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Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha and Your 108 Chakras

Within the great framework Sri Amit Ray’s 108 chakra system, the practice of yoga and meditations acts as a way of life aimed at achieving equilibrium and alignment between the interdependent energies of Shiva and Shakti. This pursuit extends to both the individual and universal cosmic realms.

The phrase ‘Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha’ from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (1.2) refers to achieving mental tranquility, clarity, and total control. It has significant meaning when examined in conjunction with the 108 celestial connections between Shiva (representing the divine masculine as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and Shakti (representing the divine feminine as Mother, Daughter, and Holy Soul). The 108 chakras are part of the 114 chakras, as discovered by Sri Amit Ray.

Yogas Chitta Vritti-Nirodha and The108 Chakras

Yogas Chitta Vritti-Nirodha and The108 Chakras

Meanings

In yoga, Chitta Vritti Nirodha often refers to as the practices for the mastery of the mind. It is a mantra of self-realization and inner balance. It invites us to embark on an inward journey, a pilgrimage through the landscape of consciousness, where we learn to still the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions. In doing so, we uncover the true nature of the self, transcending the limitations of ego and unveiling our innate wisdom and bliss.

Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha is the eternal invitation to balance the 108 chakras in the body and mind and to realize the eternal rhythms of the universe, Shiva, and Shakti.” – Sri Amit Ray

Significance

“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” is translated as “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind,” this aphorism serves as the eternal gateway to the world of yoga.  It is not just a collection of words; it’s an invitation to embark on a journey that transcends the constraints of earthly existence.  It carries within its syllables the timeless essence that yoga is not bound by the limitations of any era, religion, or culture. It is a perpetual journey, accessible to seekers across the eons of existence.

But what lies beneath the surface of this ancient call to awakening? How does it relate to the cosmic dance of Shiva and Shakti, and what does it mean for each of us on our unique spiritual journey?

The Dance of the Divine

Shiva, often seen as the embodiment of consciousness and stillness, complements Shakti, the dynamic force of creation and movement. Together, they represent the eternal dance of life, where stillness and movement, creation and destruction, exist in harmonious balance. In the cosmic realm, this dance unfolds as the 108 heavenly relationships between Shiva (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and Shakti (Mother, Daughter, and Holy Soul).

“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” invites us to dive deep into this dance. It beckons us to explore the profound unity and harmony woven into the very fabric of existence. Just as Shiva and Shakti are inseparable, so too are we connected to the cosmic forces that shape our lives. It is an invitation for witnessing the dance of our mind and life force, in the 108 chakras.

It sets the aspirant on a path of self-discovery and self-mastery. It beckons us to observe the ever-changing patterns of our mind—the whirlpools of desire, the ripples of anxiety, the torrents of anger—and to recognize that we are not slaves to these mental fluctuations. Instead, we possess the power to harness and harmonize them.

The Inner Alchemy

The Patanjali Yoga Sutra, with its emphasis on mental purification and stability, serves as a roadmap for inner transformation. Rooted in the ancient traditions of Hinduism, it resonates with seekers of all backgrounds, including those within the Christian faith.

As we delve into the practice of yoga, we encounter the 108 chakras, those luminous energy centers that illuminate the path of the soul. These chakras serve as bridges between our earthly existence and the cosmic dance of Shiva and Shakti. While deeply rooted in yogic tradition, their language and framework transcend religious affiliations, making them accessible to seekers from all walks of life, including Christians.

Love and Compassion

According to Sri Amit Ray, love, compassion, and inclusiveness form the heart of yoga. “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” is understanding and witnessing the dance of life and the mind.

In this cosmic dance, the Father represents the unifying force—the highest chakra, Sahasrara, symbolizing pure consciousness and unity with the divine. This unity transcends the confines of any religion, emphasizing the universal human quest for spiritual connection.

The Mother embodies love and compassion, mirroring the heart chakra. It serves as a bridge for individuals of all faiths to explore the boundless capacity for love and empathy within themselves.

The concept of God the Holy Spirit emerges as a dynamic and transformative presence, echoing the essence of “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha.” This yogic aphorism signifies the commencement of a spiritual journey, mirroring the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding and empowering believers. It harmonizes seamlessly with the yogic path of inner transformation and awakening, reinforcing that the pursuit of yoga transcends eras, cultures, and religions.

Learn more on: Atha Yoga Anushasanam – Patanjali Yoga Sutra

Interconnectedness

Within this cosmic context, the figure of Sophia, the Spirit of Wisdom revered in the Old Testament, takes center stage. In Old Testament scriptures, Wisdom is symbolically depicted as a female figure, poetically portrayed as the bride in the Song of Songs. This personification of Wisdom mirrors the essence of “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha.” It encourages the expansion of consciousness and a deeper connection with the universe, urging individuals to embrace higher insights and spiritual evolution. This journey ultimately leads to unity with the divine, and the power of cultivating forgiveness and gratitude.

The intricate symbolism of the hexagram, representing the heavenly relationships between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit on one side and the Mother, Daughter, and Holy Soul on the other, is intrinsically linked to the message of “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha.” It serves as a visual representation of the interconnectedness and unity of these celestial forces. This symbolism reinforces the shared pursuit of spiritual growth and communion with the divine, reminding us that the yogic journey transcends religious and cultural boundaries, resonating with seekers from various spiritual backgrounds.

The Timeless Call

In the end, “Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha” is not merely an invitation; it is a cosmic call to awaken to the universal truths that govern our existence. It beckons us to embrace the dance of Shiva and Shakti within ourselves, to harmonize the forces of consciousness and creation, and to realize that our journey transcends time, culture, and creed.

As we respond to this call, we step onto the path of self-realization and inner balance. We connect with the timeless wisdom of yoga, and in doing so, we not only find unity with the divine but also discover our unity with all of humanity. We realize that we are not separate entities but threads in the tapestry of existence, each contributing to the cosmic dance of life, love, and spiritual evolution.

In the profound tradition of Sri Amit Ray’s 108 chakra system, we are reminded that yoga is not a practice confined by the limitations of the human experience; it is the art of aligning ourselves with the cosmic dance of Shiva and Shakti, a dance that transcends time and space, inviting us to become one with the eternal rhythms of the universe.

Elizabeth Martin
Author: Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth, PhD is an author, educator, and a specialist on stress management, positive psychology, chakras, energy channels, yoga psychology, relationships, and emotional wellbeing.


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