Murugan – God of Kundalini

Murugan, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is a powerful Hindu god who is also known as Kartikeya, Kumara, Saravanabhava, Shanmukha, and Subramanya. In the Western Hermetic tradition, he is equated with Archangel Michael.

Murugan worship and Saiva Siddhānta were widely prevalent in the Indian subcontinent long ago. But after the Islamic invasion and rule, they became confined to south India.

Murugan is the God of Raja Yoga and Saiva Siddhānta philosophy.


Murugan is depicted with 6 faces and was raised by six mothers – the Karthigai Pengal the 6 stars of the Pleiades). To look at all his mothers at the same time, he grew more heads.

Murugan is the deity of the Pleiadean system. Supposedly, he appeared on earth in a previous age. It is said that he guided souls back to the Pleiades when their spiritual evolution on earth came to an end.


He is the king of kings. All the kings who ruled the earth in the previous age worshipped Murugan. They also derived their power from his teachings.

According to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Murugan was the first Guru and Pleiadean master of kundalini yoga, and he was born of Śhiva’s mind. He has the power to awaken spiritual cognition, which moves souls onward so that they evolve and attain Śhiva’s feet.


Murugan’s Teachings

Murugan teaches people how to worship his father, Shiva. His teachings are called Saiva Siddhānta. In one of his forms, he is shown as a Sanyasi carrying a stick, talking of God and connecting our light with the light of the universe, in other words, merging with Śhiva.

Murugan empowers us in our daily lives and also enables us to attain a higher spiritual evolution.


One of Murugan’s other forms is as the Commander of the gods who fights against demons or the forces of darkness. When the Kundalini is strengthened and activated, he brings pure light through the individual. This allows light to enter the world and overcome the darkness. But only if we follow the spiritual path can the light of the Kundalini shine forth from us.


How Is Worshipping Murugan Tied to Yoga?

In the Saivite tradition, Murugan worship is related to success in advanced yoga practices.

To perform yoga, it is essential to have the grace of Ganesha and Muruga. Muruga is the God of Kundalini and advanced yogic practices. When we develop a deep relationship with Muruga, we can begin true yoga with the Guru's permission and guidance. Otherwise, it does not happen.


There will be no fire, no power, and no change. The Gods control the fire, and they can bring the devotee to come closer to Shiva, the Supreme God. One can develop an intimate relationship with Murugan through Bhakti Yoga - worship, prayer, chanting, and singing - to invoke his grace. One can increase or cultivate devotion to Murugan.


Worshipping Murugan helps invoke divine forces to overcome the forces of darkness.

This is a process that plays out in the world as well as in the devotee. It is enabled by the power of his Vel (spear), which signifies jnana shakti (wisdom). The world can change if we change. It can turn into a more divine and peaceful place when we find divinity and peace within ourselves. Worshipping Murugan and his Shaktivel, which represents wisdom, can change the world into a better place.


Man's nature has 3 aspects – spiritual or superconscious, mental or intellectual, and emotional/physical or instinctive.


The instinctive nature is like the nature of animals. It is prone to becoming angry and violent. One must be able to subdue these animal instincts, pride, and ego to manifest one's spiritual nature. This process takes place within the individual. The divinity within us helps us overcome darkness. By worshipping Murugan regularly, we can become wiser. This will enable us to change within and become more spiritual.


The divine couple represents God and his energy, which are one. Murugan has two consorts - Valli and Deivanai.


Another symbol is the Vel. The three signify three distinct energies or Shaktis. Valli is Iccha Shakti or the power of desire. Devayani is Kriya Shakti or the power of action. The Vel is Jnana Shakti or the power of wisdom. These three powers represent the three powers of the soul.


Desire takes root in us first. Once it becomes strong, we act. In the case of a young soul, the action can be adharmic, like wanting a cell phone and going and stealing it. The soul repeats a cycle of similar experiences oscillating between desire and action. But eventually, the soul learns that acquiring material things is not the right path in life.


This knowledge is Jnana Shakti. It has the ability to improve our behavior and make us perform righteous or dharmic actions.


The soul goes through worldly experiences, with desire leading to action, and it eventually leads to wisdom and better behavior on our part. This is how our soul matures over many births and moves closer to God.


Worshipping Murugan and the power of His Vel, which represents Jnana shakti, reveals to us the wisdom or lack of wisdom that inform our actions more quickly. In some Murugan temples, the Vel’s importance is clear from the fact that only the Vel is enshrined in the main sanctum.


Murugan’s blessings have great power. He can activate the kundalini force within the spine temporarily. The activated kundalini or serpent power (as it lies coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine) takes us deeper into our inner self. When this happens to someone, there may be no outward changes in their behavior, but inwardly, they may become more and more spiritual. But in the case of those in whom the kundalini is not active, they may shake a little and feel rather hot. However, it is temporary 


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