When you embark on the path of kundalini awakening, on some days you may feel great sensations, you may feel that you have already made remarkable progress. Don’t let it illude you. If before devoting the required time, you feel that you are ready to meditate on the next chakra, almost always you’ll be wrong. It is absolutely necessary to develop consistency in the quality of your concentration. On some days, you’ll feel that you just can’t meditate, that this whole meditation and all is not for you. Don’t lose heart. Just meditate a bit more. Don’t give up. No one has ever learned anything by giving up. Continue to meditate with resolve and awareness and the kundalini will pierce the chakra. There is no other way. Start from the root chakra and keep progressing one step at a time. Every time you reach a milestone, you’ll unlock a divine aspect that you didn’t even know existed in you. This gradual transformation shapes you into a new person, into a better person as you continue to discover new things about yourself.
How to find the location of chakras?
The sadhana of kundalini starts with first correctly identifying the location of chakras on your body. The six chakras and the seventh sahasrara are in a straight line and their distance from each other can vary by a few centimeters depending on the height, structure and constitution of your body. It is important to pinpoint the location of chakras as accurately as possible. Doing so, greatly increases your chances of success because when you meditate at the correct spot, deep sensations start to manifest within six months.
Here is how to identify the location of chakras in your body. Use your right hand if you are right-handed and left hand if you are left-handed.
Place the little finger of your hand on the navel. Your navel is the solar plexus or the manipura chakra.
Stretch your hand fully upwards and see where the tip of the thumb touches. This is your heart plexus or the anahata chakra.
Place your little finger exactly where your thumb touched on the heart plexus and stretch your hand fully once again to see where the thumb touches now. This is your throat plexus or the vishuddhi chakra.
Once again, put your little finger exactly where your thumb was and move one full hand-measure up. Your thumb is now touching your brow plexus or the agya chakra.
Place your little finger where you just found your brow chakra and stretch your hand fully again. Your thumb will be now touching your crown chakra or Sahasrara.
Go back to the navel. Put your thumb on your navel, stretch your hand and go one full hand measure down. Your little finger is now touching your sacral plexus or svadhishthana chakra.
Place your thumb where your little finger just was and stretch your hand fully downwards one more time. Your little finger is now touching your root plexus or muladhara chakra.
Make sure to take your hand measure from the tip of your little finger to the tip of your thumb. Just like if you stretch your arms, the distance from the tip of one middle finger to the other is same as the height of your body, the distance between one chakra and the other is exactly one hand. Only your hand can accurately pinpoint the location of your chakras.
What are the five elements of chakra meditation?
From this point on, we’ll be deviating from what all you may have read till date about chakras in other texts. In true chakra meditation, the number of petals, the associative deity, and the various letters on each petal have no role. The quality, intensity and duration of concentration are the only real factors. Anything that helps you attain superior concentration will help you in kundalini awakening.
If you practice yoga asanas (postures), bandhas (locks) and mudras (gestures), you are free to continue them. They are for your body fitness and they will improve your ability to sit still for longer periods of time.
If you practice pranayama, breath regulation, or any other exercises, you can continue them. All these are auxiliary practices and they help you in your meditation. Their contribution or importance is minimal though when it comes to chakra meditation.
For each chakra, there are five important elements that affect your chances of success:
In each chapter on chakras, I’ve specified the color of each chakra. This is the only visualization that matters. There is absolutely no need to confuse yourself with attendant deities and numerous implements they are holding. Trying to count the number of petals and meditating on them only dilutes your focus. The simpler is the visualization, the more effective is your meditation. For each chakra simply visualize its color at the location of that chakra.
The sacred syllable of each chakra is a potent seed of energy. Once you reach an intermediate stage, you’ll realize that each chakra actually resonates with the sound of its seed syllable. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t do visualization and mantra at the same time. You will have to divide your time between visualization and mantra meditation of each chakra.
As you build the intensity of your practice, meditate on the visualization as much as you can and when you get tired of visualization turn to mantra meditation for that chakra. The goal is to build your concentration on the chakra while retaining lucidity and awareness of the mind.
I cannot overstate the importance of correct posture. There are ten vital energies in your body that affects everything you think, speak and do. Correct posture helps you in channeling these energies so they pave the way for the awakening of the most potent of all energies – the kundalini.
Ideally, you should be sitting cross-legged but if you can’t sit cross-legged then sit comfortably in a chair. At any rate, your back should be straight like an arrow. Your neck slightly, just barely, bent and your hands resting in your lap.
During your meditation, you must be still like a rock. The more stillness you gain of the mind, the more stillness comes in your body naturally. The reverse is also true. Stillness of the body is an unfailing sign of an advanced yogi. Unnecessary and energy wasting movements like shaking your legs or being fidgety etc go away on their own as stability begins to take shape in the mind.
If you practice the first three, your single-pointed concentration will improve on its own. No awakening of the kundalini is possible without building your concentration. For that matter, no success in any meditation is possible without superior concentration. It is for this reason that even Patanjali puts concentration before even meditation. Concentration is not meditation.
In fact, good concentration leads to good meditation. Concentration is the act of building focus and meditation is the art of retaining it without losing awareness. Success in piercing of chakras depends on the quality of your meditation. The better the quality of your one-pointed concentration, the quicker and longer-lasting are the results.
5. Diet regulation
It is important to consume diet according to the chakra you are meditating on. Go through various chakras like rungs of a ladder and regulate your diet in line with the chakra you are meditating on. In each chapter on the chakras, I’ve specified foods that are suitable for each chakra.
In any case, avoid spicy, oily and deep-fried foods. Being a vegetarian will greatly help your cause because vegetarian food infuses you with sattvic energy.
How to meditate on chakras?
For a determined and sincere practitioner, piercing the first two chakras, that is, root and sacral plexus, requires a devoted practice of one year each. Subsequent chakras need roughly six months each. This is assuming that you are able to devote an average of two hours every day, each day of the year. Those two hours should be split into two sessions of one hour each or three sessions of forty minutes each.
Your first reaction may be that you are very busy and that you can’t find two hours every day. You may start with less but the truth is real results only come from intense meditation. And intense meditation requires unwavering commitment. Let’s not forget that the awakening of kundalini is one of the most rewarding and difficult meditations.
We study in school for six hours every day and do so for more than fifteen years before graduating with a basic degree that doesn’t even guarantee a job. While in a job, we work an average of eight to ten hours to earn a basic salary at the end of the month. We only get two or three weeks of vacation in one year. A concert pianist invests an average of ten thousand hours in practice before attaining proficiency. Not to mention that all artists or musicians continue to practice throughout their lives.
In much the same manner, awakening of kundalini requires practice, effort, time and commitment. It is not just a feel-good meditation; here you are talking about an extraordinary transformation of the self. You are not just aiming to create but you are going straight to the source of the creation. Think of kundalini sadhana as learning the piano or performing in the Olympics – if you want to stand a chance at winning, you have to put in the efforts.
My own experience has been that if you devote roughly seven hours every day in quality chakra meditation, you will have your first significant experience within six months. In other words, if you can meditate on chakras as a full- time job, you will have the first major promotion within six months. During the peak of my practice, I meditated an average of twenty-two hours on a daily basis.
When you reach a certain degree of intensity, your hunger, sleep, habits, mind and thought processes undergo a significant and irreversible transformation.
As a persistent meditator, it’s important to meditate on one chakra at a time. Move to the next chakra once you have championed the first one. How to know if you are ready to meditate on the next chakra? Once you have meditated on one chakra for a minimum period of six months (one year in the case of root and sacral plexus) and you experience deep sensations every time you meditate on the chakra, you are ready to go to the next one. How quickly you get to the next stage depends on how intense an effort you put in.
For all practical purposes, let’s assume that you will meditate for only two hours every day. This is how your session can look like:
Five minutes of deep breathing to normalize your breath.
Ten minutes of meditation on the brow chakra to normalize your energies.
Forty minutes of meditation on the chakra of your primary focus.
Five minutes of deep breathing again to relax your body.
With respect to the third point, if you feel tired during those forty minutes, then you can alternate between visualizing the color of the chakra and meditating on its seed syllable. As you progress on the path, gradually, you could maintain a sort of meditative awareness all the time. While bathing, driving, eating etc you could simply meditate with mindfulness. This creates a rhythm in the mind. Noise becomes music then.
Meditate for only six days every week, taking a break of one day. A good break refreshes your mind. Try to start your meditation the same time every day. During chakra meditation, if you can avoid alcohol or other intoxicating substances, it will be so much better. This is because while in the short-term while they may actually help you to meditate better, they are depressants and will impair your ability to visualize and concentrate well in a medium to longer term.
Above is an excerpt from the book – Kundalini – An untold story by Om Swami.
To read more on chakras and their colors, please explore the links below:
- Sacral Chakra Meditation
- Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation
- Heart Chakra Meditation
- Crown Chakra Meditation
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In this video, learn about the different chakras that one focuses on during the Kundalini meditation practice. Om Swami gives insight into the different benefits one gets from meditating on them. He goes over the Root (Muladhara), Sacral Plexus (Svadhisthana), Navel (Manipura), and Heart (Anahata) chakras. In addition, we get nuggets of deep wisdom about the Heart Chakra from the sacred Lalitha Sahasranamam.
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