Sexual Energy Fire
GV3 腰陽關 (yāo yáng guān)"Lumbar Yang Pass"/"Gate"
|GV3 腰陽關 (yāo yáng guān) [Mrigasira]|
Chinese lunar general 胃 Wei "Stomach"
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?
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
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.
Vajrayana or Tibetan BuddhismIn the Nyingma tradition, the path of meditation practice is divided into nine yanas, or vehicles, which are said to be increasingly profound. The last six are described as "yoga yanas": "Kriya yoga", "Upa yoga," "Yoga yana," "Mahā yoga," "Anu yoga" and the ultimate practice, "Ati yoga." The Sarma traditions also include Kriya, Upa (called "Charya"), and Yoga, with the Anuttara yoga class substituting for Mahayoga and Atiyoga.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. 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." Chang also claims that Tibetan yoga involves reconciliation of apparent polarities, such as prana and mind, relating this to theoretical implications of tantrism.
[Hoping that a Tibetan expert will point me to the illuminated texts/knowledge about this...this section...to be continued, revised...]
Vajra nadi tantra
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.
Hara (Japanese, Zen Buddism) | Lower Dantien (Chinese system)
“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.”
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) 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."
The chakras are not limited by the nadis. Various nadis connect them.