Vishuddha or Throat Chakra

This video is the fifth of the 7 major chakras from Dada Sada’nanda. Again, we have chosen Dada’s video because he mentions many milestones that let us know how we are progressing on the path.

Below is a transcript from the video. Right below is a Journal Activity to help you increase your understanding of this chakra.

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From Vishuddha up we are entering the higher realm. We become expanded. From being bound to time and space we become free from that bondage. Mind no longer moves along the lines of selfish desires but rather selfless motivations. The Vishuddha is about noble desires for the welfare of others. Supernatural abilities are attained.

This is the fifth center and is “pure” from physical desires. Elevated vrittis. Connected to the thyroid and parathyroid glands. An imbalance in the hormones here can create a lot of problems for the body. The mind becomes very sharp and focused and so this chakra is very important.

The white elephant symbolizes this chakra. This is more sophisticated energy unlike the black elephant in Muladhara. The drives are very strong here like you can move mountains and will be pure and used for higher purposes. Never to harm.

It is linked to the element of ether, the subtlest of the 5 elements. Ether can absorb the other 4 elements. It’s the empty space that is necessary for creation to exist. Sounds can travel through space because of ether. Therefore Vishuddha is related to sound and hearing. When the chakra is balanced, one’s entire vocal quality becomes very sweet, charm and fascinate listeners. The special quality of the voice is a sign of an active Vishuddha. A person becomes very rational and intellect is strong. Body and facial hair will increase due to certain secretions.

Vishuddha has 16 petals. 16 vrittis that are very subtle and are difficult to mark with definite emotions. They are more like an orchestra of tendencies.

Amrita. There is a pleasant quality in the voice. It carries the energy of compassion and is so nice to hear that it captivates people. It brings people’s minds into the spiritual realm. This sweetness is called amrita, the nectar of immortality. Visuddha is concerned very much with charisma. Charismatic people have learnt how to tap into this special quality.

Harshness. The opposite vritti to amrita is poison. The mind needs both the sweet and bitter. Elevated souls will know how to use both. The ability to love and encourage as well as to scold and chastise so as to guide students on the right path.

There are 7 sounds – do, re, mi, fa, etc – sa ri ga ma pa da ni – from the animals. The musical scale play an immense role in spirituality. Adiyogi used to play his instruments to bring the listeners to the higher realm of bliss and psycho-spiritual ideation.

The notes represent locks of different combinations. How they are combined will create a wide repertoire of music. That’s how spiritual music carries the various tastes like in dishes to stimulate one’s mind. It uplifts.

Practicability. This is the ability to put ideas into practical action finding solutions easily. Very grounded. Smart. Bring ideas to fruition. Pursuing and achieving one’s destiny.

Hum. The sound of hum is considered to be the sound of the sleeping divinity, the kundalini. It is the sound of the awakening energy as it moves from the Muladhara. You will make this ‘hummm’. Your body is charged with electrical energy as if you have poked your finger into an electric socket.

Om. This is the sound at the Throat. Ether is the sublest element. It is emitting powerful vibration from which other material is created. This is the primal sound A, sound of existence, U, and dissolution, M. Together it creates the sound of AUM, the holy sound of tantra. It is within the Vishudda Chakra. Actually, it is also expressed in all the other chakras but in different forms like cricket, ocean, flute, etc.

Noble vrittis. Performing noble actions in the physical realm e.g. you have the wish for everyone to have a better life. Selfless service. Noble sentiments. The feeling of desire for universal welfare.

Vausat. Happiness in the psychic realm. Freedom from dogma and defective ideology. People would become teachers, monks, nuns and preach noble ideas.

Svaha. Universal welfare for all. It means sacrifice. One will make sacrifices by giving up something to help make it better for others. We can ascertain an aspirant’s progress on the path is the ability to make sacrifices. Sacrifice is a driving force on the path. Tapas. You choose between what is right and what is pleasant.

Namaha. Self-surrender. The mind is no longer attached to the microcosmic desires. These become secondary. The primary is macrocosmic. You will say to the Divine ‘’according to your will, not my will”. Self-surrender to the benevolent force and there is no mistake on your path. You will be guided by the Supreme because you have surrendered totally. Unless this chakra is active, you will have no idea what this surrender means. You will then be able to grasp the many layers of the spiritual life.

The first development is the acquisition of charisma. A magnetism. Sort of high voltage. Further development makes the mind see beyond space and time. Omniscience. Ability to read the timeline of the universe.

Aishwarya. Occult powers. Siddhis. These are not a yogi’s goal but indications that one has progressed and is near the finishing line. This is true!

How to develop this chakra. Asanas. Sarvangasana. Cobra. And singing spiritual songs or mantras. This opens up your spiritual beauty. To really open up this chakra is to do selfless service. Meditation. Endocrine and lymphatic glands. Body hair like armpit hair becomes important to help these glands regulate homeostasis.

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Journal Activity: As you listened to Dada in the video, were there similar experiences in your own spiritual practice? If so, how has life changed for you? Do you find yourself called to do more with your life? Do you feel you called very strongly to contribute to the welfare of others? To do seva? Or, do you find yourself becoming more careful with what you use your voice for? For us, our lives was changed significantly the day we came to realise the power of the words we use through our voice. Do we use our words wisely? Do we cultivate awareness to always use our words for the good of others? This is why we are in the helping profession doing what we do. We made a vow to use our voices to elevate, to educate, to heal and to give others hope. What about you? How would you use your new found voice? Were there any other experiences that were similar to what Dada has described? Like the desire to do more tapas or self-sacrifices?

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