Nov 04 2013

Mukteshwari – Swami Muktananda

Published by at 9:43 am under Poetry

by Swami Muktananda

Kundalini Shakti is the prana of the universe.
By the power of this great Goddess
the universe exists.
Muktananda, know Her.

When Kundalini awakes
all doors are thrown open.
Rama reveals himself in the heart.
Muktananda, love Kundalini.

When Kundalini awakes,
the eyes are filled with light,
fragrances arise,
nectar bathes the tongue,
ecstasy plays in the heart….
Muktananda, worship Kundalini.

/ Photo by AthosLuca /

Sorry about my absence. Another period of M.E. I’m back, starting to feel better…

Over the weekend, Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs all over the world celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights. Traditionally, it marks the end of the harvest season, while inviting abundance and prosperous growth in the coming year. It is particularly a time to honor Lakshmi, goddess of wealth. The lighting of lamps keeps the light of the past season shining through the darkness of winter and ensures new life in the new year. The lamps in the darkness are also a symbol of meditation, the light of awareness, pure and focused, amidst the stillness of night. This begins the season of inturning and enlightenment that will lead to new life. Happy Diwali!

At this time of enlightenment and honoring the Goddess, I thought this poem by the hugely significant 20th century guru, Swami Muktananda, honoring the Goddess as Kundalini Shakti would be worth contemplating.

In Hindu yogic metaphysics, the Divine can be seen as both masculine and feminine. The masculine aspect of God is pure transcendent spirit, while the feminine aspect of God is the vibratory, emanating, manifestation of that pure Essence. The God is the flame and the Goddess is the light and heat that emanate from it. The Masculine is the still potential, and the Feminine is manifestation of that potential. All of material creation is part of that manifestation, brought into being by the power of the Goddess. She receives the spiritual essence, gestates it, quickens it and gives it form, and then brings it to birth.

By the power of this great Goddess
the universe exists.

This is the fundamental power of being, and the Goddess is that power. “Shakti” means “power,” but it is more than the ability to achieve some result. It isn’t that the Goddess has power, the Goddess is power. This is why Muktananda sings his praises to Kundalini Shakti, not as an energy or psychological force, but as the full Goddess.

When Kundalini awakes
all doors are thrown open.

Kundalini Shakti is, in the language of yoga, the coiled power of the Goddess that usually sits dormant at the base of the spine within the individual. Through spiritual practice this coiled power can be awakened. It then rises as a fiery force up the spinal axis, through the spiritual-energetic centers known as the chakras, to the crown chakra.

In the process, the heart opens with the most profound sense of love, compassion, joy, and interconnectedness — “Rama reveals himself in the heart.” Often, there is an all-permeating sense of radiance and light (“the eyes are filled with light”), and a sensory sweetness seems to trickle down from above, as if you are tasting the most delightful honeyed wine (“nectar bathes the tongue”).

This is the initiation all mystics seek. It is the beginning of illumination. And it is the sacred marriage. Why “marriage”?

As we said, Kundalini Shakti is the power of the Goddess within the individual. When this power fully and consciously rises to the crown, it reunites with the male aspect of the Divine. That union of divine polarities within the individual — overwhelming and ecstatic — is the sacred marriage. The mystic is made whole in ways that were unimaginable before. Not just the single individual, but all of creation is seen anew, realigned, re-envisioned as a vast living wholeness.

I hope it is obvious that this is a universal experience of mystical awakening, not just found among practitioners of yoga. Each great spiritual tradition has its own language to describe this. In esoteric Christianity, for example, one can draw a parallel between the Kundalini Shakti and the Holy Spirit, which is often described in feminine terms. The transcendent masculine aspect of God can be understood as the Heavenly Father. And the new, expanded sense of self that is (re)born from the sacred marriage might be identified as the Son, the individual’s Christ-self. Similar descriptions are found in Islam, Judaism, shamanic traditions… This is a human-spiritual experience that reflects the basic relationship between the awakening soul and the divine reality. It is the heritage of every one of us.

Kundalini awakes. The heart opens, the mind opens, doorways open, and through Her power, the full self is born into the world.

Kundalini Shakti… know Her.

Have a beautiful day!

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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Mukteshwari – Swami Muktananda”

  1. Darleneon 04 Nov 2013 at 1:24 pm


    I have several appreciations and a question.

    First the question, What is M.E.? I am glad you’re better and back.

    Next the appreciations…

    I am so very glad you have found and named your mission.

    You brilliantly achieve your mission in each of your communications here (in email); keep going!

    Today, I especially appreciated your interpretation, although I have a tiny familiarity with yoga metaphysics, I did not understand the poem in my first reading and it really took your narration to bring new insights to my reading.

    Be most well,


  2. Ivan M. Grangeron 04 Nov 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you, Darlene.

    M.E. — that stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. (How about that for a tongue-twister?) That’s becoming the preferred label for chronic fatigue syndrome these days. It’s standard in Europe and increasingly the term used in the US. Most people dealing with chronic fatigue have some sort of inflammation of the brain stem (the “encephalo” part of the word) and also have issues with nervous system and muscles (the “myalgic” part). The word “fatigue” makes most people think you’re just a bit tired and need a rest, without recognizing all the other chronic issues that often come with it, so health advocates are pushing for a more complete name, and I guess ME is what they’ve settled on.



  3. Murari Guptaon 04 Nov 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Ivan,

    Happy Deepawali to you ,

    Deepawali means line of lamps,all meant to fight with darkness,darkness of our heart,our knowledge where ever it exists.I love BABA MUKTANAND of THE GANESHPURI,INDIA.I had been there for a retreat.Every particle is duly filled with energy ,THE KUNDALINI SHAKTI .

    Thanks for such a lovely poem.

    Trully yours.


  4. Therese Monaghan O.P.on 04 Nov 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I’m glad you are back, Ivan. I missed you. Thank you for your explanation of E.M. I wish you blessings of strength ahead and the full power of kundalini shakti. I am with you in spirit praying for light and an open heart as darkness descends these autumn days.

  5. Darleneon 05 Nov 2013 at 8:07 am

    A tongue twister is right, and, I can see where it more fully captures more of what is involved. Thanks for the explanation, Ivan.

  6. Pegon 06 Nov 2013 at 8:57 am

    So glad your back Ivan. I hope you received my thoughts of love and not to worry about getting a poem out until you were ready/able. I also have M.E. However, I also think it is related to this evolutionary time. After many years of kundalini, I found how the subtle energy around head forms a torus of flowing liquid light, and a smaller one sits on top of that. Then, I saw how the two brain hemispheres connected via a horizontal vortex. This process took several years and quite a lot of pain. I am no science person, but it is amazing to think how our physiology has to change to allow this new aspect/light to form.

    Even though this process completed for me, I still experience inflammation especially in lower back, neck and shoulders. My brain knows when there are solar flares, more brain movement and electrical snappings.

    Anyway, loved the poem and extremely important with the increase kundalini over past couple weeks. What a celebration!

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