First Chakra: Muladhara"Over it [Svayambhu-Linga] shines the sleeping Kundalini, fine as the fibre of the lotus-stalk. It is She who maintains all the beings of the world by means of inspiration and expiration, and shines in the cavity of the root (Mula) Lotus like a chain of brilliant lights." —Purnananda
"The first centre is called the Muladhara centre. It has four petals (sub-plexuses), is placed below the triangular bone, and is responsible on the physical level of the manifestation of the pelvic plexus which looks after all our excretion, inclusive of sex activity. When the Kundalini rises, then this centre becomes inactive in the excretion functions but active in the support of the rising of the Kundalini. Though the Kundalini has to rise through six centres, the first centre of Muladhara protects the purity of chastity of the Kundalini at the time of its awakening."
Shri Muladharambujarudha Devi
(Muladharambujarudha [514th]: She is mounted on the four-petalled Muladhara-Padma at the level of the anus.)
"Before human beings were created, before the Earth and sky, long before the sun, the moon, and the galaxies, I filled everything with holiness and innocence. Single-handedly the Mother Holy Spirit, Adi Shakti, created Me first to guard and protect Her everywhere. My total surrender to Her and My exclusive alliance to Her can remove any obstacle. In your body I am innocence, wisdom and spontaneity. I am the sanctity of the marriage union and the blessing of saintly children. When Kundalini awakens My presence in you, you regain your lost innocence. She overcomes all of His enemies outside, as well as those within your being. I am the Everlasting Child and the sparkles of My innocence radiate the universe in a constant flow of bliss."
Shri Ganesha was created by the Adi Shakti, the Primordial Power of God Almighty, without the cause of male-female principle. Being born out of the Primordial Mother, He is with Her all the times and hence in every Chakra in the human being. He is the embodiment of innocence, purity, and chastity in creation.
In the beginning of evolution, the first amoebae cell organisms were formed. Thereafter they become more and more complex, developing into multi-cellular organisms, and ultimately into humankind. The Muladhara Chakra is made of the earth element and represents the beginning of life. When awakened and nourished, this association with the earth element manifests as a magnetic force within that person. This Chakra is at the root or foundation of the subtle system, and so is the support of all the other Chakras. The Muladhara is situated below the abode of the Kundalini, at the very base of the subtle body. In Sanskrit moola means root (which is Kundalini) and adhara means the support. So Muladhara translates into"the supporter of the Kundalini."
The fundamental quality of this Chakra is innocence and the innate wisdom, which comes from having childlike innocence. The innocence is the type of quality which is evident in babies and small children. It represents action without motive or desire for gross personal gain. This innocence is accompanied by the innate wisdom of a child. A baby knows fundamental aspects of nature instinctively — it knows how to show discomfort by crying, or how to suck to obtain food. This root wisdom, if left untempered, would develop into a balanced set of priorities in the adult. Unfortunately the influence of parents and society tends to muddy this innocence and so obscure the wisdom that goes with it.
Simplicity, joy, purity, integrity and balance are other qualities manifest in human beings through this Chakra. Because this center governs the reproduction organs and systems, sexual attitudes and behavior critically impact the strength or weakness of this center. Sexual excessiveness, both physical and mental, creates imbalances throughout the body's systems."So we have to put our carnal desires, dissolve them into the innocence, the Ocean of Innocence, we have to dissolve it in the Ocean of Innocence. Innocence is something to be appreciated, to be understood, to be enjoyed. Like you see animals are innocent, the children they are innocent, flowers they are innocent — divert your attention to all these things."
Once Kundalini is awakened reverence for and desire to serve the Spirit within gradually becomes heightened. By awakening the qualities of the Muladhara through meditation, we learn again to be more innocent beings, to be less motive-led in our actions, and to rediscover the wisdom which is strong enough to help us make the correct decisions in our lives.
The presiding deity for the Muladhara Chakra is Shri Ganesha, the Eternal Child. He is the embodiment of innocence and He guards His Mother Kundalini (Gauri) and Her instrument with great alertness and uncompromising zeal. It is He who informs Kundalini when it is time to awaken and it is His anger which produces the heat in the sympathetic nervous system if any unauthorized person tries to do so. This is the reason why so many seekers have suffered a wide variety of mental and physical ailments, some serious enough to require hospitalization.
GROSS PHYSICAL ASPECT
The Muladhara Chakra governs the excretory and reproductive organs, and as such has a direct bearing on the sexual aspects of the human being. There have been attempts in the past to awaken the Kundalini through sexual practice such as tantra. This is obviously very dangerous and can cause the greatest harm to the Chakra itself. If one remembers that the Muladhara centre provides a gateway through which the Kundalini must pass, then it is easy to understand how anything which is not innocent can harm it. Sex has its place in human life as the most sublime physical expression of love within the marriage. Through this channel birth and creation continue their course. However, it is another thing to allow sex to dominate out lives and bring us out of balance. After Self-Realization one learns to develop respect and proper esteem for one's own chastity and of others. This sense of right conduct is essential for the development of our own gravity and power. It is the foundation stone of each of us as human beings, the power of incorruptible innocence.
Causes of catch/obstruction on thumbs
A "catch" ('your hands will speak') is an imbalance. If we feel heat or tingling, or maybe even numbness in our fingertips, it means that our kundalini is alerting us to an imbalance in a particular chakra.
OPENING THE MULADHARA CHAKRA
Those who wish to open their Muladhara Chakra are advised to follow instructions #16-18 of this Self-realization link. The Mother Kundalini will rise from the base Mooldhara Chakra and, after awakening all the chakras on Her path, reach the Sahasrara Chakra. There will be two self-verifiable signs of this kundalini awakening and opening of the chakras:
i) feeling Cool Breeze of Spirit (ruach, pneuma, rhuh, shekinah, chaitanya) from top of head and/or;
ii) feeling Cool Breeze of Spirit (ruach, pneuma, rhuh, shekinah, chaitanya) from finger tips/palm of hands.
You are assured of your own Divine Kundalini/Mother/Spirit within giving Self-realization and opening your chakras provided you follow those instructions. That assurance in the form of Cool Breeze, which is self-verifiable, manifests due to a far higher spiritual evolution. Rest assured that this experience is absolutely without any side-effects whatsoever.
On the contrary, your own Divine Mother/Holy Spirit within will over the years lead you to a state of mind, bliss, peace, knowledge and spiritual journey that has no parallel. This second birth of the Spirit/Mother Kundalini commences the promised Resurrection and, upon physical 'death', evolution into the eternal spirit as demonstrated by Jesus Christ and upheld, albeit with different wordings and interpretations, by the holy scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhsim.
But Jesus insists that for all this to manifest one must be born of the Spirit (Mother Kundalini), and the sure sign of that spiritual birth from within oneself will be the Cool Breeze (Wind):
COOL BREEZE (WIND) AND BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT
Jesus and Nicodemus
1. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2. this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
3. Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4. Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
5. Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7. "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8. "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
"Experience of the Spirit is of great importance to believers, and this is natural, if the Spirit is the source of new, eschatological life. However, experience of the Spirit must also take its place within a larger context. For every present encounter with the Spirit is one instant in a long history of pneumatic activity. Forgetting this point results in an overblown evaluation of the significance of experiences of the Spirit. It also results in those experiences losing much of their meaning. The Spirit encountered today is the same Spirit that spoke through the prophets, empowered Jesus and the apostles, and will someday bring about the complete transformation of all things. It is the eschatological Spirit. To experience the Spirit is to be drawn up into this pneumatic movement. Therefore, any experience of the Spirit must take its meaning from this larger historical context." (Beck 2007, 237)
Cool Breeze (Wind) experiences of those born of the Spirit
Judith Coney is a lecturer in the Department of Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She published her book in 1999 prior to this website and refrained from mentioning the eschatological significance of the "cool breeze" experiences felt by hundreds of thousands since the 1970s till date.
"The result, in all three settings [Royal Albert Hall, local meeting or private house], is that many people do feel a cool breeze. The coolness which is felt is usually associated with other sensations as well. Typically, the pupils of the eyes can be observed to dilate and the person will feel very relaxed and 'centred.' However, it is notable that, despite the very similar ways in which individuals 'get their realisation'—and even in the same setting—not everybody feels exactly the same thing. Sri Mataji teaches that the vibrations of kundalini can be felt as cool breeze on the palm of the hands and above the head. Sometimes breezes, in line with the teachings, are felt on the hands and head specifically. For others, the experience is more generalized:
The experience was extremely timeless, because I felt that it only lasted for about five minutes but somebody came behind me and said 'would you like a cup of tea' and I thought, 'this is silly, what's all this about tea?; But it turned out that it was about three quarters of an hour later. And I felt a strong cool breeze. I was actually told; you will probably feel some coolness or some nice feelings inside' but I felt coolness not just in my hands, where I was told it would be, but all over and I felt incredibly peaceful.
Generally, the feeling of coolness on 'realisation' seems to be discernible, but relatively weak. As with Kakar's description of his own 'realisation', many newcomers are left with the feeling that they felt something but they are not sure what:
Mataji grandly announced, 'He is realised' ... 'Sit in meditation for some time' she told me as I sat up. 'Do you feel a cool breeze on the top of your head and on your palms?' Indeed I did, though I could not distinguish the coolness due to kundalini from the gutsy breeze coming in from the sea. I felt well, though, calm and deeply relaxed. (Kakar 1984, 195-6)
A few, however, have an extremely strong experience. One such incident was described by one of the participating Sahaja Yogis:
He felt really cool, not just on his hands but all over. He said: 'This isn't a breeze, it's a wind'. We all felt it really strongly too. Then we picked up Mother's photograph and held it in front of him and he felt loads of vibrations coming from that. But I think the whole thing was so strong that it frightened him. He was very high and positive for two days, he brought us some flowers, and then he became wary and never came to [the ashram] again.
Others still, in contrast, do not feel much, if anything, on their first session. This lack of feeling on their part, however, may not be shared by the Sahaja Yogis 'working on them', who may remark enthusiastically about how cool the individual feels, and may also be at odds with the view of Sri Mataji herself. Here is the description of his initial contact with Sahaja Yoga by one such follower. He first went to a meeting at which Sri Mataji gave 'realisation' en masse, but felt nothing. Nevertheless, he was persuaded to go to a smaller workshop a few days later.
I really didn't feel anything there at all either but I was told by Mataji herself-she said 'Who hasn't felt it yet?' and I put my hand up with a few others. Mataji said 'Come forward' and then she said to me 'You've got it, you know'. And I said 'Have I?' and she said 'Yes, go through to that room and ask some Sahaja Yogis to work on you'. So that was my introduction to Sahaja Yoga.
It was only with repeated sessions that he developed the ability to feel a cool breeze. There are also those, a few, who may feel more calm, possibly as a result of sitting quietly for some time, but otherwise feel no different and never feel any sort of breeze. This is often explained by Sahaja Yogis as being because the chakras have been too badly damaged by negativity in the past (Rajasekharan and Venkatesan 1992, 98).
Kakar (1984, 208), a trained Freudian psychologist, having witnessed Sri Mataji's delivery of 'realisation' both en masse and on a one-to-one basis, concluded that much of this experience is built on suggestion and 'hypnotic induction':
Needless to add, because of the emotional pressures created in a group setting, the tendency to identify with the experience of other group members and the intense desire to please the leader, only a handful of people hold out against this mass suggestion. (ibid., 209)
Such a conclusion would undoubtedly be rejected by a Sahaja Yogi, convinced that they have experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji. It is not within the remit of my present enquiry, however, to seek to establish the 'real cause' of a cool breeze felt by an individual, but to try chart the social dynamics involved. Just as Goodman commented, in relation to religious experience:
The religious practitioners argue for it, either because it is part of their dogma, or because, as they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it. The hard scientists take the opposite position, again as a matter of conviction. As social scientists, our situation is a happier one: at least we can state that, without any doubt, the alternate reality is a social one. (Goodman 1988, 43)."
Judith Coney, Sahaja Yoga
RoutledgeCurzon, 1999, pp. 55-58
Since the 1970s tens of thousands of Sahaja Yogis "have [daily] experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji... they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it."
"Such a conclusion would undoubtedly be rejected by a Sahaja Yogi, convinced that they have experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji. It is not within the remit of my present enquiry, however, to seek to establish the 'real cause' of a cool breeze felt by an individual, but to try chart the social dynamics involved. Just as Goodman commented, in relation to religious experience: The religious practitioners argue for it, either because it is part of their dogma, or because, as they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it." (Coney 1999, 58)
Truth to be Achieved, Brighton, U.K.—7 October 1982
"The Cool Breeze is all around us and we can start feeling in our hands when the Kundalini emerges from the top of the head if our Vishuddhi is alright. This is what Christ meant by 'to be born again' and not just to call some people and say 'Alright, now we have some baptism.'"
We don't have to suffer, Bedford, U.K.—8 October 1982
"As prophesied in the scriptures, the phase of Last Judgment has started. The testing ground is of great illusion (Mahamaya). Kundalini is the indicator of our balance and wisdom. She will evaluate, correct and evolve us. Sahaja Yoga gives you a chance to be fully your meaning. Take full advantage of it. Establish your attention in the Absolute (Atman) and achieve the life eternal in the Kingdom of God."
London, U.K.—June, 1980
The Divine Mother in this Age has
come in the form of Shri Mataji
(1923-2011) who, as the promised
Paraclete, brought closure to Jesus'
message of the Kingdom of God
and commenced the Resurrection.
For Hindus, Sikhs and others that
should be understood as Kundalini
awakening and Atma jnana that is
absolutely essential for moksa. My essence is complete innocence in thought, word, and action. I came many times in the form of prophets, saints and gurus of each and every religion, giving you laws and principles whose observance gave inner balance and harmony.
Today when Kundalini awakens My presence in you (second spiritual 'birth'/'being born again' of Spirit), religion is no more a belief—it becomes a living state within. As you become the childlike disciple of your Mother, I make you your own master and in this lifetime strive to liberate you from ceaseless rebirths on this Earth (moksa) and lead you to residence and life eternal in My heavenly Paradise (Kingdom of God). These few names of mine confirm that I reside within you and so will be able to fulfill that promise:
Kundalini [110th] She is coiled like a serpent. She is stated to assume 3 1/2 coils - the form in which Sri Lalita resides in sacrum bone of every human as potential state.
Shri Muladharambujarudha Devi
(Muladharambujarudha [514th]: She is mounted on the four-petalled Muladhara-Padma at the level of the anus.)
Shri Svadhisthananambuja-gata Devi
(Svadhisthananambuja-gata: [504th]: Resides in the six-petalled Svadhisthana-Chakra at the level of the sex organ. This name means Herself resides as Fire in that Chakra.)
Shri Manipurabja-nilaya Devi
(Manipurabja-nilaya [495th]: She has Manipurna-Padma as Her abode near the navel. This Padma has ten petals.)
Shri Anahatabja-nilaya Devi
(Anahatabja-nilaya [485th]: She dwells in the Anahata-Chakra near the heart as Rakini.)
Shri Visuddhi-Chakra-nilaya Devi
(Visuddhi-chakra-nilaya [475th]: Dwelling in the Visuddha Padma of 16 petals.)
Shri Agnya-Chakrabja-nilaya Devi
(Agnya-chakrabja-nilaya (521st): Resides in the two-petalled Agnya-chakra. Residing in this Chakra, She controls various organs (Indriyas). Hence, it is known as Agnya-Chakra situated between the eye-brows.)
Shri Sahasra-dala-padmastha Devi
(Sahasra-dala-padmastha [528th]: Residing in the Thousand-Petaled Lotus.)
GENERAL ADVICE FROM SHRI MATAJI
The most effective way to clear or heal chakra problems ('catch"or obstruction) is to put attention on the affected chakra during meditation and allow the Mother Kundalini to heal. Remain in the thoughtless state while you work on the affected chakra. Always remember this quote of Shri Mataji:
"Kundalini will rise and She will cleanse you completely. Kundalini will rise and always cleanse the chakras." "No one, so far in the history of spirituality, has ever raised the Kundalini in such a short time, as you people are doing. It moves under your fingers. It is absolutely Shri Ganesha's power which is given to you. "That is an eternal quality you have got. You never lose your innocence. Maybe, as clouds can cover the whole sky, maybe your ego and conditionings and your mistakes might have covered it, but it is always there — always there! Only thing, it is for you to respect it, to behave in a manner that you respect your innocence. Not to feel shy about your innocence. Never. Your innocence itself is a Power and your innocence will definitely give you that wisdom by which you can solve all the problems without any difficulties."
Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1991
"I would say, with this, today's special celebration of Navaratri. Like yesterday you saw Shri Durga's nine forms, also. In that, one is Kushmanda, is one of the forms, that you absorb all the filth in yourself, in your stomach. But the Devi does that, not you. What the Devi can do, you should not do. That's her job, that She is supposed to do this, not you. What you have to do is to only be in silence so that you absorb whatever will increase that silence, will increase your depth. The Devi will look after all the rest of the things, she'll look after all the filth, all the anger, all the temper, all the everything that's going on in this world. She will absorb all that, but what you have to do is to just enjoy everything that is pure.
Enjoyment is only possible when you are beyond your mind. With your mind you can never enjoy. It is like a big load. It will not act, it will not help. Enjoyment comes when you are in complete silence, in a rippleless lake, the reflection of all the joy that is created on the shores of that lake are completely reflected, they are not deflected. If they were repulsed it would have been a different image altogether, and would have been something nowhere near the image of reality."
Navaratri Puja. Cabella Ligure, Italy—October 1, 1995
Once this is power is established no external rituals are required as catches will be healed instantly and constantly by the Mother Kundalini within. Until and unless external cleansing rituals are discarded this power will never be established. On the contrary, all these rituals only make matters worse according to Shri Mataji:
"The people who think that they can control their ego will eat less or use all types of methods to control ego. For example, someone is standing on one leg or other one on his head, all types of efforts they are doing to reduce their ego.
But with all these techniques, ego doesn't vanish. On the contrary, ego increases. Fasting, reciting the names, increases your ego. With Havans also ego increases because Agni, fire, is the right side element. Anything which is rituals increases your ego.
Human being thinks that they are alright, since they are doing these rituals since thousand years. All the wrong teachings they are still following. For this reason Sahaja Yoga is against Karma Kanda, that is rituals. No need to do any kind of Karma Kanda.
And to go to the extreme point is also dangerous. I had asked them to shoe-beat to destroy their ego and what I see that every morning all the Sahaja Yogis go in the line with their shoes for shoe-beatings. But I had asked to do this if you have ego in you.
All these rituals have entered into Sahaja Yoga. I got somebody in France with the list of the treatments of Vashi hospital. But that was for sick peoples. This is the nature of human being to follow the rituals because he thinks that he can do it."
Christmas Puja—December 25, 1997
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India
QUOTES OF THE DIVINE MOTHER SHRI MATAJI
The Ganesha shakti is given to you by Shri Ganesha Himself within you, to give you the confidence. To give you the confidence that you can raise the Kundalini, but not the feeling that you are raising the Kundalini. If you go on without surrendering yourself to Sahaja Yoga, after some time you will lose this power very fast.
At the time when you are moving your hand on Kundalini, it is the greatest power you are using. I don't know how much 'shraddha' (faith) you have for yourself and about the power you have got. At that time there will be no obstruction on your hand by anyone whatsoever.
When you are raising the Kundalini, attention of the person who is taking the realization from you, will not be attracted by outside things. That means you can raise the Kundalini at any time, because, at that time you reside in the lotus which is closed.
At the time of Kundalini awakening you will not have baser or impure feelings about the person to whom you are giving the realization. May be before and after, but not when you are giving the realization. These dirty feelings will not come to you, automatically. You do not have to stop your mind, automatically it will work.
You will be absolutely satisfied. Even if you are hungry, you will not feel the hunger or any physical need at the time you are giving the realization.
There will be no distraction of any kind. You won't do anything that is undignified. At that time you are being blessed with dignity. At that time you will never joke, nor will you make fun nor will you be frivolous. You talk to the person in such a manner, that the person becomes wise and you also talk only that which is wisdom.
These powers can be maintained if you try to follow Shri Ganesha. These are His powers."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
"No one, so far in the history of spirituality, has ever raised the Kundalini in such a short time, as you people are doing. It moves under your fingers. It is absolutely Shri Ganesha's power which is given to you.
"That is an eternal quality you have got. You never lose your innocence. Maybe, as clouds can cover the whole sky, maybe your ego and conditionings and your mistakes might have covered it, but it is always there — always there! Only thing, it is for you to respect it, to behave in a manner that you respect your innocence. Not to feel shy about your innocence. Never. Your innocence itself is a Power and your innocence will definitely give you that wisdom by which you can solve all the problems without any difficulties."
In Sanskrit, Muladhara means: 'base'. It is the first chakra in the spiritual evolution of humans. This chakra is located in the base of the spine and corresponds to the pelvic plexus. It lies between the origin of the reproductive organ and anus and it is a point where Sushumna, Ida and Pingala nadis meet.
The Kundalini energy is usually symbolized with a three and a half time coiled female serpent, asleep or in a latent state in Muladhara chakra. The most important aspect of this chakra is being a shelter where the mighty Kundalini sleeps. According to the Tantric traditions the three coils of the serpent represent the three major aspects of nature: Sattva—harmony, Rajas-action and Tamas-inertia, while the half coil itself symbolizes the transcendental consciousness. Although the Kundalini Yoga and the Tantra have their differences, they both symbolize the latent power in humans in the shape of a sleeping goddess Kundalini Shakti as incarnation in the human body, which possesses potential to bring the ultimate light or darkness to the spirit.
It is known that Muladhara chakra releases the main vital energy, which is responsible for the body reproduction and, it plays the major role in the transformation process of these sexual forces into the spiritual potentials as well. During the moments of sexual ecstasy, the Muladhara chakra increases its activity, so the orgasm can be used as a fire starter for the Kundalini. To the best of my knowledge, the orgasm has been used as a jump board for awakening of this mighty force through the sexual act of the love couple in some Temples across northern India even these days.
However, although it is the lowest center in human's spiritual evolution, the significance of the Muladhara chakra is very important and should be treated with great respect. The awakening of this primeval force is the beginning of the human evolution because mostly, the whole process starts here in Muladhara chakra.
Usually, it takes years of deep meditation, all kinds of pranayama exercises, and many physical exercises known as asanas, but most of all a purified, creative and quiet life to complete the awakening process of all of the 7 primary chakras. The process of awakening the main chakras is a completely different matter from the awakening of Kundalini energy and it lasts until all of the chakras become active.
If pulsating feeling appears inthe physical point where the Muladhara is located, it is usually a clear sign that awakening of this center is close, even active to some level. Still, the Muladhara chakra possesses a high level of activity in humans whose sexual life is active. However, in no uncertain terms it has to be understood that active Muladhara chakra does not necessarily mean an active Kundalini energy. In fact, the parallel awakening of these two different processes almost never happens.
The awakening and rising of the Kundalini is strictly an individual matter, but the greatest masters of the Kundalini Yoga always advise aspirants to awake their primary chakras before starting to work with this powerful force. It rarely happens but is fully possible, that Kundalini could be asleep in somehigher chakra than Muladhara. In that case, it surely is a result of long and hard efforts in the past incarnations. Actually, it means, a start of climbing up of the awaken Kundalini from the chakra that was asleep in the previous incarnation. Yet, it is a case of one in a thousand, and most of the humanity must achieve the awakening of the Kundalini in the Muladhara chakra."
Pane Andov, Extraordinary Powers in Humans
Trafford Publishing, 2007, pp. 41-2
The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini, and its main aspect is the innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditionings. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. It is nothing but simplicity, purity and joy. It is the inner wisdom that is ever present in the little children, and gets sometimes clouded by our modern lifestyles. But it is a quality which exists eternally within us and cannot be destroyed, waiting to be manifest as pure joy when the Kundalini rises."
"In most forms of Tantric worship, the awakening of the Kundalini Sakti in the body plays a great role: Sakti lies dormant, coiled up at the base of the human body. Through Tantric practices, especially the employment of mantras, she is awakened and sent through the main nerves of the body trough the other cakras, absorbing the mantras and elements in them, thereby identifying the sadhaka with Kundalini Sakti until Kundalini and Siva unite blissfully in the highest of the cakras. The aim of the Tantrika is always the union of Sakti and Siva, the merging into Sakti. The details of Tantrasastra are very complex and obscure. It does not have any specific mythology of its own and only develops the idea of the Goddess as the ground of everything.
The Goddess is the great Sakti. She is Maya, for of her the maya which produces the samsara is. As Lord of Maya she is Mahamaya. Devi is avidya because she binds, and vidya because she liberates and destroys the samsara. She is praktri and as existing before creation is the Adya Sakti. Devi is the Vacaka Sakti, the manif4estation of Cit in Praktri, and the Vicya Sakti or Cit itself. The Atma should be contemplated as Devi. Sakti or Devi is thus the Brahman revealed in the mother aspect (Srimata) as creatrix and nourisher of the worlds. Kali say of herself in Yogini Tantra: "I am the bodily form of Saccidananda and I am the brahman that has emanated from brahman....
Since it is the aim of the Tantrika to become one with the Goddess, conceived as present in flesh and blood, it becomes understandable that bodily worship and physical acts of devotion play a central role in Tantricism."
K. K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History
Oneworld Pub., 2000, p. 211.
"Malamatiyah, a Sufi (Muslim mystic) group that flourished in Samanid Iran during the 8th century... often referred to the Qur'anic verse"I [God] swear by the reproachful soul"as the basis for their philosophy. This verse, they said, clearly praised a self that constantly reproached and blamed its owner for the slightest deviation from the world of God. The reproachful self in Malamati terminology was the perfect self."
(1994-1998 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.)
"Over it [Svayambhu-Linga] shines the sleeping Kundalini, fine as the fibre of the lotus-stalk. It is She who maintains all the beings of the world by means of inspiration and expiration, and shines in the cavity of the root (Mula) Lotus like a chain of brilliant lights." —Purnananda
The center of primal life energy and survival, the first chakra or base chakra, muladhara derives its name from Sanskrit roots, moola (root, base) and adhara (support). This root lotus is said to govern memory, time, and space. Its esoteric color is yellow, and its day of the week is Tuesday. This planet is ruled by the planet Mars, which governs male potency, basic survival instincts, forcefulness, war, and aggression. In astrology, muladhara is associated with the first house and the sign is Aries, indicating survival and security."
Exploring Chakras: Awaken Your Untapped Energy
Susan G. Shumsky, New Page Books, 2013, p. 129
"Muladhara is considered the foundation of the "energy body". Yogic systems stress the importance of stabilising this chakra. Kundalini awakening begins here. It is also known as the seat of the "red bindu" or subtle drop, which rises up to the "white bindu" in the head to unite the female and masculine energies, or Shakti and Shiva.
"By meditating thus on Her who shines within the Muladhara Chakra, with the luster of ten million Suns, a man becomes Lord of speech and King among men, and an Adept in all kinds of learning. He becomes ever free from all diseases, and his inmost Spirit becomes full of great gladness. Pure of disposition by his deep and musical words, he serves the foremost of the Devas." 
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LIGHT ON CERTAIN POINTS OF DOUBT AND CONTROVERSY
In this chapter we shall take certain points of doubt and controversy and try to throw light on them.
(i) The first question of doubt is as regards the full rising of the Kundalini Shakti to the Sahasrara (upper cerebrum) and then Its coming down to the lowest-centre, Muladhara.
(ii) The second question of doubt is as regards the static-centre of the Kundalini Shakti.
(iii) The third question of doubt and dispute is as regards the seat of the Kundalini Shakti and the location of the Muladhara and the Swadhisthana Chakras.
(iv) The fourth question of doubt and controversy is as regards the mind, mind-stuff (Chitta), the seat of mind-stuff, the different planes of the mind, and the desires and thought-functions.
We shall take these points one by one and try to throw light on them.
(i) The full rising of the Kundalini Shakti to the Sahas-rara (upper cerebrum) and then Its coming down to Muladhara Chakra :—
The full-risen Kundalini Shakti, after reaching the fifth-centre, viz, Visuddha Chakra, in the region of the throat, can never come down to the muladhara chakra again. When the Kundalini Shakti lives inbetween the Muladhara and the Anahata Chakras, It has got Its upward and downward marches. So long as the full-risen Kundalini Shakti does not cross the Anahata Chakra and reach the Visuddha Chakra, It will be moving up and down between the Anahata and the Muladhara Chakras. By this kind of rising up and coming down of the
Kundalini Shakti, one experiences certain visions, but one does not gain anything permanently. When the Kundalini Shakti remains in the Anahata Chakra, one is inclined to good and noble desires, thoughts, and acts. Then, only the energies of the Anahata Chakra work and all the energies of the lower centres remain merged in the Kundalini Shakti. But when the Shakti descends to the lower Chakras, their activities and energies revive again. When the Kundalini, after reaching the Anahata Chakra, returns to Muladhara Chakra again, the bad Vrities (bad energies) of the latter Chakra influence the mind. So there is no permanent gain even by the full rising of the Kundalini up to the Anahata Chakra. But when once the full-risen Kundalini Shakti rises above the Anahata Chakra and reaches the Visuddha Chakra, the fifth-centre, It can never come down either to Anahata Chakra or to any of the lower centres. Then the Shakti makes Visuddha Chakra, Its permanent centre of operation, till It is made to rise to Ajna Chakra. With the full rising of the Kundalini Shakti to Visuddha Chakra one gains some' thing permanently. When the Kundalini Shakti reaches the Sahasrara, one attains Samadhi.
In the vast majority of the human beings the Kundalini Shakti rises partly instead of fully. This partly-risen Kundalini Shakti even after reaching Sahasrara comes down to the lowest centre, viz., Muladhara Chakra, step by step, after giving a little felicity to the man. One cannot retain the partly-risen Kundalini Shakti for long, either in the Sahasrara or in any of the intermediate Chakras. To raise the Shakti fully to Sahasrara takes a long time. It is a life-long struggle with many even with continuous hard labour. Where there is right effort and when that effort is continued, the power, the strength, and the quantity of the rising Shakti increases, and along with it the duration of the stay of the partly-risen Shakti in the Sahasrara, and the mental bliss also steadily increases. Until and unless the Kundalini Shakti fully rises to Sahasrara one cannot get salvation and one cannot enjoy the full bliss of the Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
(ii) The static-centre of the Kundalini Shakti :-Prakriti Shakti or the Creative Power of Brahman ^Supreme Spirit) working in the living body is called the Kundalini Shakti. There is no difference between Brahman and Its Shakti (Power). These are like the obverse and the reverse of the same coin. Where there is one, there is the other also. In. creation, the Shakti apparently descends and divides. Though It differentiates and divides apparently through different names and forms, still, It retains Its static-centre always in that Supreme Being. Sahasrara is the centre and the seat of Paramatman (Supreme Spirit) in the breathing body. Here, in Sahasrara, the Kundalini Shakti is one with the Supreme Spirit. In evolution It becomes grosser and grosser, when It evolves mind, Akasa, air, fire, water and earth. There are the six corresponding Chakras (centres) in the human body called Ajna, Visuddha, Anahata, Manipura, Swadhisthana and Muladhara. When the Kundalini Shakti evolves the earth Tattva, It becomes the grossest and remains here in Its last Tattva (earth).
Muladhara is the seat of Kundalini Shakti in an ordinary man. Here, in this Chakra (centre), the Kundalini Shakti remains in Its dynamic form. When the Shakti ascends fully and leaves Muladhara centre, Its centre of operation changes from the Muladhara. Whatever centre the full-risen Shakti occupies, that particular centre (Chakra) becomes the centre of Kundalini Shakti's operation. The lower centres thus left by the Kundalini Shakti become completely inactive and extinct and their energies get absorbed in the Kundalini Shakti. Thus, when the Kundalini Shakti goes on ascending, step by step, Chakra after Chakra, It goes on absorbing all the different elements and the energies that work in the different Chakras. Wh€n It reaches Sahasrara, all the elements and all the energies of the six Chakras get completely merged in the Supreme Spirit along with the Kundalini Shakti Itself. That is how Nirvikalpa Samadhi takes place.
(a) One gets Samadhi only when the Kundalini Shakti rises fully to the Sahasrara from the Muladhara Chakra. If Muladhara Chakra were the static-centre of the Shakti, then Nirvikalpa Samadhi would be impossible. For, if the Shakti has Its static-centre in the Muladhara Chakra, It cannot rise up fully to Sahasrara leaving Its static-centre.
(b) If Sahasrara is not the static-centre of the Kundalini Shakti, then It must come down to the lowest centre even after reaching Sahasrara. Whereas, the full-risen Kundalini Shakti, when It once merges in the Sahasrara in an ordinary being, It can never come down to any of the lower centres (Chakras).
(c) If Sahasrara is not the static-centre of the Kundalini Shakti, then the lower Chakras (centres) must operate even after the full rising of the Kundalini Shakti to the Sahasrara. Whereas, as soon as the Kundalini Shakti leaves Muladhara Chakra and ascends to higher Chakras, the Chakras thus left become extinct. They function no more. When the Kundalini Shakti reaches Sahasrara and when one experiences the Nirvi- kalpa Samadhi, all the bodily functions including breathing and even the heart beats stop. If, on the other hand, the static-centre of the Kundalini Shakti were the Muladhara, then this complete stopping of all the mental and bodily functions in Samadhi would not be possible.
(d) Though the dynamic-centre of the Kundalini Shakti is Muladhara in ordinary beings, yet, this dynamic-centre goes on changing along with the full rising of the Shakti from centre to centre and the lower centres thus left by the Kundalini Shakti become completely inactive and extinct. If the static-centre of the Shakti were the Muladhara, then this extinction could not take place. This shows that though the dynamic-centre of the Kundalini Shakti, in ordinary beings, is the Muladhara Chakra, Its static-centre is always the Sahasrara.
Swami Narayanananda, The Primal Power in Man: The Kundalini Shakti
N.U. Yoga Trust & Ashrama, 1984, pp. 107-110
"Kundalini, Evolution and Scientific Proof
While science has argued that human evolution has been driven by competition, selection and the need to propagate ones genes, the kundalini experience suggests there is a hidden psychospiritual mechanism within each individual which transforms the evolutionary experience from one rooted solely in the physical body and the ego to one in which the integration and purification of the psyche becomes the central goal.
This transcendental view of psychospiritual evolution points to the function of the subtle body comprising the chakras and nadis of yoga as the key to understanding this process.
The individual consciousness is transformed through the action of kundalini on the chakras and subtle energy. Traditionally, this is symbolised by the spiral path of the mystics or individual odyssey of mythology or spiritual pilgrimage of religion.
This process also brings a transformation in the central nervous system and brain as the endocrine system is activated at a subtle level, the sexual fluids can become sublimated, and the whole psychophysical organism purified and refined....
While the West has no explicit cultural or scientific map for the kundalini process, the yogic traditions of the East, particularly Hindu Tantric Yoga and some aspects of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and Taoism, offer a profound framework of understanding within which the unfolding of the kundalini experience can be viewed.
As kundalini works on the mind, body and spirit, the individual consciousness is gradually immersed in a greater reality than that of the conditioned consciousness be it termed the primordial state of emptiness of Buddhism, the Atman of Hinduism or the Tao of Taoism.
In the Western psychological tradition, Jung acknowledged the validity of this process in human development and growth of the psyche. He pointed to the role of symbolic forms such as mandalas as expressions of the need for the emerging kundalini to find harmony and balance to realise her purpose within the individual....
While kundalini can be compared to the Holy Spirit within Christian mysticism, the New Testament offers no explicit model of psychophysical transformation in the manner of the yogic traditions. Thus, while for someone actually experiencing the Holy Spirit, the correlation with kundalini may make perfect sense and be extremely useful, to someone without a Christian outlook there are few conceptual reference points to understand their experiences and the process of transformation it brings.
Thus, particularly in the climate of secular and scientific Western culture, it may help to distinguish between public and personal models of kundalini awakening.
This is not to say there is anything wrong with theistic belief systems, nor that they fail to explain the kundalini experience, but rather that for a wider public living outside that particular world view or belief system it may not provide a language or conceptual framework with which they can easily sympathise either emotionally or intellectually.
Personal models of kundalini awakening often centre on theistic belief systems, and, as said above, there is clearly nothing wrong with this, for Christianity, Sufism and Kabbala, for instance, all offer profound frameworks within which to view kundalini."
"Meditation encompasses many levels of depths, from meditative wakefulness during the performance of one's day-to-day work (i.e.," remembrance of the Divine") to most profound experiences of meditative absorption in which the yogin is unaware of external reality, unless a strong stimulus (such as a loud sound or physical touch) registers in his highly internalized consciousness and draws him back into experiencing the outer world.
Medical studies have shown what yogins have known for thousands of years: Meditation is beneficial to the body and mind. As it is accompanied by deep relaxation, it unstresses the body causing a feeling of physiological and psychological ease, rejuvenation, and heightened vitality. At more advanced levels, the practitioner experiences deep peace and tranquility, which carry over into everyday life. There is also a sense of getting in touch with one's innermost truth, which aids the integration of the personality. Finally, at the highest level of meditation, the boundaries of the subject become blurred and the doorway opens to the experience of transempirical realms of existence (the lokas of higher nonhuman entities, such as deities).
But the spiritual purpose of meditation is neither physical or mental well-being nor higher forms of cognition but ecstatic merging with the object of meditation—samadhi. And the ultimate purpose of samadhi is Self-realization (atma-jnana, purusha-khyati), or liberation. Thus meditation is never an end in itself. It is simply intended to prepare the ground for the recovery of one's true identity, which is the everlasting Self."