GV19 後頂 (hòu dǐng) & 角 Jiao; उत्तराषाढ़ा UttaraShada; أَلْشَّرَطَيْن \ أَلْنّطح ʾAsh-Sharaṭayn / ʾAn-Naṭḥ; Kawak

One-pointed meditation

At this point we are one nakshatra away from Bramanadhra chakra GV20.  Very, very close to Nirvana!  This is a place associated with invincibility.  The reason why I associate it with one-pointed meditation is because this is how Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras describes the last part of meditation:

  1.  We begin with Dhyana "Meditation" on sustaining an intention on some object or mantra or whatever you are focused on (in Bhakti Yoga it includes the heart chakra - feelings of love).
  2. Next comes the Samadhi experience of bliss (see GV18) that literally lifts us out of the head and into an ungrounded space.
  3. Last is Dharana "one-pointed focus" where nothing distracts anymore, you become one with the object of meditation.  It is said that subject, object and process all becomes one.

Purvashadha is the Samadhi part of it, and Uttarashadha completes the meditation practice.  From this point of view it makes perfect sense to me that the deity of Uttarashadha is the combined Visvedevas, universal gods giving the power is grant an unchallengeable victory (apradhrisya shakti).  The victory in GV20 is complete self-mastery.  The final stage of surrendering the ego to the Higher Self is beyond this, but not everyone chooses to take that last transcendental step, preferring to hold on to their ego enjoying the bliss of self-mastery.  My understanding is that enlightenment happens in stages.  This is a stage of tremendous self-empowerment but these are not the Sadgurus.  They still have free will.  All of that is explained in my post on GV20.

[to be continued]

GV19 後頂 (hòu dǐng)

Situated just before GV20, the 100 petalled vortex of all the yang channels.

Chinese Lundar General 角 Jiao

GV19 角 Jiao “The Horn or Spike / Angle" [UttaraShada]

Arabian Lunar Mansion أَلْشَّرَطَيْن \ أَلْنّطح ʾAsh-Sharaṭayn / ʾAn-Naṭḥ

Al-Sheratan "The First Intellect, The Pen; The Principle, The Perfect Constructor" is the star I associate with GV19 and the first manazil according to the stufi mystic Ibn Arabi and the Persian astronomer Al Biruni.  In my post The Secrets of the Vimshotari Sequence I show how GV19 is the first nakshatra in the reincarnating soul cycle related to the mahadashas and the nine waves of consciousness (see post).  In Christopher Warnock's book (see bibliography) the image that traditionally with this manazil is that of warrior with hooked lance/spear.  It is represented by the phoneme alif  ا  - a straight line (indicating to me either the sushumna that is actually the position of GV20 - which is left out of the 27 nakshatra system, or it could refer to the one-pointedness just before liberation).  Interestingly like the horn or spike above, this Arabian letter carries with it the idea of a dagger.  In the Abjad numerology, this letter is assigned the value of "1".

Interestingly the only Mayan daysign represented by the sacrificial knife matches up with GV18 in my research and the Mayan daysign represented by rain matches up with GV19 - as though they are given in reversed order for some reason.  But again the idea of a weapon that cuts through is repeated again and it suggests to me the cutting off of ego at the top of the sushumna as a counterpart to the cutting of ties to the physical body at GV1 Krittika.  So I am still seeing a harmonious system with respect to the inner subtle anatomy, but with slightly skewed points but close enough to allow for some cultural variations.

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