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When your kundalini is awakened, you know you have broken the chain of further births. The rule of “fixed destiny” does not apply to yogis, who are the ones gone beyond the force of gravitation. It is only the power of kundalini that can pierce these subtle centers (chakras) and reach the Crown chakra

When your kundalini is awakened, you know you have broken the chain of further births. The rule of “fixed destiny” does not apply to yogis, who are the ones gone beyond the force of gravitation. It is only the power of kundalini that can pierce these subtle centers (chakras) and reach the Crown chakra

The complete Integrated Path is a way of life that is easy to adopt in a short time, although it may appear difficult. I found it very convenient while living the life of a university professor. And my feeling is that one can achieve results in a single lifetime, although the period may vary from a few weeks to a few years, depending on how much one puts into it. However, there are certain yogic postures practicants may not like to do, or certain disciplines one may not like to incorporate.

Likewise, one may practice only two hours a day instead of six. When a person perseveres, however, progress is bound to take place. Over time, other elements may be added according to personal suitability. The whole process may be understood, again, through the example of water. To boil water, the fire must be powerful enough to bring the water to the boiling point. But once the water reaches the boiling point, it will instantly convert into steam.

Similarly in yoga, you may have to make several kinds of effort to bring yourself to your personal “boiling point”; once this is done, personality is converted into Godhood. And then you cease being simply human and begin to live as God. But remember, there is always one step more. Godhood is an everlasting journey, from perfection to perfection. The only difference is that you have the bliss of being on the path and have knowledge of the truth, while previously you lived and suffered in ignorance and material attachment.

When your kundalini is awakened, you know you have broken the chain of further births.

The Integral Path presented if followed in the correct manner, can awaken the kundalini in one lifetime and then all can join those who know themselves to be as and of God.

God has no life; he is existence, and the experience of this existence is called samadhi. Normally, when the “inner atom bomb” explodes—that is, when kundalini reaches sahasrara—there is a brief experience of death and resurrection. One passes through samadhi and the experience of Self or God, and then comes back to normal life with a change. The change is received through a second birth; one is reborn, mere humanness ends, and Godhood begins. But in later encounters with this reality, and some-times even in the first encounter, the person may be absorbed and gone forever; one may not return from this sojourn to the normal existence one had before samadhi. One is dead on the physical level, and the translation into a higher realm has taken place. This is called “the point of no return.”

The rule of “fixed destiny” does not apply to yogis, who are the ones gone beyond the force of gravitation. A yogi makes his or her own destiny and is free to choose the time of death. There have been innumerable realized souls who are unknown to the world because they had no literary training or could not have a known impact on the world for one reason or the other. And it is only those who have gone beyond who can tell of their experiences and teach us about what is beyond, to whatever extent it may be possible within communication constraints. There is no other source. It is not unusual to find that special interests in the lives of saints and prophets or other realized souls kept them alive and on earth. Hence, such people should not be criticized on the basis of those special interests and must be preserved as the advocates of truth.

Cosmic consciousness is the direct experience of not only the universe and God’s true nature; it is also the experience of our own true being as well. In that first instant of dawning, the fearful shadow of misunderstanding begins to evaporate before the light of universal love. This is a purely natural phenomenon that cannot be forced or counterfeited and will manifest in all beings at some point in every being’s infinite spiritual evolution.

Perhaps we can delay its coming by sleepwalking through life, but our ultimate awakening is as inevitable as the birthright of our existence. There is also the strong possibility of encouraging and speeding its coming. Arousal of kundalini energy is one way to begin the dawning of cos-mic consciousness and to attain freedom from life after life of experience founded on fear and judgment.

Cosmic consciousness lies within us, just as the path to realize it also lies within.

The desire for awakening can come as part of the personality drive at birth or evolve slowly over a lifetime of acquiring enough knowledge to discover that awakening exists and is an achieveable reality. On the arrival of awakening and Self-realization, much of the burden of judgmental, polarized knowledge is released back into the illusion it spawned from.

This freedom, so sought after by humankind, is freedom from our own belief in fear and judgment. We are searching for salvation from our own beliefs. God-realization is that salvation; it comes from within. All humankind is ultimately a candidate for cosmic consciousness, whether it occurs as a spontaneous event arising out of crisis or is consciously pursued with an open heart.

Learning of the commonality in the natural source of the awakening is a conformation for both the spiritually educated, trained students of liberation, and for those in whom the experience is sudden and unexpected.

The rising of kundalini and subsequent expansion of aware-ness are powerful tools in our ability to heal and spiritually evolve. The healing of fear and separation and spiritual evolution are mutually dependent. Kundalini is energy of clarity. There may be much opportunity for confusion as it rises in partial stages, but when fully risen, the ability to clearly focus and to understand the underlying and unified compassion-ate nature of reality dawns with the clear light of the soul.

You don’t need to understand the Kundalini techniques fully to realize their benefits; neither do you need to live a monastic life to experience their power. It is perfectly possible to work them effectively into your ordinary daily life.

Every form of meditation is powerful, but the unique approach of Kundalini makes it especially transformative. It is the combination of five specific elements in Kundalini that is so important. These are: asanas (yoga positions), mudras (hand gestures), bandhas (body locks), breathing and mantras.

When kundalini is aroused, it is systematically led through chakras in successive stages by giving life and motion to these subtle centers in the spinal column, which normally remain latent. However, these chakras are not physical plexuses but subtle centers, though they correspond to and are located according to the position of the plexuses. It is only the power of kundalini that can pierce these subtle centers and reach the brahmarandhra. Students who are able to awaken and lead the kundalini become very creative and dynamic.

Kundalini is the mother of three qualities: sattva, rajas, and tamas. Sattva means self-existent, light, lumination, and a source of peace and bliss. Rajas is a quality that makes one active and energetic and motivates one toward actions. Tamas means darkness, sloth, or ignorance. It is the obstructive quality in human unfoldment.

These constructive, regulative, and destructive qualities are sattva, rajas, and tamas, accordingly. This static or potential energy, the central powerhouse of the body, is the fountainhead of knowledge that gives birth to our body vehicle, and this is the very center from which the mind is born. From kundalini, the agni, the Promethean fire of life, becomes augmented. From the seed of kundalini  arises physical energies: bindu, the seed of life, and nada, sound, the very source of speech. Kundalini is not manifested as physical sound or vibration but as a most subtle form of spiritual illumination, being the mother of all manifestations.

This is the most supreme power. Just as all powers of the universe exist in the unmanifested self-existent Brahman, so do all the powers of the individual exist in kundalini. It is this force that mainly underlies the wonders performed by the yogi. By practicing the awakening of kundalini according to the hatha yoga system, one establishes complete control over his body.

All passions and emotions are brought completely under control. Seminal production and reabsorption can only be perfectly balanced after the full awakening of kundalini, and eventually the power of orderly control of all vital functions is acquired. In the more advanced states, the whole body sinks into the deepest lethargy, resembling that which actually precedes death. The advanced student of kundalini yoga learns the method of separating himself from the body and its consciousness, and he expertences a period of transition exactly like death. He gains this voluntary control with the help of kundalini shakti. or power. For such a yogi, dying is an art without any pain or misery.

The ignorant suffer, while death is brought under conscious control by a yogi. He can die at his wish and will do so when he finds the body is no longer a fit instrument. When the mortal frame of life is no longer a means, the yogi drops his body consciously, exactly the way one changes a garment. When the aspirant has purifed his physical body and all his internal states through various spiritual disciplines, then he is prepared to take up this courageous voyage. Preparation for awakening the kundalini is more important than the awakening process itself.

Peter Horttanainen

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