My understanding of spiritual development changed significantly after consulting with Patanjali Kundalini Yoga Care. This very small centre comprises Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati, who lives in India, and his successor Joan Harrigan who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
For a very good introduction to PKYC, listen to this interesting radio interview with Joan.
Kundalini Shakti is Mother Divine, the Holy Spirit. It is a mistake to dismiss Her as being dangerous. The Holy Spirit is not dangerous.
PKYC helps people where they are at – it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. All advice and techniques are given according to your personal, specific needs. Whether you are Hindu, Jewish, Sufi, Taoist or without a tradition PKYC respects this and helps you along.
I have come to realise that enlightenment is a physical process. This will sound ridiculous to some, but when a person will get enlightened, how to assist the process and why good or bad results from meditation are occurring are mysteries written in the functioning of the subtle bodies.
Frequently I meet people who do not believe that enlightenment is a physical process and I ask them when, how or why, then they usually shrug their shoulders.
The science of Kundalini Vidya answers many questions – about blockages, difficulties, special abilities, and the purpose behind clean living, development of character and spiritual practices.
People get enlightened in different ways – ie Kundalini Shakti can choose from a number of different routes to get to the goal. For example, Ramana Maharshi talked about the heart being on the right side of the chest. Nisargadatta said he never had any experience of this. This is because Sri Ramana had a Hrit Process (Heart Process) while Nisargadatta had a different process. Same goal, different path.