What activities should be done during Amavasya?
Kundalini - awakening to the inner treasure
Sadhguru: The word “Kundalini” generally refers to that dimension of energy, the potential of which has yet to be realized. There is a gigantic amount of energy within you that has not yet developed its potential. She just waits there, because what is called a human being is still a human being in the making. You are not yet human, you are a human being in the process of becoming. You are not an absolute entity of a human being. There is always room to make you a better person.
When you were a monkey, you did not wish to become a human. Nature just pushed you on. But once you become human, there is no more unconscious evolution. If you are unconscious, the same endless cycle of always the same nonsense will go on and on. Evolution will only come to you if you consciously strive for it.
When you become conscious, evolution - or any change - cannot happen without the necessary energy. So the evolutionary process has left untouched a huge amount of energy that when you become conscious you can use it to make something fantastic out of it. There is a treasure that you sit on. But if you look the wrong way, you will never know that there is treasure.
Kundalini: Sitting on a jackpot
Once upon a time there was a beggar who lived in terrible poverty. He was just sitting under a tree, begging. People threw him a few coins, and that's just how he lived. One day he died and his body just lay there. He had no friends or relatives, and no one wanted to carry him anywhere and bury him. So they decided to just bury him there under the tree. When people started digging, they came across a huge treasure. There was an immense treasure just a few meters below him, a huge pot full of gold, and the fool sat there begging all his life. If he'd only dug down once, he would have been a very rich man. But he sat there all the time and was a beggar.
So it is with Kundalini. She's sitting right there. Everyone is sitting on a jackpot, but everyone is looking in different directions. You don't look where the treasure is. So you never notice that there is such a thing. Kundalini is the treasure in you that has remained unused, untouched. You could use this energy to transform this into a completely different dimension; a dimension that you cannot imagine.
Kundalini: Connection to the Ultimate Source
Let me start from your own life experience because there are many stories about Kundalini. There is a wall socket in your house. This socket actually does not produce any electricity itself. There is a huge power plant elsewhere that produces electricity, but it cannot give you that electricity directly. It is the socket that gives you access. Although most people haven't even thought about the power plant and have no idea what it is, they know that a device works when you plug it in.
Similarly, there is an “outlet” in the human body. It's not a three-pin plug, but a five-pin plug. You may have heard of the seven chakras. The Muladhara is like an electrical outlet. That is why it is called Muladhara. Muladhara means "fundamental" or "fundamental". The five of the remaining six chakras form the plug. What about the seventh chakra, the sahasrar? It's like a lightbulb. When you put it in, everything about you lights up. When connected properly, you will no longer have a problem leaving the lights on 24 hours a day. You no longer have to turn off your electricity because you worry about the battery running out. You can just leave it blatantly on, no worries because you are connected to the power source.
Even in this moment, you still have energy. You can read what is written. This means that the life energies work, but in a very minimal way. Only a small part of it works. When all of this becomes accessible to you, when properly connected, there is no limit to what you can make of it. Even with the socket at home you can turn on the lights as soon as you are plugged in, you can turn on the air conditioning, you can have the heater, you can have the television - anything you want. Just one socket. There are so many things you can do.
Unfortunately, most of the people are not affiliated. They are trying to generate their own electricity. That's why they eat five times a day, but are still tired most of the time. It's a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in the sense of physical energy or activity, energy is in the sense of life. Existence is energy, isn't it? The basis of existence is energy. Knowing this foundation is like knowing the foundations of life. If one understands the ways of energy, one knows the whole mechanics of creation. So when you are connected you know what the force is, what it can do, and what you can make of it. You are connected to an infinite source of power - that is what Kundalini is.
How do you join the Kundalini?
If you plug in a device and your hands shake, you will scratch the whole wall, but you will not get the plug in. Likewise, many people find it difficult to get the five-pin plug into the socket because there is no persistence in their body, mind, emotions, or energies. Yoga is a means of gaining the consistency necessary to take it in. Once you've plugged it in - limitless energy! You don't have to go and get to know or understand the power plant. You pocket it and everything is fine.
Yoga is the science of how to get the plug in properly so there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once connected to this uninterrupted power source, you will naturally be heading for the goal of what life longs for. You will not get lost with your unusual ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements in the world.
The organic atom
A human being is an "organic atom", an individual unit of life. For example, people are researching nuclear science these days. An atom is not even visible to you, but when you smash it something tremendous happens. And if you're in the way, something terrible will happen. Nobody would ever have realized that there could be so much energy in that tiny, little atom until they smashed it. Similarly, there is a tremendous amount of energy packed into a human being. The awakening or ascension of Kundalini means that you have found the technology to tap into this energy.
However, when you tap into this dimension of energy, which is a phenomenal force, you have to stand on solid ground. It's just like learning to use nuclear power. Nowadays everyone is learning a lot about atomic science due to the Japanese situation! In case you've forgotten the Russian experience, the Japanese will remind you of it. When you tap into this energy, you must tap into it with extreme caution. If you are not in an appropriate situation for it, if you are in the nature of a tsunami or earthquake, you could get into trouble. It is the same with Kundalini.
Don't build a “Kundalini bomb”!
The kind of life most people lead, where there are too many things - people, food, or activity - that are not under absolute control, is trying to activate Kundalini after reading a book somewhere like starting to build a nuclear reactor at home because you read how to do it on the internet. Apparently by 2006 there was a detailed plan on the internet about how to build an atomic bomb! We don't know how many people downloaded it. The only luck is that they don't have access to the material that is needed. With Kundalini too, there are too many people who have read about how one can perform all kinds of miracles with the Kundalini awakening. But although they may know intellectually what to do, experience does not mean. And that's a good thing because if you break up that energy and can't contain it, it can destroy your whole system in no time. Not only you, but also the people around you could be immensely harmed. So is Kundalini a bad thing? No. It is a huge thing, but anything that is huge must be done with the utmost care and caution.
In what other ways can this energy be activated?
Is there anything else that can be done? Every aspect of yoga activates Kundalini in some way. In fact, anything you do if you jump or play soccer for 10 minutes will activate your Kundalini to some extent. In moments of absolute participation in a game, people show a phenomenal sense of energy, which is not possible for them in normal situations. This is because Kundalini is activated during intense activity. But the conscious attempt to break open and use them is a different matter. This must be done under absolute control and guidance.
Editor's note: Excerpt from a lecture by Sadhguru as part of the 21-week training to become a hatha yoga teacher at the yoga school in Isha. The course program provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the yogic system and the ability to teach hatha yoga. For more information, visit www.ishahathayoga.com.
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