SUMMARY | Chapter 2 | How Man Discovered Kundalini
Right from the beginning of creation, man witnessed many transcendental happenings. Sometimes he was able to read the thoughts of others, he witnessed somebody else’s predictions come true, or he may have even seen his own dreams manifesting into reality. He pondered over the fact that some people could write inspiring poems or compose beautiful music whereas others couldn’t; one person could fight on the battlefield for days and days and another person couldn’t even get up from his bed. So man wanted to discover why everybody seemed to be different. What is the universal connection between human beings who seem to be more completely engaged with life?
In the course of his investigations, man came to understand that within every individual there is a special form of energy. He saw that in some people it was dormant. And in others it was evolving and in a very small minority of people, it was actually awakened. Originally, man named this energy after Gods, Goddesses, angels or divinities. Then he discovered prana and called it prana shakti. In Tantra they called it kundalini.
What ever happens in spiritual life, it is related to the awakening of kundalini. And the goal of every form of spiritual life, whether you call it samadhi, nirvana, communion, union, liberation or whatever, it is in fact awakening of universal kundalini.
When kundalini has just awakened and you are not able to handle it, it is called Kali. When you can handle it and are able to use it for beneficial purposes and you become powerful on account of it, it is called Durga.
Symbolic Representation of Kundalini
In the Tantric text, kundalini is conceived of as the primal power or energy. In terms of modern psychology, it can be called the untapped energy within the unconscious or subconscious in man. As we have just discussed, in Hindu mythology, kundalini corresponds with the concept of Kali. In the philosophy of Shaivism the concept of kundalini is represented by the shivalingam, The oval-shaped stone or pillar with a snake coiled around it. However, we can conceive kundalini in any manner we like because actually, prana has no form or dimension, it is infinite.
Who Can Awaken Universal?
There are many people who have awakened their kundalini. Not only saints and mystics, but poets, painters, warriors, writers, anyone can awaken their kundalini. With the awakening of kundalini, not only visions of God take place, there is dawning of creative intelligence and an awakening of supra mental faculties. By activating kundalini you may become anything in life.
The universal energy of kundalini is one energy, but it expresses itself differently through the individual psychic centers or chakras – first in gross instinctive ways and then in progressively more subtle ways. Refining the expression of this energy at higher and more subtotal levels of vibration represents the ascent of human consciousness to its highest possibilities.
Kundalini is the human creative energy; it is the energy of self–expression. Just as in reproduction a new life is created, in the same way, someone like Einstein uses that same energy in a different, more subtle way, to create a theory like relativity. It is the same energy that is expressed when someone composes or plays beautiful music. It is the same energy which is expressed in all parts of life, whether it is building up a business, fulfilling the family duties or reaching whatever goal you aspire to. These are all expressions of the same creative energy.
Everybody, whether householder or saint, must remember that the awakening of kundalini is the primary purpose of human incarnation. All the pleasures of sensual life which we are enjoying now are intended only to enhance the awakening kundalini amidst the adverse circumstances of man’s life.