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Chapter 9: Kundalini, Shaktipat and Grace

How is intense breathing and the asking of the question “Who am I?” related to the process of the awakening of the kundalini and its penetration into the various centers or chakras of the body?

There is a relationship, and a deep relationship at that, between the two processes. In fact, it is the breath which connects the soul with the body; breath forms the bridge between the two. That is why with the cessation of breath, life ceases to be. Life goes on even if the brain is damaged. You can survive even if your eyes or limbs are amputated. But if the breath stops, life will come to an immediate end. It is breathing that joins the body to the soul.

And it is at the junction of the soul and the body, at their meeting point, that the energy known as kundalini resides. Kundalini, or whatever name you give it, resides at the junction of the body and soul.

So this energy has two forms. When it flows towards the body, it becomes sex, and when it flows towards the soul, it becomes kundalini or whatsoever you call it. This energy descends when moving to the body and ascends when moving to the soul. So while kundalini is an ascending energy, sex is a descending one. The seat of kundalini, the place where it is located, is hammered and moved by breathing, deep and fast breathing.

You will be surprised to know that you cannot keep your breath calm while making love. Lovemaking brings about an immediate change in the movement of the breath. No sooner are you excited sexually, than your breathing becomes faster - because unless breathing hits this center, the sex energy cannot get moving; without being hit and stimulated by breathing, lovemaking is impossible. In the same way, samadhi or ecstasy is impossible unless this kundalini is hit and stimulated by breathing.

Samadhi is the apex, the highest point of the ascending energy, and lovemaking is the nadir, the lowest point of the descending energy. But the breathing works equally in both directions.

Try it. If your mind is full of sex, relax your breathing, slow it down. Or if the mind is in the grip of anger or any lustful desire, slow down the pace of breathing, relax it, and you will find sex, anger, or whatever it is, has left you. They simply cannot last, because the energy that sustains them comes through breathing. Without being stimulated by breathing, this energy cannot work. Therefore no one can be angry if he keeps his breathing slow, steady and relaxed. It would be a miracle, nothing short of an absolute miracle, if you could be angry while breathing in a very slow and relaxed manner. It is impossible. Anger disappears as soon as breathing is slowed down and relaxed. Nor can you be sexually excited when your breathing is slow and relaxed. Desire for sex disappears with the slowing of the breath. So slow down and relax your breathing when the mind is full of sex or anger or any other desire.

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