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Anahata chakra with peaked circle around a six-pointed star
Anahata chakra with peaked circle around a six-pointed star

Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, IAST: Anāhata, English: "unstruck") or heart chakra is the fourth primary chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskrit, anahata means "unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten". Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound (the sound of the celestial realm). Anahata is associated with balance, calmness, and serenity.

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Sadhguru: Anahata is symbolized with two intersecting triangles, forming a six-pointed star. This is a symbolism of how the lower three chakras and upper three in the body are all meeting here as one, that means it has six qualities in one. Generally Anahata symbol is a six pointed star with the dot in the center, that means - all the seven chakras have merged here in a certain way. Many cultures are using this symbolism in many different connotations, but essentially it comes from this: the upward moving triangle and the downward moving triangle have met. What upward moving triangle and downward moving triangle means is fundamentally. Every creature in some way is trying to rise.. whatever their understanding of rising. A little worm may be wanting to climb up the tree, a bird may want to soar up in the sky, a human being may wants to become rich or famous, or powerful, or something else, or wants to get enlightened. All these are efforts to rise. So, this is the nature of the creation. Every creature is trying to rise to its fullest potential. Some will do it consciously, most will do it unconsciously, but everybody is trying to rise. A man, who isn't right now running after money. You may think: oh, he's no good. But no, he is also trying to rise, through whatever staircase he has found. His staircase is cash right now. You may think, your staircase is energy experience, whatever.. Somebody may think, their staircase is emotion. different People may think or use different means, but every creature human or otherwise everything is trying to rise. This is the nature of life. This is creation, that which we are referring to as the very source of everything, this is not geo-specific, this is not geostatic . So it moves every way, it percolates into everything, because it has no direction, because it has no location. You have a directional movement, only if you are stuck in one place. Isn't it? Only if you are geostatic, you will have a direction to go to... If you are not geostatic, you're just everywhere. There is nowhere to go, so you just seep into everything that is there, you soak everything that's around you. So in this context yogic terminology has used these two triangles. The creature is trying to move up. the source, is trying to come down into this. Source does not come down or go up.. nothing. It just seeps into everything, because it's not located in any place, like... let's say... because we live in this atmosphere, let's say... like air. Air enters your ears also. Air enters the pores in your skin also, not just in your nostrils. If you open your mouth, it goes here also. It has no choice about those things, wherever there is space it will enter. Similarly let's understand. It's only an analogy. Don't start thinking on those terms. Similarly that we consider as the source- is moving every way. But right now if we sit here how is air moving means - we see in the passage it's going down like this and coming out like this. Good air. What's good for us? Good always means what is good for us, you must understand this. Others may not agree. All the other creatures on the planet may disagree with us, but good air for this life is going down, bad air is coming out. Yes. So, this is only a contextual understanding. In reality It's not like, that. air is going here also, here also, but this is the main source, because if you deny this, you will die. So you know, that this is a must. So in this context what we consider as the creature, which is this one is trying to move up, this is one triangle. upward moving triangle. What we consider as the source of the divine is coming down - this is another triangle, downward facing triangle. Anahata is a place, where both have intersected in a alignment, proper alignment, forming a six stared, six pointed figure with a central point. What this means is? It has many possibilities in one place. If there are too many possibilities in one place, it is also a place, where most people miss all possibilities. Because There are too many things happening. If you pay attention to it, there are too many things happening there. So people may not realize anything, but it keeps them very well entertained. So we are coming to this Anahata, where there are too many choices. Normally I, except for a handful of people, I've always avoided putting people on Anahata sadhana, because there are too many choices and there are too many confusions. To go into Anahata sadhana Two things are needed. One thing is sweetness of emotion, another thing is absolute steadiness of the intellect, that is... There is a distinct ..see, We're talking about discernment. Intellect means discernment. There must be a discernment between: what is real, what is not real; what is memory, what is imagination; what is experience, what is psychological stuff. If this discernment is not there, Anahata is not the place to go, because this is a place , where you hear and see things in a way, that even a reasonably stable person can go crazy. Somebody, who has a little tendency, will go all the way, because Anahata... the word ''anahat'' means a sound without reverb, unstruck sound. Most of the sound on the planet happens, because something strikes something. This is an unstruck sound, that is if you simply sit in silence, all kinds of sounds will happen. These sounds have been identified as 108 different varieties of sound. It is out of this, that different deities have been associated with different sounds in India. If you say ''Shiva'', it's a Damaru or a drum. ''Damaru'' is a meeting of two triangles like this. When two equal level triangles meet like this, it makes a drum . When one comes to Anahata, when one is dominant in their Anahata, they start hearing things , sound of the Bell. It's real. The drum, a wind instrument ,like a flute - these kind of things may start happening. When you start hearing things, generally it means, that you're going crazy. So this is why before you hear anything, your discernment must be so crystal clear and your emotion should be sweet. Why emotion should be sweet is?.. If you have not come to a certain sweetness of emotion... You know, we... everywhere we're going about talking about blissfulness and now we've kind of got down a step lower and saying: joy, joy, joy, Yogi's guide to joy... All this because without sweetness of emotion there are too many things, that you cannot do. Without sweetness... Without sweetness of emotion, which is constant within you, you are truly disabled or... let's say - you're special, because without sweetness of emotion you are denying yourself the universe, including everything here. Only when emotions you have mastered the emotion to become very sweet (doesn't matter what) now going into different explorations is fine, because otherwise you go into Anahata, you see something, you hear something, you may come terrorized. Yes, truly terrorized. Suppose you see something like this.. something you think is terrible.. see your idea of something being terrible is.. I'm... I've not seen too many, but sometimes when I'm switching channels, I get to see, what is considered a horror movie. It's pathetic. It's not... It doesn't horrify me, just horrifies me, that some director has a mind like this. Blood will suddenly come out of the eyes. Blood is always flowing in the body, if little leak happens. What is so horrifying about it I'm asking? from wherever it leaked what does it matter I am asking? No, no, it's supposed to be horror, because a whole lot of people are innocent of these things, they don't know blood is flowing. They think, they're like this... So for such people or in such ignorance suddenly something from within happened, images came up. Anahata is the place in the yogic science there is a dimension of yoga, called ''Tantra yoga''. In Tantra one important aspect of it is... the Yogi's create their own deities, that they create a certain form and make it alive. That form, either he or she, or whatever that form is, it works with the yogi all the time. So this is why he needs no company, this why he doesn't get married, because all the time that is company. For certain reasons generally they created female forms and with terrible attributes. the Yogi's created these things either, because they want somebody next to them, to whom you cannot be drawn because of physical beauty or something else. There is no way to be drawn . All kinds of weird images... I don't know, if you have seen images of Rakini, Dakini, , Chinnamasta, Kali... These are all terrible images of feminine manifestation, but they created these kind of images.. one reason is because they want it like that. Another reason may be suppose you try to make let's say we gave you a lump of clay and somebody said: ''make the image of Adiyogi''... You know, you were making like this... not because of choice, simply because you clumsy with your hands. Possible? So for whichever reason they created those kind of images and these walk with them. Many of these... many-many of these are still around.. The Yogi's are gone long time ago. They fulfill the purpose of why they created this images, but they are gone. These forms are still there. Those, who created some kind of lineage... There are people, who still making use of those forms, those who did not bother to create anything like that... they just let them loose. If you hit your Anahata, they think a welcome Bell has been struck and they tend to come. If they come, you won't play with them - you will be terrified of them, all these forms are created by human beings. Why it is coming towards Anahata is?.. This is the power of creation, this is where a human being can create. So once you touch the dimension, everything that we had created and left around the subtle forms, will start coming in. Before art, music and something else comes to you..here's Kali, Chinnamasta , Rakini, Dakini.. lankini all these kinds of people.. all they start coming in. It's a wonderful opportunity. But if you're sweetness of emotion and a crystal razor-sharp discernment of the intellect is not maintained, these two things... these things can become a terrible experience and may break your mind. The core of the universe must be a tremendous place, but are you ready for going to that place? If you go to the place, this is not equipped to go there. So Anahata means the unstruck sound. Here the first manifestation ..Why they call this unstruck sound is the first manifestation of Anahata is, that sounds will happen. Hearing things is considered as the first sign of psychological imbalance. And it is. Because those, who are psychologically imbalanced in some way also become perceptive in some other way. One dislocation enables them in some other way, but this kind of enabling is not good for you. It is like... It is like a child, who's just begun to walk, you put him in a marathon race, because he's got legs and for sure he's going to damage himself. So it is not that it is a bad thing. Too much of a good thing when you're not ready for it or when you are no good for it, it's a bad thing. It is a great thing. Anahata is a fantastic place, but I find in today's world getting people to sharpen their mind and turning their emotions sweet is quite a job. Yogi's guide to joy . Is it working? Sadhguru: This is not about me, superhuman. This is about realizing being human you super. Smb: You're going to meet a man who has a devoted following around the world. Sadhguru: We need to understand the source of all. Our problems are within us. And if we want solutions - they are within us. nowhere else.

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Etymology

In Sanskrit Anahata means "sound produced without touching two parts" and at the same time it means "pure" or "clean, stainless". The name of this chakra signifies the state of freshness that appears when we are able to become detached and to look at the different and apparently contradictory experiences of life with a state of openness (expansion). Normally we are not used to the effect produced by the confrontation of the two opposite forces. At the level of Anahata chakra appears the possibility to integrate the two opposite forces and obtain the effect (sound, in this case), without the two forces being confronted (without touching of the two parts). This energy is specific to cooperation and integration, which brings peace and a new perspective in a world which, up to this level (considering only the energies specific to the first three centres of force: Muladhara, Swasdhistana and Manipura) was made only of a more or less conscious confrontation between opposite forces. The name Anahata suggests, in fact, the synergetic effect of the interaction of energies at this level.

Description

Location

The heart chakra is located in the central channel of the spine near the heart, with its kshetram [1]

Appearance

Anahata is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals. Inside there is a smoky region at the intersection of two triangles, creating a shatkona. The shatkona is a symbol used in Hindu Yantra, representing the union of male and female. Specifically, it is meant to represent Purusha (the Supreme Being) and Prakriti (Mother Nature) and is often represented by Shiva and Shakti. The deity of this area is Vayu, who is smoke-like and four-armed, holding a kusha and riding an antelope (this chakra's animal).

Seed mantra

The seed syllable is the dark-grey mantra "yam". In the bindu (or dot) above the syllable is the deity Isha. Isha is bright white or blue in color. He has either one or five faces, with three eyes on each face. He may have two, four or ten arms. He is clad in a tiger skin, holds a trident and drum, grants blessings, and dispels fear. His shakti is Kakini, who is shining yellow or rose-coloured. She has a number of variations: one, three or six faces; two or four arms; and holds a variety of implements (occasionally a sword, shield, skull or trident). She is seated on a red lotus.[2]

Petals

The twelve petals are inscribed with the following Sanskrit syllables. (Note: In some representations the syllables or else the petals themselves are colored vermillion.[3])

  1. kam
  2. kham
  3. gam
  4. gham
  5. ngam
  6. cham
  7. chham
  8. jam
  9. jham
  10. nyam
  11. tam
  12. tham

The syllables may be thought as matching twelve vrittis or divine qualities of the heart as follows.[4]

  1. bliss
  2. peace
  3. harmony
  4. love
  5. understanding
  6. empathy
  7. clarity
  8. purity
  9. unity
  10. compassion
  11. kindness
  12. forgiveness

Even more commonly, systems of understanding identify these vrittis as corresponding with various reflexive modifications away from the indifferentiated divine mind, each one considered as arising from spiritual ignorance, as below.[5][6]

  1. asha: wish, desire, hope
  2. cinta: thoughtfulness, anxiety
  3. cesta: effort
  4. mamta: possessiveness, fondness
  5. dhamba: arrogance, vanity
  6. viveka: discrimination
  7. vikalata: languor
  8. ahamkara: conceit, egoism, pride
  9. lolata: covetousness, avarice
  10. kapatata: duplicity, hypocrisy
  11. vitarka: indecision, argumentativeness
  12. anutapa: regret, burning misery

William Enckhausen defines half of these vrittis as spiritual ignorances and half spiritual developments. "Half the 12 vrttis of the Anahata are 'positive', growth promoting vrttis and the other half are 'negative' or at most neutral, self-justifying defense tendencies that perpetuate the ego's limited boundaries instead of expanding and refining them. There is still a limited and bounded sense of self, but with the potential to discriminate between vice and virtue. There is also still the boundary of self and not self to be overcome, although not as marked as in the Manipura and Svadhistana. Harmony, balance, and proportion are key elements in this fulcrum that is the Anahata to help determine what is growth-promoting and virtuous (self, or good for the self) and what is vice, or inappropriate for spiritual self-growth (not self)."[7] Enckhausen's translations follow.

  1. hope
  2. worry
  3. endeavor
  4. affection
  5. vanity
  6. discernment
  7. depression
  8. self-identity
  9. selfishness
  10. duplicity
  11. contention
  12. compunction

Function

Anahata is considered to be the seat of the Jivatman and Parashakti. In the Upanishads, this is described as a tiny flame inside the heart. Anahata is named as such because sages were believed to hear the sound (Anahata – comes without the striking of two objects together).[8] It is associated with air, touch and the actions of the hands.

Anahata is associated with the ability to make decisions outside the realm of karma. In Manipura and below, man is bound by the laws of karma and fate. In Anahata one makes decisions ("follows one's heart") based on one's higher self, not the unfulfilled emotions and desires of lower nature. As such, it is known as the heart chakra.[9] It is also associated with love and compassion, charity to others and psychic healing. Meditation on this chakra is said to bring about the following siddhis (abilities): he becomes a lord of speech, he is dear to women, his presence controls the senses of others, and he can leave and enter the body at will.

Hrit (Hridaya, Surya) chakra

Tree inside two circles inside a lotus flower
The Hrit chakra (just below Anahata) is the seat of the wish-fulfilling tree.

Immediately below Anahata (at the solar plexus or, sometimes, on the near left side of the body) is a minor chakra known as Hrit (or Hridaya, "heart"), with eight petals. It has three regions: a vermilion sun region, within which is a white moon region, within which is a deep-red fire region. Within this is the red wish-fulfilling tree, kalpa vriksha, which symbolises the ability to manifest what one wishes to happen in the world.

Hrit chakra is sometimes known as the Surya (sun) chakra,[10] which is located slightly to the left below the heart. Its role is to absorb energy from the sun and provide heat to the body and the other chakras (to Manipura in particular, to which it provides Agni' (fire).

Associations with the body

Anahata is said to be near the heart. Because of its connection to touch (sense) and actions, it is associated with the skin and hands. In the endocrine system, Anahata is said to be associated with the thymus.[citation needed]

Practices

In Yogic practices, anahata is awakened and balanced by asanas, pranayamas and the practice of ajapa japa (japa, without the mental effort normally needed to repeat the mantra) and purified by bhakti (devotion).

There are also special Concentration practices for awakening the Anāhata Chakra.[11]

Comparisons with other systems

Tibetan Buddhism

The heart wheel in Tibetan Buddhism is the location of the indestructible red-and-white drop. At death, the winds of the body dissolve and enter this drop, which then leads the body into Bardo (the intermediate stage) and rebirth. The heart wheel in this model is circular, white and has eight petals (or channels) reaching downwards. These channels divide into three wheels (mind, speech and body) and go to 24 places in the body. They again divide into three and then into 1,000, producing 72,000 channels (known as Nadi) throughout the body.[12][13]

The heart wheel is important in meditation; in the lower tantras, the mantra is recited from the heart. It is recited verbally and then mentally; then, in the heart, a tiny moon disc and flame are imagined from which the mantra rings. In the higher tantras (the Anuttarayoga Tantra of the Sarma schools) or the Inner Tantras of the Nyingma school, the practitioner attempts to dissolve the winds and drops into the central channel at the level of the heart to experience the Yoga of Clear Light; this is a practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. In Tibetan Buddhism there is a chakra, the Fire Wheel, above the heart and below the throat.

Sufism

Sufis have a system of Lataif-e-sitta at a number of points on the body; at the heart, there are three positioned horizontally. On the left side of the chest is the Qalb (the heart); the Ruḥ is on the right side of the chest, and the Sirr (innermost heart) is between them.[14]

The Qalb is called the heart of the mystic; it is caught between the downward pull of the lower nafs, and the upward pull of the spirit of Allah and may be blackened by sin. It may be purified by reciting the names of God. The Ruḥ is the centre of the spirit, the breath of Allah; when awakened, it counteracts the negative pull of the nafs. The Sirr is the innermost heart, where Allah manifests his mystery to himself.[15]

Qigong

In Qigong, the middle Dantian (one of the three furnaces that transform energy in the body) is in this region. The middle Dantian transforms qi energy into shen (spiritual energy).[citation needed] This is also not a correct location of a Dantian. The Dantian is located on the Anterior of the body, not the posterior, as is this chakra.

See also

References

  1. ^ Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Kundalini Tantra
  2. ^ "Tantra-Kundalini.com - Anahata chakra". Tantra Kundalini. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ Acharya Bhagwan Dev (2004). Pranayam, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga. Diamond Pocket Books. p. 35. ISBN 9789350830673.
  4. ^ https://www.yogaindailylife.org/system/en/chakras/anahata-chakra
  5. ^ http://openanahata.com/en/2018/01/13/the-twelve-petals-of-the-anahata-lotus-flower/
  6. ^ M.A. Hill (2014). The 7 Chakras Balancing, Colors and Meaning. p. 21. ISBN 9781500887919.
  7. ^ William Enckhausen (2014). "Anahata". A Name To The Nameless: A Tantric Journey Through The 50 Mental Vortexes.
  8. ^ Woodroffe, J. The Serpent Power – Dover Publications, New York, 1974 p. 120
  9. ^ "Heart Chakra". ASIS Massage. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  10. ^ R. Venugopalam. The Hidden Mysteries of Kundalini
  11. ^ Maheshwarananda, Paramhans Swami (2004). "Concentration on the Space within the Heart – Hridayākāsha Dhārāna". The Hidden Power in Humans: Chakras and Kundalini. Ibera Verlag. ISBN 3-85052-197-4.
  12. ^ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Tantric Grounds and Paths
  13. ^ Evgueny Faydysh (1999). "Figure 46. Channels going from the heart wheel (Tibetan tantra).". The Mystic Cosmos: Appendix I (The Nature and Features of Vital Energy, The Main Structures of Subtle Body. International Noosphere Institute.
  14. ^ Abu Bakr Siraj ad Din Cook. The Subtle Centres of the Heart
  15. ^ "[4] Anahata Chakra". www.gemsofyogadubai.com. Retrieved 13 October 2015.

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