!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Kundalini) a type of "corporeal energy
Kundalini (kuṇḍalinī कुण्डलिनी) according to various teachings is a type of "corporeal energy". Kundalini in Sanskrit literally means "coiled up". Kundalini is envisioned as a serpent coiled at the base of the spine, hence a number of English renderings of the term such as 'serpent power'.
In Hinduism, kundalini is a part of the subtle body along with chakras and nadis. A number of models of this esoteric anatomy occur in the class of texts known as Āgamas or Tantras. This is a large body of scripture, which is rejected by many orthodox brahmins..
There are numerous models of kundalini in the Sanskrit source texts. In early texts there are various systems of chakras and nadis, with varying connections between them.
Over time one system of six or seven chakras along the body's axis became the dominant model, adopted by most schools of yoga. This particular system may have originated in about the 11th century AD, and rapidly became widely popular. It is in this model where Kundalini is said to "rise" upward, piercing the various centers until reaching the crown of the head, resulting in union with the Divine. This is the conventional arrangement cited by Monier-Williams, where the chakras are defined as "6 in number, one above the other".
The most famous of the Yoga Upanishads, the Yogatattva, mentions four kinds of yoga, one of which being laya-yoga, the symbolic dissolution (laya) of the universe visualized within the body with a corresponding raising of a corporeal energy known as Kundalini.
Another source text for the concept of kundalini is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika written by Swami Svatmarama (English translation, 1992) somewhere between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries
In Western traditions Kundalini is often indicated with the term of Igneous Power, and sometimes with the name of Serpentine Fire, borrowed from the title The Serpent Power of Sir John Woodroffe.
Sir John Woodroffe (in his pen name Arthur Avalon) was one of the first people to bring the word Kundalini to the West. He was a High Court Judge in Calcutta who became interested in Shaktism, a part of Hindu Tantra. His translation and commentary of two rare books was published as The Serpent Power, now considered a spiritual classic. Woodroffe rendered Kundalini as "Serpent Power"; a term he considered closest to the literal translation and being sensitive to the concept it denoted.
Two early Western interpretations of Kundalini were supplied by C.W. Leadbeater (1847-1934), of the Theosophical Society, and psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961). Jung's seminar on Kundalini yoga, presented to the Psychological Club in Zurich in 1932, has been widely regarded as a milestone in the psychological understanding of Eastern thought and of the symbolic transformations of inner experience. 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 individuatio
The Serpent Power highly influenced western esotericism. In the early '30s two Italian scholars, Tommaso Palamidessi and Julius Evola, published several books with the intent of re-interpreting the alchemical classical tradition in a yoga tantric way. Those works had a deep impact in modern interpretations of Alchemy as a mystical science. In those works, Kundalini is called, according to classical western tradition, as Igneous Power and Serpentine Fire. At that time (until early '70s), anyway, the concept of Kundalini was known only among scholars and not really widespread.
One of the first people to popularize the concept of Kundalini among Western readers was Gopi Krishna. His autobiography is entitled Kundalini—The Evolutionary Energy in Man. According to June McDaniel, his writings have influenced Western interest in kundalini yoga.
Kundalini is a popular concept that is widely quoted among various disciplines of yoga and New Age discourse. Stuart Sovatsky warns that the recent popularization of the term within new religious movements has not contributed to promote a mature understanding of the concept.
According to Sovatsky the concept of Kundalini comes from yogic philosophy of ancient India and refers to the mothering intelligence behind yogic awakening and spiritual maturation. In this perspective Kundalini is understood as a maturing energy that expresses the individual's desire for salvation. Sovatsky also refers to a phenomenon called "pranic awakening", where Prana is interpreted as the vital, life-sustaining force in the body. Uplifted, or intensified life-energy is called pranotthana and is supposed to originate from an apparent reservoir of subtle bio-energy at the base of the spine. This energy is also interpreted as a vibrational phenomena that initiates a period, or a process of vibrational spiritual development. The possibility of viewing pranotthana and the larger Kundalini process as a maturation of body and character beyond conventional psychological growth is suggested by Sovatsky. According to this view psychological and spiritual development can continue throughout the life-span
Kundalini Yoga is a system of meditative techniques and movements within the yogic tradition that focuses on psycho-spiritual growth and the body's potential for maturation. The practice of Kundalini Yoga consists of a number of bodily postures, expressive movements and utterances, characterological meditations, breathing patterns, and degrees of concentration. 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 to their clinical settings.
Kundalini-experiences are understood using the structure of the chakra system, the psycho-spiritual energy centers along the spine. According to Hindu tradition Kundalini rises from the root chakra up through the spinal channel, (called Shushumna), and it is believed to activate each chakra it goes through. Each chakra is said to contain special characteristics. The chakras are any of the nerve plexes or centers of force and consciousness located within the inner bodies of man. When Kundalini Shakti unites itself with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva), the aspirant gets engrossed in deep meditation during which he perceives infinite bliss. In raising Kundalini, spiritual powers (siddhis) are also believed to arise. However, many spiritual traditions see these phenomena as obstacles on the path, and encourage their students not to be distracted by them.
Lukoff, Lu & Turner notes that a number of psychological difficulties might be associated with Asian spiritual practices, and that Asian traditions recognize a number of pitfalls associated with intensive meditation practice. Transpersonal literature notes that kundalini rising is not without dangers. If we take this into consideration there might exist good reasons not to engage in such intensive practices unless guided by an accredited teacher, or unless one has undergone thorough psychological preparation and education in the chosen meditation-practice. Traditional teachers of Kundalini meditation also warn neophytes of the potential dangers of experimenting with Kundalini Yoga techniques. Anxiety, dissociation, depersonalization, altered perceptions, agitation, and muscular tension have been observed in western meditation practitioners and psychological literature is now addressing the occurrence of meditation-related problems in Western contemplative life. Among these we find "Kundalini Syndrome" (see below) and different forms of "wind illness" described in the Tibetan tradition.
According to modern experimental research, Kundalini and Bioenergy are expressions of the same energetic reality in humans. Through social conditioning and emotional traumata, this life energy is usually suppressed and blocked in chronic subconscious muscle tensions, which have their psychological counterpart in emotional blocks and ego-defenses. When this "muscle armor" (as bioenergy calls it) is softened or broken and/or the live energy is amplified by strong emotion or in life-endangering situations, the body begins to shake and vibrate involuntarily, and the Kundalini energy starts reanimating formerly repressed psychosomatic areas. If this development is not suppressed again (or even supported), the resulting Kundalini rising will bring old traumata of body and psyche to the surface in a sort of natural healing process - partly very intense as well as radically changing. Usually the "cleansing" phase of extreme emotions, experiences of subconscious material and (perhaps) illnesses or casualties last about 2 to 4 years. After that time (in a seamless and slow transition) Kundalini begins to be available in the whole body and psyche for further qualitative grow of the individual. The whole process is said to last about 15 to 20 years altogether. Although the Kundalini rising is thought to be a natural rebalancing of body and psyche, it is said to be highly advisable to get competent and experienced support during the first years, as many things can develop in an unnatural way in our "normal" societies (which are often assumed to be the cause to suppress the Kundalini starting at a very early age).
Researchers in the fields of Humanistic psychology, Transpersonal psychology, and Near-death studies describe a complex pattern of sensory, motor, mental and affective symptoms associated with the concept of Kundalini, sometimes called the Kundalini syndrome. This psychosomatic arousal and excitation is believed to occur in connection with prolonged, intensive spiritual or contemplative practice (such as meditation or yoga), or a near-death experience, or as a result of an intense personal crisis or experience. According to these fields of study the kundalini syndrome is different from a single kundalini episode, such as a kundalini arousal. Kundalini syndrome is a process that might unfold over several months, or even years. If the accompanying symptoms unfold in an intense manner that destabilizes the person, the process is usually interpreted as a spiritual emergency
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