According to kundalini yoga and tantra, man is a composite of two main forces, ida and pingala, mind and body. When these two forces are perfectly balanced a third, latent force, sushumna, comes into existence. Then kundalini shakti can awaken and ascend from mooladhara, piercing the chakras until it finally reaches sahasrara. Kundalini is cosmic energy, or mahaprana, and its awakening and ascension lead to cosmic consciousness or self-realization in which the individual consciousness merges with the highest consciousness.
When kundalini wakes up, it is as though we have ignited the booster of a rocket ship. We are propelled into higher consciousness and our whole being is electrified, exhilarated and intoxicated. This is the birth of our spiritual life, a rebirth which kindles in us an awareness which we cannot understand from our present standpoint in evolution. This is the basis and aim of yoga and all practices eventually lead to this goal, an immortal, omniscient, omni powerful and omnipresent state.
With our present consciousness, limited by the senses and our mundane experiences, we have lost access to higher states of awareness. For most of us, without experience of such states, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to understand and accept that they exist, let alone to practise and attain them. It is difficult to understand exactly what the terms themselves mean. Many people, especially doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers and scientists, are demanding proof that such states and experiences exist and that they are desirable.
Of course, we can always take a chance, and follow on from the lead given by experienced yogis and the texts of their experiences. We can apply the prescribed methods in the hope that we too may reach the exalted states of bliss, knowledge and immortality of which we have heard so much, and thereby verify the truth of their statements for ourselves. Many have started on this road and ultimately, there may be no other way.
An increasing number of researchers are correlating the findings of science with the claims of yoga and tantra. Because kundalini is a transcendental phenomena, outside time and space, it is necessarily confined to reports of its supposed awakening, the phenomena surrounding it and to the verification of its components, nadis, chakras, prana shakti, the role of consciousness, and so on.
Though we have no solid proof that kundalini actually does exist (solid proof for some people means that we must present an actual, real, live kundalini to them, cut out of someone’s mooladhara chakra and formalin-preserved in a jar), there is sufficient evidence to suggest that it not only exists but that its awakening has been the basis for the birth of new religions and for the major scientific and social breakthroughs which have totally revolutionised society.
Researchers who accept the possibility that kundalini exists and, impressed by its reported powers and potential, are investigating it, have found that there is a great deal of scientific evidence pointing in the direction of it being a reality. More than this, it appears that the theory of kundalini alone can help us to broaden, deepen and even redefine our understanding and concept of who we are, the world in which we live, and the purpose for our existence. The application of the theory and practise of kundalini yoga promises to create a better, happier and freer world, one in which we Can experience life from a more fulfilling, satisfying standpoint.