Kundalini: The Energy of the Depths
Kundalini's power lies dormant in humans until it is awakened. The awakened Kundalini expresses the primal divine impulse and ultimately joins the individual with the divine. The development of the book parallels the development of the Kundalini within. Part One exposes the awakening and unfolding of the Kundalini; Part Two describes the piercing of the energy centers and the stages of ascent through the body; and Part Three examines Kundalini's relation to sexual expression.
The book provides a deep understanding of Tantra and of the underlying purpose of Tantracism. The author carefully considers the Caryakrama practices of sexual expression as a means of awakening and controlling Kundalini.
Silburn draws together passages from the Trika, Krama, and Kaula systems ranging through Abhinavagupta and Lalla and provides both translation and commentary for them. Chapters on the Chakras, the Nadis, and on mantras further elucidate the topic and lead to a forceful conclusion: Kundalini is the source of ultimate human knowledge and power.
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The Dance of Siva I
Serpent of the Depths
Intermediate Emission A A t
Median Way Wheels and Triangles
Various Means of Unfolding the Median Way
The Syllable OM and the Synchronization of the Breaths
Sanskrit Text in Devanagari t
Excerpts from the Text
Illustration A 1
Effervescence and Fervor
The Mantra SAUH and KHA
Uncertainty and Fluctuation
Caryakrama and Kramamudra
Text in Transliterated Sanskrit t
Mantravedha Piercing of the Centers by Means of Mantra
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Abhinavagupta activity all-pervading appeased arises awakening becomes Bhairava bindu bliss body brahman brahmarandhra breath energy bulb cakra central wheel coiled conduits Consciousness cosmic disciple disciple’s divine energy domain duality efﬁcience emergence emission emitting ergy essence expired breaths ﬁlls ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁre ﬁrmament ﬁrmly ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂame ﬂashes ﬂow ﬂower fusion guru heart identiﬁes inﬁnite initial inner interiority Jayaratha Kaula Krama kramamudra kula lotus main wheel manifests mantra master means median merge moon mouth movement mystical navel nectar nonduality object one’s penetration phonemes piercing plenitude practice pure puriﬁed quiescent reaches Reality resonance resorption Rg Veda rhythm rises root center sacriﬁce samadhi SAUH sciousness sense organs sexual union siddha Siva Siva and Sakti sound spanda speciﬁc spontaneous stage stanza subtle supreme susumna Thou transﬁgured triangle Trika udana unfolding unifying friction universe uvula verse vibration virile potency virya visarga vital void woman worship yogin