Category: Seven Chakras
The root chakra or muladhara is one of the 7 major chakras. Muladhara is a sanskrit word meaning "wheel of the root (mula) foundation (dhara).” All our passions, guilty feelings, complexes, and anxieties have their root in the muladhara. Our desires, actions, and accomplishments, which are all influenced by the sexual impulse, also have their root in the muladhara. It is said that whatever we do in life is an expression of this chakra.
The root chakra is physiologically related to the excretory, urinary, sexual, and reproductive organs. This spiritual energy center is at the root of the chakra system and is located slightly inside the perineum (midway between the scrotum and the anus). It is the inner aspect of that nerve complex which carries all kinds of sensations and is immediately connected with the testes. In the female body, the root chakra lies on the posterior side of the cervix.
The Root Chakra & Brahma Granthi
There is said to be a vestigial gland found at the root chakra in both the male and female bodies. This is called Brahma Granthi or “the knot of Brahma.” It is an energetic knot of our resistance to change. It is said that as long as this knot remains intact, the energy located in this area is blocked. However, the moment the knot is opened through yogic practices, Shakti awakens allowing divine consciousness to be liberated from the root center.
Spiritual Powers of the Root Chakra
In many systems of yoga, meditating on the different chakras of the body allows the person to attain different kinds of spiritual power or what the Hindus call siddhis. The following is a list of siddhis associated with the root chakra:
- Super Strength (Such As That Of An Elephant)
- Mastery Of The Element (Earth)
- Mastery Over The Five Senses Of The Body (Smell)
Practices for The Root Chakra
There are many practices for controlling or balancing the energy that goes through the root chakra. The following are used mainly in the tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.
1. Vajroli Mudra - Vajra means "thunderbolt" in Sanskrit. A mudra or "seal" is a symbolic or ritual gesture. Vajroli mudra (the thunderbolt) stimulates the genitals with prana activated blood. The object of vajroli mudra is to be perfectly established in brahmacharya (purity, chastity, nonlust).
2. Moola Bandha - Bhandha in Sanskrit means "to lock" and moola means the perineum/ bottom. Moola bandha is a technique that creates an energy lock by the contraction of the perineum in the male and the cervix in the female. Moola bandha is practiced to release Brahma Granthi and to stimulate and alter the activity of the muladhara (root chakra), which represents the sexual urge, karma and desire, and the want and need of security in life at any level.
3. Nasikagra Drishti - Gazing at the nose tip, a mudra which stimulates the root chakra. Those who concentrate on the tip of the nose for a particular time develop the ability to smell psychic fragrances. This practice is also called agochari mudra (the gesture of invisibility).
4. Samyama Meditation - Samyama meditation is a combined simultaneous practice of dhāraṇā, dhyāna, and samādhi. These techniques primarily belong to the classical yoga called Raja Yoga or "royal union." It is said that meditating on the root chakra using this technique allows the practitioner to have full control of its power.
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