Kundalini - the motherly energy within us!
What is Kundalini?
Kundalini is the mothering energy that is lying dormant at the base of spine in the sacrum bone. This energy is awakened by a process called Self-realization (enlightenment) which connects us to the Divine and begins its work of healing and balancing our chakras.
Kundalini lies dormant, but like a tiny seed when the conditions are right, can awaken and grow into a mighty tree. In the same way that an electrical cable connects a computer to the mains, the awakened Kundalini connects the human awareness to the all-pervading power of divine love.
In olden days, this awakening used to take years of cleansing of different energy centers and finally the ‘Guru’ would decide to bestow the awakening to selected individuals. This used to be an extremely arduous journey for the Yogies, which need not be taken in the modern times. H. H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga devised a method to give en-masse ‘Self Realization’ through which the Kundalini works out cleansing of different Chakras/Energy centers in an effortless manner. Sahaja Yoga is unique in the sense that it begins first with Kundalini awakening and then yogies develop their understanding to cleanse their chakras to rise in their spiritual ascent.
The Kundalini can be considerded as a rope with a thousand strands; when we first get our Self-realization, only one or two strands find their way through the chakras and reach the Sahasrara (the top chakra). However, with regular meditation, gradually more strands of the Kundalini rise and connects us to the divine power. The experience of meditation becomes more profound and blissful over time. The Kundalini was described by Indian saints such as Adi Shankaracharya (c 600 a.d.), Kabir (c 1500 a.d.) and Jnanadeva (c 1200 a.d.) amongst others.
There are many forms of yoga in the world today. These are stretching yoga, exercise yoga, prenatal yoga and even laughing yoga. It seems that there is a form of yoga for every walk of life. Most people think of yoga as stretching or they see it as an exercise. Yoga is, in fact, an ancient Sanskrit term meaning to unite or union.
References to Kundalini
Kundalini is described within Eastern religions or spiritual traditions as an indwelling Divine feminine energy that can be awakened in order to purify the subtle system and ultimately bestow the state of Yoga, or Divine Union (e.g. see Jnaneshwari Ch. VI). This awakening involves the Kundalini moving up the central channel, piercing the Chakras along the way, to reside within the Sahasrara Chakra above the head (see for ex. Jnaneshwari Ch. VI). This movement of Kundalini is felt by the presence of a cool or, in the case of imbalance, a warm breeze across the palms of hands or the soles of feet. Such a phenomenon can be seen to be described in a diverse array of scripture (see Aquarian Gospel of Christ, ch. 44, v19, ch. 161, v35, ch. 162, v4; Jnaneshwari, ch.6; Ezekiel, ch. 37, vs. 5-6: Old Testament; John, ch. 14 vs. 15- 17 & 25: New Testament; Koran, sura 24, vs. 24; sura 35, vs. 9; sura 36, vs. 64; see also Descieux, 1998iii.). It is through attention to these sensations that areas of difficulty can be identified and ‘worked on’ in order to strengthen the meditation.
In order to achieve the real state of meditation, one needs to awaken the Kundalini energy within. With the support of Kundalini, meditation becomes effortless and easy. Sahaja Yoga gives you the experience of this precious moment of Kundalini awakening.