The Heart chakra (4) has three different aspects:
- On the left side it is associated with the Spirit. The Spirit is what we truly are. Before we get our Self Realisation in Sahaja Yoga we tend to identify with our body, our mind or our emotions, forgetting our true nature. A poem which describes the Spirit in a very beautiful way is Tad Niskala by Adi Shankaracharya. When we allow our Spirit to manifest in our lives we experience joy, bliss and love. On the other hand, those who go to extremes of physical or mental activities can damage this centre, in some cases resulting in heart attacks. To nurture this centre we need to remain balanced and in a non-reactive witness state. By meditating regularly and asking ourselves “Where is my attention?” throughout the day we can prevent our awareness from being frittered away. The left Heart chakra is affected by our relationship with our mother. Problems in the left Heart chakra manifest as a tingling in the little finger on the left hand.
- The right Heart chakra is affected by our relationship with our father. This centre, when functioning correctly ensures that we stay within the boundaries of good conduct. Problems in the right Heart chakra manifest as a tingling in the little finger on the right hand.
- In the centre it is associated with our sense of security. If the left and right centres are affected this also results in the centre chakra being affected.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of Sahaja Yoga:
The Spirit is the only thing that is free within, which has no hangs-up, which has no habits, which does not stick on to anything, is completely detached and emitting joy to us. It is a thing that makes our Spirit, our attention so enlightened. Now enlightened attention, as I said, is not the attention that we understand, that “There’s a light, we see the light,” nothing of the kind. But with this enlightened attention our awareness becomes enlightened, so that we start feeling other people on our hands….
The centre Heart is governed by the Mother of the universe. She gives us the sense of security. When you are at the age of twelve years, you see, the bone that is in front here starts emitting antibodies, it creates antibodies within you till the age of twelve years and then these antibodies are really the soldiers of the Mother of the universe. We call Her Jagadamba in Sanskrit language, and they spread to the whole of the body and wherever there is an attack, they inform each other and they fight it out. These antibodies are created in the sternum bone in the front side of the, we can say, the ribs, where the ribs meet, thoracic region, that part, they stay there, are created till the age of twelve years. Now what happens in ladies specially, they are the mothers also, when their motherhood is challenged, they get a problem.