According to ancient mystical texts, not even a sage truly knows Kundalini. He who says he knows Her, does not know Her.
So I would be a fool to assume to know Her and can only give you bits and pieces.
Subtle and Gross Kundalini
Subtle Kundalini is shakti functioning as the evolutionary force in the body. A less subtle form of Kundalini is DNA. Her grossest form is sexual energy and all the hormones that go with it. Her job is to evolve us to our natural state of divine perfection, which She willingly does to the degree that we stay out of Her way and let Her do Her job.
Kundalini is the Divine Roto-Rooter when She is up-turned and ascendent. Moving up the sushumna nadi, the kind and benificent central channel in the body, the Life Energy, prana, travels upward riding on Her slipstream. Prana-kundalini systematically clears and evolves the energy centers (chakras) and untangles the three knots (granthis) as She makes Her way upward until She reaches the crown chakra, union is attained, and bells ring joyously. Yes, you really do hear them, just like they were in the room with you. This is the basis of the ringing of bells in church steeples, especially for a wedding—it’s a union.
Ascendent Kundalini is not easy to achieve. Although there may be times when She darts up to give us previews of coming attractions, She will not quickly or easily become stable in Her upward state. This will only happen for the very sincere and fully dedicated seeker who abandons the quest for the fulfillment of worldly happiness in favor of ardent desire for Truth, God, the Real, eternal happiness, and release from the cycle of birth and death (moksha, liberation).
It is important to understand that all of this begins at the lowest energy center (chakra) at the base of the spine (muladhara, ‘root-holder’) and unfolds in serial order. This energy center is the most significant energy center throughout most of the process, not the eyebrow center which becomes predominant much later for a relatively short period of time. But Kundalini must first be awakened for this to even begin.
It is best to abandon techniques for awakening Kundalini. Not because this is wrong or bad, but because it is not needed, nor is it in the best interest of advancement. Through surrender to the Divine, Kundalini will awaken naturally in the most effortless and easy manner possible when the time comes. Interfering with Her own natural process and trying to force Her will only cause problems.
The biggest problem with using techniques for awakening Kundlaini is that this is usually dangerous and causes nothing but trouble. It is far better to leave it to Her to awaken when She is good and ready … and when you are ready. Big Trouble begins when She is forced.
When will you be ready? That is difficult to say. Everyone is different. But keep in mind that Her job is evolution, not personal growth or peace or healing or cool phenomena, though these will surely come. So if you don’t want what She wants for you, if you don’t want too much change in your life, or if what you want is best acquired through techniques, then don’t attempt to awaken Kundalini. On the other hand, if what you want is Absolute God, eternal happiness, and liberation from the cycle of birth and death, it is probably best to practice Surrender Meditation (by any name) and let Her work this out for you on Her own terms. The natural awakening of Kundalini is safer, easier and far more rewarding.
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that you really are),
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