Love your fellows with kindness and transfiguration. Find in each of them those qualities that truly deserve to be loved and admired.
Think of the others before thinking about yourself at least 7 times a day and thus you will feel that the love you give them comes back to you, infinitely.
Represents: compassion, emotional tranquility, detachment and unconditional love.
Symbolical representation: the consciousness of love and empathic communion with other beings, abnegation, self-giving.
On the psychic level: endless and everlasting love for your fellows, compassion, altruism, empathy, acceptance, self-giving.
On the physical level: it coordinates the activity of the circulatory system, respiratory system and immune system.
Specific reactions in the case of energetical disturbance: the person in which the energies characteristic to Anahata Chakra are disturbed will suffer because of dramatic, even tragic situations. Such people will have problems with the thymus, the endocrine gland corresponding to this center of force.
Characteristic element: the subtle energies of air.
Sense organ: skin.
Sense: tactile sense.
“The person concentrating and meditating on Anahata Chakra may easily have out of body experiences, he or she may easily “fly” to another realms, into paradise-like universes or into another person’s body, experiencing the other person’s states. Such a person becomes the instrument of the divine cosmic love and obtains all the other divine qualities.”
From a mundane perspective, a person with awakened Anahata Chakra will have a well-developed artistic sense, mastering art, poetry, or prose.
In a human being the awakening of Anahata Chakra allows the experience of sublime states of love as well as the intimate, mysterious communion with the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Let us remember the wonderful vision of Sundar Singh: “And I began to pray: “O, Lord, You who are everywhere,You who are the water of my life, have mercy on me and fill me up with your Holy Spirit and with your love, so that nothing else could get inside of me ever again.
I want only You inside my heart, for ever and ever. I do not want blessings, I want You, only You. I do not want the world, I do not want the vanities, I do not want its glory, I do not want the sky. I want You.
Because for me you are the sky. In you I found my peace and tranquility of my heart. My heart is for you, not for any other beings. Therefore, my heart can find its peace only in you, Father, the one who seeded in me this thirst for peace and You.
Tear from my heart all that is against you will, come and dwell inside of me and lead my heart to wherever you desire.
When I got up, what did my eyes see? A being made of rays of light, of a beauty beyond all words was standing in front of me.
Although that being of light did not say a word, although I was not able to look properly at it because the tears filling my eyes were hindering my sight, a wave of love was coming from that being and a divine light was filling my soul.
I recognized immediately the Lord. I came from the rock and I fell before Him. He had the key to open the gate of my heart and to fill it up with His love. I could see nothing in me, nor around me. I could see only Him.
Obviously, the heart of man is the temple and throne of God. When the Lord picks up a heart to come into, the heavenly sky and kingdom get to life inside that man’s heart.”
IT IS YOU I WANT, ONLY YOU
Other great mystics reveal to us their experiences:
“But God where is? It is in missing Him. Where there is nothing but consuming love. In the very point in which love burns and is not consumed. This is where the “sight” of God is. And in this space, all in flames, occurs the mysterious meeting beyond mind, between the beloved God and a soul in love with Him. In the heart.”
Saint Simon tells us about this encounter:
“I am speechless at the sight of His beauty and kindness and when I see how the Creator opens up His arms and comes upon me and reveals His infinite Glory to me.
Thinking how fast can someone reach to His heights, I immediately find Him splendid and shining radiantly from my heart. His light appears from outside and all of a sudden we find Him inside of us, from which He springs forcefully like a burning fire.”
One of the most elevating Christian spiritual practices is the isihast prayer, the prayer of the heart, which implies that the practitioner repeats Jesus’ name constantly and without stopping.
The repetition of the prayer “Lord, Jesus Christ have mercy on me!” leads to experiences impossible to describe, an announcement on earth of the happiness awaiting us in the other world. Such bliss is saved for those who seek God in the simplicity of their loving heart.
“I felt that the prayer was now getting down from lips to my heart; it seemed to me that my heart was repeating the words of the prayer with every pulsation, with every beat, all by itself.
I no longer repeated the words with my lips. All I did now was to listen carefully to the sound of my heart. It seemed that my eyes were sinking inside my heart. Then I felt a slight pain and an overwhelming love.
This love was for Jesus Christ. I felt that if I only saw Him, I would fall at His feet I would hold them in my arms and I would kiss them thousands of times.
I would thank Him for the gift of love He has given me. Then I felt in my chest such a beneficial warmth that one could not possibly tell or describe.”
“With my eyes closed, focusing all the forces of my imagination, I would look upon my spiritual heart. In the beginning I felt I was getting confused, but after a while I began to realize my heart and its movements and through my breath I was able to insert in it and then to take out of it the prayer of Jesus, as the saints teach us.
Inhaling, I would look with my spirit in my heart saying: “Lord Jesus Christ” and exhaling the air I would say: “have mercy on me”. I began with one hour of prayer per day, then gradually I increased the number of hours to several hours and finally to the whole day.
It took me about three weeks until I felt some pain in my heart and then a very pleasant warmth and an unimaginable joy. This joy gives me the desire to continue to pray.
I felt a burning and overwhelming love for Jesus and for all of God’s creatures. My eyes were in tears. My weak thoughts were clear now and my mind seemed to see things clearly. My soul was praising the Lord ceaselessly and my heart was lost in a sea of joy.”
Rumi: “Love is the only constant in this universe. Love comes from the infinite and is eternal.”
The deepest and most uplifting feeling a person can experience is love. Love is ours, and yet it does not belong to us. It comes from God without ever having left Him. It is eternal and eternally creative.
What do we understand through love? What do we experience through love? Each of us sees and understands according to the awakening of their souls.
There is no tenderer path leading to God than love. Silent and tumultuous, passionate and candid, bright and invisible, uttered and unspoken, yet always in bloom, love is what keeps us alive.
Tomorrow when you wake up, look at the things around, the trees, the stones, the animals, the people and see this love everywhere. Wake up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow. Wash up and come back to your room.
Close your eyes and focus on Anahata Chakra, breathe deeply 21 times and direct the energy into the heart center. You will gradually perceive the activation of Anahata Chakra.
Now open your eyes and look at the world as if you were in Anahata Chakra. You may even imagine that you have a gigantic eye in Anahata Chakra, looking at the world through it. You will feel you soul opened and happy that it can comprise the whole world.
You will also perceive a gigantic sphere of force, filled with love and radiating love in Anahata Chakra. Close you eyes again and stay like this for a while.
Become aware of the fundament of all things in the universe: love. Come back gradually, open your eyes and go to your daily routine, remembering to look at the world through your heart.
Placed at the level of the cardiac plexus, it corresponds to the empathic, affective, elevated states of universal love and compassion.
The subtle corresponding element is air, vayu tattva. Anahata Chakra has 12 directions or energetical channels of vibrations of the cosmic energies. The yogi who activates his Anahata Chakra 100% will become the instrument of manifestation of the divine love. At this level there is also the reflexion of the essential Supreme Self, under the form of the individual soul.
Anahata Chakra marks the meeting place between the energies of the first three centres of force and the energies of the three superior centres of force.
We live our lives in a constant, perpetual rush. We carry inside of us “synthesis” of experiences. We carry past loves marked by victories and loses.
However, when we mention love and we recall the feeling, all things become bright because of a mysterious, special and alive radiance.
THE MAGIC OF SIMPLICITY
It is possible, even very likely, that you do not recall what happened three years ago, on January 7, but you definitely remember the moment when you met your lover or when you decided to be together.
Before your eyes, the images begin to follow one after the other. These moments are those that touched you most deeply, sometimes they made you cry, other times they made you smile.
If you experienced a great, exceptional love, you undoubtedly felt you are a beautiful, powerful person, with a special mission meant only for you to fulfil.
After a time, after this love came through your being and destroyed the last remains of the ego, you felt a stronger and better person, although apparently without any ground for it. And your love became more intense, more conscious and more elevating.
Love is constructive and creative, and it unites and elevates those who experience the feeling. It is a regenerative principle and it transforms boredom, scepticism or loneliness. The works of art, poetry music, all these have love as an unseen ingredient.
Love is real, just as real as we are. Love is not a sterile intellectual concept, but it is a mysterious magic of our whole being. As long as even the existence and growth of a single spade of grass are not the work of accident and chance, the fact that in the universe exists a person who loves you is more than meaningful.
We are here, on earth, mostly to manifest the divine love for those people who deserve it and above all, to manifest our love for God.
Few people know that the easiest way to be transformed into a better person is through love. Love is the only valid parameter to measure the value and importance of all things. Shared love is the destiny we all have to fulfil, when we deserve it.
Loving is the easiest and most natural way of living ones life.
Each person feels the need to love, even before having the chance to do it. If a person experiences a state of pure and overwhelming love, sooner or later this love will attract a similar love in return.
“Trust and transfiguration are the virtues of love.”
“What is love if not the desire to surpass ones limits, of getting out from ones inner limitations?”
“Love is the greatest of all human happiness, because it is the supreme effort a person attempts to escape the inner loneliness.”
“Love is charming and delightful: it gives us the sense of our existence in its real variety and value. In love everything changes, all things become meaningful. Through transfiguration, a mysterious divine paradise emerges from nothing.”
“Even when we do not suspect it, love is the supreme law of the universe. It is a mysterious law that governs and rules every existing thing, from the lifeless atom to the union as a couple of two persons. All our thoughts and actions go to it as to a divine centre of irresistible attraction.”
Love is what gives people the power to dream and follow their dreams. Love gives birth to the mysterious aspiration of self-knowledge.
If you feel you no longer have this wonderful feeling of love towards a person, or something really important in your life, then it can only mean two things: either you were never able to love, or that you forgot to look inside of you, where this love is still present.
Love knows that the things of the mind are flicker and are subject to change. Therefore, overwhelming, pure love turns even the most pitiful person into a winner.
Love is…just like this. You just perceive it, in your moments of joy and happiness, through your loved one. However, love does not need that.
Love does not rule over anything and does not want to be ruled. Above all, love offers something, and it requires nothing in return. Sit is divine simplicity in action and living.
Love is an earthly reflexion of heavenly love, and therefore it does not have any boundaries or limits.
If there is love, it is everywhere. And if there is love, it will exists from now on, for ever.
Love is the ineffable, overwhelming, and divine feeling that makes us feel we grow in our consciousness that makes us feel we are one with the infinite. Love is mostly manifested through the sublime aspiration of becoming united with the “object” of our love, with the person we love dearly and deeply.
The emergence, persistence, and development of this feeling in the sphere of each individual is intimately connected to the formation and crystallization of ones personality.
The yogis have always considered the feeling of love as extraordinarily important and often characterized it as an essential value-criterion of the degree of a human beings spiritual state of elevation.
It is a measure of the fact that in the most intimately individual part of a person, he or she who loves has the possibility of acquiring the qualities of love itself, that is infinity and divinity. Consequently, true, genuine love is a very simple modality of overcoming or transcending ones ego.
“The most beautiful love one can experience is the love of God. He is our eternal lover and our souls are his beloveds, and when the soul meets the greatest lover in the whole universe, then the divine love begins.” (Paramahansa Yogananda)
“Oh, Lord, when I dwell in the house of my mortal consciousness, I think I love my parents and friends; I imagine I love my birds, animals, and possessions. Now, after I entered the temple of omniscience, I know you are all I love, manifested in the shapes of my parents, friends and all creatures and things. By loving you, my heart knew how to love everyone. Being loyal to you, I am loyal to all of them. And I love everything.” (Paramahansa Yogananda)
Harmony – concordance, accord, matching the component elements of a whole. Philosophical category that expresses the adherence of the parts, the coherence of the interior and exterior, the unity of the form and content, the unity of the contraries. Harmony is often considered as foundation, attribute, or effect of the beauty.
Transfiguration – procedure of inner alchemy that makes possible the resonance with subtle divine energies from the macrocosm. Through transfiguration, the elements of the exterior reality, distilled by the noble vision, imagination, and power of expression of the person capable of transfiguring are transformed into a new, elevated, spiritual reality, source of a form of ecstasy.
Through the example of artistic expression, the transfiguration represents the proof of the active and creative role of consciousness. The sublime artistic expression, capable of recreating the reality with new, and deeper valences brought the art the name of magic mirror of reality. Transfiguration plays an important part in sexual continence and in the art of divine lovemaking.
Empathy – resonance that is awakened and amplified through the yogic practice, allowing a superior psychic and affective communication with other people, or sometimes with beings from the unseen worlds.
Generally speaking, we all know that a mother knows intuitively her babys needs and feelings. This apparently mysterious connection such as between the mother and her child is naturally related to the fact that initially the child is one with the mother.
Empathy is an intuitive modality of knowing the others, because it ensures a form of affective communication and immediate, sentimental transposition, making possible the identification with other persons, in various situations of life.
Through certain psychological techniques and best through certain yoga techniques, a person can normalize and improve his or her experiences and perceptions. A powerful, beneficial, positive emotional experience “charges” the person in question with positive energy, stimulates the mind, and euphorically “colours” the soul.
The study in the field of psychosomatic confirms the fact that disturbing, negative emotions cause various heart, liver, and/or brain diseases, and in the same time they deeply affect the consciousness of the physical body.
Symbolical representation: a four petals lotus flower, symbolizing the four nadis or energetical channels coming from here.
Represents: the objective consciousness, the concrete, terrestrial consciousness.
Controlled psychic function: the will to survive, controls the survival instinct, the inner state of safety, self-confidence on a physical level, desire for material possessions, the chosen profession or job, the feeling of security, the belonging to a group and the group (family) identity.
Essential fears: fear of physical survival; abandon from the part of the group, losing the physical order, fear of being attacked or aggressed.
Characteristic reactions in cases of energetical disturbances: fear or runaway.
The element resonating with: subtle energies of earth.
Sensorial organ: nose.
Characteristic color: clay-yellow.
THE GROUP TEACHES THE INDIVIDUAL HOW TO SURVIVE
On the level of the first chakra, we learn that we belong to a group, to a community, and that we are in close connection to it. On a physical level, this is expressed through feelings such as: stability, safety, survival.
When we are born, our life depends on the group we belong to, on our family. Being a part of the group is a necessity on this level, because our fundamental needs of survival (food, shelter, clothing) are provided by the group.
At this level there is a difficulty in interpreting symbolically, of perceiving the real significance of the events in our lives.
Generally, the human being does not manifest as a conscious being, with a will of his or her own. This sense of identity is developed later on, on stages, from childhood to adulthood.
Life begins with the belonging to the consciousness of a group from which we assimilate a system of values, transmitted from one generation to another, but from whom we also take the preconceived ideas, fears, and weaknesses.
The interaction with a group teaches us to share our experiences with other people.
ALL IS ONE
This behavior guide is at the basis of the educational process of children during their first years of life, leading to the emergence of the feeling of belonging.
The group we belong to gives us our first lessons of life. It represents the world as secure or dangerous, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, a place to take or a place to give. And the group is the one providing the first information concerning the reality itself.
We inherit from our group the attitude towards other groups, as well as a system of beliefs that are a mixture of truth and fiction.
Many of these beliefs have an authentic value, representing the various aspects of the fundamental truth synthesized by the expression: “All is one.”
The process of the spiritual development challenges us to keep only the positive group influences, and to discard all the rest.
Our spiritual force grows when we become capable of seeing beyond the inherent contradictions to group teachings and to reach a deeper level of truth.
Every time we make a step towards the symbolic consciousness, we bring a positive influence on our energetical and biological systems.
YOU HAVE THE FORCE OF THE CHOICE
Each of the group beliefs direct a certain degree of our energy in an act of creation, and thus has a direct consequence upon ourselves.
When we share a belief with other groups, we take part in the physical and energetical events created by these groups. This is the symbolic and creative expression of the sacred truth at this level: “All is one.”
The negative part is that the individualities involved in a negative group of action rarely accept their responsibility and their personal role in the action.
The unwritten laws of the group claim that the leaders of the group should take on the responsibility, not the followers.
Owing to this “power” of the beliefs, be they good or bad, it is difficult to be in harmony with the group all the time. We are taught to make the choices that meet the group’s approval, and to adopt the same attitudes and social manners.
Symbolically, this adaptation reflects the union of the individual will with the will of the entire group. It is a powerful feeling of belonging to a family or a group in which there is a deep harmony on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Such a union gives us power as long as we continue to make choices according to the general tendencies of the group. In the same time, we have an inner tendency to explore our own creative abilities, to develop our inner individual force.
This desire is behind all our attempts of becoming “conscious”. The universal human travel towards perfection requires that we become aware of our power and that we find the best suitable way of using this power.
Becoming aware of the responsibility hiding behind a choice represents the essence of this travel.
Considering the things from this perspective, the evaluation of our personal beliefs and the separation of those that no longer sustain our spiritual evolution is an extreme challenge, and very painful as well.
Change is the very nature of life. It is the only constant of life. Inner and outer change happens all the time. Inner transformation infers giving up to certain beliefs and reinforcing others.
The first beliefs we need to analyze are the beliefs of the group we belong to. They were formed in a great span of time and are crucial. Our spiritual growth follows the structure of our energetical system.
The evaluation of our beliefs is a spiritual necessity. The moments of crisis in our lives underline the fact that we need to free ourselves from those beliefs that no longer sustain our spiritual development.
These points in which we need to choose between evolving and stagnating are our foremost trials. Each new crossroad means entering a new cycle of change, and change inevitably means leaving that which is familiar and known and heading for a new stage of our lives.
The great majority of people get stuck in between two worlds: one that they need to break free from and the other in which they are afraid to step.
We wish to become more conscious, but in the same time this requires becoming responsible or ourselves – for our health, career, attitudes, thoughts. Once we accept this fact, we will never be able to avoid the consequences of our personal choices.
BEYOND THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE
The energetical predominance at this level is the sign of an excessive preoccupation of not getting hurt by the others.
The person feels more and more fear of being attacked, or on the contrary, has a strong tendency of attacking others, according to the polarity on which this imbalance manifests itself.
The fear involved here is often intense, irrational, associated to the types hunter-hunted. The primitive societies preoccupied mainly with hunting, in which the main issue was the survival in their natural environment reflect the predominance of the unilateral activation of Muladhara chakra.
Moreover, this activation is reflected in all social circumstances in which the law is temporarily suspended or destroyed or, on the contrary, it is applied excessively and rigidly.
The deities corresponding to Muladhara chakra are Brahma and Dakini and the symbolic animal is the elephant.
The second center of force, Svadhishthana is located in the area above the sexual organs. It represents sensorial consciousness, erotism, imagination, and is associated with the creative potential energy.
On the psychic level this center of force determines: desires, imagination, hallucinations, sensuality, need of having a family. On a physical level it controls the assimilation, procreation, lymphatic system, and menstrual secretions.
The yoghic literature notes that the improper activation of Svadhishthana chakra may have as effect an aspiration of the psychic “downwards”, causing agitation and mental confusion.
People influenced mainly by Svadhishthana chakra are quite impressionable, have an active and vivid imagination, as well as the aptitude of verbalizing their perceptions, which makes them excellent in the professions involving guiding and healing.
The main idea corresponding to the second chakra is “respect each other”. It applies to any interactions we have with other people and to any new life-form.
From a spiritual point of view, each relationship we develop from the most formal to the most intimate has the role of helping us become more aware and to evolve spiritually.
The energies specific to the second chakra symbolize on the physical level all our relationships understood as being essentially spiritual messengers.
Through this interaction we discover as in a mirror, our own qualities and faults and we have the opportunity to enhance the good and eliminate the bad.
The energy characteristic to the first chakra represented by the group mentality is divided in polarities at the level of the second center. The polarity is male-female, man-woman.
Understanding this polarity equals with understanding the message transmitted by this second level. The existence of the dualistic energies ensure us that we are “attracted” in certain relationships in order to understand ourselves.
The opposites attract – this is a well-known law and this law determines us to assimilate from the people we have relationships with the very qualities they have, but we lack.
The challenge of this second chakra is learning to interact on a conscious level with the others, and this interaction represents a great support in our spiritual development.
Passing the limit of group choices, which we mentioned in a previous article as being related to the first chakra, now we need to learn to make the difference between positive and negative choices.
The choice is itself a process of creation. At this level, creativity is a form of evolution. The creative energy needs to be allowed to manifest freely and completely at this level, because this creativity pulls us up from routine, and limitations.
One of the lessons we need to learn is that choice is a creative act of our spiritual power and the responsibility of our actions is entirely ours.
THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU IS YOUR MIRROR
Our inner power will never grow if we allow ourselves be seduced by temptations of money, fashion, uncontrolled erotism.
At this stage, a spread imbalance is the phenomena of mimesis, a proof that even though the person has overcome the first limit, that particular person does not have yet the inner strength required to plainly manifest his or her own individuality or qualities. All manifestations related to fashion, money, high-life affairs are connected to this level.
If we truly desire the control over our life, we do not need to go outwardly, but we need to direct our attention inside our own being. The sufferings and discontentments that we have to put up to never occur due to unfavorable social, external circumstances, but to our own thoughts and attitudes.
At this level we need to discover our genuine inner motives, the ones that make us act and react one way or the other.
At this point, our journey to perfection requires that we approach our relationships in a superior manner. We need to make choices in which we need to transcend duality.
As long as we focus on controlling other people, we maintain conflicts within ourselves. Seeing ourselves and the others closely united, we will gain a different idea about life.
Another characteristic of this center of force is the need of having a family. Unlike the first center of force, where essential was the fight for survival of the individual and of the group, here the stress is laid upon perpetuating the species.
At this level, the creative sexual desire comes forth. Here, sexuality is a way of expression, indicating an facility in relating to people around us.
The more open, the more profound is our attitude towards sexuality, the greater is our possibility of evolving spiritually. The control of the sexual energy is imposed at this level in order to be able to move forth.
“The person who concentrates intensely and meditates profoundly on this chakra and its corresponding energies never fears water. This person gains great psychic powers, great imagination, intuitive knowledge, and a perfect control over the sexual function and the senses.
Such a person will also know easily the astral worlds. Limiting passion, anger, attachment, vanity, jealousy, and other psychic impurities are easily and completely eliminated. Such a person’s body will regenerate and will know immortality.” (Swami Sivananda)
“The person who practices the high Tantric learning becomes capable of perceiving all subtle vibrations, of directing them and make them ascend through the central channel, the Great Axe of the Subtle Body. When the four signs will appear (a strong light in front of the eyes, smoke, trembling, and cold, radiant light, like that of a lamp) then that person is free.”
Naro Chos Drug
After the simplest meditation on Subtle Centres, the practitioner has to perform techniques leading to the awakening of the fundamental energy, Kundalini (contraction of anal sphincters, mental repetition of the seed-sound “hum”, retaining of breath and erotic visualisations).
Further on, visualize the image of Brahma appearing from the lotus of the navel, resplendent and radiant, surrounded by Kundalini’s radiation. Visualize Brahma’s appearance spreading light all around and identify yourself with it.
Then, focus Kundalini in the area of the heart centre. Imagine her erotic energy penetrating this lotus and creating Vishnu (the Master of the seas, emotions, and blood flow in the body). Once more identify yourself with the appearance of Vishnu, the keeper.
Further more direct the Kundalini up to the crown lotus, reaching the pure domain of Shiva, the Transcendent. Hold your breath. If you practice this type of meditation while making love, you avoid ejaculation discharge. Try to become one with the blissful union between Kundalini Shakti and the male principle Shiva.
Some late Tantras give complex descriptions of the chakras by using sounds, colours, gods, seed-sounds, numbers of petals, psychological elements and qualities that from a synthesis of the connection between the inner and outer aspects of a human being.
The system of the Subtle Body and chakras are steps to the ultimate state of Freedom, it is best to follow them and take into account the basic structure.
Esoteric learning state that the true desire for spiritual evolution will necessarily meet with conscious action in order to develop the Subtle Body. Though the basic structure and energies exist in each and every one of us, they must be awakened, focused and directed in a conscious manner.
Body, mind, and emotions will be directed in a conscious flow of energy evoking the Subtle Body, which serves as a source of power, intelligence and overcoming the limits of the physical universe. This is one of the most important secrets of the Tantric tradition.
The famous secret treatise the Shiva Samhita introduces us to an impressive meditation technique on the awakening of Kundalini and of the Subtle Body.
Practice: “Focus your mind on the chakra of the sacral area and contract the anus while holding the breath. Meditate on the God of Love (Kama), who dwells in this chakra. Visualize Kundalini waking up as a shining, subtle flame, whose nature is the divine intelligence itself. Picture in your mind the sexual union between the God of Love and Kundalini in the form of a flame, which makes the sexual energy enter the central nadi (Sushumna), successively penetrating the Chakras on its way up. Also picture the subtle red and white channels, on the right and on the left sides of Sushumna, emitting a enchanting light pink in colour, which feeds and harmonizes the entire being.”
Tantric texts also refer to a chakra situated on top of the head. It is poetically described as the Lotus with a Thousand Petals, which Shiva Samhita describes as being “beyond the microcosm of the body”.
All great spiritual masters are perceived as having total control over the huge energy of this chakra. Different traditions have come up with various types of meditation techniques on this supreme chakra, yet all agree with the fact that, the practitioner who focuses on this chakra comes in contact with the source and the cause of Creation.
By awakening the natural inner powers, through different Tantric techniques, you realize in fact the harmony between the psychic and the cosmos. People practice certain Tantric meditation techniques for thousands of years.
Nowadays, more and more people become familiar to these and prove their extraordinary efficiency. Understanding the subtle body is an extremely important aspect for those who want to explore their psychic.
Particularly Tantric couples should explore the psychic more than the physical aspects during intercourse. Lovemaking offers numerous possibilities in discovering new things about another person. It is practically the only act that can give life.
Consequently, sexual love has profound mystical valences. If a couple can learn how to use sexual power in a creative manner, other than procrastinating, they will gradually discover, intuitively, the mysteries beyond this world.
The Subtle Body is the vehicle helping the practitioner to go freely through this life to the future one and to enjoy the delights of the spirit.
“Contemplation is of three kinds: common, light and subtle. When contemplating a certain figure, such as a guru or a certain god, we deal with the common contemplation. When the Brahma, or the Principle of Nature is contemplated as a light we deal with the subtle contemplation. This last type of contemplation makes us eternal.”
Tantric texts offer detailed explanations of the psychic centers (centers of force) – chakras, meaning “wheels”, situated in the sacral area, the area of the genitalia, the navel, the heart, the neck, the forehead and respectively the crown.
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|Sun||The chakra of the navel||10|
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|–||The chakra of the throat||16|
|Moon||The chakra of the forehead||96|
|–||The chakra of the crown||1000|
These Chakras do not exists in the physical body, they represent mere “plasma fields” of the subtle energy vibrating on specific frequencies, with different shapes, sounds and colours.
The esoteric and occult literature of the West provides many descriptions of these centres. Most of these descriptions rely on C.W. Leadbeater’s works, of the Theological Society. Other depictions derive from Sir John Woodroffe’s work (an English judge who lived in India for a while and translated some of the most important Tantric treatises).
Unfortunately, due to some errors, many contemporary works on this issue, (i.e. the subtle body and the existence of chakras) is wrong, often diverging in the main aspects from the concise and objective descriptions given in numerous Yogic and Tantric ancient works.
The most important aspect of the system of the Subtle body and Chakra is the Yin-Yang (solar – lunar) symbolism and the place of macrocosm energies. Thus the “Moon” is situated on top of the head and the “Sun” in the centre of the navel.
The ancient Tantric texts refer to the existence of four main chakras (situated in the area of the navel, heart, neck and head respectively). Each chakra is made up of a number of petals, symbolizing the natural colour of that chakra.
The centre of the navel is described as a lotus oriented upwards, having ten petals. The one of the heart area is depicted as a lotus oriented downwards and having twelve petals; the neck chakra has got sixteen petals, oriented upwards; the forehead chakra has got ninety-six petals. This is a very simple vision of the Subtle Body.
The centres situated below the navel are described in these works, as well. They are situated in the area of the genitalia and the sacrum, and traditionally are considered of a more physical nature than of a subtle one.
According to traditional sources, the subtle centre situated in the area of the sacrum has got four petals oriented upwards; the sexual chakra has got six petals oriented downwards. Tantric texts say that each of the four petals of the first centre can be divided to three and they are thus twelve petals.
The meditation on the Subtle Body made up of these psychic centres helps one to perceive the subtle flow of energy through the organism. For instance, Kundalini Yoga implies to direct the sexual energy from the lower chakras to the superior ones, in order to accomplish the complete union with Shiva situated in the Chakra of the head.
The simplest meditation on Subtle Centres is that of picturing an opened lotus flower in each of the centres situated in the area of the navel, heart and neck.
“The Subtle Body connects this universe to the subtle ones. No object or doctrine equals in importance the teaching of the Subtle Body – a door opened towards Ultimate Freedom.”
Esoteric texts state that both men and women are surrounded by an “aura” of subtle energy (also known as the Subtle Body), visible to the sensitive eye, just like any being has got a physical body.
The different subtle energies existent in the body generate a kind of subtle energetic field around the physical body, named aura, perceived only by people with paranormal capacities.
The aura changes colour and shape according to the emotions and thoughts a man experiences; the colour and shape of an aura may vary according to the physical structure of that person.
The aura is said to have the property to contract or dilate. For instance, a happy person has got a “vibrant aura”, shining and radiant; the aura of a sad, angry person is contracted, constricted and tensed, according to his negative emotions.
The scientific research of the past few years have come to accept the traditionalist vision on aura. Thus, the photos obtained through the method of the Kirlians clearly show the changes that take place in the structure and colour of an aura.
The existence of an “aural field” or “psi” energy around the human body is the foundation of a lot of theories, which attempt explain telepathy and other extrasenzorial phenomena.
Andrija Puharich, in his book “Beyond telepathy”, has proved biologically and physically the existence of the “psi” field of energy. The demonstration is, in fact, a synthesis of the Yogi and Shamanist learning and it relies on the most accurate observations of subtle fields of energy.
In the Yogic treatise the “Shiva Samhita” we find a clear explanation of the nature of the Subtle Body:
“In this body, the Great Central Axe (which is Meru Mountain, i.e. the spine) is surrounded by seven islands (the vital force, blood, flesh, fat, bones, marrow and sperm/eggs). There are “rivers” and “seas” over there, as well as prophets, wise men, gods, goddesses, intelligent beings, all the stars and planets, the sacred places of pilgrimage, altars and guardian deities.
There are also the Sun and the Moon, the factors of creation and destruction, the five Great Elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. In the Great Central Axe there are all creatures, of all universes.
In this body, called Brahmanda (Brahma‘s “egg” or “aura”) we find an entire macrocosm and the “Moon” from which springs the divine nectar. It lies at the upper top of the spine facing down, allowing the nectar to spring night and day.
The ambrosia of the “Moon” has two “branches”, from a subtle point of view: the first nourishes the body and keeps it alive, descending through the left side of the spine, resembling the River Ganges.
The other, shining as the purest milk, comes in through the right channel of the spine maintaining and refreshing the “Moon” placed on top of the Great Axe.
The “Sun” is situated in the inferior region of the spine. From this inner “Sun”, placed in the area of the navel, springs a subtle channel, which leads the solar (Yang) energy up, through the force itself of these rays, in the right side of the body.
This channel on the right side is another form of the “Sun” and it goes through the entire body, uplifting the vital emanations and leading the soul to the Ultimate state of Freedom.
The human body is made up of about a few hundred thousands of subtle channels, but of these, only 14 are of great importance. And of these 14, 3 are of utmost importance. They are: Ida (on the left side), Pingala (on the right side) and Sushumna (on the centre).
Sushumna is the most important subtle channel. Ida is on the left side of the body and it “wraps” around Sushumna, in a spiral like movement, until it goes in through the right nostril.
Pingala is on the right side of the body and it “wraps” around Sushumna until it goes in through the left nostril. The one who gets to know the microcosm of the body mysteries will undoubtedly experience the highest state of conscience.”
All ancient Tantric works deal with the solar – lunar symbolism, with the “sun” situated in the area of the navel and the “moon” situated on the crown of the head. They all mention that there are 3 main subtle channels (Ida, Pingala and Sushumna).
For instance, in Gheranda Samhita we find that, “The Sun is situated in the navel and the Moon at the root of the palatal arch.”
The subtle Body connects people to cosmic elements, a bridge between this world and the one beyond.
The “superior and inferior” gates of the body have already been mentioned in the article “The Temple of the Body”.
Briefly, the superior gates are all the orifices placed in the area of the head: mouth, nose, eyes, ears, and opening on top of the head. The inferior gates are the anus and the genitals.
All these are ways through which the force of life is channelled either to come out or to get inside the body. From this point of view the superior gates are more efficient because they lead to high spiritual states.
Tantra says that the inferior gates lead the conscience to inferior forms of existence, even sub – human ones.
The force of life is divided into two main energetic fields: one ascendant, called prana and one descendent, called apana. Usually prana appears in the region of the heart and acts as an intelligent ‘string’ of energy, whose role is to maintain life.
Apana appears generally in the inferior region between the stomach and the anus. There are other three types of energy, which are placed in the area of the navel, neck and around the entire body; these types of energy are named samana, udana and vyana.
Thus, there are five energetic strings of energy:
Prana – ascendant motion, around the heart;
Apana – descendent motion, around the anus;
Samana – around the bellybutton;
Udana – around the neck;
Vyana – through the entire body;
Each of these five currents of energy has got a well-determined function in the body, having its role to the general state of health.
Goraksha Shatakam presents the following allegorical description of Jiva‘s motion through the body:
“Just like a ball, that comes back into the air when it’s smashed against the ground, jiva (the individual soul) does the same thing when led up and down by prana and apana.”
When you get the control over the motion of the individual soul (jiva) and can focus it on one single place, only then you will be able to conduct your life exactly the way you want to. Tantra says that a person can set his/her own destiny and not accept it as a fatality.
The Tantras (secret Tantric texts) say that these energetic strings, both ascendant and descendent, can be controlled and unified through different physical techniques or through the force of the mind, practicing certain Hatha Yoga positions, such as the reversed poses (standing on the head, for instance).
Gheranda Samhita presents a description of the way the reversed positions help controlling the flow of energy, in its different forms:
“Normally the Solar force resides at the level of the navel, while the lunar force resides at the top of the head. The Sun consumes the divine nectar springing from the moon, and this is the cause of death.
However, one may overcome death by practicing the following technique: place your head on the ground and support it with your hands; raise your legs in the air, and remain like this.
The flow of energy reverses, and thus you will be able to control the energies of life and to prevent premature aging and death.”
The contraction of the anal sphincters and the abdominal contractions help the transmutation of the descendent flow of energy. You can get the same result by focusing and visualizing the process of reorientation of the energy. When apana unites with prana the spirit centres on the heart.
During intercourse, the subtle energies vibrate strongly, they elevate and expand. In the moment of ejaculation, an electric charge, like a thrill or a vibration that almost stops you from breathing is perceived acutely.
The heart beats faster, the face blushes, energy flows in waves through the orifices of the body and the mystical moment, the one of “the spirits getting together”, is wasted.
The ecstatic, vibrating sentiment gets lost and the body becomes cold and empty. Thoughts start to pop up in the mind. A general contraction goes through the body, involuntarily.
“The apparent death” is one of the most frequent themes in both Eastern and Western erotic texts. Though this experience is very attractive because of the fact that it leads to forgiveness, yet Tantra shows us that the “apparent death” or “the small death” is a negative form of mysticism, connected to the losing of the communion with the universal source.
Traditional texts show us that before erotic experience ends the body’s orifices will block the energies between the two lovers, because the couple often wastes its own ecstatic potential energy due to the fact that the union of their consciences is too short in the case of intercourse without sexual continence.
“The superior gates of the body, as well as the inferior ones will be kept close so that the energies of life will not leave the body. By concentrating the inferior ecstatic forces you will obtain wonderful visions on the sky of your mind. This is a great mystery that shortens your journey to the Final Freedom.”
The secret of the inferior gates lies in the contraction of the anal sphincters or in placing a finger or a part of the foot on the orifice so that to cover it (usually the heel).
The secret of the superior gates refers to the closing (physically or mentally) of the orifices in the area of the head: mouth, nose, ears, eyes and fontanel.
If the mouths of the two lovers are pressed one against the other, they block one the other. If the lovers look into each other’s eyes, then the energies will circulate between them, without being dissipated.
The nose is blocked by holding the breath or by an intimate contact with the nose of the other. The ears may be covered with certain parts of the body. Finally, placing a hand over the top of the head will close the fontanel.
“Block your ears with your thumbs, your eyes with your forefingers, your nostrils with your middle-fingers, the upper lip with your ring-fingers and the lower lip with your little fingers. Inhale the prana and unite it with the apana. Contemplate the Subtle Body as well as the Chakras.”
Though Yoni Mudra is not essential to those who form a couple, it can be adjusted to a sexual contact. What you have to keep in mind is that, while the ecstasy approaches, there will be the tendency to lose the energy. You can stop this by blocking your orifices.
The best way to do that is to block the top of your lover’s head with your hand while you strongly think it is a mystical initiation. Thus, the ecstatic moment can be prolonged and the mystical conscience will develop.
When the couple starts confronting with the indescribable pleasure of their sexual ecstasy, the mind will start “having” different visions and the heart will “feel” them.
The two lovers will confront with the mystical conscience of the goal of their lives and they will perceive wonderful visions through the third eye. It will help them realize that their spirits are unique.
A common mystical vision, associated with sexual ecstasy, represents the Jewellery Island, an archetypal manifestation of the souls in harmony with each other.
Such a vision can be developed and maintained by bringing the elements together. GHERANDA SAMHITA offers a wonderful technique of visualization in order to create the Island of Jewellery:
“Close your eyes and imagine that there, in the zone of your hearts, there is an endless ocean of nectar. In the middle of this ocean there is an island of gems, the sand is made of diamonds, the rocks are emeralds and rubies and the mountains are sapphires.
Imagine that there are trees all around that island. They are full of wonderful, nice smelling flowers. The Yogi will sit in the middle of this island and he will picture the presence of the Great Tree of Desire, with its four branches (symbolizing the four sacred Vedas and revealing antique pictures), filled with fruit and multicolour flowers.
The bees are flying around this magnificent tree picking up the pollen. There are birds and animals all around. Imagine that there is a divine beauty under this tree. There are coloured lights, thousands of rays in ferric games, projecting on the sky, in the mind and in the heart.
Then picture the god that you chose to adore (or your lover) in that pretentious place and contemplate the entire picture to its smallest details.”
If the lovers are aware of the superior forces of their bodies during intercourse, then they will be able to stop their energies from flowing outside through these gates.
“Death is overcome by those who make their energy flow inside their bodies. The natural flow of energy can be reversed through body positions, different “seals”, reverse “orientation”, controlling the breath and meditation.”
“I look at you and am convinced of one thing, that you once had something – some treasure, some symmetry, some secret, some key – but you have lost it. Every moment, asleep or awake, you are always busy looking for something. It is quite possible you do not know exactly what you are searching for and that you are unaware of what you have lost, but I see the hunger in your eyes. It is apparent in every beat of your heart.”
With these words, Osho has said all about human misery, about human love, about human soul. A soul who is in a perpetual quest from the begining of time, and whose quest no one knows when it reaches the end.
It is indeed the quest for that “something” we sometimes seem to find on the tip of our tongue, but yet we cannot express it.
However, how could we get to truly discover and experience this undefinable “something”?
The Tantrics say that the answer is right here, right now. Begin with what you find in your immediate vecinity, and you shall see it all.
So let’s take a look at the Tantric view of the human body!
With the Tantrism, the human body reaches an unprecedented importance in the whole history of all spiritual disciplines. Of course that health and vigor, the interest for a physiology resembling to the Cosmos, and consequently sanctified are ancient values, but the Tantrism pushes the conception that health is possible only in a “divine body” up to extreme limits.
Thus, the body is no longer the source of all suffering, but the most secure, the most perfect instrument man has in his attempt “to conquer death.”
Moreover, because it is perfectly possible that we reach the ultimate state in this very life, the body must be preserved in a perfect state for a long period, precisely because it allows human beings to meditate.
In this appreciation and possibilities of the human body, we may distinguish two different, but convergent orientations:
1. The importance of the total experience of life as being part of the sadhana. This is the general position of all tantric schools.
2. Moreover, there is the desire to control the body in order to transform it into a divine body. This is the Hatha Yogic position. This control should start in a humble manner, with a precise knowledge of all bodily functions and organs.
The great majority of spiritual schools and currents begin their presentations with the soul and blame the body.
However, Tantra begins by using what is at hand, in this case with the body itself. Tantra accepts everything, approves and, most important transforms everything, sexuality included.
Tantra offers solutions and engages on the path of self-discovery from the actual level of the human being who has reached a certain level of understanding.
In the case of our contemporary society, the human body is perceived as being the one and only existing reality, and the sexuality (unfortunately perverted and misunderstood) – as the unique pleasure.
In such circumstances, Tantra opposes to the opaque vision of contemporary man the sacred perspective of the body as a divine place, a jumping board towards the invisible Reality.
Consequently, the human body reveals itself to the one interested in discovering its secrets as a special and complex vehicle, through whose systematic exploration man may apprehend his own secrets and transform his energies.
For a genuine tantric approach, the body is a true friend, whom he accepts, cares for and loves beyond age, form or color.
Beauty comes from the spirit because in fact the spirit clothes the body, not the proper clothing.
Consequently, the body must be respected, purified, maintained as clean and healthy as possible (on the inside and on the outside), as this respect proves the proper attitude towards the Macrocosm itself.
One must not visit dozens and hundreds of temples in order to find God, as sometimes this search may be superfluous and without any real value.
For those who can understand and feel this, your own body is meant precisely for this purpose and should be regarded as a gift from God.