Q. Can you please elaborate on the difference between Kundalini and Prana?
A. Kundalini is the more prominent manifestation of prana. Prana is the life-force energy that keeps the human mechanism running – the mind-body complex, whereas the Kundalini is the primordial energy, the higher expression of the same prana.
While the prana is restorative, Kundalini is like a bolt of lightning that stimulates the energy vortices.
The prana is constantly in motion flowing in and out of the energy vortices, known as the chakras.
Our psychosomatic health depends on the unobstructed flow of this vital energy. Whenever a chakra blocks this energy flow, we notice symptoms in the form of physical ailments and psychological disturbances like stress, anxiety, depression, and more.
As I mentioned earlier, Kundalini resides in the root chakra – the Muladhara – in a potential state. From there, it ascends, hitting each of the seven chakras.
Finally, the Kundalini pierces the last chakra, Sahasrara, where Shiva and Shakti become one. At this point, the ego dissolves, destroying the false identity.
You see the world in a different light. You become the witness that ‘sees’ everything as it is, rather than assigning meanings and labels. The suffering simply drops away, and all questions dissolve. The mind becomes silent, and the heart awakens.
The minor concerns of daily living lose importance. It’s not that we become careless or passive. We continue with everyday life as before, but without ruminating in the dead past or imaginary future.
We become present to what is ‘here and now.’ It brings serenity and lasting peace. I’m speaking from personal experience; I used to be a reserved person, an introvert, but when my throat chakra opened, I started expressing myself to others without thinking or worrying about what they would think of me.
Kundalini opens up the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual bodies. It is a highly potent energy that reaches the vast depth of the unconscious and brings out all that resides in the shadow.
Whatever comes out from the unconscious into the conscious burns and gets eliminated from the energy body. Therefore, it peels layer upon layer of conditioning, and as the energy ascends, it peels the last layer, i.e., the sense of personal self as a separate name and form.