[3] Manipura Chakra

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[3] Manipura Chakra
[3.1] Introduction to Manipura Chakra and Form
[3.2] Sound Meditation of Manipura Chakra
[3.3] Techniques & Effects Of Meditation
[3.4] Behavioral Characteristics of Manipura Chakra
[3.5] Yes, I would like to experience Manipura Yoga Meditation
[3.6] More about Manipura Chakra
[3.7] Manipura chakra from other traditions and other names of Manipura Chakra
[3.8] Videos
[3.9] Summary
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Manipura Chakra Yantra Form

Manipura Chakra Art of Deity & Rule: requisite to Meditation

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Introduction to Manipura Chakra

The third chakra is called by Gorakhnath Nabhi-chakra, because it is experienced within the Sushumna-Nadi at a center in the region of the navel It is generally known as Manipura-chakra. The concentrated and upward-driving psycho-vital energy of an earnest and prayerful yogi, having crossed Muladhara-chakra and Swadhisthana-chakra, arrives at this Manipura-chakra, which is a dynamic center of various kinds of Yogic Siddhis or miraculous powers. This chakra is described as having five-fold whirls (pancha-varta) and appearing in the form of a five-times-coiled serpent (sarpa-vat kundala-kara). Within this chakra, Kundalini-Shakti reveals Herself with the brilliance of a crore of morning suns (balarka-koti-sadrishi) and enjoys a special bliss of union with Shiva. This is a higher plane of spiritual union between Shiva and Shakti than Muladhara and Swadhisthana.


Form Manipura Chakra, Navel, Chakra Yantra

The form is Inverted triangle that is fiery red in color. The triangle is the element for fire element. Through this element, manifested energy is given a Form. The inverted triangle depicts downward energy.It obstructs upward flow of energy until it is pierced. Bright red colored triangle visualisation helps the aspirant in his spiritual evolution. The first knot Brahama Granthi is found in Manipura Chakra.

Form of Manipura Chakra

It has the Circle with ten petals.

The red triangle is located inside a circle surrounded by ten lotus petals. They are the seat of 10 mental modifications.

  1. Spiritual Ignorance (Avidya)
  2. Thirst (trishna)
  3. Jealousy (dvesh)
  4. Treachory (Kururta)
  5. Shame (lajja)
  6. Fear (bhai)
  7. Disgust (nirasha)
  8. Delusion (Bhrama)
  9. Foolishness (murkhta)
  10. Sadness (udasinta, dukha)

The color of the petals is blue like the most luminous part of a fire.

The ten petals also depict ten pranas:

  1. Prana
  2. apana,
  3. samana,
  4. vyana,
  5. udana,
  6. naag,
  7. dhananjaye,
  8. devdutta,
  9. kurma,
  10. krikil.
Element Taatva & Carrier, Deity

Fire is both heat and light energy, but heat is dominant.It is related to sun. Like sun represents life so the navel represents the source of life in the body. A child is connected to mother through umblical cord which shrinks & becomes a navel. Kundalini energy stays in form of fire in body.The fire aids in digestion and absorption of food which supplies energy for survival. It is related to hunger, thirst, sleep, lethargy and radiance (ojas). Fire is purifying but destructive when out of control.

The sushumna nadi is nature of fire. The right nostril (Pingala) is the Sun, the left nostril (Ida) is the moon. When both nostrils work together, the Sushumna is activated. Energy flows in ten directions when the energy comes to the fire element for twelve minutes during each cycle of nasal breathing.

The Bija sound is Rang. The Ram is the carrier of the seed sound Rang. The Ram is famous for physical strength and stamina in fighting.The deity is Rudra. Shiva's skin is camphor blue and Rudra is ash colored dressed in tiger skin. Tiger represents mind.In his right hand he holds a drum (damaru). He does not grant boons but meditating on him despels fear and subsides anger.He is adorned with snakes and often a rudraksha mala. Rudra is meditated seated inside seed sound RANG.

The Shakti is Lakini Devi, form of kundalini shakti who is the doorkeeper. He is BhadraKali, form of Kali.She has three faces meaning three planes.

  1. Physical
  2. Astral
  3. Celestial

Also it means

  1. Mind (manas)
  2. Intellect (buddhi)
  3. I-consciousness (ahamkara).

Her color is orange red, peach or red and as per some sources she is dark complexion, big teeth. As per other books, she is beautiful like a moon, adorned with ornaments, with bright shining eyes with kajal. Her sari is raiating light blue and as per some yellow.

Lakini has four arms.

  1. Upper right hand she has havan kund. It indicates the energy of fire and physical heat that comes from within the body (vaishvanara agni- body temperature).
  2. Her lower Right hand forms abhai mudra for granting fearlessness.
  3. In her upper left hand she holds Vajra from where the energy is always emanating.
  4. In her lower left hand she holds an arrow signifying impetus for upward movement of energy.An arrow has a goal. The arrow in the 3rd chakra is shot by desires for accomplishment, freedom, independence and authority.
Sound Icon Of Manipura Chakra

Main Seed Sound is RAM which is pronounced by forming a triangular shape with the lips and pushing the tongue against the palate.The main point of concentration is on producing this seed
sound from the navel. The fire moves upwards so this helps kundalini to move upward.

Bija sound of 10 petals is:

1. dam
6. dam
2. dhum
7. dham
3. nam
8. nam
4. tam
5. yam
10. pham



Techniques & Effects Of Manipura Chakra Meditation

Techniques Of Manipura Chakra Meditation
  • Meditation starts with concentration on 10 petals, chanting each mantra from DANG to PHANG as petal are visualised.
  • Then concentrate on downward facing red triangle of fire element, along with chanting seed sound RANG.
  • Both form (Rupa) and fiery sushumna are implied in meditation.
  • This is followed by concentration on the Ram as the carrier of the seed sound.
  • After Ram, Lakini devi should be concentrated upon which shines like a precious gem.
  • She leads the aspirant to meditate on the calm and pure form of Braddha Rudra.
  • Braddha Rudra absorbs all cosmic principles by which the aspirant is bound to worldliness, which appears Brahama Granthi .
  • Practice of concenteration in the above maner helps yogi to attain success
in Yoga by aiding the ascent of kundalini to the fourth chakra, the Anahata Chakra.
Effects Of Manipura Chakra Meditation

The ego develops in the third chakra with the desire to be powerful is dominating Manipura is a city of jewels and the owner is like King. Rudra destroys this false identity and the ego by destroying the world. The ego does not want to die but Rudra shows that death is only a change. Change is eternal and happens in body at all times.

The Yogic Siddhi of entering into another body (par-kaya-parvesh) is obtained by a yogi who meditates in presence of fire element. Intense spiritual discipline Tapasya comes from the root "tap"which means temperature or to get heated by fire. Fire is purifier and tapasya makes one pure. Egotism is overcome and one acheives the power t create and destroy the world. The beej mantra RANG increases the fire of Yoga (yoga agni) and gives the yogi ability to walk on fire and play with fire.

Meditation on third chakra ends indigestion,constipation and all problems of intestinal region. The fluidity of second chakra assumes the form of practicality.

The third chakra is governed by sun which rules over intellect like moon rules over psyche.

Fantasies are converted into practical devices. Through intellectual development,one achieves control over speech and can express ideas very effectively,giving one power to command.

Kundalini-Shakti as revealed in Manipura Chakra is also named by Gorakhnath as Madhyama-Shakti, indicating that this also is only an intermediate stage of the self-revelation of the essential character of Shiva-Shakti. But even at this madhyama-stage, Kundalini-Shakti confers all kinds of supernatural powers (sarva-siddhida bhavati) upon the devoted yogi, whose psycho-vital energy is concentrated upon Her in this plane. The yogi then acquires the power of changing his physical body into any form at his pleasure, of transforming one material thing into another, of making his existing body lighter than air or heavier than a mountain or invisible to others’ eyes or capable of passing from one place to another on the aerial path by the mere exercise of his will, and so on. But the acquisition of such supernatural powers is not the ideal of yoga. It is only a passing stage. A yogi must transcend this stage and ascend to higher planes. Intoxication with such powers is a formidable hindrance in the way of further progress to higher stages of enlightenment.

The difference between the nature and the degree of the spiritual enjoyment of one plane and those of another can not of course be understood by any person living and moving and having his being in the normal physical and sensuous plane of experience by means of any amount of subtle intellectual reasoning or any stretch of imagination. Yogis who attain experiences of those higher planes can not also make them intelligible to the men of the lower planes by means of verbal descriptions. Nevertheless, many yogi-teachers have, with the help of various kinds of similes and metaphors and poetic imageries, made some attempts to give vague and inadequate ideas about their inner experiences for the benefit of earnest truth-seekers, who might in the light of these descriptions feel the urge to advance in this path and subject themselves to the necessary discipline under proper guidance with the purpose of being blessed with similar experiences.


Behavioral Characteristics of Manipura Chakra

  1. This chakra encompasses the planes of karma,charity,atonement for one's error,good company,bad company,selfless service, sorrow,dharma and the celestial plane.
  2. It is seat of fire which shows as angr look,fiery temperament and dashing personality.It is the gravitational center of the body.
  3. This person is motivated by desires for identification,recognition,power and better living conditions.
  4. Such a person will sleep from six to eight hours nightly on their back.
  5. They have great organisational capabilities.
  6. Young persons from 14-21 years are ruled by this chakra.
  7. They are fahionable and in tune with time.
  8. Balance in this chakra can be acheived by selfless service,serving without desire for reward.Charity will clarify one's path of action or karma.Dharma is the timeless law of nature (inner and outer)that interconects all phenomenal existence. By following Ashtanga Yoga one can remain true to one's dharma. After this balance s acheived, the person may enter celestial plane.
The Awakening of Kundalini Shakti

When the Devi reaches the Manipura Chakra Manipura Chakra all that is the Chakra merges in Her Body. Water and Taste are dissolved, as also the sense of taste itself, into Tattva of Fire.
The Varuna Bija Vam Ram.


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I want to move from a state of:

  • A state of doubt to a stat of trust.
  • A state of thinking to a state of awareness.
  • A state of repression of doubts to a state of doubting the doubts and then trust begins.
  • A state of non thinking to thinking to bring discrimination and then clarity.
  • A state of non decisiveness to a state of clarity of thoughts.
  • A state of thoughts to a state of decision.
  • A state of blind faith to a state of open eyed discretion and clear thoughts leading to decision.



More about Manipura Chakra

Alternative names For Manipura Chakra / Navel Chakra

Nabhi Chakra

Tantra: Dashachchada, Dashadala Padma, Dashapatra, Dashapatrambuja, Manipura, Manipuraka, Nabhipadma, Nabhipankaja

Vedas (late Upanishads): Manipura, Manipuraka, Nabhi Chakra

Puranic: Manipura,

Principles Of Tantra (Tantrattatva)

Exposition of the secret worship (Rahasyapujapaddhati)

Description of the six chakra centers (Shatchakranirupana)



Manipura Chakra from other traditions and other names of Manipura Chakra

In the Vajrayana Highest Tantra traditions, the navel wheel is extremely important as being the seat of the 'red drop'. It is triangular, red, with 64 petals or channels that extend upwards. Inside of it is the short syllable 'Ah'. Meditation on this syllable is the key component of the practice of Tummo, or inner heat, where the subtle winds are made to enter the central channel, and rise up to the top of the channel, in an experience akin to that of 'raising the kundalini' in Hindu terminology, melting the subtle white drop in the crown, and causing the experience of great bliss. This practice is considered the first and most important of the 6 yogas of Naropa.

In Chinese qigong, there exists 3 Dantians, act as furnaces to convert different energies in the body. The lower Dantian exists in the region of the stomach. It's function is to convert sexual jing energy into Qi energy (a concept similar to Indian Prana).

Within the system of the Sufi Lataif-e-sitta, there are a number of Lataif on the torso, but they are not distributed vertically, like chakras, but have some to the left and some to the right. The nafs, or lower self, is a centre situated below the navel.

Western occultists make different kabbalistic associations with Manipur. For some, it relates to the sephira of Hod and Netzach, Netzach being that quality of energy to overcome different obstacles, and Hod being the tendency to control and break down energy into different forms, the two being contending and balancing forces, like the forces of anabolism and catabolism in the human body. Hod and Netzach are associated with the left and right legs and feet of the body.





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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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