“Kundalini Yoga can be dangerous” once spread like wildfire in New Age circles. But empty words created rumors without foundation, because anything a human being does unconsciously is dangerous… be it crossing the street, driving a car, taking a bath, eating junk food, etc. Without training, the internal power of Kundalini could tip the psychological and emotional balance of a human being. Just as neurosurgery is dangerous if the surgeon operates without knowledge of what he is doing.

Highly trained teacher’s guidance is essential if one wants to master Kundalini. Without a strong chakra system, without the ability to stay centered at the core, without a quiet mind and an open heart, Kundalini can disrupt the faculties of people. Many patients in hospital psychiatric wards and sanatoriums suffer from Kundalini-itis. They’ve had visions of angels and demons, of Krishna, Siva and Vishnu, of gods and goddesses at play in a world of dreams. They’ve become Christ or the Buddha, Krishna or St. Francis, Mohammed or Moses and are lost in an unmitigated flood of Kundalini… a false image of spirituality and inner growth. There’s no balance, no centered-ness, no inner quiet during chaos…no development of their humanity.

Without a strong chakra system, without becoming whole within oneself, internal strength is absent, and ego’s house of cards tumbles with the first strong wind.

The energy of Kundalini is elusive, powerful and too difficult for the human mind to comprehend; and a novice must build an inner life from the foundation up. Without a strong chakra system, without becoming whole within oneself, internal strength is absent, and ego’s house of cards tumbles with the first strong wind. Kundalini can make matters worse if a person constructs a godlike aura around themself, a stage-set on which magicians wield powers that control other people. Those who suffer from Kundalini-itis often claim to be God, to be avatars, the incarnation of Christ or Buddha. Divine revelation has gone to their heads. Humility and gratitude have vanished. They listen to no one and learn from no one. They’ve reached a pinnacle of human self-indulgence. Rudi once told me: “God is God. The best a guru can do is be a servant of God.”

A house must be built from the foundation up. Kundalini is no different. First, we develop the chakra system, and with it…our humanity. When gratitude and humility are part of day to day living, we’re strong enough to master Kundalini and be a vehicle for spiritual energy. We have shed all images of self. We’re not man or woman… nor are we white, black, brown or mixed race… we’re nothing but an instrument used by Higher Energy in the Universe to transmit love and compassion to the world…

(To be continued…)