Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some crucial personal decisions

During my meditation that began in 2003, I came to the conclusion that the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) with its deep scientific and experiential basis was the best knowledge system in the world. As I read the Hindu scriptures, the epics, the Bhagwat Gita, the Vedas and Upanishads, my resolve became stronger to work towards making this knowledge system the “jagat guru”(predominant knowledge) of the globe. Learning and understanding the deep philosophy of yoga, ayurveda, astrology,dharma, moksha as well as usage of yantra, mantra and tantra strengthened my conviction. Can the Indian Knowledge System with its emphasis on science, research, subjective and objective analysis, depth of knowledge, an integrated world view replace the present Western civilization ethos, with its multiple limitations of superiority, exclusiveness and bullying?

I appreciated that Hinduism was a collection of different and distinct philosophical and intellectual point of views rather than a rigid set of belief. Integral to the Indian Knowledge System was the conflict resolving aspects of Hinduism and a world view that looked at all beings as part of one’s self. That appealed to my mind, especially in a world with strong, imposing sectarian views that has led to multiple wars, mass murders and bloodshed.

So, I resolved to work on the following three different aspects of the Indian Knowledge in  a phased manner

1.       Nation Building Aspect
2.       Propagating the scientific angle of the Indian Knowledge System
3.       Experimenting, validating some of the key understandings of this knowledge system as well as formulating its findings

NATION BUILDING

For the Indian Knowledge System to become the dominant knowledge, it had to be successful and also seen to be successful. India was the only country that can be the laboratory of the Indian Knowledge System and therefore it had to be a flourishing country for this knowledge to be taken seriously in the world. But the present-day India, with so much poverty, injustice, deprivation and despair, was surely not an example to be worthy of being considered. India had to change and the transformation could only happen from the top. In a democracy, the top decision making was the governance structure. We have some of the finest people in the world, but poor governance is not able to do justice to Indians. We are a first class nation with a third class government.

Therefore, I got involved with nation building and became a part of the churning of the national consciousness. Realizing that small changes would be inadequate, I focused on major transformative events. In the Mahabharata, Bhima and Duryodhana kept on fighting for 15 days with no end in sight, till Sri Krishna showed a weak point or button in Duryodhana’s body to attack, leading to Bhima’s victory. My focus was on buttons of change and levers that could lead to transformative changes. Thus, I became one of the catalysts for the drafting and passing of the Right to Information Bill, the Nagar Raj or Swaraj Bill (a powerful decentralization law that has the potential to change the relationship between the ruler and the ruled) and in 2011, a part of the historical India Against Corruption movement and now, the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP). AAP is a political party created to change the system and rules of politics, a party built on participation, accountability, transparency, decentralization and integrity, a party that has the potency to either rebuild the governance structure or force other parties to do so.

I firmly believe that the churning in the governance has started and will result in major transformation activities. In this churning, there will be nectar coming out and poison too. My purpose of changing the status quo has truly started. That was my limited goal and I am glad that in the short time, it has begun to be fulfilled. Its time to move on to include other phases of my goals in my life.

SYNERGY WITH SCIENCE

In an allegorical reference, someone wrote that 300 years back the mystics told the scientists to find the building blocks of nature (smallest particle that can be multiplied to explain creation). The scientists started going deeper and deeper from the molecule to the atom to the sub-atom to hadrons, mesons, baryons, nucleons etc. It was Heisenberg’s theory of uncertainty and further experiments of quantum physics that made them understand that every particle in nature is connected to each other. The scientists bowed their head to the vedic world view of “vasudeva kutumbikam” (everything is part of the family).

So, after 300 years of the attempts of the scientists, it is probably time for mystics to explain the comprehensive Indian Knowledge System using the language of science. I intend to attempt the same in these blogs as well as other writings and lectures.

EXPERIMENTING AND VALIDATING

A woman’s body has the potential to become pregnant. Similarly, the human body has the hidden potential to awaken its energies in a manner that the energy flows from the base of the spine towards the brain, awakening and activating neural nerves, thereby increasing intelligence and sensitivities. This is called Kundalini awakening. This knowledge needs to be validated and experimented. Also, the relationship between consciousness and energy needs to be formulated and disseminated. This requires a great deal of experimenting and meditation.
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From 2003 to the beginning of 2011, I was able to balance all the three activities – nation building, scientific synergy and experimenting. But once the India against Corruption movement and subsequently, the Aam Aadmi Party started, my spiritual activities took a back seat. The mindset needed for nation building activity was rajasik (activity and passion oriented), while for spiritual growth, one needed a sattvik (reflection, meditation, time and space) mindset. I used to joke that in spiritual pursuit, one achieved peace of mind, while in nation building activity, one’s mind would be in pieces.

I found it more and more difficult to balance both the mindsets – the sattvik and the rajasik. By August 2012, I had to abandon the sattvik lifestyle. No meditation, no reading, no reflection. Just fire-fighting, strategizing, agitating and building the organization. But, all the time, my heart was yearning for the peaceful, fulfilling and evolutionary life that I had left behind.

Now that the nation building churning is on its way, I also need to activate my sattvik aspect. So, I intend to start ruminating, reflecting and seeking more clarity and depth with a view to link the vedic world view with the scientific one. I shall endeavor to balance my sattvik and rajasik aspects. I might need to take a slightly back seat in the nation building activity that has already taken a life of its own, to attempt something that is more important to me? While I reflect on the scientific angle of Hindu notion, can I redefine Hinduism to mean a deep, scientific, conflict-resolving philosophy rather than the militant, me-vs-you Hinduism on display?

Sri Aurobindo was a leader and guide in the freedom struggle for some time.  But he was getting more and more involved in the spiritual practices. In 1921, he was again and again pressed by the leaders of the Indian National Congress to return to the country and guide the country. However, he declined repeatedly saying that he no more believed in the human methods of the day, but was in search of an unfailing Divine Power which could be man’s if only he developed himself into the necessary consciousness to wield it.

I used to write blog posts on spiritual subjects from January 14th 2010 till August 7th 2012 on www.mayankgandhi04.blogspot.in. These blogs were quite popular and I received suggestions to convert these writings into a book. But, I was not convinced. I thought that my writing and understanding was quiet amateurish and superficial.

But now I want to give it a good shot. I intend to start blogging regularly again. My subject will be LEELA - the Game of Life.

I seek your feedback, so that I can improve my writing skills and understanding. And maybe fructify these blog writings into a book. The blogs will appear in www.mayankgandhi06.blogspot.com soon.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Outlet for the sloshing - my first blog

New thoughts have been sloshing in my brain for years and without any outlet, they soon subside. No more. Just discovered blogging.

Articulating aspects of existence that stimulate me, that hold me erect by the hair, that kick on my backside and make me move from my comfort zone, that make me question and spend sleepless nights is going to be cathartic. And all of you who have the misfortune of reading these, are going to journey together as I share my opinions, a lousy sense of humour and raise some real interesting existential issues.

Whether it be questions of nation building, existence, God, Urban planning, governance, life and its varied facets - you can be guaranteed that these blogs will look at things very critically, extremely analytically and with great starkness and brutality....

So, tonight I have started the process of throwing the cat among the pigeons. Will try and have a blog a week and hope that all of you react - critically preferably and join the fun.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Who am I? (part 1)

Who am I? What is the purpose of existence? What is my role in the same? How best can I play this role? For the last six years, day and night these existential questions play in my system whether meditating, thinking, reading, working or discussing.... I presume that this must be true for many.

Answers and understandings of these issues have come to me in meditation with great vehemence and clarity. I must have examined these understandings thousands of time from all scientific and logical angles, but have not been able to change a millionth of its fraction. Since the time I have got these answers in meditation, I have used the mind for verification, validation, searching for the right words (however inadequate),explanation and logic to explain to myself. I am not a grammarian - I cannot create arguments, refute others nor quote scriptures, philosophers or religion. In short, I am not a wordsmith, not someone who could write a brilliant recipe book - but one who has tasted and experienced the truth, as I understand it.

Is this megalomania? Is this perversion of the mind? Is this some fanciful notion of thoughts playing in my mind as it does in everyone's mind - converted into "my" variety of truth? Am I playing mind games? Does my understanding stand up to the beacon of rationality and logic? Are these profound understanding or some kind of bullshit masquerading as one? Am I crazy?

These questions and more of its ilk grapple all the time and I look for answers in religious books like the Bhagawad Gita, Vedas, Upanishads, the Darshanas and philosophers like Sri Aurobindo, J Krishnamurthy, Osho, Swami Vivekananda and religious leaders like Paramahans Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Sant Dnyaneshwar, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, new found thinkers like Sadhguru, Maharishi Yogi, along with scientific understanding with Fritjof Capra, Roger Penrose, Ken Wilber along with findings of quantum physics and such.

So, over a series of blogs - I intend to share my thoughts on these 4 crucial questions - with critical analysis of the variants of current thought process.

For example on the question of "Who am I?" there are three broad philosophical strands.

1. Materialism - understands everything in terms of material terms. Believes that the universe is a complex machine with only physical parts, subject to certain laws, therefore everything is based on the theory of Evolution. It has some drawbacks but is the genesis of great scientific progress.

2. Religion - a dualistic viewpoint of existence with a physical benevolent God being the creator and existence being the creation. Some have messengers and books as go-between Creator and creation. Has some amazing advantages in the devotion tradition but source of immense violence, separation, competition and exploitation.

3. Spiritualism - a non - dualistic thought process which looks at each and every element of existence as being part of creator. Which deals with the energy / spirit of every being and works for inner clarity to discover the relationship between all forms of existence. Quantum physics has validated many of its worldview.

The next blog will talk about these three broad strands in details and try to answer the key question "Who am I?". Do write in your thoughts.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Who am I (part 2) ---- I am you

Thank you for some excellent,lucid, informative and interesting responses to the earlier blog.

Today, in a simple, laymen language without using religious or didactic language - let me try and explain my concept of reality and its implication on my life and thought process....

Till the sixth century BC - Greek, Indian and Chinese philosophers professed that science, culture, philosophy and religion were not separated but an indivisable one. Then the Eleatic worldview of the west started prevailing with assumption of a Divine Principle standing above all Gods and men. This principle eventually led to an intelligent,personal, benevolent God standing above the world and directing it. Thus began the separation of matter and spirit and led to the dualism in western thought.

The dualistic religious movements in the west along with the Eastern religiosity consisting of various Gods, their messengers and their books created a worldview where humans were only connected directly one-to-one with the creator and sent to the world for various purposes - leading to claims and counter claims of superiority, proselytism (religious conversion) and competition leading to violence, strife, wars and tremendous unrest and indescribable horror and misery.

In the seventeenth century, philosopher Rene Descartes proposed the 'Cartesian' division of nature as two independent realms - the mind and matter. Modern scientists started seeing matter as dead and completely segregated from themselves and the world as materialistic, working on principles of a Monarchical God. This view has led to huge advances in the field of science,technology, organizing of cities, political structures, medicines, agriculture, economy and similar. But due to this worldview, individuals started identifying themselves as separate mind and separate body parts with the futile expectation of the mind trying to control the separate compartments of talent, feeling, beliefs, individuality leading to endless inner conflicts generating confusions, stress and frustrations.

The inner fragmentation mirrors our alientation from nature and from our fellow beings treating natural environment as separate from us and therefore to be exploited by different interest groups. This fragmented view is further extended to society which is split into different nations, races, religions, groups and political entities leading to the present ecological, political, social and cultural crises.

Opposed to these worldviews of dualistic religiosity and materialism - I believe that I am the infinite, the unlimited, the boundless, the energy, the shakti, the integral part of the whole. And so are all of us. I AM YOU.That the entire existence and each of its part is an integral part of each other with the same infinite and sourced from the same energy. As the Upanishada says "He alone sees, who sees all beings as oneself."

The subtle high frequency universal energy or consciousness has through a process of involution (slowing down of frequency to create grosser matter) created matter in various combinations of gross energies. Its like the slowing down of frequencies for changing state of matter like the conversion of water vapour to water to ice.

The relationship between the inside and the outside can be best described with the verse
"As is the atom, so is the Universe;
as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm;
as is the human body, so is the cosmic body;
as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind,"


This is not a abstract notion but "my truth and reality" and has led to extraordinary changes in my worldview, behavior, emotions and thoughts in the last six years. I would like to share the same in the next blogs, along with the scientific understanding of "What I am".

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Who am I (part 3) - the mystical experience

Around 6 and half years back, in Feb '04 - I had an intense, life transforming spiritual experience that changed the course of my life. From an atheist, from someone who was never exposed to religious thoughts or books, for someone who mocked religion and spirituality - this experience led to a series of amazing changes and events in my life and had a tremendous impact on my life, thoughts, feelings and my complete existence. The prolonged enlightenment led to some major transformation taking place in my body, in my feelings, heart, mind and thinking, almost a discontinuity from the past.

Was this experience and the subsequent transformation real? Could these be part of a hyper active, overworked mind? Could some scattered reading or hearing added up in the subconscious mind and played a mind game? Never having read religious books, articles or exposed to these subjects - it was surely not an end product of a trend of thought, nor was it an intellectually arrived conclusion. So how credible was this worldview? I was obsessed about finding out. The turmoil within me and the desperation to understand all that was happening within and to validate all that had happened to me and my inner changes was all-consuming. I needed to be sure that this was real.

So, while I was being sucked into a vortex of compulsive meditation, especially during the nights - I consciously tried using the objective process of understanding by reading religious books, autobiographies, experiences and case studies of saints and yogis. Tried to intellectually understand the science and the logic of such experiences using tantra, quantum physics and physiology. I also learnt a few things and tried ayurveda, acupressure, gemmology, meridian and chakra cleaning and marma to play around with my body and to reach out to the occurrence happening within. Unswervingly, all the time, using the blazing searchlight of logic and reason to sift the real from the illusion. It became an obsession and while my meditation kept me awake nights after nights, my reading gave me comfort of precedence and familiarity.

Some of the reading that I found resonance and in a way, solace, were spiritual experiences by saints and yogis of all faiths and god-intoxicated souls. While the hindu spiritual tradition of spiritual awakening is well known and documented in the Ashtavakra Gita, some of the other faiths also mentions these spiritual awakenings eg. the Gnostic Christianity of direct, individual mystical experience of the divine, the Sufi tradition in Islam and many others. The rising spirit that I had experienced had a theoretical echo through a non-intellectual and cognitive process called "kundalini awakening" in hindu world view, the "holy ghost" in the Christian tradition and the "rooh" in Islam.

So, while the scriptures and tradition confirmed the presence of this kind of occurrence, I still needed validation of the experience and impact by reading personal accounts of those who had experienced this awakening. Most of the descriptions that I read, resonated with my experience and the doubts started dispelling and I became convinced that what had transpired was "reality".

For example, Lahiri Mahasayaji described his first experience" My divine guru approached and passed his hand over my head. I entered the nirbikalpa samadhi state, remaining unbrokenly in its bliss for seven days. Crossing the successive strata of self-knowledge, I penetrated the deathless realms of reality. All delusive limitations dropped away; my soul was fully established on the eternal altar of the Cosmic Spirit "

I empathised as I read Paramhansa Yoganandaji describe his spiritual experience "My body became immovably rooted; breath was drawn out of my lungs as if by some strange magnet. Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage and streamed out like a fluid piercing light from my every pore. The flesh was as though dead, yet in my intense awareness, I knew that I had never been so fully alive. My sense of identity was no longer narrowly confined to a body but embraced the circumambient atoms. The roots of plants and trees appeared through a dim transparency of the soil; I discerned the inward flow of their sap. The whole vicinity lay bare before me. My ordinary frontal vision was now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously all-perceptive. My body, Master's, the pillared courtyard, the furniture and floor, the trees and sunshine, occasionally became violently agitated, until all melted into a luminescent sea; even as sugar crystals, thrown into a glass of water, dissolve after being shaken. The unifying light alternated with materializations of form, the metamorphoses revealing the law of cause and effect in creation. An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light. A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns, continents, the earth, solar and stellar systems, tenuous nebulae, and floating universes. The entire cosmos, gently luminous, like a city seen afar at night, glimmered within the infinitude of my being. Blissful amrita, the nectar of immortality, pulsed through me with a quicksilverlike fluidity. The creative voice of God I heard resounding as Aum, the vibration of the Cosmic Motor."

Osho describes his first mystical experience "For the first time I was no more an individual, for the first time the drop had fallen into the ocean. Now the whole ocean was mine, I was the ocean. There was no limitation. A tremendous power arose as if I could do anything whatsoever. I was not there, only the power was there. I was relaxed, I was in a let-go. I was not there, "it" was there, call it God - God was there. I would like to call it "it", because God is too human a word and has become too dirty by too much use, has become too much polluted by so many people. Christians, Hindus, Mohammedans, priests and politicians - they have all corrupted the beauty of the world. "It" was there and I was just carried away....carried by a tidal wave."

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on his first enlightenment "I was just sitting on this particular rock. I had my eyes open, not even closed. I thought it was about ten minutes, but something began to happen to me. All my life I had thought this is me. Suddenly, I did not know which is me and which is not me. The air that I was breathing, the rock on which I'm sitting, the atmosphere around me, everything had become me. What is me has become so enormous, it is everywhere. I was fully aware, but what I had considered myself until that moment had just disappeared."

There are many similar descriptions, be it Eknath Easwaran's description of the spiritual awakening of Mahatma Gandhi in jail, or about Sri Aurobindo's transformation vide his mystical awakening in the British Jail, or St Francis Assissi and his life-altering spiritual experience which led him to a change of heart and change of life, while being imprisoned after a battle and many, many other - not least Gopi Krishan in the recent past.

So, my doubts assuaged about the "experience" and understanding of the physical and other changes continuously happening within me, I needed to comprehend the science, the logic and the process. The quest to know this became my next obsession.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Who am I ? (part 4) - Impact on my life

The Feb '04 spiritual experience, at the age of 44 years, was a precursor to a constant upward movement of energy in the body, leading to interesting repercussions. The linolic flow of energy from top down had changed once and for all to a reverse flow called the "kundalini flow" and I could feel the same all the time. My body hair which used to point downward, has now changed direction and the entire back hair is facing upwards, due to the change in energy flow. My body, not used to this direction and increase of energy could not cope and went through some terrible months of tremendous heat, discomfort, and a constant fear of "waking up dead or mad".

And, because it was spontaneous and not guided nor prepared, the obsession to understand it was all the more. While most of the understanding of the new reality came through meditation (I had involuntarily become a meditation junkie - meditating hours on end, especially at night, many-a-times losing control of my body during the time), reading and absorbing books after books, websites after websites trying to validate the processes happening to me all the time. I found corroboration of the answers received during meditation from religious books like Ashtavakra Gita, Pancastavi, Saundarya Lahiri and Tantra studies especially Sat-Cakra-Nirupama and Paduka- Pancaka and recordings and writing of enlightened souls on the path.

Fortunately, Sudipt, my friend, was there to guide me in these unchartered territories and we discovered new happenings together and analyzed the same, rightly or wrongly. These were new experiences and we had to keep on experimenting to find relief from the heat and problems - there were no formal, properly documented precedents and therefore when problems arose, daily half-baked solutions and experiments were tried - be they acupressure, ayurvedic medicines, mantras, yantra, marmas, meridian cleaning and many others. Fortunately, he insisted that Minal, my wife record the transformations and events every day, and therefore, we have some recordings of daily occurrences during the roller-coaster ride of the early months. The energy surges, the discomfort, the various futile attempts to find a guru :), the various, desperate methods to control the heat, the treatment with my energy of many (including Minal) through laying of hands and some episodes wherby I healed some people who were given up for dead have all been recorded in Gujarati, though. Because of my lack of religious upbringing, I did not ascribe the experience to the mysterious workings of God or karma or similar, but tried to find the answers in terms of psychology, physiology and sciences like physics, biology, mathematics and such.

But, as my body became calmer and the heat controllable at the end of 4 to 5 months of the awakening, I could feel an inner music and luminosity in my body. Various sounds, visions and some siddhis came and went - I did not give it any importance, but the constant music within continued. While I deal with the outside world superficially, I have a private world within which is calm, contented, awake, aware and joyous. Limitations of the language does not allow me to express this extraordinary occurrence which has become a part of me.

I used to be a violently angry man, before - punching walls and breaking furniture during uncontrollable phases and constantly being sarcastic and hurting others. And suddenly, after the awakening, the anger and the vitriol has just disappeared. I have not been angry even once- angry at what? whom? - all is me, and the understanding is not intellectual. In my worldview, the value for money, business, profits, relationships, truth, lies, doing good or bad, corruption, cleanliness, hygiene and all daily headlines and issues had become nil. While I am fulfilling a responsibility in the normal world (for reasons that can be written some other time) with lots of fun and happiness - I also wait to get off this rat race carousel and spend more time with subjects and issues of my interest.

Earlier, we used to enjoy killing mosquitoes in our bedroom - one of our jokes was "A family that kills together, stays together". Now, we have a large plastic bottle in which we catch these mosquitoes and release them outside the window. My fondness for gardening and bonsais has turned for pain whenever I see anyone cutting plants for decoration or see insects beings killed randomly - because they are all part of me.

In life, we play roles of father, son, husband, boss, employee, hierarchy, citizen, leader with great gusto and seriousness and I used to try and do the same, attempting to do the best at the role. Now there is no role. All relations are 50: 50, no 51 and no 49. The same candidness and clarity with which I talk to the President of the country is what I do with my peon or my family members and they have the same privilege. Can God or spirit present in each of us be higher or lower than the other?

Because my body is the vehicle for the music to play, for the energies to move, for the experience to happen - it is my temple, and it should be completely pure. Since the enlightenment, I have become extremely self-aware of the input in the body as "we are what we eat". Have moved to a completely sattvic diet - no tea, no coffee, no onion, no garlic, not much spice and lots of ghee. Prefer to eat food prepared by my wife using some Arya Vidhi and mantras during cooking to ensure good vibrations, whenever possible. Having learnt some ayurveda, I check my nadi (pulse) every morning and using diet and lifestyle try to stay in balance in the three doshas and remove ama as it can block the movement of energy. From someone sick all the time, with one metacin a day - I have not had a serious headache or problem since the awakening. Though many times, I do cheat and come close to having a headache or imbalance.

For the external, we used to do Agnihotra havan every morning to cleanse and purify the atmosphere, wash my clothes separately, try and keep my place of meditating, sleeping, working pure without too much interference of other energies. Brahmacharya, some pranayama, meditation and reading helps the process. Starting this process of blogging is also helping in clarifying thoughts and concepts. Negativity, bad energy and vibrations disturb, while positive and good vibrations found in temples, satsangs, good literature and constructive actions uplift me.

Anything that is deep and profound on the subject of my interest keeps me engaged. Other discussions, talks and engagements are things to avoid. Therefore, to concentrate on my passion, I have cut off all relations with friends, extended family (except brother, sister and in-laws) and have chosen to stay away from all functions be they marriage, funerals or other. While there was some resistance in the early stage, it has become smooth now.

Most importantly, as the realization has come that I am complete, I do not seek approval from others and have completely ceased to be affected by opinions. And that has put me at great ease and peace. All these have come about automatically and without any effort.

I believe that the steps for complete enlightenment are (1) Awakening (2) Self awareness (3) Surrender and (4) Union. I think that nowadays I am more inclined to surrender, which means trusting the world, accepting existence as it is (not trying to change it) and going with the flow.

Sorry that this was too autobiographical and long. Next blog will be about the importance of the spiritual awakening in the evolutionary journey of mankind and existence and the science and logic behind the same.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Who am I? (part 5) - Kundalini - preliminaries

The evolutionary energy that began operating within me after my spiritual awakening has become a constant companion and in the last blog (part 4), I did mention about its impact on my worldview and behaviour. In view of the immense significance of this transformation in my body which ultimately resulted in the development of various psychic and other abilities, it is absolutely necessary to dwell on this vital process which will have a major impact on the future evolution of mankind. For simplicity, I will call this spiritual awakening as Kundalini awakening - for that is the popular name given to this mystical, regenerative process, which is the end product of a deeply experimented and researched Hindu science. I repeat, that it has nothing to do with a particular God or set of Gods or a religion, but a universal phenomena that can be achieved by anyone who meets the standards and follows the processes. There is nothing in the whole mass of knowledge, gathered by mankind so far, of such paramount importance as the knowledge of this transforming energy for the evolution of the mind, and the spiritual and religious urge.

Suppose, for a moment, that the Law of Gravity was not formulated. Now, imagine that the greatest scientists and the foremost thinkers were exercising their brains to comprehend the force which keeps the planetary bodies in their orbits, or the phases of the moon, or the weight of things, the tides etc. These thinkers would be working deeply on each of these subjects in an isolated manner without realising that the force of gravity was behind these phenomenon. Similarly, without studying and understanding the root cause of all evolution - the kundalini energy, researching isolated phenomenon of human and natural events, while ignoring the core kundalini energy would be misdirected.

Our FM radio antennae catches frequency between 88 to 108 MHz. So, does it imply that there is no electromagnetic frequency (emf) more than 108 MHz or no emf below 88? The human ear can hear sounds ranging from 20 Hz on a piano scale of A0 to 4186 Hz on a scale of C8, divided into eight octaves and sound beyond the piano range to reach around 20500 Hz - so is there an implication that there is no emf above 20500 Hz none below 20 Hz? But Radio wave ELF (extremely low frequency) of 3 Hz, going up to visible light of 3 THz to X-rays and Gamma Rays of 300 EHz are being worked upon for mobile phones to TV to remotes to X Rays and other uses. So, the limitations is with the ability of the receptor.

Similarly, our brain consisting of over 100 billion cells is an electrical and chemical machine, which is said to use only a fraction of its capacity (some scientist talk about 10% usage in intelligent people). Thus, we are only tapping a small portion of what the human brain can do. If each of us were operating with fully functional brains, meaning that we had all the capacities of any genius, we had total psychic functioning and complete control over our autonomic nervous system at will, we could be said to operating at full capacity. Thus, even though we have the potential to achieve much more than we currently are doing, the limitations of sensitivity of our receptors in the brain needs to be overcome using the kundalini energizing.

Kundalini awakening leads to reversing the direction of flow from top down to its reverse.It is this constant energy supply, specially the sexual energy, to the brain which increases its electrical activity and leads to higher percentage of brain usage, therefore increasing the capacity of the receptor (brain) to engage with a higher range of knowledge and experiences.

Unfortunately, this process of kundalini, which has tremendous implication for mankind and can lead to the next level of evolution of mankind has been lost in various mystic, esoteric, romantic and commerce based explanations. It is now time for us mystics, to speak the language of logic and science and demystify this wonderful knowledge by validation and experimenting using properly directed scientific research and is bound to cause the greatest ever revolution in human thought process, leading to what Sri Aurobindo describes as the evolutionary supermind and supramental consciousness.

The main benefits of validation of the Kundalini phenomenon are
 Once we are able to scientifically and rationally establish that the source of enlightenment is bio-physical and that Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Mahavir, Krishna were enlightened due to a cerebrospinal activity, then it would lead to better harmony between faiths and religions and reduce tensions.
 The world seeks power everywhere and once we can explain that the real power for transformation lies within each of us, it would make a paradigm change in all dimension of thoughts in the human race.
 Propagating this knowledge and its derivatives and bringing it out in the public realm, will build interest in various related sciences of the Indian Knowledge system and can lead this wonderful conflict resolving knowledge base to become the leading global culture.
 Will explain many unexplained phenomenon like the evolutionary religious and spiritual instincts, emergence and evolution, consciousness, energy healing and relationships, paranormal and psychic activities etc.
 Builds a platform for validating the concept of reincarnation and karma principles and establishes a raison d'etre for having ethical, moral values and therefore a base for compassion and love.

In the words of Gopi Krishan "The awakening of Kundalini is the greatest enterprise and the most wonderful achievement in front of man. There is absolutely no other way open to his restlessly searching intellect to pass beyond the boundaries of the otherwise meaningless physical universe. It provides the only method available to science to establish empirically the existence of life as an immortal, all-intelligent power behind the organic phenomena on earth, and brings within its scope the possibility of planned cultivation of genius in individuals not gifted with it from birth, thereby unfolding before the mental eye of man, avenues and channels for the acceleration of progress and enhancement of prosperity which it is impossible to visualise at present".

As this kundalini awakening is an experience, a taste to savour - it can best be understood and described by only the few mystics who have undergone a full scale kundalini awakening. It needs to be an awakening that is not just a one-off, momentary contact with the glorious universal consciousness, but a regular constant which leads to higher sensibilities and intellect with transformative and regenerative powers. Theoreticians, thinkers, philosophers and saints can speculate, theorize and romanticize the process (and I have read hundreds of books and websites with the most outrageous/ syrupy / magical / supernatural / mystical / technical theories), but it is only the one who has experienced and is feeling the energy surging through the body every second of his life, who can understand and correctly explain this extraordinary manifestation of a glorious state of consciousness. And it is my complete conviction that the characteristics of the awakening, the continuous energy flow, its impact on the evolutionary process of an individual and consequently on mankind will be corroborated in times to come.

It is therefore critical to understand, share and explain this phenomena to the world, and I shall attempt to do so, while ensuring some key principles:
1. The absolute correctness under all circumstances of the disclosures I am making about Kundalini, reactions and impact without glamorising, personalizing and mystifying it.
2. Complete objectivity, transparency, openness, no pride of achievement, no pretence of divine office, no gurudom, no ego of higher knowledge - just a sense of being a humble instrument of the universal consciousness.
3. Focus the searchlight of logic and science on each and every word and thought.
4. Demystifying the entire process while taking no recourse to faith, religion, written word by some God or its messenger.

Thus, I shall attempt to explain the Kundalini awakening using the above principles by focussing on
The pre -phenomenon - Why does it happen, how is energy movement manipulated / altered at the quantum level and what drives human consciousness to reverse the process of energy flow from top to down to kundalini flow (bottom to top)
The phenomenon -How does kundalini awakening take place, what are the conditions and climate for the kundalini awakening, what happens during kundalini awakening and how does one ensure continuance of the energy flow
The epiphenomenon (secondary phenomenon) - what happens to a human body after the kundalini awakening takes place, what impact does it have on different parts of the body, how neurophysiology, biochemistry, endocrine system and other physiological changes take place due to this and most importantly - how mind, thoughts and worldview gets impacted etc.

As you may have noticed repeatedly, I do not have much skill in articulating my knowledge nor am I a very well read person, hence arguing different theories and complex analysis will be difficult. In the blogs to follow, I would just put forward my worldview and understanding - most of this due to meditative, subjective knowledge, which have been since validated by reading and studying. I do not read and experiment, but what I feel and realise - I read to obtain precedence and verification.

Please bear with me as I venture into complex territory, where I shall have to explain the worldview, existence, energies, quantum physics, tantras, religion, physiology, various experiments and findings in science, as simply as I can, without being simplistic. Friends, all this in blog instalments of around 1000 words every week or ten days. Though I hope that I can cope with this, correct me if I am going too fast and ask any doubts that arise. This is going to take some time and blogs to explain and I will need to take detours and might have to go off the tangent for a while to explain the point.