"I've been going over the SSS portion of Liber HHH and had a question
for someone who is familiar with the text. As most of us know, SSS
is a meditation designed to awaken kundalini. The first of Crowley's
instructions are that the aspirant should be seated in their
asana, "preferebly the thunderbolt;" he also mentions that "it is
essential that the spine be vertical." My question is this: If this
exerciese is for the purpose of rising the serpent power, then would
not the bhujangasana (cobra posture) be an ideal choice of asanas?
After all, most of the Siva Samhita says that by the practice of the
bhujangasana is kundalini awakened."
Interesting point Chris. But this is not traditional way (not a traditional
yoga accession). First of all the asana in which you should do this
meditation should be the one that you can completely master and that you can
be in it without effort for at least an hour. I am not sure that this is
possible with bhujangasana. The second problem is that all yogis insist that
spine should be completely vertical when you meditate and even more so when
you rise kundalini or else (so they say) you can get in serious trouble. The
third thing is that both siddhasana (thunderbolt) and padmasana (lotus) are
very effective poses for rising the kundalini. They by itself and so without
any effort of consciousness help you to rise kundalini. So I would see no
reason to use cobra pose. There is no doubt that you will be able to better
concentrate in siddasana and padmasana when you'll master them (if you
didn't already) than in cobra posture. And strong concentration is vital for
success in this kind of practices.
If you can master padmasana I would say that this one is the best posture
for rising kundalini and for meditation in general. See Meditations from the
Tantras from Swami Satyananda Saraswati for more details.
But I believe that it would help if you would practice bhujangasana *before*
you start with this meditation.
I hope this helps,
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