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  1. 1. CHAKRAS THE VIBRATION CENTERS OF THE HUMAN BODY Dr. Shamanthakamani Narendran MD (Pead), PhD (Yoga Science)
  2. 2. <ul><li>There are crucial points of energy that we use, whether consciously or unconsciously, to affect reality and allow us to fully experience and realize events that unfold before us. </li></ul><ul><li>These focal points are called Chakras. </li></ul><ul><li>Chakras are located in important parts of your body such as your head or heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Any organs within the area of these Chakras are used to control the entire body and mind activities. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>There are seven Chakras in the human body, which are located along the spinal cord of a human being and they have unique attributes and characteristics. </li></ul><ul><li>Mooldhara, Swadhistana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna, and Sahasrara. </li></ul><ul><li>Each Chakra influences a different endocrine gland and nerve plexus, and correlates to different energy bodies and higher realms. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The main task of Chakras are absorb and distributing Prana (Life Force) to our physical bodies. When the Kundalini adds with the Prana, the Chakras become rapid, and insights of the Higher World become conscious. </li></ul><ul><li>To get the peak Spiritual Potential the great mass of Kundalini energy locked in the Root Chakra must be released, to travel through all Chakras up to the Crown Chakra. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>The Muladhara Chakra or Four Petal Lotus: it is situated at the base of the spine. The chakra controls our PHYSICAL energies. It is the root chakra that helps us in our everyday survival. </li></ul><ul><li>The Swadhisthana Chakra or Six Petal Lotus: it is located just below the navel; second chakra rules our emotional energies. </li></ul><ul><li>The Manipura Chakra, Ten Petal Lotus: it positioned at the solar plexus and it controls our ASTRAL energies. It is chakra of willpower and our connection to dream world. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Anahata or Heart Chakra or Twelve Petal Lotus: it is located at the heart and it controls our MENTAL energies. It is a chakra of Love and Compassion, the posture of the Dharmakaya or Buddha-nature. </li></ul><ul><li>The Vishuddha Chakra or Sixteen Petal Lotus: it is situated at the throat and it rules our SPIRITUAL energies. It is a chakra of Creativity and Expression. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>The Ajna Chakra or Ninety-six Petal Lotus: It is sited in between the eyes in the center of the forehead, the area is known as called ‘Third Eye’. The Ajna chakra controls our COSMIC body. It is a chakra of perception and Higher Knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>The Sahasrara Chakra or Thousand Petal Lotus: It is positioned at the crown of the head and it rules our Nirvanic body, it is a chakra of the Highest Spiritual Consciousness, the center of Samadhi. </li></ul>
  8. 10. MULADHARA CHAKRA <ul><li>Muladhara : 1 st chakra or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Tattva : Differentiating faculty </li></ul><ul><li>56 rays : Relate to the earth </li></ul><ul><li>Brahma : Creative force </li></ul><ul><li>Gandha : Smell </li></ul><ul><li>Four Lotus Petals : Four concerns of the world </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : Red of blood, life itself </li></ul><ul><li>Letters on Petals : VAM-SAM-SAM-SAM </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Circle : Completeness or perfection. </li></ul><ul><li>Yantra : Square – Symbol of the earth </li></ul><ul><li>Arrows : Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Yoni : Triangle - Symbol of the female sex </li></ul><ul><li>Svyambhu – Linga: Symbol of the male sex </li></ul><ul><li>Citkala – Crescent Moon: Symbol of the Divine Source of all Energy </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>3½ coils : Energy expressed in three different ways </li></ul><ul><li>Airvata – Elephant of Indra : White with seven trunks </li></ul><ul><li>Sabda – Sound : Represents speech, the means of self-expression and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Bija – Seed sound : LAM </li></ul><ul><li>LAM : The Bija or seed sound of the First Chakra </li></ul><ul><li>Pingala : Nadi on the right side of the body </li></ul><ul><li>IDA : Nadi on the left side of the body </li></ul><ul><li>Susumna : Main Nadi in the very center of the spine </li></ul><ul><li>Citrini : Three in one, inside Susumna </li></ul><ul><li>God : Child Brahma – Male aspect of Energy unmanifest </li></ul><ul><li>Goddess : Dakini – Female aspect of Energy manifest </li></ul>
  11. 13. SVADHISTHANA CHAKRA <ul><li>Svadhisthana : 2 nd chakra or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Tattva : Differentiating faculty </li></ul><ul><li>52 rays : Relate to the water </li></ul><ul><li>Rasa - Taste : Controls sense </li></ul><ul><li>6 lotus petals : Lotus is sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : Vermilion – indicates impulses, imagination, ideas, which are stimulating to the mind </li></ul><ul><li>Letters on Petals : BAM-BHAM-MAM-YAM-RAM-LAM. Language increases </li></ul><ul><li>LOTUS within the Lotus : Called the Kunda flower </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Ambhoja Mandala – Crescent Moon : Luminous, white cool, negative (receptive, inactive), representing water </li></ul><ul><li>Makara : Looks like combination of alligator and fish. </li></ul><ul><li>Bija – Seed Sound: VAM </li></ul><ul><li>Pingala : Nadi on the right side of the body </li></ul><ul><li>Citrini : 3 in 1 (sattva, rajas, tamas). Body, mind, speech </li></ul><ul><li>God : Vishnu – Male aspect of Energy unmanifest. Brahma with Vanamala (Hari Vishnu) </li></ul><ul><li>Goddess : Sakti Rakini – Female aspect of Energy manifest </li></ul>
  13. 15. MANIPURA CHAKRA <ul><li>Manipura : 3 rd chakra or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Tattva : Differentiating faculty </li></ul><ul><li>62 rays : Relate to fire </li></ul><ul><li>Agni – Sight (emotions) : Controls sense </li></ul><ul><li>10 lotus petals : Lotus is sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : Heavy rain clouds. Clouds prevent seeing clearly </li></ul><ul><li>Letters on Petals : DAM-DHAM-NAM-TAM-THAM-DAM-DHAM-NAM-PAM-PHAM </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Agni Mandala : Triangle, pointing down, with swastika marks on the 3 sides, which block clear sight. </li></ul><ul><li>Bija : RAM </li></ul><ul><li>Susumna : Central channel of the spine </li></ul><ul><li>God : Vishnu – Preserver of life (Rudhra) </li></ul><ul><li>Goddess : Lakini (Lakshmi) </li></ul>
  15. 17. ANAHATA CHAKRA <ul><li>Anahata : 4 th chakra or Heart Lotus (Celestial Wishing Tree) </li></ul><ul><li>Tattva : Differentiating faculty </li></ul><ul><li>54 rays : Relate to the air (vayu) </li></ul><ul><li>Sparsa – Touch (feeling) : Abode of Mercy (spiritual experiences) </li></ul><ul><li>12 lotus petals : Lotus is sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : Vermilion </li></ul><ul><li>Letters on Petals : KAM-KHAM-GAM-GHAM-NAM-CAM-CHAM-JAM-JHAM-NAM-TAM-THAM </li></ul><ul><li>Satkona – 2 triangles : 1 pointing up and 1 pointing down. 1 pointing up symbolizes the aspirant’s rise to the greater Power </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Antelope : Black – similar to deer – very shy, fast, graceful-moving animal </li></ul><ul><li>Bija – seed sound : YAM </li></ul><ul><li>God : Isa. Hamsa, swan, also the sun </li></ul><ul><li>Goddess : Kakini – Intelligence on this level is symbolized by the goddess Kakini, also on a black antelope </li></ul>
  17. 19. VISUDDHA CHAKRA <ul><li>Visuddha : 5 th chakra or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Tattva : Differentiating faculty </li></ul><ul><li>72 rays : Relate to ether (akasa) </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing : Visuddha Chakra controls this sense </li></ul><ul><li>16 lotus petals : Lotus is sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : Smoky Purple </li></ul><ul><li>Letters on Petals : A-AA-I-II-U-UU-RR-R-L-LL-E-AI-O-AU-AM-AH </li></ul><ul><li>Akasamandala : Circle – Ethereal region and gateway of Liberation </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Airavata : Elephant – as white as snow </li></ul><ul><li>Bija – Seed sound : HAM (Mantra of Ambara, the bija of ether) </li></ul><ul><li>God : Sadasiva </li></ul><ul><li>Goddess : Gauri (Eternal) </li></ul>
  19. 21. AJNA CHAKRA <ul><li>Visuddha : 6 th chakra or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Tattva : Differentiating faculty </li></ul><ul><li>64 rays : Relate to mind, ether (akasa) </li></ul><ul><li>Dhyana - Meditation : Expressed at the Ajna Chakra </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>2 lotus petals : Lotus is sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : White </li></ul><ul><li>Letters on Petals : KSAM-HAM </li></ul><ul><li>Circle : Perfection at its highest level </li></ul><ul><li>Triangle : Golden </li></ul><ul><li>Quarter Moon : Vortex of Energy. Consciousness manifests most subtly </li></ul><ul><li>Bija – Seed Sound : OM (Pranava). Mahanada. Supreme sound </li></ul>
  21. 23. <ul><li>Bindu : Golden dot. Essence of Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Presiding Deity : Paramasiva (Sambhu). Siva in His highest aspect </li></ul><ul><li>God/Goddess : Sakti Hakini – Intelligence on this level is symbolized in unity </li></ul>
  23. 25. GURU CHAKRA
  24. 26. SAHASRARA CHAKRA <ul><li>Sahasrara : 7 th chakra or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Position : in void-region, as the upper part of the guru chakra </li></ul><ul><li>1000 lotus petals : Lotus is sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Location : crown of the head </li></ul><ul><li>Color of the Petals : white, red, yellow, golden, changing colours of white, red, yellow, black and green </li></ul><ul><li>Deals with : intuitive knowing, connection to spirituality, duality, emotional feelings, integration of the whole, conscious awareness </li></ul>
  25. 27. <ul><li>Governs : top center of the head and midline above the ears, brain, nervous system, pineal gland </li></ul><ul><li>Element : thought </li></ul><ul><li>Sense : empathy, unity </li></ul><ul><li>Mantra : silence </li></ul><ul><li>Related Gemstones : Amber, Diamond, Moldavite </li></ul><ul><li>Related Essential Oils : Blilbanum or Lotus </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Dysfunctions : chronic exhaustion, sensitivity to light and sound </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological and Emotional Issues : lack of purpose, loss of identity, disbelief in any spiritual realities, trust, selflessness, apathy, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics, sense of fear, materialism </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>Balanced Seventh Chakra : feeling at one with the universe, </li></ul><ul><li>open-minded, intelligent, thoughtful, understand and learn information more easily </li></ul><ul><li>Postures that Balance Seventh Chakra : Balancing poses that bring awareness to the body and the consciousness like Tree and Eagle, also sitting in Yoga Mudra </li></ul>
  27. 30. MEDITATION TECHNIQUES <ul><li>Any technique that creates awareness along with relaxation is the right method. The technique is varied from person to person and one has to locate a suitable method for self. </li></ul><ul><li>Different cultures have different mediation techniques, but one thing is certain - meditation is universal. The different techniques are suited to different personality types. While some techniques are concentrative, involving focusing, other techniques are expansive such as 'Vipassana' meditation which allows for the free flow of thoughts and their observation. There are several types of meditation techniques in Hinduism. Amongst some of the mediation methods include: </li></ul><ul><li>Hatha yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Bhakti Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Raja Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Chakras Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Vipassana Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Mantra Meditation (or) Japa Yoga </li></ul>
  28. 31. <ul><li>May you glow in Light with </li></ul><ul><li>Chakras!!! </li></ul>