MANIPURA CHAKRA

19. Above [the Svaadhisthaana Chakra], and at the root of the navel, is the shining Lotus of ten petals, of the color of heavy-laden rain clouds. Within it are the letters Da to Pha, of the color of the blue lotus with the Naada and Bindu above them. Meditate there on the region of Fire, triangular in form and shining like the rising sun. Outside it are three Svastika marks, and within, the Biija of Vahini himself [i.e. "Ram," the seed-mantra of Fire].

20. Meditate upon Him [i.e. the Biija] seated on a ram, four-armed, radiant like the rising Sun. In His lap ever dwells Rudra, who is of a pure vermilion hue. Rudra is white with the ashes with which He is smeared; of an ancient aspect and three-eyed, His hands are placed in the attitude of granting boons [i.e., vara mudra] and of dispelling fear [i.e. abhaya mudra]. He is the destroyer of creation.

21. Here abides Lakini, the benefactress of all. She is four-armed, of radiant body, is dark [shyaama] of complexion, clothed in yellow raiment and decked with various ornaments, and exalted with the drinking of ambrosia [i.e. She drinks the nectar dripping down from the Sahasraara, and is exalted by the Divine Energy that infuses Her]. By meditating on this Navel Lotus [naabhi-padma], the power to destroy and create the world is acquired. Vaanii [i.e. Saraswati] with all the wealth of knowledge ever abides in the lotus of the meditator's face.

From the Sat-Chakra-Nirupana

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"The Manipura Chakra is the seat of the element of Fire, the sign of which is a triangle. [This] Navel Lotus is of the color of the rain cloud and has ten petals. On each of its petals are each of the ten letters Da, Dha, Na [palatal]; Ta, Tha, Da, Dha, Na [dental]; Pa and Pha, and of a lustrous blue color, with the Bindu above each of them.

"In the pericarp of this lotusis the red Region of Fire, which is triangular in shape, and outside it, on its three sides, are three Svastika signs. Within the triangle is the Biija of Fire 'Ram.' He (the Biija of Fire) is red in color and is seated on a ram, is four- armed, and holds in his hands the vajra [thunderbolt] and the Shakti weapon, and makes the signs of vara and of abhaya.

"In the lap of Vahni-Biija is Rudra, red of color, seated on the bull, who, however, appears to be white on account of the ashes which He smears on His body. He is old in appearance.

"On a red lotus in the pericarp of this Lotus is the Shakti LAKINI [Laakinii]. She is blue, has three faces with three eyes in each, is four-armed, and with Her hands holds the vajra and the Shakti weapon, and makes the signs of dispelling fear and granting boons. She has fierce projecting teeth, and is fond of eating rice and dhal, cooked and mixed with meat and blood."

From The Serpent Power, by Sir John Woodroffe, 1919

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"There are seven spinning wheels of energy in you. If you pay attention to the actions given below carefully and remember them, you will experience these spinning wheels. ...

"3. Manipura, the bellybutton wheel. There is a ten-petal wheel around the waist, shining like fire with yellow and orange colors. From here to the crown the sound of "Rang" {Ram] keeps spreading. Repeat this sound seven times. This is the wheel of fire which transforms lust into power.

"When the ejaculation in men and orgasm in women is controlled, the Kundalini power does not get its nectar from the semen or blood. [So] it uncoils, moves up in search of nectar, and shoots up to the wheel in the crown, where it gets the nectar from the Moon there. What this means is that the physical orgasm is replaced by a spiritual orgasm; the intercourse takes place in the mind, and a supreme relaxation occurs in the form of a spiritual explosion of all colors. Sometimes spiritual aspirants actually see a hooded cobra dancing in front of their eyes. It represents the intense sexual energy and the fears associated with it; nothing more. So there is absolutely no cause for fear if you come across such experiences. Remember Kumara the serpent power has as its vehicle the peacock, born enemy of the snake!"

From Seeing Goddess, by Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati, 1998


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