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‘Slain’... By What Spirit?
Part IV

 Carol Brooks
Edited by Vicki Narlee

Index to All Four Sections

    PART I ... Introduction, History,

    PART II ... Is There A Biblical Basis For Being 'Slain In The Spirit'? Did Sinners Fall Backwards? Examining the Proof Texts... Voluntarily Falling. Examining the Proof Texts... Involuntarily Falling. The "Ministry" of the Catchers

    PART III ... Is There A Biblical Basis For Resting In The Spirit, Shaking In The Spirit, Being Drunk In The Spirit, or for Holy Laughter? Summary and Conclusion. The Warnings of Yesteryear. The Million Dollar Question

    YOU ARE HERE 001orange PART IV... Comparing The Supposedly 'Christian' Phenomenon of Slain In The Spirit with The Ancient Hindu Tradition of Kundalini , and The Practice of Transmitting the Power Through Shaktipat or 'Divine' Touch

 

ON THIS PAGE.... Kundalini

PART I... Chakras, Kundalini, and The Ancient Hindu Custom of Shaktipat

PART II... How Kundalini is Awakened... Shakti Pat or Divine Touch
The Results of an "Awakened Kundalini"
Laughter as a "Spiritual" Experience

PART III... The Ultimate Purpose of a Kundalini Awakening... Unleashing the "Divinity" Within
Hatha Yoga... Mere Physical Exercise, Or Steps To An Awakened Kundalini?

Part IV...  Is Kundalini a Blessing or Curse?

Summary... A New Thing? You Have To Be Kidding!
Can You Tell The Difference?
 

PART V .... Yet Fools Still Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread.
Kundalini and 'Christian' Spirituality
Kundalini And Contemplative Prayer
Fr. Thomas Keating and The Nostra Aetate



PART I... Chakras, Kundalini, and The Ancient Hindu Custom of Shaktipat
In order to understand what this spiritual power is in Hinduism and how it is conferred, it is necessary to have a basic grasp of three inseparable concepts... Chakras, Kundalini and Shaktipat. The terms come from Sanskrit, a classical language of India, and the primary liturgical language of Hinduism used, for example, in worship and yoga.


Chakras
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for  'wheel' or 'disk'. Ancient Indian/Tibetan tradition and philosophy holds that there are seven Chakras, or Yoga-BGenergy centers in the human body. These are often depicted as non-physical circles of energy, spaced at intervals along the spine, from the base to the crown of the head. According to the ancient yoga system of India, Chakras have a large influence on the physical human body.

    "Chakras are part of the ancient belief system associated with yoga. These traditions were handed down orally for thousands of years before being codified by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, several centuries before Christ". [Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine by Peter Gregutt]

International author Anne Lewis is one of Australia's best-known and respected Yoga teachers who runs Tibetan Rites workshops in Sydney. In an article on the website of the an-Ahata School of Universal Yoga, she says ..

    ...Centuries ago, the Yoga masters realised that the human being consisted of more than just the physical body; they believed that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual were inter-related. The masters also believe that the spinning vortexes of energy overlap and correspond to various physical organs and glands and that these chakras can be regulated and harmonised, resulting in the unleashing of an individual's full potential of health, happiness and spiritual awareness...

    The chakras correspond to major areas of your life, such as survival, sex, power, love, communication, perception and understanding. To use a practical analogy, the chakras can be seen as your internal 'floppy disk’ that stores your programming about how to function in life. The base chakra, for instance, contains your survival program, such as what and when you eat, and when you need to sleep, exercise and protect yourself....

    ...Chakras are often referred to as lotuses, for they open and close like a flower and, in Tantric Yoga, they are shown with a varying number of petals. The petals range from four at the base chakra to one thousand or more at the crown.

    When a chakra is closed, the life force energy or prana cannot travel through that part of the body. If this is the case, you may feel a lack in your life in its related area: for example, the throat chakra relates to communication. Therefore if it's blocked or closed, communication is difficult and, on the physical side of health, a blocked chakra may manifest itself as a sore throat or tight neck....  [28]

It is possible that Chakras may have some, though limited, base in fact...

    Contemporary spiritual literature often notes that the chakras, as described in the esoteric kundalini documents, bear a strong similarity in location and number to the major endocrine glands, as well as nerve bundles called ganglions” [29].

Kundalini:
Energy or ...
A "life force" or spiritual energy has been part of the belief system of many cultures for centuries. In Japan it is known as Ki, which is the source of the word Reiki. In traditional Chinese culture it is called qi, chi or ch'i. Mana to the Hawaiians is a form of a spiritual energy. In Sanskrit, Prana is the word for "life force", and Shakti means strength, psychic energy, or life force. [See Kundalini in several, otherwise widely differing, traditions and religions) [Footnote I]

Many believe that our health is directly influenced by this life force, which has resulted in many different forms of energy healing.  However, the concept of kundalini has taken the whole idea to an entirely different level.

Kundalini has been described as a concentrated form of prana or life force, associated with the goddess Shakti, said to be the energy giving power behind all creation. In Hindu tradition this Shakti which lies dormant in our bodies, is conceptualized as a serpent coiled three and a half times around the lowest chakra, at the base of the spine, awaiting unfoldment (in Sanskrit, kundalini literally means that which is coiled).

When 'awakened', this goddess kundalini is said to awaken and unfold each chakra as she ascends through the spine, ensuring the free flow of life energy (prana or qi) throughout the body, thus balancing the chakras and promoting general health and well-being. When she has risen to the crown chakra, located at the top of the skull and associated with elevated spiritual consciousness, then all chakras have been opened, and a person is said to experience enlightenment.


...Intelligent Force?

I find it particularly interesting, and very alarming, that numerous articles on kundalini, refer to it as an 'intelligent force'.

    The unique perspective of Siddha Mahayoga is that because kundalini is an intelligent force it will, upon awakening, naturally direct the practice of the student. All that is required is that the student completely surrender to this force. As a result of kundalini's unfoldment spontaneous purifying movements, called kriyas will occur... [30]

An interesting excerpt from kundalini-teacher.com [Emphasis Added]

    The title of Shaktipat Master, is a little misleading... Nobody really "Masters" Shakti. She does as She pleases, and we just try to stay out of the way. The Shaktipat Master is a vessel for transmission, Goddess is the source... I do not care for the term "kundalini Master", because it suggests mastery of Goddess, ... control of it, and that is an ego illusion. One does not Master kundalini, one steps aside and allows it to do its work through you, as the vessel. [31]


Kundalini Is Contagious
The website Enlightened Beings says the following [Emphasis Added]

    "Perhaps the most important thing to know and remain aware of, is that a kundalini Awakening contains the most unbelievable expanded states of comprehension of Reality, enlightenment and absolute ecstasy. Not to mention that you've just befriended the greatest healing energy available inside you and extremely contagious to all human beings.” [32]

On his website, Reiki Grand-Master and qualified yoga teacher Ajit Upadhyay answers the question of whether one can receive Shaktipat just by being in the presence of those with awakened shakti. He says...

    There is no doubt that shakti is contagious. The mere presence of a single being whose shakti is strongly active can awaken the shakti of those around him. Similarly being in the presence of many people whose shakti is awakened to some degree can awaken one's own shakti. [33]


PART II... How Kundalini is Awakened... Shakti Pat or Divine Touch
All of the above may seem to you, as the reader, to be rather bizarre, rather far fetched, even freaky, supernatural gobbledygook from the heart of a religious tradition that is notoriously difficult to understand. And you may be wondering what in the world any of this has to do with what you have experienced in your 'church'.

Stay with me, because this is where is it gets truly alarming. What follows are facts that, tragically, most Christians are dangerously unaware of. The 'awakening' of the kundalini can be achieved through three main practices, the most effective of which are meditation and yogic postures such as those taught in Hatha Yoga, or a guru or spiritual teacher conferring the spiritual "power" or awakening, often by means of a touch to the forehead.


Kundalini Awakening Through Yoga
For those who think that Yoga and Meditation are safe for the Christian, carefully note the following [All Emphasis Added]

    Kundalini can be awakened by attaining perfection of certain hatha yoga postures called asanas, by certain breathing exercises aimed at controlling the breath called pranayama, by God's grace, by meditation or by intense devotion...

    Meditation is the practice of turning the attention from outer awareness to inner concentration. In the practice of kundalini Maha Yoga, meditation is much more than a relaxation technique. It is a way of easing resistance to the ascent of the kundalini energy by quieting the fluctuations of the mind. Of all the forms of meditation, meditation through attention on the breath is the simplest and most direct way to Self-realization. [34]

    Please note: There is more about Yoga asanas and Kundalini in Part III below. 

However, there is a shortcut...


Awakening Kundalini Through Touch (Shaktipat)
Which bring us to the third Sanskrit word... Shaktipat, derived from two separate Sanskrit words.. Shakti and Paat. As previously mentioned, Shakti is strength, psychic energy, or life force, while Paat means to fall or descend. In other words, Shaktipat is the descent of grace, or transmission of energy, from one person to the other.

In Hindu spiritual tradition, Shaktipat refers to the act of a guru or spiritual teacher conferring a form of spiritual "power" or awakening on a disciple/student, which is said to be the fastest and most efficient way to awaken one's kundalini. In Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion, Warren Smith wrote

    Ramakrishna, an Indian saint, "daily went into 'samahdi,’ a trance in which one involuntarily falls down unconscious and enters a rapturous state of super-conscious bliss (ananda), complete with beautiful visions and often involving astral projection. These states could last anywhere from a few minutes to several days and were often accompanied by uncontrollable laughter or weeping. He could send others into this state with a single touch to the head or chest" (unpublished article by John Rice on file at SCP). [35]

After just such an awakening, Ravindra Kumar, Ph.D. retired from being a mathematics professor in order to devote himself to spiritual research. He now conducts workshops internationally, and is the author of several books. In an article called The Secrets Of Shaktipat, Kumar says kundalini is awakened by "Asanas (yogic postures), mudras (hand positions), and pranayama (breath-control exercises)", also through "The accumulated results of devotional practices through several lifetimes." However, [Emphasis Added]

    "... the short cut to an awakened kundalini is through a Guru, or so called holy man, who can transmit energy to an aspirant and awaken the kundalini, which brings about an expanded states of consciousness. This is often done by touch to the ajna chakra or the disciple's third eye

As the article by Ravindra Kumar goes on to say ...

    Awakening Kundalini through the grace of a Guru is traditionally seen as the best and most natural way of stirring this energy. When Kundalini energy awakens through the grace of the Guru, yogic postures, mudras, and breath control exercises do not need to be performed...” [36]

You did get that? The fastest, easiest way to awaken kundalini is with a touch to the forehand, or the recipient's 'third eye'. Does that sound at all familiar to you?

It did to researcher Robert Walker who, in 1995, wrote [All Emphasis Added]

    Few Christians realise that for thousands of years gurus have operated with gifts of healing, miracles, gifts of knowledge, and intense displays of spiritual consciousness as they stretch out and connect with a cosmic power which, though demonic in origin, is very real. The meetings which mystic Hindu gurus hold are called ‘Dharshan’. At these meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch. The raising of the spiritual experience is called raising Khundalini. [37]

But there is more... much more.


The Results of an "Awakened Kundalini"
Robert Walker also said

    Kriyas [literally activities] are spontaneous movements that occur after kundalini awakening. After a period when the devotee has reached a certain spiritual elevation they begin to shake, jerk, or hop or squirm uncontrollably, sometimes breaking into uncontrolled animal noises or laughter as they reach an ecstatic high. These manifestations are called 'Kriyas'. Devotees sometimes roar like lions and show all kinds of physical signs during this period. Often devotees move on to higher states of spiritual consciousness and become inert physically and appear to slip into an unconsciousness when they lose sense of what is happening around them. This state is called 'samadhi' and it leads to a deeper spiritual experience.' [38]

Was he right, or was he some kind of Christian alarmist, guilty of spreading exaggerated rumors? Unfortunately, a myriad of sources, bear him out

Physical Manifestations..
The end results of an awakened kundalini are many and varied.

In his book kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy, Ajit Mookerjee, an "acknowledged expert on Eastern art and the sacred texts of India" says

    "The ascent of the Kundalini as it pierces through the chakras is manifested in certain physical and psychic signs.

    Yogis have described the trembling of the body which precedes the arousal of Kundalini, and the explosion of heat which passes like a current through the Sushumna [the supposed channel by which this energy rises through the body]....inner sounds are heard... the head may start to feel giddy... the yogi visualizes a variety of forms... pure light...numerous signs and symptoms may be experienced... as creeping sensations... tingling sensations all over the body; heaviness in the head or sometimes giddiness; automatic and involuntary laughing or crying; seeing visions of deities...

    The eyes may not open in spite of one's efforts to open them... Sometimes the body feels as if it is floating upwards and sometimes as if it is being pressed down into the earth... It may shake and tremble and become limp, or turn as rigid as stone. [39]

Additionally, in an article entitled What Happens After Your kundalini Awakens? Teresa Bergen, who teaches yoga, says [Emphasis Added]

    Some people spontaneously recite mantras or make animal noises.  [40]

Although the effects of an awakened kundalini can vary from person to person, both in form and intensity. The Kundalini Gateway site lists 24 common manifestations of the risen kundalini, of which seventeen are commonly experienced by those who have been 'Slain in the Spirit'. [All Emphasis Added]

    Muscle twitches, cramps or spasms.

    Energy rushes or immense electricity circulating the body

    Itching, vibrating, prickling, tingling, stinging or crawling sensations

    Intense heat or cold

    Involuntary bodily movements (occur more often during meditation, rest or sleep): jerking, tremors, shaking; feeling an inner force pushing one into postures or moving one's body in unusual ways.  (May be misdiagnosed as epilepsy, restless legs syndrome, or PLMD

    Episodes of extreme hyperactivity or, conversely, overwhelming fatigue

    Emotional outbursts; rapid mood shifts; seemingly unprovoked or excessive episodes of grief, fear, rage, depression

    Spontaneous vocalizations (including laughing and weeping) -- are as unintentional and uncontrollable as hiccoughs. Please note that this included ‘Tongues’

    Hearing an inner sound or sounds, classically described as a flute, drum, waterfall, birds singing, bees buzzing but which may also sound like roaring, whooshing, or thunderous noises or like ringing in the ears.

    Mental confusion; difficulty concentrating

    Altered states of consciousness: heightened awareness; spontaneous trance states; mystical experiences (if the individual's prior belief system is too threatened by these, they can lead to bouts of psychosis or self-grandiosity)

    Ecstasy, bliss and intervals of tremendous joy, love, peace and compassion

    Psychic experiences: extrasensory perception; out-of-body experiences; past life memories; astral travel; direct awareness of auras and chakras; contact with spirit guides through inner voices, dreams or visions; healing powers [41]

 And the connection has even been made by proponents of Kundalini. In his book kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality, Philip St Romain (more about him later) writes of the similarities between Siddha Yoga manifestations and those seen in Pentecostalism. He says...

    A strong convergence between Hindu and Christian spirituality can be noted when comparing Siddha Yoga with Pentecostalism. In recent times, Swami Muktananda Paramahansa was most prominent in spreading the practice of Siddha meditation. While reading through Kundalini: The Secret of Life, by Swami Muktananda, I was struck by similiarities it shares with Pentecostalism. [42]

Although she apparently leaned towards the mystical, read what Welsh evangelical speaker, Jessie Penn-Lewis, said close to a century ago, in Chapter 6 of her book entitled War on the Saints, written to combat the deception that arose during the 1904-1905 Welsh Revival.

    Counterfeit manifestations of the Divine life in various ways now follow quickly; movements in the body, pleasant thrills, touches, a glow as of fire in different parts of the body; or sensations of cold, or shakings, and tremblings; all accepted by the believer as from God, but showing what a full entry the deceiving spirit has obtained to the bodily frame; for there is a distinction between the manifestations of evil spirits "with"  and "in" the body and mind of the believer;....

As she said these counterfeits include the physical symptoms

    grief and joy, heat and cold, laughter and tears, all succeed each other in rapid changes, and varied degrees--in brief, the emotional sensibilities seem to have full play. [43]

Note also that laughter is a common symptom of an awakened kundalini...


Laughter as a "Spiritual" Experience
Indian Gurus:  It is very likely that most Americans will remember Rajneesh, the Indian mystic and spiritual teacher who garnered an international following. He scandalized Hindu leaders by calling for freer acceptance of sex and became known as the "sex guru" in the Indian press. His ashram in India became increasingly criticized for violence in it's 'therapy sessions' and allegations of drug use amongst sannyasins. Threatened punitive action by the Indian authorities, provided an impetus for the ashram to relocate to America, and Rajneesh established an intentional community in Oregon, called Rajneeshpuram,

Rajneesh lived in opulence, earning the nick name the "Rolls-Royce guru" due to his large collection of Rolls-Royce automobiles. However, his followers existed at mere "subsistence level", most having severed ties with friends and family and donated all or most of their money and possessions to the commune. Rajneesh was eventually deported from the United States after it was revealed that the commune leadership had committed a number of serious crimes, including a bio-terror attack (food contamination) on the citizens of The Dalles. Denied entry by twenty-one countries he eventually returned to Pune, where he died in 1990.

In his book, Dance Your Way To God, this 'fine upstanding citizen', Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, tells one of his followers

    "just be joyful . . . God is not serious . . . this world cannot fit with a theological god . . . so let this be your constant reminder – that you have to dance your way to God, to laugh your way to God" (p. 229).

Often referred to as being "drunk on the divine," Rajneesh encouraged his followers to come and "drink" from him. Bhagwan’s spiritual "wine" was often passed along with a single touch to the head. Many of his Sannyasins would fall to the floor in ecstasy after their encounters with Rajneesh.  [44]

And, Indian gurus are not the only ones to view extended periods of laughter as a spiritual experience.

Laughter of Aphrodite: Carol Christ, who holds a PhD from Yale University, is author of the widely reprinted essay "Why Women Need the Goddess," which argues in favor of the concept of there having been an ancient religion of a supreme Goddess. She has, additionally, written five influential books on women's spirituality and feminist theology. As director of the Ariadne Institute Carol Christ has conducted pilgrimages to "sacred sites" in Greece, otherwise called Find the Goddess on a Sacred Journey in Crete. [45a] In her book Laughter of Aphrodite she says...

     "I laughed for hours and hours. All my private personal suffering...was dissolved in laughter...I felt transformed...and have always viewed what happened as a kind of spiritual experience...People do not think of laughter as a spiritual experience. I now understand that laughter can be a mediator of transformation. Gavreil's laughter, like Aphrodite's enabled me to distance myself form pain, opening a new perspective to my life.” [45b]


PART III... The Ultimate Purpose of a Kundalini Awakening... Unleashing the "Divinity" Within

"Yoga" Means To Yoke
Dr Ed Hird, Rector of St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver, B.C. notes that

    The term 'yoga' comes from the Sanskrit word 'yug', which means to yoke. Few people in community centre yoga classes ask what they are yoking themselves to. Yogic practice is designed to yoke or bring psychic union with Brahman, the highest of the Hindu deities.  What looks to us like simple stretches are in fact powerful psychic techniques that have been shown to change the very core of our consciousness..." [46]

And he isn't making this up. Yoga practitioner and author of numerous books, Dennis Littrel, says

    The word yoga itself means "to bind: or "to attach" or "yoke," as to yoke oxen. In a deeper sense it means to yoke the individual soul to God. [47]

However, note that God has never ever said, or even indicated, that we will achieve any kind of union with Him. Adoption as children... yes! Union ... No!


Achieving 'Godhood' Through The Awakening Of Kundalini Energy
A web site called sacredspiritdancer refers to kundalini as "Unleashing the Divinity Within" [48] 

Teresa Bergen who teaches yoga says

    When the energy reaches the crown chakra at the top of the head, that person's consciousness merges with the divine [49]

And this tidbit by El Collie [Emphasis Added]

    "We have also been asked why we do not put more emphasis on union with the Divine and God-realization, which are very much central to spiritual awakening. Since everyone experiences and interprets their mystical experiences differently and very personally, to make sure no one will feel excluded, we just speak of "awakening consciousness" or "transcendent states" on the ST Web pages”. [50]

But what has all this to do with practicing Yoga to achieve bodily strength and flexibility?


Hatha Yoga... Mere Physical Exercise, Or Steps To An Awakened Kundalini?
Although most westerners are under the impression that the sole purpose of Hatha Yoga, the form of yoga most commonly taught in the west, is to build a strong and flexible body. However, what we should never forget is that the sole purpose of yoga was to experience spiritual enlightenment... the bodily poses (asanas) simply " intended to be a preparation of the body for physical purification so that higher meditation could be performed". [51]

Kundalini, known as the highest form of yoga, is often achieved through a form of yoga called Raja (royal) or ashtanga (eight-limbed) yoga, founded by an ancient sage named Patanjali. Patanjali wrote that the path to enlightenment consists of eight stages, the final one being is Samadhi, or enlightenment....the state of pure consciousness. In other words, as Guru Ram Das once said

    Raaj Yoga is the basic philosophy, mentality and the dimension in which the mind and the dimension of the mind unite to achieve sovereignty of Godhood." [52]

Note:  Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, are 196 Indian sutras, or aphorisms, that constitute the foundational text of Yoga. The problem is that nobody really knows anything about Patanjali, including where, or even when, he lived. Some consider him to be a "fully self-realized avatar, who had mastered the mind, the body, its senses, and even this physical world" [53]

The site ekabilwam.com, defines Raja Yoga as when "the soul of an individual merges with divinity" [54]

However, it is not only by Raja Yoga, that "godhood" is said to be achieved, but the more common Hatha yoga, often perceived as mere physical and relaxation exercises that make enormous changes in the body. In other words, Raga or Ashtanga yoga, begins where Hatha Yoga leaves off, and the asana is but the beginning of the journey.

Rector Ed Hird (cited earlier) adds... [All Emphasis Added]

    Yoga works systemically to alter biochemical functions, including our hormones and endocrine system. The so-called physical activity in Hatha Yoga is meant to achieve a changed state of consciousness, eliminating the distinction between subject [self] and object. Yoga is designed to gradually disconnect one's thoughts and sensory perceptions from one's sense of self and identity.

    Yoga was crafted and developed to enable an escape from rational thinking and a direct access by nonverbal means to a specific psychic state. Many would hold that yogic Hinduism produces a trance state through self-induced hypnosis. Is it fair to wonder if intensive yoga has effects similar to psychological brain-washing techniques?  Is it merely accidental that yoga has the ability to cause a blanking of our minds, an actual cessation of our thought processes? [55]

The Integral Yoga magazine (online) says although asanas are postures designed to develop physical health and flexibility, they "play an important role in Raja Yoga"

    Asanas, more prominently work to redirect the vital energies and kundalini towards the crown of chakra. Asana are done as steady and comfortable physical postures. Asanas have become a popular way to maintain proper health for the contemporary mass. However, they were not initiated just to tone muscles or keep joints supple; but were designed to help in the union of the individual self with the divine. If practiced properly, asanas can bring kundalini to the crown chakra and help in merging the yogi’s consciousness with the divine consciousness of the Divine.

And, as the article goes on to say, the controlled breathing taught in most yoga classes is also part of the process of awakening Kundalini [All Emphasis Added]

    Pranayama is an important feature of Raja Yoga. Pranayama is believed to be the life force or energy control asana. Breathing is the main medium used in achieving this goal. The mind and life force are closely associated with breath. Through regulating the breathing and practicing awareness on it, one learns to control prana. There are many different kinds of pranayama, each with specific goals. All pranayama postures ultimately works towards the awakening of the kundalini shakti at the muladhara chakra. [56]


Part IV... Is Kundalini a Blessing or Curse?
The list of manifestations of the risen kundalini on the kundalini Gateway site (see above) is accompanied by the following warning [Emphasis Added]

    "Many people know that the risen kundalini flings open gates to all sorts of mystical, paranormal and magical vistas but few realize it can also dramatically impact the body. A large percentage of Shared Transformation subscribers have reported long bouts of strange illness as well as radical mental, emotional, interpersonal, psychic, spiritual and lifestyle changes. Over and again we hear stories of frustrating, sometimes desperate visits to doctors, healers, counselors, etc. who neither understood nor were able to help with the myriad pains and problems catalyzed by raging kundalini” [57]

Turning again to Enlightened Beings we read [All Emphasis Added]

    You may want to know that a kundalini awakening is an experience that can be the greatest blessing in your life if you are devoted to your spiritual path, or can be the worst curse you have ever encountered if you are not very devoted spiritual growth. Awakening your kundalini can be like tapping into a million watts of electricity where your body may only have the capacity of a 100 watt bulb at the time. So you'll want to prepare your bodymind so that you can open up to 100 million watts or more.  Remember, this is a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual merging with the most powerful healing Divine creative sensual energy in this Universe. So you'll want to go about it slowly, respectfully and consciously.  [58]

And this rather alarming statement

    Over and again we hear stories of frustrating, sometimes desperate visits to doctors, healers, counsellors, etc. who neither understood nor were able to help with the myriad pains and problems catalysed by raging kundalini.... Those who experience what seems to be illness or weird psychic phenomena often are very alarmed until they understand that they are not sick or crazy. Even the enlightening and beautiful experiences can be so powerful that people doubt their sanity. [59]

Also, in the words of someone who experienced kundalini by being touched' by Muktananda

    "Someone in my yoga class told me about a famous Indian guru who was offering a three day retreat in Honolulu. I signed up for the workshop, and met Swami "Baba" Muktananda, who changed my life. He was a Siddha Yoga disciple of Bhagawan Nityananda, and had shaktipat, the ability to awaken spiritual energies in other people. During one meditation, he gazed at me awhile, then forcefully slapped me several times on the forehead. I felt like I had suddenly been plugged into a high voltage socket. My body began to shake with a powerful force moving through me, and I was flooded with visions. I sobbed, experiencing birth, death, pain, ecstasy, strength, gentleness, love, fear, depths, and heights, like a genie finally let out of a bottle. Dark days followed...”

    In May, 1976, I sank into five days and nights of mental darkness. Stan assured me that this was a psychic cleansing process, and that I would emerge into peace. He told me to try and work through whatever came up. What came up was attacks by demons and monsters; I saw floating evil eyes and scenes of madness. I became identified with crucified Christ and his murderers; I lived and died through other times, wars, persecution, torture. I rolled on the floor in this dark night of the soul. After five days, I was able to perform some ordinary tasks, but the tremors, visions, and emotional ups and downs continued for months....

    In 1977, I happened upon two books about the kundalini awakening, and suddenly understood what had been happening to me. [60]

If all of the above isn't bad enough, read Muktananda's own description of events relating to his own spiritual enlightenment, a path he endorses for his disciples. It is quoted at length so the reader may have a better understanding of the frightening reality that is frequently involved on the Eastern path. [Details

It is little wonder that 'kundalini teacher' also warns that "Some caution is recommended when dealing with kundalini since "he cannot control Goddess". [Emphasis Added]. (note the Biblical quote)

    Legally and morally, I have to tell you: "Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread." kundalini has been called the most powerful force in the universe. Respect it, or it will kick you to pieces. I don't think kundalini itself, kills anyone but resistance to the process can result in trauma that moves people to suicidal behavior.

    Don't seek awakening unless you are genuinely ready to turn your whole life over to your Higher Power, have it taken from you, and reshaped, redirected and rebuilt. "Not my Will, but Thine be done." kundalini eats your ego based free will, replaces it with the will of your Soul. This is a door that once opened, does not close again. There is no putting the Genii back in the bottle.

    Like the Borg say, on Star Trek: Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated ...into the collective consciousness... into the Self. Bliss! Resistance, is worse than useless, it is dangerous, and the cause of most all kundalini based problems. There is growing evidence that many bipolar disorders and psychoses may be undiagnosed kundalini. Surrender is the imperative of kundalini. [61]


Kundalini is Also "Kali the destroyer" and..
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Gopi Krishna, an Indian from Kashmir, experienced the sudden and forceful awakening of kundalini while meditating one morning. Publishing seventeen books, he devoted the last 25 years of his life to bringing the attention of the world to this phenomenon. In his book, The Awakening of Kundalini, he says kundalini is traditionally known as

    "... Durga the creatrix, Chandi the fierce and bloodthirsty, and Kali the destroyer. She is also Bhajangi the serpent. As Chandi or Kali she has a garland of skulls around her neck and drinks human blood."

He then goes on to ask what could be behind this "hideous picture of a divine being", and "what led the ancient masters to depict such a ghastly likeness of the goddess?". Apparently the "profound significance" in these "awful portraits of the Shakti (divine energy)" is due to the fact that "The power, when aroused in a body not attuned to it, can lead to awful mental states, to almost every form of mental disorder, from hardly noticeable aberrations to the most horrible forms of insanity...." and

    The fact that Hatha Yoga practices can lead to insanity is widely known in India and, to some extent, even in the West.

He also wonders why an earnest scientist has not started an investigation into this type of Yoga, because, looking at it from another angle, "can it not be possible that the spontaneous arousal of the power" can be a cause for "many forms of insanity and other mental or nervous disorders". [62]


The Door That Once Opened, Does Not Close
In view of all of the above, the following warning is especially chilling

    kundalini has been called the most powerful force in the universe.. once started, it does not stop until it's work is done, tho it may go to sleep for periods of time and reawaken under certain circumstances. This is a door that once opened, does not close again.  [63]


Summary... A New Thing? You Have To Be Kidding!
There is something very wrong when we cannot validate the experiences and manifestations of the 'Slain in the Spirit' experience from the Bible, but find these same manifestations in books on Eastern mysticism. Christians that flock to Toronto, Brownsville, and Lakeland do not seem to realize that the manifestations at these places are not a "new move of God", but have existed for thousands of years. They are part of very ancient Satanism. Todd Bentley, John Arnott, and the like think they are hot stuff running around screaming "Bam” and "Fire”, yet

    For thousands of years gurus have operated with gifts of healing, miracles, gifts of knowledge and intense displays of spiritual consciousness.

    For thousands of years they have connected with a cosmic power which, though demonic in origin, is very real.

    For thousands of years devotees have gone forward to receive spiritual experience (Darshan) from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch.

    For thousands of years, as a result of the Shakti Pat, these devotees have had a raising of the spiritual experience called raising kundalini....

    For thousands of years the manifestations of an awakened kundalini among people of other religions has been exactly the same as the results of being 'Slain in The Spirit' in so called Christian meetings.

In short, the modern phenomenon of "slain in the spirit" has absolutely nothing to do with the Bible, but is rooted in the ancient practice of awakening the kundalini through Shaktipat.

Not convinced? They say a picture says a thousand words... In which case this video, comparing the spiritual manifestations of other religions and the new false revivals taking place inside the church, has to be worth at least a million.

 

Can You Tell The Difference?


 

 

Also See

 

 


PART V .... Yet Fools Still Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread.

When "kundalini teacher" said that he was legally and morally bound to issue warnings about kundalini, he also used the phrase "Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread". And he is right. Many thousands of Christians are rushing into spiritual quicksand, experimenting with Yoga, Contemplative prayer and even kundalini directly.

Jude, wrote these words in order to warn Christians to beware of false teachers....

    Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:11-13 NASB)

However, by our actions, we make it very clear that we do not think Jude had any idea what he was taking about. Or perhaps that his words were far more suitably applied to the rather naive lot in the first century. We seem to believe ourselves to be altogether too smart to fall for any form of subterfuge or duplicity, being, after all, on the cutting edge of a new world.. boldly going where no man has gone before...well equipped to fine tune our spirituality and raise our awareness, along with the global consciousness of the planet. [See Overview of the New Age] Note: The link points to part II, but I strongly suggest you read all three sections in order.

When innumerable practitioners of Kundalini warn that this so called "awakening" is not without extreme dangers, what in the world makes Christians think they can practice yoga, indulge in Contemplative prayer, etc and not be influenced by the very real serpent power behind these practices? [Also See Altered State of Consciousness]


'Kundalini and Christian Spirituality'
Fear and Black Holes Are Not From God
Philip St Romain's website says he has been "Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader in Catholic retreat centers in Kansas" [64] from 1990 to the present. He is also one of the directors of the Heartland Center for Spirituality, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Described as "at once a practicing Catholic devoted to the life of prayer and the recipient of experiences described by the sages of India", St Romain is also author of kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality (the title alone is enough to make one gag), in which he says that one of the signs of a Kundalini Awakening is a

    "sense of going down into an abyss, or "black hole." [65]

I don't know about you, but this makes me very, very uncomfortable. An "abyss" is spoken of a few times in the New Testament... always in a very negative light. The king of the abyss is called Abaddon which literally means "destruction" (Revelation 9:11). The demons who possessed the man from the country of the Gadarenes seemed very fearful of the abyss and implored Jesus not to send them there (Luke 8:26-33). The beast comes out of the abyss in Revelation 11:7. The angel who holds the key of the abyss throws the dragon (the serpent of old) into the abyss for a thousand years.

Now I do understand that St Romain felt like he was going down into an abyss, but considering all the very terrible things that can and do happen connected with an awakened kundalini, and the fact that all this is associated with a very ancient goddess who is also known as the destroyer, it is more than likely that this was indeed an abyss, especially since there is simply no way anyone can associate the God in whom we have put all our trust, with black holes. Over and over again, the Bible tells us that God is light, and provides light.

    For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness.  (Psalms 18:28 NASB)

    to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.' (Acts 26:18 NASB)

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  (1 Peter 2:9 NASB)

    This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  (1 John 1:5 NASB)

 In another section in which the author deals with some of the ways to cope with awakened kundalini energies, he says [All Emphasis Added]
 

    1. Don't panic! Fear only colors the energy darkly. There is nothing to fear if you cooperate with the process (or at least don't frustrate it too much).

    18. When you don't know what to do to cooperate with the process, it is better to do less than too much. For example, it is better to cut back on meditation than to meditate too much. It is easier to awaken a sleeping serpent than to tame an angry one. [66]

And he would have us believe that this is of God? In Scripture there are several references to people being told NOT to fear.. not because 'the energy would be colored darkly', but because God goes out of His way to reassure them that they have nothing to fear from Him. The words of David are especially telling, especially those underlined.. No darkly colored stuff here.

    "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, Even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, My heart shall not fear: Though war should rise against me, Even then will I be confident. One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in his temple”. [Psalm 27:1-4]

In fact, Philip St. Romain actually equates the Kundalini awakening with the Holy Spirit

    Finally, and by way of wondering out loud, I think it is worth reflecting on the possibility that the Holy Spirit just might be the kundalini energy of the risen Christ. [67]

As Chris Lawson says.... "If Romain's statement here does not confute, pervert, and destroy Biblical theology than nothing does. To in any way equate kundalini - the Serpent Power, with the Holy Spirit of the Eternal Living God is a grave and bold insult to the Spirit of Grace". [68]


Kundalini And Contemplative Prayer
Which makes one wonder how many of the experiences of Catholic (and other) mystics and Contemplative are due to an awakened kundalini. The introduction to Philip St Romain's book Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality... A Pathway to Growth and Healing says this... [Emphasis Added]

    "Since the spring of 1986, I have been experiencing various psychological and physiological phenomena such as those attributed to kundalini in the Hindu and Taoist literature. Through the years, the process has intensified, bringing many positive and painful experiences. All this has happened to me in the context of Christian, contemplative prayer. [See Contemplating The Alternative]

And, in the acknowledgment section, he says

    "My correspondence with the Catholic contemplative Bernadette Roberts was also helpful. More than anyone I had ever read, she described experiences of contemplation that resonated with my own. I see the working of kundalini all throughout her journey". [69]


Fr. Thomas Keating
This is supported by Father Thomas Keating, a Catholic priest and "one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement" [70], who wrote the foreword to Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality . Describing kundalini as an "enormous energy for good", Keating says....

    In Christian spirituality, the unfolding of the stages of prayer described by St. Teresa of Avila in the Interior Castle may be the fruit of the kundalini energy arising under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Kundalini may also be an active ingredient in the Dark Nights of St. John of the Cross.  [71]

    Reading the Christian mystics from the perspective of his own experience of kundalini energy, the author sees many examples of its working in the lives of Christian saints and mystics. Since this energy is also at work today in numerous persons who are devoting themselves to contemplative prayer, this book is an important contribution to the renewal of the Christian contemplative tradition. It will be a great consolation to those who have experienced physical symptoms arising from the awakening of kundalini in the course of their spiritual journey, even if they have not experienced it to the full extent described by the author. His compelling testimony is a powerful affirmation of the potential of every human being for higher states of consciousness...

Yet, in spite of all the dangers, warning signs, association with pagan goddesses, etc. etc. etc. Keating continues with the rushing in where angels fear to tread. Before he wraps up his introduction, Keating speaks about the need for the church to have inter-faith dialogue so that we can be "properly guided" into a safer kundalini experience:

    "In order to guide persons having this experience, Christian spiritual directors may need to dialogue with Eastern teachers in order to get a fuller understanding.

     The importance of the "Document on the Non-Christian Religions” comes into focus here. The document states, "the Church therefore has this exhortation for her sons [and daughters]; Prudently and lovingly through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions and in witness of Christian faith and life, acknowledge, preserve and promote the spiritual and moral goods found among these men and women, as well as the values in their society and culture." [72]

However, none of the above is particularly surprising. The "document" Keating refers to is the Nostra Aetate (Latin: In our Age).... the Declaration of the Second Vatican Council, on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, which speaks of other religions in a positive way. In addition to the part that Keating quotes, it says

    Thus in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust. Again, Buddhism, in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination. [73]

In fact, not only does the opening paragraph of this declaration strongly suggests that salvation may be found outside of the true fold, but it also says Muslims  "adore the one God" .... "the Creator of heaven and earth". But read it for yourself. [Footnote II]

Like all others before it, the decisions of this ecumenical council were arrived at by a majority vote of the assembled bishops ... 2,221 to 88, and promulgated on October 28, 1965, by Pope Paul VI. [See Catholicism and The Councils]

And Keating certainly took the "infallible" pronouncements of the pope very seriously. During the twenty years (1961–1981) that Thomas Keating was abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey, a Trappist monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts, they "held dialogues with Buddhist and Hindu representatives, and a Zen master gave a week-long retreat to the monks. A former Trappist monk who had become a Transcendental Meditation teacher also gave a session to the monks”. [Read More]

And, as the site of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. says, Keating...

    has traveled the world to speak with laypeople and communities about contemplative Christian practices and the psychology of the spiritual journey, which is the subject of his Spiritual Journey video and DVD series. Since the reforms of Vatican II, Fr. Keating has been a core participant in and supporter of inter-religious dialogue. He helped found the Snowmass Interreligious Conference, which had its first meeting in the fall of 1983 and continues to meet each spring. Fr. Keating also is a past president of the Temple of Understanding and of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. [74]

Not only have these people condemned their own souls, but they are determined to take as many as possible with them. In the light of which, these words written by Philip St Romain become especially chilling, reminding me that once the door is open, it may not be possible to shut it again. He says ...

    I cannot make any decisions for myself without the approbation of the inner adviser, whose voice speaks so clearly in times of need. [75]

 


Footnote I... Kundalini in Several World Traditions
Although kundalini is mainly associated with Hinduism, it is related to several other occult practices like Qi Gong, and is thought to have parallels in many of the mystical and gnostic traditions of the world's great religions like the ritualized dhikr ceremonies, the Whirling Dervishs of the Sufis and the Tummo practices of Tibet. Kundalini is a prominent practice in Japan's Aum Shinrikyo group [notorious for the 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subways] and Shamanistic practices in Ayyavazhi (also a Hindu sect).

    African Kung Bushmen Of The Kalahair. The Grofs, in their book The Stormy Search for the Self, also cite an interesting parallel between the kundalini awakening and the trance dance of the African Kung bushmen. During rituals the bushmen "enter a profound altered state of consciousness associated with the release of powerful emotions such as anger, anxiety, and fear. They are often unable to maintain an upright position and are overcome by violent shaking. Following these dramatic experiences, they typically enter a state of ecstatic rapture. According to the bushmen tradition, the dance releases from the base of the spine a cosmic healing force called ntum or 'medicine.' This is then passed by direct physical contact from one person to another."

    Qigong (ancient Chinese practice). Yan Xin, a Chinese Qigong master known to most of the over one billion people in China, gave a talk in San Francisco in 1991. 1,700 devotees--most of them Chinese--showed up at the Masonic auditorium to listen to Yan. The San Francisco Chronicle on May 16, 1991, reported that "minutes" into his talk, several began experiencing what Yan calls spontaneous movements. The Chronicle reporter said that "before long, the scene began to resemble a Pentecostal prayer meeting with many people waving their arms and making unintelligible sounds." Yan told his audience, "Those who are sensitive might start having some strong physical sensations--or start laughing or crying. Don't worry. This is quite normal." The article said that "since 1985, when a Qigong revival started sweeping China, 50 to 60 million Chinese have gone to see Yan." [76]

    Subud is an international spiritual movement that began in Indonesia in the 1920s as a movement founded by Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, the basis of which is a spiritual exercise commonly referred to as the latihan kejiwaan, which was said by Muhammad Subuh to represent guidance from "the Power of God" or "the Great Life Force".

    The central practice of Subud is the latihan kejiwaan (literally "spiritual exercise" or "training of the spirit" or simply 'the latihan'. This exercise is not thought about, learned or trained for; it is unique for each person and the ability to 'receive' it is passed on by being in the presence of another practicing member at the 'opening' (see below). About twice a week, Subud members go to a local center to participate in a group latihan, men and women separately. The experience takes place in a room or a hall with open space. After a period of sitting quietly, the members are typically asked to stand and relax by a 'helper', who then announces the start of the exercise.

    In the practice of the exercise, members are typically advised to follow 'what arises from within', not expecting anything in advance. One is recommended not to focus on any image or recite any mantra, nor to mix the exercise with other activities like meditation or use of drugs, but simply to intend to surrender to the Divine or the transcendent good or the will of God. (The term "God" is used here with a broad and inclusive intention. An individual is at liberty to substitute interpretations that they feel more in tune with.) One is not to pay attention to others in the room, each of whom is doing his or her own latihan. During the exercise, practitioners may find that, in terms of physical and emotional expression, they involuntarily move, make sounds, walk around, dance, jump, skip, laugh, cry or whatever. The experience varies greatly for different people, but the practitioner is always wholly conscious throughout and free to stop the exercise at any time.

    Many Subud members believe that this experience, apparently arising from within each person, provides them with something of what they currently need in life. For some, the latihan may appear to initially involve a 'purification' which possibly permits subsequently deeper experience. Members may describe their latihan as leaving them feeling "cleansed", "centered", "at peace", or "energized" [77]

The Shakers: Even more telling is the fact that the term The Shakers is a mocking description referring to the rituals of trembling, shouting, dancing, shaking, singing, and glossolalia (speaking in strange and unknown languages) of what is supposed to be a Protestant religious denomination. [See Tongues... Gift of What Spirit?]


Footnote II... Nostra Aetate (Latin: In our Age)

 is the Declaration of the Second Vatican Council, on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. Not only does the opening paragraph imply the salvation of non-Christians.....

    One is the community of all peoples, one their origin, for God made the whole human race to live over the face of the earth.(1) One also is their final goal, God. His providence, His manifestations of goodness, His saving design extend to all men,(2) until that time when the elect will be united in the Holy City, the city ablaze with the glory of God, where the nations will walk in His light.(3)

But it also praises these other false religions. [All Emphasis Added]

    2. From ancient times down to the present, there is found among various peoples a certain perception of that hidden power which hovers over the course of things and over the events of human history; at times some indeed have come to the recognition of a Supreme Being, or even of a Father. This perception and recognition penetrates their lives with a profound religious sense.

    Religions, however, that are bound up with an advanced culture have struggled to answer the same questions by means of more refined concepts and a more developed language. Thus in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust. Again, Buddhism, in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination. Likewise, other religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing "ways," comprising teachings, rules of life, and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself.(4)

    The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.

    3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, (5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. [78]

While there almost isn't a single word in the declaration that agrees with the Scriptures, one has to particularly wonder how Allah became the one true God, creator of heaven and earth. At the time of Mohammed, Mecca 

    "... was a mercantile center with shrines to many gods, chief of whom was Ilah. The Ka'bah sanctuary in the city square guaranteed the safety of those who came to trade. The pre-Islamic deities of Arabia which were most venerated were astral deities, especially the triad of the moon god, the sun goddess, and the god associated with the planet Venus. The moon god was the chief and was protector of the cities. These deities were given various names, however the moon god was evidently originally the Babylonian moon god Sin. To end division among his people in Mecca, Muhammad elevated the moon god Al Ilah to the chief and only god. (It is not widely known in Islam that Allah was a sexual being, having fathered three daughters--this is documented in the E.B.). [The History of Islam].

I believe that the above information comes from the Encyclopedia Britannica, but it has been quoted on site of the Northbay Muslims of Ontario, by which one assumes they agree with it .... [79]

The true God is not Allah, Krishna, Brahma, Buddha, or the gods of Joseph Smith, the Sikhs, or the Bahais. In fact, in the Scriptures, He went to great lengths to differentiate Himself from all the gods of the peoples and religions, forbidding them to have anything to do with them but, instead to tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars.

    "But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim --for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God-- otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, (Exodus 34:13-15 NASB)

    "Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. But thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 7:3-6 NASB)

    "These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess as long as you live on the earth. You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place." (Deuteronomy 12:1-3 NASB)

 

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[29] Ellie Crystal. kundalini. www.crystalinks.com/kundalini.html. Crystalinks is Created and Designed by Ellie Crystal © 1995 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved

[30] Siddha Mahayoga FAQ. Version 2.0, May 1996. Copyright Kurt Keutzer, 1996.
http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~keutzer/kundalini/siddha-mahayoga.html

[31] John Percyval. Shaktipat. kundalini-teacher.com/initiations/shaktipat.php

[32] The Greatest Secrets of How to Awaken Your kundalini! http://www.enlightenedbeings.com/how-to-awaken-kundalini.html. Copyright 2014. Enlightened Beings International

[33] Siddha Mahayoga FAQ. Version 2.0, May 1996. Copyright Kurt Keutzer, 1996.
http://ajitupadhyay.tripod.com/meditation/siddh-mahayoga.htm

[34] The Path of kundalini Maha Yoga by Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji. Meditation and Breath.
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[35] Warren Smith. Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion.
http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=17795&forum=34&7

[36] Ravindra Kumar, Ph.D. Kundalini Shaktipat Part 1. kundalini Shaktipat for Beginners.
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[37] Yoga and New Trends in Christianity. http://www.goldminemedia.eu/WP/tag/yoga/

[38] ibid

[39] The Arousal of the Inner Energy, by Ajit Mookerjee. Pgs 71, 72. As quoted in A Toronto Blessing... Or kundalini Curse? By Greg DesVoignes. http://www.mombu.com/religion/charismatic/t-holy-laughter-possession-mysticism-wise-energy-demons-9639859.html

[41] El Collie. kundalini Signs and Symptoms.  http://www.eaglespiritministry.com/teaching/elcollie/ecka.htm

[42] Philip St. Romain, kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality: A Path to Growth and Healing, New York: The Crossroads Publishing Company, 1994, Page 115. As quoted in kundalini Energy: Yoga's Power, Influence, and Occult Phenomena in the Church by Chris Lawson. http://spiritual-research-network.com/f/kundaliniEnergy_YogasOccultPhenomenaintheChurch.pdf

[43] Jessie Penn-Lewis. War on the Saints. Chapter 6...Counterfeits of the Divine. http://www.apostasynow.com/wots/Chap06.html. Based on the unabridged 1912 edition

[44] Warren B Smith. Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion? (Published in the Fall 1994 issue of the SCP Newsletter).
http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/holy-laughter-or-strong-delusion-warren-smith.html

[45a] Goddess Tours Greece-Sacred Sites Tour, Goddess Pilgrimage To Crete With Carol Christ.
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[45b] Carol Christ. “The Laughter of Aphrodite: Reflections on a Journey to the Goddess” (Harper and Row, 1987, Pgs. 5, 6

[46] [Dr Ed Hird. Yoga: More than Meets the Eyes? April 5, 2013. http://edhird.com/2013/04/05/yoga-more-than-meets-the-eyes/

[47] Dennis Littrel. Yoga: Sacred and Profane: (Beyond Hatha Yoga) Paperback. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2010)  Pg. 32

[48] kundalini Yoga: Unleashing the Divinity Within.
http://sacredspiritdancer.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/kundalini-yoga-unleashing-the-divinity-within/

[49] Teresa Bergen. Demand Media. Signs & Symptoms of kundalini Energy.
http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/signs-symptoms-kundalini-energy-9552.html

[50] El Collie. kundalini Signs and Symptoms.  http://www.eaglespiritministry.com/teaching/elcollie/ecka.htm

[51] Difference Between Hatha Yoga & Ashtanga Yoga. By Patricia | June 15, 2009. Copyright © 2014 Yogawiz.com.
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[52] Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa. Guru Ram Das & The Throne of Raj Yog. Yogi Bhajan, July 20, 1980. http://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/kundalini-yoga-sikh-dharma/guru-ram-das-throne-raj-yog

[53] http://www.enlightenedbeings.com/patanjali.html

[54] Ekabilwam. What is Siddha Mahayoga? http://ekabilwam.com/about-us/siddha-mahayoga-trust/

[55] Dr Ed Hird. Yoga: More than Meets the Eyes? April 5, 2013. http://edhird.com/2013/04/05/yoga-more-than-meets-the-eyes/

[56] Raja Yoga: Eight Limbs Of Ashtanga Yoga. Copyright © 2003 - 2014 by Integral Yoga Magazine..
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[61] Warning and disclaimer. http://www.kundalini-teacher.com/warn.php

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[63] kundalini Warning. http://www.kundalini-gateway.org/warn.html

[64] Phil St. Romain's Web Space. http://philstromain.com/personal/resume.html

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[67] Philip St. Romain, kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality: A Path to Growth and Healing, New York: The Crossroads Publishing Company, 1994, Page 125.

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