Kundalini is activated by three
ways that leads a person on the path of Siddha yoga
1) Spiritual practice or
2) Spiritual transfer of energy (Shaktipat - Grace of the Master or Guru).
The important difference between Siddha Yoga or Kundalini
Yoga and other Yoga paths is that while followers of other approaches have
to make strenuous efforts under the careful direction of appropriate Gurus in order
to achieve Self-Realization, followers of Siddha Yoga, once initiated, do not need
to undertake such arduous efforts.
That does not mean the efforts stop. In fact this is the point where the true spiritual
progress of the sadhak (yogi) starts. This is considered as the second birth - on
the path of siddha yoga. The ultimate realization (The Divine Awareness or Nirvana
or Mukti or Moksha or salvation or The Bliss, Sat-Chit-Ananda, Chaitanya, Supreme
Awareness, Supreme Consciousness or Super-Soul) comes ONLY after consistent efforts
(Meditation, Naam, Seva and following of gyan yoga) over several decades (I would
say more than one life for an average sadhak (devotee.)
The only difference is the Kundalini on the path of Siddha yoga will take care of
cleaning of the subtle body of the sadhak (yogi) which otherwise requires tremendous
amount of efforts in all other paths. Therefore, Kundalini (in siddha yoga) should
be considered as a tool (say an airplane) to attain the ultimate goal (the destination
- The Divine Awareness or The Bliss)
The bottom line: Kundalini awakening is a starting point of the process that culminates
into self-realization (Nirvana or Mukti) after consistent efforts of several life.
In absence of consistent and sincere efforts (primarily the meditation) the Kundalini
of the siddha yogi would go back to the dormant state (fortunately the awakening
the next tiem can be easier.)
Sri Ramana Maharshi says: God and Guru are in truth not different.
Like the prey that has fallen into the jaws of a tiger cannot escape, those who
have come under the glance of the Guru’s grace will be saved and will never be forsaken,
yet one should follow without fail the path shown by the Guru.
Sri Ramana Maharshi is absolutely correct in both the aspects – 1) The Guru (or
the God) saves. 2) And he saves ONLY if you give the Guru the freedom (meditation,
naam, seva and spiritual readings) to work within you.
So, as said by Sri Ramana Maharshi, even the God and Guru are both helpless without
your action. What is the action? It the opening the yogis mind to the grace of the
God and continue to progress on the yoga path by removing the doubts from the mind
consistently using the tool of Gyan yoga.
1) Spiritual practice:
In absence of a Siddha Guru (Spiritual Master) Kundalini
awakening can be achieved by regular meditation and careful efforts. Kundalini awakening is a process that may
take days, months or years. In this option, all depends on the spiritual level of
an individual, their past Karma impresions and consistency of efforts. In this approach Kundalini
herself is your Guru and the only thing you needs to do is to continue to practice meditation until Kundalini
is awakened (and thereafter when sadhak enters the domain of the God or The Divine
or The Chaitanya.)
2) Shaktipat - Transfer of cosmic energy - Lighting of a candle
In this approach a Siddha Guru (Spiritual Master) through his grace and through
the sheer power of his will awakens the Kundalini of his disciple. This is referred
as Shakti pat (or Śaktipāta - Sanskrit word, from sakti (psychic energy) and pāta (to fall) refers in Hinduism to
conferring of spiritual "energy" upon one person by another.) Shaktipat can be transmitted with a sacred word
or mantra, or by a look, thought/will or touch - the last usually to the ajna chakra or third eye of the recipient.
It is considered an act of grace from the Guru to deserving disciple. This transfer of energy itself initiates
the awakening of kundalini.
3) Self-Awakening of Kundalini:
This happens very rarely, but sometimes sadhak's Kundalini is awakened on its own.
Actually this is result of the progress made by the sadhak in their previous life.
The sadhak starts from the point where they left in the previous life. Here is one
real life example of
The true spiritual progress starts only after the moment the Kundalini is awakened.
Our efforts SHOULD stop at this point and the mother Kundalini becomes our Guru
and will take care of our progress from this point on. Sadhak (or practitioner) still needs to continue
the practice of daily meditation to enjoy the bliss.
When Kundalini awakens she can initiate several actions (Symptoms
of Kundalini Awakening) in the Sadhak. Our ONLY job is to let the things
happen (body movements, sound, asanas, pranayama and many other things are possible).