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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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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.


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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