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:
- 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).
- Next comes the Samadhi experience of bliss (see GV18) that literally lifts us out of the head and into an ungrounded space but is not the final samadhi*
- 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.
*Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutra 3 - Vibhuti Pada gives us the following sequence:
desha-bandhah chittasya dharana ||1||देशबन्धः चित्तस्य धारणा ॥१॥tatra pratyaya-ikatanata dhyanam ||2||तत्र प्रत्ययैकतानता ध्यानम् ॥२॥tadeva-artha-matra-nirbhasam svarupa-shunyam-iva-samadhih ||3||तदेवार्थमात्रनिर्भासं स्वरूपशून्यमिवसमाधिः ॥३॥
1) dharana (deep contemplation) of chitta (the mind stuff, the consciousness embedded in our causal body);
2) dhyana (meditation) - in the truest sense as a single-stream focus, the one-pointed mind represented by Dhanu (Sagittarius). There are no more vrittris (fluctuations of mind, no more "thinking" to disturb the transforming ego consciousness);
3) samadhi (bliss, ecstasy, rapture) - the experience of self-realization in the higher bindu of GV20 (not GV18, which is more of an intermediate stage)
Mahanada (posterior)The Mahanada minor chakra/point, said to be in the shape of a plough or an elephant's tusk (which is UttaraShada's symbol) is a consciousness and energy point between the brow and crown chakra (it's associated with the mind connecting to "I am" consciousness) and is said to be where the primordeal sound (which is aum - represented by Shravana, the anterior mahanada) eminates from.
Aum is that sound that includes every possible sound. There is a whole science about aum which I will not get into here. You can google all these things yourself. You can also read this bit here.
|Mahanada represented in the AUM symbol (under the bindu-dot) |
and the deity Ganesha being a poetic version of the AUM symbol, this is his "tusk"
|Mahanada described as plough-shaped (from a book on Laya Yoga - see bibliography)|
|Here is an ancient sort of plough still used in India (I guess it is sort of tusk shaped too.|
I will need the clairvoyant vision to see the actual thing)
It is interesting because in the Mayan counterpart the symbol is a daggar. And this point in the Arabian counterpoint is also a daggar. At this consciousness stage the mind is totally one-pointed, every stream of energy is converged into a point that shoots like an arrow straight for the goal which is right through the bindu point, right into the heart of self-realization into the crown chakra. So this gives us the energy of maximum power, "invincible victory" - taking the yogi all the way to self-realization. There are no fluctuations of mind here, mind is sharp as a razor. An analogy Sri Vasudeva has given in the past that helped me understand, is to think of it as a ray of sunlight (or rather several rays) all being focused through a magnifying glass. Great power comes with that. Or when very high pressure water is focused through a water jet cutter it can cut through steel. Such is the power of intention.
"Aum is a phenomenal mantra. It is used in a combination with other mantras but it is a phenomenal mantra. Om, Omkar, the sound of Om. There is a mantra that says,
ॐकारं बिंदुसंयुक्तं नित्यं ध्यायंति योगिनः ।
कामदं मोक्षदं चैव ॐकाराय नमो नमः ॥१॥
Omkaaram Bindu-Samyuktam Nityam Dhyaayanti Yoginah |
Kaamadam Mokssadam Caiva Omkaaraaya Namo Namah ||1||
...that the Omkaara and the Bindu points are joined: ‘ Omkaaram Bindu-Samyuktam.’ If you focus on the Om, if you listen to the Om, the brain becomes stimulated and the channel between the Ajna chakra and the Sahasrara begins to open up. That is in your soul. As the Ajna chakra opens up in the Sahasrara, more and more of your brain cells are activated. The yogis constantly meditate upon this: "Nityam Dhyaayanti Yoginah". "Kaamadam Mokssadam Caiva": it brings all the pleasures, and it brings Moksha, freedom; freedom from the duality, freedom from the body consciousness. "Omkaaraaya Namo Namah": I bow to the Omkaara. So long as I am in duality, I need the Omkaara, I bow to the Omkaara."
The makara (name for Capricorn) is also the "M" syllable of AUM representing deep sleep consciousness (the causal field). Capricorn in ancient times coincided with winter solistice (around Christmas Eve), the longest night. It is the last sound emerging from the mouth, and makaras are seen since the Bronze Age as guardians and gatekeepers at the base of temples. The ocean of consciousness (Pure Spiritual Consciousness) emerging from their mouths, I am quite confident that makara represents a state of being that is between the Maya and our Source Consciousness - which reaches its zenith in GV20 Abhijit (which is probably why it is always part water creature part terrestrial creature). Both GV19 and GV21 align with the mahanada point which is the AUM sound emanating from the Source of all Creation. In the enlightenment journey to self-realization it marks a milestone as the meditating yogi approaches the final samadhi experience to self-realization and jivan mukti consciousness (liberation whilst in a human form). Jivan mukti is the one we all want to be able to live to our fullest potential in the human experience.