The Kundalini Path to Enlightment and The Kundalini Light
Everything that is now taught as anatomy alone was known in a quite different way back then. Esoteric investigators used the kundalini light in their enquiries. A pupil was prepared for this as follows. He came to the master and, if the latter acknowledged him to be reliable, he received instruction, but not in the form of a body of knowledge. Things are different nowadays: people must make their way through reason and concepts. Back then, instead, the master would say to the pupil something like this: each day you must spend several hours in meditation, initially for a period of six weeks, giving yourself up to one of the eternal sayings, immersing yourself in it entirely. A person cannot do such a thing today, since life in modern civilization makes too many other demands on us. Back then a pupil would meditate for six to ten hours a day.
We could not do this without removing ourselves from the life around us. In those days the pupil needed to spend scarcely any time engaging with the life around him, but found his nourishment outside it. He therefore used his time for meditation, perhaps ten hours without interruption. This meant that he quickly brought his body—not yet so dense at the time—to a point where the kundalini light awoke within it. For our interior this is what sunlight is for the outer world. In reality we do not see objects as such outside us, but reflected sunlight. The moment we become able to use the kundalini light to illumine the soul, it becomes as visible as an object illumined by sunlight.
Thus the whole inner body is gradually illumined for the yoga pupil. All ancient knowledge of anatomy was perceived through this inner illumination. Thus the [Indian] monks, who couched their experiences in the form of legends, were speaking of what they had seen by means of the kundalini light.
The sixth sense is the kundalini light in a feeling of radiating warmth; the seventh is the sense of synthesis.
The world of spirit becomes clearly perceptible as things and entities only for someone who can send the kundalini fire through their etheric body out into the world in this way, thus illumining the things of that world. From this we can see that full consciousness of something in the world of spirit can only arise when a person themselves sheds spirit light upon it. In reality the ‘I’ that engenders this kundalini light is not within the human body at all but, as we have seen, outside it. The heart organ is merely the locus where a person kindles this fire from without. If they were not to kindle it here but elsewhere, then the spiritual perceptions engendered in this way would have no connection with the physical world. We need, however, to relate all higher spiritual realities to the physical world, and let them work through into it. The heart organ is precisely what enables the higher I to make the sensory self into its instrument, and the place where this is enacted.
The ascent of the human being occurs initially through the overcoming of physical love; and secondly through regulation of the breathing process, in relinquishing the life of the plant, of oxygen; and thirdly by developing the kundalini light, whereby we give back the light reflected by the mineral kingdom.
A person will then be pervaded by a special power that will live within their heart, so that, in the sixth root race, no distinction will be made any longer between their own good and the good of the community. A person will be so pervaded by the kundalini light that they will have the principle of love as their own, most intrinsic nature.
And now the time arrives to use the two-petalled lotus in the regions of the eyes. If this starts to move, a person becomes able to connect their higher I with superordinate spiritual beings. The streams which issue from this lotus flower move toward higher realities in a way that is fully conscious for the person concerned. Just as light makes physical objects visible to our eyes, so these streams render the spirit beings of higher worlds visible to us spiritually.
By immersing ourselves in very specific thoughts, which the esoteric teacher imparts to the pupil in their individual tuition, the latter learns to set in motion and direct the currents of the lotus flower in the eye region.
We owe such insights to our own first glimpse of this higher world. The ‘masters of wisdom’, as they are called, the `great initiates of humanity’ start to become actuality for us. These are the gifts that the esoteric pupil owes to this stage of their development: understanding of the higher self, of the teaching of incarnation or embodiment of this higher self in a lower; of the law according to which life in the physical world is governed by spiritual realities and contexts—the law of karma; and finally also of the life of great initiates. We can therefore say that a pupil who has reached this level no longer succumbs to any doubt. Previously they acquired a belief founded on reason and healthy thinking, but now this belief is replaced by full knowledge and unshakeable insight.
Thus we see in what way the esoteric pupil has really become a new person by attaining this stage, only gradually maturing to the point of governing the true higher life element (the `kundalini fire’ as it is known) through the currents of their etheric body, and thus gaining a high degree of freedom from their physical body.
Once the esoteric pupil has succeeded in attaining this life in their higher I then—or in fact already while acquiring higher consciousness—they are shown how to awaken to existence the `kundalini fire’, as it is known, within the organ created in the heart region, and conduct it through the currents characterized in previous issues. This kundalini fire is an element of higher substance issuing from the said organ and streaming in luminous beauty through the revolving lotus flowers and the other channels of the developed etheric body. It radiates from there outward into the surrounding world of spirit and renders it spiritually visible in the same way that sunlight falling upon objects from without makes them physically visible. How this kundalini fire is engendered in the heart organ can only be disclosed in esoteric schooling itself. This understanding is a subject of esoteric schooling itself. Nothing is communicated publicly about it. The world of spirit only becomes clearly perceptible as objects and beings to someone who in this way can send the kundalini fire through their etheric body and into the outer world in order to illumine such objects.
From this we can see that full awareness of an object of the world of spirit can only arise when a person themselves casts the light of spirit upon it. In truth, the I that engenders this kundalini light is not within the physical human body at all but, as we have shown, outside it.
The heart organ is only the place where a person kindles this spiritual fire from without. If we did not do so here but elsewhere, the spiritual perceptions thus arising would have no connection with the physical world. But we do need to relate all higher spiritual elements to the physical world, and by so doing allow them to work into the latter. The heart organ is precisely what enables the higher I to make the sensory self into its instrument, and the place from where this is governed.