In the meditative state, the life energy flows steadily to a single thing. Meditation on a chakra is the steady flow of the life energy to a chakra.
Mantra Meditation on Chakras
Mantra is generally understood as the repetition of one or more Sanskrit syllables that make up a sacred formula, a chant, incantation, or one of the many names of God. Mantras are used for a number of purposes and affect the chakras.
The repetition of mantra is usually thought of as the repetition of words. If we look at ‘repetition’ as the repeated fluctuations that constitute regular vibrations, we have the definition of a musical tone. If ‘formula’ refers to the rate of speed of the vibration, we have a tone of a specific pitch. A tone of the same frequency as a chakra will resound in that chakra causing it to vibrate. So sound vibrations, such as music and chanting, also affect chakras. Chakras are focal points in the body to which everything in the body is connected via the nadis [channels], so sounds from external sources have an effect on the chakras and consequently, the entire body…
Each letter of the Sanskrit alphabet is a syllable that makes up the word or words of a mantra. Each of these sounds is associated with a chakra. The vibrations, or frequencies, of the sounds in a particular order and combination make up a mantra and can cause one or more chakras to become activated. When a chakra is activated, either the power or the obstacle that is associated with that chakra surfaces.
A mantra can be chanted or spoken in any language, but Sanskrit, which means ‘purified, perfected, sanctified’, has the special quality of being a spiritual language. With secular languages, we take potluck with the organization and quality of the sounds that make up the language and the way they affect the chakras. Sometimes the effect is beneficial, sometimes harmful, sometimes neither. Sanskrit has its origin in spontaneous elevated meditative states and consists of a natural order of the fundamental pattern-producing sounds responsible for creation.
In the beginning was the word and the word was made manifest.
The root of the word mantra is ‘man’ (pronounced muhn), the same as the root of the word for mind, manas. The repetition of a mantra has a direct effect on the mind by soothing it and causing all or part of it to be calm and motionless. When awareness merges with this non-active part of the mind, samadhi is attained. In the case of mantra meditation on a chakra, the ‘object’ of meditation is a chakra. By affecting a particular chakra, the part of the mind connected with it is calmed.
The type of samadhi in which only a part of the mind is motionless is called sabija samadhi. The samadhi that occurs when the entire mind becomes motionless is called nirbija. In nirbija samadhi, all mentally based desires are dormant (in earlier stages) or nonexistent (in later stages). Nirbija samadhi is blissful beyond description and follows the accomplishment of sabija samadhi.
Meditation on a chakra can be achieved by using the technique of saying a mantra repeatedly, or by the energy going there of its own accord naturally through surrender to the Divine.
Spontaneous Meditation on Chakras
A teacher of mine once said, ‘When you can give it up, you can get it.’ If we can give up trying to make it happen, the Divine Energy in its infinite wisdom will naturally go to the appropriate chakra on its own, in its own time. Trying to make this happen is a mental activity caused by the desire to have the results. This keeps the energy in a state of bondage. In natural Surrender Meditation, the energy acts independently and is free to go where it sees fit. Meditation on a chakra occurs spontaneously and the sound of music, the Magic Flute, is heard from within.
Kundalini, the evolutionary force, and prana, the healing, purifying, sustainer of life, get directed automatically to a chakra in natural meditation. It is quite common for one practicing Surrender Meditation to find the actual recitation of a mantra occurring aloud spontaneously. This is, in fact, the origin of the technique of mantra.
From Living the Mysteries, Copyright ©1999,
Durga Ma and Terry Anne Preston, Ph.D.