Part Two of the Course
Deities are Gods and Goddesses,
which are aspects of the Supreme Source of all.
Deities reside within our chakras,
and impart spiritual qualities when in their awakened states within us.
Introduction to the Deities:
Chakra 1 - Mooladhara - Shri Ganesha
The presiding Deity (or role model) of the Mooladhara chakra is Shri Ganesha, the child with the head of an elephant. He is the embodiment of innocence and he guards the Mother Kundalini (Gauri) and her instrument with great alertness and uncompromising zeal. It is he who informs Kundalini when it is time to awaken and it is his anger, which produces the heat in the sympathetic nervous system (subtle body) if any unauthorized person tries to do so. He is worshipped as the remover of obstacles - the obstacles, which may occur in the course of the awakening of the Kundalini and the development of one's realisation.
The wisdom of Shri Ganesha is the wisdom of the heart - that is the ability to perceive the true meaning of what people may say or do (i.e. what is really in their heart). Children again naturally have this ability as they often tune in to the feelings and subtle signals rather than the face value of what is being said. Shri Ganesha is also the eternal divine child, and he therefore likes to have fun and enjoy. He bubbles with enthusiasm, playfulness and love.
Chakra 2 - Swadisthan -
Shri Brahmadeva and Shri Saraswati
The presiding deity (or role model) for the Swadisthan Chakra is Shri Brahmadeva. He represents the ultimate Creator and has as his power Shri Sarawathi, who is the Goddess of music and arts.
Chakra 3 - Nabhi - Shri Vishnu and Shri Lakshmi
The presiding deity (or role model) of the Nabhi Chakra is Shri Vishnu, the Preserver. He is the one who sustains our Dharma and leads us in our evolution. The power of the Nabhi Chakra is the place of Shri Gruhalakshmi - the wife, the Goddess of the household. The wife must be respected and also must be the embodiment of respectability. Shri Lakshmi is also the source of the peace which we get from our Spiritual awakening and through meditation.
The Void - Shri Adi Guru Dattatreya
All of the great Prophets who have come to act as role models for the human race and to give knowledge of the higher Reality are associated with the Void. The primordial Deity is Shri Adi Guru Dattatreya, and the great Prophets such as Abraham, Moses, Lao-Tse, Janaka, Guru Nanak, Mohammed Sahib, Sai Nath of Shirdi, Zarathustra, Confucius and Socrates are simply embodiments of this Primordial Master. It is they who have taught us the ways of righteous living that maintain codes of conduct by which anarchy is avoided.
The discipline principle also resides within us is this area, and this principle has been represented on the earth as Luv and Kush (the children of Shri Rama and Shri Sita), as Markendaya, as Adi Shankaracharya, David, John the Baptist, Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Michelangelo, Khalil Gibran, William Shakespeare, William Blake and others.
The role models or "beacons to the path" have taken birth all over the world. In a lot of cases they have had to reincarnate specifically to undo to the wrong done by their earlier followers who have begun to stray from the teachings. For example Mohammed Sahib came onto the earth to teach Dharma to a barbaric peoples of the time, who in turn tortured his life. As a result, out of disgust, he vowed that "this is the last time a Prophet will come." But when he saw how his compassion was thrown to the dogs he incarnated as Guru Nanak to teach Hindu-Muslim unity. Nowadays of course his own followers are haters of Muslims and vise versa. In a similar way Shri Adi Shankaracharya returned as Kabir to try and lead his followers away from ritualism and idol worship which they started practicing so indiscriminately.
Chakra 4 - Anahata -
Center Heart - Shri Jagadamba
Left Heart - Shri Shiva and Shri Parvati
Right Heart - Shri Rama and Shri Sita
The seat if the Heart Chakra is located in the Brahmarandra at the crown of the Head (in the Sahastrara). This is where Shri Gauri (the Kundalini) in Her form of Shri Parvati is united with Shri Shiva.
Shri Shiva presides as the witness in the left Heart Chakra, controlling our very existence. This center, therefore, has to be treated with the greatest respect and understanding.
In the center Heart Chakra resides Shri Jagadamba, the Mother of the Universe. Here, in our faith in the Mother aspect, rest our sense if security and protection.
Lord Rama inhabits the right Heart Chakra.
He exhibited the ideals of behaviour as a husband, son, brother and ruler. He re-established the status of woman in the household, and clarified the principles of dharma. He also exemplified the boundaries of conduct (or Maryadas) within which we should operate in order to deepen our Spiritual growth. These guidelines show us the power of discrimination and help us to protect the protocols of the Spirit. He also laid out the concept of duty; child to the parent, parents to the children, husband to wife and vice verse.
Chakra 5 - Vishuddhi -
Center Vishuddhi - Shri Krishna and Shri Radha
Left Vishuddhi - Shri Vishnumaya (sister of Shri Krishna)
Right Vishuddhi - Shri Yeshoda
The Deity (or role model) for this center is Shri Krishna. He represents God in His aspect as the Eternal Witness. With absolute detachment He watches the Play (Leela) of the cosmic drama. His incarnation expressed humanity at the highest level to which we might aspire. He was the supreme diplomat, and expressed such humility that He saw nothing wrong in volunteering to be a chariot driver for Arjuna, the warrior.
He is also the master of our Yoga, our union with the all pervading Spirit, and as such it is He that points the way to the right techniques and goals. The Vishuddhi Chakra is also the place of the Virata, God's manifested form in the universe, as described in detail in Chapter II of the Bhagavad Gita: "And Arjuna saw in that radiance the whole universe in its variety, standing in a vast unity in the body of the God of Gods."
As cells in that body, united by the thread of Kundalini, we should meditate on that oneness, our brotherhood in Spirit with humanity and with the universe.
We should not divorce ourselves from the whole with feelings of arrogance or inferiority. the "rugged individual" inhabits his own private myth, it is for us to become universal beings. We must seek ourselves in others, and feel the Spirit of another person with the attitude that we are smelling a flower's fragrance, with great sweetness.
Chakra 6 - Agnya -
Center Agnya - Shri Jesus and
Left Agnya - Shri Mahavira
Right Agnya - Shri Buddha
The presiding deity (or role model) of the Agnya center is Shri Mahavira, who was the incarnated expression of the SuperEgo of the Virata. His seat is in the SuperEgo in the right temple. He preaches non violence to the self and others. His message was very subtle - that one should not harbour violent thoughts, and that through gentleness of mind the SuperEgo was sublimated. He showed man how to rise above the gross mind.
Shri Buddha is the deity of the Right Agnya, and He expresses the Ego of the Virata, and has His seat in the Ego on the left temple. He spread the message of compassion and non violence. He preached the eightfold path. He revealed that art of piercing the Ego for the ascent of Kundalini.
En route to the Sahastrara Chakra, the Sushumna Channel passes through the center Agnya Chakra. This is the place of Lord Jesus and Mother Mary. Jesus said that He was the Light of the Path, and it is His Path that leads us to the kingdom of Heaven in the Sahastrara. Through His power of forgiveness He brought redemption to mankind. He came to help man realise his own Ego by allowing Himself to be crucified; great repentance was aroused in man, who could then see the monstrosity of his own Ego and thus realise humility. Jesus then showed true forgiveness. If one sincerely asks for forgiveness it will be given.
Not only do we leave the past behind with forgiveness, but we leave our Karmas and sins behind as well. The Spirit cannot accumulate sin or Karmas (the fruit of past actions) any more then it can accumulate guilt. Once we are beyond the Ego, in the Spirit, we are beyond all of our past actions.
The coming of Christ was a major breakthrough in the human Spiritual ascent. He dissolved all the guilt; sublimated the Ego, taught forgiveness and proclaimed the immortality of the Spirit through His Resurrection. he was born again into the Spirit, and we also are born into our Spirit, when our Kundalini gives us our second birth.
Chakra 7 - Sahastrara -
Shri Kalki (The Holy Spirit)
The presiding Deity (or role model) of the Sahastrara Chakra, Shri Kalki, is still to come.
With his eleven destructive powers (Ekadesha Rudra) he is the final, most awesome incarnation of Shri Vishnu. He is the rider of the apocalypse whole only objective is the end of evil. He is the last judgement, and the judgment has begun. We will rise or fall according to the Kundalini. She it is who will give us all the chance to recognise the Truth. It is only through vibratory awareness that we can truly discriminate between that which is true, and that which is false. As the Koran teaches: "At the time of Resurrection, the hands will speak."
Shri Mataji, as the source of this Mahayoga, also has Her place in the Sahastrara.
Through Her grace, our Kundalini is awakened, our eternal Spirit is enlightened and we feel vibrations also. Because of Her, we can awaken the Kundalini of others after our own awakening . We can give Realisation to others, we can cure sickness and we can share the message of Divine Love with the entire world. Lord Jesus said, "I will send you a Comforter, a Counselor and a Redeemer, The Holy Spirit, who will teach you all things."
When human consciousness tunes into the infinite, it becomes infinite. Enlightenment develops spontaneously. The sages have sung the praises of this space and have described it poetically as the union between the lover and his beloved. The Buddha called it the Void, Mahavira termed it Nirvana, the Vedas called it Moksha and the Christ referred to it as the Kingdom of Heaven.
Shri Mataji describes it thus:
"The limited capacity of the brain becomes unlimited in its capacity to realise God. If you are the sun and the sunlight, if you are the moon and the moonlight where is duality? Only when there is separation there is duality and because of the separation you feel attachment... a distance between you are yours; that's why get attached to it. Everything is we, who is the other? When the brain has lost its identity, the so called limited becomes the unlimited Spirit."