Book Review: "Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man" by Gopi Krishna

Kundalini is the evolutionary spiritual energy that lies coiled like a snake at the base of the human spine.

Through yoga and meditation practice, this dormant force can be unleashed, leading to massive increases of energy and consciousness.

Krishna is perhaps the most well known author on the subject of kundalini, and this autobiography narrates how his kundalini was awakened one morning during the middle of his regular meditation.

He describes the experience as such: “Suddenly, with a roar like that of a waterfall, I felt a stream of liquid light entering my brain through the spinal cord…The illumination grew brighter and brighter, the roaring louder, I experienced a rocking sensation and then felt myself slipping out of my body, entirely enveloped in a halo of light.”

One of the most remarkable aspects of Krishna as a person is that he led an ordinary life, with the slight exception that he dedicated himself to the concentration of his mind and cultivation of will.

Throughout the book, he emphasizes the excruciating process that took place in which his body learned to accommodate the profound transformation of his nervous system.

One aspect of my copy of this book, which I greatly appreciated, was the interspersed chapters of psychological commentary by a modern depth psychologist, which helped articulate Krishna’s spiritual experiences from a western point of view, especially through Carl Jung’s description of the process of individuation. Krishna’s inner experiences were so incredible and unimaginable that having an analysis from a scientific point of view helps clarify skepticism.

After reading this book, I have no doubt that the next phase in the evolution of the human species involves the incorporation of this force given its remarkable capacity to inspire creativity, vision, and genius among those who experience it.