"In no other period of history were the learned so mistrustful of the divine possibilities in man as they are now." - Gopi Krishna
"Worked with this man in the late 1970's. There's no doubt that he was of the most important human beings of the last century. Atheists like Hitchens and Dawkins are important in that they oblige religion to account for itself: but it is only through the avenues that Gopi Krishna proposed, that actual progress will be made. If science was more interested in the brain and less in sending toy tractors to Mars, all this would happen a lot quicker" - iain399
In the Fall of 1978, Pandit Gopi Krishna traveled from Kashmir, India to the United States and stayed at the Stamford, Connecticut home of Gene Kieffer, President of the Kundalini Research Foundation. Visitors traveled from all over the country to meet with the Pandit during his three trips to the United States between 1978 and 1983.
What follows is a transcription of a 1978 audio recording made by one visitor by the name of Stacy Stich and Tom Kay. The recording was set aside and discovered thirty-five years later.
The Pandit’s message is as urgent now as it was then, for science to confirm that the human brain is hardwired for Superconsciousness and thereby avert the overhanging threat of nuclear war resulting from over-reliance on materialistic ways of life. It is the Divine Plan for humankind, according to Gopi Krishna, that science is approaching the realm of religion, as the key moral principles of the world’s great spiritual teachings will be verified by science to be the evolutionary laws governing humanity’s rise to Superconsciousness.
During the question and answer session, an assistant helps clarify and relay questions from the room to the Pandit. Margaret Kobelt, a long-time supporter of the Pandit who accompanied him on his world travels, is present for this conversation and is heard at times helping the assistant to clarify and relay the questions.
Transcribed in 2013 by Karen Jones, ardent supporter of the Pandit’s mission since 1978.
The Pandit is already speaking as the recording begins.
Gopi Krishna: What is man here for? That will then explain what diet he should eat. If we do not know what for he is here, what is the purpose of this life, how can we decide our past judgment on his food or actions or sleep or waking? First we should know, if he’s an animal, then the question is different. If he’s an angel, then the question is different. If he, as an animal, is now proceeding towards an angelic condition, then the question is different. So before discussing superfluities, it is best first to discuss the fundamentals. I will explain this. We take to meditation, why? I would like to know an answer to this question. You see, there is so much thirst for meditation all over India, Europe, America; thousands, hundreds of thousands of people like to meditate. Why? This will solve, also answer, your question. They are all interrelated. Why do we want to meditate? Why do we want to practice Yoga or Zen or any other metaphysical discipline? I would like to have an answer to that. (sounds of laughter in the room) I do not take any disciples. I do not preach any philosophy. I do not preach any sect, because I believe that the human race has reached a state of progress where it should know what is the purpose of its being and where it stands. Every one of us has a childhood, then adolescence, then adulthood, then prime, and then age and last of all, death. But are we convinced that the soul is immortal, that there is a God? That we have to do something to make our other life in the other world easier for us? Are we convinced about these things? If we are not convinced, then the first thing is to analyze where we stand. Our basic approach to the problems of life should be to analyze our own position. In India there are said to be two basic things which are necessary for every man and woman to understand oneself, to be aware of oneself. One is vivek, the other is viraja. Vivek means to know your duties as a human being, to know yourself, to know what we are here for, to distinguish between what is false and what is true. That is known as vivek. And viraja means if you are convinced by analysis that a human being is not an animal but something more – that eating, dressing, sleeping, drinking is not the only reason for his life, he has some other goal to reach – then comes the second step of viraja, to be not too much drowned in this world.
We are compounds of two things, the flesh and ourselves, the knower and our body. All our life we try to satisfy our physical needs, to care for our body and our flesh, but the other partner of our life, of our mind, often remains neglected. That is why I asked this question, what is the purpose of meditation? What is the purpose of Yoga? There are many people who are recommending different types of meditation, different types of Yoga. This has been the practice in India for the last thousands of years. They have disciples, they have people who follow them.
But the first question that has to be asked of a teacher, what is the benefit of this meditation? There can be one benefit, it can give you a peace of mind. Another benefit can be, it can give you some efficiency. But that is just like other things, temporal things which perish. Yoga is in actual fact meant to make us immortal, and this is the aim of all religions: to lead us to the Kingdom of God, to make him immortal. And we can become immortal in this life, to this I can attest solemnly before God.
It is a matter of great sorrow for me that Yoga has not been understood in the West, and the versions that are being given are often not correct. Yoga is a compound word derived from the root yuj. Yuj means to join, to combine. It means to combine all your energies to gain union with the Divine Intelligence which works behind the Universe. That is the real meaning of the term Yoga. And in India, Yoga has been used from Vedic times to demonstrate the truth of religion.
In other countries of the world there is a creed, a religion. We have here Christianity, in the Near East we have Islam, in India, China and Japan we have Buddhism. There are certain articles of faith in each religion and you have to believe them. You have to believe that the soul is immortal, that there is a God. No proof is given. Yoga is meant to give proof to the principles, to the fundamental concepts of religion. In the usual course you have to accept the faith secondhand, from the founder or from the church, from the priests, from the Popes. But actually, unless everyone experiences the truth of religion, one cannot be convinced a hundred percent. So Yoga is meant to bring conviction about the truths of religion to everyone. This is the primary aim of Yoga.
Unfortunately, the 20th century and even the 19th have been almost barren of spiritual geniuses. There have been a few, very few, but on the whole it has been barren. The materialistic tendencies of the world, the division of humankind into believers and non-believers, the nuclear bombs, the explosive state of humankind, are all due to this fact – that during the last two centuries, there has been a dearth of spiritual geniuses on the Earth.
Yoga or spiritual science is not so cheap and so easy as it is being given out in modern times. It is the basic food which our soul needs. Unless there is a target to human life, unless we have an ideal before us, there will be the same confusion as we are seeing in these days. The human mind needs an anchor to keep it firm. Otherwise the storms of passion and desire, they sweep it away, and all the life it is struggling to find its bearing without success.
That is the purpose of Yoga, to give direction to life, to put the target before you. And that target is provided by some of the greatest human beings born on Earth, by human beings like Buddha, by Christ, by Mohammed, by Shankaracharya, by Socrates. If we had two of them, like Guru Nanak recently in the 15 and 16th centuries, if we had two or three of them, the world would not have such a condition.
In spite of all the wealth, all the inventions of science, all the abundance and all the facilities and amenities which were never in the past, the human mind is restless, because there is a subconscious urge in us to know ourselves. And there is no answer either in science or in philosophy that would satisfy our mind. It can only be satisfied when we know ourselves, when the reality becomes known.
I would discuss this point in another way. All our five senses show us the material world. Formerly we had no knowledge of electromagnetic waves or electric currents or electronic waves. Our eyes could not see them, our ears could not hear them. But now by certain instruments we are able to detect that around us there is a tremendous world of activity going on. There are waves and currents which can send our message from America to Japan in a few moments, which can circulate the Earth in a few moments. We know now there are energies and forces which we never could see.
And let me tell you that side by side with these forces and energies, which we have only now begun to see, there is everywhere, both in us and out of us, an energy which we call mind. This mind is not the product of your body. It is not the product of your brain. This energy is using your mind and body in the same way as the waves from a television station use a television apparatus. There are differences, which will take a long time to explain, but for an analogy this is sufficient.
We are not the body, we are not the brain. This stupendous energy creates out of earth the flower and the body and the lion and the tiger and the elephant and everything else. This is a fundamental concept known and verified in India at least fifteen hundred years before the birth of Christ. It is an energy. What science is not able to see or to acknowledge is this energy, which has been known as prana. It was known to Egyptians. It was known in the Middle East. It is known to alchemists and occultists in Europe, but it is not known to science. Science has no instruments to detect it.
Now I will give you an example. I see all of you sitting before me. Each one of you is a universe. Each one of you has a world of his own. Each one of you sees all the tents assembled here. Each one of you hears my voice and knows that I am speaking, sees me, I see you. Now what is this thing which sees and is aware in us? Can we see it, can we hear it, can I see this Atman, this mind, this consciousness in you? No instrument of science can detect it. We only know it by inference. We know this man is alive and his mind is working, and when that man falls dead we know the mind is nowhere there and the man is dead. But are we able to know this animating principle? No scientist has been able to, it has never been isolated, it can never be isolated.
This energy, this consciousness, this awareness and this mind which makes us alive, which hears, thinks, talks, is a universe in itself. These thoughts, these dreams, all this imagination, it is not just nothing. It is an energy, and an immortal eternal energy. It is the Illuminated, the Mystics, the Awakened, the Yogis who come in contact with this energy. I hope you follow me. It is the energy that is in you. It is eternal. You see [inaudible]. I see Life everywhere here in this room, around me. It is Intelligence.
Only, an eye has to be opened, another eye has to be opened, which in India has been called the Third Eye. There has to be a change in the brain, for which Yoga is practiced. That is known as the Eye of Shiva, the Third Eye, and it is said to be centered here, between the eyebrows, because that has a very physiological background. Because the two nerves which create the change in the brain enter the brain at this point, one coming from the right going to the left side, and that coming from the left side going to the right side. This is a long subject of the physiology of Yoga which we will not discuss at this time. But suffice it to say that humankind is but the product of an energy which is spread throughout the Universe, but which you cannot see by any means except through the opening of another sense in your brain.
You must have heard of clairvoyance. You must have heard of mediums. You must have heard of telepathy. All of them, by some awakening in the brain, by some change in the brain, come in contact with this energy. They are able to read your thoughts, they sit in front of you and then they can read your thoughts. They can read the thoughts of others at a distance, they can look into the past, they can look into other worlds, other places. For instance, they are sitting here and what they call as clairvoyance or astral projection, they are able to tell you that this thing is happening. Sometimes they are wrong, but sometimes they are right. How can it be possible unless there is a communicating energy?
That energy is prana.
So the aim of Yoga is to open this channel of perception. To lift the veil from the eyes, as is said in the religious scriptures. To open the doors of perception and to lead to the inner kingdom which Christ has called the Kingdom of Heaven. It is simple, only it is not explained. There is an energy, what we call life energy, pervading the whole Universe, pervading everywhere, even in atoms, this room, in the sea, in the forest, everywhere, which is the cause of life. This energy, science has not been able to detect or to determine so far. We are now suggesting experiments on how this can be done, and already some groups have been formed to investigate. It is this energy which Yoga is designed to know. Therefore, in every book on Yoga you will find from the very beginning, descriptions and directions about prana. Prana is life energy. It is known by different names all over the Earth. This prana, or life energy, is in you, acting as you. In me, it is acting as myself. Our physiological frame, our flesh, our blood and our body determine our behavior and our personality. But all are one. All Life is one. The Universe is Life. It is for this reason that I asked the question about meditation.
The real aim of meditation, of Yoga, of spiritual disciplines, or of religion, is to open the supersensory channel in the brain. All of us know that according to modern scientists, we use only a fraction of the brain. Some place the limit at six or seven percent, and some at ten percent. Ninety percent of our brain remains inactive. And modern science also has not yet much knowledge about the brain. It is only now that they’ve started to discover what was known from ancient times, that there are two lobes. One of the lobes deals with aesthetics, feeling, the other deals with reason, language and the like. These are now things coming to light but much is not known about the brain.
There is a region in the brain which Yoga rouses to activity, and this region is known as Brahmarendra to the Indian adepts. When the Brahmarendra is opened, then for the first time the prana, the World of Life, is opened to our view. The moment the World of Life is open you are no more the same person. Then the treasures of the earth seem to be insignificant. Then you know what you are. Then alone you are totally rid from the fear of death. It is not that you now believe that you will not die, not at all. You see yourself as eternal and immortal. This is the aim of Yoga. It is this knowledge that I am trying to bring to humankind, supported by experiments done in laboratories, and this is the only answer to the problems of our day. This is the only science that can unify humankind, that can bring unity between all the religions, and that can mitigate the terror and horror of our time – this science alone. It has to show to us that we are not animals, that we have a potentiality in us to become a god.
You must have heard from Yogis or from people who are interested in Indian tradition, there is a term, SatChitAnanda, which is used to designate the condition of one in whom this channel has opened. Sat means reality, Chit means consciousness, Ananda means happiness – three things. This means that for the first time he is able to perceive the reality behind the Universe. This reality is not of the nature of matter, it is of the nature of Intelligence. He sees the whole Universe alive, one all-knowing, all-acting, all-powerful, all- seeing Intelligence, all over the Universe. This is the reason why God is said to be Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent. It is the men of vision who have said it, those who had this vision. It has been very rare, but it has been there.
The reason why in religion, everywhere, God is said to be, in Islam, in Christianity, in Hinduism, God is said to be Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, is because this energy which you see, this energy of life, it is of this kind. It is of this nature, and man, who has the chance to reach this perception, is lofted, carried to another world of life where this world seems to be a dream. So this is the goal of human life. The goal of our life is not to build rockets to reach Mars or to raise skyscrapers 200 stories high. The Egyptians raised their pyramids 480 feet high. They are there now, desolate.
The aim of human life, for every person, is to know oneself. And this knowledge is so precious, so happiness-yielding, so wonderful, that no temptation of the earth, neither money nor kingship nor power nor property can compare with it. This is the aim of religion. This is the aim of Yoga. This is the real aim of meditation – to open the brain to the intelligent energy encompassing the Universe. Then alone one knows oneself.
Just as a man in a state of sleep has dreams and sometimes nightmares, horrible dreams, and then suddenly he wakes up and says, “Oh God, it was all a dream, I am happy.” This happens to many people. Terrible dreams, they occur during the night, a lion is coming or something else is happening and then the man suddenly awakes. Exactly with the success in Yoga, the man who gains this vision awakens from this world into another life. You then need not tell him he is immortal. He sees he is immortal. He sees he is above everything of the earth. That is the crowning experience of human life.
Now, what life is to be led, what food is to be taken, what exercises are to be done, what beliefs are to be held, that is a separate matter. Nothing is to be given up. We have to have the same life we are leading, only – what every great spiritual luminary has said – in a moderate way. We have not to become totally lost and drowned in the world, because then no energy is left to reach the Heaven. Then we are with the earth, that is all. Moderation in life, and a truthful, compassionate heart – they are the two important virtues that can lead to Higher Consciousness, to the knowledge of this Power, to the knowledge of this Reality, of this Intelligence surrounding the Universe.
It is people who have this possibility, they see the future, they become the prophets, what they say comes true. They see the past, they have other gifts. And the class below them you all know is the class of the genius. Every great intellectual and every great genius has openly said that what he was writing came from some other source. Musicians, like Mozart, Mozart has admitted, he has written it, that the whole composition came to him in one flash and then he put it down on paper. Similarly, great poets, they get contact with this source about which I am telling you. In them, the center is half open, not fully open. In the spiritual luminaries, the center is fully open. Then they see themselves, that they are one with creation, one with this Intelligence – eternal – and that this life that they see is like a dream.
You can now gladly ask me any questions that you like. (pauses, as yet no one comes forward)
My aim is to put this whole concept – I have no axes to grind, nothing, my desires are satisfied – but I would like to share this knowledge with everyone and therefore I am putting the whole thing without any unnecessary words which create confusion. It is simple, that there is an energy in addition to the energies known to science, which is intelligent energy and that our bodies are the products of that energy, what we call as life energy.
Science has also started to make now certain investigations about it, but still it is much behind. And we have possibilities in the brain to create a new channel of perception which can see this, feel this, sense this energy and become one with it. And that has been the aim of all religions, to draw attention of humankind, their followers, that there is a spiritual order, that there is a God, and that that Kingdom is in you and that with a righteous life you can reach that Kingdom, and also be one with that God.
I have put it in a very clear language. Instead of going round and round, I have put it in a few words to give you an idea of what Yoga is meant to achieve. And now you can ask me questions as you like.
Question: Some of us do meditate on the chakras and think in terms of the kundalini. Have you any word of advice or encouragement, that we breathe in one chakra and out another, and what is fine, and the method of meditation? I’ve been doing it for a couple of years but no fireworks ever go off. Nothing really startling ever happens. Now this is good, I guess; after reading your book, I’m thankful for this.
Gopi Krishna: Now I will answer this question. Humanity has evolved and is still evolving. And in the matter of awakening of this power, one of the most important things to remember is that the heredity must be favorable. You see, talent goes by heredity, talent goes by genes. Genius goes by genes. This means that the mechanism which we call kundalini and which can bestow spiritual illumination also goes by genes, generally, though exercises, practices, done in a very perseverating way, can help.
But there is the question of heredity also. And in India, this is translated, interpreted, by karma. You will see the connection. In India they say, now your karma must be mature, which means your heredity must be right, you must have inherited something. And I will add another thing. This will be the most powerful factor in future, when this research is completed: for parents to live right lives, to give birth to right children. This would be the incentive.
Question: When you say that living a righteous life is the most, you imply that that’s the most important practice to open this up, does that mean that one should not also do more formal practice, meditation, or whatever your other practice is?
Gopi Krishna: You see, the practices prescribed in the ancient books were meant for an agrarian society, in a society in which these tensions and pressures and haste and hurry and [inaudible] did not exist. Therefore, excessive practice while living this life is not indicated. It can go wrong. The whole system is involved in the awakening, the whole system, every nerve, every organ, because the brain has to be changed. You can’t effect changes in the brain in just a moment. So one has to be very careful how much practice one should do, what practice one should do and what kind of life one should have. Do you follow me?
You can understand, I will give you a simple analogy. In order to be a PhD, in science, or in medicine, you have to attend college, and school, for twenty years, to be there on time, to keep the notes, and to keep your health also good so that you are not ill. Then only after twenty years, you become a PhD. Imagine now, what effort, what care and what time it would take to reach a state where the whole normal perception is transcended, where a person is transformed into a new personality.
It is a very – the reason why in India such rigid disciplines have been enjoined and why repeatedly it is said that you have to abide by the directions of the guru, and that lives are needed to reach this perfection, is because of the great change that is involved, the change in the brain.
I lived by a miracle. I couldn’t have [inaudible]. Even now I live by a miracle. My life just hangs on a thread. But the thread is carrying on. (sounds of laughter in the room)
Question: Would you speak to us about the Mother?
Gopi Krishna: About the . . .? Questioner: About the Mother, the form of the Mother.
Gopi Krishna: The ?
Assistant: The Mother Goddess. Margaret Kobelt: The female of creation, the mother of creation.
Gopi Krishna: This energy, prana, is the Mother. You see, there are two principles in the human body, according to the ancient traditions. We will now see what the scientific experiments will reveal to us, because I would not take anything as accepted, except that which has come in my own experience.
Our consciousness is in the brain, this the Indian savants call Shiva, a spark of Shiva, a spark of Brahman. And then in addition, we have the life energy, which is also a part of it but it is in the form of energy, which brings us to birth, which maintains us, which supports us, and then which finally also destroys us at the end. This is known as Shakti. Do you follow me?
Now Shakti is the Mother, and Shiva is the Father, I mean, the Father of the Universe, though the two are one. Shiva in his Absolute Form is known as woman and man both: Ardhanarishvara – nari means woman – half woman and half man. That is, the Universal Principle, the Creator, has both sides, the female and the male. In China, they call them yin and yang.
Now, in our organism, in our body, it is polarized into consciousness pure and the energy which supports the body and that consciousness. This is known as Shiva and Shakti. When kundalini rises from the base of the spine, that means Shakti. The aim is to meet this Shiva, this flame of consciousness, and to expand it, to release it from the prison of the body. Do you follow me?
When the kundalini has arisen, and the two meet here, there is terrific happiness, bliss, that is known as Ananda. And at that point when the meeting occurs, the Third Eye opens, the soul is released from the bondage and perceives the world as itself, as Shiva.
That is the goal of Yoga.
Yes? Question: What is the relationship between prana and love?
Gopi Krishna: Prana is the parent, the architect of all our emotions and intellect. Prana is the food, the fuel by which we think, by which we feel. There is nothing apart from prana. Love is not something distant from prana. It is prana that creates love, it is prana that creates hate, but to reach the highest state, hate is a deterrent, a blockage, and love is the means to reach that. Love is not something separate, a “new thing” in the universe. There are two realities, as I said. One is consciousness; the second is its power – Intelligence, and its power.
I will explain it in this way. With our intelligence, we have been able to transform the Earth. We have built airplanes, we have built rockets, we have built ships, we have built television, we are building now computers, wonderful computers, all by our intellect. This is one spark from the Divine Fire, one drop from the Ocean. Now, if this one drop from the Ocean has been able to create so much on Earth, imagine what the whole Ocean can do. The Ocean has created this Universe.
But this creation has been by this power, this energy, just as we have also power. We can move our eyes, we can move our legs, we can think, this is our power. We are not only intelligence, inactive intelligence, but we are active also. We have strength, power, we run, rush, go up and down, write – this is energy. Similarly, the Creator has energy. Of course, it is an Ocean of energy. That energy is known as Shakti. And that is known as prana. This Universe is the creation of this prana. Shiva is the Creator, but the energy that has created it is prana.
So prana is the source of all of our intelligence, emotions and feelings. Prana is love. Prana is intelligence. Prana is hate. Prana is everything. In fact, it is the building block of our personality. Do you follow me here? Love as an emotion, as a feeling of our heart, comes also from this eternal, universal prana. Only now we have to see what should more regulate our life – love or hate, or malice or charity or compassion – that is for us to see.
If the man’s evolution is to be towards a monster, then the dark traits will come first. If his evolution is to be towards an angel, then the beautiful traits will come first. It rests with him what to do. Some of the old civilizations, as for instance, Atlantis, might have chosen something malicious, something magical. The civilization was destroyed.
So prana is the architect of love and fate and everything. In that sense, love is prana and prana is love.
Question: Do you see an evolution of man with increased sensitivity and ability to have contact with Shiva and greater utilization of it?
Questioner: Is there a possibility for man to have a greater sensitivity to Shiva in terms of contact with it and its greater use?
Assistant: When man evolves, will he have a greater use with Shiva? Questioner: Will man become more sensitive to God the Father for the betterment of himself and the world? Assistant: Can man be more sensitive to Shiva energy as he is evolving?
Gopi Krishna: Yes, in the natural course also. You see, humanity is evolving towards another species. All your science is not an end, it is a means to an end, and that is a new species on the Earth. That will not be someone foreign, it will be born out of us. And that species will slowly have this channel, this eye opened. Do you follow me here?
Now, man can never be the Creator of the Universe. That would be too egoistic. How can he be, there are four billion human beings on the Earth [at this time]. Do you think I should become Shiva and leave all of them there, to struggle? That is an egotistical conception. But, he can know, he can feel, he can sense, he can see that one Infinite Intelligence is the Source of All. And that he belongs to the same Intelligence.
It is a tremendous experience, you cannot even imagine it. Just to feel that you are one with the Eternal Light of the Universe, you are one with the Creator, is such a tremendous experience, that nothing of this earth can compare to it. When the urge comes to man to give up this body and to live there forever, that is Shiva, we call it in India, Shiva Consciousness – that is, consciousness of Oneness with the Absolute. Not that he becomes the Absolute, but one with it, a drop of an Ocean but tasting the whole Ocean.
Question: How does one learn to forget oneself?
Gopi Krishna: I have some difficulty understanding the American accent. Assistant: How does one forget oneself? Margaret Kobelt: How does one learn to forget oneself?
Gopi Krishna: What happens to us in sleep? Do we remember that we had gone to bed when we are dreaming? Questioner: Sometimes. (laughing) Gopi Krishna: Very rarely. (laughing) If you remembered, then it would not be a dream; you would then say “I am dreaming, there is nothing in it.” But we are not, we do not
[Transcriber’s note: The recording skips a section here.]
Gopi Krishna: . . .from metals to vegetation, vegetation to worms, worms to animals, animals to then anthropoids, anthropoids then to man, and man to superman – it is a plan. It is a plan for the Earth, but we do not know what other worlds of life there are. There might be other worlds of life. Even in those planets which we think are lifeless, where the temperature is too hot, there might be forms of life which are invisible to us.
The world is a magic world of maya. It is not only our mind and matter. There are other beings, of which sometimes the sensitive people can see. Here on the Earth, in our land, there might be other creatures too, composed of a different type of matter which is imperceptible to us. But all the creations [inaudible] prana. This is the reason why the Indian savants have called it maya, illusion, the illusion power, the magic power which can create anything.
Now physicists also are coming to the same view, that there can be other planes of creation, other [inaudible] especially in these black holes. You might have read some of it. These black holes are now said to be apertures, channels to other universes, about which we can have no conception, with other time and space about which we know nothing. So science also is slowly coming to the realm of religion. It is the plan, it is His Will; we cannot question it. If we question it, we defeat ourselves.
Question: If we want to, can we hope to reach the state of enlightenment in this lifetime?
Gopi Krishna: In this life, here, in this life. And this fact is of – I have one word to say – is of tremendous importance for humankind at this moment. It is the only thing – the confirmation of this fact, that there is a supersensory area in the brain and that when this area opens, the World of Life can be observed by a person, and that man is not an animal but exists because of a Cosmic Intelligence that surrounds the Earth and the Universe – this is the most important knowledge at the present moment, as a counterblast to the nuclear missile.
There is no other weapon than this science, this knowledge, to spread this knowledge, to have it confirmed by science, to present it in a different way to show that humankind is destined for something, and that natural forces are watching her actions. That is the most important message we can give the world. Enlightenment is possible, we are trying to have an experiment of that kind, where we will give certain disciplines to at least a hundred people, after just preliminary observation, for years, to have this activity started and then observe. It is a desperate need of our day to show that man is a Divine being, that he has a goal in front, that he has not come just to waste his life on material things.
Question: Can this be done through meditation?
Gopi Krishna: Yes. Yoga, but in an intensive way, and that person has to live a certain life, that man or woman has to live a disciplined life and must have the means to live that life [inaudible]. These personal things one can ask me even afterwards. But I would not give generally any formula because no formula is possible. Every individual has to work his salvation by himself, and that means a lot. It cannot be like a drill. This has to be kept in the mind always by those.
When there is a material object, we can force it. For instance, we want to have some machinery installed here. We can do it in two days, three days, ten days or a year. Or we want to convert a place into a beautiful paradise; we can at once start to work and do it. But when we say we want to realize Shiva, or God, our will means nothing. The permission must come from within. It must come from within.
We can but try, the permission has to come from within. When we wish to meet the President of America, we have to ask so many people and to wait for such a time. You can imagine then what it means to meet the President of the Universe. (sounds of laughter in the room) Assistant: Pandit, do you have time for one more question?
Gopi Krishna: Yes.
Question: How do you feel about spirituality here in the United States, and where is it going, in your opinion? Gopi Krishna: Well, I think the conditions all over the world are almost the same. It is not that the United States [inaudible], but since the Americans are a sort of a new race, because they came to a continent with virgin soil, I feel there is greater possibility for a spiritual revival in the States than anywhere else, only if the right direction is taken. Question: What are the chances? Gopi Krishna: It depends on you! (sounds of laughter in the room) Every one of us. If we really, and this I am saying in all sincerity, if we really wish to serve God, to reach Illumination, then our first task would be to exercise our intellect: in which way can I serve the Lord best? For my own salvation or the salvation of the world? Of a suffering world. Of a threatened world. What would be the answer? What would be the right answer?
In the salvation of a threatened world. Therefore our primary duty ought to be to sacrifice our own comfort, even our own salvation, to the demand of the time, to wake up and help others to wake up. That is the [inaudible]. Therefore, it depends on you, as much as on anyone else, on every individual, I mean.
Question: Sometimes, there’s an opening, a great love of God in myself and my fellow man, other times there’s dryness, and it varies. How do you overcome this resistence?
Assistant: Why is it sometimes we feel overwhelming love and other times not so much, and how to overcome this?
Gopi Krishna: How do talented people have productive moods and at other times sterile moods? We know of this fact. Because at the times when you feel an overwhelming desire or overwhelming love, the prana is pure. At other times when you feel a little bit [inaudible], the prana is [inaudible].
Question: I have experienced this energy, this divine energy as very small flashes, in a table, in a flower, not just in man. I would feel part of you and everyone. You say that only man can experience this but I feel the flower is in touch with that, and also the table. In an electron microscope, this is identical to this.
Assistant: Are you saying that you feel the same type of love back from the table and the flower, or you feel that towards it? Could you clarify that?
Questioner: That the energy is in everything, not just man opening to this divine energy.
Assistant: He feels that there is energy in everything in the Universe – wood, beautiful flowers, just everything.
Gopi Krishna: Yes, only it has different spectrums. In that matter, it has one spectrum, in a flower it has one spectrum, in humankind it has another. And even in humankind also, in different people, it has different spectrums. Do you follow me?
Questioner: Is it possible for us to know those different spectrums directly?
Gopi Krishna: Yes. Question: I have asked this question consistently for many years and I’m still not sure exactly how to phrase it. It’s about the necessity for suffering, and it also deals with expansion. I’ve experienced some and what it was was a view of some interminable hell. I’ve been told that there’s only one energy. When I asked about a friend of mine who lost her entire family, I asked what is the purpose of such suffering? I was told she was like a heroic mountain climber who would see that there was an illusion of tragedy. But I still have never been satisfied with the notion of the necessity of suffering or the illusion of suffering. So I don’t even know how to ask it, but it is the Age of Kali Yuga. I just cannot see the necessity of suffering.
Assistant: What is the necessity of suffering to achieve higher consciousness?
Gopi Krishna: Suffering diminishes the ego. The greatest danger to spiritual illumination is the ego. Even in very pious people. Even sometimes in saints. The ego is there, “I”, and suffering humbles a person, chastens the person.
Questioner: Compassion humbles a person also?
Gopi Krishna: Yes. You see, that is correct but in extreme form, suffering can have the very reverse effect. It should be like a dose of medicine, not an overdose. Do you follow me?
Questioner: Yes, but then there is some room for miscarriage of justice in the universe, if there is such a thing as an overdose.
Assistant: There is such a thing as too much suffering. Is that fair, when a person suffers too much?
Gopi Krishna: You see, I will tell you what I mean. For instance, in India, you have poverty, terrible poverty, and millions – and that poverty and the suffering caused by that poverty does not even allow them to live a normal life. Where it is not possible to live a normal life, for all the years from the birth to death, the person becomes an animal. Suffering, but not too much. Suffering is good. In fact, even self-imposed suffering is good, to deny yourself for some time. [inaudible] that brings down the ego. That is why the mystics and the saints in the past took to self-denial, self-abnegation, even sometimes self-mortification – it humbled them, it diminished the ego. But too much, when it is excessive, then it can have morbid effects, not healthy, but morbid effects.
Questioner: When the saint mortifies his flesh, it’s volitional, it’s voluntary. The person in India you describe, is that also somehow voluntary? Assistant: I can’t grasp what you’re saying.
Questioner: I’m saying there’s some inequity with the person in India suffering, that he’s being reduced to an animal state. Is he supposed to just continue to slide down that hole, is that also karma?
Assistant: How do you get out of over-suffering?
Gopi Krishna: You see, there can be many ways. One’s own efforts can succeed. There is not one formula. Friends can help. There can be a grace, a miracle. You can’t have one formula. It is better to be patient, to be receptive, to seek for help. That mind that acts in suffering also patiently, tolerantly, it is possible that in such a case, help may come from unexpected quarters, almost miraculously, and the suffering will then end.
Question: Can you suggest ways I might obtain permission from the Creator to be given enlightenment in this lifetime? Assistant: How can one get permission from the Divine Intelligence for enlightenment in this lifetime?
Gopi Krishna: When one is eager for it, it means the permission has already been granted. (sounds of laughing and clapping in the room)
Assistant: Okay, we’ll finish up with this. Thank you very much.
Other voices: Thank you.
Dear Friends of Gopi Krishna,
When Gopi Krishna first visited the U.S., some scientists said that if he wanted his ideas to be taken seriously he would have to work a miracle or two. Well, that is exactly what he did, but it didn’t make any difference. And yet he was only Illuminated, Super-Conscious person to appear on the world stage in the past 1,000 years.
Can you imagine what future scientists and historians will say? In the brief time since he died in 1984, an entire new generation has come into the world, but only a tiny handful even know his name. From that view-point, you are one of the rarest persons on earth today.
Many, if not all, of his books are verifiable miracles. Yes, miracles! What I mean is that if Bill Gates, or Warren Buffet or George Soros, or any other super-wealthy man (and there are thousands of them), were to offer $10 million to anyone who could write even a single book similar to any one of Gopi Krishna’s books, nobody would be able to do it. Nobody is Super-Conscious! And that is what it would take to write such a book.
Here are just three examples of his literary miracles: “The Present Crisis,” which was written in just eleven days, during which time he was also engaged in discussions with four scientists, two of them Nobel Prize winners. The book, 200 pages, was written in a unique style of verse.
Another example is the 17,000-word letter he wrote to Sir Julian Huxley, a British scientist with an international reputation for his writings on human evolution. The letter to him was written in iambic pentameter in only three days.
A third example is the 12,000-word letter written to Captain Edgar D. Mitchell, one of the few astronauts to have walked on the moon. It, too, was written in verse and in about two days.
All of these books are scientific wonders—miracles! Each is packed with new information not available to scientists and scholars. It was easier to sequence the human genome than it would be for any person to write the books Gopi Krishna wrote.
What do you think will happen as soon as thousands of men and women begin to manipulate human DNA for the “fun of it?” It will easy to do. Wait just two more decades, less than 20 years, and hundreds, if not thousands of bright, young boys and girls will be able to clone just about any animal (including humans). Who will stop this from being done?
The reason why Gopi Krishna’s miraculous writings are not known by more than a few is because they are beyond the grasp, or comprehension, of our many of our present-day intellectuals. All of Gopi Krishna’s unpublished writings--more than 15,000 pages--are being preserved deep beneath the Zurich Central Library in Switzerland. But his published books need to be placed in university and public libraries so that they will be accessible to scholars in the future.
But libraries do not want paperback books. They will only accept those bound in hard covers. Our goal is to take one dozen of Gopi Krishna’s titles and have them bound in hard covers and sent to one hundred libraries. The total out-of-pocket cost for this project would be about $25,000. This would cover shipping and handling.
This is not a lot of money, and the honor of contributing to this important cause should rightfully go to Gopi Krishna’s friends. If you would like to make a contribution, large or small, please! send a check or Money Order to The Kundalini Research Foundation, Post Office Box 2234, Darien, Connecticut 06902. Credit cards can be used, also, by visiting Kundalini Research
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PROPOSAL FOR A SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISM BEHIND HUMAN EVOLUTION
Gopi Krishna was born in 1903 to parents of Kashmiri Brahmin extraction. His birthplace was a small village about twenty miles from the city of Srinagar, the summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir State in northern India. He spent the first eleven years of his life growing up in this beautiful Himalayan valley. In 1914, his family moved to the city of Lahore in the Punjab which, at that time, was a part of British India. Gopi Krishna passed the next nine years completing his public school education. Illness forced him to leave the torrid planes of the Punjab and he returned to the cooler climate of the Kashmir Valley. During the succeeding years, he secured a post in the Department of Public Works of the State, married and raised a family. In 1946 he founded a social organization and, with the help of a few dedicated friends, tried to bring about reforms in some of the outmoded customs of his people. Their goals included the abolition of the dowry system, which subjected the families of brides to severe and even ruinous financial obligations,and the strictures against the remarriage of widows. After a few years, Gopi Krishna was grantedpremature retirement from his position in the government and devoted himself almost exclusively to service work in the community.
In 1967 he published his first major book in India, Kundalini--The Evolutionary Energy in Man(currently available under the title Living With Kundalini). Shortly thereafter it was published in GreatBritain and the United States and has since appeared in eleven major languages. The book presented tothe Western world for the first time a clear and concise autobiographical account of the phenomenon ofthe forceful awakening of Kundalini, which he had experienced in 1937, and the long process by whichhe eventually attained the perennially transformed or sahaja state of consciousness. This book, and thesixteen other published works by Gopi Krishna have generated a steadily growing interest in thesubjects of consciousness and the evolution of the brain. He also traveled extensively in Europe andNorth America, during the last seventeen years of his life, energetically presenting his theories toscientists, scholars, researchers and others. Gopi Krishna's experiences led him to hypothesize that thereis a biological mechanism in the human body, known from ancient times in India as Kundalini, which isresponsible for creativity, genius, psychic abilities, religious and mystical experiences, as well as sometypes of aberrant mental states. He asserted that ignorance of the workings of this evolutionary mechanism was the main reason for the present dangerous state of world. Gopi Krishna passed away inJuly, 1984 of a severe lung infection and is survived by his wife, three children and grandchildren. Thework that he began is currently being carried forward through the efforts of a number of affiliated foundations, organizations and individuals around the world.
INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES BY GOPI KRISHNA:
THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH GOPI KRISHNA A Conversation about Higher Consciousness and the Evolution of the Human Brain
THE STUFF BEHIND ALL LIFE
A LETTER TO EDGER D. MITCHELL, PH.D FROM GOPI KRISHNA Founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences. He was the sixth man to walk on the Moon . He did this with Alan Shepard as part of the Apollo 14 mission on February 9 , 1971
KUNDALINI IN TIME AND SPACE
A SECOND LOOK AT HUMAN EVOLUTION
INTERVIEW WITH GOPI KRISHNA AND CLAES NOBEL TALK ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
THE GOAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH A Call for Research into the Evolution of the Human Brain and Mystical Experience
THE GOPI KRISHNA PROPHECY - AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN WHITE
PROPOSAL FOR A SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION INTO THE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISM BEHIND HUMAN EVOLUTION
WHY DO CIVILIZATIONS FALL The Fall of Past Civilizations Offers Important Lessons Regarding the Right Roles for Humanity
ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCH AND HOW WE CAN HELP SAVE THE WORLD
CREATION VERSUS EVOLUTION
GOPI KRISHNA TALKS ABOUT SEX AND LOVE
GOPI KRISHNA INTERVIEW ON MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE, DRUGS, AND THE EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS
Excerpts from books:
Mystical Experience & Psychic Energy
Beyond theHigher States of Consciousness
Science& Mystical Experience
Living With Kundalini
Evolution& the Science of Consciousness
The Way to Self-Knowledge
The Present Crisis
The Shape of Events toCome
The Wonder ofthe Brain
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Higher Consciousness and Kundalini Kundalini: Empowering Human Evolution: Selected Writings of Gopi Krishna Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man Living With Kundalini: The Autobiography of Gopi Krishna The Awakening of Kundalini The Wonder of the Brain
The New Manhattan Project
Nothing So Vital for Peace Among Nations
By Gopi Krishna, Zurich, Switzerland, April, 1976
The day should soon arrive when Kundalini should be a household word and the most hotly discussed topic of the day—when the universities resound with it and the media is flooded with news of it. The secret has been known for at least seven thousand years, but only as the exclusive property of a few initiates. The time has come when it needs to be divulged on a mass scale to become the common property of all.
This is necessary to counterbalance – with the knowledge of the spiritual laws – the unlimited power over the material forces now gained by science and technology. A sharp imbalance between knowledge of the spiritual plane and that of the material forces can be disastrous and lead to the precarious situations which are seen daily in the world today.
Every human being is compounded of two seemingly opposite constituents, the body and the mind. There has been an enormous increase in the knowledge of the body during recent years. This has led to the marvels of modern surgery, as for instance transplants of the heart, eyes, kidney and the like, which one could not even believe possible only a century back. But very little is yet known about the mind.
The progress we have made in the study of the body is in sharp contrast to the poverty of our knowledge about the nature of life. The latest studies of the brain have made, at least, this position clear to the experts that mind cannot be the product of flesh or the result of chemical and electrical activity of the neurons, but it must have an independent position of its own. The old mechanistic or behavioral view is now considered to be outmoded and unbefitting the standard of knowledge reached by science.
The present position in the words of Dr. Wilder Penfield can be summarized thusly: “. . . the mind must be viewed as a basic element in itself. One might then call it a medium, an essence, a soma. That is to say, it has a continuing existence. On this basis, one must assume that although the mind is silent when it no longer has its special connection to the brain, it exists in the silent intervals and takes over control when the highest brain-mechanism does go into action." The psychic and psychokinetic phenomena, which are now generally accepted as valid by the majority of scientists, pose a problem that cannot be solved in terms of any of the known physical laws of matter. They throw a challenge at all the current concepts about the universe and present a riddle which is definitely not answerable with the intellect.
The problem of existence, it is obvious, is not so easy of solution that only the senses and reason can suffice to solve it. Another channel of cognition is necessary which the sages of India have called by the name of “the divine organ of perception,” “the third eye” or “the tenth door.” The enhanced state of perception brought about by the opening of this supersensory channel of perception is known as the "Turiya" or the Fourth State of Consciousness.
It is precisely at this crucial stage in science, when the prevailing materialistic concepts are being pushed out due to the relentless pressure exerted by the latest discoveries and finds in neurobiology and noetics, etc., that the paramount importance of the Indian tradition about Kundalini is becoming apparent to a great many practitioners of yoga in its various forms.
The two components of the human personality – the body and the mind – need two different ways of approach for their study and exploration: sensory examination and exercise of the intellect for the body and the visible universe of which it is a part; and inward study and reflection for the mind and the world of life to which it belongs. The methodologies have to be different, because the realms to be explored are different – the one accessible to the sensory endowment of human beings and the other entirely impervious to it.
Carried away by the glamour of modern science we are often prone to undervalue the precious contribution of the sages and savants of India to the knowledge of the mind and consciousness. The study of mind can only begin when a certain level of civilization has been attained and the intellect has ample leisure to reflect on the problems of life and death.
Even during recent times psychology appeared much later than the physical sciences, and parapsychology is but a recent addition in empirical science. The outer study of the paranormal and abnormal phenomena of the mind has not yet led to any remarkable discovery nor revealed the nature of the intelligent forces involved.
The reason for this apparent failure lies in this, that mind is not and can never be amenable to an outer probe. One needs must dive into it to know more about the depths that are not accessible to normal human beings, whatever the level of the intellect.
Science has become lop-sided because it has paid less attention to consciousness and even now, in the exploration of mind, is still adopting methods that solely depend on intellect. It has. not yet come to the realization of the obvious fact that the intelligent forces of life, which fashion the body and the brain, with all the wealth of intellect and thought, must be far, far superior to the product which they create and, therefore, must ever lie beyond the scrutiny of the latter. This is a fact of cardinal importance still over- looked by science.
Whether intuitively or after long experience, this position was grasped by the sages of yore. It is this factor that led to the formulation of the various systems of yoga and other spiritual or occult disciplines throughout the past. The proto-historic civilizations, some of which survived for millennia, had ample time and leisure to make a survey of the mind though they lacked the precise methods of modern science.
Part of the knowledge gained by them is lost beyond recovery, but a valuable part still survives in the Vedic, Puranic, Tantric and Yogic lore of India. It is contained in hundreds of volumes large and small which can prove of inestimable help to any research on consciousness undertaken in our time.
The incalculable value of this ancient treasure can be assessed from this simple fact that, even with all the resources of knowledge available now, it will take hundreds of years of constant study and research to know more about those paranormal levels of consciousness where the spiritual world and its eternal laws become manifest, where the human soul becomes conscious of its own glory and where the “Third Eye” opens to grant apocalyptic vision to mortal man.
The validation of the metabolic activity of Kundalini or of the altered states of consciousness resulting from it, will not take long. But what will take time is any noteworthy addition to the knowledge of the supernal worlds of life beyond our probe at present. For this the dedicated savants who devote their lives to inner exploration to fathom the mystery of life will have to depend now on the contributions made by the illuminati of our country during the past thousands of years, by Christian mystics, Sufis, Taoists and other enlightened beings.
Both in its wonder and its utility spiritual science will, in the course of time, completely dwarf the material science of our day. The knowledge of Kundalini, in the hands of the adepts of the future, can result in gaining contact with those intelligent forces of nature of which we now see weird and erratic exhibitions in psychic healers, mediums and sensitives.
They do not know the nature of the force and are often used as puny instruments by an intelligent power which they can neither apprehend nor explain. They act as channels for the operation of the force, but themselves remain cut off from the glorious Vision which is the crowning achievement of human life.
This is the reason why no great spiritual leader ever commended the use of miraculous powers or psychic gifts. The intellect of man is his instrument for the exploration of the physical world. The knowledge of arts and sciences it has gathered is a part of the process that is slowly building up a superior faculty in his brain by which alone the world of consciousness can be apprehended.
It is this faculty that functioned in the enlightened sages and prophets of mankind. Science has yet no inkling of this still nascent faculty which shall glorify the future man. This is the lofty purpose of human life: to reach a state of cognition where both the outer and the inner worlds stand revealed to the vision of human beings. That would be the Superman of the ages to come.
The Phenomenon of Genius
What empirical research on Kundalini will disclose is the existence of the psychic power-reservoir as also the still silent. chamber in the brain whose combined activity can lead to the states of consciousness experienced in Samadhi or mystical ecstasy.
For centuries, scientists have been striving their utmost to explain the phenomenon of genius, but without success. There is no explanation for mystical experience, for psychic healing, for psi-phenomena, for musical and chess infant prodigies or for lightning calculators. There must exist some provision in the brain which leads to these extraordinary or paranormal states of consciousness. They cannot be an accidental out-growth, for the phenomena have been consistently witnessed almost from the very dawn of civilization to this day.
In dealing with Yoga and Kundalini, we deal with a still uncharted territory so far as modern science is concerned. In all extra-sensory and paranormal manifestations of consciousness one important factor is common to all the categories. That factor is a wide extension in the present rigid boundaries of the brain.
This indication is of tremendous importance. It clearly shows that the human brain is still in a state of transition and that the appearance of prophets, mystics, seers, clairvoyants, oracles, or mediums from time to time is the natural outcome of a remodeling process active in the human organism. The aim of this remodeling is to produce a more developed cerebral cortex capable of exhibiting a paranormal state of awareness, with all the properties found often in isolation in individuals of all these categories.
The general belief that siddhis or supernormal faculties can accrue with the practice of Yoga provides direct corroboration for what I say. These super-normal faculties include prophecy, clairvoyance, astral projection, mind-reading, healing, levitation and the like, which are found singly or sometimes in conjunction in specially gifted individuals, often as a natural endowment for which no explanation is yet forthcoming. If they can develop with the practice of Yoga, it clearly points to the conclusion that the of all or transcendental consciousness to which Yoga leads has in it the capacity to exhibit supernormal or miraculous gifts of this kind. This also accounts for the popular belief from immemorial times which associates super- earthly and miraculous powers with yogis, saints and seers of all lands and climes.
What is the source of the highly extended awareness gained in Samadhi? Wherefrom originate the compositions and masterpieces of genius? Whence came the great discoveries of science? What is the cause of extra-sensory perception or paranormal cognition, of healing radiation, of psychokinesis or miraculous power which all defy a rational explanation?
There is a consistency in their manifestation which rules out the possibility that they are due to the invasion of some foreign element or force into the brain. They have been noticed too often to support the argument that their appearance is due to accident or chance. Our present inability to explain them lies in the fact that we have been too hasty in drawing conclusions about the universe, and that we are surrounded by other forces and energies of which we have absolutely no knowledge or even inkling yet.
Western Science and Eastern Wisdom
This is the point where Indian wisdom and western science will be in confluence soon. This is the place from where the domain of Yoga begins. This is the crucial frontier beyond which the existing methods of science will prove of no avail in the study of consciousness. It is precisely at this bend of the road that science will have to look for guidance to Yoga adepts and illuminati of the past. We see that this has already started to happen, but not in a systematic way.
Scientists and Yogis will have to work hand in hand in the times to come unravel the mysteries of Kundalini. Science and religion have to coalesce to produce the savants of the future to lay the foundation of the super-science of the soul. We have still to grasp the true proportions of the discipline of Yoga. It is a colossal enterprise. It is designed, by means of arduous psychosomatic exercises, to accelerate the process of evolution, condensing millennia into the duration of but one life. This is what the Indian classics mean when they say that the bonds of Karma can be cut asunder and the chain births and deaths brought to a close with the successful practice of Yoga leading to the union of the human soul with Universal Consciousness.
This is achieved by the rousing to activity of the dormant power of Kundalini and stirring up the inactive center in the brain. A new life then pulsates through the system, new light illuminates the mind and a new pattern of consciousness presents a new picture of the universe.
In order to enable this dream of an emancipated humanity to come true, the existing gulf between religion and science must cease. The knowledge of the spirit must become as precise and universal as the knowledge of the physical world. The dichotomy of matter and mind must end forever.
The scientist must become the Yogi and the Yogi act as the men of science. In this lies the safety and survival of mankind In this lies unity, universal brotherhood and peace. Kundalini provides the only channel for the exploration of the mind. It is the only road aligned by nature to reach the territory of consciousness. There is no other way.
The effort directed now to know the force behind psychic phenomena or nature of the healing radiation must always end in failure, the realm of the spirit can only be reached through inner exploration. This involves discipline of both the body and the mind.
This needs, in turn, adherence to certain noble principles of conduct and a well-ordered, harmonious life of dedication, siurrender and service in the pursuit of Truth. For obvious reasons nature has imposed certain restrictions to safeguard against the abuse of spiritual power. These devices are embedded in the subtle levels of the brain.
The kingdom of heaven cannot be wrested by force nor by one prone to abuse the power gained. It is here that India ought to take the lead now. It inherits a priceless documentary treasure from the past. It has the dedicated scientific talent available, as competent as anywhere else in the world. It has the erudite scholars thoroughly conversant with the ancient tradition and it has the self-sacrificing spiritual teachers and Yoga-adepts who can all combine to take up the colossal project of research on Kundalini.
Greatest Project Ever Undertaken
This would be the greatest project ever undertaken by any country in the world, greater than the famous Manhattan Project which resulted in the development of the dreaded atom bomb. The Kundalini Project will not only exceed it in magnitude but also excel it by far in the harvest gained and will undo the evil which it has done or has the potentiality to do.
It would be far better and lead to speedier results if a combine of nations were to pool their resources for this giant undertaking. But since the ranks of science are still divided about the issue of mind and consciousness and there is very little awareness of the Indian tradition about Kundalini, there is hardly any hope that such a joint venture would materialize at this stage. This may come to pass a little later. Till that time, great strides can be made in the research. The first golden harvest of this activity would be that the Indian masses would awaken to the glory of their land.
Throughout the past India has been regarded, and with justice, as a center of spiritual knowledge and the cradle of occult science. There is still a wealth of hidden knowledge in the Vedas which a study of Kundalini will bring to light. The fame of India, as the fount of spiritual thought, was so wide- spread that Alexander the Great went to seek wisdom from the hermits of Taxila, like an aspirant seeking guidance from a master. The discourses of Aristotle, his teacher, must have planted the seed of this thirst in him.
After some effort he succeeded in persuading one of the hermits to accompany him on his way back to Greece. Greek writers narrate breath-taking stories of this religious man whom they name Calanus. In Susa he was burnt alive sitting on a flaming pyre, no doubt after fixing himself in Samadhi and immunizing his flesh to pain. Alexander tried his utmost to dissuade him from this course, but he was adamant.
A fever which he contracted on the way made him decide that his body was no longer fit for the spirit to reside in. At the last moment, when he bade farewell to all the generals, turning to Alexander he said: "We shall soon meet in Babylon. There, in Babylon, Alexander the Great died of an unidentified disease shortly after in the prime of his life. This is at to show the type of prodigies which the practice of Yoga can produce.
Even after centuries of servitude and suffering, and despite its poverty, the seekers after spiritual knowledge first turn their gaze to India. The names of great Indian saints, like Rama-Krishna, Aurobindo and Maharishi Ramana are almost household words in Europe and America.
The world desperately looks for an answer to the problem of survival in the contest of the explosive conditions of today and the always over-hanging threat of a nuclear war. Even the preliminary steps taken in the research on the Serpent Power would be watched with keen interest in all parts of the world.
Dominate the Whole Horizon of Science
A breakthrough would instantly draw the highest plaudits and raise India to a pedestal in the world of science which no country has occupied before. I am confident of this outcome as, in the first place, I am certain about the success of experiments and, secondly, because when once proved, Kundalini would dominate the whole horizon of science.
It is not by imitating the West, but by the revival of its ancient and now almost forgotten science that India can create that renaissance in the thinking of mankind which is vitally needed to clear the cobwebs of skepticism from the intelligent mind and bring the race back to the ascending path she has lost. There is not the least suspicion of doubt in my mind about the truth of this discovery or about the fact that it would win the recognition of science. It has stood the acid test of time for thousands of years and thousands of Indian Yoga-adepts from their own personal experiences have confirmed it time after time. The Gayatri of the Vedas or the Kundalini of the Tantras stand proved according to the testimony of some of the greatest Indian thinkers, as for instance Shankaracharya, who were themselves the beneficiaries of the power. It is now only a matter of time and the use of a suitable technique for the operation of this amazing force to be empirically detected and confirmed.
Even the announcement of this discovery and the awareness of the spiritual force in human beings, ruled by a universal law, which can be demonstrated by the methods of science, is sure to have a highly beneficial effect on the public mind. It is sure to make many of those who vacillate and waver in their belief to pause and ponder the issue over again more deeply than before. Healthy spiritual food is as necessary for the proper development of the human mind as healthy nutriment is necessary for the body to function and live.
There is nothing so vital for peace among nations, nothing so vital to avert the danger of an annihilative war and nothing so vital for the welfare, progress and happiness of the race as the knowledge of Kundalini. The world is now in doubt about the fact that there is purpose and design in the universe, that the human body already in it the potential for a higher dimension of consciousness and that the aim of human life is to transcend the narrow limits and to reach a state of awareness where s seen pervading the universe.
The world is still in the dark about the fact that the religious ideals and the revealed literature of mankind are the outcome of the activity of a chamber in the brain which is silent in the normal individuals but can be activated with certain disciplines and religious practices. It is this paranormal chamber that has given all the scriptural teaching, all the ethics, all wisdom, all the inspired poetry and prose, all the discoveries of science and all the masterpieces of art to mankind. The lever that regulates the activity of this marvelous compartment is Kundalini.
The Evolutionary Growth of the Brain
The implications of this discovery of the ancient sages are staggering. Why I am so insistent for a thorough scientific investigation of the phenomenon is because it would to the thinkers and political leaders of mankind that the brain is already designed for a supersensory performance in the same way as the brain of an infant is already completely fashioned at birth for its performance during the whole of life.
A wrong social or political environment can stunt or distort the evolutionary growth of the adult brain as surely as a wrong or adverse family environment can disrupt the harmonious growth of a child.
Nothing about this ceaseless evolutionary activity of the human organism is yet known to science. But the knowledge is of paramount importance both for the individual and the race. When this fact is known, all social and political environments will have to be oriented to suit the evolutionary needs of every human being.
I advocate the research because it would prove that talent and genius can be cultivated, as was done in India in the past. It would prove that human beings can reach a state of conscious awareness in which the highest secrets of life and existence be intuitively learned. It would prove that nature has a provided a safeguard against the abuse of power in this age of highly advanced technology and science. This safeguard lies in the fact that the knowledge will tend to a recurrent crop of spiritual geniuses to handle the affairs of mankind.
The research will show that Kundalini provides the only avenue for a bloodless total revolution in all spheres of human activity and thought to bring about those healthy social and political changes all over he earth which are absolutely necessary now to provide a congenial milieu for the collective evolutionary progress of humankind.
Kundalini alone can officiate as the Divine Harbinger of a New Age and the Architect of a war-free united world in which the resources now wasted on mutual aggression, violence and bloodshed would be utilized for the uplift of the weak and poor.
A demonstrable spiritual discovery alone can put an end to the horrors that are witnessed all over the earth from day to day, It is neither wealth nor power that can bring repose to the restless mind of man. If it were so, then the people of the wealthiest countries would be the most serene and happy on earth. But this is not the case.
Inner unrest tension, worry, anxiety and fear are no less rampant there. Material prosperity alone has definitely not proved to be the panacea of all ills as some thinkers had supposed. Man needs something more than bread to keep himself contented, happy and at peace with himself and his fellow human beings.
A true Yogi is not one who strives for his salvation alone, who is indifferent to the world, who has no compassion for others, no feeling for the suffering and the poor. Practice of Yoga which neglects to develop the humane properties of the heart results only in the inflation of the ego, self-deception and a twisted intellect. On the other hand, the practice of Yoga should make one more sensitive and more perceptive of his unity with fellow human beings. How can he then live for himself alone? How can he then trade on the credulity of the ignorant, the simple and the weak?
The time has come when the correct image of a true Yogi should be projected on the world. This is necessary to present the lofty science of Yoga in its true proportions, that Yoga is not meant for self-aggrandizement or to appease the hunger for uncanny sights or miraculous power, but to confer those rare faculties of the mind, that soundness of the intellect, that humility of the spirit and that compassion of he heart that have been possession of all great sages, prophets and mystics, both of the present and the past.
In short, Yoga provides what modern science has not been able to provide so far — well-tested methods for the voluntary activation of those noble, superior qualities of the head and the heart which in real life have been associated with the geniuses and the most enlightened minds. The time is near when the greatness of a nation will not be measured by its industrial development, by the wealth it owns the armies it commands but by the stature of the yogis it can produce. It is to this revolution in the whole of the sociopolitical structures of mankind that a scientific investigation of Kundalini will ultimately lead. This is the so far hidden, vital knowledge, that India can give to the world. What is written here may appear incredible at first sight, but there is no doubt that these seeds would soon germinate to cover the whole earth in the course of time. This is the miracle of Truth. Its power is resistless.
Q: WHAT ACCOUNTS FOR MANKIND'S PROGRESS?
A: Scientists in general, and biologists in particular, prefer to shut their eyes to the obvious explanation for the progress made by humankind thus far, because the implications of continued biological evolution of the human brain are too terrific to contemplate. In the first place, it shatters one of the fundamental concepts of biology--that evolution is not predetermined and has occurred by random mutation of the genes.
The second issue raised is, what is the target of this evolution? If the target is a more elevated state of consciousness, the conclusion becomes irresistible that there is a plan in creation, which shatters the materialistic concepts of modern science. The third issue which arises is, if there is a biological evolution of the brain, how does it influence our social, political or religious life, and what steps are necessary to take to conform to this irresistible change in the structure of the brain.
The host of social, political, economic, spiritual, and philosophical problems, which the acceptance of this single idea involves, is so vast that the average intelligent mind is incapable of dealing with it. Once the idea is accepted, there will occur an upheaval in every sphere of human activity and thought. The world will not then be what it is now, and mankind will not continue to live in the same way.
From A Kundalini Catechism, by Gopi Krishna.
Gopi Krishna's Revised Theory of Evolution
1. Evolution is directed by a super-intelligent force which operates through a biological mechanism in the human body known to yoga theory as ‘kundalini’, and by many other names in a wide variety of ancient and esoteric texts.
2. Evolution, including human evolution, is therefore not ‘random’, but a deliberate act on the part of an invisible cosmic intelligence or organizing power and has a ‘target.’
3. The target of evolution is to produce a virtual superman or woman who will live in a permanent state of bliss, possess a genius level of intelligence, and various other attributes seldom seen in the population at large such as psychic powers.
4. Since the kundalini mechanism is a biological mechanism, given a properly conducted research program based on a serious scientific study of a group of suitable candidates, it should be possible to measure the biological and intellectual changes using suitable tests and equipment.
5. The existence of the kundalini mechanism explains the origin of the religious impulse in man, and therefore heals the schism between science and religion.
The Lasting Significance of Gopi Krishna's Works
Gopi Krishna's discovery was without doubt the most important discovery in scientific history. Why? Because it revealed the source and destiny of man.
Put In one sentence, Gopi Krishna discovered a biological mechanism in his body, known to yoga theory as ‘kundalini’, which over a period of years entirely transformed his consciousness, raised him mentally to the level of a genius, and took him to a permanent state of ecstasy.
But in a world of doubting scientists, who lacked his inner experience, of what significance could this have to the rest of us?
Gopi Krishna's answer was in over 15 books and many talks world wide, to groups of scientists and laymen alike, with the intent of permanently raising our global consciousness to the next stage of human evolution.
Anybody who studies his works seriously and with an open mind, will see a genuine vision of man's future, only clearly visible to a man in such a higher state. Yet enough will filter down to the average reader which will enable him to see the meaningless and illusory rift between science and religion, which has been at the core of social and political unrest throughout the last millennium.
"I am in particular trying to draw the attention of the world to a very important fact, that at thepresent moment, our scientists, our learned educators, leaders, andpoliticians, are only aware of natural laws, and even those are not known completely or perfectly.
In addition to material laws, there are also spiritual orpsychic laws in the universe. We have absolutely no awareness of these laws. Time and again, a glimpse of these laws has been given to mankind by the great prophets and Messiahs who appeared in different parts of the world. We have rejected their teachings as pure myth or superstition. But actually those teachings contain germs of truth that are essential for the safety and survival of the race.
The tragedy is that we have rejected the evidence of religion or of the teachings of great sages about the spiritual world and the soul which dwells in the human body. Since spirit, mind or soul is not perceptible to any of our senses, or to any of our scientific instruments, we presume that they have no independent existence apart from the body or the organic organ, the brain, and therefore we need not worry about what happens to them. But actually they do have an independent existence. They have a universe of their own, and they have profound influences onall that we do, on all that we think, on all that we create.
But this influence is conditioned by certain laws which are totally a sealed book to us. These laws are operating at present and driving mankind to a catastrophic war to end the presentorder, which is against the evolution of the human brain".
"I say,on the basis of my experience that the human brain is still in a state of organic evolution.I say this in contradiction of the views held by most leading biologists at this moment. I say that this biological evolution is carring all the race towards a higher state of consciousness I do not say that the human mind is evolving toward an undefined summit. What I firmly assert is that human consciousness is evolving toward a Predetermined Target, which I have experienced. What I further affirm is that the human brain is evolving toward that state of transhuman perception through the activit of an organic mechanism named Kundalini by the ancients.
The fact is that there is a biological mechanism in every human being and this mechanism is known as Kundalini. It can be accelerated though the discipline of Yoga or through other religous exercises. The human cerebrospinal system is capable of a new amazing activity that is still unknown to science. The practice of meditation, carried on in the proper way regularly for a sufficient duration of time, tends to force a normaly silant region in the brain to an astonishing activity. The idea that under the direct influence of the Cosmic Life Energy the human brain is still in a state of organic evolution is a fact so important that, compared to it, all other discoveries of modern science pale into insignificance.
What I am revealing is not knowledge picket up by study or gained through reflection but gathered from my day-to-day experience for years on end".
"In no other period in history have the learned been so mistrustful of the divine possibilities in man as they are now, and in no other age has the need for spiritual geniuses been so urgent as it is at this time. The human mind is so constituted that no luxury and no treasure of the earth can assuage its burning fever seeking anexplanation for its own existence. All the heavy weight of this inscrutable mystery, all the questions posed by intellect, all the suffering of the harrowing ascent ofevolution, all the pain felt at the injustice and misery prevailing in the world, all the disappointment of shattered dreams and broken hopes, all the anguish of eternal partings from near and dear ones, and all the fear of ill health, decay and death vanish like vapor at the rise of the inner Sun, at the recognition of the inmost Self,beyond thought, beyond doubt, beyond pain, beyond mortality which, once perceived, illumines the darkness of the mind as a flash of strong lightning cleaves thedarkness of the night, leaving man transformed with but one glimpse of the inexpressible splendor and glory of the spiritual world. May this sublime knowledge become accessible to all. May there come enlightenment and peace to the minds of all.”
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