Kundalini Yoga is not different from Jnana Yoga, which is included within the total practice. There seems to be some fixation on an idea that Kundalini Yoga is a total focus on triggering the release of energy from the Kandal, between the navel and the 4th vertebra, and the opening of energy through the Crown governed by the Sahasrara.
Actually, the Atma nadi between the brain and Hrdayam, is the location of what yogi's call the vibration of unstruck sound, which is the pulsation of the "I as I" felt in the Hrdayam, atma nadi and brain area.
The Hrdayam is known as the dissolusionary force, while the Kandal is known as the generative force and the Sahasrara the involutionary force. These are also all well known yogic points of meditation, where the Hrdayam is known as the self-effulgent light which is the source of the light that lights the body and mind.
In the practice of Kundalini Yoga, all these chakras, nadis and force centers make up the a mechanisms that function within the body field, where the awaking of the ever present three fold Awareness simply brings about the dissolving of the distinction between an idea of an individual self - Atman, and the single all-pervasive Self - Brahman.
When the ancient sages began to teach Kundalini Yoga, it was to develop a means through which the mind could be purified to the point where the Truth could be heard, so that the reading of the spiritual texts or being told of the Truth would have a direct and immediate effect in triggering the inversion of the mind to the Heart.
In Kundalini Yoga, the various aspects of the mechanisms do not operate in a vacuum. They're all part of one cohesive, in fact, undifferentiated whole, which is why this Kundalini Yoga is known as the Totality of Being. This yoga has the sole purpose to bring up the overall energy in the system to the point where the vibratory energy levels related to the images appearing and held in the subconscious begin to balance and rise to the level of pure intuition from which the thoughts, sensations and images emanate, which is the Intelligence shining through the reflected consciousness of the mind.
This Intelligence (buddhi), then pulls the sense of "I" that permeates the mind into Itself, dissolving the sense of separateness that holds the mind, just like the Singularity of a Black Hole pulls in the objects swirling around it releasing vast amounts of light in the process. -"...and the whole body is filled with light." (Luke 11:34)
Kundalini is just another word meaning undifferentiated Awareness. The perspective of the Kundalini Yoga begins with the recognition of this Truth, and then develops those practices that bring about the isolation of the seer and dissolution of the illusion held in the subconscient of Atman and Brahman being 2.
I know of one Master of Kundalini Yoga, who has been teaching the mantra "God and me, me and God are One," where God is simply "I as I" and has been repeating "Always abide in the non-dual," for over 30 years, as the basis for all practice. To him Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga have never been separate approaches, rather always taught from ancient times as emanating from within the Total.
A lot of wasted time is spent on making distinctions and categorizations, which really amount to arguments as to why the hands are better than the feet, or why the eyes are better than the ears or why nose is better than the mouth and so on, with very few actually spending there precious time as humans actually touching, walking, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and so on as a total man or woman, when the Total has been given to use, as always undifferentiated from the One.
These ancient Sages have always taught that while the veiling aspect of Maya has hidden the shining forth of the Self, the diversity aspect of Maya can be directly utilized to realize the Truth. This diversity aspect is Kundalini Yoga, which involves the Totality of Being.
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