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The Centers, Lotuses, Knots, or Chakras

(4) THE CENTER OF THE UNSTRUCK SOUND (Anahata chakra)

"In the heart is the fourth Lotus, called the center of the Unstruck sound (Anahata). It has twelve spokes or petals of flaming red bearing the letters K, Kh, G, Gh, N (gutteral), Ch, Chh, J, Jh, N (palatal), T and Th (cerebral). This is the place where dwells in delight the 'Seed of Wind' (Vayu-bija), (i.e. it is the springing place of the vital breath)." (Shiva Samhita 5, 109.)

"The radiant light which dwells in this lotus is known as the arrow-symbol (Bana-linga); by mere thought of it the Seeker gains visible and invisible results (in this and other worlds)." (Shiva Samhita 5, 110.)

"There dwells the Realized Being called Pinaki, the Trident Holder. The presiding deity is Kakini (the She-crow). Near the seeker who ever concentrates on this lotus of the heart crowd seductive women and divine Apsaras (i.e. the manifest and unmanifest possibilities)." (Shiva Samhita 5, 111.)

"In the Seeker's mind knowledge beyond compare arises. He sees past, present and future, has power to hear from afar and to see subtle and distant things. He can at will wander through space." (Shiva Samhita 5, 112.)

"It is there that the life-breath dwells, adorned with desires, mixed with beginningless past deeds and united to the notion of I-ness." (id. 3, 2.)

The Vishva-sara Tantra says that the unstruck sound produced in this center corresponds to Shiva the Eternal (Sada-Shiva). It is here that the Syllable of Obeisance AUM is manifested, here that the Living Self (jivatma) stands like a lamp in a windless spot. Here, too, the notion of I-ness and possessiveness dwells which forms the knot of the heart and which is untied by the grace of the guru. Here dwells the Seed of Air (Pavana bija), i.e. the magic character YANG carried on a black antelope.

This center is connected with the hexagon, the element air, the sense of touch, the penis (organ of action) and the phenomenon of motion. By meditating upon the symbol of the arrow (bana linga) which is found in it, auspicious results are obtained in this and other worlds. Its deity is the Supreme Ruler (Isha).

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