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Kundalini
Kundalini
(Sanskrit: कुण्डलिनी kuṇḍalinī,  pronunciation (help·info), "coiled one"), in the concept of Dharma, refers to a form of primal energy (or shakti) said to be located at the base of the spine. American comparative religions scholar Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell
describes the concept of Kundalini
Kundalini
as "the figure of a coiled female serpent—a serpent goddess not of "gross" but "subtle" substance—which is to be thought of as residing in a torpid, slumbering state in a subtle center, the first of the seven, near the base of the spine: the aim of the yoga then being to rouse this serpent, lift her head, and bring her up a subtle nerve or channel of the spine to the so-called "thousand-petaled lotus" (Sahasrara) at the crown of the head...She, rising from the lowest to the highest lotus center will pass through and wake the five between, and with each waking, the psychology and personality of the practitioner will be altogether and fundamentally transformed."[1] Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening has been said to occur as a consequence of deep meditation which sometimes results in a feeling of enlightenment and bliss.[2] However, Kundalini
Kundalini
awakenings may happen through a variety of methods. Many systems of yoga focus on awakening Kundalini
Kundalini
through meditation; pranayama breathing; the practice of asana and chanting of mantras.[2] The Kundalini
Kundalini
experience is frequently reported to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.[3][4][5] Gopi Krishna reports having experienced his first kundalini awakening at age 34. In his book Kundalini: Questions And Answers he writes that while meditating upon a lotus in full bloom his attention was drawn towards the crown of his head. He began to experience a sensation of light as if it was entering his brain which was at first distracting but soon began to acquire an enrapturing condition. He felt it "like liquid light through all my nervous system, in my stomach, in my heart, in my lungs, in my throat, in my head, and taking control of the whole body. That was a most marvelous experience for me, as if a new life energy had now taken possession of my body." He subsequently came to believe "As the ancient writers have said, it is the vital force or prana which is spread over both the macrocosm, the entire Universe, and the microcosm, the human body... The atom is contained in both of these. Prana is life-energy responsible for the phenomena of terrestrial life and for life on other planets in the universe. Prana in its universal aspect is immaterial. But in the human body, Prana creates a fine biochemical substance which works in the whole organism and is the main agent of activity in the nervous system and in the brain. The brain is alive only because of Prana...[6]

...The most important psychological changes in the character of an enlightened person would be that he or she would be compassionate and more detached. There would be less ego, without any tendency toward violence or aggression or falsehood. The awakened life energy is the mother of morality, because all morality springs from this awakened energy. Since the very beginning, it has been this evolutionary energy that has created the concept of morals in human beings.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Descriptions 3 Kundalini
Kundalini
experiences

3.1 Invoking Kundalini
Kundalini
experiences

3.1.1 Hatha yoga 3.1.2 Shaktipat

3.2 Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening while prepared or unprepared

3.2.1 Preparedness 3.2.2 Unpreparedness

4 Religious interpretations

4.1 Indian interpretations

5 Western significance

5.1 New Age

6 Psychology 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Etymology[edit] The concept of Kundalini
Kundalini
is mentioned in the Upanishads
Upanishads
(9th century BCE – 3rd century BCE).[7][verification needed] The Sanskrit adjective kuṇḍalin means "circular, annular". It is mentioned as a noun for "snake" (in the sense "coiled", as in "forming ringlets") in the 12th-century Rajatarangini
Rajatarangini
chronicle (I.2). Kuṇḍa (a noun meaning "bowl, water-pot" is found as the name of a Naga in Mahabharata
Mahabharata
1.4828). The 8th-century Tantrasadbhava Tantra
Tantra
uses the term kundalī ("ring, bracelet; coil (of a rope)").[8]:230[clarification needed] The use of kuṇḍalī as a name for Goddess Durga
Durga
(a form of Shakti) appears often in Tantrism
Tantrism
and Shaktism
Shaktism
from as early as the 11th century in the Śaradatilaka.[9] It was adopted as a technical term in Hatha yoga
Hatha yoga
during the 15th century, and became widely used in the Yoga Upanishads
Upanishads
by the 16th century. Eknath Easwaran
Eknath Easwaran
has paraphrased the term as "the coiled power", a force which ordinarily rests at the base of the spine, described as being "coiled there like a serpent".[10] Descriptions[edit] Numerous accounts describe the experience of Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening. When awakened, Kundalini
Kundalini
is said to rise up from the muladhara chakra, through the central nadi (called sushumna) inside or alongside the spine reaching the top of the head. The progress of Kundalini
Kundalini
through the different chakras leads to different levels of awakening and a mystical experience, until Kundalini
Kundalini
finally reaches the top of the head, Sahasrara
Sahasrara
or crown chakra, producing an extremely profound transformation of consciousness.[3]:5–6 Energy is said to accumulate in the muladhara, and the yogi seeks to send it up to the brain transforming it into 'Ojas', the highest form of energy. There are many and various physical effects that some people believe to be a sign of a Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening; however, there are also others who contend that the undesirable side effects may point to an undiagnosed problem, rather than a process.[11] The following are either common signs of an awakened Kundalini
Kundalini
or symptoms of a problem associated with an awakening Kundalini:

Enlightenment Bliss, feelings of infinite love and universal connectivity, transcendent awareness, seeing truth (third eye opening), euphoria Heightened sense of smell, heightened hearing and sexual sensations No longer controlled by desire/cravings Sound heard in the pineal gland (pleasurable/enjoyable) Change in the thyroid, sudden ability to sing in perfect pitch, change in voice Change in the sex organs, orgasms (heightened sensations) Change in breathing Energy rushes or feelings of electricity circulating the body Involuntary jerks, tremors, shaking, itching, tingling, and crawling sensations, especially in the arms and legs Intense heat (sweating) or cold, especially as energy is experienced passing through the chakras Spontaneous pranayama, asanas, mudras and bandhas Visions or sounds at times associated with a particular chakra Diminished or conversely extreme sexual desire sometimes leading to a state of constant or whole-body orgasm Emotional upheavals or surfacing of unwanted and repressed feelings or thoughts with certain repressed emotions becoming dominant in the conscious mind for short or long periods of time.[12] Headache, migraine, or pressure inside the skull Pains in different areas of the body, especially back and neck Sensitivity to light, sound, and touch Trance-like and altered states of consciousness Disrupted sleep pattern (periods of insomnia or oversleeping) Vegetarianism Change in body odor (sweetness/natural/healthy)

Reports about the Sahaja Yoga
Yoga
technique of Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening state that the practice can result in a cool breeze felt on the fingertips as well as the fontanel bone area.[13][14] One study has measured a drop in temperature on the palms of the hands.[citation needed] In his article on Kundalini
Kundalini
in the Yoga
Yoga
Journal, David Eastman narrates two personal experiences. One man said that he felt an activity at the base of his spine starting to flow, so he relaxed and allowed it to happen. A feeling of surging energy began traveling up his back. At each chakra, he felt an orgasmic electric feeling like every nerve trunk on his spine beginning to fire. A second man describes a similar experience but accompanied by a wave of euphoria and happiness softly permeating his being. He described the surging energy as being like electricity but hot, traveling from the base of his spine to the top of his head. He said the more he analyzed the experience, the less it occurred.[12] In his book Building a Noble World, Shiv R. Jhawar
Shiv R. Jhawar
describes his Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening experience at Muktananda's public program at Lake Point Tower in Chicago on September 16, 1974, as follows: "Baba [Swami Muktananda] had just begun delivering his discourse with his opening statement: 'Today's subject is meditation. The crux of the question is: What do we meditate upon?' Continuing his talk, Baba said: ' Kundalini
Kundalini
starts dancing when one repeats Om Namah Shivaya.' Hearing this, I mentally repeated the mantra. I noticed that my breathing was getting heavier. Suddenly, I felt a great impact of a rising force within me. The intensity of this rising kundalini force was so tremendous that my body lifted up a little and fell flat into the aisle; my eyeglasses flew off. As I lay there with my eyes closed, I could see a continuous fountain of dazzling white lights erupting within me. In brilliance, these lights were brighter than the sun but possessed no heat at all. I was experiencing the thought-free state of "I am," realizing that "I" have always been, and will continue to be, eternal. I was fully conscious and completely aware while I was experiencing the pure "I am," a state of supreme bliss. Outwardly, at that precise moment, Baba delightfully shouted from his platform...mene kuch nahi kiya; kisiko shakti ne pakda (I didn't do anything. The Energy has caught someone.)' Baba noticed that the dramatic awakening of kundalini in me frightened some people in the audience. Therefore, he said, 'Do not be frightened. Sometimes kundalini gets awakened in this way, depending upon a person's type.'[15] Kundalini
Kundalini
experiences[edit] Invoking Kundalini
Kundalini
experiences[edit] Several yogis consider that Kundalini
Kundalini
can be awakened by shaktipat (spiritual transmission by a Guru
Guru
or teacher), or by spiritual practices such as yoga or meditation. There are two broad approaches to Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening: active and passive. The active approach involves systematic physical exercises and techniques of concentration, visualization, pranayama (breath practice) and meditation under the guidance of a competent teacher. These techniques come from any of the four main branches of yoga, and some forms of yoga, such as Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga
and Sahaja yoga. The passive approach is instead a path of surrender where one lets go of all the impediments to the awakening rather than trying to actively awaken Kundalini. A chief part of the passive approach is shaktipat where one individual's Kundalini
Kundalini
is awakened by another who already has the experience. Shaktipat only raises Kundalini
Kundalini
temporarily but gives the student an experience to use as a basis.[12] Hatha yoga[edit] According to the hatha yoga text, the Goraksasataka, or "Hundred Verses of Goraksa", certain hatha yoga practices including mula bandha, uddiyana bandha, jalandhara bandha and kumbhaka can awaken Kundalini.[16] Another hathayoga text, the Khecarīvidyā states that kechari mudra enables one to raise Kundalini
Kundalini
and access various stores of amrita in the head, which subsequently flood the body.[17] Shaktipat[edit] The spiritual teacher Meher Baba
Meher Baba
emphasized the need for a master when actively trying to awaken Kundalini:

Kundalini
Kundalini
is a latent power in the higher body. When awakened, it pierces through six chakras or functional centers and activates them. Without a master, the awakening of the kundalini cannot take anyone very far on the Path; and such indiscriminate or premature awakening is fraught with dangers of self-deception as well as the misuse of powers. The kundalini enables man to consciously cross the lower planes and it ultimately merges into the universal cosmic power of which it is a part, and which also is at times described as kundalini ... The important point is that the awakened kundalini is helpful only up to a certain degree, after which it cannot ensure further progress. It cannot dispense with the need for the grace of a Perfect Master.[18]

Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening while prepared or unprepared[edit] The experience of Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening can happen when one is either prepared or unprepared.[12] Preparedness[edit] According to Hindu
Hindu
tradition, in order to be able to integrate this spiritual energy, a period of careful purification and strengthening of the body and nervous system is usually required beforehand.[11] Yoga
Yoga
and Tantra
Tantra
propose that Kundalini
Kundalini
can be awakened by a guru (teacher), but body and spirit must be prepared by yogic austerities, such as pranayama, or breath control, physical exercises, visualization, and chanting. The student is advised to follow the path in an open-hearted manner.[12] Traditionally, people would visit ashrams in India to awaken their dormant kundalini energy. Typical activities would include regular meditation, mantra chanting, spiritual studies as well as a physical asana practice such as kundalini yoga. However, Kundalini
Kundalini
is now widely known outside of the Hindu
Hindu
religion and many cultures globally have created their own ways to awaken the kundalini energy within people. Without explanation, an increasingly large percentage of people are experiencing kundalini energy awakenings spontaneously, which means it is not vital to follow a distinct set of instructions or rules in order to awaken the energy.[citation needed] Unpreparedness[edit] Kundalini
Kundalini
can also awaken spontaneously for no obvious reason, or triggered by intense personal experiences such as accidents, near death experiences, childbirth, emotional trauma, extreme mental stress, and so on. Some sources attribute spontaneous awakenings to the "grace of God", or possibly to spiritual practice in past lives.[12] A spontaneous awakening in one who is unprepared or without the assistance of a good teacher can result in an experience which has been termed as " Kundalini
Kundalini
crisis", "spiritual emergency" or "Kundalini syndrome". The symptoms are said to resemble those of Kundalini awakening but are experienced as unpleasant, overwhelming or out of control. Unpleasant side effects are also said to occur when the practitioner has not approached Kundalini
Kundalini
with due respect and in a narrow egotistical manner. Kundalini
Kundalini
has been described as a highly creative intelligence which dwarfs our own. Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening, therefore, requires surrender; it is not an energy which can be manipulated by the ego.[12] Some writers use the term " Kundalini
Kundalini
syndrome" to refer to physical or psychological problems arising from experiences traditionally associated with Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening.[citation needed] Religious interpretations[edit] Indian interpretations[edit] Kundalini
Kundalini
is considered to occur in the chakra and nadis of the subtle body. Each chakra is said to contain special characteristics[19] and with proper training, moving Kundalini
Kundalini
through these chakras can help express or open these characteristics. Kundalini
Kundalini
is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human organism.[20][full citation needed] It is one of the components of an esoteric description of the "subtle body", which consists of nadis (energy channels), chakras (psychic centres), prana (subtle energy), and bindu (drops of essence). Kundalini
Kundalini
is described as being coiled up at the base of the spine. The description of the location can vary slightly, from the rectum to the navel.[8]:229–231 Kundalini
Kundalini
is said to reside in the triangular shaped sacrum bone in three and a half coils.[13] Kundalini
Kundalini
has been described as "a residual power of pure desire" by Nirmala Srivastava[13] and "a huge volume of energy" that is latent within a person by Jaggi Vasudev.[citation needed] Ramana Maharshi
Ramana Maharshi
mentioned that Kundalini
Kundalini
is nothing but the natural energy of the Self, where Self is the universal consciousness (Paramatma) present in every being and that the individual mind of thoughts cloaks this natural energy from unadulterated expression. Advaita
Advaita
teaches self-realization, enlightenment, God-consciousness, and nirvana. But initial Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening is just the beginning of the actual spiritual experience. Self-inquiry meditation is considered a very natural and simple means of reaching this goal.[citation needed] Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda
describes Kundalini
Kundalini
briefly in his book Raja Yoga
Yoga
as follows:[21]

According to the Yogis, there are two nerve currents in the spinal column, called Pingalâ and Idâ, and a hollow canal called Sushumnâ running through the spinal cord. At the lower end of the hollow canal is what the Yogis call the "Lotus of the Kundalini". They describe it as triangular in a form in which, in the symbolical language of the Yogis, there is a power called the Kundalini, coiled up. When that Kundalini
Kundalini
awakens, it tries to force a passage through this hollow canal, and as it rises step by step, as it were, layer after layer of the mind becomes open and all the different visions and wonderful powers come to the Yogi. When it reaches the brain, the Yogi
Yogi
is perfectly detached from the body and mind; the soul finds itself free. We know that the spinal cord is composed in a peculiar manner. If we take the figure eight horizontally (∞), there are two parts which are connected in the middle. Suppose you add eight after eight, piled one on top of the other, that will represent the spinal cord. The left is the Ida, the right Pingala, and that hollow canal which runs through the center of the spinal cord is the Sushumna. Where the spinal cord ends in some of the lumbar vertebrae, a fine fiber issues downwards, and the canal runs up even within that fiber, only much finer. The canal is closed at the lower end, which is situated near what is called the sacral plexus, which, according to modern physiology, is triangular in form. The different plexuses that have their centers in the spinal canal can very well stand for the different "lotuses" of the Yogi.

When Kundalini
Kundalini
Shakti
Shakti
is conceived as a goddess, then, when it rises to the head, it unites itself with the Supreme Being of (Lord Shiva). The aspirant then becomes engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss. Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda
in his book God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita
states:[22][page needed]

At the command of the yogi in deep meditation, this creative force turns inward and flows back to its source in the thousand-petaled lotus, revealing the resplendent inner world of the divine forces and consciousness of the soul and spirit. Yoga
Yoga
refers to this power flowing from the coccyx to spirit as the awakened kundalini.

Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda
also states:

The yogi reverses the searchlights of intelligence, mind and life force inward through a secret astral passage, the coiled way of the kundalini in the coccygeal plexus, and upward through the sacral, the lumbar, and the higher dorsal, cervical, and medullary plexuses, and the spiritual eye at the point between the eyebrows, to reveal finally the soul's presence in the highest center (Sahasrara) in the brain.[22]:18, 1093

Western significance[edit] Sir John Woodroffe
Sir John Woodroffe
(1865–1936) – also known by his pseudonym Arthur Avalon – was a British Orientalist whose published works stimulated a far-reaching interest in Hindu philosophy
Hindu philosophy
and Yogic practices. While serving as a High Court Judge in Calcutta, he studied Sanskrit
Sanskrit
and Hindu
Hindu
Philosophy, particularly as it related to Hindu Tantra. He translated numerous original Sanskrit
Sanskrit
texts and lectured on Indian Philosophy, Yoga
Yoga
and Tantra. His book, The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga
Yoga
became a major source for many modern Western adaptations of Kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga
practice. It presents an academically and philosophically sophisticated translation of, and commentary on, two key Eastern texts: Shatchakranirūpana (Description and Investigation into the Six Bodily Centers) written by Tantrik Pūrnānanda Svāmī (1526) and the Paduka-Pancakā from the Sanskrit of a commentary by Kālīcharana (Five-fold Footstool of the Guru). The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
term "Kundali Shakti" translates as "Serpent Power". Kundalini
Kundalini
is thought to be an energy released within an individual using specific meditation techniques. It is represented symbolically as a serpent coiled at the base of the spine. In his preface to The Serpent Power Woodroffe clarifies the concept of Kundalini:[23]

Vivified by the “Serpent Fire”( Kundalini) they (chakras) become gates of connection between the physical and “astral” bodies. When the astral awakening of these centers first took place, this was not known to the physical consciousness. But the sense body can now “be brought to share all these advantages by repeating that process of awakening with the etheric centers. This is done by the arousing through will-force of the “Serpent Fire,” which exists clothed in “etheric matter in the physical plane, and sleeps in the corresponding etheric center—that at the base of the spine. When this is done, it vivifies the higher centers, with the effect that it brings into the physical consciousness the powers which are aroused by the development of their corresponding astral centers. . . There mere rousing of the Serpent Power does not, from the spiritual Yoga standpoint, amount too much. Nothing, however, of real moment, from the higher Yogi’s point of view, is achieved until the Ajna Cakra is reached. Here, again, it is said that the Sadhaka whose Atma is nothing but a meditation on the lotus “becomes the creator, preserver and destroyer of the three worlds”…It is not until the Tattvas of this center are also absorbed, and complete knowledge of the Sahasrara
Sahasrara
is gained, that the Yogi
Yogi
attains that which is both his aim and the motive of his labor, cessation from rebirth which follows on the control and concentration of the Citta on the Siva-sthanam, the Abode of Bliss.

In his book Artistic Form and Yoga
Yoga
in the Sacred Images of India, Heinrich Zimmer
Heinrich Zimmer
spoke highly of Woodroffe's works:[24]

The values of the Hindu
Hindu
tradition were disclosed to me through the enormous life-work of Sir John Woodroffe, alias Arthur Avalon, a pioneer and a classic author in Indie studies, second to none, who, for the first time, by many publications and books made available the extensive and complex treasure of late Hindu
Hindu
tradition: the Tantras, a period as grand and rich as the Vedas, the Epic, Puranas, etc.; the latest crystallization of Indian wisdom, the indispensable closing link of a chain, affording keys to countless problems in the history of Buddhism
Buddhism
and Hinduism, in mythology and symbolism.

When Woodroffe later commented upon the reception of his work he clarified his objective, "All the world (I speak of course of those interested in such subjects) is beginning to speak of Kundalinî Shakti." He described his intention as follows: "We, who are foreigners, must place ourselves in the skin of the Hindu, and must look at their doctrine and ritual through their eyes and not our own."[25]:xvi Western awareness of kundalini was strengthened by the interest of Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr. Carl Jung
Carl Jung
(1875–1961). Jung's seminar on Kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga
presented to the Psychological Club in Zurich in 1932 was widely regarded as a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought
Eastern thought
and of the symbolic transformations of inner experience. Kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga
presented Jung with a model for the developmental phases of higher consciousness, and he interpreted its symbols in terms of the process of individuation, with sensitivity towards a new generation's interest in alternative religions and psychological exploration.[26] In the introduction to Jung's book The Psychology of Kundalini
Kundalini
Yoga, Sonu Shamdasani puts forth "The emergence of depth psychology was historically paralleled by the translation and widespread dissemination of the texts of yoga... for the depth psychologies sought to liberate themselves from the stultifying limitations of Western thought to develop maps of inner experience grounded in the transformative potential of therapeutic practices. A similar alignment of "theory" and "practice" seemed to be embodied in the yogic texts that moreover had developed independently of the bindings of Western thought. Further, the initiatory structure adopted by institutions of psychotherapy brought its social organization into proximity with that of yoga. Hence, an opportunity for a new form of comparative psychology opened up."[25]:xviii-xix

The American writer William Buhlman, began to conduct an international survey of out-of-body experiences in 1969 in order to gather information about symptoms: sounds, vibrations and other phenomena, that commonly occur at the time of the OBE event. His primary interest was to compare the findings with reports made by yogis, such as Gopi Krishna (yogi) who have made reference to similar phenomenon, such as the 'vibrational state' as components of their kundalini-related spiritual experience. He explains:

There are numerous reports of full Kundalini
Kundalini
experiences culminating with a transcendental out-of-body state of consciousness. In fact, many people consider this experience to be the ultimate path to enlightenment. The basic premise is to encourage the flow of Kundalini energy up the spine and toward the top of the head—the crown chakra—thus projecting your awareness into the higher heavenly dimensions of the universe. The result is an indescribable expansion of consciousness into spiritual realms beyond form and thought.[27]

George King (1919–1997), founder of the Aetherius Society, describes the concept of Kundalini
Kundalini
throughout his works and claimed to have experienced this energy many times throughout his life while in a "positive samadhic yogic trance state".[citation needed] According to King,

It should always be remembered that despite appearances to the contrary, the complete control of Kundalini
Kundalini
through the spinal column is man's only reason for being on Earth, for when this is accomplished, the lessons in this classroom and the mystical examination is passed.[28]

In his lecture entitled The Psychic Centers – Their Significance and Development, he describes the theory behind the raising of Kundalini
Kundalini
and how this might be done safely in the context of a balanced life devoted to selfless service.[29] Sri Aurobindo
Sri Aurobindo
was the other great authority scholar on Kundalini parallel to Woodroffe with a somewhat different viewpoint, according to Mary Scott (who is herself a latter-day scholar on Kundalini
Kundalini
and its physical basis) and was a member of the Theosophical Society.[30] In the early 1930s, two Italian scholars, Tommaso Palamidessi
Tommaso Palamidessi
and Julius Evola, published several books with the intent of re-interpreting alchemy with reference to yoga.[31] Those works influenced modern interpretations of Alchemy
Alchemy
as a mystical science. In those works, Kundalini
Kundalini
is called an "Igneous Power" or "Serpentine Fire".[citation needed] Other well-known spiritual teachers who have made use of the idea of Kundalini
Kundalini
include Aleister Crowley, whose Gnostic Mass symbolically incorporates the concept via various means including the entrance procession ('circumambulation') of the Priest and Priestess; Albert Rudolph (Rudi), Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
(Osho), George Gurdjieff, Paramahansa Yogananda, Sivananda Radha Saraswati, who produced an English language guide to Kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga
methods, Muktananda, Bhagawan Nityananda, Yogi
Yogi
Bhajan, Nirmala Srivastava, Samael Aun Weor.[citation needed] New Age[edit] Kundalini
Kundalini
references may be found in a number of New Age presentations, and is a word that has been adopted by many new religious movements.[32] Psychology[edit] According to Carl Jung
Carl Jung
"... the concept of Kundalini
Kundalini
has for us only one use, that is, to describe our own experiences with the unconscious ..."[33] Jung used the Kundalini
Kundalini
system symbolically as a means of understanding the dynamic movement between conscious and unconscious processes. He cautioned that all forms of yoga, when used by Westerners, can be attempts at domination of the body and unconscious through the ideal of ascending into higher chakras.[34][page needed] According to Shamdasani, Jung claimed that the symbolism of Kundalini yoga suggested that the bizarre symptomatology that patients at times presented, actually resulted from the awakening of the Kundalini. He argued that knowledge of such symbolism enabled much that would otherwise be seen as the meaningless by-products of a disease process to be understood as meaningful symbolic processes, and explicated the often peculiar physical localizations of symptoms.[34]:xxvi Recently, there has been a growing interest within the medical community to study the physiological effects of meditation, and some of these studies have applied the discipline of Kundalini yoga
Kundalini yoga
to their clinical settings.[35][full citation needed][36][full citation needed] The popularization of eastern spiritual practices has been associated with psychological problems in the west. Psychiatric literature notes that "since the influx of eastern spiritual practices and the rising popularity of meditation starting in the 1960s, many people have experienced a variety of psychological difficulties, either while engaged in intensive spiritual practice or spontaneously".[37] Among the psychological difficulties associated with intensive spiritual practice we find " Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening", "a complex physio-psychospiritual transformative process described in the yogic tradition".[37] Researchers in the fields of Transpersonal psychology,[19] and Near-death studies[38] have described a complex pattern of sensory, motor, mental and affective symptoms associated with the concept of Kundalini, sometimes called the Kundalini syndrome.[39] The differentiation between spiritual emergency associated with Kundalini
Kundalini
awakening may be viewed as an acute psychotic episode by psychiatrists who are not conversant with the culture. The biological changes of increased P300 amplitudes that occurs with certain yogic practices may lead to acute psychosis. Biological alterations by Yogic techniques may be used to warn people against such reactions.[40] Some modern experimental research seeks to establish links between Kundalini
Kundalini
practice and the ideas of Wilhelm Reich
Wilhelm Reich
and his followers.[41][full citation needed] See also[edit]

Temporal lobe epilepsy Mystical experience

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Aun Weor, Samael (2009). Kundalini
Kundalini
Yoga. EDISAW. ISBN 978-85-62455-03-2.  Aun Weor, Samael (2009). O Matrimônio Perfeito. EDISAW. ISBN 978-85-62455-00-1.  Avalon, A. (1974). The Serpent Power: The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-23058-9.  Karmokar, G. (2006). Kundalini – From Hell to Heaven. Zen Way Center. ISBN 0-9777456-0-0.  Kripananda, S. (1995). The Sacred Power: A Seeker's Guide to Kundalini. Siddha Yoga
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Publications. ISBN 0-911307-39-7.  Krishna, G. (1989). The Awakening of Kundalini. Institute for Consciousness Research. ISBN 0-917776-06-2.  Krishna, G. (1993). Higher Consciousness and Kundalini. Institute for Consciousness Research. ISBN 0-917776-05-4.  Krishna, G. (1993). Living with Kundalini. Shambhala. ISBN 0-87773-947-1.  Krishna, G. (1997). Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man. Shambhala. ISBN 978-1-57062-280-9.  Mookerjee, A. (1981). Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy (2nd ed.). Destiny Books. ISBN 0-89281-020-3.  Muktananda, S. (1995). Kundalini: The Secret of Life (erd ed.). U B S Publishers' Distributors Ltd. ISBN 81-7476-038-5.  Petty, A. (2007). Kundalini
Kundalini
Rising: Exploring the Chakra/Asanas Connection. Kitsune Books. ISBN 0-9792700-0-6.  Scott, Mary (2006). The Kundalini
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Concept: Its Origin and Value. Jain Pub Co. ISBN 978-0-89581-857-7.  Sannella, L. (1987). The Kundalini
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Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence. Integral Publications. ISBN 0-941255-29-8.  Springett, Tara (2014). Enlightenment Through the Path of Kundalini: A Tibetan-Buddhist Guide to Safe Awakening and Overcoming Difficult Symptoms. Higher Consciousness Publishing. ISBN 978-1506067612.  White, J. (1998). Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment. Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-303-9.  Yogananda, Paramahansa (1995). God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita. Self-Realization Fellowship. ISBN 0-87612-030-3. 

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