On the internet, there are sites which describe ‘Kundalini rise’ as gentle, pleasant, floating on clouds, agreeable sensations in the body, seeing clouds of lights, etc. This is not unlocking Kundalini, this is flow of prana in the body which may be enhanced by spiritual practice.
When the physical body dies, the self-identity/jivatma leaves this shell through any of the 16000 nadis available for its exit. When Moksha is achieved it leaves the physical body through the Brahmanadi, thus ‘dies’ as it gains its final Identity i.e. Parabrahma.
Are you, the Real You, prepared to leave this body? The answer of this question is very important. As long as you are attached to things connected to your identity your Kundalini lock will remain firmly locked. Things like, “I have to pack my son’s tiffin. I have a presentation tomorrow. I have to go the gym. I am cooking dinner. I am watching my favourite TV show”, are all expressions of the ego and a lock on your kundalini. ‘I am doing sadhana to wake my Kundalini’, is also an expression of your personal self-identity, thus linked to the Kundalini-lock.
However when you do your Dhyan, you sit on your Asan, and take 108 breaths you are focussing on the mantras, either Om/ Soham/ Hamsa. As your Dhyan deepens your identity of Amit, Riya, Ajit etc becomes irrelevant. Your mind stills allowing you a merest glimpse of your supreme self. This tiny glimpse is the start of the unlocking process. Your only work is to sit on your asan, breathe 108 times with the mantra and sit for as long as you can every day without breaks (1/2/3 times a day). This is it! You do not have to do any ‘activation yoga’, ‘kundalini exercises’ nothing. Regular spiritual practice is Dhyan. It is as simple as that. But do you have it in you to sit for about 30mins? Not everyone can do it because you are up against your own mind which does not like sitting still.
There are 2 distinct phases during the Dhyan. Initially pran is used to clean out the brahmanadi and then after it is cleaned out till the top, the energy of self identification is let loose from its locks. During this first pran phase you will sense several things happening, sensations like ants walking on your back, tingling along the body, sounds, sensations, tastes, smells, voices, whatever. This is quite normal as you are now remembering how to sense everything directly at the third eye/hrudaya itself. (Amrit sukta happens). As you become more aware of your third eye, the opening of that branch of the Sushumna which lies here opens. Then later the lower opening guarded by the kundalini also opens.
This kundalini lock has till now limited your sense of personality to just the Bhu-lok, the first Vhyariti (Gayatri mantra). Once it opens and the energy starts rising in your brahmanandi, you are no longer confined to the lowermost Bhu-lok. Your personality gains its aspects of the Bhuvah-Lok, Swah-Lok, Mahah-Lok, Janah-Lok and Tapah-Lok as the energy ascends and each of the 6 locks of the Shatchakra are successively opened. The last Sahasara when accessed allows the personality to add the attributes of the Satyam-lok. After this is also crossed the Ultimate is achieved.
All this happens inside the hyper dimensions of your energy geometry, which is seen as the Shrichakra in 2-dimensions and Mahameru in the 3-D.
Now you manifest what you think. You have been thinking about this Experience throughout your lives. You have been following different spiritual practice. So each of you will experience the same energy in different ways depending on your personal desires, thought patterns and prior conditioning. These conditionings have to be removed because they are in the realm of the manifested. These are blockages. E.g. If you have been deeply reading the Ramayan, you will find in your Dhyan scenes being replayed from the Ramayan and the final face of your ego will be seen as Ravan. If you have been practicing using the Bhagwat Gita as your base, your final encounter with your ego will be seen as the battle with Duryodhan. If you read the Vishnu puran, your ego can appear as Hiranyaksh or Hiranyakashyap. If you read the Devi Mahatmya, your ego can take the form of Mahishasur.
As the energy courses through your brahmanadi and the locking mechanisms at the chakras, you will sense this movement during Dhyan. You might feel that your body is leaning down, moving, disoriented, it might feel like a roller-coaster ride, or a rolling sensation. You will feel the movement. Don’t get agitated and get up from your asan if this happens, continue with your breath /mantra /focus. This is very normal. You will also lose awareness of your body and position of your body parts. You will see the denizens of the other dimensions. You will hear sounds of the chakras, buzzing, chirping, tinklings, deep bells, waterfalls so loud that you will feel you have gone deaf, lights so blinding that you will feel you have gone blind, mumbling sounds, beej mantras, the Gayatri mantra, oh so many things! But always remember these are also distractions, you are supposed to just breathe/mantra/focus.
These experiences are not to be discussed or relived. Forget them. These are internal, personal to you alone and not for others.
Kundalini is so hyped up that it seems if you can get it to rise you have attained Moksh! Nothing can be further than the truth. Opening the kundalini is just the first step, after that there are so many many things. And you can fail at every micro-inch in this path. So be eternally vigilant and continue your regular Dhyan.
So is it worth doing the complicated exercises to unlock the kundalini? I would say no. Not unless you have an enlightened Guru sitting in front of you guiding you. (If you have such a Guru you won’t need to read blogs on this topic)
Kundalini is just maybe 1% of the job at hand. The major part is controlling your desires, silencing your mind and removing the subtle conditioning your soul is tied to. If you are successful in doing this, the unlocking and energy movement will happen on its own.
See you will die at some point of time, it is reality. If you are able to clean yourself out and gain a high spiritual level you will exit the body through some high energy nadi. This will assure you a higher realm/Lok. If you have managed to focus your mind and remove all desires completely you will be allowed to exit via the highest high tension nadi, the Brahmanadi. Moksh!
In energy terms, what we are attempting to gain through Dhyan is, when we leave the body we leave it through the Brahmanadi and thus gain Moksh.
Suppose you have to climb Mt.Everest. You will prepare and exercise regularly. You know your final objective but you will focus on your daily practice. You know that if you prepare well you will ascend on your first attempt. You will spend hours preparing. You will not waste time wishing for magical ways to fly you to the top. You know you have to prepare rigorously. Mind, body and soul, all will be needed to attempt this climb. Even if you make practice climbs you know that this is not an assurance that you will succeed on the final climb. So you are alert and vigilant every step of the way. This ascent to Moksh is something similar. Kundalini is a very minor practice climb, if you are successful here doesn’t mean you will be finally successful. In fact it may instil a strange ego and casualness towards the final climb.
Kundalini is the lock which limits self-identity to the Bhu-lok. The other chakra-locks limit the self-identity to their corresponding Lok-s. If you are unable to negotiate and transcend all of them and get trapped somewhere you will be again dragged back to the starting point, with even more subtle karmic baggage. So it would be be better if all locks open at once after the path is fully prepared till the top of the brahamarandhra, so that energy can ascend in one smooth continuous flow. But as you think so will it manifest. If in your past lives you have intended hard that the ‘kundalini wakes’, and your present karma allows, it will wake. If you have desired ‘mystical experiences’, they will be shown.
So do not think about anything, do not expect, do not feel disappointed, let things happen naturally. You just do your Dhyan.
You want a healthy body, so you will need to go to the gym, work out daily! Reading about how muscles work will not make your body muscular.
So practice and practice, to start with daily sit for 30mins in Dhyan. It will take care of everything naturally.
(I have received a question in the contact me section on the posture for doing Dhyan. Ideally the back and the neck and the head should be straight, not rigid, just relaxed and straight, have mentioned this in my post on Dhyan. However there are genuine medical problems so here are some ways you can make your body comfortable, you can but try with full intention the rest is upto Her. You focus on what you can do.
- If you cannot fold your legs in the yogic posture, you can sit in a chair but ensure that your back, neck, head is relaxed but straight.
- If you cannot fold your fingers in the Mudra it is ok, just place your hands in your lap, be comfortable.
- And finally if you cannot keep your back/neck straight but still you deeply desire to do Dhyan, it is also ok. Sit using a back rest or use whichever type of chair/recline to make your body comfortable.
- If you cannot sit at all for medical reasons, final option is to lie down in a flat surface in the Shavasan pose.
- Just don’t don’t go to sleep doing Dhyan, be mindful of every breath you take and the mantra you are mentally reciting and focus on the third eye. Even this much with full intention will work.)