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The root chakra is located at the base of the spine where the snake, the kundalini, is coiled three and one half times when at rest. This is the chakra of manifestation and is associated with grounding, survival and beginnings. There are many kundalini sites on the web. The following are interesting and offer links to other resources: the Kundalini Yoga organization  and a personal kundalini experience. Numerous books have been written on the subject including: "Kundalini Awakening A Gentle Guide to Chakra Activation and Spiritual Growth" by John Selby and "Wheels of Light" by Rosalyn Bruyere.

According to Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama in Theories of the Chakras, when the root chakra is in the process of awakening, the area around the navel feels filled with energy and there can be a sensation of tremendous heat. When meditating on this chakra, often a disc of vaircolored light (red, blue and gold) is seen in the abdomen or at the third eye level. Additionally, you may experience enriched emotions, increased sensitivity, be more emphatic and better able to control your emotions.

Following is a table listing the symbols and sounds associated with the first or root chakra:


Root Chakra Symbols, Sounds, and Associations

Lotus Symbols:  There are four red petals, a yellow square, a downward pointing triangle, the Shiva lingam, the Kundalini coiled three and one half times (not shown), the white elephant, and eight outward pointing arrows. Above the bija or seed symbol are the Child Brahma and the Shakti Dakini.

Sanskrit Name and Meaning:  Muldhara - root support

Location:  base of spine, pelvic plexus-region between anus and genitals

Element:  Earth

Parts of the Body:  adrenal glands, legs, feet, bones, large intestine, teeth

Malfunction:  weight problems, hemorrhoids, degenerative arthritis, knee troubles, sciatica

Bija Sound:  Lang

Petal Sounds:  Vang, Shang, Kshang, Sang

Animals:  Elephant, ox, bull

Yoga Path:  Hatha yoga

Incense:  cedar

Minerals:  ruby, bloodstone, garnet

Deities:  Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha, Kubera, Uma, Lakshmi, Prisni, Gaia, Persephone, Erda, Ereshkigal, Anat, Ceridwen, Geb, Hades, Pwyll, Dumuzi, Tammuz, Atlas

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