Kundalini – PIERCING OF THE CENTERS AND STAGES OF THE ASCENT
The true identification with the Self is only possible when the Kundalini is settled in the seventh chakra.
When your heart is opened by the flow of the kundalini energy, the barrier of ego breaks down and the mind clears, allowing cre-ative energy to flow through. There is an exchange of energy that is uplifting and healing—the kind that makes life worth living.
The Adi Shakti, the Energy, the Holy Spirit is manifested within man when Kundalini awakens from Her potential state at the bottom of the spine and actualises Herself in the Sahastrara: this is the state called self-realisation, the manifestation of the Kundalini aspect of the Holy Spirit in the Sahastrara. Lord Jesus said: “What is the Kingdom of God like and to what shall I compare it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” (Luke 13.18) The psychosomatic and spiritual instrument is manifested by the rising of the Kundalini. And again, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour till it was all leavened”. (Luke 13.20). The alternative phases of potentiality and actuality of the Shakti-Kundalini are the substance of this statement.
God Almighty, the Witness is manifested through the Self within man when He is united with the Shakti who has settled in the Sahastrara.n The Self is the Soul, the Atman, personified by Lord Shiva who resides within the human heart, at the left side of the Anahata chakra. The limbic area in the brain is the Kingdom of God. We can say, in a way, that it is the heavenly space where one rests before entering into the sacred presence of God the Almighty (Sadashiva).
He resides beyond the Sahastrara and can be approached through the hole in the fontanel membrane (baptism). When the human attention appears in the presence of God Almighty, the Self, which is His reflection in the heart, gets enlightened and starts emitting cool vibrations (the breeze or the wind). Then the Witness and the Energy complete in the Sahastrara of the enlightened one the cosmic play initiated at the dawn of time. It is the play of God’s Self-recognition within the creation. We are all invited to join it.
The Sushumna and the chakras are the royal drive to be adorned and garlanded for the rising of Kundalini. Therefore all the scriptures and saints suggested that the best way to prepare this path is to lead a dharmic, virtuous life. All the Sahaja Yogis of the five continents now bow to the dictates of all the real Gurus, prophets and masters.
When Kundalini transfigures our awareness in Her ascent, our cognitive faculties merge in a new dimension: the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual beings in us are synthesised by the spontaneous force of the primordial energy. In other words we are perceiving through one unique, fully integrated instrument: as previously said, the vibrations are felt in the fingers or even in the toes! … as well as in any single part of the body depending upon the case.
The whole of the human body is a temple of the transformation. The Sushumna is the channel of the Mahalakshmi energy. It represents the evolutionary line of Lord Vishnu, the protector aspect of God Almighty who is the embodiment of dharma. The opening of the Sushumna therefore implies spontaneous dharma-consciousness and because of the above-mentioned integration Dharma is felt at the physical level through the awakened central nervous system. Hence as soon as the new born Yogi confronts negative vibrations he becomes aware of them by physical sensations.
Only the Sushumna leads to the Kingdom of God.
“The sensitivity of the chakras becomes dull after the first few shocks to them. Then, a human being starts living with all the shocking habits very easily. He exists but in a very superficial way as he does not want to go down into his depths, because in this movement, he has to first face the shocks that are stored within. He tries to forget them as that helps him to exist. But mere existence is not enough. It is insulting, frustrating, debasing and degenerating. Many courageous people really want to face themselves. Sahaja Yoga will help those.”
The process will require our patience and collaboration. The greatest asset of a seeker throughout difficulties and mistakes, is the ability to search in all earnestness and honesty’. Indeed we can get realisation even with a damaged instrument but, as mentioned before, it will take time for the Kundalini to consolidate the new stage of awareness.
The yogin whose wheels have been pierced one after the other “forcibly” (bather° acquires sovereignty over each of them, and his body, under the influence of Knowledge, is able to ac-complish whatever he desires. Prior to this, each wheel had its own bliss over which the yogin had no mastery. But at the stage of ghanji, as his energy has turned into the all-pervading iirdhva-kundalini he is present everywhere simultaneously and the inde-scribable felt in one wheel is now perceived in the others as well.
One then imagines a vertical axis called “infinite,” ananta, ex-tending up to the uvula and containing the levels of reality from the subtle elements to the kala energies. In other words, from the awakened Kund alini arises a stem, symbol for the royal road susumna—which goes from the center to lambika and terminates in the brahmarandhra, the entire universe assuming the form of a lotus. At first there arises, through the action of the semivowels, four aspects of the intellect giving birth to duty, knowledge, renuncia-tion, and sovereignty.
Then, at the opposite extreme, there arises, through the action of the barren phonemes, four energies. The intellect is engendered by the power of illusion; the eight energies form a knot, an ocean of ties—the night of illusion. If one fails to cut the knot, union with Siva, is impossible.
Above this knot just below the trident, one should meditate on the pure Science which, extending between lambika and the brahmarandhra, contains most of the sense organs. An upturned lotus, whose twenty-four stamens symbolize the occlusives in identical number, corresponds to the stage of the en-ergy known as, equal (samani0.
The stamens are then turned downward, for Siva is watching the universe which he rules. They turn upward as soon as the supramental energy reigns supreme. In the petals, the stamen and the center of the lotus, one should meditate upon the divinities saturated with energy: Rudra, Visnu, and Brahma, who govern respectively fire, moon and sun. At the top, in the brahmarandhra, is an eight-petalled lotus, the eight vowels being the eight divine energies; the ninth one, in the center, constitutes Life.
Beyond that, one should imagine the great Departed One, Sa-dAgiva, laughing and conscious, with resplendent body. From his navel arises a trident (trisula) whose points, representing the lower, intermediate, and higher energies,’ reach the cosmic dvddaganta. Still higher one should meditate on three shining lotuses com-posed of the supramental energy (unmani°, the universal sover-eign. Such is the throne formed by the thirty-seven levels of reality—a worthy object of adoration.
Siva possesses the undifferentiated Consciousness (prakaga) and, while he indeed transcends all the levels of reality, the Goddess is still beyond immanence and tran-scendence because she is the Whole. So at the ultimate stage of indescribable energy (unmann, Kuncialini is seated on Siva while illuminating the universal Consciousness.
PIERCING OF THE CENTERS AND STAGES OF THE ASCENT
Abhinavagupta gives the Vedic offering a specifically mystical interpretation. While he too calls it “plenary oblation” (pOrnahuto , he acknowledges no other divine fire able to consume the whole duality than Kundalini nor any other offering to be poured into this fire than the master’s penetration into the breath of the disciple, within whom the divine fire awakens and the flame of Kundalini rises.