GV22 Dhanishtha/Shravishtha

GV22 囟會 (xìn huì)

Vasudeva-Dhanishtha, the Krishna nakshatra

In my post on Shravana (GV21), the cosmic consciousness represented by the Sudarshana chakra linked this nakshatra to Vishnu.  Cosmic consciousness follows gradually after Bramarandhra chakra (GV20) is pierced.  This Vishnu consciousness or energy is carried forward by Dhanishtha nakshatra:
"Dhanishta" translates into - "the wealthiest" or "the most beneficient". The reader can already understand the basic energy of this asterism through this simple meaning. Its alternative name is "Shravishta", a sanskrit term, which translates into "the most heard of" or "the most famous". This again is a self-explanatory meaning, which directly hints at the extremely lucky quality of this asterism. The name Shravishta implies that Dhanishta forms a pair with the previous nakshatra Shravana.
P. Trivedi, The Book of Nakshatras 

The deity for Dhanishtha is the combined eight Vasus that are linked with the eight sons of Vasudeva (another name for this nakshatra) of which Krishna was the eighth-born son.  All these "eights" suggest to me this has something to do with the eight-petalled Soma chakra which is on the forehead but not represented on the GV meridian.*  In the Sri Krishna Leela there are references to Vasudeva carrying the newborn Krishna through a rainstorm and having to cross the river Yamuna.  I usually interpret flowing water as energy flowing and the river as a nadi.  I have identified posterior bliss chakra of the second bindu as GV18 (Purvashadha) at the back of the head, so Soma chakra would be an anterior one.  Certain bliss is one of Krishna's attributes - but His is the bliss of transcendental consciousness.  There are many hints and clues in these religious allegories, even as to the location in the soul where all these experiences take place.

Dhanishtha's association with music certainly links him with Krishna, who plays the flute of divine seduction, that energy that leads into samadhi experiences or inspires energy to transmute to more subtle forms taking Kundalini higher.

In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna identifies himself as the best of everything, including the Vasus, in ch.X v.23 where He says "of the Vasus, I am Pavaka".  Paramahansa Yogananda writes that in the context of this verse, "The Vasus (gods) referred to in this context are eight vitalizing deities or intelligent forces, among whom, the purifying, radiant energy, Pavaka (Agni, god of fire), is supreme." (God Talks with Arjuna...p.785)

Both Vasudeva and Krishna are specific attributes of the one cosmic principle that sustains creation that the Hindus call Vishnu.  All avataurs reincarnate as forms of Vishnu.  Shravana (GV21), Dhanishta (GV22) and Satabhisha (GV23) are another triple set of nakshatras linked with Vishnu consciousness - that cosmic principle that is full of light and love, everything that sustains the universe.  Krishna is the divine cow herder because the cow/bovine is Mother Nature, the earth element.  This is the narayana "god-man" or "god in a human form" that kirtan (chants) are sung in devotion (bhakti yoga) or as part of a meditation practice.

Relationship to sound, mantra, the heartbeat of the cosmos

Prash Trivedi writes that Dhanishtha's musical instrument rather than the flute of Krishna is the damaru (drum) of Shiva.  This is the beat of the universe as Shiva dances the tandava dance and beats on his drum in the familiar image of Shiva as Nataraja, Lord of the Cosmos (note the Sudarshan chakra behind him).  The dance is Shiva as Consciousness in motion, which is energy - energy as an expression of consciousness - that which powers up the whole universe.  Prash Trivedi writes
"In a way, this nakshatra can be seen as a bridge between Vishnu's and Shiva's energy. It can thus be related to the half- Vishnu, half-Shiva form which can still be found in some temples in India."

source unknown (could those be 28 points on the wheel as in nakshtras?)

A future research project would be to focus on the sounds associated with all these nakshatras because every petal on a chakra is connected to a nadi and each one has a specific sound vibration associated with it.  This is why nakshatras are used to name babies.  Sanskrit mantras use the powerful sanskrit sounds that are already attuned to these chakras and nadis, put together as alchemical formulas to produce specific effects in the soul.

My own Guru, Sri Vasudeva, who bears the name of Dhanishtha nakshatra uses kirtan, the chanting of mantras, very often as he works with a group to raise the vibration of a space and to inspire expansion of being through stimulating Kundalini movement.  It's a fascinating science, but even more fascinating to do it!  Powerful spiritual experiences come from these Satsanga sessions!  Here he is in action:

All of this is the general consciousness I associate with Dhanishtha nakshatra although I haven't located a specific minor chakra for it yet.

[to be continued]

Chinese Lunar General 張 Zhang

GV22 張 Zhang "Extended net / A Drawn Bow" [Dhanishta]

Arabian Manazil  أَلْدَّبَرَان ʾAd-Dabarān

 أَلْدَّبَرَان ʾAd-Dabarān

* On the other hand according to Sri Krishna Lila, Krishna's birthday is the 8th month (Bhadrapada) on the 8th night of the waning moon.