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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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SAHASTRARA 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.



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AJNA CHAKRA


The Ajna Chakra is located inside the Sushumna Nadi, and its physical corresponding center is located between the two eye brows. Trikuti is the name for this. Paramasiva (Shambhu), the presiding deity, takes the form of Hamsa. Goddess Hakini (Sakti) exists. The Bijakshara for this Chakra is Pranava xdvng (Om). This is where the mind resides. On either side of the lotus (Chakra), there are two petals (Yoga Nadis), and the movements of these Nadis are represented by the Sanskrit letters xdvng (Ham) and xdvng (Ham) (Ksham). The Granthi Sthana is where you'll find the Granthi Sthana (Rudra Granthi). The color of the Chakra is pure white or similar to that of the fullmoon (on the Purnima day). This Chakra houses Bindu, Nada, and Sakti. Tapo-Loka refers to this Chakra. The Cavernous Plexus is the human body's corresponding core.


All the Karmas from previous lives are destroyed by concentrating at this core. The advantages of meditating on this Chakra are difficult to put into writing. The practitioner attains the status of Jivanmukta (liberated man while living). He gains all eight major Siddhis as well as 32 minor Siddhis. Pranava, both Yogis and Jnanis are concentrating on this center on the Bijakshara! (OM). This is referred to as Bhrumadya Drishti (gaze at the space between the two eye-brows). In the following lessons, more information on this vital Chakra will be included.


THE MIND


The brain and cranial nerves are the most important components of the nervous system. It is made up of light grey and white matter and is a mass of nervous tissues. It takes up the whole cranium. Cranium acts as an iron safe for the treasured ‘brain.' The brain is surrounded by three membranes or Meninges: (1) dura mater, the fibrous connective tissue by the side of the cranial bones; (2) pia mater, the connective tissue comprising a network of blood vessels that penetrates and nourishes all areas of the brain; and (3) arachnoid, a very fine membrane surrounding the brain. The area below the arachnoid includes the cerebro-spinal fluid, which is meant to protect the brain from damage. The brain seems to be swimming in the liquid.


A single Sulcus or tissue divides the brain into two parts, the right and left hemispheres. The brain is divided into lobes or smaller parts, such as the parietal and temporal lobes on the sides, the occipital lobe at the back of the cerebellum, and so on. Per lobe has several convolutions or Gyre. We should split the brain into four parts for research purposes once more.



1. Cerebrum: The cerebrum is the greater, lateral, oval-shaped portion of the brain. It is located in the cranial cavity's upper half. This includes the essential hearing, voice, and vision centers, among other things. The pineal gland, which is thought to be the seat of the spirit and is involved in Samadhi and psychic phenomena, is found here.

2. Cerebellum, also known as the "small brain" or "hind brain": This is the oblong-shaped dominant part of the brain, located just above the fourth ventricle and behind and behind the brain. The grey matter is arranged on top of the white matter in this diagram. It is in control of muscle coordination. During dreams, the mind lies here.

3. Medulla Oblongata: The oblong-shaped and wide Medulla Oblongata is the beginning of the spinal cord in the cranial cavity. It is located halfway between the two hemispheres. The white matter is set on top of the grey matter here. This houses the nerve centers that control vital functions including circulation and respiration. This area must be closely guarded.

4. Pons Varolii: This is the bridge that connects the Medulla Oblongata to the rest of the world. It's made up of white and grey fibers derived from the cerebellum and medulla. This is where the cerebellum and the medulla intersect.

The brain is divided into five ventricles. The fourth point is the most crucial. It can be found in the Medulla Oblongata. When the spinal cord's internal canal, "Canalis Centralis," crosses the cranial cavity, it is referred to as the fourth ventricle. The tiny canal enlarges at this stage.

The brain and every nerve in the body are inextricably linked. Olfactory; Optic; Motor Oculi; Pathetic; Trifacial; Abducens; Facial; Auditory; Glossopharyngeal; Pneumogastric; Spinal accessory; and Hypo-glossal are the 12 pairs of cranial nerves that run from both hemispheres through the openings at the base of the skull to various areas of the body. These are the nerves that bind the eye, ear, tongue, nose, pharynx, thorax, and other parts of the body. Any anatomy book will include a thorough examination of this section. I've included several sections that are related to Kundalini Yoga.


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VISHUDDHA CHAKRA



The Vishuddha Chakra is located at the base of the throat, in the Sushumna Nadi, Kantha-Mula Sthana. This is the same as Janar Loka. It is the Akasa Tattva (ether elementcore. )'s The Tattva is a brilliant blue color. All other Chakras are under Manas Tattva's power.

Sadasiva (Isvara Linga) is the presiding deity, and Shakini is the Goddess. 16 Yoga Nadis, which resemble lotus petals, emanate from this center. 

The 16 Sanskrit vowels are used to describe the vibrations formed by the Nadis: —Aö A:ö Eö Iö uö Uö?ö @ö ;ö =ö Oö Oö A:ö A:ö A:ö A:ö AH (aü àü iü uü ü çü éü ü ü eü aiü oü auü aü and a). The fullmoon-shaped Akasa Mandal (ether region) is round in form. 

This is where the Akasa Tattva hö (haü) Bija can be found. It is white in color. In the human body, this Chakra corresponds to the Laryngeal plexus.

Akasa Dharana is the practice of concentrating on the Tattva of this Chakra. While in Pralaya, whoever practices this Dharana will not perish. 

He achieves the greatest level of achievement. Through meditating on this Chakra, he gains complete knowledge of the four Vedas. He evolves into a Trikala Jnani (one who has knowledge of the past, current, and future).


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ANAHATA CHAKRA



Sushumna Nadi contains the Anahata Chakra (Sukshma centre). The heart is under its influence. In the human body, it refers to the Cardiac Plexus. Mahar Loka corresponds to this.

The color of the Chakra is a rich crimson. A hexagonal space of flame, deep black color, or collyrium color exists within this Chakra (used for the eyes). The Vayu Mandal's center chakra is this one (region of air, Vayu Tattva). There are 15 Yoga Nadis that radiate from this stage. 

The Sanskrit letters that represent the sound produced by each Nadi are as follows: —kö K:ö g:ö G:ö c:ö Cö j:ö J:ö J:ö J:ö W:ö Xö Yö (kaü khaü gaü ghaü aü caü chaü jaü jhaü aü and haü) The Bijakshara y:ö (yaü), Vayu's Bija, has arrived. 

Isha (Rudra) is the presiding goddess, and Kakini is the Devata. Svayambhu Linga is found in the Muladhara Chakra, while Bana Linga is found in the Anahata Chakra. The Kalpa Vriksha, which bestows all desires, has arrived. 

At this middle, the Anahata echo, the sound of Shabda Brahman, can be heard. This sound can be heard if you do Sirshasana for a long time. Sattva Guna abounds in Vayu Tattva. This Sthana is home to Vishnu Granthi.


ANAHATA CHAKRA 


Vayu Tattva is fully under the guidance of whoever meditates on this Chakra. He receives Bhuchari Siddhi, Khechari Siddhi, Kaya Siddhi, and other types of Siddhi (flying in air, entering the body of another). He receives cosmic devotion as well as all other divine Sattvic characteristics.


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MANIPURA CHAKRA





The third Chakra from the Muladhara is Manipura. It's in the Nabhi Sthana, inside the Sushumna Nadi (region of navel). This has a physical counterpart that is in charge of the liver, intestine, and other organs. This is a critical location. Ten Yoga Nadis, which resemble lotus petals, emerge from this Chakra. 

The vibrations formed by the Nadis are symbolized by the Sanskrit letters: —Rö Zö N:ö t:ö T:ö dö D:ö n:ö p:ö Rö Zö N:ö t:ö T:ö dö D:ö n:ö p:ö Rö Zö N:ö t óaü óhaü aü taü thaü daü dhaü naü paü and phaü (óaü óhaü aü taü thaü daü dhaü naü paü and phaü) Dark clouds are the color of the Chakra. There is a space inside that is triangular in shape. 

It's called the Agni Mandala (Fire Region—Agni Tattva). The Bijakshara rö (raü), Agni's Bija, has arrived. Vishnu is the presiding deity, and Lakshmi is the Goddess. In the human body, this Chakra corresponds to Svah or Svarga Loka and Solar Plexus.


CHAKRA MANIPURA


Patala Siddhi is achieved by a Yogi who concentrates on this Chakra and gains access to secret jewels as well as being cured of all diseases. Agni would not frighten him in the least (fire). “Even if he is cast into a raging pit, he will not perish” (Gheranda Samhita).


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SVADHISHTHANA CHAKRA


The Svadhishthana Chakra is situated at the root of the reproductory organ, inside the Sushumna Nadi. This is the same as Bhuvar Loka. This is in charge of the human body's lower intestine, liver, and other organs. Here is the Jala Mandal (water region—Apa Tattva). There is a crescent moon-shaped area or the shape of a conch or Kunda flower within this Chakra. Lord Brahma is the presiding deity, and Goddess Rakini is the Devata. This Chakra contains Bijakshara v:ö (vaü), Varuna's Bija.

The Chakra's color is pure blood-like crimson, or Sindura's color (vermilion). Six Yoga Nadis, which resemble lotus petals, radiate from this center. The Sanskrit letters b:ö B:ö m:ö y:ö rö l:ö (baü bhaü maü yaü raü and laü) reflect the vibrations generated by the Nadis.


SVADHISHTHANA CHAKRA 


Water is not a threat to the individual who concentrates on this Chakra and meditates on the Devata. He has complete command of the water element. He gains a wide range of psychic abilities, intuitive intelligence, and complete mastery over his senses. He knows everything there is to know about astral bodies. Such impure qualities such as Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, Matsarya, and others are totally eradicated. The Yogi becomes Death's conqueror (Mrityunjaya).


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MULADHARA CHAKRA

 

 

At the foot of the spinal column is the Muladhara Chakra. It is located between the reproductory organ's root and the anus. It is located just below the Kanda, at the intersection of the Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna Nadis. The Muladhara Chakra is located two fingers above the anus and about two fingers below the genitals, with a diameter of four fingers. Since the other Chakras are above it, this is the Adhara Chakra (support). This Chakra houses Kundalini, which provides strength and energy to all of the Chakras. As a result, Muladhara or Adhara Chakra, which is the support of everything, is called.


THE KUNDALINI AND THE MULADHARA


From this Chakra four important Nadis emanate which appear as petals of a lotus. The subtle vibrations that are made by each Nadi are represented by the Sanskrit letters: v:ö S:ö \:ö and s:ö (vaü, ÷aü, ùaü, and saü.)

The Yoni in the Chakra's center is known as Kama, and it is worshipped by Siddhas. Kundalini is latent here. This Chakra's Devata is Ganesha. Below this Chakra are the seven underworlds: Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Rasatala, Mahatala, and Patala Lokas. This Chakra is associated with Bhu Loka or Bhu-Mandal, the physical plane (earth region). Above this Chakra are the Bhuvah, Svah or Svarga, Maha, Jana, Tapa, and Satya Lokas. The Muladhara Chakra controls certain small Chakras in the limbs, which are referred to as the underworlds.

The Yogi has overcome the Prithvi Tattva by penetrating this Chakra by Prithvi Dharan. He is unconcerned with mortality on Earth. Prithvi is a yellow-colored character. The ‘Bija' is the golden Tripura (fire, light, and moon). The great energy (Param Tejas) that rests on the Muladhara Chakra and is known as Svayambhu Linga is also known.

The golden area known as Kula is located near this Linga, and Dakini is the presiding deity (Shakti). This Chakra contains Brahma Granthi, or Brahma's knot. The Anahata and Ajna Chakras are home to Vishnu Granthi and Rudra Granthi.

Muladhara Chakra's Bijamantra is l:ö (laü).

The wise Yogi who focuses and meditates on the Muladhara Chakra learns everything there is to know about Kundalini and how to awaken it. Kundalini gains Darduri Siddhi, the ability to rise from the earth, when he is awoken. He has complete power of his breath, mind, and sperm. His Prana joins the Brahma Nadi in the east. Many of his sins have been expunged. He learns about the past, present, and future. He appreciates the natural bliss (Sahaja Ananda).


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