SEVEN CHAKRAS – KUNDALINI YOGA

Seven chakras

In a human body, there is an existence of seven prominent chakras or Kundalinis as depicted in Patanjali Yoga Sutra – the most ancient and systematic form of yoga literature. These chakras are (from the base layer to the supreme):

1. Muladhara

The root chakra or the base of the physical and spiritual existence of a human body is known as the Muladhara. This is the base that connects the three major qualities of a soul, i.e. Sattva (harmonious balance), Rajas (active qualities), and Tamas (lethargic quality). This chakra or Kundalini is considered to be present at the root of the spine, making a direct bond between the soul and the body. This is the base chakra over which all other six layers of chakras rest their presence. This chakra is considered as the storehouse of energy in a phase of static, unless and until the chakras are awakened and energy is rooted upward to attain a higher state of trance.

2. Swadhistan

This Kundalini chakra is considered to exist just over the Muladhara and the center of all procreative energy. This is also harmonious with the sexual and reproductive energy center, which can form live on this earth. This is also one of the most disturbed chakras of a human, which causes high inclination towards sexual desires. This Kundalini, upon awakening, can offer a greater control over sexual desires and can take the Brahma beej (the seeds of supremacy) to a much higher state.

3. Manipura

The third Kundalini chakra, Manipura, is known as the seat of power, which is present just below the naval region. This is the place where the sense of personal identity is present. This is the control center of physiological and physical well-being and has great impact on the flow of fire and energy in a human body.

4. Anahata

This specific Kundalini is in the center of the chest in the spine, which controls the emotions of a human. This chakra can open deep sense of peace and internal happiness upon awakening. The phases of awakening of this chakra may take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride with different feelings of happiness or grief ultimately resulting in a pure bliss and peace. Some people may also experience temporary clairvoyance and hear sounds of humming and music of flutes as well during awakening of this chakra.

5. Vishuddhi

Present in the cervical plexus behind the throat region, this is the chakra of purity. This chakra awakening can result in special abilities like sweet voices, remarkable talks, and even singing abilities. Shabd or Nada yoga is the practice to awaken this chakra and can be opened through devotional music, chanting, and jaap of mantras.

6. Ajnya (the third eye)

This supreme Kundalini chakra is known to be the command center of the entire physical body. Present just above the eyebrows, exactly in the middle of the both eyes, it is considered to be a powerhouse and can offer visions, deep stillness, flashes of great light, and so many others. The great illustration of the power of this chakra can be linked with Mahadev Shiva’s third eye.

7. Sahashrara (a thousand petals)

This is the highest level of Kundalini, which is considered to be present in the middle of the skull exactly on the top of the spinal cord. This chakra is demarked as a lotus with a thousand petals and is considered supreme state of attainment in a physical presence. Opening of this Kundalini can open tremendous powers to go in to a state of trance and offer the supreme samadhi state to a human. Under the guidance of a Sadhguru, this chakra can be awakened with a systematic manner harnessing an unimaginable amount of energy.