Sunday, September 8, 2013

Āgyā - Third Eye Chakra

Āgyā, the sanskrit word for the sixth chakra, means “to know,” “to perceive,” “to command.” It is located in the head, at or just above the third eye level. The element associated with Āgyā is light. Its function is seeing and intuiting. The verb that corresponds with this chakra is “I see.”

This chakra is actually in the brain, so its nature is very mental. One finds inner vision as part of this chakra, as well as actual seeing and outer vision. That is why mystic and clairvoyant abilities are also associated with the sixth chakra.

The sixth chakra is the center of insight, where we integrate all the information and intuition in our life. When energy isn’t flowing easily through this chakra, we have a sense of self-doubt and distrust. When it’s open and clear, we feel deeply connected to our inner wisdom and trust that it guides us in our choices.

Associated with the element light and the color indigo blue. While our two eyes see the material world, our sixth chakra sees beyond the physical. This vision includes clairvoyance, telepathy, intuition, dreaming, imagination, and visualization.

The sixth chakra is involved in both the creation and perception of art and in the recognition that what we see has a powerful impact on us. Even when we're not aware of it, we're all sensitive to the images we find in our environment.

When the third eye is excessively abuzz with energy, we experience headaches, hallucinations, nightmares, and difficulty concentrating. When this chakra is deficient, we have a poor memory, experience eye problems, have difficulty recognizing patterns, and can't visualize well.

The body parts affected by the sixth chakra are the pineal gland and the eyes. Malfunction of the sixth chakra can manifest in blindness, headaches, nightmares, eyestrain and blurred vision.

One of the yogic approach to supporting the health of the Āgyā Chakra is to do supported forward bends, adding an extra bolster or blanket to press upon and stimulate the third eye area. Also, creating positive images and visualizations is a practice that helps create a healthy sixth chakra. Such affirmative visions act as natural magnets, drawing the imagined situation into your life.

In the Āgyā Chakra the development of our wisdom and humanity is completed and we reach the bridge to Divine Consciousness.

We do not need to seek truth; it is always in front of us. But in order to recognize it a person needs an open, pure consciousness and clear thoughts. While our mind remains cloudy, like a dirty mirror, we see everything hazily and unclearly. It is only in a purified mind and mature consciousness that Gyānā – wisdom and spiritual knowledge – can be broadened.

Normally our decisions are determined by selfish motives with the aim of gaining the greatest possible advantage for ourselves, and anyone we regard as belonging to us. Viveka (discrimination) is the moral authority in the Āgyā Chakra that weighs up and reviews our intentions in line with ethical and spiritual standards. Viveka filters and controls all our feelings and thoughts with a sense of responsibility and wisdom. Without this counterbalance we remain caught in the changing currents of our emotions, whose waves can one time carry us to the shore of happiness and another time to the shore of sorrow.

Until the Āgyā Chakra is awakened, we are often incapable of understanding ourself. We are unable to control the qualities and emotions that rise from the lower centers, or find an explanation for the stirrings of emotions, thoughts and dreams that suddenly surface in our mind. Why do we often feel uncertain and intimidated? Because we have no control over our inner functions and wrongly identify with the constantly changing emotions and thoughts.

In reality we are neither body nor psyche; the body, mind, thoughts and feelings, etc., do in fact belong to us, but we are something else.

The Āgyā Chakra is also described as the “Third Eye”. This is a symbol of wisdom and an attribute.  Everything bad is destroyed and the clouds of ignorance are dispersed, helping the light of wisdom and clarity to break through. The laser beam of knowledge sent out by the third eye cuts through the karmic chains and liberates us from everything that holds us fast and impedes our spiritual development. In this way all the Chakras are finally purified by the wisdom of the Āgyā Chakra.

When we enter a dark room for the first time we grope around on the wall with our hand to find the light switch. But when we already know where the switch is it is no longer necessary to search. One flick, the light goes on and we see everything clearly. And in the same way, as soon as the eye of wisdom in the Āgyā Chakra opens, we recognize the essence of truth.

The gifts of clairvoyance, intuition and telepathy lie in the Āgyā Chakra. When we strengthen the power of concentration and learn to perceive all the energy assembled in the Āgyā Chakra, our mind can receive or transmit knowledge through time and space. Those whose Āgyā Chakra is opened are at home in all three worlds – past, present and future.

Day by day we create new karmic complications. New waves (Vrittis) that rise in the consciousness as emotions and thoughts develop in our mind continuously, and finally deepen into impressions, opinions, desires, habits, behavior, etc. The source of the Vrittis lies in the Mūlādhāra Chakra. In meditation we are able to track down their causes and effects. As we know, the element of the Mūlādhāra Chakra is the earth. The roots of vegetation lie within and spread through the earth. As soon as we raise the roots to the surface and into the light they die, together with any growth coming from them. This is why the aim is to raise the roots of our problems into the light of consciousness in order to finally remove them.

Any problem, whether physical or psychic, material or spiritual, can be resolved through wisdom. Thus it is important not to suppress or reject problems, but rather to accept and deal with them. Only in this way can they be resolved. To accept means to completely accept oneself and others, and to treat oneself and others with love, understanding and forgiveness. Understanding others presupposes understanding oneself. To give freedom to others means to have freedom oneself. To make others happy means to make oneself happy, and to forgive others infers forgiving oneself. Just as the final outcome of our actions always comes back to us alone, so it is with our attitude. And just as the cause is found only within ourself, so too is the solution to our problems.

Many who start with Yoga are initially full of enthusiasm and practice very diligently, but after a while they give up. Why is this so? Because their resolve was not firm enough.

Mahāprabhujī said in his Golden Teachings:

“Make your decision with firm determination and then success is certain.”

Our goals in life should be as strong and firm as a tree – deeply rooted and able to withstand all storms. This is a precondition for our success in life. Nothing can succeed without firm resolution from the start. Cause and effect, as well as beginning and end, are inseparably linked to one another; but because of our dualistic perceptions we generally do not realize this.

Everyone is responsible for their own life. Consider the purpose of your existence and what you would like to achieve in life. Make your decisions with Viveka (discrimination), live consciously with love, understanding and devotion, and it is certain that you will reach your goal.

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