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Kundalini Research Project Proposal

Kundalini Research Project is planned to be a very big project consisting of 150 Yoga participants (subjects) of different age group, excellent Kundailni Yoga teachers and a learned scientific team.

Objective:

  1. To conduct a thorough scientific research on Kundalini Awakening to explore its positive impacts in physiological, bio chemical, bio physical, genetic, psychological and overall consciousness levels on individuals and collective.
  2. To find methodologies to deliver the beneficial outcomes of the research to the mankind.

Research Proposal:

A Brief idea about scientific planning of the project:

  1. Physiological sensations and changes during Kundalini Awakening.
  2. Detection and analysis of the bio electro-magnetic field generated from heart, neural and tissue cells.
  3. Biochemical / biomolecular studies of blood, hormones, receptors and especially nucleic acids (genetic study) in the body during Kundalini Yoga.
  4. Quantum Mechanical, Neuro-scientific and Para psychological study of consciousness.
  5. Study of Psi energy/ Life field/ Bioplasmic body; The secret of Prana..

1. Physiological sensations and changes during Kundalini Awakening

Most of the Kundalini Awakening processes, whether consciously or unconsciously, deals with a special breathing exercise technique called Pranayam. Pranayam offers a very slow breathing rate, change in heart beats [1] but flashing the body with oxygen. It improves autonomic functions [2,3,4] and antioxidants [5] and generates heat and electrical energy in certain area of the spinal cord causing Kundalini awakening. Now a days pranayama is extensively used as treatment against various physical diseases (like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma) [6,7] and mental disorders (like psychosis) [8].

With the awakening of the serpent power some physical changes becomes dominant. They are sweating, vibration and jerking. The feeling of the movement of something through the spinal column is the most common in this case. Contractions in the muscles of anus, abdomen and throat are the associated experiences that one have during the Kundalini rising. Apart from these common experiences a lot of specific individual experiences are also noticed [9].

These sensations and muscle contractions might be correlated with BMR and the molecular interactions along with the electrical properties of the periodic transverse tubular system (TTS) of skeletal (striated) muscles. In Kundalini Research Project, the unusual physical experiences due to subtle energy are planned to be scientifically exposed with possible medical explanations.

2. Detection and analysis of the bio electro-magnetic field generated from heart, neural and tissue cells.

Bioelectricity, bioelectromagnetism and biomagnetism scientifically play crucial roles in measuring the difference between regular and abnormal/paranormal changes inside our body. With the exponentially growing biomedical instrumentation knowledge, the latest revolutionary tools are yet to be properly utilized in mediation and Kundalini research.

The most extensive and popular Bioelectromagnetic study during meditation is undoubtedly ECG[1,10,11,12]. Few other quality studies [13,14,15] in this field, using EEG and other devices are also worth mentioning.

Our proposed model of research will be based on the complete study with the components a) neurophysiological bioelectromagnetism b) cardiologic bioelectromagnetism and c) bioelectromagnetism of other organs or tissues. Along with conventional apparatus (Electrocardiogram(ECG), electroencephalogram(EEG), Magnetoneurography(MNG) electromyography(EMG)), some better probing, detecting and amplifying techniques might be designed. Modern tomographic scans (Positron Emission Tomography(PET), Electrical Impedance Tomography(EIT), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging(fMRI)) should also be utilized to find the exact locations of the chakra activity and its effects in 3D. A special attention should be given on the activities inside the spinal cord.

3. Biochemical / biomolecular studies of blood, hormones, receptors and especially nucleic acids (genetic study) in the body during Kundalini Yoga.

  • The endocrine system consists of a number of glands containing specialized secreting cells that release signaling molecules into the bloodstream, other bodily fluids, and extracellular spaces. Different endocrine glands are considered to have nexus with each of the Chakras in Kundalini [16,17,18,19]. The hormone levels from these endocrine glands in blood before and after Kundalini yoga are of our prime interest. A special mention of the hormone Melatonin secreted from Pineal gland (associated with Ajna Chakra) is obvious due to its mystic nature of activation in the dark. Moreover, according to Dopaminergic mind hypothesis [20,21], high level of dopamine (catecholamine neurotransmitter) creates the hyperactivity of the brain cells resulting in intelligence and sometimes create various psychological disorders as well. Dopamine level can be monitored by positron emission tomography.
    The study of the signaling process of the endocrine system would be a good study to find out their actions at various Chakras.
  • Receptors are one of the greatest controlling keys to most of the biochemical reactions in a living body. To know all the bio chemical, bio electrical mechanism, the knowledge of the functional activities of receptors is vital [22]. Various experimental and simulation tools like X-ray crystallography, dual polarisation interferometry, computer modeling are proposed to be deployed in the study of hormone and neurotransmitter receptors (both ionotropic and G proteins coupled receptors).
  • The modification of DNA structures for Kundalini rising at various chakras might be an essential study. Instead of using fluorescent dies as bio tag, the simultaneous tagging of semiconductor nanocrystals [23,24] with a variety of emission spectra is more efficient way to find structures of DNA through multiplexed optical coding system. Other possibilities of the study of nerve cells tagged with quantum dot systems [25,26] could be explored in Kundalini yoga on two different categories of people; one having Kundalini activated from childhood and the other whose kundalini has been raised harmlessly at their middle age.

4.Quantum Mechanical, Neuro-scientific and Para psychological study of consciousness.

  • According to classical dualist, the physical experiences an observer perceives through the eyes are independent of the thought process of the observer and the location of the experience, as Descartes told, is the pineal gland. On the other hand, Reductionist philosophers consider the involvement the observer’s thought process for his individual, personal perception of the observable. According to them, the position of the experience is the overall brain [27]. We would like to concentrate on the internal mental experiences (astral travel). These are such perceptions that deal with the unique encoded truths. Since our ‘small ego’ is mostly overruled during Kundalini meditation(astral travel), observer analyzes his/her observations with a divine logic sense (related to higher consciousness) to decode the truth in it. In kundalini yoga, pineal gland position was indicated as the center for this consciousness.
  • The specialty of quantum physics is in its concept of superposition of waves, meaning quantum particles can exist in multiple spatial locations simultaneously. Some brilliant concepts like multiple world hypothesis [28], theory of quantum reality [29], objective reduction theory [30] are followed by the neurophysiological and/or neuropsychological approach of consciousness [31]. The model of consciousness based on quantum computation in microtubules [32] within the brain’s neurons was a great breakthrough. Recent advancement on the electromagnetic state of a microtubular array, potentially corresponding to a unique unit of cognition might find huge possibilities in understanding consciousness.

5. Study of Psi energy/ Life field/ Bioplasmic body; The secret of Prana.

The explanation of living things in terms of electrodynamics is not only a mere fascination, but there are several indications from nature which necessitates a new scientific explanation about this field. Several attempts were done previously to explain and name this as Life field [33], Morphogenetic field [34] and Psi field [35]. The entire human race has a very long (3000 years) tradition of extracting therapeutic benefits from the energetic bio field [36]. In the span of present scientific knowledge, several attempts were made to make instruments to measure the subtle energy (AMI and Chakra Instrument by Dr. H. Motoyama, Supersonic instrument of Knowing and Kundalini Roomph Coil by Christopher Hills, Kirlian photography by Semyon Kirlion).
Further development of research tools and extensive experiments (with proper scientific explanations in the realm of latest scientific knowledge) on the Psi field and other associated paranormal effects (like internal heat generation, production of ojaas, physical levitation etc) are proposed in the Kundalini Research Project.

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