Mircea Eliade And The Kundalini
Mircea Eliade was born in Romania and in 1957 he became professor in history of religions at the university of Chicago. During his life he published many books and he was chief editor of the Encyclopedia of Religions (1976-86). He traveled all over the world and besides from in Romania and USA he worked also in London, Paris and Lisbon. Eliade can be said to be part of a hermeneutical, phenomenological tradition which fits well into German idealism. Eliade means like Rudolf Otto that one can not reduce religious phenomena to psychological or social products; religion can only be understood with its own terms and the scholar should instead explore what different phenomena ”has to say”. According to Eliade, not only children and primitive peoples are using a symbolic thinking. This is an ability that we all share. The symbolic thinking is deeper than language and reason, and he believes like C.G Jung that the symbols fills a function in the psyche through making deep aspects of the being conscious.