GV8 筋縮 (jīn suō) & 危 Wei; माघ Magha; أَلْقَلْب ʾAl-Qalb; Lamat

Magha

With the untying of the Brahma granthis represented in Ashlesha, we leave the physical chakras and enter into the astral chakras of the Vishnu granthis in the heart and throat.  Magha is the first one of what I refer to as the heart chakras [helps me remember what goes where].

Magha's symbol is the throne and because of its location and association as the seat of one's individuality, I believe that this nakshatra is associated with the Hrit chakra:

Hrit Chakra [click image to link for details]

The Hrit chakra, located between the navel and the heart chakras, is a kind of bridge between the physical and astral realms.  It is where apana meets prana, according to one source.  The deities (consciousness) of Magha are the Pitris (father/ancestors) who give Magha the power to leave the body (tyage kshepani shakti).  Pitra loka is actually in the sacral chakra so this is interesting.  I am not sure how it works here, except in the sense of leaving behind body consciousness and entering into the consciousness of the astral world.  Hrit chakra is the beginning of the causal cerebrospinal axis described by Paramahansa Yogananda.  [I'll need to do more research on this.]

Susan Shompsky has written a marvellously easy to read book because of her impressive knowledge of Laya Yoga.  She writes that the Hrit chakra is part of the heart lotus [part of the Anahata system].   In John Grimes A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy, it writes that Hridaya (another name for this chakra) is (1) the psycho-physical centre where an individual feels pleasure and pain; or (2) The space where the in-breath and out-breath merge.  The true heart...etc.

According to the teachings of Swami Prabhupada [Hare Krishna founder] Hrit is where the soul lives as the "thumb-sized" jiva (individualized being) on its throne under the wish-fulfilling tree.  Magha means "the bountiful".   This tree is all about our co-creative power - how we can attain anything we want using the law of attraction in alignment with the will of the Universe.

To really understand the Hrit chakra, we need to examine its core meaning in an allegorical story from the Upanishads about two birds in the tree symbolizing the Jiva (individualized soul) and the Atman (Self-realized soul-as-Spirit/collective consciousness).  The story is given below with my Guru's commentary, but here is a beautiful rendering of the story in this video:



That tree that you see in the Hrit chakra iconography (above) is a tree of life symbol, and the Jiva (embodied soul) and Atman (the Self, God-realized) are represented as two birds in the tree.  (Not surprisingly this is exactly the same symbolism used by the ancient Mayans also.)

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The secret to understanding the Hrit chakra and the lesson for Magha nakshatra is in understanding the meaning of the two birds. My Guru Sri Vasudeva shares this interpretation of the story in his book:  Seek God Within, starting on p.140:

Merging in the Self


     In our daily lives we are caught up in this false "I" or ego and experience only the pleasure and pain of the world unaware that deep within us is another level of our Being - the Witness-Self.  If we could only experience this other level, it would set us completely free.
     Real freedom is not being free from the wants of the world.  Real freedom is going to that center of peace and joy within where we become completely detached from the world, even while performing activities.  This is the perfect state.

The Two Birds - Two Aspects of Our Being


   In the Upanishads there is a story that illustrates very clearly these two aspects of our being.  The story says that there are two beautiful birds sitting on the branches of a tree.  Whilst one is jumping from branch to branch tasting the bitter and sweet fruits of the tree, the other sits on top of the tree and does not move at all.  This bird is peaceful and motionless.  These two birds represent the two aspects of ourselves.
     There is an aspect of us that is the God-Self within.  That most beautiful part is largely unknown to us.  It is represented by the bird that sits there motionless.  The bird that jumps in the tree tasting the bitter and sweet fruits represents our ego-self.  Every now and then it looks up at the other bird and says, "Oh this life is so hard.  Sometimes these fruits are sweet and sometimes bitter - but look at that bird, it is unaffected by all this."  
     Very soon however it forgets about the silent bird and becomes caught up in the fruits again.  Sometimes the fruits are so bitter that it again starts wondering about the motionless bird, "I wonder how it feels out there.  I wish, if only for a moment, that I could be like that motionless bird."
     Eventually it decides to move a little closer to that other bird to see if it can feel a little like this bird - unmoved, serene, joyful and unaffected.  So it moves closer and closer until finally it comes so close to that peaceful bird that it is enveloped in its aura and begins to feel a little peace. As it moves even closer, it finds that it has become that bird and they are both one.  The bird that it was merges into the other bird and it becomes perfectly joyful and unaffected by the bitter and sweet fruits.


The Ego and the Self


     Can you see the importance of this story?  There is a part of us that becomes involved in the world - the part of us that is associated with the ego.  This ego enjoys the world and also suffers in the world.  These are the bitter and sweet fruits.  Every now and again it wonders, "Is there a better state than this?"  Sometimes momentarily a flash of beautiful feeling occurs and we say, "Why can't we enjoy this all the time?" but soon that is forgotten and again we are caught up again in the bitter and sweet fruits.  However, a time comes again when we become disenchanted, "This is too much!  There is too much pain!"  We decide to get closer to the Self within and then we realize that this is where we should have been all the time!  After we become established there, the other part of us simply disappears.  It has no effect on us anymore because we have become centered in the God-Self inside.

   I am telling you that though we experience so much pain and worry in the world and things may seem bad, there is a level of our being where there is always joy and peace.  Just like the motionless bird that is always sitting at the top of the tree, that Witness-Self is always there no matter how much pain we endure.  If we can only get there we will become completely unaffected by what happens in the world.  The challenge is to get there!

I simply had to share this excerpt.  Hrit chakra is an important minor chakra.  I think the reference to the Pitris (ancestors of the afterlife) and their power to leave the body behind is more of a metaphor here than anything else.  To become enlightened is a kind of "death" of the Jiva-ego, and a rebirth into the consciousness of a larger more cosmic ego as Atman, the Self.  Magha energy with its mastery over pranic forces in the body and in his world bring all kinds of abundance but also the bitter fruits of karmic consequences.  Magha is afterall Leo's sign (in the Indian system) and is challenged to perfect his/her individuality in the more socialist sign of Aquarius, where we are all one.


[to be continued]

GV8 筋縮 (jīn suō)

"Sinew Contraction"


Chinese Lunar General 危 Wei

GV8 危Wei "Rooftop /Steep or Danger" [Magha]

Lamat

"Rabbit", south

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