakra. When this happens, the spiritual aspirant reaches enlightenment and liberation (moksha).

The ascended masters speak about the sacred fire of the Kundalini as the white light of the Mother or the Mother Flame. The golden yellow flame of illumination in the crown chakra is the light of the Father, or pure Spirit, whereas the Mother light is associated with the Matter or material world. For most human beings, pure Spirit is an abstraction that is difficult to comprehend. Matter, on the other hand, constantly presents itself to our senses in the objective world all around us. Spirit or Father is hard to know; Matter or Mother is the loving presence of the Shakti of God that is so close to us that we can literally touch it.

The ascended masters use two terms for these two polarities of being that illustrate this principle. They speak of God the Father as the “Impersonal Impersonality” which manifests to us via general, universal and impersonal principles and laws. In contrast, God the Mother is the “Personal Personality”—the comforting presence and manifestation of God that is most readily accessible and knowable to us.

In Hinduism, God as Mother shows herself in the myriad manifestations of deities and sacred animals, objects and places. Each of these expresses a unique aspect or attribute of the divine. It’s as if in Hinduism, the Mother made sure that wherever and whenever her children turn for help and inspiration, she can immediately be found. Hindus understand that in essence, these many manifestations of God are not separate realities; they are illusory manifestations of the one great divine consciousness. But it doesn’t matter; the Mother presence wraps this ancient culture in a warm, comforting embrace that ever reminds them of the need for spiritual striving and the goal of reunion with the Father, Brahman.


We’ve seen that mystical Hinduism acknowledges several different paths to union with the divine, known as margas. These are often described as four main types of yoga, designed for four different temperaments or types of people. They are:

Bhakti Yoga: Union through the path of love and devotion

Karma yoga: Union through selfless action and service; dedicating all our actions to God

Jnana yoga: Union through knowledge and discernment

Raja yoga: Union through deep meditation

Raja yoga is also called the Supreme Yoga or the Royal Road to Integration. Its current practice is largely based on the yoga instructions of Patanjali, one of India’s great teachers on this ancient mystical tradition.

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