“Formless yet complete, existing before heaven and earth. Silent and limitless, alone and unchanging. Pervading everywhere, yet untiring. It is the Mother of all things under heaven. I do not know its name so I call it Tao”
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, verse 25
Kundalini is a subtle, feminine energy that resides in the sacrum bone at the base of the spine in three and a half coils. It lies dormant like a tiny seed and when the conditions are right, can awaken and grow into a mighty tree. In the same way that an electrical cable connects a computer to the mains, the awakened Kundalini connects the human awareness to the Paramchaitanya, the all-pervading power of divine love. These experiences have been described by various Indian saints such as Adi Shankaracharya (c 600 a.d.), Kabir (c 1500 a.d.) and Jnanadeva (c 1200 a.d.) among others.
Kundalini can be thought of as a rope with thousands of strands; when we first get self-realization, only one or two strands find their way through the chakras and reach the top of the head. However, with regular meditation, more strands will awaken, resulting in deeper and more profound experiences.
Gradual awakening of Kundalini is the result of imbalances in our subtle system. Kundalini has to pierce her way through the chakras by bringing them back into balance. Imagine chakras as two overlapping circles, extreme behaviors take chakras out of balance by pulling the two circles apart and shrink the overlapped area which the Kundalini has to pass through. This natural phenomenon necessitates the gradual awakening of the Kundalini. It also explains the healing effects of Kundalini awakening and meditation.
Nature of Kundalini
The concept of Mother Goddess and female divinity is prevalent in almost every cultures around the world and is often tied to a mysterious, feminine spiritual energy. This is what ancient Indian saints referred to as Kundalini, Lao Tzu called as Tao and Christ as the Holy Spirit. Indigenous Australians know her as the Rainbow Serpent and Native Americans as the White Buffalo. Carl Jung named it Anima and related it to the Mother Archetype.
According to teachings of Shri Mataji, Kundalini is the reflection of the Motherly aspect of God in human beings. She is in the form of pure desire and is responsible for giving us our second birth. Kundalini is every individual’s spiritual Mother, waiting patiently to be awakened and to nourish her child. To describe Kundalini in words is like writing about colors. Her presence is best experienced through meditation and introspection.
"Truly, I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." Nicodemus replied, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again?" Jesus answered, "Unless one is born of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Do not be amazed that I say this to you. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit...Truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony”
- New testament - John (chapter3)