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gy = Command, Knowledge, Wisdom

The Qualities and Symbols of

In the gy Chakra the development of our wisdom and humanity is completed and we reach the
bridge to Divine Consciousness. It is located at the upper end of the spinal column, at the point of
transition from the spine to the brain. Its radiation is, however, primarily perceptible in the
centre of the forehead between the eyebrows. Therefore, it is also known as the Eyebrow Centre
or Third Eye. Another expression for the gy Chakra is Guru Chakra the Seat of the
Master.

the Agya Chakra


Exercises for the Agya
Chakra
Meditation on the Agya
Chakra

Who can give us orders? Whose instructions should we follow? Only an initiate can show us the
correct path, for only that one has the knowledge gained through personal experience and
mastery that can then be imparted to others.
In connection with this it is important to understand what an initiate, a Master (a Guru), is. Guru
Tattva is the Divine Principle of the evolution of consciousness. Therefore, the Guru represents
the universal, divine principle that leads us from darkness to light which means from ignorance
to knowledge, from death to immortality.
All holy incarnations have been Gurus. Jesus was the Master of his disciples, Krishna was the
Master of Arjuna, and he himself had a Guru, Rishi Sandpa. When disciple and Master unite,
when the Guru Principle has been awakened in the consciousness of the disciple and the
disciple begins to guide himself, the disciple then becomes his own master.
The Guru Principle is recognisable within a person as clarity, wisdom (Gyn) and the ability to

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discriminate between truth and untruth, reality and unreality (Viveka).


We do not need to seek truth; it is always in front of us. But in order to recognise it a person
needs an open, pure consciousness and clear thoughts. While our mind remains cloudy, like a
dirty mirror, we see everything hazily and unclearly. It is only in a purified mind and mature
consciousness that Gyn wisdom and spiritual knowledge can be broadened.
Until we are capable of anchoring our consciousness in the gy Chakra our mind oscillates
constantly between the human Chakras the Mldhra, Svdhishthna, Manipra, Anhata
and Vishuddhi. While we are still lacking in discrimination we should listen to the advice of the
Master in order to avoid mistakes. Everyone has experienced how painful it can be when we
ignore the advice of an experienced person. But the more our consciousness evolves towards the
gy Chakra, the freer and more independent we become in choosing correctly and making the
right decisions.
Sr Mahprabhuj teaches us:
Be yourself, live happily and wisely, without dependence.
Awaken your abilities and use them.
Recognise your inner wealth.
You possess everything. The entire Universe is yourself.
Normally our decisions are determined by selfish motives with the aim of gaining the greatest
possible advantage for ourselves, and anyone we regard as belonging to us. Viveka
(discrimination) is the moral authority in the gy Chakra that weighs up and reviews our
intentions in line with ethical and spiritual standards. Viveka filters and controls all our feelings
and thoughts with a sense of responsibility and wisdom. Without this counterbalance we remain
caught in the changing currents of our emotions, whose waves can one time carry us to the shore
of happiness and another time to the shore of sorrow.
Until the gy Chakra is awakened, we are often incapable of understanding ourself. We are
unable to control the qualities and emotions that rise from the lower centres, or find an
explanation for the stirrings of emotions, thoughts and dreams that suddenly surface in our
mind. Why do we often feel uncertain and intimidated? Because we have no control over our
inner functions and wrongly identify with the constantly changing emotions and thoughts.
In reality we are neither body nor psyche; the body, mind, thoughts and feelings, etc., do in fact
belong to us, but we are something else, which is expressed very vividly by Sr Shankarchrya,
the Master of Vedanta philosophy , in the following Bhajan:
SHIVOHAM, SHIVOHAM, SHIVOHAM, SHIVOHAM
VAH TM SAT-CHIT-NANDA MAI H
AMARA TM SAT-CHIT-NANDA MAI H
AKHILA VISHV K JO PARAMA TM HAI,
SABH PRNIYO KA VAH TM HAI
AMARA TM HAI MARANA SHILA KY,
SABH PRNIYO KE JO BHTAR SAMY
JISE SHASTRA KTE NA AGNI JALVE
BUJHVE NA PN NA MRITYU MITVE
HAI TRO SITRO ME LOKA JISAK
HAI CHANDA VA SURAJA ME ABHASA JISAKA
JO VYPAKA KAN-KAN ME HAI VSA JISAK

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NAH TNO KLO ME HO NSHA JISAK


AJARA OR AMARA JISKO VEDO NE GY
YAH GYN ARJUNA KO HARI NE SUNY
SHIVOHAM, SHIVOHAM, SHIVOHAM, SHIVOHAM
VAH TM SAT-CHIT-NANDA ME H
AMARA TM SAT-CHIT-NANDA ME H.
I am Shiva, the liberated tm, the Divine and the Supreme
I am the tm, Sat-Chit-nanda and immortal
The tm is the Supreme Self of the entire Universe.
It is the tm of all living beings, and this tm am I.
The tm is immortal, only the body is mortal.
The tm is in all living beings, and this tm am I.
It cannot be destroyed by weapons, nor burnt by fire,
Nor drowned by water, death has no power over it.
It shines in the light of every planet and every star.
It exists in the moon and the sun and gives them their splendour.
The tm exists in every atom, it never dies in past, present or future.
The tm is indestructible, unborn and immortal.
It is that which was sung about in the Vedas and taught to Arjuna by Krishna.
I am this tm eternal, free, infinite and divine.
I am Shiva truth, light, consciousness and bliss!
The gy Chakra is also described as the Third Eye. This is a symbol of wisdom and an
attribute of Lord Shiva. When Shiva opens his Third Eye in the centre of his forehead, everything
that his gaze falls upon is burnt . Everything bad is destroyed and the clouds of ignorance are
dispersed, helping the light of wisdom and clarity to break through. The laser beam of knowledge
sent out by the third eye cuts through the karmic chains and liberates us from everything that
holds us fast and impedes our spiritual development. In this way all the Chakras are finally
purified by the wisdom of the gy Chakra.
When we enter a dark room for the first time we grope around on the wall with our hand to find
the light switch. But when we already know where the switch is it is no longer necessary to
search. One flick, the light goes on and we see everything clearly. And in the same way, as soon as
the eye of wisdom in the gy Chakra opens , we recognise the essence of truth.
Only wisdom and clarity of consciousness liberate us from attachment and sorrow. It is as if a
curtain has suddenly been lifted away from our mind and all answers are clearly and plainly
visible in front of us. This is the real awakening of the Kundalin. It reveals itself in the growing
ability to master the problems and weaknesses from which we suffer, not through some physical
occurrence. To be centred in the gy Chakra means to be completely clear and conscious at any
time and to act appropriately with Viveka in all situations.
The gifts of clairvoyance, intuition and telepathy lie in the gy Chakra. When we strengthen the
power of concentration and learn to perceive all the energy assembled in the gy Chakra, our
mind can receive or transmit knowledge through time and space. The function of the gy
Chakra is comparable to a searchlight, which can, through the concentration of light, make things
visible at a distance. Those whose gy Chakra is opened are at home in all three worlds past,
present and future.
An important symbol in the picture of the gy Chakra is the SHIVA LINGAM this is a symbol
of creative consciousness. We also encountered this astral symbol in the picture of the Mldhra
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Chakra, indicating the close relationship between the Mldhra and gy Chakras. These
centres represent the beginning and end of personal karma. In the Mldhra Chakra the
consciousness is at the level of unconsciousness, and on the path of development through the
Chakras it is purified step-by-step until it reaches the Sahasrra Chakra completely pure. We
experience the journey as a process of development from ignorance and uncertainty to
understanding and wisdom.
In the Mldhra Chakra the Shiva Lingam is black, but in the gy Chakra it has a milky-white
or smoky colour. This indicates that the consciousness has to a great degree been purified, but is
still not completely pure. It is still pulled in two directions. If the consciousness is led by the
intellect it goes towards the lower Chakras and the ego; whereas when guided by Bhakti and
Viveka it goes towards the upper Chakras, the tm. If the consciousness turns towards the
world it becomes cloudy and dark, but if directed towards the tm it is enlightened and
illuminated.
This does not mean that we should withdraw completely from external life. Quite the opposite .
continue to lead your normal life; work, eat, sleep, live with your partner, live with your family
and enjoy the beauty of life, just like everybody else. Yet, simultaneously remain conscious of
your true nature and your divine origin. Perform your spiritual practices daily, and enjoy your
existence with a pure mind and clear consciousness.
To resolve a problem once and for all is certainly not easy. Day by day we create new karmic
complications. New waves (Vrittis) that rise in the consciousness as emotions and thoughts
develop in our mind continuously, and finally deepen into impressions, opinions, desires, habits,
behaviour, etc. The source of the Vrittis lies in the Mldhra Chakra. In meditation we are able
to track down their causes and effects. As we know, the element of the Mldhra Chakra is the
earth. The roots of vegetation lie within and spread through the earth. As soon as we raise the
roots to the surface and into the light they die, together with any growth coming from them. This
is why the aim is to raise the roots of our problems into the light of consciousness in order to
finally remove them.
Any problem, whether physical or psychic, material or spiritual, can be resolved through wisdom.
Thus it is important not to suppress or reject problems, but rather to accept and deal with them.
Only in this way can they be resolved. To accept means to completely accept oneself and others,
and to treat oneself and others with love, understanding and forgiveness. Understanding others
presupposes understanding oneself. To give freedom to others means to have freedom oneself. To
make others happy means to make oneself happy, and to forgive others infers forgiving oneself.
Just as the final outcome of our actions always comes back to us alone, so it is with our attitude.
And just as the cause is found only within ourself, so too is the solution to our problems.
Sometimes we believe that life is no longer bearable and that we are on the brink of collapse
because of the immense pressure of our internal and external problems. But it is a mistake to
believe that we must manage all alone. In reality our existence is not borne by us, but by someone
else. There is a very good story that epitomises this:
A peasant family had to leave their farm. They packed their belongings onto a cart
and set out on their journey. The family sat up on the wagon and the little farm dog
ran beneath the cart in the shade. Soon the little dog came to believe that it was he
alone who was hauling the whole cart on his back. He ran and ran and soon felt
totally exhausted and at the end of his strength. Then he thought to himself: This is
truly an unreasonable expectation that I, the smallest and weakest, should not only
have to run the whole way but must also carry a fully laden cart. I simply cant
continue. I give up!

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Exhausted he came to a standstill and, to his absolute amazement, the cart


continued on its way without him. It was only then that the little dog clearly
understood that it was not him that kept the cart moving it was the horse.
On occasions we also moan about the heavy burden of our cares, even though the Divine Power
helps us at all times, and would take them from us completely if we were able to place them in
Gods hands. But the problem is that generally we do not really want to let go of our troubles and
are not prepared to completely entrust ourself to God.
I am reminded of a poster put out by Amnesty International, in which a room with a wide-open
window can be seen. Sitting on the windowsill is a dove ready to fly away but it has a chain with
an iron ball attached to its foot. This is a heartrending symbol for limitation and imprisonment.
The chain and the iron ball symbolise our attachment. This is the burden that oppresses us!
When we release the chains of attachment we simultaneously rid ourselves of our inner burdens
and can fly away into the sky.
But we should be careful not to misunderstand this. To free ourselves from attachments does not
mean to walk away from our family or neglect our duties. It is much more about the inner
removal of the fear of separation, jealousy and the desire for possessions and power. To free
ourself from these ties is allied with mental discipline and work. It is hard for us to motivate
ourselves, to do without something, to give up something or to forgive someone. Remove the
chains of attachment! Only our ignorance keeps us trapped in dependency, sorrow and pain. It
causes all the problems. Give love without attachment, because real love gives freedom!
The Lotus in the gy Chakra has two petals only. They stand for GU (darkness/ignorance) and
RU (light/knowledge), the two syllables from which the word GURU (master) is formed. They
also bear the Mantras HAM and KSHAM which represent the sun and the moon, the masculine
and feminine principles, Shiva and Shakti, Purusha (consciousness) and Prakriti (nature).
These principles and primal powers influence both our body and mind. When out of balance they
cause psychic or physical disturbances or illness. Until the principles of Shiva and Shakti are
united we live in a world of duality from which our desires, wishes and striving after happiness
originate. When Shiva and Shakti become one we become whole, the feeling of separation and
the emotions connected with this, eg a sense of being unfulfilled and incomplete, vanish. The
union leads to balance, liberation, desirelessness and contentment.
In our world duality prevails. Every state, every expression exists as an opposite: Masculinefeminine, positive-negative, hot-cold, good-bad, big-little, long-short, light-dark, wet-dry, cleverstupid, industrious-lazy, the list can go on ad infinitum. We have learnt to think and judge
according to these categories. But in reality the apparent opposites are merely manifestations of
the same principle simply extremes of the same thing. One is a lack of the other, therefore,
lightness is a lack of darkness and vice versa. Both are expressions of the ruling intensity of light,
therefore reflecting the same principle. This simple example may be clear, but in the complexity
of life we are often unable to recognise the unity behind the duality. Through the gy Chakra,
however, we are able to look behind the scenes and realise that everything existing is a
manifestation of God.
The Mantra syllables HAM and KSHAM also stand for Id and Pingal, the two main Nds, that
are allied to the moon and sun principles in the body. The third, and central, Nd, Sushumn,
represents the Divine Consciousness.
Every twelve years the biggest and most exalted spiritual festival in the world is celebrated at the
place where the three holy rivers, Gang, Yamun and Saraswat, meet the Mah Kumbha Mel
of Praygrj . Gang and Yamun, which symbolise Id and Pingal, flow above the ground
whereas Sarasvat, the symbol of wisdom and pure, divine consciousness (Sushumn) flows
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beneath the earth. During a specific planetary constellation that only occurs every twelve years,
the Sarasvat rises to the surface and unites with the other two rivers. At the time of the Kumbha
Mel one can actually discern a stronger current and an increased flow of water at this place.
Millions of people go there and immerse themselves in the water in order to free themselves of
their Karmas.
For a Yogi the true Kumbha Mel occurs in the gy Chakra. Gang, Yamun and Sarasvat
correspond to the main Nds, Id, Pingal and Sushumn. The gy Chakra, where these three
strong energy currents meet in the human body, is also known as TRIKT TATA . Other terms
for the gy Chakra are TRIVEN TATA and BHRKUT TATA (Eyebrow Centre).
In many older illustrations of the Chakras one can see a twisted white cord made from three
threads in the gy Chakra. This also symbolises the three Nds. In India the Brahmins wear
such a cord across their chest as a sign of purity of consciousness.
When Yogis purify these three Nds through concentration, meditation and Prnyma they are
able to keep their consciousness in the gy Chakra. With the merging of these three currents of
energy in the Sahasrra Chakra they attain the state of Samdhi, the highest level of
consciousness. Just as the Kumbha Mel only takes place every twelve years, it is also only very
seldom that all three Nds are active simultaneously. The body and energy channels are purified
by regular practice of Prnyma and Hatha Yoga so that ultimately all three Nds can be
aroused at once with the assistance of concentration and meditation. With this a radiant light
appears in the Trikt and the Yogis immerse themselves in this light just as the faithful immerse
themselves in the holy rivers at the Kumbha Mel. All karmas are dissolved in this light of Divine
Love and wisdom.
The following can perhaps help us to visualise this? Complete darkness ruled for millions of years
in a mountain cave. One day a cave explorer found his way into the cave with a bright torchlight.
What happened? Can darkness exist and remain of its own right in a place where it had prevailed
for so long? No! As soon as light appears darkness gives way. And what is the essence of bad
Karma? It is a violation of Divine Law that was a result of mistaken knowledge, therefore,
basically, darkness in our consciousness.
In a Peace Mantra it is said:
ASATO M SAT GAMAYA Lead us from unreality to reality
TAMASO M JYOTIR GAMAYA Lead us from darkness to light
All darkness disappears from our being the moment the light of knowledge and truth is ignited.
What is light? Light is tma Gyna and tma Jyoti , the light of the Self. The Divine Flame burns
constantly in our heart. When it rises and its beam penetrates the gy Chakra any duality is
dissolved Shiva and Shakti, Purusha and Prakriti, are again united.
The flame of the Self is nourished by the oil of love and devotion. Its wick is formed by
concentration, meditation and Guru Mantra. When it rises from the heart to the gy Chakra it
awakens Bhakti within us. The purer the oil of our love is, the purer and stronger the flame
burns. In the gy Chakra we dive into the ocean of Bhakti and attain immortality of the tm.
The gy Chakra is comparable to empty space free of form, colour and qualities. It is a space
of purity and unity, the site of nanda, bliss. Here the wings of the soul unfold. Free from the net
of My that held it captive, it climbs and dissolves in the light of the Thousand-petalled Lotus
(Sahasrra Chakra) that shines as brightly as millions of suns.
There are three aspects associated with the gy Chakra emptiness (SHNYAT),
consciousness (CHIT) and bliss (NANDA).

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SHNYAT (emptiness) means the absence of a second there exists only unity. While
duality exists there is doubt, discord and quarrelling. In German each of these words is
based on the word ZWEI, which means two Zweifel (doubt), Zwietracht (discord) and
Entzweiung (quarrelling). Whereas in German the words for unity (Einheit) harmony
(Einklang), understanding (Einsicht), concord (Eintracht) and agreement (Einigkeit) all
contain the word EIN, meaning one. The latter qualities are the basis for harmony, wisdom,
happiness and peace. Emptiness is not absence, deficiency or lack of fulfilment, it is the
opposite absolute existence and absolute fulfilment. The sound of silence vibrates
within us, filled with the vibration of eternal happiness.
CHIT (consciousness) means total clarity and certainty; we recognise and understand the
truth. With this we achieve the purpose and fulfilment of our existence thereafter living
means conscious existence (CHAITANYA), as opposed to unconscious matter (JADA).
NANDA (bliss) is the expression of eternal, perfect joy that is based on the unity of the
tm and transcends the opposites of pleasure and pain. In one Kirtan we sing
NANDOHAM, NANDOHAM, NANDAM BRAHMNANDAM
I am blissful, I am blissful, I am Supreme Bliss
When we try to fulfil our longing for happiness in the world, we are in reality trying to catch a
glimpse of the reflection of nanda that radiates from our own inner being. Worldly happiness
shimmers seductively and bursts like a soap bubble when we try to catch it. The joy of the tm
is, however, empty, which means that it is without properties - absolute, incomparable, infinite,
unchanging and steadfast.
The Mantra of the gy Chakra is OM, the original sound of creation. This Mantra is the sound of
both the gy Chakra and the Sahasrra Chakra. OM is the sound of the Divine that we hear
when the tm expands into infinity and unites with the Supreme. God, the Supreme Self, cannot
be comprehended by the intellect or described with words, but can be experienced as vibration
light, sound or energy. God exists as vibration in every atom. The vibration of the Supreme is AU-M, or OM. This represents the beginning, middle and end; therefore, the whole of creation.
When in meditation we become absorbed in this Bja Mantra we are able to hear the
omnipresent, divine vibration of creation.
In meditation concentrate on the gy Chakra with the Mantra OM or your Guru Mantra and
visualise a divine image or symbol there. Through Bhakti and Gyna, devotion and wisdom can
be experienced. This experience is known as Paravidy, complete knowledge, because it is
unchanging, unlimited and eternal. Through the intellect we merely gain Aparavidy,
incomplete knowledge, which is changeable, limited and bound by time.
The awakening of the gy Chakra is an essential and fundamental step in our development. The
abilities that lie in this Chakra help us to cope with all problems and are of great assistance for
those people suffering from psychic problems such as depression, Schizophrenia or changeable
emotions. Emotions, in themselves, are unbiased. They are a form of energy that can serve us
positively or negatively, just as fire can be useful but also destructive. With the assistance of the
gy Chakra we can learn to control and guide this inherent energy positively.
VAIRGYA (renunciation) is a prerequisite for the attainment of true knowledge. To attain the
eternal we must let go of the transitory. Vairgya is an inner occurrence the extinction of our
wishes and desires. These always produce new karma, and when they dry up the river of karma
runs dry by itself. Vairgya is best developed through concentration on the gy Chakra. But at
the same time we should be careful of the harmony and balance between heart and intellect,
and never ignore either. Never forget the goal is to harmonise and unite both aspects of our
being, not to suppress one of them.
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In the gy Chakra we dive into the ocean of knowledge and the ocean of bliss (nanda) in which
fear and sorrow vanish without trace. But we are still not at the goal. We are still not fully united
with the Self. At any time My can again seize possession of us and pull our consciousness down
into lower levels. We can protect ourselves from this when we read holy books, seek out spiritual
company, cultivate good thoughts, never cause anyone pain and always behave with love and
understanding. When your actions are filtered and purified by the gy Chakra they are
exemplary, pure and positive and support your spiritual development.
Many who start with Yoga are initially full of enthusiasm and practise very diligently, but after a
while they give up. Why is this so? Because their resolve was not firm enough.
Mahprabhuj said in his Golden Teachings:
Make your decision with firm determination and then success is certain.
Our goals in life should be as strong and firm as a tree deeply rooted and able to withstand all
storms. This is a precondition for our success in life. Nothing can succeed without firm resolution
from the start. Cause and effect, as well as beginning and end, are inseparably linked to one
another; but because of our dualistic perceptions we generally do not realise this.
Everyone is responsible for their own life. Consider the purpose of your existence and what you
would like to achieve in life. Make your decisions with Viveka (discrimination), live consciously
with love, understanding and devotion, and it is certain that you will reach your goal, GodRealisation.

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