Chakra 6 - Agnya Chakra
The Agnya Chakra also known as the third eye chakra, is situated in the center of the brain area, and represents the sixth stage of man's evolution. We can identify its position as the middle of the forehead. It is the gateway to the Sahasrara Chakra, and so will not allow the Kundalini to rise above if there are any impurities in the mind.
When the Kundalini passes through this Chakra, our thought waves elongate so that the space between the two thoughts grows wider. This space is silence, and as the petals of the Chakra open up, silence blossoms in the center and spreads outwards, pushing our thoughts to the periphery of our awareness represents that time in the evolution of humanity when the need for harmony and collective living become important. It represent everything to do with the cohesive nature of the human race, and the ability of the human being to rise above petty differences and strive to experience the unity of the Spirit.
This is where the state of "thoughtless awareness" happens. In this state we actually feel the beautiful silence, the stillness, which is at the heart of creation.
This two petaled center is called the Agnya and is placed where the two optic nerves cross each other in the brain (Optic chiasma). Here the right and left channels cross over to create the ego (left side of the the head) and the superego (right side of head). This center caters to Pituitary and Pineal glands in the body which manifests the two institution of ego and superego within us. The Agnya Chakra is the "narrow gate" through which the Kundalini passes. It can be blocked if the Ego and Superego swell up like balloons. They form the ends of the two side channels (nadis).
Since this center governs our eyes, too much visual engagements like cinema, computers, television, over reading etc., weakens this center. Indulging in mental calisthenics and intellectual feats leads to blocking of this center and one develops the notion of I-ness and ego.
When Kundalini pierces this center, the person immediately becomes thoughtless and forgiving, which is the essence of this center, that is it allows us to forgive others.
EGO - (Left Temple)
All our thoughts of the future accumulate here: planning, projects, desires for power and ambitions
Our sense of individuality makes us become identified with the"I" separated from the Spirit.
Shree Mataji advises us not to fight our Ego but to deflate it with humour
It exists in the area called the Supraconscious, the area used by clairvoyants, fortune-tellers etc.
SUPEREGO - (Right Temple)
Memories and conditioning from the past accumulate here.
It exists in the area called the Subconscious, where our past experiences and knowledge are stored.
The individual Subconscious borders on that of the collective
Here can be found spirits of the dead who still gravitate to earth. Spiritualists and mediums work in this area.
The left channel (Ida Nadi) rises to the front Agnya, crosses the right channel, passes over the right temple to end in the center of the back of the head. Memories and conditionings of the past accumulate here.
The primary quality of the Agnya Chakra is forgiveness. Forgiveness (and forbearance) and humour are perhaps the most effective methods. The Ego is a creature of action. It thrives on doing - on punishing for a wrong, on effecting a change, on obtaining a desire. By practicing forbearance, we slow down the fuel of the Ego, we force the Ego to wait. By so doing our Spirit then has the time to shine through in our action, and the true course becomes manifest. When we forgive we take away the action from ourselves, for our ego. Not forgiving" is an action
Humour also provides a strong dose of medicine for an ego in full flight. It is easy to deflate the balloon of ego and pull it back in to proportion by pricking it with a pin of humour. By watching the ego as a witness, we can begin to see its subtle tricks and manipulations, and then we see the joke of it all. We can never fight the ego, we can only bring it down with our laughter, and then our Heart will break through its stronghold.
No. of Petals: 2
Physical Plexus: Crossing of Optic Thalamus (pineal & pituitary glands)
Place on Hand: Ring finger
Colour: Pearl White
Country: Russia & China
Symbol: The Cross
Physical & Physiological Functions
Sight, The Brain, Hearing, Thinking, Right Temple, Left Temple
Allows us to communicate
Enables the five senses
Controls the Hamsa Chakra
Experience of Oneness
Causes of Catch/ Obstruction
Thinking & Planning to much (inflated the ego - left Agnya
Worrying too much & anxiety (right Agnya)
Impure eyes (spoilt by lust, greed, anger, hate & jealousy)
Not forgiving (closed heart). Forgiveness & love comes form an open heart like waves of soothing, positive energy for our subtle system.
Attachment to the past & memories (right Agnya & back Agnya
Harbouring grudges & resentment
Gross Level: Right Temple
Place and hand: Left ring finger
Causes of Catch: Harm to self, self-pity, inability to forgive oneself, living in the past
Gross Level: Left Temple
Place and hand: Right ring finger
Causes of Catch: Wrong ideas about God, harm to others, worries, aggression, egoism, futurism
Treatment for the Agnya
Thoughts come and go. When we fix our attention on the silence between them, we become a receiver (no longer a sender) and this silence grows into thoughtless awareness and then we can receive and feel the vibrations, that are the vital all -pervading energy radiation constantly from the Divine.
Recite the Lord's prayer with all your heart.
Look at the photo of Shree Mataji
Forgive everyone, including ourselves
Do not allow anyone to touch the Agnya
Live in the present, forget the past and don't live in the future, which doesn't exist.
Place the palm of the right hand against the forehead while meditating.
THE HOLY BIBLE
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from all evil
For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory
Forever and ever
Clearing the Left Chakra
Using the Elements:
Look at the Agnya spot of the photograph of Shree Mataji through a candle flame.
Use the candle treatment on the back of the head (Back Agnya treatment)
Let the Sunlight fall on the back of the head.
"Mother, please forgive me for anything i may have done against my Spirit"
Left hand towards the photo, right hand on the back of the head.
Tapping the back of the head with right palm, left hand towards the photo.
Reduce the pressure on the Super-Ego by stroking the right temple across the back of the head downwards to the Swadisthan Chakra.
Do not live in the past. Reflecting on past events and relationships and other nostalgic attitudes feeds the Super-Ego, so try to stop indulging in these habits and conditioning's.
Sometimes the Super-Ego becomes so over bloated that it squeezes the Ego and pressure down the Vishuddhi Chakra at the base of the skull and neck. This is sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as a Vishuddhi problem - the cure is as above.
The Human Mind
The human mind is divided into an Ego and Super Ego. These are located at the uppermost endpoints of the channels of Ida Nadi (the Moon Line of Left Channel) and Pingala Nadi (the Sun Line or Right Channel). These two channels cross over at the Agnya Chakra. Everything which relates to the past (such as memories, conditionings and emotions) accumulates as a residue in the Super Ego on the right - having crossed over from the Left Channel - side of the brain. Everything which relates to the future (such as thinking, planning, action, etc.) likewise accumulates as a residue, but in the Ego on the left side of the brain. We can liken these residues to hot exhaust gasses which come from too much activity in the particular channel. So, for instance, as we overexert ourselves in planning for the future (next years holidays, next years birthdays, plans for our funeral arrangements!) we generate an excess of energy in the Right Channel. This is actually a process of exhausting the channel as it takes away the natural balance of the channels by emphasizing one at the expense of the other. This excess energy rises like a deadening smog obstructing our Spiritual growth. Before our Realisation each of us are in varying states of imbalance in our channels, and the result is a varied smog consisting of Ego and Super Ego exhaust, which drift together to obstruct our Spiritual ascent up through the Ventral (Sushumna) Channel. The Kundalini simply cannot penetrate the combined smog to complete our Yoga at the Sahastrara Chakra.
It is because of this state of affairs that the fontanel area (the soft area on our skull that we are born with) calcifies and hardens at a fairly early age, and we begin to develop our separate identities and our concept of 'I'. As the Heart then starts to become enveloped by the Ego, we lose sight of the Spirit and identify only with the one we call 'I'.
It is not that we should want to destroy our Ego, it has a very useful place in our being. Without it we would not be able to act at all. But we need to bring it into balance with the Super Ego in order to create a space through which the Kundalini can ascend to pass into the Sahastrara. Any controlling Ego is a hard task to master.