Secrets of Kundalini
The major importance of Gopi
Krishna's insight was that he realized that human evolution in the
modern era, which is mainly evolution of the brain, was a continuous
process, and had not stopped as many scientists believe with some sort
of ‘missing link’, such as that between Neanderthal man and the
modern human being.
That modern science has not
yet recognized this continuous evolutionary process is merely because of
its very slow pace in most human beings. In the case of the man with the
properly awakened kundalini however, this process of evolution could
become dramatically increased and observable, to the extent that a man
could progress from someone of relatively average talent to genius level
within a space of years. If true, this conclusion would obviously have
staggering consequences for human society.
Kundalini as the common source of all religions
Many scientists, psychologists and
atheists write off religion to some aberration of the psyche. They say
either that a so called religious or spiritual experience is some kind
of hallucination, or that the desire to believe comes from wishful
They say that the human body is
merely a machine, and that we are nothing but a complexly arranged mass
of chemicals brought together over aeons by some kind of sequence of
random accidents. They imply that if a monkey types upon the typewriter
for enough billions of years, it will eventually write a Shakespeare
Whilst the latter is an interesting
question for mathematicians and statisticians to debate, Gopi Krishna
offered a different answer to the existence of the voluminous mass of
religious scriptures and belief systems littering mankind's entire
history over the last five millennia or more.
His answer was simple and complete.
The kundalini mechanism which he had witnessed in his own body, if
properly awakened and allowed to mature, could lead one to higher states
of consciousness from which all the world's prophets and religious
teachers drew their inspiration and powers.
So if kundalini were recognized as
the power common to all humanity, underlying what at present are
regarded as a wide variety of seemingly opposed religious creeds, the
‘holy wars’ and arguments about doctrine, dogma and whose
prophet was the greatest would surely cease.
Krishna's journey through his awakening was at times blissful and at
other times dangerous and agonizing. Though he implied this need not be
so, he explained that until the laws of how the kundalini power operated
were thoroughly explored, there would be many tragic and abortive cases
of kundalini awakenings.
for those individuals, doctors and psychiatrists unaware of the
kundalini mechanism, many such people worldwide with ‘unfavorable
kundalini awakenings’ are currently residing in psychiatric care.
should this be so? Gopi Krishna explained that this was because when
we deal with kundalini awakening, we are dealing with transformation of
as a pregnant mother may adversely affect the development of her unborn
child, for example by smoking cigarettes or using drugs, a person with
an active kundalini may cause their transformation to abort or go wrong
in a miscellany of ways.
consequences can be devastating both to the individual concerned and
sometimes those around him or her also. Paranoiac and delusional states
can arise, the person can easily believe they are going insane, and it
may be difficult to know if such conditions are temporary or permanent.
all genuine religious scriptures have advised temperance, good moral
conduct and moderation in all aspects of lifestyle, not only for the
population generally, but as principles which upheld the evolutionary
path, and as prerequisite and protective measures for those undergoing a
to lack of personal supervision and the serious dangers involved, Gopi
Krishna never advised anyone to attempt to awaken kundalini, and
explores these issues in depth in his various books, including his
expanded autobiography ‘Living with Kundalini’ published by
Shambhala press in 1993.
the contrary, he said that a properly conducted research experiment
lasting several years should be carried out, with a group of carefully
selected people whose physiological characteristics and temperament were
suited to such a challenging and likely dangerous ordeal.
Kundalini and society - the
need for spiritual laws
Krishna frequently pointed out that the modern society was losing its
way, to the extent that the leading members and intellectuals were
‘losing touch with reality.’
point was that if indeed there is a target to evolution, a grand design
behind nature, as he claims, the ‘wrath of God’ as expressed by for
example the Old Testament scriptures starts to take on a more logically
is to say, there exist ‘spiritual laws’ - quite apart from and in
addition to the currently known and still yet to be known laws of
physics governing the material world, which are to be adhered to by
mankind for its best evolutionary interest, and indeed actual survival.
Krishna further explained that when nations and civilizations ignored
these laws, history showed that they fell, such as happened in the case
of the Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Mogul empires. It is tempting and
somewhat plausible to consider the fall of the British Empire and the
current precipitous status of America as the dominant world power in
exactly the same light.
the clear implication is that each one of these many mighty historical
empires fell, precisely because it became immoderate in its activities,
disobeying the kind of laws ‘from on high’ - in fact evolutionary
laws for humanity - as expressed for example in the Ten Commandments of
why should ‘self-indulgent’ behavior result in personal and
collective disaster? Why can't we all just give free rein to all the
pleasures and passions our inner nature seems to direct us to seek?
Krishna's answer again was simple and direct. Nature has her own laws,
and her own desires which always supersede our own. The goal of
Nature is for us to rise to a higher evolutionary level. But this
evolutionary transformation takes place mainly through that most
delicate and least understood of all organs - the human brain.
recourse to microscopes and ultrasonic scanners, Gopi Krishna was able
to observe inside his own body the great sensitivity of his brain and
nervous system to various excesses and stresses, diet, over work, etc.,
and thus was drawn to the conclusion that this same overstressing of the
brain was having a deleterious effect throughout society, and blocking
the evolutionary path to the mainstream of the human population.
that, he further explained that the almost total disregard for these
‘spiritual’ or ‘ethical’ laws in modern society, was leading to
the alarming documented increase in mental illness throughout all
echelons of the population, but in particular, the higher orders of
intelligence who possess more sensitive nervous systems. It is a simple
step to consider that in the age of nuclear, chemical and biological
weapons, the possibility of the mad dictator or national leader
threatens the survival of whole nations, and perhaps the entire human
morals or ethical principles are seen from an entirely scientific
and rational perspective to be necessary for both the survival of the
individual and the race, which goes hand in hand with the protection and
evolution of our individual nervous systems and brains.
the most surprising element of Gopi Krishna's discoveries and discourses
about kundalini is that the sex organs and the kundalini mechanism are
intimately interconnected. They both feed from the same energy source,
and therefore despite modern ideas to the contrary, overindulgence in
sex beyond a certain point can be damaging to the health, nervous system
person in a lower state of consciousness will not necessarily be aware
of this, but for the person in a higher state of consciousness, the
results of an unmoderated and freely indulgent sex life can be
deleterious or even disastrous.
higher faculties of creativity, intuition and inspiration may be blocked
or cease to function, and there can even be damage to the brain, health
and sanity of a person in a highly active kundalini state.
also seems very plausible that if the sex act is drawing vital energy
from all parts of the body as the kundalini theory says, overindulgence
in sex for many years may also lead to a prematurely debilitated old
age. Thus we see that some people are a spent force at 50 or 60 and
others are bright and vibrant until their 80s or even beyond, though one
cannot be too simplistic about his, as obviously many other factors may
Krishna stipulated that for a modern intelligent man or woman, the
maximum safe indulgence in sex would be between twice a week and once a
fortnight. However, he advised against total celibacy generally
speaking, which he said for most people could also be damaging, instead
recommending sensible moderation as the best way to support the
this might seem repressive to those raised on modern social and
psychological ideas of what normal sex activity should be, Gopi Krishna
believed based on his own experience that converting more than this
proportion of the vital essences into sexual fluids could starve the
evolving adult brain of the vital material it needs to preserve its
balance, health and sanity, and damage the health of the body generally
it is the common experience of men to feel drained following the sex
act, would seem to confirm that the secreted sexual fluids are produced
only by draining the vital essences from all parts of the body, as he
Krishna goes on to say that it is unsafe to raise kundalini forcibly,
unless the person in question has stern mastery over his or her sex
impulses. In critical periods, one single sexual release can be
disastrous, and can apparently lead to instant insanity or death.
this is not necessarily to say however that the man or woman of higher
development will have no sex life. It just means that it will be under
control, likely very moderate, and in some cases totally non-existent.
the conclusion to be drawn from these facts is that anybody who insists
that there should be ‘free love’ and unbridled opportunities for
sexual expression is from a scientific and objective point of view
promoting the downfall of his or her community, nation or race. The idea
that we should never restrain our desires is therefore the most
dangerous and destructive idea to human happiness, evolution and
survival ever peddled in the history of humanity.
a more detailed lecture on this issue by Gopi Krishna himself please
follow the link below
here to read an essential Gopi Krishna lecture on evolution and sex
alas, Gopi Krishna died in 1984, the only remaining points of contact
with him are the few people who knew him personally, and the great
legacy of his books.
there are literally thousands of books available to the modern reader
dealing with the subjects of yoga, and a lesser number dealing
specifically with kundalini, it is essential to realize that Gopi
Krishna wrote from a level of personal experience that perhaps few in
this century or any other have ever paralleled.
quotation from his autobiography (slightly edited) states this better:
with a roar like that of a waterfall, I felt a stream of
liquid light entering my brain though the spinal cord...the
illumination grew brighter and brighter, the roaring louder.
I experienced a rocking sensation and then felt myself
slipping out of my body, entirely enveloped in a halo of
light It is impossible to describe the experience
accurately. I felt the point of consciousness that was
myself growing wider, surrounded by waves of light. It grew
wider and wider, spreading outward whilst the body, normally
the immediate object of its perception, appeared to have
receded into the distance until I became entirely
unconscious of it. I was now all consciousness, without any
outline, without any idea of a corporeal appendage, without
any feeling or sensation coming from the senses, immersed in
a sea of light, simultaneously conscious and aware of every
point, spread out, as it were, in all directions without any
barrier of material obstruction. I was no longer myself, or
to be more accurate, no longer as I knew myself to be, a
small point of awareness confined in a body, but instead was
a vast circle of consciousness in which the body was but a
point, bathed in light and in a state of exaltation and
happiness impossible to describe.”
his own lifetime, despite the most widespread and earnest searching, he
was unable to find anybody in the whole of India, considered the home of
yoga, to advise him upon his kundalini awakening, simply due to their
own lack of personal knowledge and experience of the topic, however
great their reputations may have been.
modern authors who have written on these subjects have therefore been
equally in the dark as to the depths of knowledge required to properly
understand the plight and prognosis for those going through a kundalini
awakening, as they too have been unwittingly copying the ideas and
knowledge of these same ill informed teachers and gurus whose own
understanding was also inadequate.