[4] Anahata Chakra - [4.1] Introduction to Anahata Chakra and Form

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[4] Anahata Chakra
[4.1] Introduction to Anahata Chakra and Form
[4.2] Sound Meditation of Anahata Chakra
[4.3] Techniques & Effects Of Meditation
[4.4] Behavioral Characteristics of Anahata Chakra
[4.5] Yes, I would like to experience Anahata Yoga Meditation
[4.6] More about Anahata Chakra
[4.7] Anahata chakra from other traditions and other names of Anahata Chakra
[4.8] Videos
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[4.1]

Introduction to Anahata Chakra

 

Yoga-shikkā Upanishad description - The great twelve-sided wheel located at the heart is called Anāhata. [Chapter I, verse 173]
Shat-chakra-nirupana - Foremost amongst yogis, he (who meditates on the Heart Lotus) is ever dearer than the dearest to women. He is pre-eminently wise and full of noble deeds. His senses are completely under control. His mind, in its intense concentration, is engrossed in thoughts of the Brahman. His inspired speech flows like a stream of clear water. He is like the Devatā who is the beloved of Lakshimī and he is able at will to enter another's body. [Verse 27]
Gorakshashtakam description – Fixing the gaze on the tip of the nose and meditating on (Anahata), refulgent like the lightening, in the Lotus of the heart, one becomes one with Brahman. [Verse 82]

The hexagon or 6 pointed star signifies the Air element which moves in 4 directions and up & down. Air (Prana) is the vital life force. It helps heart, lungsbringing fresh oxygen and energy. The star is made from 2 overlapping triangles one pointing upward, meaning Shiva and the other pointing downward meaning Shakti. The star represents balance when shivashakti are joined in harmony. The star symbolizes the balancing of energies in heart chakra between 3 chakras above and 3 chakras down. Motivated by love, desire for sharing the energy moves upward or downward.

The Circle with 12 petals

The star of Anahata is surrounded by a circle. Color of petals is deep red and they unfold outwards representing energy movement in 12 directions. Inhalation and exhalations makes the energy flow to and from the petals activating the 10 mental modifications (Vritties).

  1. Hope
  2. Anxiety
  3. Endeavor
  4. Possessiveness
  5. Arrogance
  6. Incompetence
  7. Discrimination
  8. Egoism
  9. Lustfulness
  10. Fraudulence
  11. Indecision
  12. Repentance

The 12 bija mantras are also seated on these petals.

The Circle With 8 Petals

Inside this yantra there is another 8 petaled lotus luminous red like molten gold. Its location is to the right of physical heart and is connected to the goddess Chitrini. In its center is the etheric heart called Ananda Kanda (Space Of Bliss) or Hrit Pundarik (Heart Lotus). This is the seat of self in waking consciousness and dream state. The heart is the temple of God and we should meditate on the heart. This heart can be reached only when sushumna nadi is activated.

In waking state – Physical heart works but spiritual heart is dormant.

In the dream state energy flows from heart lotus to 8 petals of lotus creating vritties or emotional states upon waking up.

There are 8 deities on 8 petals including Indra.
  • Inside the pericarp is the sun (Vajrini Nadi).
  • Inside the sun is the moon (Chitrini Nadi).
  • Inside the moon is Fire (Sushumna Nadi).
  • Inside the Fire is the Radiance (Brahama Nadi).
  • Here a throne, ornamented with jewels is located a the base of the wish fulfilling tree called (Kalpa taru).
  • On this brightly shining throne is Narayan in human form.
Shiva in Bana Lingam:

In Anahata Chakra is a nerve center and Bana Lingam is formed there and radiates with golden light. Rudra appears in it as SadaShiva (sada – eternal , Shiva-benefactor). He is the shabda Brahama or eternal logos. He is Omkara, the mix of A, U, M that is OM. He stands with a trident symbolic of 3 gunas Sat, Raj, Tam. His skin is camphor blue and he wears a golden tiger skin. The Damaru (drum) maintains the rhythm of heart beat. The Shiva lingam known as Bana Lingam (bana means arrow) is the 2nd lingam in the chakras. It symbolizes conscience. The force of heart lingam acts as a Guru, giving inspiration at each step to guide one along the path of upward energy movement. Increase or decrease in heart beat serves a warning that there is an error in one’s practice.

Element (tattva): Anahata Chakra element Air is colorless and formless, without smell or taste. The yantra is grey or smoky green. This element lasts for 8 minutes and meditation here is advised when air element dominates and breath flows from left nostril exciting the Ida Nadi.

The seed sound is Yang and the carrier of this is Black Antelope or Musk deer. This is the symbol of heart. The special quality of Musk deer is thatit is enchanted by the smell of Musk. Not realizing that it is inside his navel it runs till it is tired. Similarly the supreme Truth, the cosmic consciousness, is in us , yet we are searching it. Graceful and gentle, the deer depicts the nature of 4th chakra person. The eyes of the deer are symbolic of purity and innocence. The eyes of a fourth chakra person are equally attractive and pure. The deer is said to die for pure sounds. In past the hunters would play “Todi raga” on flute to entice a deer. The 4th chakra person loves inner sounds (anahata nada).

Deity: Ishana Rudra Shiva the lord of North East, Ishana Shiva is completely detached from the world. He is in peaceful state and Ganga flowing from his hair is cooling and purifying self-knowledge “I am That” Aham brahama Asmi. He is camphor blue and wears tiger skin symbolic of the tiger of mind that dwells in the forest of desires. The snake coiled around his body are the passions that he ha tamed. He holds a Trident in the right hand and a drum in the left hand.

Ishana Rudra Shiva signifies that the 4th chakra person has overcome worldly attachments and lives in balance between internal and external world. Energy is balanced in all 6 directions and desires do not effect the aspirant.

Shakti: Kakini is the doorkeeper of Anahata Chakra. She is Rose colores and naple yellow / white according to some other sources. She has beautiful glittering eyes and is dressed in light blue sari. Beautiful ornaments adorn her. She is self generating,self emanating,self pervading in 4th chakra. Like air she penetrates everywhere and provides energy through emotional frequencies of bhakti or devotion. She is kundalini shakti form which directs the energy upwards. She has 4 hands holding:

  1. Sword – to cut through obstacles for upward flow of energy.
  2. The Shield – to protect from external world conditions.
  3. The skull – means detachment from false identification of the body.
  4. The Trident – meaning balance of 3 forces of preservation, creation and destruction.

 

Kakini has 4 faces like moon. She is meditated upon as moon faced or “Chandramukhi”, 4 headed goddess. Energy flows equally through 4 heads into 4 aspects of the individual self:

  1. The Physical Self,
  2. The Rational Self,
  3. The Sensual Self,
  4. The Emotional Self.

 

Kakini is also the power of Bhuvaneshwari, one of 10 mahavidyas.

Kakini is graceful, joyful, responsible for creation of devotional poetry, devotional music and visionary art. It is different from the mundane art, poetry and music of second chakra. The creativity inspired by Kakini synchronizes with rhythm of heart and cosmos. It is universal. It brings calmness and peace to mind, ego and intellect. It dissolves the I- consciousness.

Kundalini Shakti appears as a beautiful goddess for the first time sitting in lotus pos, padmasana in a upward facing triangle. She is luminous like ten millions sun and cold like ten millions moon. Dressed in white sari, she is serene. She is Adya (first born), Bala Shodashi (the 16-year old virgin), Tripura Sundari (the most beautiful in the three worlds) and Mahavidya or Sri Vidya (spiritual knowledge). She is in selfless spiritual devotion (bhakti) of with him.She is no longer destructive or coiled around the Lingam, she sits separately in a meditative posture. She is young, divine and luminous.The aspirant can communicate with her, gain her favor and cross Vishnu Granthi (the emotional love that attaches one to certain spiritual order). Divine love pervades the sadhaka.

Seated in the lotus posture,kundalini shakti embodies Aahata Nada,the cosmic sound or White sound that pervades everywhere. This sound begins in the heart chakra as Om, the seed of all sounds (shabda brahama). This sound called Pranava is sheer concenterated prana energy. When the sound potential shabd tanmatra begins to operate, it manifests as matrikas (sound units, letters of alphabets. It is stated in gayatri tantra that Kundalini is in the form of 50 matrikas. She is the power of speech and sound. She has 2 forms.

  1. Subtlecbeyond sound
  2. Mantramayi – she embodies all anahata, mantrikas and mantras.

The sound units arise in her ,embed in her and dissolve in her. Even after the dissolution of matrikas she remains in her subtle form ,which is of the nature of consciousness and is the embodiment of highest spiritual knowledge.



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Introduction to Chakras

The Chakras are part of Tantra & Yantra. Your body is the most powerful of all Yantras. The world originated from Cosmic Person body. The Sun came out of his eyes, the moon from his Mind, Indra & Fire from his mouth, Wind from his breath, Air from his navel, Sky from his head, Earth from his feet---. The body condenses the entire universe in it.

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