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The awakening does not happen gradually. No, kundalini is not a little more awake one day after the other, giving us time to adjust. It is about quantum leaps in pure awareness.

Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a ‘secondary rationalization’ of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning (Viktor FranKL Man’s Search for Meaning)

One of the most profound new insights of twentieth-century science is that wholes can be greater than the sum of their parts. The whole contains a richness, a perspective, a dimensionality not possessed by the parts. So the whole is not just a larger quantity, but has added quality too.

When the conscious phenomenal self or ego becomes aware of the soul, the journey back home has begun. As we move toward union of our own soul with the Absolute or God, we must free ourselves from identification with the three lower vehicles and their energies: the mind, with its thoughts and opinions; the emotional body, with its negative feelings; and the physical body, with its appetites.

Blocking our path to union with God are five “enemies”: lust, anger, attachment, greed, and ultimately the ego itself, all of which must be conquered during the journey home. As Jesus taught, “No man can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24): either we do according to our own will, or we follow God’s; either we live for ourselves, or we live for God.

If we are to achieve union with God, we must empty ourselves of these five impediments. Only an empty self can be filled with God. As we move closer to the goal, we will achieve the bliss, joy, peace, love, and knowledge that characterize the enlightened state of self-realization. We will over-come the karma which binds us to the wheel of continuous reincarnations.

When the five enemies of lust, anger, attachment, greed, and ego are finally overcome, we will find ourselves exhibiting compassion and kindness, benevolence and love, while all the time being detached both from ego and from the effects of our actions. For we will have come to realize that it is the Divine which acts in and through us.

Dangers and Pitfalls — Kundalini, the ultimate life force, is pure creative power. But what can create can also destroy. No wonder Kundalini is often represented by a snake: its poison can destroy us.

The awakening does not happen gradually. No, kundalini is not a little more awake one day after the other, giving us time to adjust. It is about quantum leaps in pure awareness. Are you experiencing something gradual and mild, a little spark here and there? Then chances are it is some other energy rather than kundalini energy. There is no shortage of energy in the body. Sometimes the energy is flowing to prepare the way for a future kundalini rise. We are all human. At times, we tell ourselves our kundalini is rising as it makes us feel we are progressing. It fills us with pride, even makes us feel superior. Unfortunately, spirituality often doesn’t walk hand in hand with personal development. In the pursuit of more pleasure and status, many chase a Kundalini rise to feed their self-image. Remember, pride belongs to the ego, the arch-enemy of spiritual practice. Having a kundalini awakening with a big ego is a recipe for much suffering.

How to Awaken It Taking the kundalini energy from the base of the spine all the way up to the crown chakra is a challenge for a whole life. Sometimes we can get it started at Muladhara, the root chakra, and get it maybe all the way up to Manipur, the third chakra. But until we get to connect it to the 1000 watts light bulb  (Sahasrara, the crown chakra), we don’t manage to stabilize the energy. It’s like a light bulb we can sometimes turn on to 50 watts, but most often it is turned off.

How can one awaken Kundalini Shakti? — Yogis and tantric devotees spend years in preparation for this energy, for the reasons described above. Yes, we can work to stimulate its rising, but when (and if) it will awake is completely out of our control. The energy might awaken spontaneously for some. Yet, for most of us, its conscious awakening demands strength of mind, a well-balanced body, and awareness of the movement of this raw energy.

There is no physical means of development of consciousness above the human mind. Then it is the soul itself, the storehouse of infinite consciousness. The superhumans depicted in movies, novels or comics are actually supposed material alternatives of a person with Kundalini awakening. Since Kundalini Shakti cannot be expressed in physical form, therefore such great human beings have to be imagined.

After awakening, a man’s even own dearest people become aliens to him. Because he’s transformed. No one understands the depth of the heart of such a man. In many cases even best friends become best enemies. Man takes revolutionary steps by the hand of divine power.

He’s not an angry revolutionist in fact, but a rebellion, a peaceful social worker. But the ordinary people consider him revolutionist for their attitude is like that. One should read difference between revolutionist and rebellion by Osho for details. There is always a danger to life.

The goal of the Path is for this Kundalini to be raised in you, and it should not be rushed, it can’t be rushed; and you should understand that if your body is quiescent and you do not feel this light, it is entirely in order. God is protecting you and allowing you to build a momentum of stability and balance in your threefold flame. The threefold-flame balance corresponds with the three parts of this Kundalini the ida, the pingala and the sushumna, which is the central canal of its flow.

How joyous it is to be free, free from the dweller-on-the-threshold in every form and mode, and to know that not any manifestation of it at all, in this or any world whatsoever, shall ever again threaten or cause to fear or tremble the sons of God. For God has given us the key, and God has given us the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ with us to reinforce our attainment and light and fearlessness flame.

As we have seen, the binding and casting out of the dweller-on-the-threshold is a key element of the spiritual path. However, as we have also seen, it is not the totality of the Path. For at the same time as we are denying the dweller and its various manifestations, we must also be putting on the consciousness of the Christ Self and the elements of the Christ consciousness. This is a step-by-step process. Day by day, increment by increment, the dweller can be reduced in size and we can become more of our Christ Self, and these two elements of the Path do need to go hand in hand. For if all our house is filled with the dweller, we are not making room for the Christ to enter. And just as importantly, when we cast out the dweller, we must fill the vacuum. Therefore, when we cast out the personal dweller-on-the-threshold, we must invite the Christ Self to enter into our being. As we remove the manifestations of the dweller—pride, anger, rebellion, or whatever they might be—we must incorporate into our life the corresponding qualities of the Christ consciousness.

This is not an overnight process. We can’t simply stamp out all vestiges of negativity in our being in one action. These things are intertwined with our positive momentums, and this conglomerate makes up our current identity and provides the platform for our life and our service. Jesus explained this principle in the parable of the tares and the wheat: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying,

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.

The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.’

We find the tares and the wheat growing together in our own consciousness. We cannot simply uproot the whole of the dweller all at once—we would lose the platform of our evolution.

But we can day by day decide to care for the good wheat of the Christ consciousness and no longer feed the dweller. In this way we can prepare for the time of the final harvest, the point on the Path when the dweller can be removed entirely. In the meantime, we can keep the dweller bound and in check and work to develop the qualities of Christhood in our lives. One flame that it is necessary for us to embody is the flame of peace.

As long as we are caught between the Christ and the Dweller, there will be the warring in the members that Paul spoke of! If we do not keep the dweller bound and in check, there is that warring, that tug-of-war between the two forces—like the cartoons you see of a person with a little angel whispering in one ear and a little demon whispering in the other. This warring in our members can be replaced by the flame of peace.

The quality of peace is often misunderstood. People interpret peace to be pacifism or passivity, whereas the true flame of peace is a dynamic and active energy. Jesus was the Prince of Peace, the great master of the sixth dispensation and the sixth ray of peace; he demonstrated the many shadings of the flame of peace in different episodes of his life. For example, it was only through casting out the moneychangers that the flame of peace could be brought to the temple of Jerusalem. Jesus’ peace was not a namby-pamby, wishy-washy sentimentality; he had a strength and a presence that could galvanize people and change a world. This is what we need to have. When we establish the flame of peace within ourselves, we can then widen our boundaries and our sphere of spiritual responsibility. In ever-widening circles of responsibility, we can bring peace to ourselves, to our families, to our communities, and then to the world. This is how the world is changed—at the point of individual accountability.

Peter Horttanainen

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