Kundalini

What is Kundalini?

Kundalini (or Tummo as it is called in Tibet) is a Sanskrit word that means coil (often depicted as a 3½ circled coiled snake) and explains the workings of the sexual energy when it is moved up the spine and into the brain instead of releasing it out of the body. It is the foundation upon which many religions are built. Every human has sexual energy, however, in most humans the sexual energy does not rise up into the spine and into the brain so it is just called sexual energy. The moment you work on getting the energy up into the spine it is called Kundalini. But this is not as easy as it sounds.

Most yoga traditions aim to awaken the Kundalini (most with techniques not relating to the sexual energy at all, making it a lot more difficult to awaken the kundalini), because these yoga traditions know that the Kundalini is the power that is required to attain the ultimate goal of spiritual achievement, to dissolve into the divine (Yoga). The Shiva Lingam, Shiva and Shakti in union, Kali standing on Shiva and the Nataraja (dancing Shiva standing on Kali or Apasmara) all depict the same thing - the evolution of the kundalini energy into enlightenment.

 

The first Shiva Lingams and the dancing Shiva (Nataraja) were in the form of Lakulisha.

Around the 1st century CE, the Lakulisha cult was established with iconographic representation of Shiva appearing with a club and an erect lingam standing on the demon Apasmara, depicting the sexual energies that can defeat the demons in ones mind with the correct techniques. Lakulisha is known as the last avatar of Shiva.

One of the first Shiva Lingams.

Later on, around the year 600 CE, the ShivaLingams were more pronounced like the one in the Parashurameshwara temple in Andhra Pradesh and here you can clearly see what the shivalingam stands for. It shows you the kundalini process being the sexual energy moving up the spine and into the brain and out of the crown, defeating the demons from the mind (Shiva standing on the demon Apasmara) and becoming fully awakened.

Around 350 CE the first Dancing Shiva images started to show up. This one is from the Vindhyatabi branch of Naga clan rulers (they were always naked) that ruled from Keonjhar district of Odisha in the early 4th century A.D

These are the modern representations of the Shiva Lingam and Nataraja. As you can see is the sexual aspect removed from the statues which in my opinion is really sad as with it the technology and real understanding what it is all about is lost as well.

So what is it all about ?

Irmanyah Effendi was the first person who gave me and my wife a full shaktipath (a non-sexual method to awaken the kundalini) back in the year 2000, so it is a privilege to have him introduce and explain the subject for what it really is.

Padmacahaya Reiki TUMMO™

Traditionally, it is believed that after being awakened, Kundalini will be able to remove the knots of the major chakras, cleanse, open and develop the chakras until they are fully developed into full-blooming lotus forms. By the time the Kundalini finishes opening, cleansing and developing all of the chakras, the core of the Kundalini will reach the crown chakra, the chakra at the top of the head. This is the time you attain the highest spiritual achievement - Yoga

However, it is not so easy for someone to attain Yoga. First, it is very hard to awaken the Kundalini. Some people have spent decades of dedicated practices without being able to awaken their Kundalini. It is believed that only a few were really able to awaken their Kundalini, most of the time with the use of mushrooms like Amanita muscaria and tantric practices. For those who were lucky enough to have their Kundalini awakened, the cleansing process of the Kundalini would still have taken decades. Kundalini requires years to cleanse, open and develop a chakra completely, and the process is done from the base chakra upwards in sequential order. So, as the Kundalini starts at the lowest chakra and spends a few years at this base chakra, it will take decades before the Kundalini can start working on the crown chakra, the 7th chakra. In most cases, one will die before achieving the final goal of the process since the time required is too long. Even if the Kundalini reaches the crown chakra, although wonderful, is just the beginning of the real journey of the Kundalini.

What is Kundalini really for?

Many people get interested in Kundalini energy mainly due to its powerful energy that can give psychic powers. However, the psychic power from Kundalini is not what Kundalini is really for. The psychic power is a by-product of the Kundalini awakening process. Practicing psychic powers is not recommended at all, because it will boost your ego and arrogance thus take you away from True Source. If the ultimate goal is to get closer to True Source and attain YOGA, then anything that takes you away from True Source is best avoided. There are 3 main things that Kundalini is for:

- To improve the cleansing process continuously. Once it is awakened, Kundalini will start doing the cleansing process 24 hours a day.

- Energy that can cleanse and perfect the development of major chakras. Without the help of Kundalini energy, it is not easy to cleanse the inner part of your chakras.

- To unite the practitioner (micro aspect) to the ONENESS (macro aspect) to be able to return to Divine Source as a whole. Called the Rainbow body of full transference.

Kundalini energy provides the bridge to unite the practitioner with the Oneness.

Types of Kundalini Awakening

The first picture shows awakening via tantra or kundalini yoga, second picture shows awakening via ida / pingala shaktipath such as sahaja yoga, the third picture shows kundalini awakening via darshan or being near to a spiritual master who himself has not mastered the subject. The last is the only safe, problem free awakening done by a proper master.

People perform different exercises to prepare themselves for the Kundalini awakening. They may do special physical postures, controlled breathing exercises, meditation, chanting, etc to prepare themselves for the Kundalini awakening. Kundalini is a magnificent power, so that you have to be cleansed and pure enough before you are ready for its awakening. If you are not cleansed and pure enough and start working with Kundalini awakening, you will have serious problems and sickness after the Kundalini is awakened.

After preparing themselves for years, people will normally do special exercises to awaken their Kundalini. There were two very "common" techniques used in the past. The first one was called vase breath technique (kumbhaka in Sanskrit or rlung bumpacan in Tibetan). The other technique is called three locks or bandha traya. Those who were lucky and blessed enough may have gotten their Kundalini awakened after practicing one of these techniques for many years.

However, as the energy released from the Kundalini that has been awakened is so huge and unlimited, they may still experience different problems even though they may have done special preparations for years. So, the Kundalini awakening may not always be a pleasant experience.

Luckily, in this Age of Aquarius, or New Age, spiritual growth can be achieved much easier. As the Kundalini is also one of the most important factors for spiritual growth, Kundalini awakening can also be achieved much easier than in the past. Your Kundalini can be awakened instantly with the help of someone else. This method is called shaktipat and means energy transfer in Sanskrit. In this method someone uses her/his energy to help you awaken your Kundalini.

Different Stages of Kundalini Process

Traditionally there are four different stages in the Kundalini process:

Awakening stage (Arambha)

Cleansing stage (Ghata)

Absorption stage (Parichaya)

Final stage (Nishpatti)

1. Awakening stage (Arambha): Technically speaking, the Kundalini is considered awakened when the Brahma granthi (energy knot) has been broken and the sexual energy can move upwards in the sushumna (central energy channel).

The 3 main Granthi's or knots that block the kundalini. Also referred to as the Dantian's of Qigong.

2. Cleansing stage (Ghata): After the Kundalini energy opens the second big knot called the Vishnu granthi at the heart area, Kundalini energy can flow easier toward different parts of the body to do more thorough cleansing.

3. Absorption stage (Pacihaya): At this stage, the cleansing is done in different body layers. As you know, many therapies are aimed at the mental and emotional body layer trying to isolate each trauma or incident in ones live and clear all the charges from it. When the kundalini does it's job, you do not have to know the incidents anymore or set aside a specific time when you want to discharge the emotions or stuck energies but just stay with the feelings that arise throughout the day and let the kundalini do its work by burning it all away at speeds impossible to get by any other method found on earth.

4. Final stage (Nishpatti): When the Kundalini opens the third and last big chakra knot around the Ajna chakra, called the Rudra granthi, the person is only one step away from achieving self realization followed by God realization, and then Yoga.

When discussing the Kundalini, be aware that there are different terminologies used to refer to the various parts of the Kundalini. Kundalini can be classified into three parts: the core, the fire, and the energy. As shown with this illustration below, the Core of the Kundalini is the Kundalini itself. The core of the Kundalini is the last part that moves. It can only move after the sushumna is open quite wide and is clean. The cleansing is actually done by the fire of the Kundalini. The fire is released/uncoiled energy from the Kundalini. Released energy from the Kundalini looks like fire and it cleanses by burning. The fire will burn all negativities and blockages in the energy body to cleanse your energy body. Burnt negativities and blockages are brought up and out from the body. If the crown chakra is already open, the energy will flow out through the crown chakra. When the sushumna is completely open, this energy flows out around 1,5 meters to 2 meters (4,5 feet to 6 feet) from the crown chakra continuously. From this discussion you can have an idea of how much energy is flowing out continuously. This means that cleansing is being done on you 24 hours a day. So, once your Kundalini is awakened correctly you will experience continuous cleansing 24/7 even if you are sleeping at night. In other words, when you awake in the morning, you are cleaner than before you sleep. This continuous and fast cleansing is intended to help your heart to open faster.

The Core, The Fire and The Energy of Kundalini

Is it Kundalini?

Nowadays, Kundalini is a hot topic. Many people are talking about and practicing the Kundalini. However, you have to be careful because not every movement of energy along your sushumna or the heat at the lower part of your body or energy in your crown chakra is Kundalini.

The energy moving along your sushumna can be another type of chi. For example, if you are channeling energy or drawing some Reiki symbols at the sushumna, you will feel some energy movement at your sushumna. If you draw the symbols or channel energy to the chakras along the sushumna, the sensation will last longer as you have stimulated the chakra and there will be a lot of activity around that area. Heat from the lower part of your body can also be caused by the activity of one of your chakras, or your Kundalini may be stimulated, but not awakened yet. When you try to check the energy on top of your head, be aware that your crown chakra is located there. So, when you check the energy on the top of your head, you will feel the energy of the crown chakra.

How can you know whether the energy you are feeling or sensing is really Kundalini energy? If your Kundalini is really awakened and the whole sushumna is already opened, you should be able to feel the energy around 1,5 meters to 2 meters (4,5 feet to 6 feet) above your head and you can feel that this energy sprays from the top of your head. If you make a cutting movement across the energy fountain, you can feel that you are cutting an upward flowing current. The best and most accurate way of checking your Kundalini is, of course, by using your Inner Heart. Only your Inner Heart knows the real truth. By using your Inner Heart, you will never get lost on your spiritual path.

Stepping stones

In the evolution of the kundalini there are some major stepping stones. In general you can say that when the kundalini has done its job in burning karma, stress and blockages, emptiness remains. This emptiness takes place inside and around the sushumna and normally grows much faster near one of the 3 Granthi's depending on what type of meditation is being practiced. For example in self-inquiry this emptiness will grow much faster in and around the Rudra Granthi, causing at a certain point the realization that there is no "I". This is called Self-realization, a major stepping stone. However if the Vishnu Granthi was the major focus, such as in Bhakti yoga or Christianity the heart will awaken first and a state of God-realization will arise however the I thought will still be there. In tantra and karma yoga you find the Brahma Granthi to awaken first and you can say body-awakening takes place where decease and body problems are no more.

A. Rudra Granthi full awakening - Self-realization, knowing there is no I.

B. Vishnu Granthi full awakening - God-realization, knowing all is God or divine.

C. Brahma Granthi full awakening - Body-awakening, body in radient health and immune to almost anything

Full Kundalini awakening - all granthis partially open

Rudra Granthi and vishnu granthi open

all 3 Granthis open

Many cultures and tribes are using different symbologies to describe the same thing among which the Buddhist were most prominent.

All 3 granthis open and body starts to dissolve: Body of Light - the rainbow body.

Now originally the kundalini was focussed around the sexual energies by moving them upwards through the sushumna where it can do its job in burning all the blockages it comes into contact with while at the same time opening up the Brahma Granthi to keep the body in radient health. This was the fastest and most powerful way of using the kundalini, oftentimes mixed with herbs and mushrooms to boost it even further. It can be clearly seen in the Buddhistic and Indian art (such as the shiva lingam - see below) that the great masters from the past preferred this path over all others. However in modern times most religions started to avoid the sexual energies and the focus was shifted towards the more devotional side or self-inquiry style meditation. The main reason for this is that the tantric approach is a very difficult technique with easy distractions and in modern times sexual energies are frowned upon. Simply walking around naked like everything else in nature is not even allowed anymore because people are too scared around the subject. However let it be clear that whatever method is being used to boost the kundalini, the sexual energies are the most powerful in whatever stage of the kundalini evolution you find yourself in.

Samantabhadra

Shiva & Shakti

Uchishta Ganapathy

Kundalini tools

As you can see in these pictures, not only India and Tibet have kept themselves busy with the kundalini, but almost every major religion has at its core the powerful kundalini.

Winged heart, the Tughra (symbol) of Soefi master Inayat

Perhaps the most extreme tantric practice working with the kundalini and death comes from the aghories in northern India and is called Shava Sadhana - but let me warn you that it is better to just belief me that it is extreme and avoid any research on the subject. Some things are better left alone...

 

An excellent explanation on the kundalini from Swami Khecaranatha