[Fwd: [ambaa-l] saundaryalaharI - 9 (part 4)]

Ravi Mayavaram msr at COMCO.COM
Wed Jul 19 12:39:05 CDT 2000

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Subject: [ambaa-l] saundaryalaharI - 9 (part 4)
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 13:53:31 -0230 (NDT)
From: Gummuluru Murthy <gmurthy at MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA>
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To: shriimaataa <ambaa-l at egroups.com>

The cakra-s and the suShumna nADi:

Situated in the spinal cord and in the spinal column are special
centres from where groups of sensory motor nerves arise. These
nerves pervade the entire body to rejuvenate it with vitality in
the form of knowledge and action. There are seventy-two thousand
of these nerves. Of these, the three main ones are the iDA, pingalA
and suShumnA and these connect with the seven centres of vital
energy in the body called cakra-s, These cakra-s are described
imaginatively in shapes of lotuses with various numbers of petals.
These descriptions of the shapes of the cakra-s are in the tantric
texts. These cakra-s in the human (astral) body are sequentially as
follows (from lower to higher) along the suShumnA nADi.

mUlAdhAra cakra:  is located at the base of the spinal column. It
has a square maNDala representing pR^ithvI-tattva (earth element).
This is where kunDalinI dwells asleep in the state of ignorance.
This cakra has the bIja mantra "laM". This lotus has four petals,
which are crimson-colored and associated with sound vibrations
of "vaM", "shaM", "ShaM" and "saM". These bIjAs begin in the
upper right hand petal and are read in the clockwise direction.
Brahma is the presiding deity.

svAdhiShThAna cakra: above the mUlAdhAra, situated in the suShumnA,
at the level of the genitals is the svAdhiShThAna cakra, a lotus
with six petals. It is made up of agni-tattva (fire element). Its
bIja is "vaM". The six vermilion-colred petals are represented by
"baM", "bhaM", "maM", "yaM", "raM" and "laM". VishNu is the
presiding deity.

maNipUra cakra:  is located in the suShumna nADi at the navel level
and is made up of jala-tattva (water element). The red triangular
maNDala in its centre contains the bIja mantra "raM". This is a
lotus of ten petals which are dark purple in color and are
represented by bIja mantras "DaM", "DhaM", "NaM", "taM", "thaM",
"daM", "dhaM", "naM", "paM" and "phaM". Rudra is the presiding

anAhata cakra:  is located in the suShumna nADi in the region of
the heart. Its element vAyu (air) is located in the smoke-colored
maNDala, shaped like the star of David. Its bIja is "yaM". This
lotus' twelve deep-red petals are represented by bIja mantras
"kaM", "khaM", "gaM", "ghaM", "~naM", "TaM", "ThaM". Isha is
the presiding deity.

vishuddha cakra, the sixteen-petalled lotus is situated in the
suShumna nADi at the base of the throat. Within a pure blue circle
is its element, ether. The seed bIja is "haM". The sixteen smokey
purple petals contain the sanskrit vowels "aM", "AM", "iM", "IM",
"uM", "UM", "r^M", "R^M", "LM", "LM", "eM", "aiM", "OM", "auM",
"aM", "aHM". The presiding deity is sadAshiva.

AjnA cakra:  is the two-petalled lotus in the suShumna, located
in the space between the eyebrows, also called trikUTa. It is made
up of mans-tattva (mind element). "OM" is the bIja mantra for this
cakra and is in the pure white circle within it. On each side of
the circle are two petals, also pure white, their vibration
represented by the sound of sanskrit letters "haM" and "kshaM".
Paramashiva is the presiding deity.

sahasrAra cakra: is the subtle centre above and beyond the other six
cakra-s. All other cakra-s are intimately connected with the sahasrAra.
This thousand-petalled lotus is the seat of shiva and is situated at
the crown of the head. On the thousand petals are repeated the fifty
letters of the sanskrit alphabet. The area in the crown of the head
immediately above sahasrAra is called brahmarandhra. At the time of
death, when the jivanmukta discards the physical body, the
brahmarandhra bursts open and the prANa escapes through it.

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