Snakes and Mysticism

Sadhguru talks about the connection between mysticism and snakes, and the power and energy of this mysterious creature.
 

Sadhguru talks about the connection between mysticism and snakes, and the power and energy of this mysterious creature.

Sadhguru: Mysticism and snakes cannot be separated. Wherever there was an exploration or experience of mysticism – in the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Crete, Egypt, Cambodia, Vietnam, and of course India – snakes were always there. There is no Indian temple without a snake. One aspect of it is symbolism, because in yoga, a coiled-up snake symbolizes kundalini. But the reason for this symbolic status is because when celestial beings – those who are in consciousness and capability superior to human nature – entered this dimension of existence, they always took the form of a snake. This finds mention in every mythology on the planet. In India, there are innumerable stories, starting from Shiva being a Naga Bhooshana.

A sketch of two entwined snakes depicted on a vase offered to a Mesopotamian deity around 4000 years ago

Mysticism is a certain dimension of perception and the snake has come endowed with that capability. That is why the highest form of perception, which is the opening of the third eye in Shiva’s forehead, is punctuated by the presence of the snake. A reptile would usually be crawling on the ground, but Shiva has it over his head to indicate that, “In some ways, he is even better than me.” Every culture has recognized this in one way or the other. There are a number of stories of snakes and the role they played in our culture.

In mythology, there are Naga Lokas in the netherworld – a whole society of not just snakes, but human beings who belong to the snake clan. They are known as Nagas, and they played a very important role in shaping the consciousness of this nation and many other cultures. Historically, we know that the great temples of Angkor in Cambodia were built by Naga descendants. They went from India, intermarried with the indigenous people, and established a kingdom. Nagas were ruled by queens, not kings, as they were matriarchal families. Later on, Kaundinya, a Brahmin king from India, went and defeated the Naga queen.

Human beings who are very deeply associated with snakes exist even today. I am one of them – not a Naga, but my life and snakes cannot be separated. Every significant event in my life is always punctuated by the presence of a snake.

An Ear to the Ground

If one becomes very meditative, the first creature which is drawn towards that is a snake. This is the reason why you always see images of sages and seers with snakes around. It has such a sense of perception that it can perceive certain dimensions which human beings are longing and desperate to know.

During the Dhyanalinga consecration, when we were consecrating the Vishuddhi chakra, over 400 people had gathered, but one snake would somehow creep through the crowd and come to us. Any number of times we picked it up and left it out in the forest, but within half-an-hour he would be back again. He did not want to miss the consecration!

The snake is the first creature which will know even the slightest fundamental change that happens on this planet, because his whole body is in touch with the ground. He has no ears; he is stone-deaf, so he uses his whole body as an ear. He truly puts his ear to the ground. If there is going to be an earthquake in California, a snake in the Velliangiri Mountains can tell you this at least 30 to 40 days ahead of time. Its sense of perception with regard to the planet is so very keen and sharp.

Left: The Egyptian goddess Isis is represented as a snake in this approximately 2000-year old relief.
Right: The snake depicted above the threshold of Linga Bhairavi.

All the Goddesses in the world – the Middle Eastern, North African, Mesopotamian, South Asian, Central European – are always symbolized together with snakes. At Linga Bhairavi, sarpa seva is available for people every full moon day. Here, the two snakes are in an embrace. They are not in entanglement. An embrace happens out of involvement. Entanglement happens out of compulsive needs. They are in a certain embrace and a certain dance to bring this forth into everyone’s life. Once a month, these snakes are filled with the earth taken from a termite mound mixed with certain other substances. This is a way of making use of the snake to enhance one’s perception.

Sarpa Seva

Sarpa Seva is an offering made to the intertwined Divine Sarpas at Linga Bhairavi, by any two individuals who share a relationship, such as husband and wife, brother and sister, or business partners. This arpana can bring significant transformation in their relationship. It also aids in building a strong constitution and improves fertility.
Sarpa Seva is also available for those seeking to ward off naga dosha, marital obstacles, major hurdles, lack of prosperity or progress, and chronic ill-health.

Ningizzida (Sketch of inter-twined snakes)
Isis-Thermoutis_Louvre_E25950 (Green snake)

 
 
 
 
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5 years 1 month ago

Revelation 12:9 - And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

3 years 7 months ago

And what is this Lucifer...

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5 years 1 month ago

There was a snake which crawled under my bike n settled unset my seat. When the professionals rescued it he was shocked to see a "V" Mark on its hood instead of the regular u shape. It also had white neck. Can u please guide me as what does this means ?

6 years 2 months ago

Pranam everyone, I am also afraid of snakes, why we all have this instinct and is the same for all of us.

4 years 3 months ago

Elizabeth folowing ideas of guru longer time and its pure luciferianism, may be his followers should ask him what kind of deliberation he offers to them. Idolatry, constant denying of existence of god etc. And the end Gurudhi every normal person knows that snake is pagan symbol for Lucifer.

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5 years 1 month ago

Revelation 12:9 - And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him..

3 years 6 months ago

Believe it or not we Humans are also part of large web of life,if we disturb/cut one life form entire web will collapse.Our forefathers knew it.Take an ex: Today's by saving Tigers (Apex predators) we are saving entire ecosystem like that Hindu philosophers gave Elephant (Apex of Apex) as God Ganesh form so that we saved their jungles then so all animals under him.

Then comes our King Cobra.KC is an apex in Snake family (main food is snakes) by saving this we maintain healthy rodents&other snakes.

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6 years 5 months ago

beautiful depiction of nagas by it RAJA!

5 years 1 month ago

A beautiful and article on Nag devta ..... very enlightening ...Thanks a lot.

6 years 2 months ago

One reason is, the snake is so different from other animals. Every animal except the snake as a face, and limbs, this is the only one that does not. And the fact that it moves in a sinuous fashion adds to the mystery/fear.

Plus, snakes are poisonous and people have died of snake bite. So fear of snakes is also because of the fear of death.

4 years 3 months ago

I guess you mean Kalasarp Dosha not Yoga.

5 years 1 month ago

Yes it is true that devils are symbolized as snakes in Bible.

2 years 10 months ago

By 'normal' person you mean Christian? That is just one belief system. In Indian and Asian culture the snake represents something entirely different. I'm sorry but your comments are simply ignorant. Please read about other cultures before you comment.

6 years 5 months ago

very good article but one small doubt why bible showing snake as evil.....

4 years 9 months ago

Om Bujangabhushanaya Namaha , I bow down

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6 years ago

I think you have read SRI M 's book. Yes this is mentioned there. I am too wondering if the above article is true for snakes right now living on earth.

4 years ago

On my, you are totally brainwashed by bible & its stories,you don't have an unbiased outlook to u derstand truth, to start with try questioning all your beliefs,find answers....

5 years 1 month ago

See what Bible says about snakes..

Revelation 12:9 - And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

2 years 6 months ago

I feel two snakes flowing through my makara point in the middle of my forehead
I've never tried kundalini yoga
But since childhood I got many questions like this unanswered

6 years 5 months ago

But why only King-Cobras, or Cobras worshipped? Why are they called 'Nalla' Paambu (which means Good Snake in Tamil)?

4 years 5 months ago

Its a beautiful book equivalent to the "Autobioagrahy of a Yogi". The book is a must read for all the Yogis and its called "Apprentice to the Himalayan Master" by Shri M. Eagerly waiting for it second part.

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5 years 10 months ago

My dream was of the milky way that stella clusters in a certain area formed a serpant's or dragon's head that was looking right at me. Can't seem to get a meaning for this anywhere

3 years 7 months ago

The old testament "jahweh" shows characteristics of being a jealous person. He clearly incites believers to kill people who worship other gods. Similar to what radical muslims today say "allah" orders them to do.

5 years 1 month ago

there is also a mystic of a half snake half human being, which was born by a human years before i was born near my village and they where twins but the other was a real human. it is said that he possessed great powers and helped the natives out in several ways but after some time when the natives started paying less attention to him then he vanished and he is believed to currently live in some mountain some kilo metres far away

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6 years 5 months ago

Thank you Sadhguru I was seeking the meaning of a snake's depiction in our Mythology. You answered my question.

4 years 5 months ago

You are asking Sadhguru why you are afraid of Snakes ? How would he know whats going on in your brain? :)

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5 years 9 months ago

My Totem in this lifetime, thanks for this lesson.

3 years 7 months ago

Just 1,00,000 + 20,000 years to decend to their dimension and then we would see how great they are.... Well I don't know what's with the Hinduism and sooo large numbers

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I've always been drawn to the tortoise and I have been around them all my life I wonder what that means?

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6 years 5 months ago

Why is fear associated with snake always......me too fear hearing, seeing the 'snake'....
Wat does it mean when you see snake in your dreams? Or even you see a snake?

4 years 5 months ago

Introduced by Africa? Nagas are from a different planet altogether according to some yogis.

5 years 9 months ago

Hi Shankar / Sullivan, could you pls name this book. I m interested to read this book about Nagas. (Regards, Sidd)

3 years 7 months ago

Man sarovar subhar JAL hansa kalil karahi, mukta fal mukta chuge, an UDI anat na jaahi....

Swan is representing soul, Atma and so on.... When mati is in control a being sees his true form in it and gets realises.

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6 years 5 months ago

If they have so much of importance then why most people are afraid of snakes (including me).. Can Sadhguru pls enlighten on this?

4 years 5 months ago

Namskaram Sadhguru, the significance of manasa devi and is it part of linga bhairavi devi temple?

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5 years 5 months ago

Dear Sadhguru,

I am babujee from urapakkam. In my house nalla
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3 years 7 months ago

Sadhguru, pranam.
I see snakes in my dreams. I do conversation with them. It is as though I am understanding everything that they are saying. And as soon as the conservation is about to end they turn to human forms and I regain conciousness. This has happened many times. What does these dreams signify?

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6 years 5 months ago

this is a really good article Sadhguru because it explains a lot but snakes just like other animals have their own meaning in every culture and practice but we should not forget to respect them for they too are creatures that have life.

4 years 3 months ago

Sadhguru,

My question is around this point

" If there is going to be an earthquake in California, a snake in the Velliangiri Mountains can tell you this at least 30 to 40 days ahead of time. "

If above message is fact, why no body under the sky including so called snake didn't give warning to us to be alert :( which could have save 1000s of people ?

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3 years 7 months ago

Thank you, what is Mati?

In my mind, I thought the snake is a reduction of the swan's perfect form. could the snake represent the male energy, and the swan represent both the male and the female energy? Or something like that.

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6 years 5 months ago

Sadguru, Pranams.
Like you are teaching us various aspects of life, would it be possible to teach us as to how to catch a snake and send it back to a safe place and similary how to treat snake bites.
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4 years 3 months ago

Sadhguru, would you please tell us something about the significance of the swan? is it similar, or opposing, or different from that of the snake? thank you

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5 years 1 month ago

Hi, please see what Bible says about snakes. :)

Revelation 12:9 - "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." [Yes,Bible says devil or evil celestial beings symbolized as snake in Bible were thrown out of heaven were thrown into our planet earth.Bible also says they deceive the whole world.Yes, people worship snake in many nations.It is self explanatory whom they are worshiping by worshiping snakes.They are worshiping devil itself. Hindu God's have snake on their heads and necks because they belong to this category of devils. I also didn't know this truth. But after reading your blog it became so clear.Thank you for that, thank God for that :).Hi, this msg is for u...turn from evil and believe in God. Read Bible and understand the truth.May God bless you.

3 years 7 months ago

Some answers are better experienced, just do Isha Kriya. There is one state when a man himself is knowledge. Just go for that.. And said that, I am no expert but what I feel will share with you... Swan became a representation of many saints and sages to explain Bhram, soul or so in Bhakti movement...
And snakes not simple one but devine are certainly things above my comprehension... Have you seen people at temples like Mehendipur Balaji, well those freaks are not acting. Most of them might be but not all of them. When I did Isha Kriya for the first time, well the energy that got into me was not common and I am instructed by those being to persue my spirituality after I am 55. So just try Isha Kriya but only till you body can support it. Any involuntary movement, just stop it and do next step under people who are expert (and am not one). As for mati its born out of 5 senses, which causes imagination into Bhuddhi if let free. Bhuddhi is link of soul and body.

5 years 1 month ago

thanx for sharing this article ...but would like to know how clear nag dosha...?

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6 years 5 months ago

I dont know why Sadhguru doesnt mention this, probably it might be intentional. I would like to share it to the readers.

I have read this in one of the books of a great yogi that Nagaloka is a real plante and its in our milky way still inhabitated by snakes. The king of the loka is Ananthnag (six headed) and one of its chief head is Nagaraj who is electric blue in color. And that these snakes used to visit us long back and have taught mankind about the spiritual process. But after a while we got smarter we started using these skills against them. When these things started happening most of them went back to their planet baring a few who stayed back and still wanted to help. And of course most of the snakes who are left, are actually their descendants who lost all the powers after millions of years of evolution. It seems these "celestial snakes" still do come to visit those people who are in spiritual path and who sincerely seek guidance.

Sadhguru also mentioned about snake visiting him and curing him of his liver ailment. I wonder why he doesn't talk about all this any more. I am going to ask him about this when i have his darshan next time.

4 years 3 months ago

Dear sadgurui what is kalasarpa yoga? Asha gopan from trivandrum

5 years 1 month ago

Hi all,see what Bible says about snakes :)

Revelation 12:9 - "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

3 years 7 months ago

I crave to be at Isha Foundation but never got chance... I live at Rajasthan and Tamil nadu is distant for me... If you get chance just visit it once... I am certain that you might change completely.

5 years 1 month ago

So does that mean the India civilisation as we know it was actually introduced by Africa? As Nagas originally came from Africa?

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6 years 3 months ago

Sadhguru can you please tell us about Kalsarpa, does it really exist? And why to people do Narayan Nag bali pooja to ward it off? People in my family believe that they suffer from the Kalsarpa yoga, personally i don't believe it.

4 years 3 months ago

Sadhguru may I have direct question are you worshiper of Lucifer? as every normal person knows its a pagan symbol of him. I follow your ideas and opinions and i see clearly influence of this "prince of light" which is totally contradiction with Lords (god) will and his Word. If yes its your business, but your followers should know what kind of deliberation are you offering.

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