Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

The word Kundalini is​ ​ a ​ familiar one to​ ​ all students of ​ Yoga,​ as it ​ is​ ​ well known as the​ power,​ in​ ​ the​ form of ​ a ​ coiled serpent,​ residing in​ ​ Muladhara Chakra,​ the​ first of ​ the​ seven Chakras,​ the​ other six being Svadhishthana,​ Manipuraka,​ a ​ nahata,​ Visuddha,​ Ajna and Sahasrara,​ in​ ​ order.

Less is​ ​ historically known of ​ the​ Agamas than the​ Vedas,​ because the​ latter provide descriptive poem-pictures of ​ Vedic life. the​ original Agamas are twenty-eight in​ ​ number. They are called Saiva Agamas as they focus on​ establishing a ​ relationship with and ultimately realizing the​ Supreme Being Siva. They carry names like Vira,​ Hero. Siddha,​ Perfected and Swayambhuva,​ naturally revealed.

The Agamas are divided into four parts called padas,​ lessons. the​ first two padas - Chariya good conduct,​ and Kriya,​ external worship,​- include all the​ details of ​ personal home life,​ house planning,​ town planning,​ personal worship in​ ​ temples,​ the​ architectural plans for temples and sculpture as well as the​ intricacies of ​ temple puja. the​ final two padas - Yoga,​ internalized worship and union,​ and Jnana,​ enlightened wisdom,​ – vividly describe the​ processes and stages of ​ kundalini yoga,​ and the​ Cod-like plateaus of ​ consciousness reached when Sivahood is​ ​ attained. in​ ​ the​ actual texts,​ the​ padas are ordered with jnana first,​ yoga second,​ then kriya and chariya - unfurling from a ​ God-state to​ ​ a ​ human state.

The Agamas contain tens of ​ thousands of ​ verses,​ much more prolific than the​ Vedas. Though the​ Vedas stayed strictly in​ ​ Sanskrit,​ the​ Agamas proliferated across India and oilier countries through many languages. But they fared poorly over the​ millennia,​ particularly the​ Yoga and Jnana Padas - so high and powerful. the​ custodian Saiva priests neglected them. Many padas of ​ entire Agamas were lost or destroyed.

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