| "insightful content on an important topic but..."|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from India|
|To be honest, I could have given this book four stars simply because of the author caring to write about this subject but I found this book VERY repetitive particularly the segments where author is describing his discomforts. Every such fragment begins with the notion that author does not find it necessary to describe the excruciating pains he suffered in detail and then he wastes ink worth of three pages on that. Okay, we got your point Mr. Krishna that it was awfully painful but why repeat the same thing every now and then.
I have a theory that Gopi Krishna was not able to raise Kundalini to the top most level to his Sahasara Chakra and his energy got struck somewhere at his throat level which explains the unusually lengthy sentences he has framed throughout in this book. I have found most of the peaceful people I've met to be the men of few words. Since he does not mention Khechari anywhere in this book (I'm 80% done), I'm sure he had no idea about it. In my limited knowledge, unless the tongue bridges the gap between Vishuddh and Ajna chakra, Kundalini would not find a path above Vishuddha chakra.
I'm almost finished reading this book and at no point author describes what kind of practice he was doing. But he hints at listening sounds and seeing lights with visualization on a certain point so I have some idea about what he was doing. In my opinion, he is a classic example on how not to proceed on the path of serious spiritual yoga practice without finding a competent Guru first. A busted nervous system is the last thing you want when you are treading alone on this path.
What offended me most about this book is his blatant claims that he did not think there were people around in his times possessing the knowledge he had. Even if its just his opinion, he should have known that it was politically incorrect statement.
Nevertheless, I would still recommend people to read this book as it offers certain insights into the physiology involved. Its not a fantasy read which most of the people would get compelled to when it comes to mysticism. Though, you may feel the urge to skip some parts with a cursory glance. FYI, I did not bother to read commentaries by the other guy.
| "THIS BOOK SHOULD BE RATED SIX STARS"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|THIS BOOK IS NOT ONLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, BUT A MUST READ FOR ALL WHO DARES TO TREAD THE PATH OF THE ANCIENTS!! WITH A FEW EXCEPTION, MOST TEACHERS AND GURUS ONLY TEACH OF THE GLORIES OF THE PATH. A VERY FEW, IF ANY, TEACHES OF THE PITFALLS AND AVOIDING THEM. THE PREVIOUS REVIEWERS WHO ONLY GIVE THIS WORK TWO STARS OUGHT TO UNDERSTAND THE TIME OF THE AWAKENING FOR OUR AUTHOR, WHO HAD NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OR GUIDANCE, AND IN LIGHT OF THIS , OUGHT TO BE CONSIDERED A PIONEER TO WRITE OF HIS EXPERIENCES. AND FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING SIMILAR SYMPTOMS, I WOULD RECOMMEND YOGANI'S " ADVANCED YOGA PRACTICES - EASY LESSONS FOR ECSTATIC LIVING ". READ BOTH BOOKS AND YOU'LL SEE A DIFFERENCE!
| "Genesis of the Secret Teachings"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Humboldt County, CA USA|
|I met Gopi Krishna in 1977 while visiting Kashmir. After describing my own Kundalini experience, we talked about sex & sublimation, diet, the stress of working, travel, handling illness, and exercise. Was it a defining moment? I'm not sure I believe in a single defining moment that clears up the confusion of a lifetime. Most of my defining moments have actually taken a while to sink in ---- before I was able to use them as catalysts for change. In this case, I listened as Gopi Krishna rattled off a list of the "dos and don'ts" of living with Kundalini. |
To many this might seem like a superficial conversation, not particularly useful for someone who'd just activated his Kundalini. However, I appreciated his sticking to basics and not running a lot of 'spiritual smack' on me. I had no preconceptions about our meeting; I didn't know if he'd be telling me about visions or secret powers ---- or just plain ole practical living. It turned out to be the latter, and over time I've been grateful because that's the kind of empirical knowledge that matters while learning to live with Kundalini.
Gopi Krishna was the first person I'd met who didn't discuss Kundalini in generalities. He stuck to practicalities. And you know why? Because he'd been there.
Does this mean there was something missing in his understanding of the spiritual aspects of Kundalini? No, it means that perhaps something's been wrong with the classification of Kundalini as a merely spiritual phenomenon. There's a more practical aspect to Kundalini; namely its healing and restorative capabilities.
In fact, Gopi Krishna was the first person to get me thinking beyond the widely varied and difficult to define spiritual aspects of Kundalini, notions such as "higher consciousness" and "enlightenment." He got me wondering what these terms really mean. Do they mean the same thing to everyone? My confusion only grew when I discussed these terms with others and watched their eyes glazing over. So I began to doubt these terms had any shared meaning. I realized that although I was unable to discuss "higher consciousness" or "enlightenment" with other people, I was able to describe the healing powers of Kundalini in clear, specific terms. In fact, Gopi Krishna called Kundalini "an upgrade mechanism." As in a mechanism for reconditioning the body. This led me to think of meditation as a scientific experiment, and Kundalini as the result of an experiment performed in the laboratory of the body. The light didn't shine immediately, but one of Gopi Krishna's statements got me to thinking about meditation as a type of scientific experiment. "For you," he said, "learning what to eat and how to live with Kundalini is crucial. Don't listen to people's opinions on spiritual matters. Learn as much as possible about your true nature, about your body. These secret functions of the body are part of a science, you know. An ancient one, but still valid."
Over time, I began to realize that meditation produces changes in the body just as scientific discoveries produce changes in the material world. These changes may be relatively minor, like the Relaxation Response, or they may be considerable, like those wrought by Kundalini Yoga meditation. But whether are the result of the Relaxation Response or of Kundalini meditation, they are definitely physiological. In my case, improving the state of my health and restoring the vigor of my body.
And then I wondered: If I could do it, if it worked for me, would it work for others, too? Was the Kundalini meditation process I used scientifically valid? Absolutely ---- as long as the results are consistent over a given number of subjects. To me that means activating Kundalini in a safe, reliable, and repeatable manner.
So since our 1977 meeting, that's what I've been concentrating on: the scientific aspects of meditation and the healing capabilities of Kundalini, the ancient, but still valid science Gopi Krishna spoke to me about.
I've read every book Gopi Krishna wrote. This one, however, Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man is his masterwork. At the same time, it's a memoir and a how-to book. If you want to learn about Kundalini, read it. It inspired my book about Kundalini, and it has inspired others. Gopi Krishna stands at the foundation of Kundalini literature.
My book, Deciphering the Golden Flower One Secret at a Time contains a full account of my meeting with Gopi Krishna and describes my method of scientific meditation for safe, permanent and repeatable Kundalini activation. It's a method derived from The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life, one I call Golden Flower Meditation. It's a compendium of Kundalini knowledge, from Gopi Krishna to the present.
| "Fascinating biography but dangerous practice"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Berkeley, CA|
|A facinating biography takes readers to the rare psychological experience one encountered with spiritual work and meditation. |
However, the road to an enlightened consciousness should not be that risky, in odds of losing the health, sanity, even life. At the end, the author's attainment cannot be ascertained what it really was besides a psychological phenomenon. It does not sound like that he had achieved the buddhahood. I like the evolutionary theory the author tries to propose.
There are dangers in meditation if you do it assertively and not do it quite right. The fire releases in an abrupt and unregulated manner can cause life and delirium and madness.
| "Unique but difficult work of literature"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Denver USA|
|In reference to the other two-star review, I thought I was the only one who found this book difficult to get through. I was left wondering why this is a classic, and a must-read kundalini book, with the exception of the few passages that describe the author's tormenting experiences to highlight the dangers of such a powerful evolutionary process.
I have been in the throes of an involuntary kundalini progression for some time now, although not on the same level of trauma as the author experienced, so I do have a very good understanding at this point in my process of the mechanics involved in such an awakening.
And I do understand that the author experienced this during a time when so very little was known about kundalini, so in this respect it is an important piece of literature, and I do honor and revere his wisdom and experience. However, I found the text to be occasionally superfluous, tedious and extremely redundant. As I neared the end of the book I couldn't help wonder in how many different ways the author could describe the same thing: an unknown, powerful, intelligent, conscious force making its way up his nervous system and vital organs to stimulate and awaken his system with accompanying symptoms of sleeplessness, change in appetite, and increased consciousness and constant awareness of a golden glow painting his vision.
James Hillman's occasional commentaries were of little help also and were just as wordy, vague and confusing in trying to translate and explain the author's psychological and physical processes.
The most helpful books about kundalini that I've found so far are "Farther Shores" by Dr. Yvonne Kason, and "Energy Work" by Robert Bruce. Even though Mr. Bruce's book contains only a small section on kundalini, it is exact in its description and process. He also describes in other areas of the book the body's energy channels and centers that play a part in the workings of the kundalini energy. I have used his techniques to restore balance to my system and to ease the progression of the unpredictable energy surges so I will undergo fewer problems.
| "Like Being There"|| |
|- Reviewed By An Amazon User|
|Very well written. I read the first 25 pages in about 3 days and finished|
the entire book 2 days latter.