Section One – Internal Fires – Fire by Friction
Section D – Kundalini60, 61 and the Spine
, the serpent power or
mystic fire; it is called the serpentine or annular power
on account of its spiral-like working or progress in the
body of the ascetic developing the power in himself. It is
an electric fiery occult, or fohatic power, the great
pristine force which underlies all organic and inorganic
matter." - H. P. Blavatsky.
61 "Kundalini is the static form of
the creative energy in bodies which are the source of all
energies including Prana... "This word comes from the
adjective Kundalin, or "coiled." She is spoken of as
"coiled" because she is sleeping, lies coiled; and because
the nature of her power is spiraline... "In other words,
this Kundalini shakti is that which, when it moves to
manifest itself, appears as the Universe. To say that it is
"coiled" is to say that it is at rest – that is, in the
form of static potential energy... "Kundalini shakti in
individual bodies is power at rest, or the static center
round which every form of existence, as moving power,
- The Serpent Power, by Arthur Avalon.
Very briefly, owing to the impossibility of revealing much
on this necessarily dangerous subject, we will consider the
subject of kundalini and the spine.
We must remember here that we are dealing with the etheric
counterpart of the spine, and not with the bony structure
which we call the spine or spinal column. This is a fact
not sufficiently recognized by those who treat of the
matter. Too much emphasis has been laid on the three spinal
channels that compose the threefold spinal cord.
These channels are important in connection with the 
nervous system of the man, but in relation to the matter in
hand, they are not primarily so important as the etheric
channel, which is the unit enclosing these three.
Therefore, we must strictly remember that we are dealing
- The etheric channel
- The fire that passes up the channel,
- The conjunction of this fire with the radiatory
energizing fire of the physical body at the point between
the shoulder blades,
- Their united ascension into the head,
- Their blending eventually with the manasic fire which
energizes the three head centers.
D.I. Kundalini and the three Triangles
The fire energizing the triangle in the head is the higher
correspondence to the triangle of prana, midway in the
body, and its lower reflection at the base of the spine. We
have, therefore, in the human unit three important
In the head: The triangle of the three major
- The pineal gland,
- The pituitary body,
- The alta major center.
In the body: The triangle of prana,
- Between the shoulders,
- Above the diaphragm,
- The spleen.
At the base of the spine: The three lower
- A point at the bottom of the spinal column.
- The two major sex organs in the male and female.
62 It is not my intention to lay any stress on
the sex side of this subject, for these are organs with
which the occultist has nothing to do. I will not therefore
enumerate them in detail. I would only point out that in
the transference of the fire at the base of the spine and
the turning of its attention to the two higher triangles
comes the redemption of man.
The merging of the fires of matter and the fires of mind
results in the energizing of the sumtotal of the atoms of
the matter of the body. This is the secret of the immense
staying power of the great thinkers and workers of the
race. It results also in a tremendous stimulation of the
three higher centers in the body, the head, the heart, the
throat and in the electrification of this area of the body.
These higher centers then form a field of attraction for
the downflow of the third fire, that of Spirit. The
many-petalled head center at the top of the head becomes
exceedingly active. It is the synthetic head center, and
the sumtotal of all the other centers. The stimulation of
the centers throughout the body is paralleled or duplicated
by the concurrent vivification of the many-petalled lotus.
It is the meeting place of the three fires, those of the
body, of the mind, and of the Spirit. The at-one-ment with
the Ego is completed when it is fully stimulated, and
combustion then ensues; this is duplicated in the subtler
vehicles and causes the final consummation and the
liberation of Spirit.
The merging of the fires of matter is the result of
evolutionary growth, when left to the normal, slow
development that time alone can bring. The junction of the
two fires of matter is effected early in the history of
man, and is the cause of the rude health that the
clean-living, high-thinking man should normally enjoy. When
the fires of matter have passed (united) still further
along the etheric spinal channel they contact the fire
of manas as it radiates from the throat center
of thought is here essential, and it will be necessary to
elucidate somewhat this rather abstruse subject.
- The three major head centers (from the physical
standpoint) are the:
- Alta center,
- Pineal gland,
- Pituitary body. 
- They form a manasic triangle, after their juncture
with the two fires of the two lower triangles, i.e., when
they become synthetic.
- But the purely manasic triangle prior to this merging
- The throat center,
- The pineal gland,
- Pituitary body.
This is during the period when the human unit
consciously aspires and throws his will on the side of
evolution, thus making his life constructive.
"1. The Master-soul is Alaya, the universal soul or Atma,
each man having a ray of it in him and being supposed to be
able to identify himself with and to merge himself into it.
2. Antahkarana is the lower Manas, the path of
communication or communion between the personality and the
higher Manas or human soul.
At death it is destroyed as a path or medium of
communication, and its remains survive in form as the
Kama-rupa – the shell."
- Voice of the Silence, page 71.
"The antahkarana is the imaginary path between the
personal and the impersonal self, and is the highway of
sensation; it is the battlefield for mastery over the
personal self. It is the path of aspiration, and where one
longing for goodness exists the antahkarana persists."
- see Voice of the silence, pp. 50, 55, 56, 88.
The other fire of matter (the dual fire) is attracted
upward, and merges with the fire of mind through a junction
effected at the alta major center. This center is situated
at the base of the skull, and there is a slight gap between
this center and the point at which the fires of matter
issue from the spinal channel. Part of the work the man who
is developing thought power has to do, is to build a
temporary channel in etheric matter to bridge the gap. This
channel is the reflection in physical matter of the
antahkarana63 that the Ego has to build in order
to bridge the gap between the lower and higher mental,
between the causal vehicle on the third subplane of the
mental plane, and the manasic permanent atom on the first
subplane. This is the work that all advanced thinkers are
unconsciously doing now. When the gap is  completely
bridged, man's body becomes coordinated with the mental
body and the fires of mind and of matter are blended. It
completes the perfecting of the personality life, and as
earlier said, this perfecting brings a man to the portal of
initiation – initiation being the seal set upon
accomplished work; it marks the end of one lesser cycle of
development, and the beginning of the transference of the
whole work to a still higher spiral.
We must always bear in mind that the fires from the base of
the spine and the splenic triangle are fires of
matter. We must not lose this recollection nor get
confused. They have no spiritual effect, and concern
themselves solely with the matter in which the centers of
force are located. These centers of force are always
directed by manas or mind, or by the conscious effort of
the indwelling entity; but that entity is held back in the
effects he seeks to achieve until the vehicles through
which he is seeking expression, and their directing,
energizing centers, make adequate response. Hence it is
only in due course of evolution, and when the matter of
these vehicles is energized sufficiently by its own latent
fires that he can accomplish his long-held purpose. Hence
again the need of the ascension of the fire of matter to
its own place, and its resurrection from its long burial
and seeming prostitution before it can be united with its
Father in Heaven, the third Logos, Who is the Intelligence
of matter itself. The correspondence, again, holds good.
Even the atom of the physical plane has its goal, its
initiations and its ultimate triumph.
Other angles of this subject, such as the centers and their
relationship to manas, the fire of Spirit and manas, and
the eventual blending of the three fires, will be dealt
with in our next two main divisions. In this division we
are confining ourselves to the study of matter and fire,
and must not digress, or confusion will ensue. 
D.II. The Arousing of Kundalini
How this fire at the base of the spine can be aroused, the
form its progression should take (dependent upon the Ray),
the blending of the fire with pranic fire and their
subsequent united progression, are things of the past with
many, and fortunately for the race, the work was achieved
without conscious effort. The second blending with the fire
of manas has to be effected. Scarcely as yet have men
succeeded in directing the fire up more than one channel of
the threefold column; hence two-thirds of its effect in the
majority is yet confined to the stimulation of the organs
of race propagation. Only when the fire has circled
unimpeded up another channel is the complete merging with
the fire of manas effected, and only when it progresses
geometrically up all the three – with simultaneous action
and at uniform vibration – is the true kundalini fire fully
aroused, and therefore able to perform its work of
cleansing through the burning of the confining web and of
the separating particles. When this is accomplished the
threefold channel becomes one channel. Hence the danger.
No more can be imparted concerning this subject. He who
directs his efforts to the control of the fires of matter,
is (with a dangerous certainty) playing with a fire that
may literally destroy him. He should not cast his eyes
backwards, but should lift them to the plane where dwells
his immortal Spirit, and then by self-discipline,
mind-control and a definite refining of his material
bodies, whether subtle or physical, fit himself to be a
vehicle for the divine birth, and participate in the first
Initiation. When the Christ-child (as the Christian so
beautifully expresses it) has been born in the cave of the
heart, then that divine guest can consciously control the
lower material bodies by means of consecrated mind. Only
when buddhi has assumed an ever-increasing control  of
the personality, via the mental plane (hence the need of
building the antahkarana), will the personality respond to
that which is above, and the lower fires mount and blend
with the two higher. Only when Spirit, by the power of
thought, controls the material vehicles, does the
subjective life assume its rightful place, does the God
within shine and blaze forth till the form is lost from
sight, and "The path of the just shine ever more and more
until the day be with us."