|3. The Centers and Kundalini
As stated, it
is not possible to impart much about kundalini, or the serpent fire. It might be of value,
however, briefly to enumerate what has been said:
Kundalini makes three at-one-ments during the period of evolution:
- Kundalini lies at the base of the spine, and, in the normal average man, its main
function is the vitalization of the body.
Each of the three channels within the spinal column have for specific purpose the
blending of these threefold fires. We need to bear in mind that the  fires circulate,
and that, at the moment of achievement, every triangle in the body is vivified, every
center is fully functioning, and a threefold path of fire can be seen extending the entire
length of the backbone.
kundalini has blended with the pranic fire, the centers become three-dimensional. When it
blends with mind or solar fire and the two fires are perfectly united, the centers become
fourth-dimensional. When it blends with the electric fire of pure Spirit after the third
Initiation, they take on two more dimensions.
as it is aroused, steadily increases the vibratory action, not only of the centers, but of
every atom of matter in all the bodies - etheric, astral and mental. This quickening of
activity has a dual effect of great interest:
- With the radiatory fires of the body or prana at a point between the shoulder blades.
- With the fires of mind at a point at the very top of the spine, in the center of the
back part of the throat.
- With the fire of Spirit at the point where these two united fires of matter and of mind
issue from the top of the head.
has two effects upon the etheric web, as it is called.
- It causes
the elimination of all matter that is coarse and unsuitable, and casts it off in exactly
the same way as a rapidly rotating wheel casts off or rejects from its surface.
- It sweeps
into its sphere of influence matter that is keyed to its own vibration, and builds it into
its vibratory content. This is but a reflection of the action of the Logos in sweeping
into differentiation the matter of the solar system. Kundalini is likewise the fire or
force of matter, and therefore the life of the third Logos.
- By its gradually increasing action it purifies that etheric form and cleanses it from
"dross," as the Christian expresses it.
- Eventually, after the two fires of matter and the fire of mind have begun to blend (a
slow and gradual process), the web itself is  destroyed, and by the time the third
Initiation is reached, the man should have continuity of consciousness. This is so unless
for certain work and for certain specific ends, the man consciously and willingly foregoes
the burning of the web, a thing which can be brought about by the conscious action of the