Mooladhara chakra: symbols and traditions
The Mooladhara chakra is place in correspondence of the pelvic plexus, just below the sacred bone. It is not crossed by Kundalini when she rises. Nevertheless, it is the most important chakra, because it supports the Kundalini herself: if our Mooladahra chakra is strong and steady, then our Kundalini will be steady and will settle in the seventh chakra, in her connection with the All-pervading Energy. Moreover, the Mooladhara principle (innocence) is present in every chakra.
After these considerations, it is clear that the Mooladhara chakra is not directly helped by the Kundalini (like it happens for other chakras), but there are many ways to clear it, as we have seen in a previous lesson. One important thing to underline is that a human being can never completely lose his own innocence, but this chakra can be so much damaged that his innocence can be completely blackened; in that case, it will take longer to balance this chakra, but it is always possible. The main point is that, if a person has ruined so much his Mooladhara chakra, probably he would not even have any desire to correct himself.
In the previous lesson about Mooladhara chakra, we have seen what are its main functionality and qualities. Now we will see what are symbols and traditions bound to this aspect of our subtle personality.
Earth is the element constituent Mooladhara chakra. A way to purify this chakra is just by meas of earth element: sitting on the Mother Earth (in a park, in a garden, etc) is an example.
Color: brick red
The color of this chakra is a red-orange, just like the one of the Australian mountain Uluru (called also as Ayers-Rock); it emits a bright light in realized souls.
Symbol: Omkara, Indian Swastika
As is known, knowledge of Yoga has its origin in India, so we will mainly refer to India culture that best represents the subtle principles of our chakras. In truth, we can find reference to these principles in our cultures as well, that will be highlighted whenever they occur. For example, reference to Kundalini is found also in Islamic culture where she is called as Rhu, and in Christian culture where she is called as Holy Ghost.
In Indian tradition, qualities of the chakras are represented by archetypes that can have or not human features. The main function of an archetype is to allow a human being to understand the various aspects of his spiritual nature, as a human being can comprehend only what has a finite and perceptible dimension in his own awareness.
The archetypes that represent the qualities of Mooladhara chakra are:
Shri Ganesha: he is a child with an elephant head. He represents the innocence (the child) and the wisdom (the elephant). He manifests the qualities of the center-left part of this chakra. In the story of his creation (see the article Creation of Shri Ganesha), we can notice his deep devotion towards his mother, that in our personal case is represented by our Mother Kundalini: he is actually placed by his Mother herself (the Goddess of the Universe) to guard her sacred abode, just like inside us our Mooladhara chakra is supposed to do with our Mother Kundalini.
Shri Kartikeya: he is the brother of Shri Ganesha, but on the contrary of him who is born directly from his Mother, he is born directly from his father. In fact he represents the qualities of our right hand side Mooladhara chakra (or right Mooladhara, as we use to say), that is the male aspect of our spiritual personality. His main quality is Innocence in Action, or Pure Action.
Even the story of Shri Kartikeya is interesting, as he was created to destroy a terrible demon, that, thanks to his virtue, he only could kill. Similarly, at our subtle level, he is the destroyer of all the negativities inside us and outside us.
In the western tradition, we can see that the qualities of purity and innocence have been incarnated in Baby Jesus. We can also notice that some symbols of the Nativity are similar to those used for Shri Ganesha, for example the red flowers. Similarly, even the conception of Lord Jesus has been an immaculate conception in Mother Mary, just like Shri Ganesha is only born our of his Mother Parvati.
Moreover, in our collective awareness, another symbol of our Mooladhara has been conceived just at the same time of the Nativity, that we can suppose referring to the wisdom principle, I mean Father (or better Grandfather) Christmas, called also as Santa, Santa Claus, etc. We could call it a coincidence, the reader will judge by himself.
On the right side, instead, Shri Kartikeya has manifested on Earth as Dnyāneshwar (called also as Gyaneshwara, Jñāneshvar, Jnandev, Jnanesvar, Jñanadeva), born in India in the 13th century; he is known for writing Bhavartha Deepika (a commentary on Bhagavad Gita, popularly known as “Dnyaneshwari“), the first version in Marathi language, that means a language comprehensible by common people.
The science corner
As we said, the element characteristic of Mooladhara chakra is the Earth element. Carbon is in turn representing the Earth element at atomic level. It is tetravalent just like Mooladhara has 4 petals. Moreover, depending on the perspective you are looking at the Carbon atom, you can distinguish the following shapes that are just symbols of this chakras: Omkara, Svastica, Alfa e Omega. Let’s see this peculiarity in the following video: