From time immemorial, human beings have suspected that they have more energy and intelligence than they are able to express in their day to day life. It is this belief in a higher potential that is at the root of all creativity. People who suspected that they have more energy and started expressing it in the physical form became great creators – for example the people who constructed the great pyramids, the huge rock-carved temples of South India or the Colosseum in Rome. There are some who expressed it as extraordinary intelligence – like Leonardo da Vinci and Einstein. Then there are some who expressed the same energy and intelligence in artistic form – like Mozart, Picasso or Shakespeare. There are some rare beings, who expressed their higher energy and intelligence in its purest form as spiritual energy to help others – they are the enlightened beings of the world like Buddha, Mahavira, and Krishna.

Any growth in any field, on any level – whether it is ordinary physical health, wealth or extraordinary inner richness, is only possible due to this higher potential energy. This extraordinary inner potential energy is what is called as Kundalini Shakti. The first step towards any kind of growth is to suspect that you may be having something more than what your parents have taught you and what the society at large has led you to believe.
When this suspicion that you have gets confirmed by a few of your actions then seeking starts. The proper and systematic methods and techniques which were created by enlightened beings to awaken one’s inner potential energy is what is called yoga and dhyana – meditation. Thousands of years ago great masters like Patanjali – the father of yoga, and Shiva – the father of all great philosophies like Vedanta, have very clearly expressed powerful techniques and methods to awaken the kundalini shakti, the extraordinary inner potential energy. One of the easiest and safest methods to awaken this energy is from initiation – deeksha (initiation) from an enlightened master. When an enlightened being touches or blesses you, he transmits his energy and awakens your Kundalini energy. This transmission of energy is what is called initiation.

One of the first attempts to record Kundalini activation and its physiological effects was made by Itzak Bentov (1923-1973), a Czech born scientist, inventor, mystic and author, and a pioneer in the field now recognized as ‘consciousness studies.’ Bentov developed a model that attempted to explain the effects of Kundalini awakening on brain activation.

According to this model, when Kundalini ascends the spine through the sushumna nadi (the main channel of subtle energy), it results in a huge energy influx into the brain. As the Kundalini flows from the thalamus to the cortex, it sets up a powerful energy loop within the brain, generating coherent alpha and gamma waves, and awakening the dormant, non-mechanical parts of the brain which we have never used before. Thus the direct result of this awakening of energy is that you also experience the same highest conscious coherence which an enlightened being expresses.

With increasing levels of coherence, the whole brain comes alive, turning into a super-conductor of conscious energies that heal, empower and transform our lives. Enhanced awareness levels, huge surge in energy levels, increased mental abilities, greater creativity and extraordinary powers start to express through us like levitation, teleportation and materialization. Brain activation is also known to slow down the ageing process and improve immunity to disease.

In a breakthrough series of studies conducted in 2011, Kundalini awakening and its benefits were systematically recorded under controlled conditions in close to 600 individuals attending an intensive yoga and meditation retreat at Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam’s international headquarters near Bangalore, India. Apart from daily yoga, pranayama and other supportive practices, participants of the 21-day Inner Awakening program were exposed to a total of 21 personal initiation sessions from Paramahamsa Nithyananda. The study was based on a similar study conducted by Jeffery A. Dusck at Harvard Medical School and published in Public Library of Science in July 2008. Recordings were taken on Day 0 and Day 18 of the program.

A series of QEEG studies were conducted on participants who had Kundalini awakening to study the effects of Kundalini Awakening on electrical activity in the brain. The same studies were also conducted on a control group. Both short term effects observed at the moment of initiation by Paramahamsa Nithyananda and long term effects measured through post-activation assessment of various mental and cognitive functions were studied.

Certain other instantaneous changes were recorded in all participants who had active Kundalini awakening, including:

a. sharper focusing abilities
b. higher alertness levels
c. extremely rapid multi-processing
d. better short-term memory

Post-activation assessment conclusively showed:

a. Better problem-solving abilities
b. More effective decision-making
c. Enhanced interpersonal relations
d. Warm and positive personality trends

In these experiments, it was found that at the moment of initiation the brain waves of subjects during the activation showed a high incidence of delta waves, indicating that they were in a state of deep relaxation comparable to sleep. In Vedic science, this state of intense restful awareness is known as Samadhi.