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Living the Yoga Life: Kundalini

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Kundalini is power (energy), but it is predominately consciousness. It is not the energy which forms the external world, but the primal power from which that creative energy emanates. This is very important, because awakening of kundalini is primarily the awakening of consciousness. There are all kinds of pathological manifestations of bodily energies that are mistaken for kundalini, and the yogi must be aware of this fact.

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Kundalini is awakened and oriented upward by pranayama since prana/breath is a permutation of kundalini. The pranayama recommended by yoga siddhas for this is Soham Pranayama, the mental intoning of So when inhaling and Ham (pronounced “hum”) when exhaling with the mouth closed. (See Soham Yoga, The Yoga of the Self.)

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Although we usually speak of our awakening kundalini, it is really kundalini that awakens us. And when that awakening is complete it is liberation (moksha).

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Because of all sorts of books on the subject, we think of the action of kundalini as a kind of cataclysmic shaking, a psychic typhoon, but that is a neurological aberration, a herald of abnormal and even psychotic states in the individual. The true action of kundalini is the awakening of the perception of spirit-consciousness in the individual. When kundalini becomes operative in the Sahasrara–for that is where it is, not in the Muladhara–ultimate consciousness awakens in the yogi.

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Nearly all descriptions of kundalini are totally physical and neurological, and therefore pathological and delusional. Kundalini is Primal Consciousness, and its workings take place in the most subtle manner. It is not cataclysmic, it is transformative in the most direct and practical manner. Therefore only those whose buddhi is both purified and refined can have any true experience of kundalini and experience the changes its ascent and awakening of the subtle bodies produces.

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Living the Yoga Life–Perspectives on Yoga

Living the Yoga Life–Perspectives on Yoga: Introduction

    1. Living the Yoga Life: Climbing the Ladder of Consciousness
    2. Living the Yoga Life: Sanatana Dharma, Sanatana Yoga
    3. Living the Yoga Life: The Atman/Self
    4. Living the Yoga Life: Bhakti and Jnana
    5. Living the Yoga Life: Brahman
    6. Living the Yoga Life: Ishwara
    7. Living the Yoga Life: Breath
    8. Living the Yoga Life: India and Sanatana Dharma
    9. Living the Yoga Life: The Importance of Independence
    10. Living the Yoga Life: The Intelligent Path
    11. Living the Yoga Life: The Internal Life
    12. Living the Yoga Life: Japa and Sound (Shabda)
    13. Living the Yoga Life: Japa with the Breath
    14. Living the Yoga Life: Jnana
    15. Living the Yoga Life: The Jnani
    16. Living the Yoga Life: Karma and Karma Yoga
    17. Living the Yoga Life: Kundalini
    18. Living the Yoga Life: Liberation
    19. Living the Yoga Life: It Is All Up To Us
    20. Living the Yoga Life: Madness, Divine and Worldly
    21. Living the Yoga Life: Manas (Mind) and Buddhi (Intelligence/Intellect)
    22. Living the Yoga Life: Buddhi Yoga
    23. Living the Yoga Life: True Masters (And Not)
    24. Living the Yoga Life: Maya
    25. Living the Yoga Life: Meditation
    26. Living the Yoga Life: Prana
    27. Living the Yoga Life: Raja Yoga
    28. Living the Yoga Life: Reincarnation
    29. Living the Yoga Life: Religion
    30. Living the Yoga Life: Samadhi
    31. Living the Yoga Life: Sadhana
    32. Living the Yoga Life: Dedication to Spiritual Life
    33. Living the Yoga Life: Self-realization
    34. Living the Yoga Life: Shivashakti
    35. Living the Yoga Life: Spiritual Experience
    36. Living the Yoga Life: The Spiritual Teacher
    37. Living the Yoga Life: Subtle Anatomy
    38. Living the Yoga Life: The World
    39. Living the Yoga Life: Worship
    40. Living the Yoga Life: Yoga, the Body and the World
    41. Living the Yoga Life: Dharma and Adharma
    42. Living the Yoga Life: Yoga–The Supreme Dharma
    43. Living the Yoga Life: Yoga Nidra
    44. Living the Yoga Life: The Yogi
    45. Living the Yoga Life: Some Advice to Yogis
    46. Living the Yoga Life: Qualities of a Yogi
    47. Living the Yoga Life: This and That
    48. Living the Yoga Life: Touch Not
    49. Living the Yoga Life: The Gita Speaks To The Yogi
    50. Living the Yoga Life: How It Is Done
    51. Living the Yoga Life: Use your mind
    52. Living the Yoga Life: Some things it is wise to avoid
    53. Living the Yoga Life: Things you should definitely do and have in your life
    54. Living the Yoga Life: Spiritual Reading
    55. Living the Yoga Life: Gorakhnath Speaks To The Yogi
    56. Living the Yoga Life: And A Final Word From Me
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