Friday, December 6, 2013

Sri Aurobindo, Yogi Gopi Krishna and Kundalini

Kundalini - the evolutionary energy in man by Gopi KrishnaKundalini – the evolutionary energy in man is the Autobiography of Pandit Gopi Krishna. It was first published in 1967. Later it was renamed Living with Kundalini and is one of the many books that Gopi Krishna wrote about his experience with the Kundalini energy and how it transformed his life.

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Kundalini – the evolutionary energy in man by Gopi Krishna

 Gopi Krishna

1903-1984; Kundalini Visionary Leaves Legacy Of Consciousness Transformation

It was a clear, wintry dawn in December, 1937, when Gopi Krishna, a 34-year old government official, sat in his customary meditating asana. The sun was just casting grey light over the horizon onto his hermitage on the outskirts of Jammu Kashmir. With the seasoned practice of 17 years of yoga, he was breathing deeply, visualizing a radiant full bloom lotus floating above the crown of his head shedding beams of light.
Unexpectedly, and for the first time ever in his dawn meditative vigils, a force at the base of his spine stirred. It threw his concentration, but within minutes he was composed, his meditation refocused on the lotus. Again the warm, electric force arose, gaining in intensity as he remained locked onto the lotus. Suddenly, like a laser flash, the force surged up his spine into the nerve tissue of his brain. He was enveloped in a white light and a sound like a rocket booster engine. His body rocked slightly as his consciousness broke loose of its biological encasement. He was now light-consciousness, expanding out into a boundless sphere.
It was Gopi Krishna's first kundalini experience, his first sojourn into the rarely seen realms of man and God's inner reality. Those hours radically transformed his life, propelling him on an odyssey that would traverse awesome visions of the inner cosmos, clairvoyant seeing of man's subtle nerve system and the interpenetrating energy of Satchidananda. But his odyssey would also plunge him into the physical and psychic nightmare of kundalini unleashed into the wrong nerve channel, and an unprepared nerve network.
On July 31, 1984, Gopi Krishna, famed but unaffected explorer of kundalini consciousness, visionary prophet and architect of an evolutionary human consciousness theory, died of pneumonia in Srinigar, Kashmir. He was 81.
A friend of Krishna intimated that his contraction of pneumonia resulted from a recent state of samadhi in which his body had turned death cold, effectively lowering his resistance.
Gopi Krishna's life was the stuff of good fiction, an incredible tale of guideless sorties into the yoga mysteries and two encounters with death. It was an ecstatic/traumatic adventure that he didn't expect or ask for.
Some writers have called him a mountebank. Others call him a philosopher, a mystic, a sage. Science fiction writers would label him a new strain of the human race, an idea probably not too foreign or objectionable to Gopi Krishna, whose decades of powerful experiences resulted in the formulation of a theory that the organic whole of human consciousness is evolving, perfecting itself. Similar to Sri Aurobindo's "superman" theory, Gopi Krishna shaped his evolutionary consciousness model in a series of widely read books.
He saw himself as a fortuitous model of the new man, who through the controlled awakening of kundalini can open new vistas of consciousness, a dual identity of man and pervasive cosmic essence. He also felt that at this time humankind en masse is not able to realize the ultimate identity between God and man, that being reserved for very advanced souls. Religion, in all of its expression, was man's innate impulse towards a more perfect consciousness, and was best exemplified by the siddhars and yogis of ancient India and China who had perfected the technique of kundalini yoga.
His autobiography Kundalini - The Evolutionary Energy in Man, written in the mid-60's, chronicles his experiences and is a fascinating study of the psychosomatic relationship of man's nerve system and his inner consciousness. When describing his inner vision or voyages, his prose transforms into surreal imagery that is among the most telling portrayals of man's interior worlds. He also tells how he had considered taking sannyas, choosing not to because of the difficulty in maintaining his special diet (to help control the kundalini). His later books turned to visionary prophecy, primarily warning humankind about the necessity to elevate consciousness to avoid nuclear apocalypse.
His most recent but unaccomplished endeavor was working with the Kundalini Research Foundation of New York to record the traces of kundalini/prana activity within the brain.
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Gopi Krishna was born in 1903 to parents of Kashmiri Brahmin extraction. His birthplace was a small village about twenty miles from the city of Srinagar, the summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir State in northern India. He spent the first eleven years of his life growing up in this beautiful Himalayan valley. In 1914, his family moved to the city of Lahore in the Punjab which, at that time, was a part of British India. Gopi Krishna passed the next nine years completing his public school education. Illness forced him to leave the torrid planes of the Punjab and he returned to the cooler climate of the Kashmir Valley. During the succeeding years, he secured a post in the Department of Public Works of the State, married and raised a family. In 1946 he founded a social organization and, with the help of a few dedicated friends, tried to bring about reforms in some of the outmoded customs of his people. Their goals included the abolition of the dowry system, which subjected the families of brides to severe and even ruinous financial obligations,and the strictures against the remarriage of widows. After a few years, Gopi Krishna was granted premature retirement from his position in the government and devoted himself almost exclusively to service work in the community.
In 1967 he published his first major book in India, Kundalini--The Evolutionary Energy in Man(currently available under the title Living With Kundalini). Shortly thereafter it was published in Great Britain and the United States and has since appeared in eleven major languages. The book presented tothe Western world for the first time a clear and concise autobiographical account of the phenomenon ofthe forceful awakening of Kundalini, which he had experienced in 1937, and the long process by whichhe eventually attained the perennially transformed or sahaja state of consciousness. This book, and the sixteen other published works by Gopi Krishna have generated a steadily growing interest in the subjects of consciousness and the evolution of the brain. He also traveled extensively in Europe and North America, during the last seventeen years of his life, energetically presenting his theories to scientists, scholars, researchers and others. Gopi Krishna's experiences led him to hypothesize that there is a biological mechanism in the human body, known from ancient times in India as Kundalini, which is responsible for creativity, genius, psychic abilities, religious and mystical experiences, as well as some types of aberrant mental states. He asserted that ignorance of the workings of this evolutionary mechanism was the main reason for the present dangerous state of world. Gopi Krishna passed away in July, 1984 of a severe lung infection and is survived by his wife, three children and grandchildren. The work that he began is currently being carried forward through the efforts of a number of affiliated foundations, organizations and individuals around the world.

    Yogi Gopi Krishna describes in his books that his Kundalini
[(in yoga) latent female energy believed to lie coiled at 

the base of the spine] had awakened unexpectedly. So,he

had to suffer for a few months as he had no Guru to help

and guide him.

   In the book "Kundalini : The Evolutionary Energy in Man",

Gopi Krishna writes:

“At last mustering my courage, I wrote to one of the best-known modern saints of India the author of many widely read books in English on Yoga, giving him full details of my extraordinary state and sought for guidance. I waited for his reply in trepidation, and when it failed to come for some days, I sent a telegram also. I was passing a very anxious time when the answer came. It said that there was no doubt that I had aroused Kundalini in the Tantric manner and that the
only way for me to seek guidance was to find a Yogi who had himself conducted the Shakti successfully to the Seventh Centre in the head. I was thankful for the reply which fully confirmed my own opinion, thereby raising my hopes and self-confidence. It was obvious that the symptoms mentioned by me had been recognized as those characterizing the awakening, thereby giving to my weird experience a certain appearance of normality. If I were passing through an abnormal condition, it was not an isolated instance nor was the abnormality peculiar to me alone, but must be a necessary corollary to the awakening of Kundalini, and with modifications suited to different temperaments must have occurred in almost all those in whom awakening had taken place. But where was I to find a Yogi who had raised the Shakti to the Seventh Centre?”

Obviously, Gopi Krishna referred to Sri Aurobindo. There is a corresponding letter by Sri Aurobindo:
“Sri Aurobindo cannot undertake to guide you as your Guru, for the reason that he takes as disciples only those who follow his special path of yoga; your experiences follow a different line. In his yoga there may be an occasional current in the spine as in other nerve channels or different parts of the body, but no awakening of the Kundalini in this particular and powerful fashion. There is only a quiet uprising of the consciousness from the lower centres to join the spiritual consciousness above and a descent of the Divine Force from above which does its own work in the mind and body – the manner and stages varying in each sadhak. A perfect confidence in the Divine Mother and a vigilance to repel all wrong suggestions and influences is the main law of this yoga. Your opening having once been so powerful on the more usual Tantric lines (even without your own will intervening), it is hardly probable that it could now change easily to other lines – any such effort might create a serious disturbance. In speaking of a competent Guru Sri Aurobindo meant one who had himself practised this opening of the centres and become siddha in that line of yoga. It should not be impossible to find one – when one has the call for the Guru, the Guru sooner or later comes. Meanwhile to put away fear and have confidence in the Divine working is indispensable – but no effort should be made to force the pace by concentrated meditation unless you have a guide whom you can trust – a clear guidance from within or a guide from without. The inspiration about the Ida nadi and the subsequent working of the Shakti show that there was an intervention at a critical moment and that the call to it whenever needed is likely to be effective.”
                                                                                                  - Sri Aurobindo

(SABCL, Vol. 24,Letters on Yoga, p. 1148)


pianomonika said...

''Kundalini awakening'' is the process through which enlightement
is attained.
Copi Krishna described the feeling of his awakening, he felt a stream of liquid light entering his brain through a spinal cord.
Nevertheless Copi Krisha wanted help from Sri Aurobindo ,who himself conducted the Shakti successfull to the Seven Centre in head.
But Sri Aurobindo could not be a Guru for Gopi Krishna,he took only disciples following his special way of Yoga.
But Gopi Krishna went his way.
Later he had inclination to write poetry.

pianomonika said...

The inner vision of consciousness, the visionary, the prophecy, all that what Gopi Krishna made him to be exceptional from other ,that is only given to few, as we know from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.