The Four Defects of the Conditioned Soul
- Imperfect Senses (Karanapatava): The senses are limited and can easily be misled.
- Illusion (Pramada): Accepting as real something that is not real.
- Mistakes (Bhrama): “To err is human.”
- Cheating (Vipralipsa): To propagate falsehood, to present yourself as something you are not.
A conditioned soul in the material world has the disqualification of cheating. He has four disqualifications: he is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to be illusioned, he is prone to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. But if one carries out the order of the spiritual master by disciplic succession, or the parampara system, he overcomes the four defects. – Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.24.12, purport Continue reading
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 fifth chakra, the throat chakra, it is time to take a look at the description of the sixth chakra, the third eye chakra.
6. Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Ajna or third eye chakra, is symbolized by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colors violet, indigo or deep blue. It is at this point that the two side nadis Ida and Pingala are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality.
The “third eye” is the center of divine sight and direct cognition. Of its two “petals” or facets, one is the ability to look into the lower worlds or states of mind and the other is the perception of the higher worlds, or spiritual states, of consciousness. Continue reading
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 fourth chakra, the heart chakra, it is time to take a look at the description of the fifth chakra, the throat chakra.
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Vishuddha or throat chakra is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with sixteen light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. Vishuddha may be understood as relating to communication and growth through expression.
This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it governs a sense of security. Continue reading