GV17 Mula

I used to think of Mula as the dark night of the soul, but now I realize that that one is a farther along stage where from Bramarandhra chakra (GV20) in order to reach moksha (liberation from reincarnation school), in order to graduate and become a God-realized being, we have to surrender the "I" completely - to "die" casting off our astral body, burning our causal karmic seeds (samskaras).  That is the great Dark Night of the Soul.  What Mula really is, is a really yucky part of spiritual development that takes us into the core of our own mental baggage into the heart of mind, into the brow chakra.  Many people claim to have gone through the dark night of the soul when really it is just Mula shaking up our world.  In the Mayan GV17 point it is called the Earthquake.  And why?  Because it is terrifying!  It is said that there is a fine line between madness and enlightenment and I think that Mula is probably responsible for a long of mental problems.

Brow chakra at back of the sushumna

In meditation when focusing on the brow chakra using ujai on the in-breath I can feel this sensation of the energy pushing out the front through the third eye (Soma chakra, another kshetram of the ajna chakra) and out the back at the GV17 acupuncture point, just above the bony protuberance separating occipital and cerebrum parts of the brain.  This is a kshetram point connecting to the ajna (brow) chakra which is inside the brain.  Mula Nakshatra is situated at the anterior part of the brow chakra (the brow is in the centre of the brain and extends outwards at the front and back. 

I use intense focus on the brow and ujai lock on the in-breath and on the outbreath to get this center pulsating.  This is how you do it in meditation.

The acupuncture needle points towards the cerebellum where deep memories are stored.

I have some issues with the diagram below because the brow chakra is the whole system, not only a little point in the middle.  The brow chakra includes all of it.  And the brow chakra is the master of all the chakras below.  Remember than Mind is the entire soul body - both astral and causal bodies are all mind, and in a larger sense the cosmos we perceive with our senses and with our sixth sense (third eye) is also Mind as Mayan.  But the point indicated in the diagram is probably like a control room within the house of the brow.

I am saying this because Mula nakshatra obviously has something to do with the manas chakra in particular.  Manas is that part of the mind that links the chakras to the subtle senses and the subtle senses to the physical senses and the physical senses to the elements.  (See Sri Vasudeva's 21-Day Meditation series on Youtube).  What is being destroyed at this stage?  It is the yogi withdrawing his or her mind from the senses to go deeper within.

Manas means "mind" but more correctly thoughts, emotions, images and visualizations - things that are processed as a result of physical sensations (know your tattwas).  Manas exists in the astral part of mind (the active part) in the sushumna, vajra, and chitrini nadis leading into the bramarandhra nadi of the causal body.  Let's get lost in the technical part of this map.   Mind is producing all of this stuff through the action of the intellect (Buddhi) and the ego (Ahamkara or Jiva) and the spiritual counterpart of memory in the body is the causal field where these seeds of attachment called chitta are stored.  Chitta is the mind-stuff that the soul carries from lifetime to lifetime - particularly the memories of events from the past that we are attached to (love or hate). The chitta is where the ego or "I maker" has to face its soul tendencies or behaviour patterns that exist in potentiality only to spring up when some karmic situation triggers it.  In fact that's why we reincarnate, to participate in a virtual reality drama that causes these seeds to sprout, so that we can respond to them in a different way and overcome their power to trap us.

Another name for Manas Chakra is Naga Chakra.  Logically, anywhere that the mythology associated with the nakshatras has to do with the nagas implies some connection with manas chakra, that deep "patala" space of unresolved karmic attachments - sees of desire/aversion waiting to spring to life and bring us misery.  The manas chakra (manas=mind) is really part of the brow chakra system.  These things are inter-related.

There may also be some relationship to a minor chakra known as कर्णमूल Karnamula "ear worm/root". I do not know enough about this one to comment:

"The Karnamula chakra, within the auricular region, is a 36-lobed lotus of mixed colour (dark and yellow.) The presiding God and Power are Nada and Sruti respectively.  It is the seat of the 36 matrkas."
Chakras according to Goraksanatha by Gopi Nath Kaviraj (link

[more research needed]

Roots and the Galactic Centre

Mula nakshatra is associated with the center of our solar galaxy and its primary symbol is a bunch of roots tied together.  This makes sense here as the brow chakra is the root of the mind, and it is located precisely at a point where the root-like structure of the brain emanates out from the bundled roots of the spinal chord.  The acupuncture name for GV17 is 腦戶 (nǎo hù) "brain's door/window" and it is the brow chakra that locates us in the centre of the physical brain.  The axis mundi (world tree) is a universal representation of the cosmic energy body that is the same as the human-and-soul bodies (humankind made in God's image):  the roots of the tree of the physical body are in the brain, while the roots of the tree of the soul are in the hrit chakra (see GV8), and the root chakra is where Kundalini takes root in the body when the soul enters at birth.

(I will have to draw my own diagrams at some stage!)

Mula nakshatra represents the galactic centre so Dec 21 2012, that galactic alignment ought to have been a Mula moment in time on some level.  The moon was in Pisces.  However on October 28, 2011, the Mayan end date calculated by Carl Johan Calleman, the Moon was in Anuradha which is close, close enough.  On that day time seemed speeded up to me, exactly as Calleman predicted.  I felt this very powerfully, and I didn't know about his date until a year afterward, but I keep journals so I knew what happened to me on that day, so I'm a believer.  And it really did feel like an earthquake!

Dealing with Mula energy and consciousness

The symbol for Mula "the root" (as in Muladhara, root chakra) is a bunch of roots (reticulated roots) tied together or sometimes it is an 'elephant goad' (ankusha).  This horrible goad is a hook inserted into the skin and has been used to torture the poor elephant into doing what the trainer wants.  Is this saying that Mula natives are cruel to animals?  No.  It is saying that the energy feels like that.  All the things that hurt our egos come up thanks to Mula energy.

Mula's deity Nirrti, goddess of dissolution and destruction (a kind of Kali energy as Prash Trivedi notes) gives Mula nakshatra the power to ruin or destroy as in breaking things apart (barhana shakti). The idea is clear - the ego's self-destructive tendencies must be demolished if the jiva is to become truly happy.

This has to represent one of the toughest stages on the spiritual journey and everything that Mula represents, with its Kali energy, is all about "no pain no gain".  It is the ego that suffers.  It is a diabolical energy that is meant to clear out all our baggage so that we can attain samadhi and move higher.  In the charts of natives who have no interest in their spiritual development, I would expect them to have tremendous destructive power affecting their own lives or those of others - power that comes to them or through them (outer and inner reflect one another).  This is where we can be our own worst enemies.  But it's just an energy, neither good nor bad.  We can tap into Mula power to demolish those things that no longer serve us.  In fact this is a helpful energy to the serious spiritual aspirant.

Chinese Lunar General 氐 Di

GV17 氐 Di “Root / Bottom / On the whole” [Mula]
Derek Walters writes that 氐 Di means a "floor" (see bibliography).  This is explained by the glyph 氐 which means "a bowing figure standing on the ground" (link).  This is interesting in light of Mula's meaning (above).  At this stage ego still has a ground to stand on and it must bow, it must lose its false identities and embrace its nothingness (or everythingness - both lead to the same oneness).

Interestingly, the artist has depicted Di holding up the roots like a stick he is about to throw for the badger/marten to fetch (or maybe I'm reading too much into it).  This animal is actually something to respect, according to Malvin Artley (see bibliography):

Badger:  One of the 5 Seers, along with weasels, hedgehogs, small deer and snakes. These have to be treated with reverence and respect, and that increases with their age. If they are not well-treated, unpleasantness follows. If anyone is made ill by one of these it is difficult to find a sorcerer to exorcise them because the work is very specialized. A sorcerer for one may not be able to deal with the other. They were also depended upon to keep diseases off of farmland.
This is consistent with my interpretation of Mula, that this is a point where ego needs to bow to the higher wisdom that the Guru in the causal field represents.  Sri Vasudeva teaches that intuition, when it leads to the moksha, becomes wisdom.