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GopiKrishnaQuotes

TableofContents

StrongestStatements
Religion/ReligiousImpulse
Kundalini
MechanismofAction
DescriptionofKundaliniExperience
GopiKrishnasPersonalExperience
NonDuality
Yoga
MisconceptionsConcerning
SpecificTechniques
AjnaChakra
Celibacy
Prana
Science&Research
ObstinanceofCurrentScientificViewsonMind
TheMind/ConsciousnessvsTheBrain/Biology
Outcome/BenefittoSociety
LackofUnderstandingofGenuineSpiritualPractices
NeedforSpiritualDiscipline
DangersofaYogalessWorld/PresentSociety
DangerofObstructingtheEvolutionaryProcess
AuthenticSpiritualLiterature
AitareyaUpanishad
ShatChakraNirupana
KathaUpanishad
ShvetashvataraUpanishad
TheBhagavadGita
ComteDeGabalis
EmanuelSwedenborg
SecretoftheGoldenFlower

StrongestStatements

EarthwidedisseminationofknowledgeoftheGlorydwellingineveryhumanbeingistheonlywaytobringabout
theunificationofallmankind.ItwillmakeknownthecommonGoalprescribedbynatureforthelifeofman.The
solemntaskinfrontofusistoprovideempiricalevidenceforthebasicrealityofIllumination.Thisisabsolutely

necessarytobridgetheexistinggulfbetweenreligionandscience,andtobringconcordbetweentheintellectand
heartofman.Thisisalsoneededtoconvincetheskepticandtoclearthedoubtsofthevacillating.Alsotoconfirm
thebeliefofthebelieverandtoshowthetruePathtotheseeker,thuscorrectingtheerrorofthesuperstitiousand
thecredulousdupe.

TheknowledgeofthispricelessTreasureoftheSpirit,farmorepreciousthanallthewealthandseatsofpoweron
theearth,canprovidethemostpowerfulincentivetoallnoblesoulstosearchforitinthemselvesandtopersuade
otherstomaketherewardingsearch.

Thisistheonlyknowledgethatcanhumblethepowerfulandtheproud,enrichandemboldenthepoorandthe
weaktheonlyknowledgethatcanprovideamostpowerfulincentivetoparentstoennobletheirlivesand
strengthenthebondsoftheirlovetoprocreateanilluminatedprogeny.

Withthefirstobjectiveconfirmationofthisdivinepotentialinhumanbeings,thewiderareasofdiscordbetween
contendingpoliticalideologiesandtheconflictingdoctrinesoffaithwillslowlybegintonarrowdowntillcomplete
accordisachieved.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Modernsciencehasabsolutelynoawarenessofthefactthattheaveragehumanbrain,astheresultofcontinued
evolution,isnowripeforthemanifestationofanothermodeofcognitionsuperiortotheintellect.Itisonlythrough
thischannelthatConsciousnesscanbeperceivedasanindependentRealityexistinginaboundlessuniverseof
itsown.Withthebreakthroughintheknowledgeaboutthebrain,thestagewillbesetforrapprochementbetween
religionandscience.Theempiricistwhowouldliketoexplorethisterritorymustexperimentinthelaboratoryofhis
ownself.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Theoverclever,overselfishandoveractivebrain,madlyrunningafterpurelytemporalends,paysthepenaltyby
surrenderingtheImmortalCrownofIlluminationfortheperishabletrinketsoftheearth.GopiKrishna,TheReal
NatureofMysticalExperience

Forathoroughinvestigationofthephenomenonitisnecessarythatateamofscholarsandscientists,comprising
skepticsandbelieversboth,shouldtakeupacourseofexercisesforasufficientperiodinaspiritofdedication,as
isdoneforotherscientificobjectives,withdueregardtotheethicalstandardsnecessaryforit.Andthentheycould
evaluatetheresults.Evenonecaseofawakeningwouldbesufficienttodeterminethebiologicalnatureofthe
phenomenon,andtoobservethevariouschangesanddevelopmentsthatoccur.Themetabolicprocessesofthe
bodyarehighlyaccelerated,andaninnerprocessofbrainbuildingandstreamlining,somewhatakintothe
processesoccurringinanembryointhewomb,takesplaceuntilconsciousnessiscompletelytransmogrifiedand
asuperiortypeofmindisborn.WhatachievementsarenotpossiblewithanawakenedKundalini,oncethe
feasibilityofthetransformationisempiricallydemonstratedandthebiologicalfactorsinvolvedbecomeknownto
themenofscience?GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Takingintoconsiderationthetransformationthathasbeenwroughtineverysphereofhumanlifeandthoughtbya
fewhundredtalentedandgiftedmen,throughallofhistory,cantherebeanylineofresearchmoreimportantand
morebeneficialforhumankindthanthatwhichwouldshowthewaytotaptheamazingsourcethatshowersthese
pricelessgifts,therebymakingcultivationofgeniusapracticableachievementforman?GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Everyhumanbeing,thepoorandtherichalike,canbetherecipientsofthisGrace.Iffact,everyoneisordained,
soonerorlater,tomakehimselfeligibleforthisHeavenlyBoon.Itistheculminatingpointofhumanevolution,and
theTrophyisdesignedtocompensateforalltheeffortandtheagonyoftheclimb.Afterthat,amuchmoreevolved,
happiermanwillliveontheearth,perfectlyathomebothintheinnerandtheouterworlds.Scienceandreligion
willhavetoworktogethertomakethisdreamcometrue.CosmicConsciousness,beingtheCrownofbiological

evolution,mustbepossiblewithahealthy,naturallifeledinaccordancewithbothspiritualandphysical
laws.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Innootherperiodinhistoryhavethelearnedbeensomistrustfulofthedivinepossibilitiesinmanastheyare
now,andinnootheragehastheneedforspiritualgeniusesbeensourgentasitisatthistime.Thehumanmind
issoconstitutedthatnoluxuryandnotreasureoftheearthcanassuageitsburningfeverseekinganexplanation
foritsownexistence.Alltheheavyweightofthisinscrutablemystery,allthequestionsposedbyintellect,allthe
sufferingoftheharrowingascentofevolution,allthepainfeltattheinjusticeandmiseryprevailingintheworld,all
thedisappointmentofshattereddreamsandbrokenhopes,alltheanguishofeternalpartingsfromnearanddear
ones,andallthefearofillhealth,decay,anddeathvanishlikevaporattheriseoftheinnerSun,attherecognition
oftheinmostSelf,beyondthought,beyonddoubt,beyondpain,beyondmortalitywhich,onceperceived,illumines
thedarknessofthemindasaflashofstronglightningcleavesthedarknessofthenight,leavingmantransformed
withbutoneglimpseoftheinexpressiblesplendorandgloryofthespiritualworld.Maythissublimeknowledge
becomeaccessibletoall.Maytherecomeenlightenmentandpeacetothemindsofall.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Duringthecourseofmysticalecstasyanew,morepotentstreamofpranaentersthebrain,creatingarevolutionin
consciousness.Theflowofthisnewpraniccurrentiscausedbyaslightbutclearlymarkedactivityinthebrain.It
looksasifahithertosilentareahasleapttoasuddenactivity,demandingamorepotentpsychicfueltosustainit.
Whentheavailablestoreofthisnewpranicfuelisspent,themysticagainrevertstohisnormalconsciousness
returning,asitwere,fromasmiling,brightlylitGardenofParadisetothehumdrumexistenceofaprosaicworld.
Nowordscanexpressthegrandeurandsublimityoftheexperiencenorthehappinessandserenityfeltduringthe
interval.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Theexperiencereversesoneswholeconceptofcreation.Thesun,thestars,theearthanditsoceansarenot
nowperceivedasmaterialrealities,butasimagesprojectedbyanallembracingConsciousness.GopiKrishna,
TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Ibelievethatbyaslowprocessofevolutionthisilluminatedstateofthemind,incourseoftime,willbecomethe
naturalstateofeverymanandwomanontheearth.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Frommypointofview,therecannotbeamorerational,morehealthyandmoreefficaciousmethodforachieving
harmonyamongdifferentfaithsthanthediscoveryofthenaturallawbehindilluminationandmysticalecstasyor
theRevelationsthatcamethroughthem.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

ItisherethatmanforthefirsttimebecomesacutelyawareofthestaggeringfactthatthisunimaginableCosmic
IntelligenceispresentateveryspotintheUniverse,andourwholepersonalityego,mind,intellect,andallisbut
aninfinitelysmallbubbleblownonthisboundlessOceanandtosupposethatevenaparticleofthisOceanof
Consciousnesscaneverbecomeextinctorceasetobeismoreabsurdthantoimaginethattherecanbenighton
thesun.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Whatisofparticularinterest,withspecialrelevancetotheproblemsofthisage,isthefactthatinhundredsof
thesewritingsthebiologicalreactions,causedinthebodyonthearousalofthePowerCenter,havebeen
describedinunmistakableterms,thebestthatgenerallevelofknowledgeofthosedaysallowedtheauthorstodo.
Theyprovideimportantcluesforthemoderninvestigatorwhohasevenapassingknowledgeofphysiology.These
accountsaresonumerous,soconsistent,sounmistakablypointingtothesameexperience,despitevariationsin
timeandplace,andoftensosincereintheirexpressionitisawonderthatthemomentousnatureofthediscovery
hasescapedthekeeneyesofthemodernscholars,bothoftheEastandtheWest,whostudiedandtranslated
someoftheseworks.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Whatdoesitavailifthisambitiouscreaturebydintofsweatinglaborrisesforawhiletothepinnacleoffame,
wealthorpower?Theendcomessoonwhenrelentlessagewreststhemalloutofhistremblinghands,anda
shakywreck,whooncestampedandstormedintheintoxicationofhisyouth,furtivelycountsthemonthsandyears
whileawaiting,insuspense,theapproachofDeath.Whatvictory,whattreasure,whatfame,whatpleasureand
whatsummitofpowercanthencomparetothegloriousachievementofonewhoseliberatedsoulgains
awarenessofitsSovereigntyandEternalLife?GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Themostrationalwaytoattesttothetruthofreligion,andtoacceptorrejectitsclaims,wastotestthesepractices
anddisciplinesaftermakingacomparativestudyofallthesystemsinexistenceindifferentpartsoftheearth,and
thentopronounceaverdictonthebasisoftheresultsachieved.Buttothisdayitwasneverdonebyanygroupof
scientists,dedicatingtheirlifetothisresearchalone,inthesamewaythatinnumerablegroupsandsocietiesare
doinginrespecttothestillunexplainedriddlesofthephysicalworld.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisof
Religion&Genius

Withonemomentousdiscoveryinthedomainofmind,comparabletothegreatdiscoveriesmadeinthedomain
ofmatter,thewholethinkingandplanningofmankindcanchange.ThemysteryofKundalini,whenexploredwith
themethodsknowntoscience,canprovidethegroundworkforamonumentalinsightintothemindthatcandwarf
allotherdiscoveriesmadeinrecenttimes.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Ifwehavenotsofarrealizedtheobvioustruththatthezestforlifeandthehappinessofmindflowfromtheinner
fountainofourbeingandnotfromourmaterialpossessions,thenwearestilllackingintheproperunderstanding
ofourownnature.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Aconstantstudyandceaselessexperimentationonthephenomenonisnecessarytogathereverybitofauthentic
informationaboutthissupremelyimportantactivityofthehumanbrain.Iamfirmlyconvincedthatthelife,safety,
survival,peace,progressandhappinessoftherace,bothnowandinthefuture,dependonthisexperimentation
andtheresultsthatwillflowtherefrom.Isaythisbecause,atthistime,thelearnedworldisinastateofconfusion
aboutthepurposeofhumanlife.Theissuewhetherconsciousnessorinanimatematteristhebasalsubstanceof
theuniverseisstillamootsubjectamongthelearned.Thereligiousminded,ontheotherside,arenoless
dividedamongthemselves.Inthisconflictandclashofviews,bothinthetemporalandspiritualareaspertainingto
life,humanityblundersoncompletelyunawareofherdestiny.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Oncetheexistenceofanorganicevolutionarymechanisminhumanbeingsisconfirmed,Kundaliniwillassume
animportancethatisunimaginableatpresent.Itwilldecisivelyinfluenceeveryfieldofhumanactivityandthought.
ThewholeatmosphereoftheearthwillbesaturatedwiththeideathatmanisapilgrimonthewaytotheShrineof
GodConsciousness.Wecannotevenimagine,atpresent,thestateofmindofthemultitudes,inhabitingtheearth,
whenitbecomeswidelyknownthatthegoalsandidealsofreligionarealreadystructuredinthehumanbrain.We
cannotproperlyenvisionnowhowhumanbeingswillthinkandactwhenitisconfirmedbysciencethatourbrainis
slowlyinchingitswaytowardsasublimestateofcognition,irrespectiveofourwillandchoice.Wecanonlydimly
foreseehowitwillaffecthumanbehaviorwhenitisestablishedthateverythoughtwethinkandeverydeedwedo
hasadirectimpactonthisevolutionandthatwetransmittoouroffspringtheharvestofouracts,measuredin
termsofourevolutionaryclimb.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

ThisphenomenonoftransformationorrebirthisalludedtobyChristinmetaphoricallanguageinhisdialogue
withNicodemuswhenhesays,Verily,verily,Isayuntothee,ExceptamanbebornofwaterandoftheSpirit,he
cannotenterintothekingdomofGod.ThatwhichisbornofthefleshisfleshandthatwhichisbornoftheSpiritis
spirit.MarvelnotthatIsaiduntothee,Yemustbebornagain.AmongtheHindusthetermtwiceborn,appliedto
thehighercastes,entitledtowearthesacredthreadwhichhasthreestrands,symbolicofthethreenervechannels
ofKundalini,onlyreferstothepossibilityofthesamespiritualrebirthinthem.Itisamazingthatamomentous

conceptonwhichthewholestructureoftheHindusocietywasbuiltintheVedicageshouldhavelostitstrue
significancethroughthevicissitudesoftime.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thedaysofrivalryandcontentionamongthevariousfaithsofmankindareover.Soarethedaysofrivalryand
competitionamongnations.Theterrificpowerplacedinthehandsofmankindbysciencemakesitimperativethat,
bothinthenationalandthespiritualfields,theraceshouldbeunited.Whateverformthisunitytakeswilldepend
upontheverdictoftime.Butabroadbasedagreementisabsolutelynecessarytoplantmankindonthepathto
spiritualilluminationordainedforher.Buthowcanthisconcordbebroughtabout?Howcanharmonyprevailin
areasthathaveprovidedabattlegroundforcontendingpoliticalaswellasreligiousforces?Howcanthepeopleof
onenationorofonereligionbeconvincedthat,asinthecaseoftheirsensorychannels,theirvitalorgans,their
thoughtsandtheiremotions,thattheyareone,inthesamewaythatthereisonegoalfortheirreligiousstrivingand
onetargetfortheirprogressivesocialandpoliticalmovements?Thistarget,thisgoalorthisobjectiveistogainthe
evolutionarysummitformankind.Whenthisisachievedasuperiorrace,versedintheknowledgeofspiritand
matterboth,willinhabittheearth.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Thepresentdayhecticraceforthegoodsoftheearthandtheexcessivethirstforluxuriouslifestyleshavecreated
amilieuinwhichthesevitalproblems,peculiartoman,havebeenrelegatedtothebackground,andastrange
obliviontowardswhattherealpurposeofhumanlifeishasgrippedtheintelligentmind.GopiKrishna,Kundalini
inTime+Space

Fortheunawakenedsoultheuniverseanditsownembodiment,withallthedisabilitiesithastoface,arereal.For
theawakenedone,theexperienceofincarnatelifeislikeadream.Inactualfact,itistheLordexistingeverywhere
inHisgloryinwhoseradiancetheuniverseisdissolved,likeameltingvaporattheriseofthesun.Inone
dimensionofconsciousnesstheworldisrealandsoarethevicissitudesoflifethatfalltooneslot.Inthenext
dimension,thisworldofoppositesdisappears,likeameltingghost,yieldingplacetooneallpervadingOceanof
blissfulConsciousnessinwhichembodiedlife,pain,decayanddeathdisappear,likethefigmentsofadream
fromwhichonehasjustawakened.Inthewakefulstate,thesoulfindsitselfwaftedtoanewEternalWorldof
Being,whereallissunshineandhappiness,thatknowsnopain,nodecayandnodeath.GopiKrishna,
KundaliniinTime+Space

Thegreatesttragedyofourtimehasbeenthat,carriedawaybytheoverwhelmingimpactofimportantdiscoveries
madeinthedomainofscience,thethinkersofthisage,believingthattheyhadfoundsolutionstomostofthe
riddlesthatconfrontedthem,gaveexpressiontoviewsaboutthevariousfacetsofhumanlife,aboutthehopesand
aspirationsofman,abouthismindandspirit,abouttheaimofhisexistence,aboutthisworldandtheHereafter,
whichinmanyimportantrespectsareasincorrectasweretheconceptsoftheancientsaboutthephysicalworld.
Thegravesterrorinthisassessmenthasbeenthesummarydismissalofreligionandthesupernaturalasa
phenomenonnotverifiablethroughthemethodsadoptedbyscienceand,therefore,notworthyofinclusioninthe
provinceofscientificresearch.Oneofthemainreasonsresponsibleforthisuncompromisingattitudeofscience
towardreligionrestspartlyonthedogmaticattitudeofthecustodiansoffaiththemselves,insistingonblind
acceptanceoftheteachingscontainedinthegospelsofacreed,andpartlyontheexaggeratedstressondivine
interventionandtheophanythatcharacterizesmoreorlessallthereligionsofmankind.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thepresentdayenvironmentofhasteandhurry,stressandtension,noiseandbustle,isveryfarfromtheidyllic,
naturalsurroundingsinwhichYogashouldbepracticed.Hereitissufficienttosaythatsincethemodern
environmentisnotsalubriousforYoga,oracceleratedevolution,itcannotbesalubriousforthenormalprocessof
evolutionalso.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theexpansionofconsciousnessleadingtoentryintotranscendentalregionsofsurpassingglory,bliss,and
knowledgeisaphenomenonsoimportantthatthereisnootherprojectcomparabletoitinthewholedomainof
modernscience.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

TheoneunmistakablesignofsuccessinthepracticeofYogaisthattheinitiateintuitivelyknowsthathehaswon.
Theexperienceissooverwhelmingineffectthattheskyseemstoopenandtheearthtoslipawayunderones
feet.Thewholeappearanceoftheworldchangesinamomentandaremodeledbeingemergesfromthe
experience.Theinitiateknows,withouttheleastshadowofdoubt,thathehasfoundthewayintoandreturnedfrom
anotherincrediblyrealandtrueworldofexistence,beforewhichtheworldhelivesinappearslikethefigmentofa
dream.Thisisthereasonwhy,whenfacetofacewiththegloryofatman(Soul),deathappearstobealaughable
proposition,asludicrousastheideathatatransienteclipsecanforeverengulfthesun.GopiKrishna,Yoga:A
VisionofItsFuture

Thedisciplinesarenottoodifficulttofollowfornormalhumanbeingspossessingahealthybodyandmind.Itis
becausethecolossalproportionoftheachievementisnotgenerallyknownthataspirantsareratherslowintheir
responsetothedisciplinesprescribed.IfitwereuniversallyrecognizedthatYoga,byvirtueofanewactivityinthe
brain,canleadtostatesofconsciousnesswhichmakeanindividualricherthemakingandgranthimincredible
powersofthemindandamazingworldsofknowledge,beyondthegraspofeveneruditescholars,itwouldcreate
aninterestandanenthusiasmforthesciencewhichisbeyondimaginationatpresent.Withthedemonstrationof
thesepossibilities,inherentinYoga,atimemustsurelycomewhennotthousandsbutmillionsofpeople,inall
walksoflifethroughouttheworld,willtakeupthechallengeanddevotetheirlivestothediscipline,renouncingthe
temptationsandthepleasuresoftheworld,toattainthesupremestatewhichmakesamanamineofhappiness
withinandaprodigyofknowledgebothofthisandtheotherworldoutside.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofIts
Future

Theveryfactthatthehumanorganismisdesignedforarisetoanotherdimensionofconsciousnessof
inexpressiblegloryandbeatitudeissufficienttoprovethattheuniversehasbeenplannedanddesignedin
advance.Thisfact,inturn,providesirrefutableevidencefortheintuitiveideathatastupendous,divineIntelligence
isthearchitectandtheauthorofthiscreation.Itis,therefore,safetoinferthatifthefactoftheevolutionary
dynamicsofthebrainisconfirmedbyscience,throughthestudyandresearchonKundalini,theresultsachieved
wouldproveamostefficaciouscureforthecurrentmaterialisticandagnostictrends,moresofortheintelligent
sectionsofmankind.Thiswouldbesufficienttobringaboutasalubriouschangeinideasandthewaysoflifenot
onlyofthemultitude,butalsooftheelite,forthereasonthataconfirmedbeliefinadivineCreatorwouldbringinits
wakethebeliefindivineJusticealso.
Thisthenisthesupremetaskbeforealltheloversofthisloftydiscipline:todivestYogaofallsuperficial,spurious,
andsuperstitiousvestmentsinwhichitisoftenclothedbythoseinthedarkaboutitsgrandeurandsublimity.Yoga
istheMasterSciencedesignedtoprovideconfirmatoryevidenceinsupportofthebasicprinciplesofallfaithsof
mankindandthesublimeexperiencesofthefoundersofeveryfaith.Whenmadeuniversal,itcanproduce
recurrentgoldencropsofprodigiesandgeniusestomastermindeverydepartmentofhumanactivityinorderto
usherinaneraofunbrokenpeace,happinessandprosperityforallmankind.Thiswould,inturn,createthemilieu
inwhichthedisciplinecanyieldthemostfruitfulresultsintransformingthehumanminduntil,inthecourseof
millennia,thewholeraceisfirmlyestablishedinthehigherplanesofCosmicConsciousness.Yogais,therefore,
asublimeundertakingwhichcannotbetreatedinalightvein,aloftydisciplinewhichcannotbeloweredtothe
stationofacommercialcommodity,foronitdependsthepeace,happiness,andsurvivaloftherace.Gopi
Krishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Itcannotbeexplainedintermsofmodernpsychology.Inactualfact,whentheresearchinitiatedattainssome
measureofsuccess,thewholescienceofpsychologywillhavetoberecastinthelightoftheknowledgegained
aboutthismysteriouspower.Theinvestigationislikelytotaxalltheresourcesofscienceandalltheingenuityof

thehumanmindforknowledgeofKundalinimeansknowledgeoftheworldsbeyondthesensualperceptionof
mortalman.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

EveryhumanbeingisarayoftheLightDivine.Thisiswhateverymanandwomanneedstoknowandexperience
inthemselves.ThisisthegloriousPrizewhicheveryoneofushascometowin.ThisistheMessagewhich,inmy
ownhumbleway,Ihavecometodeliver.ThereisnothingnewinthisMessage.Istandbeforeyouasaliving
testimonytothetruthofreligionandaneyewitnesstotheexperiencesundergonebyallthegreatvisionaries,
illuminatedsagesandmysticsofthepast.IbecamearecipientofthisGracebyaseriesoftransformations,which
occurredwithgreatpainandsufferingforyears.Thisgavemeacluetothebiologicalfactorsresponsibleforthe
change.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Religion/ReligiousImpulse

Frommypointofview,therecannotbeamorerational,morehealthyandmoreefficaciousmethodforachieving
harmonyamongdifferentfaithsthanthediscoveryofthenaturallawbehindilluminationandmysticalecstasyor
theRevelationsthatcamethroughthem.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Harmonybetweenreligionsandunanimityamongthefollowersofvariousfaithsareofutmostimportancetoplug
everypossibleloopholefordisputeanddiscordamonghumanbeings.Ifreligioncannotbringharmonyand,byits
verynature,tendstoformagroundfordiscordamonghumanbeings,ashasbeenthecasesofar,thenitcannot
beanaturalimpulsehealthyforsurvival.Inthiscase,itcanonlybetreatedasamancreatedwayoflifeand
thought.Butthephenomenonhasbeenwronglyinterpretedandthiswronginterpretationhasbeenatthebottom
ofreligiouswars,crusades,forcedconversions,persecutions,witchhunts,oppressions,massacres,suffering
andtorturethatfillthepagesofhistoryforthepastthousandsofyears.Whathashappenedbeforeishappening
evennowbeforeoureyesandcanhappenagain.Butwhatdidnotexistbeforeisthepossibilityoftotaldestruction
oftheracewiththesophisticatedweaponsofourday.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Thetragedyhasbeenthatthecustodiansoffaithattachedmoreimportancetoformulismthantothebasic
teachingsofthefounders.Atthesametime,manyofthegreatthinkersandscientists,duringrecenttimes,failed
tounderstandtheimportanceofreligionastheoutwardsymbolofthedeeplyrootedevolutionaryimpulsein
humanbeings.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Thereareextremelyfewwhocanthinkaheadoftheirtime.Thescienceoflifehasreachedastagewherea
breakthroughinourknowledgeaboutthebrainisimminent.Thiswouldshowthatthereligiousimpulseis
geneticallypresentinhumanbeings.Whereitdoesnotexist,adeparturefromthenormalisindicated.Withthe
breakthroughintheknowledgeaboutthebrain,thestagewillbesetforrapprochementbetweenreligionand
science.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Evenacasualstudyofthemajorfaithsofmankindcouldnotfailtobringhometoanyunbiasedscholarthat,
accordingtoallschoolsofreligiousthought,acertainprescribedwayoflifeandconductandcertainprescribed
mentalandphysicaldisciplinescanactasaladdertoleadearnestseekerstoGodortostatesofconsciousness
inwhichcommunionwithDivinitybecomespossible.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thewheeloffortunethatoncegavesuchascendancytofaiththatitbecamethesolearbitratorofwhataman
shouldbelieveornotbelieve,irrespectiveoftheevidenceofhissensesandthejudgmentofintellect,nowturning
roundhasreversedthepositionandmadereasonthearbitrator,alas,tobeguiltyofthesameabuse.The
summarycondemnationofreligionasunworthyofattentionofmenofscience,astimewillshow,hasbeenoneof
themostcolossalblundersevermadebyman,becauseunderthelooseandsometimesfantasticdress,wornby

faith,liesconcealedthegreatestsecretofexistence,whichrulesthefateofmankindinthesamewaythatthe
gravitationalpullofthesungovernstherotationoftheearth.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&
Genius

Kings,philosophers,rulers,scientistsorscholarshave,allcombined,playedasecondaryrole.Revealed
religiousteachinghasheldafascinationandmaintainedagriponthehumanmindthatisunmatchedinanyother
sphereoflife.Thisgriphaspersistedforthousandsofyears.Why?GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMystical
Experience

Itseemsthattherealsignificanceofworshiphasbeenlostinourday.Theattendanceinthetemplesofworship,
allovertheworld,isscantybecausetherealpurposeofdevotionalprayerandadorationisnotnowclearly
understood.TheprovinceoftheDivinehasbecomeunfamiliartothemodernintellect.Allplacesofcommon
worshipsignifyasubconsciousimpulseinhumanbeingsforacollectiveexpressionoftheintellectualand
emotionalresponsesintheadorationofanevolutionaryIdeal.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

But,insteadofuncoveringthemythandthesuperstition,notafewofthepresentdayinvestigatorsinthedomain
offaithhavethemselvesfalleneasyvictimstothefictionandfancythatsurroundsreligion,assmokecoversa
burningfire.ThestoriesofwizardslikeDonJuan,orthefantastictalesnarratedbyLobsangRampa,ortheclaims
madebyprofessionalsalesmenoftheoccultabouttheirownincredibleexperiences,amongseekers,including
scholarsandscientists,isaspectaclethatmakesonegloomyaboutthefuture.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+
Space

ThetimeispastwhenintelligentfolkcouldbelievethattheCreatoroftheUniverseincarnatedHimselfinhuman
formorthatHisonlySonorHisSpecialEnvoywasdeputedtothepeopleoftheearthtoapprisethemofHis
existenceandmakethemalerttoHisCommandments.Ifsuchwerethecase,theMessagewhicheachofthese
speciallychosenvesselscametodeliverwouldhavebeenidentical.Butthatisnotthecase.Wecanacceptthese
legendaryaccountsasafigurativerenderingofeventsthatledtotheappearanceofmoreevolvedhumanbeings
blessedwithhigherfacultiesofthesoul.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

ItisrelevanttoourthemetonoteherethattheVedicreligioninIndiahasbeenabletosurvivetheinvasionsand
onslaughtsofotherfaithsforthousandsofyearsbecauseofitsspiritofcatholicityandtolerance.Ahappyfeatureof
theIndoAryanfaithhasbeenabroadmindedallowancefordiversityofviewabouttheSuperphysical.Spiritual
insightandlogicwerecombinedtorationalizemysticalexperience,theseedbedofallmajorfaithsofmankind,and
wholesystemsofmetaphysicswereevolvedoutofthiscombination.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Todayswellinformedmenandwomenoftenbehavealmostinthesameway,inthesphereoftheoccultandthe
supernatural,asdidtheirignorantcounterpartshundredsandeventhousandsofyearsago.Thepositionhas
remainednearlyunalteredbecausetherealpurposeofreligionhasnotbeenunderstood.Itisastonishingwhat
naive,evenpuerilebeliefspeopleentertaineveninourowntime.Thelightinwhichthewellknownprophets,
saintsormysticsofthepastareregardedhasalmostalwaysasupernaturaltingeinit.Thebeliefthatthereare
hiddenordisguisedMasters,dwellinginhardtoreachheightsoftheHimalayasorinTibetorinMexicoorinsome
otherfabulousspotissocommonthatoneisamazedatthecredulityoftheuncriticalcrowd.GopiKrishna,
KundaliniinTime+Space

Thereproductiveurgeisirresistible.Eventhemostlearnedandthemostpowerfuleagerlysubmittoittobecome
votariesofthisshrine.Inasimilarway,naturehasimplantedthereligiousimpulsedeepinthenatureofhuman
beingstobecomeactivewhenthestageofadolescenceisgainedbyahumansocietyduringtheprocessofits
growthfromtheprimitivestatetothatofamoreelevatedcommunity.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

"SufficeittosaythattherearealmostasmanyviewsaboutGod,Soul,andtheBeyondastherearefaithsand
creedsintheworld.Thisatthepresentstateofmansknowledgeandachievementsisaveryunsatisfactorystate
ofaffairsasincommensuratewithhismentalstatureasthestoriesoffairiesandgnomes,appearingrealto
children,areforadultminds.Thisdiversityofviews,inturn,springsfromtheblatantlyobviousfactthatthelaw
underlyingspiritualphenomenaandthereligiousimpulseinmanhassofarbaffledalleffortstounderstandit."
GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

"ItisneedlessformetosaythatthedifficultiesIhavepointedoutinunderstandingthemysteriesofreligionandin
lendingbelieftothevariousdogmasandbeliefshavebeenfeltbythemajorityofintelligentpeopleatonetimeor
another,thoughtheyoftenrefrainfromgivingexpressiontotheirfeelingsforvariousreasons.Alargepartofthem
stifletheirdoubtsandmisgivingstoavoidtheadverseopinionofthosewhobelieveimplicitlyinfaith,whileothers,
swayedbysentiment,feelreluctanttocastdoubtsontheideasandbeliefsheldbytheirparentsandforebearsfor
centuries,andyetotherscontinuetoattendtheChurchandtemplemoretoobserveaformalitythantosatisfya
deepyearningoftheheartthatcomesfromafirmconvictioninthetenetsofafaith."GopiKrishna,TheBiological
BasisofReligion&Genius

"Franklyspeaking,theintellectualstatureoftheaveragemanhasgrownsohigh,ascomparedtohisprototypeofa
fewcenturiesago,thatthebeliefsanddogmasoffaithwhichinstantlyappealedtothelatternowfallflatonthe
earsoftheformer."GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Kundalini
WhatmyownexperiencehasclearlyrevealedistheamazingfactthatthoughguidedbyaSuperIntelligence,
invisiblebutatthesametimeunmistakablyseenconductingthewholeoperation,thephenomenonofKundaliniis
entirelybiologicalinnature.Probablynootherspectacle,noteventhemostincrediblesupernormalperformances
ofmysticsandmediums,soclearlydemonstratestheexistenceofanAllPervading,OmniscientIntelligence
behindtheinfinitelyvariedphenomenaoflifeastheoperationsofafreshlyawakenedKundalini.GopiKrishna,
TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

TheideathatKundaliniisaforce,lyingdormantatthebaseofthespine,whichcanbearousedbycertain
disciplinesundertakenbyaseeker,whenanalyzedinthelightofwhathasbeenstatedintheancientauthoritative
booksaboutthisDivinePower,willnotbefoundtobewhollycorrect.Themindofthesadhaka,whodecidesto
takeupthedisciplineofYogatoarousethepower,isasmuchaprojectionofKundalini,inthedormantstate,as
theenlightenedstatewhichShebestowsonarousal.Itmightcauseusamazement,evenincredulity,butthefactis
thatitisKundalinithatpromptsaseekertotakeupacourseofexercisestoraiseHeruptosahasrarainthesame
wayasKundalinicreatestheburningfireofloveinallhumanbeings,duringtheperiodofadolescence,to
propagatetherace.
ItisthisaspectofKundalini,asthehiddensourceofallourthoughts,desires,passionsandfeelingsthathasto
bekeptinmind,whenundertakingapracticeaimedtoarousethisforce.Fromthepointofviewofawakened
consciousness,itisoneAllpervading,MysteriousElementofCreation,namelyPranaShakti,whichactstherole
oftheembodiedhumanbeingontheoneside,overseeshisactions,determineshiskarmaandrewardsor
punisheshimontheother.SheistheIllusivePower(maya)oftheCreator,theArchitectoftheUniverseandthe
infinitelyvariedformsoflife,includingintelligentformsfarsuperiortoman,dwellinginit.Itisonlywiththisconcept
ofKundalini,asaDivinePowerofunimaginablemajestyOmnipotent,OmniscientandOmnipresent,thatthe
disciplinesofKundaliniYogahavetobetakenup.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Afterhavingfashionedthebabyinthewomb,thePowerofLife,hiddenbehindtheveilShedropsroundHerself,
bringsitintotheworld,ripeforexperience,endowedwithacertainprescribedamountofintelligenceandother
faculties,basedonlawsbeyondthereachofmortalthought.Allthisdone,ShehidesafragmentofHerselfinan
organicmechanismatthebaseofthespine.WhenthisorganicKeyisstirredtoactivity,bythesustainedefforts
madeandanoblelifeledbyamortal,SheagainstartsthesameprocessoforganicreconstructionasShehad
usedintheformationoftheembryo,untiltheregeneratedhumangainsanewchannelofperceptionbyHerGrace.
Thisnewstateofperceptionallowshimtodistinguishbetweenthetransientnatureofthephenomenalworldand
theeternalsubstanceofhisownsoul.Onaccountofstringentrestrictionsimposedontheorgansofour
perception,welookattheuniversethroughglassesbywhichonlyatinyfragmentofitforanextremelybrief
durationoftimecanbediscerned.TheGrandeurandSublimityofcreationwhichcomesintoview,whenthe
limitationistranscendedforawhile,isbeyonddescription.ThisistheDrama,stagedbytheCreativePowerofthe
Lord,toholdparticlesofHisownGloryenfetteredinfleshforaeonianepochsoftime,revolvingceaselesslyonthe
wheelofbirthanddeath,untilbytheCompassionofthesamePower,bywhichtheyareheldinbondage,theyare
releasedtotastetheinexpressiblethrillandblissoftheadventure.ThisisthePowerwhich,inIndia,isknownas
ShaktiorKundalinitheunimaginablySovereignPowerwhichcreates,sustainsanddestroystheuniverse.Gopi
Krishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

ThepointofgreaterconcentrationofHerforceisthemuladharachakra,whereSheliesinadormantform,
controllingtheevolutionofeveryhumanbeingandwaitingtobearousedbythosewithanardentdesirefor
selfawareness.Whenarousedtoactivity,Sheacceleratestheotherwiseslowprocessofinnerreconstructionto
allowthefortunateseekertoachievethetargetinonelife.ThearousalofKundalini,fromthepointofviewofthe
ancientmasters,doesnot,therefore,signifytheactivationofamysteriousforceinthesenseinwhichitisoften
understoodbymanypresentdayteachersandtheirdisciplesalike.What,properlyspeaking,Yogaoranyother
formofspiritualdisciplineortheawakeningofKundalinisignifiesistheundertakingofadailypracticetoinvoke
theAlmightyPowerofLife,towhichweoweourexistenceandeverybreathwedraw,toliftusuptothelevelof
perceptionwhereweareabletocrossthisOceanofIllusiontotheotherShoreofPerennialPeaceandBliss.The
sameisthepurposeofworship,prayer,meditation,surrender,sacrificeandselflessservicedoneinthenameof
theLord.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Allthatwehavebeenabletoascertainaboutparanormalphenomenaisthatanewformofintelligentenergyis
tryingtomanifestitself,fitfullyatrareintervalsandthroughspeciallyconstitutedindividuals,underthehardshellof
reasoninamannerwhichbafflesalloureffortstofindasolutiontotheriddle.Itisprobablethatthisattemptis
similartothemannerinwhichreasonmusthavefirstmanifesteditselfintheinitialstagesundertheshellof
instinctthatcoveredtheanimalmind.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theevolutionofthehumanbraindoesnotproceedonlyinthedirectionofilluminationtotheexclusionofother
facultiesandattributescharacterizingamoreevolvedmind.Anenhancedintellectisoneoftheseattributes.But,
unfortunately,astheresultofourpreoccupationwithonlytemporalknowledge,totheexclusionofthespiritual,our
evolutionhasbecomelopsided.Themostproductivemindsofourday,insteadofbeingaharmoniousblendofa
highintellect,deepspiritualinsightandnobletraitsofcharacter,oftenshowadisproportionandalackofbalance
whichareattherootofmostoftheinfelicitiesofourday.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Duringthecourseoftheseamateurishtrials,amostremarkablecoincidencemusthaveoccurredsomewhere
withtheappearanceofthestrangephenomenainonealreadymaturetosomeextentfortheexperience,resulting
inthediscoveryofoneofthegreatestsecretsofnaturehiddeninthebodyofman.ThatsecretisKundalini.Gopi
Krishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

MechanismofAction

Thechakrasrepresentnerveconcentrations,regulatingthefunctionsofthevariousvitalorgansinthebody.The
firstattemptofanawakenedKundaliniistoreplacethenormalpranicspectrumwithamorepotentformofit.The
nervoussystemandtheorgansmustbeadjustedtotheflowofthispsychiccurrentofenhancedpotencytokeep
theflameofexpandedconsciousnessburninginthecortex.Theilluminatedsage,asalsoagenius,differsfrom
thenormalrunofpeopleprimarilyinthequalityofthepranicradiationanimatingthebodyandservingasthefuelof
thought.Thelotushasbeenusedfromtimeimmemorialasasymbolofpurityanddivinity.Forthisreason,the
chakrasarerepresentedaslotuseswithacertaindefinitenumberofpetalsinthem.Thetotalnumberofpetalsis
fiftyandthereisaletteroftheSanskritalphabetoneachpetal.Thisaccordswiththetotalnumberoflettersthat
makeuptheSanskritalphabet.Theintriguingdiagrams,symbolizingeachchakra,havenomagicaloroccult
significance.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

DescriptionofKundaliniExperience

Alltheuniverseweseeandallthelawandorderweperceiveinitarebutreflectionsofaplaneofexistence
comparedtowhichthesensoryworlddwindlestothelikenessofathinvaporfloatingacrossthesurfaceofan
everlasting,everbright,limitlesssun.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

ItisherethatmanforthefirsttimebecomesacutelyawareofthestaggeringfactthatthisunimaginableCosmic
IntelligenceispresentateveryspotintheUniverse,andourwholepersonalityego,mind,intellect,andallisbut
aninfinitelysmallbubbleblownonthisboundlessOceanandtosupposethatevenaparticleofthisOceanof
Consciousnesscaneverbecomeextinctorceasetobeismoreabsurdthantoimaginethattherecanbenighton
thesun.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Intheircasetheenlargedconsciousnesspersistseveninslumber,forwhichreasonsuchsleepiscalledYoga
NidraorthesleepofYoga.ThemarvelousPowerReservoirofKundalini,theunmistakablesymboloftheDivinein
man,opensupnewhorizonsofsuchsublimity,joy,andglorythatevenamodestdescriptionwouldappear
incredibleunlessafewtransformedadeptssupportmyassertionstoconvincescholarsofthegoldenfuture
ordainedforhumanity.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thesourcebehindtheevolutionofthebrainisthereproductivesystem.Thesameorganicdevicewhichserves
forgenerationactsforevolutionalso.Thereproductiveapparatushasitsownsetofnerveswhichintegratewiththe
entirenervoussystemofthebody.Thereisnodoubtthatadirectlinkexistsbetweenthebrainandthereproductive
organs.OnthearousalofKundalinithisconnectionbecomesclearlyperceptible.Anintenselyrapturous
sensation,startingfromthepudenda,risesupthroughthespinalcordandterminatesinthebrain,whereit
becomessoexquisitethatonemayevenswooninecstasy.Attendedbythistransportingfeeling,thereisadistinct
perceptionofafluidicessencepouringintothebrainalongwithastreamingradiance,alsorisingthroughthe
spinalcord.Itisthisfluidicessencewhichisrepeatedlymentioned,intheTantrasandtheworksonKundalini,as
theAmbrosiathatdrenchesthebrainontheunionofShaktiwithShiva.Infact,sincetheintenselypleasurable
sensationexperiencedcanonlybecomparedtotheraptureofanorgasm,itssymbolicexpressionastheunion
betweenShivaandHisSpouseiseasilyunderstandable.Thisindescribableraptureisaninalienablefeatureof
truemysticalecstasy.Thosewhohavevisionaryexperiences,broughtaboutbythepracticeofYogaoranyother
spiritualdiscipline,shouldkeepthisfactinmindwhenevaluatingtheirownexperience.

Theoverwhelmingimpactofthestrongerpranicradiationonthebrainoftenhasastunningeffectonthemind.
TheonewhohastheexperiencehasnoconceptionthatsuchaHeavenlystateofexistencecouldeverbe
possible.Itisnot,therefore,tobewonderedatif,intheintoxicationofthissoulravishingexperience,thosewho
haditwereledtobelievethattheywerethechosenofGodorthattheyhadwontoasuperhumanstaturethat
investedthemwithapoweranddignitynotaccessibletotheordinaryrunofhumanbeings.GopiKrishna,
KundaliniinTime+Space


InthehigheststatesofmysticalecstasyeveryobjectspringstolifeandthewholeofNaturebecomesalive.One
incredibleliving,feelingOceanofBeingconnectsthemysticwitheveryobjectintheuniverse.Mysticalecstasyis
notanalteredstateofconsciousness.Itisnotnormalhumanconsciousnessinastateofrapture,orintense
absorptioninthecontemplationofoneobject,orofquietudeinwhichthemindreflectsonlyasereneandsilent
stateofawareness.ItisinnowayakintothementalconditionsproducedbyLSD,nitrousoxide,hypnosisor
biofeedbackoranyotherartificialmethodorchemicalreagent.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMystical
Experience

Ourdifficultyinexplainingthenatureofmysticalexperiencestemsmainlyfromthefactthatwearenotableto
visualizeastateofconsciousnesssuperiortoourown.Wecannotevenimaginethestateofmindofamusicalor
amathematicalgenius.Achildcannotimaginethemindofanadult.Wecanunderstandthepositionbetterifwe
supposethatconsciousnesshasaninfiniteseriesofgradationsfromthemoststrongtothemostdilute.Gopi
Krishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Ourconsciousnessisanextremelydiluteformofthis[greater,divine]splendor.Anotheranalogywouldbetoliken
ourmindtoadropletofwaterandtocompareittoanOceanofLife.IfthisonesmalldropletofDivineIntelligence
inmanhasbeenabletocreatethepresentamazingworldofart,philosophy,scienceandthewondersof
technology,whatisimpossiblefortheAlmightyOceanitself?Whatistheretopreventusfromconceptualizingthe
truththatthewholeuniverse,withitsmillionsofgalaxiesandbillionsofsunsandplanets,isthecreationofan
InfiniteIntelligencesoconcentratedthatbutonehighlydilutedatomsufficesforallthementalactivityofman?We
arenotabletoperceivethisAlmightyIntelligenceoritsSplendorbecauseoursensoryequipmentisdesignedthe
otherway.Whatworldsarehiddenfromuswecannotevenimagine.Forallweknow,oursensoryequipment
mightbebutonesetpeculiartotheearthoutofmillionsoperativeonotherplanetsandotherplanesofcreationin
theuniverse.WearemystifiedbyUFOsandthepsychicphenomena,becausewearenotpreparedtoconcede
thatthereareotherplanesofcreationandotherbeingswhosebodiesareformedofothermaterialsinvisibletous.
Mysticalexperience,inaninstant,shatterstheillusionthatoursubjectiveandobjectiveworldsaretheonlyactual
realities.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Inordertounderstandmysticalecstasyinitstrueproportion,itisnecessarytomarkthedifferencebetweenthe
animalandthehumanmind.Theanimalmindisextremelyrestrictedandhasabsolutelynoawarenessofthe
worldofknowledge,thought,imaginationandfeelingexistinginman.Ithasabsolutelynoideaofscience,
mathematics,philosophy,poetry,literature,medicine,music,paintingandsculpturewhich,alltogether,comprise
awholeworldentirelyoutofthereachofanyotherformoflifeontheearth.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureof
MysticalExperience

Onthebasisofmyownexperience,Icansafelyassertthatthemysticalvision,whetherofashortorlongduration,
invariablydenotestheoperationofanalteredformofpsychicenergywhichisluminous,lendingabrightnessto
everyobjectperceivedoutsideandeveryimageevokedwithin.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMystical
Experience

GopiKrishnasPersonalExperience
IdonotclaimtobeilluminatedinthesenseweascribeilluminationtoBuddha,asIstillfindmyselfatthehuman
level.IdonotclaimtobeaprophetinthesenseoftheFoundersofvariousfaiths,asIdonotfindmyselfequalto
thetasktheysetouttoaccomplish.Idonotclaimtobeamysticorasaint,asIamstillverymuchentrenchedinthe
worldandhavenotcompletelyrisenaboveit.Ifeelmoreathomeincallingmyselfanormalhumanbeing,like
millionsofotherswhoinhabittheearth.Itgivesmeevengreaterhappiness,whenImeasurethedifference
betweenmyfrailhumanselfandthesurpassinggloryoftheVisiongrantedtome.AllthatIclaimisthat,forthelast
morethanfortyyears,Ihavebeenundergoingamostextraordinaryexperiencewhichisnowaconstantsourceof
wonderandjoytome.TheexperienceisnotatalllikeanythingItastedoflifefromthedayIbegantoremember,as

achild,tomythirtyfourthyear.ItisnotlikeanythingofscienceorartorphilosophyofwhichIhavereadtothisday.
TheonlyclassofhumanbeingsinwhomIfindaparallelofthisexperiencearethemysticsoftheEastandthe
West,buthere,too,aredifferenceswhichIamtryingmybesttoresolve.Indescribingthisexperience,Ialways
thoroughlyweigheverywordthatIuse,assomehowIfeelmyselfunderasolemnobligationtogiveexpressionto
whatisthestrictesttruth.But,evenso,mywholestoryissoincrediblethatdoubtisnaturalunlessdirectproofis
providedtosubstantiateit.Iandmyfriendsareseriouslyoccupied,atthismoment,infindingmethodsforan
objectiveverificationofthisalmostunbelievablementalstate.But,aslongasthatdoesnotbecomepossible,the
onlyevidenceIcanprovideisthevoluminousstoreofallthemysticalliteratureoftheworld,coveringthelastmore
than3,500years.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Theincrediblenatureofmytransformationliesinthis,thateverymomentofmylifeIliveintwoworlds.Oneisthe
sensoryworldwhichweallsharetogethertheworldofsight,touch,smell,tasteandsound.Myreactionstothis
worldarethesameasofotherhumanbeings.TheotherisanamazingsupersensoryworldtowhichIfirstfound
entrancein1937,andwhich,tothebestofmyknowledge,Isharealone,or,perhaps,withextremelyfewothers
unknowntome.Idonotsaythistoclaimsingularity,butonlyasastatementoffact,becausetothisdayIhavenot
comeacrossanyindividualclaimingthesamepeculiarity.Ihavecriticallyobservedmyself,mythoughts,my
actions,myfeelingsandmydreams,tomakesurethatthetransformationexperiencedisnotanabnormalityoran
aberration,butthenormaloutcomeofapeculiaractivityofmycerebrospinalsystem,unknowntomodernscience.
Ihavetalkedaboutmyconditionwithmanyscoresofeminentscientistsandscholarsindifferentpartsofthe
world.Butthemysteryandwonderstillremain.Thereisnoexplanationformyextraordinarymentalcondition.Iam
alwaysconsciousofaluminousglownotonlyinmyinterior,butpervadingthewholefieldofmyvisionduringthe
hoursofmywakefulness.Iliterallyliveinaworldoflight.Itisasifalightwereburninginmyinterior,fillingmewith
alustersobeautifulandsoravishingthatmyattentionisagainandagaindrawntowardsit.Infact,itisthenormal
stateofmyperceptionnow.Light,bothwithinandwithout,andadistinctmusicinmyears,arethetwoprominent
featuresofmytransformedbeing.Itisasif,inmyinterior,Iliveinacharming,radiantandmelodiousworld.A
senseofitsfascinationisalwayspresentinme.Theharmonyisdisturbed,moreorless,inunhealthystatesofthe
bodyinthesamewayassicknessdisturbsthepoiseofthenormalmind.Thelusterandthesoundscontinue,but
arenolongerasfascinatingasinthehealthystate.Thisdisturbanceisonlyoccasional.Normallyanindwellingjoy
andharmonymakemylifemuchmorehappyandserenethanitwasbeforethetransformation.GopiKrishna,
TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Theluminositydoesnotendwithmywakingtime.Itpersistseveninmydreams.Ineverystateofbeingeating,
drinking,talking,working,laughing,grieving,walkingorsleepingIalwaysdwellinarapturousworldoflight.Itis
obviousthattheselforobserverinmehasexperiencedachangeandanewbeinghasbeenbornwhoisalways
enwrappedinasheathofalluringlight.Ifmyexperiencewereconfinedtothestateofluminosityalone,Iwould,in
allprobability,havekeptthesecrettomyselfandnotdivulgeditfarandwideassomethingexceptionalthat
deservedattention.Butthisinnerradianceisattendedbyanotherevenmoreincrediblefeaturewhich,frommy
pointofview,isofutmostimportanceandprovidesapossiblesolutionto,atleast,fourstillunsolvedriddlesofthe
humanmind,namely:(1)mysticalexperienceorillumination,(2)inspirationandgenius,(3)psychicfaculties,such
asclairvoyance,telepathy,prophesy,etc.,and(4)awholegamutofmentalandnervousdisorderswhichcanbe
definedandclassifiedthroughascientificstudyofthephenomenon.
Themoreamazingfeatureofmyexperienceconsistsinthis:TheenchantinglightIperceive,bothinternallyand
outside,isalive.Itpulsateswithlifeandintelligence.ItislikeaninfiniteOceanofAwarenesspervadingmyown
smallpoolofconsciousnesswithinandthewholeuniverseIperceivewithmysenses,outside.Itisasifaradiant
livingPresenceencompasseseverythingthatexistsbothwithinandoutsideofme.MuchasIwishtodoso,itis
extremelydifficultformetodrawaclearpictureofthisaspectofmyexperience.Formetheuniverseisalive.A
stupendousIntelligence,whichIcansensebutneverfathom,loomsbehindeveryobjectandeveryeventinthe
universe,silent,still,sereneand,inthewordsofBullahShah,theSufiofPunjab,immovablelikeamountain.Itisa
staggeringspectacle.Icandescribeitonlybyadistantanalogy.Imaginetheuniverseasagiganticmovie,
unfoldingsceneafterscene,intimeandspace,onaninfinitelyvast,intenselyaliveetherealscreen,whichremains

entirelyunaffectedbytheactionofthedrama,andyouwillhaveadimpictureofwhatImean.Themysticshave
likenedthisvisionaryexperienceofthebehindthescenesCosmicIntelligencetothemotionlessbedofanocean
supportingallthemovement,furyandflurryofitsagitatedsurfacelayer,whichisthephenomenalworld.Itwould
beaseriouserrortosupposethatthisallpervading,behindthescenesCosmicIntelligenceisofthenatureof
humanconsciousnessandhumanreason.Itisnot.Itissomethingsoremotefromourconceptionandso
extraordinarythatnothingofthisearthcanprovideananalogytoexplainit.ItisforthisreasonthatthephraseNeti,
Neti:notthis,notthis,hasbeenrepeatedlyusedbytheseersoftheUpanishadstoemphasizetheutterly
incommunicablenatureofthisexperience.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

NonDuality

Itisimportanttorememberthattheexperienceisnotofanimpersonalkind.Itisnotasifwearewitnessingan
earthlyscene.InthenormalexperiencetherealwaysexiststhedualityoftheKnowerandtheKnown,ofthe
subjectivemindandtheobjectiveworld.Thisdistinctionpersistsevenindreams.Exceptindeepstatesof
absorptionorintenseembraceoflove,thissenseofdualityisaninalienablepartofhumanawareness.Inthe
mysticalecstasytheveryselfistransfigured.Itbecomesthesubjectandtheobjectboth.TheTitanicPresencethat
nowdominatesthesceneisthewholeuniverseandthesouloftheindividualatthesametime.Itisthesunand
theatomboth.ThisinfiniteSourceofAlldwellshereinmyheartwithallthefrailtiesorvirtuesIpossess.This
CosmicIntelligence,thisalmightySovereignofallcreationis,atthesametime,theindividualselfofallthefour
billionearthlyhumanbeings,theactorinallthefourbilliondramasoflifeandbillionsuponbillionsofinfinitely
varieddramasonotherplanetsintheuniverse,yetawayandalooffromthemall.GopiKrishna,TheRealNature
ofMysticalExperience

[Itissaidthat]LordShivabringstheuniverseintoexistencethroughHiscreativepowerorShakti.Heisboththe
LordofCreationandthecaptivehumansoul,subjecttopleasureandpain.Heisalsothefetterwhichbindsthe
soultothefleshandtheearth.Inotherwords,itistheCreatorHimselfwhoactstheDramaofCreationasthe
Director,theActorandtheStage,asalsothePowerbywhichHeunfoldsthisDramathrougheternity.ItisHis
Shaktiwhich,actingasmayaorIllusivePower,makestheembodiedsoulforgethisidentityasaSparkofthe
DivineFire,likeapersondreaminginhissleep,andtoexperienceacycleofbirthsanddeathsuntil,withrighteffort
andameritoriouslife,heawakenstohisownmajestyasadeathlessfragmentoftheAbsolute.Itisnotpossibleto
grasptheesotericsignificanceofKundaliniunlessthisbasicfactofoneOceanofUniversalConsciousness,as
theprimordialSourceofthevisibleuniverse,andalsoastheobserverbehindthepersonalityofanembodied
humanbeing,iskeptconstantlyinview.ThepowerthatenchainstheSparkoftheDivinetothegrossflesh,and
alsoliberatesHimfromit,isKundalini.ThestupendousnatureofHisownPower,whichmakestheLordof
CreationforgetHimselfandactthedramaoflifeincountlessinfinitelyvariedformsthroughouttheuniversecan,
therefore,bereadilyunderstood.Fromthispointofview,theMysterysurroundingKundaliniissodeepthatthe
humanintellectcanneverhopetofathomit.Itis,inotherwords,theprofoundMysterybehindtheuniverse.Gopi
Krishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Fortheunawakenedsoultheuniverseanditsownembodiment,withallthedisabilitiesithastoface,arereal.For
theawakenedone,theexperienceofincarnatelifeislikeadream.Inactualfact,itistheLordexistingeverywhere
inHisgloryinwhoseradiancetheuniverseisdissolved,likeameltingvaporattheriseofthesun.Inone
dimensionofconsciousnesstheworldisrealandsoarethevicissitudesoflifethatfalltooneslot.Inthenext
dimension,thisworldofoppositesdisappears,likeameltingghost,yieldingplacetooneallpervadingOceanof
blissfulConsciousnessinwhichembodiedlife,pain,decayanddeathdisappear,likethefigmentsofadream
fromwhichonehasjustawakened.Inthewakefulstate,thesoulfindsitselfwaftedtoanewEternalWorldof
Being,whereallissunshineandhappiness,thatknowsnopain,nodecayandnodeath.

Itisstrangethatournormaldreamandwakefulstatesshouldcorresponddramaticallywiththisshiftinthestateof
ourawarenessontheawakeningofKundalini.Canitbepossiblethat,inthedailycycleofnightanddayorsleep
andwakefulness,webutrepeat,onaminiaturescale,thecosmiccycleofourbondageandliberationextendingto
colossalspansoftime?Inoneinstantaneousleapintoahigherdimensionofbeing,oursensualpictureofthe
universeandourselvesiscompletelyaltered.Thesoul,insteadofperceivingitselfasapunycreature,encasedin
fleshandsurroundedbyimmensitiesoftimeandspace,forthefirsttimebecomesawareofitsownsovereignty,
observingthedramaticdissolutionofthegiganticmaterialworldtowhichitwasaccustomedfrombirth.Itfinds
itselftransformedintoaboundlessSpirit,oversizingandovershadowingthatwhichhadoversizedand
overshadoweditbefore.Thehumancreature,nowbecomeoceanic,watchesthemeltingawayofsensual
shadows,whichhehadonlyashortwhilebeforethoughttobearealworld,sostupendousthathefeltlostinits
immensity.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Howstrangeitis,OMother,singsPanchastavi(IV:17),thatthisOceanofIllusion(i.e.thiscreationbornofmaya)
confusinglycrowdedlikebubbles(onthesurfaceofanocean),filledwithwaves(ofcountless)diversekindsof
affliction,withthesubmarinefiregeneratedbyconstantmeditationonThee,isdestroyedinaninstant(i.e.
dissolvedinconsciousness).Thisverseclearlyreferstotheprocessofthedissolutionoftheobjectiveworldon
thestreamingofthemorepotentformofpranaintothebrain,meltingawaytheimagesofsound,touch,smell,
sightandhearing,conveyedbythesenses.Theworldthatholdstheimprisonedsoulinbondageisdemolishedto
sethimfreebyachangeinthespectrumofthesamemindstuff(prana)thatcreatesit.Itisashattering
experienceand,forthefirsttime,bringsonethestaggeringawarenessofhisownsovereigntyovertheelementsof
naturethatpreviouslyheldhimacaptive,asitwere,withunbreakablechains.AtanotherplacePanchastavi(V:15)
adds:OMother,howgreatisThyglorythateventhoughswallowedupbyearth,water,fire,air,mind,thesunand
moon(i.e.thoughenvelopedbyalltheseelementsintheembodiedstateofthesoul),inThysuperfinestateof
skylike(expanded)consciousness,notatraceofanyoftheseenvelopingsheathsisfound.Thepurportofboth
theseversesisclear.Alltheseelementsofcreationaretheproductsofoursensoryoutfit,asinterpretedbythe
mind.Whenthepenetrativepowerofthemindisincreasedinexpandedstatesofconsciousness,theshadows
createdbythesensesdissolveinthemorepowerfullightoftheobservingmind.Theworld,thereupon,losesits
tangibilityandanewaspectofcreationispresentedtotheinnereyeoftheinitiate.Thiswholeuniverse,says
VijnanaBhairava(133),iswithoutsubstance,likeacreationofmagicandbygoingdeepintothequestionofthe
UltimateRealitybehindthismagicshow,onecanachieverealpeaceofthespirit.Thetargetofevolutionisto
createahighlyextendedstateofawarenessinallhumanbeingsinwhichtheimmortalnatureoftheSpiritandthe
phenomenalnatureoftheuniversebecomeclearlydistinguishable.Whatthenwouldbetheincentivestocontinue
inthestateofembodimentforawakenedspiritsofthisstature,wehavestilltoknow.Inallprobability,theirtalents
andenergieswillbedirectedtowardstheexplorationoftheinfinitelyvastUniverseofConsciousness,inthesame
wayasthematerialuniverseformedthesubjectofstudyforthehumanintellectfromitsveryfirstappearanceinthe
mindofman.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

AnimportantsayingofChrist,accordingtotheEgyptianpapyri,is:AndtheKingdomofHeaveniswithinyou
andwhosoeverknowethhimselfshallfinditand,havingfoundit,yeshallknowyourselvesthatyearesonsand
heirsoftheFather,theAlmighty,andshallknowyourselvesthatyeareinGodandGodinyou.Andyearethecityof
God.ThisisoneofthecleareststatementstoshowthatthehumanbodyisaTempleoftheDivineandthatthe
aimofhumanlifeistoexperiencethisDivinity.ButhowcanitbepossibletoachievetheGloriousVisionwithout
transformationoftheSelf?Evolutionistheonlyrationalexplanationforthisascentfromthenormalhuman
perceptiontotheparanormalstatewheretheKingdomofHeavenbecomesarealitythroughtheenhancedpowers
ofourorganicframe.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Yoga


Thereasonwhy,inspiteofthepositionthatmillionsarepracticingYogainourday,successintheenterpriseis
sorareisbecausetheseekersoftentakeupthedisciplinewithoutaclearideaofthedirectionitwouldtakeorof
thesublimestatetowhichitwouldlead.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

TheaimofYogaistoteartheveilthatkeepsmanconfinedwithinthehumandimensionofconsciousness.Gopi
Krishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Aglanceroundtheearthtodayandaglancethroughhistoryaresufficienttoshowthatthenumberofthosewho
reallyachievedsuccessinYoga,orinotherformsofspiritualandoccultdiscipline,hasbeenextremelysmall.
GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theinferencethatfollowsisthattherearefactors,otherthanthedisciplineorthemethodsfollowed,whichareof
vitalimportanceforsuccess.Oneoftheseisheredity,theotherenvironment,thethirdpoliticalandsocialorder,the
fourththeattitudeofmindoftheinitiatehimselfandlast,butnotleast,theunpredictablefactorofgracewhichis
beyondhumanunderstanding,andmayremainsountilmoreknowledgeisgatheredaboutthismightylaw.Gopi
Krishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

ThegreatyogisofIndia,whetherofthepastorpresent,oftenlookeddownuponspectacular,magical,or
supernaturalperformances.Theydidnotbendspoonsorforksorrepairbrokenwatchesorproducetrinketsfrom
thinairorperformanyactcontrarytothelawsofnature.TheydidnotparadethemselvesasGurustoanglefor
disciples,nordidtheypromisevisionaryorilluminativeexperiencestoallandsundry,whochosetofollowtheir
lead.Theyweresimple,honest,unpretentiousmenandwomenmoreathomewiththeinnerthantheouterworld.
GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

ItisclearfromtheinitiationattendingtheSacredThreadceremonyinIndiaandthetuftofhairretainedonthe
head,thatthedisciplineofYogawasstartedfromanearlyageintheearlyVedictimes.Theinitiateswere
instructedinthephysiologicalaspectofthediscipline,whichisclearfromtheverytermBrahmacharyaashram,
appliedtotheeducativeandpracticingstageofthediscipline.TheSacredThread,symbolizingGayatri,isaclear
emblemofthecerebrospinalmechanismresponsibleforhigherknowledge.Itisverylikelythatthegreat
luminariesoftheVedicandpostVedicperiodinancientIndia,whostillamazeuswiththeirversatility,wisdom,and
genius,werethesuperbproductsofesotericdisciplineslateronclassifiedasYoga.Theyhadthisadvantageover
thetalentedofourdaythattheywereimpartedinstructionsinmindcontrolandtheartofselfmasteryfroman
earlyage.Withthistrainingtheywereabletocombineintellectualsuperioritywiththosenobleattributesofthe
mindandsterlingqualitiesoftheheartthatgointothemakingofamoreevolvedhumanbeing.GopiKrishna,
Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

TheoneunmistakablesignofsuccessinthepracticeofYogaisthattheinitiateintuitivelyknowsthathehaswon.
Theexperienceissooverwhelmingineffectthattheskyseemstoopenandtheearthtoslipawayunderones
feet.Thewholeappearanceoftheworldchangesinamomentandaremodeledbeingemergesfromthe
experience.Theinitiateknows,withouttheleastshadowofdoubt,thathehasfoundthewayintoandreturnedfrom
anotherincrediblyrealandtrueworldofexistence,beforewhichtheworldhelivesinappearslikethefigmentofa
dream.Thisisthereasonwhy,whenfacetofacewiththegloryofatman(Soul),deathappearstobealaughable
proposition,asludicrousastheideathatatransienteclipsecanforeverengulfthesun.GopiKrishna,Yoga:A
VisionofItsFuture

MisconceptionsConcerning:
IwonderhowmanyseekersafterYogaoreventhevenerableteachersofthedisciplinerealizethat,statedin
rationalterms,Yogarepresentstheactivationofanormallysealedchamberinthebrainwithaconsequent
transfigurationofthewholehumanpersonality.Thereisabsolutelynothingmagical,miraculous,orsupernatural

intheexploit.Yogamakesuseofahiddenlawofnature,controllinghumanevolution,asuniversalinits
applicationandasrigidinitsoperationasthelawofgravity.Thetragedyisthatthemodernworldhasproducedno
CopernicusorGalileoorNewtonofthetranscendentalworld.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

ItisthereforeobviousthatYogaisnotwhatitisorhasbeenheldtobeasystemofdisciplineforpersonal
salvation,efficaciousonaccountofcertainunknownormagicalpropertiesdependentforitssuccessonthefavor
orgraceofaguru.TheactualpositionisthatYoga,asweknowitatpresent,ismerelythefirststepofalong
processaimedtoenlargethecapacityofthehumanencephalon,ultimatelyresultingintheestablishmentofa
supersciencefortheexplorationoftranscendentalrealities.Thisexploration,conductedthroughYoga,ofthe
supersensoryplanesofexistence,whicharetherealcauseofcreationandthebasisoftheextremelycomplex
phenomenonwecalllife,willhavefargreaterfascinationfortheintellectualeliteatnodistantfuturethan
explorationofthematerialworldhasforthemtoday.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

InordertodojusticetothisholydisciplineofYoga,itisverynecessarytograspthecolossalmagnitudeofthe
enterprise.Itisanexploitbeyondanythingthatsciencehasbeenabletoachievesofar.Thegalvanizingofthe
cerebrospinalsystemtoanewformofactivity,thetransmutationofthereproductivesubstancesandextensionof
humanmind,untilittouchestheshoreofthecosmicoceanofknowledgeandintelligence,areachievements
beyondthedreamsofthelearned.ThehighsanctityattachedtoYogainIndiaforcenturiesisnotbecauseit
servesthepurposeofindividualsalvationorofapalliativetobringpeaceandcalmorofamiraculouscurefor
diseaseorofaladdertoparanormalgifts,butmainlyandprimarilybecauseittransformstheinitiatesintorishis
andsiddhaswhoseinbornknowledgeandwisdomarenecessarytocorrecttheerrorsoftheintellect.The
synthesisofthevariousformsofYogaattemptedintheBhagavadGitaisanindicationofthisrecognition.Gopi
Krishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Ininspiringlanguage,theBhagavadGita,theDhammapada,theBible,theKoran,theAdiGranthandother
scripturesconveythesamemessageoverandoveragaintomakeitclearthatsuccessintheefforttoreachGod
orNirvanaortheDivine,inanyform,isnotpossiblewithoutmoldingthelifeinaccordancewiththeseprinciples.
ThisisnecessarytomakethepurifiedmindsufficientlytransparentfortheDivineLighttofilterthroughit.Itis
incomprehensiblehow,atpresent,animpressionprevails,evenamongthelearnedanddevout,thatacertain
formulaorspecialtechniqueofconcentration,orsomeothersecretmethodinotherwords,acertainkindof
psychologicalmanipulation,isallthatisneededtowintothoseplanesofconsciousnesswhichformthebasisof
theexperiencesofmysticsallovertheworld.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theamazingworldofknowledge,gatheredinourtimebyscience,wasnotknowntoanyspiritualgeniusofthe
past.Theconclusionis,therefore,unavoidablethattheyhadnoforeknowledgeofthestaturemankindwouldwin
byempiricalstudyofandcontrolovertheelementalforcesofnature.Iftheyhadnoprescienceofthisfact,howcan
weassumethattheirknowledgeoftheevenmoreunboundedandcomplexworldofSpiritwasfinaland
allcomprehensive?Thepresentspiritualstagnationofmankindistheoutcomeofthiserror.GopiKrishna,
KundaliniinTime+Space

WhatwecallGodconsciousnessisnotanobjectwhichwehavetosearchforfromadistanceandachievesolely
withourownefforts,irrespectiveofthefeelingontheotherside.ButGodconsciousnesssurroundsusdayand
night,permeateseverycellandeveryfibreofourbody,actsbehindourthoughts,feelings,aspirationsandhopes
and,likeanallseeingeye,isalwaysprobingourhearttoknowourinnermostthoughtsandplans.GopiKrishna,
KundaliniinTime+Space

Ifwehavenotsofarrealizedtheobvioustruththatthezestforlifeandthehappinessofmindflowfromtheinner
fountainofourbeingandnotfromourmaterialpossessions,thenwearestilllackingintheproperunderstanding
ofourownnature.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius


SpecificTechniques
Theindividualwhosetsoutonthepathtosolvetheriddleoflifeanddeathmustfirstironoutthefoldsandround
outtheangularitiesinhisownpersonality.Thehumanevolutionisproceedingfromthecoarsetotherefined,
fromtheanimaltohumanandfromthesavagetoangelicstateofmind.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

WhatevertypeofYogaispracticed,oneofthefirstqualificationsneededinastudentisthathemustkeephis
mindopentoDivineinfluenceand,byrepeatedpractice,hisintellectshouldbesaturatedwiththeideaofthe
Omnipotence,OmniscienceandOmnipresenceofGod.Itisnotsomuchtheintensityofthepracticenorthe
efficacyoftheexercisesastheimageofDivinitytowhosevisiontheseekeraspires,drawnbyhim,whichmatters.
Onemayconcentrateormeditateonanypure,chaste,beautifulornobleobjectitmightbeahumanbeing,a
Divinefigure,ashiningorb,afloweroranicontherealkeytothesuccessofthedisciplineliesintheidea,
presentatthebackoftheseekersmind,aboutthestatehehopestoachieveonhisunionwiththeDivine,
pervadinghisinnerbeingasalsotheworldoutside.Thepracticeofmeditationoftenremainsbarrenofresults
becausetheseekershavenoclearcutideaofthesublimestatetheywishtoreach.GopiKrishna,Kundaliniin
Time+Space

ItisnotnecessarytomakeanyspecialeffortstoarousetheSerpentPower.Whateverspiritualpathisfollowed,if
theaimistrueandtheheartispure,canhelptomoveHertobenignactivity.Yoga,meditation,selflessservice,
worshiporprayer,donewithhumilityanddevotion,allultimatelyleadtothesameend.ItistheSuperIntelligent
guardianofourorganicframethathastodecideourfate,howeverintenseandhowevermethodicalourefforts
mightbe.ItisourinnerSelfthathastopassthefinaljudgmentonthelabordoneandtosignalreleasefromthe
prisonhouseofthebody.Everythingthenfallsintoplace,andevenalittleeffort,donewithsinceremotivesand
nobleaims,succeedsinwinningtothesublimestatewherethedoorisopenedbyKundalinitogoldenrealmsof
surpassingGloryandBeatitude.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Unhealthysuppressionofnaturalurgesandappetites,ontheonehand,andtheirimmoderateindulgence,onthe
other,canonlyresultinabnormality.Insuchastatethereserveofenergyessentialforthetransformationofthe
brainisuseduptorepair,asfaraspossible,thedamagedonebyexcessoneitherside.
Extremeausterity,penance,selfdenialandselfmortificationaremansowncreationandhavenosanctionfrom
nature.Procreationisessentialforthecontinuanceandevolutionofmankind.Otherwise,howcanamoreevolved
humanitycomeintoexistenceatall?Totalsuppressionofthereproductiveurgemeansextinctionoftherace.Itis
onlyinexceptionalcases,wherethedesireispartlyorwhollyabsent,asasignofhighlyacceleratedevolutionina
bornmysticorgenius,thatitcanbeconsideredtobeanaturalstateinsuchanindividual.
GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Moderationandtemperanceareessentialforacceleratedhealthyevolution.Immoderatepassion,ambition,lust
anddesire,alsounrestrainedanger,envy,maliceandhateareinimical,astheykeepthemindinaconstantstate
ofunrestandturmoil.Inthisway,theycausedisruptioninthemicroscopiclevelsofthebrain,wherethe
evolutionaryforcesareatwork,dayandnight,toupgradethepersonalitytoahigherstateofcognition.Howcan
constantdistractionandtheremodelingoftheextremelydelicatetissuesofthebraingoontogether?Gopi
Krishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

AjnaChakra
Thespotbetweentheeyebrowsknownastheajnachakra,onwhichisplacedasandalwood,vermilionorsaffron
mark,denotesthepointatwhichanewformofenergy,coursingthroughthecentralandsympatheticnervous
systems,ischanneledintothebraintogalvanizethedormantcenterforthemanifestationofanewformof
consciousnessintheadept.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theajnachakraisalsoknownastriveni,theplaceofconfluenceofthethreechannelsofpsychicenergy.The
practiceofbathingatthepointofconjunctionoftwoorthreeriversinIndiaisasymbolicrepresentationoftheinner
purificationeffectedandthefreedom(mukti)gainedbythesoulwhenthecranialcenterspringstolifewiththe
impactofthepranicenergyconcentratedatthispoint.Thesacredthreadwornroundtheneckwithitsthreestrands
ofcotton,tiedbyaknot,issymbolicofthethreechannelsofthenewradiantenergyorpranawhichconvergeatthe
ajnachakraintheforehead.Spacedoesnotpermitmetodetailotherindicationstoshowthatthebiological
implicationsoftheLawwereknowntotheancients.Itisobviousthattheadeptshaddevisedamodeof
accentuatingtheimportanceoftheregionsortheareasinthebodyinvolvedinthepracticeofYogawhichwere,in
someway,affectedbythearousaloflatentpowersanddesignedbynaturetoleadmankindtothegloriousheight
ofacosmicconsciousspecies.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Celibacy
ThebrightandpureSelfwithinthebody,whichtheabstemiouswith(habitualeffort)anddiminishedfaults
perceive,isattainablethroughTruth,concentration,completeknowledgeandcontinence,practicedceaselessly.
Whyiscontinencestressedinalmostallthespiritualdisciplinesoftheworld?Whatpurposedotheconserved
reproductiveessencesperform?
Thecloseconnectionbetweenabstinenceandspiritualunfoldmenthasbeenknownfromimmemorialtimes.
Buddhaprescribedmonasticordersforhisfollowersasaprerequisiteforenlightenment.Thereasonreligionand
celibacybecameinextricablymixedupinthepastisbecausetheprocreativecompoundsprovidetheonly
substancewhich,actingonthehighlydelicateneurons,canremodelthebrain.Thereisnootherwaytoeffectthe
transformation.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theemphasisonchastity,orBrahmacharya,commontomostreligions,isclearlyrootedinthefactthat,inthe
caseofearnestseekersafterillumination,theneedforthepreservationofseedisimperativetomeetthe
exigenciesoftheawakening.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thereisanerroneousconceptionamongcertainranksofscholarsthattransmutedseedisthedirectcauseof
spiritualexperience.Asisreadilyunderstandablethehumanseeditselfisbuiltoftwocomponents:thegross
organicsubstancesandthesubtlePranaorLifeenergy.Aboutthelatterweareentirelyinthedarkatthisstage.
ThisPranaisnottheproductofthereproductivemachineryalonebutisdistilledfromthewholebodybythenerves.
Itisthispranicessenceextractedbythenerves,countlessinnumber,which,asaradiation,streamsintothebrain
ontheawakeningoftheSerpentPower.Thismorepotentnerveandpsychicenergy,circulatinginthesystemnow,
flowsdirectlytothespinalcordandthebrain,givingrisetothestrangeandweirdphenomenathatcharacterizethe
arousalofKundaliniintheinitialstages.Thegrossersubstancesareusedforthepurposeofextranourishment
demandedbythecerebrospinaloperationtheatertocarrytheevolutionaryprocessestoasuccessfultermination.
Theunrestrictedopportunityforsexualgratificationallowedbynaturetomanhas,itisobvious,amostimportant
reasonbehindit.Thepreciousorganicsubstanceandtheconcentratedenergy,presentintheseed,insteadof
beingejectedforamomentarypleasure,canalsobeused,whentherejuvenationprocessisatwork,asatonic
nourishmentforthenervesandthebraincellsinordertoeffectametamorphosisoftheinnerman.Bynoother
externalfeedingknowntosciencecanthiswonderfultransformationbebroughtabout.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Prana
TheIndianmetaphysicsisbasedontheexperienceofsamadhiormysticalvision.Inthisstatethesubtleworlds
ofmindandpranabecomeperceptibletotheYogi.Inthetimetocome,sciencewillhavetoadoptthesame
methodstoreachthesetranscendentplanes.Thereisnootherwayformantofindotherareasofcreation,not

perceptibletooursenses.Itisonlythenthatthetrueproportionofcreationcanbeunderstoodbythehumanmind.
GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

AMaxPlanckoranEinsteininthescienceofmindisneededtocorrecttheerrorofthemechanisticinterpretersof
life.Itisnotelementsofmatter,likecarbon,oxygen,calcium,hydrogenandothersortheDNAandRNAmolecules
aloneofwhichlifeformsarecompounded,butthereisanotherelementinnature,imperceptibletooursenses,
whichisatthebottomofallphenomenaoflife.Wecancallitbythenameoflifeenergy.Itisthisforcewhichis
creditedwithmagicalormiraculouspowersinalltheoccultsystemsofthepastandisknownbyvariousnames,
suchasastrallight,odicforce,psychicenergy,orgone,supersolarforce,chi,etc.InIndiaitisknownasprana,
andhasbeenuniversallyheldtobetheleverbehindmysticalvisionandparanormalgiftsforthelastmorethan
threethousandyears.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Pranaisthebewilderingsourcebehindtheamazingorganizationsandinstinctsoflivingcreatures.Withthefirst
breakthroughinthediscoveryofprana,whichisimminentnow,theincrediblebehavioroftheintellectthathas
persistedinascribingthephenomenonoflifeandevolutiontopureunpremeditatedchancewillatoncebecome
apparent.Thereisadifferentspectrumofpranaforeachformoflife,withmodificationsforeachindividualofthat
form.Weknowverywellthattheorganicstructuresandtheirchemicalcompositionsineveryspeciesoflifevary
fromeachother,andthereareslightdifferencesintheindividualsofeachspecies.Thisistrueofpranaalso.Each
distincthumanpersonalityreflectsadistincttypeofpranicspectrum.Notwospectrumsarealikeineveryrespect,
astherearenotwopersonalitiessimilarineveryway.Thedifferencesinourmentalconstitutionsandcharacter
areallduetovariationsinthespectrumofpranaofeachindividual.Inthepranicplane,humanpersonalitiesexist
asclearanddistinctastheirmortalframesinthephysicalworld.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMystical
Experience

Duringthecourseofmysticalecstasyanew,morepotentstreamofpranaentersthebrain,creatingarevolutionin
consciousness.Theflowofthisnewpraniccurrentiscausedbyaslightbutclearlymarkedactivityinthebrain.It
looksasifahithertosilentareahasleapttoasuddenactivity,demandingamorepotentpsychicfueltosustainit.
Whentheavailablestoreofthisnewpranicfuelisspent,themysticagainrevertstohisnormalconsciousness
returning,asitwere,fromasmiling,brightlylitGardenofParadisetothehumdrumexistenceofaprosaicworld.
GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Thewholeoceanofprana,sustainingthehumanrace,isinastateofflux.Itisthismotioninthefundamental
elementoflifewhichisbehindtheevolutionofthebrainandthetransformationofconsciousness.Thehuman
worldisadvancinginknowledgeaspranaismovinginthatdirection.Thismovement,inturn,causessubtle
evolutionarychangesinthebrainwhichwearenotabletomeasureyet,butwilldosowhenthemysteryshrouding
pranaissolved.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Science&Research

Theempiricistwhowouldliketoexplorethisterritorymustexperimentinthelaboratoryofhisownself.Gopi
Krishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

ThequestionthatnowrisesishowcanthephenomenarelatingtoKundalinibedemonstratedconclusivelyto
meetthedemandsofscientificresearch,evenadmittingthatthedocumentarystudycanprovideconvincing
materialintheirsupport?GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Forathoroughinvestigationofthephenomenonitisnecessarythatateamofscholarsandscientists,comprising
skepticsandbelieversboth,shouldtakeupacourseofexercisesforasufficientperiodinaspiritofdedication,as

isdoneforotherscientificobjectives,withdueregardtotheethicalstandardsnecessaryforit.Andthentheycould
evaluatetheresults.Evenonecaseofawakeningwouldbesufficienttodeterminethebiologicalnatureofthe
phenomenon,andtoobservethevariouschangesanddevelopmentsthatoccur.Themetabolicprocessesofthe
bodyarehighlyaccelerated,andaninnerprocessofbrainbuildingandstreamlining,somewhatakintothe
processesoccurringinanembryointhewomb,takesplaceuntilconsciousnessiscompletelytransmogrifiedand
asuperiortypeofmindisborn.WhatachievementsarenotpossiblewithanawakenedKundalini,oncethe
feasibilityofthetransformationisempiricallydemonstratedandthebiologicalfactorsinvolvedbecomeknownto
themenofscience?GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Themainhurdleinthewayofanempiricaldemonstrationofthechangeinconsciousnessliesinthefactthatno
methodhasyetbeendevisedtodeterminethenatureorpotencyofthepsychicenergyusedbythebrain.The
momentthisisachievedtheverificationofthesubjectivephenomena,asforinstancetheenlargementof
consciousness,wouldalsobecomepossible.Atthepresentmomentwehaveabsolutelynomethodtodetermine
thevariationinthenatureofconsciousnessofageniusandacommonman,thoughthisdifferencebothinthe
volumeofawarenessandthenatureofthepsychicenergyusedisalwayspresent.Untilthenatureandproperties
ofLifeenergy,orPrana,servingasthefuelofthought,aredeterminedbyscience,themodernsavantswill
continuetobebaffledbythephenomenaofmindandconsciousnessinthesamewayastheancientswere
mystifiedbytheauroraborealis,lightning,thunder,andthelike,untilthemysterywassolvedbythediscoveryof
electricity.Themostpracticalwaytostudythiselusivesubstance,moremarvelousthananysubstanceofthe
physicalworld,istoinvestigatethephenomenonofKundalini.Withthepresenthighlydevelopedmethodsof
observation,oncetheclueisfounditwouldnotbedifficulttofollowthetrackwithpatiencetillconclusivedataabout
thenewfieldofresearchiscollected.Thedomainofconsciousnessis,however,soamazingthattherewillbeno
cessationofmysteriesandsurprisesforeventhemostpowerfulintellectstilltheendoftime.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Positiveevidenceabouttheinnerchangescan,however,befurnishedbythesuccessfulinitiatesthemselves
evenatthisstage.TheyhavealreadydonesoinhundredsofmemorablecasesinIndiaandothercountries.
Theseaccountscanleavenooneindoubtaboutthesurpassingnatureofthemetamorphosisthatiseffected.
GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

WiththeawakeningofKundalini,anamazingactivitycommencesinthewholenervoussystemfromthecrownof
theheadtothetoes.
Wheneveranawakeningofthiskindoccurs,thenormalbiologicalrhythmofthebodyimmediatelyexperiencesa
drasticchange,entirelybeyondthepowerofcontroloftheSadhaka.Hisbodyisnowtransformedintoaminiature
laboratory,workingathighspeeddayandnight.IntheChinesedocumentsthisphenomenonisdescribedasthe
circulationoflightandintheIndianmanualsastheuprisingofShakti(lifeenergy).Thenervesinallpartsofthe
body,whoseexistenceisneverfeltbythenormalconsciousness,arenowforcedbysomeinvisiblepowertoa
newtypeofactivitywhicheitherimmediatelyorgraduallybecomesperceptibletotheSadhaka.Throughalltheir
innumerableendings,theybegintoextractanectarlikeessencefromthesurroundingtissues,which,travelingin
twodistinctforms,oneasradiationandtheotherasasubtleessence,streamsintothespinalcord.Aportionof
theessencefloodsthereproductiveorganswhich,too,becomeabnormallyactiveasiftokeeppacewiththe
activityoftheentirenervoussystem.Theradiation,appearingasaluminouscloudinthehead,streamsintothe
brainandatthesametimecoursesthroughthenerves,stimulatingallthevitalOrgans,especiallytheorgansof
digestion,toadjusttheirfunctionstothenewlifeintroducedintothesystem.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasis
ofReligion&Genius

AmorepowerfulanddirectconnectionisnowestablishedbetweentheindividualanduniversalConsciousness,
andthebody,obeyingimplicitlynewimpulsesanddirections,communicatedthroughPrana,theinterconnecting
biologicalmedium,actingonitself,takesupanamazingprocessofrejuvenation,aimedtooverhaulthenervous

systemandthebrain,untilanewtypeofconsciousnessor,inotherwords,anewinnermanisborn.Gopi
Krishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thenarrationofthewholeprocesswouldneedavolumeinitselfandwillbetakenupinanotherwork.Itis
sufficienttomentionherethatduringthewholecourseofthistransformation,inadditiontothebloodandother
fuelspresentinthebody,everyparticleofthepowerfulreproductivefluidinthesystemissuckedupthroughthe
spinalcanaltoirrigateandfeedthevariousnervejunctionsandthebrain.Thisentirelybiologicaloperationis
carriedoutinsuchanunmistakablewaythatevenanoviceinphysiologycannotfailtonoticeit.Thesemeninmen
isnowproducedinsuchabundancethatatinystreamrisesdayandnightthroughthespineintothecraniumto
providetherichestandthepurestfoodforthenowheavilyoverworkedbraincells.Inwomen,thesexualenergyand
secretionsinvolvedineroticsareusedasthefuel.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thetonicfoodprovidedbyseminalessence,nowmanufacturedinrichabundanceandreachingeverypartofthe
brainwiththecerebrospinalfluid,nourishesthebraincellsandthenervefibers,stimulatingthemtohigheractivity
necessaryfortheemergenceofamoreenlargedconsciousnessthanwasmanifestedbefore.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thesourcebehindtheevolutionofthebrainisthereproductivesystem.Thesameorganicdevicewhichserves
forgenerationactsforevolutionalso.Thereproductiveapparatushasitsownsetofnerveswhichintegratewiththe
entirenervoussystemofthebody.Thereisnodoubtthatadirectlinkexistsbetweenthebrainandthereproductive
organs.OnthearousalofKundalinithisconnectionbecomesclearlyperceptible.Anintenselyrapturous
sensation,startingfromthepudenda,risesupthroughthespinalcordandterminatesinthebrain,whereit
becomessoexquisitethatonemayevenswooninecstasy.Attendedbythistransportingfeeling,thereisadistinct
perceptionofafluidicessencepouringintothebrainalongwithastreamingradiance,alsorisingthroughthe
spinalcord.Itisthisfluidicessencewhichisrepeatedlymentioned,intheTantrasandtheworksonKundalini,as
theAmbrosiathatdrenchesthebrainontheunionofShaktiwithShiva.Infact,sincetheintenselypleasurable
sensationexperiencedcanonlybecomparedtotheraptureofanorgasm,itssymbolicexpressionastheunion
betweenShivaandHisSpouseiseasilyunderstandable.Thisindescribableraptureisaninalienablefeatureof
truemysticalecstasy.Thosewhohavevisionaryexperiences,broughtaboutbythepracticeofYogaoranyother
spiritualdiscipline,shouldkeepthisfactinmindwhenevaluatingtheirownexperience.GopiKrishna,Kundalini
inTime+Space

ThehigherdimensionofconsciousnessinwhichthegloryoftheLordandthephantomlikenatureoftheworld
areexperiencedisnotpossiblewithoutatransformationinthesubtlelevelsofthebrain,andtheflowofamore
potentformofvitalenergyintoanewlyactivatedcenterinit.ThenotionthatthisAlmightyPowercanbehandledas
wehandleamaterialforce,includingatomicenergy,isutterlyfallacious.Theeffortsatselfdiscipline,madebyan
aspirant,andtheexercisesperformedactinthesamewayastheconjugalembraceoftheparentsactsforthe
impregnationoftheseedwhich,lateron,developsintoanembryo.Butaftertheinitialactofimpregnation,neither
oftheparentshasanypowertointerfereintheprocessofgrowthofthechild,whichproceedsaccordingtothe
lawsofwhichweareignorantatpresent.Themarvelousintelligencethatsupervisesandcontrolsthis
developmentissoremotefromourconceptionsthatwefeelmoreateaseindenyingitsexistence,asthisdenial
releasesusfromtheresponsibilityofexplainingthenatureofthispower.Ateacherinstructsapupiloraphysician
healsapatient,bothofwhicharecommendableacts,andtheresultsachievedareoftenremarkable.Butthe
poweroflearningorofcuringanailmentisinherentinlifeitself.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Thereisabsolutelynodifficultyinascientificinvestigationofthephenomenonwhenthespheresofitsoperation
areknown.Thebiologicalreactionsinthebodyareunmistakable.Theceaselesssuctionoftheseminalfluidand
itsflowintothespinalcanal,nervejunctionsofthevitalorgans,andthebraincannotremainundetected.The
symbolofanerectorganofgenerationinsomestatuesofdeitiesinIndiaisindicativeofUrdhavaretas,orofthis
upwardstreamingofthereproductiveessenceforeffectingtransformationofconsciousness.Thephenomenonis

soancientandsowidespreadthatitisamazingthatmodernsciencehasnoinklingofitevennow.Thehaloor
aureolashownroundtheheadsorfiguresofsaintsandilluminedsagesissymbolicoftheinnerillumination
experiencedinthemetamorphosisofconsciousness.Thereisanoticeablechangeinthedigestiveandexcretory
functionsofthebodyduringthecourseofthetransformation.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&
Genius

Itisobviousthatfromboththesubjectiveandobjectivesides,thephenomenonisaspossibleofverificationas
anyotherfunctionofthehumanbody.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Themodernsavant,steepedintheprevalentideasofscience,girdshisloinstowrestanewsecretfromnaturein
thelaboratoryanditismainlyfromthispointofviewthatthestudyofpsychicalphenomenaisconductedbymostof
theobserversgroundedinthemethodsofscience.Itisexactlyherewheretheerrorlies.Thesensoryequipment
ofman,adjustedonlytooneparticulardimensionofexistence,canneverpenetratetoanotherdimensionwhatever
theinstrumentsused,untilanewchannelofperceptioncomesintooperationinthebrain.Themostingenious
theoriesandthemostplausibleexplanationsputforwardbyscientists,ofwhichtherearealreadyalargenumber,
onlyattempttheimpossible.
TheonlymethodisYogaandtheonlywayforscientiststogainpreciseknowledgeabouttranscendental
consciousnessandparanormalphenomenaistotakeupthedisciplineforexpansionofconsciousnesssideby
sidewiththeirempiricalstudyandresearch.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Sodeepisthemysteryandsounpreparedforthedisclosurearethelearnedthathardlyanyonewouldbereadyto
believetheamazingtruth,thatasameasureofevolutionasubtleprocessisatworkintheaveragehumanbody,
resultingintheformationofabiochemicalessenceofavolatilenaturethatcanbereadilytransformedintoa
psychicradiationofhighpotency.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Inaninfinitesimaldoseofathreehundredthousandthpartofagram,equaltoaspeckofdust,lysergicacid
diethylamide,popularlyknownasL.S.D.,createsarevolutioninhumanconsciousness,andmayevenleadinrare
casestoinsanity,suicide,ormurder,anapparentlyincredibleperformanceforsuchaminutedose.Scientists
cannottracewhathappenstoitinthebodybutcanrecognizeitsactionbyitsresults.Onthisanalogyisit
unreasonabletosupposethatthehumanbodyhasinitorcanmanufactureasubstancesosubtlethatitcannot
bedetectedwithanyofthepresentmethodsofexamination,andyetsopotentthatintheformofradiationitcan
raisethehumanconsciousnesstosuchhigherlevelsofcognitionwhereotherplanesofexistenceandother
ordersofbeingcomeintotherangeofperceptionofanindividual?Whatisofparticularimportanceinthisissueis
thefactthattheexistenceofthisbiochemicalsubstanceanditstransformationintoradiation,eitherasanatural
measureorundertheeffectofcertainpracticesanddisciplines,isnottobetakenpurelyontrustbutcanbe
observedandverifiedunderthemostrigidlaboratoryconditionsincertaincategoriesofmenandtheobservation
canberepeatedtimeaftertimeuntiltheLawisformallyrecognized.Iamemphaticonthispointonaccountofthe
fact,first,thatIhavemyselfobservedtheentirephenomenologyofthisexperienceformorethanthirtyyearswithin
myselfand,second,theexperienceisconfirmednotinafewbutinhundredsuponhundredsofauthentic
documentsdatingfromprehistorictimesnotonlyinIndiabutinTibet,China,Japan,andtheMiddleEastalso.
GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Theintensificationandheighteningofhumanconsciousnesscausesbiologicalandevencellularchangesinthe
physicalbodyoftheinitiate.ItisforthisreasonthatIrepeatedlyemphasizescientificresearchonKundaliniasthat
wouldatoncesolvetheproblemsarisingoutoftheoccultdoctrinesofthepast.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionof
ItsFuture

"Atthepresentstageofevolution,theleadingintellectsoftheearthwithpropereffortsdoneinsuitable
environmentscaninafairpercentageofcasessucceedinarousingKundaliniandbythisagencywinaccesstoa

higherrealmofconsciousness.Thesupersensoryplaneofknowledgewillbeanecessaryendowmentofthe
luminarieswhowillguidetheraceintheforeseeablefuture."GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&
Genius

Differenceintheweightorsizeofthebrainhasnotturnedouttobeaninfalliblemeasuringstick.Thebrainweight
oftheRussianauthor,IvanTurgenev,of2,000gramswasalmostdoublethatofAnatoleFrance,theFrenchwriter,
whosebrainweighed1,100gramsonly.Thebrainmassofthelatterwasevenlessthanthatoftheaverageforthe
malebrainwhichisabout1,400grams.Womenarenotlessintelligentthoughtheirbrainweightisless.The
reasonwhythestudydirectedtolocatethedifferenceinthesize,shapeorweightofthebrain,inordertofindthe
causeofgenius,hasyieldednoharvestsofarisbecausethetargetofinvestigationshouldbethesubtleenergy
animatingthebrainandthedormantareathatisactivatedonthearousalofKundalinithekeytotransformation
ofconsciousness.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

TheconditionofextendedawarenessbroughtaboutbyYogadoesnotperceptiblyaltertheexternalbiological
functioningortheappearanceofthehumanbody,thoughtheredooccurchangesinthesubtlerlevelsofthe
organism.Thehumanbody,generallyspeaking,reactsinthesameuniformwaytomentaleventslikegrief,pain,
joy,anger,shock,fear,etc.,andtophysiologicaleventslikeinfection,injury,disease,hunger,thirst,sleep,etc.,
alsointhesamemannerforallhumanbeings.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Iftheworldismadetobelievethefeelingofeveryhierophantabouthisexperienceofthesupermundaneworlds,
therewouldbenopossibilityofarrivingatacommonmeasureormodelaccordingtowhichtheauthenticityofone
experience,ascomparedtotheother,canbejudgedwithouterror.Forinstance,Steinersowndescriptionsofhis
experiencedonottallywiththoseofSwedenborg.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

"IbelievethatavoluntaryarousalofKundalini,undersatisfactoryconditionsandobservedbycompetent
investigators,canfurnishunquestionableproofoftheexistenceofthiscenterinthebodyanditscapacitytobestow
psychicgifts,genius,andcosmicconsciousness."GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Thereisanerroneousconceptionamongcertainranksofscholarsthattransmutedseedisthedirectcauseof
spiritualexperience.Asisreadilyunderstandablethehumanseeditselfisbuiltoftwocomponents:thegross
organicsubstancesandthesubtlePranaorLifeenergy.Aboutthelatterweareentirelyinthedarkatthisstage.
ThisPranaisnottheproductofthereproductivemachineryalonebutisdistilledfromthewholebodybythenerves.
Itisthispranicessenceextractedbythenerves,countlessinnumber,which,asaradiation,streamsintothebrain
ontheawakeningoftheSerpentPower.Thismorepotentnerveandpsychicenergy,circulatinginthesystemnow,
flowsdirectlytothespinalcordandthebrain,givingrisetothestrangeandweirdphenomenathatcharacterizethe
arousalofKundaliniintheinitialstages.Thegrossersubstancesareusedforthepurposeofextranourishment
demandedbythecerebrospinaloperationtheatertocarrytheevolutionaryprocessestoasuccessfultermination.
Theunrestrictedopportunityforsexualgratificationallowedbynaturetomanhas,itisobvious,amostimportant
reasonbehindit.Thepreciousorganicsubstanceandtheconcentratedenergy,presentintheseed,insteadof
beingejectedforamomentarypleasure,canalsobeused,whentherejuvenationprocessisatwork,asatonic
nourishmentforthenervesandthebraincellsinordertoeffectametamorphosisoftheinnerman.Bynoother
externalfeedingknowntosciencecanthiswonderfultransformationbebroughtabout.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Isitnot,therefore,butrationaltoassumethatforanywidedeparturefromthenormalpatternofconsciousness,
theremustoccuracorrespondingalterationinthebiologicalmachinealso?Fuelfornormalactivityofthehuman
brainisnot,asissometimessupposed,suppliedbybloodalone.Therealfuelofthoughtisthepsychicenergy
suppliedbyalimitednumberofnervesafterextractingitfromvariouspartsofthebody.Ontheawakeningof
Kundalinitheentirenervoussystemissoonharnessedtothetask,withtheresultthatamorepowerfulfuel,inthe
formofradiation,streamsintothebrain,enhancingitsactivitytosuchadegreethatahighlyextended

consciousness,whichhasanoverwhelmingeffectontheinitiate,nowwaftedtootherplanesofexistence,
replacestheold,narrow,sensedominatedawarenessthatnevercouldrisebeyondthestrictlycircumscribed
limits.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

ObstinanceofCurrentScientificViewsonMind
Thecurrentconfusionabouttherealnatureofmysticalexperiencerestsonthefactthatthereisnoawareness
aboutthebiologicalfactorsresponsibleforthisextraordinarystateofcognition.Assoonasitisconfirmedby
experimentthatatransformationdoesoccurinthebrainasalsointhebioenergywhichfuelstheactivityofthought,
thespeculationsandcontroversies,circlingroundthesubjectatpresent,willcease,givinganewdirectiontothe
investigationofthephenomenon.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Itisanenigmatomewhythelearnedshouldstopdeadatthepresentfrontierandstubbornlyrefusetobelieve
thatthehumanbrain,butamoreelaborateformoftheanimalorgan,cantakealeapintoanevenmoreextended
stateofconsciousnesswithstillmoreamazinggiftsandpropertiesthatappearincredibleormagicaltothe
nominalmind.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Itisunfortunatethatafact,observedandunderstoodmorethanthreethousandyearsago,shouldbeloston
thosesavantswhorejectconsciousnessasasubjectbeyondthescopeofscience.Thepositionhasbeen
anticipatedbytheenlightenedandtheanswerprovided.HowcanweknowtheKnower,howcanwehearthe
Hearer,howcanweseetheSeer,howcanwesmelltheSmeller...sangtheUpanishads,atleastathousand
yearsbeforethebirthofChrist.Infact,howcanweapprehendandstudytheintangibleprinciplewhich,actingas
theobservingmirrorinus,reflectsthevisibleuniversewithallitsnumberlessconstituents,perceptibletoour
sensesorconceivedbyourintellect?Toholdthatamarvelousstuff,likemind,ispurelytheproductofneuronic
activityinthebrain,istosticktoanabsurditywhichhasperhapsnoparallel.AsPlotinusputit,itisafallacyto
supposethatawarenesscanbebornoutofinsentience.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theactualpositionisthatallthese[spiritual/paranormal]phenomenaoccurduetotheworkingofastill
developingcompartmentinthehumanbrainwhichIcalltheparanormalchamber.Thisstillforming
supersensoryorganortheThirdEyeisslowlybuildingupinthecraniumasaresultofevolutionaryprocessesstill
activeinthehumanframe.Thisfacthasbeenknownfromveryancienttimes.Infact,thepracticesofYogaandall
otherreligiousoroccultdisciplinesaredesignedtoactivatethiscentertogainknowledgeofotherintelligentforces
operatinginthisuniverse.Illuminationorenlightenment,whichhasbeenaregularfeatureofhistory,occurswhen
thecenterisfullyopenedwiththeupwardflowofanewformoflifeenergythroughthespinalcanalintothebrain.
GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

ImustsaywithalltheemphasisatmycommandthateverywordIhavesaidshouldbefirstweighedinthescale
ofreason,thenrubbedonthetouchstoneoftherecordedexperiencesofthepast,andfinallytestedinthecrucible
ofresearchbeforetheleastcredenceisplacedonit.Isaysobecauseasinglefalsedoctrine,widelyacceptedby
theunwary,canatthisstagedoincalculabledamagetohumanweal.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisof
Religion&Genius

TheMind/ConsciousnessvsTheBrain/Biology

Indealingwithmindandconsciousnesswedealwithadifferenttypeofenergyandadifferentplaneofexistence
thanthatknowntousthroughoursenses.Itisarecognitionofthisfactthatisdecisiveinlaunchingaresearchinto
theoccult.Thisisthebasefromwhicharealstudyofthecosmosbegins,fortheuniverseweseeisrealonlyin
thehumanstateofconsciousness.Beyondthatitisreducedtoamirageinthedimensionjustonestephigherto

it,denotingthetremendousdifferencecausedbyachangeinthepotencyofthepsychicradiationeffectedby
Kundalini.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Wehaveseenwhatatremendouschangetheadditionofsomeouncesofbrainmatterhasmadeinthelifeof
manascomparedtothatofanimals.Butthemerequantitativeorqualitativechangeinthebraindoesnotexplain
thewholestory.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

AMaxPlanckoranEinsteininthescienceofmindisneededtocorrecttheerrorofthemechanisticinterpretersof
life.Itisnotelementsofmatter,likecarbon,oxygen,calcium,hydrogenandothersortheDNAandRNAmolecules
aloneofwhichlifeformsarecompounded,butthereisanotherelementinnature,imperceptibletooursenses,
whichisatthebottomofallphenomenaoflife.Wecancallitbythenameoflifeenergy.Itisthisforcewhichis
creditedwithmagicalormiraculouspowersinalltheoccultsystemsofthepastandisknownbyvariousnames,
suchasastrallight,odicforce,psychicenergy,orgone,supersolarforce,chi,etc.InIndiaitisknownasprana,
andhasbeenuniversallyheldtobetheleverbehindmysticalvisionandparanormalgiftsforthelastmorethan
threethousandyears.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Thewonderisthatwhilewearereadytoacknowledgethattheremustbeavariationinthebrainofageniusas
comparedtothatofacommonman,westillnaivelybelievethemyththattherehasbeennoappreciablechangein
thehumanencephalonforthepastthousandsofyears.
Thebloomofscienceandthebloomofintellect,weseetoday,comparedtothedense,slowmovingmindofthe
StoneAgeman,showsasgreatagulf,ifnotgreater,asexistsbetweenahighlytalentedindividualanda
blockheadinourtime.Whatphysiologicalfactorsareresponsibleforthisdifference?Nooneisabletoanswerthis
riddleatpresent.Themomentthisdifferenceislocated,theenigmawhetherornotthehumanbrainisstillina
stateofevolutionwillbesolved.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Thecurrentconfusionabouttherealnatureofmysticalexperiencerestsonthefactthatthereisnoawareness
aboutthebiologicalfactorsresponsibleforthisextraordinarystateofcognition.Assoonasitisconfirmedby
experimentthatatransformationdoesoccurinthebrainasalsointhebioenergywhichfuelstheactivityofthought,
thespeculationsandcontroversies,circlingroundthesubjectatpresent,willcease,givinganewdirectiontothe
investigationofthephenomenon.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Outcome/Benefit/ImpactonSociety

Everyhumanbeing,thepoorandtherichalike,canbetherecipientsofthisGrace.Iffact,everyoneisordained,
soonerorlater,tomakehimselfeligibleforthisHeavenlyBoon.Itistheculminatingpointofhumanevolution,and
theTrophyisdesignedtocompensateforalltheeffortandtheagonyoftheclimb.Afterthat,amuchmoreevolved,
happiermanwillliveontheearth,perfectlyathomebothintheinnerandtheouterworlds.Scienceandreligion
willhavetoworktogethertomakethisdreamcometrue.CosmicConsciousness,beingtheCrownofbiological
evolution,mustbepossiblewithahealthy,naturallifeledinaccordancewithbothspiritualandphysical
laws.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Butwhatwouldbetheimpactwhenitisdemonstratedthateveryhumanbrainisbeingpushedupfromwithinto
reachthismarvelousstateofperceptionwhichbringsmeaningandhomogeneitytothecosmicscene?Thespark
ofdivinefirewhichknows,hears,sees,thinks,andplansisthewonderofwondersandthesecretofsecretsofthe
Universe.TheherculeandisciplineofYogaisdesignedtoexplorethestupendousmysteryofmanhimselfandto
experiencethewonderoftheKnowerinhimfacetoface.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

LackofUnderstandingofGenuineSpiritualPractices

Itistragicthat,inspiteofanunparalleledadvanceintheknowledgeofthematerialuniverse,millionsofhuman
beings,inourday,lackawarenessoftherealpurposeofspiritualdiscipline.Whatevermethodwepractice,
whatevercreedwefollow,whateverdisciplineweundertake,itisonlyagraciousresponsefromtheindwelling
Fountofourlifethatcanleadtheefforttofruition.Theveryideaofusingmagic,art,mantras,shortcuts,secret
methods,drugsormechanicaldevicestoachievesuccessintheefforttowinapproachtotheOmniscientLordis
anaffronttoourownintelligenceandcannotbutrecoilinanadverseway.Thosewhopromisespeedygolden
harveststothestudentswhofollowtheirspecialmethods,inasublimequestofthismagnitude,betraytheirown
perversethinkingonthesacredsubjecttheyprofesstoteach.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Theoverclever,overselfishandoveractivebrain,madlyrunningafterpurelytemporalends,paysthepenaltyby
surrenderingtheImmortalCrownofIlluminationfortheperishabletrinketsoftheearth.GopiKrishna,TheReal
NatureofMysticalExperience

Thegreatesttragedyofourtimehasbeenthat,carriedawaybytheoverwhelmingimpactofimportantdiscoveries
madeinthedomainofscience,thethinkersofthisage,believingthattheyhadfoundsolutionstomostofthe
riddlesthatconfrontedthem,gaveexpressiontoviewsaboutthevariousfacetsofhumanlife,aboutthehopesand
aspirationsofman,abouthismindandspirit,abouttheaimofhisexistence,aboutthisworldandtheHereafter,
whichinmanyimportantrespectsareasincorrectasweretheconceptsoftheancientsaboutthephysicalworld.
Thegravesterrorinthisassessmenthasbeenthesummarydismissalofreligionandthesupernaturalasa
phenomenonnotverifiablethroughthemethodsadoptedbyscienceand,therefore,notworthyofinclusioninthe
provinceofscientificresearch.Oneofthemainreasonsresponsibleforthisuncompromisingattitudeofscience
towardreligionrestspartlyonthedogmaticattitudeofthecustodiansoffaiththemselves,insistingonblind
acceptanceoftheteachingscontainedinthegospelsofacreed,andpartlyontheexaggeratedstressondivine
interventionandtheophanythatcharacterizesmoreorlessallthereligionsofmankind.GopiKrishna,The
BiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Themostrationalwaytoattesttothetruthofreligion,andtoacceptorrejectitsclaims,wastotestthesepractices
anddisciplinesaftermakingacomparativestudyofallthesystemsinexistenceindifferentpartsoftheearth,and
thentopronounceaverdictonthebasisoftheresultsachieved.Buttothisdayitwasneverdonebyanygroupof
scientists,dedicatingtheirlifetothisresearchalone,inthesamewaythatinnumerablegroupsandsocietiesare
doinginrespecttothestillunexplainedriddlesofthephysicalworld.Therewasnoinvestigationofthe
possibilitiesofferedbyreligionitself.Theutterancesofthespiritualluminariesofthepast,treatedwithgreat
reverenceforthousandsofyears,wererejectedoutrightwithouttrial.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisof
Religion&Genius

Necessityofspiritualdiscipline:
ThepracticeofreadingtheBible,theBhagavadGita,theKoran,theDhammapadaandotherrevealedscriptures,
inthemorning,withthefamilygatheredtogethertolistentothewords,hadaprofoundsignificance.The
discontinuanceofthiscustomhasnotresultedinawholesomechange.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+
Space

Sincementalandphysicaldisciplineareessentialforharmoniousevolution,disciplinarypractices,therefore,
constitutethefirstexercisesofYogaasalsoofallreligioussystems.Beforeanyhardattemptismadeto
acceleratetheprocessofbrainevolutionbymeansofintensiveformsofconcentrationdharanaanddhyana,the
initiatemusthavedisciplinedhimself.Asthisessentialfactorisoftenlostsightofbytheseekersand,sometimes,
evenbytheirteachers,successinthedisciplinehasbecomeproblematicandextremelyrare.
Appliedfromanearlyage,assystemsofeducationandculture,Yogaandallotherhealthyspiritualdisciplines
providetheonlyanswertothemostburningproblemofourday.Spiritualeducationandspiritualdisciplinearenot
necessaryforonlyafewwhohaveaninbornhungerforthembutforeachandeveryhumanbeing.Unlessthis

knowledgeandthesepracticesaremadeapartandparcelofhumanlife,notonlyforindividualbettermentbutfor
thewelfareoftherace,theproblems,distractionsandtensionsthatarisefromtheactivityofcovetousorambitious
intellectwillnotcease.Theywillcontinuetoharassmankinduptothelastandinsteadofdecreasing,growapace,
witheveryadvancemadeinmansefforttogainmasteryovertheforcesofnature.Inotherwords,balanced
attentiontoboththeouterandinnerrealitiesistheonlyexpedientavailableformankindtoensureitshappiness
andsurvivalintheatomicage.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Weneednotwaitforachancecombinationofgenesthroughcenturies,asinthepast,fortheappearanceof
spiritualprodigiesofthisclasscompetenttohandletheaffairsofmankindinthewaytheymustbehandledto
ensurestabilityandpeace.Thisloftyclassofmenandwomencancomeintoexistence,regularlyandin
increasingnumbersfromyeartoyearwithsteadypracticeofYogadirectedtoactivatethesilentparanormalcenter
inthebrainandemployingthegeniusunfoldedintheserviceofhumanity.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofIts
Future

Whatopinioncanweformofanintelligentformoflifewhichdwellsinabody,notknowinghowitworks,utterly
impotenttochangeitsdirectiontowardsoldage,decayanddeath,whichisastrangertotheveryhousewhereinit
resides,heldcaptivebyitsdoorsandwindowsofperceptionthatneverallowittolookbeyondthelimitsthey
impose?Whatestimatecanweframeofthishelplessprisonerwho,inspiteofhisowndubiousstate,outofsheer
vanitypresumestopassfinalverdictsontheuniverse,whilestillcompletelyignorantofthemechanismswhich
bringhimtolifeandsustainhimeverymomentuntotheend.Thisisthetragedyofourtime.Itistoremedythis
incurablevanityoftheintellectthatreligionbecameapartandparcelofhumanlifetodrawattentiontothe
problemsofbirthanddeathforsobermindstoreflectandponderon.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Weknownothingaboutourbeginning,nothingaboutourend,nothingaboutourtruenature,nothingaboutwhat
powerinthebodykeepsusalive,nothingaboutourselvesindeepsleeporswoon,nothingabouthowour
impulsesandthoughtsariseandyetwestalkproudlyontheearth,forawhile,struttingandboastingasifthereis
nootherobjectsogreatandimportant,blissfullyignorantoftheinvisiblestringsthatmoveandturnuslikepuppets
onastage.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

SocietalIssues/DangerofYogalessWorld

AnnihilationoftimeanddistancehasbroughtthepresentworldintothesamepositionasasinglestateinPlatos
time.Therefore,thepolaritythatultimatelyresultsinthedestructionofthestatecannowleadtothedevastationof
thewholeworld.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Wearepronetoascribethepresentoverhangingthreatofaglobalwarandtheprecariousconditionoftheworld
toachancecombinationofcertainfactorsortoarapidadvanceintechnologyandentertainthehopethatthecrisis
wouldpassoffwithaproperhandlingofthesituationbythepoliticalleadershipofmankind.Butweneverascribeit
totheimbalancecreatedbydisproportionategrowthofthehumanpersonalityagiantintellectattendedbya
pygmywillandadwarfmoralconscience.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Histheorythatneitherrulersnorsoldiersshouldbepermittedtoownpropertycomesclosetothepractice
followedinIndiafromaperiodlongbeforehistime.AccordingtoitBrahmins,ortheintellectualclass,werenot
supposedtoownproperty.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Thepresentdayworldisastrangecompoundofopposites,afantasticblendofanomaliesandcontrarieties.We
establishdemocraticinstitutionstoraiseautocratstopowerandprofessfaithinGodtoignoreHiminouractions

andeludeHiminourthoughts.Weprofessconcernforhumanbeingstodevisemethodsfortheirtotaldeathatthe
sametimeandproclaimloveforthenationtobleedourweakerbrethrenwhiteforgain.Weapplaudfairplayto
havethelargershareandhonorjusticetooutwittherest.Weexpressbrotherlylovefortheneighboroftento
malignhimandshowourburningdesireforpeacebysecretpreparationsforwar.
Themostpressingneedofhumanityisnottospendbillionsonlaunchingprojectilesintospaceordevisingmore
lethalinstrumentsofdestructionbutinremovingkillingpoverty,ignorance,anddiseaseandinrestoringthe
balanceoftheworld.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

"Ifwithallourmarvelousachievementsintechnology,tremendousadvancesintheartsandsciences,andthe
provisionofundreamedofluxuriesandamenitieswehavefailedinthisglamorousagetoproduceevenafew
menandwomen,commandingthesamestature,intellectual,moral,andspiritual,aswasattainedbymostof
thesehistoricalfiguresofthedimpastinenvironmentsofignorance,hardship,andwant,theremustbe
somethingwrongwithourownnotionsabouthumanlifeandourownideasaboutthemeasuresneededandthe
environmentsnecessaryfortheproperandharmoniousdevelopmentofman."GopiKrishna,TheBiological
BasisofReligion&Genius

Whatarethefruitsofthisoveremphasisonthesoma,onunrestrictedmaterialamenities,onluxuriousliving,on
theraceforpossessionandpower,andonthedenialofthespiritualnatureofman,ortheindependentexistence
ofconsciousnessoranAlmighty,IntelligentCauseoftheuniverseweseearoundus?Hasthehumanrace
becomemorenoble,morehappy,andmorepeacefulthaniteverwasinthepastordowenoticeominous
fissuresandcracksinthehugemassthatthreatenanimmediatecollapse,andarenottheseominoussignsalso
inevidenceinthewealthy,advancednationsatthezenithofmaterialprosperity,surroundedbyaplethoraofallthe
lavishblessingsprovidedbyscience?GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

WhatIassert,howeverfarfetched,fantasticorincredibleitmightappearnow,wouldultimatelyprovetobeamost
importantandurgentbranchofempiricalinvestigation,asabuddingnewsciencedemanding,shortly,allthe
knowledgeandresourcesoftheolderscienceforitsprogressfromyeartoyear.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionof
ItsFuture

ThereisalsoanothersingularcoincidencebetweentheMayanpredictionabouttheendofthepresentcycleand
theforewarningsofadevastativewarandnaturalcatastrophesattheendofthiscenturythathavebeenaconstant
featureofmyownexperiencesincetheyear1949.Timeaftertime,readymadepiecesofpoetry,allpointingtothe
approachingdisaster,attendedwithvisionsoftheawfuleventsandscenesoccurredtomeandhavefound
expressioninatleasttwovolumesofverse,entitledTheShapeofEventstoCome.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVision
ofItsFuture

ThegreateststillunexploredmysteryhiddenundertheashesofancientempiresisthemysteryofKundalini.The
worldwillbecomefarwiserandsaferwhenthesecretknowledge,atthebottomofthismystery,isunfoldedand
acteduponbymodernscience.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Theraceofmortalmenisfartooweaktogrownotdizzyonunwontedheights,saysGoethe.Thisisastruenow
asitwasinthepast.Wehavegrowndizzybecauseourmechanicalwondershaveintoxicateduswiththebelief
thattherehasbeennothingsomarvelousunderthesky,forgettinginourvanitythateveryinchoftheorganic
kingdomofearthandeveryinchofthestarryfirmamentcontainsmorewondersthanwecaneverhopetodiscover.
ItisthisdizzinesswhichisatthebackofthenuclearGopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

Based,nodoubt,ontheexperienceofcivilizedlife,extendingtomillennia,theancientIndianmastersstroveto
evolveasystemofsocietyinwhichtheloftiestintellectandthehighestgeniusrefrainedfromplungingintothe
vortexofworldlyambitionanddesire,whichengulfsthecommoncrowdandkeepsitwhirlinguptotheendwithout

athoughttotheirownselves.Thisrenunciationofthesuperfluousandtheredundantallowedtheformertoliveina
stateofdetachmentandphilosophicalpoiseinwhichtheycouldcreatemasterpiecesandguidemankindinthe
wisestway.Accordingtothetradition,KingJanakarepresentsamodelofthiskind.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVision
ofItsFuture

DangerofObstructingtheEvolutionaryProcess

Atthepresentstageofhumanprogress,anyobstructioninthepathofevolutioncanbedisastrous.Theslightest
abnormality,twistorkinkinevenafewoftheleadingintellectsofanation,especiallyapowerfulnation,canprove
calamitousforthewholerace.Wehavetobearinmindthatthetwobloodiestwarsinallhistoryhavealreadybeen
foughtinthiscentury.Apartfromthem,awholechainofappallingmassacresindifferentcountriesspelledthe
deathofscoresofmillionsofinnocenthumanbeings,dwarfingallthebloodyslaughtersofthepast.Inthelightof
whathasalreadyhappened,deluded,indeed,istheintellectwhichfailstodrawalessonfromthesehappenings
ofthetwentiethcenturyandlivesunconcernedaboutthefuture.Itisgoodtobeoptimistic,butheedlessnessisa
signofmentalinertiahighlyinimicaltosurvival.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Thefactthatthehumanmindisevolvingandthatthesocialandpoliticalclimateofacountryorthebehaviorof
parentscanradicallyaffectthisevolutiondoesnot,atall,formapartofthethinkingofthescholarsofourday.The
resultisthat,intheirhastetoprovidesolutionsforthecountlessproblemsofthehumanmind,theyareoften
driventoofferhurriedlythoughtout,incorrectoronlypartlycorrectexplanationsintheabsenceofknowledgeofa
mostimportantfactor,whichaffectsitsentirebehavioranddirectsitscourseofconductthroughoutlife.Thislittle
detailissufficienttoshowwhatconfusioncanprevailinthevariousspheresofhumanthoughtifspiritualevolution
ofthemindisleftoutofconsiderationaltogether.Thisistrueofreligiousandsecularthinkingboth.Ifthehuman
brainisevolvinginacertaindirection,andthisactivitydemandsacoordinatedeffortonthepartoftheindividualto
helpinitshealthyperformance,itmeansthatignoranceofthisvitalfactcanleadtodisastrousresultsincasesof
gravedeparturefromthelineofconducttobefollowed.Forthisreason,ithasnowbecomeimperativethatthe
natureofthefactororfactorsresponsibleforthereligiousimpulseofhumanbeings,andthepurposewhichthis
impulseisaimedtoaccomplish,inthelifeofmankind,mustbedeterminedtomaketheraceconsciousoftheduty
imposedonherbynature.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+Space

Justasitisnothumanlypossibletoarrestthenormalgrowthtoadulthoodofahealthychild,exceptattheriskof
malformationanddistortion,inthesameway,itisnotpossibletoblocktheevolutionofthehumanmindexceptby
causingmalformationanddistortionofthewholepersonality.InthecaseofisolatedsavagepopulationsinAfrica,
Australiaandthenewworld,cannibalisticpractices,humansacrificeandotherperverseandinhumancustoms
weretheresultofobstructedevolution.Correctionandreformationcamewhentheobstructionswereremoved.
GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

Canweshutoureyestotheglaringfactthatinnoperiodofhistory,evenduringthedarkestage,weretheresuch
atrocities,suchwholesalemassacres,suchhideouswars,andsuchbloodyrevolutionsasthiscenturyhas
witnessed?GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

Beforetheveryeyesofmanyofthosewhosewritingsordiscoursesdismantledthewallsthatwereerectedby
faithtokeepmanfromyieldingcompletelytotheanimalinhimtimehonoredconventions,higherrulesof
conduct,chivalrousideas,theidealsoffamilylife,affectionandlove,chastityandrectitude,altruisticand
philanthropiczeal,loftycodesofhonorallthosesublimeattributesofcharacterthatdistinguishmanfromthe
beastarecrumblingtodustamidthelaughterandderisionofthenihilists.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasis
ofReligion&Genius

Donotallsignsandportentspointtotheconclusionthatsoonerorlateraglobalconflagrationisinevitable?What
willbetheconditionofhumanitywhen,devastatedbynuclearblasts,abatteredandbrokenremnantsurvives,

amidtheruinsofmoderncivilization,tocarryonthetaskofhistory?Cananyoneprovideanswerstothese
questions,andcananyonevisualizetowhatharvestthepresentwavesofunrest,revolt,violence,bloodshed,
depravity,anddisorderwouldlead?Ifnot,doesitnotmeanthatthefateofmankindhangsbyathread,andallthe
resourcesandingenuityoftheracearenowpowerlessagainstthethreateningmonsterthathasbeenraised,and
thatforthiswecanonlyblamethefaultythinkingandplanningofthearchitectsofthemodernworld?Gopi
Krishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

AuthenticSpiritualLiterature

AitareyaUpanishad
HeisBrahma,HeisIndra,HeisPrajapati(LordoftheUniverse).Heisallthesegods,andthesefivegreat
elements,namelyearth,air,ether,water,light,thesethingsandthosewhicharemingledofthefire,asitwere,the
seedsofonesortandanother,thosebornfromanegg,orthosebornfromawomb,andthosebornfromsweat,
andbornfromasprout,horses,cows,personsandelephants,whateverbreathingthingthatishere,whether
movingorflying,orwhatisstationary,allthisisguidedbyIntelligence,isestablishedinIntelligence.Theworldis
guidedbyIntelligence.ThesupportisIntelligence.BrahmaisIntelligence.Thispassageisoftremendous
importance.ItistheoutcomeoftruemysticalexperiencewhichshowsConsciousnessasthebedrockofall
creation,bothanimateandinanimate.GopiKrishna,TheRealNatureofMysticalExperience

ShatChakraNirupana
Withinitsmiddlespace(i.e.middleoftheNirvanaKala)shinesthesupremeandPrimordialNirvanaShaktiShe
islustrousliketenmillionsunsandistheMotherofthethreeworlds.Sheisextremelysubtleandlikeuntotheten
millionthpartoftheendofahair.ShecontainswithinHertheconstantlyflowingstreamofgladness,andisthelife
ofallbeings.ShegraciouslycarriestheknowledgeoftheTruth(Tattva)tothemindofthesages.
WithinHeristheeverlastingplacecalledtheabodeofShiva,whichisfreefromMaya,attainableonlybyyogis,and
knownbythenameofNityananda.Itisrepletewitheveryformofbliss,andispureknowledgeitself.Somecallit
theBrahman,otherscallittheHamsa.WisemendescribeitastheabodeofVishnu,andrighteousmenspeakof
itastheineffableplaceofknowledgeoftheAtma,ortheplaceofliberation.GopiKrishna,KundaliniinTime+
Space

ShatChakraNirupana(10and11)callsKundalinitheworldbewildererthus:Overitshinesthesleeping
Kundalini,fineasthefibreofthelotusstalk.Sheistheworldbewilderer,gentlycoveringthemouthof
Brahmadvara(abodeofBrahma)byHerown.Likethespiraloftheconchshell,Hershiningsnakelikeformgoes
threeandahalftimesroundShiva,andHerlustreisthatofastrongflashofyoungstronglightning.Hersweet
murmurisliketheindistincthumofswarmsoflovemadbees.Sheproducesmelodiouspoetryandbandha(a
kindofpoeticcomposition)andallothercompositionsinproseorverseinsequenceorotherwiseinSanskrit,
Prakritandotherlanguages.ItisShewhomaintainsallthebeingsoftheworldbymeansofinspirationand
expiration,andshinesinthecavityoftheroot(Mula)Lotuslikeachainofbrilliantlights.GopiKrishna,Kundalini
inTime+Space

KathaUpanishad
3.Knowthe(individual)selfasthemasterofthechariotandthebodyasthechariot.Knowtheintellectasthe
charioteerandthemindverilyasthereins.
4.Theycallthesenseshorsesandwhenthesensesareimaginedashorses,theobjectsofthesensesareas
roads.ThediscriminatingpeoplecalltheSelfastheenjoyer,whenItisassociatedwiththebody,sensesandthe
mind.

5.Allthesensesofthatintellectwhich,everassociatedwithanuncontrolledmind,devoidofdiscrimination,
becomeunruly,likethevicioushorsesofthecharioteer.
7.Andhe(thatmasterofthechariot),doesnotattaintheGoalwho,associatedwithanondiscriminatingintellect
anduncontrolledmind,remainsalwaysimpure.Suchaoneonlyattainstoworldlyexistences.
8.That(masterofthechariot),however,whoisassociatedwithadiscriminatingintellectandacontrolledmind,
maintaininghispurity,attainsthatGoalfromwhichoneisnotbornagain.

Itisaftergainingcontrolovertheintellect,mindandthesensesthattherealpracticeofYogabegins.Thisiswhat
isimpliedbythefirsttwosteps,namelyyamaandniyamaasalsoanotherstep,pratyahara,prescribedintheYoga
SutrasofPatanjali.

ShvetashvataraUpanishad
GreatisthegloryoftheImmanentSoulthatisallpervading,allknowing,infiniteandselfluminous.Onlythose
rarefew,whoknow,undergothenecessarydisciplinesandpractices.Itisverilythewisewhocontroltheactivities
oftheintellectandpracticemeditationandconcentration.
Placingthebodyinastraightposture,holdingthechest,neck,andheaderect,anddrawingthesensesandthe
mindintotheheart,theKnowingOneshouldcrossoverallthefearfulcurrentsbytheraftofBrahman.
Controllingthesenseswithafirmeffortandregulatingthevitalfunctionsofthebody,withslowrespirationhe
shouldbreathethroughthenostrilswithoutdistraction,keepinghisholdonthemind,asonedoesonthereins
attachedtorestivehorses.Oneshouldperformonesexercisesinconcentration,resortingtocavesandother
suchpureplaceshelpfultothepracticeplaceswherethegroundislevelwithoutpebblesandthescenery
pleasingtotheeye,wherethereisnowind,dust,fire,dampness,ordisturbingnoise.
WhenthefivefoldperceptionofYoga,arisingfrom(concentratingthemindon)earth,water,fire,air,andether,has
appearedtotheyogi,thenhebecomespossessedofabodymadeofthefireofYoga,untouchedbydisease,old
ageordeath.

ThebodymadeofthefireofYogareferstothemantleoflightroundtheKnowingSelfwhich,inthecaseofthe
accomplishedyogi,encircleshisinnerbeingdayandnight.Thisisthedivyadehaorthedivinebody,insidethe
grossbodyoftheflesh,inwhichonefindsoneselfunsheathed,whenKundaliniirradiatesandopensthenew
channelofperceptioninthebrain.

TheBhagavadGita
10.LettheyogiconstantlyengagehimselfinYoga,remaininginasecretplacebyhimself,withthoughtandself
subdued,freefromhopeandgreed.
11.Inapureplace,establishedonafixedseatofhisown,neitherverymuchraisednorverylow,madeofacloth,a
blackantelopeskinandkushagrass,oneovertheother.
12.There,havingmadethemindonepointed,withthoughtandthefunctionsofthesensessubdued,steadyon
hisseat,heshouldpracticeYogaforthepurificationoftheself.
13.Holdingthebody,headandneckerect,immovablysteady,lookingfixedlyatthepointofthenosewithunseeing
gaze.
14.Theselfserene,fearless,firminthevowoftheBrahmachari,themindcontrolled,thinkingonMe,harmonized,
lethimsitaspiringafterMe.
15.TheyogieverunitedthuswiththeSelf,withthemindcontrolledgoethtoPeace,tothesupremeBlissthat
abidethinMe.
16.VerilyYogaisnotforhimwhoeatethtoomuch,norwhoabstainethtoexcessnorwhoistoomuchaddictedto
sleep,noreventowakefulness,OArjuna.
17.Yogakillethoutallpainforhimwhoisregulatedineatingandamusement,regulatedinperformingactions,
regulatedinsleepingandwaking.

18.WhenhissubduedthoughtisfixedontheSelf,freefromlongingafteralldesirablethings,thenitissaid,heis
harmonized.
19.Asalampinawindlessplaceflickerethnot,tosuchislikenedtheyogiofsubduedthought,absorbedinthe
YogaoftheSelf.
24.Abandoningwithoutreservealldesiresbornoftheimagination,bythemind,curbingintheaggregateofthe
sensesoneveryside.
25.Littlebylittlelethimgaintranquilitybymeansofreason,controlledbysteadinesshavingmadethemindabide
intheSelf,lethimnotthinkofanything.
26.Asoftenasthewaveringandunsteadymindgoethforth,sooftenreiningitin,lethimbringitunderthecontrol
oftheSelf.
27.Supremejoyisforthisyogiwhosemindispeaceful,whosepassionnatureiscalmed,whoissinlessandof
thenatureoftheEternal.
28.Theyogiwhothus,everharmonizingtheself,hathputawaysin,heeasilyenjoyeththeinfiniteblissofcontact
withtheeternal.
29.Theself,harmonizedbyYoga,seeththeSelfabidinginallbeings,allbeingsintheSelf,everywhereheseeth
thesame.

TheBhagavadGitamakesacleardistinctionbetweentheascendantanddecadenttypesofhumans.Theformer,
endowedwithgodlikequalitiesoftheheadandheart,makerapidprogressintheirupwardclimbtothekingdom
oftheblessed.Thelatter,withpredominantlyanimaltraits,sinkdeeperintodelusion,withtheirbehaviorblocking
thewaytotheirownevolutiontowardshigherrealmsofthemind.Howcanthedownwardtrendbearrestedand
theblockageremoved,unlesstheanimalpropensitiesarecurbedandthemindreformed?Thepreliminariesof
Yogaaredesignedtoachievethispurpose.Withpatienthandlingofthemind,withprayer,withtheinspiration
drawnfromthelivesandteachingsofmoreevolvedsouls,andwithpersistenteffort,victorycanbewonandthe
godlyvirtuescultivatedtoformthestrongfoundationfortheevolutionaryleaptowardsInfinity.GopiKrishna,Yoga:
AVisionofItsFuture

1.TheBlessedLordsaid:Fearlessness,cleannessoflife,steadfastnessintheYogaofwisdom,almsgiving,
selfrestraint,sacrifice,andstudyoftheScriptures,austerityandstraightforwardness
2.Harmlessness,truth,absenceofwrath,renunciation,peacefulness,absenceofcrookedness,compassionto
livingbeings,uncovetousness,mildness,modesty,absenceoffickleness
3.Vigor,forgiveness,fortitude,purity,absenceofenvyandpridethesearehiswhoisbornwiththedivine
properties,OBharata.
4.Hypocrisy,arroganceandconceit,wrathandalsoharshnessandunwisdomarehiswhoisborn,OPartha,with
demoniacalproperties.
5.Thedivinepropertiesaredeemedtobeforliberation,thedemoniacalforbondage.Grievenot,thouartbornwith
divineproperties,OPandava.
6.Twofoldistheanimalcreationinthisworld,thedivineandthedemoniacal.Thedivinehathbeendescribedat
length.HearfromMe,OPartha,thedemoniacal.
7.Demoniacalmenknowneitherrightenergynorabstinence,norpurity,norevenpropriety,nortruthisinthem.
8.Theuniverseiswithouttruth,withoutbasis,theysay,withoutaGodbroughtaboutbymutualunion,and
causedbylustandnothingelse.
9.Holdingthisview,theseruinedselvesofsmallunderstanding,offiercedeeds,comeforthasenemiesforthe
destructionoftheworld.
10.Surrenderingthemselvestoinsatiabledesires,possessedwithvanity,conceit,andarrogance,holdingevil
ideasthroughdelusion,theyengageinactionwithimpureresolves.
11.Givingthemselvesovertounmeasuredthoughtwhoseendisdeath,regardingthegratificationofdesiresas
thehighest,feelingsurethatthisisall.
12.Heldinbondagebyahundredtiesofexpectation,givenovertolustandanger,theystrivetoobtainbyunlawful
meanshoardsofwealthforsensualenjoyment.

ComteDeGabalis
TheSolarforcemanifestsonthephysicalplanebypassingthroughthegangliaofthesympatheticnervous
systemandthenceupthespinetothebrain,whereitscurrentsunitetobuildupthedeathlessSolarorSpiritual
body.Afterpassingthroughthecentersofthesympatheticnervoussystem,theesotericexpositioncontinues,
thepositiveandnegativecurrentsoftheSolarForcemeetintheforeheadwhere,asitwere,theirbalance
registerssothatatthisdegreeofevolutiontheinitiatecansensewhetherthebalanceisperfectorwhether
positiveornegativecurrentpredominates.Thispowertosenseandgovernthecurrentsisherecalledthedouble
bridleofLeviathan.AndtheadeptKingsofEgyptboreupontheirforeheadstheUraeus,orSacredSerpent
emblemofthisbridle,tosignifythattheyachievedthispower.Atanotherplacethebookrecords:Knowledgeas
tothedevelopmentoftheForcehasbeensacredlyguardedinallageslestman,throughignorance,should
employittohisdestruction.Thesoulthatwillrenounceallpersonalambition,andwillseekbyselflessserviceof
hisfellowbeingstoobeytheDivineSpiritwithin,may,withoutexternalteachingorassistance,evokethisflame
andachieveunaidedaknowledgeofNaturessecretsandmysteries.GopiKrishna,Yoga:AVisionofItsFuture

EmanuelSwedenborg
LetusnowcomparethedescriptionofRudolfSteinerwithwhatEmanuelSwedenborghasrelated.Thelatters
ownaccountofhisilluminationtohisfriend,Robsahm,asfarasitgoes,isverycharacteristichereportsthatGod
appearedtohim.IamGodtheLord,theCreatorandRedeemeroftheWorld.Ihavechosentheetounfoldthe
spiritualsenseoftheHolyScriptures.Iwillmyselfdictatetotheewhatthoushaltwrite.Swedenborgsays:

Thosewhosethoughtsareconfinedtonaturalthingscannotunderstandthatthereisalightinheavenyetinthe
heavensthelightissogreatthatitexceedsbymanydegreesthenoondaylightoftheworld.Ihaveoftenseenitin
thetimeofeveningandnight.AtfirstIwondered,whenIheardtheangelssaythatthelightoftheworldislittle
betterthanshadeincomparisonwiththelightofheavenbutnowthatIhaveseenit,Icanbearwitnessthatitisso.
Thebrightnessandsplendorsurpassalldescription.EverythingthatIhaveseenintheheavensIhaveseeninthat
light,andthereforemoreclearlyanddistinctlythanthingsinthisworld.
Atanotherplaceheadds:Ihavesometimesbeenbroughtintothestateofmindinwhichtheangelsare,andin
thatstateIhavespokenwiththemandthenIunderstoodeverywordbutwhenIwasbroughtbacktomyformer
state,andthusintothenaturalthoughtpropertoman,andwishedtorecollectwhatIhadheard,Icouldnotfor
therewerethousandsofthingsnotadaptedtotheideasofnaturalthought,andthereforeinexpressibleexceptby
variegationsofheavenlylight,andnotatallbyhumanwords.

SecretoftheGoldenFlower

AnancientChinesework,TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower,containsunmistakablehintsaboutthisprocess,
whichnoonewithsomeknowledgeofthesubjectcanfailtonotice,andyetJung,inhiscommentaryonthebook,
entirelypreoccupiedwithhisowntheoriesabouttheunconscious,despitetheunambiguousnatureofthe
statementsinthework,findsinitonlymaterialforthecorroborationofhisownideasandnothingbeyondthat.The
samethinghappenedinaseminarheldbyhimonKundaliniofwhichawrittensummaryisstillavailableinthe
JungInstitute.Notoneofthesavantspresent,asisevidentfromtheviewsexpressedbythem,displayedtheleast
knowledgeabouttherealsignificanceofthishoarycultandthetremendousimportoftheancientdoctrinethey
werediscussingatthetime.GopiKrishna,TheBiologicalBasisofReligion&Genius

TheMethod

TheworkonthecirculationoftheLightdependsentirelyonthebackwardflowingmovement,sothatthethoughts
aregatheredtogetherbetweenthetwoeyes.TheHeavenlyHeartislikethedwellingplace,theLightisthemaster.
ThereforewhentheLightcirculates,thepowersofthewholebodyarrangethemselvesbeforeitsthrone,justas
henaholykinghastakenpossessionofthecapitalandhaslaiddownthefundamentalrulesoforder,allthe
statesapproachwithtributeIfonekeepsthisupforalongtime,theredevelopsquitenaturallyinadditiontothe
body,yetanotherspiritbody.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

ThereforeyouhaveonlytomaketheLightcirculate:thatisthedeepestandmostwonderfulsecret.Thelightis
easytomove,butdifficulttofix.Ifitisallowedtogolongenoughinacirclethenitcrystallizesitself:thatisthe
naturalspiritbody.ThiscrystallizedspiritisformedbeyondthenineHeavens.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

ConsciousactionconsistsinsettingtheLightincirculationbyreflectioninordertomakemanifestthesettingfree
ofHeaven.Ifthenthetrueseedisborn,andtherightmethodappliedinordertomeltandmixit,andinthatway
createtheElixirofLife,thenonegoesthroughthepass.Theembryo,whichmustbedevelopedbytheworkof
warming,nourishing,bathing,andwashing,isformed.Awholeyearofthisfireperiodisnecessarybeforethe
embryoisborn,shedsthemembranes,andpassesoutoftheordinaryworldintotheholyworld.TheSecretof
theGoldenFlower

Themethodisquitesimpleandeasy.Buttherearesomanytransformingandchangingconditionsconnected
withitthatitissaid:Notwithoneleapcanamansuddenlygetthere.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Ifthismethodisfollowed,plentyofseedwaterwillbepresentofitselfthespiritfirewillbeignited,andthe
thoughtearthwillsolidifyandcrystallize.Andthuscantheholyfruitmature.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Theseedblossomofthehumanbodymustbeconcentratedupwardintheemptyspace.Immortalityiscontained
inthissentenceandalsotheovercomingoftheworldiscontainedinit.Thisisthecommongoalofallreligions.
TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Everythingdependsontherebeingnointerruption.Inbetweentherearewarmerandcoolermoments,thatgoes
withoutsaying.ButthegoalmustbetoreachthebreadthofHeavenandthedepthsofthesea,sothatallmethods
seemquiteeasyandtakenforgranted.Onlythendowehaveitinhand.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Anyonecantalkaboutmeditation,buthecannotmasteritifhedoesnotknowwhatthewordmeans.Withinour
6footbodywemuststrivefortheformwhichexistedbeforethelayingdownofHeavenandEarth.Iftodaypeople
sitandmeditateonlyoneortwohours,lookingonlyattheirownegos,andcallitcontemplation,howcananything
comeofit?TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Atthebeginningoftheworkonemustsitinaquietroom,thebodylikedrywood,theheartlikecooledashes.Let
thelidsofbotheyesbeloweredthenlookwithinandpurifytheheart,cleansethethoughts,stoppleasuresand
conservetheseed.Oneshouldsitdowndailytomeditatewithlegscrossed.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Ifthethoughtsareonlyheldtothetwoeyes,butthespiritisnotcrystallizedinthesolarplexus,(thecentreinthe
midstofconditions),itisasifonehadmountedtothehallbuthadnotyetenteredtheinnerchamber.Thenthe
spiritfirewillnotdevelop,thepowerremainscold,andthetruefruitwillhardlymanifestitself.ThereforetheMaster
harboursfearlest,intheirefforts,menonlyfixtheirthoughtsontheplaceonthenose,butfailtothinkoffixingtheir
ideasontheplaceofpower.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Theawakeningofthespiritisaccomplishedbecausethehearthasfirstdied.Whenamancanlethisheartdie,
thentheprimordialfirewakestolife.Tokilltheheartdoesnotmeantoletitdryandwitheraway,butitmeansthat
itisundividedandgatheredintoone.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower


1.Whenthespiritlives,thebreathwillbegintocirculateinawonderfulway.ThisiswhattheMastercalledthe
best.
2.Thenthespiritmustbeallowedtodivedownintotheabdomen(solarplexus?).Thepowerthenmixeswiththe
spirit,andthespirituniteswiththepowerandbecomescrystallized.Thisisthemethodofputtingthehandtoit.
3.Intime,theprimordialspirittransformsitselfinthedwellingoflifeintothetruepower.Atthattime,themethodof
theturningofthemillwheelmustbeapplied,inordertodistilitsothatitbecomestheElixirofLife.Thatisthe
methodofconcentratedwork.
4.WhentheLifeElixirpearlisfinished,theholyembryocanbeformedthentheworkmustbedirectedtothe
warmingandnourishingofthespiritualembryo.Thatisthemethodofthefinishing.
5.Whenthepowerbodyofthechildisfullyformed,theworkmustbesodirectedthattheembryoisbornand
returnsagaintoemptiness.Thatisthemethodofthereleasingofthehand.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Fromthemostancienttimestilltoday,thisisnotemptytalk,butthesequenceoftheGreatMeaninginthereal
methodofproducinganeternallylivingandimmortalspiritandholymanIthastodonotwithamomentary
fantasy,butwiththeexhaustionofthecircularcourse(soulwanderings)ofalltheaeons.TheSecretofthe
GoldenFlower

Wheninthecourseoftimetheworkisfinished,andbeyondthebodythereisanotherbody,itisasif,inthemiddle
ofnonbeing,therewereabeing.OnlyafteracompletedworkofahundreddayswilltheLightbereal,thenonly
willitbecomespiritfire.Afterahundreddays,theredevelopsbyitselfinthemiddleoftheLight,apointofthetrue
Lightpole(yang).Suddenlytheredevelopstheseedpearl.Itisasifmanandwomanembracedandaconception
tookplace.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Afteramanhastheonetoneofindividuationbehindhim,hewillbebornoutwardaccordingtothecircumstances,
andnotuntilheisoldwillhetypicallyturnasingletimetothebackwardflowingway.TheforceoftheLight
exhaustsitselfandtricklesaway.Children,takeheed!Ifforonedayyoudonotpracticemeditation,thisLight
streamsout,whoknowswhither?Ifyouonlymeditateforaquarterofanhour,youcansettenthousandaeons
andathousandbirthsatrest.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

The[loss]ofspiritualconsciousnessischieflybroughtaboutwhenthispowerisdirectedoutward(flows
downward)[sexuality].ThereforethemeaningoftheGoldenFlowerdependswhollyonthebackwardflowing
method.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

WhentherotatingLightshineswithintheheart,itdoesnotbecomedependentonthings,thepoweroftheDarkis
limited,andtheGoldenFlowershineswithconcentration.ItisthenthecollectedLightofpolarity.Thingswhich
arerelatedattracteachother.ThusthepolarityLightlineoftheabysmalpressesupward.ItisnotonlytheLightin
theabyss,butitiscreativeLightmeetincreativeLight.Assoonasthesetwosubstancesmeeteachother,they
uniteinseparably,andunceasinglifebeginsitcomesandgoes,risesandfallsofitself,inthehouseofthe
primordialpower.Oneisawareofeffulgenceandinfinity.Thewholebodyislightandwouldliketofly.The
SecretoftheGoldenFlower

Whenoneissofaradvancedthateveryshadowandveryechohasdisappeared,sothatoneisquitequietand
firm,itissafewithinthecaveofpower,whereallthatismiraculousreturnstoitsroots.Theplaceisnotchanged
butdividesitself.Itisincorporealspacewhereathousandandtenthousandplacesareoneplace.Thetimeis
notchanged,butdividesitself.Itisimmeasurabletimewhenalltheaeonsarelikeamoment.TheSecretofthe
GoldenFlower

DetailofTheMethods:

ThemagicalcharmstatesthatthesecretwonderoftheMeaningisthedevelopingofsomethingoutofnothing.In
thatspiritandpoweruniteinacrystallizedform,thereappears,inthecourseoftime,inthemiddleofthe
emptinessofnothing,apointofthetruefire(ajnachakra?).Duringthistime,themorequietthespiritbecomes,
thebrighteristhefire.ThebrillianceofthefireiscomparedwiththesunsheatinJune.Becausetheblazingfire
causesthewateroftheabysmaltovaporize,thesteamisheated,andwhenithaspassedtheboilingpoint,it
mountsupwardlikeflyingsnow.Atthistime,oneworksatthepowerwiththepurposeofmakingitriseandflow
backward,andfall,flowingdownward,liketheturningofthewheeloftherisingsun.Therotationmethodmakes
useofbreathingtoblowonthefireofthegatesoflife:inthiswaythetruepowerissuccessfullybroughttoits
originalplace.Thewayleadsfromthesacrumupwardinabackwardflowingmannertothesummitofthe
creative,andonthroughthehouseofthecreativethenitsinksthroughtwostoriesinadownwardflowingwayinto
thesolarplexus,andwarmsit.Becausethetruepowergoesbackintotheemptyplace,intime,powerandform
becomerichandfullbodyandheartbecomegladandcheerful.Whatitamountstoisthis:Thecrystallizedspirit
flowsbacktothespiritfire,andbymeansofthegreatestquiet,onefansthefireinthemiddleofthewater,which
isinthemiddleofthecave[ofpower].

Thepupilhaspenetratedinhisworkintomysteriousterritorybut,ifhedoesnotknowthemethodofmelting,itis
tobefearedthattheElixirofLifewillnotbeproduced.ThereforetheMasterhasrevealedthesecretstrictlyguarded
bytheformerholymen.Whenthepupilkeepsthecrystallizedspiritfixedwithinthecaveofpower,and,atthesame
time,letsgreatestquietnessholdsway,thenoutoftheobscuredarkness,asomethingdevelops.Atthistimethe
consciousLightisdifferentiatedfromtheLightoftheessence.Thereforeitissaid:Tomovewhenstimulatedby
externalthings,leadstoitsgoingdownwardandoutwardandcreatingaman.ThatisconsciousLight.If,atthe
timethetruepowerhasbeencopiouslygatheredtogether,thepupildoesnotletitflowdownwardandoutward,but
allowsittoflowbackward,thatistheLightofLiethemethodoftheturningofthewaterwheelmustbeused.If
onecontinuestoturn,thetruepowerreturnstotheroots,dropbydrop.Thenthewaterwheelstops,thebodyis
clean,thepowerisfresh.Ifonedoesnotwaittousethepoweruntilithasbeencollectedsufficiently,itisthentoo
tenderandweak,andtheElixirisnotformed.Ifthepoweristhereandnotused,thenitbecomestoooldandrigid,
andalsotheElixirofLifewillhardlybeproduced.Whenitisneithertoooldnortootender,thenistherighttimeto
useitwithintention.Ifthepupildoesnotunderstandthisprinciple,andletsthepowerstreamawaydownward,
thenthepowerformsintoseed.Everymanwhounitesbodilywithawomanfeelspleasurefirstandthen
bitternesswhentheseedhasflowedout,thebodyistiredandthespiritlanguid.Itisquitedifferentwhentheadep
letsspiritandpowerunite.Thatbringsfirstpurityandthenfreshnesswhentheseedistransformed,thebodyis
healthyandfree.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Thefoolwastesthemostpreciousjewelofhisbodyinuncontrolledpleasure,anddoesnotknowhowto
conservethepowerofhisseed.Whenitisfinished,thebodyperishes.TheHolyandWisehavenootherwayof
takingcareoftheirlivesexceptbydestroyinglustsandsafeguardingtheseed.Theseedthatisconservedis
transformedintopower,andthepower,whenthereisenoughofit,makesthecreativelystrongbody.The
differencebetweenordinarypeopledependsonlyuponwhethertheyapplythedownwardflowingwayorthe
backwardflowingway.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

ThecompletionoftheLifeElixirdependsentirelyontheharmonizingoftherightintention.Then,ifitissaidthat
thefoundationcanbelaidinahundreddays,firstofallthedegreeofindustryinworkmustbetakenintoaccount,
andthedegreeofstrengthinphysicalconstitution.Whoeveriseagerinthework,andhasastrongconstitution,
succeedsmorequicklyinturningbackthewaterwheeloftheriver.WhentheElixiriscompleted,spiritandpower
arepureandcleartheheartisempty,theessencemanifest,andthelightofconsciousnesstransformsitselfinto
theLightoftheessence.IftheLightoftheessenceifheldpermanently,theabysmalandtheadhering(fireLi)
haveintercoursespontaneously.Whentheabysmalandthefiremix,theholyfruitisborne.Theripeningofthe
holyfruitistheeffectofagreatHeavenlycycle.Furtherelucidationstopswiththemethodoftheheavenlycycle.
TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

PrimordialSpirit(higher,animus)vsConsciousSpirit(lower,anima)
IncomparisonwithHeavenandEarth,manislikeamayfly.butcomparedtotheGreatTao,heavenandEarth,
too,arelikeabubbleandashadow.Onlytheprimordialspiritcanovercometimeandspace.TheSecretofthe
GoldenFlower

Thepoweroftheseed,likeHeavenandEarth,issubjecttomortality,buttheprimordialspiritisbeyondthepolar
differences.HereistheplacefromwhichHeavenandEarthderivetheirbeing.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Thelowerheart(consciousspirit)moveslikeastrong,powerfulcommanderwhodispisestheHeavenlyruler
becauseofhisweakness,andhasseizedforhimselftheleadershipoftheaffairsofthestate.Butwhenthe
primordialcastlecanbefortifiedanddefended,thenitisasifastrongandwiserulersatuponthethrone.The
SecretoftheGoldenFlower

Themethodusedbytheancientsforescapingfromtheworldconsistedinburningoutcompletelytheslagof
darknessinordertoreturntothepurelycreative.Thisisnothingmorethanareductionoftheanimaanda
bringingtoperfectionoftheanimus,andthecirculationoftheLightisthemagicalmeansoflimitingthedark
powersandgainingmasteryoftheanima.TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

Allsensuouspleasuresandimpulsestoangerareeffectsoftheanimabutthepupilunderstandshowtodistil
thedarkanimasothatittransformsitselfintoLight(yang)TheSecretoftheGoldenFlower

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