The scriptures indicate that in order for kundalini to achieve its final upward movement to sahasrara, it must first pierce through three major granthis (psychic knots). These are brahma granthi, vishnu granthi and rudra  granthi, situated in mooladhara, anahata and ajna chakras, respectively. Each granthi represents a particular state of consciousness, or attachment, which acts as an obstacle on the path to higher awareness.

1. Brahma granthi, situated in mooladhara chakra, symbolizes attachment to possessions — body, material objections, etc. It is associated with feelings of lethargy and ignorance.

2. Vishnu granthi, situated in anahata chakra, symbolizes attachment to people, including relatives and friends.

3. Rudra granthi, situated in ajna chakra, symbolizes attachment to psychic visions and powers (siddhis).

Kundalini cannot begin or continue to rise until the granthis are pierced or, in other words, attachment is broken.

Throughout the practice of moola bandha, the yogi attempts to reach the source, or ‘moola,’ of all creation. His goal is the complete restraint (bandha) of the patterns of consciousness (chitta), which include the mind (manas), intellect (buddhi) and the ego (ahamkara). Through controlled restraint, he achieves union with the flow of energy in the universe.

In the words of Wilhelm Reich: “Once we open up to the flow of the energy within our own body, we also open up to the flow of energy in the universe.”

For kundalini to rise, the body must be able to cope with its force and the nervous system must be strong. This is attained through yogic practice. When preparations are complete, kundalini will rise spontaneously of its own accord, liberating and expanding the consciousness. When you awaken your kundalini, you stand on the threshold of infinity.