By Robin on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 09:23 pm:

Hey, Artie, did I ask ya, did you ever read Gopi Krishna's "Living With Kundalini"? If not, do not pass Go, do not collect $200 until you do. I found it so moving, so opening, such an epiphany that it took me two years to get through it. Let me know what you think.

By Arthur Kegerreis (Librlart) on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 11:21 pm:

I'll look for it. But pray tell more about what was so great. What's it about?

By R on Saturday, July 13, 2002 - 11:39 pm:

The Indian, Gopi Krishna, (1903-1984) was a true sage, a spiritual pioneer, a psychenaut. The psychic forces he discovered in himself - it's a first person account - are in each of us. For me, the book was an amzing, inspiring story of human possibility. Shambhala Dragon Editions, 1993.

By Arthur Kegerreis (Librlart) on Friday, August 02, 2002 - 01:13 am:

I skimmed through a good portion of the Gopi Krishna book. What's interesting is that he raised his kundalini energy inadvertently, through intensive meditation. His problems with the energy were due to the fact that he wasn't channeling the energy correctly. It is possible to raise it through meditation alone; there are many admonitions to keep the correct posture during chanting and meditation to prevent the problems Gopi Krishna experienced. You need to keep your spine straight, and your neck tucked into "neck lock" with the chin slightly tucked like a soldier at attention. This allows the energy to be channeled to and from the crown chakra without any blockages.

When we began the teacher training, Gopi Krishna's experiences were mentioned. He is apparently one of the people who have helped perpetuate a myth of kundalini energy as being dangerous. There are a number of yogis who didn't understand kundalini energy and how to channel it properly. Kundalini yoga helps you channel it efficiently and effectively so that you don't experience side effects such as his. Raising kundalini through meditation alone can take a VERY long time. Over a decade. But I hope to read through the rest of the book to have some more informed feedback.