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Primary Chakra: Varies by Color (Root, Solar Plexus, Heart, Crown) | Secondary Chakra: Varies by Color Astrological Sign: Gemini, Varies by Color & Type | Numerical Vibration: Number-7 Color: Blue, Clear, Green, Orange, Red, White, Yellow | Location: Africa, Brazil, India, Morocco
Primary Chakra: Varies by Color & Type | Secondary Chakra: None Astrological Sign: Leo | Numerical Vibration: Number-6 Color: Brown, Green, Red, Tan (light brown), Yellow | Location: Australia, Brazil, China, India, Peru
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Chakras (Sanskrit: चक्र, IAST: cakra, Pali: cakka, lit. wheel, circle) are the various focal points in the subtle body used in a variety of ancient meditation practices, collectively denominated as Tantra, or the esoteric or inner traditions of Indian religion, Chinese Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, and in postmodernity, in new age medicine, and originally psychologically adopted to the western mind through the assistance of Carl G. Jung.
The concept is found in the early traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are treated as focal points or putative nodes in the subtle body of the practitioner. These theories differ between the Indian religions, with many esoteric Buddhist texts consistently mentioning five Chakras, while separate esoteric Hindu sources will offer six, or even seven. They are believed to be embedded within the actual physical body, whilst also originating within the context of mental and spiritual fields, or complexes of electromagnetic variety, the precise degree and variety of which directly arise from a synthetic average of all positive and negative so-called “fields”, this eventuating the complex Nadi. Within kundalini yoga breath exercises, visualizations, mudras, bandhas, kriyas, and mantras are focused on transmuting subtle energy through “chakras”.
Muladhara (Sanskrit: मूलाधार, IAST: Mūlādhāra, English: “root support”) or root chakra located at the base of the spine in the coccygeal region of the subtle body. Dormant Kundalini is often said to be resting here, wrapped three and a half, or seven or twelve times. Sometimes she is wrapped around the black Svayambhu linga, the lowest of three obstructions to her full rising (also known as knots or granthis). It is symbolized as a four-petaled lotus with a yellow square at its center representing the element of earth. The seed syllable is Lam for the earth element (pronounced lum),. All sounds, words and mantras in their dormant form rest in the Muladhara chakra, where Ganesha resides, while the Shakti is Dakini. The associated animal is the elephant.
Svadhishthana (Sanskrit: स्वाधिष्ठान, IAST: Svādhiṣṭhāna, English: “the residence of the self”) or sacral chakra believed to be located at the root of the sexual organ along the spine in the subtle body. It is symbolized as a six-petaled lotus. Svadhisthana is represented with a lotus within which is a crescent moon symbolizing the water element. The seed mantra in its center is Vam representing water. The presiding deity is Brahma, with the Shakti being Rakini (or Chakini). In esoteric Buddhism, it is called Nirvana and is generally considered to be the petal lotus of “Creation” and corresponding to the first state of Four Noble Truths.
Manipura (Sanskrit: मणिपूर, IAST: Maṇipūra, English: “jewel city”) also called the nabhi chakra or the solar plexus/navel chakra, is located in the navel region along the subtle body’s spinal column. For the Nath yogi meditation system, this is described as the Madhyama-Shakti or the intermediate stage of self-discovery. This chakra is represented as an upward pointing triangle representing fire in the middle of a lotus with ten petals. The seed syllable for fire is at its center Ram. The presiding deity is Braddha Rudra, with Lakini as the Shakti.
Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, IAST: Anāhata, English: “unstruck“) or the heart chakra is located in or behind the heart. It is symbolized by a lotus with twelve petals. Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolizing a union of the male and female as well as being the esoteric symbol for the element of air (Vayu). The seed mantra of air, Yam, is at its center. The presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the Shakti is Kakini. In esoteric Buddhism, this Chakra is called Dharma and is generally considered to be the petal lotus of “Essential nature” and corresponding to the second state of Four Noble Truths.
Vishuddha (Sanskrit: विशुद्ध, IAST: Viśuddha, English: “especially pure”), or Vishuddhi, or throat chakra is located at the base of subtle body’s throat. It is symbolized as a sixteen petaled lotus. The Vishuddha is iconographically represented with 16 petals covered with the sixteen Sanskrit vowels. It is associated with the element of space (akasha) and has the seed syllable of the space element Ham at its center. The presiding deity is Panchavaktra shiva, with 5 heads and 4 arms, and the Shakti is Shakini. In esoteric Buddhism, it is called Sambhoga and is generally considered to be the petal lotus of “Enjoyment” and corresponding to the third state of Four Noble Truths.
Ajna (Sanskrit: आज्ञा, IAST: Ājñā, English: “command”) also called guru chakra or third-eye chakra is the subtle center of energy, believed to be located between the eyebrows, located behind it along the subtle (non-physical) spinal column. It is so called because this is the spot where the tantra guru touches the seeker during the initiation ritual (saktipata). He or she commands the awakened kundalini to pass through this center. It is symbolized by a lotus with two petals. It is at this point that the two side Nadi Ida (yoga) and Pingala are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality, the characteristic of being dual (e.g. light and dark, or male and female).
Sahasrara (Sanskrit: सहस्रार, IAST: Sahasrāra, English: “thousand-petaled”) or crown chakra is the topmost chakra in the subtle body, located in the crown of the head. In esoteric Hinduism and New Age western systems, it is generally considered to be the highest spiritual center and the state of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. When the feminine Kundalini Shakti rises to this point, it unites with the masculine Shiva, the yogi or yogini achieves self-realization and a state of liberating samadhi is attained. The chakra is symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-colored petals. In esoteric Buddhism, it is called Mahasukha and is generally considered to be the petal lotus of “Great Bliss” and corresponding to the fourth state of Four Noble Truths.