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on April 23, 2016
This book is a virtual remake of John White’s “Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment” (see my three-star review). Like White’s book, it consists of multiple articles on Kundalini by multiple authors. In this case, there are 24 articles by 24 writers, and many of the authors who contributed articles to White’s book also contributed articles to this one. In fact, some of the articles are the same in both books, such as Ken Wilber’s Are the Chakras Real?
Like White’s book, “Kundalini Rising” is a mixed bag, consisting of both decent and crummy articles. But there are no really good articles in this book, because none of the authors has “cracked the cosmic code.” For example, not one of the authors contrasts Prana Kundalini with Cit Kundalini, nor considers Shaktipat (the Descent of Divine Power) and the union of Siva and Shakti in the Heart-center. The emphasis is on Kundalini rising, not crashing down into the Heart-center (Hridayam), where En-Light-enment occurs.
For someone looking to consider multiple perspectives and general information on the ascending Kundalini, this is a worthwhile book, but for spiritual esotericists already familiar with the writings of Ken Wilber, Lawrence Edwards, Gopi Krishna, Yogi Bhajan, Swami Sivananda, John White, et al., and the various medical doctors and PdDs who clinically analyze Kundalini without really grokking it, it’s just more of the same.