Question: I’m confused because the gunas are, as I understand, the energies that we can’t see. And we move back and forth between the subtle body and the physical body, annamaya kosha. When you talked about materials passing to different states, such as earth state and water state, these are in the physical world, but you talked about them in the context of gunas. How is that possible?
A: All these things that we are talking about such as the five elements and even the faculty of seeing, listening, the faculty of moving, receiving, giving, etc. are known as “tattva” in Sanskrit language. “Tattva” means the principal and concept, so to speak. These tattvas govern the physical phenomena. Once again, tattvas being subtle, we cannot understand them without their physical manifestations. So that is why I’m explaining a tattva as a subtle concept and I’m explaining its physical influence, how you can perceive the activity of the tattva in the physical world, so that you get an idea about what is the principle behind these physical phenomena. So for example, water element is jal tattva. At the physical level, it’s not just the water we drink. Anything that is in the liquid state is jal tattva’s physical manifestation. So in the context of human body, saliva, blood and urine are all jal tattva. And in the external world, ocean, pond, river, rain and even petroleum are all jal ttatva. So once again, these are all tattvas, but I’m just putting them in physical context so that it is easy for us to understand in a more concrete and more tangible fashion rather than in an intangible concept. This is multi-dimensional thinking, and it could be a little bit challenging in the beginning, but eventually we’ll get accustomed to it.
答：我们所说的五大元素以及那些感觉器官和运动器官都被称为“tattva”。Tattva是准则、概念的意思。这些准则掌管着物质世界的现象。这些准则是精微层面的，如果没有它们在物质世界的显现，我们是无法理解它们的。这就是为什么我在讲解一个精微的准则时也要解释它们对于物质世界的影响，也就是你如何在物质世界中感受到它的活动。之所以这么做，是为了让大家对于这些物质现象背后的准则有所了解。比如说水元素就是“jal tattva”。从物质的角度来说，它并不只是我们所喝的“水”。任何液态的存在都是jal tattva的物质显现。对于人体来说，唾液、血液和尿液都是jal tattva。而对于自然界来说，海洋、湖泊、河流、雨水甚至是石油都是Jal tattva。所以说，这些都是准则（tattva），但是我把它们放在物质的情景中讲解，是为了让大家以更具体更有形的方式来理解。这是一种多维度的思维方式，开始时可能会有点难，但最终我们会习惯的。
Question: In the two cases given above, does the kundalini awakening mean enlightenment?kundalini, Shakti, transcendental and Shiva?
A: There is another spiritual tradition known as “tantra”. In tantric tradition, Brahma is called as “Shiva” and kundalini is called as “Shakti”. So it’s the same thing. Just different tradition, different words. So if you like the words “Shiva” and “Shakti”, no problem. You can substitute them and I can use them. There are many spiritual traditions that came from ancient India. They all have the same philosophy essentially, just using different terminology to indicate different concepts. Also there is a slight difference between “Shiva” and “Brahman”, and between “Shakti” and “kundalini”. When we say the word “Brahma”, we mean that the divine has no gender, and is beyond all qualities and all descriptions, etc. But when we use the word “Shiva” and “Shakti”, we generally mean “Shiva” is the masculine energy, and “Shakti” is the feminine energy. So tantra, as a philosophy, looks at the entire creation as a dance, as an interplay between “Shiva” and “Shakti”, cosmic masculine energy and cosmic feminine energy.
Question：Besides feeling cold and hot, is there any other experience when kundalini awakens?
A: People will also feel a lot of peace in spite of the extreme heat and extreme cold. That’s the distinguishing thing.
Question: What’s the relationship between kundalini and chakras?
A: Chakras are basically energy centers. When kundalini awakens, kundalini pierces through all these chakras and reaches the crown chakra.
Question: if kundalini reaches the crown chakra, is it possible to come back again?
A: Yes. Kundalini reaches the crown chakra, but it doesn’t stay there forever. When kundalini reaches the crown chakra, you experience the special state known as “kriya” or the “fourth one”. Normally, you experience only three states of being. The first one is wakeful state. Second one is dreaming state. Third one is deep sleep when you are not even dreaming. These are the three states that you normally experience. But when kundalini reaches the crown chakra, that’s when you’ll experience the fourth state, which is very different from all these three states. That is known as “kriya” or “the fourth one”. And the end of it is what we call as “enlightenment”. For those of you who know the yogic terminology, this state is also known as “Samadhi”.
The idea is once it goes there, you experience this fourth state. Think of it as sleep. You go to sleep for 8 hours, 9 hours, 10 hours, whatever, and after that you wake up from sleep. Similarly, when kundalini reaches here, you’re going to the fourth state which last for certain length of time, and after that you come out of that state. And then at that time, kundalini goes back to your root chakra. But now you’re enlightened and that does not change. Yogis’ experiences have been different. Some yogis said after the enlightenment, the kundalini went back to the root chakra. Some said it went to the heart chakra and stay there.
Question: How far can an individual control the awakening of the kundalini?
A: Through practices, such as meditation and some other techniques, we can awaken the kundalini and guide her to the sixth chakra. Generally, as long as kundalini is until the throat chakra, the fifth chakra, there is possibility that if you stop the practices, it’ll come back down. We can guide her up to the sixth chakra. But the journey from the sixth chakra to the seventh chakra is totally dependent on the divine grace. It’s in the hand of the universe for that part of the journey to happen. But once that journey happens and the person is enlightened, then after that the person would be able to manage the movement of kundalini. The person will be able to manage not only his own kundalini, but even kundalini movement in other people also. Generally masters who have awakened their kundalini can awaken the kundalini in any other person merely by looking at that person or sometimes just by thinking of that person. Of course they won’t do it very lightly, but it’s possible. In case you’re wondering, you have to remember that the kundalini is ultimately cosmic energy. Individual kundalini is just the appearance of the cosmic energy. Once you realize your cosmic abilities, controlling individual appearances is not a big deal.
Question: Do you think people who do “reiki” must have mastering kundalini flowing?
A: Kundalini awakening is not a must of reiki. They’re dealing with pranic energy, but not necessarily kundalini.
Question: Is the experience of enlightenment similar to the experience after taking drugs?
A: Drugs infuse certain space of the mind. Kundalini awakening is basically beyond the states of mind. In fact, when kundalini awakens, the mind stops doing what it is (doing). Also, you can judge from the after effects of those drugs that the consequences of taking them are not good. But once you’re enlightened because of kundalini awakening, etc., the person is totally transformed into divine. So there’s a huge difference between those two things.
Question: First question, how to cleanse the chakras? Second, if my parents influence me, is their karma in my chakras? And how to cleanse them?
A: There are many ways to cleanse the chakras, including meditation. Parents or teachers influencing us per se cannot constitute karma. That’s we call as “cultural conditioning”. But base on this conditioning, if I make certain choices in my life which has, let’s say, negative consequences to others, that constitutes karma.
Question:What do you mean by saying “cleanse the chakras”? Does that mean getting rid of all the karma or all the negative karma?
A: The idea is that good karma results in happiness to us, and bad karma results in pain. Both of them are stored in the chakras. Both happiness and pain make us think we are just human beings, even though we’re actually divine. So the purpose is eventually to cleanse both pain and pleasure. But definitely, the cleansing is more focused on the negative side, from the human view point.
Question:When you’re born to the world, you’re carrying the DNA of your parents. And your parents’ DNA also transmits karmic energy to you. When you cleanse the chakras of all the karmic memories, is it possible that you also cleanse the karma of your parents or ancestors?
A: Think of your physical DNA as the media of your karmic DNA. There is a karmic relationship between you and your parents, not necessarily you and your siblings. Because of the relationship, you’re born as a child to that particular parents and therefore yes, you do have karmic relationship and you share the karma. But at the same time, if certain person experiences kundalini awakening and he changes his karmic map, that cleanses seven succeeding generations and seven preceding generations.
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