Sacral Chakra, Svādhishthāna Chakra , Kundalini Chakra , Chakras in body, Guide to the 7 Chakra and Their Meanings, Seven Chakra
Svā = Self
Adhishthāna = seat, residence
The Svādhishthāna Chakra lies about three centimetres above the Mūlādhāra Chakra between the coccyx and the sacrum. It marks the second stage of human evolvement. In earlier periods of evolvement the seat of the Kundalinī Shakti was located in this Chakra, but in Kali Yuga , our present age, spiritual energy has sunk down into the Mūlādhāra Chakra – into unconsciousness – because of the rampant materialism and egoistic behaviour of humans.
The colour of the Svādhishthāna Chakra is ORANGE, the colour of fire. This colour symbolises purification, activity, joy, hope and self-confidence, and shows that the energy of the Svādhishthāna Chakra has become active. Orange is also the colour of sunrise and is an indication of the strength that blossoms from this Chakra once it has been mastered – cheerfulness, faith, self-confidence and vigour. It is also the colour of autumn and sunset, when nature withdraws and consciousness turns inwards. When we look within and concentrate on the Svādhishthāna Chakra we are able to find the answers to many questions related to our destiny.
ANGER, HATRED, GREED, JEALOUSY, VIOLENCE, CRUELTY, PASSION, ARROGANCE, SELF-DOUBT and LETHARGY are the enemies that we encounter in the Svādhishthāna Chakra ; they make life for us and our environment very difficult. As we know from many examples in history, and also in recent times, people are often blinded by these qualities and commit inhumane actions. The purification of these tendencies needs lifelong vigilance and constant effort. Discipline and wisdom (Gyāna) are the “tools” with which we are able to keep them in check.
However, these tendencies will not be shed completely until the end of our life, because as a part of nature they serve to preserve our physical existence. Harmful effects only develop when they are connected to a selfish ego and deployed thoughtlessly for the pursuit of selfish goals. When we become conscious of these tendencies and understand their meaning and function we are able to control these “enemies”, transform their energy and utilise them for our development.
The element of the Svādhishthāna Chakra is WATER. Water is very soft and yielding, and because of this it is especially difficult to bring it under control. As water is so difficult to contain, it is also difficult to counteract. Flowing water has an immense power. If a dam bursts the mass of water carves its own channel and nothing can stop it. Even if we firmly close the doors and windows the water will inevitably force its way into the house.
The animal symbol of the Svādhishthāna Chakra is the CROCODILE. It represents the Karma lying dormant in the subconscious. The crocodile is lazy and lethargic, but once it becomes active it develops enormous power and speed and can be extremely dangerous. We also set all our powers into motion when we have a strong desire or longing for something. But once this is satisfied we again sink back into the earlier idleness.
The Svādhishthāna Chakra is our daily training ground and a lifelong challenge. But with wisdom, God’s help and the guidance of the Master we are able to overcome all the difficulties that this Chakra has in store for us.
I pray for your success and may all your thoughts and feelings change for the better.
Exercises for the Svādhishthāna Chakra
According to the Hatha Yoga Pradīpika two Mudrās are specifically assigned to the Svādhishthāna Chakra :
- Vajrolī Mudrā and Amrolī Mudrā (tensing of the lower abdominal muscles)
The following Āsanas have a harmonising effect on the Svādhishthāna Chakra :
- Bhujangāsana (Cobra)