First of all, what is Kundalini? Wikipedia describes Kundalini as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human body. It is a component of what is described by many as the "subtle body", that energetic component of who we are outside of the physical. The subtle body consist of nadis (energy channels), chakras (psychic energy centers), prana (subtle cosmic or Universal energy), and bindu(drops of essence or consciousness). The Bindi is a small ornamental dot applied to the forehead of females in Hinduism.
Kundalini is described as being coiled up at the base of the spine and is said to reside in the triangular shaped sacrum bone in three and a half coils.
The Sanskrit adjective kundalin means "circular" and also occurs as a noun for "a snake" meaning that it is coiled and forms circles. As this sleeping or dormant "snake" it resides in all of us as our potential that can be awakened by a Guru or teacher or by spiritual practices like yoga or meditation. As it is awoken it progresses through the different chakras leading to different levels of awakening. This is how they Chakras are related to Kundalini in Hindu tradition.
From the Wikipedia entry for Kundalini I found the following:
In some Hindu traditions, the Kundalini is perceived as the Goddess Shakti (the feminine, creative power), which when awakened will unite with Shiva, the supreme Hindu God, The Destroyer of Evil. The Kundalini, when awakened, will rise up through the central nadi (energy channel) coiling through the individual chakras awakening different levels of consciousness and mystical experience until it reaches Sahasrara (Crown Chakra). This will result in self-actualization or enlightenment. It is said to be the awakening of inner knowledge and brings with it pure joy, pure knowledge and pure love.
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