Re-direction of Procreative Energy for Revitalizing the Body
अर्धचन्द्र Ardhacandra "crescent moon" (water element)
Ardhacandra (अर्धचन्द्र, “crescent moon”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with a single hand (asaṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): The fingers and the thumb so bent as to make a curve like a bow. [link]
|Ardracandra mudra described above|
Āpa (आप, “water”):—One of the five gross elements assigned as a zone (or sphere) to the human body (bhūtamaṇḍala), according the Yogatattva-upaniṣad. The element water is assigned to the region from the knees up to the anus. Water is symbolized by a crescent (ardhacandra); the colour white (śukla) and the syllable va (va). The deity presiding over this region is Viṣṇu/Nārāyaṇa. [link]
|swadhisthana (sacral chakra)|
Possible connection with अर्धनारीश्वर, Ardhanārīśvara
...the philosophy of Shaivism. In this [philosophy], it says that the energy that creates Māyā is a part of the consciousness, it exists in the consciousness, it is created by the consciousness, it is of the consciousness. It says that consciousness and energy are inseparable. Consciousness is that stand alone, apart, and it generates energy out of itself to create the duality, because in the duality it can experience itself. Without the duality it cannot experience itself, so it becomes relational.
That part of it that creates is energy; you need energy to create anything. That part of itself is called Shakti, that which creates, and it is symbolized by the female. The female is one who begets; out of the female we have all come. So that part of us and of the Universe that creates and is involved in creation is called the Shakti, and is symbolized by the female. If you look at the aspect of Shiva and Shakti, it is symbolized by half male and half female. That is called Ardhanārīśvara; half male, half female. Shiva is shown as half male and half female; it denotes the Shakti part of the Shiva. The Shiva and the Shakti are one, like Yin and Yang. So you have the oneness of Shiva and Shakti, the relational part of the Universe; you have a consciousness aspect and an energy aspect that are related to each other. Then you have a transcendental aspect that is totally uninvolved in time, creation, anything. So the Māyā is created from that Shiva aspect that is associated with the Shakti.
Sri Vasudeva, April 3, 2017, Lifting Maya's Veil - a Guide to Self Transformation (transcription)
I realized this when I was doing some research on Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:22) as a biblical re-storying of Kundalini involving Herself in matter (which is also what Sri Vasudeva teaches), and I discovered that scholars are now saying that the Hebrew word in the bible referring to Adam's rib צֵלָע (tsela) is actually a metaphor meaning the side of Adam's body:
"Hebrew ṣelāʽ (thus the correct transliteration) is a clear cognate of Akkadian ṣēlu and Arabic ḍilʽ and ḍilaʽ, all of which primarily mean “rib”, but are also metaphorically used to mean “side”. They are very widely attested in Akkadian and Arabic and leave no doubt as to their meaning. It is a basic Semitic noun for a body part. From a linguistic point of view, the most straightforward translation is the most literal one, in this case “rib”."
"We will see the [sacral] centre as a marvellous centre of vitality, gender, divinity. We will no longer see male and female as humans."
Sri Vasudeva, May 4, 2017, Lifting Maya's Veil - a Guide to Self TransformationHere he is referring to male and female as spiritual beings in a human experience, not merely in the gross sense of gender, but rather in a subtle sense as male energy or yang/pingala and female energy or yin/ida. This is what spiritual awakening at the level of the sacral chakra brings to us, this gift of beginning to sense the subtle dimension. It also brings the gift of understanding the subtle element associated with the sacral chakra, water-as-subtle-element (not H2O merely, which is its gross form). So the name Ardra has an association with Shiva in Rudra form as "God of Storms" - meaning consciousness of the water element in this context, and also an association with Ardhanārīśvara - that primal male-female consciousness that is aware of the yin yang, prana upana energies in the body, and the way consciousness+energy operates to produce the illusion of matter.
This yin-yang story has a connection with GV1 Ashwini in the idea of twins, and with GV28 Bharani in the story of Yama-Yami (the Vedic "Adam and Eve"), so Ardra helps the soul begin to remember that it came from and is really composed of spiritual things and not the physical body that Nature has given it, or that the physical is a sleeping manifestation of its true nature. With the sacral chakra we are still in the domain of the physical chakras, but Ardra with its power to begin the process of disillusionment and awakening, can wake us up to our more subtle nature.
I continue to be fascinated at the depth to which these nakshatras reveal Truth!
Acupuncture point GV4 命門 (mìng mén)
Lower Dantien (Tai Chi)
The 命門輪 Mein Mein Chakra (Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui)The following is from an article based on The Chakras and their Functions by Master Choa Kok Sui, who developed Pranic Healing© and Arhatic Yoga© which is a new synthesis of many occult sciences. My understanding is that he has re-discovered this chakra, associated with GV4, together with colleagues, through clairvoyant means. This is new research. I don't know of any equivalent in the Vedic system. (I guess these things have been lost in time or kept secret.)
|8-petalled Meng Men Chakra associated with GV 4 (click image for URL)|
Taoist neidan (Grandmaster Mantak Chia)
In the practice of Taoist neidan the navel chakra is the first dantien (what is the first granthis in Hinduism) where the ego/soul begins to loosen its heavy identification with the physical body, and begins to think "maybe I am more than just a physical body". [I am sorry to say that Western Science has yet to untie its first granthis.]
"Because the lower Tan Tien is the place where our prenatal Chi is stored, where all the energy that we absorb and collect during the Chi Kung exercises is stored, and where denser energies are transformed into more subtle energies, Taoist inner alchemy places a great deal of attention on this area. The lower Tan Tien is also called the "medicine field" or "elixir field," as it gathers and contains the healing power of Chi. Other names for it are the "cauldron" and the "navel center." The expression "cauldron" refers to the function of the lower Tan Tien as the center of internal alchemy that transforms energy.The lower Tan Tien serves as the source of the life force or vital force. This then becomes transformed into the more subtle Shen Chi, or spiritual power/energy. Thus throughout all Universal Tao practices, the lower Tan Tien remains the key to supplying the body and the mind with a free, uninterrupted flow of energy. Taoist Chi Kung is above all a practice by which the unity of what is above and below is acknowledged and honoured. Through its service as a reservoir and transformer of Chi, the lower Tan Tien confirms the unity between earth and heaven in the body."
|From Chia & Huang (2005) The Secret Teachings of the Tao Te Ching|
Chinese Lunar "General" 婁 Lou to Emperor White Tiger
|GV4 婁 Lou "Bond /The Train of a Garment" [Ardra]|
Arabian Manazil أَلْسِّمَاك \ أَلْسِّمَاكُ ﭐلأَعْزِل As-Simāk /ʾAs-Simāku ʾl-A‘zil
|أَلْسِّمَاك \ أَلْسِّمَاكُ ﭐلأَعْزِل As-Simāk /ʾAs-Simāku ʾl-A‘zil|
p.s. Practically every ancient culture has studied this transmutation of life force. Have a look at Sandeep's article here comparing things from ancient Egypt, Greek, Summarians, Chinese, Indian etc.