PS is practicing yoga since the age of 11. Her yoga retreats in India have helped her gain deep insights into self-awareness.
Ajna chakra is responsible for the birth of psychic awareness. As per the ancient tradition, the Mooladhara chakra is marked as the seat of kundalini energy. It is the first chakra in the stage of human evolution. But some other systems consider Ajna chakra to be the main point from which the rest of the chakras are evaluated.
Ajna chakra is the meeting point for three main Nadis (Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna). These Nadis combine the forces into a strong stream of consciousness, which, then, travels to the Sahasrara, the crown chakra.
According to mythology, Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna are represented by the rivers Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati respectively. These rivers come together at a place called Triveni or Prayag. This convergence occurs at Prayagraj, a present-day city in North India. As per Hindu beliefs, after every twelve years, when the sun is present in Aquarius, taking a dip at the point of convergence can help you get purified. This place of convergence is correlated with the Ajna chakra.
When you put your mind concentration at this point, your individual consciousness transforms by the influence of the combination of three major forces.
Currently, your individual consciousness is overflowing with ego. Due to your ego, you are aware of dualities. Till the time, there’s a duality in existence, you can’t achieve Samadhi. In other words, you can’t find yourself unless you move out of your ego.
The five chakras below the Ajna can give you the experiences of trance, but it doesn’t mean your ego is merging with the cosmic consciousness. Throughout these five chakras, you are trying to enhance your ego behind every experience you gain. But when your Ida and Pingala Nadis unite with the Sushumna Nadi at Ajna, your ego is dissolved and you lose yourself completely. This doesn’t indicate you lose consciousness.
In fact, your awareness increases and grows to be homogeneous. Your individual awareness surrenders itself and you surpass yourself from the realm of duality. Ajna chakra is a very crucial center. You must experience this state of mind to purify your mental strength. Once your mind purifies, you can quickly awaken the rest of the chakras since the biggest obstacle is already over.
Ajna chakra is the eye of intuition and the commanding center
Ajna is a Sanskrit word, meaning ‘to follow, to obey, or to know’. In the context of chakras, it means the monitoring or the command center. As per astrology terms, Ajna is the focal point of Jupiter that represents the guru. Jupiter, also called Brihaspati, is the guru of the devas and the instructor of the gods. Due to which, this chakra is also referred to as ‘the guru chakra.’
Ajna initiates the link between the guru and his disciples. At this level, you can have mind-to-mind interaction with other people. This chakra helps you initiate the rightful communication between you and your guru. Also, you can listen to the advice of your inner guru in the deepest state of meditation. All your senses are withdrawn and you move into the state of void or Shoonya.
Here, you are living in a state of absolute nothingness. Now, you are not disturbed by the experience of names and forms, subjects, and objects. In this total static state, your mind shuts down and your consciousness stops functioning. Most importantly, your ego vanishes completely. This state is quite similar to the death experience. To traverse the state, your guru must give you a command or make you heard his voice in the Ajna chakra.
If you are new to this spiritual transformation, then you won’t go through this state yet. But when it eventually arrives, it becomes quite difficult to take control of. You reach the deep state of meditation and only a guru can guide you with his wisdom.
The point of Ajna chakra is known as the ‘eye of intuition’. You can think it as a doorway through which you enter into the psychic and astral consciousness. The most common name is ‘the third eye’. According to the traditions, it is depicted as a psychic eye located between the physical eyes. It directs inwards and not outwards.
As per Indian culture, Ajna chakra is referred to as Gyana Chakshu, Gyana Netra (eye of knowledge), or Divya Chakshu (divine eye). These names are the symbols of a channel through which you receive insights into the deep secrets of nature of existence. Indians also call it ‘the eye of Shiva’ because Lord Shiva is the essence of meditation and corresponds with the awakening of the Ajna chakra.
The interesting fact is Ajna chakra is more dynamic in women than in men. That’s why, women are more sensitive, perceptive, and psychic. They are also quite efficient in foreseeing the events. Sadly, in most people, this divine eye remains dormant. They can see day-to-day events, but they can’t gain an understanding of truth and the right knowledge. This means they are ignorant of the real possibilities of the world and incapable of perceiving the different levels of human existence.
Ajna chakra is a traditional name for your pineal gland
Ajna chakra is located directly behind your eyebrow centre. It is present at the medulla oblongata, the peak of the spinal cord. At first, it’s difficult to feel the actual location of this chakra, so you must focus on the Ajna Kshetram. Ajna Kshetram is the Brumadhya, the eyebrow centre. It’s been an ancient Indian custom to place Chandan, kumkum, sindoor, or tilaka on the eyebrow centre.
Sindur is said to contain mercury. So, when it’s placed on the eyebrow centre a sustained pressure is applied to the centre that connects with the medulla oblongata. The original reason for applying these powders is mostly forgotten by the people today, this isn’t a religious or beauty mark. It is a source to help you maintain a constant awareness of the Ajna chakra.
You should also know that Ajna chakra and the pineal gland are the same subjects. Sahasrara is the pituitary gland. The way pineal gland is connected with the pituitary gland, Ajna is connected with Sahasrara. You can say Ajna is an opening to the Sahasrara Chakra. If you have successfully awakened Ajna and it’s functioning well, then all the experiences you gain in Sahasrara can be handled effectively.
Your pineal gland is like a lock on your pituitary gland. When your pineal gland is functioning, your pituitary is under control. When you reach the age of 8 to 10, the pineal gland starts to weaken and the pituitary comes into action. The pituitary gland is responsible for your sexual consciousness and worldly personality. This may make you lose your spiritual essence. But you can regenerate the health of your pineal gland through certain yogic techniques such as Shambhavi and Trataka mudras.
Traditional symbolic representation of Ajna chakra
Ajna is represented by a two-petalled lotus. Some yogis say it’s a pale grey color like the sky during rain, while others say its color is like the moon. It’s actually an intangible color. On the left petal, there’s a mantra called ham and on the right, the mantra is Ksham.
Ham and Ksham are said to be written in a silvery-white color. These are the Bija mantras for Shakti and Shiva. Ham represents Ida and Ksham represents Pingala. At this chakra, Ida (left), Pingala (right), and Sushumna (middle) merge into each other.
The lotus flower has a round circle within it that represents Shoonya (void). In that circle, there’s an inverted triangle symbolizing shakti (manifestation and creativity). Above this triangle, there’s a Shivalingam. Contrary to what people believe Shivalingam to be a phallic symbol, it actually is a symbol of your astral body.
Tantra says the astral body is a part of your supreme personality and it is represented in the form of Shivalingam. It can be illustrated in different colors based on the evolution and purification of your consciousness.
The Shivalingam is vague and smoky in the Mooladhara chakra. Here, it is called Dhumra lingam. This symbolizes your intuitive life, your current state of consciousness. You don’t know the real self right now.
As you move upwards, the Shivalingam turns black at Ajna chakra. Here, it is called Itarakhya lingam. Your self-awareness is clearly defined now and you have awakened your various capabilities. Finally, at Sahasrara Chakra, the lingam is radiant and thus, is called Jyotir lingam. Now, you are in the state of supreme consciousness and your awareness is enlightened.
When you have a primitive mind, your concentration shows you a smoky Shivalingam. It appears and then, disappears repeatedly. When you are in deeper concentration, your mind has eliminated the restlessness and you visualize a black Shivalingam. Now, your dedicated concentration on the black lingam produces a Jyotir lingam, the state of illumination, and astral consciousness. That’s why the black lingam at Ajna chakra is the source of spiritual life.
The symbol of Ajna chakra completes with the symbol of Om over the Shivalingam. Om is a Bija mantra and above it, there are the roots of sound consciousness, called Raif. The deity of Ajna chakra is Paramshiva, who glows like a string of lightning flashes. And the goddess is Hakini. Her six faces illuminate like the brightness of a moon.
According to ancient texts, each chakra is endowed with a Tanmatra (sense of modality), Gyanendriya (organ for sense recognition), and Karmendriya (organ of action). These three elements compose your whole mind.
- Your mind can gain intelligence through subtle means and also through the sense organs, called the Gyanendriyas of different chakras.
- On the awakening of Ajna chakra, your mind gains knowledge directly from your sixth sense. This is the Gyanendriya of your mind.
- Your mind can function flawlessly without the help of your physical body. This is possible through the astral projection that becomes active with the awakening of Ajna chakra. This means, your mind is the Karmendriya of Ajna.
- Your Tanmatra is also the mind since the method of operating this chakra is purely mental.
- The awakening of Vishuddhi and Ajna chakras form the foundation for Vigyanamaya kosha. Here, your mind starts to show the sign of psychic development.
The experience of awakened Ajna chakra is quite similar to the intake of marijuana or any other similar drug. When you meditate on this chakra, you see a shining lamp just like the morning sun. You become an essence of knowledge and perception. You understand your integrity with the Brahman (universe) and acquire Siddhis.
Ajna chakra drastically changes your mental consciousness
From the above discussion, it is clear that Ajna is a chakra belonging solely to the mind. Thus, it is a center of higher awareness.
- Your concentration on lower chakras or on external objects, mildly or powerfully, affect the Ajna chakra.
- Your visualization or dream sequence is also due to the Ajna chakra.
- If you are not aware of what you are eating or talking, or when you are sleeping, then your Ajna chakra is not active.
- Your activated Ajna chakra can help you gain knowledge without the aid of your physical senses. For example, a cloudy sky gives you a clear hint that it’s going to rain, but when the sky is clear and you can still make out about the possibility of rain, this means your Ajna chakra is highly active.
The awakening of Ajna chakra affects your mind in the following ways:
- Your mind instability is destroyed.
- Your mind purifies into higher perception and supreme intelligence.
- Your sense of attachment retires.
- Your willpower becomes extensively strong.
- Your mental resolves start to show results, only if they are in acceptance with reality.
- You can visualize the hidden stories behind the visible appearances.
Ajna chakra makes you understand the relationship between cause and effect
Before the awakening of Ajna chakra, your mind is a victim of fallacy:
- You perceive things incorrectly and live with misconceptions related to attachment, love, hatred, desire, jealousy, tragedy, defeat, success, and so on.
- Your attachments, jealousies, and fears are baseless.
- Your mind functions in a limited scope and you are unable to change it.
After the awakening of Ajna chakra, you clearly understand the relationship between cause and effect. When you understand this relationship, you are no longer depressed about certain events in your life.
It’s quite unclear why do so many innocents die or are kidnapped and why severe tragedies occur everywhere. These incidents are unavoidable and still quite depressing. It takes time to understand the cause and effect, but when Ajna awakens, these laws become known. This changes your lifestyle approach and attitude towards your daily events.
After the awakening, you are not adversely affected by life events. You are not upset or exhilarated by the coming and fading of different experiences. You participate in every activity and live to the fullest but as a detached being. You have surrendered your ego and now, you live your life like a flowing river.
Ascending from Ajna to Sahasrara
Your present state of mind possesses difficulties in your path to awakening the higher chakras. You must endure strict discipline, constant effort, firm belief, and sadhana. When you reach Ajna chakra, you develop a very strong perception and the pathway to Sahasrara Chakra is open now.
The path of reaching from Mooladhara to Sahasrara is like traveling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. Once, you have reached Tamil Nadu (Ajna chakra), the distance to Kanyakumari (Sahasrara chakra) is incredibly reduced.
So, according to my experience, opening the Ajna chakra is way more important than trying to know the way to activate the Sahasrara Chakra.
© 2020 PS Tavishi