If you are involved into Yoga or meditation, you probably know how great this type of spiritual practice is, and how you are constantly in a position to uncover new layers of understanding and spirituality. The lessons about the Bindu chakra certainly belong to the category of teachings that come in a more advanced phase of our development. Have you ever seen a bhakti yogi with a shaved hair except for a tiny area close to the top of their head with a pony tail. That's the position of the Bindu chakra. Bindu is one of the main chakras of the human body, although it is often left out from the charts. It is sometimes referred to as the Eight Chakra.
This mysterious energy center is very often overlooked and little is known about it. The majority of Yoga books don't even mention it. But, because of its ability to provide strength, energy, and longevity, Tantra Yoga devotes a great deal of attention to this chakra.
Here is a list of main points you should know about the Bindu chakra.
Bindu means a drop or a point. In fact, as the Yoga tradition says, it is the point of manifestation of our entire physical body, and, likewise, the point of its dissipation. This chakra is important for overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health and vitality of our entire microcosm. Bindu brings a sense of happiness, well-being, purpose, and enthusiasm.
The Bindu chakra is the primal point of appearance of Clear Consciousness that exists beyond time, space, energy, matter, or form. It represents a very subtle level of consciousness. The subtle pranic energy that flows through this chakra is concentrated into drops (elixir) and winds (help carry this elixir through the channels, nadis).
Bindu is the point where we gain true experience about the Divine, because here the many forms of manifestation cease to be observed as such. Here we are faced with the Infinite as One, not as Many.
Bindu is located at the back of the head, near the top. It is placed behind the place where most people have a lock of hair growing in the opposite direction from the rest of their hair.
The CRESCENT Moon is the symbol of this chakra. Because of that, yet another name of this center is Moon Chakra. The energy of the Moon is life giving and sustaining. It is responsible for the growth of the plant life on Earth. If Bindu is fully activated the light that shines from it resembles the bright shine of the full moon.
Bindu holds our life force within. It is the center of where our life nectar, AMRITA, is produced. Amrita is said to help the yogi obtain enlightenment. From there, this nectar drops down toward the third chakra, Manipura.
In the Manipura chakra, the life nectar from the Bindu chakra is being used up for various activities of our body. In other words, the fire of Manipura (the name Solar Plexus Chakra is not given by chance) is responsible for burning up and gradually using the nourishing powers of the AMRITA nectar.
In the 17th century Gheranda Samhita, one of the three classic hatha yoga texts, we find verses that describe this process. This book is presented as a manuscript that presents the secrets of Hatha Yoga with regard to the Ultimate Reality as taught by Gheranda to Chanda. Here are the verses:
The sun dwells at the root of the navel, and the moon at the root of the palate. The sun consumes the nectar of immortality and thus man is held in the sway of death.
If only we could catch up this nectar before reaching the Solar Plexus, preferably in the Throat chakra, we could enjoy the vitalizing, nourishing energy of the Bindu chakra. This is certainly not easy, but with certain Yogic exercises, it may become possible. The proof of this may be found in the reports of yogis capable of living without food or water for 70 years.
One of the possible explanations of these astonishing achievements is the direct use of the Bindu chakra nectar.
As a result of underutilization or dissipation of the Bindu's life force, we grow older, our skin becomes dryer, rougher, slack and more transparent, we lose bone tissue and cartilage and hair, develop age-related hearing loss, suffer from dementia and have to deal with other mental and physical problems.
When properly mastered this energy center helps overcome many problems we encounter in our life, for example, unhealthy eating habits, poor eyesight, headaches, depression, and anxiety. People who lack energy should concentrate on the Bindu area to get some of the invigorating effects of this chakra.
Bindu chakra is connected to the Pineal gland. When Bindu is awakened, the Pineal gland and our Third eye are activated too. The more active this chakra becomes, the more active the pineal gland is. Science has determined that an active pineal gland means having greater awareness, psychic and empathic powers, vivid dreams, lucid dreaming, and greater imagination and creativity.
There are some exercises everyone can use to keep the elixir of this chakra from dissipating in the lower chakras and active within the upper part of the chakra system.
Massaging the area of the Bindu chakra is one obvious, albeit not overly effective way of activating the soothing energy of this center. It could be done by applying circular movements, with or without using oil.
If you do hatha yoga, Vipareeta karani is an asana you might want to try. Vipareeta karani is something like a half shoulder stand. It is one of the easiest inverted postures and quite simple to perform. It is said to protect the bindu chakra and its nectar because in this inverted position the nectar flows toward the throat and Vishuddha chakra.
Here is what Gheranda Samhita has to say about this asana:
Carefully place the head and both hands on the ground, raise the feet, and remain steady. This is considered to be Vipareetakarani." and also "Put the sun up and bring the moon down. This Vipareetakarani mudra is concealed in all the tantras.
Any type of yoga asana that involves inversion, like Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana), Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana), Plow Pose (Halasana), or Feathered Peacock Pose (Pincha Mayurasana), should be great for the awakening of the Bindu chakra and for concentrating the amrita elixir. In fact, you might even want to try some of the inversion therapy tables for that purpose.
Any type of breathing exercise, deep yoga breathing, or pranayama can potentially help. A pranayama has three important stages: inhaling, exhaling and breath retention. The breath retention phase is actually when the life nectar is being held in the Bindu chakra.
We should be aware, however, that whenever we exhale, unfortunately, this nectar goes down toward the lower chakras. This part cannot be prevented, so, in a way, a part of the Amrita is always lost during the normal process of breathing.
This is an exercise done with your tongue. The tongue is rolled back to the soft palate as far as possible. This helps preserve the Amrita nectar from the Bindu chakra. The idea is to caught the downward stream of Amrita and control it by redirecting it toward the Vishuddha chakra. Here is what Gheranda Samhita says about this practice:
Gently insert the tongue into the base of the palate. When the tongue is turned back into the cavity of the skull and the gaze is directed between the eyebrows, that is Khecharimudra.
We have considered the most important properties and spiritual functions of the Bindu chakra. We have presented some practical exercises that could potentially help awaken and preserve some of the energy of this center.
What this teaches us is that we all carry within the power of immortality, everlasting happiness, and blissful consciousness. When we have progressed on our path of spiritual and personal self-growth, Bindu is activated naturally and without our deliberate intervention. So, take your time and enjoy the process.
A word of caution at the end. Don't rush too much into reaping the benefits of this chakra ahead of time. Don't try to develop this center without previously working on the other chakras. Be patient and follow the instructions of your spiritual teacher. When the time comes, you will be able to work with the Bindu chakra in a natural and pleasant way.
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ashok kumar sharma says:
Nice information provided by your good self on bindu chakra.please keep providing us such vital information.
Thanks for the feedback. We are certainly going to try. Take care and God bless.
Wonderful. Many thanks.
Thanks Michael. God bless, and take care.
Popatrao R Kadam says:
Nice information to improve my life Thanks
Thanks for taking the time to comment, Popatrao. Many blessings!
durga pandit says:
this is very powerful point to release energy through bindu chakra body got relaxed from excess energy and energy move to god but i understand very thing in this chapter any were not having this much information world web site thank you very much
Thank you too. God bless.
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Thank u very much! I've been searching for explanation of crescent moon on Siva and why on right side of head. Now you've explained it. Pranams to you.
Thanks for the comment, Carla. Glad we could be of help!
I had in my yoga class a description of Karnapidasana, or the ear pressure, that it activates 7 bindus , these are Bhrumadhya Bindu, Ajna Bindu, Aprakasha Bindu, Nadi Bindu, Bindu Bindu, Trikuthi Bindu and Tsira Til Bindu. of course there is another bindu in Solar Plexus, so 8 in total. I would like to ask, where I can find this description , is it in one of the three yoga text? is it in Bhagavaghita ? I tried to search and find a source and I couldn't find. Perhaps you could help me ? thank you, great content!
Hi Lidia and thanks for the comment. I have no idea where you can find about these various points of consciousness in greater detail. Maybe you can start searching here: http://www.swamij.com/bindu.htm In any case, I wish you a successful yoga practice and a lot of insights and enlightenments.
I very enjoy the information. I seek names and placements of the head chakras. Any info you give is often difficult to find. Thank you. Love and gratitude
Thanks for the comment. Many blessings.
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Comprehensive, clear information. This one article had everything I was looking for related to this chakra - and more. Sent the link to a client who is also working on this chakra. Thank you so much! Now I'm going to read other articles on your site.
Hello,I am 41 yr old from Dubai, had been practicing meditation since I was 9. I recently I saw crescent moon while meditating & my enthusiasm made me to search the net. I am lucky I got such valuable info from your web site. Thank you very much.Om
Thanks for the comment, and a lot of success in your meditation. Om mani padme hum.
Never got any info on 8th chakra until this post. Thank You!!!!
Thank you too!