Kundalini: The Energy of the Depths

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SUNY Press - Religion - 223 pages
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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Contents

The Dance of Siva I
5
Serpent of the Depths
15
Intermediate Emission A A t
21
Median Way Wheels and Triangles
31
Various Means of Unfolding the Median Way
37
The Syllable OM and the Synchronization of the Breaths
46
Chapter 4
55
Chapter 5
63
Sanskrit Text in Devanagari t
117
Excerpts from the Text
124
Illustration A 1
133
Effervescence and Fervor
139
The Mantra SAUH and KHA
151
Chapter 4
157
Uncertainty and Fluctuation
163
Caryakrama and Kramamudra
170

Chapter 6
71
Text in Transliterated Sanskrit t
79
Chapter 1
87
Mantravedha Piercing of the Centers by Means of Mantra
93
Outerlnitiations
99
Chapter 2
105
Analysis t
111
Kulaydga Esoteric Sacrifice
177
Oescription of Madhyacakra 0r Urdhvadhdman _ _ _
186
Quiescence Emergence and Kaula
193
Definition of Omnipenetration Mantrauyapti
202
INDEX i
215
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS AND WORKS
221
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Lilian Silburn is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. For many years she has been respected worldwide as a leader in studies of the Shaivism of Kashmir. She has published many books and articles on the subject.

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