Āgyā Chakra

(I’ve already written one blog on this before, to read that also, please click here. Here I am giving some more information on the Third Eye Chakra)

Āgyā = Command, Knowledge, Wisdom


Āgyā Chakra

Location: the sixth center of force, Āgyā Chakra is located on the physical level in the space in between the eyebrows, at the middle distance. It is also named “the third eye” or “Shiva‘s eye”.

Āgyā Chakra represents the superior mental consciousness, which allows the direct perception of the invisible worlds and the direct perception of the subtler aspects of the manifested universe.

On the physical level: it coordinates the activity of the pituitary gland (hypophysis) and of the cerebellum. The hypophysis has a vital role in the sense that together with the hypothalamus it constitutes the command system of the rest of endocrine glands.

On a psychic level, it controls the superior intuition, clairvoyance, the capacity to anticipate certain events, the instantaneous capacity of perceiving all the qualities of any human being, the extra-sensorial perceptions.

Specific reactions in the case of the harmonious activation of Āgyā Chakra: the harmonious activation of Āgyā Chakra grants mental insight, telepathic capacities, self-control, mental understanding through intellectual identification, creative intelligence.

“The person who focuses intensely and meditates deeply on this charka will destroy gradually the negative effects of his or her previous bad actions, from this life and from the previous lives. The adept becomes a great yogi and a jivanmukta, a liberated person while still alive. He or she will obtain the 8 great paranormal powers (siddhis) and the 32 minor paranormal powers.” (Swami Sivananda)

The Agna is the source of knowing. It is the highest level of discernment. Agna is colorless. This is why Agna is related to vairagya, a state that is colorless or beyond color, which allows you to take on any color without it leaving a trace on you. Suppose we put red, blue or yellow light – everything looks different. Colorless light allows you to see everything clearly, the way it is. Similarly, if you are established in the Agna, you will see everything the way it is.

The meaning of Āgyā or Third Eye is ‘perception’, and it also means ‘become aware of’ and ‘control’. It is associated with the power of thought, imagination, and abstract ideas and controls the entire personality of an individual. A well balanced Third Eye (Āgyā) Chakra displays charisma and intuitive brilliance in a person. An individual with a balanced Third Eye (Āgyā) Chakra possess a calm mind and display clarity of judgment. Blockage in this Chakra may result in disharmony, aggression, stubbornness along with physical ailments like eyes and nose problems, headache and blood circulation issues in the brain.

Āgyā Chakra is located at the upper end of the spinal column, at the point of transition from the spine to the brain. Its radiation is, however, primarily perceptible in the centre of the forehead between the eyebrows. Therefore, it is also known as the “Eyebrow Centre” or “Third Eye”. Another expression for the Āgyā Chakra is “Guru Chakra – the Seat of the Master”.

We do not need to seek truth; it is always in front of us. But in order to recognise it a person needs an open, pure consciousness and clear thoughts. While our mind remains cloudy, like a dirty mirror, we see everything hazily and unclearly. It is only in a purified mind and mature consciousness that Gyānā – wisdom and spiritual knowledge – can be broadened. Until we are capable of anchoring our consciousness in the Āgyā Chakra our mind oscillates constantly between the human Chakras – the Mūlādhāra, Svādhishthāna, Manipūra, Anāhata and Vishuddhi. While we are still lacking in discrimination we should listen to the advice of the Master in order to avoid mistakes.

Scriptures, meditation and higher forms of thinking enable the person to distinguish lower impulses, thoughts and feelings, from nobler forms of thinking, emoting and intuiting, and so one’s thinking is quick and slow at the same time – slow because there is a silent ground of listening, and quick because the capacity to tell right from wrong is already highly developed.

On the other hand, despite all knowledge, understanding and discrimination, the open third eye is also deeply non-conceptual. Its center is in a state of spacious and unlimited listening. It is observant and lucid rather than automatic and reactive – a state which allows a person to be a receptor of “higher”, untainted inner guidance, as well as deep intuition and even super sensory perception.

The gifts of clairvoyance, intuition and telepathy lie in the Āgyā Chakra. When we strengthen the power of concentration and learn to perceive all the energy assembled in the Āgyā Chakra, our mind can receive or transmit knowledge through time and space. The function of the Āgyā Chakra is comparable to a searchlight, which can, through the concentration of light, make things visible at a distance. Those whose Āgyā Chakra is opened are at home in all three worlds – past, present and future.

An important symbol in the picture of the Āgyā Chakra is the SHIVA LINGAM – this is a symbol of creative consciousness. We also encountered this astral symbol in the picture of the Mūlādhāra Chakra, indicating the close relationship between the Mūlādhāra and Āgyā Chakras. In the Mūlādhāra Chakra the Shiva Lingam is black, but in the Āgyā Chakra it has a milky-white or smoky colour. This indicates that the consciousness has to a great degree been purified, but is still not completely pure. It is still pulled in two directions. If the consciousness is led by the intellect it goes towards the lower Chakras and the ego; whereas when guided by Bhakti and Viveka it goes towards the upper Chakras, the Ātmā. If the consciousness turns towards the world it becomes cloudy and dark, but if directed towards the Ātmā it is enlightened and illuminated.

This does not mean that we should withdraw completely from external life. Quite the opposite …. continue to lead your “normal” life; work, eat, sleep, live with your partner, live with your family and enjoy the beauty of life, just like everybody else. Yet, simultaneously remain conscious of your true nature and your divine origin. Perform your spiritual practices daily, and enjoy your existence with a pure mind and clear consciousness.

The Lotus in the Āgyā Chakra has two petals only. They stand for GU (darkness/ignorance) and RU (light/knowledge), the two syllables from which the word GURU (master) is formed. They also bear the Mantras HAM and KSHAM which represent the sun and the moon, the “masculine” and “feminine” principles, Shiva and Shakti, Purusha (consciousness) and Prakriti (nature). When Shiva and Shakti become one we become whole. The union leads to balance, liberation, desirelessness and contentment.

The Mantra syllables HAM and KSHAM also stand for Idā and Pingalā, the two main Nādīs, that are allied to the moon and sun principles in the body. The third, and central, Nādī, Sushumnā, represents the Divine Consciousness.

The Mantra of the Āgyā Chakra is OM, the original sound of creation. This Mantra is the sound of both the Āgyā Chakra and the Sahasrāra Chakra. OM is the sound of the Divine that we hear when the Ātmā expands into infinity and unites with the Supreme. God, the Supreme Self, cannot be comprehended by the intellect or described with words, but can be experienced as vibration – light, sound or energy. God exists as vibration in every atom. The vibration of the Supreme is A-U-M, or OM. This represents the beginning, middle and end; therefore, the whole of creation. When in meditation we become absorbed in this Bīja Mantra we are able to hear the omnipresent, divine vibration of creation.

Āgyā Chakra Opening

Opening the Āgyā Chakra takes place after we have learned the more basic skills of right concentration on truer thoughts and disassociation from disturbing thoughts. Following from these basic skills one can further develop a state of deep silence and listening.

When the mind is properly trained to shift completely from thinking to listening, the third eye becomes highly activated. For this, one needs to learn how to stop using the verbal interpreting and reacting mechanism of the mind and instead move to a state of pure, thoughtless observation.

The best Third Eye Chakra meditations are all about the development of different qualities, functions and states of the mind, starting from the most basic ones, such as concentration techniques. The known Yogic practice of focusing on the air coming in and out through the nostrils, or focusing on a candle-light, are good examples.

Further Exercises that work specifically on the Āgyā Chakra –

  • Nādī Shodhana Prānāyāma (Purification of the Nervous System)
  • Bhūmi Pād Mastakāsana (Head and Feet on the Earth)
  • Yoga Mudrā (Forward Bend Sitting on Heels)
  • Shashankāsana (The Hare)
  • Shirshāsana (Headstand)
  • Nāda Sanchalana (Sound Exercise, eg singing OM)
  • Kapāla Bhāti Prānāyāma (Purification of the Frontal Sinus)
  • Ākāshī Mudrā (Looking to the Sky)

Third Eye Chakra

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:
  1. Vision
  2. Intuition
  3. Perception of subtle dimensions and movements of energy
  4. Psychic abilities related to clairvoyance and clairaudience especially access to mystical states, illumination
  5. Connection to wisdom, insight
  6. 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.