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The Process of Kundalini Awakening

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Excerpted from: http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening.htm (There are useful graphics at this link. This newsletter is 1 of 7 sequential web pages at
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      Excerpted from:
      http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening.htm
      (There are useful graphics at this link. This newsletter is 1 of 7
      sequential web pages at SwamiJ.com on Kundalini Awakening. The other
      pages are available at the link above.)


      THE PROCESS OF KUNDALINI AWAKENING
      Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati

      KUNDALINI IS INNATE FOR ALL PEOPLE:

      At the base of the spine, subtler than the physical body, lies the
      Kundalini energy, or spiritual energy, in a latent form. Regardless
      of what religious, spiritual, or meditation tradition one follows,
      the awakening of this energy, by whatever name you call it, is a most
      innate and essential part of spiritual advancement, unfoldment, or
      realization. Awakening kundalini and leading it to union with the
      Absolute is the goal of the Himalayan sages and the path of Yoga,
      Vedanta, and Tantra.
      http://www.swamij.com/tradition.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-vedanta-tantra.htm

      See also the article:
      Bindu: Pinnacle of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra
      http://www.swamij.com/bindu.htm

      Also, listen to the audio (mp3):
      The Secret of Shiva and Shakti
      http://swamij.com/Sounds/shiva-shakti-same-swami-j.mp3
      http://swamij.com/loop-secret-shiva-shakti.htm

      STAGES IN KUNDALINI AWAKENING:

      The graphics above display the seven major chakras (section #5), the
      left and right energies of Ida and Pingala (section #1), and the
      Sushumna nadi, the central channel that courses through the chakras
      (Sushumna is sometimes called "silver cord"). The six graphics
      visually represent the process of Kundalini Awakening. Clicking on
      each of the six graphics will move you through explanations of the
      stages. Also, there is an index for the contents of these pages.
      http://www.swamij.com/kundalini-awakening-index.htm

      The six stages are:

      1) Prana usually flow in Ida or Pingala
      2) Prana is made to flow in Ida and Pingala
      3) Prana is made to flow in Sushumna
      4) Kundalini energy is awakened
      5) Kundalini is lead upwards
      6) Kundalini rises to Sahasrara

      NUMBER OF STAGES IN KUNDALINI AWAKENING:

      There is nothing especially significant about describing this
      Kundalini Awakening in six stages (the six graphics), as opposed to
      some other number; it is simply a convenient way to explain the
      process. The simplest way of describing the entire process is in
      three stages:

      1) Awakening, opening, or applying Sushumna
      2) Awakening Kundalini
      3) Kundalini arising to the crown Chakra, Sahasrara

      ONE ENERGY WITH MANY NAMES AND FORMS:

      There is one energy (Shakti) that keeps taking on new shapes and
      forms. Each time the energy takes on a new form, we give it a new
      name. See the article Kundalini, Shakti, and a River for an
      explanation of these names and forms.
      http://www.swamij.com/shakti.htm

      SHIVA AND SHAKTI:

      Tantra considers the universe to be a manifestation of pure
      consciousness. Through this process of manifesting, consciousness
      divides itself into two parts, which, though seeming to be separate,
      cannot exist without one another.

      Shiva remains as a static, formless quality.
      Shakti is a dynamic, creative aspect.

      SCIENCE AND PHYSICS:

      Modern science also considers these two forms of energy, though
      viewing them in different ways. Science includes, for example,
      potential energy and kinetic energy (the energy of motion),
      recognizing that they are both manifestations of the same underlying
      energy. Tantra describes the unification of all as the pouring out of
      the energy of consciousness through the manifestation of the static
      (Shiva) through a veiling and projecting process (Shakti), creating
      the levels of the universe. At the physical level, modern physics
      also seeks to find a unifying source, and is in the process of
      explaining this unification through quark and string theories.

      LIKE INK AND THE WORD:

      Shiva and Shakti are inseparable and coexist, like ink and the
      written word, which, though one and the same, are different. With one
      pen of ink, many different words or images can be manifested,
      although there remains only one container (pen) of ink. It is that
      creative process of manifestation that makes the ink appear to have
      different forms and meaning from one word to the next. When you write
      different words, or draw both a circle and a square, you have not
      created a single ink molecule, but have only rearranged the existing
      molecules, creating the appearance of different words or forms. It
      remains exactly what it was in the first place, which is ink. This is
      not negative or merely intellectually reductionistic, but is a most
      awesome, beautiful process. Similarly, the unmanifest Shiva can
      manifest into countless forms through the creative appearance of
      Shakti. Simple metaphors such as ink and written word can be
      extremely useful to contemplate on, so as to understand the principle
      of the one appearing to be two, and how these two dance together to
      form the elegant complexity of manifest reality.
      http://www.swamij.com/shakti.htm

      EXPERIENCING THEIR UNION:

      The journey of Tantra and Kundalini Yoga leads to Kundalini Awakening
      and to the realization of the Absolute, where these two apparently
      different aspects of manifestation are experienced in their original
      union. Yoga means union, or joining, and this union of the static and
      the dynamic is the meaning of Yoga (see also Yoga Sutras,
      particularly sutras 1.1-1.4, which define Yoga). Through the process
      of going ever deeper or higher in practices relating to your own
      constitution, one repeatedly comes to see the way in which seemingly
      different realities and self-identities are only apparent, and that
      manifestation is the mere play of the creative aspect of Shakti with
      the static aspect of Shiva.
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-10104.htm

      CONCEPTS OF SHIVA AND SHAKTI:

      As with many principles of reality, some religious people and
      traditions conceptualize Shiva and Shakti as anthropomorphic deities,
      while others view the two as principles and processes of the
      universe. In either case, the journey of Kundalini Awakening is an
      inner experience, going from gross to subtle, to subtler, and subtle
      most, to one's own center of consciousness, by whatever name you
      choose to call that. In this article, Shiva and Shakti are seen to be
      the two principles and processes of static and dynamic, as noted
      several paragraphs above.

      See also the article:
      Secret of Shiva and Shakti
      http://www.swamij.com/shiva-shakti-secret.htm

      MEANING OF KUNDA AND KUNDALA:

      Kunda means bowl, or cave, and refers to the bowl of fire of
      consciousness resting in the first chakra at the base of the spine.
      Lini refers to that which resides in that bowl. Kundala means coiled,
      as the Shakti forms in a coil there.

      MEANING OF SHAK:

      The word shak is the root word of Shakti, and means to be able, or to
      have power. Hence, Kundalini Shakti is the power of consciousness
      that is coiled in a latent form, in the base of the spine.

      EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL PRACTICE:

      For those who are lesser prepared, the path of external practices
      (bahiyayag) is preferred, which may include external forms of rituals
      or symbolic gestures. For those who are prepared, the path of
      internal practices (antaryag) is available, which involves making the
      mind one-pointed and doing introspection.

      KAULA, MISHRA, AND SAMAYA TANTRA:

      The three schools of tantra are kaula, mishra, and samaya. The kaula
      school starts with the lower chakras, and involves external
      practices. The mishra school also works with external practices, and
      emphasizes the central chakras. The samaya school is the highest,
      emphasizing the upper chakras. It involves no external practices,
      focusing only on the inner (antaryag) practices. (The Tantra practice
      of Yoga Nidra is extremely effective in opening, balancing and
      purifying the chakras. See also the page describing the Yoga Nidra
      CD.)
      http://www.swamij.com/tantra.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/cd-yoga-nidra.htm

      REGULATING THE PRIMITIVE INCLINATIONS:

      Before treading the later stages of Kundalini Awakening, it is very
      important to manage the basic urges. Otherwise, the surge of energy
      may not be handled very well. This means regulating the four
      primitive fountains of food, sleep, sex, and self-preservation.
      http://www.swamij.com/lifestyle.htm

      SPONTANEOUS KUNDALINI AWAKENING:

      The approach of these writings is to describe the systematic process
      of intentional Kundalini Awakening. However, it may also come
      spontaneously to people who have done no intentional practices. One
      may argue that spontaneous awakening may be coming as a result of
      previous practices that are not remembered, but in either case the
      perception of the individual may be that nothing was done to bring
      forward the experience.

      INTEGRATING THE EFFECTS:

      Regardless of whether Kundalini Awakening comes spontaneously or
      through practices, there may be some amount of time and effort needed
      to integrate the effects of such experiences into the body and
      personality. It is a time when stabilizing actions are important,
      including daily exercise, high quality food, regular sleep patterns,
      and healthy relationships with other people. During this time is very
      useful to be around someone who has knowledge of this process, and
      has experienced it personally.

      PREPARATION IS MOST IMPORTANT:

      Preparation is much more important than the practices of Kundalini
      Awakening themselves. If one skips the basics and the preparation of
      body, breath, and mind, then the surge of energy can be more
      disruptive than beneficial. In the Himalayan tradition Yoga, Vedanta,
      and Tantra go together, with a solid foundation being built first.
      The practices of yoga nidra and bhuta shuddhi (chakra meditation) can
      be quite useful.
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-vedanta-tantra.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-nidra.htm
      http://www.swamij.com/chakra-meditation.htm


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