I have read much about Kundalini in yoga. There are few yoga postures for awakening the kundalini. Without these yoga postures and without a guru, is it possible to get the experience of awakening of the kundalini?

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Yes, Kundalini can be aroused without the help of Guru also.

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda / Volume 1 / Raja Yoga / Chapter IV / The Psychic Prana:

The rousing of the Kundalini is the one and only way to attaining Divine Wisdom, superconscious perception, realisation of the spirit. The rousing may come in various ways, through love for God, through the mercy of perfected sages, or through the power of the analytic will of the philosopher.

Swami Vivekananda has covered the topic of Kundalini in great detail which you can find in the above link.

Whether it is possible with asanas and related practices? Yes it is technically possible. Some basic and advanced yogic methods can make Kundalini awakening or activation of chakra.

It can also happen spontaneously due to something called shaktipaat which means grace. There are examples of people getting movements of energy and kundalini experience at some high energy place such as any siddha kshetra. Also during initiation by guru it can be spontaneously activated during diksha.

However some asanas , mudrAs and bandhas are extremely useful in undertaking this sadhana.

In the ancient shastras many references are made regarding mudras. For example, the Siva Samhita (iv, 12-15) describes mudras as follows:

"Now I shall tell you the best means of attaining success in yoga. The practitioners must keep it secret. It is the inaccessible yoga. When the sleeping goddess kundalini is awakened through the grace of guru, then all the lotuses and the bonds are readily pierced through and through. Therefore, in order that the goddess, who is asleep in the mouth of brahmarandhra (the innermost hollow of sushumna) be awakened, the mudras should be practiced with the greatest care. Out of the many mudras, the following ten are best: mahamudra, mahabandha, mahabheda, khechari, jalandhara, moola bandha, vipareeta karani, uddiyana, vajroli and shakti chalini."

MahAmudra and mahAbandha along with prAnayAma are excellent practice for kundalini yoga as told by maharshi Patanjali in his ashtanga yoga.

The Three Bandhas I n the Yogataravali Sutras it is said: ‘Jalandhara bandha, uddiyana bandha and moola bandha are situated in the throat, abdomen and perineum respectively. If their duration can be increased then where is the fear of death? By the practice of these three bandhas the dormant kundalini awakens and enters into the sushumna. The breath becomes still {kumbhaka). With the performance of these three bandhas the reckaka (exhalation) and pooraka (inhalation) ceases to function. With this the senses become purified and kevala (enlightenment) takes place. I pray for that vidya (knowledge) residing in kevala kumbhaka” (YS, 5,6,8)

Through the perfection of bandhas the yogi is able to lock himself into the ‘eternal now’ devoid of the dualities of existence, motion and change. His consciousness is unfettered by the modifications of thought enabling him to merge into the field of unified consciousness. As such, the bandhas induce pratyahara {sense withdrawal) and are preliminary techniques for meditation

When kundalini shakti is awakened and arises from her sleep, she is the vehicle for the expansion of consciousness, enabling the individual to fully develop his innate potential and rise beyond the mundane realm of birth and death to the level of divinity.

Lastly I would say that there is a lot of uncertainty about Kundalini especially in the West and in India too where people are mostly talking about its dangers and warnings. However most of them haven't even taken up that practice nor have they seen people going mad due to kundalini yoga. Most of the cases are just hearsay. So do not get frightened or discouraged by such opinions. Definitively spiritual path is not easy it is full of challenges as one ventures into world of unknown. But this path is for the brave.

As per Tantric tradition, women have an advantage when it comes to kundalini due to their anatomical and pranic build up. Hence require relatively less sadhana than men.

Ashtanga yoga / kriya yoga are good ways to undertake kundalini yoga under a genuine master.

It is usually impossible to achieve any form of success in Yoga without the Guru.

Every bit of the practice has to be done under the guidance of the Guru only. See few verses from various chapters of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika:

When the Yogî remains inwardly attentive to the Brahman, keeping the mind and the Prâna absorbed, and the sight steady, as if seeing everything while in reality seeing nothing outside, below, or above, verily then it is called the Sâmbhavî mudrâ, which is learnt by the favour of a guru. Whatever, wonderful, Sûnya or Asûnya is perceived, is to be regarded as the manifestation of that great Śambhû (Śiva.)

Having seated in such a room and free from all anxieties, he should practise Yoga, as instructed by his Guru.

Posture becoming established, a Yogî, master of himself, eating salutary and moderate food, should practise Prânâyâma, as instructed by his guru.

He should practise mudrâs properly, as instructed by his guru. Then sitting with Padmâsana, he should hear anâhata nâda attentively.

And the following verse, which clearly states that one needs the Guru's grace to activate the sleeping Kundalini.

Suptā ghuruprasādena yadā jāgharti kundalī
Tadā sarvāni padmāni bhidyante ghranthayoapi cha ||

When the sleeping Kundalinî awakens by favour of a guru, then all the lotuses (in the six chakras or centres) and all the knots are pierced through.

There are actually certain things, like the secrets of Yoga, which one has to learn from the Guru. By reading only books one can not really do so as the following verse says:

The whole of the nectar, possessing divine qualities, which exudes from the Soma (Chandra) is devoured by the Sûrya; and, owing to this, the body becomes old. To remedy this, the opening of the Sûrya is avoided by excellent means. It is to be learnt best by instructions from a guru; but not by even a million discussions.

So, in short it is almost impossible to attain success in Kundali Yoga or the state of Samadhi without the Guru.

Indifference to worldly enjoyments is very difficult to obtain, and equally difficult is the knowledge of the Realities to obtain. It is very difficult to get the condition of Samâdhi, without the favour of a true guru.

Adding a couple of more verses from another Yogic treatise, the Shiva Samhita, where Lord Shiva says that knowledge of Yoga is useful only when it is imparted by the Guru.

Now I shall tell you, how easily to attain success in Yoga, by knowing which the Yogis never fail in the practice of Yoga. 10

Only the knowledge imparted by a Guru, through his lips, is powerful and useful; otherwise it becomes fruitless, weak and very painful. 11

Shiva Samhita 3-10,11

But, in certain exceptional cases it might be possible, if the disciple is carrying forward a lot of merits from the past lives and has already activated his/her Kundalini in the previous birth. But, in general a Guru is required.

See the cases below,

  1. If you are retaining psycho-physical 'I' which is wrong identification of yourself by yourself, you need a mentor or guru whatever the word guru means otherwise it could become dangerous.

  2. If you are annihilating your entire ego masquerading as 'I' then Kundalini will be activated without doing anything and without any guru.

For the 2nd point, from the book Be as you are.

Q: How can one direct the prana or life-force into the sushumna nadi [a psychic nerve in the spine] so that the chit-jadagranthi [the identification of consciousness with the body] can be severed in the manner stated in Sri Ramana Gita?

A: By enquiring `Who am I?' The yogi may be definitely aiming at rousing the kundalini and sending it up the sushumna. The jnani may not be having this as his object. But both achieve the same results, that of sending the life-force up the sushumna and severing the chit-jada-granthi. Kundalini is only another name for atma or Self or shakti. We talk of it as being inside the body, because we conceive ourselves as limited by this body. But it is in reality both inside and outside, being not different from Self or the shakti of Self.

I tend to remember an occasion where Jiddu also told the same what Ramana Maharshi suggested - One doesn't need to be a part of all this paraphernalia, one can bypass all these practices and attain to the immeasurable. He told to a yogi who had got some psyche powers and intense concentration using intense practices but couldn't find the thing called Love/Reality.

But must the mind travel through all these dark and hidden passages to come to the light? And when through any of these means it does come to the light, is that the light of the eternal? Or is it the light of the known, the recognized, a thing born of search, struggle hope? Must one go through this weary process to find that which is not measurable? Can we bypass all this and come upon that which may be called love? Since you have had visions, powers, experiences, what do you say, sir? from here

A Guru is necessary to have any spiritual experience.

MR. CHOUDHURY: "Sir, is it not possible to have the vision of God without the help of a guru?"

MASTER: "Satchidananda Himself is the Guru. At the end of the sava-sadhana, just when the vision of the Ishta is about to take place, the guru appears before the aspirant and says to him, 'Behold! There is your Ishta.' Saying this, the guru merges in the Ishta. He who is the guru is also the Ishta. The guru is the thread that leads to God. Women perform a ritualistic worship known as the 'Ananta-vrata', the object of worship being the Infinite. But actually the Deity worshipped is Vishnu. In Him are the 'infinite' forms of God.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, The Master’s Birthday Celebration at Dakshineswar, February 25, 1883

BRAHMO: "Is spiritual knowledge impossible without a guru?"

MASTER: "Satchidananda alone is the Guru. If a man in the form of a guru awakens spiritual consciousness in you, then know for certain that it is God the Absolute who has assumed that human form for your sake. The guru is like a companion who leads you by the hand. After the realization of God, one loses the distinction between the guru and the disciple. 'That creates a very difficult situation; there the guru and the disciple do not see each other.'1 It was for this reason that Janaka said to Sukadeva, 'Give me first my teacher's fee if you want me to initiate you into the Knowledge of Brahman.' For the distinction between the teacher and the disciple ceases to exist after the disciple attains to Brahman. The relationship between them remains as long as the disciple does not see God."

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, The Master with the Brahmo Devotees (II), April 22, 1883

There is one important thing to remember about the idea of a Guru. No physical human being can really be a Guru. It is always Satchidananda who is the guru and no one else. If you do get spiritual experience through a human guru then you should realize that Satchidananda is acting through the human guru.

Swami Vivekananda has explained Kundalini in his book Raja Yoga.

'When you practice, first salute all the ancient Yogis, and your own Guru, and God, and then begin.'

Raja Yoga, Chapter VIII, Raja Yoga in brief by Swami Vivekananda

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    What did vivekananda and others say about Kundalini? – Rakesh Joshi Sep 24 at 13:36
  • Vivekananda discusses Kundalini in Raja Yoga. In his summary of Raja Yoga he writes 'When you practice, first salute all the ancient Yogis, and your own Guru, and God, and then begin.' (Raja Yoga, Chapter VIII, Raja Yoga in brief). I doubt if Vivekananda will contradict Ramakrishna and say that a Guru is not needed in Kundalini Yoga. – Pradip Gangopadhyay Sep 25 at 11:05
  • he contradicted many things of sankara samnyasa parampara though. He was not into kundalini but into vedanta. – Rakesh Joshi Sep 26 at 1:57
  • Vivekananda called Ramakrishna Avatara Varishta. He will not contradict Ramakrishna. – Pradip Gangopadhyay Sep 26 at 11:34
  • acha. Then why he not propagated path of Tantra.? – Rakesh Joshi Sep 26 at 11:45

Yes, Kundalini can be aroused without the help of Guru also.

To explain I want to example of my Guru to answer same question by Me :

"Awakening kundalini can be considered like lighting fire in Deepak. If you already have a lightened Deepak you can lighten another Deepak instantly. If you don't have lighted Deepak or source of fire, you should know how to create fire & have necessary resources for that. If you neither have fire or resources to ignite fire, nor you know how to find resources you can never start fire."

Now relate example to your question, if you have Guru you can instantaneously get Kundalini awakening by grace of Guru via Shaktipaat.

If you don't have Guru and have resources how to get awakening like Kriya Yoga, bhakti Yoga, Raj Yoga as explained in other Good answers, you can then also get awakening after intense practice & learning.

If you neither have Guru & nor have other resource and also don't know how to get resources then things are very far.

To deduct, in my simple understanding, having Guru is like a Guide in unknown terrain who can let you to destination with his prior knowledge of way & experience of same Journey. Journey without guide in unknown terrain is possible if you have map & how to read map but without Guide, map or know how to read map that will be very long & confusing journey as at each turn you will get confused where to go.

I hope that helps since it removed my doubts too.

  • Is your guru sri ramlal siyag ? – Rakesh Joshi Sep 30 at 13:47

Well it is possible but the route would be longer If you wanna feel awakening try to find about the procedures what to do if kundalini energy is too much and remember what you want to achieve by it just want to test or attain salivation the intent is important but that(salvation) is not possible in one life time.

The best book in my knowledge is "vigyana bhairav tantra" which contain steps that awaken kundalini through breath control and hatha yoga pradipika for more experienced practitioner.

The translated book is "112 Meditations for Self Realization" based on "vigyan bhairav tantra" written by many authors but ultimate authority is "swami Lakshmanjoo" and he is no more in this world but his disciples wrote some books.

Now the guru part - if religion is not a constraint worship lord shiva and ask him to provide a guru in real life and to guide you as well as a guru not even in this life but in the coming life also, after all he is the creator of all the yoga and mantra.

one important thing i forgot to mention there are various ways of awakening kundalini by breathe control(holistic approach is by 8 limbs of yoga),by worship of 10 mahavidyas or by worship of nav durga or by being a aghori in shamshaan/or by staying with family and doing worship but there are various ways and with sublime differences in the intent.you can even mix and match these paths to attain the desired results but that itself is another topic.

refer the previous answers as well ;will give you a holistic understanding of the subject. good luck on your journey.

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