Question: What is Kundalini?
Sadhguru: Let me take you from your own experience of life because the stories about it are many. In your house, there is a plug-point in the wall. The plug-point in the wall does not produce any power. Somewhere else there is a huge power station which is producing the power, but it cannot give you power directly. It is the plug-point which gives you the power. Most people have not even thought about the power station, isn’t it? They have no conception of what that is, but they know that if they plug an appliance into the plug-point, the appliance will run.
So Kundalini is the plug-point not the power station. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point. You might have heard of the seven chakras. The muladhara is like a plug-point. That is why it is known as muladhara; it means “fundamental” or “basic.” Five of the remaining six chakras are the plug. What is the seventh chakra? It is like a light bulb; if you plug it in, then everything about you glows. If you are properly plugged in, keeping the lights on twenty-four hours of the day is not an issue anymore. Now you don’t have to turn off your power because your battery might run out. You can just keep it on blatantly, recklessly, because you are plugged into the power source.
Even right now you still have energy. You can hear what I am saying, that means life energies are functioning of course, but in a very miniscule way; just a small part of it is functioning. If the whole of it becomes available to you, if it is properly plugged in, there is no limit to what you can do out of it. Even with the plug-point at home, once you are plugged in, you can make the light happen, you can get the air conditioning going, you can have the heater, you can have the television – anything you want. Just one power point. Any number of things, endless number of things you can do, but you are not plugged in.
You are trying to generate your own power. So you eat five times a day, but still you are tired most of the time. It is a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in terms of physical energy or activity, energy is in terms of life; existence is energy, isn’t it? The basis of existence is energy. Knowing that is like knowing the foundations of life. If you understand the ways of the energy, you know the whole mechanics of creation. So if you are plugged in, you don’t know how power is generated but you know what the power is, what it can do and what you can make out of it; you are plugged into an endless source of power – that is Kundalini.
Now to plug in an appliance, if your hands are shaky, you will scratch the whole wall but you will not get it in. In the same way, to put the 5-point plug into the plug-point is difficult for a lot of people because there is no steadiness in their body, their mind, their emotions or their energies. All this yoga is just to get the necessary steadiness so that you can just plug it there; if you put it there, boundless energy. You don’t have to go and learn about and understand the power station. You plug it in; everything is fine.
|The Caduceus also known as logo used by medicine also contains two snakes. The history behind this symbolism goes back to ancient Greece.|
Yoga is just the science of getting the plug properly in so that there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once you are connected to this uninterrupted source of power, naturally you will proceed in the way life should. Naturally you will proceed towards the goal of what life is longing for. You will not get lost with your fancy ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements of the world.
Source: Isha Blog