Kundalini is the name of a sleeping dormant potential force in the human organism and it is situated at the root of the spinal column. In the masculine body, Kundalini is in the perineum, between the urinary and excretory organs.
In the female body, its location is at the root of the uterus, in the cervix. This center is known as mooladhara chakra and it is actually a physical structure. It is a small gland that you can even take out and press.
However, kundalini is dormant energy, and even if you press it, it will not explode like a bomb. To awaken kundalini you must prepare yourself through yogic techniques.
You must practice asanas, pranayama, kriya yoga, and meditation. Then, when you can force your prana into the seat of kundalini, the energy wakes up and makes its way through Sushumna Nadi, the central nervous canal, to the brain.
As kundalini ascends, it passes through each of the chakras which are interconnected with the different silent areas of the brain. With the awakening of kundalini, there is an explosion in the brain as the dormant or sleeping areas start blooming like flowers.
Therefore, kundalini can be equated with the awakening of the silent areas of the brain.
Although kundalini is said to reside in mooladhara chakra, we are all at different stages of evolution, and in some of us kundalini may have already reached swadhisthana, Manipura, or Anahata chakra.
If this is so, whatever sadhana you do now might start an awakening in Anahata or some other chakra.
However, the awakening of kundalini in mooladhara chakra is one thing, and awakening in Sahasrara, the highest center of the brain, is another. Once the multi petalled lotus of Sahasrara blossoms, a new consciousness dawns.
Our present consciousness is not independent, as the mind depends on the information supplied by the senses. If you have no eyes, you can never see; if you are deaf, you will never hear.
However, when the superconsciousness emerges, the experience becomes completely independent and knowledge also becomes completely independent.
Who can awaken kundalini?
Many people have been able to awaken their kundalini. Not only saints and sadhus, but poets, painters, warriors, writers, anyone can awaken their kundalini.
With the awakening of kundalini, not only visions of God take place, there is the dawning of creative intelligence and an awakening of supramental faculties. By activating kundalini you may become anything in life.
Kundalini is the creative energy. It is the energy of self-expression. It is the same energy that is expressed when someone composes or plays beautiful music.
It is the same energy that is expressed in all parts of life, whether it is building up a business, fulfilling family duties, or reaching whatever goal you aspire for. These are all expressions of the same creative energy.
Methods or Ways Awaken Kundalini
This method of awakening kundalini is through the steady regular practice of mantra. This is a very powerful, smooth, and risk-free method, but of course, it is a sadhana that requires time and a lot of patience.
First, you need to get a suitable mantra from a guru who knows yoga and tantra, and who can guide you through your sadhana. When you practice the mantra incessantly, it develops in you the vision of a higher force and enables you to live amidst the sensualities of life with indifference to them.
When you throw a pebble into a still lake, it produces circular ripples. In the same way, when you repeat a mantra over and over again, the sound force gathers momentum and creates vibrations in the ocean of the mind.
When you repeat the mantra millions and billions of times, it permeates every part of your brain and purifies your whole physical, mental and emotional body.
Awakening through sound or music – nada yoga
Here the sounds are the bija mantras and the music consists of particular melodies corresponding to particular chakras. This is a most tender and absorbing way of awakening.
When a sufficiently prepared aspirant practices pranayama in a calm, cool and quiet environment, preferably at a high altitude, with a diet only sufficient to maintain life, the awakening of kundalini takes place like an explosion. In fact, the awakening is so rapid that kundalini ascends to Sahasrara immediately.
It occurs by a sequential process of concentration, meditation, and communion, the experience of union with the absolute or supreme.
This is the noble way of awakening the kundalini which is done through specific actions which can be learned by a potential guru.
The awakening is performed by the guru. It is called Shaktipat. The awakening is instant, but it is only a glimpse, not a permanent event. When the guru creates this awakening you experience samadhi.
You can practice all forms of pranayama and all asanas, mudras, and bandhas without having learned them or prepared for them.
All the mantras are revealed to you and you know the scriptures from within. Changes take place in the physical body in an instant.
The skin becomes very soft, the eyes glow and the body emits a particular aroma that is neither agreeable nor disagreeable.
This method of awakening kundalini through tantric initiation is a very secret topic. Only those people who have transcended passions, and who understand the two principles of nature, Shiva and Shakti, are entitled to this initiation.
It is not meant for those who have urged lurking within them or for those who need physical contact. With the guidance of a guru, this is the quickest possible way to awaken kundalini.