Ancient Teachings of Tantra and Kundalini Yoga
The Yantra of Vishuddha Chakra is a silver crescent within a white circle shining as a full moon surrounded
by sixteen petals.The silver crescent is the lunar symbol of nada, pure cosmic sound. The crescent is symbolic
of purity, and purification is a vital aspect of Vishuddha Chakra.
Located at the throat level, Vishuddha chakra is associated with the element ether (Akasha) and controls the principle of sound
related to the sense of hearing. The seed mantra is Ham and the vital breath is Udana.
In Vishuddha chakra the nectar amrita drips down the chitrini nadi, and is split into a pure form and a poison. Through practices such as
Khechari Mudra and Jalandhara Bandha the nectar reaching Vishuddha is purified, the poison from the body is cleansed and amrita becomes
the nectar of immortality. The nectar and poison originate from the Hindu episode of the churning of the Ocean of Milk in which gods and
demons churn the ocean to obtain Amrita, the nectar of immortal life.
The moon encompasses psychic energy, clairvoyance and communication without words. In Vishuddha Chakra, all the elements of the lower chakras -
earth, water, fire and air - are refined to their purest essence and dissolve into akasha.
The presiding deity is Panchavaktra Shiva. He has a camphor-blue skin and five heads, representing the spectrum of smell, taste, sight, touch and sound,
as well as the union of all five elements in their purest forms.
He holds a mala (rosary), a drum which drones continually, manifesting the sound AUM, and a trident.
The fourth hand is in Abhaya mudra, the gesture of dispelling fear. The faces of Shiva symbolize the
following aspects: Aghora, Ishana, Mahadeva, Sadashiva and Rudra.
Location: Behind the throat