Kundalini: The Energy of the Depths

Kundalini: The Energy of the Depths

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ISBN-13: 9780887068010
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/18/1988
Series: SUNY series in the Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Lilian Silburn is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. For many years she has been respected worldwide as a leader in studies of the Shaivism of Kashmir. She has published many books and articles on the subject.

Table of Contents



Kundalini Yoga Rhythm and Vibration

The Dance of Siva


Stirring and Churning of the Energy

Return to the Heart

Part One Awakening and Unfolding of Kundalini

Serpent of the Depths

Chapter 1 Siva's Triple Emission and the Three Aspects of Kundalini

Supreme Emission

Intermediate Emission

Lower Emission

Para or Purnakundalini

Chapter 2 The "Coiled" Kundalini Within the Human Body

Centers(Cakra) and

Median Way, Wheels and Triangles


Chapter 3 Various Means of Unfolding the Median Way

Destruction of Dualizing Thought (vikalpaksaya)

Means Associated with the Breath(prana)

The Syllable OM and the Synchronization of the Breaths

Contemplation of the Intial and Final Extremities (kotinibhalana)

Retraction and Expansion of the Energy

Chapter 4 The Parabija SAUH and the Rod Practice

Visarga, Unmana, and Kramamudra

Chapter 5 Movements of Kundalini Related to a Yogin's Practice

Supreme Kundalini and the Kundalini of Consciousness


Adhahkundalini, Descending Energy

Urdhvakundalini, Ascending Energy

Slow and Gradual Way

Incomplete or Defective Ways

Chapter 6 Various Reactions Occurring in a Yogin

The Five Phases of Vibration or the Signs on the Path

Sixfold Upsurge of the Breath and Corresponding Forms of Bliss

Text in Transliterated Sanskrit

Chapter 7 Cosmic Kundalini or the Intimate Sacrifice

Part Two Piercing of the Centers and Stages of the Ascent

Chapter 1 Vedhadiksa, Initiation Through Penetration

The Plenary Oblation

Penetration of the Guru into the Disciple's Breaths

Initiations by Piercing of the Centers

Mantravedha, Piercing of the Centers by Means of Mantra

Nadavedha, Piercing Through Mystic Resonance

Binduvedha, Piercing Through Virile Potency

Saktavedha, the so-called Energy Piercing

Bhujangavedha, the so-called Serpent Piercing

Paravedha, Supreme Piercing

Outer Initiations

Abhiseka, Consecration

Text in Transliterated Sanskrit

Chapter 2 Somananda's Saktavijnana



Sanskrit Text in Devanagari

Chapter 3 Goraksanatha's Amaraughasasana

The Natha

Excerpts from the Text



Part Three The Deeper Meaning of the Esoteric Pratice

Chapter 1 The Androgyne

Kundalini and Sexual Life

Effervescence and Fervor

Chapter 2 Transfiguration of the Body and of the Universe

Translation and Gloss of an Excerpt from the Yogasamcara

Chapter 3 The Mantra SAUH and KHA

SAUH , the Mantra of Emanation

KHA, the Mantra of Resorption

Chapter 4 Kulamarga, the Esoteric Way

Qualifications Required for Kulayaga

Effects of the Caryakrama Practice

Uncertainty and Fluctuation

Esoteric Gatherings, Yoginimelaka

Quiescence and Emergence

Caryakrama and Kramamudra

Madhyacakra and Anucakra


Respective Roles of Man and Woman

Chapter 5 Kulayaga, Esoteric Sacrifice Excerpts with Commentary from the Tantraloka, Chapter XXIX


Main Wheel and Secondary Wheels

Description of Madhyacakra or Urdhvadhaman

Santodita. Quiescent and Emergent

The Triple Visarga : Quiescence, Emergence, and Kaula

Union or Fusion

Mantravirya Peculiar to Dvani , Sound Vibration

The Supreme Mystical Attitude. Khecarimudra

Definition of Omnipenetration(Mantravyapti)

Rahasyopanisad Krama, the Secret Process

Table: Eightfold Wheel and the Eight Bhairava



List of Abbreviations and Works

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