I am coining two phrases to clarify why some people who are having a kundalini crisis can become gurus while others having a kundalini crisis do not become gurus. Delusions, euphoria, over-confidence, and excited mental states are symptoms of psychotic mania and are also common symptoms of a kundalini crisis.
I am using the phrase “guru maniac” to describe a person who along with having delusions of grandiosity during a kundalini crisis also happens to have the charisma, the gift of gab, and the ability to carry out a tactical strategy to attract followers. Most guru maniacs have an uncommon intellectual ability which they use to impress potential followers.
The phrase “spiritual maniac” describes a person who is different from a guru maniac. A spiritual maniac has delusions of grandiosity related to a kundalini crisis, but doesn’t have the necessary traits mentioned above to become a guru.
A spiritual maniac is more likely to end up in a mental hospital whereas a guru maniac can talk themselves out of just about any predicament.
I did not possess the charisma or eloquence to become a guru maniac, but even I flirted with the possibility of becoming a guru when I had my kundalini crisis. I had the manic symptom of over-confidence.
Since a guru maniac has the lexicon of spiritual literature, he likely sees his kundalini crisis as being a legitimate higher state of consciousness. Thinking that one is enlightened is grandiose thinking.
A guru maniac has the ability to master the enormous quantity of intellectual blather that has accumulated in religions and yogic traditions over centuries. Being able to speak about the mishmash of ancient wisdom allows a guru maniac to speak with credibility and authority.
Whereas most psychotic maniacs may have friends, family, and medical doctors letting the psychotic maniac know that they are delusional, guru maniacs probably do not have anyone telling them they are delusional.
Instead the followers of a guru maniac legitimatize the grandiosity that the guru maniac sees in himself. And the guru maniac sees his grandiose self-esteem validated through his own interpretations of spiritual literature.
If a guru maniac could see that his thoughts were grandiose delusions, he would lose his towering self-worth, but a guru maniac is unlikely to recognize his own delusions. A guru maniac is totally convinced of his own status because his manic mind, as if, illumined his thoughts a thousand times more than normal and imprinted his memories a thousand times more deeply than normal.
As time passes, guru maniacs adapt physiologically and mentally to their kundalini crisis. They are able to have one foot in their grandiose delusion and one foot in the world shared with other people.
Guru maniacs learn to keep some of their delusions to themselves in order to keep themselves presentable to followers. Guru maniacs walk the line between hiding their innermost thoughts and sharing their grandiose ideas about themselves.
It is easy to understand how guru maniacs enjoy having followers who not only adore them, but are also willing to serve them. Having followers must be the ultimate pick-me-up. Guru maniacs eat up the attention and the power of having followers.
Like celebrities and powerful people, guru maniacs have often abused followers related to money, sex, and power. Abuse from guru maniacs is particularly maddening because guru maniacs espouse spiritual principles that are supposed to aid moral living.
I propose that after a guru maniac easily receives respect, admiration, and service from followers, the guru maniac can lose his moral compass. The guru maniac starts to think that he can do anything.
Guru maniacs at least imply that they are enlightened. Enlightenment is the greatest spiritual incentive of all time, but there is no proof that a state of enlightenment exists.
Guru maniacs act like they know what they are doing when they are really flying by the seat of their pants.
A kundalini crisis is an overwhelming spiritual experience that often results in delusions, over-confidence, and excited mental states which are all common symptoms of mania. Guru maniacs have hoodwinked themselves and their followers. They deserve to be called guru maniacs.