A seeker asks yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, what is Kundalini – a question that is seldom answered satisfactorily or in terms easily understood. Sadhguru takes us through the explanation of what Kundalini is, using an everyday analogy that should strike a chord in every one of us. 

Question: Can you please explain what is Kundalini?

Sadhguru: The word “kundalini” generally refers to that dimension of energy that is yet to realize its potential. There is a huge volume of energy within you which is yet to find its potential. Let me take you from your own experience of life because the stories about it are many. In your house, there is a plug-point in the wall. This plug-point does not actually produce any power. There is a huge power station elsewhere that is producing power, but it cannot give you that power directly. It is the plug-point that gives you the power. Though most people have not even thought about the power station and have no conception of what it is, they know that if they plug an appliance into the plug-point, the appliance will run.

Plug into the ultimate source

Kundalini is the plug-point. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point. You might have heard of the seven chakras. The muladhara is like a plug-point. That is why it is known as muladhara. Muladhara means “fundamental” or “basic.” Five of the remaining six chakras are the plug. What is the seventh chakra? It is like a light bulb. If you plug it in, then everything about you glows. If you are properly plugged in, keeping the lights on twenty-four hours of the day is not an issue anymore. You don’t have to turn off your power because you are worried the battery might run out. You can just keep it on blatantly, recklessly, because you are plugged into the power source.

Even right now, you still have energy. You can hear what I am saying. That means life energies are functioning, but in a very miniscule way. Just a small part of it is functioning. If the whole of it becomes available to you, if it is properly plugged in, there is no limit to what you can do out of it. Even with the plug-point at home, once you are plugged in, you can make the light happen, you can get the air-conditioning going, you can have the heater, you can have the television – anything you want. Just one power point. You can do so many things.

Unfortunately, most human beings are not plugged in. They are trying to generate their own power. So they eat five times a day, but still they are tired most of the time. It is a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in terms of physical energy or activity, energy is in terms of life. Existence is energy, isn’t it? The basis of existence is energy. If you know that basis, it is like knowing the foundations of life. If you understand the ways of the energy, you know the whole mechanics of creation. So if you are plugged in, you know what the power is, what it can do and what you can make out of it. You are plugged into an endless source of power – that is what is Kundalini.

What does it take to plug in?

Now to plug in an appliance, if your hands are shaky, you will scratch the whole wall but you will not get the plug in. In the same way, to put the 5-point plug into the plug-point is difficult for a lot of people because there is no steadiness in their body, their mind, their emotions or their energies. All this yoga is just to get the necessary steadiness so that you can just plug it in there. Once you plug it in – boundless energy! You don’t have to go and learn about or understand the power station. You plug it in and everything is fine.

Yoga is just the science of getting the plug properly in so that there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once you are connected to this uninterrupted source of power, naturally you will proceed in the way life should. You will naturally proceed towards the goal of what life is longing for. You will not get lost with your fancy ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements of the world.

Editor’s Note: Sadhguru offers Isha Kriya, a free, online guided meditation that is drawn from the essence of the yogic sciences. Daily practice of this simple yet potent 12-minute process can transform one’s life.

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POSTED IN:Yoga & Meditation, Demystifying Yoga
TAGS: Kundalini
  • karankumar

    i have been doing meditation for last 2 and a half years ..i do about 2-3 hours of meditation daily (in the morning and in the evening ) ..and now i feel some sensation in my lower back and also if something is rising my in the mid of my spine ..different sensation come to my chakras too please tell me what it is…is this awakening of kundlinini ?

    • Павел Лечев

      It is very possible that it is kundalini awakening, which does not necesearly mean it is happening in an unpleasent way for you. I have had same feelings and sensations and some other also after that, after which I find ways to ground and balance the energies and sensations I had through connecting with earth, monitor my breathing, thoughts and emotions. I would like to add a question to your question if you allow me if it is possible for Sadhguru and Isha Team to give some tips and information on how to calm and harmonize kundalini energy when it is not aroused in the best way as there are many people that have difficulties with kundalini after they have made many things with not much knowledge.

    • AERC, Inc.

      Do everything good that you know in every way. Be sincere and devoted to the All Good., Beware of false masters and teachers, the truth is within you. Then, as you walk to the new horizon, will appear that which makes it clear. All great spiritual power is denied to the unworthy and prepared for the utterly devoted. You cannot fail at anything if you throw your entire being into it! When you awaken any chakra, you’ll know it!
      Be pure…

  • SAuhard Joshi

    i have been practicing meditation for last six months . i may have changed my techniques as i progressed but i think i am a better person everyday.

  • b.gupta

    a request & pray for hunger free — with your grace , if you can make every soul , every human , every creature , every molecule , hunger free “, never feeling hungry and never having desire to eat ” ” bad evil thoughts free ” ,and the natural as were good . it will be very great kindness ,
    either may be in any hells or any where ,any parts of earth , molecule.
    hunger is a curse ,many and many lifes has been spoiled , destroyed , sent to hells like toilets in many pieces . many quarrels has taken places on the name of spoileing earth

  • b.gupta

    i feel it is not kundalini . it is made cruielty of some one by taking two kundalini bala souls and making of two headed snake .

  • Sridharan

    …it is heights of stupidity…if some one suggets …””… one able to lift theKundalini from mouladhar to Sahasram…one will become Enlightened”…may be such people are interested in fleching money or something else…no doubt one has do that type of meditation endlessly…till the descent tanks place…that happens only as Tamil spiritual poets expressed…”Avan arulale avanan thaz vanangi”…IMHO…

  • Hari

    Shambho Mahadev.