Excerpt About Renunciation
A very strict discipline, a consistent practice, and preferably guidance by a very skilled and realized guide, are necessary for Kundalini to be used effectively. Even with all of this, the rate of success remains minimal. This is because Kundalini, like any other essential aspect deals only with one sector of the personality and not with the whole thing. For Kundalini to bring about liberation, not only must the teacher be quite powerful, the disciple's dedication and discipline must be impeccable. We can see this clearly and touchingly in the case of Muktananda in his spiritual biography. He belongs to a powerful and well-established lineage, the Indian Siddha path. His teacher, the Siddha master Nityananda, is powerful, firm, even severe with him sometimes. He keeps actualizing and strengthening Muktananda's Kundalini through his own Shakti, or spiritual power. But what we also see in the biography is Muktananda's impeccable patience, his consistent perseverance, his complete dedication to his sadhana (practice), his deep, unfaltering devotion to his Guru and his unwavering discipline. Not only that he also lived a life of renunciation, celibacy and seclusion. Slowly, and with many pitfalls, with the guidance of his Guru, he was able to ascend to higher levels of consciousness, to the “blue pearl,” and then to cosmic consciousness. His biography indicates that his Kundalini and other aspects of his work activated in him four primary, essential aspects—what he calls the Red Aura, the White Flame, the Black Light and the Blue Consciousness. But Muktananda is an isolated instance, a rare instance. How many others of Nityananda's students were realized like Muktananda? And how many of Muktananda's thousands of disciples have been liberated?