Heart Chakra

From Sahaja Yoga Encyclopedia

The chakra of the Goddess lies behind the sternum bone in the spinal chord. This chakra is placed above the Bhavasagara, above the Void, as we call it in Sahaja Yoga. And the bridge that has to be crossed by the bhaktas, by the seekers, is guarded. She is the one. She helps Her children to come through that passage when there are negative forces trying to attack a seeker. (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi 1 February 1983)

Some of the qualities of the Heart Chakra are pure detached love, self-confidence, joy of the Spirit, fearlessness and security.

Petals: twelve

Element: air

Planet: Venus

Weekday: Friday

Gemstone: ruby

The Heart Chakra is also known as the Anahat.


Now raise your right hand. It’s like a play, I tell you. It’s just a leela. It works out so well. Now put your right hand on the heart again. Now you have to assert ten times with full confidence, “Mother, I am the spirit.” With full confidence please say. Don’t you worry. Many people think we have to cleanse this, cleanse that. You leave it to Me, all those things. You just say whatever I tell you, please, believing in yourself, “Mother I am the spirit.” This you have to say twelve times because this center has got twelve petals. This is the heart chakra, is called as the anahat chakra, twelve times. (1984-08-03)

Now the center that is placed is the center of the heart is called as the heart center, or in the Sanskrit language is called as anahat chakra, anahat chakra. This is the center, very important, because till the age of twelve years the sternum bone which is placed in front of it, produces a kind of sense which are called as antibodies, and then these antibodies travel all around the body and protect us from any invasion from outside. This is the center that informs the antibodies about the invasion and how to fight it. This center is bestowed upon the deity Allti; Mother of the World. She’s the Mother of all the seekers and of all the saints and prophets and She protects all the seekers who are mislaid or carried away by fake gurus and false gurus. She also protects the seekers when they are trying to achieve their realization and some negative forces try to pull them down.

This center is the center of security, so the first thing any one of these organizations – whether they are religious or of fake gurus – they try to put insecurity into a person: 'If you don’t do like this, this will happen, if you don’t do like that, that will happen,' so the person is insecure, to begin with. Or it can also be that they might say, 'This is due to your karmas, you've been a sinner, you have been this, and you must confess, something wrong with you… all these things build up the insecurity within you.

Now if this insecurity is developed in a person the diseases are caused like palpitations, fear, nervousness, frustration, can be very cranky, hysteria, could be epileptic… can go to any extent. When a person sees a sign of danger, this center starts pulsating, by its pulsation the heart starts beating more and the antibodies are alerted to see what is the danger coming in. (...)

In Sahaja Yoga, when the Kundalini rises and goes through this center, She establishes a kind of sense of security by which a person neither aggresses nor recedes. On the right side of the center is the center we call as ‘right heart.’ This is the center of the father and Shri Rama resides on this center.

Now He was a benefactor and a benevolent king. A person who is not a good father or a son who is not a good son gets a problem of this center and the result is asthma. (1982-04-29)

The chakra of the Goddess lies behind the sternum bone in the spinal chord. This chakra is placed above the Bhavasagara, above the Void, as we call it in Sahaja Yoga. And the bridge that has to be crossed by the bhaktas, by the seekers, is guarded by. She’s the one, She helps Her children to come through that passage when there are negative forces trying to attack a seeker.

This chakra is placed at the back of the sternum bone as I told you. In childhood, the antibodies are formed in the sternum bone. They are the warriors of the Devi. Until the age of 12 years they grow and multiply, and ultimately they all get distributed all over the body, and a human being is made able to face any outside invasion on him. These antibodies know how to fight. They are extremely confident and they know who are their enemies. They’ve all these messages built in themselves. So when the anti-God element enters into the being through any process, say, through food, through words, through action, through devilish people, or black magic, these antibodies combine together, collectively fight the invaders.

Those who do not have their central heart properly developed suffer from tremendous insecurity all their lives. When they are children, you try to control them by frightening. These children later on become extremely insecure. They are afraid of darkness, they are afraid of the night. Some of them are afraid of everything. Because the antibodies that are built in the body are not sufficient in number and being this center so weak, the person feels extremely insecure. Later on in life when the child goes to the school or he tries to work out something for the future, then also his confidence can be shaken by parents, teachers, and outside people. So it is very important to understand children who are growing.(...)

The idea of Mother is completely blasted in the West, and this is the reason why the children of that country feel so insecure, and when they grow, they are extremely insecure. You won’t believe that all the time they are polishing their brass, cleaning their house, but not even a rat enters their houses. And if they have to talk to someone, they’ll make a person stand outside and talk from inside, especially in London, because they are literally frightened. Nobody will believe, the British who ruled us, are such frightened people. But they are. They are frightened of each other, they are frightened of themselves. The reason is, the Center Heart is absolutely weak. (...)

But in our country, the Goddess has taken Incarnation many times. Thousands time She has taken here Her birth, whenever the bhaktas called Her, when they are pestered by the negative force, She came on this Earth to save them. These things used to be just accepted by people, but never were really accepted in their hearts. People thought these are some sorts of mythological stories that the Goddess came on this Earth and She tried to save the people. They could not believe that there could be a Shakti who could be born, who could fight these horrible rakshasas, and kill them, and save Her children, Her bhaktas, from agony. It was too much.

But today in Sahaja Yoga, you have seen that when Kundalini rises and stops at the center Nabhi, you have to say the mantra of ‘Jagadamba’, and the Kundalini rises. That means, She resides in the center heart, and when She is being worshiped, the Kundalini rises. This center has got twelve petals. But the Goddess has a thousand hands and thousand eyes. She has 16,000 nadis to work out Her different aspects of enlightenment. But the first thing She has to do, through Her generosity, and kindness, and compassion, and patience, She has to suck in the sins of human beings. (...)

If you have fear, you are committing a sin against your Self and against God. Because, if Mother is Almighty, and She can solve all your problems, you are under Her protection, then why should you have any fear? That means you do not believe that She’s that powerful. When a person is frightened, this center starts breathing fast, giving rhythmic instructions to all the antibodies. With that, you feel you are getting a palpitation in the heart. This palpitation is nothing but a signal to all the antibodies to fight the emergency of an attack.

But when somebody builds up insecurity later on in life, it becomes a physical problem. If they have insecurities earlier, it is an emotional problem. But later on in life, when one develops an insecurity – any kind, like a wife is insecure about her husband; husband is a loafer or a bad man, and carrying on with other women, so the motherhood of the wife is challenged. And when her motherhood is challenged, she may get the weakening of this center, by which she may suffer quite a lot and may have even breast cancer. These insecurities can be also self-made, imaginary. People can just think about it and build up some sort of insecurities, which are of no actual existence. (...)

So the basis of the strength of Indian women is their sense of chastity. The sense of chastity in the Indian women is so great that nothing can deter them as long as they are chaste. But if they are not chaste, then fear settles in them very fast. Chastity is the strength of women. And that’s why those women who have fear, mostly, have a problem of their chastity being challenged. A woman who is frightened that her chastity may be disturbed, also can develop a problem with the heart chakra. Such women can develop breast cancers, breathing troubles, and other kind of frightening diseases on the emotional level also. (...)

This heart center is caught up by various emotional problems in human beings. Husband and wife, if they all the time quarrel, there’s always quarreling in the house, especially if the mother is very dominating, the child develops this center. And if the father is very dominating, the child develops this – the heart itself. So it is very important that husband and wife should never quarrel in the presence of their children.

Now there resides in this center, the incarnation of the Goddess, who came on this Earth thousands of time, and She resides there for your protection. But first of all, you have to be worthy of Her protection. When She came on this Earth many times, you know, Her body was made by various forces, as if She was like a bubble and the bubble was covered by so many things added on to that. And that’s how She got lots of things from various Gods. Like Her hair She got from Yama, the God of death; Her nose She got from ah the God of wealth, Kubera; and Her ear She got from the Povana, that is air. Like that, Her body was made specially by the essences of these great Deities, who donated their essences to the Goddess, to be equipped to do these multifarious activities.

Now the first activity, as I told you, of the Goddess is to save Her children from the negative forces. So She looks extremely mild, sweet but She can be extremely violent, – in the sense, She can kill or crush anyone who tries to overpower Her children. [SOUNDS LIKE Atisaumya Atiraudra] – these two temperaments exist only in the Goddess because She is the Mother and, at any cost, She wants to save Her child. Also towards Her child when he goes beyond a point of understanding when he shows no sense of discipline, then also Goddess can pull him down by certain methods that She adopts. (...)

So one has to believe that we have the Mother within ourselves, in our heart, and if She’s awakened, She is going to look after us. She is going to give all the protection that is needed. And there’s nothing to be frightened of anything. (...)

So the right side of every human being represents the fatherhood, the fatherhood. And the fatherhood of a man is very important. If this center is spoilt, or if there’s something wrong with it, then you get asthma as a disease. Asthma is only caused by this center being spoilt or some other combinations with this center. Asthma is very common among girls and boys. And the relationship with the father, or the understanding of the father, or your own fatherhood is not all right, you get this trouble of asthma, and for that one has to ask the questions to the sadhakas, what sort of a father you have. As one gentleman came and asked Me, “Why everybody’s asking me, what sort of a father you have? What sort of a – everybody asked me, what about your father, what about your father? What has my father to do with me?” Actually, everybody feels the Right Heart, and they have to ask about the father. Because father resides in the Right Heart, and the principle of fatherhood, if it is spoilt, if there is a problem with the principle of fatherhood, then you get this problem and many other problems ah which I do not want to discuss now at length. But you can understand a person who has no father, how diffident he is, and how he behaves, and also such people, those who have not known a father, can become very wayward, licentious or permissive, or could be very much secretly licentious. The people who lose their father do not have that lacking – a lacking – they lack in that discipline that the father gives them. Or could be, such ah people could take to a very remorse and unhappy life. Or they could be very hard on their children, or could be extremely kind and spoil the children. It could be any way. So it has both the reactions, ah either ah too much of love-giving or too much of strictness. It can be anything. Or a person could be ah of this kind, may be very strict in childhood, and could be extremely lavish in old age. It’s a – it is a very imbalanced personality.

So the person who has no father has to know that his father is Shri Rama. He should not worry about anything. He is the One, with one ah arrow He can kill any number of people. So he should have no fear, at all, about his father not being there or father being dead or something happening like that. On the contrary, if the father is dead, it’s better to tell him not to worry about you and that you are all right so that you leave your father in peace and ask him to take his birth, than to bind him to this earth.

This is the right heart and the left heart is the mother, actually your own mother, whosoever is. That is the motherhood, in the sense, that if your mother has been extremely unkind and extremely funny, or your relationship with the mother is bad, then know that there’s something wrong on the Left Heart ah which is indicated in you.