GV3 Mrigasira

Sexual Energy Fire

GV3  腰陽關 (yāo yáng guān)

"Lumbar Yang Pass"/"Gate"
GV3  腰陽關 (yāo yáng guān) [Mrigasira]
Mantak Chia identifies GV3 as another arousal point (see my post on Rohini and click here to see his slides and explanation from his book on Taoist Sex).

Chinese lunar general 胃 Wei "Stomach"

GV 3 胃Wei "Stomach" [Mrigasira]

मृगशीर्ष Mrigasira

Continuing from Rohini with the spiritual celibacy story, we have three stages in the mythology linking Rohini, Mrigasira, and Ardra (see my Sacral Chakras post).  Mrigasira is the deer or deer's head.  In Hindu iconography, the animal is said to describe the way the Shakti moves.  In meditation when you can feel your chakra energies, each of them moves in different ways.  Certainly the energy of the sacral chakra is known to anyone who is past puberty.  Sexual attraction or lust moves with the swiftness of the deer, does it not?  Rohini's energy is more innocent, Rohini is about procreation, but Mrigasira is more about the pleasure principle inherent in sexual activity.  This is what I have decided so far in my research.

Remember that Chandra, the Moon, lusted after Rohini and was punished for it.  In terms of meditation, even tantric sex, the point is to control sexual feelings and not let the deer run for its life. The higher up the yogi can bring the sexual energy, the more empowered he or she becomes.  Taken all the way up to the head, the sexual energy transmutes into a finer stuff known as "ojas" and is connected to the intoxicating feeling in the brain.  This is sort of like "runner's high".

Taking the sexual energy to the navel chakra adds more vitality to the body.  This is like the "glow" of pregnancy.

I don't know any people with Moon in Mrigasira but my guess is they emanate a lot of sexual energy or maybe they are great lovers. I can't form any conclusions at this point until I find more evidence.

The deity for Mrigasira is Soma/Chandra, the God of the Moon or the immortal nectar.  David Frawley writes:   "Its power is giving fulfillment (prinana shakti)."  Well that's the power to give bliss/ecstacy/rapture isn't it - whether in the sexual act or in the head?

64-petalled nirmana wheel "navel chakra" red bodhicitta?

There is a Tibetan practice called  གཏུམ་མོ Tummo (link) focused on bringing ojas into the brain.  This 64-petalled chakra (I haven't been able to find a Sanskrit equivalent) is located at the navel and below the solar plexus (manipura) chakra (according to this source).   What convinces me that it is associated with Mrigasira, that to me is the energy of "lust" (it is only lust at the level of procreation), the energy of bliss in orgasm that is transmuted higher and at its peak brings the soul into divine ecstasy in union with the Source-beloved.  Every chakra represents a pathway or yoga, and the sacral chakra is one of them but it is greatly misrepresented in Tantra Yoga in the West for physical gratification only.  

It probably has something to do with the ability to create fire using prana, because it uses the intense fire of this sexual energy.  I don't know enough about this chakra to comment, just speculating.

What convinces me that it is part of the sacral chakra system is its association with gender.  That is one of the sacral chakra's functions, to give us a sense of gender.  We are really androgenous souls but in a physical body this facade of gender is imposed on us, so that we can participate in a staged play of karma for a lifetime.  It is the sacral chakra that deals with the gender aspect of it.  

In Tibetan buddhism, this wheel is represented as a triangle with 64 upward pointing petals.It is the home of the Red drop, or red bodhicitta, which is the essence of feminine energy (as opposed to the Shakta system, where the kundalini energy resides in Muladhara). It contains the seed syllable short-Ah, which is of primary importance in the Tummo inner fire meditation, which is the system by which the energy of the red drop is raised to the whitedrop in the crown.   
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In the Vajrayana Highest Tantra traditions, the navel wheel is extremely important as being the seat of the 'red drop'.  It is triangular, red, with 64 petals or channels that extend upwards. Inside of it is the short syllable 'Ah'. Meditation on this syllable is the key component of the practice of Tummo, or inner heat, where the subtle winds are made toenter the central channel, and rise up to the top of the channel, in an experience akin to that of 'raising the kundalini'in Hindu terminology, melting the subtle white drop in the crown, and causing the experience of great bliss. This practice is considered the first and most important of the 6 yogas of Naropa
[from an online book:  All About Chakras,  Jan 21, 2011 by us4love, pp.25-26]

I don't know how reliable these internet sources are, so I'm still looking - but I suspect this could be the one for GV3 although it is located higher up in the physical body.  One may read:  Lama Thubten Yeshe, The Bliss of Inner Fire, Wisdom Publications, 1998   DISCLAIMER:  I AM SURE I AM MISREPRESENTING THIS PRACTICE...THIS IS JUST THE LEAD I AM FOLLOWING, the only one I have so far...

Tummo (gTum mo in Wylie transliteration, also spelled Tumo, or Tum-mo; Sanskrit caṇḍālī) is a Tibetan word, literally meaning fierce woman. Tummo is a Tibetan word for inner Fire.
The following is taken from Wikipedia (link):
Vajrayana or Tibetan Buddhism
In the Nyingma tradition, the path of meditation practice is divided into nine yanas, or vehicles, which are said to be increasingly profound.[275] The last six are described as "yoga yanas": "Kriya yoga", "Upa yoga," "Yoga yana," "Mahā yoga," "Anu yoga" and the ultimate practice, "Ati yoga."[276] The Sarma traditions also include Kriya, Upa (called "Charya"), and Yoga, with the Anuttara yoga class substituting for Mahayoga and Atiyoga.[277]
Other tantra yoga practices include a system of 108 bodily postures practiced with breath and heart rhythm. The Nyingma tradition also practices Yantra yoga (Tib. "Trul khor"), a discipline that includes breath work (or pranayama), meditative contemplation and precise dynamic movements to centre the practitioner.[278] The body postures of Tibetan ancient yogis are depicted on the walls of the Dalai Lama's summer temple of Lukhang. A semi-popular account of Tibetan yoga by Chang (1993) refers to caṇḍalī (Tib. "tummo"), the generation of heat in one's own body, as being "the very foundation of the whole of Tibetan yoga."[279] Chang also claims that Tibetan yoga involves reconciliation of apparent polarities, such as prana and mind, relating this to theoretical implications of tantrism.

This inner fire of the "navel chakra" called चण्डाली candali is the shakti aspect of it, its energy.  The ancient practice would have been sexualized and I would add IN A CORRUPTED FORM TOO.  This is an actual account in a book of a Lama being given a virgin twelve-year-old sex slave to do it!   I am not okay with this, but it is part of the temptations this kind of tantric practice brings, and part of ancient traditions.  This reminds me that it's important to question ancient traditions!  However every chakra is linked to a yoga.  If sex is your main thing, this is the chakra to focus on, I guess.  I think that there must be nobler traditions than this connected to this chakra.  Again, I am not well enough informed about it to comment.

[Hoping that a Tibetan expert will point me to the illuminated texts/knowledge about this...this section...to be continued, revised...]

Vajra nadi tantra

The vajra in vajrayana, is only the secondary astral nadi in the spine.  It can take the seeker as far as the brow chakra but we need to get into the brahma-nadi in the causal body, to access the crown chakra.  This  वज्र vajra is the thunderbolt, the weapon Indra uses to slay the demon Vritra.  This needs proper interpretation:

āyudhānām ahaḿ vajraḿ | dhenūnām asmi kāma-dhuk | prajanaś cāsmi kandarpaḥ | sarpāṇām asmi vāsukiḥ
Symbolically in this verse, the tremendously powerful "thunderbolt" with its display of light and sound is the cosmic creative vibration.  God is often mentioned in the scriptures as speaking through thunder.  The Lord's first expression in matter is this "Word," or cosmic vibration.  it is this cosmic thunder that is both the creator and destroyer ("weapon") of delusive matter - as cosmic energy in the macrocosm of the universe and as prana in the microcosm of the body.  Mastery of this formidable power is the yogi's best weapon against delusion.

(Paramahansa Yogananda explaining ch.X v.28 of Bhagavad Gita, pp.791-2 - see bibliography) 

Prana mastery is what it is all about.  If is following Patanjali's advice to following the dos and don'ts (niyamas and yamas) one takes the nobler path in this effort.  Harnessing prana is a stage on the journey.  Prana is what leads to consciousness transformation, but it is not the full story.

Hara (Japanese, Zen Buddism) | Lower Dantien (Chinese system)

Osho gave a lot of importance to the hara, the chakra two inches below the bellybutton, and wrote that it is part of swadhisthana chakra:

“Concentrate the energy on the Hara, the point two inches below the navel. That is the center from where one enters life and that is the center from where one dies and goes out of life. So that is the contact center between the body and the soul. If you feel a sort of wavering left and right and you don’t know where your center is, that simply shows that you are no longer in contact with your Hara, so you have to create that contact.”
(Osho, A Rose is a Rose is a Rose, Talk #18, link

This sounds like Bhur loka, a dimension that Sri Vasudeva describes as similar to an airport waiting lounge for souls between heaven and earth.  He has explained to me that the Swaha of Manipura is the heaven for unenlightened souls.  Various nakshatras reference the afterlife, so it's important to know which dimension we're talking about, because each one has its own chakra (chakras are also lokas/dimensions).

In Zen meditation and Japanese martial arts, the hara is of prime importance.  Although this chakra is accessed by acupuncture through the Conception Vessel - because it is related to the umbilical cord and other matters associated with birth, there are those who say the Governing Vessel (GV) is also involved, as well as others.

"A closer look at the discourse on location and function of the Extraordinary Vessels reveils that not only the Ren Mai (Conception Vessel) is involved with the function of the Hara or Dantian, but that the Chong Mai (Penetrating Vessel, the Du Mai (Governing Vessel) and the Dai Mai (Girdle Vessel)[28] also play a part in defining the What and Wherewithal of the "Sea of Qi", as all of them take part in one way or another in strengthening the lower Dantian and maintaining its connection and interaction with those energy fields of the body expressed in the form of meridians and organs."
[Wikipedia, accessed Jan.24/17  link]

The chakras are not limited by the nadis.  Various nadis connect them.

[to be continued