Kundalini: An Occult Experience by G. S. Arundale


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Theosophical Publishing, 1938. First Edition. 107 pages. Former copy of the Tunbridge Wells Theosophical Centre.

‘Kuṇḍalinī arose as a central concept in Shaiva Tantra, especially among the Śākta cults like the Kaula. In these Tantric systems, Kuṇḍalinī is "the innate intelligence of embodied Consciousness". In the influential Kaula tradition, Kuṇḍalinī is seen as a "latent innate spiritual power", associated with the Goddess Kubjika, who is the supreme Goddess (Paradevi). She is also pure bliss and power (Shakti), the source of all mantras, and resides in the six chakras along the central channel. Present throughout the universe, Kundalini is thought to lie quiescent in most humans at the base of the spine.

In this book, Dr. Arundale gives a clear, concise, and very personal account of this powerful force. He spent many years in India studying its spiritual traditions, and working alongside such luminaries as Annie Besant. He was principal of the Central Hindu College in Varanasi, and in 1934 was elected as president of the Theosophical Society, a post he held until his death in 1945.

The concept of Kuṇḍalinī is mentioned in the Upanishads (9th – 7th centuries BCE). The Sanskrit adjective kuṇḍalin means "circular, annular". It is mentioned as a noun for "snake" (in the sense of "coiled") in the 12th-century Rajatarangini chronicle. Kuṇḍa (a noun meaning "bowl, water-pot" is found as the name of a Nāga (serpent deity) in Mahabharata.’

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