KUNDALINI the yoga of latent spiritual awareness – Tantra says that the range of mental experience can be broadened. With the help of the senses, your mind can have an experience based on an object. There can be an experience within the framework of time, space and object, but there can also be an experience beyond the framework of time, space and object. The second form of experience can happen when the present mind expands beyond its given definitions and borders, and when this experience occurs, energy is released from yourself. For hundreds of years, people have been talking about an experience called nirvana, moksha, emancipation, self-realization, salvation or liberation, without understanding it properly. Yogis call this experience samadhi. Although many people think that in samadhi or nirvana everything is completely finished, it is definitely not a process of quitting the world. Nothing finishes, only one level of experience ends, but then another begins.
Kundalini yoga is a part of the tantric tradition. Even though you may have already been introduced to yoga, it is necessary to know something about tantra also. Since ancient times, the wise men have realized that mind can be expanded and that experiences do not necessarily depend on an object. This means that if somebody is playing music, I can hear it, and if somebody has painted a picture, I can see it, but I can also see if there is no picture, and I can hear if there is no music. This is also a quality of man’s personality which has been ignored in the last 150 to 200 years.
Tantra says that the range of mental experience can be broadened. With the help of the senses, your mind can have an experience based on an object. There can be an experience within the framework of time, space and object, but there can also be an experience beyond the framework of time, space and object. The second form of experience can happen when the present mind expands beyond its given definitions and borders, and when this experience occurs, energy is released from yourself.
For hundreds of years, people have been talking about an experience called nirvana, moksha, emancipation, self-realization, salvation or liberation, without understanding it properly. Yogis call this experience samadhi. Although many people think that in samadhi or nirvana everything is completely finished, it is definitely not a process of quitting the world. Nothing finishes, only one level of experience ends, but then another begins.
Since the dawn of creation, the tantrics and yogis have realized that in this physical body there is a potential force. It is not psychological, philosophical or transcendental; it is a dynamic potential force in the material body, and it is called kundalini. This kundalini is the greatest discovery of tantra and yoga. Scientists have begun to look into this, and a summary of some of the latest scientific experiments is included in this book. We can see from this research that science is not actually going to discover anything new in this field. It is only rediscovering and substantiating what yogis discovered many, many centuries ago.
When Kundalini is in coils, the senso-intellectual knowledge is manifested, and when she is roused, spiritual knowledge appears. These are the two phases of Kuadalini—coiled and aroused. The power aspect is intrinsic to Kundalini. Highest spiritual knowledge arises when Kundalini-power is roused. It is said: ‘The knowledge coming from the arousing of Kundalini and (the associated) state of actionlessness bring about automatically the sahaja state (samadhi)’. The arousing of Kundalini is associated with thatspiritual knowledge which leads to samadhi. Therefore, Kundalini knowledge is the superconscious spiritual knowledge which culminates in superconscious concentration.
So, Kundalini is the Supreme Power. In other words, Kundalini is the spiritual aspect of Supreme Power, which is different from the creative aspect of Supreme Power. When Kundalini is manifested, the creative aspect is withdrawn and Supreme Power as Kundalini becomes united with Parama Shiwa and remains one and the same.
Kundalini remains coiled, that is, in a latent form, so long as our consciousness remains in an oscillatory state. Kundalini light is not reflected on the senseconsciousness. When Kundalini is not registered in our consciousness, owing to its being impure and multiformed, she remains coiled. When our consciousness is purified and in concentration, Kundalini power makes it spiritually illuminated by being uncoiled.
Kundalini is formless, because she is not gross; she is only known in concentration as something very luminous. This luminosity is the spiritual knowledge-light which shines forth fully in concentration as the nature of Kundalini is all spiritual knowledge-power. She is the source of mantra power and through mantra she assumes an appropriate form and exhibits thirty-eight kinds of superpower.
Kundali, who is supremely luminous and endowed with eternal force; she is in a latent form in three coils’ (—Tantrarajatantra, 30.64–5); ‘In subtle form of dhyana (deep concentration), the knowledge of shakti (power) arises; the shakti is Supreme Kundali who is in the nature of Supreme Consciousness’.
Kundalini is in the nature of eternal, living, spiritual power and consciousness. At the highest concentration of spiritual power, Kundalini becomes one and the same with Supreme Consciousness. Kundalini is the living spiritual power; not intellective or imaginative, but a real and most powerful entity in spiritual life. Consciousness is purified and completely spiritualized by the spiritual radiations from Kundalini. At the highest level of superconscious concentration, consciousness becomes wholly of Kundalini.
Kundalini is in supreme yoga, that is, in nonmens supreme concentration. This means that Kundalini as Supreme Consciousness is also in supreme concentration; Supreme Consciousness in any other form is an impossible phenomenon. It is a sealed book to those who are not in a state of supreme concentration. The nature of Kundalini is yoga, because consciousness associated with her is concentrated superconsciousness in which her form, as concentrated spiritual light, penetrates, and by which it is superilluminated. At the highest level of superconscious concentration, the spiritually illuminated superconsciousness is finally absorbed into Kundalini herself, who is then in nonmens supreme concentration. This is why it has been said: ‘Kundali is eternally the master of yoga’.
The only possibility of approaching Kundalini is when she is in a latent form in the muladhara. Only in muladhara, is it possible to arouse Kundalini from her yoga-sleep (samadhi) and get our consciousness illuminated with spiritual light. Her supreme conscious aspect is beyond senseconsciousness. But when she is in a latent form, senseconsciousness is not at all influenced by her. Because senseconsciousness is so impurified and diversified by pleasure-seeking desires and enjoyments and all forms of worldliness, it is unable to receive spiritual light from Kundalini. The sensory mind is so strongly tied by various worldly principles that it cannot free itself unless those principles are removed by some other power. It has been so powerless by its strong attachment to worldly thingsthat one cannot even think of abandoning them; rather one feels pain in being passionless. So long as this decontrolled mental state continues,
Kundalini is naught. This state of affairs can only be overcome by the purification of the mind by abstention and observance and by the arousing of Kundalini. The arousing of Kundalini is the process of the spiritualization of consciousness. The aroused Kundalini manifests absorptive power by which all worldly principles are absorbed, and causes spiritual radiations into consciousness. In this way, the formation of all sensory pictures and thoughtforms in consciousness are controlled and consciousness is illuminated by the spiritual splendour of Kundalini. Ultimately, consciousness becomes wholly of Kundalini, and then the spiritualized consciousness is absorbed intoKundalini, and Kundalini into Supreme Shiwa when supreme yoga is attained. So it is said: ‘Bringing Kundalini power in the consciousness, and (then) consciousness (lighted by Kundalini) getting absorbed into Kundalini—in this manner transforming the multiform consciousness into a state of concentration,Shandilya, be thou happy’ .