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Religions 2017, 8(11), 248; doi:10.3390/rel8110248

Kuṇḍalinī Rising and Liberation in the Yogavāsiṣṭha: The Story of Cūḍālā and Śikhidhvaja

Political Science, Philosophy and Geography Department, Eastern Connecticut State University, Webb Hall 348, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT 06226, USA
Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 15 October 2017 / Accepted: 10 November 2017 / Published: 14 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Society for Tantric Studies Proceedings (2016))
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Various Śaiva Tantric elements have been identified in the Yogavāsiṣṭha, but little has been written about the role of kuṇḍalinī rising in relation to this text’s notion of living liberation (jīvanmukti). The story of Cūḍālā and Śikhidhvaja is relevant to examine in Tantric studies not only because it includes one of the few descriptions within Sanskrit literature of a kuṇḍalinī experience as explicitly pertaining to a woman, but also because it offers key elements of comparison between experiences of enlightenment: one including kuṇḍalinī rising (Cūḍālā) and another one without it (Śikhidhvaja). This paper compares Cūḍālā’s experience of enlightenment with that of Śikhidhvaja’s in order to understand what role kuṇḍalinī rising plays in the pursuit for liberation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cūḍālā and Śikhidhvaja; haṭhayoga; kuṇḍalinī; liberation; Tantra; yoga; Yogavāsiṣṭha Cūḍālā and Śikhidhvaja; haṭhayoga; kuṇḍalinī; liberation; Tantra; yoga; Yogavāsiṣṭha
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Funes Maderey, A.L. Kuṇḍalinī Rising and Liberation in the Yogavāsiṣṭha: The Story of Cūḍālā and Śikhidhvaja. Religions 2017, 8, 248.

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