The Awakening of Kundalini – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 36 – 37

Shiva Nataraja
Shiva Nataraja – Lord Shiva, the Royal Dancer, tramples the Demon.

This post addresses the Creator, the Imperishable Absolute, both armies as representing things about you, yoga nidra, nada yoga and the Perfected Ones.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

Arjuna said:
Master, it is fitting that the universe gives you praise and loves you. Terrified demons flee in all directions, and the multitude of Perfected Ones bow down before You.

And why should they not, O Great One? You are the creator of the Creator, Brahmā! You are the Imperishable Absolute. You are that which is existent, that which is non-existent, and that which is beyond both.

Brahmaa, the Creator, is created from the navel of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is Vishnu's avatar.
Brahmaa the Creator is created from the navel of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is Vishnu’s avatar.

Arjuna understands that the Creator was created, and that the creator’s Creator was Absolute God, who has become present in a body in this world to be seen by human eyes: Lord Krishna.

More than half of the warriors on the battlefield are enemies who will fight against Arjuna. Many were once friends and teachers, and are also relatives. But under the present circumstances they are fighting on the side of those who would take Arjuna and his brothers down.

Many of these people were mentioned in chapter one. They represent parts of each of us that will try to work against our reclaiming our proper place as independent divine individuals living right here on planet Earth in physical bodies.

The “present circumstances” are Arjuna’s association with Lord Krishna, and their position between the two armies — they are in the middle, blowing their conch horns to signal the beginning of the battle.

Cochlea of the ear
Conch 1
Cross section of a conch shell

If you were to take a cross-section of a conch and compare it to the cochlea of the ear, you would see a surprising similarity in the form of a spiral. When you yawn, you become partially deaf for a moment, and sleepy. This is what the sound of blowing conch horns represents — the call to meditation and the sleep of yoga nidra, the sleep of union (yoga). And now the battle has begun. The clashing together of the two opposing forces in the body has awakened the evolutionary force, kundalini. Now we can see that this ‘battle’ is not what we may have thought.

If we take this to mean that this is when we need to meditate, we have understood correctly, for it is only in meditation that the two opposing energies within the body will unite, awaken Kundalini and urge Her into the central channel, the middle pathway.

The blowing of conch horns signals that the battle is about to begin.
The blowing of conch horns signals that the battle is about to begin.

So this strange picture that looks like a war zone, with Arjuna and Lord Krishna standing between the two armies and blowing their conch horns, is really the beginning of true meditation and yoga nidra, the sleep of unionas suggested by the conch horns. It is not really a war, but the union of these two energies in the body, and the subsequent awakening of Kundalini from Her sleep.

Now, in yoga nidra, you will hear fully, but this time what you hear will be direct, not a product of something heard via the ear, but the direct experience of Divine Sound. This is called nada yoga, the sound of union, which ultimately resolves into the sound of OM being heard directly. 

At first, these kinds of experiences will be rough, but over time they will become refined and go through many changes. Then they will show you many things that will inspire you and cause you to become addicted to meditating.

These wonderful experiences of Hatha Yoga pave the way to Royal Yoga and the full awakening of Kundalini. And terrified demons will flee in all directions, and Perfected Ones will appear and give you their blessings.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma

Meditation & Life Mastery

Natural Meditation is spontaneous and non-forceful. It will take you on the most amazing journey you will ever experience. Explore shaktipat kundalini yoga meditation in three forms.

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Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.

Time – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 6

“In earlier ages, seven Great Sages and four Manus, who were brought forth from a notion arising from My essence, produced all living creatures in all the worlds.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verse 6

Read the Prelude to this chapter

Having previously stated that He is the source of all creation, Lord Krishna, avatara of Vishnu, now says that the first Four Manus and Great Sages produced all living beings in all the worlds. This suggests that the worlds were already in existence but living beings were not. He created the Manus and Sages to manage the job of populating them. Having created these ‘creators’ He remains the Source of all Creation.

In previous verses we came to some understanding about Creation. Now Lord Krishna is going to expand on this as it pertains to Himself and all the worlds and universes in existence. In revealing His magnificence in this way, He shows us something about ourselves, and the nature of our own personal cosmology and journey through time.  

Ruling Forces, Sages and Time

Lord Krishna is an avatara of Lord Vishnu, the first self-aware individual in the Absolute. With the awareness of His own individual existence, like a ripple effect, all other individuals became self-aware.

  • Self-aware – The awareness of one’s own existence in the Absolute.

The first four Manus are the first four individuals known to Lord Vishnu. The Sages are the first individuals known to the Manus and consequently known also to Lord Vishnu.

  • Known – Upon becoming self-aware, becoming aware of another as the same as oneself.   

That there can be a ‘first’ in a timeless place (the Absolute) indicates the beginning of time and space and relativity, the effect of which is the vibrations of the sound of OM, “The Word” at the beginning of Creation.

The Manus suggest the nature of the mind as the ruling force in huge time periods called a Manvantaras. There are fourteen Manvantaras, so there are fourteen Manus. We are currently in the seventh Manvantara.

  • Manu – ‘Thinker’. The ruling force of a Manvantara. From the root man (pronounced mun), to think, reason, imagine, have notions, thoughts, ideas. 
  • Manvantara Manu (the ruling force) + antara, (between): A Manvantara is the time period between Manus, 306,720,000 of our years.
  • Sages – Seven perfect beings who bring us knowledge of Truth. Their purpose within any given Manvantara is to guide humanity toward the dissolution of ignorance (enlightenment). There are different Sages in different Manvantaras, who go about this differently.

The root of the word Manu, man, is the same for the word for mind (manas) and man (humankind). The four Manus mentioned in this verse are the first four Manus and are said to be the progenitors of humankind.

The First Four Manus

In the Absolute before Creation, the first individual to become self-aware is known to us as Vishnu (‘all-pervader’). It is Vishnu that gives us a sense of Personal God, or a “Supreme Being”.

Vishnu immediately became aware of four Others, knew them as the same as Himself, and went on to know all Others. The first four Others accepted as the same as Himself are the first four Manus of the first four Manvantaras.

Not all Others accepted those of whom they became aware as the same as themselves. These Others became embodied beings. Those who did accept Others and accepted them all, may come into embodiment if they choose. They have no imposed journey to take, but they may take embodiment for the welfare of others who do. Embodied, they are called avataras (ava, ‘descent’ + tara, ‘liberator’).

This first fully knowing individual, Vishnu, together with the first four Manus, are responsible for our five senses, and one that is different: the ability to know directly (without the aid of the physical senses).


At the end of a Manvantara there is a dissolution (not destruction) to make way for a new Manvantara. Our current Manvantara began as taught in the story of Noah and the flood in the Bible, and in the story of the Manu of our current Manvantara in which living beings were gathered into a boat to keep them safe from the waters in order to repopulate a new world.

The current Manu, Vaivasvata (‘sunlight’), is also known as Shraddhadeva (god of faith) and Satyavrata (Truth as our sphere of action in our manner of living). This Manu, our Ruling Force, is like the light of the sun that makes things perceptible to us so that we can see (pay attention), have faith, and live in Truth. This is why the yamas and niyamas are so important. They show us how.

We are provided with the means of succeeding in this with Lord Krishna’s teachings, and we have the Sages to guide us with their Divine Sight—their perception is not dependent upon reflected light as is our ownWe see things indirectly. We need light to shine on things in order to see them. Thus depending almost solely on our senses, with our indirect perception we rely on appearances and judge accordingly. This is what we are meant to rise above in our current Manvantara.

In our next installment, we will look at how Manus, Sages and Time pertain to us and the journey we are on, at a more personal level.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma