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Chapter 4: Meditation Is Death and Resurrection

The truth is that kundalini can complete its whole journey in a moment - and it can also take years. It is all a matter of commitment - whether you are total or fragmentary. If your will, your mind, is total, the whole thing can happen right now, this very moment.

If the kundalini is impeded anywhere, it simply means that you have not invested your whole energy into your efforts. So cooperate with it fully, and bring all your energy to it. There is infinite energy stored within each of us, but we have never exerted ourselves in anything in a big way. We always live on the periphery of life, we never dig deep into it. We have never invoked and called upon our roots, the roots of our being; we have never provoked them, and that is why there are obstructions. And remember, there is no other reason than this.

A friend asks:

We are born with hunger, sleep and thirst, but not with the thirst for truth. Why?

It will be useful to understand this. The thirst for truth also comes with our birth, but it takes a long time to know it. Children, for example, are born with sex, but it takes them fourteen years to know it. Desire for sex comes with their birth, but it takes them fourteen to fifteen years to recognize it. And why does it take so much time? The desire, the thirst is there within you, but the body is not prepared for it. The body takes fourteen years to grow and mature for sex, and then the desire is awakened. Until then it is in a latent state.

The thirst for truth also comes with birth, but the body is not ripe and ready. And as soon as the body is prepared, the thirst is aroused. The kundalini provides that growth, that maturity. You can ask why it does not happen by itself. It does happen sometimes on its own, but this matter needs to be understood carefully.

In the evolution of mankind certain things happen first to individuals, and then to groups. For instance, if you go through the whole of the Vedas, it does not seem that there was any awareness of fragrance or smell during the times of the Vedas. In all the scriptures of the world that are contemporary with the Rigveda, there is no mention of the sense of smell anywhere. Flowers are of course mentioned, but not fragrance. Those who know say that until the times of the Rigveda, man’s sense of smell had not awakened. Subsequently it awoke in a few people. Even today, smell does not have any meaning for many people, it has meaning only for a few. In fact the sense of smell has yet to awaken fully in everyone. The more developed communities have more of a sense, and the less developed ones have much less of it. There still exist a few tribes on this earth who have no word for fragrance in their language. So the sense of smell came first to a few individuals, and gradually grew and became part of the collective mind.

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