state to be attained _ for it is man's real
nature. Attainment consists in removal of
ignorance which veils the true state.
There are several ways of raising kundalini.
The use of breath forms the basis of
hatha yoga, one of the major traditional
forms of spiritual. culture for realizing
union (yoga) of individual and absolute
consciousness. Ha stands for the moon,, tha
for the sun. The solar and lunar currents
circulating in the physical organism
constitute the life-current (prang) which
can be directed by breathing techniques.
Breath and mind being one, the control of
the one automatically effects the control of
Mechanism of Desire
The pram is interrelated with sexual energy.
Kandalina, the mystic fire, can also be
expressed sexually. Mind and breath, united
and rhythmically directed towards a
given goal, is the basis of sexual magic.
The magically-charged breath is supposed to
have amities with the mechanism of desire.
According to Eliphas Levi , the 19th
century occultist, if a man breaths in a
certain way upon a woman's neck she will
automatically surrender to his will.
The ancient Hindu work Yoga Vasishtha
contains a classic description of the
awakening of the great magic power (shako):
When the Kandalini is filled with prang she
darts upward. She then becomes erect
and stifflike a stick or an excited serpent_
If the various physical orifices are closed,
the body is filled with prang and its
physical and material components are
A western counterpart of the sun, moon, fire
trinity is the caduceus of Hermes. This
is the prototype of the magic wind used in
ceremonial magic. It comprises the twin
Currents of moon and sun, symbolised as
serpents twined about a pole or wand which
terminates in a winged and luminous bulb.
The breath (or prang) represented by the
serpents attains perfect equilibrium and
transmits its influence to the wand, which
thus becomes potent to perform the will of
the magician. The bulb of the wand,
radiant with illuminated will, is symbolical
of that radiance with which the head -
lotus (sahasrara chakra) is flooded when the
risen goddess (Kundalini) unites with her
lord: Shiva, the Lord of Fire or Light,
Jumping like a Frog
The vagaries of kundalini when improperly or
incompletely amused have
occasionally been recorded, One of the
physical results of such a deviation is
as buchari siddhi, or 'the power of jumping
like a frog', This siddhi has been
described by Aleister Crowley who observed
it of his guru., Allan Bennett, one of the
first to introduce Buddhism to England. One
day, Bennett had been practising
pranayama and his body had assumed the
rigidity characteristic of certain trance
conditions,, causing it to jump about
erratically. When it came to rest it
overturned idiot He was completely oblivious
that his body, galvanised by the
interior power, had been rocked from its
asara (meditation posture) and thrown about
the room to land finally in a topsy-turvy
attitude several yards from its original
In the Tibetan Mystery Schools the breath
plays a vital part in the process of death.
The lama appointed to aid the dying makes
sure that the prang is maintained in the
sushumna (central canal) and not dissipated
by re-entering the left or right nerve
currents. if consciousness is retained to
the last, the breath or soul passes over
consciously to the barrio (after -death
plane or realm of the disembodied `dead').
There it awaits re-birth in a form
appropriate to its spiritual development. In
the breath, as the soul, survives the death
of the physical organism.