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The Goal of the Kundalini Process
The general goal of a Kundalini process is the development of new faculties of mind and perception in an individual, achieved through the activation of an area or areas of the brain that were dormant before the process began.
What these new faculties are depends on what area(s) of the brain are affected, but in virtually all cases, there is the development of creative abilities and talents not present before. These may include artistic or musical talent in any form, inspired poetry, the facility to learn new languages very quickly, mathematical or scientific abilities, etc.
The most advanced form of this process is the mystical vision, where the individual experiences, for a period of time, a feeling of unity with all creation, attended by bliss or exaltation so intense that it is said to be beyond description.
This process is fueled by an increased quantity of vital energy or prana, transmitted to the brain via the spinal cord. During the time that the Kundalini process is very active, it draws on the most potent reservoir of this vital energy in the body, which is located in the sex organs.
Over time, Kundalini enhances the nervous system so that this vital energy can be extracted from other organs and tissues in the body, and the drain on the sex organs is reduced. This is the reason why many types of spiritual practice recommend sexual restraint or even total abstinence during the time that the process is very active.
Mystical Experience and Enlightenment
The mystical experience is usually limited in duration as the flow of prana to the brain cannot be sustained by most individuals for more than a short period of time. But in extremely rare cases, the enhanced flow of vital energy going to the brain becomes permanent, and the state of full enlightenment is eventually achieved. In this state, the individual attains the ability to perceive reality as infinite, all-knowing consciousness.
Some of the characteristics acquired by a person who achieves this state include perennial bliss, moral elevation, compassion, the absence of fear of death, the revelation of new knowledge, traits of genius, and the ability to perceive prana in one’s self and others. There may also be a transformation of the physical senses to a more heightened or refined form.
How far the transformation progresses, and whether there are difficulties accompanying it, is determined by a host of hereditary, physiological, environmental and lifestyle factors. As a consequence the process will vary considerably from individual to individual. What may help the process in one person may not help, or could even hinder it in another.
This process is being guided by an intelligence that is beyond our comprehension. We need to understand as much as possible what it is trying to accomplish, and cooperate with it to the best of our ability.
Once the Kundalini process has begun, it usually cannot be stopped. Remembering that the goal of Kundalini is to accelerate the evolution of the brain and nervous system so that new faculties of mind become active. Therefore to realize these potential benefits, we should do our best to facilitate the process.