Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man

Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man


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Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment.

This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Krishna, an ordinary Indian householder who, at the age of thirty-four, after years of unsupervised meditation, suddenly experienced the awakening of kundalini during his morning practice. The story of this transformative experience, and the author's struggle to find balance amid a variety of powerful physiological and psychic side effects, forms the core of the book. His detailed descriptions of his dramatic inner experiences and symptoms such as mood swings, eating disorders, and agonizing sensations of heat—and of how, with the help of his wife, he finally stabilized at a higher level of consciousness—make this one of the most valuable classics of spiritual awakening available.

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ISBN-13: 9781570622809
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 597,998
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gopi Krishna (1903–1984) was an ordinary Indian householder who experienced the awakening of the spiritual force known as kundalini at the age of thirty-four. He subsequently became the inspired writer of numerous books in which he shared his insights with others.

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Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author, the late Gopi Krishna, is often taken to task by many reviewers because his experience with Kundalini was so uniquely traumatic. But this is the reason why his book is so important -- to underscore the fact that awakening the serpent power is not for the superficial, and that it can take an entire lifetime (or more). However, this 'heavy' attitude is misleading too, since it implies that enlightenemnt is some weird or unnatural state that must be 'forced' into being. In fact, I actually agree with the critics of Krishna in their fundamental detractions. Yet, it is because of his terrifying experiences that those who are interested in yoga and enlightenment etc. see the absurdity of forcing the Kundalini into activity. The act of forcing itself is an unnatural and 'desperate' action since it implies that enlightenment is unnatural -- or on some 'hill top,' away and apart from a normal existence. By assuming that it is alien to normal life, an aspirant cannot help but become ungrounded. It seems to me that nature treats us as we treat her. In any case, after reading his book, Patanjali's statement that the path to enlightenment is 'a razor's edge' certainly takes on a whole new dimension! Krishna himself though, explains in the book precisely how this state of affairs came about. By being so obsessed with enlightenment that he neglected his school work and failed some of his academic pursuits -- an extremely embarressing situation for a young Hindu -- he became yet more 'ambitious' to attain enlightenment than previously. Thus, he began to devote even more time to meditation. As one reads his experience, it is easy to see where he 'messes up.' After 17 years of daily meditation, he experiences his first unequivocal Kundalini experience. The experience and vision is so intoxicating that he unfortunately -- despite some rather obvious internal warnings -- decides to repeat the experience prematurely and excessively. This ridiculous 'hard-headed' attitude leads him into overdoing his meditation to such a degree that he ends up in a very precarious condition indeed, and for a protracted period of time. What I really like about Gopi Krishna's work though, is that unlike most other writers regarding enlightenemnt that either dwell on belief systems or purely psychological factors, he concentrates on Kundalini herself, and her frightening -- but very alluring -- power and glory. This certainly doesn't obviate the many other factors, from devotion to dialogue etc. that are part of any 'normal aspirant's diet,' but it is a much needed and neglected factor of the entire Vedic tradition. What makes his book so enjoyable is his fluid and lucid writing style. I find it poetic, full of feeling, and yet lucid and informative too. As one reads it, one can't help but admire his foolhardiness while at the same time cringing at the madness of it. By 'storming heaven' with such recklessness, a great deal of sympathy and awe is awakened in the reader for a man so single-minded in his pursuit of bliss that he nearly loses his mind and life in the process. Thank God he survived. It makes me appreciate the dialogues of Krishnamurti more, and the gentler, more gradual approach of other yoga teachers.
latefordinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gopi Krishna, an Indian government bureucrat and practicianer of yoga relates his twelve year struggle to understand and master the primal life force known as kundalini that is released in his body as a result of his yogic practice. If this had happened to someone in a western country they would still be doing the Thorazine shuffle in a group home.
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