Sunday, March 7, 2010

Chapter 59- Swami Explains Shatchakra Yoga (Kundalini) to Siddhaiyya

Swami started preaching, “Son! Siddha! Listen to my words with devotion, about the ‘Chidananda roopam’. Whatever I am going to show you, see it with a sacred heart. Even though sunlight falls on dirty, muddy and filthy things, then also the way Sun remains untouched (and doesn’t get dirty), similarly the foul smelling matter of the ‘Sthoola Deham’, or the ‘Kama Krodha’ (anger, lust) kind of vices of the ‘Sookshma Deham’, or the ‘Agyana’ (ignorance), of the ‘karana Deham’ does not touch the Lord present within us. The great lord always remains untouched by all these things even though he remains present within our body”.

Swami continued, “One who does ‘Sri Guru Seva’ (service to his Guru) with devotion and analyzes or researches the wisdom from scriptures, he gains ‘Sookshma Drushti’ (micro vision) with which he becomes able to see the God within his own body. I’ll tell you that sequentially now, listen!”

Shatchakra Niroopanam



“Our body which is composed of five types of ‘Tatwams’, ten types of ‘Nadis’ and seven ‘Dhatu’; contains 7 lotuses within it.
  1. Out of them the first and foremost is ‘Mooladhara Chakra’. This ‘Chakra’ is situated near the anus. It is of ‘Red’ color and has 4 petals viz. ‘Va’, ‘Sa’, ‘Sha’, ‘Sa’. It is of the form of consonant ‘Na’ (its ‘Mantram’ is ‘Na’), and is of the quality of Earth (‘Prudhvi Tatwam, Prudhvi Nilayam). It has four corners. Here ‘Adhara Lingam’ remains together with ‘Iccha Shakti’ (power of desire). In this ‘Chakra’ in 1 ‘Ghadiya’ (minute) 40 ‘Vidhadiya’ (seconds), 600 times the ‘Paramahamsa Japam’ occurs. ‘Lord ‘Vinayaka ’ is the owning deity of this ‘Chakra’
  2. Second Chakra is ‘Swadhishthana Chakram’. It is situated at a distance of 2 fingers above the ‘Mooladhara Chakram’. It consists of 6 petals and has 3 corners. It is of the form of ‘Ma’ consonant (its ‘mantram’ is ‘ma’), is white in color, is of quality of water (‘Jalasthanam/Jalatatwam’) and is of ‘Jihvakaara’ shape and ‘Pakshiakara’. It has ‘Ba’, ‘Bha’, ‘Ma’, ‘Ya’, ‘Ra’, ‘La’ named six petals. Here ‘Guru Lingam’ remains together with ‘Kriya Shakti’ (Power of action). In this chakra to Lord ‘Brahma’ 6000 ‘Paramahamsa Japam’ (Chants) occurs in 40 minues and 40 seconds timeframe. The owning deity of this ‘Chakra’ is ‘Lord Brahma’
  3. Third one is ‘Manipooraka Chakram’which is situated above the ‘Swadhishthna Chakram’ at a distance of 3 fingers. It remains near the ‘Nabhi’ (navel) coiled around the ‘Nadis’ (nerves). It shines like a ‘Mani’ (Gem) and has ‘Blue’ color. It is of the form of ‘Shi’ consonant (its mantram is ‘Shi’) and consists of 10 petals named ‘Da’, ‘Dha’, ‘Ana’, ‘Ta’, ‘Tha’, ‘Da’, ‘Dha’, ‘Na’, ‘Pa’, ‘Pha’. It remains with a great aura (‘Tejam’) and is of the shape of an eye (‘Netrakaram’) and of ‘Peethakakruti’. Lord ‘Vishnu’ is the owner deity (‘Adhishthana Devata’ of this chakra. Here ‘Shivalingam’ remains in together with ‘Gyana Skahti’ (Power of knowledge). This place is ‘Agni Mudra Nadodhbhava SThanam’ (It is of Agni symbol and the originator of ‘Nadam’ (sound)). Here 600 ‘Paramahamsa’ japam occurs in 6 minutes and 40 seconds
  4. ‘Anahata Chakram’ is the next 4th chakra which is seated above the ‘Manipooraka’ at a distance of 10 fingers near the heart (‘Hrudaya Sthanam’) shines brilliantly with Yellow color, consists of 12 petals and is the palce of origination of all sentences (‘Samasta Vakyodhbhava Sthanam’). It is of the form of ‘Va’ consonant (its ‘mantram’ is ‘Va’) and has 12 petals by names, ‘Ka’, ‘kha’, ‘Ga’, ‘Gha’, ‘Inya’, ‘Cha’, ‘Chha’, ‘Ja’,’ Jha’, ‘Nya’,’Ta’, ‘Tha’. It is the place of ‘Vayu’ (‘Vayushthana’). It has ‘Tvageendriya karanam’ (failing to translate this Sanskrit word in English exactly) and remains in the form of a ‘Lingam’ (Lingakruti’). Lord ‘Rudra’ is the ‘Adhishthana Devata’ (Ruling/owning deity) of this chakra and here ‘Chara Lingam’ remains together with ‘Beejashakti’ (seed power). In 16 minutes and 40 seconds 6000 ‘Paramahamsa japam’ occurs here
  5. Next is ‘Vishuddha Chakram’ which remains seated above ‘Anahata Chakram’ at a distance of 12 fingers. It is of white color. This chakra has 16 petals namely, ‘A’,’Aa’, ‘E’,’Ee’, ‘U’, ‘Uu’,’R’,’Ru’, ‘Lre’,’Lree’, ‘Ye’, ‘Ai’, ‘O’, ‘Ow’, ‘Am’, ‘Aha’. It is of the shape of a fish (’matsyakruti’) and of the form of ‘Ya’ consonant (its ‘mantram’ is ‘Ya’). This chakra is ‘Srotra Sthanam’ and remains near the ‘kantha Sthana’ (voice box/larynx). It is of the color of a flame (‘Jyotivarnam’) and here the owning person is ‘Jeevatma’ (soul). It is ‘Saraswati Sthanam’ (Place of Saraswati/ ‘vagdevi’ goddess of speech). Here ‘Prasada Lingam’ and ‘Adi Shakti’ remains and the ‘Mudra’ is ‘Akasha Mudra’. Here in 2 minutes and 40 seconds time 1000 ‘Paramahamsa Japam’ occurs
  6. Sixth chakra is called as ‘Aagneya Chakram’ which is located above the ‘Vishuddhna Chakram’ at a distance of 12 fingers at the ‘Bhroomadhya Sthanam’ (center point between eyebrows). It has 2 petals with names ‘Hreem’, ‘Ksham’. It is of the form of ‘Om’ syllable (which is its ‘mantra’). It is the place of ‘Anthahkarana’; it is of the color of Gold (‘Suvarna varnam’) and shines like fire. Lord ‘Eshwara’ is the ruling deity (‘Adhisthana Devata’) of this chakra. It is the place of all creations (‘Sarva Srushti Sthanam’). It has ‘Prakasha Mudra’ and here ‘Mahalingam and ParaShakti’ remains together. In 2 minutes 46 seconds 1000 ‘Paramahamsa Japam’ (Chants) occurs
  7. Finally there is a seventh chakra called ‘Sahasrara Chakra’ (crown shell). Above ‘Visuddha Ckakra’ there is a pore called ‘Brahma Randhram’ within which this chakra is situated. That chakra consista os 1000 petals and dazzles brilliantly. It is of the form of ‘Om’ syllable (in silence) which is its ‘Mantra’. This is the place of knowledge (‘Buddhi Nilaya Sthalam’). This is the cause of all universes, but doesn’t have any point oi origination. It is of ‘Sachchidananda Roopa’. The ruling deity of this chakra is ‘Sri Guru Murty’ (Lord ‘Panchamukhi Sadashiva’). Here ‘Omkaralingam’ remains together with ‘Jyotirmayi’. It is the place of ‘Pranava’ (‘Pranava Sthanam’) and is of ‘Vimala Gyana Mudra’.in 2 minutes 46 seconds, 1000 ‘Paramahamsa japam’ occurs here
The wind which traverses these 7 chakras is called as ‘Pranam’. This same wind due to its presence in 10 different locations of the body is distinctly called by 10 names, they are; ‘Prana Vayu’, ‘Apana Vayu’, ‘Vyana Vayu’, ‘Udana Vayu’, ‘Samana Vayu’ are the five major winds. There are 5 sub winds (‘Upa Vayuvu) by names, ‘Naga vayu’, ‘Koorma Vayu’, ‘Krukura Vayu’, Devadatta Vayu’, and ‘Dhanjaya Vayu’. Hence these clubbed together is called as ten winds (‘Dasa vayu’)”.

Swami continued, “These ten winds keep penetrating and flowing in ‘Gandhara Nadi’ and other ‘Nadis’. ‘Prana Vayu’ keeps moving up and down in the ‘ida’ and ‘Pingala’ ‘nadis’ which are situated left and right of our spine. ‘Ida’ and ‘Pingala’ ‘nadi’ are spread from ‘Mooladhara Chakra’ to till ‘Agneya Chakra’ and they don’t go beyond that point. But the ‘Sushumna Nadi’ which runs in between those two ‘nadis’ extends itself from ‘Mooladhara’, goes beyond the ‘Agneya Chakra’ and connects with the ‘Brahma Randram’ of ‘Sahasrara Chakra’. ‘Sushumna’ remains hidden and is of paramount importance”.

“The soul (‘Jeevatma’) keeps traversing up and down these ‘Nadis’ from ‘Mooladhara’ to ‘Agneya’. And during this motion ‘Sa’ sound is generated at ‘Agneya’ and ‘Ham’ sound is generated at ‘Mooladhara’. These two sounds together form ‘Hamsa’ in upward motion and ‘Soham’ in downward motion”. (Note: - ‘Soham’=Sa+Aham which means “I Am He”. Therefore it teaches us about our divine existence, the state of Non Dualism (‘Advaita’) and says we and the Supreme lord are the same).

“This ‘Pranam’ or soul which continuously traverses up and down the ‘nadis’ doing the constant chanting (‘Japa’ as ‘Hamsa’ and ‘Soham’) and offers the ‘Japa’ to the ‘Adhishthana Devatas’ of the chakras viz. ‘Ganapati’, ‘Brahma’, ‘Vishnu’, ‘Rudra’, ‘Jeeva’, and ‘Eshwara’. It offers 600 chants to ‘Ganapati’, 6000 chants to ‘Brahma’, 6000 chants to ‘Vishnu’, 6000 chants to ‘Rudra’, 1000 chants to ‘Jeeva’, and 1000 chants to ‘Eshwara’. This way the ‘Prana’ offers constantly those many chants to those deities in ‘Saguna’ form (with form). It offers 1000 chants to the ‘Sri Guru Paramatma’ who is seated in the lustrous lotus called ‘Sahasrara’ (who ‘Nirguna’ or formless). In this manner,’Hamsa’ of ‘Saguna’, and ‘Nirguna’ form are 21600”.

“Ignorant of all these secrets of presence of the great lords within our own body, humans keep being desirous of visiting ‘Kashi’, ‘Gaya’, ‘Prayaga’, ‘Dwarika’ kind of places in order to attain ‘Salokya Mukti’, and in order to achieve this dream he undergoes lot many troubles and remains under the ‘maya’ (illusion) experiencing moments of happiness and sorrow. That ‘Sahasraram’ is ‘Param Jyoti’ (divine flame), that is ‘Oordhva Kundali’ (Upper Kundalini), that is the place of ‘Amruta’, that is the cause of all creations, It contains all the universes within itself. That shutter opens like a flash for some time and again closes. But when the ‘Jeeva/Prana’ successfully becomes able to enter it, he finds everything within itself. When such a state is reached, no sins can touch him, He gets the ‘Brahma Gyana’ (Ultimate Divine Wisdom) that he is none other than the Supreme Lord. ‘He experiences ‘Aham Brahmasmi..Shivoham’ feeling (I am Brahmam/I am Shiva). But sadly almost all humans keep their souls at the ‘Adho Kundali’ (Lower Kundalini) levels and like a bird inside a cage, remains immersed in attachment, and infatuation, on their wife, children and other relatives. Instead of drinking the nectar from the ‘Sahasrara’ he considers his mortal body as his own identity, and keeps drowning deep into the ocean of ‘Karma Samsara’. Whatever number of times he immerse his body in river ‘Ganga’, or whatever no. of virtuous ‘Karma’ he does, he would not get salvation”.

To such a detailed explanation of the chakras Siddhaiyya became very much pleased and with happiness expresses his gtatitude to his Guru. Siddhaiyya further asks, “Swami! Guruchandrama! You have preached to me that there are 7 lotus chakras in our body. But the other day I heard you preaching to my fellow brothers that there are 9 chakras in our body. Could you please tell me the details of the remaining two chakras and make me blessed?”

To Siddhaiyya’s thirst for knowledge Swami became pleased and replied, “Son! Listen. Primarily there are only 6 chakras plus one ‘Sahasrara’ which makes them seven. But in the ‘Sahasrara’ itself there are two sub-chakras called ‘Tala Chakra’ and ‘Akasha Chakra’. They are at the bottom and top of Sahasrara lotus. But these two are clubbed with Sahasrara and considered to be one. Hence there are seven chankras as I told you. I had explained to your fellow students about the sub chakras which makes them 9 in total, but otherwise I haven’t said anything against the ‘srutis’”.

“In order to see the Lords who are present in these seven chakras one can see them by practicing ‘Antarlakshyam’ which I taught you earlier”.


FOOTNOTES

Let me point at a very interesting point here. Have you observed carefully, the prime 'Mantra' sound/syllables of each chakra? The 'Moola Mantras/Akshars' of the six chakras from 'Mooladhara' to 'Vishuddha' are 'Na', 'Ma', 'Shi', 'Va', and 'Ya'. The 'Moola Mantra' of "Agneya' is 'Om'. So, what do you see when you read them in sequence? It forms, "NAMA SHIVAYA" and "Om". So this conforms / is inline with the Bhagwad Geeta statement where Sri Krishna tells to Arjuna that in every one Lord Shiva pervades equally, "Samam Sarveshu Bhuteshu Tishtanti Parameshwaram". Also the Rigvedic verse, "Eeshana Sarva Vidyanam Eswara Sarva Bhootanam" also testifies the same. We have seen with this chapter on Shat Chakras that the Supreme Lord 'Sada Shiva' is present in all of us! When a 'Sadhaka' (practitioner) practices 'Kundalini Yoga' as and when the 'Kundalini' energy starts rising up and pierces through each chakra, his travel from manhood to divinity begins. Each chakra when crossed, he starts becoming Shiva in the sequence 'Na, Ma, Shi, Va, Ya'. When his 'Gyana netra' (third eye- Agneya Chakra is pierced, he gets the 'Shivoham' revelation which means he has got transformed to his divine identity - Lord Shiva. When the 'Sahasrara' is pierced he finds that he is truly the Supreme Lord Shiva and is able to see all the universes within him, and he pervading entire universe. 'Advaita Vedantis' know about this truth, hence they remain aloof from the debates of superiority of one form from another since there is only one soul pervading entire universe in all the bodies; be it Gods, demons, humans. The same has been advocated by 'Jagadguru Sri Adi Shakaracharya' also.


6 comments:

  1. Hi Santosh,

    I appreciate you for bringing such a devotional excerpts of veerbrahmendra swamy.

    I am very much pleased to know about Advaita concept w.r.t paramahamsa japam done in satchakras of human body.

    Rgds,
    Chandu..
    Soft eng, Wellsfargo

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  2. Thanks for the encouraging words, Chandu! All glories to that great Guru Sri veerabrahmendra Swami. I'm just an instrument in his hands whom he thought worthy of being used for his purpose.

    Thanks again!

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  3. hi, Santosh i am mohan from bangalore, do you know any guru who will teach us Shatchakra
    i think there is no swamiji who have experianced in this chakra. yours blog is very good & it has divinity in it

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  4. Dear Mohan,

    I don't know any SadGuru who teaches Kundalini Yoga. But surely there would be some however such people do not show off publicly.

    However some organizations teach Sahaja Yoga and meditation classes, and they claim that it would raise their Kundalini. But i doubt if they really understand the awakening of Kundalini process.

    Havings aid that, I would also like to mention that, if you keep your firm faith in God and true desire to awaken your kundalini God himself would show you correct path. And you know one thing? For many people, without their own realization their Kundalini rises.

    A true seeker would surely get his kundalini raised, but a real teacher who knows Kundalini awakening, helps in properly guiding the sadhaka. This is a Yoga which brings many spiritual and emotional changes in the human hence it has to be practiced carefully under the supervision of a Guru.

    But i believe Acharya of Sringeri, Kanchi Kamakoti kind of realized saints can teach this Yoga.

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  5. Hi santosh garu,
    This is jaya krishna , superb posts and what a wonderful gynanam, thank you so much for share us.we are very glad.
    I need clear image of Shatchakra Yoga in chapter 59
    Can u send me to mail id : Jeevan514@gmail.com

    thank u so much
    Jaya krishna

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    1. Hi Jaya garu,

      Sorry that i don't have a clear photo of this image. Thanks for all the nice words.

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