All beings are different forms of the universal cosmic energy. This infinite cosmic power appears in a dynamic state during the creative process and after having accomplished its creation conceals itself along with its infinite potential in static residual form at the base psycho energetic centre of the creature. In this residual form it is known as kundalini or “the coiled one” since it lies coiled at the base of the spine. The word shakti (normally meaning force) refers to the feminine aspect of the primordial energy.
When the residual coiled power is aroused it resumes its upward journey to unite with its origins. When awakened it guides the aspirant during his spiritual path.
In the process called Shaktipat, the Guru transmits a spark of the highest potentiality into the astral body of the aspirant and sets ablaze his spiritual journey. The life force, prana, then works actively like a divine mother on all 3 planes, physical, astral and causal.
Kundalini is more than just potential energy. It is a conscious aware force.
The subtle body.
The subtle body that may be witnessed during the yogic process is not visible to the ordinary eye nor are the psycho-energetic centers or chakras detectable by mechanical means. The subtle body is seen as a shimmering energy flow of various colours often seen as an aura.
This subtle body possesses many pathways called nadis through which prana flows. The yoga scriptures say that there are 72,000 nadis in all. The nadis most commonly referred to are the ida, pingala and sushumna. The sushumna is the central pathway which runs from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. To the left of the sushumna is the ida nadi and to the right is the pingala nadi. The word sushumna means “she who is most gracious”. The word ida means pale and pingala means reddish. The ida and pingala are also referred to as the lunar and solar channels and the reason for their colours now becomes apparent. The ida represents lunar forces and pingala solar energies.
At various points along the sushumna lie the 7 chakras or psycho-energetic centres.
The aim of kundalini practice is to unleash the kundalini shakti which moves upwards with enormous force through the sushumna and pierces each chakra to reach the seventh.
Various texts also make the 5 elements or panchbhutas correspond to certain chakras. The five elements being earth, water, fire, air and ether.
The chakras or psychoenergetic centres:
The seven chakras from the base upwards are:
As the kundalini awakens and rises through the central channel, the chakras bloom one by one with the manifestation of higher and higher level of consciousness. Ultimately at the level of the Sahasrara, Shakti unites with Shiva or God.
An example of a yogi’s journey is that of Yudhistar’s described in the Bhagavad Gita:
his speech as oblation to his mind.
In a person at the normal level of human consciousness the prana travels through the ida and the pingala nadis. The kundalini is often depicted as a serpent whose head blocks the entrance to the sushumna. The process of unleashing the kundalini involves redirecting the prana to flow through the central channel rather than the lunar and solar channels. The beginning process involves asanas, pranayama and dhyana on the subtle body and chakras. The process has to gently guide the kundalini through each level, chakra by chakra.
not a process to be undertaken without the guidance of an enlightened
guru. The kundalini when released often has unimaginable power akin
to a tornado unleashed. In its upward journey it pierces the 6 chakras
to reach the sahasrara at the crown of the head. The process, if
not properly understood, can lead to unimaginable damage to the
body and mind. But guided properly it leads to yoga -or union- with