Ajna Chakra, Command Center,
Brow Chakra, or Third Eye Center
Location - Center of the forehead, between the eyebrows, cognition
Color - Indigo (dark blue)
Element - Light, electrical or telepathic energy
Symbol - Six pointed star
Energy - Synthesizing
Frequency - 440 cps
Note - High A*
Sense - Thought
Statement - "I want to see clearly"
Astrological Sign - Aquarius
Spinal Contact - 1st Cervical Vertebra
Interrelating Organ - Pituitary
Functions - Vitalizes the lower brain (cerebellum) and central nervous
Glands/Organs - Pituitary gland (some sources say pineal gland, left
eye, nose, ears
Gems/Minerals - Lapis lazuli, azurite, sodalite, quartz crystal,
sapphire, indicolite tourmaline
Foods - Blue/purple fruits and vegetables
Qualities/Lessons - Soul realization, intuition, insight, imagination,
clairvoyance, concentration, peace of mind, wisdom, devotion,
perception beyond duality
Negative Qualities - Lack of concentration, fear, cynicism, tension,
headaches, eye problems, bad dreams, overly detached from the world
Suddenly the multiplicity of petals falls away, and you are left with
two huge petals. Through letting go of your attachment to the
multiple distractions of the world, you enter into a Divine
relationship with Spirit. This is the center of I, and Thou. The two
petals represent the various forms of duality: the ego self, and the
spirit self, the reasoning and the intuitive minds, the pineal, and
the pituitary, the ida, and the pingala, the masculine, and the
All dualities converge at this point. The triangle is the yoni, or
female energy, and within it is the linga, or male energy. The linga
of the first chakra was black, whereas this linga is white. The
linga of the first chakra was surrounded by a snake, coiled
three-and-a-half times around it, symbolizing the sleeping kundalini
energy at the base of the spine.
Ajna literally means 'command' or 'monitoring center'. It is also
known as the guru chakra. It is the point of confluence where the
three main nadis or forces, ida, pingala, and sushumna, merge into
one stream of consciousness, and flow up to sahasrara. During deep
meditation, when all the senses have been withdrawn, and one enters
into the state of shoonya, the void, the guni then guides the
aspirant from ajna to sahasrara by issuing commands through this
*mm or OM (as in home)...The sound "o" represents the sun or third
eye, and "m" represents the moon or medulla. OM unifies both sides.
It also combines the "o" of the second chakra with the "m" of the
sixth chakra. This tone dissolves dualities and creates unity,
bringing the ego self into union with the Spirit Self.
Ajna is also known as the third eye, the eye of Shiva or the eye of
intuition, which gazes inward rather than outward. It is often
called divya chakshu, the divine eye, or jnana chakshu, the eye of
wisdom, because it is through this center that the spiritual
aspirant receives revelation, and insight into the underlying nature
of existence. It is the level at which direct mind-to-mind
communication takes place, and the doorway through which one enters
the psychic, or astral dimension.
It is the source of ecstasy, extrasensory perception, clairvoyance,
clairaudience, heightened intuition, and the paranormal powers.
Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance,
channel, and tune into your higher Self. This is the center that
enables you to experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives.
The energies of the third eye are accessible to all people
regardless of their moral, and ethical values. The third eye is the
Christ consciousness center.
Being the center of the mind, ajna chakra represents a higher level
of awareness. When ajna is developed we begin to acquire psychic
powers. Therefore, it is said to resemble a knot which is called
Rudra granthi, the knot of Shiva. This knot is symbolic of the
attachment to one's psychic personality and to the siddhi's which
accompany the awakening of ajna chakra. It effectively blocks our
spiritual evolution until attachment to psychic phenomena is
overcome, and the knot is freed.
In ancient Egyptian paintings, and statutes, one sometimes sees a pharoah, or initiate with a snake figure coming out at this point in
the forehead. This is symbolic of that person having raised the
latent serpent energy to this level which is known as CHRIST
Ajna is located at the top of the spinal cord in the mid- brain.
Although it has no physiological existence, classically it is said
to influence the pineal gland, which is active in young children,
but which begins to decay at the time of puberty. In our system it
relates to the pituitary gland, and is the master control center of
the mind/body, affecting to some degree, all of the other
endocrines. The trigger point for ajna, located at the eyebrow
centre, is known as bhrumadhya. This is an important focal point for
the practices of meditation, concentration, and visualization.
For success in prana vidya, the development of ajna chakra is very
important. Unless it is developed to some extent, prana can never be
experienced in the form of light. The vision of light is usually
first seen at ajna, or bhrunladhya, or in chidakasha, the space of
consciousness which is directly associated with ajna.
In the practice of prana vidya, ajna acts as the control center for
the distribution of prana. If the vision of light at ajna is well
developed, we will have no difficulty in visualizing the raising of
prana and its movement throughout the body. Otherwise we have to use
our imagination and thinking until we can develop the actual
The prana associated with ajna is vyana vayu, the all pervasive
force. The tattwa or element is manas, the mind. This is the point
where the mind changes from 'gross to subtle'. From outward to
inward. Ajna is associated with vijnanamaya kosha and its
mantra is Om.
Yoga, and tantra employ techniques by which we are able to reverse
this process so that the amrit does not fall down to manipura.
Rather, we either hold it at vishuddhi, or send it back up from
manipura to vishuddhi, and then to hindu. In this way it may be
possible to experience ourselves as immortal. There have been yogis
who have managed to perfect this state.
From the point of view of evolution, it should be understood that
within cosmic prana lies hiranyagarbha, the womb of creation, and
the first manifestation of creation was nada or sound. Therefore,
hindu is also the point where the internal, or psychic sounds can be
Beyond the senses and the five elements, the sixth center is
influenced by the sun, and the moon. Its metals are gold, and silver.
When the energy returns back up through the chakras after it has
been distributed to, and utilized by the various organs, and systems
of the body, the brow, or pituitary chakra integrates the component
into white light.
We hope you have found, or are considering bringing Hatha Yoga into
your life. We look forward to seeing you at one of our
yoga classes, or workshops, held
regularly when we are home in Largo, Florida from November-May. Or,
on our next Yoga Bound Travel Adventure
with special Yoga in Bali
and Yoga in Thailand Retreats.