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THE SECOND CHAKRA

The Swadhisthana Chakra.
A DESCRIPTION FROM:
THE KUNDALINI YOGA SYSTEM OF SHAKTISM.


 


Image and Description.

In the Indian Tantric tradition, this chakra, called the Swadhisthana or "Self or Own Abode", is figured as having six petals, white in colour, and with a crescent in the center, the tattwa of water.

This chakra therefore corresponds to the element Water and is traditionally associated with the sexual impulses and sexual energy. 

Some Indian teachings place a lot of emphasis on BRAHMACHARYA which has been WRONGLY TRANSLATED AS CELIBACY AND HAS CAUSED FAR MORE HARM THAN GOOD. In many teachings with an aversion to the second chakra, the whole tradition and all it's teachers and students stagnate in an inner warfare with their sexual energy. That which they fight with quickly takes over their entire beings. The more they fight the more sexual they become. Very unnecessary, very dangerous, very ugly, very violent, very sad. The complete opposite of Love, God Realisation, and Enlightenment. 
 
The basic principle behind celibacy in all religions, including Catholicism, is an attempt to control the energy of the lower three chakras and focus more energy on the higher chakras.
 
In practice however, this noble ideal often flounders, because the individual is not yet ready to renounce physical sex, and may become psychologically unbalanced, full of guilt, or turn to pedophilia, pornography, or other unnatural forms of sex.
 
Understanding the functions and expressions of the chakras is the only way to go beyond the darkness of ignorance.
 
In the dark turn on the light! 

 


Deities within the Swadhisthana Chakra.


Clockwise from the bottom:
Varuna, Vishnu, Rakini.


Table for Swadhisthana Chakra 2.

Terminology Tantric swadhishthana, adhishthana, bhima, shatpatra, skaddala padma, wari-chakra
Vedic (late Upanishads) swadhishthana, medhra
Puranic swadhishthana
Position externally, genital region
Petals number six; arranged from right to left
colour vermilion, deep red, shining red, whitish red, lightning-like, golden
Matrika-letters on petals six in number: Bang Bhang Mang Yang Rang Lang, arranged from right to left
colour lightning-like, diamond-white, white, vermilion
Vrittis on petals six in number; arranged from right to left
name 1 affection; 2 pitilessness; 3 feeling of all-destructiveness; 4 delusion; 5 disdain; 6 suspicion
In the pericarp half-moon-shaped 'water'-region
colour of the Water Region white
Water-bija (in Water Region) Wang
colour of Water-bija moon-white
Form of Water-bija deity Varuna
Concentration form of Varuna Varuna is white in colour, four-armed, holding a noose, and seated on a makara ("crocodile" - "water monster")
In the bindu of Wang deity Vishnu
Concentration form of Vishnu Vishnu is shining dark-blue (or black), golden, crystal-white, moon-white, and white; youthful and graceful; three-eyed, four-armed, holding a conch, wheel, mace and lotus; dressed in yellow raiment; wears shriwatsa-mark, Koustubha-gem and wanamala; seated on garuda
Presiding divinity power Rakini
Concentration of Rakini Rakini is dark-blue (or black), or red in colour; beautiful-faced, vermilion-mark on forehead; three-eyed; dressed in white raiment; two-armed, holding a sword and a shield; or, four-armed, holding a trident, a lotus, a drum and the Vajra, or a chisel; seated on a red lotus

 


Further Associations.

Ann Ree Colton links this Centre with the god Jehovah (perhaps because of Rudolph Steiner, who, curiously, associates Jehovah with the Moon), who she describes as the "Race Lord", responsible for the moulding of races, and also for wars.  It may well be that Jehovah represents the negative or destructive polarity of this chakra, just as the Pagan Goddess (more usually associated with the Moon) represents the positive or creative polarity.  In any case, this centre is very much tied up with the drive to physical procreation and, hence, biological evolution of the species.

Astrologically then, this centre perhaps corresponds to the Moon - not the actual physical moon of course, but the subtle-causal or etheric counterpart (relative to which the gross or external moon is simply the physical body), the first "Celestial Sphere" relative to Earthly existence.  Relative to the Sun and the Solar System as a whole, however, this Centre corresponds to the first Macrocosmic Chakra, represented by the etheric (non-physical) planet Vulcan.




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