The kundalini represents the latent potential in man and is generally regarded as residing in the mooladhara chakra. This implies that man has a unique faculty of self-awareness and understanding that normally remains untapped and unused. Man rarely uses even a fraction of his potential. Tins is the realized meaning behind the symbology of the kundalini residing at the mooladhara chakra.
There are also lower chakras. below mooladhara, called atala. vitala. sutala. talatala, rasatala, mahatala and patala. These relate to less developed forms of life in the animal and insect kingdoms, in plant life and in inanimate objects such as rocks and minerals. .All lack self-awareness, or even the potential. But in man this potential exists… kundalini sleeps in mooladhara chakra. When it wakes up. then bliss and understanding increase as it ascends through the higher chakras.
Some mind awakening systems consider that the kundalini resides elsewhere. For example, Buddhists regard the kundalini as abiding in manipura chakra and that it should be awakened there. There is really no contradiction. It only means that Buddhists don’t regard an individual as being on the spiritual path until he has reached the manipura chakra level. Below this level, at the mooladhara and swadhisthana chakras. man is considered to be predominantly instinctive, with little awareness and discrimination. And this is essentially true, in which case the kundalini, associated with awakening, can indeed be said to abide in the manipura chakra. It does at that particular level of understanding. The location of the kundalini depends only on definition. If you wish you can regard the spiritual path as beginning in animals and stones; in this case kundalini can be considered as abiding in the chakras below mooladhara, in patala, for example. However, in yoga-tantra and most other systems, the kundalini is arbitrarily defined as abiding in mooladhara chakra, for it is at this level of being that life, in this case man, begins to become aware of itself and to unfold understanding even if it is very ego-centred and rudimentary. There are even many yoga-tantra texts that state that the kundalini really resides in sahasrara and this is true in a higher sense. So don’t become confused by seemingly contradictory statements about the seat of kundalini. In the context of the practical application of yoga-tantra techniques, the seat of kundalini is mooladhara chakra. This is clearly stated as follows: “The power of consciousness resides in the form of the kundalini at the mooladhara chakra. It is in the shape of a serpent with three-and-a-half coils. While this serpent power lies dormant in the human body, then men and women lead an instinctive life.” (Gherand Samhita 3:44-45)
The coiled snake indicates that the power or potential of man is latent and unmanifested. Through yoga practices, the kundalini is transformed from a static to a dynamic form; it starts to express its innate power. It triggers the potential contained in sahasrara.
This has been a brief introduction to kundalini in relation to the mooladhara chakra. The subject of kundalini will be fully discussed in the next lesson.