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A Treatise on Kundalinī (कुंडलिनी)

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Coiled, divine, female - her way is universal

कुंडलिनी क्या है? What is Kundalini?

I bow to the sacred Kula Kuṇḍalinī, who is the beloved of the Self-born One due to her perfect form and her three folds. She has entered the sky-path of the central channel and yet She vibrates in the mind. She appears in the form of a fragile young woman, and yet she is formless.

This Goddess shines, speaking knowledge [/singing the Vedas]; She is both creator and destroyer. I worship her - the consort of the Self-born One - as the Power of Action at the start of all rites and undertakings. – Translation © 2010, revised 2019 by Christopher Wallis

Etymolocial preface - the neologism of Kula Kundalini

  • the meaning of kul is a paramparaa (tradition)
  • when we refer to Kundalini we may refer to a Shakti[1] that remains present as kundal (round or coiled)
  • sarpini may refer to a female serpent or a serpentine Shakti
  • कुंडलिनी - “a serpent-like coiled vein”
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There is a deep reason why the neologism Kundalini was introduced: the serpent (sarpini) forms a coil (kundal) by placing its tail into its own mouth.

The symbol of the Ouroborus

An Ouroboros may symbolize the hidden or innate abilities of a person. A common western phrase is: “We are our own worst enemy”, and we often mean that we block us from archiving our goals.

Related to Kula Kundalini Vidya we are not giving us the freedom from bondage so that we can become liberated. A person may form negative Tattvas[2] and create personal obstacles on the Path. – This way it’s not possible to obtain anything.

Of all possible emanations of consciousness it chose you. You are perfect.

In order to materialize our dreams of Actions that sarpini will have to break free

The image shows Prometheus (who brought mankind the fire), free from the chains which may also symbolize ties to negative Tattvas. Tibetan Tantra knows Tummo (Six Yogas of Naropa) as a meditation on Inner Fire; a correspondence to Greek mythology and Kundalini (often cited as a gnostic fire).

The Kulas of Kundalini are many, and some may date back over 1000 years[3].

Castaneda described witchcraft and sorcery as pre-Tantric. For a Westerner is may be of pragmatic value to integrate familiar aspects of one’s own culture. A small Western “Kula” is not necessarily neo-Tantric.
– Kundalini is not one thing in particular and it does not belong to one particular Dharma.

Kula Kundalini Vidya

Closely connected with free sarpini is gatisheeltaa; the movement of a female serpent. This Yantra (movement) can get absorbed as prakriti (nature) within in order to free latent creativity.

Kula Kundalini can be understood as a Vidya[4] that moves (gatisheeltaa) as a permeating force and takes Tattvas in Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, Rasaayan (alchemy) in order to bring forth the Siddhis (spiritual attainments) and the Shaktis within the person.

These Siddhis and Shaktis can vary based on the particular individual. – Ontologically to emerge and incarnate devta (divine) qualities. Such imagination materializes with Actions; from innate capabilities.
For example one meta-philosophical understanding of Kalachakra may lead to activities minding the natural impermanence of the cosmos (brahmaand).

The movement pulsates[5] upwards “like a vortex” and pre-cognitively liberates[6] transpersonal processes starting on a oneiromantic, manasic and emotional level. The egoic Self dissolves in the inner self. This multi-level supervision naturally transforms into Action, and it’s possible that “deity” aspects dissolve into innate awareness.

Characteristic turning points in this movement can be named Chakras (Wheels), in the sense that in order to see to the ground of a flowing river one needs to still the stream at certain vectors (Jal Tattva). Thus there are not six or seven Chakras, as many Western systems claim (C. G. Jung, John Woodroffe).
There are countless many. – With the Kundalini moving towards the subtler.
On a Tantrik level especially main Chakras can be experienced through Mantra by their resonance within; of course via “brain functions” and innate awareness.


  1. the female principle of divine energy, especially when personified as the supreme deity ↩︎

  2. qualities, essence, thatness ↩︎

  3. Chapter on Candali Yoga with a remark on contemporary Western literature ↩︎

  4. vidya means "Body of knowledge* (in the sense of gyaan). ↩︎

  5. intended rhetorical connection Spanda-Karika, verse 3 ↩︎

  6. by “uprooting” the causes of the Malas ↩︎