As we celebrate the Yoga OM Annual Anniversary we observe the spring change and the spirit calls for questioning so here I answer the questions in my loved yoga om blog:
There are said to be 21 minor chakras which are reflected points of the major seven chakras. These 21 are further grouped into 10 bilateral minor chakras that correspond to the foot, hand, knee, elbow, groin, clavicular, navel, shoulder and ear. The spleen may also be classified as a minor chakra by some authorities despite not having an associated coupled minor chakra
There are said to be a series of seven chakras below muladhara going down the leg, corresponding the base animal instincts, and to the Hindu underworld patala. They are:
The first lower chakra, located in the hips, governs the state of mind called fear, which is truly a bottomless abyss. Someone in this consciousness fears death, fears life, even fears God and other people. This center is also the home of lust and promiscuity. The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is governed by the right to be sexual.
Located in the thighs, it governs anger and burning resentment. Anger comes from despair, confusion, frustration or lack of understanding. People in the consciousness of this chakra, centered in the thighs, are always wrathful, mad at the world, even angry at God.The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is forgiveness.
Located in the knees, it governs jealousy, wanting what one can’t have. Jealousy is a feeling of inadequacy, inferiority and helplessness. People in sutala consciousness covet everything, often deny the existence of God and are contentiously combative.The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is the right to be self-confident.
Translated as ‘under the bottom level’, it is located in the calves, and it is a state of prolonged confusion and instinctive wilfulness. To get rather than give, to push others around and pursue materialistic advancement over all else. Greed and deceit prevail in this dog-eat-dog state of mind, centered in the calves. The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is the right to be conscious.
Located in the ankles, it is the centre of selfishness and pure animal nature. Unmitigated selfishness prevails, of seeing to the well-being of “number one” first. The suffering of others is of no concern. Jealousy, anger and fear are intense, even high, states of consciousness.The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is the right to be charitable.
Located in the feet, this is the dark realm ‘without conscience’, and inner blindness. This is the realm of consciencelessness to the effect of one’s actions, of negativity and deep depression. Those living in this chakra of the feet steal freely, taking what they justify as theirs anyway, feeling that the world “owes them a living.” The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is the right to be expansive and unimpeded.
Patala (Sanskrit: “Fallen or sinful region.”)
The patala is centered in the soles of the feet, corresponding to the seventh and lowest astral netherworld beneath the earth’s surface, called Kakola (“black poison”) or Patala. This is the realm in which misguided souls indulge in destruction for the sake of destruction, of torture, and of murder for the sake of murder. This is the realm of malice, murder, torture and hatred, and in Hindu mythology it borders on the realm of Naraka, or Hell. The opposing attribute to balance this chakra is the right to be empathetic and understanding.
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