The Fifth Chakra

Chakra: Wheel, discus, circle, mystical diagram. Chakras are energy centers, intersections of nadis (channels) in the body. When activated, chakras spin, open out, expand, and present their good qualities along with their less desirable characteristics.

The fifth chakra is located in the region of the throat, has sixteen petals, sixteen vibrational sound frequencies identified by specific Sanskrit syllables, and is associated with purification. Its mystical diagram is the sphere, the color is blue (or smokey), the sense organ is the ears, the sense faculty is sound, the element is ether (space), the elemental color is green.

The name of the fifth chakra is vishuddha. The word vishuddha is from shuddha, meaning ‘cleared, purified’, with the prefix, vi, which intensifies the idea of purity, so ‘vishuddha‘ then, means ‘completely cleansed and purified’. Prana’s function is purification.

Prana’s function is purification.
Kundalini’s function is evolution.

Kundalini’s function is evolution. The word ‘evolution’, from the Latin, evolvere, ‘to roll out of’, means ‘unrolling, wheeling around, opening out, unfolding”. (Sound familiar?) Evolution is gradual. Things don’t happen all at once. The chakras are first activated by prana, spinning and opening out in any order for the purpose of purification. After prana has achieved a sufficient degree of purification, they are dealt with by kundalini in serial order for the purpose of evolution.

At the fourth chakra you had contact with the adepts; here, at the fifth chakra, you become one yourself. Once the energy can pass this chakra, patterns and conditionings that have run your life and affected your body can begin to change and lose their influence.

Vishnu Loka

After we pierced the Brahmagranthi, we moved from Brahma Loka, the World of Creation, into Vishnu Loka, the World of Sustenance. Vishnu is the Sustainer-Maintainer and this is Her world. Not only does She sustain and maintain life, but She also sustains our progress, so we definitely want to reach this landmark in our journey. Once here, She opens our hearts at chakra number four, and now, at chakra number five, this unconditional love becomes expressed through anahata nada,’unstruck sound’.

Anahata nada takes place when the energy arrives at the fifth chakra, with vocalizations, chanting and singing. What is meant by ‘unstruck’ here is that these sounds are not made by you, but are spontaneously generated in meditation.

Khechari Mudra 

The piercing of the fifth chakra allows for the energy to rise up through the throat to the sixth chakra. This stimulates the glands underneath the tongue, and the pituitary gland, so that the hormones of the pituitary begin to flow. At a certain stage, the hands will come up in cup fashion, and the tongue will roll up and go into the phaynx and block it. This is khechari mudra, the ‘flying-up seal’. It stops the breath completely.

Khechari (flying in the air) mudra (seal), is not the same as the breathless state that we talked about earlier. With khechari, one could actually die. If it is not done in a surrendered state, it is dangerous, but done fully surrendered, shakti handles everything, and shakti makes no mistakes. With the piercing of the Brahmagranthi, khechari mudra can take place and ‘upward flow’ can begin. By stimulating the pituitary, the nectar of immortality (amrita) coming from the pituitary, can be absorbed into the body. At this point, the transformation of the physical body begins.

When the energy flows upward, it must be pure, otherwise impurities will go up with the energy, and if the flow is intense enough, this can be dangerous. This is why willful kundalini techniques must be avoided. The use of willful techniques cannot bring the degree of purity necessary for upward flow to be safe.  

The solution to this is to practice Surrender Meditation until your surrender is adequate, and to have thoroughly gone through the preliminary steps (i.e., yama, niyama, asana, etc). Then, the whole body can be pervaded with the nectar and become transformed naturally into the Divine Body form. This is the last phase of kundalini.

Aches and Accomplishments

When the throat chakra is being pierced, your inherent power will become completely available to you. Latent talents will begin to turn on, and you will be able to sway and control people, make money, and get what you want. You have a choice at this point: you can either get caught up in these things, or you can give them back to God and continue with Surrender Meditation until you have purified these temptations out of existence. Then the flow of the energy through the throat chakra can get as intense as it wants until it is resolved.

With mastery of the fifth chakra, you will understand the scriptures and their mysteries, enjoy the bliss of the inner world, and thousands of years will appear as so many moments.   

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The Fourth Chakra

“Doctors are the discoverers of physiological functions. Yogis are the discoverers of the chakras … Just as modern science gives importance to the sense organs and their functions, likewise the ancient science of yoga gives importance to prana and its various functions in the chakras.” — Swami Kripalu, The Science of Meditation  

The fourth chakra is located in the region of the heart, has twelve petals, twelve vibrational sound frequencies identified by specific Sanskrit syllables, and is associated with respiration. Its mystical diagram is the hexagon, the color is emerald (or gold), the sense organ is the skin, the sense faculty is touch, the element is air (vayu, the air of the breath), the elemental color is smoky.

The first three chakras were in the created world, the Brahma Loka, and associated with the material plane, but now we are moving on to subtler things, and subtler affairs. This brings us to the meaning of the word, anahata, the name of the fourth chakra. 

Anahata means ‘unstruck’. What is being referred to here is the breathless state. The word anahata is made up of ana (breath, respiration) and ahata (an action happening without the normal attributes). The normal attribute of breath is breathing. So anahata fully defined means, breath without its normal attribute. The breathless state is just what it says—your body stops breathing. The fourth charka is the home base region of prana. Even in this state in which one is not breathing, life continues uninterrupted because prana is uninterrupted. It is prana, Life Energy, that keeps us alive, not the process of pumping air.

When you first experience the breathless state, you will become aware of it when your body starts breathing again. You will be a little surprised, but not alarmed, and definitely inspired (pun definitely intended here). I have mentioned this state before in the context of the need for absolute privacy and a secure place for the practice of Surrender Meditation. You really don’t want your meditation to be interrupted in this state because it is not good for the nervous system. But more to the point, you will not reach this state if there is any chance that your meditation will be disturbed. If you do not lock your door because you feel certain that no one in the house will walk in on you, lock it anyway, because subconsciously you will know that this possibility does exist. So lock your door.

Piercing the Brahmagranthi

In a previous post we took up the third chakra and talked briefly about the Brahmagranthi. Now we move into the Vishnu Loka, the world of Sustainment of Life. The Brahmabranthi, an obstacle to kundalini rising up the central channel, the sushumna, must be dealt with in order for the energy to be able to move on to the fourth chakra.

Anahata means ‘unstruck, produced otherwise than by striking’, like the eardrum is struck for a sound to be heard. When kundalini pierces the Brahmagranthi, you will hear it directly, not with your ears. When this happens, you will simultaneously hear it directly and feel it subtly within the body in the area of the diaphragm. It will be a loud sound as if it were in the room with you, like a very deep drum has been struck.

Aches and Attainments

When the fourth chakra is contracted, or aches, you feel lonely, separate from others, an outsider. When it is open and expanded, you love everyone regardless of other considerations, regardless of what others may do or feel towards you, and regardless of emotions you feel that are contrary to this state of unconditional love.

When the fourth chakra has been evolved by kundalini, you attain the gifts of prophesy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and levitation, and have contact with the adepts.

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The Third Chakra

The third chakra is called manipura, which means ‘jewel city’. With a name like that, it must be very valuable! 

The third chakra is located at the navel, has ten petals, ten vibrational frequencies identified by the sounds of specific Sanskrit syllables, and is associated with digestion. Its mystical diagram is the triangle, the color is yellow-gold (or green), the sense organ is the eyes, the sense faculty is sight, the element is fire, the elemental color is blood-red.

The third chakra is called the manipura, which means ‘jewel city’. A jewel is something precious, valuable, and difficult to destroy. A city is a place where many paths converge, where many people and many things come together in one place.

At your navel, you were connected to a life in this world, and to the one who brought you into it, to the one who provided you with nourishment and sustenance while your body developed sufficiently to enter into life. Perhaps it is you that is precious and valuable.

The element associated with the third chakra is fire, the fire of the sun, or prana, the Life Energy. The sun makes life possible and sustains it. Into this sacrificial fire is thrown all the things of which we wish to free ourselves. Here we offer things like resentment, possessiveness and gluttony. By making the offering through surrender to the Divine, we are purified by this fire and our wellbeing is increased. Through these sacrifices, our surrender deepens and the Life Energy gains more freedom to do its job of sustaining and maintaining life and wellbeing. Now Kundalini can get on with Her job of evolving us to our natural, divine state.

The business of the third chakra is digestion. Think about digestion, what that is, how it works, and apply this to other things besides food. Digestion involves change, transformation. It is the process of treating something by means of heat in order to extract essentials. Here we are reminded of the principle of tapas, or purification by fire. Where purification by water takes care of impurities through elimination, tapas purifies by melting things down in order to separate them, leaving only the good stuff—like separating the gold from the dross (remember how we defined purification?). Prana wants to keep only what has value in order to make way for Kundalini to evolve you to your natural, divine state.

The Brahmagranthi

At this chakra a metropolis of energy channels in the body converge in a tangle, called a granthi. This particular granthi is called the Brahma-granthi. When this granthi is pierced and resolved by Kundalini, one achieves mastery of brahmacharya. Most never reach this point, and very few ever master it.

When kundalini has evolved your third chakra, you become a giver of happiness to others. You attain mastery over desire and sorrow, and all diseases are destroyed. You can cheat death, and you can enter into the body of another.

The third chakra is very difficult—fire not only purifies and sustains life, but it can also take it. When we consider what has to be accomplished in order to pass beyond this chakra, not to mention master the brahmagranthi, we are humbled (and we thought the second chakra was difficult!). We have to concede that our kundalini has not reached those most popular chakras at the eyebrow center and the crown center, that all those experiences we had that we thought were kundalini were really prana producing wonders while doing its job. Well, that’s not so bad now is it? It just goes to show that God, in any form, will never let you down.

About Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya is the practice of chastity, and is the name of the first ashrama, or stage of life, the student stage. During this stage, the first twenty-five years, one maintains chastity. This is not just a moral injunction, but the means of allowing kundalini to maintain some degree of freedom to evolve the individual to a high degree of intelligence, even genius, thus insuring that wealth (artha), pleasure (kama), and freedom (moksha) can be successfully achieved in the stages of life that follow.

When the word brahmacharya is broken down, depending upon the spelling, we have:

brahma (God, Absolute, impersonal), and charya (movement, conduct, or practice) = God-action, God-conduct, God-practice.

OR we have …

brahmaa (God, Absolute, personal), and either charya (moving), acharya (not moving), or aacharya (arrived at, done) = God-action, God-nonaction, or God-realized/mastered/arrived at.

To complicate things further, though not commonly spelled with a long ‘a’ (brahmaacharya), brahmaa is also used as the name for God as Creator, which gives us = Creator God-action, Creator God-nonaction or Creator God-mastery.

The question is, which is it? And what does it mean? This is one of those places where the necessity for oral teachings becomes apparent.

May your tapas increase,
Durga Ma
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