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There are many aspects to the usage ofvibhutior sacred ash. First of all, it is a great medium to transfer or transmit
energy, and it has an ability to help direct and control the energy body. Apart from that, there is a symbolic significance
to applying it on the body. It is a constant reminder of the mortal nature of life it is like you are always wearing
mortality on your body.
Normally, yogis use the ash that they pick up from the cremation grounds. If this ash cannot be used, the next
alternative is to use cow dung. There are other substances used but the basic material, the body of it, is cow dung. If
even this ash cannot be used, the next alternative is to make it of rice husk. This is indicative that the body is not the
core substance, it is just the husk.
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Why do we use sacred ash?


Unfortunately, in many places it has become a scandalous business where they are just giving a certain white rock
powder as sacred ash. But if it is properly prepared and you know where and how to apply it, sacred ash makes you
much more receptive; and the place where you apply it on your body becomes more sensitive and goes towards the
higher nature. So, before you step out of the house in the morning, you apply sacred ash at certain points to receive
the divine around you, not the devil. Depending on which aspect of you is receptive at that moment, you can receive
life in different ways and from various dimensions of who you are. You must have observed this at one time, you saw
something and experienced it in a certain way. Some other time, you saw the same thing and experienced it in a
totally different way. The way you receive life makes the difference. So, you want the higher aspects of you to be
receptive, not the lower.
Within your physical body, there are seven basic centers representing seven dimensions of experiencing life. These
centers are known aschakras. A chakra is a certain meeting point within the energy system. These chakras are not
physical, they are of a subtle nature. One can experientially know these chakras, but if you cut the body and see, you
will not find any chakra. As you move into higher levels of intensity, naturally the energies will rise from one chakra to
another. If you receive life from the higher chakras, the same situation will be different for you than if you receive life
from the lower chakras.

How should we apply sacred ash?


Traditionally, vibhuti is taken between your thumb and your ring finger you dont have to pick up a lot of it, just a little
bit and applied between the eyebrows, known as theagnachakra, at the pit of the throat known as
thevishuddhichakra, and in the center of the chest where the ribcage meets, known as theanahatachakra. It used to
be common knowledge in India that you must apply it at these points. The reason why these particular points have
been specified is because sacred ash makes them more sensitive.
Vibhuti is usually applied at the anahata so that you receive life as love. It is applied at the vishuddhi so that you
receive life as power; power does not mean just physical or mental power, there are so many ways in which a human
being can be powerful. The idea is to make the life energies very strong and powerful so thatyour very presence has
an influence on life around you you dont have to speak or act if you simply sit, you influence the situation around
you. This kind of power can be developed within a human being. Vibhuti is applied at the agna so that you receive life
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as knowledge.
This is a very deep science, but today, without understanding the science behind it, we simply apply it like a stripe on
the forehead. The one who has stripes one way does not agree with the one who has the stripes another way this is
stupidity. Vibhuti is not something that Shiva gave, or this or that god gave. This is not a question of belief. In Indian
culture, it has been looked at deeply as a tool for a persons growth. Properly prepared sacred ash has a different
vibrancy. There is a need to revive and make use of the science behind this.
~ Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

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