Is Enlightenment Epilepsy?

Evidence That Spiritual Enlightenment Might Be Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Note: For me spiritual enlightenment is the very same thing a s a full kundalini awakening, mostly because historically in the tradition of laya yoga it was considered essentially the same thing. In that medieval logic when that ‘magical energy’ pierced your crown chakra you were supposedly instantaneously enlightened. So since it is that very ‘piercing of the crown chakra’ that’s kundalini awakening, it’s not to far fetched to say they are the same thing.
As I have mentioned in a previous article the eastern notion of enlightenment has a striking similarity to the phenomena called the Geshwindt Syndrome found in temporal lobe epilepsy

1 Jiddu Krishnamurti is Considered Enlightened by Every Lama in Tibet – AND HE HAD A HISTORY OF EPILEPSY

Yes. This enlightened fellow not only had a highly epileptic mother but himself suffered from numerous epileptic seizures, which were probably the direct source of his ‘enlightenment’ this makes even more sense when you consider  that he was ultra-philosophical and pretty much showed all the classical symptoms of the Geschwind Syndrome associated with temporal lobe epilepsy. Right down to the point of a very peculiar sexuality :No interest in sexuality per-se, but high interest in courting.

So the question is: If one of the greatest mystics of our time had epilepsy for a fact, and had all the other ‘manifestations’ of enlightenment such as “extrodinary energy”, “awareness” and “bliss” and all the other cool stuff, is it really so far of as to say that most mystics had a form of temporal lobe epilepsy?


Matthew Alper points out in his book that some forms of epilepsy cause hyper-religiousness and mystical experiences. J. Krishnamurti’s mother was an epileptic, and we know epilepsy can be genetically transferred. J. Krishnamurti never had fits, but he often mysteriously passed out, giving those near him warning that he was about to lose consciousness

And similarly Osho, U.G. Krishnamurti, Ramakrishna also are suspected to have had temporal lobe epilepsy.

2 There is actually evidence that prolonged meditation CAUSES temporal lobe epilepsy

Yes. There are actually quite a few studies that show that prolonged meditation might cause temporal lobe epilepsy. And it’s actually kind off ironic that the very things that raise ones predisposition for epilepsy are also things that are commonly advertised as ‘benefits’ of meditation

  • Meditation causes a raise in the level of  brain glutamate and serotonin. Yes this alleviates depression and a few other things but it also raises ones risk for epilepsy.
  • The  hypersynchrony of EEG activity that’s so often advertised as the main benefit of mind machines and binaural beats also  increases ones predisposition to temporal lobe epilepsy. 

Additionally some other techniques commonly used in mysticism such as hyperventilation (which is actually what various forms of yogic breath control (pranayama) are could directly trigger epileptic seizures. This actually would explain why so many people had ‘mystical experiences’ because of them. 


 3 There’s even a direct case study of a person who had NO previous history or risk of epilepsy who got it because of meditation

I know many new age people love their anecdotes and stories, because clinical laboratory studies on animals are just so so boring. That’s why I’ll present to you a fun story.

One upon a time there was once a woman who really like meditating.  She never had any risk of epilepsy or anything like that, but after after a few years of meditation she developed full blown temporal lobe epilepsy, and joined the enlightened ranks.  (Which happened in the yogic tradition). Alternatively in other traditions such as the tibetan tradition he was put on an extremely low-carbohydrate diet  composed of a large quantity of meat and nuts to ‘ground himself’.

It’s now widely accepted and known that fasting decreases the negative symptoms of epilepsy. That’s why a diet has been develop that mimics fasting without actually putting people at risk of starvation. It’s called the ‘ketogenic diet’ and it’s essentially a diet in which you eat extremely low amounts of carbohydrates to put your organism into ketosis – a metabolic state which also happens during fasting and is shown to be helpful in epilepsy.

This is essentially the very diet that was used in the buddhist tradition for people who experienced ‘adverse effects from spiritual practice’. So in short in ancient traditions when one experienced ‘adverse effects of spirituality’ one was either fasting or put on the ketogenic diet. Either way your organism shifted into ketosis.

So if the things that were used in the past to ‘cope with the adverse effects of kundalini awakening’ are essentially the very same things that are used now to ‘cope with epilepsy’ isn’t there a chance that those two things are one and the same?

Okay so we talked about a few reasons why enlightenment/ kundalini awakening is probably epilepsy. Now Let’s talk about the reasons against

I have to again remind you guys that all this is a hypothesis. So is Todd Murphy’s theory of interhemispheric intrusion. Currently we have no ‘way’ to test weather enlightened people had epilepsy or had a change in the functioning of their amygdalas. To test that we would have to do multiple brain-scans of people who actually experienced enlightenment, and those are super-rare. It is said that one in 10 000 people who meditated 3 hours a day experiences enlightenment. It’s like the ‘ultimate achievement’ of spirituality, and it is said that at any given time there are only 100 people alive who are in this state.  So yeah, it’s kind off hard to do brain scans on them. It’s like catching mew in pokemon – pretty darn hard.

But Most Mystics didn’t have convulsions!

Most people when they hear the word ‘epilepsy’ automatically think “CONVULSIONS!”. And yeah,  many seizures involve convulsions but temporal lobe epilepsy does not.

The temporal lobes are actually very sensitive to epileptic activity (they are actually the part of the brain that’s most suggestible to epilepsy), and  in most cases the seizures ‘stay’ in the temporal lobes and don’t spread to other parts of the brain.

It is actually very likely that this is what happened:

Temporal lobe epilepsy was triggered by prolonged meditation, and then it was kept from ‘spreading’ into other parts of the brain by the anti-epileptic “grounding” properties of yoga,  progressive relaxation (which is an important part of spiritual practices!)  and the yogic dietary regime. 

This is actually the summary of my theory of the ‘genesis of enlightenment”

But  Yoga Helps Control Epilepsy!

This actually still is consistent with the previous argument. It is said that yogic asanas were meant to prepare someone for enlightenment  not to cause it. And as such it makes sense that yoga, and by that I mean the westernized type of yoga which involves stretching, has been found to significantly alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy by increasing the amounts of GABA in the brain.


So does transcendental meditation

Transcendental meditation essentially helps you relax – that’s it. And this is why transcendental meditation has been found to be helpful for epileptics, just as progressive relaxation.  And few people would like to use the argument that because meditation is helpful for epileptics due to it’s stress-reducing properties it therefore can’t cause epilepsy. It’s kind off like saying that marichuana can’t cause psychosis because it’s calming, and it does.

So meditation has both epileptogenic and anti-epileptic properties. It all depends on your genes, and which meditation you actually do.


An alternative explanation of epilepsy’s association with mystical states

An alternative explanation is that epilepsy essentially triggers the same parts of the brain that are triggered by spiritual practices and enlightenment. Studies on people with brain injury have revealed than any kind of religiousity has it’s roots in the temporal lobes , and it’s the same for most occult and spiritual phenomena.

So it could be that temporal lobe epilepsy ‘chaotically’ triggers what one would trigger systematically through a regular stimulation of the temporal lobes through magick, yoga and other activities that involve these parts of the brain.


 So there are now two EQUALLY probable hypotheses available to us:

  • Enlightenment is either temporal lobe epilepsy in of itself  or
  • Enlightenment ‘happens’ in the temporal lobes and the ‘god part of the brain’ is essentially also triggered by epilepsy. Since epilepsy essentially triggers things randomly it’s not to far fetched that it might essentially trigger ‘the god part of the brain’.

Both explanations are equally probable. And both lead to the same 100% true conclusion: Enlightenment is a manifestation of  the activity or our brain, and the suggestibility for it is genetic. This statement I believe is 100% true, and as I’ll show you in future articles it explains most spiritual folklore such as karma, reincarnation and other ‘odd’ things.

But I want to emphasize that the fact that enlightenment is a biological phenomena does not in anyway detract from the value of meditation. As I’ll explain in future articles, meditation has a very real beneficial effect on the brain and it really only causes epilepsy in people who  have a very high genetic risk of epilepsy and who meditate like 8 hours a day. Saying that meditation is in anyway harmful is like saying that lifting weights is harmful because someone got injured because of overexercising, additionally most spiritual teachers would claim that the experience of ecstatic seizures is nothing short of positive when a person is psychologically prepared for them.

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Hello I’m Matt Pepliński, the lies in alternative medicine have literary given me psychosis and as such I created this site to take the pseudo out of pseudoscience to make it actually useful in your life.