Kundalini – The Nadi’s
In the context of Hinduism , the Kundalini energy is unseen and unmeasurable represented by a snake (or sometimes a dragon), who sleeps curled in the muladhara (the first of the chakras , the seven energy-circles, which is located in the area of the perineum). It is said that to awaken this serpent, the yogi controls life and death. Several doctrines used this concept of Kundalini: the yoga, the tantra, the Buddhism, the Taoism , the Sikhism and Gnosticism .
With regard to the symbolic representation of Kundalini , mentioned above, it should be recalled that in many cultures the snake has been revered as a sacred animal. So in the ancient Egyptian civilization, the snake that the pharaohs were in their crowns, representing his divinity and high initiation (was a symbol of high expertise). Also in cultures Mayan and Aztec was worshiped the feathered serpent. The Genesis of the Bible the serpent is lying, this allegorized in black snake (as opposed to the god Yahweh). The white snake is the sacred serpent of ancient civilizations, possessed of our magical powers. Also in the same myths, is the example of the serpent of the Israelites in the desert and healed. In the culture of Ancient Greece , two snakes are depicted in the famous caduceus of Hermes and a snake in the rod of Aesculapius, symbol of medicine.
With alchemy, energy Kundalini would rise vertically through the spinal fluid through the spine, through all the chakras and feed the brain, modulating its activity. It would be an evolutionary energy, and the degree of activation in the individual would condition your consciousness.
The snake has its base in Muldhara, coiled three and a half around it, and there is usually asleep. So, after winning the opening of chakras, can be awakened with techniques such as Tantra and Kundalini Yoga. The purpose of Kundalini Yoga is therefore wake the snake and unscrew it, directing it to Sahasrara (the chakra above) to unite body and spirit, in an attempt to integrate the two principles, usually opposite, materiality and spirituality, fusing their energies into a single body. In terms of these principles would Tantric Shiva (the masculine principle or consciousness) and Shakti (female principle or energy).
To reach this state, the serpent Kundalini must pass through three main nodes:
The first is the knot of Brahman, in the first chakra . The second is the knot of Vishnu, the chakra of the heart. The third is the knot of Shiva, the eyebrows. In each of these sites, the three energy streams are combined, knotted and tangled in a kingdom.
To the extent that consciousness pervades the first knot, begin to drop attachments to all sensations, the names and shapes of things. It establishes a new relationship with the senses and sensations perceived through them. Before entering this knot, every sensation captures the mind, the captive, the distracted and the practitioner is difficult to meditate or be still. All meditations that stimulate the navel set the fire that burns that barrier and allows wake beyond its threshold.
Finally, we reach the third door on the sixth chakra . This knot is beyond the five natural elements. It’s where intertwine way , pingala , shushumna and other nadis (river). When opened, breathing temporarily balances both nostrils and furthers the sense of time and earthly identity. Then said the Trikuti , the three rivers, you become a tri kala jna (the knower of the three times (past, present and future). The yogi no longer acts only for this time but for all time. If the knot is tight, the practitioner can obtain supernatural powers, but will be attached to them.
According to some Eastern religions, when a human being reached the maximum development and activation of this energy, get the lighting, evolutionary state that transcend the ego and develop super consciousness and universal love.
The awakening of the Kundalini
The major objective of the practices yogic and tantric is the unblocking of the nadis (‘river’) and the awakening of energy Kundalini .
However, yoga instructors warn about the danger that carries a premature awakening of the serpent. In this sense, all the great spiritual teachers warn, in this regard, the need never force at all this energy.
Yoga instructors teach their students that the Kundalini Yoga is a dangerous technique. For example, Swami Prabhavananda warns about dangerous physical effects that can result from breathing exercises of Kundalini Yoga: “Unless properly done, there is a possibility of damaging the brain. And people who practice this type of breathing without proper supervision can suffer a disease which no known science or doctor can cure. ”
According to yoga instructors, inadequate and sustained practice of breathing exercises can lead to a malfunction of the limbic system, aggravating cases of apnea (stopping breathing during sleep) or snoring, both diseases that can potentially cause heart and circulatory problems. On the contrary, the practice of meditation and breathing well tours can be helpful to correct breathing problems.
Books on yoga will consider the case of a Western practitioner of the late twentieth century, calling itself Gopi Krishna unguided said to have awakened your Kundalini meditation doing his chakra to the crown. His life after awakening was so blessed by the joy and euphoria as tormented by physical and mental discomfort. Eventually his experience stabilized. In describing the awakening of the Kundalini (the coiled serpent power) Gopi Krishna records his own experience as follows: “It was variable for many years, painful, obsessive … I’ve been through almost every stage of … types of mind mediumistic, psychotic and other, for a while I was hovering between sanity and insanity. ”
The kundalini syndrome is a set of symptoms of type sensory, motor, mental, psychological or emotional, they say some people feel who practice Yoga, Meditation or have been in a near-death experience.
The flow of Kundalini
The ida nadi is the left side, the channel of the moon. According to Hindus, gives the power of emotions in their pure state, providing the qualities of deep joy, pure love, compassion and artistic skills. This is the more feminine side of men and women. Typical problems are left of emotional attachment, depression, low self esteem, guilt or lethargy.
The pingala nadi is the right side, the channel of the sun. Would empower the rational mind, you can learn and get the strength to overcome problems through effort. It is the more masculine side of men and women. Typical problems on the right side are selfish or violent behavior, arrogance and pride.
The shushumna nadi , the central channel is the balance of the other two channels. This way you get a cooling channel and a warming sun moon channel, thus achieving a steady state in which attention keeps going from one channel to another, from sadness to euphoria, hyperactivity to lethargy , and is always in the center.
According to Hinduism, the human body has seven main chakras, which would correspond to the autonomic nerve plexus, and that would qualities such as diplomacy, compassion, wisdom and creativity. Immediately after the “spiritual fulfillment”, the chakras are activated and begin the slow process of cleaning up all the negative energy accumulated through years of self-destructive activities (such as drug addiction, alcoholism, violence, anger or bigotry of any kind ). The benefits are almost immediate, small anxieties are reduced and the joy and objectivity begin to manifest.
In ascending order, the seven chakras are:
Chakra Muladhara (Earth)
The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini . Its main aspect is the innocence that is the quality that allows you to experience the pure joy, without the limitations of prejudices and conditionings. Innocence gives dignity, balance and a strong sense of right, an intuitive wisdom that is always present in children, but gradually lost, due to the conditions of modern life. This quality exists in all people, and is just waiting for the awakening of the ‘kundalini’ to be revealed in all its beauty and purity.
Chakra Swadisthana (Water)
The second chakra is the creativity, knowledge and pure attention. Is that connects to the internal source of inspiration and to appreciate the beauty of the world. Pure knowledge that this chakra gives us is not mental, but is an absolute and direct perception of reality. This center is the ability to concentrate and focus. On the physical plane, takes care of the bottom of the liver, kidneys and lower abdomen.
Chakra Nabhi, or Manipura (Fire)
The third chakra is what gives the quality of generosity and complete sense of satisfaction and happiness. When the Kundalini illuminates this chakra, provides righteousness and inner sense of morality, giving balance to the different facets of our lives.
Surrounding the second and third chakras, is the Void, which established the principle of the teacher in us. In many spiritual traditions it is called the “ocean of illusions” (in the Indian tradition is called Baba Sagara), which can only be crossed with the help of a spiritual guide. When the Kundalini awakens and goes through the Void, the principle laid down in master yogi who becomes his own guru (teacher or spiritual guide), with the ability to feel subtle problems in their fingertips, and to solve them using your own Kundalini (solar plexus).
Chakra Anahata (Air)
The fourth chakra , the heart circle, is where is the spirit, the true self. From the heart manifests love and compassion, and this chakra gives us the sense of responsibility. At its core, the breastbone, manifested as complete security and self confidence. All our fears and fears dissipate when the Kundalini through the chakra of the heart.
Chakra Vishuddhi (Ether)
The fifth chakra is the diplomacy. This chakra provides the energy required to communicate with others. His good relations affect and are correct and may be expressed as perceptions heart. This chakra is blocked with feelings of guilt and blame others when the arrogance (ie, when lacking dignity or self-employed).
Chakra Agnya, or Ajna (Light)
The sixth chakra is in charge of forgiveness and compassion, and can transcend the thinking mind consciousness to spiritual consciousness nirvichara (Sanskrit, ‘without thinking’). When this chakra is open, we understand the true meaning of forgiveness, as we become aware of the evil that makes us hate and rancor. The latter are incompatible with peace and love to a human being sucked from inside noble spirit.
Chakra Sahasrara (Wisdom)
The seventh center integrates the previous six with all its qualities and aspects. It represents the latest step in the evolution of human consciousness. Same as Swadisthan chakra, the Sahasrara chakra gives direct perception of reality, achieved by carrying through the spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini.
Once through the third knot, finally, the snake rises, harmonize all the chakras, and the light of knowledge descends to join the serpent which rises towards the Sahasrara, to be absorbed by it.At that time the individual conscience joins the universal consciousness and enters a state of knowledge, bliss and ultimate liberation.
Only the true enlightened can awaken at any time and as often as desired. And I must say that very few yogis achieve great results, although many spend their entire lives trying to get at least a moment of Kundalini awakens. The concrete and explicit method of awakening Kundalini is not taught to anyone. These practices are transmitted to outstanding disciples, and should only be exercised under the guidance of an expert teacher. As well as the snake can be extremely rewarding, it is also a powerful and dangerous if not used the right way. Awakening the Kundalini without healing the chakras would be very risky.
A tantric states that: “What we think releases, enslaved, and what you think enslaves free”.
Kundalini Yoga Mantras
- namo guru dev namo On
- Word for word translation: om the spiritual mantra, namah: ‘I revere’, gurudeva: ‘divine spiritual master’).
- Literal translation: ‘Om! I offer obeisances to the spiritual master (as God), I offer obeisances’
- Free Meaning: ‘I salute cosmic energy, the Creator and the divine path towards the light’.
- aad Gurey namah, jagaad Gurey nameh, sat gure nameh, deve namah shri guru
- Word for word translation: aad is a bija mantra (seed of a Hindu religious prayer), guru: ‘spiritual master’, yagad: ‘world’, namah: ‘reverence’, sat: ‘eternal’, Sri: prefix of respect, Spanish as “gift”; gurudeva: ‘spiritual master: God’).
- Literal translation: ‘I offer obeisance to the teacher, the teacher of the world I offer obeisances to offer him obeisances eternal master, the great master [as] I offer obeisances god’.
- Meaning free: mantra of perception and union with Universal Consciousness.
- Sat Nam
- Word for word translation: sat: ‘eternal’, n?ma: name.
- Literal translation: ‘name [God’s] eternal’.
- Free translation: ‘Truth is my identity’.
- Practice: This mantra is pronounced in all exercises (mentally or aloud). By inspiring: SAT , exhale: nam .
Mantra for meditation
- ek (number one)
- On (God, energy)
- kar (creator)
- sat (truth, the eternal)
- nam (name, identity)
- ?r? (sublime)
- wahe (mantra that stimulates ecstasy)
- guru (spiritual master).