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Hinduism - What Is The Vishuddha Chakra?

 



The vishuddha chakra is one of the six psychic centers (chakras) thought to exist in the subtle body, according to several schools of yoga and tantra, a hidden, ritually oriented religious practice.

The subtle body is a separate physiological system that is thought to exist on a different level than coarse matter yet has some similarities to it.

It's depicted as a group of six mental centers joined by three vertical channels and shaped like multipetaled lotus flowers flowing approximately along the spine's route.

Each of these chakras has significant symbolic associations, including varying human capacities, subtle components (tanmatras), and seed syllables (bijaksharas) constructed from Sanskrit alphabet letters, embracing all holy sound.

Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (power), the two divine principles through which the whole cosmos came into existence, have physical abodes above and below these centers.

The homology of macrocosm and microcosm, a key Hindu notion from the time of the mystical scriptures known as the Upanishads, is therefore the basic premise underpinning this concept of the subtle body.

The vishuddha chakra is the fifth of the six chakras, which are generally numbered from the bottom up.

It resembles a sixteen-petaled lotus and is found in the neck area.

Each of the petals has a seed phrase made up of a letter from the Sanskrit alphabet, in this instance all sixteen Sanskrit vowels, which are necessary linking factors in any meaningful speech.

The vishuddha chakra is linked to the human ability to speak and breathe on a symbolic level.

It is also said to be the physical seat of the subtle element of space (akasha), through which hearing is thought to occur.

See Arthur Avalon's (Sir John Woodroffe's) Shakti and Shakta (1978) and Philip S. Rawson's The Art of Tantra (1973) for further details.



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Hinduism - What Is The Muladhara Chakra?

 


Muladhara Chakra is a chakra located in the center of the body.

The muladhara chakra is one of the six psychic centers (chakras) thought to exist in the subtle body, according to several schools of yoga and tantra, a secret ritual-based religious practice.

The subtle body is a parallel physiological system to the material body that exists on a different level of reality than matter.

Three vertical channels link the six psychic centers, which are shown as multipetaled lotus flowers running approximately down the spine.

Each chakra has symbolic connotations with many human capabilities, numerous subtle components (tanmatras), and various seed syllables (bijaksharas) produced from Sanskrit alpha bet letters, encapsulating all holy sound.

The corporeal abodes of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (power), the two divine principles through which the whole cosmos came into existence, are located above and below these centers.

The homology of macrocosm and microcosm, a key Hindu belief from the time of the mysti cal books known as the Upanishads, is the basic premise underpinning the concept of the subtle body.

The six chakras are usually enumerated from the bottom up, with the muladhara chakra being the first to be enumerated.

It's shaped like a four-petaled lotus and is found around the base of the spine.

Each petal has a seed syllable, which in this instance is the consonants "va" to "sa." The muladhara chakra is said to be the physical seat of the earth element, which excretions are likened to.

The muladhara chakra is also said to be the home of kundalini, the latent spiritual force that pervades all humans and is represented as a snake looped three times around the muladhara chakra.

The muladhara, despite its connotations with the most mundane element and the most unclean body function, is also a wellspring of religious attainment potential.

See Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), Shakti and Shakta, 1978, and Philip S. Rawson, The Art of Tantra, 1973, for further details.


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Hinduism - What Is The Manipura Chakra?

 


The manipura chakra is one of the six psychic centers (chakras) thought to exist in the subtle body, according to several schools of yoga and tantra, a secret ritual-based religious practice.

The subtle body is an alternative physiological system that exists on a separate level of reality than coarse matter yet is related to it.

The six psychic centers are shown as multi-petaled lotus flowers that run approximately parallel to the spine and are joined by three vertical channels.

Each chakra has symbolic connotations with various human capabilities, numerous subtle elements (tanmatras), and various seed syllables (bijaksharas) derived from Sanskrit alphabet letters, including all holy sound.

The corporeal abodes of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (power), the two divine principles through which the whole cosmos came into existence, are located above and below these centers.

The homology of macrocosm and microcosm, a key Hindu belief from the time of the mystical books known as the Upanishads, is the basic premise underpinning the concept of the subtle body.

The manipura chakra is the third of the six chakras, which are generally enumerated from the bottom up.

It's shaped like a ten-petaled lotus and is positioned around the navel.

Each petal contains a seed, in this example the retroflex consonants "dha" to "pha." The manipura chakra is said to be the body's seat for the subtle element of fire, whose strength is said to aid digestion.

See Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), Shakti and Shakta, 1978, and Philip S. Rawson, The Art of Tantra, 1973, for further details.


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Hinduism - What Is The Kundalini?


 (“spiral”) One of the most essential principles in tantra is kundalini, or the latent spiritual force that lives in everyone.

It is the most important component of the subtle body, an alternative physiological system that is said to exist on a separate level than coarse matter yet has certain similarities with it.

The subtle body is made up of six psychic centers (chakras), which are represented as multi-petaled lotus flowers that run down the spine and are linked by three vertical channels.

Human capabilities, subtle components (tanmatras), and holy melodies are all represented by the chakras.

The deity Shiva (consciousness) and the goddess Shakti (power), the two divine principles through which the whole cosmos came into existence, have physical abodes above and below the chakras.

The homology (or likeness based on a shared origin) of macrocosm and microcosm, a key Hindu doctrine revealed in the Upanishads, is the basic premise underpinning this idea.

The kundalini is a manifestation of the universal Shakti that exists in all humans; it is shown as a snake wrapped three times around the muladhara chakra, the lowest of the mental centers.

Although everyone has kundalini, it is normally inactive, as symbolized by its coiled condition.

The goal of the subtle body's religious disciplines (yogas) is to awaken and uncoil the kundalini, pulling it up via the subtle body's core channel (sushumna) and piercing through the chakras on its journey.

The ascension of Kundalini indicates the reawakening of spiritual force.

To prevent the seeker from unwittingly activating unmanageable powers, this awakening must be carried out under the direction of a guru.

The piercing of each chakra is said to bring either the removal of barriers or the emergence of new abilities.

The kundalini rises to Shiva's microcosmic realm, the sahas radalapadma at the summit of the head, when completely expanded, to join with Shiva in eternal pleasure.

See Arthur Avalon's (Sir John Woodroffe's) Shakti and Shakta, 1978; Swami Agehananda Bharati's The Tantric Tradition, 1977; and Douglas Renfrew Brooks' The Secret of the Three Cities, 1990 for further details.


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Hinduism - What Is The Ida Nadi? Where Is The Ida Nadi located According To Yoga And Ayurveda?

 

In ancient concepts of the subtle body, the Ida Nadi is one of the vertical channels (nadi).

The subtle body is a physiological system that is said to exist on a distinct level of existence than the physical body, yet has certain similarities to it.

It's shown as a series of six psychic centers (chakras) that run nearly parallel to the spine and are joined by three parallel vertical channels.

Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (power), the latter as the latent spiritual force known as kundalini, are located above and below these centers.

The ida nadi is the left side of the body's vertical channel.

The ida nadi, like the rest of the subtle body, has symbolic correspondences; in particular, it is associated with the moon and hence seems to be bright in hue. 


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Yoga For The Physical And Subtle Body.









If you've been practicing yoga for any amount of time, you're well aware that it doesn't operate in a linear, clear-cut, or easily explainable manner. 

Despite the fact that yoga is both a science and a philosophical philosophy, its advantages go well beyond what the human eye can perceive. 



Yoga has an effect on our subtle bodies, which goes beyond what we know about anatomy and physiology in the West. 



The gross or physical body (Stula Sharira), the subtle body (Sukshma Sharira), and the causal body (Sukshma Sharira) make up each of us (Karana Sharira). 


The physical body is made up of the muscles and bones that we can feel and see. 

The Annamaya Kosha, the coarsest of the five sheaths, is formed by it. 

It's critical to develop a yoga practice that helps our whole body. 

The subtle body may be thought of as a blueprint for our physical body. 



Nadis are energy channels that transport energy throughout the body, just as electricity does in a machine. 


From the Muladhara (Root) Chakra to the Sahasrara (Crown) Chakra, the Sushumna Nadi travels down the spine. 

The Ida and Pingala, two other major Nadis, run through us in spiraling energy centers known as chakras. 

Chakras are Sanskrit for "light wheels." When we do yoga, we have an effect on our body, mind, and emotions on a subtle level. 



Different asanas and pranayama have an effect on how we feel, not only in our muscles and bones, but also in our whole outlook on life. 


We may feel different from the inside out by using various asanas and combinations of asanas. 


Dhanurasana (Backbend), for example, is a difficult position that strengthens and expands the spine, shoulders, and legs. 


  • This posture energizes and uplifts your mood by stimulating your Anahata (Heart) chakra and opening your Visshuda (Throat) chakra. 


Forward folds, such as Paschimottanasa (Seated Forward Fold), are more introspective asanas in which you open your posterior chain muscles while quieting your nervous system. 


  • So, if you're in a bad mood, try heart openers, and if you're in a bad mood, try folding forward. 

Understanding how asanas may help you keep your energy in check will help you remain healthy on all levels.



What is subtle body yoga, and how does it work? 


The subtle body is made up of focus points known as chakras that are linked by channels known as nadis that carry subtle breath known as prana. 

A practitioner may control the subtle breath to attain supernormal abilities, immortality, or freedom via breathing and other activities. 



In yoga, what is subtle energy? 


The subtle life force energy known to yogis as 'prana' is the basis of all life and the whole cosmos. 

From large physical motions to minute biochemical processes, this mystical energy runs through our bodies and produces all of our actions. 


What are the three subtle body elements? 


The yogi feels pleasure and suffering via the subtle body. 

A person is made up of three bodies, according to Hindu and yogic philosophy: the karana sharira (causal body), sukshma sharira (subtle body), and karya sharira (physical body) (gross physical body). 


What is the meaning of Sthula Sharira? 


The gross body, also known as Sthula sarira, is the material bodily mortal body that eats, breathes, and moves (acts). 

It is made up of a variety of elements that have undergone panchikarana, or the merging of the five primordial subtle elements, as a result of one's karmas (actions) in a previous incarnation. 



What are the Koshas and what are their functions? 




Koe-shuh is how it's pronounced. The food sheath, or the body made up of skin, eyes, and hair, is regarded the first kosha, or the outermost kosha, the annamaya kosha, which is literally what we consume turned into a functional body. 


How to become Aware and Activate the Koshas and The Subtle Body? 


Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fresh, healthy meals. 

The physical body is what I'm referring to. 

The anandamaya kosha, or our joy sheath, is the last kosha, or the innermost kosha. 

This kosha is similar to a little portion of the Causal Body or Spirit, the entity that dwells inside us and is linked to something far bigger than ourselves and includes everything. 

Three middle koshas, pranayama kosha, manomaya kosha, and vijnanamaya kosha, sit between and overlap these. 

These koshas work together to filter information from our senses in such a manner that barriers and distractions are eliminated from our journey to samadhi, or enlightenment and joy, using the breath, mind and memory, intellect, wisdom, and intuition. 



Are koshas corporeal in the sense that they would rip or be visible if you split your body in half? 

No. 

(The kleshas are the same way.) 



Are they genuine in the sense that they are a shape and structure devised by ancient thinkers to assist us in comprehending how we possess all of the tools necessary to connect with the Divine Universe? 

Yes. 

However, it's worth noting that some individuals claim to be able to detect when the Subtle Body is functioning by a shift in energy that is visible or otherwise recognizable outside of the body. 



What is the best way for me to get access to my subtle body? 


There are a variety of active – and individual – methods to connect with your Subtle Body. 

All of the sheaths in between are accessible through consciousness, perception, cognition, and intuition. 


  • The Subtle Body is the link between our physical and causal bodies (AKA Universe, Spirit, God). 
  • The Subtle Body is constantly striving to integrate sensory information from the physical body and develop our connection to the Universe, but we may feel that deeper connection more immediately on and off the mat when we deliberately engage it during our yoga practice. 
  • On the mat, activating the Subtle Body is straightforward but not always easy. 




There are five easy actions you can do on and off the mat to deliberately engage the Subtle Body to get you started. 




1 – The word yoga literally means "to yoke," and tagging in the Subtle Body does not imply leaving the physical body. 


  • This implies that activating the Subtle Body does not need sitting and meditating. 
  • The first body is your food body, which you may activate for spiritual reasons by eating well. 
  • The happiness condition is experienced by the interior body. 
  • When someone is engaged in their love - painting, writing, singing, or cuddling a newborn – they may find themselves in that condition unintentionally. 
  • There are a variety of active – and individual – methods to connect with your Subtle Body. 
  • All of the sheaths in between are accessible by combining consciousness, perception, mind, and intuition. 


2 - Touch isn't only limited to the fingers. 


  • The skin is the biggest organ in the body, and it is not limited to the fingers. 
  • It is the initial responder for most of our perception. 
  • We may begin the process of connecting to the Subtle Body by grounding oneself on the mat, especially while we are on our mat. 
  • Take note of where the body makes contact. 
  • Feel the feeling of burying oneself in the ground and pulling energy from it into the body. 
  • This is heightened awareness, and it is here that we ground ourselves and begin the activation process by honestly and fully assessing where we are, where we are standing (or lying). 
  • This enables us to awaken not just the annamaya kosha, the outermost sheath, but also the inner three koshas, which process information at various degrees of consciousness. 


3 – The feet and hands include about half of the body's bones. 



  • The hands and feet (27 and 26, respectively) contain almost half of the body's bones, each of which is linked to a labyrinth of small muscles, joints, and ligaments. 
  • In addition to the 26 bones, the feet contain around 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles, as well as 30 joints. 
  • Minor changes to your stance, how you point or flex your foot, and where you feel release in your body, as well as your feeling of lightness and balance on the mat, are all possibilities. 
  • Paying attention to these minute nuances goes beyond the senses and raises your Subtle Body awareness to new heights. 


4 – Softening is similar to stretching, but it's more effective! 


  • The cue to "soften" is one of the buzzword cues you may be hearing (or utilizing) more often in the studio. 
  • Because the cue is basically asking you to relax particular muscles while in a posture, enabling the emphasis to shift to activation of important bodily components – or the mind, memory recall, wisdom, and intuition that is the Subtle Body at action - this is a term that encourages the Subtle Body to awaken. 
  • When we “stretch” in a posture, we are reaching for something that is out of reach, pushing our limits, and perhaps attempting to achieve something that is beyond our capabilities. 
  • It's a concept that takes up room and demands attention, impeding our capacity to turn within and concentrate on the Subtle Body. 
  • When we "soften" in a posture, however, we are encouraged to relax into what is already natural to us, enabling us to experience a feeling of release that allows us to concentrate more on the Subtle Body's activation. 



5 – Breath is more than just air; it links the physical and subtle energy bodies. 


  • Too often, we speak about pranayama as if it were only the art and science of getting oxygen into the body. 
  • When we speak about yoga practice in general and Subtle Body activation on or off the mat in particular, we're talking about so much more: it's about directing life force or energy into the various sheaths utilizing the breath. 
  • Do you recall the three koshas that exist between the food sheath and the bliss sheath/Causal Body? These are traversed by using breath that is guided by awareness and intuition and propelled by purpose. 
  • This may be done in silence, as well as in any yoga position on the mat or in any circumstance off the mat. 

The Subtle Body may be accessed in any situation by combining the power of the mind and breath. It gets simpler and more accessible the more you practice it!



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CHAKRAS AND THE SUBTLE BODY.



Despite the fact that our physical bodies appear to be thick and substantial, they are made up of billions of molecules and atoms, or energy in continual motion. 

The soul (the indwelling pure spirit – the truth of who we are) has numerous interconnected non-physical, subtle bodies or vehicles encircling and interpenetrating the physical form, each of which is a field of energy vibrating at a certain frequency level and density. 


The individual soul manifests itself through five sheaths (koshas), which are separated into three bodies: the physical body, astral body, and causal body. 


Our everyday experiences in the three states of thought — awake (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), and dreamless sleep — are mediated by the physical, astral, and causal bodies, respectively (sushupti). 

The soul exists outside of these three states, seeing them. 


So there are five sheaths divided across three bodies, each of which serves as a vehicle for the manifestation of the soul awareness, which is separate from all of them . 


  • The physical sheath of the gross body, the annamaya kosha (food sheath), is vulnerable to birth, growth, sickness, decay, and death. 
  • The food sheath gets its name from its reliance on gross prana in the form of food, water, and air. 


Prana is the essential life-energy that allows life and creation to exist.


  • Prana pervades the entire universe and may be found in both the macrocosmos and microcosmos. There is no life without prana. 
  • Prana is the connection that connects the astral and physical bodies; when this relationship is severed, the physical body dies. 
  • The astral and prana bodies both leave the physical body.) It's also made up of the five components (ether, air, fire, water and earth). 


THE ASTRAL BODY

The five subtle elements akash (ether), vayu (air), tejas (fire), jala (water), and prithvi (earth) make up the astral body, which creates the five gross elements on the physical plane. There are three sheaths that make up the astral body.


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Asanas, Chakras and Kundalini

 

THE ASANAS OF PADMA AND VAJRA


Padmasana is achieved by placing the right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh.

Both sins are destroyed by this posture.

The adamantine stance, or Vajrasana, is achieved by placing one heel below the Muladhara and the other above it while sitting in a straight line with the trunk, body, and head. Mulakanda is the source of the genital organ Kanda.


THE KUNDALINI'S ROUSTING


The Kundalini should be taken from the Muladhara to the Sahasrara, or thousand-petalled Lotus in the crown of the head, by a wise Yogi. Shakti-Chalana is the name given to this operation.

The Kundalini should travel through the Svadhishthana Chakra, the Manipura Chakra in the navel, the Anahata Chakra in the middle, the Vishuddha Chakra in the throat, and the Ajna Chakra between the eyebrows, also known as the Trikuti Chakra.

For the practice of Shakti-Chalana, two items are needed. The Sarasvati Chalana is one, and the restraint of Prana, or air, is the other.


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SADHANA YOGA ~ EXERCISES TO AWAKEN THE KUNDALINI




Before attempting to awaken Kundalini, one must become fully desireless and full of Vairagya. Only when a man rises above Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, and other impurities will it be awoken. Kundalini can be reawakened by emerging above sensual impulses.

Kundalini awakening would favor the Yogi who has a clean heart and a mind void of emotions and urges. If a man with a lot of impurities in his mind uses power to awaken the Sakti through Asanas, Pranayamas, and Mudras, he will lose his legs and fall. He will be unable to progress up the Yogic ladder. This is the primary explanation for people going out of their way or developing physical ailments. Yoga is not in any way harmful. Purity comes first, followed by a detailed understanding of the Sadhana, a qualified guide, and a consistent, incremental practice. There are many temptations on the path to Kundalini awakening, and a Sadhaka lacking innocence would not be able to withstand them.

Theoretical understanding is just as essential as experience. Some people believe the principle isn't necessary at all. They provide one or two unusual examples that demonstrate that Kundalini has been awoken even in people who have no prior knowledge of Nadis, Chakras, or Kundalini. It may have been by accident or by the grace of a Guru. Nobody should predict this to ignore the theoretical side of things. When you see a man whose Kundalini has been awoken by the grace of a Guru, you will not immediately begin to disregard the practical side of things and spend your time passing from one Guru to the next. A man with a thorough understanding of the philosophy and consistent experience achieves the intended result easily.

Hatha Yogis can awaken Kundalini through Pranayama, Asanas, and Mudras; Raja Yogis can awaken Kundalini through focus and mind training; Bhaktas can awaken Kundalini through devotion and perfect self-surrender; Jnanis can awaken Kundalini through analytical will; Tantrikas will awaken Kundalini through Mantras; and Guru Kripa will awaken Kundalini through touch, The state of Samadhi and Mukti is influenced by the rousing of Kundalini and its union with Siva at the Sahasrara Chakra. Without the Kundalini awakening, no Samadhi is possible.

For a select few, either of the methods mentioned above will suffice to awaken the Kundalini. Many people would have to use a combination of strategies. This is determined by the Sadhakas' progress and position on the spiritual path. The Guru will determine the Sadhaka's true position and recommend a suitable method for successfully awakening the Kundalini in a short span of time.

This is similar to a doctor administering the right drug for a patient to treat a certain illness. The illnesses of various people can not be cured with the same treatment. Similarly, one Sadhana can not be suitable for everyone.

Many people nowadays mistakenly believe that they have mastered innocence, make mistakes in process selection, and overlook many essential aspects of Sadhana. They're pitiful, deluded souls. Rajasic Sadhakas who are self-assured will pick and choose exercises that appeal to them in an erratic way, abandoning all of them when they experience severe difficulties.

Prana, along with mind and Agni, ascends through Brahma Nadi after Kundalini awakens. Via special exercises such as Mahabheda, Sakti Chalana, and others, you will be able to raise it to the Sahasrara Chakra.

It pierces the Muladhara Chakra as soon as it awakens (Bheda). It must be transported to Sahasrara through various Chakras. When Kundalini is at one Chakra, it produces extreme fire, and when it moves on to another Chakra, the previous Chakra becomes very cold and dead.

The manifestations of Kundalini awakening include freedom from Kama, Krodha, Raga, and Dvesha, as well as mental harmony, celestial love, astral vision, supreme fearlessness, desirelessness, Siddhis, divine intoxication, and metaphysical Ananda. When a man is at ease, he is well aware of his surroundings and the world around him. As it awakens, he is no longer alive like the rest of the universe. He is unconcerned with his physical appearance. He achieves the condition of Unmani. When Kundalini flies from Chakra to Chakra, it opens layer after layer of the mind, giving the Yogi psychic abilities. He regains command of the five elements. He is in the Chidakasa as it meets the Sahasrara Chakra (knowledge space).

Many people misunderstand and take the Kundalini Sakti's awakening, union with Siva, enjoyment of the nectar, and other Kundalini Yoga functions mentioned in the Yoga Sastras literally. They believe that men are Siva and women are Sakti, and that the aim of Kundalini Yoga is merely sexual union. They continue to deliver flowers and worship their wives with lustful proclivities after misinterpretations of Yogic texts. The word "divine coma resulting from nectar consumption" is often misrepresented. They drink a variety of wine and other intoxicating beverages and pretend to be in Divine ecstasy. It's all a case of stupidity. They are completely incorrect. This kind of prayer and union isn't Kundalini Yoga at all.

They focus their attention on sexual centers and end up ruining themselves. Some stupid young boys pretend that the Kundalini has gone up to their neck by doing one or two Asanas, Mudras, and a little Pranayama for a few days in whatever way they like. They dress up as large Yogis. They are pitiful, delusory beings. Even a Vedanti (a Jnana Yoga student) can only attain Jnana Nishtha by reawakening the Kundalini Sakti, which is dormant at the Muladhara Chakra. If it is Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, or Jnana Yoga, no superconscious state or Samadhi is possible without awakening this primordial spirit.

It is easy to awaken the Kundalini, but it is extremely difficult to guide it through the Chakras to the Sahasrara Chakra. It necessitates a lot of discipline, perseverance, purity, and consistent practice. The Yogi who has brought everything to the Sahasrara Chakra is really the lord of all powers. Due to false Tushti, most Yogic students end their Sadhana halfway through (satisfaction). When they have mystic visions and psychic abilities, they believe they have arrived at their destination. They want to show off their abilities in front of the public in order to gain Khyati (reputation and fame) and wealth. This is a tragic oversight. Only complete realization will bring ultimate salvation, perfect happiness, and Highest Bliss.



Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jnana Yoga will be listed one by one as different methods of awakening the Kundalini. Any aspirants would not be able to achieve perfection by a single process. For the vast majority of people, a harmonious mix of both approaches is needed. On the following sections, I will describe the various exercises for awakening the Kundalini.

If you are smart enough, after reviewing the various exercises, you can easily choose the Sadhana form that best suits you and achieve success.

The state of Samadhi and Mukti is influenced by the rousing of Kundalini and its union with Siva at the Sahasrara Chakra. You must have Deha Suddhi (purity of body), Nadi Suddhi (purification of Nadis), Manas-Suddhi (purity of mind), and Buddhi Suddhi (purity of mind) before you can awaken the Kundalini (purity of intellect). 

The following six exercises are recommended for body purification: 

  1. Dhauti, 
  2. Basti, 
  3. Neti, 
  4. Nauli, 
  5. Tratak, and 
  6. Kapalabhati. 

In Hatha Yoga, these are known as Shat-Karma, or the six purifying exercises.




LALANA CHAKRA



The Lalana Chakra is located just above Ajna and under Sahasrara Chakra. From this stage, twelve Yoga Nadis branch out. 

The Sanskrit letters reflect the vibrations that the 12 Nadis generate: (Ha, Sa, Ksha, Ma, La, Va, Ra, Ya, Ha, Sa, Kha and Phrem). It has the letter OM as its Bija. 

The Yogi concentrates on the style of his Guru at this center and obtains all wisdom. This is in charge of the 12 pairs of nerves that connect the brain to the various sense organs.


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SAHASRARA CHAKRA

     


    Lord Siva's abode is the Sahasrara Chakra. 


    Satya Loka refers to this. This is seen at the very top of the brain. 


    When Kundalini and Lord Siva merge at the Sahasrara Chakra, the Yogi experiences Parama Ananda, or Supreme Bliss. 


    • The Yogi achieves the superconscious mind and the Highest Knowledge when Kundalini is brought to this core. 
    • He evolves into either a Brahmavidvarishtha or a full-fledged Jnani.
    • This Padma is known as Sahasradala-Padma because it has 1000 petals. 
    • One thousand Yoga Nadis, in other words, emanate from this center. 
    • There are different opinions about the exact number of petals. 
    • It is sufficient to know that numerous Nadis branch off from this point.



    The Yoga Nadis' vibrations are expressed by Sanskrit letters, much like the vibrations of other Chakras. 


    • On all Yoga Nadis, all 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are repeated over and over. A Sukshma center is located here. 
    • The hippocampus is the human body's corresponding core.


    Just the first six Chakras, Muladhara, Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, and Ajna, are referred to as "Shat-Chakras." Over it all is the Sahasrara Chakra. 

    • This is the most important Chakra of them all. 
    • This center is intimately connected to all of the Chakras. 
    • As a result, it is not counted among the Shat-Chakras. 
    • This is the Chakra that sits on top of all the others.



    In certain yoga traditions, the crown chakra, also known as Sahasrara or "thousand-petalled," is the seventh fundamental chakra. 

    • The Sahasrara is mentioned in a few medieval hatha yoga books, such as the ivasahit and the Tirumantiram, but not in the Pacimnya or Nath lineages; the Kubjikamatatantra only mentions the six lower chakras. 
    • The location of the Sahasrara is debated in the scriptures; some say it is beyond the body, while others say it is at the fontanelle or brahmarandhra on the top of the head, where the soul departs the body after death. 
    • A lotus flower with 1,000 petals of various hues is regarded as the Sahasrara. 
    • Each layer has around 50 petals and is organized in 20 layers. 
    • The pericarp is golden, and a round moon area inside it is imprinted with a bright triangle that may point upwards or downwards. 

    It is claimed to be the most delicate chakra in the system, referring to pure awareness, and it is from this chakra that all the other chakras issue. 

    • It is sometimes referred to as a thousand-petaled lotus. 
    • The state of Nirvikalpa Samdhi is achieved when a yogi is able to elevate their kundalini (consciousness energy) to this level. 
    • Shirshasana Vrikshasana are exercises for the Sahasrra Chakra. 
    • Khatu Pranam. 
    • Om Kriya Yoga 
    • Singing/Chanting while focussing on the Sahasrra Chakra. 



    What is the Sahasrara Chakra? 


    • The petal of a lotus flower represents the seven chakras in the body, which keep the flow of energy flowing. 
    • A global harmony of body, mind, and spirit is achieved when all of the petals are fully opened. 
    • The seventh chakra, Sahasrara, is where divine energy is activated. 




    What are the qualities of the Sahsrara chakra? 



    • The Sahasrara Chakra gives a more cheerful view on life as it activates. 
    • Our behaviors and attitudes have changed noticeably. 
    • The ego no longer has control over the Self. 
    • Gratitude, compassion, and acceptance become expressions of our inner Self. 
    • It is a rejection of any negative ideas that cause us to be unhappy and stressed. 
    • With a clear viewpoint, a balanced Crown Chakra gives spiritual insight and tranquility. 
    • He or she may sense disappointment, boredom, depression, and restlessness if the Crown Chakra is imbalanced or obstructed. 



    What is the color of the Sahasrara Chakra? 


    • The Crown Chakra is violet or white in hue. 
    • Violet is a hue associated with spirituality. 
    • When fully active, it is an uniting hue that incorporates all of the properties of the other chakras. 
    • It evokes powerful feelings of letting go as well as exhilaration at the prospect of change. 
    • There is an awareness of a significant shift. 
    • The violet spirit helps the self to see beyond the physical and material aspects of life. 



    Sahasrara Chakra, A Window to Your Higher Self


    Sahasrara is a Sanskrit word that signifies "thousand" or "infinite." 


    • The Sahasrara Chakra, also known as the Crown Chakra, is positioned at the crown of the head. 
    • The seventh chakra, Sahasrara, is the last of the seven chakras. 
    • It establishes a close connection with the highest Self. 


    The Crown Chakra's activation signifies a global flow of energy and spiritual enlightenment. 


    • It is symbolized as pure white light or the color violet. 
    • AUM is the Sahasrara Chakra's seed mantra. 
    • It is thought to have an impact on brain processes including memory, intellect, and acute attention. 


    Because it shines like the Sun, it is also known as the "Thousand-Petalled Lotus," "Brahmarandhra" (the entryway to God), or the "Centre of a Million Rays." No other light compares to the Sun's splendour. 




    All other Chakras' energy and radiation pale in comparison to the splendour of the Sahasrara Chakra. 


    • Medha Shakti is a powerful force found in the Sahasrara Chakra. 
    • Medha Shakti is a hormone that affects memory, focus, and intellect in the brain. 
    • Medha Shakti may be activated and strengthened via yoga. 
    • The Sahasrara is not distinguished by its color or quality. 
    • It is pure light that is made up of all colors. 


    Like the streams of a thousand rivers flowing into the sea, the energy of all Nadis converges at one center. 

    Shiva, the Supreme Self, has his seat here. 



    The Sahasrara Chakra's waking signifies the unveiling of Divine Splendor and the achievement of Supreme Consciousness. 


    • Ignorance dissolves with the waking of the Sahasrara Chakra, just as darkness fades with the dawning of the Sun. 
    • This Chakra reflects the Yoga aim of Self-Realization and God-Realization, in which the individual soul merges with Cosmic Consciousness. 
    • The person who obtains it is free of all Karmas and achieves Moksha, or total emancipation from the cycle of rebirth and death. 


    The Yogi attains Nirvikalpa Samadhi (the greatest degree of Samadhi) at the Sahasrara Chakra during meditation, when the mind finally comes to total quiet and finds fulfillment in the unity of knowledge, the knower, and the object of knowledge. 


    • The thousand-petaled Lotus blooms in the Sahasrara Chakra as a symbol of complete, unfolding Consciousness. 
    • Shiva in the form of pure, Supreme Consciousness is the Divinity of this Chakra. Thus the Adi Tattva, the Supreme, spiritual Tattva, is the equivalent element. 
    • The Mantra for Agya Chakra is the same as for Agya Chakra, and it begins with the sound OM. 



    What is the function of the Sahasrara chakra?


    • The crown chakra is also known as "the bridge to the cosmos," or sahasrra chakra in Sanskrit. 
    • All seven chakras are spiritual in essence, but this one is the most spiritual. 
    • It is the individual's center of spirit, enlightenment, knowledge, global awareness, and connection to higher guidance, and it is located above the top of the head. 



    When the Sahasrara chakra opens, what happens?


    • The Sahasrara chakra, often known as the crown chakra, is positioned at the top of the head. 
    • When it first opens, you're likely to go through a flurry of physical, emotional, and spiritual changes. 
    • It's also possible that you've already balanced and awakened your other six chakras by the time your crown chakra opens. 



    How to activate the Sahasrara chakra? 


    Here's what I propose doing when you're ready to activate your crown chakra: Please keep your voice down. 


    • A sound or mantra is linked with each chakra. 
    • Take some time to meditate... 
    • Books and podcasts may help you broaden your horizons. 
    • Make a habit of expressing thanks. 



    All meditation techniques benefit the seven chakras by keeping them open and aligned. 


    • Self-awareness, emotional management, and relaxation are all benefits of meditation. 


    Steps to a basic Sahasrara Chakra meditation: 


    1. Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor in a comfortable posture. 
    2. Place your hands on your knees and turn your palms towards the sky to achieve the 'mudra' stance. 
    3. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. 
    4. Continue to take calm, even breaths. 
    5. Imagine the white hue of the lotus petals unfurling. 
    6. Visualize a brilliant hue enveloping your head and expanding gently throughout your whole body. 
    7. After 5 to 10 minutes, open your eyes and sit quietly for a while. 
    8. Seed mantra recitation AUM is also beneficial for deep meditation and Crown Chakra repair. 


    The Crown Chakra is activated by yoga positions in which your forehead meets the ground, as well as sitting postures. 


    3 simple yoga asanas to help you balance your Sahasrara Chakra:


    Shirshasana (headstand) 


    1. This yoga asana is thought to be ideal for stimulating the Crown Chakra's energy. 
    2. This asana strengthens, stabilizes, and energizes the core muscles while activating them. 
    3. Make an effort to hold this position for at least five effortless breaths. 
    4. Shirshasana provides mental clarity and balance when practiced regularly. 


    Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose) 


    1. Rabbit Pose is an excellent approach to engage deeply with the Crown Chakra. 
    2. The head, spine, and shoulders are all relaxed in this yoga stance. 
    3. Kneel and bend forward, bringing your crown of head to the ground. 
    4. By reaching back with your arms, cup your heels with your hands. 
    5. Instead of putting strong pressure down into the earth, lightly touch the floor with your head. 
    6. Lower your hips toward your heels, release your grasp on the heels, and roll up through your spine to a sitting posture after several breaths. 



    Savasana (Corpse Pose) 


    1. This yoga asana is the easiest and most efficient way to achieve detachment. 
    2. It teaches you to let go of everything of your ambitions, expectations, efforts, and judgements completely. 
    3. Visualize white light coming from the summit of your head and down the length of your spine as you inhale to increase the benefits to the Crown Chakra. 
    4. Visualize the light ascending up the length of your spine to the top of your head as you exhale. 



    What are recommended foods for a healthy and balanced Saharasra Chakra?


    • Natural, healthful meals that enhance overall well-being make up the Crown Chakra foods. 
    • Fresh and organic foods, such as vegetables, fruits, brown rice, brown bread, and robust broths, aid in the alignment of energy centers. 
    • Violet foods, such as eggplant and red grapes, are beneficial because they correspond to the Crown Chakra's hues. 
    • Ginger spice is a natural cleanser that also enhances spiritual clarity. 
    • Herbal teas help to clear clogs in the intestines by supporting digestive health. 



    When the crown chakra is blocked, what happens? 


    When your crown chakra is blocked, you may notice the following mental symptoms: 

    • Confusion. 
    • A sense of disconnection from the rest of the world. 
    • Spiritualization to the extreme (i.e., too much meditation) 



    What flower is linked with the head chakra, or Sahasrara? 


    • The crown chakra, also known as Sahasrara, or the thousand-petal lotus flower, is sometimes portrayed as a thousand-petal lotus flower in full bloom at the crown of your head. 
    • The roots of this lotus flower link to the Earth, and its petals flow as a stream of Divine knowledge and awareness out from the crown and down through the chakras.


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