What is Kundalini Yoga?
Sadhguru speaks about what kundalini is and looks at the process of Kundalini Yoga. He examines how to approach this powerful spiritual process with the greatest responsibility and respect.
Sadhguru: In yoga culture, the snake is a symbolism for kundalini – the unmanifest energy in you. The nature of kundalini is such that when it is silent you don’t even know it exists. Only when it moves do you realize that there is so much power in you. As long as it doesn’t move, it hardly exists. Because of this, kundalini is symbolized as a snake because a coiled snake is so difficult to see unless it is moving. Likewise, you don’t see this coiled energy unless it is moving. If your kundalini is excited, wonderful things will happen that you cannot believe are possible. Letting go of a completely new level of energy begins and your body and everything behaves in a completely different way.
Kundalini and perception
Increased states of energy are also elevated states of perception. The entire yogic system is only aimed at improving your perception. A spiritual process essentially means just that – improving your perception because you only know what you are perceiving. This is the reason for the symbolism of Shiva and a snake. It indicates that his energy has peaked. His energies have reached the top of his head and therefore his own third eye is opened.
Kundalini and the third eye
The third eye does not mean that someone’s forehead is cracked and that something is coming out. It simply means that another dimension of perception has opened up. The two eyes can only see what is physical. If I just cover them with my hand, they can’t look any further. They are so limited. When the third eye is opened it means another perception dimension that looks inward, that looks at life very differently, is opened and everything that can be perceived is perceived.
Kundalini Yoga: preparation first!
Today, many books and yoga studios talk about Kundalini Yoga and its benefits, although they know nothing about it. Even to the word & # 39; kundalini & # 39; we always bring a sense of reverence and then utter the word because it is so huge. If you have to activate the kundalini, the necessary preparation has to take place in your body, mind and emotion, because if you pump energy into a system that is not ready for that kind of tension or volume, things will melt. So many people have come to me who have lost their mental balance and physical abilities because they tried to do Kundalini Yoga without the necessary guidance and help. If the necessary supportive atmosphere is not there, simply trying to educate kundalini can be very irresponsible and dangerous.
Kundalini Yoga is the most dangerous form
Kundalini Yoga is essentially the most dangerous form of yoga. I say dangerous because it is also the most powerful. What is most powerful is always the most dangerous if not handled properly. For example, there are different ways in which electricity is produced. One of the ways we do this is through nuclear reactors. It’s the most efficient way to produce energy we know now, but it’s also the most dangerous way, isn’t it? If things go well, this is the easiest and best way to produce energy on Earth. When things go wrong, they seriously go wrong in ways you can’t fix. Likewise with Kundalini Yoga it is the most powerful and the most dangerous. Without the necessary preparation, without constant, expert guidance and observation, no one should ever try. But the problem is that books have been written about it and everyone wants to do the highest yoga. Nobody wants to start with “A”, everyone wants to start the alphabet with “Z”. This attitude is dangerous in itself.
If the necessary supportive atmosphere is not there, simply trying to educate kundalini can be very irresponsible and dangerous.
In classical yoga traditions, there is a certain type of yoga that we learn for people who live in family situations. There is a certain other type of yoga that we teach for ascetics. We never teach those in family situations the ascetic form. That’s the most powerful way to do it, but it requires a certain dimension of discipline and focus that your normal life doesn’t allow. Doing that kind of yoga will immediately dismantle your outdoor living.
This does not mean that there is anything wrong with Kundalini Yoga. It’s a very fantastic process, but it has to be done correctly because energy has no discretion of its own. You can make it your life or you can burn it. Electricity makes our life. But when you put your little finger in, you know what’s going to happen! Energy has no discretion. How you use it is how it is. Kundalini is also like that. You use it now in a minimal way. If you maximize it, you can go beyond your limitations of existence.
Kundalini Yoga: the science of breaking through limitations
All yoga is focused in a certain way, but Kundalini Yoga is specifically focused on that. In fact, all life is focused on that. Somehow, people want to experience life more intensely than they are experiencing now. Someone wants to sing, someone else wants to dance, someone wants to drink alcohol, someone else wants to pray – why are they doing all this? They want to experience life more intensely. Everyone tries to raise their kundalini, but they do it haphazardly. When you approach it scientifically with a good method, we say it is yoga.
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