Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura Chakra)
In true chakra meditation, the ten petaled lotus, 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.
In this session of Kundalini Meditation, learn:
- Exposition on solar plexus chakra (Manipura chakra)
- Benefits of meditation on solar plexus
- Kriya for solar plexus
- Importance of posture in Kundalini meditation
Some frequently asked questions on solar plexus chakra are answered to deepen your meditation practice.
What is the importance of the location of chakras in meditation?
In Kundalini Sadhana, identifying the correct location of chakras on your body is essential.
The six chakras and the seventh Sahasrara are in a straight line. 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. Your chances of success increase significantly because when you meditate on the correct spot, you start to get deep sensations within six months. Locating Manipura chakra is simple. Right on your belly button is the energy center of the solar plexus chakra.
How to Meditate on Solar Plexus Chakra in a devotional sentiment to Devi Lakini, the goddess that resides in Manipur Chakra?
A three-faced devi is situated in the Manipura chakra. She is holding a thunderbolt and is surrounded by Damari and other companion energies.
She is of red color and situated in your flesh. She loves guda, muscovado, ( a lump of brown sugar made by boiling sugarcane juice). She grants all forms of comfort to the devotees and assumes the form of devi Lakini.
Meditating on the visual form of Devi is highly effective.
What is the esoteric meaning of Solar Plexus Chakra?
The three-faced devi refers to the doshas namely, vata (wind), pitta (bile) and kapha (phelgm). Everyone has a natural tendency towards a certain humor. Some are more vata, others pitta and some kapha, while many are mixed.
Ayurveda states that the cause of 95 percent of diseases in the human body can be tracked back to one’s stomach. Meditating on the Manipura chakra appeases the three doshas, that is chakra healing.
The three-faced devi also refers to the three types of food you process. Scriptures classify such food into sattvic (wholesome food packed with goodness), rajasic(food that rouses passion), and tamasic (food that boosts aggression). Regulation of diet is particularly important when meditating on the navel chakra.
Body heat, one of the most important factors in physical health, is directly regulated by the Manipura chakra. Scriptures state that heat, the element of fire first burns food in the stomach, if imbalanced, it starts to impact the digestive system.
The person suffers from stomach ulcers, liver disorders, and constipation. If you don't provide your body with more food to digest, your body suffers from excess heat. Then your mouth becomes parched, your lips get chapped and you can suffer from high blood pressure.
What are the signs that the chakra is open?
The devi is holding a thunderbolt. Just like pangs of hunger, you experience sensations in this chakra as if a flash of lightening. Initially, they come and they go. At later stages, they start to settle and you experience constant sensations on the chakra.
The attendant devis refers to the seven auspicious qualities you develop in yourself. The seven devis are Damari, Mangala, Pingala, Dhanya, Bhadrika, Ulka and Siddha. They refer to deep hypnotic voice, good luck, beautifully radiant skin, fine food, noble conduct, light, and success respectively.
Manipura chakra has a deep relationship with the intuitive and instinctual faculties of the mind. I have observed on numerous occasions that mediating on Manipura can sharpen your intuition.
The linking of Manipura chakra with instinct may have its roots in the fact that in the womb you are attached to the umbilical cord from your navel. This is the root of your existence. Any learning while you are in the womb, any feed for the body is through your navel. So, your first instincts have a solid connection with your Manipura chakra.
At par with Agya chakra (brow plexus), or heart chakra, Manipura is the most important chakra in the awakening of kundalini. As you attain siddhi of Manipura, you are able to regulate your body heat and therefore, maintain better health.
Another noticeable effect of balanced solar plexus chakra is the lustre of the skin. A good sadhaka emits a soft glow and radiance upon mastery of this chakra. Meditating on the Manipura chakra also aids in muscular health.
What are the benefits of the Solar Plexus Chakra opening?
A sincere sadhaka who continues to perfect this meditation on his chakra is never disturbed. Even long periods of hunger or starvation. He is able to stay up and energetic for long periods even by eating very little.
The stomach is also the seat of your fear. When you are afraid, you first feel it in your belly. Our fears hold us back from reaching our full potential.
Mastery of this chakra gives you a sense of calm in uncertain situations in life. A sort of fearlessness arises in you. Those who suffer from low self-esteem, feel anxious and nervous in conflicts and difficult situations can benefit much by meditating on the Manipura chakra.
Source of information for above Q&A - Kundalini - An Untold Story by Om Swami.