Savola and Chopra

Savola and Chopra Correspondence

Marja Savola writes in response to Mr. Chopra:

“I have got over three hundred mails from people around the world who have been kundalini damaged by erroneous meditation, especially transcendental meditation and chakra meditation, yoga, rebirthing, pranayama, holotropic breathing etc. I have myself had bad experiences of rebirthing and you can read my story here.

I can’t say that I am surprised of your answer, because I have been reading eastern philosophy about spiritual exercises and kundalini since my visit in India 1993, fulltime, and I know very well your and other eastern gurus’ opinion in this matter. But I have a wish that you and the other gurus and teachers would take some responsibility in what you are teaching people. Those who have been damaged by these dangerous artificial exercises have no one to turn to when they have been struck by the tremendous kundalini energy. When they have gone psychotic or physically ill, the gurus turn their back on them and say that it is this person’s karma. For me it is a very uncharitable attitude. It is my definite opinion that it is the dangerous artificial exercises that causes the psychosis and the mental and bodily illnesses.”

Deepak Chopra, says of kundalini energy:

Kundalini is not something we should be afraid of. We wouldn’t be physically alive or cognizant without it. It is what allows our eyes to see, our mind to think, our cells to metabolize. It is the natural force of evolution through which higher states of consciousness unfold. As such it is certainly something to be respected and not trifled of, and so, as I said before, I don’t recommend those practices that specifically aim to forcefully awaken the kundalini without proper guidance.

It is a huge presupposition to assume that kundalini is a universal spirit common to all religions or an evolutionary “life force.” Given the large body of Christian literature on the manifestations of the Holy Spirit and the conversion stories of countless Christians, the kundalini spirit is of a totally different nature. Why do we need specially trained spiritual guides and years of physical and spiritual gymnastics to have an “awakening” or “enlightenment?”

Behold, I stand at the door and knock ; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Furthermore to those who blame bad awakening experiences on “bad karma,” this philosophy is totally antithetical to the Christian view of forgiveness. Karma can be best described as the inviolate law of reaping and sowing of which there is no escape. This is not the God of the Bible.

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. (1 John 1:9 – 2:2)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:7-8)

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