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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Talu, Bindu, Manas, 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.
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:
- Epileptic seizures
- Mental or emotional conditions
- Heart disease and other serious physical illnesses
- Conditions requiring medication
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.
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.
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)
Go through the chakras from bottom to top (नीचे से ऊपर तक चक्रों के माध्यम से जाओ)
Re-energize each chakra (प्रत्येक चक्र को पुनः सक्रिय करें)
Align chakras (चक्रों को संरेखित करें)
Come back slowly (धीरे-धीरे वापस आओ)
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)
Take deep breaths (गहरी सांसें लो)
Focus on your chakras (अपने चक्रों पर ध्यान दें)
Take your time with each chakra (प्रत्येक चक्र के साथ अपना समय ले लो)
See the whole chakra system in action (कार्रवाई में पूरे चक्र प्रणाली को देखें)
End your meditation session (अपना ध्यान सत्र समाप्त करें)