Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kundalini Awakening - Material Sadhana or Spiritual Sadhana ?

Swami Mukundanada delineating about the Kundalini Power
The material energy, Maya,  innumerable astounding powers and secrets within it. The inventions of the modern day world are only the tip of the iceberg of what exists within the womb of Mother Nature. The human body, which is made from Maya, also has many secrets and hidden potentials latent in it. Amongst these is the Kuṇḍalinī.
Kuṇḍalinī is a power that lies dormant at the base of the spinal column. Those who practice the sādhanā of Haṭha Yog, endeavor to awaken it by various means, and make it rise upwards through the spine. As the power ascends through the various chakras (circular regions) in the spine, it results in many siddhis (mystic abilities).
However, we must bear in mind that the Kuṇḍalinī is a material power, and not a spiritual power. The mystic abilities attained through it are purely material. If one’s Kuṇḍalinī is awakened, it does not mean that the person has come closer to God, or has established a relationship with God.
Also, if the Kuṇḍalinī is awakened without spiritual maturity, it leads to pride, which obstructs the spiritual progress of person. The Kuṇḍalinī is an immense power, and if it is not controlled properly, it can result in very deleterious side-effects.
Very often, people who awaken it without sufficient bodily and mental preparation are unable to handle it, and suffer serious consequences. In some cases, the body gets ruined, and in other cases, the mind. It is far safer not to go in that direction, and instead, strive to establish one’s connection with God through devotion. Then by the
Grace of the Lord, if we get any siddhis, we will also receive the power to protect ourselves from their pitfalls. The important thing is not the awakening of the Kuṇḍalinī, but the development of an intense longing for God.

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