The last few paragraphs can be summarized as: descent of the kundalini implies increasing separation, disidentification and lack of knowledge. Ascent implies increasing integration, identification, bliss and a more harmonized, wider view of one’s being in relation to life and others. The kundalini, as a centre of consciousness and power, abides in mooladhara chakra in individual man. It abides in sahasrara when individuality and mind are transcended. It occupies intermediate chakra levels according to the awareness and identification of the ego. It is the same kundalini power, but viewed from different levels of awareness, understanding and identification.
The kundalini both binds and liberates. It is both the cause of the fall and illumination. In the tantric scriptures, Hevajra Tantra, it says explicitly: “One must rise by that which one falls.” That is, kundalini only shows herself to those people who seek her. To these she gives liberation; to others she is the cause of bondage.
In order to break down too much attachment to logical understanding of the kundalini, we will now tell you something that seems to contradict what we have already said, but which actually does not. The kundalini, in a higher sense, does not really abide in the mooladhara chakra or anywhere else. It ever abides in sahasrara. It does not really rise through the chakras. Each of the chakras is connected to sahasrara, and each in turn can turn on the power of kundalini in sahasrara. The chakras are really switches that make the kundalini seem to ascend; it actually remains in sahasrara, the reservoir. The kundalini that is said to abide in the mooladhara of each human being is really a reflection of that which always abides in sahasrara. Contemplate on this apparent paradox. Tread the path of jnana yoga. If you discover the answer, then you will find that there is no contradiction – kundalini is both in mooladhara and in sahasrara. But please don’t take our word for it; find out for yourself.
The kundalini is often associated with sexual energy. In fact, in tantra, under specified conditions, sexual energy is utilized as a method of raising the kundalini and expanding levels of awareness. This can be done in two ways: either by actual sexual intercourse in a prescribed manner, or by abstaining from sexual relationships. In both cases, the sexual energy is transmuted. This process is called urdhvaretas, which means the power and energy behind sex is directed upwards to induce higher states of consciousness.
Many people tried to identify sexual energy directly with kundalini but this misses the real meaning, for it means much more than sexual energy. Sexual energy is merely a small part and aspect of the full power of kundalini.
The awakening of kundalini indicates greater and greater levels of mind. As she rises through the chakras, so one becomes more and more concentrated. The fluctuations of the mind begin to settle. The mind becomes more and more like a placid, calm sea, instead of a tumultuous, stormy ocean. One’s awareness begins to flow as smoothly as the flow of oil from a vessel. One becomes aware of something that continually rivets the attention. The whole mind starts to flow in one direction and becomes a vehicle of bliss instead of unhappiness. Such is the boon of opening the chakras and awakening the kundalini.
The purpose of yoga is to retread the path back to the source. In other words, the aim is to raise the kundalini (Shakti) so that she unites with her husband (Shiva) in sahasrara. Poetically, it is said that through the practice of yoga, kundalini develops an overwhelming desire to unite with her husband and for this reason awakens from her slumber in mooladhara. The awakening transforms everyday life into bliss. The world remains the same but one’s changed attitude, feelings and awareness transform everything into a fulfilling, joyful experience.