There is no one single method to awaken kundalini. According to ancient scriptures and Yogis, kundalini can be awakened by various methods which can be practised individually or in combination.
However the first method to awaken kundalini cannot be practised because we are already very late for that method i.e. awakening by birth, but you may evolve yourself to the level that you can have children with awakened kundalinis.
The various methods to awaken kundalini are:
If your parents are highly evolved, then it is possible you may already have an awakened kundalini or awakened sushumna,ida or pingala nadi.
This means that from the time of your birth, your mental faculties and consciousness will be highly evolved and your kundalini will be in some stage of awakening already. If your kundalini is partial awakened, then you will be a saint and if you are fully illuminated you will become an incarnation or son of God.
A person who is born with an awakened kundalini can hold the experiences with much control than the other aspirant of kundalini awakening who tries to awaken kundalini with different methods. A child with an awakened kundalini has high level of thinking, clear vision and acute understanding of nature and God. Such a child knows very well that his parents are just the means of his creation and he has a different goal in life. Sometimes such a child shows very mature behaviour right from his birth and he is emotionally very stable.
Many of you may want to give birth to a child who is already enlightened but it is not so simple. May be you and your partner practise yoga day and night, even then your union cannot produce a yogi or higher being. It is only under certain circumstances that a higher being takes birth. For that purpose, you have to tranform your gross desires into spiritual aspirations.
However in some religious practises, union between men and women is considered to be a sin, which is absolutely wrong. Such persons think that how can a yogi be produced out of a sin?? This idea is totally wrong that union between male and female is a sin. No!! it's not. Through the practice of yoga you can transform your genes and then with these evolved genes, you can produce an awakened kundalini child. When you can produce an artist, a painter, a musician and intellectual geniuses, then it is also possible for you to produce an offspring with an awakened kundalini.
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The another method to awaken kundalini is through regular practise of mantra. This method to awaken kundalini is very powerful and safe, but it is a sadhana (worship) which requires time and patience. The prime requirement of this method is to obtain a mantra from an experienced guru who knows yoga and tantra very well and who can be your guide throughout the sadhana.
When you repeat same mantra again and again, the sound force gathers momentum and starts creating vibrations in your mind's vast space. When you repeat mantra millions and billions of time, its vibrations permeates every part of your brain and hence your emotional, physical and mental bodies are purified.
The mantra must be chanted loudly and softly with consciousness both on mental and psychic plane. You can also coordinate the chanting of mantra with your breath and it gives excellent results as far as kundalini awakening is concerned. You can also sing it aloud in the form of kirtan (which is more commonly known as "Bhakti Yoga").
The "Nada Yoga" (Yoga of Sound) is closely related to this method of awakening kundalini. In nada yoga, sounds which are used are the beeja mantras (as I have mentioned on each particular chakra page.) of the particular chakras and music consists of the melodies corresponding to each chakra.
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The third method to awaken kundalini is thorugh "Tapasya", which means that you have to perform austerity. This means that you have to deny yourself, your worldly needs and desires in order to evolve spiritually and to awaken kundalini power. Tapasya purifies you, it eliminates all the dirt and complexes that develop in your psychic plane. These complexes and pattern of behaviour that causes all the pain and sufferings are removed when you do tapasya.
Tapasya is psychological and psycho-emotional process through which you can develop a metabolism which can eradicate the habits that creates weakness and will develop your willpower. Generally when we try to stop a bad habit, it comes up with more force and due to lack of will, we are unable to get rid of that habit. "I must do this but I can't" Why does this difference between resolution and implementation arise in mind? It is due to the deficiency of will, and this barrier between resolution and execution and be only removed through regular and continuous practise of tapasya. Then the willpower takes a decision once and the work is done. This strength of will is the fruit of tapasya.
The method of austerity is very strong and practical and certainly not abnormal. When the senses are satisfied with the objective pleasures, by the luxuries and comfort, the brain and the nervous system becomes weak and consciousness undergo a process of regression. In this situation, the method of austerity is one of the powerful and sometimes explosive method of awakening.
This method to awaken kundalini is a very powerful but in the present world, it is very difficult to practice it and not everybody can handle it.
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The fourth method to awaken kundalini is through herbs. In sanskrit, the term is known for Aushadhi, and it should never ever be confused with drugs like marijuana, LSD etc. Aushadhi is the most powerful and quickest method to awaken kundalini, but it is not meant for all and very few people know about this method.
There are herbs which can transform the nature of body and bring about either partial or full awakening, but they should never be used without a mentor or guru. It is because there are ceratin herbs that can selectively awaken ida or pingala nadi but there are other herbs also which can supress them and can be very dangerous also. Therefore this method to awaken kundalini is quite risky and unreliable.
In the ancient texts of India, there are references for a substance called Soma. 'Soma' was juice extracted from the creeper and picked on dark lunar fortnight. It was then placed in a pitcher and buries under ground untill the full moon. Then it was removed and juice was extracted and taken. This induces visions experiences and higher consciousness. In the persian methodology, there is another drink called homa, which may have been same as soma. Also in many other parts of the world, you will references to many such substances which provides shortcut to the spiritual awakening.
With the help of correct herbs, purified aspirants were able to visualize things and divine beings. You may be even able to enter into samadhi and awaken your kundalini. When you take such herbs, your metabolism slows down and temperature of body reduces. As a result pf this, the brain and nerve reflexes works in a different dimension and helps in awakening kundalini.
But this method to awaken kundalini had been misused by many people for their own personal benefits which were not at all spiritual and hence this science of herbs was completely withdrawn and today kept as closely guarded secret because everyone is craving for kundalini awakening but very few of them has required level of patience and purity at emotional, physical and mental level.
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The fifth method to awaken kundalini is through "Raja yoga". The raja yoga consists of eight limbs which are basically the steps in a sequential process which ultimately leads to experience of union with the supreme.
The path of raja yoga is preceded by hatha yoga practices which makes the mind one pointed and stabilizes the consciousness. The necessary condition for this method is a concentrated and relaxed mind which is very difficult to achieve in modern day-to-day life. Hence this method is quite difficult to practice for majority of people. It is therefore advised that before pursuing this method, one should purify his emotions and karmas with the bhakti yoga and karma yoga.
When you take the method of raja yoga, many changes will take place in you. You may transcend hunger and other addictions and habits. You will also develop detachment and the sexual urge is also diminished. Raja yoga brings a slow transformation in your consciousness.
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The sixth method to awaken kundalini is through pranayama. When a SUFFICIENTLY PREPARED aspirant practises intense pranayama in a calm, cool and quiet environment, preferably at high altitude, with just sufficient diet, the awakening of kundalini takes place very quickly.
Pranayama is not only a simple breathing excercise or a method to increase life force in the body, it is a very powerful method to create yogic fire to heat the kundalini and awaken it. However if it is practised without sufficient preparation, then this method to awaken kundalini will not be effective because heat generated will not be directed to proper channels and will get lost in some other parts of body. Therefore practices of the three bandhas i.e. jalandhar, uddiyan and moola bandha to lock the life force or prana in and direct it to frontal brain, is necessary.
When the pranayama is practised correctly, the control over mind becomes stronger and stronger. However the effects of pranayama are not simple to manage if you do not have a purified body. It creates extra heat in the body, it awakens some of the centers in the brain and it may also hinder the sperm and testosterone production. Therefore, you must first purify your body to a degree with the help of Shat-karmas.
Pranayama is a direct method to awaken kundalini power and results are attained very quickly. This method to awaken kundalini is always accompanied by certain experiences and for the one who is not sufficiently prepared mentally, physically and emotionally, these experiences can be terrifying. Therefore, even it is a very quick method, it is very difficult and cannot be practised by everybody.
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The next method to awaken kundalini is thorugh kriya yoga. In terms of practises, kriya yoga and kundalini yoga are same.This is the most feasable, simple and practical way of kundalini awakening for modern day individual. The person with a purified mind can take the path of raja yoga, but the person with a tumultuous, noisy and agitated mind will not succeed this way. They will develop more complexes and tensions if they follow these methods. For such people, kriya yoga is the best and most effective method to awaken kundalini.
In the path of kriya yoga, kundalini does not wake with a force, nor does it awake with unusual experiences. It awakens very gently and softly with slow speed. Though you will have certain experiences but they are also controllable. Like sometimes You will not eat for days and at other times you will eat too much, sometimes you will have sleepless nights and at othet times you will do nothing, but sleep and sleep. All these symptoms of awakening and reversion keep on coming but they are not that much strong and you can handle them easily.
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'Shaktipat' involves the transfer of the spiritual energy. This method to awaken kundalini is performed by your guru or mentor. In this method, the awakening is instant, but it is not permanent. When the awakening is done with the help of guru, you will experience "samadhi" even without proper preparation. You will be able to do all asanas and pranayamas withour having learned them and prepared for them.
Changes takes place in physical body immediately and skin becomes soft and eyes glow and a divine aura develops around your body. The shaktipat can be done by physical touch or from a distance. The medium for shaktipat depends upon your guru and his choice.
It is very difficult to say that who is eligible for the shaktipat. You may have lived as a renunciate for 50 years, still you may not get it. You may be a normal person, living a non spiritual life, eating all types of junk food, even then your guru may give you shaktipat. Your eligibility for shaktipat does not depend on your lifestyle but it depends on the point of evolution which you have reached and that can be identified by your guru only.
It is so, because there is a point in the evolution after which shaktipat becomes effective and this evolution is not physical, intellectual, mental or emotional. It has nothing to do with the way you live, eat, behave or think, because generally we do these things not because of our involvement, but according to way we have been brought up and educated.
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For this page, I have taken inspiration from the writings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his book "Kundalini Tantra", a book with vital information about the kundalini, its role for human consciousness and how yoga can help in the path for spiritual growth and enlightenment.
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