By Purnananda Swami
Tasyordhve nābhimūle daśadalalasite pūrṇameghaprakāśe
nīlāmbhojaprakāśairrupahitajaṭhare dādipāntaiḥ sacandraiḥ
Dhāyedvaisvānarauṇamihirasamaṁ maṇḍalam tat trikoṇaṁ
tadbāhye svastikāvyaistribhirabhilasitaṁ tatra vahneḥ svabījam.
Above it [the Svadhisthana], and at the root of the navel, is the shining Lotus of ten petals, of the colour of heavy-laden rain-clouds. Within it are the letters Da to Pha, of the colour of the blue lotus with the Nada and Bindu above them. Meditate there on the region of Fire, triangular in form and shining like the rising sun. Outside it are three Svastika marks, and within, the Bija of Vahni himself.
Bija of Vahni = Ram, the seed-mantra of Fire.
Dyāyenmeşādhirūdham navatapanaibhaṁ vedabāhūjvalāṇgaṁ
tatkroḍe rudramūrtiirnivasatī satataṁ suddhasindūrarāgaḥ
Meditate upon Him (Fire) seated on a ram, four-armed, radiant like the rising sun. In His lap ever dwells Rudra, who is of a pure vermilion hue. He (Rudra) is white with the ashes with which He is smeared; of an ancient aspect and three-eyed, His hands are placed in the attitude of granting boons and of dispelling fear. He is the destroyer of creation.
His hands are placed in the vara and abhaya mudras.
Atrāste lākinī sā sakalaśubhakarī vedabāhūjjvalāṅgī
śyāmā pītāmbarādyairvividhaviracanālaṁkṛta mattacittā
Dhyātvaitannābhipadmaṁ parabhavati nitarāṁ saṁhṛtau pālane vā
vāṇī tasyānanābje nivasati satataṁ jñānasaṁdohalakşmiḥ.
Here abides Lakini, the benefactress of all. She is four-armed, of radiant body, is dark (of complexion), clothed in yellow raiment and decked with various ornaments, and exalted with the drinking of ambrosia. By meditating on this Navel Lotus the power to destroy and create (the world) is acquired. Vani with all the wealth of knowledge ever abides in the lotus of His face.
Vani = Sarasvati, Devi of Speech
Arthur Avalon, pseudonym of Sir John George Woodroffe (1865‒1936), was a British judge who lived and worked in India.
By Arthur Avalon
This book contains meticulous, scholarly translations of two Tantric classics, Sat-Cakra-Nirupana and Paduka-Pancaka, along with copious notes and extremely lengthy explanations by Avalon.
Arthur Avalon was a pseudonym of Sir John Woodroffe, a British judge who lived in India.
This book is very dense and it contains an almost unbelievable amount of information. Although it’s old — it was first published in 1919 — nothing like it has been written before or since. It’s possible that this book contains more information about chakras and Kundalini than all other English books put together. But be warned: this is heavy book — heavy in every way — and not for casual reading.
Crystal, an Amazon reviewer, writes:
“What I appreciated most about this book first published in 1919 is Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe) takes great pains to stay true to the Sanskrit texts instead of reinventing them or overlaying them with his personal experiences, interpretations and thoughts. This book is a follow up/expansion on his previous book Shakti and Shakta and in retrospect I wish I had read it first, although it is not necessary as this book stands on its own. In the beginning of the book Avalon/Woodroffe takes to task some of the Westerners, most notably the Theosophical Society and Charles Leadbeater, which popularized their version/ideas about the 7 chakras in Western society. Avalon/Woodroffe felt they also popularized misconceptions or inaccuracies along with their ideas about the cakras/chakras. As the author prefers to let the texts speak for themselves most of the book is devoted to his translation of the texts and their description of the 6 cakras (chakras), their associations and powers. He also discusses kundalini and the rising of kundalini. Having said all this, the book is not an easy read. Avalon/Woodroffe uses many sanskrit terms and verses to keep to the actual text/meaning and while he does explain each and there are copius footnotes this will not be reading you can breeze through. I particularly enjoyed some of the verses.”
This page was published on May 26, 2000 and last revised on June 29, 2017.