What is Kundalini? The term Kundalini, as used by yogis, refers to the Sacred Fire located near the base of the spine.
The Kundalini has seven layers; each layer has seven sub-layers. Therefore, there are forty-nine degrees of awakening it.
In other words, it is not a matter of whether the Kundalini is awakened or not, rather it is — a matter of how awakened the Kundalini is, or to what degree it is awakened. Even with common people, Kundalini has awakened already, but to a very minute degree.
In India, the degree of awakening of the Kundalini energy is symbolized by the number of cobras hovering on the top of the head of the yogi. The number of cobras symbolizes the number of layers the Kundalini has been awakened.
Sometimes you may see a statue of a yogi meditating, with one, three or five cobras hovering over his head. But seldom would you see a sculpture showing seven cobras on top of the yogi’s head.
Seven cobras symbolize a very advanced soul, a great spiritual teacher. In China, a sage who has fully awakened the Kundalini energy and has mastered it is represented by a person standing and riding on a dragon.
This is why some paintings depict Bodhisattva Kuan Yin in this manner. In Egypt, the awakening of the Kundalini energy, which has risen up to the head center, is symbolized by a snake on the headgear of the Pharaoh.
What is the use of the Kundalini energy in spiritual practice?
The Kundalini energy enables the brain cells to register spiritual or “higher” experiences and stimuli. The quality of the physical body, especially the brain and the nervous system, is improved or upgraded.
After a certain period of time, a person whose is highly awakened may become a genius, a great charismatic leader or a great spiritual teacher.
When is awakened, the positive and negative qualities of the person will be magnified to a very high degree. Kundalini energy is like fertilizer. Whatever seeds are on the ground will be stimulated to grow.
So whatever ancient seeds a person possesses, whether good or bad, will be magnified. This is why a person going into the spiritual path experiences intense inner battles. Therefore, it is important to practice inner purification.
One of the side effects of improper, premature awakening of the Kundalini is having an excessive or unregulated sex drive.
A person may become a sex maniac. Sometimes a person may develop extreme pride, or even become a megalomaniac.
There are many methods of awakening the Kundalini energy, but the process must be done properly.
There must be proper preparation.
First, the physical body and the energy body must be cleansed or purified, so that the Kundalini energy, once awakened to a higher degree, can flow easily without any blockage and without causing damage to the physical body.
Second, it is important that one must practice inner purification regularly through character building. This is done by developing virtues and removing vices or inner weaknesses.
The activation of the heart chakra ensures that the enhanced intellectual faculty and increase in willpower will be used properly and harmlessly.
The activation of the crown chakra enables the spiritual energy to come down or descend in order to (1) awaken the Kundalini energy safely, (2) awaken it to a higher degree, and (3) regulate the Kundalini energy.
The Kundalini energy is brought up to the higher chakras and to the crown chakra by the spiritual energy.
For spiritual practitioners who are interested in a safe and effective method of awakening their Kundalini energy, it is advisable to use the Meditation on Twin Hearts.
In this meditation, the heart chakra and the crown chakra are highly activated first.
Next, the spiritual energy comes down in great quantities and goes to the area near the base of the spine, partially awakening the Kundalini energy to a higher degree, and then regulating and bringing it up to the higher chakras and to the crown chakra.
In practicing the Meditation on Twin Hearts, you may feel your head being pushed down. This sensation is the descent of the spiritual energy.
You may feel the energy going up your spine. This is the Kundalini rising up. When the energy goes to the crown chakra, some may feel as if the head is or will be exploding or may see the head like a fountain of light.
Others may feel an energy pulling them up. Some may clairvoyantly see the stars and galaxies, or feel their consciousness-expanding all over the cosmos.
More advanced meditation practices are revealed in the book and workshop “Meditations for Soul Realization” and Arhatic Yoga®.
Another method of awakening Kundalini energy is by using special practices in Hatha Yoga.
If done properly, and guided by a competent teacher, this method is relatively safe but slow. It is not as powerful or as fast as when one uses advanced spiritual techniques.
Yet another method of awakening the Kundalini is by using visualization and mantras and by awakening the Kundalini from the bottom going up.
This is an old method. There is a tendency of excessively activating the lower nature unless inner purification is done thoroughly. This method is not suitable for the present living conditions.
We are constantly bombarded with excessive sexual stimuli and other stimuli that tend to create excessive and obsessive desire for material things.
Movies show characters repeatedly using foul language and violence, and too much individualistic selfishness.
All of these conditions were not present in ancient times. This method is not suitable for spiritual practitioners living in this kind of social environment.
By safely awakening the Kundalini with the Meditation on Twin Hearts, and other higher spiritual practices, you can experience blissful union with your divine nature as you take this practical journey towards spiritual transformation.
This is just an excerpt from GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui’s latest book “Meditations for Soul Realization”. For more information on how to obtain this book and/or experience the awakening of your own “Sacred Fire” through the guided workshops of “Soul Realization”, please call The American Institute of Asian Studies, LLC at (888) 470-5656 or visit www.pranichealing.com.