Training Your Mind To Realize Its Potential, This kundalini energy of enlightenment resides within each and every one of us, Often dormant until we make the choice to seek unity with God. In our timing spiritual study and practice, we awaken the sleeping power within, and we are profoundly changed—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
The Kundalini Book of Living and Dying is such a significant work; it explains the nature of kundalini, why it is important, and how any person can bring its benefits into his or her life. In the process of enlightening our-selves, we contribute mightily to the enlightenment of the soul of global humanity. Our ability to evolve as human beings and as souls, our ability to unite with God, our ability to leave behind forever hate, war, and ter-rorism will be facilitated—even determined—by kundalini.
This kundalini energy of enlightenment resides within each and every one of us, Often dormant until we make the choice to seek unity with God. In our timing spiritual study and practice, we awaken the sleeping power within, and we are profoundly changed—physically, mentally, and spirittfally.
The hallmarks of kundalini are phenomena such as surges of electricity in the body, detachment from the body, intense heat and fire, buzzing sounds, a feeling of being in the presence of God, and awareness of spiritual presences such as angels. More important, however, are the benefits that lie beyond the phenomena: creativity, genius, enhanced well-being, longevity, and, most significant of all, enlightenment.
Experiences of kundalini have been recorded around the world since ancient times. Kundalini is the divine fire of God and the gods, thesamadin of adepts, the raptures of saints, the healing power that floods through the hands of healers, the inspiration of invention, the intense happiness of a peak experience. The average person may think that kundalini belongs only to those whose spiritual practice elevates them into a rarified atmos-phere of consciousness, but this is not so. Kundalini is universal, available to all.
Anyone who prays or meditates regularly is likely at some point to feel the power of kundalini.
The common psychic abilities occur by opening the solar plexus chakra and include: clairvoyance, which is seeing images from the emotional plane; and clairaudience, which is hearing sounds from the emotional plane.
The opened solar plexus chakra also enables the person to register lower emotions from the emotional plane. The adjective “lower” signifies that these emotions are associated with personal relationships and could be positive or negative in nature. Examples of lower emotions include positive regard, anger, fear, and desire. When the heart chakra is opened, the person is able to register higher emotions from the emotional plane.
The adjective “higher” signifies that these latter emotions are associated with group relationships and could also be positive or negative. Examples of higher emotions include compassion, devotion, and a consciousness of the weight of grief under which humanity struggles. And when the crown chakra is opened, the person is said to be an “illumined seer” and can register an “inflow of light, information and inspiration,” which is a higher form of clairvoyance and clairaudience.
Training Your Mind To Realize Its Potential
The Buddhist Yogi Master explains the 7th chakra: “Your sushumna is the primary conduit of the kundalini energy in your nonphysical body. It is an astral nerve tube that runs between and connects all of your major chakras. It begins at the base of the spine, where your first Chaim: is located, and then rons up through your spleen chakra, navel chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra and ends in your Sixth chain, the third eye, which is located in the centre of your forehead.
It runs in the astral plane next to and along the spinal column. To go into Samadhi you must pull the kundalini energy up from your root chakra, the first chakra at the base of your spine, all the way up to your third eye! Then you must move all the kundalini energy you have amassed at your sixth chakra, the third eye, up and into your seventh chakra- which we in Buddhist Yoga refer to as the crown chakra.
This is the difficult part, because the crown chakra is not directly connected to the third eye by the sushumna. II takes 8 great deal of willpower, and total vibratory purity, to move the kundalini energy all of the way up to the crown chakra from your third eye. When the Kundalini energy enters your crown chakra. you experience Samadhi, Samadhi is the direct experience of nirvana.
The crown chakra is the nexus of one thousand dimensional planes. That is why, in Buddhist Yoga, it is often referred to as the thousand-petalled lotus of light.” There are various points of view held by different spiritual teachers as to which chakra to focus on in mediation. I would like to share an exercise combining breathing and following the breath as well as simultaneously working through the six chakras.
What exactly is kundalini?
Kundalini is the personal aspect of the universal life force named prana by the yogic tradition. This primal cosmic energy is akin, if not identical, to ch’i, ki, the Holy Spirit, and various other terms from cultures that identify a life force that is the source of all vital activity. Prana has not yet been identified by modern science, but ancient wisdom maintains that it is the means for raising human awareness to a higher form of perception, variously called illumination, enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, samadhi. Kundalini, often referred to as the “serpent power” because it is symbolized by a coiled snake, can be concentrated and channeled through the spine into the brain—a process likewise not yet identified by modern science. The systematized process for accomplishing this upward flowing of enerav is known as kundalini
This spiritual bliss is true yoga. In every realm of Nature, it is the union between two opposites that creates bliss or life. According to modern psychology, everyone is both masculine and feminine. In other words, there is woman in man and man in woman. Unique to Hindu mythology is a single form of half-male and half-female called Ardha-narisvara. Like two sides of the same coin, shiva and shakti are opposite sides of one Supreme Reality. Shakti — the universal energy—residing in the human body is called kundalini. She is the active aspect of the Absolute. When kundalini awakes, it rises from the base of the spine in the mooladhara and unites with shiva at the top of the head in the sahasrara. A nectar-like coolness, as it were, coming from hundreds of moons starts flowing from this union of shiva and shakti. Thus, the individual Self merges into the universal Spirit—the subtlest union of the masculine and the feminine within. This ultimate union of shiva and shakti occurring at the top of the head is called yoga, love, samadhi, Self-realization, enlightenment, liberation, moksha, nirvana, kaivalya, emancipation, whole, or truth. Indeed, it is the highest of all unions.
Kundalini, the power of the inner Self, is a potential spiritual energy inherent in every human being. Yoga can be effortlessly achieved by awakening and channeling kundalini, which is loacted in the subtle body, not in the physical body. The subtle body is within this physical body like the bladder inside a soccer ball. It is an exact counterpart of the physical body. Without the subtle body, the physical body cannot survive. The seat of kundalini is exactly midpoint from the sole of the foot to the top of the head. It is said that no super conscious state or samadhi is ever possible without the kundalini awakening. Although the word kundalini originated in India, the kundalini awakening experience is common to all religions. For example, in Christianity, it is called the “Holy Spirit.”
Kundalini awakening is a divine gift of God received through the medium of a Gum (true spiritual master). By the look, touch, word, or thought, a Guru can fully unfold the kundalini in a worthy seeker. In yoga, this kundalini awakening is called shaktipat. For instance, the initiation that Vivekananda received from Ramakrishna Paramahansa was shaktipat. Kundalini yoga is also known by various names such as, maha yoga, siddha yoga, shaktipat yoga, gurukripa, gurumarga, sahaja yoga, kriya yoga, puma yoga, or the perfect yoga. Kundalini, functioning on the physical plane, is called hatha yoga, on the plane of speech, mantra yoga, and on the mental plane, laya yoga. Explaining the effect of shaktipat initiation, Muktananda said:
“As we follow Siddha yoga, these various yogas (Raja yoga, Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, Hatha yoga, and Dhyana yoga) happen to a person without his practicing them. Without his trying to learn them, they just come to him. This is the result of kundalini awakening. Just as nobody deliberately pushes the outgoing breath out or pulls the incoming breath in — it happens by itself — in the same way this yoga is self-generated and self-sustained. You don’t have to do anything you just sit back and watch it happen to you. This comes from shaktipat initiation.
In the sahasrara (the cerebral center at the top of the head), there is a sparkling tiny blue light, which an individual can seeonly after the awakening of kundalini. It is the vibration of this blue light that controls breathing in every human being. What is called death is nothing but the departure of this blue light from the physical body.
In Kundalini yoga, all aspectsof yoga comeautomatkally to a seeker whose kundalini is awakened. Then the seeker’s entire personality—actions, emotions, mind, and intellect—starts to develop. The inner realms open up. Knowledgearises from within. The seeker radiates love and feels extraordinary bliss. This kundalini energy is a fact, not myth or fiction. Indeed, Kundalini yoga is a complete yoga.
Physical, mental, or emotional movements initiated by the awakened kundalini are called kriyas in yoga. Explaining kriyas, Muktananda wrote: “Some of the kriyas are a pan of Raja yoga, some of Hai& yoga, some of Mantra yoga, and some of Bhakh yoga, for when the power of the Guru enters the disciple, all these yogas occur spontaneously according to the disci ple’s needs. When all four yogas come together to work within the disciple, this is called Siddha yoga or Malta yoga.”” With theawakening of kundalini, dormant compartments in the brain start blossoming like flowers. The faculty of intuition, which remains dormant in most people. starts developing. This awakening generates electrical impulses, which are intimately connected with the entire brain. Yogis hold that psychic energy and physical energy are convertible into each other. To energize the whole brain, the following psychic energy centers called rhaknIts need to be activated:
I. Mooladhara— Earth or survival center; corresponds to coccygeal plexus; connected to the sense of smell:4 petaled deep red lotus at the base of the spinal column.
- Swadhisthana—WaterorsacialcenteGeorresponds to the prostatic plexus:connected to the sense of taste; 6 petaled orange lotus at the root of the genital organ.
- Manipura— Fire or will center; corresponds to the solar plexus; connected to the sight; 10 petaled bright yellow lotus in the naval region.
- Andra& —Air or heart center; corresponds to the cardiac plexus; connected to the sense of touch; 12 petaled blue lotus in the heart region.
- Vishuddhi —Ether or throat center; corresponds to the cervical plexus; connected to the sense of audition; 16 petaled purple lotus at the base of the throat.
Ajna— Mind or third eye center; corresponds to the cavernous plexus; 2 petaled silver-grey lotus in the middle of the two eyebrows.
- Sahasrara—Consciousness or crown center; corresponds to the cerebrum; 1,000 petaled multicolored lotus.
Though the chakras are located in the subtle body, their influence extends to the physical body. Sivananda remarked: “Just because post-mortem examination of the body does not reveal these chakras in the spinal column, some people think that these chakras do not exist at all, and are merely the fabrication of a fertile brain. This attitude reminds us of a doctor who declared that he had performed many post-mortems and had never yet discovered a sour° When kundalini is awakened, either by yogic practices or by the Guru’s grace, it activates all these chakras as it travels up from the Mooladhara to the Sahasrara. The most important nerve (nadi) in the subtle body of a human being is sushumna, which extends from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Within the sushumna nerve, there is a fine nerve called vajra. Within this vajra nerve, there is a very fine nerve known as chitra. In the chitra is the finest nerve called brahma. It is this brahma nerve that is the passage for kundalini and contains all the chakras. For a comprehensive knowledge of these chakras,
One who can go into “ Samadhi ” regards himself as a great yogi .