What is Shaktipat?

Shaktipāt means a transference of Shakti (the spiritual energy of the Self) from the master to the student (you) with the aim of awakening the otherwise dormant Kundalinī in you, so that the Kundalinī Shakti (divine energy) begins to work for your enlightenment. Shaktipāt initiation grants you the grace of a semi-automatic sādhana (spiritual practice and path) known as Shaktipāt Yoga, Siddha Yoga (Perfect Yoga) or Kundalinī Maha Yoga (the Greatest Yoga).

Rather than you reaching out to the Self, the Self now reaches out to you. This is grace and is the hallmark of Shaktipāt Siddha Yoga. It has to be given to you by an enlightened Siddha. You cannot learn it by study or get it through your own effort.

Once you have received Shaktipāt and your Kundalinī has become active, you are a Siddha Yogi; a follower of the Siddha path. The word “yoga” means “union” and designates both the path to union as well as the state of union. A “yogi” is one who pursues this goal of union with the Self. Once you have been initiated and become a Siddha Yogi, no matter what practice you engage in, even if you decide to give up the practices offered by Jan, you will still be a Siddha Yogi.

Shaktipat initiation in absentia  
This initiation is best given in person, but it will also be carried with the rudraksha mala sent to those who receive Shaktipāt in absentia. During Shaktipāt another thing takes place: a seed or imprint of enlightenment is planted deep within you, so to speak, and this will come to fruition eventually and grant you liberation (mukti). It is impossible to say in general when this happens, but if you meditate daily and make a practice out of sensing the Shakti in you and surrendering to it as best you can throughout the day, you have done your part and the Shakti will do the rest.