Energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated, as by the practice of yoga, and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection.
[Sanskrit kuNdalinì, from feminine sing. of kuNdalin-, coiled, spiral, from kuNdalam, ring, coil.]
"When Kundalini awakens, the aspirant
listens to cosmic sound. When the Kundalini leaves Muladhara, he hears the chirping
of a cricket; when she crosses to Svadhisthana, the tinkling of an anklet; in
the Manipura, the sound of a bell; at the Anahata, the music of a flute,
and finally, when Kundalini crosses to Visuddha, the cosmic sound Om,
the first manifestation of Siva-Sakti
as Sonic Consciousness. The proper knowledge and understanding of Sonic
Consciousness leads to the attainment of Supreme Consciousness."...
"The presence of the syllable Om within the inner triangle of Ajna [the third eye], the sixth chakra, is a clear indication that the associated symbolism is of that origin, the beginning of all things and also of their end. Om is in equal measure the sonic vibration from which all things emerge, and that into which they must eventually be reabsorbed at the end of the cosmic cycle."...
'Anja, meaning 'command', the sixth chakra, situated between the eyebrows in the subtle body. A major chakra, the centre at which consciousness goes 'transpersonal'.'
"The wisdom centre (Ajna) shines with the light of Cosmic Consciousness and reveals the universe in its unified wholeness of being. But in doing so it does not blot out the infinite richness of multicloured variations of the cosmic theme. It embraces infinite multiplicity in a flash of intuition and the infinite stream of time in an eternal now."
- _Kundalini: The Arousal
of the Inner Energy_, by Ajit Mookerjee.
As stated above, the Vishnu Granthi is difficult to untie because of its connection with the genetic code. This is one reason for the creation of the institution of asceticism called sannyasa in India. By entering this order one becomes dead in the social sense; his new birth begins in a spiritual order, and he is called 'twice-born'. The family of the person entering sannyasa is supposed to perform all of his funerary rites. This enables the aspirant to free himself from the deep ties of genetic code. Initiation given to the aspirant at this time helps him to untie the Vishnu Granthi."
[Rudra Granthi being the third eye/ajna]
- _Chakras: Energy Centers
of Transformation_, Harish Johari.
That a sequence of unusually
strong physiological reactions accompanies the rise of Kundalini we already
know from Tantric texts, from which we also learn to expect a series of
unusual psychological changes. Most meditators understand these to be the
effect of the meditation process and so are not unduly alarmed. However,
among non-meditators or among socio-cultural groups who do not have access
about Kundalini energy, similar reactions may be triggered off by environmental
stimuli. The experiements of Bentov show that exposure to certain mechanical
vibration, electromagnetic waves
or sonic vibration can be responsible. The resultant symptoms, presented
for medical attention, have not till recently been fully recongnized or
understood for what they are. It is Itzhak Bentov who in his various experiments
indicates that far from being a neurotic aberration, these 'kundalini'
states indicate an alteration in consciousness linked to alterations in
bodily rhythm and bio-magnetic field.
Bentov's observations (using ballistocardiogram) of the seated subject engaged in deep meditation reveal a rhythmic sine wave pattern. He attributes this to the development during the course of meditation of a 'standing wave' in the aorta, the main artery from the heart, that is reflected in rhythmic motion of the body. This resonating oscillator -the heart aorta system- in turn 'entrains' further bio-oscillators -the brain, the cerebral ventricles and the sensory cortex of the brain- which together effect a modification of the cerebral magnetic field. This co-ordinated system activates a travelling stimulus, an oscillating 'current', in the sensory cortex tissue, which is finally polarized to a point where each hemisphere of the brain produces a pulsating magnetic field. Bentov writes: 'This magnetic field -radiated by the head acting as an antenna -interacts with the electric and magnetic fields already in the environment. We may consider the head as simultaneously a transmitting and receiving antenna, tuned to a particular one of the several resonant frequencies of the brain.' Bentov suggests that the 'kundalini' effect may be regarded as part of a development of the nervous system: 'We can postulate that our magnetic 'antennae' will bring in information about our extended system -the planet and the sun- and will allow us to interpret geophysical phenomena and signals to better advantage.'"
'Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy',
by Ajit Mookerjee.
Destiny Books, 1982.
I think the word that most people use for it is the kundalini. But
that's what it is.
--David Hudson, Dallas presentation
Location: near Copenhagen, DENMARK
Kundalini has been called the lifeforce -- the vital, animating current within all creation. The energy of Kundalini has been used everywhere in the world for healing and accessing spiritual experience. The Greek philosopher, mathematician and physician Pythagoras knew it as pneuma, which, according tometaphysical researcher Mary Coddington, "came from a central fire in the universe and provided man not only with his vitality, but his immortal soul." The Turkish genius and founder of neurology Galen, born in 129 A.D., also spoke of pneuma. (Mary Coddington, _Seekers of the Healing Energy_)
Hippocrates seemed to be aware of it as well; he referred to it as vis medicatrix naturae. To the French philosopher Henri Bergson, it was the . The brilliant physician Paracelsus, born in 1493, was convinced of "a healing energy that radiates within and around man like a luminous sphere," says Coddington. "This force, which he called archaeus, could operate at a distance and was able both to cause and cure disease."
In a book entitled _Comte
de Gabali_s, published in Paris three hundred years ago, the Abbe N. de
Montefaucon de Villars was quite familiar with Kundalini: "The primordial electricity
or solar force, semilatent with the aura of every human being, was known
to the Greeks as the Speirema, the serpent coil; and in the Upanishads,
the sacred writings of India, it is said to lie coiled up like a slumbering
serpent." (_Kundalini for the New Age_)
The Flemish chemist Jan Baptista van Helmont perceived magnetic fluids emitting from the body; in the 1800's, Mesmer described this phenomena as a mobile fluid which could be influenced for healing purposes. The famous psychic Edgar Cayce, Coddington notes, "described a flow of energy in the body that is shaped like the figure eight, with the lines crossing at the solar plexus." And D.D. Palmer, who is credited with founding chiropractic medicine, identified a life energy which was also to be found in "that Intelligence which fills the universe." He named it the "Innate." Says Coddington, "This Innate was the power that kept the automatic system functioning, and it expressed itself through the nervous system."
This lifeforce or energetic expression of the divine is known by many names in other cultures. The Mexican Huichols call it kupuri, the Dakota Indians speak of wakan; the Hurons of oki; the Algonquian of manitou; the African Sotho of moya; the Bantu of nzmbi; the Australians of joja; the Dajak of Indonesia of petara; the Batak of Sumatra of tondi; the Eskimos of quaumaneq, the Hebrews of ruach; the Chinese of chi or ki.
Traditionally, the Hindus
regard Kundalini as the divine mother, the earth goddess indwelling in
all form and phenomena. The Sanskrit word kundalin, according to mythologist Joseph
Campbell, means "that which is coiled or spiral in nature." Charles
Breaux says that this "refers to the spiral patterns of energy found throughout
the natural world, from the DNA
molecule to the shape of galaxies." (from _Journey Into Consciousness_)
Theosophist G.S. Arundale tells us that the verb kund means "to burn" and is significant in relation to the fiery aspect of Kundalini. He goes on to say that kunda refers to a hole or a bowl -- "Here we are given an idea of the vessel in which the Fire burns." And kundala represents a coil, spiral or ring, which expresses the way the inner fire unfolds. "Out of all these essential derivatives," says Arundale, "the word Kundalini is born, giving creative femininity to the Fire, Serpent-Fire as it is sometimes called, the feminine creative power asleep within a bowl, within a womb, awakening to rhythmic movement in uprushing and downpouring streams of Fire." (_Kundalini: An Occult Experience)
In her analysis of Teilhard de Chardin's work, religious scholar Beatrice Bruteau says that Teilhard often equates the primal energy of the universe to a devouring divine fire: "It is... pointed out by science in the form of the various energies of the world, from nuclear fusion in the stars, to life, to soul. In all these ways, `See, the universe is ablaze!' he cries. Fire is, for Teilhard, the archetypal energy; it represents the ultimate energy of which all other energies are special manifestations... Everything is illumined and animated from within by this divine Fire. god is in the world as `a universal transparency aglow with fire.'" (from _Evolution Toward Divinity_)
In what sounds suspiciously like a description of the awakened Kundalini, Bruteau continues: "For we ourselves are now the fuel of this living flame... We must open our arms to `call down and welcome the Fire.' It is not enough to contemplate this 'super-substantial, personal Fire which solicitously preserves what it consumes. We must resolutely give ourselves to it as food."