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By Purnananda Swami


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The Anahata Cakra


22. Above that, in the heart, is the charming Lotus of the shining colour of the Bandhuka flower, with the twelve letters beginning with Ka, of the colour of vermilion, placed therein. It is known by its name of Anahata, and is like the celestial wishing-tree, bestowing even more than (the supplicant's) desire. The Region of Vayu, beautiful and with six corners, which is like unto the smoke in colour, is here.

  The bandhuka flower, Pentapetes phoenicia, sometimes known as scarlet marrow.

With six corners = lit., sat-kona = interlacing triangles.




23. Meditate within it on the sweet and excellent Pavana Bija, grey as a mass of smoke, with four arms, and seated on a black antelope. And within it also (meditate) upon the Abode of Mercy, the Stainless Lord who is lustrous like the Sun, and whose two hands make the gestures which grant boons and dispel the fears of the three worlds.


Pavana Bija = Vayu whose bija is yam

Stainless Lord = Hamsa, the Sun




24. Here dwells Kakini, who in colour is yellow like unto new lightning, exhilirated and auspicious; three-eyed and the benefactress of all. She wears all kinds of ornaments, and in Her four hands She carries the noose and the skull, and makes the sign of blessing and the sign which dispels fear. Her heart is softened with the drinking of nectar.


New lightning = highly visible lightning before rain falls heavily





25. The Sakti whose tender body is like ten million flashes of lightning is in the pericarp of this Lotus in the form of a tiangle (Trikona). Inside the triangle is the Siva-Linga known by the name of Bana. This Linga is like shining gold, and on his head is an orifice minute as that in a gem. He is the resplendent abode of Laksmi.


Trikona: when Sakti takes the form of a triangle, the head points down.




26. He who meditates on this Heart Lotus becomes (like) the Lord of Speech, and (like) Isvara he is able to protect and destroy the worlds. This Lotus, is like the celestial wishing-tree, the abode and seat of Sarva. It is beautified by the Hamsa, which is like unto the steady tapering flame of a lamp in a windless place. The filaments which surround and adorn its pericarp, illumined by the solar region, charm.


Lord of Speech = Brhaspati, the guru of the devas

Sarva = Maha-deva, Siva.

Hamsa = here, the Jivatma

The second sentence is reproduced accurately here from the printed original despite its defective syntax.




27. Foremost among Yogis, he ever is dearer than the dearest to women, He is pre-eminently wise and full of noble deeds. His senses are completely under control. His mind in its intense concentration is engrossed in thoughts of the Brahman. His inspired speech flows like a stream of (clear) water. He is like the Devata who is the beloved of Laksmi and he is able at will to enter another's body.



Photo of bandhuka flower by Alex Robinson; courtesy Texas A&M University Bioinformatics Working Group Digital Library.



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This page was published on Realization.org on May 26, 2000 and last revised on May 29, 2000.

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