Ajna Chakra

Ajna chakra is located in the mid-brain, behind the eyebrows centre, at the top of the spine. This centre is known by different names: the third eye, jnana chakshu, the eye of wisdom, triveni, the confluence of the three rivers, guru chakra and Shiva’s eye. Ajna literally means ‘command’. In deeper states of meditation, the disciple gets commands and instructions from the inner Guru, divine or higher self. Ajna chakra is connected to the pineal gland.

Ajna chakra is the confluence of three rivers (ida, pingala and sushumna) which link all the chakras together. This is why this chakra is considered as a very important centre which must be purified before one commences to awaken the other chakras. This chakra is connected directly to the mooladhara chakra, and when it is awakened, one will feel it first in the mooladhara. Both of these chakras contain the triangle of Shakti.

Ajna is depicted as a silver lotus with two petals, which represent the sun and the moon, or ida and pingala. The bija mantra is Aum, the element is the mind (Manas). Intuition and wisdom develop here. When this centre is awakened control over Prana is obtained and the mind is strong and steady. Within the lotus there is a perfectly round circle which symbolizes shoonya – the void, an inverted triangle which represent Shakti, above the triangle there is a black Shivalingam – a symbol for the astral body. The vehicle for this chakra is Nada – unbroken sound.

In order to awaken Ajna visualize a small point of light or an Aum symbol at this centre. Trataka on a candle flame is another good method for concentration.

• Information: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
• Sure ways to self-realization by Swami satyananda Saraswati.

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