Please chant these beautiful seed mantras and visualize at the same time the colours of the chakras displayed by Shiva: rubi red at the root chakra, orange at the navel, yellow at the solar plexus, emerald green at the heart, blue at the throat, indigo between the eyebrows and violet at the crown.
The vibrations produced by these sacred sounds together with our mental focus have the power to transform and raise our vibratory level. Taking care of our chakras is most important for the health of our energetic, physical and spiritual bodies. The top chakra, the thousand-petal lotus, is specially important. Besides being our gateway to heaven and infinitude it is connected to the heart which inflames it with love and gratitude and makes it vibrate. In turn the crown chakra inspires the Ajna chakra, its “lieutenant”, to action through will, intention and growth.
In the physical body the crown chakra coincides with the pineal gland, the control center of the endocrine system. The pineal gland is the size of an almond, located inside the mid-brain and resembling a pine cone. The pine cone is a very ancient symbol used in Egypt and appearing, interestingly enough, in the ceremonial staff of the Pope and in some Vatican monuments. The pineal gland is a photoreceptive organ in some species and although in humans it is hidden in the recesses of the brain it is called in the esoteric traditions the ‘third eye’, the eye of inner vision and luminosity, the site of “hunches” and intuition.
It was not until the 1960’s that scientists became interested in the function of the pineal gland as they discovered that it produces melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted in the dark. They also discovered that the pineal gland produces the molecule dimethyltryptamine (DMT) found in many living organisms and considered a most potent psychedelic. DMT is the active ingredient in some plants like ayahuasca, the sacred vine of the Amazon used by shamans to reach altered states of consciousness. See Rick Strassman, M.D. (DMT, the Spirit Molecule).
The pineal gland is also considered by yogis the seat of consciousness. Graham Hancock, a prolific author and consciousness researcher (talks available in YouTube), believes that consciousness enters the embryo on the 49th day of gestation which is the moment science believes the sex of the embryo is determined. Hancock remarks that according to the Tibetan Book of the Dead the soul, after the death of the physical body, also takes 49 days to reincarnate (7 x 7). Also in this very sacred text of the Tibetans there are instructions and practices to eject our consciousness through the top of the head, the fontanelle, at the moment of taking our last breath. To exit through this opening is considered very auspicious because it facilitates the possibility of reaching enlightenment at this most crucial time.
In meditation we also focus on the Ajna chakra or the Anahata chakra as we chant or recite silently Om, Hum or our personal mantra and as the sacred sounds resound within our heart and mind our crown chakra vibrates and accesses higher states of consciousness, bliss and clarity.
The practices of meditation, chanting and visualization all help to increase the vibratory level of the crown chakra as well as all the other chakras, however there is an infallible way to energize our rainbow body which can be practised anywhere and whenever and that is to attune ourselves to the highest energies of our most honored guests: the budhas, bodhisatvas, gods, angels, saints, realized masters, guides and protectors. They are our guests because we have to invite them. Then we can receive their blessings and become empowered to live in truth, to be good, to do good, to be just, to be pure and to be compassionate. This is the best way to take care of ourselves.
So please join Snatam Kaur’s chant. May “amrita”, the precious elixir of the Gods, descend upon you!