So it is good not to talk about kundalini and chakras. Only meditation
is to be taught and to be listened to and to be understood. Then,
everything else will just follow.
Kundalini is not itself a life force. Rather, it is a particular passage for
the life force, a way. But the life force can take other ways also, so it
is not necessary to pass through kundalini. It is possible that one may
reach enlightenment without passing through kundalini -- but
kundalini is the easiest passage, the shortest one.
If the life force passes through kundalini, then the brahma randhra
will be the terminal point. But if the life force takes another route --
and infinite routes are possible -- then the brahma randhra will not be
the terminus. So the flowering of the brahma randhra is only a
possibility,a potentiality, if the life force passes through kundalini.
There are yogas that will not even mention kundalini; then there is
nothing like the brahma randhra. But this is the easiest route, so
ordinarily ninety percent of the persons who realize pass through
Kundalini and the chakras are not located in the physical body. They
belong to the etheric body, but they have corresponding points within
the physical body. It is like when you feel love and you put your hand
on your heart. Nothing like "love" is there, but your heart, your
physical heart, is a corresponding point. When you put your hand on
your heart, you are putting your hand at the chakra that belongs to
the etheric body, and this point is approximately parallel to your
physical heart.Kundalini is part of the etheric body, so whatever you
achieve as progress on the path of kundalini does not die with your
physical body; it goes with you. Whatever is achieved will remain with
you because it is not a part of your physical body. If it were a part of
your physical body, then with each death it would be lost and you
would have to begin from the very beginning. But if someone reaches
the third chakra, this progress will remain with him in his next life. It
will go with him; it is stored in the etheric body.
When I say that the life energy goes through kundalini, I mean
kundalini as a passage -- the whole passage connecting the seven
chakras. These chakras are not in the physical body, so everything
that can be said about kundalini is being said about the etheric body.
When the life force passes through kundalini, the chakras will begin to
vibrate and flower. The moment energy comes to them, they become
alive. It is just like when hydro-electricity is created; the force and
pressure of the water rotate the dynamo. If there were no pressure
and no water, the dynamo would stop; it would not work. The dynamo
rotates because of the pressure. In the same way, the chakras are
there, but they are dead until the moment the life force penetrates
them; only then do they begin to rotate.
That is why they are called chakras. "Chakra" is not exactly translated
by the word center, because center means something static and
chakra means something moving. So the right translation would be
wheel, not center; or, a dynamic center, or a rotating center, a
Chakras are centers until the life force comes to them. The moment
the life force comes to them, they begin to be chakras. Now they are
not centers, they are wheels, rotating. And each wheel, by rotating,
creates a new sort of energy. This energy is used again to rotate
further chakras. So as the life force passes through each chakra, it
becomes more vital, more alive.
Kundalini is the passage through which the life force moves. The life
force is located in the sex center, stored in the sex center, the
muladhar. It can be used as sex energy; then it generates a particular
life, a biological life. Then too it creates movements, then too it
creates more energy; but this is biological. If this same energy moves
upward, the passage of kundalini is opened.
The sex center, the muladhar, is the first to open. It can open either
toward biological generation or it can open toward spiritual generation.
The muladhar has two openings, a lower one and an upper one. In
the passage of kundalini, the highest center is the sahasrar, of which
the brahma randhra is the middle point. The opening of the brahma
randhra is one way toward self realization.
Other ways are also possible in which the passage of kundalini is not
used, but they are more arduous. In these other methods there is no
question of kundalini, then there is no movement through this
passage. There are Hindu methods: raja yoga, mantra yoga, and all
the many techniques of tantra. There are Christian methods, Buddhist
methods, zen methods, taoist methods. They are not concerned with
kundalini awakening; that passage is not used. They use other
passages, passages that do not even belong to the etheric body. Astral
passages can be used. The astral body, the third body, has its own
passage. The mental body, the fourth body, has its own passage. All
of the seven bodies have their own passages.
There are many yogas that have nothing to do with kundalini. Only
hatha yoga uses kundalini as a passage. But it is the most scientific
and the least difficult. It is an easier step-by-step method for gradual
awakening than the other yogas.
Even if the kundalini passage is not used, there are sometimes sudden
awakenings of the kundalini. Sometimes things happen that are
beyond your capacity, sometimes things happen that you cannot
conceive; then you are completely shattered. Other passages have
their own preparations. Tantric or occult methods are not kundalini
yoga. Kundalini yoga is only one of so many methods, but it is better
to be concerned with just one.
The Dynamic Meditation method that I am using is concerned with
kundalini. It is easier to work with kundalini because it is the second
body that you are concerned with. The more deeply you go --
with the third or the fourth body -- the more difficult it becomes. The
second body is the nearest one to your physical body, and there are
corresponding points in your physical body, so it is easier.
If you work with the third body, the corresponding points are in the
second body. If you work with the fourth, the corresponding points
are in the third. Then your physical body is not concerned; you cannot
feel anything at all in your physical body. But with kundalini you can
feel each step accurately, and you know where you are. Then you are
more confident. With the other methods you will have to learn
techniques that will help you to feel the corresponding points in the
second body or in the third body, and that takes its own time.
The other methods will deny kundalini, but their denial is not correct;
they deny it because they are not concerned with it. Kundalini has its
own methodology; if you are working with a zen method, you should
not be concerned with kundalini.
But sometimes, even in working with another method, kundalini
comes, because the seven bodies penetrate one another; they are
interlinked. So if you are working with the astral body, the third body
, the second body may begin to work. It may get a spark from the
third.The opposite is not possible. If you are working with the second
body, the third body will not get ignited because the second is lower
than the third. But if you are working with the third, you are creating
energy that can come to the second without any effort on your part
Energy flows to lower fields. Your second body is lower than the third,
so energy generated in the third may sometimes flow to it.
Kundalini may be felt through other methods, but those who teach
methods that are not concerned with kundalini will not allow you to
pay attention to it. If you pay attention to it, more and more energy
will come; the whole method that was not concerned with kundalini
will be shattered. They do not know anything about kundalini, so they
do not know how to work with it.
Teachers of other methods will deny kundalini completely. They will
say it is nonsense; they will say it is imagination; they will say you are
just projecting: "Do not be concerned with it, do not be attentive to
it." And if you are not attentive to it and you go on working on the
third body, by and by the kundalini will stop. Energy will no longer
come to the second body. Then it is better.
So if you are concerned with any method, be concerned with it totally.
Don't be involved in any other method, don't even think about any
other method, because then it will become confusing. And the
passage of kundalini is so subtle and so unknown that confusion will
My method of Dynamic Meditation is concerned with kundalini. Even if
you just go on watching your breath, it will be helpful to kundalini
because breath, accompanied by prana, the life energy, is concerned
with the etheric body, the second body. It, too, is not concerned with
your physical body. It is being taken from your physical body, it is
being drawn from your physical body, but your physical body is just
Prana is concerned with the etheric body. The lungs are doing the
breathing, but doing it for the etheric body. Your physical body, the
first body, is working for the etheric, the second body. In the same
way, the etheric works for the astral, the third body, and the astral
works for the mental, the fourth body.
Your physical body is the door for the second body. The second body
is so subtle that it cannot be concerned with the material world
directly, so first your physical body transmutes every material into vital
forms; then these can become food for the second body.
Everything taken from the senses gets transformed into vital forms;
this then becomes food for the second body. Then the second body
transforms this into even more subtle forms, and this becomes food for
the third body.
It is like this: you cannot eat mud, but in vegetables the elements of
the mud are transformed; then it can be eaten. The vegetable world
transforms the mud into a living, subtle form; now you can take it in
. You cannot eat grass; a cow does it for you. It goes into the cow,
and the cow transforms it into milk; then you can take it, you can
drink the milk.
Just like this your first body takes matter into it, transforming it into
vital forms; then the second body takes it. Breath is being taken by
your lungs: the lungs are machines, working for the second body. If
the second body dies, the lungs remain all right, but there is no
breathing; breath has gone. The second body is the master of the first
body, and the third body is the master of the second body. Every
lower body is a servant to the upper one.
So awareness of breathing is helpful in kundalini practice. It generates
energy; it conserves energy and helps the life force to go upward.
My whole method is concerned with kundalini. Once the method has
been grasped, everything can be done by it. Now, nothing more is
The last chakra, the sahasrar, can be reached through any method.
Sahasrar and brahma randhra are the names given to the seventh
chakra in kundalini yoga. If you do not work on kundalini, if you work
on the third body, then too you will reach this point, but it will not be
known as brahma randhra, and the first six chakras will not be there.
You have gone through another passage, so the milestones will be
different, but the end will be the same. All the seven bodies are
connected with the seventh chakra, so from anywhere one can reach
One must not be concerned with two passages, with two methods;
otherwise, confusion will be created and the inner energy will be
diverted into two channels. Any method should channel the whole
energy into one dimension. That is what my method of Dynamic
Meditation does, and that is why it begins with ten minutes of deep,