The Seven Chakras – Heart Chakra

Yoga tradition teaches that we have two bodies. We have a physical and tangible body, and an energetic and subtle body. Along the midline of the subtle body – within the spine – lie seven subtle energy centres, the chakras. There are seven main chakras. After the third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, it is time to take a look at the description of the fourth chakra, the heart chakra.

4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Anahata (Anahata-puri or padma-sundara) or heart chakra is symbolized by a circular flower with twelve green petals. Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolizing a union of the male and female.

The 12 “petals” imply that cognition can be expressed in twelve distinct ways or through as many masks or personae. People abiding here are generally well-balanced, content and self-contained. Even when in day-to-day life they become involved in the seemingly fractured parts, they are able to look through it all and understand. They have a deep understanding of human nature, which brings effortless tolerance and an innate ability to help others, to resolve conflicts and confusions. Between ages 21 and 28, perceptions deepen and understanding matures for those who enter this chakra.

Anahata is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. It is the site of maturation of the T-cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress.

Anahata is related to the colors green (also pink). Key issues involving Anahata involve complex emotions, compassion, tenderness, unconditional love, equilibrium, rejection and well-being. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion.

The seed mantra is Yam, the presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the shakti is Kakini.

In Tibetan Buddhism, this center is extremely important, as being the home of the indestructible red/white drop, which carries our consciousness to our next lives. It is described as being white, circular, with eight downward pointing petals, and the seed syllable Hum inside. During mantra recitation in the lower tantras, a flame is imagined inside of the heart, from which the mantra rings out. Within the higher tantras, this chakra is very important for realizing the Clear Light.

Next chakra: throat chakra

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra
http://veda.wikidot.com/the-chakras

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