Shat-cakra-nirupana (the six bodily centres)

by Arthur Avalon | 1919 | 46,735 words | ISBN-10: 8178223783 | ISBN-13: 9788178223780

This is the English translation of the Shat-cakra-nirupana, or “description of the six centres”, representing an ancient book on yoga written in the 16th century by Purnananda from Bengal. This book investigates the six bodily centres famously known as Chakras. The text however actually forms the sixth chapter of the Shri-tattva-cintamani, compiled...

Summary (of verses 22-27)

The Heart Lotus is of the colour of the Bandhūka[1] flower, and on its twelve petals are the letters Ka to Ṭha, with the Bindu above them, of the colour of vermilion. In its pericarp is the hexagonal[2] Vāyu-Maṇḍala, of a smoky colour, and above it Sūrya-Maṇḍala, with the Trikoṇa lustrous as ten million flashes of lightning within it. Above it the Vāyu-Bīja, of a smoky hue, is seated on a black antelope, four-armed and carrying the goad (Aṅkuśa). In his (Vāyu-Bīja’s) lap is three-eyed Īśa. Like Haṃsa (Haṃsābha), His two arms extended in the gestures of granting boons and dispelling fear. In the pericarp of this Lotus, seated on a red lotus, is the Śakti Kākinī. She is four-armed, and carries the noose (Pāśa), the skull (Kapāla), and makes the boon (Vara) and fear-dispelling (Abhaya) signs. She is of a golden hue, is dressed in yellow raiment, and wears every variety of jewel and a garland of bones. Her heart is softened by nectar. In the middle of the Trikoṇa is Śiva in the form of a Bāṇa-Liṅga, with the crescent moon and Bindu on his head. He is of a golden colour.

He looks joyous with a rush of desire.[3] Below him is the Jīvātmā like Haṃsa. It is like the steady tapering flame of a lamp.[4] Below the pericarp of this Lotus is the red lotus of eight petals, with its head upturned. It is in this (red) lotus that there are the Kalpa Tree, the jewelled altar surmounted by an awning and decorated by flags and the like, which is the place of mental worship.[5]

(Here ends the fourth section)

Footnotes and references:


Pentapoetes phoenicea [Pentapetes phoenicea?].


See Introduction.




See Introduction.


See Mahānirvāṇa-Tantra, Ch. V. vv. 129, 130, where the Mantra is given

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