A judicious study of the marvelous esoteric work The Voice of the Silence by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky takes us to the logical conclusion that there are seven tremendous initiatic gates.
By all means it is clear that to reach the fifth gate is fundamental, because for the warrior the two superior gates are always open.
In various Masonic degrees, they make reference to that symbolic, esoteric ladder that unites the Earth with heaven. This is the same ladder that the incarnated Angel Israel (whose profane name was Jacob) saw in his dreams.
Many mistakenly believe that the coccygeal chakra (with its four marvelous petals) is the first rung of the holy ladder.
Many suppose that the prostatic (uterine) chakra (splendid lotus of six petals) is the second rung of the mystical ladder.
There are many who hold the opinion that the umbilical chakra (luminous jewel of ten petals, located in the center of the lumbar region) is the third rung.
Many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists want to see the fourth rung in the cardias with its famous twelve petals.
Opinions exist about many things; this is why they believe that the laryngeal chakra (with its sixteen precious petals) is the sixth rung.
Many are convinced in an erroneous way that the sixth center, situated in the head between the two eyebrows and with its two extraordinary and resplendent petals, is the sixth rung of the mystical ladder.
In sum, we never fail to see pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists who still believe that the lotus of one thousand petals, the seat of Shiva in the pineal gland, superior part of the brain, is the seventh rung of Jacob’s ladder.
In synthesis, it is right to state that Sahasrara, the precious lotus of one thousand petals, is located in the vertex of the head; it is also right to asseverate that this is the seat of the Holy Spirit; thus, indeed, the Holy Spirit is only waiting for his luminous and extraordinary union with Shakti (or igneous sexual force) that, as a serpent of fire, is dormant and coiled up three and a half times within the lowest of the seven centers. The objective of Yoga is to acquire liberation with this splendid union.
However, another thing is to analyze, to experiment, and to comprehend the marvelous analytical studies of the Laboratorium-Oratorium of the Third Logos.
We have already stated—yet we repeat again—that the sacred fire has seven degrees of power. There are seven serpents: two groups of three, plus the sublime coronation of the seventh tongue of fire that unites us with the One, with the Law, with the Father.
It is urgent to know that the seven serpents are the seven rungs of Jacob’s ladder, the seven gates of The Voice of the Silence.
The two first serpents—the serpent of the physical body and the serpent of the vital body—only reach the magnetic field at the root of the nose after having placed into activity the lotus of one thousand petals. However, the five remaining superior serpents always reach the cardias through the Amrita Nadi.
No one can pass through the seven initiatic gates in an instantaneous and simultaneous way; no initiate can jump to the seventh rung immediately. In all of this there are degrees and degrees.
Whosoever wants to lift the third serpent must first of all lift the second, and no one can lift the second serpent without having previously lifted the first.
It is an absurdity to try to lift the fourth sacred serpent without having previously lifted the third, and it is stubbornness to intend to lift the fifth serpent without previously having lifted the fourth.
Thousands of pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occultist students commit the embarrassing error of believing that one can achieve the revolutionary development of the Kundalini by working with the “bellows system.”
In Limbo there live many yogis who, in spite of having practiced pranayama intensely during their entire lives, have not even achieved the awakening of their Kundalini.
With respiratory exercises, we can raise some igneous flames through the spinal medulla, but we will never achieve the ascension of each one of the noble serpents of fire with such practices.
Undoubtedly, it is very recommendable to utilize those flames of sacred fire that are enclosed within the Muladhara chakra for the awakening of the Consciousness. However, this does not signify the awakening of the Kundalini.
By all means, it is clear that the nostrils are connected to the sexual gonads through Ida and Pingala; this is why by means of respiratory exercises it is relatively easy to utilize certain sacred flames for the awakening of the Consciousness.
When a minute fraction of vital energy travels through the length of a nerve fiber and provokes reactions in certain centers, it is perceived as a dream or as imagination; however, when under the effects of pranayama (in combination with Meditation) any minute fraction of sacred fire rises through the medullar canal; the reaction of such centers is formidable, immensely superior to that of a dream or imagination.
At this moment, that formidable mantra that the Angel Aroch (angel of command) taught me comes into my memory: KANDIL BANDIL Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
This mantric song is sung as follows:
Kan is sung with a resounding voice and Dil with a decreasing voice.
Ban is sung with a resounding voice and Dil with a decreasing voice.
The letter Rrrrrrrrrrrrr is rolled; it should be vocalized as if imitating the sound of a high pitched motor, but with the sweetness of a child’s voice.
The canals of Ida and Pingala can and must be purified with pranayama. The sexual energies can be sublimated with pranayama. Nevertheless, one cannot awaken the Kundalini with pranayama, because the Kundalini only enters into activity with the sexual contact of the positive and negative, masculine and feminine polarities, during the sexual act.
We find many things on this planet; this is why, for the limit of all absurdities, there are certain stubborn people who believe that because within every human being there are two polarities one can (according to these stubborn people) awaken the Kundalini without the need of Maithuna. These dimwitted people should give unto women, as a gift, the formula to conceive children without the necessity of a sperm, without the necessity of sexual contact. These foolish people should give to men the clue of how to engender children without the necessity of a woman’s ovum.
This chapter is from The Narrow Way (1968) by Samael Aun Weor.