Kundalini Shakti and Spirituality: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar
The awakening of Kundalini Shakti is one aspect of spiritual life on many of the yogic paths. It allows for the exploration of manifesting consciousness at different levels of existence.
What yogis refer to as Kundalini Shakti in the East has different names in various religious traditions. I believe that in Christianity, this power is referred to as the Holy Spirit.
All these practices such as centering prayer, meditation, concentration, devotion, praying to the Lord with heart felt intensity over a period of time can evoke a powerful response from the fundamental primordial divine intelligence that sits at the base of all life and in our heart.
In Yoga (see Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras), the first principle is Ahimsa or nonviolence. That should be the proper foundation on which to build one’s life and to experience the manifestations of the divine intelligence which we refer to as the Kundalini Shakti.
Normal awakening of Kundalini Shakti allows one to balance the spiritual and the worldly aspects of life. Through Kundalini Shakti, one can come to understand the role of conditioned consciousness in desiring, creating, and consuming various types of experiences, both of the spirit and of the world.
The spiritual life may integrate visions of angels, saints, the divine feminine as the Goddess, and other forms of super conscious experiences.
However, the ultimate aim of a life that is lived well is to attain the “peace that passeth all understanding”. That perfect peace comes from knowing our original and pure nature and abiding effortlessly in that.
On the path of Kundalini Yoga, there are many gimmicks and also charlatans who pretend to be Kundalini masters and so forth. If your spiritual search is sincere and free from the greed to obtain various psychic and mental experiences, you can easily avoid such things.
Some people are attracted to telepathy, mind reading, fortune telling, astrology, and such phenomena. There is nothing wrong with such desires but where can these really lead us in the long run?
By remaining pure to the ideal of knowing deeply the truth of your being and existence, gradually you will lose your attraction to small and superficial things which dance in the mind and cause ripples.
Whatever religion or spiritual path you follow with Ahimsa (nonviolence) as the foundation of your life and gentle and kind awareness as your support, it will bring you to the destination which is here and now. The kingdom of heaven exists in this very moment.