[This is a repost of the last half of Spiritual Enlightenment in order to reduce post size.]
I further deduced that it also seemed to have something to do with Kundalini yoga and Hindu deities. It was still all too nebulous, since I couldn’t zero in and break it down to laymen terms. Kundalini is defined as follows from the website http://www.answers.com/topic/kundalini-yoga:
The Kundalini is untapped energy (prana) at the base of the spine that can be drawn up through the body awakening each of the seven chakras. Full enlightenment occurs when this energy reaches the Crown Chakra. Kundalini energy is often represented as a snake coiled at the base of the spine. [. . .] is practiced for the purpose of attaining bliss, opening the heart center, developing power, serving others, attaining self-realization and ultimately merging into God consciousness.
As can be seen from the above notes, these definitions were retrieved recently from Internet websites. Yet, this is the scuttle-butt from ancient Hindu traditions. The most revealing statements are the common references to a snake and serpent. Anyone familiar with Holy writ should be immediately reminded of the Book of Genesis: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. . . .” (Genesis 3:1). Another scripture to note is the comment made by the snake: “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5). Needless to say, I was slipping into darkness.