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Kundalini
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:50:53 PM »
Kundalini is often described from the Bhakti point of view, as the energetic aspect of the Devi or Shakti.
Many sadhaks practicing Kundalini Yoga are worshippers of Devi.

The topic is very sublime and often crowded with wrong notions. It is also out of the reach for many of us.  It is related to mystical experience. Therefore it is better to understand what a mystical experience is.

Here are some of the passages taken from the writings of Gopi Krishna who was graced by Kundalini awakening and who demystified many notions about mystical experiences and brought about a light of understanding regarding them.


#. The class of human beings that has exerted the greatest influence on the thinking and behavior of mankind has been that of the prophets, saviors and mystics, including the founders of all current faiths. Kings, philosophers, rulers, scientists or scholars have, all combined, played a secondary role. Revealed religious teaching has held a fascination and maintained a grip on the human mind that is unmatched in any other sphere of life. This grip has persisted for thousands of years. Why? What makes millions upon millions of human beings believe implicitly in the words of the founder of their faith even in this rational age? While literally flooded by the marvels of technology, why do the masses still have greater faith in the ideals of their religion and the teachings of their prophets or saints than in the rational expositions of scientists and philosophers?

Why do even distinguished scientists subscribe to faith? What is the explanation for this paradox? There are examples where even those rationalists who were atheists in their youth turned religious towards the close of life. Even materialistic political ideologies have not been able to uproot this inherent urge in the masses. No psychologist or thinker has so far provided a rational explanation for this apparently erratic behavior of the human mind.

I am suggesting for the first time an explanation for the profound phenomenon of religion for close examination and empirical verification by scientists and scholars. I do so with a full sense of my responsibility and the duty I owe to humankind and to God. From my point of view, religious experience is not to be treated lightly and cannot form a subject on which everyone can write or talk. It is of the profoundest significance and importance to humanity. This is why secrecy has always been maintained in respect of the esoteric doctrines of faith and why the hidden truths about God and the soul were talked of with bated breath.


#. It has always been felt instinctively that religion is a sacred subject beyond the province of the intellect. The massive Vedas of Ancient India were committed to memory and transmitted orally, generation after generation, for centuries, a prodigious feat, because there was a subconscious awareness that what they contained was of the utmost importance for humankind. The concern shown by theologians and divines for every word and line of the gospels of all faiths, to preserve them from distortion or interpolation, has also been due to the same intuitive impulse.

The reason is that mystical vision or, in other words, the vision of God, is the target of human evolution. Those who had it in the right form exerted a tremendous fascination on the minds of others, because they were the first arrivals at a destination for which all of us are bound. Their teachings have been cherished and acted upon with the utmost care, as they contain hints and guidelines about the Path that all of us have to traverse to reach the same stage.


#. If the race has to survive, not only political dissension but also religious discord must cease. But how can this concord be brought about? In my opinion, the only way is for science to locate the factors responsible for enlightenment. The illuminated founders of all faiths were human beings. They were born and had bodies like others. What mystery lay behind their extraordinary visions, the power of their words and the tremendous influence they exerted on countless human beings constitutes a riddle that has not yet been rationally answered.


#. Mystical vision, enlightenment and prophethood are the natural endowments of a more evolved human brain, brought in tune with the spiritual realities of the universe. Dogmatic barriers to the acceptance of this position will gradually cease when the organic factors responsible for this transformation are clearly demonstrated by the objective methods of science.


#. In the highest states of mystical ecstasy every object springs to life and the whole of Nature becomes alive. One incredible living, feeling Ocean of Being connects the mystic with every object in the universe. Mystical ecstasy is not an altered state of consciousness. It is not normal human consciousness in a state of rapture, or intense absorption in the contemplation of one object, or of quietude in which the mind reflects only a serene and silent state of awareness. It is not akin to the mental conditions produced by LSD, nitrous oxide, hypnosis, biofeedback, or any other artificial method or chemical.


#. There is no class of books that has been preserved with such love and care and regarded with such veneration as the gospels of every faith. They are considered sacred because what they deal with has been extremely rare and the subject they discuss is unfamiliar to the discursive intellect.


#. Present-day writings on altered states of consciousness only confuse the issue. What state of mind do they actually try to represent? If it is mystical experience, most of them deplorably fall short of the actual position. Mystical vision has nothing to do with sorcery, magic, miraculous happenings, weird adventures in the realm of the paranormal, bizarre visionary experiences or fantasies of any kind. In the genuine illuminative state, there is no clouding of the intellect, no riot of colors, no encounters with strange creatures, no weird or bizarre scenes but only an indescribable state of glory, happiness and love, coupled with the direct experience of an all-pervading, extended consciousness, or an Almighty, Omnipresent Cosmic Being.


#. The only sources available to gain correct and precise information about this state are the religious scriptures and the writings of the great mystics of the world. Since illuminated consciousness, and not altered consciousness, is the goal of human evolution, it is of the utmost importance to make a distinction between the works of mystics and the fanciful, highly colored, or sensational, narratives of those who wish to create an applauding gallery for themselves, or who mistakenly believe that they have had the experience without making any attempt to confirm their belief.


#. Augustine, quoted by Eckhart, likens it to being struck by lightning, when one hears inwardly the affirmation “Truth,” to put a seal of authenticity on the experience.

St. Paul fell in a swoon on the road to Damascus and Moses experienced it as a fire in the bush.

Mohammed saw himself carried on a winged horse, called Buraq, to the near Presence of God, and the experience had an overwhelming effect on his life.

In one instant of grace, Buddha realized that he was enlightened. A long period of life spent before that in austerity and religious practices brought forth no result comparable to this flash.

According to the papyri found in Egypt, Jesus is reported to have said,“Let him not who seeks cease until he finds, and when he finds he shall be astonished. Astonished he shall reach the Kingdom, and having reached the Kingdom he shall rest.

One of the Upanishads compares Brahman to a thunderbolt upraised, ruling all the elements of creation.

The Sufi Bullah Shah, sings,“To ascend the gallows is the pathway that leads to the love of the Lord. If you desire to have His vision, be ever prepared to wager your life for His sight.

The Bhagavad-Gita graphically describes the impact:
"If the splendor of a thousand suns were to blaze out together, in the sky, that might resemble the glory of the Mahatman.There Pandava (Arjuna) beheld the whole universe divided into manifold parts, standing in one in the body of the Deity of Deities. Then he, Arjuna, overwhelmed with astonishment, his hair standing on end, bowed down his head to the Shining One, and with joined palms spoke.”


#. In every case of illumination, mere visionary experience is not sufficient. Illumination must be attended by certain objective signs to confirm it. Why has mystical vision such a powerful impact on the mind of the beholder that he or she often becomes intoxicated with the love of God? Why does he prefer solitude to even the most joyous company and renounce the ordinary pleasures of life to revel in a delight before which all the pleasures of the earth seem stale?



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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2010, 03:33:56 PM »
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#. Our difficulty in explaining the nature of mystical experience stems mainly from the fact that we are not able to visualize a state of consciousness superior to our own. We cannot even imagine the state of mind of a musical or mathematical genius. A child cannot imagine the mind of an adult. We can understand the position better if we suppose that consciousness has an infinite series of gradations from the most strong to the most dilute.

This we can illustrate by treating our consciousness as the faint glimmer shed by a spark of fire and comparing it with the blinding glare on the gigantic surface of the sun. The human eye cannot even bear the sight of this splendor. It would be struck blind even when millions of miles away. Our consciousness is an extremely dilute form of this splendor. Another analogy would be to liken our mind to a droplet of water and to compare it to an ocean of life. If this one small droplet of Divine Intelligence in man has been able to create the present amazing world of art, philosophy, science and the wonders of technology, what is impossible for the Almighty Ocean itself?


#. We are not able by any means to look into the mind of another person, as we look into a material object. Any mind other than our own is a completely unknown territory to us. Each one of the six billion human minds, dwelling on the earth, is an enchanted island invisible to the rest. There is no instrument that can see, measure, touch, smell or taste consciousness. Then how can we be conscious of Universal Consciousness, even if all our life we live, sleep, think and act in it? This explains why mystical ecstasy has such an overwhelming impact on the mind. The visionary, for the first time, perceives the all-surpassing splendor of Cosmic Intelligence. This is also the reason why intellect and science are both lost in the labyrinth of matter, for they look at the universe, as it were, through a filtering glass.


#. As the vision unfolds itself, the whole universe seems to melt in the splendor of the One present everywhere. In order to understand mystical ecstasy in its true proportion, it is necessary to mark the difference between the animal and the human mind. The animal mind is extremely restricted and has absolutely no awareness of the world of knowledge, thought, imagination and feeling existing in man. It has absolutely no idea of science, mathematics, philosophy, poetry, literature, medicine, music, painting and sculpture which, all together, comprise a whole world entirely out of the reach of any other form of life on earth.

How has man taken this prodigious leap over the brute? How has the new world opened in him? Obviously it is by the addition of more brain matter and a difference in the quality and configuration of the brain. We are told that the reptilian and animal brains still survive in man. Be that as it may, it is clear that the undoubted superiority of the mind of man over that of the animal is primarily due to the superiority of the human brain. Dolphins, too, have large brains and as is well known, they are among the most intelligent creatures, below man, on earth. Here we come to a crucial point in our discussion. So far as science is concerned, the human brain is a sealed compartment and has no other potentiality present in it over and above those manifested so far. This is an error. So long as we continue to hold this view, the phenomena of mystical consciousness and extrasensory perception will continue to be unsolvable riddles for humanity. We have seen what a tremendous change the addition of some ounces of brain matter has made in the life of man as compared to that of animals. But the mere quantitative or qualitative change in the brain does not explain the whole story. Dolphins, with an almost parallel brain weight, bear little comparison to man. Some small species of monkeys have proportionately larger brains than human beings. The ant with its tiny brain has an organizing capacity and a social order that is amazing.


#. ... but there is another element in nature, imperceptible to our senses, which is at the bottom of all phenomena of life. We can call it by the name of life-energy. It is this force that is credited with magical or miraculous powers in all the occult systems of the past and is known by various names, such as astral light, odic force, psychic energy, orgone, supersolar force, chi, etc. In India, it is known as prana and has been universally held to be the lever behind mystical vision and paranormal gifts for more than three thousand years. Prana can well be the matrix from which even physical energy is born. It might be present in the atom and subnuclear particles without ever being detected by any means known to science. It is, no doubt, a galling position, but it is true. The pranic force, in combination with atoms and molecules, fashions the bricks as also the complex structures of life. For this reason it has been held to be the architect of the organic kingdom and the driving force behind evolution.


#. The power of the Creator that brings the universe into existence is known as shakti in India. Shakti is both mind and matter. Gnosis, or Knowledge, comes from the Creator. This is the divine spark or soul in us, the Inner Light that illumines the mind and intellect. We sometimes become aware of this real "Knower" in states of deep contemplation, or in the impartial Self, which tells us that we are wrong when in the heat of anger or passion, or in any other turbulent mental state, or disturbed reason, we wrongly act or think. It is this Self, or Atman, as it is named in the Upanishads, that becomes more clear and perceptible in the mystical state. Shakti, as the power of the Creator, is incomprehensible to the intellect.


#. Shakti is unconditioned and limitless, capable of creating any kind of world or substance one can conceive of or that is inconceivable. Prana, too, is a form of shakti. It is the energy behind the phenomena of life. It is the Power behind faith-healing and miracles, as also behind time, space, or causality, and also emptiness, timelessness and chaos. What amazing worlds, what incredible forms of life, and what unimaginable planes of existence, it has created or will create we can never know. The dream state is a distant sample to show its bewildering play. It is maya, the incomprehensible and unexplainable illusory power of the Creator, which our intellect can never entirely understand.


#. Indian metaphysics is based on the experience of samadhi or mystical vision. In this state, the subtle worlds of mind and prana become perceptible. In the time to come, science will have to adopt the same methods to reach these transcendent planes. There is no other way for man to find other areas of creation not perceptible to our senses. It is only then that the true proportion of creation can be understood by the human mind, for we deal only with the fraction perceptible to us.


#. The differences in our mental constitutions and character are all due to variations in the spectrum of each individual. In the pranic plane, human personalities exist as clear and distinct as their mortal frames in the physical world. During the course of mystical ecstasy a new, more potent stream of prana enters the brain, creating a revolution in consciousness. The flow of this new pranic current is caused by a slight but clearly marked activity in the brain. It looks as if a hitherto silent area has leapt to sudden activity, demanding a more potent psychic fuel to sustain it.

When the available store of this new pranic fuel is spent, the mystic again reverts to his normal consciousness, returning, as it were, from a smiling, brightly lit Garden of Paradise to the humdrum existence of a prosaic world. No words can express the grandeur and sublimity of the experience nor the happiness and serenity felt during the interval. In rare cases, the experience can become a perennial feature of life. In India, it has been called the sahaja or jiwan-mukta state.


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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010, 10:21:39 AM »
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#. Mystical experience is the perception of this celestial luster as a crown of glory round the soul. The soul is deprived of this Robe of Glory on its embodiment as a human being. But it recovers this Mantle of Light with noble striving when it attains the Illuminated state.

The Chinese sage,Wei-Lang, in his sutra about the indwelling Buddha, expresses the same idea in these lines:
Within the domain of our mind there is a Tathagata of Enlightenment who sends forth a powerful light which illumines externally the six gates (of sensation) and purifies them. This light is strong enough to pierce through the six heavens of desire, and when it is turned inwardly to the Essence of Mind it eliminates at once the three poisonous elements, purges away our sins which lead us to the hells, and enlightens us thoroughly within and without.

The Aitareya Upanishad describes the experience:
He is Brahma, He is Indra, He is Praja-pati (Lord of the Universe). He is all these gods, and these five great elements, namely earth, air, ether, water, light, these things and those which are mingled of the fire, as it were, the seeds of one sort and another, those born from an egg, or those born from a womb, and those born from sweat, and born from a sprout, horses, cows, persons and elephants, whatever breathing thing that is here, whether moving or flying, or what is stationary, all this is guided by Intelligence, is established in Intelligence. The world is guided by Intelligence. The support is Intelligence.

This passage is of tremendous importance. It is the outcome of true mystical experience which shows Consciousness as the bedrock of all creation, both animate and inanimate.


#. A new channel of perception comes into operation. What was but a point of awareness before, inextricably linked to a body of flesh and bone, becomes an Ocean, enfolding the whole of the universe, while the body and the "ego" that made up the personality of the observer recede further and further away, leaving the way open for a Cosmic Intelligence to manifest itself. It is important to remember that the experience is not of an impersonal kind. It is not as if we are witnessing an earthly scene. In the normal experience there always exists the duality of the “Knower” and the “Known,” of the subjective mind and the objective world. This distinction persists even in dreams. Except in deep states of absorption, or the intense embrace of love, this sense of duality is an inalienable part of human awareness. In the mystical ecstasy, the very self is transfigured. It becomes both the subject and the object. The titanic Presence that now dominates the scene is the whole universe and the soul of the individual at the same time. It is the sun and the atom both.


#. It is a breathtaking experience. The narrow, individual self is swept off from its anchor in the body and the world, like a straw carried away by a tidal wave of the ocean, to be confronted by infinity on every side.

This is what Rumi tries to convey in the Dewan-l-Shamsi Tabrez in these lines:
Having put Duality aside, the two worlds (this world and the other) are now one to me. It is One I seek,One I know, One I see and One I call.

Shankaracharya sums up the position in this way:
The verdict of all discussions on the Vedanta is that the jiva (soul) and the whole of the universe are nothing but Brahman, and that liberation means abiding in Brahman, the indivisible entity The Shrubs themselves are authority (for the statement) that Brahman is One without a Second.

The following passage contains an important saying of Christ,
according to the Egyptian papyri:
. . And the Kingdom of Heaven is within you and whosoever knoweth himself shall find it and, having found it, ye shall know yourselves that ye are sons and heirs of the Father, the Almighty, and shall know yourselves that ye are in God and God in you.And ye are the city of God.

This is one of the clearest statements to show that the human body is a temple of the Divine and that the aim of human life is to experience this Divinity. But how can it be possible to achieve the Glorious Vision without transformation of the Self?


#. Evolution is the only rational explanation for this ascent from the normal human perception to the paranormal state where the Kingdom of Heaven becomes a reality through the enhanced powers of our organic frame.


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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2010, 10:50:47 AM »



Dear silentgreen,

Thanks for the very illuminating and instructive posts on Kundalini.

Sakti is the power of mind or rather the power of the Self. Bhagavan
Ramana says in Sri Arunachala Ashtakam, Verse 6:

You alone exist, O Heart, the radiance of Awareness.  In You a
POWER [SAKTI] mysterious dwells, a POWER which without You
is nothing.  From this power of manifestation, there proceeds,
along with a perceiver, a series of subtle shadowy thoughts which, lit by the reflected light of mind amid the whirl of prarabdha, appear within a shadowy spectacle of the world and appear without as the world perceived by the five senses as a film is projected
through a lens.  Whether perceived or unperceived, these thoughts are nothing apart from You, O Hill of Grace.

The power or Sakti is Mahamaya.  Without her one cannot overcome the Maya.  She should only give way to realize the
Sivam.  She is called Grace and Mercy. 

Once someone asked Bhagavan:  "Swami, why are you not writing anything about Sakti?  You are always speaking about Sivam.  Bhgagavan said smilingly:  "Without her, how can I write or speak at all?  She is within me."

Thathagata perhaps, I am not sure, is the Heart-Centre.



Arunachala Siva.         

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2010, 11:20:14 AM »
Dear Subramanian.R,

As far as I have read, I found that most of the spiritual traditions accept the principle of Shakti but each represent it with their own words or symbols. There is agreement in Shakti as life principle or energy, but why represent it with Devi? The difference / disagreement starts here. So different traditions worship Shakti with their own ways. Representation of Shakti as Devi seems to have originated in India. The Tantric tradition have provided a firm foundation to it. Buddhists also have their own tantric tradition (Vajrayana etc) and their own symbols.
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#. There is a great deal of variation in the accounts of mystical vision available to us for study. Apart from the traditional mystics, whose frame of mind was essentially religious and who underwent various spiritual disciplines to attain the mystical state, there have been poets, philosophers, scientists and scholars who had a sudden visionary experience, once or several times in their life, without the practice of any orthodox religious or esoteric discipline.


#. There have been well known mystics in recent times in whom ecstasy started from boyhood, as in the case of Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharishi. In both of them, the state of intense absorption was, as it were, a natural state of mind. Guru Nanak and Jnaneshwar were mystics from birth. The former in his talk, behavior and poetic composition, was a religious genius from the age of ten, while the latter wrote his famous commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, known as Jnaneshwari, and considered to be a classic, at the age of sixteen. There is no rational explanation for these extraordinary cases of mystical consciousness.


#. What physiological factors are responsible for this difference?
No one at present is able to answer this riddle. The moment this difference is located, the enigma of whether the human brain is still in a state of evolution or not will be solved. The human mind is never able to frame a correct picture of the state of its knowledge even a few decades ahead.

The top intellects of the late 1800’s could never have imagined the state of knowledge of the intellects alive now. Similarly, the latter can never correctly visualize the mind of those living in the latter part of the twenty-first century. There are extremely few who can think ahead of their time.


#. The science of life has reached a stage where a breakthrough in our knowledge about the brain is imminent. This would show that the religious impulse is genetically present in human beings. Where it does not exist, a departure from the normal is indicated. The aim of the impulse is to effect coordination between the evolutionary modeling of the body and the surface consciousness of the individual. There is no other explanation for mystical experience.


#. In dealing with mystical ecstasy we deal with a fundamental impulse in the human mind. Modern science has no awareness of the fact that the average human brain, as the result of continued evolution, is now ripe for the manifestation of another mode of cognition superior to the intellect. It is only through this channel that consciousness can be perceived as an independent reality, existing in a boundless universe of its own.

This emergence of this cognitive faculty was designated by the ancient Indian adepts as the opening of the "Third Eye," or the "Tenth Door." The Egyptians represented it by the symbol of the Serpent on the headdress of Pharaohs, the "Eye of Horus," and by other emblems. The whole occult, esoteric, hermetic, and alchemic, literature of humankind revolves round this amazing possibility in the human brain.


#. The life stories of saints throughout the world often contain accounts of their miraculous performances. How are we able to account for then? Patanjali, who flourished centuries before the birth of Christ and was the author of the first authoritative treatise on Yoga, treats psychic, or miraculous, gifts as an inevitable harvest of yogic discipline and divides them into eight categories.

There is a close affinity between the practice of yoga and the disciplines followed by Christian mystics and Sufis and the Taoists of China. The exercises are designed to train and discipline all the constituents of the human personality—imagination, will, thought, emotion—as well as the physical body. Concentration and self-mastery constitute the pivotal exercises. Discipline and mental training have been considered necessary for illumination, or the attainment of miraculous powers, from immemorial times.


#. Nature has built an unscalable wall here to keep the intellect from intruding into a territory that belongs to a superior sense. If this wall did not exist, reason would continue to dominate the mind of man, and the emergence of a higher faculty would never be possible. The natural function of intellect is to help this evolution. Just as it is not humanly possible to arrest the normal growth to adulthood of a healthy child, except at the risk of malformation and distortion, in the same way it is not possible to block the evolution of the human mind, except by causing malformation and distortion of the whole personality.


#. In the mystical state, where there occurs a more direct contact with Cosmic or Christ Consciousness, the warning comes as a Message, or an inspired composition, to draw attention to the digression. This is the secret behind the prophetic utterances and the predictions of upcoming disasters, made by prophets, oracles, and seers, throughout the past and, in our time, by clairvoyants like Edgar Cayce and a few others.


#. Every human being is a ray of the Light Divine. This is what every man and woman needs to know and experience in themselves. This is the glorious prize that every one of us has come to win. This is the message that, in my own humble way, I have come to deliver. There is nothing new in this message. It is written in bold letters, and couched in forceful language, in all the religious scriptures of humankind.


#. I stand before you as a living testimony to the truth of religion and an eyewitness to the experiences undergone by all the great visionaries, illuminated sages and mystics of the past. I became a recipient of this grace by a series of transformations that occurred with great pain and suffering for years. This gave me a clue to the biological factors responsible for the change.

Why I was chosen for the experiment I do not know. This is a wonder and a mystery to me. I had no special merit to deserve the favor. Perhaps heredity played a more decisive role in this transformation than my own efforts. The laws of spirit have to be followed by both the parent and the offspring.


#. Every mystical experience is a testament to our eternal life. Not the life we spend in the embodied state but a life so glorious that it ravishes our mortal senses and the mind - a life so transporting and sublime that the beholder of the vision may even swoon in ecstasy. It might be possible to understand this impact better with the help of the following illustration:
Imagine a man in the grip of a horror dream, finding himself lost in a wilderness with haunting shadows and creeping horrors on every side. In this state of extreme suspense and anxiety, he suddenly sees a terrible lion, with bared fangs, rushing madly to devour him. He screams in terror, with his heart beating wildly and his body drenched in sweat. In that moment of despair, he suddenly awakens to find himself lying on his bed with cheering sunlight streaming into his room.

What words can describe the relief and joy he feels at the realization that it was all a dream? This experience, which most of us have had in varied forms, one time or the other, can convey a dim idea of the relief, happiness and wonder felt on one's first encounter with the soul.


#. This is exactly what happens with the first impact of the mystical experience - the sorrows, depressions, frustrations, disappointments, the pain and the suffering of the world, disappear like mists before the rising sun.


#. It is nothing like what people are writing about: visions, and colors and lights and something of the sort. It is the most intense experience of love, of wonder, of beauty, of music that you can ever have.


#. Every mystic has only used paradoxes to describe a condition that is impossible to convey. It is much more difficult to describe the state than it is for a dreamer to describe waking consciousness. It is something beyond the reach of thought and can only be experienced. Such an example has been given by the sages of India. Just as a maiden, or a youth, can never be made to understand the ecstasy of love unless she or he experiences it, in the same way it is never possible to make another person understand the ecstasy of supernal consciousness unless one experiences it himself.


#. You are sometimes in a state of suspense, sometimes in a state of joy, sometimes in a state of sorrow, waiting for something or facing an unexpected development. Where is it now? Is there any substance of it left? It is like a picture. This is maya. There is nothing underneath. It is just an illusion. Therefore, the picture we should have of this life is of a dream that ultimately ends in nothing; in a flash of memory for all the events that have passed.


#. Physical science has concluded that the principle of causality cannot be applied to sub-nuclear particles. You cannot predict what particle will be at a certain place at a certain point of time. Everything is now based on probability. This is called the Principle of Indeterminism.


#. There is no causality so far as the lowest levels of matter are concerned. No absolute time nor absolute space. All this is an illusion created by our brain. Maya resides in the brain. It is the brain that limits this consciousness and makes it act like a human being or an ox, a monkey, or a bird. Actually, consciousness is beyond fetter. It is the basic substance of the universe.

Just to give you another vision of cosmic consciousness, try to turn your attention on yourself - on this plane of consciousness or awareness - and suppose that you hold a coin in your hand. You are now reading the figures and the picture on it, and all your attention is fixed on this: Your whole consciousness is in the coin. Suppose you have a child in your arms. You are looking at its eyes and kissing it. All your attention is now on the child and your consciousness becomes the child; its beautiful eyes and its red cheeks. Now turn your consciousness to the universe, to the sun, millions of miles away, to the stars, thousands of light years away, to the moon, to the ocean. Now this very consciousness that could only see a coin is now imagining and picturing the whole universe. Leave this picture of the universe and turn it to a pin, and now it becomes a pin.

What is this strange thing of which you never find anything similar in the whole of the earth? We never pay attention to consciousness. We totally neglect it as if it is something just common. It is just my possession. We never take it seriously. We are so careful of the body, but we are never careful about the mind.


#. In a discussion with the late Professor Heisenberg, he said that as a physicist he was in complete agreement with me that consciousness was the basic structure and that evolution was planned. But the difficulty was that the biologists would not hear of it. He said that once we had a conference of physicists and biologists, and a physicist told the biologist,“Now look here, you say that the human body and the human brain have been caused by accident because of the meeting of the atoms and the molecules together, DNA or whatever they call it. Now tell us that if an accident could bring into existence a complicated organ like the brain, or a marvelous creature like the human being, why don't we find a ready-made house with a bathroom and a kitchen and all the utensils prepared already by nature?”
The biologist replied, “You can't understand this,” and ended the discussion.


#. When a new channel of perception, known as the Third Eye in the Indian tradition, opens in some individuals, then a new dimension of the universe comes into view. Then consciousness swallows up this universe in itself, as an ocean swallows up the waves and the tide that flow on its surface.


#. The experience of super-consciousness is something like this: If a crowd of men and women, numbering thousands, stands before me, with different hair, faces, clothes, smiling, talking and listening, and then all of a sudden I put an X-ray on my eyes, what will I see? Not the beautiful faces, the clothing, the hair but only skeletons sitting before me. This is exactly what super-consciousness does.


#. A new form of perception comes into existence. The world loses its solidity. It loses its dominating character. Sometimes it loses even its existence, and you see that while you are still aware of the world - the slope, trees, faces before me - you are also aware that they are all swimming in a conscious ocean of light, like shadows on the wall, and that the reality, the connecting substance between all of them, is consciousness.


#. It is elusive, indescribable, ineffable, totally beyond our imagination, but it is there. At every point, it is as full of knowledge as if the whole of the Encyclopaedia Britannica were contained in it. We judge Christ Consciousness from our own limited consciousness, but our consciousness is an extremely diluted beam of a sun billions of miles away, a sun that we can never imagine. We are an extremely dilute beam, like a speck, floating in a beam of sunlight, but we are one with that.


#. This is one characteristic of higher consciousness. There is another characteristic also: It is a never-ending wonder. If you were to say that you have seen this consciousness spread everywhere, and you realize it, you know it, you would be speaking an untruth. It is the wonder of wonders, and that is what keeps the self-realized man or woman in a perennial state of happiness, charm and wonder.


#. One of the most pronounced characteristics of higher consciousness is that you laugh at death. It is impossible for death to conquer this marvelous substance. You say, “Can there be a death? Can this substance die? Can I be no more?” For you, death is a negligible occurrence. The body will die, yes, but this infinity is everlasting. That is the intimation of immortality that you receive in this encounter.
To overcome the fear of death, seek the light within, which is deathless.


#. No amount of wealth, no amount of medical skill can save human beings at the end of life from the torture and the torment of death except through the awakening of the Third Eye.
The ideal will be, of which there are instances in India, he or she will continue to live with faculties fully alert to maybe 125 years or to 150, He would not die a lingering death in a bed, but when he knows that the end is upon him, he will make the gesture of dissolution and go into samadhi, leaving his body as if it is a pair of old, worn out clothes.


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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2010, 12:40:29 PM »



All subfaiths of Hinduism accept Sakti, Devi or Mother as an important principle.  Visistadvaits say Narayana is supreme but
He has Thaayar - Mother in His chest.  Saiva Siddhantam says
that Siva and Sakti are concorporate, each sharing half of a common  body.  This is Ardhanari, the Principle of Arunachala.  Saktas accept Siva, but they say, that Sakti or AmbaL is primordial and Siva is there along with Her.  Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and Rudra [one aspect of Siva] are the legs of the cot on which She is lying. Advaitam says that Brahman is Primordial which is represented by Sivam [the Consciousness] and Sakti is the Power behind this Brahman for manifestation.  Siva is achalam, non moving but Sakti moves and here there to create the world, sustain it and then absorb it. 

You have made mention of Third Eye with which a Jnani laughs
at death.  Yes. Very true.  This is called by Ramana as Eye of the
eye, the insight of Jnana, after realizing which, the body has to go through the prarabdha and be left at any place, as deemed fit by
the prarabdha. In fact, Siva's third eye is the Eye of the eye.

Very nice.  Thank you, once again.



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#. I can say with confidence that I have observed myself as meticulously and dispassionately as an empiricist would observe an object under his study in his own laboratory, without allowing his feelings to influence his judgment in the least. But the experience is so extraordinary that I wonder whether there is another recorded narrative in the existing literature. In my autobiography, Living With Kundalini, I have refrained from narrating some of the more bizarre incidents, because I felt that it would be entirely unacceptable to a rational mind in the present materialistic climate.


#. However, since my own experience coincided, in almost all respects, with the ancient traditions concerning Kundalini and its transformative effects on the human brain, I considered it a solemn duty, and a service to science, to make it known to the world for investigation and confirmation, in the same way it was practiced and investigated in the past.


#. After the awakening of this Power within me, I oscillated between life and death, sanity and insanity, for nearly twelve years, experiencing the indescribable ecstasies of the mystics on the one hand and the agonies of the mentally afflicted on the other. For part of this period, my mental state became so acute that when retiring to my bed at night, I was never sure whether I would rise alive or sane in the morning.


#. But almost by a miracle, my reason and judgment remained unimpaired. This allowed me to evaluate my mental condition day and night. I clearly saw my whole organism battling with a new situation in my interior, as if a new and powerful psychic energy was operating in my brain and nerves in place of the former, much weaker, current whose passage I could not feel at all.


#. At the same time, I started to hear an inner cadence, varying in tone and pitch from time to time, that has lasted to this day. This play of sound is known as unstruck melody in books on yoga and is an unmistakable sign of the awakening of Kundalini.


#. Inner light is an invariable feature of mystical experience and has been variously described by mystics throughout history. In the mystical trance, the subject finds his visionary experiences bathed in a heavenly luster and sometimes hears voices or sounds, coming out of empty space around.


#. After those years of uncertainty and suspense, I found myself well established in a new state of perception, resulting from a continued biological transformation that had occurred during this long period.


#. I came to realize that every panorama of nature had a beauty for me that I had never noticed before. Every landscape or scene that I observed, and every object that I saw, was bathed in a milky luster which enchanted me, and I could hardly take my eyes from it, so fascinating was the spectacle.


#. My ears were always listening to a melody that enraptured me except at times when I had some health problem. Then the sounds became somewhat discordant and harsh, as if to warn me that something was amiss in my interior. This helped me times without number to assess the condition of my health and to take timely precautions.


#. About the end of this period, I felt an irresistible urge to write in verse, that finally culminated in a booklet of poetry in nine languages, out of which four were unknown to me. I had never before written a line of poetry, and in normal conditions was incapable of writing even a few lines in rhyme and meter, even if I tried for days. But now I found that finished lines, whole paragraphs, or even entire poems, came to me in a flash, as if emerging from the surrounding emptiness. Sometimes, I found it difficult to put them on paper, so rapid was the flow.


#. This new awareness invested every object and every scene with a beauty and a glory I had never perceived before. Instead of ceasing after a time, it became a more and more stable and lasting feature of my consciousness. Today I live in a veritable paradise in my interior.


#. I have been led to the conclusion that Kundalini is the source of inspiration by comparing the creative process in myself with that reported or narrated by other writers, poets, painters, musicians, and others.


#. Ancient texts on Kundalini repeatedly refer to talent and genius resulting from an awakening of the Power. In the Sat-Cakra-Nirupan, embodied by the nineteenth century British author, Arthur Avalon, in his book, The Serpent Power, there are 55 verses out of which ten refer to the development of surpassing intellectual powers and literary talents in the Yogi who successfully awakens the Power:


#. She is beautiful like a chain of lightning, and fine like a lotus fiber, and shines in the minds of the sages. She is extremely subtle; the awakener of pure knowledge; the embodiment of all bliss, whose true nature is pure Consciousness. The Brahma-dvara shines in her mouth. This place is the entrance to the region sprinkled by ambrosia and is called the Knot, as also the mouth of Sushumna. (V:3.)


#. Here dwells the Devi Dakini by name; her four arms shine with beauty, and her eyes are brilliant red. She is resplendent like the luster of many suns rising at one and the same time. She is the carrier of the revelation of the ever-pure intelligence. (V:7.)


#. Over it shines the sleeping Kundalini, fine as the fiber of lotus-stalk. She is the world-bewilderer, gently covering the mouth of Brahmna-dvara by Her own. Like the spiral of the conch-shell, Her shining snake-like form goes three and a half times round Siva, and Her luster is as that of a strong flash of young, strong lightning.


#. Her sweet murmur is like the indistinct hum of swarms of love-mad bees. She produces melodious poetry and Bandha and all other compositions in prose or verse in sequence or otherwise in Samskrita, Prakrita and other languages. It is She who maintains all the beings of the world by means of inspiration and expiration, and shines in the cavity of the root (Mula) Lotus like a chain of brilliant lights. (V:10, 11.)


#. By meditating thus on Her who shines within the Mula-Cakra, with the luster of ten million Suns, a man becomes Lord of Speech and king among men, and an Adept in all kinds of learning. He becomes ever free from all diseases, and his inmost Spirit becomes full of great gladness. Pure of disposition by his deep and musical words, he serves the foremost of the Devas.” (V:13.)


#. He who meditates upon this stainless Lotus, named Svadhisthana, is freed immediately from all his enemies, such as the fault of Ahamkara and so forth. He becomes a Lord among Yogis and is like the Sun illumining the dense darkness of ignorance. The wealth of his nectarlike words flows in prose and verse in well-reasoned discourse. (V:18.)


#. Here abides Lakini, the benefactress of all. She is fourarmed, of radiant body, is dark (of complexion), clothed in yellow raiment and decked with various ornaments, and exalted with the drinking of ambrosia. By meditating on this Navel Lotus, the power to destroy and create (the world) is acquired. Vani (goddess of speech), with all the wealth of knowledge, ever abides in the lotus of His face. (V:21.)


#. Foremost among Yogis, he ever is dearer than the dearest to women. He is pre-eminently wise and full of noble deeds. His senses are completely under control. His mind in its intense concentration is engrossed in thoughts of the Brahman. His inspired speech flows like a stream of (clear) water. He is like the Devata who is the beloved of Laksmi, and he is able at will to enter another’s body. (V:27.)


#. He who has attained complete knowledge of the Atma (Brahman) becomes, by constantly concentrating his mind (Citta) on this Lotus, a great Sage, eloquent and wise and enjoys uninterrupted peace of mind. He sees the three periods and becomes the benefactor of all, free from disease and sorrow, and long-lived and, like Hamsa, the destroyer of endless dangers. (V:31.)


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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2010, 08:22:49 AM »
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Gayatri and Kundalini:

#. Gayatri, the essence of the Vedas, is Kundalini. The three strands of the sacred thread (Gayatri) worn by Hindus represent the three channels of nerve energy, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. The knot, known as Brahma-Granthi, is the difficult-to-pierce knot that blocks the passage of Kundalini at the entrance to the Ajna Cakra. It is after this knot is penetrated that surprising changes occur in the mental condition of the man or woman who has awakened the Power.


#. Gayatri is Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning, and also Vageshwari, the Isvari of speech. In the Atharva Veda (19.71.1), Gayatri is said to be the bestower of longevity, prana, strength, fame, wealth and Divine knowledge.
"One who knows Gayatri becomes proficient in all knowledge," says Yajnavalkya.

"Just as honey is the extract of flowers and butter the extract of milk," says Vyasa, "in the same way Gayatri is the essence of all the Vedas. Perfection in Gayatri is like Kamadhenu (the cow of Indra that fulfills every wish)."

The virtues attributed to Her in the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, and the Epics, are the same as those ascribed to Kundalini in the Tantras and other books.


#. The ancient work, Panchastavi, refers to this bloom in the mental faculties of a Sadhaka in several remarkable passages. Here is typical verse:
O Saraswati (Kundalini as the Goddess of learning), Verily there pours out from the lotus mouths of those devotees who contemplate thy entrancing resplendence, spotless like unto a heap of white lotuses, irradiating the brain and dwelling in the forehead, akin to a stream of ambrosia, an uninterrupted flow of words, clear and full of deep meaning, like the simmering, wavy luster of the Milky Way.


#. Ananda-Lahari (Wave of Bliss), is one of the most magnificent hymns addressed to the Divine Shakti. It is ascribed to the renowned philosopher, Shankaracharya, and consists of 41 verses, out of which six refer to Kundalini as the bestower of knowledge, intellectual preeminence, and literary talent. It is of particular interest that Ananda-Lahari—or the whole work, Saundarya-Lahari, of which it is a part - is said to be based on the personal experience of its great author and his Guru, Gaudpadacarya. But Shankara is said to have raised Kundalini to the Sahasrara himself. He was an intellectual prodigy, a literary genius, and one of the greatest spiritual luminaries India has ever produced.


#. "Thou art the sun which illumines the inner darkness of the ignorant," says Ananda-Lahari in verse 3. "Thou art the channel running with the honey of Consciousness for the unknowing."


#. Karpuradi-Stotra (Hymn to Kali) contains only 22 verses of which at least eight dwell on this aspect of Kundalini. This shows that Yoga is not aimed merely to procure peace of mind, a vision of God, and psychic gifts, but it is designed to raise one to the stature of an intellectual prodigy, blessed with Vaikhari, which means the spontaneous flow of words full of wisdom, whether in poetry or prose.


#. The 125th verse of the tenth book of the Rig Veda is addressed to Vak, the deity of speech. In this hymn, consisting of eight stanzas, the goddess describes herself as the sustaining power behind all gods and human beings..
"I travel with the Rudras and the Vasus, with the Adityas and all gods I wander." She says: "I hold aloft both Varuna and Mitra, Indra and Agni, and the pair of Asvins . . .Through me alone all eat the food that feeds them, each man who sees, breathes, hears the word outspoken. They know it not, but yet they dwell beside me. Hear, one and all, the truth as I declare it. I, verily myself, announce and utter the word that gods and men alike shall welcome."


#. In the Tantras Kundalini is called Vageshwari, the Goddess of Speech. The whole Sanskrit alphabet is shown on the petals of the lotuses, said to be existing at each nerve center, or chakra, on the spinal axis. "Thou art the Fount of Speech,O,Kundalini," says Panchastavi (1.18).


#. The second part of the 6th stanza of that same hymn is significant. It says,"I make the man I love exceeding mighty, make him a sage, a rishi (enlightened seer) and a Brahman."


#. There are other verses in the Rig Veda in which there also is unmistakable reference to Kundalini. These references take the form either of hints, in the hymns devoted to the praises of various gods, or of cleverly disguised allegories. For instance, the second part of the 25th stanza of the 164th hymn of the first book says,"Gayatri hath, they say, three brands for kindling, hence it excels in majesty and vigor." Gayatri, as has been amply shown, is Kundalini, and the three brands are the three channels for the flow of prana—Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. They can also signify the three padas of Gayatri, or sticks for kindling the sacrificial fire.


#. At many places in the Rig Veda the hymns addressed to soma are, in actual fact, hymns addressed to Kundalini.


#. What has been expressed in a veiled or enigmatic form in the Vedas has been explicitly brought out in the Tantras. For instance, let us take hymn 61 of the tenth book of the Rig Veda. It is addressed to Jnanam, or knowledge of Brahman and the higher truths of religion. It is extremely hard to interpret and understand in the normal course, for it deals mainly with Vak, or "speech." Interpreted in terms of Kundalini, the reference becomes clear:
With sacrifice the track of Vak they followed and found her harboring within the rishis (the illuminati). They brought her, dealt her forth in many places: seven singers make her tones resound in concert. One man hath ne’er seen Vak, and yet he seeth: one man hath hearing but hath never heard her. But to another hath she shown her beauty as a fond, well-dressed woman to her husband. . . No part in Vak hath he who hath abandoned his own dear friend who knows the truth of friendship. Even if he hears her still in vain he listens: naught knows he of the path of the righteous action.



#. The 14th Brahmana of the Brihad-aranyaka Upanishad calls Gayatri the Protectress of Vital Breaths (prana). She has not merely three padas, but also a fourth one, and this is the turiya state, or the transcendent state attained in samadhi. The first three padas refer to the three worlds—this world, the upper and the nether one.
But the fourth (turiya), the slightly foot (pada), the one above the darksome, who glows yonder, is not obtainable by anyone whatsoever. The knowing of Gayatri is like fire. Verily, indeed, even if they lay very much on a fire, it burns it all. Even so, one who knows this, although he commits very much evil, consumes it all and becomes clean and pure, ageless and immortal.


#. The 12th khanda of the Chandogya Upanishad is even more explicit. It proclaims that Kundalini is everything that exists:
Verily, the Gayatri meter is everything here that has come to be, whatsoever there is here.Verily, the Gayatri is speech, verily, speech both sings of (gayatri) and protects (trayate) everything here that has come to be. That what this Gayatri is, that is the same as what the earth is. And what this earth is, that is the same as the body of man. And what this body is, that is the same as the heart within him. On this heart the vital breaths are established. These five breaths (pranas) are five Brahmamen, the doorkeepers of the heavenly world. The heart has five openings for the gods, four on the four sides and one on the upper side. These vital breaths (pranas), known as prana, vyana, apana, samana and udana, command these openings.


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#. Although Shakti as Cosmic life-energy does not prominently figure in the Vedas, and only a few hymns are addressed to goddesses, this is corrected by the important position assigned to Gayatri and the numerous hymns addressed to Soma. It is the divine drink that leads to immortality, to eloquence, inspiration, longevity, success, and the vision of Divinity.


#. It is likely that in contrast to the mother goddess cult of the Indus Valley, and its concomitant rituals and practices, the more virile Aryans preferred to honor their own gods and divinities and to frame their own rituals and disciplines for the arousal of Kundalini.


#. In order to keep the secret shielded from the crowd, however, they had to devise a special terminology only those initiated in the practices could understand. The soma drink that served as a common beverage for the Indo-Aryans provided them with a convenient vehicle for giving tongue to their effusions about Kundalini. That the secret was known admits of no doubt.


#. For instance, the second stanza of the Tenth book of Taittiriya Aranyaka says,
"I seek as my refuge the goddess Durga, who is of the color of fire, burning with austerity, daughter of the sun, who is sought after for the reward of rites; adoration be to thy energy."


#. In fact, even the homa or the sacrificial fire of the Indo-Aryans, is a symbolic representation of Kundalini. The spectacle of a leaping tongue of flame in which oblations are poured to the melodious chant of hymns sung in unison by the performing priests, provides a most graphic picture of the inner fire kindled by this mechanism. The energy that rises through the spinal cord, like a pillar of flame, spreading out in the head like an effulgent halo of conscious light, transforms the body and all the vital organs into a veritable sacrificial fire, licking up with its tongue all that one eats and drinks, as the homa-fire consumes the libations poured into it.


#. The Tantric concept of Shakti gradually permeated the whole structure of Hindu religious thought. Tantric ideas formed the background of every religious ritual and esoteric practice. Shiva and his consort Parvati,Vishnu and Lakshmi, Krishna and Radha, Ram and Sita, became popular deities in all parts of India.


#. This transition from the cryptic and allegoric language of the Vedas to indicate the esoteric disciplines, and the altered states of consciousness attained thereby, to the popularization of the basic concepts underlying yoga is thus expressed in the Svetasvatara Upanishad:
Following only in the footsteps of the wise, I merge you both in the ancient Brahman by ceaseless meditation. May the Glorious One manifest Himself. May the sons of immortal being listen-even those who in celestial regions have their abode. Where fire (the Serpent-fire) is churned out, where air (prana) is controlled, where soma-juice overflows there inspiration is born. - The Principal Upanishads, translated by Hume.


#. The importance of continence and its bearing on the evolutionary mechanism is brought out clearly in the Chandogya Upanishad (3.16.1) thus:
Verily, a person is a sacrifice. His (first) 24 years are the morning soma-libation, for the Gayatri meter has 24 syllables, and the morning soma libation is offered with a Gayatri hymn. The Vasus are connected with this part of the sacrifice. Verily, the vital breaths (prana) are the Vasus; they cause everything here to continue.


#. The same point is brought out in the Bhagavad-Gita (6.14) while describing methods for the practice of Yoga, in these words:
"The self serene, fearless, firm in the vow of the brahmachari, the mind controlled thinking on Me, harmonized, let him sit aspiring after Me.". The close connection between brahmacharya and the practice of Yoga is clearly emphasized.


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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2010, 08:42:27 AM »
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In reply to a question, asked by a Brahman about the nature of nirvana, Buddha is reported to have said:
The subjugation of desire, the subjugation of hatred, the subjugation of perplexity - this, O friend, is called nirvana.
(Samyutta Nikaya.)

The last part of the answer is significant. The subjugation of perplexity implies knowledge of the Self. This knowledge cannot be imparted. Every aspirant must gather it for himself. Buddhist esoteric practices also rest on the action of Kundalini, the source of power behind all esoteric disciplines. Samadhi, or mystical ecstasy, is not a random product of a merely subjective mental effort, as is commonly believed. It has a natural organic source behind it. The disciplines merely stimulate this source to increased activity. The whole cerebrospinal system is in the process of transformation in a manner that can only be ascertained with exhaustive research. All great prophets and mystics, and all great geniuses, whenever and wherever born, have been the products of this unsuspected activity of the nervous system.
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2010, 05:28:46 PM »
dear silentgreen,

I have heard some years ago, that scientists are looking into it more closely - into "brain evolution" that is.
They discovered, that during practices something happens to the brain actually. The brain has this part called amygdala. When brain is in fearful and defensive situations - amygdala pushes backwards into primitive brain responsible for "fight or flight". When brain is in peaceful and happy situation - amygdala pushes towards into frontal lobes of the brain (which is mostly unused part in the brain). When amygdala pushes and pushes and pushes toward frontal lobes - a big boom happens: frontal lobes pops. Then it is believed so called "enlightenment" is experienced, amygdala then fixes in frontal lobes never to go backwards.
Since I am not unfamiliar with "bombardment" of the brain during practices, I believe that everything that happens during our spiritual practices is mirrored biologically too.
If I remember correctly even Bhagavan Ramana mentioned "popping" in the brain, when a devotee (it was woman, well known, but I don't remember name) asked about uncomfortable sensations in the brain during practice.

Though, from our stance, all is happening automatically just by abiding in being (whatever understanding of it may be). The mechanism of everything will get to be known after realization, not before it.

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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2010, 09:19:02 AM »
Dear amiatall,

What you are saying is correct. Everything that happens during our spiritual practices is mirrored biologically too. What is suggested here is that the reverse is also true (at least to some extent).

For example, suppose a person is suffering from cold and has nose block. His meditation will suffer. Taking this example a little further, suppose we block the nose of the person who is doing meditation with our fingers. He has to get up. Through the breath flows the prana and whenever prana is blocked, meditation will suffer. This prana is originating from cosmic prana, therefore this cycle of cosmic prana flowing within the individual suffers. Conversely, the more cosmic prana flows through an individual, the individual is spiritually elevated, the individuality starts fading.

The above is a very gross example. Within an individual there are lot of subtle "nose blocks". The science of Kundalini prepares the individual for unobstructed reception of cosmic prana by clearing the blocks and invoking the divine prana. It is a very subtle science. It starts with the biological frame which is in our control. It combines physical exercises, breathing, prayer, meditation etc. The physical exercises clears the gross blocks, pranayama subtler blocks, meditation still subtler blocks etc. The final authority of grace is God. One cannot command Him to bestow grace. But a sincere spiritual aspirant puts forth so much dedication that his life becomes a prayer.
(There are also instances where people have misused Kundalini for black magic)

There are Yoga asanas which clears gross blocks in the body. Just by doing those yoga asanas with proper awareness, meditation will improve. One can then feel that pranic channel in the cerebro-spinal column. Kundalini is not much about the gross brain but the cerbro-spinal channel. Subtle chakras opens up. The person starts perceiving his cosmic dimension also.

Interestingly, I find that Kundalini gives the most graphic reason why continence is necessary for spiritual practices. Lust makes the seminal energy flow downwards and makes a person worldly. Kundalini transforms that seminal energy into divine prana and makes it flow upwards. A person whose energy is always naturally upward-bound is called urdhvaretas.
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2010, 10:16:28 AM »



Dear silentgreen,

I am not much informed about Kundalini.  But Saint Tirumoolar
says in his book that when fire-like prana reaches the Sahasrara,
the yogis feel the taste of milk in their tongue, listen to the
sound of conch-shell, see golden yellow colour in front and smell
the fragrance of magizha flowers and feels the sensation of
ants crawling on their bodies.  This is not siddhic powers but
strange 'feelings'.

Bhagavan Ramana has also said that after death experience,
He felt that he was suffering from a strange but pleasant illness!

Saint Manikkavachagar also says in his Tiruvachakam about the
strange sensations mentioned by Tirumoolar.



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One of the most important points established by research would be that the impulse to evolve comes from within. The colossal dimension of the upheaval caused in the current theory of evolution, and other concepts of science, as a result of this verification, cannot even be imagined at present. The vital role played by the spinal cord and bioenergy is repeatedly mentioned in the ancient texts and in the utterances of Indian saints and mystics. Summing up his own study about the practices of the Nath Siddhas, S. B. Dasgupta writes:

The act of combining the sun and the moon or the perfect control over them implies many things in practical Yoga. It implies, firstly, the retrogressive process of turning the cosmic manifestation back to its original form of rest, and is effected by the Yogins by rousing Shakti and uniting her with Shiva in the Sahasrara.

The combination of the sun and the moon implies, secondly, the Yogic practice in which the male and the female unite and the combined substance of the seed and the ovum is sucked within by the Yogin or the Yogini, as the case may be, through some secret Yogic processes.

Again the practice of purifying and controlling prana and apana, through processes of pranayama, is what is meant by combining the sun and the moon. The three important nerves, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna in the left, right and middle are frequently described in the Yogic texts as the nature of the moon, the sun and fire respectively. The moon is the depository of Amrita or ambrosia which gives immortality, while the sun is the fire of destruction (Kalagni). The moon is situated just below the Sahasrara or the lotus of a thousand petals in the cerebrum region—it is facing downwards; and the sun is situated in the region of the navel or in the lowest plexus (Muladhara) facing upwards.

It is held that Bindu which is the quintessence of the body is of two kinds, viz, the yellowish white Bindu (Pandura-Bindu) and the red Bindu (Lohita Bindu) - the former is of the nature of semen (Shukra) while the latter is of the nature of ovum (Maharajas). The Bindu (i.e. the white Bindu or semen) is contained in the moon in the upper region, while the ovum is contained in the sun in the navel. This Bindu is Shiva and that is the moon-and the Rajas is Shakti which is the sun. (Obscure Religious Cults,by S.B.Dasgupta.)

Interpreted in the light of present day knowledge, the moon in the Sahasrara denotes the flow into the cerebrum of the ambrosial stream, ascending through the spinal duct, drawn from the pranic irrigation network of nerves in the body on
the awakening of Kundalini.

The flow of the ambrosia into the brain at this point is likened to the union of Shiva and Shakti on account of the transporting sensations that attend the process. The Shakti is said to be residing in the Muladhara because she is the active agent in the drama of awakening. The ambrosial current normally starts from the base of the spine, ascending stage by stage until its thrilling entry into the brain.

The conscious principle or, in other words, Shiva, which shows a phenomenal change in the power of perception on the influx of the Shakti, is a passive spectator of this entrancing, amorous play between the two polarities. Hence in some representations of Shiva and Shakti the former is shown lying flat on the ground in a state of complete immobility, while Shakti dances triumphantly on his supine form. In most of the pictorial representations of the gods and goddesses in India some of the hidden knowledge of Kundalini is graphically illustrated.

The reason for the current lack of accurate knowledge about Kundalini, especially in the West, is that a huge mass of literature, extending to prehistoric times, still continues to be beyond the reach of the average seeker.

There are so many different versions of the phenomena attending the awakening - on account of variations in the personal experience of the authors - and such a mixture of fact and fiction, science and superstition, and such a fantastic rigmarole of the supernatural and the occult that it is no wonder that modern students are lost in the labyrinth and fail to locate the nature of the mechanism responsible for the amazing occurrences.

Once the basic facts about the somatic aspect of Kundalini are known, it should not be difficult to devise a key by which fact can be separated from fiction, and the enigmas, presented by the cryptic writings of the past, solved. There is hardly an illuminated man or woman, or a well known saint of India, who has not in some way hinted at some somatic aspect of Kundalini. But the scattered pearls must be collected before they can be strung together into a coherent system in order to bring the colossal implications of this divine mechanism into light.
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