The Mūlādhāra Chakra
Otherwise known as the Root Chakra, the Mūlādhāra Chakra, a Realized Master told me many years ago, is my most stable and potent chakra.
There’s no question that someone who lives for growing things, digging in dirt, cultivating plants, walking barefoot on bare Earth, and who is in awe of Mother Earth and all her purposes, would find her strongest life force resting at the base of her spine.
All spiritual energy (Shakti) has its roots in the Mūlādhāra Chakra, just as all plants depend upon their roots, hidden deep in the Earth, for their sustenance. The karmas of our past lives rest in the Mūlādhāra Chakra. Every act we commit and have committed plants a seed (forgive me, another gardening metaphor) in the Mūlādhāra Chakra, which will eventually, like a plant, rise into the light. We are not only responsible for what we do, but also for what we do not do.
It’s no coincidence that I’ve always been drawn to elephants, and was once told that the elephant is my spirit animal. The main symbol of the Mūlādhāra Chakra is an elephant with seven trunks, representing the seven basic body materials and the seven levels of consciousness – unconsciousness, sub consciousness, dream consciousness, waking consciousness, astral consciousness, supreme consciousness, and cosmic consciousness.
I’ve been doing a lot of Chakra meditation lately. When I do, I chant the Būe Mantra (Seed Mantra) of the Mūlādhāra Chakra. The sound is ‘LAMMMMMMM’ - the voice of spiritual awakening. The Mūlādhāra Chakra sits deep in the psyche, and the goal of my meditation practice is to release and remove blockages in this deep-seated Chakra and activate its spiritual energy.
The divine being of the Mūlādhāra Chakra is Shiva, in the form of the Lord of the Animal World. My husband and I have icons of Shiva (in the form of Pashupati Mahādeva) throughout our home. We have images of sacred elephants in our living space.
Not surprisingly, the Earth element (Tattva) is assigned to the Mūlādhāra Chakra. Those with a dominant Mūlādhāra Chakra possess love for nature and all living beings. We have sympathy for animals and reverence for the Earth. We are strongly maternal and are protectors of the Earth. We live in conflict with the Earth’s destroyers and so have a duty to care for our Mother Earth.
Life is consciousness, and consciousness strives for evolution. We all strive for evolution. I encourage everyone to find a spiritual master and take refuge, and discover, among other things, their dominant Chakra, and then begin the work of evolving spiritually. It’s never too late, there’s enough time in our schedules, and we don’t need anyone’s approval.
Work at some job if you must, pay taxes, and care for your family, but make your spiritual development of the most importance. Be ridiculously kind to everything that lives, relinquish your rights to control the opinions of others, forgive your persecutors immediately, give benevolently, be a voice for the voiceless, safeguard our planet, be a protector of animals, and discover and embrace your dominant Chakra. That’s a good blueprint for living.
Live in peace.