It's not until the kundalini is awakened that we know our spiritual greatness."
- Swami Munktananda

Kundalini is an ancient Sanskrit word kunda, which is a coiled serpent.  It is the cosmic force of the universe. It is the active feminine force and the spiritual energy of the Divine. 

The caduceus symbol of coiling snakes is thought to be an ancient symbolic representation of Kundalini physiology. The concept of Kundalini comes from yogic philosophy of ancient India and refers to the mothering intelligence behind yogic awakening and spiritual maturation. It might be regarded by yogis as a sort of deity, hence the occasional capitalization of the term. It is said that the cosmic force descends and stores itself at the base of the spine.  People think it is in the yukta triveni, which is the area below the first chakra, where the three rivers meet.

Kundalini power is used to maintain consciousness, but it very seldom rises up the central spinal channel of Sushumna beyond the first center. Various disciplines are used to cause the "sleeping serpent" to ascend to the higher centers. Within a western frame of understanding it is often associated with the practice of contemplative or religious practices that might induce an altered state of consciousness, either brought about spontaneously, through a type of yoga, through psychedelic drugs, or through a near-death experience.

Raising the Kundalini is a concept found throught the ancient world in symbol and concept. We can see throughout history the repetition of certain Sacred Symbols. One of them is the Serpent which was usually found in the Ancient Temples devoted to spirit wisdom.  The serpent is especially evident in the religious myth of Adam and Eve. The Serpent represents two things...Wisdom and Eternal Life.

In the Genesis story, the serpent (nachash) lost his wings and he was forced to the lowest parts of man, partaking of material existence.

Most of the action in this chapter takes place between the Serpent and the Woman. The kundalini is a female serpent. The word Sanskrit word “kunda” is the source of the ancient Indo/European word “cunt”. Thus hinting of a close connection between the woman, sex and higher consciousness.

And this is so: For the sexual energy in woman naturally rises higher than it does in man. In woman it rises up through the uterus and the ovaries, while in man in sinks to the testicles.

Eastern religious teachings speak of the Kundalini rising. The ancient symbol for this is a snake at the base of the spine that begins to uncoil as it rises. As this divine force passes through each chakra, an awakening happens every step along the way. This upward movement of life-force leads to total enlightenment. As the sexual energy is gradually drawn upwards, instead of being experienced only in the lower chakras, there is an awakening in the higher chakras..

It is interesting how many modern religions proclaim that the height of achievement is to move beyond sexuality. This has be passed down to them from the early Christians who believed that matter was evil. They believed that the devil had trapped man in a physical body. And that woman worked with the devil to seduce men and cause them to procreate other material bodies which would trap yet another soul. These religious ideas have polluted all of Christianity, separating us from the earthiness, sensuality and richness of our physical form

Sex aligns the body into a state of health and opens gateways to higher dimensions. Sexual expression is a manifestation of both the physical and spiritual realms. This is a balance that is needed to fulfill our divine purpose. The blindness of Christian religion  has kept us ignorant about the true nature of sex on Earth. We are told it is a physical act necessary for procreation. when in reality, it isan extraordinary cosmic event

When you awaken sexually and do the dance that starts your hormones, your whole body lines up along lines of  polarity. Your body turn into a powerful magnetic generator. This heightened electromagnetic force creates a sacred balance within you. It is through this force field that your inner bodies unite and you are able to rise to higher worlds.

The healing will come as you begin to understand  this vital force that is called sexuality. Most humans use their sexuality in a way that degenerates rather than regenerates. Ego and emotionalism cause us to use sex to possess and control, weakening the Kundalini energy.  The individual must surrender and let go, then the Kundalini energy can freely rise.

The genitals are a sacred portal in your body housing the tools of spiritual transformation. When you learn how to use this portal, it can serve as an opening into the realms beyond time.  Stay open . . . re-evaluate your present sexual beliefs and explore your limits.

Sexuality is a gift from God to be used for creation, pro-creation and spiritual development.

Brahmadvara:(Sanskrit) -The Brahma Knot, The  door where the kundalini enters the spine. Technically speaking, the Kundalini is considered awakened when the shell of the Kundalini is broken and so is the knot of the Base Chakra, referred to as the Brahma Knot since this knot is very close to the Kundalini Center. It is associated with cocyccical body.

 After the Kundalini energy opens the the heart chakra, the  Kundalini energy can flow easier toward different parts of the body.When the Kundalini opens the third and last big chakra knot at the ajna (third eye chakra), called the Rudra, the person is only one step away from getting the crown chakra open. As the crown chakra opens, one will be able to achieve self realization, cosmic realization.

Signs of the rising kundlaini

– feeling different, not fitting in
– a deep dissatisfaction or a yearning for inner development
– inner sensations of light, sound, current, or heat
– a heightened inner or outer awareness; increased sensitivity
– feelings of energy flowing or vibrating within
– special abilities, capacities, and talents
– non-ordinary phenomena; altered states
– spontaneous bodily movements or breathing patterns
– emotional fluctuations; psychological issues coming forward
– atypical sensations or sensitivities
– an interest in spiritual growth or in metaphysics or the esoteric
– compassion and a desire to help others
– a sense that something non-ordinary, transformative, or holy is happening within
– personal development, and optimally, spiritual transformation and realization

 

Kundalini Shakti’s efforts to improve her status can affect the subtle body (mind and energy), causing a variety of experiences, including subtle body activities that feel physical. People can have a Kundalini release at some point in their lives, or they can begin this lifetime born with an active Kundalini process. They may be aware of something special going on, or they may not realize it until the process ripens later in life. The Kundalini process can be experienced as pleasant and gentle or as dramatic and uncomfortable. One need not be having a “spiritual emergency” to be having a deep Kundalini process.

This event is also referred to as "pranic awakening". Prana is interpreted as the vital, life-sustaining force in the body. Uplifted, or intensified life-energy is called pranotthana and is supposed to originate from an apparent reservoir of subtle bio-energy at the base of the spine. This energy is also interpreted as a vibrational phenomena that initiates a period, or a process of vibrational spiritual development.

The source text for the concept of kundalini is Hatha Yoga Pradipika written by Swami Svatmarama (English translation, 1992) somewhere between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Any examination of the topic should include this work. The pradipika is one of the later developments in yoga sacred texts. Hatha Yoga is strictly speaking a forcing technique which has as its primary aim the forcing of the rise of the kundalini.

The main emphasis is a difficult regime of breathing techniques meant to increase the store of "prana" in the body. The well known physical postures are only meant to be an aid to maintain peak physical fitness, so as to support the real work of the breathing practices. All of this has, according to tradition, to be accompanied by prolonged and unbroken meditation practice (for which the main text is the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali). The text adds that great good fortune is another requirement, i.e.luck, for the procedure to succeed. However, these techniques are not without dangers.

In the classical literature of Kashmir Shaivism kundalini is described in three different manifestions. The first of these is as the universal energy orpara-kundalini. The second of these is as the energizing function of the body-mind complex or prana-kundalini. The third of these is as consciousness or shakti-kundaliniwhich simultaneously subsumes and intermediates between these two. Ultimately these three forms are the same but understanding these three different forms will help to understand the differerent manifestations of kundalini.