PS is practicing yoga since the age of 11. Her yoga retreats in India have helped her gain deep insights into self-awareness.
There’s a huge discussion on chakras, Nadis, and kundalini, but the concept of Bindu is rarely covered. Bindu is the point of creation. This center is beyond the accepted beliefs. It is said Bindu stores all the karmas of a person from the past life. These karmas are also present in the form of memories.
Bindu, literally translates, to ‘drop’. It is better called Bindu Visarga, which means ‘falling of the drop’. It is symbolized by the crescent moon and a white drop. This white drop is the nectar. This nectar passes through the whole body through the Vishuddhi chakra. It is the ultimate source of each entity, to which each of them finally returns at the end.
Bindu visarga is connected with Vishuddhi chakra similar to how,
- Minor centers of circulatory and respiratory systems are connected with Anahata
- Minor digestive centers are connected with Manipura
- Reproductive and urogenital systems are connected with Swadhisthana and Manipura and so on.
In each of these interconnections, a group of nerves is also activated, which are associated with different chakras. Bindu is connected with Vishuddhi through the group of nerves that flow by the interior area of the nasal orifice. It passes through the Lalana or Talu chakra, found at the palate or uvula. This means awakening in Vishuddhi also awakens Bindu and Lalana.
Location of Bindu Visarga
Bindu is located at the top back of the head. That’s the same spot where Hindu Brahmins leave a tuft of growing hair. This custom is still practiced today, some people have forgotten its purpose. This tuft of hair is termed as Shikha in Sanskrit. This means ‘flame of fire’. The word flame, here, refers to past deeds.
In ancient India, the Hindu pundits used to tighten the tuft of young children during their thread ceremony. This tuft exerted force on their Bindu visarga. They were educated to practice particular Mantra so they can connect with their Bindu from a very young age. The tuft didn’t cause any pain in their heads but ignited the flow of nectar.
Traditional symbolic representation of Bindu Visarga
According to Tantra, the crescent moon is the symbol of Bindu. This has a very rich meaning. This implies that Bindu is connected with the phases of the moon. The strict yoga practice activates your Bindu, which gives you the glimpse of the power of the Sahasrara. This is similar to the appearance of the full moon from the new moon. The infinite night background behind the moon symbolizes the endless concept of Sahasrara. But you can’t fully experience this state till there exists the individuality.
The Hindu symbol, Om, also has Bindu in it at the uppermost part. It is a small spot above the crescent moon. In fact, all the chakras are represented within the Om symbol. Bindu is kept above all of it because it is transcendental and beyond the limit of nature.
Bindu visarga belongs to the highest plane of truth. This means the awakening of Bindu provides you with the ultimate truth of nature and the universe.
Activating the seat of nectar in Bindu visarga
As per the tantric texts, the moon, i.e. Bindu, produces quite an intoxicating secretion. Yogis can live solely on this ambrosial fluid for a long time. When the secretion begins and is under control of your body, then you need nothing else for survival. Your body maintenance doesn’t demand external substances anymore.
There are many people who have actually awakened this state. It is scientifically proven as well. Some of the people have mentioned the following method:
- Practice pranayama attentively
- Keep on practicing pranayama and other yogas until you idealize Kumbhaka - breath retention
- Perform Khechari mudra (this practice demands the time of at least 2 years to achieve perfection).
Following this method assiduously, you’ll realize that the Bindu has started secreting the nectar. This passes, first, to Vishuddhi and then to the whole body. This way, your body tissues receive continuous nutrition and vital energy without any external support. This results in the non-requirement of body metabolism. When the metabolism process is suspended, there’s hardly any requirement of oxygen and thus, cellular waste is rarely produced. So, when you hibernate you can live without necessary elements for quite a long time. That’s why it is important to master the practice of breath retention. It is also said during this time the facial hair doesn’t grow.
Bindu visarga produces both nectar and poison
Besides nectar, Bindu also produces poison. The glands of nectar and poison are situated nearby. You may be thinking why awake Bindu when it also secretes poison. Well, there’s actually nothing to worry about if both Bindu and Vishuddhi are simultaneously working. Bindu secrets the fluid and Vishuddhi refines it and passes it down to the whole body. As long as the secretion of nectar is active, poison cannot harm your body.
On the other hand, if a yogi has cleaned the body through Hatha, dhyana, and raja yoga, the poison glands become the secretion place for nectar.
Bindu is in charge of shaping the individual consciousness
According to ancient yoga texts, Bindu is the centre of creation. It is at this place the entity divides itself into multiple individual forms. This process fits the name as well because Bindu has a word bind in it. Bind is a Sanskrit term that means ‘to divide or split.’
Bindu is a dimensionless centre. It is sometimes referred to as Chidghana, meaning the one who has its roots in the infinite consciousness. It is a gateway to Shoonya (void). Shoonya is a state of absolute consciousness, where duality doesn’t exist.
The concept of Bindu is considered to be a little mysterious. Only those who have awakened this point along with the Vishuddhi chakra can understand its real significance. These people say it is a point where the opposite forces unite such as infinity with zero or fullness with nothingness.
It is said the generation of various entities in the universe is due to a single underlying principle. It’s known as Kala in Sanskrit. It is responsible for storing the fundamental energy of the consciousness at Bindu. From this centre, there’s a possibility of manifesting objects, animals, human beings, and other entities.
An object which was initially formless gains shape through the Bindu, even its nature is decided by Bindu. It is a way of expressing as well as limiting consciousness. Some formed objects lack consciousness such as stones and other elements. While others possess consciousness such as human beings.
Human beings follow one of the two paths:
- Pravritti path: You are inclined towards the outer world. You move away from Bindu. You are motivated by external entities only. This is the most travelled path in today’s world. It takes you away from self-knowledge and traps you in bondages.
- Nivritti path: You are walking towards the spiritual path. You are on the path of wisdom. You are looking towards Bindu now. This brings you real freedom. It is recommended to move from Nivritti to Pravritti because gaining the understanding of your individualism will make you gain a better insight into the outside world.
Immense power of a subatomic particle
This minuscule point is overflowing with tremendous energy. According to a scientific theory, the universe originated from a heavily dense point of a matter. This infinitely powerful point burst into a Big Bang and the entire cosmos came into shape. Another research claims that there’s a vast amount of power found in subatomic particles. These particles have a highly concentrated power present in space and time. All these particles are known by the name of Bindu in tantric texts.
The strength of Bindu visarga has been known to mystics since ancient times. As per Tantra, each small particle is considered as a base of immense energy (shakti). When you practice kundalini yoga, the energy concentrated in these particles is fused together to manifest the greatest individual power. This also affects the consciousness by pushing it towards the higher realms.
There are two types of Bindu, often called Shakti and Shiva
The Bindu, present at the back of the head, symbolizes Shiva i.e. infinite consciousness. It is noted by white color. Another Bindu, present in the Mooladhara chakra, symbolisms Shakti i.e. individual energy. It is noted by the red color.
The purpose of yoga and tantra is to merge these two centers into one. This unites Shiva with Shakti. It is said the union of them is quite difficult because the red Bindu is the home of the sun, while the white Bindu is the home of the moon.
The sun indicates Pingala Nadi and the moon indicates Ida Nadi. The merging of these two Bindu results in the awakening of kundalini. They represent males and females, so when they come together, the duality is destroyed. Their unification enriches you with divine consciousness. Many yogis claim this is possible through the disciplined practice of pranayama.
© 2020 PS Tavishi