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Meditation practice is associated with a purification and activation of the kundalini and the chakras or energy centers associated with it. In addition, there are other disciplines that specifically address the kundalini and the chakra energies. One of these practices is the Kuji-In.
Many sources caution the practitioner against focusing directly on activating the kundalini energy because doing so can manifest any corrupted versions of these energies. For example, activating the first or base chakra not only releases raw energy, but may also release and amplify any sexual issues, perversions, etc. Each center, seal or chakra has its characteristic traits, attributes, powers and for some individuals, residual personal imbalances that must be addressed and corrected. There can also be energy imbalances that result from incorrect application of a discipline or technique. The terms "kundalini syndrome" and "chi sickness" have been coined by physicians who address these phenomenon.
While these cautions are not something that should scare you, they should tell you that it is wise to proceed deliberately and with awareness. Each individual is unique in terms of the aspects of personal growth and Spiritual purification that they must address. Some will be able to progress faster than others. When one encounters resistance or emerging issues, it is best to proceed slowly and take as much time as needed to work it out. In other words, "do it right" the first time through. That, after all, is what the journey is all about.
Kuji-In is Japanese for nine symbols, nine syllables, nine seals or nine gates.
Nine Symbols = Nine Syllables = Nine Seals = Nine Gates = Nine Chakras = Nine Levels of Consciousness
The 9 hand seals (or Mudras) technique and its teachings are very ancient and may have preceded the Hindu religion. The earlier versions are believed to have been passed down orally, and then later recorded in Sanskrit. They are a practice attributed to the Hindu religion from its earliest times. It was devised as a way to bring the virtues of the Spirit into the physical experience. The nine hand seals practice was later adopted by Buddhism. The mudras remained the same, or similar, but Buddhist mantras where added. The original mantras were in Sanskrit. The Buddhist movement went to Tibet and China, where the tradition was passed on to the hermetic and esoteric groups. The techniques migrated from China and Tibet to Japan. In Japan, the kuji-in disciplines were adopted by esoteric Buddhism. The Ninja and some Samurai groups were practitioners of Buddhism. They adopted the Kuji-In practice into their martial arts with the focus on developing power. The Kuji-In mudras have been popularized in some of the ninja movies as the source of the special mental and psychic powers attributed to the mystical ninja.
The kuji-in technique is composed of a combination of the application of the mudra (hand postures), mantra (associated prayer or affirmation), and the mandala (the associated symbol or visualization). The goal of the kuji-in technique is the quest for knowing the truth about ourselves. It is a contemplation of higher principles, an application of noble behavior in our daily lives, and mental ability to perceive knowledge that is not studied, but revealed. The side effects of this revelation are the acquisition of strength, control, healing powers, telepathy, clairvoyance and the ability to manifest. As with any meditation practice, the results are formed and defined by the practitioner's intent.
This is a practice that can, if applied with a pure intent, accelerate enlightenment. The activation of kundalini and the purification of one's self are integral to this game plan.
It should not be surprising that a practice with such an ancient history that has diffused into so many cultures and religions over a very long period of time would have some variations in how it is practiced and understood. There are over 80 different versions of the kuji-in mudras in the various Japanese Buddhist sects alone.
In my own research and practice, I have made a few adjustments to this practice.
First, in some of the hand positions (Mudras), I connect the finger tips. The reason is that the finger tips are the termination points of meridians. When I experiment, I get a more powerful effect by doing this.
Second, I change the mantras to my own native language (English). My intent is to capture the meaning and intent with the affirmation. Some will make the argument that the mantras should only be spoken in the original Sanskrit. I don't dispute the argument, but I strongly urge anyone to not repeat affirmations or mantras that they don't understand. To get powerful results from this kind of practice, one needs to have a powerful intent and clear understanding invested in the practice and the words used in it. The meaning and intent of the affirmation or mantra must be understood and felt in order to get the proper effect from it.
Third, I use the chakras and the corresponding endocrine centers as the focus points. Some kuji-in practice descriptions correlate with this and some don't. Also, rather than attributing a color or image to visualize for the chakra, I suggest visualizing a white light and allowing it to form its own color and pattern. One can then observe its state and how it changes with practice.
I also correlate overlapping concepts from the Chinese energy system, Qi Gong, Pranayama and the Huna energy system. In addition to emphasizing commonality of concepts between cultures, I simplify as much as possible. This does not need to be hard.
NOTE: When one affirms something to the effect of "I am the divine consciousness" or anything similar, it should invoke a sense of humility ... not a sense of self importance. When we first become one with "God", "the Force", "Infinity", etc., we become, metaphorically speaking, the tail on the dog. The tail does not wag the dog. With practice and self purification, we may become the whole dog.
As with any Spiritual practice, Intent is of pre-eminent importance. You may also notice as you practice these mudras and mantras that your effects will be felt more quickly and powerfully when you combine energy enhancing exercises including but not limited to Qi Gong, Pranayama, Huna, Robert Bruce's energy development, etc.
Each of the Kuji-in practices has a correspondence with a chakra, energy center and level of consciousness. Each chakra corresponds to a physical endocrine gland. Edgar Cayce stated that each endocrine gland center is associated with and influenced by a particular afterlife realm through its associated astrological planetary correlation. According to Cayce, the planetary realm is not that of the physical planet, but a distinct plane that is inhabited. According to Cayce, each chakra and each astrological symbol is associated with a particular personality aspect in the individual.
The lowest endocrine gland in our body, the sexual glands, is associated with the lowest afterlife realm in the hierarchy of Spirit realms. The pituitary gland is associated with the highest afterlife realm in the hierarchy. The afterlife realm we travel to upon death is determined by the highest endocrine gland within our body that we have spiritually activated. Activation of the highest spiritual center, the pituitary gland, creates a Spiritual awakening and enlightenment that brings an awareness of our one-ness with God, the Infinite or the Source. We can achieve Spiritual enlightenment through meditation and any other experience that unites our awareness with that of God, or the one Source.
The Kuji-in meditations are a system of raising energy and raising consciousness. They are a means of stimulating the awakening and arising of the kundalini. The awakening of the kundalini requires the purification of the energy of the chakras. Therefore, doing the kuji-in meditations may stimulate chakra activity and bring any energy imbalances or unresolved issues to the practitioner's attention.
Practicing the Kuji-In
In the Indian energy system the basic energy is called Prana and the breathing practices used to concentrate and channel Prana are called Pranayama. In Indian Yoga, there are dozens of different breathing patterns intended to produce different effects. In the Chinese energy system, the basic energies are called Jing, Qi (or Chi), and Shen. In Taoist yoga, the two main energy circulations are the microcosmic orbit and the macrocosmic orbit, both focused on the conception vessel and governing vessel meridians. In addition, there are energy movement patterns incorporating the additional ten pairs of meridians. In the Huna energy system, the basic energies are called Mana, Mana Mana, and Mana Loa and the basic breathing pattern to concentrate and channel energy is called the Ha Rite. These different energy systems are really describing the same thing, only from the perspective of different cultures. Apparent differences result from slightly different emphasis or understanding developed in each culture and the inadequacies of record preservation and translation.
For the purposes of this practice, I recommend using what is basically the "yogic complete breath".
There are two hand positions commonly used with this syllable or chakra. In one, the middle fingers are extended while the other fingers turn inward with the finger tips touching. Some sources claim that this position is associated with a focus on the Spiritual aspects of this mudra. In the alternate position, the index fingers are extended instead. This alternate position is associated with a focus on power and a projection of power and is associated with martial arts applications. It is the second version with the index fingers extended that you see in ninja mudras.
The Rin focus point is half way between the anus and sexual organs, directly between the legs.Rin Visualization or Mandala
The visualization is fire or raw energy. Alternately visualize a bright light glowing at the focus point. Observe the color of the light or light pattern and not how it changes with practice.
Rin is associated with the first or root chakra, with strength of body and mind. Rin is associated with mental focus and energy generation. Rin is associated with being physically well and having a positive outlook, self confidence, trust in self and trust in the infinite.
The corresponding endocrine gland is the gonads. According to Edgar Cayce, the energy of the sexual glands, when misdirected, may bring sexual perversions and unbridled sensuality. If this Spiritual center is the highest center activated during a person's life, at death they may dwell in the corresponding afterlife realm associated with the planet Saturn. This afterlife realm can be referred to as the realm of earthly woes and is not a pleasant place. It is similar to the afterlife realm which is known by Catholics as purgatory, a place of cleansing, purification and starting over. Activating the root chakra brings one into the direct experience of any unresolved urges and unfinished business of a sexual nature. Once purified, the root chakra energy becomes a driving force for the activation of higher chakras and consciousness.As you activate this center, you may have to confront any unresolved sexual issues that you may have.
Japanese Kanji: On bai shira man taya sowaka
Sanskrit: Om vajraman taya swaha (Pronounced: Om vajramaanatayaa Swaha)
English Literal: O thunderbolt to / who has glory / sacrifice
"I am strong."
"I am empowered with vital energy".
"I am strong and powerful and I dedicate myself to service of the Spiritual Source and Oneness of All".
"I am strong, powerful, compassionate and humble".
"Divine Omnipotent energy and wisdom is permeating every aspect of my mind, body and Spirit."
"I am strong and powerful - I serve the Spiritual Source and Oneness of All".
"(Christian Version) Give us this day our daily bread.".
For the Kyo mudra, extend your index fingers and bend your middle fingers over your index fingers so that the tips of your thumbs are touching the tips of your middle fingers. Interlace all your other fingers with the finger tips touching.
The Kyo focus point is the second chakra which corresponds to the lower dantian in the Chinese energy system. The point is about 2 inches (3 finger widths) below the navel.
Visualize an intense bright white light that flows from the outside in with your inhalation and flows from the inside out with your exhalation. This is connecting your inner energy with the energy around you.
The Kyo Kuji-In activates the flow of energy within your body and outside of you in your environment.
The chakra associated with kyo is the second chakra. The corresponding endocrine gland is the leydig gland or cells of leydig. According to Edgar Cayce, the lyden (or leydig) gland, located above the sexual glands, is the starting point of the soul's activity toward higher levels of Spiritual consciousness. The second chakra is a door through which the soul may enter higher afterlife realms. This chakra is often referred to as the "seat of the soul", the point of entry and exit of the soul into a physical body.
In the meridian energy system, an energy center called the "lower dantian" is located here. This center is regarded as a reservoir where Jing or vital energy is stored. This energy also corresponds to Mana in the Huna energy system. According to Chinese tradition, Jing is stored in the kidneys and is the most dense energy within the body. Jing is said to be the material basis for the physical body and is, therefore, an important element in internal martial arts. The jing circulates through the eight extraordinary vessels and creates bone marrow and semen, among other functions.
According to Edgar Cayce, if this gland is the highest gland activated during a person's life, they will transition to the realm of Neptune at death. This afterlife realm is referred to as the realm of mysticism, where souls have the ability to have direct experience with the Creator and perceive the Creator. This gives the urges to seek the unusual, the mystical and the unseen forces around us. People who come to Earth from this realm seem peculiar to others and are many times misunderstood.
As you activate this center, you may have to confront any tendency you may have to being distracted by fascination or obsession with the mystical, psychic, Spiritual or occult realms.
Japanese Kanji: On isha naya in tara ya sowaka
Sanskrit: Om isha naya yantraya swaha (Pronounced: Om ishaanayaa yantrayaa Swaha!)
English Literal: O vigorous behavior instrument glory
"I am fearless."
"I know my deep Spiritual self and am not tempted by distractions."
"Divine energy flows through me and everything around me."
"Omnipotent Divine energy flows through me and creates all reality".
"I am one with the energy that creates all reality."
"(Christian Version) And lead us not into temptation."
For the toh mudra, point your thumbs and the last two fingers of both hands forward while keeping your index and middle fingers interlaced inside your hands with the finger tips touching. A second version is presented below.
For the second version of the toh mudra, the tips of the small and ring fingers are touching and pointed forward. The index finger touches the web between the middle and ring finger on both hands. The middle finger turns in to touch the tip of the index finger on both hands. The thumb tips are together and parallel. This is the variation shown in ninja presentations.
The Toh or third chakra focus point is the solar plexus or slightly below.
Visualize a bright light building and glowing brighter in the solar plexus. Observe the color and how it may change with practice.
The Toh Kuji-In enhances your positive relationship with your immediate environment and the universe, resulting in improved harmony and balance.
The chakra associated with Toh is the third or solar plexus chakra. The corresponding endocrine gland is the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys. Physiologically, they are two types of glands. The adrenal cortex secretes many hormones associated with inflammation, healing and mobilizing energy reserves and is controlled by the pituitary gland. The adrenal medulla is an extension of the sympathetic nervous system and secretes adrenaline. We are acutely aware of this center in times of stress, when it pours adrenaline into the blood stream to aid us in fighting or fleeing.
According to Edgar Cayce, the adrenals are the storehouse of our emotional karma. From these glands come the negative energy of anger and hatred and the positive energy of compassion and enthusiasm. If this gland is the highest activated during life, one will be able to dwell in the corresponding afterlife realm associated with the planet Mars. According to Cayce, this afterlife realm is referred to as the realm of anger. Cayce said this realm was the place to learn how to control the warrior-like power, aggressions and urges that each soul has the ability to project. People who come to Earth from this realm may bring with them anger, impulsiveness, and a temper. Such people may have an exalted opinion of themselves, but it makes them courageous.
As you activate this center, you may have to confront your emotional karma, unresolved anger and delusions of grandeur.
Japanese Kanji: On je te ra shi itara ji ba ra ta no-o sowaka
Sanskrit: Om jit rashi yatra jiva ratna swaha (Pronounced: Om jitraashi yatra jivaratna Swaha!)
English Literal: O conquering zodiac place life treasure glory
"I forgive all injuries, offenses and slights - past and present."
"I am one with the Infinite Divine Energy and in Harmony with the Universe."
"I am confident, enthusiastic and at peace."
"(Christian Version) And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us."
In the Sha mudra, the small and index fingers are extended and touching. The middle and ring fingers are intertwined inward with the finger tips touching. The thumbs are together with the tips touching. A second variation of this mudra is presented below.
In this version of the sha mudra, the tips of the small fingers are touching, parallel and projected forward. The tips of the ring fingers touch the web between the index and ring fingers on the opposite hands. The middle fingers curl inward to touch the tips of the ring fingers. The tips of the index fingers touch and project forward. The tips of the thumbs touch and project upward.
The Sha focus point is over the thymus gland, in the middle of the sternum, just below the manubrium or approximately on the horizontal line between the arm pits.
Visualize and feel a very bright light radiating from your chest. Observe the light to see the color or color patterns and note how they change with practice.
The chakra associated with Sha is the fourth or heart chakra. The Sha Kuji-In develops enhanced healing and regeneration influence and ability. This increased healing efficiency is the result of the higher levels of energy passing through our energy channels (Meridians) and heart chakra. This healing vibration will eventually radiate around you, causing other people to heal as you spend time with them.
The fourth or heart chakra is the crossroads between the higher Spiritual centers and realms and the lower centers and realms. At this level, energy is less structured and not encumbered by restrictive definitions, biases and polarities.
The corresponding endocrine gland is the thymus. Physiologically, the thymus is the heart of the immune system and secretes hormones important to healing, immune function and longevity. The thymus gland is associated with love. Love opens all doors. At this gland, love is awakened, bringing with it compassion, consideration, unselfishness, sincerity and honesty. This energy is associated with Qi or Chi in the Chinese system and Mana Mana in the Huna energetic system. In the Chinese system, the fourth chakra is associated with the middle dantian energy reservoir.
According to Edgar Cayce, if this gland is the highest gland activated during a person's life, they will be able to dwell in the afterlife realm associated with the planet Venus. According to Cayce, this afterlife realm can be referred to as the realm of love. Sympathy, the alleviating of hardships, the seeking of love, beauty and song are some influences that people from that realm possess. There is a strong attraction to the opposite sex.
According to Chinese tradition, Qi is stored in the liver. Qi is said to be the air or breath and is the vital life force for the physical body and is, therefore, an important element in internal martial arts.
As you activate this center, you may have to confront any unresolved issues you have with love, compassion, jealousy, romance, relationships and fascination with the opposite sex.
Japanese Kanji: On ha ya baï shi ra man ta ya sowaka
Sanskrit: Om vajraman taya swaha (Pronounced: Om vajramaanatayaa Swaha)
English Literal: O thunderbolt to / who has glory / sacrifice
"I am healed."
"The flow of Infinite Divine energy flows through me healing myself and others."
"I manifest profound healing of myself and others."
"My love is rich and unconditional."
"(Christian Version) Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.."
In the Kai hand position, the finger tips are touching the web between the fingers on the opposite hand. The thumbs are overlapping and touching the web between the thumb and index finger on the opposite hand.
The focus point is in the throat.
Visualize and feel a very bright light radiating from your throat. Observe the light to see the color or color patterns and note how they change with practice.
The chakra associated with the Kai Kuji-In is the fifth or throat chakra. The Kai Kuji-In will raise your awareness and help you to develop your intuition. The mudra is called “the outer bonds”. The outer bonds are the energy currents that precede every event.
The corresponding endocrine gland is the thyroid. Physiologically, the thyroid is the source of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones regulates metabolism. According to Cayce, the thyroid gland is related to will-power. Hyper-thyroidism, or overactive thyroid, may result from the misuse of the will for selfish and domineering purposes. When little effort is made to exercise the will at all, the result can be hypo-thyroidism. The energy of the thyroid gland opens the door into the psychic realms of consciousness.
According to Edgar Cayce, if this gland is the highest gland activated during a person's life, they will dwell in the afterlife realm associated with Uranus. According to Cayce, this afterlife realm is referred to as the realm of the psyche. Cayce said it was natural for every soul to have a sixth sense. The Uranus afterlife realm is where the soul develops psychic ability. Uranus is also the realm of extremes. It gives people who came from there an interest in the occult and psychic phenomena. Such people are prone to have times of smoothness and, at other times, periods of ecstasy and depression.
As you activate this center, you may have to confront any unresolved issues you have with mood swings, depression, drive, motivation, etc. You may also have to address any issues, preconceptions, blocks or biases that you may have toward psychic and intuitive experiences.
Japanese Kanji: On no-o maku san man da ba za ra dan kan
Sanskrit: Om namah samanta vajranam hâm (Pronounced: Om namah samanta vajranam ham!)
English Literal: O homage everything diamond hâm
"I am psychic."
"I see, feel and know the energy connections between myself, the Infinite and all things".
"I am strong energetic and focused."
"(Christian Version) Thy Kingdom come. "
In the Jin mudra, the small, ring and middle fingers are interlaced with the tips touching. The tips of the index fingers and thumbs are touching and the two circles formed are interlaced.
The focus point is the middle of the head between and slightly above the ears.
Visualize and feel a very bright light radiating from the center of your head directly behind your eyes. Observe the light to see the color or color patterns and note how they change over time.
The chakra associated with Jin is the sixth chakra. This mudra is used to open your mind to the thoughts that others project from their mental activity, or telepathy. It can help you gain an understanding of why people do the things they do. If you want to develop compassion you can use this mudra to enhance your empathy for others. If you don’t judge what you perceive, you will perceive with more clarity.
The corresponding endocrine gland is the pineal. According to Cayce, the pineal gland is situated a little above the pituitary gland and is the so-called "Mind of Christ" gland. When this gland has been truly awakened, one may experience Spiritual Holy Communion. It is by this gland that the mind of the soul meets the Holy Spirit. This gland, when stimulated daily through meditation, can bring seer-ship or prophecy.
According to Edgar Cayce, if this gland is the highest gland activated during a person's life, at death they will be able to dwell in the corresponding afterlife realm associated with the planet Mercury. Mercury is associated with high mental abilities. People who come to Earth from this realm are gifted souls who need to watch out for the temptation of self-aggrandizement or their abilities will be merely stumbling stones upon their path. Mercury brings understanding, specifically the understanding of the other spheres.
As you activate this center, you may have to confront any unresolved issues you have with a sense of self-importance, superiority, entitlement, etc.
Japanese Kanji: On aganaya in maya sowaka
Sanskrit: Om agnaya yan maya swaha (Pronounced: Om agnayaa yanmayaa Swaha!)
English Literal: O fire of Agni made of surnatural glory
"I am telepathic".
"Through the Infinite, I know the mind of each and all".
"I humbly recognize the oneness of all minds and respect and know them."
"I know the thoughts and intent of all".
"I am humble and knowing".
"(Christian Version) Hallowed be thy Name".
For the Retsu mudra, make a fist with the index finger extended. Wrap the fingers of the other hand around the index finger with the tip of the opposite thumb and index finger contacting the tip of the extended finger.Retsu Focus Point
The focus point is between the eyes and directly behind them.
Visualize and feel a very bright light radiating from the middle to the crown of your head. Observe the light to see the color or color patterns and note how they change over time.
The chakra associated with Retsu is the seventh chakra. The Retsu Kuji will alter your perception of gross matter so you will be able to perceive the different flows of energy composing our space-time multidimensional universe. All matter consists of energy waves and all matter is being continuously re-created!
The corresponding endocrine gland is the pituitary. The pituitary gland is the master gland of the body. It is situated between and behind the eyes at the base of the brain, acting as the third eye of ancient mysticism. It is through the pituitary gland, the highest endocrine gland, that ultimate awakening comes. It is through the energy of the pituitary gland that one may enter the very presence of God through meditation and prayer. This chakra is associated with the upper dantian energy reservoir in the Chinese energy system and the energy is called shen. In the Huna energy system, this energy is called mana loa.
If this gland is the highest gland activated during a person's life, at death they will be able to dwell in the corresponding afterlife realm associated with the planet Jupiter. According to Cayce, this afterlife realm is referred to as the realm of high mindedness and large groups. People who come to Earth from this realm may bring with them universality and ennoblement. They may turn their attention to large groups of people or nations. They can be expansive and may become blessed with wealth, which includes a wealth of friends, broad-mindedness, and the ability to consider others. They often have grand ideas and notions.
As you activate this center, you may have to confront any unresolved issues of self-centeredness and the temptations that may accompany personal charisma.
Japanese Kanji: On I ro ta ki cha no ga ji ba tai sowaka
Sanskrit: Om jyota hi chandoga jiva tay swaha (Pronounced: Om jyotihi chandoga jiva tay Swaha!)
English Literal: O lighting for chanting life stream glory / brilliance
"I am charismatic."
"I am one with the energy of manifested reality".
"I serve the Infinite."
"I am powerful, charismatic and humble".
"(Christian Version) Our Father, which art in heaven".
There is no corresponding endocrine gland or chakra in the human physical body for the Zai kuji. The focus point is above the head.
Visualize a large stream of light extending from the lower chakras and extending upward.
Practicing with the Zai kuji helps establish a relationship with the Universal components of creation: the elements. These elements are Spiritual as well as physical. This forms a basis for the power of manifestation. Visualize being in harmony with nature. Visualize the flow of energy from nature to you, and from you to nature. After a while, notice your increasing awareness that nature is alive, and that you can communicate with it. Nature will interact with you within the limits of natural law.
Japanese Kanji: On Chi ri Chi i ba ro ta ya sowaka
Sanskrit: Om sRj iva Rtaya swaha (Pronounced: Om srija iva ritaya Swaha!)
"I manifest reality."
"I see the consciousness of the laws of nature, and I am that consciousness."
"I am one with the consciousness of nature and all creation."
"I am in harmony with the elements of nature and use them to manifest".
In the Zen Mudra, the fingers are in a cupping position, one hand inside the other. The thumb tips are touching.
In the second version of the Zen mudra, one hand makes a fist and rests in the cup of the other hand with the thumb tips touching.
The Zen focus point is the open expanse of the heavens.
Visualize an infinite vast light filling an infinite vast void and feel yourself being a part of it.
Illumination is the highest state of mind. Illumination is a kind of Completeness, accomplished by Meditation. By using this practice, you can eventually disappear from the common mind. You are still there, of course, but others in the common mind cannot register your presence, because your vibration is higher than what their minds can recognize or interpret as real. To practice, imagine simple emptiness, calm white light everywhere; then visualize melding with the white light. It is believed that to the average person you might become invisible.
Japanese Kanji: On a ra ba sha no-o sowaka
Sanskrit: Om ah ra pa cha na dhi
"I am the void and the light".
The future is created in our minds. When we look forward into the future, it is sometimes wise to make some astute assessments and change course.
Science and technology are not good or evil but can be used for both. Who are we? What are we? What are we doing here? What are the secrets of life? Central to these questions is our connection to religion and Spirituality. The core is Spiritual faculties, psychic abilities, paranormal abilities, psi. How they are developed, suppressed, used or misused determines what we become; a dumb lump of flesh or a brilliant enlightened being.