Chakra Meditation: How To Practice Safely

Chakra (चक्र) are various focal points used in a variety of ancient meditation practices, collectively denominated as Tantra, or the esoteric or inner traditions of Hinduism. The concept is found in the early traditions of Hinduism. Beliefs differ between the Indian religions, with many Buddhist texts consistently mentioning five chakras, while Hindu sources offer six or even seven. Early Sanskrit texts speak of them both as meditative visualizations combining flowers and mantras and as physical entities in the body. In Hindu yogic philosophy, chakras are the invisible energy centers of the human body, and blockage in these areas may connect to physical and emotional issues. To help unblock the chakras you can do the following meditation. Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System identifies the effectiveness of Chakra meditation but should be performed under expert guidance for achieving all the health and spiritual benefits.

Chakra definition (चक्र की परिभाषा)

Any of the points in the human body described in yogic philosophy as centers of vital energy, especially one of seven such centers that are aligned with the spinal column.

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What is a chakra (चक्र क्या है)

The more common and most studied chakra system incorporates six major chakras along with a seventh center generally not regarded as a chakra. These points are arranged vertically along the axial channel (Sushumna nadi in Hindu texts, Avadhuti in some Buddhist texts). According to Gavin Flood, this system of six chakras plus the Sahasrara “center” at the crown first appears in the Kubjikāmata-tantra, an 11th-century Kaula work.

It was this chakra system that was translated in the early 20th century by Sir John Woodroffe (also called Arthur Avalon) in the text The Serpent Power. Avalon translated the Hindu text Ṣaṭ-Cakra-Nirūpaṇa meaning the examination (nirūpaṇa) of the six (ṣaṭ) chakras (cakra).

The Chakras are traditionally considered meditation aids. The yogi progresses from lower chakras to the highest chakra blossoming in the crown of the head, internalizing the journey of spiritual ascent. In both the Hindu and Buddhist kundalini or candali traditions, the chakras are pierced by dormant energy residing near or in the lowest chakra. In Hindu texts, she is known as Kundalini, while in Buddhist texts she is called Candali or Tummo.

How chakras are described (चक्रों का वर्णन कैसे किया जाता है)

Below are the common new-age description of these six chakras and the seventh point known as Sahasrara. This new age version incorporates the Newtonian colors that were unknown when these systems were created:

Sahasrara (सहस्रार)

Meaning “Thousand-petaled” and located at Crown having 1000 petals and having multi-colored or violate in color. A highest spiritual center, pure consciousness, containing neither object nor subject. When the feminine Kundalini Shakti rises to this point, it unites with the masculine Shiva, giving self-realization and Samadhi. In esoteric Buddhism, it is called Mahasukha, the petal lotus of “Great Bliss” corresponding to the fourth state of Four Noble Truths.

Ajna (आज्ञा)

Agya or Ajna means “Command” and located at between eyebrows having 2 petals and indigo in color. Guru chakra or third-eye chakra, the subtle center of energy, where the tantra guru touches the seeker during the initiation ritual (Shaktipata). He or she commands the awakened kundalini to pass through this center.

Vishuddha (विशुद्ध)

Meaning “Purest” and located at Throat having 16 petals and blue in color. The Vishuddha is iconographically represented with 16 petals covered with the sixteen Sanskrit vowels. It is associated with the element of space (akasha) and has the seed syllable of the space element Ham at its center. The presiding deity is Panchavaktra shiva, with 5 heads and 4 arms, and the Shakti is Shakini.

Anahata (अनाहत)

It means “unstruck” and located at Heart having 12 petals and green in color. Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolizing a union of the male and female as well as being the esoteric symbol for the element of air (Vayu). The seed mantra of air, Yam, is at its center. The presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the Shakti is Kakini. In esoteric Buddhism, this Chakra is called Dharma and is generally considered to be the petal lotus of “Essential nature” and corresponding to the second state of Four Noble Truths.

Manipura (मणिपूर)

Meaning “Jewel city” and located at Navel having 10 petals and yellow in color. For the Nath yogi meditation system, this is described as the Madhyama-Shakti or the intermediate stage of self-discovery. This chakra is represented as a downward-pointing triangle representing fire in the middle of a lotus with ten petals. The seed syllable for fire is at its center Ram. The presiding deity is Braddha Rudra, with Lakini as the Shakti.

Svadhishthana (स्वाधिष्ठान)

This means “Where the self is established” and located at Root of sexual organs having 6 petals and orange in color. Svadhisthana is represented with a lotus within which is a crescent moon symbolizing the water element. The seed mantra in its center is Vam representing water. The presiding deity is Brahma, with the Shakti being Rakini or Chakini. In esoteric Buddhism, it is called Nirmana, the petal lotus of “Creation” and corresponding to the first state of Four Noble Truths.

Muladhara (मूलाधार)

Meaning “Root” and located at Base of the spine having 4 petals and red in color. Dormant Kundalini is often said to be resting here, wrapped three and a half, or seven or twelve times. Sometimes she is wrapped around the black Svayambhu linga, the lowest of three obstructions to her full rising, also known as knots or granthis. It is symbolized as a four-petaled lotus with a yellow square at its center representing the element of earth. The seed syllable is Lam for the earth element. All sounds, words, and mantras in their dormant form rest in the Muladhara chakra, where Ganesha resides, while the Shakti is Dakini. The associated animal is the elephant.

Other chakras (अन्य चक्र)

Many systems include myriad minor chakras throughout the body. TaluBinduManas, and Dvadashanta chakra are close to and associated with Ajna chakra. Situated just to the left of Anahata chakra (where the heart is situated anatomically) is Hridaya chakra. Lalance chakra is situated at the base of the mouth and is associated with Vishuddha chakra.

In some Shaivist traditions, there are 114 chakras out of which 112 are present inside the body.

 

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What are the health benefits of Chakra meditation (चक्र ध्यान के स्वास्थ्य लाभ क्या हैं)

Chakra healing is an excellent way to balance your chakras and find balance within your body and mind.

  • Improved overall health and well being.
  • Greater and faster ability to heal your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional issues.
  • Increased openness, memory, concentration, and awareness.
  • Positive outlook in terms of understanding, perception of behaviors, and thought process.
  • Heightened creativity and better resourcefulness because of better perception.
  • Sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and self- confidence.
  • Improved and deeper sleep, better control over your emotions, and improved patience.

From the above benefits, it is clear that clear and healthy functioning chakras certainly propel you into the life you deserve to live.

Risk factors of Chakra meditation (चक्र ध्यान के जोखिम कारक)

When done gradually with proper guidance, chakra meditation is generally considered to be safe. However, anyone who has the following conditions should avoid chakra meditation, unless they are closely supervised by an experienced meditation teacher:

What are the possible effects of Chakra Meditation (चक्र ध्यान के संभावित प्रभाव क्या हैं) 

Chakra meditation produces physiological and psychological changes in the brain, mind, body, and spirit. When done incorrectly or without proper guidance from a competent meditation or yoga teacher, unexpected side effects, such as the following sensations, can possibly occur:

  • Shivers along the spine
  • Feelings of electricity running through the body
  • Spontaneous motor movements
  • Nausea or headaches
  • Changes in breathing patterns
  • Laughing or crying unexpectedly
  • Audio or visual hallucinations
  • Anxiety, disorientation, or depression
  • Reactions to suppressed memories
  • Out-of-body experiences
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Increased psychic ability

In spite of possible discomfort in cases where techniques are used to force the chakras to open too quickly, the many benefits of chakra meditation are undisputed. Opening the chakras provides an opportunity to get in touch with the deep energy hidden within the body, often creating mystical experiences and feelings of oneness with the world.

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How to determine which chakra is blocked (कैसे निर्धारित किया जाए कि कौन सा चक्र अवरुद्ध है)

Unable to concentrate (ध्यान केंद्रित करने में असमर्थ)

A third eye chakra provides energy for the intellect and our ability to see the truth. A blockage here will cause a lack of focus.

Sleep problems (नींद की समस्या)

The third eye chakra is also the center for awareness and light and it is where sleep and awakening are regulated. Difficulty with sleep e.g. sleep paralysis, FOMA, sleep apnea, sleep talking, sleepwalking, night terrors, and other sleep disorders can mean a blockage in this chakra.

Helplessness (बेबसी)

Heart chakra regulates emotions and well-being. Stress can cause a blockage in the heart chakra.

Unable to express yourself (खुद को व्यक्त करने में असमर्थ)

The throat chakra is the center for verbal communication. A blockage in the throat chakra can lead to difficulty in describing your emotions and conveying information accurately to others.

Lacking motivation (अभाव प्रेरणा)

Solar plexus is the center for physical energy that the body gains from nourishment. The sacral chakra represents creative energy and inspiration. A lack of motivation could be a block in either of these chakras.

Closing yourself off to others (खुद को दूसरों के सामने बंद करना)

The heart chakra is the energy center for our feelings. A blockage here means that we are closed off to becoming close to other people in both romantic and non-romantic relationships.

Unable to accomplish goals (लक्ष्यों को पूरा करने में असमर्थ)

The throat chakra is linked to individual growth. Not being able to achieve as much as you’d like could mean a blockage in the throat chakra.

How to practice Chakra meditation (चक्र ध्यान का अभ्यास कैसे करें)

Choose the correct environment (सही वातावरण चुनें)

Make yourself comfy in a room or a place outside where you are alone and where it is silent. Switch off your phone and your doorbell so you won’t get disturbed. Make sure your clothes aren’t too tight or scratchy. Close your eyes so you can concentrate on your body.

Relax (आराम करें)

Some experts recommend to stand up during this meditation, but you may as well lie down on a blanket or sit on a cushion. Take deep slow breaths and relax your muscles.

Go through the chakras from bottom to top (नीचे से ऊपर तक चक्रों के माध्यम से जाओ)

This is necessary to determine which chakra is blocked or otherwise not alright. Sometimes it’s obvious beforehand, but some issues can be related to different chakras. Always start with the root chakra and end with the crown chakra as this means going from the most “primitive” part of the body to the highest developed one i.e. consciousness.

Re-energize each chakra (प्रत्येक चक्र को पुनः सक्रिय करें)

Imagine the chakra as discs or lotus flowers. Breathe in and visualize light flowing into the chakra, making it glow with energy. Breathe out and imagine all your stress flowing out of the chakra. Repeat if necessary, then move on to the next chakra.

Align chakras (चक्रों को संरेखित करें)

In the simplest terms, aligning chakras means getting them all to rotate clockwise. A chakra that stops spinning or spins the wrong way could be associated with physical ailments, or with telling lies. One way to re-align a chakra like this is to meditate and visualize it turning clockwise, correcting the flow through your body.

Come back slowly (धीरे-धीरे वापस आओ)

After energizing the crown chakra, continue taking deep breaths. Open your eyes slowly and calmly return to your everyday life.
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General guidelines for Chakra meditation (चक्र ध्यान के लिए सामान्य दिशानिर्देश)

Chakra meditation can be pretty daunting at first for the beginner. If you feel you need guidance on it first before you can do it on your own, you should consider getting guided chakra meditation from apps, online meditation websites, or even podcasts. But remember to use resources from trustable and reliable sources so as to learn how it is done the right way.

Here is a simple and easy way to do chakra meditation:

Get fairly comfortable (काफी सहज हो जाओ)

Look for a quiet and fairly comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit with an erect spine and cross your legs in front of you. Place your hands loosely on your knees. If that feels too much to do, use a meditation cushion.

Take deep breaths (गहरी सांसें लो)

With your eyes closed, breathe in and out in a much deeper way to help you relax and focus.

Focus on your chakras (अपने चक्रों पर ध्यान दें)

Starting with the root chakra all the way to the crown chakra, create a mental image of an energy center that has energy flowing through it. Make sure you understand each of the chakras in terms of the colors they are associated with.

Take your time with each chakra (प्रत्येक चक्र के साथ अपना समय ले लो)

Give yourself enough time with each chakra and ensure in your visualization, you see energy moving and flowing through.

See the whole chakra system in action (कार्रवाई में पूरे चक्र प्रणाली को देखें)

Go through each chakra doing the same and once you are done with all of them, visualize the whole chakra system and see energy flowing from the root chakra to the crown chakra seamlessly while leaving an effect in your body.

End your meditation session (अपना ध्यान सत्र समाप्त करें)

Now as you come to a close, slowly open your eyes and take note of your feelings and the positive energy in your body.
 
 
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21 thoughts on “Chakra Meditation: How To Practice Safely

  1. Sir very nice article good information. It is most important and necessary for the human spiritual development. Dr Swami Hardas has been invention very simple process of Kundlini yog.

    1. Thanks for your good words, Satish! Siddha Kundalini Yoga, invented by Dr. Swami Hardas, is a different process compared to Chakra Meditation. Siddha Kundalini Yoga has different mani three purposes, which needs Siddha Shaktipat, based on which people become capable of availing the benefits. Anyway, chakra meditation is also powerful and can be utilized for availing all the benefits. My intention is to serve people selflessly so that they become capable to solve their problems independently and effectively. I shall soon write about Siddha Kundalini Yoga so that people have a choice.

    1. So kind of you, Suresh Ji! Your good wors are really most pleasing and inspiring to me. I hope, you must be practicing Chakra Meditation. How do you feel after the performance? What are your experiences? Can you share it, if any? It is not only about keeping inspiring me but also you can guide me from time to time. Thanks and keep communicating!!!

    1. Thanks a lot, Naresh! Good words from great people like you inspire and give positive energy to write greater posts. Try to practice ‘chakra meditation’ daily, which will help you stay energetic as well as healthy. Thanks and stay connected.

    1. Thanks a lot, Madam! I’m privileged to have your valuable words! I shall even do better than next time. You may suggest me any improvement required to be exercised. Kindly stay connected.

  2. Chakras have most auspicious place in our ancient Indian culture, Ayurveda and many holy books and articles. It’s like a solution to every problem regarding a human body. This detailed article is clearly defining every thing. Thank you for such helpful information sir.

    1. So nice of you, AA18! You’ve rightly understood the contents. We should adopt such practices for living a trouble-free life and also inspire others to do so. Thanks for your amazing words. You may also share this unique and useful knowledge with others. Kindly stay connected.

  3. To cleanse the mind and rid your body of illnesses and to purify you mind and thoughts, this is very important. A technique taught to us by our rishis which not only benifits us but all humans as well. Let us practice this art of cleansing to reach higher state of consciousness and let’s experience that bliss.

    1. Certainly, Suresh Ji! There is not an iota of a doubt!! We have forgotten the knowledge, which our great saints have researched for the well-being of whole humanity and preserved it for the future. We should reveal and make use not only for self but for the entire humanity. This was my small contribution towards it so that awareness is also created. However, thanks for your good words, which have inspired me a lot! Thanks and stay connected.

  4. Wonderfully written blog. It gives what exactly is required by people like us. What I believe is every person should practice chakra meditation for wellbeing. Thanks for such a beautiful article.

    1. Thanks a lot, Madam! Your words are quite inspiring and motivating! Certainly, every person needs to practice Chakra meditation for well-being. A good practitioner can maintain health for the whole life. We can just imagine how much money can be saved and sorrows can be minimized!

May you be bestowed with health, peace and progress!

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