Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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  • Rupali DasEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9113

Kundalini in Hindu cultural tradition refers to rapturous energy. It is the primitive source of shakti or feminine energy that signifies creativity and potentiality. Kundalini is believed to transcend the basal carnal energy into a cosmic one. The word comes from the Sanskrit root Kundalin, which means a state of being like a serpent coiled up three times. It is widely believed that Kundalini remains dormant in each person as if in a snake-form at the base of spine, specifically into a triangular-shaped bone “sacrum” which, in Greek mythology, is considered the most sacred part of the body. To awaken Kundalini, a practitioner of yoga first needs to evoke his/her vital life force or prana, a dynamic energy in a static body along with practicing meditation and pranayama(“conscious control of respiration”). Once the practitioner of yoga starts performing these steps, a cathartic feeling is induced by effacing the unpleasant emotions generating from the gross body. Ultimately, he/she...

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  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesNational Institute of Technology RourkelaRourkelaIndia