Kundalini: The Ancient Power

“Everybody, whether householder or sannyasin (renunciate) must remember that the awakening of kundalini is the primary purpose of human incarnation.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

Kundalini is the energy which brings alive our subtle body system by way of activating the chakras. It is traditionally said to lie as a serpent coiled three and a half times deep within the depths of our foundational chakra, the muladhara. The aim of the practitioner of kundalini yoga is to blast open the muladhara in order to release this ancient energy. The chakra is located on the perenium right at the base of the spine and it is said to be the secret abode of Lord Ganapati, the Remover of Obstacles. Once the energy has been activated it ascends the subtle yogic channel known as sushumna which runs the length of the spine and into the brain. Its resting place is the brow chakra, ajna, known in meditation as the Place of Command which rests on the pineal gland. From ajna it might then be possible for this kundalini-shakti to ascend higher, to the crown chakra, the sahasrara, otherwise known as the Thousand Petalled Lotus which once opened showers indescribable bliss down through the whole of the body both subtle and physical.

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Eye of Meditation

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Today the sitting was better, more focused than the last couple of mornings when I have struggled to stay on the button, struggled to keep concentration tight enough so as not be continually losing sight of the meditation object, struggling to place it in the mind’s eye. What is this eye? To keep concentration tight enough so as not be continually losing sight of the view, struggling to place it, can be difficult and requires practice. Again, what is this eye? Well, for me, as I have written before in other places here and there, the mind’s eye is located more or less in the centre of the forehead, between the eyebrows, or at least just above the point which is between the eyebrows.

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Notes to the Chakras Explained

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Guess the simple fact of the matter is that I have referred to these two books for a few years now, Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Kundalini Yoga for the West by Swami Sivananda Radha and always found the information, validation which they contain, to be fascinating. The chakras, kundalini, sushumna, ida, pingala…they are part of a world of haunting beauty which is real, they are part of the story of being a human on Planet Earth. Just wanted to get these notes down as a form of reference, information to refer to again and again, information to add to when I come across more. From observations of my own state of being, from notes made internally in my own meditation practice, I can relate to the information these pages contain.

Ancient power of shakti. It comes from a place beyond the body yet at the same time lies deep within. A place of awesome power, so much so the only reasonable thing to do, once you have awareness of just how much it is a part of your life, how deep in the very core of your being it lies, is to bow down to it and bow down low. This is the power, the kundalini power which goes way beyond any borders when thinking from the perspective of individual ego personality, which breaks down the barriers for those who wish to taste the marvellous infinity of the indescribable changeless as manifest within this very life.

Ajna Chakra

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Ajna

Brow chakra

The purpose of this piece on the ajna chakra is simply to clarify, for my own reference, the notes that I have taken over the years from two primary sources, the books Kundalini Tantra and Kundalini Yoga for the West. There are slight differences in their interpretations of various aspects of the chakras, in these notes both interpretations are listed, more often than not.

These notes below are taken from the book Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The ajna chakra is known as the divya chakshu, eye of knowledge, the channel through which the spiritual aspirant receives revelation and insight into the underlying nature of existence. It is also known as the Eye of Shiva, with Shiva the epitome of meditation, the Third Eye, the “command”, the “monitoring centre”, the bridge which links the guru and the disciples, it is here that the directions of the inner guru are heard in the deepest state of meditation. Continue reading “Ajna Chakra”

Vishuddhi Chakra

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Vishuddhi

Throat Chakra

The purpose of this piece on the vishuddhi chakra is simply to clarify, for my own reference, the notes that I have taken over the years from two primary sources, the books Kundalini Tantra and Kundalini Yoga for the West. There are slight differences in their interpretations of various aspects of the chakras, in these notes both interpretations are listed, more often than not.

These notes below are taken from the book Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The vishuddhi chakra is known as the “purification centre“. The Sanskrit word means “to purify“. In this chakra the purifying and harmonizing of all opposites takes place. It is also known as the “nectar and poison centre“. Nectar, which drips down from bindu, is said to split into pure form and into poison, the latter is discarded, the pure nectar however enriches the body, ensuring health and longevity. Continue reading “Vishuddhi Chakra”

Anahata Chakra

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Anahata

Heart Chakra

The purpose of this piece on the anahata chakra is simply to clarify, for my own reference, the notes that I have taken over the years from two primary sources, the books Kundalini Tantra and Kundalini Yoga for the West. There are slight differences in their interpretations of various aspects of the chakras, in these notes both interpretations are listed, more often than not.

These notes below are taken from the book Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Anahata is an important chakra because kundalini has to stay in anahata for  a long time. The word means un-struck, unbeaten, it alludes to the non-physical, non-empirical sound which is endless and unbroken in the same way that the physical heart beats continuously from birth up until death. Continue reading “Anahata Chakra”

Manipura Chakra

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Manipura

Solar Chakra

The purpose of this piece on the manipura chakra is simply to clarify, for my own reference, the notes that I have taken over the years from two primary sources, the books Kundalini Tantra and Kundalini Yoga for the West. There are slight differences in their interpretations of various aspects of the chakras, in these notes both interpretations are listed, more often than not.

These notes below are taken from the book Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Mani means jewel and pura means city so the translation of manipura can be “city of jewels”. In Tibetan it is known as “mani padma” the jewelled lotus.

This chakra is the centre of dynamism, energy, willpower, achievement. It is often compared to dazzling heat, the power of the sun. It is radiates and directs pranic energy throughout the body. Continue reading “Manipura Chakra”