LOCATION: Hypogastric plexus; genitals.
BIJA (SEED) COLOR: Gold.
ASPECTS: Procreation, family, fantasy. The earth element of Muladhara Chakra dissolves into the water element of Svadhisthana Chakra. Fantasy enters as the person begins interrelating family and friends. The inspiration to create begins in the second chakra.
TATTVA (ELEMENT): Water.
COLOR OF TATTVA: Light
SHAPE OF TATTVA: Circle. PREDOMINANT SENSE: Taste.
SENSE ORGAN: Tongue
WORK ORGAN: Genitals.
LOKA : Bhuvar Loka, Naga Loka, the astral plane.
RULING PLANET: Mercury (Lunar, feminine).
YANTRA FORM: The Circle with Crescent. The moon-shaped crescent is the yantra of this chakra; it is light in color. The form of the water element is circular. Thus the second chakra is dominated by the element of water -the essence of life.
Three-fourths of the earth is covered with water. The ocean tides are governed by the moon. Three-fourths of a person's body weight is water. The moon affects people in the form of "emotional tides." women have a monthly cycle which is synchronized with the moon cycle. The Svadhisthana Chakra is the center of procreation, which is directly related with the moon. The vital relationship between water and the moon is shown by the crescent yantra within the white circle of the water chakra. The moon plays a great role in the life of a "second-chakra" person, who goes through many emotional fluctuations during the changing phases of the moon.
The Circle with Six Petals:
Outside a white circle are six lotus petals of red ( a mixture of vermilion and carmine ), the color of mercury oxide. The six petals represent six important nerve endings in the second chakra. As the four petals in the first chakra represent the flow of energy through four sources and through all the four dimensions, the six petals of the second chakra show energy flowing from six dimensions. In the second chakra, the linear awareness of the first chakra becomes circular, with more movement and flow. The white circle symbolizes water, the element of Svadhisthana Chakra.
BlJA SOUND: VANG, depicted here in the Devanagari alphabet. The concentration should be centered at the second chakra when the bija VANG is repeated. Water sounds enhance the power of this bija. When produced in a proper manner, this sound opens any blocks in the lower regions of the body, allowing an unobstructed flow of energy there
VEHICLE OF BlJA: Crocodile ( Sanskrit, Makara ). Moving with serpentine motion, the crocodile depicts the sensuous nature of the second-chakra person. The crocodile captures its prey through many tricks. It enjoys floating, dives deep beneath the water, and is strong in sexual power. The fat of the crocodile was once used to increase virility in men. The crocodile's habits of hunting, trickery , floating, and fantasizing are qualities of a second-chakra person. The English saying "to shed crocodile tears" is also known in Indian languages, and refers to a false display of emotion.
DEITY: Vishnu, the lord of preservation. Vishnu represents the power of preservation of the human race; thus he sits in the second chakra, the seat of procreation; he is seated on a pink lotus. His skin is lavender-blue, and he wears a dhoti of golden yellow. A green silk scarf covers his four arms. Vishnu embodies the principles of right living. His nature is lila, or play. He assumes different forms at will and plays different roles. He is the hero of the cosmic drama.
The four arms of Vishnu hold four implements that are essential for the right enjoyment of life:
I. The conch shell contains the sound of ocean waves. The conch of Vishnu represents the pure sound that brings liberation to human beings.
2. The chakra is the ring of light, spinning on the index finger of Vishnu. This chakra is the symbol of dharma. The Dharma Chakra revolves on its own axis; it cuts through obstacles and destroys disharmony and imbalance. The wheel, the form of the chakra, represents time. Staying true to its revolution, the chakra-wheel creates the cycle of time; whatever is not in conformity with the cosmic rhythm must come to an end.
3. The club is made of metal, an earth element, and it is a tool for maintaining control over the earth. The handle brings control of the earth into the hands of Vishnu. Earthly security in the form of monetary wealth is the first requirement before sensual desires and a sexual life can be fulfilled.
4. A lotus of pale pink color is held in Vishnu's fourth hand. The lotus grows from the mud, yet still remains luminous, radiant, and graceful. The lotus is pure -completely unaffected by its environment. Its flower opens up with the first ray of sunlight, and with the last rays again curls up its petals. Delicate and sweet-smelling, the lotus is soothing to all senses.
SHAKTI OF THE CHAKRA: Rakini Shakti is two-headed; her skin is pale pink (although according to the Shat-chakra-nirupan it is the color of a blue lotus ). She wears a red sari, and jewels encircle her neck and four arms. The first inspiration of art and music comes from Rakini Shakti. In her four arms are the following implements:
1. An arrow: Shot from the bow of Kama ( the lord of erotic love ), this arrow depicts the nature of the second-chakra person as he shoots his arrow to the desired spot; it indicates the impetus for upward movement within this chakra. The arrow of Rakini Shakti is the arrow of feelings and emotions that bring both pleasure and pain as duality arises.
2. A skull: The skull symbolizes the nature of the romantic, who bears his head on his hand, with emotions ruling his behavior.
3. A damaru ( drum ): The drum depicts the power of rhythm and beat in the second chakra.
4. A purusha ( ax ): The ax was the first weapon invented by human kind. With this weapon Rakini Shakti cuts through all obstacles within the second chakra.
The two heads of Rakini Shakti represent the split energy in the second chakra: the effort of the second-chakra person is spent on attaining a balance between the world without and the world within. Expansion of personality begins in this chakra.
In the first chakra the basic motivation was to pursue monetary security; the attention was linear and followed a single direction. In the second chakra the attention is diverted toward desires and fantasies of a sensual nature.
EFFECTS OF MEDITATION: Centering on this chakra enables the mind to reflect the world as the moon reflects the sun. One acquires the ability to use creative and sustaining energy to elevate himself to refined arts and .pure relationships with others, having become free of lust, anger, greed, unsettledness, and jealousy.
When Lord Vishnu is visualized, a feeling of peacefulness ensues, as still as a lake. Elevation from the first to the second chakra brings a lunar awareness, reflecting the divine grace of creation and preservation. Vishnu sees all the worlds and preserves the creation of Lord Brahma; he is beneficent with a countenance of the purest nature.
BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS IN SVADHISHTHANA CHAKRA:
Normally a person between the ages of eight and fourteen acts from . second-chakra motivation. He will sleep eight to ten hours nightly, in a fetal position. In terms of the elements, the earth is dissolved into water. Instead of standing alone and defensive, as he did in first chakra, the child begins to reach out to his family and friends for physical contact. The imagination increases. Once the need for food and shelter is met, the person is free to visualize any environment or circumstance that he desires. Sensuality enters into relationships as anew awareness of the physical body evolves.
The desire for physical sensations and mental fantasies can be a problem for the person at this level. Gravity causes water to flow downward, and thus, the second chakra can have a downward, whirl- pool effect on the psyche, causing a person to be restless and confused. The body and mind have natural limitations which must be respected and understood if the person is to remain healthy and balanced. Eating, sleeping, and sex must be regulated in order to attain a harmonious, peaceful state of body and mind.
A second-chakra person often pretends to be a prince, lord, or hero. He changes roles, maintains high self-esteem, and is chivalrous. Every culture produces an abundance of stories and poems heralding these royal heroes, destroyers of evil.
Svadhisthana Chakra encompasses the astral plane as well as the planes of entertainment, fantasy, nullity, jealousy, mercy, envy , and joy. The astral plane is the space between heaven and earth. Here the earth becomes a jewel and the heavens are within reach. Fantasy may be used to advantage through the crafts and fine arts. Nullity is a state of emptiness and purposelessness. When the world is seen with a negative mind, nothing excites, nothing pleases, all is lost. Envy and jealousy arise from a desire to possess the time or qualities of another . This results in a destructive state of restless anxiety. The plane of joy brings a feeling of deep satisfaction. This joy penetrates the entire consciousness of the person who has evolved beyond the aspects of the second chakra.
Johari, Harish. Chakras: Vermont, 1987.