Kundalini can rise, activating each chakra, and realizing Samadhi. The ability to maintain or access this union gives spiritual liberation and is the fully awakened Kundalini. Kundalini energy is like a rocket; it may eventually transcend gravity
“According to Tantra, the human being is a miniature universe. All that is found in the cosmos can be found within each individual, and the same principles that apply to the universe apply in the case of the individual being. In human beings, Shakti, the feminine aspect is called Kundalini. This potential energy is said to rest at the base of the spinal cord.
The object of the Tantric practice of Kundalini-yoga is to awaken this cosmic energy and make it ascend through the psychic centres, the chakras, that lie along the axis of the spine as consciousness potentials. She will then unite above the crown of the head with Shiva the pure consciousness. This union is the aim of Kundalini-yoga : a resolution of duality into unity again, a fusion with the Absolute. By this union the adept attains liberation while living which is considered in Indian life to be the highest experience: an union of the individual with the universe.”
The point is then that through the practice of the ten madras, the kunda-lini awakens and opens the doorway to liberation. Shakti-Pat starts the process off but only a determined aspirant of Yoga will continue following the yamas and niyamas, asanas, prana-yamas and madras long enough so that the Kundalini will awaken on its own.
Even then, the guidance of a Gun is usually necessary to understand what has happened. SPIRITUAL ENERGY CENTER Most aspirants, upon receiving Shakti-pat. experience automatic asanas, pranayamas and madras with-in a week or two.
These are caused by prana flowing through the front middle path acitvating the various chakras (spiritual energy cetners) and trigger-ing the nerves and thereby causing the limbs to move and the breath to be controlled. Sadhaks (aspirants) should not think that this is kundalini; it is prana.
Kundalini, on the other hand, works only in the back middle path—the Sushumna. Pranas job is to purify; Kundalini’s work is evolutionary. From the foregoing, it is clear that a Guru does not awaken kundalini by Shakti-Pat Diksha, but that it awakens only by the purifying action of asanas. pranayamas and especially the mudras.
The third point is that trance is not samadhi. By prana rising through the body. causing asanas, pranayamas and madras, it eventually becomes steady at the throat chakra. It can go no higher because the front middle path (the pathway for prank energy) ends at the throat. If one tries to continue at this point, without awakening the kundalini (back middle path), Murcha (Yogic swoon) or Nidra (Yogic sleep) results.
Yoga is the cessation of modifications In the consciousness.
This means. A fusion of cognize-. cognition. and the cognized. as in a transparent cry-stal. takes place for one whose mind is nearly annihilated.
THE MIND IS CAUSED BY DUALITY
This yoga awakens kundalini and saints it to flow up the Sashimi’s: nadi. At the moment of union, the mind (temporarily, at first) as annihilated and samadhi results. The mind is caused by duality: union of prana and apana removes this duality and. there-by. the mind.
When. through inuchuts. kundalini pierces the Vishnu Granths (throat knot). the Divine energy can enter the head (Nano and samadhi is achieved. Samadhi is a result of union and Is a conscious Mate.
Swami Svatmarama says. Then. in the second stage. the Nana unites with the apana and enters the throat chakra. The Yogi then becomes firm in asana wise and comparable to the Gods.
This more complete picture of kundalini should clarify some of the confusion that has surrounded the subject. If scholars of Yogic Shastras (Scripture) and others would compare their theories about the true meaning of these great truths to their own actual experiences in extensive meditation, then they too could share in the Divine Union, and surrender to God.
Yogic Energetic Physiology The purpose of raising Kundalini energy is to achieve Samadhi, to experience the full energy of consciousness or the energy of full consciousness. The Kundalini process fuses the energies of Shakti, the female principle, with Shiva, the male principle.
Through practice of Kundalini Yoga the pranic force is directed downwards, as the apanic force is directed upwards, using the Mul Bandh and Uddiyana Bandh. This generates powerful psychic heat called Tapa. These forces are mixed at the Navel Point in an alchemical fusion of Shakti and Shiva energies.
This energy is directed to penetrate the Base (First) Chakra, around which dormant Kundalini energy lies coiled. This initiates the awakening of Kundalini, which rises through the central Sushumna. If the channels of Ida and Pingala are clear, and the intent of the aspirant is pure, Kundalini can rise, activating each chakra, and realizing Samadhi. The ability to maintain or access this union gives spiritual liberation and is the fully awakened Kundalini. Kundalini energy is like a rocket; it may eventually transcend gravity, but its tendency is to be aroused, to rise up. and then fall back into its sleeping state.
The path of rising Kundalini is blocked if the Bandhs. or body locks, are not in place, or if one or more chakras are blocked. These are the causes of the physical, emotional, or mental disturbance experienced by those in whom rising Kundalini is triggered prematurely. The practice of Kundalini Yoga progressively removes their causes and is increasingly used in a variety of therapeutic modalities. Even with regular practice energy is unlikely to rise initially to the Crown (Seventh) Chakra. Benefits lie in regular, sustained practice and are measured in subsequent improvements in the quality of life.
This is one of the methods of achieving the goal of Kundalini awakening , and should normally be practised over a period of many years. The true nature of the Power is spiritual and its true role in bringing about the desired fusion of the energies of the psycho – physical system with the Consciousness of the Purusha.
The Kundalini , once awakened , becomes a permanent element of one’s life . … and when this creativity is completed , one will have the urge to return again into one’s true identity , that is , to fusion with the Divine state of Consciousness. The union of these two worlds , the individual with that of the ultimate , is in essence the awakening of the Kundalini
Many aspirants are con-cerned about the possibilities of dangers involved in the practice of self-taught Kundalini yoga. It is here that a competent guru will help one to progress through a systematic method, yet responsibility must finally come back to oneself. One must learn to work with and control the inner energies. Once experienced, the awakening of the Kundalini remains a permanent element in one’s life.
Jung points out: “It is really a continu-ous development. It is not leaping up and down, for what you have arrived at is never lost. Say you have been in Muladhara and then you reach the water-center (Svadhisthana), and afterwards you re-turn, apparently. But you do not return; it is an illusion that you re-turn; you have left something of yourself in the unconscious.” So Jung concludes that nobody touches the unconscious without leav-ing something of himself there. The experience may be forgotten or repressed but it cannot be lost. When the highest level is reached, the “supraconscious” state in which union is realized, one will eventu-ally have to descend if one wants to express oneself through creativ-ity; and when this creativity is completed, one will have the urge to return again into one’s true identity, that is, to fusion with the Absolute.
The essential function of the highest Guru knows no analog in Western psychological terms. The fundamental quality of a Guru is the bestowal of grace, known as the ability to awaken the Kundalini Shakti of the seeker. There are lesser gurus of great value who can teach scriptures, prayer, med-itation techniques, hatha yoga, pranayama, and so on. The ability to awaken the Kundalini is held by only the most potent gurus of any tradi-tion. There have been great Christian saints whose touch or words inflamed the souls of those who followed them. Similarly there have been rabbis, Sufi masters, Buddhist masters, and yogis with such power. Kundalini Shakti is the term for what yoga considers our dormant, inner, omnipotent, omniscient power of Self by which all the spiritual practices are enlivened and brought to fruition. Kshemarajan in his commentary on the Shiva Sutras says the Guru is the grace-bestowing power of God.
Swami Muktananda speak about the true nature of the Guru or the Guru principle being the divine power of grace flowing through an individual. “Shakti” is another name for that power. It is one with the Self, the Universal Power of Consciousness. Thus it is not so much the individual who is referred to as the Guru, but the universal power, the Shakti manifesting through an individual. The essential nature of the true Guru is transpersonal, not individual. In this way the true Guru is the inner Guru, the archetypal power of the Self-revelation, the Kundalini, inherent to everyone.
The awakened Kundalini, referred to as Shakti, purifies the physical and subtle bodies of all blocks, the samskaras and hidden mental tendencies and eliminates the primal ignorance, avidya, which causes bondage. The Shakti becomes the motive power behind all the practices of yoga—the yamas, niyamas, etc.—and takes the aspirant to the goal of liberation.
The purification work of the Kundalini Shakti results in the unity state of consciousness, where all distinctions between God. Guru, Self, and disciple dissolve. This ultimate state of consciousness is called sahaja samadhi, the natural samadhi that is present at all times, in all places. not limited to sitting in meditation.
It is to this ultimate state that the eternal quest points. Living in that state allows the Divine to infuse all of our activities. It’s not an attainment that is meant only for renunciates, monastery or ashram dwellers, but for everyone. In India there is a rich tradition of householder saints, men and women of the highest attainment, who lived family lives and worked as potters, shoemakers, weavers, farmers, and teachers.
We need such models of an integrated life of the spirit. Search out the stories of those in your tradition who have realized the highest and lived it fully.
The ordinary mind and body have to be trained and transformed to withstand that vision and influx of Divine power.
THE FIVE POWERS OF GOD
In the monistic tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, one of India’s ancient and most sublime expressions of the mystical vision of God and the Universe. the Lord is said to have five powers. Everything else in the universe is a manifestation of these five: the power of creation, the power of sustenance, the power of destruction, the power of concealment, and the power of grace. or revelation.
When the Divine goes to create the universe, there’s nothing to create it out of other than God. He or She (it doesn’t matter which. since God is neither and both) can’t run down to the nearest building supply center for stuff to create it with, so she uses herself. What is God?
The Divine is Pure Consciousness, infinite power or energy that has the quality of all-encompassing Consciousness.That’s what the universe is made of. Everything is united with Cod because everything is made of God. God has the power to create all the forms of the universe, the power to sustain the continued existence of those forms, and the power to dissolve them back into the form-less Divine.
Now, in order for God’s play of creating, sustaining, and destroying to really work. all the forms in the universe—which are in union with God because they are made of God—have to forget they are one with the Divine. For their individual existence and the world drama to fully evolve, their union with God must be concealed from them.That’s where the power of concealment conies in.
Our truly unbreakable union with God is concealed. hidden from us by God. It’s as if a part of God hides front another part of God in order to allow the drama of God’s creation to unfold.That drama is the see gly disconnected part of God evolving and beg’ g to yearn for reunion with God once again.
This is a symbolic, mythic understanding of the unfolding of Creator: creature and creation in constant union while the illusions of separation, suffering, and reunion are played out. Imagine a vast, deep ocean. calm and still, as the infinite Consciousness of God. God begins to create, and a wave forms on the ocean, a form that seems to have its individual existence yet is still one with the ocean.
Now imagine that the wave’s oneness with the ocean is concealed from it, and the wave is given permission to play at taking on all different kinds of forms. The wave is conscious and experiences itself as a huge wave, then a small wave, a ripple, a tall wave, a fat wave, and on and on. But, as with all activities, this gets boring after a while.The wave has learned all it can from taking on different shapes, and now it’s no longer creative or meaningful to continue doing that.
The wave has a vague memory of having been a part of something greater and begins to long for something greater. It wants to reunite with the ocean, with God.This is where the fifth power of God comes in, the power of grace, the power of revelation. By an act of grace, God undoes the work of the power of concealment and reveals our true unity with God.The wave delights in being a projection of the ocean. The illusion of separation is dissolved, and once again we enjoy the ecstasy of oneness with our Creator.