The origin of life remains shrouded in mystery. However, the theory of evolution offers a glimpse into its origin. It suggests that through a gradual process, organisms evolved from simple to many complex forms. The theory explains how man evolved from being a caveman to a rational being. Naturally, the bodily evolution of humans was followed by the evolution of their mind.
Initially, man was only concerned about his survival. The mysteries of the universe remained an enigma to him. Over time, evolution of intelligence gained precedence in his mind. He began to think and theorise. This led him to a rational explanation for his existence. Then, he began evolving spiritually. This gave birth to philosophy and religion.
Along this journey, human beings realised that they possessed an innate potential that could aid them in their spiritual evolution. According to the eastern esoteric philosophy, this innate potential is the Kundalini. It exists in a dormant form at the base of the spinal cord. Tapping into the potential of this energy could lead to a spiritual awakening.
Spiritual guru and mystic Sri M, in one of his articles, writes: “Kundalini, which is considered by the tantras as the manifestation of the infinite supreme energy called Parashakthi or Bhawani, is said to reside in a potent form but not kinetic, inactive but not active form, at the base of the spinal cord of all human beings–coiled like a spring or as a snake turned three and a half times around itself (…)” Some studies even suggest that as Kundalini ends with an ‘i’, it represents feminine energy like Shakti and Prakriti (nature).
Extensive study of this concept and several individuals’ experiences of Kundalini awakening suggest that once an individual taps into this energy, they are known to experience an altered state of mind which is unique to them. It is a heightened state of awareness, also interpreted as a superconscious state of bliss. It is said that when the energy ascends the ajna (the third eye), an individual witnesses an unimaginably bright light and a thousand-petaled lotus.
“The human body consists of 72,000 nadi. They arise from three basic nadi–ida, pingala and sushumna.”
“It is believed that Kundalini awakening changes a person spiritually. When the energy ascends to the ajna, there is a sense of being one with everything in the cosmos.”