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Is Kundalini Yoga Safe?



In the spiritual practitioners circles, there is a lot of debate over whether kundalini awakenings are safe. 


  • Many people are hesitant to practice kundalini because they are afraid of experiencing such a powerful awakening. 
  • Everyone's experience is unique and dependent on their previous experiences and present lifestyle.



For many, the experience may be joyful, filled with emotions of love and a sense of all things being linked.


  • Others may compare it to a terrible drug trip or even a psychotic break, in which practitioners experience abnormal sleep cycles, identity shifts, or despair. 
  • Because of this disparity, many Westerners are afraid of the coiled snake lurking in their spine, waiting to strike.
  • Kundalini is revered and honored in our culture. Her energy is attempting to awaken, expand, and connect you to your own inner energy, which is an entirely benign process.



Kundalini Awakenings are Uncommon among Western students


  • This is because hatha yoga is done in a less spontaneous manner. Instead of performing postures that release energy blockages unique to their body, people are attempting to hold the poses in a certain way.
  • Many instructors, however, warn against using severe pranayama or other techniques to promote waking. Instead, it should happen on its own time, when the body is ready. 
  • If you don't first open the central channels of the nervous system, raising the serpent power along the axial pathway is not only impossible, but also very dangerous to attempt, because instead of entering the central channel (sushumna nadi), it is likely to force itself into the ida or the pingala nadi, on either side of the axial pathway.



Kundalini tells us that awareness is much more than most of us have ever realized, which may be overpowering and confusing. 


  • People who have a psychotic break after waking, typically come from a difficult familial history, are under a lot of stress, and don't have adequate emotional support. 
  • Nonetheless, anybody who is afraid during such an awakening to seek help from a therapist (such as a transpersonal psychologist) or a teacher who has gone through it.



Like any other kind of yoga, Kundalini yoga should be undertaken with care especially if you have signs of any of the following:


  • Breathing difficulties
  • Suffering from joint pain
  • Have a balance problem as a result of an injury
  • Are you planning on a pregnancy?



NOTE: If you're unsure if Kundalini is appropriate for you, see your doctor to see if there are any precautions you should take or if there is a safer workout option you might try.



You may also want to read more about Kundalini Yoga here.





Kundalini Yoga For Beginners

 





    1. Kundalini Yoga Practice For Beginners



    A typical Kundalini yoga session consists of three parts: an introductory chant (also known as "tuning in"), a short spine warm-up, a kriya (a series of postures combined with breathing exercises), and a closing meditation or song.



    1. Each kriya, which means "action" in Sanskrit, combines a physical posture with a breath or meditation. 


    • These poses may be whatever you desire depending on which area of your body you want to target, such as cobra position for your spine or warrior pose for your legs and glutes.
    • While various kriyas employ different breathing methods, Breath of Fire is one of the most prominent. 

      • It consists of short, rapid breaths (almost like a dog panting). 
      • Seal your lips and breathe in and out of your nostrils at a pace of two to three breaths per second to perform Breath of Fire. 
      • Expel the air in strong bursts when you breathe to activate your core.


    2. Kundalini yoga also incorporates chanting and singing. 


    • During your practice, you may repeat an infinite number of mantras and songs, but most courses begin with the Adi Mantra, which means "I bow to the subtle divine knowledge, the divine teacher within." Sat Nam, which means "I am truth," is another mantra you'll hear in a Kundalini class.


    3. A meditation-heavy kundalini session is also on the cards for beginners, 


    • Each set of Kundalini yoga postures includes movement, breathing techniques, awareness, and recitation of a mantra. 
    • You'll have a minute or two between poses to relax and concentrate within. 
    • After the whole sequence, there is a relaxation, then a meditation, and finally a mantra before class ends.


    4. NOTE: While you are not required to wear all white, it is customary in Kundalini. 


    • Because the color white is believed to fend off bad energy and expand your own aura, it's a good idea to wear it. 
    • To confine the energy inside the body, teachers often wear a white head covering such as a hat, scarf, or turban.



    While anybody may practice Kundalini yoga (unless they have a pre-existing medical issue), this form of yoga is particularly beneficial for those who want to combine a spiritual practice with a physical exercise.


    • Although Kundalini yoga is a demanding practice, its physical and mental advantages make it an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced yogis. 
    • There's a reason the discipline has exploded in popularity, attracting everyone from yoga aficionados to celebrities.




    2 Kundalini Yoga Asanas For Beginners



    1. Padmasana - Pose of the Lotus

     


     

    A fundamental sitting posture is the Lotus. It helps expand your hips, so if you have stiffness in this region, it may be tough. If you have hip issues, move carefully and avoid the position.


    To do the lotus posture, follow these steps:


      • Sit with your legs outstretched on the floor. 
      • Keep your spine in a neutral position.
      • As though you were going to sit in a cross-legged posture, bend your knees outward and bring your feet closer to your torso.
      • Your left foot should be on top of your right thigh. 
      • Then, on top of your left thigh, put your right foot.
      • Unless your teacher instructs you to perform pranayama, inhale and exhale deeply while in Lotus.




    2. Bhujangasana - Pose of a Cobra




    The Kundalini energy is believed to be activated in this posture. Here's how to go about it:


      • Lie down on your stomach, pushed together, with your legs and feet. 
      • The tops of your feet should be pressed on the floor.
      • Placing your hands under your shoulders is a good idea. 
      • Ensure that your fingers are facing forward and that your elbows are parallel.
      • Inhale. Raise your head and torso off the floor, pushing your lower body down.
      • Raise your chest and stomach by straightening your arms.
      •  Pull your shoulders back and down.
      • Hold Cobra for up to 30 seconds with deep breathing. 
      • Return to the starting posture after exhaling.



    3. Danur Asana -Pose of an Archer




    Archer is said to instill confidence and make you feel like a warrior. To do this posture, follow these steps:


      • With your feet together, stand up straight. Rotate your right foot 45 degrees outward.
      • Straighten your leg by stepping back with your right foot. 
      • Bend your left knee, but don't let it reach beyond your left foot.
      • Raise your arms to shoulder level. 
      • Make fists with both hands and raise your thumbs.
      • Rotate to the left with your upper body. 
      • Bend your right elbow and raise your right fist to your right armpit at the same time.
      • Hold this posture for 2 to 3 minutes, looking ahead and breathing deeply.
      • Then swap sides and hold for another 2 to 3 minutes while breathing deeply, with your left leg back and your left arm bent.





    3. Elements Of Kundalini Yoga 



    Long Deep Breathing is the most frequent breath utilized in Kundalini Yoga, and it involves breathing slowly and deeply in and out via the nose while expanding and compressing the stomach on the inhale and exhale.


    • To assist create or release particular energy, each meditation and kriya has an unique breath and posture. 
    • Breath of Fire is one of Kundalini Yoga's most popular and well-liked breathwork techniques.
    •  Breathing quickly equal parts in and out through the nose while pumping your stomach to produce oxygen in your blood and charge your electromagnetic field is known as breath of fire. 
    • When you're worried or overloaded, breathwork is a wonderful skill to have. 
    • To relieve anxiety, we utilize Long Deep Breathing with our left hand over our heart and right hand over our stomach.




    4. Kundalini Yoga  Mantras



    Chants and sound, often known as mantras, have the ability to trigger a chemical response in the brain and body, thus improving your mood. 


    • The emotions we experience, such as pleasure, joy, and sorrow, all have a particular frequency. 
    • We may harness the good force of a mantra by repeating it, whether it's for peace, plenty, or success.
    • Chanting a mantra causes your body to resonate at that frequency, raising your mood to higher vibrations and resulting in a more prosperous and high-vibe state of mind. 
    • You don't have to be sitting in meditation to utilize mantras; you may say them while sleeping or driving, and the energy of the holy tones and sounds will permeate your area, drawing that energy into reality. 
    • We like the mantra for success and wealth in which we repeat "har" (pronounced "HUD") for prosperity.




    5. Kundalini Yoga Kriyas



    You have a kriya—or a series of exercises—when you combine breath, posture, and sounds. 


    • Kriya is a Sanskrit word that meaning "activity," and it is via a particular set of acts and dedication that manifestation may occur. 
    • Kriyas act on all levels of your mind, body, and spirit to help you live a healthy, rich, and vibrant life. 
    • The Kriya for Balancing the Aura, which works fast and efficiently to defend your energy field, increase physical endurance, and raise your vitality, is one kriya you can do today.




    6. Kundalini Yoga Mudras




    Mudras are hand postures that lock and guide energy into various areas of the brain. 


    • Thousands of years ago, yogis used precise hand positions to map out the hands and how they are linked to various areas of the brain and body. 
    • To activate the energy, we always utilize a finger-to-finger placement and push down.


    The Gyan mudra, which utilizes the thumb and index fingers to promote understanding, is the most frequent mudra in Kundalini yoga. 


    • This mudra is made by pressing the thumb and index finger together firmly, which stimulates the tips of the fingers.
    • Jupiter, which symbolizes expansion, is linked with the index finger. You will feel receptivity and tranquility in this mudra. 
    • Unless another active form is provided, we utilize this passive but strong form.


    Another popular and efficient mudra is one that opens communication barriers, which may be useful in a variety of situations, from a first date to a nerve-wracking business meeting. 


    • For one minute, press the pad of the thumb on the Mercury (pinky) finger's nail. 
    • This enables you to have the inner courage to convey all you need. After that, gently press your thumb on your pinky finger to match your communication energy with your ego.




    7. Kundalini Meditation For Beginners



    Kundalini Yoga meditations have a releasing and healing effect. 


    • The energy you release or create during meditation may make you feel completely woken, heightened, and moved. 
    • Kundalini yoga meditations are done at various durations to produce different effects. 
    • A 3-minute meditation has an effect on the body's electromagnetic field and blood circulation, while an 11-minute meditation starts to impact the neurological and glandular systems. 
    • A 31-minute meditation has an impact on all cells, bodily rhythms, and the subconscious mind.



    The following is a basic and easy meditation that you may do on your own to get a sense of how Kundalini might influence your mind, body, and emotions. 


    • This meditation offers you a burst of energy, making it a wonderful exercise for when you first get up in the morning or if you're feeling tired and depleted in the middle of the day. 
    • This meditation may revitalize your concentration, coordination, and spirit by bringing in fresh, bright energy. 
    • If you're weary, do this meditation followed by a gentle Savasana (Corpse Pose).




    The following is a step-by-step Kundalini meditation:


    • 1. Sit with your legs crossed and your spine straight in a comfortable position. 
    • 2. Place your hands together, fingers pointing up, in prayer position at the middle of your chest.
    • 3. Close your eyes and concentrate your attention on the brow point, which is the place between your eyebrows and up a little, where your third eye or 6th chakra is situated.
    • 4. As you inhale, your breath will be split into four equal pieces.
    • 5. After taking four equal breaths in, hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale, splitting the outgoing breath into four equal pieces again and holding out for a few seconds.
    • 6. Pull your navel point toward your spine with each inhale and exhale. It takes approximately 7–8 seconds for each breath cycle to complete.

    • NOTE: This meditation should be done for 3–5 minutes at a time. 
      • We like to include the mantra Sa Ta Na Ma in this meditation, and we recommend that you do so if your mind is racing or your ideas are distracting you. 
      • “Infinity, Life, Death, and Rebirth” is what Sa Ta Na Ma signifies. 
      • This mantra will assist you in concentrating your thoughts and eventually link you to your greatest and most authentic self.




    8. Conclusion



    Other forms of yoga are less spiritual than Kundalini yoga. 


    • Unlike other forms of yoga, Kundalini yoga incorporates chanting, singing, motions, and breathing into precise sequences. 
    • The goal is to help people achieve spiritual enlightenment.
    • Kundalini yoga has a number of scientifically validated advantages. 
    • It may help relieve tension and anxiety, enhance cognitive performance, and increase self-perception and self-appreciation, according to studies.
    • Whether you're pregnant, have respiratory difficulties, an injury, joint discomfort, or balance concerns, see your doctor to see if Kundalini yoga is right for you.




    You may also want to read more about Kundalini Yoga here.





    11 Kundalini Yoga Benefits - 5 Kundalini Awakening Symptoms






      Kundalini Yoga's Scientifically Researched & Validated Benefits



      Kundalini yoga offers a number of scientifically validated and anecdotal advantages. Let's take a closer look at them.



      1. Enhances cognitive performance


        • Researchers examined 81 individuals with moderate cognitive impairment in a 2017 controlled trial. 
          • The participants were split into two groups at random. For 12 weeks, one group did Kundalini yoga and the other got memory improvement training.
            • While both groups improved their memory significantly at the conclusion of the research, only the Kundalini group improved their executive functioning in the short and long term.
          • This involves, among other things, thinking, problem-solving, and cognitive flexibility.

            • The group who practiced Kundalini yoga experienced less symptoms of depression at the conclusion of the research, in addition to cognitive gains.


      2. Anxiety And Stress Alleviation.


        • Kundalini yoga, like other types of yoga, may help alleviate tension and anxiety.
        • Participants in a short 2017 study reported rapid stress reduction after practicing Kundalini yoga. After three months of practice, the impact persisted.
        • A 2018 research found that 8 weeks of Kundalini yoga reduced anxiety in individuals. 
        • According to the experts, Kundalini yoga may be an useful therapy option for individuals suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.



      3. Enlightenment On A Spiritual Level


        • As your Kundalini energy wakes, it's thought that you'll become more spiritually connected to yourself and others.
        • NOTE: These advantages have not been scientifically proved, but they are backed up by personal experience. 
        • The following are some of the alleged advantages:

            1. More empathy boosted creativity and boosted charm.
            2. Internal tranquility 
            3. Improved vitality



      4. Enhances Self-Esteem


        • Kundalini yoga may promote body positivity and self-acceptance, according to a small 2017 research. 
        • Nine women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa had these advantages.
        • The researchers believe that Kundalini yoga may aid in the treatment of eating disorders by enhancing self-perception and self-appreciation.



      Observable Advantages In Terms Of Physiological Changes In Health


      • There are many reasons why individuals choose to practice Kundalini, including its physical and psychological benefits. 
      • As mentioned above, some of the most well-known Kundalini health advantages include a quicker metabolism, improved mood, and reduced stress levels.


      5. Strengthens the body

       

      • Kundalini yoga is a wonderful method to develop and tone your muscles since you maintain each position for a long amount of time (often up to five minutes!).  

      • Some of the more powerful breathing methods, such as Breath of Fire, may also help you develop core strength since each exhale requires you to activate your abdominal muscles.


      6. It makes you feel better.

       

      • The “high” you feel after a hot yoga session is real—research has shown that practicing

      • Kundalini yoga on a regular basis boosts serotonin (the happy hormone) production in the brain.


      7. Blood pressure and heart rate are reduced.

       

      • Kundalini yoga, particularly the deep breathing methods employed during it, has been proven in many studies to reduce the incidence of hypertension.

      •  Long, steady breaths decrease tension and relax your autonomic nervous system, reducing blood pressure and pulse rate.


      8. It improves your memory and concentration.

       

      • Kundalini yoga, according to studies, may improve cognitive functioning by improving attention and memory. 

      • A Kundalini kriya is also recommended by the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation for enhancing memory retention.


      9. Improves your metabolism and digestion

       

      • Kundalini yoga focuses on strengthening your core and diaphragm via a mix of breath and postures. 

      • As a result, your digestion will improve, and experts have discovered that your metabolism will speed up (meaning your body processes energy more efficiently).




      What Role Does Kundalini Yoga Have In Our Lives?




      10. Kundalini is a tool that we utilize to live a life filled with lightness, joy, and limitless love. 


          • You will begin to see how Kundalini Yoga impacts the energy, emotion, and motion in your body, not only by being aware of the geometry of your body, but also by seeing how this practice changes the energy, emotion, and motion in your body swiftly and effectively.
          • We all have “locks” in our bodies where energy becomes trapped and we lose touch with our mind–body connection, the cosmos, and our greatest potential. 
          • Kundalini Yoga draws energy from the base of your spine up, through the roof of your crown, and outward, allowing it to flow freely and establish balance in your energy centers and chakras.
          • Some of the more technical aspects of this yoga practice, such as breathwork, mantras, kriyas, meditations, and mudras, work in synergy with Kundalini practice and they may help benefit you in several areas as a whole.
          • The chanting, breathwork, and some of the postures may feel strange at first. However, in order to get the most out of this spiritual practice, you must commit to it, show up on a regular basis, and arrive with an open mind.


      11. A kundalini awakening may be a powerful instrument for self-improvement and healing, allowing for long-term beneficial transformation. 


          • Life, it is claimed, will never be the same after your kundalini wakes. 
          • Your whole system, including your mind, body, and spirit, receives a tremendous energy boost, enabling you to move through life in a new manner. 

          • The following are some of the advantages of a Kundalini awakening:

              1. Feelings of happiness
              2. Psychic powers improved
              3. Increased creativity as a result of increased compassion and empathy
              4. Spiritual connection is stronger.


      The list of advantages of a kundalini awakening is not exhaustive. 

      After awakening, many people describe wanting to alter their food, work, relationships, and sometimes their whole life to fit their new way of being.




      Your Kundalini Awakening's Signs And Symptoms




      There are a variety of indications that your kundalini is rising. 


      • 1. When we get kundalini "symptoms," that energy is trying to gain our attention and awareness so that we may make the changes our soul wants. 
          • We are then able to become who we were created to be and live our greatest calling. 
      • The following are some of the observable signs and symptoms:
          1. Having an increased sense of intuition
          2. A strong feeling of mission and destiny
          3. The desire to make improvements in one's life
          4. Sleep problems, anxiety, energy spikes, and shaking are examples of physical and emotional changes.


      Whatever symptoms you're having, try not to get too caught up with whether or not they're kundalini and why they're there. 

      • Allow the energy to flow through you instead, and try to cure any unpleasant sensations that arise on a holistic level. 
      • The less you fight these emotions, the faster they'll pass.



      You may also want to read more about Kundalini Yoga here.




      Kundalini Yoga - Aspects, Origin, And Meaning






        What Is Kundalini Yoga?



        Everything and everyone we contact with in life is full with vivid energy. Kundalini Yoga, which wakes you to the force of internal energy, ushered us into a broad spiritual awakening that impacted all area of our life. 


        • Kundalini yoga is intended to improve your consciousness and help you go beyond your ego by awakening this energy. The practice is often referred to as "yoga of awareness."
        • Chanting, singing, breathing exercises, and repeated postures are all part of Kundalini yoga.
        • Its goal is to awaken your Kundalini energy, also known as shakti. This is a spiritual force that is said to reside at the base of your spine.


        Kundalini yoga is derived from kundalini, which is described in Vedantic culture as latent energy at the base of the spine that is awakened through yoga and directed upward via the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection. 

        • Kundalini is a force connected with the divine feminine, according to devotees. 
        • Shaktism and Tantra schools of Hinduism have impacted Kundalini yoga as a yoga school. 
        • It gets its name from an emphasis on kundalini energy awakening via frequent mantra, tantra, yantra, yoga, or meditation practice.


        It's critical to understand what Kundalini is, what it does to your mind, body, and soul, and why it works in order to lead others toward living this high vibrational lifestyle.


        • We will all experience successes, victories, difficulties, and problems throughout our lives. Kundalini teaches us how to respond to life's ups and downs from a more impartial perspective. 
        • This ancient therapeutic practice was the very first yoga ever devised, and its technologies have been scientifically proved to stimulate particular areas of the brain that enhance awareness and produce more balanced control. 
        • This technique aims to strengthen the nervous system on a cellular level and raise your energy awareness via breath, precise movements, and time.




        Origins Of Kundalini Yoga



        Although Kundalini yoga is performed all throughout the globe, no one knows where it originated. 

        The idea of Kundalini energy has been around for millennia, and it was first described around 1,000 B.C. in ancient Vedic writings. 


        • Yogi Bhajan, a Pakistani yoga instructor, is best identified with Kundalini yoga. In the 1960s, he is credited with bringing the technique to Western nations.
        • “Kundalini” is derived from the Sanskrit word “kundal,” which meaning “circle.” 
        • It may also apply to a snake that is coiled. Kundalini energy, according to practitioners, is like that coiled snake: it sleeps at the base of your spine, unaroused.




        Kundalini Yoga Chakras



        Kundalini yoga is used to awaken this energy, allowing it to flow up and down your spine via the chakras.


        Chakras are the seven energy centers in your body according to yoga. 


        They are as follows:


        1. heart chakra 
        2. throat chakra 
        3. third eye chakra 
        4. crown chakra 
        5. root chakra 
        6. sacral chakra, 
        7. solar plexus


        Kundalini energy is said to help balance these chakras and contribute to spiritual health as it increases.

        • Kundalini yoga is believed to lead to spiritual enlightenment with consistent practice. It's known as a "Kundalini awakening."




        What Distinguishes It From Other Kinds Of Yoga?




        Kundalini yoga is a higher spiritual practice than other types of yoga.


        • Physical motions are still used, but they aren't the main emphasis. 
        • This is not the same as hatha or vinyasa yoga, which are both based on physical postures.
        • Kundalini yoga is also more precise and repetitious than other forms of yoga. 
        • Unlike other forms of yoga, Kundalini yoga incorporates chanting, singing, motions, and breathing into precise sequences.
        • Breathing, mantras, kriyas, and mudras are also a critical part of the practice.




        The Major Components Of Kundalini Yoga.




        • Chant to begin. 
          • An opening chant, also known as tuning in, starts each class.
        • Warm-up, also known as pranayama. 
          • You'll perform pranayama (breathing exercises) and occasionally motions to extend your spine. 
          • Pranayama is a breathing technique that teaches you how to regulate your breath.
        • Kriya
          • A kriya is a set of postures, breathing exercises, mudras (hand positions), music, and meditation exercises. 
          • Your teacher determines the duration and intensity of the kriya.
        • Relaxation
          • This enables the kriya's benefits to be absorbed by both your body and mind.
        • Meditation
          • Your teacher will lead you through meditation in order to help you develop awareness.
        • Chant till the end. 
          • A concluding chorus concludes the lesson.




        What Does Kundalini Mean?




        Kundalini means "coiled snake" in Sanskrit. 

        • "Circular, annular" is the Sanskrit adjective kundalin. 
        • In the 12th-century Rajatarangini chronicle, it appears as a noun for "a snake" in the meaning of "coiled," as in "producing ringlets." 
        • In the Mahabharata, Kunda is the name of a Naga. 
        • Kunda is a word that meaning "bowl, water-pot." 
        • The Sanskrit feminine word kundali means "ring, bracelet, coil of a rope," and it is the name of a "serpent-like" Shakti in Tantrism dating back to the 11th century, as recorded in the Saradatilaka.


        What has come to be known as "Kundalini yoga" in the twentieth century, after a technical word exclusive to this school, is really a synthesis of Bhakti Yoga devotion and chanting, Raja Yoga meditation, and Shakti Yoga strength and energy manifestation. 

        • It may, however, incorporate haha yoga methods like bandha, pranayama, and asana, Patanjali's kriya yoga, which includes self-discipline, self-study, devotion to God, dhyana, and samadhi, and tantric visualization and meditation techniques called as samsketas in laya yoga.
        • Laya may refer to yoga methods or the impact of "absorption" of the individual into the cosmic, as in Raja yoga. 
        • The Yoga-Tattva-Upanishad, the Varaha Upanishad, the Goraksha Paddhati, the Amaraugha Prabodha, and the Dattatreya Yoga Shastra all mention laya yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit word laya, which means "dissolution," "extinction," or "absorption." 


        Due to a lengthy history of syncretism, the precise boundaries between traditional yoga systems are sometimes unclear. 

        • As a result, many of the earliest texts on Kundalini originate from tantric and haha traditions books, such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Shiva Samhita. 
        • To attain kundalini awakening, the trained yogi practices "the four yogas," according to the Shiva Samhita, whereas inferior pupils may rely only on one technique: 
        • "Hatha Yoga and Mantra Yoga are two types of yoga. 
        • The third is Laya Yoga. Raja Yoga is the fourth. It is devoid of dualism."

        It was formerly thought that holy energy was generated at the base of the spine in early Eastern religion. 

        • Kundalini helps to “uncoil the snake” and reconnect us to this holy force within.
        • Kundalini was once a study of energy physics and spiritual philosophy, and royalty would meet with Kundalini Masters to hear the ancient scientific teachings of Kundalini as well as spiritual visions. 
        • Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, often known as Yogi Bhajan, is credited for introducing Kundalini to Western society.



        You may also want to read more about Kundalini Yoga here.




        Cosmic Consciousness by Kundalini Yoga



        The holy Himalaya, from wherest daughter Ganges has its source, in the mountains where Shiva Mahadeva, the snowy king was born. The peaks rising high above humanity are his Earthly abode, and the place his wife, Parvati, considers Her home. 

        The holiest spot (kshetra), the Pilgrims have traveled there since the beginning of time to meet and circumambulate (parikrama) Mount Kailasha (Kang Rinpoche), where Lord Shiva lives. The holy Mansarovar Lake is to the north-west of this noble mountain (Mapham Yum-tso). Shiva's paradise has been characterized as a land "resplendent with females, with lasting fragrances of all season's flowers, fanned by cool breezes, shadowed by the still shade of stately trees,... where troops of apsaras sing with madden passion."  

        It is said that whoever contemplates Shiva's abode in the Himalaya is better than whoever worships Shiva in Kashi. This is the pilgrimage's destination, as well as the scene and location of the discovery of several holy scriptures known as Tantras, in which Parvati normally asks Shiva questions regarding the purpose and road to salvation.

        However, there are various types of divine force and directions to sacred action and revelation in Hindu thought. As a result, the Tantric revelation holds that paying obeisance to Shiva and his consort does not require a trip to the actual peaks of the Himalaya or to Kailasha. All Tantras, whether Shaiva or Shakta, insist that a trip to Mount Kailasha is unnecessary, if not useless, since his mystic and symbolic abode is to be found in the thousand-petalled lotus, the Sahasrara-chakra, in the seeker's subtle or divine form. This abode is known as the shivasthana, the location where Shiva resides eternally and where all Yoga and meditation seekers are welcomed.

        Tantra practitioners take a daily path as part of their devotion. An inner journey into the still-yet-vibrating center of cosmic consciousness in the subtle body is imperative and mandatory for the Tantric path seeker, even though an external journey to a pilgrimage center is taken. Although all schools of Indie religion talk of the divinity of the body, the Tantras articulate it in its most complete and structured form. A devotee who abandons the divinity that resides inside his body to worship that which resides beyond his body is likened to a person who abandons his home's riches and wanders as a beggar asking for alms.



        The Cosmos of the Body




        Immutability is a Hindu concept, whereas the celestial divine body is a Buddhist concept. Tantras have a physical form. They thought they were wonderful and had attained enlightenment. They say there is a "etheric double" in addition to the gross or material body, which is subject to degradation and death. The subtle body (sukshama-sharira), also known as a sacred body (divya-deha), or a pure body (siddha-deha), is unveiled, tamed, energised, and sublimated during an arduous Tantra-yoga process for the attainment of consciousness unity. The subtle body is free of defilement and exists independently of the cosmos' spatio-temporal matrix. The pure category of the universe is inextricably bound to this subtle entity. It is associated with the union of the male and female principles, Shiva and Shakti, and serves as a purified dynamic powerhouse for the evolution of the universe across ever subtler planes of universal consciousness. According to the Tantras, awakening the sacred potency of the subtle body does not simply result in the possession of spiritual strength (siddhi). It has the ability to change the body's very substance over time.

        Human ascension to a superconscious state of consciousness, according to the Tantras, entails embodying the whole universe. A state of enlightenment, a shift in influence from the human world to the realm of cosmic consciousness. The body is seen as condensing the whole universe through this comocization. The citadel of the heart has been thought to be the sacred center among us since ancient times. The Chandogya Upanisad is where the concept of divinity-in-the-heart first appeared (VII, 1,1-3)


        The heart is located within the city of Brahman, which is the flesh, and within the heart is a small dwelling. This house is shaped like a lotus, and it contains all that should be searched for, enquired about, and realized.

        So, what is this lotus of the heart that resides within this house?

        The cosmos within the lotus of the heart is as vast as the universe beyond. Heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, lightning, and all the stars are all included within it. Anything that exists in the macrocosm exists in this microcosm.

        The lotus of the heart does not age, despite the fact that the body does. It does not perish as the body perishes. The true city of Brahman is the lotus of the heart, where Brahman resides in all his glory, not the body. 

        The heart of the Supreme Principle, symbolized by the lotus, is the true city of the Supreme Principle, untainted by the mundane realities of everyday life. Later on, this idea was massively extended and developed.

        Tantras and medieval Yoga-Upanisads include a formal paradigm of the microcosm, with lotuses serving as psychic centers of consciousness and self-realization. The micro-macro hypothesis of body universe is the scientific term for this. The divine or subtle body may be visualized in a variety of ways. The holy geography of India's terrain inspired one of the most convincing pictures to explain the correspondence and equivalence between the macrocosm and the microcosm. The Shiva Samhita paints a vivid picture of the divine self's sacred geography, in which the body reflects the sacred land's landscape:

        Mount Meru is encircled by the seven continents in your body; rivers, seas, mountains, plains, and gods of the fields are also present. It contains priests, nuns, pilgrimage sites, and the deities that preside over them.

        There are stars, planets, and the sun and moon; there are also the two celestial forces; that which kills, and that which creates; and all of the elements; ether, air, and fire, water, and earth. Yes, all that exists in the three realms is contained within your body.


        All of the Yogis are doing their specified tasks around Mount Meru, but only the one who understands this is considered a real Yogi. In a related vein, the Shaktananda Tarangini (Chapter l,39ff) depicts the nine planets, twelve zodiac signs, fourteen cosmos planes, seven mountains, seven oceans, and seven islands circling Mount Meru, the Universe's central axis, as forming the framework of the body cosmos. There is a subtle body or celestial body within this outer shell that represents all the stars, planets, astral planes, and elements like a mirror reflects the natural universe. Whatever powers rule the external universe, the inner cosmos is governed by the same rules.

        These are basically poetic representations of God's flesh. The Tantras vividly depict alternative maps of the subtle body that embodies the universe. According to the Tantrikas, we do not perceive our mind as anything apart from our body, like an outer garment, since it corresponds to and is the most personal extension of the Universe. 6 Since the subtle body is regarded as a miniature universe, its arrangement presupposes an inextricable connection with Tantra's ontology and worldview.

        The Supreme Truth, according to Tantric philosophy, is self-luminous— pure consciousness, absolute, and all-pervasive. In its descent to manifestation, this consciousness polarizes as fire. In a religious level, Shiva, the static male principle, represents this consciousness. Shakti, his power, is associated with the feminine principle.

        Shiva and Shakti are also at the heart of life. Shakti is a complex and active form of consciousness. During evolution, the Shakti philosophy completes itself and produces the realm of materiality, which is manifested in a variety of universe categories, including cognitive faculties, senses, their things, and the five elements. The map of the delicate body represents both of these types. Any form in the universe is a manifestation of consciousness (ctl).

        The person loses sight of the unity of cosmic consciousness and lives with a false sense of self as a result of the veiling of shakti. Devi Kundalini, or the Coiled One, is the Shakti philosophy of the universe in the delicate body, conceived as an eternal pool of electricity (Shakti). Kundalini is depicted as a sleeping snake in her unmanifest, latent form. Muladhara, the 'root reinforcement' chakra, is found between the anus and the genitals, and is coiled in three-and-a-half circles along the central axis at the base of the spine. The act of resting

        Kundalini Shakti is as subtle as a perfect lotus-stalk fibre and as vivid as a bolt of lightning. The microcosm is akin to an electric battery in which this cosmic force is stored in a dormant state. When this force is not channeled in a systematic manner, it either withers away or manifests in a small way.

        Kundalini is the spirit that lies at the heart of all life in its broadest sense. It is the source of all forces, qualities, and life forms that this world will take. The energy in the gross form of a normal human is inert, since it does not vibrate or revolve. That it "knots" together our differentiated and dualising mind, which empowers us with a distorted sense of egohood, it lays inert in tangles. These knots are shown in three planes around the body's central axis. They are the results of our previous deeds (samskaras), dooming us to a life of deception.

        They block Kundalini Shakti's complete and unrestricted movement. The ultimate aim of the cosmic awareness inner quest is to rediscover one's veiled cosmic existence. To get the goddess Kundalini up to the highest level of consciousness. This is thought to be the home of the para-bindu, the ultimate locus of the universe's seed.


        Kundalini Shakti is as subtle as a perfect lotus-stalk fibre and as vivid as a bolt of lightning. The microcosm is akin to an electric battery in which this cosmic force is stored in a dormant state. When this force is not channeled in a systematic manner, it either withers away or manifests in a small way.

        Kundalini is the spirit that lies at the heart of all life in its broadest sense. It is the source of all forces, qualities, and life forms that this world will take.

        The energy in the gross form of a normal human is inert, since it does not vibrate or revolve. That it "knots" together our differentiated and dualising mind, which empowers us with a distorted sense of egohood, it lays inert in tangles. These knots are shown in three planes around the body's central axis. They are the results of our previous deeds (samskaras), dooming us to a life of deception.

        They block Kundalini Shakti's complete and unrestricted movement. The ultimate aim of the cosmic awareness inner quest is to rediscover one's veiled cosmic existence. To get the goddess Kundalini up to the highest level of consciousness. This is thought to be the home of the para-bindu, the ultimate locus of the universe's seed.

        Kundalini, in a microcosmic context, is the root of the two most vital currents that control life. The first is Prana, or essential energy, which is present in all of us as air, life, or a source of energy.

        The second is virya or ojas1, a virile vitality that encourages all forms of artistic expression and mystic unfoldment. The awakened Kundalini is felt as a current, kinetic, and effulgent rising up the subtle channel, the Sushumna-nadi, at the crown of the head, the abode of Shiva, the Absolute as Pure Consciousness, in its manifest state (rif).

        Shiva and Shakti are thus found at diametrically opposed points that are linked by the body-cosmos' central axis.

        Numerous etheric pathways and vortices make up the subtle body (chakras). While the details of their arrangement and symbolism may differ from one school to the next, there is a universal model. 8 In the microcosm, there are three key subtle pathways. The most notable, the Sushumna-nadi, the body-cosmos' central axis, is flanked on the right by a lunar line, Ida, which represents the female principle, and on the left by the solar channel, Pingala, which represents the male principle. From the base of the spine, two waves of energy flow from Ida and Pingala, spiraling in opposing directions around the Sushumna, which reaches them between the eyebrows. They then split up into two groups.


        Both the left and right nostrils are involved. Yoga entails bringing these two slight currents together in the Sushumna, the median tube.

        The subtle body simply maps one's divine path from the stage of material life to the final state of beatitude.





        Each of the psychic vortices refers to one of the stages of this yogic path. The microcosm's inner map is made up of seven psychic vortices depicted as circuits (chakras) or lotuses. They are spaced around the Sushumna, the subtle body's vertical axis, which corresponds to the spinal column's line from the base to the crown of the head. In Kundalini yoga, the seven main points of influence in the subtle body (according to Hindu tradition) serve as yantras for inner meditative experience. Geometrical figures, such as wheels (chakras) or lotuses, are used to represent them. They are arranged on the Sushumna, the subtle body's vertical axis, which approximately corresponds to the spinal column and cortex. Each chakra is identified with a sound sensation, aspect, color, deity, animal image, and category of the universe, since these chakras encompass the whole psycho-cosmos.

        The Muladhara (root) Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the first chakra. It serves as a focal point for the psychic body's powers. A square with an inverted triangle is one of its symbols. The snake-symbol of the latent microcosmic form of energy, Devi Kundalini, is coiled around a linga icon in the center of this yantra. It is governed by the element earth, and its seed motto is Lam.

        Svadishthana Chakra is located behind the genitals. It's a vermilion color. It takes the shape of a circle with six petals and a white crescent moon in the middle. The mantra of the water factor Vam is inscribed in the middle.

        The navel center, Manipura Chakra, is ruled by the element fire. It is pictured as a ten-petal lotus. A red triangle with three swastika symbols appears inside the lotus (T-shaped). Am is the seed mantra.

        The fourth, Anahata Chakra, is found in the heart level and is shaped like a lotus with twelve petals and a hexagon in the middle. The Anahata Chakra is the seat of the air elements, and it is a key revealer of celestial sound in meditation. Yam is the seed mantra.

        The Vishuddhi Chakra is located at the level of the throat and is the fifth chakra. It has a smoky purple color to it. A sixteen-petaled lotus with a downward-pointing triangle is the symbol. The symbol of the ether element, represented by a circle, is in the middle. Ham is the seed mantra.

        Ajna, the sixth chakra, is situated between the brows and is in charge of different stages of meditation. A shell with two petals and an inverted triangle bearing a linga emblem is the symbol. Om, the primordial vibration, is the seed mantra.

        The pinnacle of yogic practice, the seat of the Absolute, is represented by the seventh chakra, Sahasrara Chakra (Shiva-Shakti). Four fingers' width above the top of the head is how it's visualized. It is symbolized by a thousand-petalled inverted lotus, which symbolically rains divine radiance on the subtle body. The Sahasrara is colorless since it neutralizes all colors and sounds.

        There are 50 lotus petals from the root center to the center of the brows, corresponding to the letters of the alphabet (matrika) inscribed on the petals. These are the divisions that make up the universe and reflect Vaikhari vak's gross state. Each chakra has its own distinct image, which is associated with a god, animal symbol, mantra, color, rank, and universe plane (see Figure 1). This intricate symbolism depicts the Goddess Kundalini as the microcosm and forms the inner map of the body universe. 9

        The five psychic sheaths of the human body are all attached to these chakras: the Muladhara, Svadhishthana, and Manipura are associated with the visible or corporeal sheath, the Annamaya-kosha. The Pranamaya-kosha, or essential energy sheath, is connected to the Anahata and Vishuddhi-chakras, which manifest in air and ether. The Ajna-chakra represents the third sheath, Manomaya, the emotional sheath, and Vijnanamaya, the intelligence sheath. Finally, the Anandamaya kosa, or happiness body, is connected to pure consciousness, which is housed in the Sahasrara-chakra.

        Awareness and meditation (jnanadhyanaprakasah) expose these internal chakras, which mark the stages of the Kundalini Shakti's spiritual journey. They embody the seven ascension planes and provide the internal structure by which the adorer works out his universe unification. The subtle body scheme also acts as a framework for reciprocal correspondences between the body universes' internal layers and the cosmos' exterior planes.


        In the Subtle Body, the Path and Goal of Cosmic Consciousness



        Internal waystation markers and mirrored yogic mark symbolically unique journey phases as subtle-channels in the to evolution wholeness and lotus of consciousness. The body currents of crucial breath serve as the vehicle for the yogic journey. They quickly pass through the Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna delicate pathways of the body universe to join with Shiva at the crown of the head.

        These psychic sources have been likened to the Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati rivers. And their meeting (triveni) in Prayag, Uttar Pradesh, is symbolically depicted in the Ajna Chakra, in the center between the eye brows, to signify that the worshipper's delicate body contains the greatest holy center. The Ajna Chakra is where certain yoga schools start the meditative path. They conclude that the adept must purify his cognitions and the dross of the dualising mind at the confluence of the three channels before beginning the awakening of the energy. It is the confluence of the three holy rivers, symbolically, and it is here that the original purification takes place before the journey.

        In the same way as a pilgrim is guided by the holy scenery, an inward psychic path is guided by the psychic centers symbolized by the lotuses.

        The Kundalini Shakti ascends like a blazing snake on her way, bursting through vortices and untying psychic blockages that lie in the direction of the Sushumna, the subtle body's central axis. Ascension (aroha) and regression (pranayama) are the two distinct stages of the yogic path (avaroha).

        "She shines brightly in her ascent; she looks like nectar in her descent," the Devigita (Chapt 10.3) says. First and foremost, the yogi, when roused by contemplative methods, leads the cosmic force.

        In the shape of a tapering blaze of light, this force rests in the breath alongside the true self (jivatma). It is brought to the root-centre at the base of the spine by the Yogi. The inner quest then continues. The five gross elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether, as well as their respective cognition organs, are found in the five psychic centers, starting with Muladhara (=earth element), Svadhisthana (=water element), Manipura (=fire element), Anahata (=air element), and Vishuddhi (=ether element). Symbols of god and action.

        The sense of smell and the theory of smell (tanmatra) are related to the earth factor at the base of the spine, as well as the feet as the motion organ. Similarly, other chakras have specific associations.

        The Kundalini Shakti ascends like a blazing snake on her way, bursting through vortices and untying psychic blockages that lie in the direction of the Sushumna, the subtle body's central axis. Ascension (aroha) and regression (pranayama) are the two distinct stages of the yogic path (avaroha).

        "She shines brightly in her ascent; she looks like nectar in her descent," the Devigita (Chapt 10.3) says. First and foremost, the yogi, when roused by contemplative methods, leads the cosmic force.

        In the shape of a tapering blaze of light, this force rests in the breath alongside the true self (jivatma). It is brought to the root-centre at the base of the spine by the Yogi. The inner quest then continues. The five gross elements of earth, water, fire, air, and ether, as well as their respective cognition organs, are found in the five psychic centres, starting with Muladhara (=earth element), Svadhisthana (=water element), Manipura (=fire element), Anahata (=air element), and Vishuddhi (=ether element). Symbols of god and action.

        The sense of smell and the theory of smell (tanmatra) are related to the earth factor at the base of the spine, as well as the feet as the motion organ. Other chakras, too, have specific associations with elements and celestial categories (see figure 1.) They make up the twenty-five categories of formation when taken together (tattvasrishti).

        The celestial energy's primary goal in the body is to remove and consume (layakrama) all five elements, their properties, and the associated consciousness and action organs at each psychic base.

        The method of dissolving these elements into pure celestial awareness starts with each of the five elements consuming and dissolving into the next in their respective psychic centres, together with their mantras, deity reflection, and animal icons. Thus, at the Muladhara Chakra, the earth-element is incorporated into the subtle concept of scent (gandha-tanmatra), contemplating the diety with his animal symbol. The world is melted into water in the next step when meditating on Vishnu and his consort; the subtle concept of scent can be transformed into taste. The true self (jivatma), Kundalini Shakti, and the water aspect should then flow into the navel center's fire field. The yogi should think of Rudra and his Shakti, as well as the lustrous sense of vision, and absorb all of this, as well as the principle of taste (rasa-tattva), into the principle of sight/form (rupa-tattva). The yogi can then move on into the area of air at the centre of the throat. He meditates here on Isha, the air divinity and his Shakti, and absorbs the principle of seeing into the principle of touch (sparsha). And, while discussing Shiva and his consort, he meditates on the area of ether, where he absorbs the previous principle of touch into the principle of expression (vak) and the sense of hearing. The theory of expression (shabda-tattva) is then absorbed into egosense (ahamkara), egosense into mind (mahat-tattva), and mind into subtle Prakriti at the Ajna Chakra. And Prakriti into the ultimate bindu, which represents the Shiva philosophy, residing in Shiva's abode, the thousand-petalled lotus. 10

        Spiritual enlightenment is commonly thought of as a journey from the gross to the subtle, but this movement is just half of the journey's total cycle. The descent of the subtle knowledge of cosmic consciousness is the other part of the inner path. The nectarine bliss of harmony at the Shivasthana, in the highest chakra, is visualised as a spray of nectar flowing down to the lower chakras from the cold rays of the moon of consciousness (citcandrika). The cyclic transition from the essence of consciousness to the mind and intellect, to the sensory organs, the earth aspect, and finally to the outside world of the senses comes to an end here.

        The twin poles through which the whole period of involution and evolution of celestial energy takes place are the earth sphere, the lowest concept in the order of creation and the highest pinnacle of cosmic consciousness. The climb is called samhara-krama, and it is the first half of the path to completeness.

        The Kundalini Shakti is taken back to its original resting ground at the base of the spine on the reverse journey. In the course of her descent, the current divine body is recreated.

        With ambrosial nectar extracted from Shiva and Shakti's union, the energy now reverses her movement and empowers the vortices that lie in her way. This energy must be returned in the same way that she was directed upwards. She returns with a trickle of nectar that she sprinkles on each of the chakras. In other words, she infuses and inundates each psychic vortex with rasa, bursting with Shiva and Shakti's ultimate bliss of unification of consciousness. This union resurrects them and sets the stage for the flood of nectar that results from their joy. The Kundalini Shakti is referred to as the "universal vessel bearing the stream of celestial nectar (brahmandabhanda)" in this act.

        In strictly psychic terminology, the journey can be translated as the unfolding of consciousness from its incipient state to the outpetalling of the soul flower. C.J. Jung has beautifully represented a visual philosophy of consciousness through the animal symbols of the psychic vortices through his long years of study into the mechanisms of the psyche. These are sometimes defined as "vehicles of consciousness."



        Symbols of Animals



        The fundamental elephant force that drives our atus facilitates the reconstruction of root consciousness, our chakra, aware of the Muladhara, which represents the cosmos. The earth aspect represents the earth's sustaining powers.

        Kundalini energy ascends to the plane of Svadhisthana Chakra, where it meets the Makara, or Leviathan, propelled by the energy of the root support. If the elephant is the driving force, the Leviathan is the "engine that keeps you alive in the conscious world," according to Jung.

        Waters, too, are essential for life to exist. Yet, as Jung points out, there is a power it obstructs that for what it is: "the greatest blessing in the waking world is the greatest curse in the unconscious." As a result, the Makara is optimistic, almost like a "dragon that devours." The aquatic energy of Makara turns into a Ram, the holy beast of Agni, or God of fire, in the next chakra, the Manipura Chakra. Ram is associated with Mars, the fiery world, which "represents impulses, impulsiveness, rashness, aggression, and all such things." It symbolises the ultimate act of love. To become mindful of one's passion on a subconscious basis is to seek its sublimation. The robust Ram is replaced in the next Anahata Chakra by a light-footed gazelle, which is also a sacrificial cow. The gazelle is portrayed as a majestic animal that is elusive, quick on its feet, light as air, and "gravity defying," rising high and resembling an eagle. From the Manipura to the Anahata, one experiences "the crossing over" to the sphere of self-recognition, a sign of "lightness of mind and emotion," the ego on its ascent. Here, one travels onto a plane where one recognises one's cosmic ability, leaving behind the mundane social and egoistic personality. This crossing over is very difficult to accept because it entails giving up one's self to the "consciousness that is at the limit." The elephant's symbol reappears in the Vishuddhi Chakra as the milky white Airavata, Indra's bearer. According to Jung, the elephant undergoes a transition, which initially took us closer to our psychic unfoldment. The elephant's blackness has transubstantiated into the purity of white, and the element earth has become ether, the psyche's explosive material. There is no animal sign at the Ajna Chakra. Instead, the chakra's corolla resembles a "winged seed," a full blinding white light perfectly aware of its celestial dimensions. The Sahasrara Chakra, the final summit, is an etheric void that is symbolless since it is "one" with cosmic consciousness.


        When the channel awakens and harmonises, she pierces the twin forces. Sheasunders purifies and empowers the six Kundalini chakras by increasing the knots chakras, sharpening and empowering them with divine strength. When the Kundalini cleanses the Muladhara-chakra, which is aligned with the earth philosophy and springs from the delicate nature of smell, the aspirant is able to taste divine fragrances that are not available in everyday life. The Kundalini expands and saturates the entire body in the form of ultra-subtle pranic energy as the related centres awaken. The dreaming mind is fully overtaken by a vibratory stirring. Involuntary body motions, such as arm and leg trembling, may occur, and one may recoil into a waking state of trance sleep (yoganidra) or dive into a state of divine whirling ghurni, or be overcome by a torrent of compassion. One may adopt a variety of postures and movements on the spur of the moment (mudras and asanas). The unfolding of Kundalini Shakti is marked by many lakshanas13. Someone can be moved to write beautiful poems, sing devotional songs, or gain random awareness of some thing, person, or place. In this state, the adept loses awareness of his detachment from the celestial body, which is his own reflection, and breaks his earthly bonds in an instant.

        The false sense of identification with the body vanishes and the aspirant is free of dualising thinking until the two discordant currents of the lunar (Ida) and solar (Pingala) channels become firmly harmonised in the median channel, Sushumna. He then reaches a state of samadhi, or undifferentiated immersion, on his own. The condition is a striking characteristic of the Shaiva and Shakta traditions.



        Awakened Kundalini 


        When the channel awakens and harmonises, she pierces the twin forces. She asunders purifies the six Kundalini chakras, increasing the knots chakras, across and the median. She sharpens and instils supernatural influence in them. When the Kundalini cleanses the Muladhara-chakra, which is aligned with the earth philosophy and springs from the delicate nature of smell, the aspirant is able to taste divine fragrances that are not available in everyday life. The Kundalini expands and saturates the entire body in the form of ultra-subtle pranic energy as the related centres awaken. The dreaming mind is fully overtaken by a vibratory stirring. Involuntary body motions, such as arm and leg trembling, may occur, and one may recoil into a waking state of trance sleep (yoganidra) or dive into a state of divine whirling ghurni, or be overcome by a torrent of compassion. One may adopt a variety of postures and movements on the spur of the moment (mudras and asanas). The unfolding of Kundalini Shakti is marked by many lakshanas13. Someone can be moved to write beautiful poems, sing devotional songs, or gain random awareness of some thing, person, or place. In this state, the adept loses awareness of his detachment from the celestial body, which is his own reflection, and breaks his earthly bonds in an instant.

        The false sense of identification with the body vanishes and the aspirant is free of dualizing thinking until the two discordant currents of the lunar (Ida) and solar (Pingala) channels become firmly harmonised in the median channel, Sushumna. He then enters a state of samadhi, or undifferentiated absorption, on his own. The state of samadhi is viewed as a state of active consciousness, conscious and absolute, in which the immanent and transcendent are woven into a continuous spectrum in the Shaiva and Shakta traditions.

        The yogi is supposed to undergo both internal and external extension of consciousness. In the ascending and descent of the Kundalini Shakti, he internalizes the world in the subtle body in the first step. His beatific vision of oneness openly manifests in the external universe, mediated by the senses, in the next phase. Unmilana samadhi, or feeling the joy of consciousness with open eyes14, is the term for this. The blissful and holy body is where Shiva and Shakti's artistic union is felt. The planet is not negated or abolished; rather, every atom of the universe is infused with the all-pervasive force of blissful consciousness. The cosmic play of Kundalini Shakti is maintained by the exteriorization of the referential universe into harmony and the exteriorization of bliss into the outer world.



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