Relationship of the Nakshatras to the Chakra Petals

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Chakras In The Sky deeply appreciates this marvellous contribution by Jyotish author and practitioner Achala Sylwia Mihajlović.

Achala (Sylwia Mihajlović) is a jyotishi (practitioner of Vedic astrology) and an Atma Kriya Yoga teacher from Poland, currently living with her husband in Croatia. She offers Atma Kriya Yoga courses and Jyotish courses in Europe, as well as online webinars and individual readings based on the art of Vedic astrology. From the moment she started to practice yoga and meditation at the early age of 17, she dedicated her whole life to the path of spiritual development, and became a disciple of Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda.

June 4, 2017

Before I start I would love to thank Yvonne for inviting me to write on her blog “Chakras in the Sky”. It’s an honour for me to add my little brick to the tremendous research she has made on nakshatras and their connection to the energy body within ourselves. I myself come from a Vedic background and as such this was also the nature of my research on that topic. I hope this little article will bring another angle to this intercultural topic.

I was researching the nakshatras and their connection with the chakras in our energy body for a long time, yet, intellectual research had failed after some time. Then I gave up on trying to comprehend the topic with mind and I turned to nakshatra sadhana instead, chanting the bij (seed) mantras of each of the nakshatras on their respective days. The bij mantras of the nakshatras can be found in many tantric texts, such as Gandharva Tantra, Yogini Hridaya, Jnanarnava or Vamakeshwara Tantra. These are just short syllables, which are at the same time letters of the Sanskrit alphabet.

It took me couple of months of practicing those mantras every single day, and it was indeed wondrous for me to observe how many new, deeper insights were emerging in my mind during this simple daily practice. And then, one day it just came to me. I rushed to my computer and wrote all the mantras of the nakshatras in their respective order. Then I compared the list with the mantras, which are known to be on the petals of the chakras. They both followed exactly the same order: the order of Divine Sanskrit alphabet.

Here is an excerpt from my e-book Discovering Youniverse:

According to Vedic science, our whole universe is manifested from one primordial vibration: oṁ. This mother-vibration is what is setting the neutral matter into motion. It is like the glance of the Divine, which impregnates the reality with movement and causes the external manifestation to happen. Interestingly enough, oṁ is the only sound that can be produced without the involvement of the tongue. Even if your tongue would be cut off, you would still be able to chant oṁ - the sound of existence. 
This primordial vibration, oṁ, splits in the world of matter into 50 different vibrations, 50 different frequencies, represented by 50 sounds of Sanskrit alphabet – or, as you will see, rather a 25 pairs of sounds, which are reflecting 25 pairs of the most important nerves in our spine. These 50 vibrations are represented in a symbolic way as inscribed on 50 petals of our chakras. In reality, these 50 petals do not only represent 50 nerves in our spine, but also 50 most important nadis, energy channels, connecting there in our subtle bodies. These sacred vibrations activate each of these energy channels, as well as the nerves connected to it. 
You will notice the all the syllables of the sacred Sanskrit alphabet end with the letter ṁ. It is not a coincidence. This ṁ means “within me”. Ancient sages gave us a hint that all the 50 letters of Sanskrit alphabet resonate with 50 different energy channels within us. All those Divine frequencies are present inside of us. 
All these frequencies in the form of Sanskrit letters are perfectly arranged in a sequence starting from the subtlest vibrations and ending in the densest ones, reflecting the descent of consciousness into the world. Interestingly, usually this is also the sequence in which we learn, as babies, to produce different sounds. The Sanskrit alphabet starts with vowels (visible in the picture below on the petals of throat chakra), and then proceeds with consonants, which get their place in the alphabet according to the place where they are produced in the mouth, from the throat towards the lips. If you try to recite the mantras of Sanskrit alphabet (you can see them below, inscribed in the petals of the chakras – the beginning is in the throat chakra), one by one, you will notice, how beautifully they are arranged. They start in the throat (how symbolic!) and end in lips. 
Vedic seers knew how powerful is the human tongue and thus created their language in the most harmonious way. It is even proven scientifically that chanting Vedic mantras puts pressure on the tongue, vocal chords, lips, palate and other connecting points in the body, activating them differently, according to the sounds produced. Indeed, ancient sages recognised a powerful energy channel within our subtle body that is deeply connected with our tongue. Very few people know that along the sushumna, the main nadi in our subtle body, there is one more important energy channel called sarasvati nadi. This energy channel starts with sushumna at the base of our spine, in root chakra, and it ends in tongue. Certain yogic techniques, like khechari mudra taught in Atma Kriya Yoga, utilise the power of this energy channel for spiritual development.
It is interesting to note that right after the heart, the very first organ fully formed from an embryo, the tongue is what emerges next. Literally, the tongue grows from the heart of the baby in a prenatal phase, which also reveals a deep, primordial connection between our tongues and our hearts.
On the picture below you will see that each chakra has its core mantra in the middle, as well as some of the 50 vibrations inscribed on its respective petals. Although the core mantras do not follow any exact pattern, you will notice a very astonishing pattern visible through the mantras inscribed on the petals of the chakras: they follow the exact sequence of the letters of Sanskrit alphabet, and each of them is connected to one nakshatra. How wondrous it is, that the sequence in which nakshatras appear in the sky and the sequence of Sanskrit alphabet perfectly reflect the way these mantras are inscribed within 50 petals of our chakras! Understanding and studying this connection is quite literally like breaking the code of life itself.

This was a revolutionary discovery for me. Understanding the deeper connection between the nakshatras and their respective mantras, as well as the chakras within our body, provided me with far deeper insights into my Jyotish practice. It allowed me to look at the person and their birth chart from a completely different perspective and to understand the hidden forces acting behind the zodiac and activating our karma. 

Yet even now I still continue my daily nakshatra sadhana, and I still find newer and newer connections. Understanding the nakshatras through their sound vibrations, their mantras, really takes the whole science of Jyotish from an intellectual level into an intuitive level, from where the inspiration flows naturally. This simple spiritual practice, which would take you a maximum of five minutes a day, is something I would recommend to every true Jyotish seeker.

The bij mantras of the nakshatras, according to Gandharva Tantra, are as follows:

Ashwini: aṁ, āṁ
Bharani: iṁ, īṁ
Krittika: uṁ, ūṁ
Rohini: ṛṁ, ṝṁ, ḷrṁ, ḹrṁ
Margashirsha: eṁ
Ardra: aiṁ
Punarvasu: oṁ, auṁ
Pushya: kaṁ
Ashlesha: khaṁ, gaṁ
Magha: ghaṁ, ṅaṁ
Purva Phalguni: caṁ
Uttara Phalguni: chaṁ
Hasta: jaṁ, jhaṁ, ñaṁ
Citra: ṭaṁ, ṭhaṁ
Swati: ḍaṁ
Vishakha: ḍhaṁ, ṇaṁ
Anuradha: taṁ, thaṁ, daṁ
Jyeshta: dhaṁ
Mula: naṁ, paṁ, phaṁ
Purvashadha: baṁ
Uttarashadha: bhaṁ
Shravana: maṁ
Dhanishta: yaṁ, raṁ
Shatabhisha: laṁ
Purva Bhadrapada: vaṁ, śaṁ
Uttara Bhadrapada: ṣaṁ, saṁ
Revati: kṣaṁ, laṁ, aṁ, aḥ

If you wish to learn more about this concept, as well as about some other discoveries I have made regarding the connection between the nakshatras and the chakras, I have recently written an e-book about this topic, “Discovering Youniverse”. You can purchase it either on Smashwords or through my personal website 4harmony.

© Achala Sylwia Mihajlović, June 4, 2017 

Achala is a Jyotish practitioner and meditation teacher from Poland.  She has been practicing vedic astrology since 2010 under many different teachers, and constantly deepening her practice with the insights gained in daily meditation.  Achala has been teaching meditation since 2009, practicing since 2006.  Visit her website