Friends, in a previous blog article I was talking about how Ramayana seems like a metaphorical description of Kundalini Yoga. We will look at it in broader perspective in this article.
Mother Sita is the Kundalini Shakti in the body, and her exit is Sitaharan by Dashanan Ravana
The ten heads of the demon Ravana symbolize the ten doshas, the five defects of the sense organs, and the five defects of the work organs. Those doshas had taken out the Kundalini Shakti. Due to this, the Kundalini Shakti came out of the body and wandered in the world. While wandering in the material world, she was working in the interest of those defects, due to which those defects were becoming more and more powerful. She was making the lust dosha stronger by creating various worldly desires. By making fights, she was giving strength to the anger defect. By creating a desire to have more and more, she was increasing greed. By driving the body after beautiful things, she was increasing the delusion. She was increasing the sedation or Mada by getting intoxicated, etc., and by putting a bad eye on the property of others, she was increasing the jealousy dosha. In the same way she was also increasing the five doshas of the karmendriyas or work organs. That power is Mother Sita. The use of that Kundalini power by the ten doshas to increase their strength has been written as the stealing of Mother Sita by Dashanan Ravana.
Union of soul and kundalini in sahasrara chakra as Seeta meeting Rama again
To do various activities with non-attachment in the external material world through Kundalini Shakti is the way of Mother Sita to remain away from demon Ravana and unattached to him. The return of the Kundalini Shakti inward in the body through intense Kundalini yoga and its meeting with the soul after entering the Sahasrara is the reunion of Lord Rama with Mother Sita. The destruction of the defects of the ten senses by the union of Kundalini and the soul in Sahasrara is the killing of Ravana, Dashanan or ten-headed demon by Lord Rama with the help of Sita. Bharatvarsha is the body, Lanka is the physical world outside the body, and the ocean between them is the dividing zone between the two. Outside world can never enter inside. We don’t feel the world, but we only feel the speculated image of outside world inside our brain. That’s why great ocean has been depicted between both zones to show their absolute separability. Rama reaching Lanka through a bridge in sea is symbolic as we can not bring a thing back from an area without reaching that. He and his army didn’t use boats but a bridge. It means that our brain doesn’t actually reach the external world but gets the information through bridge in the form of lights and sounds entering the brain.
All Puranas give mythological and metaphorical description to Kundalini Yoga
In the olden times illiteracy and backwardness prevailed. Kundalini yoga was a subject associated with subtle spiritual science. At that time even the gross science was beyond the understanding of common people, how could they understand the subtle and transcendental science like Kundalini Yoga. That is why the knowledge of Kundalini Yoga was available only to a few people of the affluent class. They wanted that the common people would also get it, because every human has the right to spiritual liberation. But they did not succeed in explaining Kundalini Yoga to them directly. That’s why they molded Kundalini yoga into metaphorical and mythological stories, so that people would read them with interest, and gradually their inclination towards Kundalini yoga would develop. The collections of those stories became Puranas. By reading those Puranas, unknowingly, Kundalini started developing inside people. This made them happy, due to which they got addicted to the Puranas. The attraction of people towards such ancient texts from then till today’s modern era seems to be due to this Kundalini-Anand. Among the people who read or listen the Puranas, whose mind was sharp, they could catch Kundalini Yoga immediately and awaken their Kundalini. In this way, the Puranas have been serving humanity since ancient times.
Importance of metaphor in spirituality
Metaphors give physicality, simplicity, interestingness, sociability and scientificity to spiritual subjects. Without it spirituality would be very dull. Although it appears as conservatism, hypocrisy, etc. in today’s scientific world but it served lot of purposes in ancient times. If in place of Shiva the formless Brahman is called, how boring it would seem. The words brain and sahasrar are too boring, whereas it’s so interesting by writing Himalaya mountain and Kailash mountain in their place. But let me tell you that the mountains mentioned in Shiv Purana seem to be symbolic or metaphorical. It is not that Kundalini awakening takes place only in the mountains. Yes, mountains do help a little more in that. There is peace. But there is also a lack of oxygen and other facilities. Due to this, most of the life is spent in getting rid of such material sufferings. Therefore, a mixture of plains and mountains is the best. Collect a lot of life force in the facilities of the plains, and go for a short time to the mountain to give it to the Kundalini. People used to do this in olden days. Similarly, the word Kundalini also does not sound as interesting as Mother Parvati or Sita seems in its place. Nevertheless, for the acceptance of today’s so-called modern and intelligent society, one has to write the reality while revealing the spiritual metaphor.