Kundalini: Awakening to the Treasure Within

“The word kundalini generally refers to that dimension of energy, which is yet to realize its potential. There is a huge volume of energy within you which is yet to find its potential. It is just there waiting, because what you call as a human being is still in the making.”
Kundalini: Awakening to the Treasure Within

Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, looks at the enormous potential that Kundalini carries. He speaks of the importance of becoming aware of the Kundalini, awakening to a hidden treasure within.

Sadhguru: The word “kundalini” generally refers to that dimension of energy that is yet to realize its potential. There is a huge volume of energy within you that is yet to find its potential. It is just there waiting, because what you call a human being is still in the making. You are not yet a human being, you are a “human becoming.” You are not an absolute entity of being human. There is constant scope to make yourself into a better human being.

When you were a monkey, you did not desire to become a man. Nature just pushed you on. But once you become human, there is no more unconscious evolution. If you are unconscious, the same endless cycle of the same nonsense will go on and on. Evolution will come to you only if you seek it consciously.

If you become conscious, evolution - or any change - cannot happen without the necessary energy. So, the process of evolution allowed a huge volume of energy untapped, that if you become conscious, you could use this to make something fantastic out of it. It is a treasure on which you are sitting. But if you are looking in the wrong direction, you will never know that there is a treasure.

Kundalini: Sitting on a Jackpot

It happened once. There was a beggar who lived in terrible poverty. He just sat under a tree and begged. People threw a few coins, and he just lived on. One day he died and his body was just lying there. He had no friends or relatives, and nobody wanted to carry him somewhere and bury him. So they decided to just bury him right there under the tree. As people began digging, they hit upon a huge treasure. Just a few feet beneath him there had been a huge treasure, a huge pot full of gold, and the fool was sitting right there all his life, begging. If only he had dug down, he would have been a very rich man. But he sat there all the time being a beggar.

This is the way of the Kundalini. It is sitting right there. Everyone is sitting on a jackpot, but they are all looking in other directions. They are not looking where the treasure is. So they never realize something like this is there. Kundalini is that treasure within you which has been left unused, untapped. You could use that energy to transform this into a completely different dimension altogether; a dimension that you cannot imagine.

Kundalini: Plug into the Ultimate Source

Let me take you from your own experience of life because the stories about Kundalini are many. In your house, there is a plug-point in the wall. This plug-point does not actually produce any power. There is a huge power station elsewhere that is producing power, but it cannot give you that power directly. It is the plug-point that gives you access. Though most people have not even thought about the power station and have no concept of what it is, they know that if they plug an appliance into the plug-point, the appliance will run.

There is a "plug-point" within the human body. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point.

Similarly, there is a "plug-point" within the human body. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point. You might have heard of the seven chakras. The muladhara is like a plug-point. That is why it is known as muladhara. Muladhara means “fundamental” or “basic.” Five of the remaining six chakras are the plug. What is the seventh chakra, known as the sahasrar? It is like a light bulb. If you plug it in, everything about you glows. If you are properly plugged in, keeping the lights on 24 hours of the day is not an issue anymore. You don't have to turn off your power because you are worried the battery might run out. You can just keep it on blatantly, recklessly, because you are plugged into the power source.

Even right now, you still have energy. You can read what is written. That means life energies are functioning, but in a very miniscule way. Just a small part of it is functioning. If the whole of it becomes available to you, if it is properly plugged in, there is no limit to what you can do out of it. Even with the plug-point at home, once you are plugged in, you can make light happen, you can get the air-conditioning going, you can have the heater, you can have the television – anything you want. Just one power point. You can do so many things.

Unfortunately, most human beings are not plugged in. They are trying to generate their own power. So they eat five times a day, but still they are tired most of the time. It is a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in terms of physical energy or activity, energy is in terms of life. Existence is energy, isn't it? The basis of existence is energy. If you know that basis, it is like knowing the foundations of life. If you understand the ways of the energy, you know the whole mechanics of creation. So if you are plugged in, you know what the power is, what it can do and what you can make out of it. You are plugged into an endless source of power – that is what is Kundalini.

How Do You Plug Into Kundalini?

To plug in an appliance, if your hands are shaky, you will scratch the whole wall but you will not get the plug in. In the same way, to put the 5-point plug into the plug-point is difficult for a lot of people because there is no steadiness in their body, their mind, their emotions or their energies. Yoga is a means to get the necessary steadiness so that you can plug it in. Once you plug it in – boundless energy! You don't have to go and learn about or understand the power station. You plug it in and everything is fine.

Yoga is the science of getting the plug properly in so that there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once you are connected to this uninterrupted source of power, naturally you will proceed towards the goal of what life is longing for. You will not get lost with your fancy ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements of the world.

The Organic Atom

A human being is an "organic atom", an individual unit of life. For example, today, human beings are exploring atomic science. An atom is not even visible to you, but if you smash it, something tremendous happens. And if you are in the way, something terrible will happen. No one ever realized that there could be so much energy packed into this tiny, little atom until they broke it. Similarly, there is a tremendous amount of energy packed into a human being. The Kundalini awakening or rising means you have found the technology of tapping into that energy.

However, if you tap into this dimension of energy, which is a phenomenal force, you must be on stable ground. This is just like learning to operate nuclear energy. Nowadays, everyone is learning a lot about atomic science because of the Japanese situation! If you have forgotten the Russian experience, the Japanese are reminding you. If you tap into this energy, you must tap into it with extreme caution. If you are not in the right kind of situations, if you are in the way of a tsunami or an earthquake, you could be asking for trouble. It is the same thing with the Kundalini.

Don't Build a "Kundalini" Bomb!

With the kind of lives that most people live, where there are too many things – people, food or activity – that are not in absolute control, trying to activate the Kundalini because you read a book somewhere is like starting to build a nuclear reactor in your home because you read how to do it on the internet. Apparently, until 2006, there was a detailed plan about how to build a nuclear bomb available on the internet! We don't know how many people have downloaded it. The only fortune is they have no access to the material that is needed. With Kundalini too, there are too many people who have read about how, with the Kundalini awakening, you can do all sorts of miraculous things. But though they may intellectually know what to do, experientially they don’t. And that's a good thing because if they crack this energy open and they cannot contain it, it can destroy your whole system in no time. Not just you, people around you could be hugely harmed too. So is Kundalini a bad thing? No. It is a tremendous thing but anything which is tremendous has to be conducted in utmost care and caution.

How Else Do You Activate Kundalini?

So is there something else that one can do? Every aspect of yoga in some way activates Kundalini. In fact, everything that you do, if you go and jump for 10 minutes or play football, will activate your Kundalini to some extent. In moments of absolute involvement in a game, people show a phenomenal sense of energy, which is not possible for them in normal situations. This is because the Kundalini gets activated in intense activity. But consciously trying to crack it open and use it is a different business. That has to be done under absolute control and guidance.

Editor’s Note: Excerpted from Sadhguru’s discourse at the Isha Hatha Yoga School’s 21-week Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program. The program offers an unparalleled opportunity to acquire a profound understanding of the yogic system and the proficiency to teach Hatha Yoga. The next 21-week session begins on July 16 to Dec 11, 2019. For more information, visit www.ishahathayoga.com or mail info@ishahatayoga.com

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5 years ago

I do Surya-Namaskar with intense intensity (I believe so..); ~80SN continuously in ~52mins..a mix of 2min/SN, 1min/SN, 45sec/SN & 24sec/SN. Between first 12-24 (mostly) I experience fatigue..But once that's crossed, I feel like, rest of SN are being done automatically..by some internal guiding force.

Is it like, Kundalini awakened?

4 years 3 months ago

I suppose if he told the doctor what he did ~ they would say he's was crazy And not take him seriously.

6 years 6 months ago

Pranams Sadhguru for this wonderful knowledge. Trust some day with these practices of ISHA stabilising, will help me greatly

4 years 8 months ago

Great articles about kundalini. I wish to learn more about it. But i don't understand why Kundalini Energy is so emphatized and why a few Occidental authors spend they whole life with study and writing books about it? It is the Kundalini process
automotically awakened when we meditates and practicing Yoga? I mean,
it is not an obvious vital and coscience procedure?
Who readed the book about kundalini from Gopi Krishna?

Peace, Francesco

7 years 10 months ago

How to tap this?. How do I know I am in touch with Kundalini or not?. How do I know weather I am progressing or not. How do I speed up the process?

4 years 3 months ago

If one has not felt fulfilled and content with their past life, first they must drop any negative self judgments and that of others,Complete surrender to who you are. You will feel at total peace with yourself. Then if you are touched by the Kundalini you may feel something like an energy bursting into your body, it may enter from the small of the back or any other point in your body.It may feel like a huge flexable vine wrapping itself around and up your spine.It may climb a bit to one side of your chest back down to your right kidney then shoot back up your spine Your spine may feel like it's being twisted. Your vertebrae may even click (feel good)
Then may shoot out of your neck at some point. I have never experienced it leaving the top of my head. It may be a startling sensation being taken by surprise,
Later you may be able to call it back when you are in a relaxed state.Say in bed.
It may this time begin in your pelvic area and come over you in waves, LIke the tides of ocean waves knocking you back against the rocks and pulling you back into the sea.
You may come to realize that it resembles an ORGASAM but this is not phically aided .
It is a spiritual Cosmic Orgasm.
If you do it for too long you may get up feeling like your drunk and groggy. Once experienced you become ADDICTED and nothing else will do. Infact you could die in that state and not give a DAMN

5 years 3 months ago

A friend went to a course to open the Kundalini and now she is in intense pain. Any suggestions?

4 years 8 months ago

Is there anyone whose kundalini got awakened ?

7 years 10 months ago

Isha will help you 'how to tap it'. You will experience and feel your Progress on your Regular Practice- Rather speeding up the process, regular, dedicated practice will help you experience it. Rather doubting about your Kundalini rise, concentrate on your practice. you will sure experience it :-) wishes to you.

4 years 3 months ago

You have somehow managed to move the Kundalini, but only partially and in an uncontrolled manner. When "the vine" or "wave" (the uninitiated masses call it a "snake") shoots out of the top of the head, the Mother Goddess appears and She showers the initiate with amrita and blesses him with all knowledge, all power and immortality. That is the true full awakening of the Kundalini Shakti. I know of no one in the world who can do it.

5 years 2 months ago

Awakening the kundalini is a proprietary medicine. Pay and get the panacea to awakening. This is professional world. Purchase e-book. Become member. Pay online or thru cheque. And you will be better person. We will sell you the ideas of becomes mystical, powerful, brainy, of becoming "amar" , attractive, joyful, healthy, wealthy. But we want to be extra rich. Or we are poor and can't give you the secret to become rich free. Think.....?

4 years 8 months ago

Another question...What happens when the kundalini energy is awakened and is used only for spiritual purposes and not sexual or material things? Can this cause issues?

7 years 10 months ago

How do I make the kundalini within me active..? what is the practice I'll have to do..?

4 years 3 months ago

that would be fantastic. I was not doing yoga or meditating. I only tripped on it accidently. It is a long story to tell. But I had used what a human "subject " had said to me, to make me feel total surrender and accept who or what I was. And not what "THEY WANTED ME TO BE AND ACT" restrained from living, breathing and seeing etc. I was able to go into that state anywhere. I would just think that the other person was saying that I WAS JUST PERFECT THE WAY I WAS. an unconditional love.
I could feel a sudden sensation as I had described originally of overwhelming ecstasy and I felt as if I had a spiritual entity inside my body. I did not want it to leave and tried to hold onto the feeling by holding onto it, But it just shot out of the side of my neck My head flew backwards hitting a rail.. Now I know it was not that person's power over me but it was how I acknowledge myself as being. I had stopped judging my self for short periods of time to acquire this sensation of peace.
I thought of trying to think of it coming from a higher source and not depend on placing this on how I believed another human thought of me.Humans are not reliable to sustain this view perfection in another, and so the power will fade away as we begin to think if the other party is thinking less of me/us.
But then I began thinking that it was such a tremendous phenomenal feeling that to believe of experiencing it alone no be a wonderful , As I would love to share this sensation with a soul mate (in spirit not flesh)

5 years 1 month ago

You seem paranoid. How is your experience of life? Life and the world is a rip off right? You don't have to suffer it. I find it interesting that you landed on this page and read the article

4 years 8 months ago

I strongly advise not 2 get into charkras and not 2 get into different tones and hertz. Sit quite without nothing and think of nothing...opening up charkras is pure hell mentally and physically and without a proper diet and exercise makes it worse. U would need help form someone experienced for real and not just talking out the side of there mouth...cause if u really bout that life the vertigo is terrible

7 years 10 months ago

dear durga you have to attend the isha basic class first for starting further.

4 years 2 months ago

i will show the way to awake your kundilins very easy and there is no harm for you during sadhna and time will depand on your past life experiances of meditations. and i will give you money food accomodation everything that you need .my guru gived to me free and i will to you.

5 years 1 month ago

So Vijay, what is experience after your kundalini has been awakened?

4 years 7 months ago

Enlightenment is a very easy process and less time taking. Self realization would take time, but the experience of enlightenment would atleast make you feel good every day. Self realization should be sufficient atleast for our life’s. I am not sure that one should thrive for activating the Kundalni energy. Becoming Ecstatic...what do you want with it?

7 years 8 months ago

Going beyond on what is being stated on the article, I think another point here is for us to realize that we often look into other ways forgetting that what we are looking for is right within us.

4 years 1 month ago

If it feels blissful, why do you want to turn it off and become miserable? Looking for answers from within is best rather than asking people who have neever experienced what you are experiencing.

5 years 1 month ago

One more with awakened kundalini I suppose? ;) what extra do u feel or observe?

4 years 6 months ago

Retention of sexual energy for at least two months. Exercise atleast every other day (preferably cardio). Eat a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Also your bdy needs o be at an all time pituitary peak, lots if vitamins for your brain and body. Look for ( Cardio4life). Last and certainly not least MEDITATE MEDITATE MEDITATE. Not just meditate but to meditate intensely AND intently, I just followed my intuition and it brought to the Awakening, there was no trying to wake up. I had no idea what it was, it was just my time, divine intervention.. But only after going through a very intense and challenging crisis period in my life. Had no choice BUT to surrender to God during this time. Again, its only for those who are ready. When its your time you will know. , intuitively. It was in my evolution to awaken, it chose me not the other way around. So approach with caution. Also, im an Indigo Child, only 23 and my Natal Chart explains why I awakened. i was only 21 when it happened and still trying to figure it out but the bliss inconceivable, nothing else compares its like liquid love wasjing all over you all the time. It can make you lose your self because the EGO really dies away or dissolves in a sense. After you awaken , you only want to do what it is your put here to do ( Self Realization) But had to go through "Hell" first but once again this was my destiny to awaken, crisis and then enlightenment. Somethings are earned and gained through free will, and others are just destined to wake up based on the merits of their evolution in this incarnation. dont force it, have respect for it, if you want to awaken you have to do the work and with all your soul commint with Intention to your Higher Seld as well as to God, its the only way Its to the point now where I can circulate litterally at will upmto my Crown all the way back down, but it didmt start that way the energy will meet you where you are you just have to trust it. Im not going to pretend that I have all the answers I just know what worked for me. They say Kundalini is the begging not the end and that is so true. You reslly are born again. Peace be with everyone for we are walking eachother back home, The Source...

7 years 7 months ago

i am truly born again

11 months 2 weeks ago

Tell me, how?

5 years 1 month ago

my thought is if there are so many with awakened kundalini walking all around me, what difference are they making? earning more money for themselves and buying expensive cars and foreign trips? ok, I better go back to my hut and ride an age old auto... I hardly have much desire for a posh life and so I suppose my need for an awakened kundalini is not there... everyone, from a spiritual guru to a business school course works towards minting wealth with the promise of creating more wealth...

4 years 5 months ago

Hi. I meditated for a number of years and 2 years ago an energy passes through my crown constantly tingling. I cant turn it off. Is this kundalini. It feels blissful. Can anyone help me thanks Andrew.

7 years 4 months ago

Our Guru is not hidden treasure,

5 years 1 month ago

and i find it interesting too how you have already jettisoned a human being just because he/she didnt say yeah yeah to your rants! you can live your 5* guru life, but I am sure you are far from being spiritually enlightened. But Alas! you are being taught that great degrees and foreign trips make you spiritually superior and give you the right to pass comments on others, so you do the same... do it...

4 years 3 months ago

And yet some are too blind to know what sight really is.

All true paths lead to mastery of ego and its ultimate extinguishing. All true paths lead away from self-concern and toward unconditional love, perfect responsibility (even for the actions of others), utter humility, and yet fearless confidence.

Reason only works when you have all of the facts with which to reason. Your own blindness (ego) keeps you from seeing everything, so how can you reason with missing pieces?

7 years ago

During Bhava spandana program we are made to do kundalini meditation, and also if you attend satsangs regularly sometimes some teachers make you do kundalini meditation, it is quiet intense and we are advised not to practice at home.

5 years 1 month ago

But we see reason and digest such things after we get evidence. We are not blind.

4 years 3 months ago

Interesting to see you also reached the realisation in a way quite similar to me. I wasn't chasing it either and put myself on a proper fruit and veg diet and intense exercise, meditation, mindfulness and an attitude to be kind and compassionate towards everyone. It all happened so quickly and in a flash I had known. It gave me the knowledge of all the whys in my life and just as you said, it was the time it was meant to happen. How are you doing now? Would love to stay in touch :-)

6 years 11 months ago

Is there any specific kundalini yoga training in ISHA?

5 years ago

i am thinking of joining isha yoga. ......but i am a bit skeptical.can anyone tell me is enlightment really true can one become that ecstatic as sadhguru say? please share your stories

4 years 3 months ago

Hi Andrew! You may want to contact a local ascension centre as they deal with ascension symptoms and provide further guidance as well. Otherwise go see the doctor just to make sure you haven't caused yourself some nervous damage.

6 years 8 months ago

Can you please tell me whether shamvabhi will raise the kundalani energy for me or not?