The Subtle System: Tree Of Life"The Chakras and the Subtle System: Inside every human being there is a network of nerves and sensory organs that interprets the outside physical world. At the same time, within us resides a subtle system of channels (nadis) and centers of energy (chakras) which look after our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual being."
Tree of Life (Kundalini) that triggers spiritual rebirth and evolution
The Tree of Life
The tree of life as represented in the
Kabbalah, containing the Sephiroth.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and last.
Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life,
And may enter in through the Gates of the City.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever love and makes a lie.
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto thee these things in the churches.
I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take the Waters of Life freely.
Alpha and Omega — I am Shri Ganesha and Shri Jesus, the One who came in the Beginning and the One who comes at the End. I am at the Mooladhara, the First Chakra on the Tree of Life. I am at the Agnya Chakra, the Last Gate to the Templum Spiritus Sanctus. Blessed are those who believe in His Command to begin the Resurrection so that they may have the right to Eternal Life, and enter the Gate of Christ into the Kingdom of The Spirit within.
Tree of Life - The subtle system consisting of nadis, chakras and Sahasrara:
"You belong to a Tree of great Wisdom, Tree of great Sustenance and Religion, and Tree of great Mastery — the mastery that you can never know how great it is. You belong to a Tree that has complete security for you, and you belong to a very great Tree which gives you complete witnessing of the Drama, and which gives you understanding that the Whole is part and parcel of you and you are part and parcel of the Whole.-. This is the Tree of Life that has been described in the Bible."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Geneva, Switzerland—August 28, 1983
"It is most surprising that in this Tree of Life, that when the Roots give out the Shoots, and the Shoots give out the Branches, and the Branches give out the Leaves, and the Flowers also blossom out of the same Tree, those who know that Roots do not want to know the Shoots; those who know the Shoots do not want to recognize the Flowers. This is typical of human nature."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
London, U.K.—December 2, 1979
"The Spirit says in Revelation:"To him that overcomes, I will give to him to eat of the tree of life which is in the paradise of God."(2: 7.) We understand from the previous paragraphs that this was a matter of inner conquest... Revelation says later:"In the midst of its street, and of the river, on this side and on that side, [the] tree of life, producing twelve fruits, in each month yielding its fruits; and the leaves of the tree for healing of the nations"22: 2.) The first part is geometrically impossible since a single tree cannot find itself both in the middle and on both sides at the same time. We have to understand this as a symbol. It actually refers to the three channels: Sushumna (central), through which the Kundalini flows like a river and the side channels (Ida and Pingala.) Kundalini was worshiped as"water of life"by the Templars and the Gnostics. However, as we are told at the end, the tree of life also serves to cure the nations. Yogis agree that the Kundalini awakening and the activation of the energetic system symbolised by the tree of life brings about both the physical healing as well as the spiritual one (supreme liberation, Moksha.)"(Costian 1995, 174)
"The path of the inner channel within the spine (Sushumna nadi) referred to as the Tree of Life. It is the path of Kundalini, the residual divine Energy within Man. However, there is a gap in this subtle system. Also the path as well as the chakras might be constricted or closed because of the loads resulting from previous karma, spirit possessions, nervous troubles, etc. Hence the path has to be cleared first. But, as we will explain later, this cannot be done by the seekers himself because his attention cannot reach his own Sushumna. We understand now the role of the true Master (guru): he is the one to water the seed of life with the vibrations of divine energy that flow like rays, from his being. When the holy vibrations enter into the being of the seeker, they fill the gap with the Sushumna (the Void) and thus form a bridge on the path of Kundalini's ascent. The seed of life will manifest into the Tree of Life; when Kundalini is spontaneously awakened by the vibrations of the guru, She realises that She is being invited by the Divine authority of a highly evolved realised soul. She thus rises, piercing six chakras in the central channel."(Kalbermatten 1979, 25)
Gates — The very narrow Agnya chakra located at the optic chiasma where resides the Universal Savior Shri Jesus Christ;
"The three channels cross at the Agnya which represents the most narrow way for the Kundalini to pass through. It is the 'narrow gate' that Jesus said about: 'Strive with earnestness to enter through the narrow door, for many, I say, will seek to enter and will not be able' (Luke 13:24.) 'Enter through the narrow gate' (Matthew 7:13.) Jesus revealed Himself as the Master of the Agnya chakra: 'I am the door; if any one enter in by Me, he shall be saved' (John 10.9.) He will be saved because he will be able to reach the end of the spiritual ascent, Sahasrara (the Kingdom of Heavens the synthesis of all chakras, where the individual Spirit joins with the Universal Spirit — God.)"(Costian 1995, 252)
"Today I want to tell you about the Agnya Chakra, about Jesus Christ, who advanced to this center of Agnya Chakra where you see this red mark (bindi on forehead). Behind that, inside the brain on the crossing of the optic chiasma, is this subtle center where this great Deity is placed through his crucifixion. And through His Resurrection He has created this space for us to enter into the Kingdom of God (Sahasrara Chakra) which is placed within us—it is not without."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
The New Age Has Started, Houston, USA—October 6, 1981
"The Sushumna is the central channel for our evolution. It is through this channel that we become Collectively Conscious and all the disparate factors of our being are integrated in one Whole. It makes the connection between our conscious mind and the auto of the autonomous system, the Spirit, which is a reflection of God. Sushumna is the way of Dharma, the straight and narrow path by which we pass through the Gate of the Agnya Chakra to enter into the Kingdom of God in the Sahasrara."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"We are here to know the Truth, first through our mental understanding and then through our experience, to prove everything you have heard so far. But the minds are very conditioned. Like in India when you talk about Christ to Hindus, saying that Christ is based and placed in the Agnya Chakra, they think that I am trying to spread Christianity because I was born in a Christian family. But when people talk about the Deities on the Chakras, which is a fact, people in the West start thinking they are talking about Hindu philosophy. But one must know they are all related to each other. Christ Himself has said in the Bible those who are not against Us are with Us."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
London, U.K.—November 21, 1979
"You are so respected that Christ is born within your Agnya. But you must respect your Agnya Chakra. Your attention should be in the Centre so that no wobbliness... . So this Agnya Chakra is to be kept very clean, healthy and holy. The attention should be holy. The attention outside is still not very holy, should be detached attention. If you start seeing through your Agnya it should project a Power of holiness. So that anybody who looks at your eyes should know that serenity is flowing from these eyes, and not lust and greed and aggression. All this we can achieve because we have got Christ within our Agnya. Accept Him there. He is born yet to grow."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Pune, India—December 24, 1982
"On first awakening Kundalini ascends Sushumna Nadi up to the Agnya Chakra. It covers the lower plate of the main, then descends like melting clouds on the Ida and Pingala Nadis to the Void. It fills this area and then the three combined Powers of Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, and Mahalakshmi re-ascend the Sushumna to open the Lotus Petals of the Sahasrara. The Spirit, residing in the heart, has its seat at the top of the head in the centre. All the Chakras have their seats in the Sahasrara. This is the fontanel area that is pierced by the Kundalini, the point of Yoga at which the attention is united to the Spirit — the Brahmarandhra, the hole into the Brahman."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Agnya Chakra is very subtle. The physicians are also unable to notice it. There is a very subtle door in this Chakra. That is why Jesus Christ said,"I am the Door."Jesus Christ incarnated on this Earth for facilitating the passage through this Door, and He Himself was the first to pass through it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Bombay, India—September 26, 1979
City — The Sahasrara, Thousand-Petalled Lotus, or Kingdom of God;
For without are — Outside your being are the forces of death, destruction, disease, chaos, adultery, sodomy, pornography, incest, murder, mayhem, blasphemy, brutality, falsehood, delusion, illusion, anger, hatred, lies, hypocrisy, hype, artificiality, bigotry, greed, lust, gossip, jealousies, covetousness, and sloth.
Outside your Inner Sanctuary of His Kingdom are hundreds of millions of petty merchants selling gold, silver, precious stones, precious wood, precious property, pearls, fine linen, silk, scarlet, thyine wood, ivory, brass, iron, marble, cinnamon, odours, ointments, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, beasts, sheep, shares, horses, chariots, slaves, and souls of men.
Outside the Truth, Consciousness and Bliss of your Sahasrara are the mushrooming forces of demonic nature — brutes, beasts, barbarians, freaks, fiends, lechers, gargoyles, imps, miscreants, monsters, dealers, demons, devils, perverts, fornicators, savages, scoundrels, swine, satanists, rouges, and villains.
Outside your Self are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie"— 'animals,' sub-beings, bestial beings, brutish beings, deranged beings, mad beings, perverted beings, cunning beings, devilish beings, spiritual sorcerers, mantra magicians, charmers, conjurers, enchanters, whoremongers, erotic dancers, smut queens, stud kings, orgy organizers, pussy peddlers, pedophile predators, strangulation strangers, mutilation maniacs, violent violators, gigolo gangs, fetish freaks, lesbian lovers, bondage bums, pain providers, snuff' seekers, mass murderers, pagan idolaters, devil worshippers, lying lawyers, powerful presidents, warring generals, pretentious politicians, genocidal dictators, pompous monarchies, wealthy plutocrats, corrupt cronies, paranoid commanders, Christian soldiers,X8 death squads, arms dealers, property tycoons, liquor barons, movie moguls, construction czars, mining magnates, petrochemical conglomerates, banking empires, manufacturing keiretsus, industrial chaebols, oil sheiks, tabacco giants, drug lords, bond merchants, futures traders, financial planners, and money managers —"for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the spiritual wickedness in high places"(Ephesians 6.12.)
"The most disseminated portrait of Jesus ever painted, in many hundreds of millions of copies, was Warner Sallamn's Head of Christ, shown earlier as the Bridegroom of the Soul. During World War II not only that image but the more explicitly martial Christmas Story of 1942 made Christ the solace and inspiration of American soldiers, even though, as Abraham Lincoln had observed ironically about an earlier war, both sides 'read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other.'"(Pelikan 1997, 189)
"God Himself has indeed been dethroned from the hearts of men and an idolatrous world passionately and glamorously hails and worships the false gods which its own idle fancies have fatuously created, and its misguided hands so impiously exalted ... Their high priests are the politicians and the worldly-wise, the so-called sages of the age; their sacrifice, the flesh and blood of the slaughtered multitudes; their incantations, outworn shibboleths and insidious and irreverent formulas; their incense, the smoke of anguish that ascends from the lacerated hearts of the bereaved, the maimed, the homeless.
"The theories and policies, so unsound, so pernicious, which deify and exalt the nation above mankind, which seek to subordinate the sister races of the world to one single race, which discriminate between the black and the white, and which tolerate the dominance of one privileged class over all others — these are the dark, the false, and crooked doctrines for which any man or people who believes in them, or acts upon them, must, sooner or later, incur the wrath and chastisement of God."Baha'u'llah (Effendi 1935, 249)
The desires of the greatest of the great kings and landlords cannot be satisfied. They remain engrossed in Maya, intoxicated with the pleasures of their wealth; Their eyes see nothing else at all. No one has ever found satisfaction in sin and corruption. The flame is not satisfied by more fuel; how can one be satisfied without the Lord? Day after day, he eats his meals with many different foods, but his hunger is not eradicated. He runs around like a dog, searching in the four directions. The lustful, lecherous man desires many women, and he never stops peeking into the homes of others. Day after day, he commits adultery again and again, and then he regrets his actions; he wastes away in misery and greed." Sri Guru Granth Sahib (Dhanaasaree, Fifth Mehl, p. 672.) "O Kabeer, the Gate of Liberation is narrow, less than one-tenth of a mustard seed. The mind has become as big as an elephant; How can it pass through this gate? If one meets such a True Guru, by His/Her Pleasure, He/She shows His/Her Mercy. Then, the Gate of Liberation becomes wide open, and the soul easily passes through. O Nanak, the Gate of Liberation is very narrow; Only the very tiny can pass through. How can the being, mind bloated by ego pass through? Meeting the Primordial Guru, the ego is subdued, and one is filled with the Divine Light. Then, this soul is liberated forever, and passing through, remains absorbed in Celestial Bliss." Sri Guru Granth Sahib (Third Mehl, p. 510.)
"So what is the use of arguing with them and getting angry, getting into tension. I mean they are drunk. If you see a drunkard, run with the speed of five hundred miles an hour. That's My principle. No use arguing with a mad man or a drunkard. May be mad man may be alright, but drunkard, till three hours he wouldn't digest his drinks. So that is what is the difference. They are drunk. They are drunk by power, drunk by money, drunk by that, something is there. And you are filled with the Light of God Almighty. That is what it is, the difference is. If you understand the difference, you will realize that no use fighting with these people. They are drunk. They are like that. If you talk to them, what can you say, I mean, they don't understand. They just don't understand."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
The New Age, Plaw Hatch Seminar
UK—November 16, 1980
"Today you may be the biggest millionaire, you may be the richest man, you may be the biggest political leader, you may be the Prime Minister and all that nonsense. In the presence of God those who are dearest to God will be placed at the highest positions, and not all these worldly things which look so interesting and enchanting to you. The most important thing is where are you as far as God is concerned."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Kundalini And Kalki Shakti
Bombay, India—September 28, 1979
"Christ said that a camel can pass through an eye of a needle but a rich man can not enter in the Kingdom of God because their ego is bigger than an elephant."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Churches —"Once there was a single Christian group, Jesus of Nazareth's tiny band of twelve apostles; now there are thousands. It has been estimated that there are some twenty-two thousand separate and distinct Christian groups around the world."(Templeton 1996, 130)
"The letters to the seven churches in Revelation contain the last written message directly from Jesus Christ to His Church. These seven short epistles are similar to the parables and His prophecy on the Mount of Olives in that they are composed of Christ's own words. Christ's message is conformed by His seven-fold command to"hear what the Spirit says to the churches."Despite the clear command of Christ to pay close attention to these messages, it would be difficult to find any other area of Scripture that has been so universally ignored by the Church over the centuries. As an example, in the Church of England the structure of required Sunday Bible readings covers the whole of the New Testament during the course of a year. Strangely, the only part of the Bible that will not be read in the course of the liturgical year are chapters two and three in Revelation, which contains Christ's last specific commands to His Church. According to Archbishop Trench in the book Epistles to the Seven Churches,"Under no circumstances whatever can the third and fourth chapters ever be read in the congregation."Commentaries and teachers on the book of Revelation often silently pass over these seven letters to the churches...
Significantly, the Apocalypse begins with Christ's last epistles to the seven churches in Asia ... The prophecies throughout the rest of Revelation are addressed to the seven churches because they represent the greater Church. The conclusion of the message to the first of the seven churches contains these words addressed to the universal Church:"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God"(Revelation 2:7)...
Each of the letters concludes in the same manner. Seven times we are admonished:"Hear what the Spirit says to the churches"... Christ declared that there were serious spiritual faults in five of the seven churches...
Christ concludes His letters to the seven churches with an invitation to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Jesus asks us to respond to His call to repentance and salvation:"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me"(Revelation 3: 20.) Although the letter to the Laodiceans is filled with warnings, Jesus concludes His last letter to the churches with the promise of eternal salvation and glory for any that will turn from their spiritual pride and give themselves totally to Christ as their Lord and Savior."To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (Revelation 3: 21.)"(Jeffry 1994, 65-92)
Spirit — God Almighty, Sadashiva, Allah, Yahweh, Waheguru — THE FATHER.
Bride — Holy Spirit, Adi Shakti, Ruh, Shekinah, Aykaa Mayee — THE MOTHER.
Waters of Life — "... water is a very holy thing... This is the time of Aquarius means the Kundalini is made of Divine Water."Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, U.K. — November 1, 1981
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
Which bare twelve manner of fruit every month: And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
"A breath which comes from this world shakes the branches of the Tree of Life,
Which spreads the fragrance of the future world in this world and brings the holy souls alive.
These souls come up waking each other ... and the Tree of Life rejoices."
The Zohar III, 1731
("The Zohar"III, 1731 in"Le Livre de la Splendeur", pages de livre de Zohar choisies par Edmond Fleg, trad. par J. de Pauly, ed. J.C. Lattes, Paris 1980.)
"In the 15th Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita there is a description of the 'Imperishable Tree' ... He who knows this Tree knows the truth. This Tree is existing in the structure and function of the human body and nervous system. One must know and climb this paradoxical Tree to arrive at the truth ...
It cannot be understood intellectually, but only through progressive spiritual awakening, for spiritual understanding always dawns in a way which is paradoxical and irrational to the faculty of the intellect. This same Tree is called the 'Tree of Life' in the Kaballah and the 'Tree of Knowledge' in the Bible. Its understanding forms the basis of both Christian and Judaic religious traditions, but unfortunately it has been completely misunderstood by and large, for a very long time."(Saraswati 1984, 23)
"The concept of a tree of life has been used in science, religion, philosophy, and mythology. A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The term tree of life may also be used as a synonym for sacred tree. The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, and are portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree."
"The tree of life (Heb. Etz haChayim) in the Book of Genesis is a tree planted by the Abrahamic God in midst of the Garden of Eden (Paradise), whose fruit gives everlasting life, i.e. immortality"Wikipedia (Web. 11-02-2013)
"In Kabbalah study, Judaism comes closest to the systems of the Eastern religions, particularly in its teachings on emanation and the male and female principles. The Kabbalistic Tree of Life containing the 10 sephirot and their many interconnecting paths is formed into three columns, one feminine, one masculine, and one middle column mediating the other two. This is comparable to the ida and pingala surrounding the central sushumna nadi of kundalini yoga, the yin-yang of Taoism, the Shiva and Shakti of Hinduism, and the yab-yum of Tantric Buddhism. Many Kabbalists conceive of God as embodying both male and female energies, which were divided during creation as part of the process of emanation. They speak of shekhinah, which in traditional Judaism means the divine presence on Earth, as the feminine aspect or mystical bride of God."(Occhiogrosso 1996, 243)
"The sephirot, the Kabbalah's tree of life of Old Jewish wisdom. As in the kundalini the key to higher reality comes via ascent through various levels of wisdom to God who, in effect, descends the tree of life to meet you. Originally numbering 22, after Christianity the highest branches of the tree were pruned to connect up to the World Soul. The hierarchical structure of the universe and its divisions into spheres that overlie one another like onionskin was common since the day of Aristotle."(Aveni 1996, 81)
"But as Kabbalists struggled to express the mystery of God, the old mythologies reasserted themselves, albeit in a disguised form. The Zohar describes Binah as the Supernal Mother, whose womb is penetrated by the"dark flame"to give birth to the seven lower sefiroth. Again Yesod, the ninth sefirah, inspires some phallic speculation: it is depicted as the channel through which the divine life pours into the universe in an act of mystical procreation. It is in the Shekinah, the tenth sefirah, however, that the ancient sexual symbolism of creation and theogony appears clearly. In the Talmud, the Shekinah was a neutral figure: it had neither sex nor gender. In Kabbalah, however, the Shekinah becomes the female aspect of God. The Bahir (ca. 1200), one of the earliest Kabbalistic texts, had identified the Shekinah with the Gnostic figure of Sophia, the last of the divine emanations which had fallen from the Pleroma and now wondered, lost and alienated from the Godhead, through the world. The Zohar links this"exile of the Shekinah"with the fall of Adam as recounted in Genesis. It says that Adam was shown the"middle sefiroth"in the Tree of Life and the Shekinah in the Tree of Knowledge. Instead of worshipping the seven sefiroth together, he chose to venerate the Shekinah alone, sundering life from knowledge and rupturing the unity of the sefiroth. The divine life could no longer flow uninterruptedly into the world, which was isolated from its divine Source. But by observing the Torah, the community of Israel could heal the exile of the Shekinah and reunite the world to the Godhead. Not surprisingly, many strict Talmudists found this an abhorrent idea, but the exile of the Shekinah, which echoed the ancient myths of the goddess who wandered far from the divine world, became one of the more popular elements of Kabbalah. The female Shekinah brought some sexual balance into the notion of God, which tended to be too heavily weighted toward the masculine, and it clearly fulfilled an important religious need."(Armstrong 1993, 249)
"As described before, its a Tree of Life which has got its roots up in the brain and the branches in the body. So you have to go to the roots of everything and that is the place where you reach when you are absolutely established in Sahasrara. In the Sahasrara are the roots of all these ideas we have, or we can say, all these Swarupas we have taken...
At the state of Sahasrara, this consciousness disappears, because Truth is Love and Love is Truth. That is the point where the Kundalini meets the Heart Chakra. As you know the pita of heart is here (at the Sahasrara). So when Kundalini pierces through that Heart Chakra, what starts flowing in the brain, in the Sahasrara, is the Truth, the Truth that is Love. There's a difference between Truth as itself, but Truth that is Love. So out of Love for that prostitute, that Christ stood by — He stood on the roots of Truth, no doubt, but what was flowing through His heart was the Love, the pure Love."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Cabella, Italy—May 4, 1997
"So now the time has come for you to get integration. The complete synthesis of all the religions has to complete. But it is not a mental projection ... And when it happens you automatically realize that all of them belong to the same Tree of Life, are milestones in our life by which we rise. Now many people have a habit that they are stuck to one channel. For example those who are Hindus will just believe in Krishna and nobody else. Krishna is just here (pointing to the Vishuddhi Chakra). He came 6,000 years back. He is here. And then some will believe only Rama. Rama is just here (pointing to right Heart Chakra). Or some will believe only in Christ. Now Christ is just here (pointing to Agnya Chakra). He's the Gate but He is not the Destiny. So what is the Destination? Is the limbic area. 'You have to enter into the Kingdom of God' He said."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Today is the day we are celebrating Easter. Easter is extremely symbolic of not only of Christ but also for all of us, in that the most important day is that of the Resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ has the Message of Christianity. Through Resurrection Christ has shown than one can be resurrected with the body that you have. And without His Resurrection we could not have managed the crossing of Agnya Chakra."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Calcutta, India—March 14, 1995
"So you belong to the Great Ocean of Love and Generosity. So this Great Tree of Life has everything integrated within itself. This is the Tree of Life that has been described in the Bible — the Tree of Fire they call it. Now, you have become One with it. You are Blessed by it. You are Loved by it. You are gently Guided by it. It is so gentle that you do not even feel the Guidance, like a leaf when it falls to the ground it doesn't make any sound. Try to become identified with the Power; that is what you are. Like the meaning of the word is identified with the Word; like the moonlight is identified with the Moon; sunlight is identified with the Sun. Let that identification be the Oneness, that integration, so that you become the Light of God's Love, that people know God through your depths and your fruits. It is the most fulfilling job, highest paid in every way, the most satisfying, energy giving, and dynamic. You don't have to give up anything. Just be organized in the Light of your Spirit yourself."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Geneva, Switzerland—August 28, 1983
THE TREE OF LIFE
Leaves and branches
Inside the human body are millions and millions of tiny whirling vital life forces concentrated into centres called Chakras. Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit because these energies spin at these points rotating clockwise at a certain frequency. The Chakra is a subtle energy centre that normally cannot be perceived. The activity resembles a galaxy of planets, each spinning on its axis at points along the spinal cord. Each Chakra is designed to supervise and maintain the perfect operation of the bodily systems under its control. This purification is done by spinning in pure or positive vibrations and spinning out impure or negative ones.
An understanding of what each Chakra attracts and what can disturb it is important for our well being. Each thought and action influence the sensitiveness and performance of these centres. Immediately after Self-Realization these Chakras are activated and initially begin the slow process of clearing the gross negativity accumulated by years of neglect or self-destructive activities like drugs, drinking, violence, anger, hatred, fanaticism, sexual deviation and so on. The benefits are almost immediate; small anxieties decrease and some joy and objectivity begins to manifest, and the blocked Chakras begin to rotate properly again.
The human being has seven major Chakras and these correspond to the autonomic nerve plexuses. Thus:
- The Mooladhara Chakra corresponds to the pelvic plexus.
The Swadhisthan Chakra corresponds to the aortic plexus.
The Nabhi Chakra corresponds to the coeliac plexus.
The Anahath Chakra corresponds to the cardiac plexus.
The Vishuddhi Chakra corresponds to the cervical plexus.
The Agnya Chakra corresponds to the optic chiasma.
The Sahasrara Chakra expresses at the limbic area.
Furthermore, the petals of each Chakra correspond to the subplexuses of the autonomic system. For example the classically described six petals of the Swadhisthan Chakra correspond to the spermatic, left colic, sigmoid, superior haemorrhoidal, inferior mesenteric and hypogastric subplexuses of the aortic plexus. The Chakra directs the particular type of energy controlling the autonomic nerve plexus and also adjacent endocrine and other organs.
By a series of subtle connections called 'nadis' in Yogic terminology each Chakra is connected to and brings its influence to bear on the whole body. For example the Nabhi Chakra controls the entire lymphatic system. In classical texts there are said to be three hundred and fifty million of these nadis. Very importantly, each Chakra is connected to a part of the hand as indicated in the subtle system diagram. Once the state of Yoga is achieved, the hands become sensitive to the state of the Chakras, and with practice this is easily interpreted.
The Chakras also influence and reflect our mental and emotional life. For example, the Swadhisthan Chakra controls a person's creativity and those who work hard — artists and other creative people — it may become weak. The right Anahath Chakra (there are three parts of the Anahath Chakra: right, center and left) reflects the relationship of fatherhood, either with the person's own father or his own children. Sufferers from anorexia nervosa, for example, invariably have a problem with this centre. There are more complex scenarios for serious problems where two or more Chakras are inter-related and affected, but we need not worry for eventually the Kundalini is able to set the entire subtle system working at optimum levels.
Thus the state of the Chakras at a subtle level reflects and influences a person's physical, mental and emotional welfare. This is a dynamic relationship and so action at a subtle level on the Chakra can improve and (very importantly) integrate all these aspects. This is why, in a nutshell, people who achieve and consolidate their Yoga invariably find that their physical, emotional and other problems improve.
According to Hinduism Today the chakras system (portals of perception) is"not a topic you will ever learn in school, nor is it likely to be part of a soul-searching confabulation around the office coffee machine. Yet the chakras are of profound importance to those seriously exploring the nature of consciousness — their own spiritual quest, a friend's uncommon perceptions or the expanding mind of an entire human race. To make up for the deficit, and to make this highly esoteric subject approachable for those not having the time to learn Sanskrit or trek to a lofty Himalayan cave, the Hinduism Today staff has assembled in the next four pages the simplified essentials of these mysterious centers within you.
The modern Hindu renaissance figure Swami Vivekananda was also a great yogi. One day at 1,000 Island Park, USA, outside a summer cottage, buttoned up in a quaint trench coat, he shared some of India's deepest mysticism with a small group of Western ladies:"The sun and moon currents [the pingala and ida] bring energy to all parts of the body. While meditating at the Baranagore Math, I saw the nerves, ida and pingala. The surplus energy is stored at certain points, plexuses, along the spinal column commonly known as nerve centers. A third, the sushumna, is a very fine, very brilliant thread, a living passage through the spinal cord, through which we have to make the kundalini rise. The yogi is able not only to feel them but actually see them."
Chakras, or"plexuses of consciousness,"form the major nerve ganglia of an extraordinary circuitry of nadis, energy channels that link together our animal body with our subtler bodies and their higher functions such as intelligence and love. It is because of these chakras and nadis that our five koshas,"sheaths"— function so smoothly and integrally as a one organism and awareness can move through all bodies, transiting from physical to emotional, to intuition to spiritual, instantaneously. In computer language, these chakras could be considered cosmic network hubs and the nadis as multi-gigabyte-per-second optical fiber wiring. Except, this wiring extends inside and outside the computer.
Our five"sheaths,"koshas -physical, vital/pranic, emotional/mental, intuitive/ cognitive and superconscious-are not disjointed, but beautifully and inextricably interlocked like layers of an onion. Each one is encased by the next subtler as they function together in daily consciousness. For example, when we feel the embarrassing hot flush of anger or riveting cool current of the intellect, we are aware in the astral body, not the physical body. When a wave of boundless love surges from within, we are accessing the intuitive and soul sheaths.
Hindu, Chinese Taoist and Tibetan Buddhist scriptures refer to an electrical human infrastructure of 72,000 sukshma prana nadis or"subtle channels of vital force."The Shiva Samhita lists fourteen major currents. Of these, three are the super information highways-ida, pingala and sushumna — running interwoven around and within, respectively, the spinal cord. Where the nadis most intensely converge, yogis have pinpointed the chakras — 88,000 according to the most extensive yogic explorations.
The most important are the seven above the base of the spine-muladhara, svadishthana, manipura, anahata, vishuddha, ajna and sahasrara-and seven below that come into power in the Kali Yuga-atala, vitala, sutala, talatala, rasatala, mahatala and patala. As giant electrical transformers govern and regulate the flow and dispersion of power through a community, so do these whirlpools of light receive, filter, focus and funnel the vital life force, prana, that flows through us from the Source of Life.
Though of gross form, the body maintains a connection to each of the chakras through nerve ganglia along the spinal cord and in the cranium. But unlike these physical nerves, which are measured in millimeters, the subtle nerve and the chakras are measured by vibration, similar to am, fm, short-wave radio frequencies. Although regionalized to various parts of each sheath, or body, the chakras are more accurately regions of mind power-vast fields of collective, related and interrelated thought realms, like vast cities, or energy fields, or like portals of consciousness... .
Knowledge of the chakras so exhaustively recorded by India's yogis, permeates Hindu culture, its dance tradition and its sacred architecture. The Hindu temple is segmented to mirror the human body's seven chakra design. Beyond India, this knowledge was inspirational to the flowering of tantric Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibet, manipadma"jeweled lotus,"is the name of the manipura chakra enshrined in the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Buddha called his first sermon Dhammachakkappavattana Sutta. Chakka is the Pali word for chakra."Turning the Wheel of Truth"can also be interpreted as spinning the higher chakras.
Chakra/nadi knowledge has surfaced in every society that nurtured a mystical tradition."The chakra unmistakably appears in the religious art of the three Americas,"notes metaphysical scholar Manley P. Hall. The Mayan God Quetzalcoatl is often portrayed with a plumage around his head to represent the emanating rays of the sahasrara. In Polynesia, the Hawaiians constructed seven temples on the island of Kauai representing each of the chakras along a trail called Ku-a-moo,"spine of the dragon,"(sushumna nadi) from the ocean to a central volcanic peak. Mystical Sikh, Sufi and Christian sects each possess chakra-nadi teachings. The Chinese acupuncture system is completely based on this knowledge. By releasing obstructions in the flow of chi, or vital prana, that runs through the nadis, illness conditions are treated and averted.
Literature on chakras, our inner bodies and their make-up continues to proliferate in a Hindu context and in other cultural and ideological frameworks. The self-healing movement has logged onto chakra knowledge, and more and more mainstream allopathic medical practitioners are finding themselves referring to"that other nervous system."As cognizance of the chakras grows, not only will people better comprehend their own mental/emotional orientation and be inspired by higher portals of perception, but also finally fathom how someone could kill another, or how a soul could forgive and still love a murderer.
Before exploring the intricacies of the chakras in our color poster of the month, we offer this engaging observation by the German linguist and Indologist Max Muller [1823-1900]:"But if it seems strange to you that the old Indian philosophers should have known more about the soul than Greeks or medieval or modern philosophers, let us remember that however much the telescopes for observing the stars of heaven have been improved, the observatories of the soul have remained much the same.
These days the focus is often on the more down-to-earth benefits of Yoga, including improved physical fitness, stress control, mental clarity, greater self-understanding and general well-being. Not many yoga practitioners are aware that there is a substantial difference between Yoga (Union with the Divine) and the many schools that teach watered down versions, especially in the West.
The fruits of immortality
Tree of Life
evolution "This tree and its gifts of immortality are not easy to discover. It is historically difficult to find, and almost invariably guarded. The tree of Life in the Jewish bible is guarded by a Seraph (an angel in the form of a fiery serpent) bearing a flaming sword. To steal the apples of knowledge, the Greek hero Hercules had to slay a many-headed dragon Ladon. In Mayan legends, it is a serpent in the roots that must be contended with. Similarly, the Naga, or divine serpent guards the Hindu Tree. The Serpent Nidhog lives under Ygdrassil, and gnaws at the roots...
Another form, the inverted Tree, represents spiritual growth, as well as the human nervous system. This tree, with its roots in heaven, and its branches growing downward, is most commonly found in Kabbalistic imagery. A similar tree is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita,"The banyan tree with its roots above, and its branches below, is imperishable."In Jewish Kabbalah, the inverted tree represents the nervous system as well- the 'root' in the cranial nerves, with the branches spreading throughout the body; it also represents the cosmic tree- rooted in heaven, the branches all of manifest creation. 1
"Many do not understand the concept of yoga. Some think it is a religion. Some think it is physical exercise for health and some think it is a psychological system. All this is based on a misunderstanding of yoga. Yoga is simply a relationship. The word yoga comes from the biblical word, yoke which in turn originated from the root word in Sanskrit jugit. Both mean joining together or to unite. Yoga is the union of an individual consciousness with infinite consciousness. A yogi is a person who leans completely on the Supreme Consciousness, God, until they have merged their individual self with the Infinite Self. This is all.
Yoga is a technology that expands one's awareness. It begins with the reality that every human mind has both Infinite and Creative potential. However, this unlimited potential can be limited according to one's level of awareness. Awareness varies and gives one a variety of choices. To break the unconscious limits one needs a technology. That technology must expand the caliber and capacity of the mind to establish equilibrium to control the physical structure and experience the Infinite Self. The techniques of Kundalini Yoga create an owner's manual for Human Consciousness. It explores your dimensions, depth, nature, and potential as a human. This is all that yoga means.
There is a great need for yoga today. Each person needs to understand why he is a human being and what it means to be a human being. Much has been said about inner Infinity and how to know about it. But, intellectual knowledge does not hold or sustain a person. Knowledge only becomes real wisdom when you experience it with your own heart and being. Just knowing or believing something is true does not mean you can act on it. But if you discover a truth and act upon it, and find bliss, success and fulfillment as a result, then no power on earth can make you veer from that truth or do wrong. Once you have seen the joy of that truth and enjoyed its beauty you are okay.
A guru can give you knowledge and techniques but not wisdom. Acquiring wisdom depends on your own practice and discipline. The teacher is there to provide the student with knowledge and inspiration. Its up to the student to learn, practice and experience."2
Alchemical Tree of Life
How to gain knowledge of Tree and its gifts of immortality?
Self-realization from the incarnation of the Adi Shakti Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi begins with instant Kundalini awakening which ascends through various chakras, forges ahead to sahasrara chakra and flows out of the Brahmarandhra. In today's time-constrained lifestyles this eliminates years of rigorous disciplines like physical postures called asanas, breathing exercises called pranayama, and meditation.
According to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the classical text on yoga, the purpose of yoga is to lead to a silence of the mind (1.2). This silence is the prerequisite for the mind to be able to accurately reflect objective reality without its own subjective distortions. Yoga does not create this reality, which is above the mind, but only prepares the mind to apprehend it, by assisting in the transformation of the mind full of noise, like a whole army of frenzied and drunken monkeys, to a still mind.
QUOTES OF SHRI MATAJI
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
MESSAGE OF METASCIENCE
"The truth is there is a residual power in the triangular bone Sacrum, called as the Kundalini. She has the power to bring forth the complete nourishment and adjustment of the disturbed genes. Whether they are genetic, inherent or acquired. When She is awakened, She changes the series of genes. Not only that She corrects the gene's data base but She breaks through the fontanel bone area and connects the seeker to the all pervading power of Divine Love also called as the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost, Ruh Ritambhara or Parama Chaitanya. Thus one, by this second birth, becomes a realised person as actualisation of Baptism takes place. The light of the spirit which is the reflection of God Almighty in our heart enters into our attention and enlightenment.
The seeker is really born again, not just a certificate but he changes as the transformation takes place within. There is a vast difference between an ordinary seeker and a realised soul. He becomes his own master full of Divine Love. It is a resurrection process, like an egg becoming the bird. Maybe this is the reason eggs are presented as a symbol, reminding, that one has to get resurrected. The genes change and complete transformation takes place. For some people it takes time if they are sick or egotistical.Also some of them who feel guilty or cannot forgive others are rather difficult to perfect their state of self-realisation. If they have a problem from false gurus, cults, or fanaticism it also takes time, but can be established in Sahaja Yoga. People have given up even drugs over night. They never had withdrawal symptoms or any other trouble.
Self realisation as a result of Kundalini awakening has exhibited fantastic results. It brings forth new creativity; many people have become poets; musicians and artists have achieved great heights in their talents; financial problems are solved; the problems of psychosomatic diseases get cured, like cancer, myelitis etc. Many incurable diseases also get cured without any medicines. The seeker becomes the witness of the drama of life and establishes an inner peace. He respects all the religions and belongs to Universal religion which encompasses all the religions of the world. Morality becomes innate and spontaneous.
After the complete transformation he is averse to do any immoral acts. In the light of the spirit he knows exactly what is wrong or right and he is also empowered to stay clean and holy. He enjoys his virtues which he respects and without any doubt he becomes a moral human being. First thoughtless awareness is achieved and later doubtless awareness is established beyond the mind. At this stage the Sahaja Yogi can give self-realisation to others. The ageing does not take place, on the contrary the Sahaja Yogi becomes and looks at least twenty years younger than his age. They become universal beings. All human enemies of lust, greed, anger, possessiveness, jealousies, attachments just disappear. Thus a new race of saints are created who do not have to give up anything to show off their detachment or asceticism.
You cannot pay for Divine Love which is absolute truth, which the Sahaja Yogi feels on his finger tips as vibrations of the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost. The finger tips are related to the energy centres (the chakras). The chakras are responsible for our physical, emotional and mental being. If the Yogis can correct their chakras, they can also correct the chakras of others. Thus all the physical, emotional and mental problems are solved. Those who are pure people have the necessary balance of moral life which ensures a very wide central channel (the Sushumna Nadi) of ascent for the Kundalini.In this chapter we have to now understand that there is a subtle system in every human being, which is fully developed during this evolutionary process to reach up to human awareness.
For example', in the animals, there is no awareness of sin, dirt, filth, art or poetry. But among human beings, these sensitivities are manifesting very clearly as we appreciate and enjoy the birds, fishes and animals as well. Do they also see the beauty in us? This question can be answered this way; human beings are at a higher level of evolution than all the animals for whom we care so much. We love the birds and we enjoy the fishes dancing, but the best thing is really to have respect for ourselves, love ourselves as we should keep our body clean, our mind and our heart should be open and transparent. Because we are the highest evolved beings in this world it is our birthright to get our self-realisation.
Now, whatever I am going to tell you has not, to be accepted blindfolded but treated like a hypothesis. Again and again, I would request you that you must keep your mind open like a scientist. If whatever I am saying is proved then, as honest people, human beings have to accept this beautiful discovery about yourself because this is for your benevolence, and for the benevolence of your family, benevolence of your society, benevolence of your nations and benevolence of the whole world. The theories created by current scientific conclusions and also the mental projections are not by any means eternal truths. To know the reality one has to enter into the realm of Metascience which is only possible when we enter into the collective super-consciousness through self realisation."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
"The term Yoga means unification. The many different techniques of yoga are aimed at unifying human nature with that of the divine. Yoga is as old as history itself and can be traced back to the Indus or Harappa culture (7000BC). It was handed down as an oral tradition until 500BC when it was finally written in the form of the Yoga Sutra by the Indian philosopher Patanjali. During this millennium in which Patanjali was living, known in India as the Golden Age, the Upanishads were written and Buddha and Mahavira walked the earth.
In China, Lao Tzu and Confucius appeared, in Greece the western school of thought was initiated by Heraclitus, Pythagoras and Socrates. History then went through a long period of decline in consciousness (the Dark Age or Middle Ages) where most of the old knowledge was lost."
"The energy channels of the Ida, Pingala and Shushmanaa:
These three dwell in one place.
This is the true place of confluence of the three sacred rivers:
This is where my mind takes its cleansing bath.
O Saints, the Immaculate Lord dwells there;
How rare are those who go to the Guru, and understand this.
The all-pervading immaculate Lord is there.
What is the insignia of the Divine Lord's dwelling?
The unstruck sound current of the Shabad vibrates there.
There is no moon or sun, no air or water there.
The Gurmukh becomes aware, and knows the Teachings.
Spiritual wisdom wells up, and evil-mindedness departs;
The nucleus of the mind sky is drenched with Ambrosial Nectar.
One who knows the secret of this device, meets the Supreme Divine Guru.
The Tenth Gate is the home of the inaccessible, infinite Supreme Lord.
Above the store is a niche, and within this niche is the commodity."
Raam Kalee, Adi Granth, p. 974.
"The Chakras and the Subtle System
Inside every human being there is a network of nerves and sensory organs that interprets the outside physical world. At the same time, within us resides a subtle system of channels (nadis) and centers of energy (chakras) which look after our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual being.
At the base of the spine, in the triangular bone called sacrum (the ancient civilizations knew that there is something sacred about this bone) resides the most subtle spiritual energy, dormant in most of us, called Kundalini. Self-Realization is the awakening of this energy through the central channel, piercing each of the energy centers and emerging at the top of the head (fontanelle bone area) as a gentle"fountain"of coolness. The word fontanelle itself means"little fountain"which shows again the ancient knowledge about this phenomenon of Self-Realization.
Though Self-Realization was the goal of all spiritual traditions of the world, very few were able to achieve it. In these modern times, Shri Mataji has made it an en-masse phenomenon through the spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini that takes place in Sahaja Yoga.
Each of the seven chakras has several spiritual qualities. These qualities are intact within us, and even though they might not always be manifest, they can never be destroyed. When the Kundalini is awakened, these qualities start manifesting spontaneously and express themselves in our life. Thus, through regular meditation, we become automatically very dynamic, creative, confident and at the same time very humble, loving and compassionate. It is a process which starts to develop by itself when the Kundalini rises and starts to nourish our chakras."
"In order to purify the mind, it is necessary for the body as a whole to undergo a process of absolute purification. Hatha yoga is known as the science of purification. When you clear the body of impurities, the nadis function and the energy blocks are released. Then the energies move like wave frequencies throughout the channels within the physical structure, and they go right up to the brain. The main objective of hatha yoga is to create an absolute balance of the interacting activities and processes of the physical body, mind and energy. When this balance is created, the impulses generated give a call of awakening to the central force (sushumna nadi) which is responsible for the evolution of human consciousness. If hatha yoga is not used for this purpose, its true objective is lost.
In order to make the subject clear, it was termed as hatha, i.e. ha and tha yoga, a combination of two bija mantras. It has been explained in hatha yoga that tha represents prana, the vital life force, and ha represents mind, the mental energy.
So hatha yoga means the union of the pranic and mental forces. When union between the pranic and mental forces takes place, then a great event occurs in man. This is the awakening of higher consciousness.
Prana shakti, the life force, and manas shakti, the mental force, are the two fundamental creators. Every object in the universe, right from the smallest atoms to the largest stars, is composed of these two shaktis or energies. When they interact with each other, when the interplay of these two shaktis takes place, then creation begins to unfold. All matter in this creation is alive. This is the first point. It is also conscious. This is the second point. Therefore, everything has potential consciousness and everything is alive.
In yoga, life and consciousness are known as prakriti and purusha; in tantra they are known as Shakti and Shiva. In hatha yoga they are called ida and pingala; in taoism, yin and yang, and in physics, matter and energy. They have their own names in different times, in different philosophies. This physical body as it is seen, is the gross perception. If you look at this body with psychic eyes, or with the eyes of specialized and sophisticated equipment, perhaps you would understand that it has its own subtle counterpart also. Hatha yoga is the union of prana and mind with the Self. In the spine are three major nadis known as ida, pingala and sushumna. Nadi means flow, like the flow of electricity within a cable. One wire carries the negative force and another carries the positive force of electricity. So in hatha yoga, ida nadi represents the negative force, the flow of consciousness, pingala represents the positive force, the flow of vital energy and sushumna nadi represents the neutral force, the flow of spiritual energy. The union, the connection between these three flows, occurs in ajna chakra (the eyebrow center). The union between ida, pingala, and sushumna is hatha yoga.
When this union takes place there is an instant awakening in mooladhara chakra at the base of the spine. This is the seat of primal energy or kundalini shakti. The awakening of kundalini is the subject matter of hatha yoga. Through the practices that are taught in hatha yoga, union is brought about. As a result of that union, the awakening of kundalini takes place. When awakening occurs, then kundalini ascends to higher realms of consciousness, and finally it is established in sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head. When kundalini is established in sahasrara chakra, that is called yoga, not hatha yoga. This is the difference between yoga and hatha yoga. Yoga means union of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (energy). Shakti is kundalini energy; Shiva is the supreme consciousness seated in sahasrara chakra. When awakening takes place in mooladhara at the base of the spine, then kundalini starts ascending. She ascends through sushumna, not through ida and pingala. Sushumna is the highway for kundalini. It passes through various chakras, sometimes all of a sudden and sometimes very slowly. When it unites with ida and pingala in ajna chakra, that is called hatha yoga. Then, after this first union, it forges ahead to sahasrara chakra. There it unites with the supreme consciousness, Shiva. That is called yoga, which means ultimate union. Therefore, the ultimate object of hatha yoga is to experience yoga."
2. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.