I was meditating with my face towards the window on the east through which the first grey streaks of the slowly brightening dawn fell into the room. Long practice had accustomed me to sit in the same posture for hours at a time without the least discomfort, and I sat breathing slowly and rhythmically, my attention drawn towards the crown of my head, contemplating an imaginary lotus in full bloom, radiating light. I sat steadily, unmoving and erect, my thoughts uninterruptedly centered on the shining lotus, intent on keeping my attention from wandering and bringing it back again and again whenever it moved in any other direction. The intensity of concentration interrupted my breathing; gradually it slowed down to such an extent that at times it was barely perceptible. My whole being was so engrossed in the contemplation of the lotus that for several minutes at a time I lost touch with my body and surroundings. During such intervals I used to feel as if I were poised in mid-air, without any feeling of a body around me.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Kundalini by Gopi Krishna. James Hillman Commentaries by. Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being.
Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment.
This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Kris Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Krishna, an ordinary Indian householder who, at the age of thirty-four, after years of unsupervised meditation, suddenly experienced the awakening of kundalini during his morning practice.
The story of this transformative experience, and the author's struggle to find balance amid a variety of powerful physiological and psychic side effects, forms the core of the book.
His detailed descriptions of his dramatic inner experiences and symptoms such as mood swings, eating disorders, and agonizing sensations of heat—and of how, with the help of his wife, he finally stabilized at a higher level of consciousness—make this one of the most valuable classics of spiritual awakening available. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 4th by Shambhala first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews.
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If there,Can you name the book which is in telugu version? See 2 questions about Kundalini…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book helped me realize I didn't have to fight it. For those not on that path this book will seem meaningless and very esoteric. View 2 comments.
May 08, Walt rated it it was amazing. Apparently, Kundalini energy can be present and active at birth. Those with this activated energy can live a life of hardship pgs from childhood until that time in life when by way of their many hardships they come to terms with life and embrace what they have been given.
This included their gifts and talents. Yet they also recognize what they are given is not theirs, but to be used in the service of others. These two pages made the book worth while. This is the most astonishing tale of a spiritual journey written in the 20th century. Gopi Krishna relates his life story with honesty and humility, and is responsible for making the ancient Sanskrit and tantric system of Kundalini understandable to the modern world. Based on his own incredible experience, and the changes he went through both in body and mind, he is sure that the brain is still undergoing organic evolution and has untapped potentialities still waiting to be discovered.
This make This is the most astonishing tale of a spiritual journey written in the 20th century. This makes sense when we consider we use only a small percentage of our brains. Since at the basis of all life is energy and bio-energy, it also makes sense that this energy exists in a microcosmic state in our own physical frames, and can be awakened and accelerated due to certain physical and mental disciplines. These disciplines were known by the ancients and coded in works such as the Chinese book "The Secret of the Golden Flower" as well as numerous other Indian and Tibetan texts.
Gopi Krishna takes the subject out of the purely religious world, and brings it for the first time in history, under a scientific lens. As a result, he unveils a way in which science and religion can bridge the gap which underlies many problems we see in the world today I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand how religion and science can come together, and what wonders lie within. Gopi Krishna went on to write a dozen or more books on revelation, secret of yoga, a new science, the wonder of the brain, and the riddle of consciousness.
In this era, when the brain and consciousness are amongst the last frontiers to be explored, Gopi Krishna's autobiography offers unique insights into genius, psychic abilities and mystical experience. Apr 30, D. Gopi Krishna's story is captivating. The psychological commentary see-saws between providing valuable insight into Gopi's transformation and boring you crazy until the primary narrative resumes. This text has been on my mind all week since I finally started it. I like the lack of adherence to spiritual tradition; it lends the story an authentic feel.
It's not all t Gopi Krishna's story is captivating. It's not all trippy visions and butterflies; Gopi Krishna's Kundalini awakening almost kills him on a few occasions, and he doesn't even get psychic powers to show for it.
Raw deal. This book has its strengths. I started to lose interest in the final chapters though, as the author takes to speculating about a world in which Kundalini is awakened in everyone and we suddenly rejoin nature in perfect harmony. It's a great idea, but for all his talk of scientific evidence, the book doesn't offer any. The appeal of this book is that it recounts a harrowing and at times wondrous personal odyssey into the inner-unknown.
Notice I used the adjective "personal. I bought this book used and I enjoyed it, but I'm up at a. View 1 comment. Jan 08, David Chmelik rated it it was amazing Shelves: philosophy , mythology , history , hinduism , yoga , kundalini. This was the standard late s book on the topic. Apr 23, carmelia rated it really liked it Shelves: spiritual. This is the second book that I read on the subject of Kundalini Awakening, which is an account of the the personal experience of the author.
I found it to be very helpful which also seemed to be clear, non-delusive and an honest confession compared to a couple of books by other authors.
A passage from the book which I found to be true "It was only now that I really began to recognise myself, the being who about a year before had sat in meditation, bent on invoking the supersensible,little knowin This is the second book that I read on the subject of Kundalini Awakening, which is an account of the the personal experience of the author. A passage from the book which I found to be true "It was only now that I really began to recognise myself, the being who about a year before had sat in meditation, bent on invoking the supersensible,little knowing in his ignorance that the average human frame of today, emasculated by a faulty civilisation and enervated by uncontrolled ambitions and desires, is not strong enough to bear the splendour of the mighty vision without long preparatory training, austerity and discipline.
Oct 13, Joanna rated it it was amazing. Jul 27, Brandon Peele rated it it was amazing. Mind blowing account of the physical phenomena corresponding to awakening. Feb 16, Murali rated it it was amazing. Experiences of a ordinary householder on having the kundalini suddenly awakened.
Very clearly written - does not dwell much on concepts. Mostly covers his own experience as seen by him. Nov 25, Dhamari rated it liked it. This book was suggested as an aid for K awakenings, but for that specific purpose, it didn't serve it well. That being said, I understand that this book is dated, so maybe it was sufficient for it's time, and I appreciate it's overall contribution to an otherwise mysterious process, plagued with buzzwords and ignorance in the modern yog This book was suggested as an aid for K awakenings, but for that specific purpose, it didn't serve it well.
That being said, I understand that this book is dated, so maybe it was sufficient for it's time, and I appreciate it's overall contribution to an otherwise mysterious process, plagued with buzzwords and ignorance in the modern yoga world. View all 3 comments. Jan 14, Shannon rated it really liked it. The author renders a fascinating first-hand account of his kundalini awakening. I detect great sincerity in his writing--it is interesting that he found the experience to be quite terrifying, especially since he had no guru or guide, and that he considered it to be more organic than other-worldly.
One of his views that I admire greatly is that attachment is a positive thing--that has been a sticky issue for me with some Eastern philosophy. Ramakrishna, for example, told people to distance themse The author renders a fascinating first-hand account of his kundalini awakening. Ramakrishna, for example, told people to distance themselves from their homes and families, as though this world is just an illusion--could you imagine what effect that would have on children?
Gopi Krishna (yogi)
He spent his early years there, and later lived in Lahore, in the Punjab of British India. He was one of the first to popularise the concept of Kundalini among Western readers. His autobiography Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man , which presented his personal account of the phenomenon of his awakening of Kundalini, later renamed Living with Kundalini , was published in Great Britain and the United States and has since appeared in eleven major languages. At the age of twenty, he returned to Kashmir. During the succeeding years he secured a post in the state government, married and raised a family.
Gopi Krishna’s Awakening