kundalini

Swami Satyananda Saraswati
An inner experience is the manifestation of a deeper level of oneself. Dream, of course, is an experience. Your dreams may be schizophrenic but that is an expression of your own self. Thought is also a concept or expression of your own self. A piece of music is an expression of yourself, whether you compose it or just admire it. A painting or sculpture is a concept of yourself whether you create it or just admire it. That means the external world is a manifestation of your inner experience. And you can improve this experience to any extent. You can also bring about deterioration of this experience. When everything is hopeless outside, that is your experience of yourself, and if everything is beautiful outside, that is also your experience of yourself. ABOUT KUNDALINI YOGA: Yoga realizes that man is not only the mind, he is body as well. Therefore man does not experience happiness only through the mind. The body is also real and it is a part of his personality. Just by improving the condition of the body however, man will not necessarily enable his mind to experience happiness either. This is because he is not only the body and mind, he is emotion and desire as well. He is something beyond the mind or psyche. Therefore, yoga has been designed in such a way that it can complete the process of evolution of the personality in every possible direction. That is why yoga has so many branches - hatha yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, raja yoga, gyana yoga, kundalini yoga, and so on. A combined, integrated practice of yoga in one's life will definitely ensure a better quality of experience within you and without. Every seeker and practitioner on the path of yoga must remember that the various paths of yoga are to improve the quality of head, heart and hand. However, yoga does not end with the development of the personality. One level of the personality is dependent on this mind, this body and these emotions, but there is another deeper part of the personality which you have to develop with another kind of mind and emotion. This requires a special process, and that process is known as kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga is a part of the tantric tradition. Even though you may have already been introduced to yoga, it is necessary to know something about tantra also. Tantra says that the range of mental experience can be broadened. With the help of the senses, your mind can have an experience based on an object. There can be an experience within the framework of time, space and object, but there can also be an experience beyond the framework of time, space and object. The second form of experience can happen when the present mind expands beyond its given definitions and borders, and when this experience occurs, energy is released from yourself. Since the dawn of creation, the tantrics and yogis have realized that in this physical body

prime minister. Many people. chemicals and other things they consider to be speedy alternatives. With the evolution of the natural forces in man. Kundalini is a biological substance that exists within the framework of the body. each and every thing has to be reoriented. The seat of kundalini is a small gland at the base of the spinal cord. In India the entire cultural setup was once organized to facilitate this explosion. this gland has now come to a point where man can explode it. not only are the practices of yoga required. philosophical or transcendental. each of us should . Quite a number of people have awakened this supernatural force and they have been called rishis. but towards. That is why this transcendental philosophy begins with the basic considerations of diet and yogic physiology. saint. Kundalini is not a myth or an illusion. yogis. governor or president. This reorientation has to be undertaken with the purpose of expanding the mind and opening new doors of experience. not only are you blessed with visions and psychic experiences. through yoga and tantra. Or you could become an outstanding leader. Its awakening generates electrical impulses throughout the whole body and these impulses can be detected by modern scientific instruments and machines. The awakening of kundalini affects the whole area of the human mind and behavior. the greater intelligence is aroused from its sleep and you can give birth to a new range of creativity. but they are not practical and systematic because they think they can transcend the role of the body in the realm of evolution. prophets. this ultimate awakening. For the awakening of kundalini. siddhas and various other names according to the time. It is not a hypothesis or a hypnotic suggestion. tradition and culture. the awakening of kundalini takes place. a brilliant writer or poet. In the final evolution of mind. a process of metamorphosis occurs in the realm of nature and in the realm of spirit. It is not psychological. inspired artist or musician.there is a potential force. This kundalini is the greatest discovery of tantra and yoga. a clairvoyant or messiah. you cannot ignore either the body or the mind. You cannot even ignore the nose. so that it can lead us not away from. it is a dynamic potential force in the material body. encouraged by this type of philosophy take to drugs. then the entire social structure has to be reorganized and millions of people all over the world have to be told the purpose of their existence. and it is called kundalini. The whole life from the time of conception to the moment when you leave the body. If this awakening is to become a universal event. They are very serious people I believe. The elements of the physical body change and the elements of the mental body also. With the awakening of kundalini. Therefore. the stomach or the digestive system. When. matter and man. You will see in this book how even the instinctive and emotional interaction between man and woman must be revised and refined. When kundalini awakens. you could become a prophet.

if you are deaf. whatever sadhana you do now might start an awakening in anahata or some other chakra. you will never hear. and even if you press it. man witnessed many transcendental happenings.consider the importance and the benefits of awakening kundalini. communion. angels or divinities. To awaken kundalini you must prepare yourself through yogic techniques. moksha. the central nervous canal. However. Our present consciousness is not independent. Once the multipetalled lotus of sahasrara blossoms. Although kundalini is said to reside in mooladhara chakra. goddesses. He saw that in some people it was dormant. the energy wakes up and makes its way through sushumna nadi. in the cervix. or he may even have seen his own dreams manifesting into realities. kundalini can be equated with the awakening of the silent areas of the brain. Therefore. kundalini is a dormant energy. So he wanted to discover why everybody seemed to be different. As kundalini ascends. kriya yoga and meditation. Kundalini is the name of a sleeping dormant potential force in the human organism and it is situated at the root of the spinal column. In the female body its location is at the root of the uterus. is another. With the awakening of kundalini there is an explosion in the brain as the dormant or sleeping areas start blossoming like flowers. and we should make a resolve to awaken this great shakti. and awakening in sahasrara. awakening of kundalini in mooladhara chakra is one thing. However. whether you call it samadhi. nirvana. the highest center of the brain. In the course of his investigations. Sometimes he was able to read the thoughts of others. to the brain. when the superconsciousness emerges. as the mind depends on the information supplied by the senses. manipura or anahata chakra. It is a small gland which you can even take out and press. a new consciousness dawns. IN NUTSHELL ± WHOLE PROCESS: Everybody should know something about kundalini as it represents the coming consciousness of mankind. it was actually awakened. man came to understand that within every individual there is a special form of energy. However. . Whatever happens in spiritual life. If you have no eyes. experience becomes completely independent and knowledge also becomes completely independent. and in some of us kundalini may have already reached swadhisthana. Then. it will not explode like a bomb. when you are able to force your prana into the seat of kundalini. Then he discovered prana and called it prana shakti. in others it was evolving and in a very small minority of people. it is related to the awakening ot kundalini. If this is so. You must practise asanas. we are all at different stages of evolution. In tantra they called it kundalini. you can never see. And the goal of every form of spiritual life. one person could fight on the battlefield for days together and another person couldn't even get up from his bed. man named this energy after gods. Originally. In the masculine body it is in the perineum. between the urinary and excretory organs. HOW WAS IT DISCOVERED: Right from the beginning of creation. it passes through each of the chakras which are interconnected with the different silent areas of the brain. He pondered over the fact that some people could write inspiring poems or compose beautiful music whereas others couldn't. he witnessed somebody else's predictions coming true. pranayama. This center is known as mooladhara chakra and it is actually a physical structure.

Then there is the emergence of Durga. is awakened she goes up to meet the further manifestation. the awakening of Kali has been described in great detail. When the devas hold prayers to pacify Kali. monsters. the concept of the serpent power is represented in monuments and ancient artifacts. but Kali roars ferociously. wearing a mala of 108 human skulls. it completely subdues the individual soul. the unconscious power of man. When Kali. it is infinite. representing the 52 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. These heads are generally 52 in number. In Scandinavian. liberation or whatever. the superconscious. European. black or smoky in color. Durga wears a mala of human heads to symbolize her wisdom and power. kaivalya. They do not know what she is going to do. throwing him down and standing on his chest with her mouth wide open. etc. By this specific gesture. Durga is a beautiful goddess seated on a tiger. rather. In the philosophy of Shaivism. they are their origin. In Hindu mythology. she becomes calm and quiet. It sometimes happens that by mental instability some people get in contact with their unconscious body and see inauspicious. . representing the memories of different births. for she represents the kinetic aspect. more refined and benign symbol of the unconscious. represented by her standing on Lord Shiva. Kali is a female deity. The sacrificial sword and the severed head held by the left hand are the symbols of dissolution. Allegory of durga and kali in hindu mythology: When kundalini has just awakened and you are not able to handle it. Latin American and Middle Eastern countries and many different civilizations of the world. Durga is the remover of all evil consequences of life and the giver of power and peace that is released from mooladhara. the masculine being the static which is activated only through her power. She has 8 hands representing the eightfold elements of man. it is called Durga. we can conceive kundalini in any manner we like because actually. the concept of kundalini is represented by the shivalingam. bestowing glory and beauty. The sadhaka worships the cosmic power in its female form.union. Darkness and death are by no means the mere absence of light and life. Kali. naked. all the gods and demons are stunned and everybody keeps quiet. This means kundalini was known to people from all parts of the world in the past. When you can handle it and are able to use it for beneficial purposes and you become powerful on account of it. the higher. ferocious elements . it is called Kali. Kali's lolling tongue of blood red color signifies the rajo guna whose circular movement gives impetus to all creative activities. the first manifestation of the unconscious kundalini is a terrible power. However.ghosts. being Durga. They ask Lord Shiva to pacify her. is in fact awakening of kundalini. the oval-shaped stone or pillar with a snake coiled around it. thirsty for flesh and blood. According to yoga philosophy. prana has no form or dimension. When Kali rises in red anger. she is exhorting the sadhakas to control their rajo guna. which are the outer manifestations of Shabda Brahma or Brahma in the form of sound.

All your karmas undergo a process of integration. Generally they are positive.MEANING OF 3 ½ COIL OF KUNDALINI : The meaning of the 3 1/2 coils of the serpent is as follows: The 3 coils represent the 3 matras of Om. warriors. It is the same energy that is expressed when someone composes or plays beautiful music. Just as in reproduction a new life is created. It has little to do with one's moral. So. But if you want to awaken kundalini in order to enjoy communion between Shiva and Shakti. but it expresses itself differently through the individual psychic centers or chakras . These are all expressions of the same creative energy. which relate to past. It is the same energy which is expressed in all parts of life. The 1/2 coil represents the state of transcendence. it is the energy of self-expression. then please go ahead with your own destiny. whether it is building up a business. with the awakening of kundalini. there is dawning of creative intelligence and an awakening of supramental faculties. and to the 3 types of experience: subjective experience. a transformation takes place in life. present and future. Metamorphosis during awakening : With the awakening of kundalini. sleeping and dreaming. in the same way. where there is neither waking. If you want to awaken kundalini for psychic powers. It is very simple to understand. writers. the physical body actually undergoes many changes. the actual communion between the two great forces . When you were a child you loved toys. fulfilling the family duties or reaching whatever goal you aspire for. not only visions of God take place. Kundalini is the creative energy. but why don't you love them now? Because your mind has changed and consequently. Refining of the expression of this energy at higher and more subtle levels of vibration represents the ascent of human consciousness to its highest possibilities. to the 3 states of consciousness: waking. By activating kundalini you may become anything in life. sensual experience and absence of experience. more subtle realm. painters. rajas and sattva. sleeping nor dreaming. When kundalini wakes up your mind changes and your priorities and attachments also change. the most important thing is that you have a reason or an aim. the transformation of cells in the body and brain takes place at a much higher rate than normal. but poets. Not only saints and sadhus. When the shakti wakes up. religious or ethical life. The voice changes. In fact. the 3 1/2 coils signify the total experience of the universe and the experience of transcendence. a metamorphosis takes place. These are just a few observations. With the awakening of kundalini. your attachments have also changed. Aim of awakening: If you want to take up the practice of kundalini yoga. So. to create a theory like relativity. anyone can awaken their kundalini. they can be negative also. someone like Einstein uses that same energy in a different. the cells in the body are completely charged and a process of rejuvenation also starts.first in gross instinctive ways and then in progressively more subtle ways. the smell of the body changes and the hormonal secretions also change. There is even the possibility of restructuring the entire physical body. It has more to do with the quality of our experiences and perceptions. The energy of kundalini is one energy. to the 3 gunas: tamas. When kundalini awakens. KUNDALINI ± ENERGY OF CREATIVITY:There are many people who have awakened their kundalini. but if your guru is not cautious.

In the Vedas. This unconscious awareness of man then has to pass through different phases and becomes one with the cosmic awareness in the highest realm of existence. the seat of the unconscious. this supreme seat is called hiranyagarbha. Immediately below this center of supreme consciousness. at the base of the spine. at the level of bhrumadhya. there is another psychic center "the third eye" or ajna chakra. the superconscious or transcendental body at the crown of the head. the master gland situated within the brain. the psychic passage within the spinal column. The supreme awareness or Shiva is considered to be seated in sahasrara. How and where is the concept of kundalini related to the supreme consciousness? The serpent power is considered to arise from the unconscious state in mooladhara. Evolution at fast track .within you. via sushumna. where the concepts of time. mental and spiritual evolution. every cell of his body is charged with the high voltage prana of kundalini. . you are compensating with the laws of nature and speeding up the pace of your physical. man is no longer a gross physical body operating with a lower mind and low voltage prana. which corresponds to the pineal gland. This is the seat of intuitive knowledge. Once the great shakti 17 awakens. Kundalini Physiology Kundalini or the serpent power does not belong to the physical body. and if you want to understand the truth behind the appearance. it is the connecting link between the lowest unconscious seat of power and the highest center of illumination within the individual. and if the purpose of your pilgrimage is very great. though it is connected to it.By means of kundalini awakening. as well as the Tantras. Therefore. Its abode is actually in the causal body. and if you want to enter samadhi and experience the absolute in the cosmos. Nor can it be discovered in the mental body or even the astral body. Instead. then there is nothing that can come to you as an obstacle. Ajna chakra is important because it is simultaneously connected with the seat of supreme consciousness in sahasrara and with mooladhara. the eyebrow center. the womb of consciousness. It corresponds to the pituitary body. This center lies on top of the spinal column. space and object are completely lost.

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