Friends, a few weeks ago, I along with my family got an opportunity to visit an ancient serpent-temple. That was quite famous, and a fair is held there throughout the month of Shravan/rainy month. I do not remember the idols etc. in its sanctum sanctorum, but there was a huge and colorful wall painting of the serpent touching the heart. He was like Sheshnag/multi hooded serpent, on which Lord Narayan sleeps. He had many hoods. I could find that as my familiar figure. There, my Kundalini also started glowing sharply, which made me enjoyed. He seemed to me some mysterious puzzle, which my mind tried to solve spontaneously.
Serpent is a symbol of darkness
My first analysis was that Narayana (God) is seen by the common man as a form of darkness. He does not see his light due to illusion of Maya. That is why Shesh Nag, a symbol of darkness, is shown with him. Nevertheless, I was not satisfied with this analysis.
Nag as a symbol of Kundalini
I was reading a post of yogaindia.com. Something was written in it, which I understood that the serpent is located on the muladhara chakra by placing three and a half spirals/rings. He is holding his tail with his mouth. When the Kundalini Shakti is passed through those rings, then he rises straight up and reaches the brain through the spinal cord. He is also accompanied by Kundalini Shakti.
I concluded from this that our nervous system looks like a raised serpent and acts like that. Scientifically, the sensations in the nerve travel in waves like a serpent. Vajra is the tail of that serpent. It can also be called half ring. The area of the testicles is the first ring / coil. The second circle outside it is of flesh and fibers. The third ring is the bone, which is attached to the spinal cord. Just as a raised serpent has a bend in the inner direction at the lower back, similarly it is there in the lower part of our back (exactly opposite of the navel). After that both emerge outward, and then both have a bend of head, which is almost identical. Many heads of the serpent are shown because our head is several times wider and thicker than the spine, comparatively.
Our nervous system is like a serpent
We can also see the nerve inside the spinal cord like a serpent. Similarity will be found in both. The nadis/nerve fibers are also like serpent or rope. Consider the nerve of Vajra as the tail of a serpent. The same is also as a half ring as shown above. The Samvedana Kshetra/sensitive area of the Swadhisthana Chakra (where Kundalini is meditated) is the first ring / Kundal / circle of the Serpent. The nerves of the surrounding area also join there, that is the first whorl of the serpent. The second enclosure may be called that, where that nerve connects to the sacral plexus / network of nerves. The third circle can be called as where the sacral plexus joins the spinal cord. There the serpent / spinal cord stands up and also become thicker. In the lumbar region of the back, there is a bend with the pit towards the stomach. The next turn comes in upper area, close to the head. The neuronal network inside the head is there as many hoods of that serpent, which are attached to the spinal cord / serpent-body.
Kundalini Chakras of our body as main body points of god Serpent’s body
There is no need to go so deep as above. It is a simple matter that the entire sacral/sexual area is thick, circular and layered like a standing serpent’s ringed base. All its sensations go upwards through afferent nerves along with the sensation in Vajra / serpent-tail. The main bulging points of the serpent are the seven chakras of the body. Kundalini glows more at these points during meditation. The tip of the vajra is attached to the Muladhara Chakra. The snake’s tail (vajra) on the Swadhisthana Chakra (base of the vajra) is attached to that main body of the snake in the annular form, which is on the ground. The rising up of the snake on the rear Swadhisthana Chakra creates an angle of about 90 degrees. The deepest point of the turning of the body of the snake is on the posterior navel chakra. At the back of the Anahata Chakra, the body of the snake emerges out. The Vishuddhi Chakra at the back has the deepest point of turning of the hood-shaft of the snake. Above it comes the outward rise of the head/hood of the serpent again on the posterior Ajna chakra. Entire brain above it/the top of the entire brain is the place, where there is a Kundalini sensation (in the middle of the foremost and most posterior part of the upper surface of the head; it feels like a pit here, hence it is also called Brahmarandhra). There are thousand phanas/hoods of the great serpent/god serpent. That is why it is called Sahasrar (one thousand parts). Kundalini is present on the middle main hood of the serpent.
Kundalini-experience with Nag/serpent during meditation
I was meditating with the tantric method one day in the same context. I started meditating on Nag in the above ways. I felt the Kundalini emerging on his tail / vajra-crest and going up to his multi hood / my brain with a serpent-like rustle. In my brain, kundalini was very shining, calm and like Lord Narayana. It was as if Lord Narayana was doing luxury over Sheshnag in the form of Kundalini. Together I got the same feeling as in the Naga temple above. Then I was able to understand the importance of serpent in spirituality.
Serpent is considered sacred and revered in almost all religions. Narayana sleeps on the serpent. The serpent also sits on the forehead of Lord Shiva. In many religions, two snakes are shown wrapped together. They are possibly two tantric parteners tied in yab-yum asana/posture.
Nag is not Kundalini
I kept listening that Kundalini is a serpent. But kundalini is not a serpent. She walks like a serpent on Nag’s body / nervous system. In the same way, as God Vishnu/Narayana is not a serpent himself, but he shines on the serpent.
Nag gives extra strength to Kundalini
It is not that Kundalini awakening occurs only with the Nag. Premyogi vajra did not pay attention to the serpent. He once felt Kundalini rising straight up inside his body, like a helicopter rising straight up in the air. The attention to the serpent only gives her additional strength to get up. That is why the serpent is shown along with most of the big gods and goddesses.
Earth on Sheshnag’s head
There is a mythological belief that the god Sheshnag / Multi-Hooded Serpent has all the earth on his head. In fact, this Sheshnag is our own aforementioned nervous system. The whole earth is the same as all the experiences in our nervous system / brain. In fact there is nothing gross and out. This last sentence is the basic mantra of spirituality.
Superimposing Kundalini over sensation
Every physical sensation goes through the nerve to the brain. When Kundalini / a special mental picture is superimposed over it, then she also reaches the brain with it. The most intense and enjoyable sensation of the body is that of the Vajra-tip. Therefore, the Kundalini charged with this sensation becomes alive in the brain. That is why it is said that Kundalini sleeps in Muladhara. In fact, only the Vajra-tip is depicted in Muladhara Chakra, both joining through an imaginary line. That is called the tail of the serpent. Kundalini sleeps there in the common man. This means that Kundalini cannot be awakened there. She has to be taken to the brain for awakening. Nag has his tail entered into his mouth. This means that kundalini starting at the Vajra, returns to the same in the form of ejaculation, and is wasted from there. The serpent’s standing upright by opening its coil means that the Kundalini is moved in a straight direction from the Vajra tip to the brain via the spinal cord, not rotated in the sexual area again and again. There can be a feeling that the whole sexual area (which is of a large snake’s ground pile / pitcher-like shape) is immersed with kundalini fully in all sides, kundalini thus gaining energy from it and going straight to the top. There at the top of serpent’s hood/brain, the Kundalini is strengthened, and it is not taken back to the vajra in the form of ejaculation. However, the Kundalini can be moved slowly down through the front / forward chakras, making them stronger. The Sanskrit word Kundalini means a thing having Kundali / coil along with. That is, a mental figure sitting on a serpent’s coil.
कृपया इस पोस्ट को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए इस लिंक पर क्लिक करें (कुण्डलिनी एक नाग की तरह)
ਇਸ ਪੋਸਟ ਨੂੰ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿਚ ਪੜ੍ਹਨ ਲਈ ਇੱਥੇ ਕਲਿੱਕ ਕਰੋ (ਕੁੰਡਲਨੀ ਸੱਪ ਵਰਗੀ)
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