Ajna (Sanskrit: आज्ञा, IAST: Ājñā), or third-eye chakra, is the sixth primary chakra in the body according to Hindu tradition. It is supposedly a part of the brain which can be made more powerful through meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices just as a muscle is. In Hindu tradition, it signifies the subconscious mind, the direct link to the ‘BRAHMAN’. The function of the third eye chakra is driven by the principle of openness and imagination. While a person’s two eyes see the physical world, the third eye is believed to reveal insights about the future. The third eye chakra is said to connect people to their intuition, give them the ability to communicate with the world, or help them receive messages from the past and the future.
Location of the Third Eye Chakra:
Third Eye’s superficial location, is believed to be between the eyebrows at the bridge of the nose. The Pineal Gland, deep inside the brain is also associated with Ajna in Hindu tradition, as both are considered a “third eye”. The location makes it a sacred spot where Hindus apply a vermilion bindi to show reverence for it.
The Seed Syllable:
The seed syllable of Ajna is Om, or “Pranava Om”, which is believed to be the basic sound of the world and contains all other sounds. It is considered the supreme sound of the universe.
Ajna chakra, is the center where we transcend duality – the duality of a personal “I” separate from the rest of the world.
Behavioral characteristics of the Third eye chakra:
Ajna translates as “command” or “perceive” and is considered the eye of intuition and intellect. Its associated sense organ is the brain. When something is seen in the mind’s eye, or in a dream, it is being seen by Ajna.
The Third eye chakra is associated to the pineal gland in charge of regulating bio-rhythms, including sleep and wake time. It’s positioned close to the optical nerves, and as such, sensitive to visual stimulations and changes in lighting.
The third eye chakra is associated with the following psychological and behavioral characteristics:
Perception of subtle dimensions and movements of energy
Psychic abilities related to clairvoyance and clairaudience especially access to mystical states, illumination
Connection to wisdom, insight
Motivates inspiration and creativity
The third eye chakra is an instrument to perceive the more subtle qualities of reality. It goes beyond the more physical senses into the realm of subtle energies. Awakening your third eye allows you to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception.
The third eye chakra’s images:
Third eye visions are also often more subtle than regular visions: They may appear a bit “blurry”, ghost-like, cloudy, or dream-like. Sometimes however, the inner visions might be clear like a movie playing in front of your eyes. Sustaining awareness of third eye chakra energy might require focus and the ability to relax into a different way of seeing. When we focus our mind and consciousness, we can see beyond the distractions and illusions that stand before us and have more insight to live and create more deeply aligned with our highest good.
It is a bridge that links gurus with disciples while allowing mind communication between two people. Meditation up on Ajna supposedly grants ‘siddhi’, or occult powers, to quickly enter another body at will and to become omniscient. Hindus believe that spiritual energy from the environment enters their body through the Ajna chakra; they take great care to protect it with spiritually positive and protecting forces.
Comparisons with other systems:
In Tibetan Buddhism this chakra is at the end of the central energy channel, which runs up the body to the top of the head, and then over and down, terminating at the forehead. This center is frequently depicted as the third eye in artwork and is used in various meditations.
In Qigong, the highest Dantian is located at this position. This is one of three furnaces that converts the different types of energy in the body. In this Dantian, the spiritual ‘shen’ energy is converted into ‘wuji’, the infinite space of void.
Within the system of Lataif-e-sitta, there is a Lataif known as ‘Khafi’, or arcane subtlety, in the same position. This is thought to be related to mystical intuition. According to the ‘Kabbalah’, there are two ‘Sephirot’ located on the sixth level, associated with the left and right parts of the face. They are called ‘Chokmah’ (wisdom) and ‘Binah’ (understanding); it is at these points that the two side pillars of mercy and severity end, while the central pillar carries on rising to ‘kether’, the crown.