Anahata Chakra ~ Struck and Unstruck

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Still
through all the eons
that I have lived
to see you once again
the hollow that remains
within my chest
forsaken in the sublime resonance
of the unstuck sound
that final sound
of the intonation of OM
that sacred syllable
that you draw from the depths
of my effulgent being
that lingers upon
my unkissed lips
the silence that hums
at the end of mmm
where sages hear
the unstuck chord
vibration of primal being
sound not made
of two things
striking together
but arising from the One.
Anahata Chakra
unfulfilled union
of Shiva and Shakti
of Purusha and Prakriti
a bell struck by love
a hollow filled
with sonorous resonance
but there is no
answering call.

 

 

Picture of the Sri Yantra at top is from: http://www.sriyantraresearch.com

From various sources:

All sounds within our range of hearing are created by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, creating pulsing waves of air molecules which our ears and brain interpret as sound.

So, sound that is not made of two things striking together is the sound of primal energy, the sound of the universe itself.

And the ancients say that the audible sound which most resembles this unstruck sound is the syllable OM.

Tradition has it that this ancient mantra is composed of four elements: the first three are vocal sounds:

A…U…M

A” It represents normal waking consciousness, in which subject and object exist as separate entities.

“U” This vibration represents the level of dream consciousness and lies mid-way between waking state (A) and deep sleep (M). From the sleep state of consciousness associated with “U”, object and subject become intertwined in awareness. Both are contained within us.

“M” This sound represents the realm of deep, dreamless sleep. There is neither observing subject nor observed object. All are one and nothing. This is the cosmic night, the interval between cycles of creation, the womb of the Divine Mother.

The fourth sound, unheard, is the silence which begins and ends the audible sound, the silence which surrounds it.

In the Sanskrit tradition, this sound is called “Anahata Nada,” the “Unstruck Sound.” Literally, this means “the sound that is not made by two things striking together.”

For millennia, mystics have recounted their experience of this energy, which is said to manifest in our hearing awareness as a humming vibration around and within everything else.

 

From Wikipedia:

Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, Anāhata) is the fourth primary chakra, also called the Heart Chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten”. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound (the sound of the celestial realm). Ananhata is associated with a calm, serene sound devoid of violence.

Anahata is represented by a smoke-grey lotus flower with 12 petals. Inside is a smoke-coloured region made from the intersection of two triangles, creating a shatkona. The shatkona is a symbol used in Hindu Yantra, representing the union of the masculine and feminine. Specifically, it is meant to represent Purusha (the Supreme Being) and Prakriti (Mother Nature) and is often represented by Shiva and Shakti.

 

http://www.tantra-kundalini.com/sri-yantra.htm

The Sri Yantra is a configuration of nine interlocking triangles, surrounded by two circles of lotus petals with the whole encased within a gated frame, called the “earth citadel”. The nine interlocking triangles centered around the bindu (the central point of the yantra) are drawn by the superimposition of five downward pointing triangles, representing Shakti ; the female principle and four upright triangles, representing Shiva ; the male principle. The nine interlocking triangles form forty three small triangles each housing a presiding deity associated with particular aspects of existence.

 

http://www.unitedearth.com.au/sound.html

In the 1960s and ’70s Swiss engineer and medical doctor Hans Jenny performed experiments using sound frequencies on various materials such as water, sand, dust, liquid plastic and milk.  Dr Jenny placed the material on a metal plate attached to a crystal oscillator which was controlled by a frequency generator capable of producing a wide range of vibrations. He then filmed and photographed what happened on the plate.  He coined the term Cymatics (the study of wave-form phenomena), which is derived from the Greek ‘kyma’ meaning ‘wave’, and ‘ta kymatica’ meaning ‘matters pertaining to waves’.

The picture at top is of the Sri Yantra.  This is probably one of the most celebrated yantra in India, a symbol of Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari and is said to be in resonance with the energies of beauty and love. This is the pattern that the ‘OM’ is said to represent. Or rather, this is the image that the ancient Rishis envisioned when meditating on the ‘OM’.

When Om was chanted into the Cymatics apparatus, the Sri Yantra was said to form in the sand on the vibrating plate. If so, it confirms what the ancient Rishis experienced.

These pictures are said to have come from the OM cymatics experiment ~

from:   http://www.nbsr.co.za/the-harmony-of-432-hz-and-528-hz-tuning-in-to-the-cosmic-hum-2

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Shrine of the Goddess

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The nigh lands of Kingfield hold so many sacred sites…I encountered this one on my walk this morning.

Though the statue is of an angel, it seems to hold the Goddess energy.

 

I was just gifted this poem from a friend; it feels appropriate to couple it with this image:

http://www.evolutionarytantra.com/984

DEAR BEAUTIFUL MEN:

If you want to change the world… Love a woman – really Love her. Find the one who calls to your soul, who doesn’t make sense.

Throw away your check list and put your ear to her heart and listen. Hear the names, the prayers, the songs of every living thing-every winged one, every furry and scaled one, every underground and underwater one, every green and flowering one, every not yet born and dying one…

Hear their melancholy praises back to the One who gave them life. If you haven’t heard your own name yet, you haven’t listened long enough.

If your eyes aren’t filled with tears, if you aren’t bowing at her feet, you haven’t ever grieved having almost lost her. If you want to change the world…

Love a woman – one woman beyond yourself, beyond desire and reason,beyond your male preferences for youth, beauty and variety and all your superficial concepts of freedom.

We have given ourselves so many choices we have forgotten that true liberation comes from standing in the middle of the soul’s fire and burning through our resistance to Love.

There is one Goddess in every woman. Look into Her eyes and see-really see if she is the one to bring the axe to your head. If not, walk away. Right now. Don’t waste time “trying.”

Know that your decision has nothing to do with her because ultimately it’s not with who, but when we choose to surrender.

If you want to change the world… Love a woman. Love her for life – beyond your fear of death,beyond your fear of being manipulated by the Mother inside your head.

Don’t tell her you’re willing to die for her. Say you’re willing to LIVE with her, plant trees with her and watch them grow.

Be her hero by telling her how beautiful she is in her vulnerable majesty, by helping her to remember every day that she IS Goddess through your adoration and devotion.

If you want to change the world… Love a woman in all her faces, through all her seasons and she will heal you of your schizophrenia-your double-mindedness and half-heartedness which keeps your Spirit and body separate-which keeps you alone and always looking outside your Self for something to make your life worth living.

There will always be another woman. Soon the new shiny one will become the old dull one and you’ll grow restless again, trading in women like cars, trading in the Goddess for the latest object of your desire.

Man doesn’t need any more choices. What man needs is a Woman, the Way of the Feminine, of Patience and Compassion, non-seeking, non-doing, of breathing in one place and sinking deep intertwining roots strong enough to hold the Earth together while she shakes off the cement and steel from her skin.

If you want to change the world… Love a woman, just one woman. Love and protect her as if she is the last holy vessel.

Love her through her fear of abandonment which she has been holding for all of humanity.

No, the wound is not hers to heal alone. No, she is not weak in her co-dependence. If you want to change the world…

Love a woman all the way through until she believes you, until her instincts, her visions, her voice, her art, her passion, her wildness have returned to her …

… until she is a force of Love more powerful than all the political media demons who seek to devalue and destroy her.

If you want to change the world, lay down your causes, your guns and protest signs.

Lay down your inner war, righteous anger and Love a woman…beyond all of your striving for greatness, beyond your tenacious quest for enlightenment.

The holy grail stands before you if you would only take her in your arms and let go of searching for something beyond this intimacy.

What if peace is a dream which can only be re-membered through the heart of the feminine, in man or woman?

What if a man’s Love for Woman, the Way of the Feminine is the key to opening Her (and His) heart?

If you want to change the world…Love a woman to the depths of your shadow, to the highest reaches of your Being, back to the Garden where you first met her, to the gateway of the rainbow realm where you walk through together as Light as One,to the point of no return,to the ends and the beginning of a new Earth…”

by Tantric Goddess Artist Lisa Citore

Waxing and Waning

New moon

Emerging from their covert coupling
in the clear blue sky
The Moon,
only after her lover has left,
begins to show her face.

That silver arc, the bow of Artemis,
drawn, taut-passioned
flings stolen arrows of Eros,
like blowing kisses
to her departing lover.
Sorrow sweet and sublime

Each day their circuits
take them further and further
from their lovers’ sides.
Until from opposite ends of the earth
they stare back at each other
across the vacuum of space.

Then their tides turn,
And Nearer and nearer,
their circuits bring them.
Attentive to her lover,
the moon again turns her face
away from the earth.

Once more, her bow is drawn
taut-passioned
enticing her approaching lover
with gleaming arrows
and far-flung kisses.
Yearning sweet and sublime.

Then, lost in the light of day
they mount the sky together
ride in ecstasy its length
with never a hint to the earth,
unless their love so completely align
it eclipses all below.

 

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Surrender, Trust, & Gratitude

 

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Today is Earth Day.   Not a political or cultural holiday, as are most that punctuate our calendar, but a day set aside to honor the Earth itself, and to celebrate our connection to it.

Much of my Sunrise Sadhana is about resurrecting my spiritual connection to the Earth.  Trials and tribulations strained my connection and led me away from my path for too long, but my internal guidance has been prodding me to re-immerse myself into the Earth’s mysteries.  My Zenith Arc journey to the solstice is in large measure about returning to the heights I had once reached and returning to the depths I had once known, by ascending and descending, I endeavor to reanimate the person I once was.

The rock pictured above came to me during that past life, while on a vision quest.  The short story is this….

While preparing to go on the vision quest, I was drifting upon a lake in a canoe, meditating with eyes closed.  When I opened them, the sun in the western sky was refracted through streaks of clouds, so that it appeared as though there were 3 suns stacked on top of each other.  And the phrase, “Surrender, Trust, and Gratitude” leaped to mind; I had heard this phrase some weeks before, presented as a process of actively practicing faith.  The 3 steps in the process I now saw embodied in the 3 suns that shone upon me. I felt that I was to carry this message with me on my vision quest.

Days after my experience with the 3 suns, I drove to the upper peninsula of Michigan, backpacked out into the wilderness, found a suitable hill top to do my quest, and began to settle in.  On this hilltop there was a shallow depression that I thought would make a good spot to build my medicine wheel, in which I would spend my time fasting.

While clearing the debris out of the depression, I came upon a sizable rock.  It was largely buried, but with some effort I managed to dislodge it. Pulling it as though from the womb of the Earth, I discovered that upon the face of the rock were 3 red circles, that immediately brought to mind the message of the I had received of the 3 suns.  I was stunned –  my steps had been so orchestrated by Spirit that I could drive hundreds of miles away from home, to place I had never been, to a spot I had no idea I was going to, and from the middle of my medicine wheel, unearth a stone that embodied the very phrase i had been given to meditate on days before.

Upon closer inspection I saw that the circles on the face of the rock were actually reddish earth, compacted into holes in the stone. Using twigs, I scraped out the  earth to reveal the holes.   My guess is that millions of years ago this rock must have been part of a stream bed and that the holes are miniature “pot holes” bored out by the grit carried in whirlpools of water, and that glaciers deposited the rock on the hilltop, along with the hill itself.

The stone pictured above is of course that stone.  It’s about the size of a deflated basketball.  It was no small task carrying  it for miles out of the woods after a couple days of fasting.   Other than scraping out the dirt, I have not altered the holes in any way.  They are just as I found them.  I place the candles in the holes to of course represent the 3 suns and the 3 steps of faith.

I share this now, because of Earth day, to celebrate my re-connection to the Earth, and because this rock and this phrase have once again been bringing me solace.   As I continue going through my grief, I have sought to sooth the anguish by connecting with Spirit and to replace my pain and my fear with love.  Had I been conscious enough to invoke Spirit and to replace my fears with love some months ago, I would not be in the depths of sorrow that I now find myself

Reciting these  phrases, or some variation of them, can at times completely transform my emotional state from one of anguish or despair,  to one of love or serenity .

 

I surrender my situation with ____________, to the Great Holy Mystery.

I trust that the Mystery will guide my steps, and bring about the highest good for everyone concerned.

I am grateful for the love and support and the guidance of the Mystery.

 

I surrender my grief to Mother Earth.

I trust that She will transmute my grief into food for my growth.

I am grateful for the nurturing and the love and the transformative power of the Mother.

 

 

THE THERMODYNAMICS OF LOVE

Several years ago as I as preparing a church service about love, a couple of nights before the service I dreamt that I was standing before the congregation, delivering my message. But the fascinating thing was that what I was sharing was not all what I had planned to present. In fact, the words that were coming out of my mouth were ideas that I had never put together before. When I woke up, I thought, “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that.”

In the dream, what I found myself discussing within the context of love, was, of course, the laws of thermodynamics.

But before I get into that discussion, I need to briefly preface it by relating that several years before that service I had done a previous one in which I had mused about applying to the phrase “God is Love” the algebraic axiom of: if a = b then b = a. Such that, if “God is Love”, then “Love is God”. If this is so, then each time we experience love, each of those moments is an encounter with the nature of the divine. And in those moments we can say, “Oh, this is who God is. It is so good to know you.”

This notion is reinforced by what is called the “Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, (evidently an upstart late-comer to this small collection of laws) it states that, “If two systems are in thermal equilibrium with a third system, they must be in thermal equilibrium with each other.

So, our postulate continues to work. Where two or more are gathered in the name of love, they are in equilibrium with God, who is love, and God is present. Anyone experiencing the love of the God is in equilibrium with others who are also experiencing his love – a true communion.

Let’s put a finer point on this. If God is love, then the ontological status of God, its essence, its being, is that of love. In a monistic view of the universe, there is no duality between the energy of the creator and the energy of the creation. They are both part of the same continuum. So we might also consider that, according to our axiom, not only are God and Love both energy, they are the same energy.

This allows us to consider the First Law of Thermodynamics; it states that energy is conserved, meaning that energy in a system can be neither created nor destroyed. But it can change form – for instance chemical energy can be converted to kinetic energy in the explosion of a stick of dynamite.

If God is energy, then you can’t destroy God. And if God is Love and love is God, then the sacred mysteries of algebra and the first law of thermodynamics teach us this: you cannot destroy divine love. Love IS. It is unconditional.

So, what does it mean then, when we feel like our personal love has been destroyed? We’ve all experienced in our lives those situations in which we have felt that our love was betrayed, and those feeling of betrayal and hurt seem not to just displace, but to destroy our feelings love.

The love seems to be gone. But what has happened? The first law of thermodynamics teaches that even though energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can change form. The love you felt for other person has changed to something else.

Now enters the dreaded second law of thermodynamics, and that means ENTROPY. This law holds that when energy changes form everything tends to move to lower energy states; “in all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state.”

When it comes to soiled love, that lower state of energy is at very least disheartening, and at worst its devasting. Our once beautiful, precious, sublime love that was as sweet and flowing and refreshing as mountain stream, which we would joyfully drink of, has now been transformed by cold, hard emotions and become as impenetrable as an ice covered pool that feels as hollow as a drum.

If everything tends towards entropy, does that mean then that, just as our bodies will age, will everything we build within our lives also fall apart? If entropy rules, then, through the challenging circumstances of life, the love of every relationship is doomed to dissipate; either rapidly or slowly, but dissipate it will. Divine love persists, but personal love inevitably fades?

While the second law raises the ugly specter of entropy, it also contains the seed of hope. For while it only holds that all things tend to move to lower energy states, this is true unless additional energy is brought introduced into the system.

When our love is tested by a situation, we have a choice. We can choose to move into separation, and allow our love to degenerate into some lower energy state, or we can infuse our limited personal system with additional energy from the infinite supply of the divine. We can revivify our love by choosing to connect with God’s love, to become one with that love, and to envelope the other person in the light of that love.

And here we re-invoke the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, which again states that “If two systems are in thermal equilibrium with a third system, they must be in thermal equilibrium with each other.” If both parties come into equilibrium with God’s love, they can re-establish the equilibrium between each other.