Kundalini: Spiritual Perception and the Higher Element of Life
Kundalini: Spiritual Perception and the Higher Element of Life

Kundalini: Spiritual Perception and the Higher Element of Life

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Overview

In Hindu tradition, the concept of kundalini refers to a form of primal energy located at the base of the spine. Through traditional Eastern methods, efforts were made to 'awaken' the kundalini in order to achieve transformed consciousness. Rudolf Steiner offers an entirely new perspective, integrating the kundalini idea into his spiritual philosophy. This anthology contains all relevant comments and notes by Steiner on the theme, highlighting how his thinking evolved. At the same time, it accentuates the differences - and similarities - between Western and Eastern spiritual paths, and in the process reveals what is new and original about Steiner's esoteric teachings. In contrast to most yoga traditions - which cultivate the energy rising from the lower life centre - the Western path of esoteric schooling starts in our upper centre of consciousness, in thinking and the T. From there, the centre of experience is shifted downward, from the head to the heart. After development of the 'new heart centre', as Rudolf Steiner describes it, forces can be guided consciously and, through specific exercises, the 'kundalini snake' can be fully awoken. In his detailed introduction, editor Andreas Meyer distils the perspectives and instructions from Steiner's complete works, presenting a valuable synopsis for our understanding and practice of meditation today. Chapters include; The Meaning of Meditation, and the Six Exercises'; 'Developing and Cleansing the Lotus Flowers'; 'The Snake Symbol'; 'The Kundalini Fire'; The Kundalini Light'; 'Developing the New Heart Organ'; The Reversal in Thinking and Will'; 'Specific Aspects of Kundalini Schooling'; Transforming Physical Love and the Division of the Sexes'; 'Breathing, the Light-Soul Process, and the New Yoga Will'; The Polarity of Light and Love' and Transforming the Kundalini Fire into Fraternity'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855845589
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Meaning of Meditation, and the Six Exercises 27

2 Developing and Cleansing the Lotus Flowers 56

3 The Snake Symbol 62

4 The Kundalini Fire 66

5 The Kundalini Light 72

6 Developing the New Heart Organ 76

7 The Reversal in Thinking and Will 100

8 Specific Aspects of Kundalini Schooling 103

9 Transforming Physical Love and the Division of the Sexes 116

10 Breathing, the Light-Soul Process, and the New Yoga Will 128

11 The Polarity of Light and Love 135

12 Transforming the Kundalini Fire into Fraternity 147

Notes 152

Sources 163

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