No, not at all! All fears are baseless. It is the rigors of one’s unusual spiritual practices that may cause insanity or disease, not Kundalini.
Actually, it is divine Kundalini that removes one’s physical and mental diseases. If Kundalini awakens through the guru’s grace, there is absolutely no danger because the grace itself guides the Kundalini to reach the top of the head. Remember, mere awakening is not enough; the awakened kundalini must be taken to the very top of the head, termed Crown Chakra (Sahasrara), the seventh chakra. Without the guru’s grace, no one can ever go beyond the sixth chakra, which is situated between the two eyebrows.
Without the guru serving as a medium, the direct energy of awakening would be too great for a disciple to bear. After awakening the Kundalini in a disciple, the guru also controls its working to ensure the individual continues this spiritual evolution.
Before understanding Kundalini awakening, it is important to understand what a guru really is and how a guru is connected to the oneness of God.
First, we know that there are five functions of God:
1. God manifests (not creates) the universe
2. God maintains the universe
3. God dissolves (not destroys) the universe
4. God conceals the universe within His own being by reabsorbing it for future manifesting
5. God bestows grace so that worthy individuals can realize their oneness with God. (Guru)
The fifth and final function – the bestowal of grace – is central to the purpose of a guru. There are two aspects of the Guru: The capital ‘G’ Guru, which refers to the cosmic principle that is present within all beings, and the lowercase ‘g’ guru, which refers to an individual revered as a guru, in whom the cosmic Guru principle operates on an awakened level.
As a candle cannot light itself and must be lit by an outside source, so too the Kundalini cannot awaken itself but must be awakened by the descent of grace through a guru. This is the role of the guru: to be a conduit for the bestowal of grace on another.
In the book, Devatma Shakti (Kundalini), Vishnu Tirtha observed: “We have pointed out repeatedly that no real progress in spirituality is possible unless an aspirant gets his kundalini power awakened, and it has also been pointed out that the easiest way of awakening that power is through initiation by shaktipat by a spiritual master [guru].”
Explaining what a firm faith can do, Swami Muktananda said, “I receive so many letters from people who were reading Play of Consciousness and received shaktipat from the book. They put the book against their hearts and began to meditate.”
I would suggest a book I wrote myself, called Building a Noble World. In the book, I give an insight into spirituality, meditation, yoga, and true Guru. In it, you will find my own experience of Kundalini awakening, transcending physical body and mind and experiencing absolute reality. I also answer questions about body, mind, and Spirit as well as the fundamental truth we all share.