In 1932, C. G. Jung and J. W. Hauer presented a seminar series on the psychology of Kundalini yoga. Throughout these lectures, Jung used Kundalini yoga symbolism to extend the symbolic range of his analytical psychology. He and Hauer also discussed many concepts from Indian philosophy. Some of their comments have been criticized for misinterpreting Kundalini yoga. Others have raised controversy, especially Jung’s many warnings about dangers to Westerners who attempt yoga practices.
Using a dialogic, hermeneutic method, this study compares Jung’s commentaries about Kundalini yoga with a Kundalini yoga practitioner’s perspective. To help bridge these disciplines, it addresses the following research questions:
1. How does personal transformation guided by analytical psychology resemble or differ from personal transformation in Kundalini yoga?
2. What controversies have been raised by Jung’s commentaries and interpretations of Kundalini yoga texts?
3. How did these controversies arise from personal, cultural, and practice perspectives?
4. Can some of these controversies be settled?
5. What insights or wisdom does each of these disciplines contribute to the other?