Saturday, July 25, 2009
1. Muladhara Root Chakra - Earth element - Elephant
The square in the middle is the symbol of the Earth, and the Elephant is the supporting power of the surface, the psychic energy of the libido. The elephant is the most powerful land animal on Earth. The name Muladhara which means root-support, shows us that we are in the area of the roots of our existence, which would be our personality on Earth. The gods are asleep.
We are but a seed, it's of the upmost importance to be born - to realize that your situation is the best you could desire or you will not release from Muladhara - You were supposed to come into this world, otherwise you can not realise the 'self' (the transpersonal) and the goal of this world is missed. You have to leave some trace or other in this world, show the world you were here, otherwise you have not realised yourself. If one succeeds in awakening Kundalini (energy of consciousness), so that she can release her pure potentiality, then you set into motion a world that completely differs from ours: it is an eternal world. The personal side is in fact completely negligable in comparison with Kundalini's visions. Because her visions could be the visions of whoever, because they are impersonal. They correspond with the world of Kundalni, and not with the Muladhara world.
First of all, if the Yogin, or a western person, or anyone, succeeds in awakening the Kundalini then what sets into motion is NOT a personal development (however the inpersonal development can influence the personal one, as that so often and benficially happens). What starts are inpersonal events, with which one would do good to NOT to identify with. If you do, you will receive 'inflation', you will be completely WRONG. Observe objectively what happpens, you'll then see that all events that happen in the inpersonal, non-human order of things, have the very unpleasant quality of grapsing on to us. It's as though Kundalini pulls us in her upward motion, especially in the beginning. We are seeds in us, seeds in Muladhara that when come into motion have the effect of an earthquake, that shocks us naturally - sometimes so severely that our house breaks down.
The image of an inpersonal, mental/psychic experience is so strange to us, and extraordinarily hard to accept that we have severe difficulty to dis-identify with it.
In Samkhya philosophy, the concept of Muladhara is that of moola prakriti, the metaphysical basis of material existence. Muladhara is the chakra that draws down spiritual energy and causes it to assume a physical existence. It is like the negative pole in an electrical circuit, which provides the potential for the evolution of form. Within this chakra resides/sleeps the kundalini shakti, the great spiritual potential, waiting to be aroused and brought back up to the source from which it originated, Brahman.
FIRST CHAKRA: ROOT OR BASE
INDIAN NAME: Muladhara
NUMBER OF LOTUS PETALS ASSOCIATED: 4
PHYSICAL BODY LOCATION: Base of hips and lower hips
ASSOCIATED GLANDS: ADRENAL- Spinal Column, Bones, Teeth, Nails, Anus, Rectum, Colon, Prostate, Blood and Cell Building.
FUNCTIONS: Gives vitality to the physical body. Life-force, survival, instincts.
AROMAS: Cedar, Clove, Pepper, Vetiver.
GEMS/MINERALS: Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper,
FOODS: Proteins, Red fruits and vegetables.
VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY- KEYNOTE / VOWEL SOUND: C / U (ooh)
QUALITIES/LESSONS: Matters relating to the material world, success, The physical body, mastery of the body, Grounding, individuality, stability, security, stillness, health, courage, patience.
NEGATIVE QUALITIES: Self-centered, insecurity, violence, greed, anger. Overly concerned with physical survival. Tension in the spine, constipation.