The path of love is the path of shakti, the feminine energy of love waiting at the base of the spine. Shakti is kundalin, meaning "coiled up." This love energy in a spiral is a symbolic female sex organ coiled 3-1/2 times around lingam, a symbolic male sex organ. In a woman, kundalini shakti awaits the awakening of the masculine energy of love. In a man, the masculine energy awaits the awakening of shakti. In both cases, what results from the awakening is a renewed awareness of the spiritual self and accompanying transformational love. An alchemy has occurred.
The energies, once awakened, would like to rise up and move to the next energy center but they can't because three portals must first be opened. The portals are entrances into the body's subtle nervous system, comprised of a tri-fold energy relationship: ida, channel for energies associated with mortality; pingala, channel for energies associated with immortality; and shushumna, a mix of both. Until the portals are opened, the energies remain in chakra 1, where they express as a co-creative pair existing in all potential. An expression of this chakra energy with its tri-fold energy relationship can be seen in the Grail legend and the story of Sir Geraint, Son of Erbin. In this story, with its serpent-bird kundalini imagery, Sir Geraint strives to become Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk – all in the name of Love.
Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk:
The story begins when King Arthur in the land of Camelot gives a hunt for all his knights. His Queen Guinevere and the knight Sir Geraint both separately oversleep. Arriving late to the hunt, they meet each other along the way and ride together, chatting and just getting to know each other better. The Queen is wearing a sea-green gown with a gold belt, her hair enmeshed in gold net. As they ride along on horseback, accompanied by the Queen's maiden in attendance, a small company of riders comes the other way along the wooded road. The riders are a dwarf, a lady, and a knight. The lady is dressed all in scarlet, the knight is wearing armor, and the dwarf is clad in green and perched atop a very tall horse. As the dwarf trots by he gives Sir Geraint a dirty look.
The Town, the Garden, the Castle
The Queen sends her maiden to find out the name of the knight and the lady, but the dwarf turns the maiden's horse around and nearly knocks her from the saddle. The Queen sends Geraint to learn the name of the lady and the knight, but the dwarf superimposes himself between them and attacks Geraint with a whip, striking him across the face and leaving a bloody wound. The Queen tells Geraint to just forget about it, but Geraint says his curiosity is peaked, and while he feels no ill will toward the dwarf, he really wants to know who the knight and the lady are. Asking permission of Queen Guinevere to leave, he rides off after them.
Following after the dwarf, the lady and the knight, Sir Geraint comes to a high ridge looking down upon a picturesque valley, so tiny and beautiful as to be held in the palm of his hand. Then, after awhile, he leaves the ridge and enters a woodland filled with trees and leaves and birds singing. Next, he rides along a silvery river of reflective water, along farm houses and farmers tilling the fields, beside cows and sheep and all manner of country livelihood. The entire day passes and finally they enter a town.
When the dwarf, the lady and the knight ride into the town, all the people begin cheering and waving, so happy they are. Geraint inquires of a young man standing near him, "What is all this cheering about?" The man responds, "The Sparrow-Hawk!" Geraint rides on and meets with another man, asking him the same question and getting the same answer, "The Sparrow-Hawk!" Geraint rides on and meets another man who tells him the same thing. Geraint pulls that man up by his collar and says, "Explain Sparrow-Hawk." The man points to the mysterious knight and tells Geraint, "That man is Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk, a great champion knight. Tomorrow he will fight any man who comes against him." The man tells Geraint, "If you wish to joust with him, follow him to that ruined castle where they will give you lodgings." Geraint rides toward the castle.
An old man with white hair walks along the parapet of the wall of the castle. Seeing Geraint and recognizing him as a Knight of the Round Table, he meets him at the gate and lets him into the castle grounds. The old man is noble and lordly in demeanor, but poor in appearance and dressed all in gray garments, worn and threadbare. Welcoming the knight, he takes Geraint's horse by the bridle and leads him into the courtyard of the castle. He whistles loud, and from out of a side door of the castle steps the lady who accompanied the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk. She is a vision in a blue gown and blue belt, her hair unadorned, and Geraint gazes upon her searchingly. She appears to him as a most beautiful woman. She has come to groom and stable his horse. Geraint protests.
The old man introduces her as his daughter, the Lady Enid. He explains to Geraint their dire circumstances, how his bad, younger brother has taken from him his castle, wealth and title of Earl, driving them into the brother's ruined castle, while the brother lives in the old man's castle in all splendor as Earl. The old Earl and his daughter have no servants, they are too poor. The bad brother was of the mind to assemble a court of worthy knights, so he fashioned a sparrow-hawk of pure silver mounted atop a silver staff. The knights come jousting for the sparrow-hawk, and whoever wins the joust keeps the sparrow-hawk for 3 years and becomes Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk. Geraint tells the old man, "Get me some armor and send it to my room. Tomorrow I will ride against the Knight of the Sparrow-Hawk."
The old man offers Geraint his own suit of armor. Geraint accepts and tells him he has only one other request, that the Lady Enid accept him as her knight. The old man replies, "Ask her yourself," and then departs. Geraint and the Lady Enid enter the castle garden where Geraint tells her he is a knight of King Arthur's Round Table and of his Court. He tells her he is 40 years old, much older than she, and that he has no lady whom he considers as the lady of his heart, but if she will accept him as her knight he will endeavor to bring her honor.
Lady Enid gazes with new eyes upon Geraint and feels a stirring in her heart. She tells him, because of her lack of money and old clothes and poor estate she does not deserve such a knight, and she lowers her eyes. Geraint feels the energy of love and vows his loyalty to her, saying none of it makes any difference, the only thing that really matters is what is in the heart. Only love counts, he tells her. He asks her again to accept him, and she replies, yes, he can be her true and faithful knight. He asks her for her belt from her waist, saying he wants to wear it into the joust. She gives him her belt of blue leather and Geraint, gazing upon her beauty, wraps her belt around his arm, like shakti wrapped around lingam. On the path of love they walk hand in hand out of the garden, into the castle and into the love energy of chakra 3.