Did the kundalini
serpent lie when revealing that "your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil"?
jagbir singh <email@example.com>
Date: Fri Oct 8, 2004 12:15 pm
Subject: Did the kundalini serpent lie when
revealing that "your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be
as Gods, knowing good and evil."?
Five entities in the
Bible have called men Gods. They are the
serpent in the garden,
the God of the Old Testament, Moses, David,
DID THE SERPENT LIE?
Because the serpent was
the first to identify man with God the
doctrine is greatly
distrusted by orthodox Bible believers. They
call it the first great
lie and seem to believe that this serpent
can never tell the truth.
They do not recognize that it would be
impossible for any being
to carry on an intelligent conversation and
lie all the time. Even
Hitler, Nero and Judas usually told the
truth. The bad guys in
history often used the truth to entice others
toward a deceptive act.
Thus when the serpent enticed Eve to eat
the forbidden fruit by
saying: "Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall
be as Gods, knowing good
and evil." Gen 3:5 it is possible he was
telling the truth. In
fact we know he was telling the truth because
it is verified by one of
the Gods: "And the Lord God said, Behold,
the MAN IS TO BECOME AS
ONE OF US (one of the many who realize
that God is in man), to
know good from evil." Gen 3:22
In some Gnostic Christian texts, those that predate the
Council of Constantinople, the Holy Spirit is called "God
The Mother." Kundalini is often considered a
manifestation, or an alternate interpretation of awakening
to the Holy Spirit.
Traditionally, in Hindu texts, the Kundalini Shakti
is referred to as a Goddess; Goddess Shakti. In most
Kundalini oriented writings, you will find this
convention. Kundalini is the Goddess.
The serpent is symbolic of untapped creative energy, life
force/the kundalini. The literal translation of
kundalini means coiling, like a snake. This symbol of
"coiling" represents ready & able energies which are not yet
tapped into by the Self. That will happen as one becomes
spiritually enlightened. The kundalini is like the base of
operations of your consciousness, so when you are finally
ready to move & make changes in your life, then the
kundalini will pave the way for your consciousness to evolve
& make those changes.
This figure above is taken
from a Mesopotamian seal of c. 2200 B.C. and shows "the
deity in human form, enthroned, with his caduceus emblem
behind and a fire altar before." The symbol of this
Serpent Lord was a double helix, similar with the
representation of DNA.
about this omnipresent snake symbolism representing
sacred scenes: "Throughout the
material in the Primitive, Oriental and Occidental volumes
of this work, myths and rites of the serpent frequently
appear, and in a remarkably consistent symbolic sense.
Wherever nature is revered as self-moving, and so
inherently divine, the serpent is revered as symbolic of
its divine life."
Campbell dwells on
two crucial turning points for the cosmic serpent in world
mythology. The first occurs "in the context of the
patriarchy of the Iron Age Hebrews of the first millennium
B.C., [where] the mythology adopted from the earlier
neolithic and Bronze Age civilizations ... became
inverted, to render an argument just the opposite to that
of its origin." In the Judeo-Christian creation story told
in the first book of the Bible, one finds elements which
are common to so many of the world's creation myths: the
serpent, the tree, and the twin beings; but for the first
time, the serpent, "who had been revered in the Levant for
at least seven thousand years before the composition of
the Book of Genesis," plays the part of the villain.
Yahweh, who replaces it in the role of the creator, ends
up defeating "the serpent of the cosmic sea, Leviathan."
The second turning point for Campbell occurs in Greek
mythology, where Zeus was initially represented as a
serpent. However, around 500 B.C., the myths are changed,
and Zeus becomes a serpent-killer. He secures the rule of
the patriarchal gods of Mount Olympus by defeating Typhon,
the enormous serpent-monster who is the child of the earth
goddess Gaia and the incarnation of the forces of nature.
In the Eastern traditions the
serpent represents the power of Kundalini, "an enormous reserve of untapped
potential within each of us. It is normally depicted as a
coiled or sleeping serpent, located in an area towards the
base of the spine.
in the form of latency, is coiled like a serpent. One who impels this
Sakti (energy) to move will attain liberation.
Hathayogapradipika, Chap. 3, v.108
"Kundalini'' literally means
coiling, like a snake. In the classical literature of hatha yoga kundalini is described as a coiled serpent at
the base of the spine. The image of coiling, like a
spring, conveys the sense of untapped potential energy.
Perhaps more meaningfully kundalini can be described as a
great reservoir of creative energy at the base of the
spine. It's not useful to sit with our consciousness fixed
in our head and think of kundalini as a foreign force
running up and down our spine. Unfortunately the serpent
image may serve to accentuate this alien nature of the
image. It's more useful to think of kundalini energy as
the very foundation of our consciousness so that when
kundalini moves through our bodies our consciousness
necessarily changes with it.
By gradually and safely awakening
this serpent and employing its power, you will benefit
greatly from an elevation in consciousness, promotion of
physical well-being and an expansion of awareness. You
will feel more relaxed and at ease with yourself. Your
life will be transformed into one which is happy, healthy
& harmonious." (Dolfzine Online Fitness)
The divine power, Kundalini,
shines like the stem of a young lotus; like a snake, coiled
round upon herself,
she holds her tail in her mouth and lies resting half asleep
at the base of the body.
Yoga Kundalini Upanishad (1.82)
Given the utmost importance of the
revered serpent of the yogis to attain enlightenment and
immortality how has this knowledge been suppressed from the
gnostics and lost over time?
Elaine Pagels is a
preeminent figure in the theological community whose impressive
scholarship has earned her international respect.
Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine
Professor of Religion at Princeton University. In three consecutive
years, she was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and MacArthur
As a young researcher at Barnard College, she
changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by
exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified
Her findings were published in the bestselling book, The Gnostic
Gospels, an analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts that were
unearthed in Egypt. Known collectively as the Nag Hammadi Library, the
manuscripts show the pluralistic nature of the early church and the
role of women in the developing Christian movement. As the early
church moved toward becoming an orthodox body with a canon, rites and
clergy, the Nag Hammadi manuscripts were suppressed and deemed
According to the noted
historian Elaine Pagels for nearly 2,000 years, Christian
tradition "has preserved and revered orthodox writings that
denounce the gnostics, while suppressing — and virtually
destroying — the gnostic writings themselves. Now, for the
first time, certain texts discovered at Nag Hammadi reveal
the other side of the coin: how gnostics denounced the
orthodox. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
polemicizes against orthodox Christianity, contrasting it
with the "true church" of the gnostics. Speaking for those
he calls the sons f light, the author says:
... we were hated
and persecuted, not only by those who were ignorant
[pagans], but also by those who think they are advancing the
name of Christ, since they were unknowingly empty, not
knowing who they are, like dumb animals.
The Saviour explains
that such persons made an imitation of the true church,
"having proclaimed a doctrine of a dead man and lies, so as
to resemble the freedom and purity of the perfect church (ekklesia)."
Such teachings, he charges, reconciles its adherents to fear
and slavery, encouraging them to subject themselves to the
earthly representatives of the world creator, who, in his
"empty glory," declares, "I am God, and there is no other
beside me." Such persons persecute those who have achieved
liberation through gnosis, attempting to lead them
astray from "the truth of their freedom."
The Apocalypse of
Peter describes, as noted before, catholic Christians as
those who have fallen "into an erroneous name and into the
hand of an evil, cunning man, with a teaching in a
multiplicity of forms," allowing themselves to be ruled
heretically. For, the author adds, they blaspheme the truth
and proclaim evil teaching. And they will say evil things
against each other... . many others ... who oppose the
truth and are the messengers of error ... set up their
error ... against the purest thoughts of mine...
The author takes each
of the characteristics of the catholic church as evidence
that this is only an imitation church, a counterfeit, a
"sisterhood" that mimics the true Christian brotherhood.
Such Christians, in their blind arrogance, claim exclusive
legitimacy: "Some who do not understand mystery speak of
things which they do not understand, but they will boast
that the mystery of the truth belongs to them alone." Their
obedience to bishops and deacons indicates that they "bow to
the judgment of the leaders." They oppress their brethren,
and slander those who gain gnosis.
The Testimony of
Truth attacks ecclesiastical Christians as those who say
"we are Christians," but "who [do not know who] Christ is."
The bitterness of
these attacks on the "imitation church" probably indicates a
late stage of the controversy. By the year 200, the battle
lines had been drawn: both orthodox and gnostic Christians
claimed to represent the true church and accused one another
of being outsiders, false brethren, and hypocrites.
How was a believer to
tell true Christians from the false ones? Orthodox and
gnostic Christians offered different answers, as each group
attempted to define the church in ways that excluded the
other. Gnostic Christians, claiming to represent only "the
few," pointed to qualitative criteria. In protest against
the majority, they insisted that baptism did not make a
Christian: according to the Gospel of Philip, many
people "go down into the water and come up without having
received anything," and still they claimed to be Christians.
Nor did the profession of the creed, or even martyrdom,
count as evidence: "anyone can do these things." Above all,
they refused to identify the church with the actual visible
community that, they warned, often only imitated it.
Instead, quoting a saying of Jesus ("By their fruits you
shall know them") they required evidence of spiritual
maturity to demonstrate that a person belonged to the true
Kundalini was the first to identify man with God. So did the
serpent lie when revealing that "Your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall
be as Gods, knowing good
and evil."? Definitely not.
1. Elaine Pagels,
The Gnostic Gospels, Vintage Books, 1989, p. 102-4