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Vishuddhi chakra

Sahaja Yoga Vishuddhi chakra

The Vishuddhi chakra, situated at the throat level, governs communication. If the Vishuddhi on the right side becomes overactive then the person becomes loud, aggressive, disrespectful towards others. The Vishuddhi on the left side becomes affected when one feels guilty. When this happens one can become shy, timid, sly or sarcastic. If one indulges into feels of guilt too much this can result in angina, or even cervical cancer. The centre Vishuddhi when affected causes a person to have difficulties communicating with others.

Qualities of the Vishuddhi chakra are: diplomacy, sweetness of speech, collectivity, collective consciousness (by being connected to the same source we become aware of each other as well as the source), witness power (the ability to be detached in any situation and not to get caught up in it), and on the left side, the brother-sister relationship as well as self-confidence.

Feeling guilty is usually a form of escapism, and stops us from facing ourselves, and in particular, our ego. Through introspection we can find out if we are indulging into feelings of guilt in this way and so stop ourselves from falling into this trap. In the West we are also conditioned to think of ourselves as “sinners” and this contributes to our sense of guilt. The affirmation “Mother, I am not guilty” helps to neutralise these negative conditionings which stop the kundalini from rising.

The Hamsa chakra, situated between the eyebrows, is also part of the Vishuddhi and has the quality of discrimination, enabling us to determine which action is appropriate at any point. It also governs our sense of intuition, and through meditation our sense of intuition can become strongly developed.

The Vishuddhi chakra governs the throat, teeth, face and mouth. It also has another very important aspect in Sahaja yoga, in that it enables our sense of vibrations. Sometimes people don’t feel vibrations at the beginning, just after getting their Self-realisation, because this centre is out of balance, but as their vibrations improve they start to feel them.

The witness state is very important in that it allows us to detach ourselves from our ego and superego and from the situation that we are in. When our ego or superego reacts in a situation we observe these rather than identifying with them.

Did you see the sky, how beautiful it was? How orange, blue, all kinds of colours were there. The colour it takes, automatically, and is enjoying it. It is not bothered that it should remain forever, that this will go away when there is darkness. Just watching! The sky is just watching. Whatever comes its way, it takes it. So, it’s so beautiful and it’s so joy-giving.

So the another thing is that, when you are in that state of spirituality, then you are joy-giving, you are peace giving, you are compassionate and you love each other. All these problems of the ego just disappear. Ego is your greatest enemy I think, and it is the one that really hinders all the wealth and beauty of your life. So if you could just see this ego, how it works, just you’ll be enjoying it. It’s a drama it plays, alright? Let’s have it! You can see the drama and then suddenly you will be amazed that you are not in it, you are watching it. When you are detached from your ego you can see how it tries to entice you.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga, 25.12.2000

Originally posted 2008-04-14 17:55:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The body of scientific evidence for Sahaja Yoga has grown over the last few years:

  • Asthma research. Dr Ramesh Manocha of the Natural Therapies Unit, Royal Hospital for Women, Australia and others set up a trial to study the effects of Sahaja Yoga meditation. In technical terms, a double blind, randomised controlled trial was conducted. A large group of severe asthma suffers was selected and two groups were established – one practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation and the other a popular relaxation technique. Checks were made at the beginning of the study and then again after 16 sessions of meditation. The study concluded that there are tangible benefits associated with practicing Sahaja Yoga meditation for sufferers of asthma. See (1) below.
  • Hot flushes. Hot flushes are very common for women in menopause and are associated with flushed skin, feeling hot and sweating. A pilot study was set up with ten women enrolled for eight weeks of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Their symptoms were recorded before and after the eight weeks and the results were quite astonishing. All women experienced improvements and 90% of them established a 50% improvement while 60% experienced an improvement of 65-70%, which is typically seen in a hormone replacement therapy program! This study was also completed by Dr Ramesh Manocha – see (2) below.  See Sahaja Yoga Medical Research on hot flushes for more details.
  • ADHD. Another study conducted at the Natural Therapies Unit in conjunction with the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK showed that Sahaja Yoga meditation can result in significant improvements in ADHD. Twenty six children with ADHD, who were aged between four and twelve, participated in a six week program of Sahaja Yoga Meditation in addition to their usual treatment (i.e. some of them were already receiving medication for ADHD) and these were compared to a control group who received no treatment. It was discovered that children who meditated experienced a significant reduction in attention problems, impulsiveness and hyperactivity, as compared to the control group. See (3) below.

This is just a small sample of studies that have demonstrated that Sahaja Yoga can be very effective in treating diseases without requiring the use of medicines.

References:

(1) Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial, R Manocha, G B Marks, P Kenchington, D Peters, C M Salome, Thorax 2002

(2) A Preliminary Study of Efficacy and Safety of Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Treatment for Hot Flushes and Other Symptoms of the Perimenopause, Manocha, M, Semmar B, Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, in press.

(3) Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Family Treatment Program for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Children, Harrison, L., Rubia, K., Manocha, R., Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2003, 9 (4), 479-497


Originally posted 2007-11-15 20:41:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Originally posted 2007-11-08 16:54:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Agnya chakra

Agnya chakra as part of Sahaja Yoga subtle system

The Agnya chakra is situated in the centre of the brain. It is sometimes referred to as the “third eye.” It has three aspects: the ego, the superego and the centre Agnya. The ego, situated on the left side of the brain, is the result of the activity of the right channel, or Pingala Nadi. This channel is associated with mental and physical activity, and when we overindulge in either of these the ego balloon becomes bloated and we develop an exagerrated feeling of importance. The superego, is situated on the right side of the brain and is a result of the activity of the left channel, or Ida Nadi. This channel is associated with emotional activity, and when we overindulge in this the superego ballon becomes bloated and we develop our conditionings and memories. If the superego is very bloated, whereas the ego is not, this results in feelings of worthlessness and dispair. The development of the ego causes the calcification of the fontanelle area of the brain (which is actually soft when we are born) and causes us to develop a sense of “I-ness,’ which makes us feel that we are separate from others.

William Blakes depiction of the Agnya chakraWe cannot fight our ego, as we would have to use our ego to do so. By watching the activity of our ego and through introspection we can become aware of its tricks. By laughing at the activities of our ego we prick the balloon of ego and thereby deflate it. In addition, through Sahaja Yoga methods we can keep both the ego and superego from becoming bloated by keeping our left and right sides in balance.

The centre Agnya chakra opens when the ego and superego are in balance, and not in an overbloated condition. The key to this area is forgiveness. Provided that we forgive everyone and ourselves we make it possible for the kundalini to rise through this centre. Not forgiving others only results in punishment for ourselves. Forgiveness results in a feeling of relief, of lightness.

We also known in Sahaja Yoga that the Agnya chakra also governs the eyes and the way that we use our eyes is very significant. It helps to look at the grass, trees and the sky as these have a soothing and cleansing effect on the eyes. In addition, looking through a candle flame is also helpful.

And this is a very, very important chakra for Sahaj yogis, because when the kundalini rises above, above the Agnya chakra, immediately there is no thought. We do not get any thoughts from ego or super ego, but there is a wobbling in the Agnya because of your in-balanced ways; the in-balanced ways are sometimes that you are with ego or super ego. This has happened to our people in the West, because we have had so much of ego we got really tired of it. We got frightened with it. Then we started taking to drugs and things to increase our super ego, but by doing that what we are doing is pushing by one end, bringing by another end and that’s how we are wobbling our ego and super ego, by which we are not helping ourselves at all.

Shri Mataji Nirmala devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga, 20 December 1979

Originally posted 2008-04-28 21:41:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Sahaja Yoga subtle system A hypothesis in Sahaja Yoga is that we have within us a subtle system with energy centres that can be felt after self-realisation. When we get self-realisation we become connected to the all-pervading energy of the cosmos, and as a result we become subtly aware of ourselves and others.

In the diagram the energy centres, or chakras, are shown as circles of different colours, in line with the spinal chord.

The awareness of the energy centres gives a tremendously objective view of ourselves. We don’t “think” that we have this or that problem but we can actually feel the source of our problems on our finger tips. We all have a great capacity to rationalise our experiences, to justify our actions through the power of our mind. Through this vibratory awareness which we get through Sahaja Yoga meditation we are able to use a much more reliable measure of ourselves. In short, we begin to “know ourselves.”

The amazing thing is that every problem that we have, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, can be related to disturbances, also known as “catches” on these energy centres. If you look at the picture you will see that the colours shown on the hand correspond to colours shown on the body. For example, the thumb has a yellow colour and this corresponds to the colour of the second energy centre at the base of the green circle in the picture.

Further, if we are able to cleanse these energy centres, also called “clearing”, we can actually cure these energy centres. A number of articles have been published in scientific publications to demonstrate that Sahaja Yoga does work when this approach is used.

In addition to the chakras there are also three nadis, the the three vertical lines shown in the diagram, with yellow, white and blue colours. These correspond to our overall state of balance. If we are moving on the left channel, the moon channel, the blue line in the diagram, then we are more active on the emotional side, and may be prone to depression, or in extreme cases suicidal tendencies. If we are moving on the right channel, the sun channel, shown as a yellow line in the diagram, then we tend to plan a lot, be futuristic and very active. The central channel, or white channel in the diagram represents the ideal state of balance in Sahaja Yoga, where we tend to be in a meditative, witness state.

The kundalini is shown as a coil between the red and yellow energy centres, indicating its potential state. It lies dormant in every human until awakened, at which point it travels through the energy centres and pierces the fontannel bone in our head. Interestingly, fontanelle means “little fountain.” When this happens the person has achieved the state of self-realisation.

In later articles we will have a closer look at the different energy centres.

Originally posted 2007-12-05 18:07:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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