4. Now we come to the [Mula]adhara Lotus. It is attached to the
mouth of the Susumna, and is placed below the genitals and above the
anus. It has four petals of crimson hue. Its head hangs downward. On
its petals are the four letters from Va to Sa, of the shining color
5. In this Lotus is the square region of Prthivi [the Earth element], surrounded by eight shining spears [facing the eight points of the compass]. It is of a shining yellow color, and beautiful like lightning, as is also the Bija Dhara which is within.
6. Ornamented with four arms and mounted on the King of Elephants [Airaavata], He carries on His lap the child Creator [Brahma], resplendant like the young Sun, who has four lustrous arms, and the wealth of [Indra], whose lotus face is fourfold.
7. Here dwells the Devi Dakini by name; her four arms shine with beauty, and her eyes are brilliant red. She is resplendant like the lustre of many Suns rising at one and the same time. She is the carrier of the revelation of the ever-pure Intelligence.
8. Near the mouth of the Nadi called Vajra, and in the pericarp [of the Mulaadhara Lotus], there constantly shines the beautifully luminous and soft, lightning-like triangle which is Kamarupa, and known as Traipura. There is always and everywhere the Vayu called Kandarpa, who is of a deeper red than the Bandhujiva flower, and is the Lord of Beings and resplendant like ten million suns.
9. Inside the triangle is Svayambhu in His Linga-form, beautiful like molten gold, with His head downwards. He is revealed by Knowledge [jnaana] and Meditation [dhyaana], and is of the shape and color of a new leaf. As the cool rays of lightning and of the full moon charm, so does His beauty. The Deva who resides happily here as in Kaashi is in forms like a whirlpool.
10. Over [Svayambhu Linga] shines the sleeping Kundalini, fine as the fibre of the lotus stalk. She is the world-bewilderer, gently covering the mouth of Brahma-dvaara with Her own mouth. Like the spiral of the conch-shell, Her shining snake-like form goes three and a half times round Shiva, and Her lustre is as that of a strong flash of young strong lightning.
11. Her sweet murmur is like the indistinct hum of swarms of love- mad bees. She produces melodious poetry and Bandha and all other compositions in prose or verse in sequence or otherwise in Sanskrit, Prakrits, and other languages. It is She who maintains all the beings of the world by means of inhalation and exhalation, and shines in the cavity of the [Mulaadhara] Lotus like a chain of brilliant lights.
12. Within [the Svayambhu Linga around which Kundalini is curled] reigns dominant Para, the Sri-Parameshwari, the Awakener of eternal knoledge. She is the Omnipotent Kalaa who is wonderfully skilled to create, and is subtler than the subtlest. She is the receptacle of that continuous stream of ambrosia which flows from Eternal Bliss. By Her radience it is that the whole of this Universe and its Cauldron [Kataaha; the lower half of Brahmaanda] is illumined.
13. Those meditating thus upon Her who shines within the Mula[adhara] Chakra, with the luster of 10 million suns, they become masters of speech, rulers among humanity, and adepts in all kinds of learning. They become ever free from all diseases, and their inmost Spirit becomes full of great gladness. Pure of disposition, and with deep and musical words, they serve the foremost of the Deities.
From the Sat-Chakra-Nirupana
"The Muladhara [mula = root; dhara = support] is a lotus of four petals. The petals are red, and have the letters Va, Sha (palatal), Sha (cerebral), Sa, in colors of gold.
"In the pericarp is the square Dharaa-mandala surrounded by eight spears, and within it and in the lower part is the Dharaa- Bija, 'Lam,' who has four arms and is seated on the elephant Airaavata. He is of yellow color, and holds the thunderbolt [vajra] in his hands.
"Inside the Bindu of the Dharaa-Bija is the Child Brahma, who is red in color, and has four hands with which he holds the staff [danda], the gourd [kamandalu], the Rudraksha rosary, and makes the gesture which dispels fear [abhaya-mudra]. He has four faces.
"In the pericarp there is a red lotus, on which sits the presiding Divinity of the Chakra [chakraadhisthaatri], the Shakti DAKINI. She is red and has four arms, and in Her hands are the spear [shula], skull-staff [khatvanga], sacrificial sword [khadga], and drinking cup [chashaka].
"In the pericarp there is also the lightning-like triangle, inside which are Kaama-Vaayu and Kaama-Bija [Kleem], both of which are red. [This] is the `female' triangle or Yoni, known as Traipura [the Shakti-pitha], in which is set the `male' Shiva-linga, known as Svayambhu [of the shape and color of a young leaf]. Above and round this Linga is Kundalini coiled three and a half times; and above this last upstands, in the top of the Linga, Chit-kalaa [another form of Kundalini]."
From The Serpent Power," by Sir John Woodroffe, 1919
"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. ...
"1. Muladhara wheel. There is a square wheel between anus and the vagina or the base of the penis. There is a rose color triangle in it. In its center there is a red phallus moving up and down emitting white sparks of semen continuously. There is the Kundalini Shakti, the Serpent Power coiled round the phallus and drinking the semen being ejaculated. This is the starting point of the supreme energy of the cosmos manifesting creation. Imagine a sound "Lang" [transcribed as `Lam' by Woodroffes above], starting from this square wheel and rising up to the crown of the head. When you are pronouncing this sound, the upper part of the tongue touches the deep upper palette. You must feel that touch. Do like this for all the other sounds in other wheels [as well]. ..."
From Seeing Goddess, by Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati, 1998