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Irresponsible Kundalini Article?

To: alt.religion.tantra,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.tantra
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Irresponsible Kundalini Article?
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 22:31:54 GMT

Rob Sacks wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm the editor of a new web magazine that recently
> published an article called "The Day My Kundalini
> Woke Up." It describes in detail how somebody
> deliberately raised his Kundalini and experienced an
> elevated spiritual state.
> I just received the following letter from a reader:
> >   "I think "The Day My Kundali Woke Up" is an
> >    irresponsible article. I have no respect for
> >    anyone publishing an article telling how to
> >    have a Kundalini awakening. Some people could
> >    die or go insane from such an approach. You
> >    don't know what you are playing with!"
> The author of our article had an ecstatic experience
> with no bad effects.
> I would like to get more opinions from people who
> have experience with Kundalini.  Did I really act
> irresponsibly in printing this article?
> Also, I am looking for somebody who can write
> an article for me that describes carefully, from
> personal experience, some specific examples of bad
> Kundalini effects.
> Thank you.
> Laura Olshansky
> Editor in Chief
> P.S. The article is at


As far as i know -- and i may be wrong -- the notion that the rising of
Kundalini may be dangerous dates to and is directly downstream from the
writings of Gopi Krishna, who reported same. 

In my experience, dating from the 1960s to the present, i have never
received a "kundalini danger" warning from someone who did NOT
ultimately reference Gopi Krishna as the source of this warning. Those
who do not directly reference him sometimes propagate the religious
equivalent of an urban legend in that a disatrous kundalini raising
experience is said to have happened to a FOAF (friend of a friend) who
is not available for comment; then, on closer questioning, Gopi
Krishna's books are also referenced. 

I have also met people who believe that Gopi Krishna was suffering from
some form of mental illness which he interpreted as the awaking of
kundalini, although that is heresy to his devotees, of course.  

This is only my personal experience and is not to be taken as an
authoritative statement on the subject. 


cat yronwode 

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