What is the Golden Chain in Kundalini Yoga?
Have you heard of the Golden Chain? As you start practicing Kundalini Yoga, this will come up in conversation and sessions. Understanding what it means and how you can enlist its power is important to your ongoing journey. Here’s what you need to know.
What is the Golden Chain?
First things first, let’s talk about what the Golden Chain is. If you are new to the realms of Kundalini Yoga, you may have come across this term. Put simply, the chain is the link between a student, their teacher, and all the teachers that have come before them.
Between each student and teacher, there is an unshakeable energetic link. That bond exists between current teachers and students as well as the teacher’s teacher… and the teacher’s teacher’s teacher, and so on. It goes back for as long as history allows.
Whenever a Kundalini Yoga teacher starts to teach, they take the time to connect with the Golden Chain. Through doing so, they connect to the wisdom and power of all the teachers who came before them. This knowledge is passed through the Golden Chain seamlessly.
While teaching Kundalini Yoga is about passing on kriyas and meditations, there’s more to it than these fundamentals. A true teacher has to rid themselves of the ego they have so that they can pass on wisdom and knowledge in its purest form. In essence, they become a vessel for this.
By acknowledging the Golden Chain and understanding that each teacher plays a role in this experience, teachers can become humble and ready to give. This is a process that every Kundalini Yoga student and teacher must go through within their journey.
How to Tune in to the Golden Chain
Next up, let’s talk about how you tune the Golden Chain. Fortunately, there is a simple method that Kundalini Yoga students and teachers use: the Adi Mantra chant. When you first start practicing Kundalini Yoga, this is one of the initial pieces of technology you learn.
Since the mantra is the first creative action, it holds within it a wealth of power. Through this chant, you can diminish your ego and allow yourself to be truly free from it. In doing so, you naturally become humbler in your practice and can give more to the world.
Additionally, the Adi Mantra has the power to connect us to the Golden Chain. When you engage in this practice, you may start to channel the Kundalini energy through the chain. That, in turn, creates a natural flow that comes through you, gifting you both tradition and wisdom.
There are plenty of times when it is appropriate to use the Adi Mantra to connect you to the Golden Chain. For instance, you may want to include this specific mantra in your daily personal practice or simply enlist the help of the technology whenever you need it. However you choose to use it, you should know that the mantra is highly effective.
The Golden Chain is a sacred part of Kundalini Yoga. Now that you understand what it is, you may want to start developing it and tuning it through your practice.
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