Kundalini Awakening – (What is Kundalini?)
So much like any phenomenon that is difficult to encapsulate in our limited vocabulary and intellectual understanding…
Kundalini is just like that…. somewhat difficult to explain because it contains many layers and is paradoxical in nature.
In this video I seek to explain, what kundalini is, in it’s simplest form…as well as share my own personal story of my own kundalini awakening experience..
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The investigation of Kundalini (Divine Serpent Power) commences with the discussion of the philosophy of Gayatri Mahaprajna. Fundamentally Gayatri worship is an experiment of religious ideology and divine sentiments. In it self-research is given chief importance and by generating devotion through meditation/ concentration, the Brahmic consciousness is brought closer and ones psyche gets interwoven in it. Whether you throw a lighted matchstick on a pile of wood or you throw burning wood on petrol; both actions are identical.
The only difference is that via self-surrender and by undergoing Advait (union with God) one quickly sees miraculous results. Instead of total self-surrender even if there is some desire involved no doubt the car will slow down yet it will ultimately give us benefits. And yet one fails to become capable of benefiting others in the world. A swimmer may himself swim yet he is incapable of helping others cross the river like a boatman. This is the difference between desire-based Gayatri worship and desire less Gayatri worship. Through both type of effort, spiritual aspirants succeed in their own way.
If we dive deep into the philosophy of Gayatri worship we realize that our entire consciousness is influenced by the seed of knowledge of the brain. Its role is a major one with reference to bodily sustenance and social behavior. In a very elevated mental state this center is the fount of extrasensory potential (ESP) and it is over here that the blissful activity of uniting a creature with Brahman (God) i.e. attainment of the true human goal is achieved. Gayatris Brahmi-shakti (divine power) is also called Brahmarandhra, Brahmasansthan or Brahmaloka. The area that it influences it is wisdom consciousness. In a symbolic manner Gayatri is also called Brahmani or the wife of Brahma. Its power can be seen as Brahmadand (punishment) that overcomes the wicked and destroys pain and poverty in the material world. In the spiritual field its form has taken the shape of Brahmavarchas.
Over and above Gayatri worship there is worship of Savitri. Savitri worship is very much the material aspect of Gayatri. Power evolves with the help of energy. The 5 elements and the 5 vital forces of our body work as fuel and with its aid the inner fire is activated. This fire activation is Savitri worship. Despite there being a difference in Savitri and Kundalini (Divine Serpent Power) worship they have an equal stature.
According to Indian mythology Brahmaji had 2 wives. The first was Gayatri and the second was Savitri. Symbolically they are wisdom consciousness and material wealth. One is Para Prakriti and the other is Apara Prakriti. Para Prakriti encompasses mind, intellect, psyche, ego, Ritambhara Prajna (divine intellect) and all other areas of knowledge. The second wife Savitri is Apara Prakriti i.e. material consciousness and inert nature. All movements of matter are dependent on it. The revolution of molecules, influence of chemicals, electricity, heat, light, magnetism, ether etc. are under its jurisdiction. Material science by using all these apparatus comes out with infinite inventions so as to give us material comforts. This Apara Prakriti is Savitri. The Apara Prakriti of Savitri is responsible for the body functioning of all creatures and thus the world evolves. It is this power that directs Sattva, Rajas, Tamas, 5 elements, Tanmatras etc. Sidhis (divine powers) and boons are attained via this power of Savitri. Health, long life, might, enthusiasm, daring, beauty and other infinite special qualities are dependent on it. On the one hand it is widespread yet its main focal point is on the poles of earth (macro level) and the Mooladhar Chakra of the human spine (micro level). While performing spiritual practices this is also called Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power). All goals are attained by activating this power. Thus we can generate energy. On analyzing scriptural injunctions we understand that at certain places Savitri and Kundalini are said to be synonymous and wherever they are thought to be different, their spiritual practice and goal is also thought to be different. Yet one fact is eternal that the subtle creation of the body and the mode of awakening will always remain permanently the same. The difference ensues only when the reasons of usage of the power are varied.
Actually within Kundalini Yoga, Kriya Yoga is superior. All spiritual practices like Naadi Shodhan (subtle nerve purification), Trinaadi Parimarjan (washing of the 3 subtle nerves), Shatkarma, Chakravedhan (traveling up the 6 Chakras or subtle plexuses) are such that along with meditation/concentration bodily exercises are also given importance. One has to imbibe the strange cycle of the vital force exercises in Pranayam. While activating Kundalini power Bandha, Mudra and Aasan (posture) are given due importance. But in pure Savitri worship one is limited to the periphery of the head region. Sahasrar Kamal (1000-petalled lotus), Brahmarandhra (center on the inner scalp region), materials in the brain are activated. The Brahmarandhra looks after the inner brain area and the external area is looked after by the third eye called the Ajna Chakra. But when spiritual practices of both Savitri and Kundalini are combined then the method of both becomes an admixture and the results too change accordingly. The spiritual practice which we are about to present here is of this variety. Hence we have discussed stepwise the principles and use of Gayatri, Savitri and Kundalini (Divine Serpent Power).
Whenever in the scriptures Brahmas wife is described as one of these spiritual practices know for sure that it has to be taken symbolically. How can the family of a conscious power be like that of human beings? If anyone so wishes he can give the 2 special characteristics of the element fire viz. heat and light as the name of these wives. If this is unpalatable they can be called daughters. This is what is seen in the scriptures. At certain places Saraswati is called Brahmas consort and at other places his daughter. Hence instead of looking at it as a gross worldly fact it should be accepted in a subtle symbolic manner. Soul power is Gayatri, material power is Savitri. The fruits of Gayatri worship involves advancement of soul consciousness, evolution of our character, working for great tasks, high thinking and endeavor for attaining liberation while yet living (Jeevan Mukti). As against this Savitri worship involves awakening of Kundalini (Divine Serpent Power) so as to overcome the latent, distorted state of vital force in the body via its activation. There are two streams of electricity i.e. positive and negative. Only when both unite is there a flow of energy. Only when Gayatri and Savitri conjoin can all the requirements of spiritual practices be realized. With Savitri worship one benefits not only materially but that with its merging with Gayatri worship, ones soul power evolves too. This is the primary form of Kundalini worship. If it is hazy in our psyche, all efforts in this direction are futile.
In the field of spirituality the path of wisdom is called the Dakshin Marg. It is also called Nigam Rajyog, Ved Marg etc. The path of action is called the Vaam Marg, Agam, Tantra, Hatha Yog etc. All obstacles in its way are destructive. As a result there is chaos and destruction. None are happy to hear or read about the fights between demigods and demons. In fact reading it really agitates us. But when both parties together churned the ocean, all the latent wealth of the ocean was attained by both factions. Everyone knows that as a result of churning of the ocean they got 14 jewels. In the same way when Gayatri and Savitri worship are carried out together it is said to be of the level of cooperation between the demigods and demons.
When Shiva married Parvati, their loneliness was warded off. Through their union 2 sons were born. One was Sidhivinayak Ganesh and the other was Kartikeya, the destroyer of demons. One establishes righteousness and the other destroys unrighteousness. Ganesh blesses us with a divine intellect and Kartikeya, with power. Kartikeya has 6 faces. These are also called 6 Chakras (subtle plexuses). This Skand manifestation should be looked upon as the influence of the 6 Chakras related to Kundalini power (Divine Serpent Power).
Kundalini is nothing but the fire power dwelling in our genitals. Shiva in the form of Sahasrar Chakra (1000-petalled lotus at the top of our head) when activated, results in the outpouring of pollen honey which is Shivas Retas (semen). The fire power of Kundalini imbibed it. Six Kritikas (Pleiades stars) ripened it. These 6 Kritikas are the 6 Chakras. Kartikeya with 6 faces nourished by the 6 Kritikas should be looked upon symbolically as the influential result of the 6 Chakras.
What exactly are these 6 Chakras? Where and why do they exist? In which state do they exist? What is its utility? We will not go into great detail of all these questions. The nature of its utility and scientific analysis will be detailed later. Here we are delving into that Kundalini which is for those people who through the medium of material endeavor wish to attain higher states of soul consciousness. Such people are worshippers of divine energy and think that energy is more important. In the battle between demigods and demons, that energy attained by the demons was wasted by them in lowly activities and then by experimenting on Lord Vishnu or another higher soul power, it was subjugated. When Shakti (energy) worship unites with divinity only then does it succeed. Such attainments are eternal and from the long term point of view it proves beneficial for all living beings. The initial success of the demons witnessed by all was like the proverbial illusory mustard seed on the palm. Shukracharya was an expert of Kundalini Science. It was he who taught this science to his demon disciples. Brihaspati has been the preceptor of the demigods. By asking Yogis, men of penance and experiencers of Brahman to worship Gayatri he made them pious in character which was akin to that of demigods. He too taught them Kundalini Science yet his only intention was to augment piousness. Those knowers of the soul who had materialistic problems to overcome were asked to follow Savitri worship over and above primary education. It was by taking recourse to Savitri worship that Dadhichi, Bhagirath, Lomharsh, Shringi, Vishwamitra etc. could solve material problems. No doubt the ultimate goal was spirituality yet the path, rites etc. of the spiritual practice was changed as per needs. Even the likes of Arjun, Hanuman etc. had to calm mundane strife. Even they had to follow Savitri-Kundalini worship which was a materialistic endeavor under the aegis of spiritual science. Even my own spiritual penance was for this very reason and because I walked on the right path, I tasted success.
When Savitri and Kundalini worship are followed in unison the results are miraculous. Electricity works wonders in one flash of a second. Even a dead body is burnt quickly on electronic pyres whereas rice, lentils etc. take a longer time to cook on wooden fire. This path is best suited for one who does not want a spiritual downfall and yet quickly attain his/her goal with the help of a pious character. Pure Kundalini worship comes under the flagship of Tantra and Vaam Marg. When Gayatri, Savitri and Kundalini are combined this Yoga Path is predominantly the Dakshin Marg.
Predominantly the Lord as Varah, Nrisinh, Parshuram etc. has had to face troubled circumstances. Shiva is called Shiva Bholey Baba (innocent God) or Aughaddani (easy to please) but he too created Veerbhadra out of ire against Daksha Prajapati and thus destroyed Dakshas arrogance. This is a very dire event and hence both activities of calming and killing are carried out.
Under specific circumstances incarnations of Goad and other highly advanced souls propel others to do this task so that their own power is not depleted. Vishwamitra was capable of protecting his own Yajna but in order that his own soul force does not get destroyed lest he manifest anger, he chose to ask the Kshatriya boys Ram and Lakshman to combat demons like Tadka, Subahu, Mareech etc. Vishwamitra taught Ram and Lakshman all skills of a true soldier and thus protected his Yajna with their help. Samarth Ramdas and Chanakya asked Shivaji and Chandragupt respectively to perform those tasks which could have been executed by them selves. The question here is that Brahman radiance is more valuable. This divine power should be protected for higher endeavors and not wasted in warding off strife. Thus with the aid of a combined Savitri and Kundalini worship ones own and alien strife can be overcome and within limits of aptness, ones wealth power too can be augmented.
With the aid of the power generated by a man following the path of austerities one can change not only others but also churn the subtle world atmosphere so as to transform it for the better. This is a fact. Like other 2 divine powers it can be transmitted to others too. One can ask for divine power from one who has attained it from austerities and thus use it for a higher purpose. This is like taking interest from banks. Just as a wealthy man always donates a part of his wealth to the needy so too a Yogi gives apart of his divine power to apt people who in turn overcome trying worldly circumstances and thus establishes world peace and brotherhood. In a family of previous times the breadwinner was one. Other members kept performing small tasks in the house but it was not necessary that they too earn their own wealth to take care of their requirements.
Awakening of Kundalini Shakti (Divine Serpent Power) is very complicated. It is like playing with lightning. As a result there are chances of losing ones life too. While activating Kundalini if there is lack of proper guidance or capacity we have seen people turning mad too. Many were afflicted with palsy and many died too. If a person tries to learn car driving merely by reading books definitely he will land in deep trouble. Even a person who has learnt car driving will be very careful while driving a car and thus help co-passengers reach their proper destination. Over and above gaining knowledge of Kundalini awakening, attainment of Ridhi-Sidhi etc. one should not become hasty and think this endeavor to be very easy to follow. One should never awaken the Kundalini without the help of a true spiritual guide, Guru or preceptor. One may think himself to be very industrious in jumping the queue and marching ahead but know for sure that such an act is full of danger.
The reason why a very cautious discussion is made on the combined spiritual worship of Gayatri, Savitri and Kundalini is that today people are very much attracted to it. Because its a secret science there is a veil covering it. It is apt and very necessary to understand the principle, nature and social aspect of Kundalini Science. Because when such sciences disappear, an intelligent person attaining the rings of aphorism-directions will construct a chain according to his limited understanding. But if there is no clue at all rejuvenating such a science is very complicated. Hence there is no problem in imbibing important aspects of this science. The problem lies in experimentation. If an arrow of words reverses and makes your own voice its target the result is going to be death only.
By not accepting Kundalini worship as mere superficial rites one should understand that the seeker (Sadhak) should have proper credentials. There has to be a basic spiritual penance which has to be undergone and as far as its application is concerned, leave it in the hands of capable specialists.