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Kundali-power becomes dynamic in the muladhara by intense thought-concentration in combination with the mantras, pranayama and bandhas, and passes upwards through the brahma nadi, by piercing chakra after chakra, and finally reaching the sahasrara. When Kundalini reaches a chakra, the head of the chakra turns upward and the whole contents of the chakra—mahabhuta, tanmatra, Deity, Power, everything—first becomes fully illuminated by the light from Kundalini, and then are absorbed into Kundalini. When Kundalini is roused, real concentration starts, and as she goes upward, it deepens more and more. Thought-concentration of the bhutashuddhi process becomes transformed into real concentration through roused Kundalini. When thought-concentration on Kundalini becomes most intense, the chakras automatically appear in consciousness. This is the indication that Kundalini is about to be roused.

Kundali-power becomes dynamic in the muladhara by intense thought-concentration in combination with the mantras, pranayama and bandhas, and passes upwards through the brahma nadi, by piercing chakra after chakra, and finally reaching the sahasrara. When Kundalini reaches a chakra, the head of the chakra turns upward and the whole contents of the chakra—mahabhuta, tanmatra, Deity, Power, everything—first becomes fully illuminated by the light from Kundalini, and then are absorbed into Kundalini. When Kundalini is roused, real concentration starts, and as she goes upward, it deepens more and more. Thought-concentration of the bhutashuddhi process becomes transformed into real concentration through roused Kundalini. When thought-concentration on Kundalini becomes most intense, the chakras automatically appear in consciousness. This is the indication that Kundalini is about to be roused.

Kundalini has been called Kundali-shakti (-power), that is, power in coil. The basic word is kunda or kundala meaning what is spiral or in coil. The term Kundalini or Kundali has been used in yoga in a technical sense, and can becalled the spiraliform power, or energy. So Kundalini may be called ‘spiraline’.We will elaborate the technical meaning of it later.

On the physical plane, all energy appears as chemical, mechanical andelectrical. Can we find any trace of Kundali-energy in muscular, nervous,glandular, respiratory, cardiac, alimentary and eliminative functions of the body,in cellular activities, at the atomic and subatomic levels? Is it possible to findthis energy playing a part in the mental field, in perception, intellection and affectivity?

Kundali-energy cannot be identified with the energy operating in the body at all its levels, or with the tissues and structures of the body. The energy functioning in the body is physicochemical in nature; it is derived from food, and when food is not supplied, it comes from the tissues of the body. So this energyis actually food-tissue energy. Food is converted into energy and tissues in thebody on the one side, and on the other, the tissues are converted into energy tomaintain the more vital parts of the body, as in inanition.

If Kundalini isidentified with the chemical energy, then it is also the tissues of the body. Such agross transformation of Kundalini is contradictory to its real nature.Is it possible to identify Kundalini with special forms of energy in the body? As, for example, muscular energy? Here, also the same objection arises.

Muscular energy is essentially chemical energy derived from food. Food alsobecomes a part of muscle. The energy is involved in muscular contraction.Contraction is initiated by motor nervous impulses. The nervous control is notpurely a nervous factor; with it the chemical factor is also involved, because atthe nerve endings acetylcholine is also released.

What about extraordinary muscular strength demonstrated by the hatha yogis without physical culture? The yogis are able to concentrate pranic force by pranayama and to direct it through the nervous mechanism to the skeletal muscles.

Can Kundalini-energy be identified with nerve energy? The energy system operating in the nervous system is not different from the other systems of the body. Basically, it is physicochemical, but the metabolism in the brain is slight incomparison with other parts of the body. This is why the brain is extremely resistant to the effects of inanition. Though its loss of mass is very slight, there isstill some loss, which indicates its dependence on chemical energy.

The electrical power, exhibited especially in nerve impulses, functions on the basis ofchemical energy, and not without it. Nerve impulses are intrinsically associated with the nerve structure. The electrical phenomena in the nerves may be areplication of the particles-energy system at the atomic level. Here too, theenergy is unconscious in nature, and is associated with extremely minute matterand these are inter-changeable. So Kundalini cannot be identified with the brainor any nerve structure or nerve energy.

The theory of the nonascent of Kundalini and Kundalini-emanation has beenspecially advanced by Professor Pramathanatha Mukhopadhyaya.Wiwekananda has clearly said that Kundalini, the coiled-up energy, can beroused and made active and consciously made to pass upward through thesushumna when it acts upon centre after centre. He further says that the rousingof Kundalini is the only means of attaining divine wisdom; and when it passesfrom centre to centre, layer after layer of the mind opens up.

He also admits thata minute portion of Kundalini energy can, as a small current, be set free and maypass through the sushumna. However, according to Wiwekananda, the rousing ofKundalini and its passing through the chakras are facts, and are intimatelyassociated with the lighting up of the dormant layers of the mind; but, undercertain conditions, some currents from Kundalini may pass through the sushumna.

The rousing of Kundalini in the muladhara and its ascent will not cause the total collapse of the living organism.

Prana is the dynamic counterpart of the coiled Kundalini. Prana is the energy-whole which creates mind, life and matter. The yantra—the real dynamic graphof the pranic operation—is the chakra system. The chakras and associated nadisform the nadi organization. Only a part of pranic energy is at play in the bodyand mind, which is required for the maintenance of vitality and mentationaccording to one’s capacity and possibility.

The pranic function at the commonlevel is an unconscious radiation of pranic energy from the chakras into thebody, and that aspect of the mind which is functionally connected with the brain.The chakras are the reservoirs of prodigious powers, which are ordinarily latent.

They can be unfolded by pranayama and concentration. These powers canmanifest in the body as great vital, nervous and muscular strength, and in themind as various unknown secret forces. They can also be manifested in the bodyin a wireless manner as superpowers. But still deeper, there is the coiled centralforce, remaining as static support of the central dynamism (prana) whichmaintains all dynamic expression of energies.

The uncoiling of the coiled central force is an extraordinary occurrence in thehuman mind and body, in thoughts and actions. It is like a flood of splendorousdivine force from which is being released a new form of consciousness which isnot modified by what is called matter at all its levels, and is not dependent uponthe mind which mentalizes consciousness. Because of the coiling, this latentcentral force is called Kundalini.

But the meaning of coiling or Kundalini is much deeper than its superficial significance, ‘latency’. Kundalini is in 3½ coils in the muladhara, in 8 coils, one coil in each of the eight chakras, in 3½ coils in the sahasrara and in 3½ coils beyond sahasrara. The first uncoiling of Kundalini takes place in the muladhara.

Second, the uncoiling of the eight-coiled Kundalini, third the uncoiling of the sahasrara Kundalini, and finally Kundalini beyond sahasrara takes place. The uncoiling is the process of dynamization of Kundalini occurring in four stages. When Kundalini is uncoiled it becomes the sole dynamism. This dynamism reaches a stage of bodilessness and mindlessness and again becomes static in the form of infinite, whole supreme-consciousness.

Kundalini emits radiations through the sushumna. Under thiscondition, the mind becomes spiritual in nature, and an urge is felt to make andkeep the body purified and vigorous.

In consciously rousing of Kundalini, it is felt and ‘seen’. The passage of Kundalini through the different chakras is felt and seen. When the roused Kundalini passes through the chakras, they are at first fully illuminated, and thenconcentration becomes deeper, and finally they are absorbed into Kundalini. Inthis way, all principles located in the different chakras are absorbed step by step.Ultimately, a stage is reached when there is nothing but Kundalini in its subtlest,splendorous and mindtranscendently conscious form.

The meaning of the subtlest is that Kundalini is subtler than anything else. In the material field, elementary particles are the minutest. But prana wayu is subtler than elementary particles. As prana wayu is absorbed into Kundalini, so the latter is subtler thanthe former. In a similar manner, the most refined mind is also absorbed intoKundalini, so it is subtler than mind. The subtler the power, the more forceful itis, and by its forcefulness it is able to absorb what is grosser than it.

So, Kundalini cannot function in the material, vital and mental fields, but it tends to absorb them, to create a nonmaterial, non-vital and nonmental stratum where it isin full power and in illumination.Kundalini is splendorous.

Kundalini-‘light’ has three aspects: sunlike brightlight by which subtle phenomena are illuminated and experienced in concentration; moonlike ‘cool’ light which deepens concentration; and firelike burning light which exhibits great absorption-power and develops absorptive concentration. Kundali-power is in the nature of illumination.

It first illuminates appropriate objects and then they are absorbed into it. When everything isabsorbed, Kundalini as Supreme and splendorous power remains, and this poweris all consciousness. This is not mental consciousness, as mind is fully absorbed into it. It is mindtranscendent consciousness—Kundalini-consciousness.

When mental consciousness operates in chitta, its material replica is found in the brain,and certain physical activities become conscious. Otherwise, nervous impulses,neuronal activities, organic and muscular actions, all are unconscious. The powerthat is capable of absorbing mind and radiates nonmental consciousness light isKundalini. Kundalini in its fullest manifestation is supreme consciousness.

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