Third Chakra: Nabhi"The third chakra is the one that gives us the sense of complete satisfaction and contentment. It is the center which makes us peaceful and generous, and also sustains our spiritual ascent. When enlightened by the Kundalini, it expresses as righteousness and inner sense of morality, and it gives us complete balance at all levels in our life."
"The third centre is called as Nabhi centre and has ten petals. It is behind the navel, and this centre gives us the Power to sustain something within ourselves. On the physical level it caters to the functions of the solar plexus."
Shri Manipurabja-nilaya Devi
(Manipurabja-nilaya [495th]: She has Manipurna-Padma as Her abode near the navel. This Padma has ten petals.)
My essence is complete innocence in thought, word, and action. I came many times in the form of prophets and sages, giving you laws and principles whose observance gave inner balance and harmony.
Today when Kundalini awakens My presence in you, religion is no more a belief — it becomes a living state within. With your enlightenment, awareness, you are no more a slave of your senses. Like a prophet, you master them and master all the elements. As you become the childlike disciple of the Mother, She makes you your own master and in this lifetime, She leads you to the eternal freedom of the Spirit.
The evolutionary growth of humankind mirrors the ascending Chakras of our subtle system and our corresponding spiritual growth path. The Nabhi Chakra represents the evolutionary point when Man’s shelter becomes ‘home,’ when the family unit became a source of satisfaction in itself rather than just a channel for reproduction. This domestic satisfaction translates into the satisfaction that we feel with life in general after our spiritual awakening through Self-Transcendence.
Satisfaction is actually a key word for the Nabhi Chakra. Some ‘hot-livered’ people are naturally irritable. For them life without worry is an impossibility and will express their discontent at the slightest excuse. When our Spirit manifests, we can put things into their true perspective, and worry becomes an unusual occurrence. In the peace of thoughtlessness, we can only be content. We realize that the Spirit is not concerned with the passing trends and fashions. We have been blessed with intelligence and wisdom through which we can work to fulfill all human needs. When these needs are satisfied, then these mundane matters no longer occupy us and block our growth.
However, the vast majority of us get lost. The desire for basic needs transform into a cycle of insatiable desire for things in general and the start of a materialistic existence. There is nothing wrong in being wealthy. The problem lies in becoming obsessed with money. The desire for money for the sake of money is greed. It crosses the boundary of need and becomes an obsession, a disease that retards growth. Miserliness and hoarding prevent the proper flow of money to places of need, and represents the selfish, primitive mind which does not know the Truth about the Circle of Life. Nature sustains all creatures by sharing everything, because it is part and parcel the Holistic Whole. But humans have appropriated Mother Earth for themselves by carving and controlling vast resources, especially through the machinery of money.
By sharing we learn. Being generous is so elevating, whereas hoarding leads to stagnation, it creates a blocked mind. It is selfishness and greed that leads to the impoverishment, suffering, disease, and death of hundreds of millions of fellow humans on this beautiful, bountiful, ever generous Mother Earth. It is human greed that has brought upon the entire Human Family the ever-growing perils of deforestation, extinction of species, pollution and other environmental crises. We are raping and sucking all the nourishment of our Earth Mother in the wanton abandonment and gluttonous feeding frenzy of a one-night stand life. We humans have to come to our senses and look at our inner glories and eternal nature. We must have the humility to bow in collective shame, the courage to judge ourselves guilty, and begin to collectively heal our hearts, mind and soul. We must become conscious of Reality and collectively dream again of the eternal Afterlife.
Another aspect to the Nabhi Chakra is that of Dharma or right conduct in our lives. In order for us to maintain a state of satisfaction within, we have to exist in a state of satisfaction without; and this means appreciating the benefits of living an upright life. It cannot be an artificial process. It comes naturally through our Attention after Self-Realization. Just as gold cannot tarnish, so Dharma cannot be altered. There is no relative state of Dharmic conduct. An act is either fundamentally right or wrong. Dharma is the code of evolution through which developed from amoebae to the present stage. This code protects and nourishes our spiritual growth. The most powerful evocation of the laws of Dharma were the Ten Commandments which were provided as evolutionary guidelines.
It must be remembered that these guidelines are there as examples for us to follow. We are not forced to do anything. In Sahaja Yoga you are your own judge and jury. The vibrations state the case for you, and then its up to you to give the verdict and pass the sentence. This is a direct benefit of receiving your Self-Realization, as you stop identifying with your weaknesses and become the witness to your true self. You are guided and corrected by the Spirit to remain on the narrow path of righteousness during the Resurrection. In this way your provide your own Last Judgment!
The presiding Deity of the center is Shri Vishnu, the Preserver, who sustains our Dharma and leads us in evolution. The power of the Nabhi Chakra rests with Shri Laksmi, from whom we obtain our physical and material well-being (Kshema). On the left channel of the Chakra is the place of Shri Gruhalaksmi, the wife and Goddess of the household. The wife must be respected and also must be the embodiment of respectability. Shri Laksmi is also the source of the peace which we get from our spiritual awakening and through meditation.
GROSS PHYSICAL ASPECT
The Nabhi Chakra regulates the direction and speed of our human evolution, as it is the command center of our sustenance: of food, family love, parental roles and relationships. Material satisfaction and a sense of calm arising from a healthy Nabhi allow our attention to turn to inner spiritual pursuits.
The Nabhi can be weakened in a number of ways. We can catch on the left side of this centre if we suffer problems in the household or if we worry too much about money. Too much thinking about food, whether in gluttony or fasting, also affects this centre. It keeps the stomach excited and hinders the energy flow. Indiscriminate fasting disturbs the Nabhi Chakra. We cannot reach our Spirit through fasting. Fasting may be undertaken for health purposes, but it has no spiritual significance.
After Self-Realization we find that our attitude to food changes. We stop craving particular dishes and start enjoying good food which gives the best vibrations. We develop a subtle and detached attitude, and can gain the same amount of satisfaction from a simple meal as from the finest cuisine.
This centre governs the workings of the stomach area and also the liver. It is very important to take particular care of the liver which is prone to overheating through improper diet or stimulants, and to ensure that we do not exhaust it too much through over thinking and planning.
Causes of catch or obstruction on middle fingers
A "catch" (your hands will speak) is an imbalance. If we feel heat or tingling, or maybe even numbness in our fingertips, it means that our kundalini is alerting us to an imbalance in a particular chakra.
GENERAL ADVICE FROM SHRI MATAJI
The most effective way to clear or heal chakra problems ('catch" or obstruction) is to put attention on the affected chakra during meditation and allow the Mother Kundalini to heal. Remain in the thoughtless state while you work on the affected chakra. Always remember this quote of Shri Mataji:
"Kundalini will rise and She will cleanse you completely. Kundalini will rise and always cleanse the chakras."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Sydney, Australia, March 31, 1991
Once this is power is established no external rituals are required as catches will be healed instantly and constantly by the Mother Kundalini within. Until and unless external cleansing rituals are discarded this power will never be established. On the contrary, all these rituals only make matters worse according to Shri Mataji:
"The people who think that they can control their ego will eat less or use all types of methods to control ego. For example, someone is standing on one leg or other one on his head, all types of efforts they are doing to reduce their ego.
But with all these techniques, ego doesn't vanish. On the contrary, ego increases. Fasting, reciting the names, increases your ego. With Havans also ego increases because Agni, fire, is the right side element. Anything which is rituals increases your ego.
Human being thinks that they are alright, since they are doing these rituals since thousand years. All the wrong teachings they are still following. For this reason Sahaja Yoga is against Karma Kanda, that is rituals. No need to do any kind of Karma Kanda.
And to go to the extreme point is also dangerous. I had asked them to shoe-beat to destroy their ego and what I see that every morning all the Sahaja Yogis go in the line with their shoes for shoe-beatings. But I had asked to do this if you have ego in you.
All these rituals have entered into Sahaja Yoga. I got somebody in France with the list of the treatments of Vashi hospital. But that was for sick peoples. This is the nature of human being to follow the rituals because he thinks that he can do it."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
25 December 1997, Christmas Puja
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India
The third chakra is the one that gives us the sense of complete satisfaction and contentment. It is the center which makes us peaceful and generous, and also sustains our spiritual ascent. When enlightened by the Kundalini, it expresses as righteousness and inner sense of morality, and it gives us complete balance at all levels in our life.”
“Chakras, the Seven Life-Force Energy Centers
Chakra is a Sanskrit word literally meaning "wheel". Because of the circular shape to the spinning energy centers which exist in our subtle (etheric) body, which is the non-material counterpart of our physical one, these centers were given the name "chakra". There are seven main chakras and they are located along the spine and extend out the front of the body. Each chakra has a color and is associated with issues of living, as well as our internal glands and organs. There are also corresponding earth elements and astral bodies.
These circular spirals of energy differ in size and activity from person to person. The chakras are connected to a central and two lesser channels of energy (Shushumna in the center, Pingala on the right and Ida on the left) which run parallel to the spinal cord. Chakras both take up and collect Prana (life force energy) and transform and pass on energy. Our material bodies could not exist without them for they serve as gateways for the flow of energy and life into our physical bodies.
Each chakra is associated with a certain part of the body and a certain organ which it provides with the energy it needs to function. Additionally, just as every organ in the human body has its equivalent on the mental and spiritual level, so too every chakra corresponds to a specific aspect of human behavior and development. The lower chakras are associated with fundamental emotions and needs, for the energy here vibrates at a lower frequency and is therefore denser in nature. The finer energies of the upper chakras corresponds to our higher mental and spiritual aspirations and faculties.
The openness and flow of energy through our chakras determines our state of health and balance. Knowledge of our more subtle energy system empowers us to its function and our capability to maintain balance and harmony on the physical, mental and spiritual level. All meditation and yoga systems seek to balance out the energy of the chakras by purifying the lower energies and guiding them upwards.
In order for us to become fully self-realized and in harmony with our physical and etheric nature our darker lower energies need to be harmonized with the lighter energies of the upper centers. This is to say our survival and base tendencies have to be raised to incorporate heart-fullness and spiritual focus as we assume responsibility to create our world in our highest image. Like the oriental symbol Yin-Yang the two energy fields must be unified in order to create completeness.
Each center has an integral function in creating our energetic balance and it is through the study of our energetic and physical beings that we can create health, emotional stability and spiritual bliss.”
“Transformation In Sahaja Yoga
Through Sahaja Yoga, new possibilities are opened up in our awareness. Beyond the recognized aspects of the human being - physical, mental, emotional, psychological - exists another state of consciousness known to poets, artists and prophets, even if by different names. This state of consciousness takes us beyond the limits of our own ego - and therefore beyond conflicts and anxieties - to arrive at the heart of Reality in all its greatness and glory. This is the "State Of Sahaja Yoga ", which the Vedas talk about. It is the "Union With The Whole", the "Universal Harmony", "Samadhi", the Bible "The Kingdom Of God", Zen "Satori", etc.
Sahaja Yoga is the most direct and simplest way to enter this wonderful domain, explored only by a privileged few until present times.
How does the transformation take place?
The key to the transformation is this "Maternal" Primordial energy, which exists in the sacrum bone of every one of us. This energy must be awakened before it can rise into the limbic area of the brain, where, once it has established itself, it creates an extraordinary feeling of peace, of joy and inner harmony, paving the way for exciting new discoveries about the innate beauty and tranquility of our being. All the tensions present in the nervous system disappear. The primordial energy, once awakened, nourishes a complex system of plexuses and channels, which in turn control all the functions of our being, bringing them progressively into harmony with each other.
People who are too emotional, sensitive and easily conditioned and who tend in extreme cases to depression; and those who are too active and over-aggressive, who give too little value to feelings and who at worst are bullying and dominating, can all find a new equilibrium through the practice of Sahaja Yoga. One develops a feeling of serenity and becomes more open and caring towards one's fellow men. Illness and physical disorders also gradually disappear. The xperience of "Self-Realization" is a tangible experience, which takes place beyond the level of mental activity and, when guided by an "Authorized" person, one who has experienced and understands the Yoga, involves no risk or discomfort whatsoever.”