Kundalini is the basic energy which controls the
world and is the manifestation of the divine energy and is the
basis of consciousness. Kundalini is raised and activated by
shaktipat from a competent guru and is raised to higher chakras
mainly through rigorous meditation. Practicing kundalini yoga
without a guru is extremely not advisable.
The following chart, figure, color, the location of
chakras and their corresponding bija mantras are provided for
'academic' purposes. Meditation on chakras in the absence
of a guide is not recommended.
CHAKRA (GLAND) LOCATION MANTRA COLOR(PETALS)
Muladhara (sexual) root LUM red(4)
Svadhisthana 4in below navel VUM purple red(6)
Manipura (adrenal) navel RUM violet(10)
Anahata (thymus) heart YUM golden pink(12)
Vishuddha (thyroid) throat HUM grey(16)
Ajna (pitutary) 3rd eye OM white(2)
Sahasrara crown silence blue (1000)
Patanjali's Yoga sutra, talks about Kundalini
According to the physiology of raja yoga, a huge
reserve of spiritual energy is situated at the base of the spine.
This reserve of energy is known as the kundalini...When the
kundalini is aroused, it is said to ravel up the spine through
six centers of consciousness, reaching the seventh, the center of
the brain. As it reaches the higher centers, it produces various
degrees of enlightenment. The process is best explained in the
words of Ramakrishna Paramahmsa:
The scriptures speak of seven centers of
consciousness. The mind may dwell in one or the other of the
centers. When the mind is attached to worldliness, it dwells in
the three lower centers... The mind has no higher spiritual
ambitions or visions. It is immersed in the cravings of lust and
The fourth center is at the heart. When the mind
learns to dwell there, man experiences his first spiritual
awakening. Then he has the vision of light all around. Seeing
this divine light, he becomes filled with wonder and says:
"Ah, how blissful!" His mind does not then run to the
The fifth center is at the throat. He whose mind
has reached this center is freed from ignorance and delusion. He
does not enjoy hearing or talking of anything but God.
The sixth center is at the forehead. When the mind
reaches this center, there is the direct vision of God, day and
night. Even then, there is a little trace of ego left in the
aspirant...It is like a light in a lantern; one feels as if one
could touch the light but cannot, because of the obstructing pane
The seventh center is at the top of the head. When
the mind reaches it, samadhi is attained. One becomes a knower of
Brahman, united with Brahman.'
The kundalini is the part of the soul which comes
before, and prepares the body before the soul can actually enter
it. After the creation of the physical body is completed, it
becomes dormant at the base of the spine. Yogis use that same
energy to reach back to the soul, then to God.
The kundalini is the divine energy leading the
person to the higher goal slowly and gradually. As a part of this
awakening it brings about, so to say, some negativity as part of
the cleaning process.
If your goal of life is liberation, then devotion,
dedication, and the grace of the Divine will surely take you to
the goal. Since the Kundalini is an intelligent force, it could
be a reason to cause major changes in your life to push you
towards the goal.
The principle of Kundalini Maha Yoga is that once
the energy is awakened through shaktipat,it remains active for
Each of the seven chakras has several spiritual
qualities. These qualities are intact within us, and even though
they might not always be manifest, they can never be destroyed.
When the Kundalini is awakened, these qualities start manifesting
spontaneously and express themselves in our life. Thus, through
regular meditation, we become automatically very dynamic,
creative, confident and at the same time very humble, loving and
compassionate. It is a process which starts to develop by itself
when the Kundalini rises and starts to nourish our chakras.
The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone
in which resides the Kundalini, and its main aspect is the
innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure,
childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or
conditionings. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a
tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. It is nothing
but simplicity, purity and joy.
It is the inner wisdom that is ever present in the little
children, and gets sometimes clouded by our modern lifestyles.
But it is a quality which exists eternally within us and cannot
be destroyed, waiting to be manifest as pure joy when the
The second chakra is the chakra of creativity, pure
attention and pure knowledge. It is the one which connects us to
the inner source of inspiration, and enables us to experience the
beauty around us. The pure knowledge given by this chakra is not
mental, but it is direct perception of the Reality, that can be
felt in our palms and indicates our subtle blockages. Also this
is the center of pure, steady attention and power of
On the physical level it looks after our liver,
kidneys, and the lower abdomen. When we think too much, this
center gets drained of energy and diseases like diabetes or blood
cancer can occur when this chakra goes completely out of
The third chakra is the one that gives us the sense
of generosity, complete satisfaction and contentment. On the left
side, the main quality of this center is peace - clearing this
chakra can relieve stress and tensions. On the right side, it
looks after our liver which is the organ of our attention and
power of concentration.
When enlightened by the Kundalini, the Nabhi chakra
gives us our spiritual ascent, righteousness and inner sense of
morality, and complete balance at all levels in our life.
Surrounding the second and the third chakra is the
Void which stands for the principle of mastery (guru principle)
within us. In many spiritual traditions, this area is the
"ocean of illusions" that needs to be crossed with the
help of a spiritual guide. When the Kundalini is awakened and
passes through the Void, this principle of mastery is established
within us. Thus in Sahaja Yoga you become your own guru, your own
spiritual guide since you can feel on your fingertips all your
subtle problems and have the power to cure them using your own
Kundalini. Moreover, establishing this center helps us get rid of
all our habits, laziness, gross attachments, and everything that
enslaves us in a way or another: we become our own master.
Following false "gurus" who are more
interested in power tricks or your purse can damage very much the
Void area. But after Self Realization, everything can be cured
through the purifying power of the Kundalini in meditation.
The Heart Chakra or Anahat Chakra
The fourth chakra, the chakra of the heart, is the
place where resides our Spirit, our true Self, which is eternally
pure and unaffected by anything, like a shining diamond hidden
within us which witnesses all our actions. After Self
Realization, our attention becomes for the first time connected
to our Spirit and we gradually become aware of it. Our
misidentifications with our ego or conditionings drop and we
start becoming identified with our Spirit, which is our true
On the physical level, this chakra looks after our
heart and lungs - if affected it can cause asthma or various
It is from our heart that the compassion and love
manifests, and also the heart chakra is the one that gives us the
sense of responsibility and pure behaviour towards others. The
heart chakra manifests in the center (at the level of the sternum
bone) as complete security and confidence. All our worries,
doubts and fears are destroyed when the heart chakra is fully
enlightened by the Kundalini.
The fifth chakra is the chakra of diplomacy, of
pure relationships with others, and of playful detachment. It
removes all our guilts and remorses when it is opened by the
Kundalini, and gives us a kind and compassionate voice. The
tendencies to dominate others or to feel dominated by others, the
feelings of superiority or inferiority and all jealousies are
removed when this chakra is nourished by the Kundalini. Also, the
Vishuddhi is the chakra which gives us the connection with the
whole, enabling us to feel our oneness and the fact that we are
all part and parcel of the whole.
The Agnya Chakra
The sixth chakra is the chakra of forgiveness and
compassion. Forgiveness is the power to let go of anger, hatred
and resentment and to discover, in humility, the nobility and
generosity of the Spirit. It is the one that dissolves all our
ego, conditionings, habits, false ideas of racialism, and all our
misidentifications. It is the narrow gate which opens the way for
our consciousness to ascend to its final destination, which is
the seventh center.
Roving eyes, watching impure things, or
self-centeredness damage this chakra. Watching the sky, earth or
nature can help cleanse it.
The Sahasrara Chakra
The seventh center integrates all the chakras with
their respective qualities. It is the last milestone of the
evolution of human awareness. Nowadays, we are at a level which
corresponds to this chakra, and our consciousness is able to
easily enter into this new realm of perception, which is beyond
our limited mind and concepts, and which becomes absolute at the
level of the Sahasrara. This chakra gives us the direct, absolute
perception of Reality on our central nervous system.
This is precisely what is achieved by Self Realization,
through the spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini given by
A word about the three channels of energy. The left
channel (blue) corresponds to our past, emotions, desires,
affectivity. Its termination is the superego, which is the
storehouse of all our memories, habits and conditionings. The
right channel (yellow) corresponds to our actions and planning,
to our physical and mental activity. Its termination is the ego,
which gives us the idea of I-ness, the sense that we are separate
from the world. The central channel is the channel of ascent, it
is the power which sustains our evolution and guides us,
consciously or unconsciously, towards the higher awareness of the
Sahasrara (seventh chakra).
The workings of Self Realization and subtle aspects
of the chakras and channels are too extensive to be explained
here. They are part of a knowledge which is not only to be
studied at the mental level, but to be experienced directly. This
new level of consciousness can be achieved after Self
Realization, through the regular practice of Sahaja Yoga.
Meditation is a technique to break addiction to
thought; in essence it is directed concentration.
Meditation is not sitting for thousands of years
struggling to become mindless. Meditation is the action of
becoming aware of all that is, within you and outside of you. You
focus and direct your mind within you, deep, deep within you. So
deep within that you end up back outside, never to be without.
You become aware of all, within the one action of meditating.
Sit straight. Put your left palm flat against the
center of your chest, with the fingers pointing towards the
right, the left thumb extended up towards the chin. Your right
palm is flat on top of the back of the left hand, thumb extended
up towards your chin. Now calmly breathe in through both nostrils
and breathe out through your rolled tongue. (Open the mouth
slightly, extend the tongue out slightly, and curve the tongue in
a 'u'.) You are exhaling out, through the rolled tongue.
Breathe long and deep.
"This will give you the deepest silence of the
self. You'll hear the silence. Silent meditation is only
where you can hear yourself. Otherwise, it's not silent. When
you can extend to the point where you can hear your own
heartbeat, you are done!
Inhaling through a rolled tongue will stimulate
certain meridians and cause our glandular system to secrete. This
in turn will change the chemistry of our brain, and delete toxic
When you are done with this meditation, you have
learned the calm, quiet, silent, solitary meditation and remember
inside of us all is a world within worlds, just waiting for us to