In my Previous post, Chakras -I, I have given the general account about these beautiful, subtle, invisible, non material, nerve centres or energy centres present in the Astral body of each and every human being, One can visualize like a key chain with three leaves cut like a human body, one is your physical body which is visible and second is the Astral body and the thrid is called the causal body, pull them together it is one body, separate them you will feel three.
Fig C1, Shows various Chakras and their positions in the Astral body.
Fig C2 shows various Chakra's and their positions. Awakened State
I have tried to show in a way that what happens to these energy centers when they get activated or opened and when the Kundalini Energy is sustained in them, an ordinary Human being once achieves this feat his/her Astral Self would expand and be a part of the whole universe, Like Microcosm in Macrocosm and Macrocosm in microcosm, I am playing with words here. basically what I want to say is that till that point the Human conscious is limited up to his body and his limited surrounding and happenings, but once he/she crosses this line and he/she connects with everything that was unreal for him/her, but actually he connects with the reality. :-)))
Fig C3: The first and foremost Chakra or the Base Chakra is Muladhara Chakra.
Mula meaning the Base, it is a 4 petal lotus like Chakra, with the Brahmdvara in its center, where the "Shakti" resides, and this Brahmdvara remains closed by the head of the Kundalani, the Serpentine power, it lays there inactive in three 1/2 coils. this point lies exactly near the end of the spine in the flat area between the Anus and the Testicles of a Human male.
this area is called "Kanda".
The Mandala is Earth
The Zodiac sign is Taurus
The Mantra is Lamn or Lang (लँ ) Pronounce it as LAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMmmmmmmNnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn it should sink in to the silence of Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
The Endocrine Gland is Prostate, Adrenal.
The no of Petals are 4- Parmananda, Yogananda, Virananda and Samajanada
The Linga positioned here is Swamyambu (Meaning self created)
The Vayu or Air here is called Kandarpu Vayu
The color of this Chakra is Crimson Red
The area of Knowledge is Unconscious.
The Energy is called Kundalini, Dakini Shakti, or just Shakti.
The Deity for this Chakra is Lord Ganesha.
The Randhra or opening is Brahma Randhra, and Brahma resides here.
The Purpose of this yoga is to activate the Kundalini (Sanskrit meaning, to lye on the ground in a 3 1/2 circles) to reach the top Chakra, Shasrara Chakra, where Lord Shiva resides, so basically it is spiritual mating of Shakti (Female) with Shiva (Male).
The Chakra is related with, ability to live as a human being, ability to survive in this world, since every one comes here alone and helpless, the lucky ones then get introduced to the Parents, so this Chakra remains open and active and functioning in an infant, because it gives the energy and push to live, survive and learn, if this trait is kept in an continuous flow, the Chakra is bound to remain open through his/her life, but this trait stops and it happens with the majority, because they depend a lot on their parents and go through a phase where they get immense security, protection and stability, as a person starts to gain independence the Chakra opens and vibrates to extend the required energy to allow the person stand on his/her feet, so in a way all those people who live a independent life, earn, raise a family, support their kids this Chakra is open in a very physical sense, but it has Spiritual side also which is more important, which connects the physical side with the inner spiritual life. It is like a priest who worships daily with heart connected elsewhere so would lack divine connection, or it is like a telephone which is good and the carbon vibrators are good, but it is not connected to any telephone company, once connected to the divine energy the psychic energies manifest, and this is not possible with out the help of the eternal energy or superior energy or simply GOD.
To activate this Chakra there are many ways, to tune, make the physical body flexible one can do, Shirs Asan, i.e. Fig C4A, Sarvang Asan, Fig C4B, and Hal Asan Fig C4C,
See these Asan from www.bandhayoga.com, I could save two images from its downloadable section, there are two volumes and each volume costs 55$US.
This Asan is Sukha Asan, which is simple Siddhasana, the actual Siddhasana requires one to keep the ankle of one leg close to the anus and the ankle of the other leg resting on it, or just crossing it like in a sukha Asan, like I have tried to show in my drawings. The name Siddha itself suggests that this Asan is for the purpose of realizing Siddhis or Spiritual Powers.
This is Sarvangasana, but still I would suggest watch these Asanas on the website http://www.bandhayoga.com/flyarounds.html through their 3D pose viewer.
one very important point everyone needs to understand is that, to open physical aspect of this Chakra, one needs to keep his/her body in good condition, for this one can follow above given Yoga postures, and please try to stay in each pose for more than 3 minutes, but gain the time slowly, a good flexible body can attain the required time in few days where as a stiff and stressed out body would need more time, see that your muscles are free and flexible, if not, do some warm up exercises and then go to the main Asans, sweat out then sleep flat on your back till your breathing becomes very normal, then sit on any of the following Yogic Posture, Padma Asan, Siddha Asan, Vajra Asan, or Sukha Asan to commence your Meditation or Mantra Japa, Fig C5.
This is the actual purpose of this Yoga to connect spiritually with the divine, to activate the Kundalini Energy and push it towards the 7th Chakra, Shasrara Chakra, and again please note, do not put physical efforts here, because it is not physical entity, once GOD extends his grace, things manifest automatically, so one needs to wait for that god's grace to shower upon you, I know it sounds very disheartening, but it is like this, had it been a physical thing, everyone would have been a Psychic, but reality tells us it is not, few very lucky people based on their past Karma, take birth with this Chakras open and functional and they have this Psychic powers etc, like by birth, but dear folks for the majority population, one will have to sweat it out.
You need to see more how? go to www.bandhayoga.com keys_access2.html, this site infact shows all the anatomical side of this yoga, it is good to see them, then go to www.kundaliniyoga.org/index.html, it seems Shri Guru Bhajan brought this Kundalini Yoga to the West in 1969, but it appears his touch is mostly based on Sikh religion, well the purpose is same, then go to this interesting site of Mr Anmol Mehta (US based) he is extending free Online Kundalini Yoga lessons, www.anmolmehta.com/, here you can watch him in his free videos actually do the Pranayama and other Asans and warming excercise's.
This is one way, like to reach GOD, one can follow any religion, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Hebrew, Buddhism, Jainism, etc etc. but the purpose is one, to realize the almighty, likewise whether it is Jnana Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, or Bhakti Yoga, purpose is one to activate this energy so that one can experience the spiritual connection. Please try to understand this unless until you experience it yourself, you will never understand, no matter how many people show you or write millions and millions of words to explain it, it is a very personal experience.
Like I remember the first time when someone got married in our group, everyone was curious to know how it was to make love, but the fellow who got married would not talk about it, obviously he wanted to keep it personal, he would just say, it is not for you children, though he was our age. so it is exactly like it. ;-))
Now here one needs to have lots of patience, because first you will have to stabilize the Bija Mantra for the first Chakra, which is Lang (लँ ) and please take note that this is a vibration so start slowly and take time to sink in to the nnnnnnn part of the Mantra.
There are four more Akshara Mantra for the four petals of the Chakra, see the Fig C3, I would suggest everyone interested to learn the Alphabets of Devanagari (Hindi or Sanskrit) then it would become very easy to chant these Mantras, otherwise you will get stuck with the pronunciation of the Alphabets, then the correct way to say them and then chant the Mantra in a Mala.
Swami Sivananda says:
The MULADHARA CHAKRA is situated between the root of the reproductive organ and the anus at the base of the spinal column. It is here, as I have already mentioned, that the two Nadis, Ida and Pingala, meet the Sushumna. The Muladhara Chakra is two fingers above the anus and two fingers below the genitals and four fingers in width. It has four petals of crimson hue. In the pericarp of this Chakra there is a beautiful triangle in which the sleeping Kundalini of the form of a coiled-up serpent dwells. She holds her tail in her mouth and covers the mouth of the Brahma-dvara (the gateway to the Seat of Brahman) with her head. The Yogi who concentrates on the Muladhara Chakra gets full knowledge of the Kundalini and the various means to rouse it to action. As soon as the Kundalini is roused, the Yogi gets the power to rise up above the ground. He gets full control over his breath, mind and semen. His Prana flows through the Sushumna and all his sins are destroyed. He gets knowledge of the past, present and future. He is immensely happy.
The drawing of the Chakra, lot of people have tried to draw with all that mystic colors and curves and things like that, I have tried to keep it simple as per Swami Sivananda Maharaj's explanation.
Basically every time you explain anything it comes to the bottom line, the Mind, Body and Soul in tandem and all this package connected with the Purusha. C'est Tout.....:-))
And please if you find any spelling mistakes, bear with it, the "ABC" icon in the menu sometimes it works and mostly it remain dormant like the Kundalini Serpentine power. :-)))
More to Follow: Chakra III.
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal, Feb 2008