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Ajna chakra

Ajna chakra (Sanskrit: ājñācakra n.), "Ajna" means command, command, unlimited power; the Ajna Chakra is the sixth of the seven main chakras. It is also called the third eye chakra, the eyebrow center, or the third eye. The kshetra of the Ajna chakra corresponds to the space between the eyebrows, trikuti, on the front of the head, and bindu on the back of the head.

Artist's impression of the Ajna Chakra by Sharada Steffens

In the Ajna Chakra the three most important Nadis converge - Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, and unite to form a stream of consciousness that flows on to the Sahasrara Chakra. It is assigned to the brain as the "command chakra" and is also the seat of the mind. Intuitive knowledge and supreme knowledge are attained through this chakra, the seat of original power and the soul. Ajna is one of the most important chakras for spiritual development: Most yogis, especially jnanis, concentrate on the Ajna chakra and its Bija mantra OM, and consciously hold their prana there even at the time of death. In theosophy, the frontal chakra is equated with the pineal gland, which plays an essential role in the process of birth and death.

Sukadev on the Ajna Chakra

SwaminiVandana Shiva - the third eye is traditionally symbolized by a red dot on the forehead

Transcription of a lecture video (2014) by Sukadev on Ajna Chakra

Chakra literally means wheel. Wheel refers to the energy center. It is a round center and therefore "wheel". Wheel also stands for drive. A wheel also stands for something that is in motion. And so the chakras are control centers, chakras are like wheels, chakras set something in motion, chakras are also like the vehicles of the soul. There are seven main chakras and a number of other chakras. Ajna Chakra is the control chakra, it is said to be the most important of the chakras. Well, you can name each chakra as the most important. Muladhara Chakra is the root chakra, the chakra that is the root, just as this chakra has just gone down to the root. Then there is also the Manipura Chakra, the fire chakra, with which you can achieve a lot, as a particularly important chakra.

Then there is the Anahata Chakra, the chakra of the heart. Then there is the Ajna Chakra, the steering chakra. Ajna Chakra is also the seat of the Buddhi. And buddhi is reason, judgment, viveka, discernment. And from the Ajna Chakra you can decide for yourself what you want to do, hence the control chakra. Animals do not have the free will that humans have, they may like and dislike others. People can like something and can say: "I like that, but I still don't." People may have an emotion and they say: "Ok, there is an emotion, but I act differently." An impulse can come and the person says: "Ok, nice that there is an impulse, nice that my subconscious is telling me something there, nice that there is energy behind there, and I now decide what I really want. "

Ajna Chakra is the control chakra, the command chakra. Ajna chakra skills help to make good use of the other chakras. Ajna Chakra is the seat of free will. Therefore, if you concentrate on the Ajna Chakra, you will also come to rest and the other chakras will also be controlled. Sometimes the question is: If you always meditate on the Ajna Chakra in meditation, is that even that good? Shouldn't one focus on the different chakras? The answer is: in hatha yoga we focus on the other chakras and in pranayama too, but in meditation it is good to either focus on the anahata chakra, heart chakra, or on the ajna chakra. Ajna Chakra, there you slowly gain control over the mind, slowly control over thinking and feeling.

If you have this control, then of course the whole psyche is also controlled. Ajna Chakra - control chakra, the chakra between the eyebrows. Sometimes there is also the question: Where is the Ajna Chakra anyway? Ultimately, the Ajna Chakra is in the middle of the head, i.e. the middle of the forehead to the middle of the head, there is the area of ​​the Ajna Chakra. Ajna Chakra radiates forward to the third eye, Trikuti, which goes down here, point between the eyebrows up to the top. Ajna Chakra also radiates back to the back of the head, which point is called bindu. The Ajna Chakra also controls the Chandra Chakra, the Moon Chakra, above the palate, which is also located above the right eyebrow and the tip of the nose. Ajna Chakra also controls bindu, also the energy center at the back of the head, which controls the nectar. So Ajna Chakra has a lot of functions.

Swami Saradananda on the Ajna Chakra

Writing of a lecture (2015) as part of a further education on Shiva Samhita

The Ajna Chakra develops in teenage years. It is the seat of Shiva and at the same time the seat of your disciplined mind and your power of visualization. It helps you see intuitively and see the big picture. If there is balance in the chakra, then you can think abstractly well. Thinking, decision-making power and the ability to understand symbols are encouraged. It is also the seat of Ahamkara, the "I" or "Ego".

In some people the chakra is very developed. They are then often clairvoyant. Sometimes it is said that Ajna is the sixth sense. That is, I see something that goes beyond the five senses. If you want to work with Ajna Chakra, you should write down your dreams. Before you fall asleep, make a mental note to remember your dreams when you wake up.

In the physical body, the Ajna Chakra controls the pituitary gland. If there is an imbalance there, people will not grow properly. Ajna also controls the physical eyes, nose, skull base, and brain. In the imbalance, headaches, migraines or eye problems occur, possibly also Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, epilepsy. People cannot concentrate, have nightmares, are forgetful, manic-depressive and have compulsive behavior.

Overview of the Ajna Chakra and its equivalents

  • Seat: Middle of the head
  • Kshetra: Trikuti and Bindu
  • Chakra color: White
  • Aura color: Indigo
  • Bija: Om
  • Yantra (symbol): Triangle in a circle
  • Tattwa (element): Avyakta (spirit)
  • Sensory perception: Think
  • character trait: Intellect, intuition, all mental powers
  • God: Shiva
  • goddess: Hakini
  • Loka (level): Tapoloka
  • Sharira (body): Karana Sharira (causal)
  • Granthi (knot): Rudra Granthi
  • Surya Namaskar (sun salutation position): 4,9
  • Asana (body position): Shirshasana - headstand, Garbhasana - child's pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana - swivel seat, Dhanurasana - bow, Kakasana - crow, Padahastasana - standing forward bend, Vrikshasana - tree, Bhujangasana - cobra
  • Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, dumortierite, sapphire, sodalite, azurite, fluorite
  • Flavors: Jasmine, frankincense, lemongrass

Features and functions

The Ajna Chakra corresponds to the spirit element Manas or Buddhi - called Avyakta, the unmanifested, in Tantra. Most of the symbols of the Ajna Chakra represent the pure spirit:

The Bija mantra of the Ajna Chakra is OM, the essence of all mantras. The color is brilliant white. White is the color of the pure spirit element. Just as white contains all colors, everything is also contained in the Ajna Chakra. Yantra is the white circle, sometimes with a little white triangle in the middle. The circle stands for unity, the triangle for the beginning of creation. The Ajna Chakra has two petals. These stand for Ida and Pingala, the two main Nadis or energy channels that cross in the Ajna Chakra. The two petals are also white, but sometimes they are shown as indigo. Their bija mantras are ham and ksham. They stand for the sun and moon energy, the manifest and the unmanifest. The pituitary gland and pineal gland are also often assigned to the two petals. The ruling deity is Sadashiva, the benevolent or ShambhuNada, the friendly sound. The goddess of the brow chakra is ShaktiHakini, who is as white as the moon and has six faces and six arms. Her hands form the mudras of Abhayam (trust) and Dana (giving) and hold a book, a skull, a drum and a rosary.

Under the senses, "thinking" is assigned to the Ajna Chakra. Thought is actually no sense, but it controls, combines and evaluates all sensory information. Chid, pure knowledge, is the aspect of truth (Satchidananda) which is particularly manifest here. If you focus on the junction of the three main nadis, at some point you can transcend individual consciousness and manifest buddhi, a higher form of intelligence. You are no longer attached to things, people or ideas. In contrast to all other chakras, it is only possible in Ajna to allow the individual and the cosmic self to flow together. Ajna is also known as the eye of Shiva because he is the epitome of meditation. When Ajna is fully active, you have absolute control over your own mind. If it is not yet active, you are doing many things unconsciously, such as eating, talking, or walking. The motivations of Ajna are thirst for knowledge, desire for knowledge and self-realization (Mumukshutva).

The Ajna Chakra also controls the eyes and complements the physical sight of the Manipura Chakra with a view of the big picture. As a "command center" it controls the functions of all sensory and motor organs, the entire hormone and nervous system, as well as all other chakras. It is assigned to Tapoloka and Karana Sharira, the causal body and is the seat of the fine essence (Tanmatra) of the etheric element.

If the chakra is out of balance, you may find it difficult to concentrate or learn. Your mind is restless. You may even experience schizophrenia and delusions. On a physical level, you can experience neurological disorders, migraines or headaches, or problems with your eyes, ears and sinuses.

In orabove the Ajna Chakra is Rudra Granthi, the uppermost of the energy nodes, Granthis, which prevent the Kundalini energy from rising further and bind the consciousness to the outer world. Rudra Granthi stands for the difficulty of rising from a transcendent form of bliss into formlessness. For this to work, it is necessary to transcend one's ego over many years in order not to get entangled in the newly acquired siddhis (special abilities).

Activation and harmonization

"Whoever meditates successfully on this center destroys the karma of all past lives and becomes a liberated soul," writes Swami Vishnu-devananda in his book "Meditation and Mantras".

Working with Ajna promises transcendental experiences and other tempting skills. In order to achieve and fully activate it, however, a strict sadhana must be observed. Firm belief and discipline are necessary. There are innumerable techniques in yoga for awakening the third eye. These include:

  • Mindfulness training and special meditations, especially visualization of white light, as well as Tratak and other eye exercises
  • Special affirmations like "I find access to my intuition."
  • Special pranayamas and mudras, especially Anuloma Viloma, Shambhavi Mudra and Nabho Mudra
  • Mantra chanting, especially chanting Om
  • Asanas, especially Shirshasana - headstand, Garbhasana - child's pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana - swivel seat, Dhanurasana - bow, Kakasana - crow, Padahastasana - standing forward bend, Vrikshasana - tree, Bhujangasana - cobra

The Ajna Chakra is related to the Manipura Chakra, so both chakras should work together and be harmonized together.

Ajna Chakra ā ājñā-chakra pronunciation

Here you can hear how the Sanskrit word Ajna Chakra, आज्ञाचक्र, ājñā-chakra is pronounced:

Ajna Chakra Bija mantra recitations

To activate the Ajna chakra, you can recite the Bija mantras belonging to this chakra. Here are video instructions:

See also


  • Brenda Davies: Chakras: gates to the soul, Heyne Verlag, 2007
  • Sukadev V. Bretz: Awaken Kundalini energy, Hugendubel, 2007
  • Kalashatra Govinda: Chakra practice book
  • Harish Johari: Chakras: The Classical Basics and Practice of Energy Conversion, Kailash, 2008
  • Caroline Myss: Chakras - the seven centers of power and healing, Droemer Knaur, 2000
  • Rhyner, Dr. Hans Heinrich: The new Ayurveda practice manual, Urania, 2004
  • Swami Saradananda: The Essential Guide to Chakras
  • Swami Saradananada: Chakra meditation. Discover Energy, Creativity, Focus, Love, Communication, Wisdom, and Spirit
  • Swami Satyananda Saraswati: Kundalini Tantra
  • Swami Satyananda Saraswati: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha
  • Kundalini Yoga by Swami Sivananda
  • Tatzky / Trökes / Pinter-Neise, Theory and Practice of Hatha Yoga
  • Swami Vishnudevananda: Meditation and Mantras. 1986, ISBN 978-3-930716-02-9

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