Kundalini Tantra and Kundalini Shakti
In my role as a tantra instructor, I have spoken extensively of kundalini tantra to those I instruct in this ancient tantric art. Kundalini tantra, which gives rise to Kundalini shakti, is the superpower that lies inactive within the uninstructed in the form of a coiled-serpent.
Specifically, the power of kundalini tantra dwells in the Muladhara Chakra, which is the first of the seven chakras. (The other six are Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara, in order of magnitude of higher consciousness.)
Together with the Vedas, the Agama Shastras are the origins of the ancient tantric arts, and they offer elaborate descriptions of tantric life. One must familiarize oneself with these to gain a proper comprehension of kundalini tantra.
The original Agama shastras/sastras are twenty-eight in number, and are acknowledged as Saiva Agamas. Their primary focus is on building a relationship with (and finally realizing) the superior devotee Shiva, or Siva. There are some other names such as Vira signifying Hero, Siddha implying Perfected and Swayambhuva implying naturally revealed.
The Agamas have four parts known as padas or lessons. The first two padas address Chariya (or good demeanor) and Kriya (or external worship of Goddesses) and includes all details of personal life, home planning, city planning, personal worship in temples, the architectural designs for temples and sculpture in addition to the elaborateness of temple puja.
The final two padas - Yoga (or internalized worship and union) and Jnana (or enlightened wisdom) give elaborate descriptions of the techniques and phases of kundalini tantra yoga, and the super high consciousness experienced while Tantric Samadhi is attained. In the actual shastras, the padas are sequential with Jnana first, Yoga second, and then Kriya and Chariya.
The Agamas comprise tens of thousands of verses, so much more prolific than the Vedas. Especially the Yoga and Jnana Padas are indeed advanced and omnipotent. Any student should strive to peruse and understand them. They can be complicated, so be sure to avail of the guidance of an accomplished tantra master.
Acharya Subhojit Dasgupta is a Tantra Teacher with an in-depth knowledge of traditional Indian sciences and Sanskrit literature. Visit his tantra online guide to learn tantra techniques kriyas and mudras from this young Tantra Master.
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