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19 Oct, 2022

Book Review

by Arpit

Book:Aghora 2, Kundalini
Author:Robert E. Svoboda
Publisher:Rupa Publications

After reading Aghora I, I was curious about reading the 2nd part of the book. Once again, I was ready to dive deep into the spiritual journey of an Aghori.


Aghora II is a book about Kundalini shakti, as mentioned on the cover page. But believe me, it contains a lot of other spiritual knowledge besides Kundalini.

The book starts with a chapter, "Agni". There is a detailed description of the five elements of matter(Panchamahabhutas), Earth(Prithvi), Water(Jala), Fire(Tejas), Wind(Vayu) and Space(Akasha). Why do people worship fire, and why is fire worship much better than doing pranayama in Kaliyuga? All such things are beautifully explained with a scientific explanation.

“For those who believe in God no explanation is necessary; for those who don’t believe in God no explanation is possible.” ― Robert E. Svoboda, Aghora II: Kundalini

The next chapter is all about Kundalini, Nadis, and Chakras. Kundalini is quite complicated to explain. It is a shakti that can only be experienced. The author shared the experience of his Guru in a very captivating way. What practices do yogis execute to awaken Kundalini? Why is it dangerous to awaken it without any guru? What is the safe path to awakening the Chakras? The book contains answers to all such questions.


Mantras affect the environment around us. It is a way to manifest the deity by matching the wavelength of the diety. Why is it advised not to recite any mantra without any knowledge? The book contains some pages about the deeper meaning of mantras.

“forget all this foolishness; leave the arguments to the pashus, and you worship God in whatever form you please.” ― Robert E, Svoboda

What is Music? It is just a sound that creates emotions. Music was a part of many great Saints. The book explains the importance of music in Sadhna.

There are some pages about Immortal beings like Rishis, Munis, Naths and Sidhas. The esoteric(hidden) meaning of various avatars of Lord Vishnu is one of the fundamental parts of this book. A detailed chapter about the esoteric meaning of Ramayana is unbelievable. The book ends with an explanation of the sweet relationship between a guru and a disciple.


Apart from this, there were various other mesmerising stories of Swami Vivekananda, Sai Baba, Babaji, and so on.

“Indeed; even in the Ayurvedic texts, a student is advised to first test a prospective guru thoroughly, and only when he is satisfied with the guru’s capabilities should he submit his name as a candidate for discipleship. Then the guru gets his turn to test.” ― Robert E. Svoboda, Aghora II: Kundalini

The book might be a little challenging for newbies to read. Even the first part required some knowledge about spirituality. Some things are easy to grasp, like the esoteric meaning of the avatars of Lord Vishnu.

It is a must-read book for those who want to know more about chakras and kundalini shakti. Order the book now(buy here).


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