Third eye chakra symbol
There are various aspects of the Third eye chakra symbols. Symbols of the chakras help us understand their esoteric qualities and hidden aspects. Each chakra symbol represents a concept, meaning and significance hidden in the chakra. Lets understand the various aspects of symbols of the third eye chakra.
let’s start with its meaning. After Vishuddhi chakra (http://www.aditattva.com/vishuddhi-chakra-the-centre-of-purification/) once progress is made to Ajna Chakra, and then one reaches the subtle realms Mahat Tattva (higher mind) and prakriti (potential of manifest/objective dimension). The chakra is so called because it is here that the command (Ajna) of the guru is received from above. It is symbolized by a lotus of two white petals between the eyebrows, on which are the white letters Ham and Ksham. The bija mantra of chakra is Om. Here in the Ajna chakra is the seat of the subtle tattva; Mahat (Higher mind). As it is the mental centre, it includes all the aspects of the mind stated above.
The word Ajna comes from Sanskrit root which means to know, to obey or to follow. Literally ajna means command or the monitoring centre. In astrology Ajna is the centre of Jupiter which symbolizes the guru or preceptor amongst the deities, Jupiter is represented by brihaspati, the guru of devas and preceptor of the gods. Therefore this chakra is known as guru chakra. It has also been known as the eye of intuition and it is the doorway through which the individual enters the astral and psychic dimension of consciousness. Perhaps the most common name for the chakra is third eye, and the mystical traditions of every age and culture make abundant references to it.
In india, ajna chakra is called divya chakshu (divine eye), jnana chakshu or jnana netra, because it is the channel through which the spiritual aspirant receives revelation and insight into the underlying nature of existence.
Location of The Third Eye Chakra
Ajna chakra is located in the brain directly behind the eyebrow centre. It is at the very top of the spinal cord at the medulla oblongata. Initially it is very hard to feel the exact location of the chakra therefore we focus on ajna kshetram at the mid eyebrow centre, bhrumadhya.
It should also be mentioned here that pineal gland is the physical concomitant of Ajna chakra and pituitary of sahasrar. Just as pineal and pituitary are intimately connected so are the Ajna and Sahasrar.
Ajna chakra is a very significant point in the scheme of nadi system and chakras because it is located at the confluence of three main nadis and energy flow. Ida. Pingala and sushumna merge into one stream of consciousness and flow up to sahasrar. Pingala or solar energy line is associated with the day force. The solar energies are considered to be centrifugal or externalizing and it moves our consciousness towards rational awareness. Hence it also helps connecting with the physical and manifest dimension of prakriti.
The other channel Ida is associated with moon or the force of the night. It is centripetal or internalizing in nature. Its centripetal movement takes us down into the unconscious mind where we experience the representative and unifying powers of the psyche. In essence at this centre of consciousness individual has access to broad spectrum of experiences from Jagrat (wakefulness) to Sushupti (dreamless deep sleep). And unified awareness from Jagrat to Sushupti establishes one into the state of Turiya (Samadhi).
Understanding Symbols of The Third Eye Chakra
The yantra (geometrical symbol) of the third eye chakra represented by a 2 lotus petals, connected to a lunar disc, thought to be the reservoir for the nectar that drips down from the two petalled lotuses. Within the lunar disc there is a downward pointing triangle representing creative and differentiating potential of energy with a lingam inside representing consciousness. There are two other chakras which contain this combination of the triangle and the lingam- the root and the heart chakra. It is at these centres that the power of Kundalini is concentrated and also contracted at psychic level. Also referred to as ‘knots’ or “Granthis’’. These three concentrations are associated with the physical, emotional and psychic bodies.
When an individual is established at this the Third eye chakra, transformation of individual consciousness is brought about by the merging of the three great forces. Individual consciousness is comprised of ego and because of ego we experience duality. Although there is experience of trance in the other chakras there is no merger of the individual consciousness with the supreme.
The two petals of the symbol here represent Ida and pingala nadis. Within the lotus is a perfectly round circle which signifies void or shunya. Within the circle is an inverted triangle which represents shakti as potency to create and manifest. But here creativity is no longer physical or artistic but purely spiritual. Above the triangle is a black shivalingam. It symbolizes consciousness; it can be one of the three colors, depending on the purification or evolution of consciousness. In the muladhara chakra shivalingam is smoky and ill-defined. It is known as dhumra lingam or swayambhu and we can compare this with our state of consciousness when we live an instinctive life. Here we have no real concept of who we are.
The Third eye chakra has a black lingam symbol, with a very consolidated outline. It is called itarakhya lingam. At the Third eye chakra, the awareness of who I am is more sharply defined and various capacities are awakened. In sahasrar the consciousness is illumined and therefore the lingam is luminous. It is called jyotir lingam. The plane of this chakra is Tapa loka, where vestiges of imperfection are purified and karmas are burnt away. Along with Vishuddhi chakra ajna forms the basis for vijnanamaya kosha which initiates psychic development.
Consciousness that is centered at the third eye chakra involves introspection or the ability to see within. The term clairvoyance though it has psychic connotations, actually comes from the French word which means ’seeing clearly’. This concept of refined vision is associated with the chakra and considered a faculty to acquire higher intuitive and refined knowledge.
In eastern psychology, intuition is clearly defined phenomenon. It is moreover, something which can be distinguished from hunches and superstition. A hunch may involve an element of intuition and it is one that is contaminated and confused with material from personal unconscious. Whereas true intuition is a stable, reliable function of the higher levels of consciousness and awareness from which a wider range of information is accessible. There intellect and emotion flow together and become integrated, permitting a new kind of knowing, a kind of knowing which both depends on and promotes self realization. Intuition unquestionably comes from higher source of knowledge. It dawns bit by bit with the growth of consciousness.
In the advanced practice of meditation, a focusing of consciousness on the sixth centre leads to gradually separating out the contaminants from pure experience. Eventually an accurate and reliable intuitive knowledge begins to dawn. Opening this inner vision means escaping the limited concepts of consciousness which shapes our day-to-day reality which is oriented around material and externally observable phenomena. It means moving beyond the limitation of time, space and causality.