Is the Holy Spirit confused with Kundalini Shakti during many healing ministries? The comparative study of spiritual manifestations among Christian charismatics and the followers of Hinduism
Healing ministries, typical of Christian charismatics in many different denominations, gained popularity over the past 50 years with the expansion of Neo-Pentecostalism in Protestant communities as well as the Charismatic Renewal among the Catholic Church. According to Christian as well as Hindu preachers, healing of the body, mind, and soul seems to be indispensable for one’s spiritual growth. In order for the follower to be healed, a supernatural force needs to be employed. Christians associate this particular entity with the Holy Spirit, whereas the followers of Hinduism – with Kundalini Shakti. What appears to be interesting is the fact that although these two religions differ to a great extent, the symptoms of the spiritual awakening are similar. The aim of this study is to analyze the actions ascribed to the Holy Spirit during the so- called healing ministries and compare them with the manifestations of Kundalini Shakti that can be observed during the Hindu ceremony known as Shaktipat.