Think you know what Kundalini Yoga is all about?

“For myself, I long ago decided that I would rather know the truth than be happy in ignorance. If I cannot have both truth and happiness, give me truth.” ~AW Tozer

Here are two interesting and thought-provoking peer-reviewed publications which offer alternative views on Kundalini Yoga.

Highly recommended reading for anyone practising or thinking about practising Kundalini Yoga or pursuing a Kundalini Yoga teacher training course.

From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric: The Construction of Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga by Philip Deslippe (2012)

Click here to read the full article: Deslippe, Philip Roland_2012_From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric

Abstract:
This article will detail the influences upon and construction of Kundalini Yoga as introduced, taught and propagated in the West by Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004), by delving into the lost history of the practice’s earliest years through previously neglected sources such as its documentation in rare early texts and interviews with early students and associates. As opposed to the official history of Kundalini Yoga that claims it as an ancient and secret tradition prior to Yogi Bhajan’s open teaching of it, this article argues that it was a bricolage created by Yogi Bhajan himself and derived from two main figures: a hatha yoga teacher named Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari (1924-1994) and the Sikh sant Maharaj Virsa Singh (1934-2007). It is the aim of this article to provide clear evidence as to what Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga is and what it is comprised of, put forward the historical and cultural context in which it was developed and presented by Yogi Bhajan, and ultimately offer possible conclusions that could be drawn from this revised understanding.

Sikhism and Tantric Yoga: A Critical Evaluation of Yogi Bhajan’s Tantric Yoga in the Light of Sikh Mystical Experiences and Doctrines by Dr Trilochan Singh (1977)

Click here to read the full article: Singh, Dr Trilochan_1977_Sikhism and Tantric Yoga

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