ਕੁੰਡਲਨੀ ਸੁਰਝੀ ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਪਰਮਾਨੰਦ ਗੁਰੂ ਮੁਖਿ ਮਚਾ ॥:
Kundilini surjhee satsangati parmaanand guroo mukhi machaa:
Through the Association with Sat (Truth) - Satsangat - the Kundilini unentangles;
through the Word of the Guroo, they enjoy the Supreme Bliss. (sggs 1402).
The Primordial Energy resides in all bodies as Kundilini. Although the term "Kundilini" is present in the Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS), however, its mention is very limited. The Gurbani says the Kundilini awakens in the Satsangat. This is different than what the Yogis say about awakening Kundidlini. Therefore this Gurbani Reflection will attempt to reflect on:
Yogis and Kundilini - Yogic Practices
In conjunction with Kindilini, Yogis also talk about terms such as the Chakras (rings, wheels or discs, which signify subtle energy centers), the Kosa (sheaths), the "three bodies", the three states of consciousness, and the five elements, as well as their interrelationship.
The Five Kosa:
Through spiritual inquiries or Vichar (pronounced Vichaar), the sages recognized that the three bodies are active in experiencing the outside world through the three facets of life: the state of waking or Jagrat (pronounced Jaagrat), the state of dream (Swapna), and the state of deep sleep (Sushupti). Even though the Aatmaan (Pure ego, Consciousness or Self) is the same in all states; but, due to material conditioning, we act differently in these states as though we in ourselves are three different entities. In other words, the Infinite Consciousness is one and the same, the Reality is one and the same, though it functions differently in the three planes of existence and, in these three states, it seems to gain three different sets of experiences. Accordingly, the waker in us seems to act different than the dreamer in us, and the ego manifesting through the sleeper in us seems to act different from both the waking and dream-state in us.
The lowest of the subtle centers is the coccygeal center, which is located at the bottom of the spine. As mentioned by the Yogis, all the subtle powers of consciousness and life force flowing downward from the higher centers into the coccygeal center come into physical manifestation through the channel of this lower center. As the life force flows outward from the coccygeal center, it creates and sustains the region of flesh, bones, blood, marrow, organs, nerves, veins, arteries, glands, muscles, skin, and so forth.
According to the Yogis, Kundilini is this coiled (entangled) creative life force at the base of astral spine (Mooldhar center). Due to its coiled form of a sleeping serpent, it is symbolized as a snake. When this life force is allowed to flow down due to mental delusion, its stinging venom causes the man to enjoy evil passions such as Kaam, Krodh, and so on.
Irhaa, Pingla, Sushumanaa, "sun" and "moon":
For better understanding and appreciation of the use of the names "sun" and "moon", a brief backdrop of Yogic beliefs and practices is as follows. There are thousands of nerve fibers or energy channels of the inner or subtle body of man known as Naarhees or "conduits". These interconnect the Chakras or subtle energy centers of the man's body. Of these, the three main Naarhees are Irhaa, Pingla and Sushumanaa.
Also known as Chandra, Chand or Sasee ("moon"), Irhaa is said to be positive life current and flows downward, ending on the left side of the body. Yogis believe this life current to be feminine in nature and is the channel of physical-emotional energy. Pingla — also known as Sooriya, Soor or Sooraj ("sun") — is said to be negative life current and flows upward, ending on the right side of the body. Yogis believe this current to be masculine in nature and is the channel of intellectual-mental energy. Both Irhaa and Pingla are auxiliary of the Sushumanaa.
The Sushumanaa is mentioned by the Yogis to be the major nerve current which passes through the spinal column from the Mooldhar Chakra or coccygeal center at the base, to the Sahasraara at the crown of the head. Irhaa and Pingla are the two primary Naarhees of the astral sympathetic nervous system feeding into and out of the main current of Sushumanaa. Within the Sushumanaa is the second astral spine called Vajra, which extends upward from the Savdhirthan Chakra, or sacral center. The Vajra provides the power of expansion, contraction, and all activities of motion of the astral body. Within the Vajra is hidden the Chitra astral spine, which controls the spiritual activities related to the Consciousness. The astral brain or Sahasraara controls the activities of the Sushumanaa (including Vajra and Chitra).
As mentioned by the Yogis, Sushumanaa is the channel of Kundilini energy. When Kundilini energy flows downward into the body it enlivens the sense faculties. But, it bestows Spiritual Enlightenment when the flow is reversed and uplifted to the Sahasraara. Through Yoga practices, the Yogis believe the Kundilini energy lying dormant in the Mooldhar Chakra in a coiled form is awakened and made to rise up Sushumanaa channel through each Chakra to the Sahasraara Chakra. Upon awakening of the pure Kundilini force by the Yogi, it rises to the brain (Sahasraara) and is transformed into the Bliss of Spirit, Spiritual Enlightenment, Soul-vision or God-realization! This is the crux of the matter.
The Gurbani on Kundilini - Kundilini according to the Gurbani
The Gurbani differs with the Yogis. The following all verses of the Gurbani are addressed to the Yogis to enlighten them by removing their doubts and illusion.
The Gurbani indicates the Kundilini uncoils (disentangles, rises, awakens, enlightens, untied, etc.) in the Satsangat. Now, what's Satsangat? Essentially, when the mind has linked (Sangi) with Sat (Truth), that is Satsangat. Obviously the hint here is toward the twisted Budhi (intellect), deluded Budhi, corrupted Budhi, coiled or entangled Budhi, ਮਨਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਰਤੀ, ਸਾਕਤ ਵਿਰਤੀ, ਮਾਇਆਧਾਰੀ ਵਿਰਤੀ, the knot of egotism, the knot of ignorance, twisted or embroiled mind, doubt-ridden mind, and so on.
The Gurbani indicates that such twisted or coiled Budhi becomes uncoiled or disentangled in the Satsangat. In other words, "Kundilini" (ਮਨ ਦੇ ਵੱਟ-twists or crookedness of the mind) becomes untangled when it links or associate with Sat (or Truth, which is its Mool, Source, Origin - Joti-Svaroopa...).
The Gurbani time and again recommends Satsang or Saadhsangat to sweep our "filthy" minds clean and remove our ignorance, doubts and illusions. Our minds are closed (blind, ignorant...), but Bhagti (thorough Understanding of the Gurbani, Aatm-Giaan...) opens them up and bestows upon one self-control and mental purity necessary for awakening Kundilini. Without the mind being linked to its Mool within (Sat or Saadhoo within, Nij Ghar - Joti-Svaroopa), the "moss" of doubts and illusion cannot be removed.
The state of awakened Kundilini is essentially synonymous to many terms such as Opening of Dasam Duar or the Tenth Gate, Self-realization, Realization of the Spirit, Enlightenment, inverted Heart-Lotus turning upright, hearing of Panch Shabad or Anhad Naad or Anaahat Naad, attainment of Eternal Bliss, Being established in the "True Home", liberation from the three modes of Maya, Jeevanmukti (to become liberated while living), Complete absorption in Bhakti, attainment of Fourth State (Chauthaa Pada, or Turiyaa Avasthaa), Divine Union or Yoga, and so on.
The Gurbani and Irhaa, Pingalaa and Shushumanaa:
The Gurbani also differs with the Yogis about Irhaa, Pingalaa and Shushumanaa arteries or Narhee (also spelt ida, ira, pinglaa, sushumana, shushmana, etc.). That is, contrary to the Yogis claim, the Gurbani says these three Narhee - Irhaa, Pingalaa and Shushumanaa - dwell in one place.
The Gurbani and the Chakras:
The Gurbani indicates that the mind is reversed or turned my (from its perversions, wanderings, Bikaar, etc.: "Ulatat Pavan"), the six Chakras of the body (as mentioned by the Yogis) stand pierced; and the Awareness then becomes free of Mayaic thoughts.
The Gurbani and the "Sun" and the "Moon" Channels:
The Gurbani urges Yogis to make this body the harp, and the right and left nostrils (the "sun" and the "moon" channels) the strings of this body-harp; then vibrate the wondrous melody of the Shabad (Naam-Aatam-Giaan...) within.
— T. Singh
Updated on Monday, January 30, 2012 1:05 PM (PST)
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