Third Chakra: Nabhi“The third chakra is the one that gives us the sense of complete satisfaction and contentment. It is the center which makes us peaceful and generous, and also sustains our spiritual ascent. When enlightened by the Kundalini, it expresses as righteousness and inner sense of morality, and it gives us complete balance at all levels in our life.”
“The third centre is called as Nabhi centre and has ten petals. It is behind the navel, and this centre gives us the Power to sustain something within ourselves. On the physical level it caters to the functions of the solar plexus."
Shri Manipurabja-nilaya Devi
(Manipurabja-nilaya [495th]: She has Manipurna-Padma as Her abode near the navel. This Padma has ten petals.)
The evolutionary growth of humankind mirrors the ascending Chakras of our subtle system and our corresponding spiritual growth path. The Nabhi Chakra represents the evolutionary point when Man's shelter becomes 'home', when the family unit became a source of satisfaction in itself rather than just a channel for reproduction. This domestic satisfaction translates into the satisfaction that we feel with life in general after our spiritual awakening through Self-Transcendence.
Satisfaction is actually a key word for the Nabhi Chakra. Some 'hot-livered' people are naturally irritable. For them life without worry is an impossibility and will express their discontent at the slightest excuse. When our Spirit manifests, we can put things into their true perspective, and worry becomes an unusual occurrence. In the peace of thoughtlessness, we can only be content. We realize that the Spirit is not concerned with the passing trends and fashions. We have been blessed with intelligence and wisdom through which we can work to fulfill all human needs. When these needs are satisfied, then these mundane matters no longer occupy us and block our growth.
However, the vast majority of us get lost. The desire for basic needs transforms into a cycle of insatiable desire for things in general and the start of a materialistic existence. There is nothing wrong in being wealthy. The problem lies in becoming obsessed with money. The desire for money for the sake of money is greed. It crosses the boundary of need and becomes an obsession, a disease that retards growth. Miserliness and hoarding prevent the proper flow of money to places of need, and represents the selfish, primitive mind which does not know the Truth about the Circle of Life. Nature sustains all creatures by sharing everything, because it is part and parcel the Holistic Whole. But humans have appropriated Mother Earth for themselves by carving and controlling vast resources, especially through the machinery of money.
By sharing we learn. Being generous is so elevating, whereas hoarding leads to stagnation, it creates a blocked mind. It is selfishness and greed that leads to the impoverishment, suffering, disease, and death of hundreds of millions of fellow humans on this beautiful, bountiful, ever-generous Mother Earth. It is human greed that has brought upon the entire Human Family the ever-growing perils of deforestation, extinction of species, pollution and other environmental crises. We are raping and sucking all the nourishment of our Earth Mother in the wanton abandonment and gluttonous feeding frenzy of a one-night-stand life. We humans have to come to our senses and look at our inner glories and eternal nature. We must have the humility to bow in collective shame, the courage to judge ourselves guilty, and begin to collectively heal our hearts, mind and soul. We must become conscious of Reality and collectively dream again of the eternal Afterlife.
Another aspect of the Nabhi Chakra is that of Dharma or right conduct in our lives. In order for us to maintain a state of satisfaction within, we have to exist in a state of satisfaction without and this means appreciating the benefits of living an upright life. It cannot be an artificial process. It comes naturally through our Attention after Self-Realization. Just as gold cannot tarnish, so Dharma cannot be altered. There is no relative state of Dharmic conduct. An act is either fundamentally right or wrong. Dharma is the code of evolution through which we developed from amoebae to the present stage. This code protects and nourishes our spiritual growth. The most powerful evocation of the laws of Dharma were the Ten Commandments which were provided as evolutionary guidelines.
It must be remembered that these guidelines are there as examples for us to follow. We are not forced to do anything. In Sahaja Yoga you are your own judge and jury. The vibrations state the case for you, and then it's up to you to give the verdict and pass the sentence. This is a direct benefit of receiving your Self-Realization, as you stop identifying with your weaknesses and become the witness to your true Self. You are guided and corrected by the Spirit to remain on the narrow path of righteousness during the Resurrection. In this way your provide your own Last Judgment!
The presiding Deity of the center is Shri Vishnu, the Preserver, who sustains our Dharma and leads us in evolution. The power of the Nabhi Chakra rests with Shri Laksmi, from whom we obtain our physical and material well-being (Kshema). On the left channel of the Chakra is the place of Shri Gruhalaksmi, the wife and Goddess of the household. The wife must be respected and also must be the embodiment of respectability. Shri Laksmi is also the source of the peace which we get from our spiritual awakening and through meditation.
GROSS PHYSICAL ASPECT
The Nabhi Chakra regulates the direction and speed of our human evolution, as it is the command center of our sustenance: of food, family love, parental roles and relationships. Material satisfaction and a sense of calm arising from a healthy Nabhi allow our attention to turn to inner spiritual pursuits.
The Nabhi can be weakened in a number of ways. We can catch on the left side of this centre if we suffer problems in the household or if we worry too much about money. Too much thinking about food, whether in gluttony or fasting, also affects this centre. It keeps the stomach excited and hinders the energy flow. Indiscriminate fasting disturbs the Nabhi Chakra. We cannot reach our Spirit through fasting. Fasting may be undertaken for health purposes, but it has no spiritual significance.
After Self-Realization we find that our attitude to food changes. We stop craving particular dishes and start enjoying good food which gives the best vibrations. We develop a subtle and detached attitude, and can gain the same amount of satisfaction from a simple meal as from the finest cuisine.
This centre governs the workings of the stomach area and also the liver. It is very important to take particular care of the liver which is prone to overheating through improper diet or stimulants, and to ensure that we do not exhaust it too much through overthinking and planning.
Causes of catch or obstruction on middle fingers
A "catch" ("your hands will speak") is an imbalance. If we feel heat or tingling, or maybe even numbness in our fingertips, it means that our kundalini is alerting us to an imbalance in a particular chakra.
OPENING THE NABHI CHAKRA
Those who wish to open their Agnya Chakra are advised to follow instructions #16-18 of this Self-Realization link. The Mother Kundalini will rise from the base Mooladhara Chakra and, after awakening all the chakras on Her path, reach the Sahasrara Chakra. There will be two self-verifiable signs of this kundalini awakening and opening of the chakras:
i) feeling of Cool Breeze of Spirit (ruach, pneuma, ruh, chaitanya) exiting from the top of the head and/or;
ii) feeling of Cool Breeze of Spirit (ruach, pneuma, ruh, chaitanya) exiting from the fingertips/palm of the hands.
You are assured of your own Divine Kundalini/Mother/Spirit within giving Self-Realization and opening your chakras provided you follow those instructions. That assurance in the form of Cool Breeze, which is self-verifiable, manifests due to a far higher spiritual evolution. Rest assured that this experience is absolutely without any side-effects whatsoever.
On the contrary, your own Divine Mother/Holy Spirit within will over the years lead you to a state of mind, bliss, peace, knowledge and spiritual journey that has no parallel. This second birth of the Spirit/Mother Kundalini commences the promised Resurrection and, upon physical 'death', evolution into the eternal spirit as demonstrated by Jesus Christ and upheld, albeit with different wordings and interpretations, by the holy scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism.
But Jesus insists that for all this to manifest one must be born of the Spirit (Mother Kundalini), and the sure sign of that spiritual birth from within oneself will be the Cool Breeze (Wind):
COOL BREEZE (WIND) AND BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT
Jesus and Nicodemus
1. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2. this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
3. Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4. Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?”
5. Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7. "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8. "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
"Experience of the Spirit is of great importance to believers, and this is natural, if the Spirit is the source of new, eschatological life. However, experience of the Spirit must also take its place within a larger context. For every present encounter with the Spirit is one instant in a long history of pneumatic activity. Forgetting this point results in an overblown evaluation of the significance of experiences of the Spirit. It also results in those experiences losing much of their meaning. The Spirit encountered today is the same Spirit that spoke through the prophets, empowered Jesus and the apostles, and will someday bring about the complete transformation of all things. It is the eschatological Spirit. To experience the Spirit is to be drawn up into this pneumatic movement. Therefore, any experience of the Spirit must take its meaning from this larger historical context." (Beck 2007, 237)
Cool Breeze (Wind) experiences of those born of the Spirit
Judith Coney is a lecturer in the Department of Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She published her book in 1999 prior to this website and refrained from mentioning the eschatological significance of the "cool breeze" experiences felt by hundreds of thousands since the 1970's till date.
"The result, in all three settings [Royal Albert Hall, local meeting or private house], is that many people do feel a cool breeze. The coolness which is felt is usually associated with other sensations as well. Typically, the pupils of the eyes can be observed to dilate and the person will feel very relaxed and 'centred.' However, it is notable that, despite the very similar ways in which individuals 'get their realisation'—and even in the same setting—not everybody feels exactly the same thing. Sri Mataji teaches that the vibrations of kundalini can be felt as cool breeze on the palm of the hands and above the head. Sometimes breezes, in line with the teachings, are felt on the hands and head specifically. For others, the experience is more generalized:
The experience was extremely timeless, because I felt that it only lasted for about five minutes but somebody came behind me and said 'would you like a cup of tea' and I thought, 'this is silly, what's all this about tea?; But it turned out that it was about three quarters of an hour later. And I felt a strong cool breeze. I was actually told; you will probably feel some coolness or some nice feelings inside' but I felt coolness not just in my hands, where I was told it would be, but all over and I felt incredibly peaceful.
Generally, the feeling of coolness on 'realisation' seems to be discernible, but relatively weak. As with Kakar's description of his own 'realisation', many newcomers are left with the feeling that they felt something but they are not sure what:
Mataji grandly announced, 'He is realised' ... 'Sit in meditation for some time' she told me as I sat up. 'Do you feel a cool breeze on the top of your head and on your palms?' Indeed I did, though I could not distinguish the coolness due to kundalini from the gutsy breeze coming in from the sea. I felt well, though, calm and deeply relaxed. (Kakar 1984, 195-6)
A few, however, have an extremely strong experience. One such incident was described by one of the participating Sahaja Yogis:
He felt really cool, not just on his hands but all over. He said: 'This isn't a breeze, it's a wind'. We all felt it really strongly too. Then we picked up Mother's photograph and held it in front of him and he felt loads of vibrations coming from that. But I think the whole thing was so strong that it frightened him. He was very high and positive for two days, he brought us some flowers, and then he became wary and never came to [the ashram] again.
Others still, in contrast, do not feel much, if anything, on their first session. This lack of feeling on their part, however, may not be shared by the Sahaja Yogis 'working on them', who may remark enthusiastically about how cool the individual feels, and may also be at odds with the view of Sri Mataji herself. Here is the description of his initial contact with Sahaja Yoga by one such follower. He first went to a meeting at which Sri Mataji gave 'realisation' en masse, but felt nothing. Nevertheless, he was persuaded to go to a smaller workshop a few days later.
I really didn't feel anything there at all either but I was told by Mataji herself-she said 'Who hasn't felt it yet?' and I put my hand up with a few others. Mataji said 'Come forward' and then she said to me 'You've got it, you know'. And I said 'Have I?' and she said 'Yes, go through to that room and ask some Sahaja Yogis to work on you'. So that was my introduction to Sahaja Yoga.
It was only with repeated sessions that he developed the ability to feel a cool breeze. There are also those, a few, who may feel more calm, possibly as a result of sitting quietly for some time, but otherwise feel no different and never feel any sort of breeze. This is often explained by Sahaja Yogis as being because the chakras have been too badly damaged by negativity in the past (Rajasekharan and Venkatesan 1992, 98).
Kakar (1984, 208), a trained Freudian psychologist, having witnessed Sri Mataji's delivery of 'realisation' both en masse and on a one-to-one basis, concluded that much of this experience is built on suggestion and 'hypnotic induction':
Needless to add, because of the emotional pressures created in a group setting, the tendency to identify with the experience of other group members and the intense desire to please the leader, only a handful of people hold out against this mass suggestion. (ibid., 209)
Such a conclusion would undoubtedly be rejected by a Sahaja Yogi, convinced that they have experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji. It is not within the remit of my present enquiry, however, to seek to establish the 'real cause' of a cool breeze felt by an individual, but to try chart the social dynamics involved. Just as Goodman commented, in relation to religious experience:
The religious practitioners argue for it, either because it is part of their dogma, or because, as they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it. The hard scientists take the opposite position, again as a matter of conviction. As social scientists, our situation is a happier one: at least we can state that, without any doubt, the alternate reality is a social one. (Goodman 1988, 43)."
Judith Coney, Sahaja Yoga
RoutledgeCurzon, 1999, pp. 55-58
Since the 1970's tens of thousands of Sahaja Yogis "have [daily] experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji... they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it."
"Such a conclusion would undoubtedly be rejected by a Sahaja Yogi, convinced that they have experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji. It is not within the remit of my present enquiry, however, to seek to establish the 'real cause' of a cool breeze felt by an individual, but to try chart the social dynamics involved. Just as Goodman commented, in relation to religious experience: The religious practitioners argue for it, either because it is part of their dogma, or because, as they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it." (Coney 1999, 58)
“The Cool Breeze coming out of your head, that's called as Chaitanya Lahari, that's called Cool Breeze of the Holy Ghost. When John the Baptist talked about baptism, he meant this. He didn't mean the way we do baptism, to just call somebody, put some water on the head, and say 'Oh, you're baptized. That's just a drama. Baptism is a living process."
Truth to be Achieved, Brighton, U.K.—7 October 1982
“The Cool Breeze is all around us and we can start feeling in our hands when the Kundalini emerges from the top of the head if our Vishuddhi is alright. This is what Christ meant by 'to be born again' and not just to call some people and say 'Alright, now we have some baptism.'"
We don't have to suffer, Bedford, U.K.—8 October 1982
“As prophesied in the scriptures, the phase of Last Judgment has started. The testing ground is of great illusion (Mahamaya). Kundalini is the indicator of our balance and wisdom. She will evaluate, correct and evolve us. Sahaja Yoga gives you a chance to be fully your meaning. Take full advantage of it. Establish your attention in the Absolute (Atman) and achieve the life eternal in the Kingdom of God."
London, U.K.—June, 1980
The Divine Mother in this Age has
come in the form of Shri Mataji
(1923-2011) Who, as the promised
Paraclete, brought closure to Jesus'
message of the Kingdom of God
and commenced the Resurrection.
For Hindus, Sikhs and others that
should be understood as Kundalini
awakening and Atma jnana that is
absolutely essential for moksa. My essence is complete innocence in thought, word, and action. I came many times in the form of prophets, saints and gurus of each and every religion, giving you laws and principles whose observance gave inner balance and harmony.
Today when Kundalini awakens My presence in you (second spiritual 'birth'/'being born again' of Spirit), religion is no more a belief—it becomes a living state within. As you become the childlike disciple of your Mother, I make you your own master and in this lifetime strive to liberate you from ceaseless rebirths on this Earth (moksa) and lead you to residence and life eternal in My heavenly Paradise (Kingdom of God). These few names of mine confirm that I reside within you and so will be able to fulfill that promise:
Kundalini [110th] She is coiled like a serpent. She is stated to assume 3 1/2 coils - the form in which Sri Lalita resides in sacrum bone of every human as potential state.
Shri Muladharambujarudha Devi
(Muladharambujarudha [514th]: She is mounted on the four-petalled Muladhara-Padma at the level of the anus.)
Shri Svadhisthananambuja-gata Devi
(Svadhisthananambuja-gata: [504th]: Resides in the six-petalled Svadhisthana-Chakra at the level of the sex organ. This name means Herself resides as Fire in that Chakra.)
Shri Manipurabja-nilaya Devi
(Manipurabja-nilaya [495th]: She has Manipurna-Padma as Her abode near the navel. This Padma has ten petals.)
Shri Anahatabja-nilaya Devi
(Anahatabja-nilaya [485th]: She dwells in the Anahata-Chakra near the heart as Rakini.)
Shri Visuddhi-Chakra-nilaya Devi
(Visuddhi-chakra-nilaya [475th]: Dwelling in the Visuddha Padma of 16 petals.)
Shri Agnya-Chakrabja-nilaya Devi
(Agnya-chakrabja-nilaya (521st): Resides in the two-petalled Agnya-chakra. Residing in this Chakra, She controls various organs (Indriyas). Hence, it is known as Agnya-Chakra situated between the eye-brows.)
Shri Sahasra-dala-padmastha Devi
(Sahasra-dala-padmastha [528th]: Residing in the Thousand-Petaled Lotus.)
GENERAL ADVICE FROM SHRI MATAJI
The most effective way to clear or heal chakra problems ("catch" or obstruction) is to put attention on the affected chakra during meditation and allow The Mother Kundalini to heal. Remain in the thoughtless state while you work on the affected chakra. Always remember this quote of Shri Mataji:“Kundalini will rise and She will cleanse you completely. Kundalini will rise and always cleanse the chakras."
Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1991
“I would say, with this, today's special celebration of Navaratri. Like yesterday you saw Shri Durga's nine forms, also. In that, one is Kushmanda, is one of the forms, that you absorb all the filth in yourself, in your stomach. But the Devi does that, not you. What the Devi can do, you should not do. That's her job, that She is supposed to do this, not you. What you have to do is to only be in silence so that you absorb whatever will increase that silence, will increase your depth. The Devi will look after all the rest of the things, she'll look after all the filth, all the anger, all the temper, all the everything that's going on in this world. She will absorb all that, but what you have to do is to just enjoy everything that is pure.
Enjoyment is only possible when you are beyond your mind. With your mind you can never enjoy. It is like a big load. It will not act, it will not help. Enjoyment comes when you are in complete silence, in a rippleless lake, the reflection of all the joy that is created on the shores of that lake are completely reflected, they are not deflected. If they were repulsed it would have been a different image altogether, and would have been something nowhere near the image of reality."
Navaratri Puja. Cabella Ligure, Italy—October 1, 1995
Once this is power is established no external rituals are required as catches will be healed instantly and constantly by The Mother Kundalini within. Until and unless external cleansing rituals are discarded this power will never be established. On the contrary, all these rituals only make matters worse according to Shri Mataji:
“The people who think that they can control their ego will eat less or use all types of methods to control ego. For example, someone is standing on one leg or other one on his head, all types of efforts they are doing to reduce their ego.
But with all these techniques, ego doesn't vanish. On the contrary, ego increases. Fasting, reciting the names, increases your ego. With Havans also ego increases because Agni, fire, is the right side element. Anything which is rituals increases your ego.
Human being thinks that they are alright, since they are doing these rituals since thousand years. All the wrong teachings they are still following. For this reason Sahaja Yoga is against Karma Kanda, that is rituals. No need to do any kind of Karma Kanda.
And to go to the extreme point is also dangerous. I had asked them to shoe-beat to destroy their ego and what I see that every morning all the Sahaja Yogis go in the line with their shoes for shoe-beatings. But I had asked to do this if you have ego in you.
All these rituals have entered into Sahaja Yoga. I got somebody in France with the list of the treatments of Vashi hospital. But that was for sick peoples. This is the nature of human being to follow the rituals because he thinks that he can do it."
Christmas Puja—December 25, 1997
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India
The third chakra is the one that gives us the sense of complete satisfaction and contentment. It is the center which makes us peaceful and generous, and also sustains our spiritual ascent. When enlightened by the Kundalini, it expresses as righteousness and inner sense of morality, and it gives us complete balance at all levels in our life."
“Chakras, the Seven Life-Force Energy Centers
Chakra is a Sanskrit word literally meaning "Wheel". Because of the circular shape to the spinning energy centers which exist in our subtle (etheric) body, which is the non-material counterpart of our physical one, these centers were given the name"chakra." There are seven main chakras and they are located along the spine and extend out the front of the body. Each chakra has a color and is associated with issues of living, as well as our internal glands and organs. There are also corresponding earth elements and astral bodies.
These circular spirals of energy differ in size and activity from person to person. The chakras are connected to a central and two lesser channels of energy (Shushumna in the center, Pingala on the right and Ida on the left) which run parallel to the spinal cord. Chakras both take up and collect Prana (life force energy) and transform and pass on energy. Our material bodies could not exist without them for they serve as gateways for the flow of energy and life into our physical bodies.
Each chakra is associated with a certain part of the body and a certain organ which it provides with the energy it needs to function. Additionally, just as every organ in the human body has its equivalent on the mental and spiritual level, so too every chakra corresponds to a specific aspect of human behavior and development. The lower chakras are associated with fundamental emotions and needs, for the energy here vibrates at a lower frequency and is therefore denser in nature. The finer energies of the upper chakras corresponds to our higher mental and spiritual aspirations and faculties.
The openness and flow of energy through our chakras determines our state of health and balance. Knowledge of our more subtle energy system empowers us to its function and our capability to maintain balance and harmony on the physical, mental and spiritual level. All meditation and yoga systems seek to balance out the energy of the chakras by purifying the lower energies and guiding them upwards.
In order for us to become fully self-realized and in harmony with our physical and etheric nature our darker lower energies need to be harmonized with the lighter energies of the upper centers. This is to say our survival and base tendencies have to be raised to incorporate heart-fullness and spiritual focus as we assume responsibility to create our world in our highest image. Like the oriental symbol Yin-Yang the two energy fields must be unified in order to create completeness.
Each center has an integral function in creating our energetic balance and it is through the study of our energetic and physical beings that we can create health, emotional stability and spiritual bliss."
“Transformation In Sahaja Yoga
Through Sahaja Yoga, new possibilities are opened up in our awareness. Beyond the recognized aspects of the human being--physical, mental, emotional, psychological--exists another state of consciousness known to poets, artists and prophets, even if by different names. This state of consciousness takes us beyond the limits of our own ego and therefore beyond conflicts and anxieties to arrive at the heart of Reality in all its greatness and glory. This is the state Of Sahaja Yoga which the Vedas talk about. It is the "Union With The Whole", the "Universal Harmony", "Samadhi", the Bible "The Kingdom Of God", Zen "Satori", etc.
Sahaja Yoga is the most direct and simplest way to enter this wonderful domain, explored only by a privileged few until present times.
How does the transformation take place?
The key to the transformation is this"Maternal"Primordial energy, which exists in the sacrum bone of every one of us. This energy must be awakened before it can rise into the limbic area of the brain, where, once it has established itself, it creates an extraordinary feeling of peace, of joy and inner harmony, paving the way for exciting new discoveries about the innate beauty and tranquility of our being. All the tensions present in the nervous system disappear. The primordial energy, once awakened, nourishes a complex system of plexuses and channels, which in turn control all the functions of our being, bringing them progressively into harmony with each other.
People who are too emotional, sensitive and easily conditioned and who tend in extreme cases to depression; and those who are too active and over-aggressive, who give too little value to feelings and who at worst are bullying and dominating, can all find a new equilibrium through the practice of Sahaja Yoga. One develops a feeling of serenity and becomes more open and caring towards one's fellow men. Illness and physical disorders also gradually disappear. The experience of Self-Realization is a tangible experience, which takes place beyond the level of mental activity and, when guided by an authorized person, one who has experienced and understands the Yoga, involves no risk or discomfort whatsoever."