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“…of the lunar mansions [the twenty-seven nakshatras] I am Abhijit.” – Krishna speaking in Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 11, ch.16, v.27
I am an amateur astrologer who has been meditating for twenty-five years and studying Maha Yoga under the guidance of Sadguru Sri Vasudeva. I have been researching the nakshatras for a number of years and want to share an amazing discovery that to my knowledge is unknown, namely that the nakshatras relate to points of energy and consciousness along the sushumna subtle channel.
There are twenty-eight points along the Governor Vessel (the Dumai meridian, same as the sushumna nadi) in the acupuncture system of traditional Chinese medicine. These points correspond to the lunar constellations in the Chinese system. Furthermore, in Taoist neidan (inner alchemy) according to Grandmaster Mantak Chia, these points map out how one refines/processes/transmutes life force energy in meditation from gross to subtler forms. I have experienced these refinements myself so I can attest to this.
I am sure it is no coincidence that “nakshatra” sounds similar to “chakra” and “kshetra”. The lunar constellations and stars of the twenty-eight nakshatras come together in a cohesive story (or inner orbit) of minor chakras and nadis dealing with the refinement of the soma/amrita of the Moon/psyche as the soul (jiva) explores the greater possibility of enlightened rapture (ananda). These twenty-eight nakshatras are linked to centers within the brain and cerebrospinal stem through subtle energy channels (nadis/meridians). The Moon represents the mind that rules the astral and causal bodies interpenetrating this gross field of nerve plexuses and vortex points.
I believe that understanding this alignment of the nakshatras with the sushumna is central to decoding their meaning, and that this represents a lost body of knowledge that is only now coming to light. It must have been part of the older nakshatra system mentioned in the Vedas because in this template Abhijit is included and it begins with Krittika.
Here are some of the more obvious correspondences I have uncovered so far:
Abhijit, the nakshatra Krishna identifies with corresponds to the Brahmarandhra Chakra (GV20), a point at the top of the head, connected to the top of the sushumna nadi, where 100 yang (solar) channels converge. These are the “100 physicians” of Satabhisha.
Purva Ashada is the minor Bindu Chakra at the back of the head where the hair swirls (GV18) and is the posterior position of the Soma chakra. When the yogi is able to bring their sexual energy out of their semen bringing it up to this point, it transmutes into ojas, releasing an intoxicating feeling in the brain.
Purva Bhadrapada is a point (GV24) that is linked to the Manas Chakra in the sushumna, a chakra associated with the naga because it is all about the chitta – all the mental storage in the soul based on sense-impressions and samskaras (attachments).
Jyestha is a point (GV16) corresponding to the posterior of the medulla or Talu chakra, while Bharani (GV28) corresponds to the anterior. As Paramahansa Yogananda states, the (unenlightened) soul enters and exits through the medulla when taking a new birth. Jyestha is located close to the “earring” area and the stem resembles the pole holding up the “umbrella” of the brain. Bharani is associated with the portal between earthly life in Bhur and the afterlife (for the unenlightened soul) in Bhuva.
Krittika (GV1) is located at the coccyx, which has a kind of “spear” or “knife” shape. Located at the beginning of the sushumna at the posterior end of the root chakra, when Kundalini begins to move heat is felt here – hence Krittika’s deity is Agni. Its shakti is the power to burn desires, a theme that is taken up in the mythology sequence related to the next three nakshatras.
Rohini (GV2), Mrigasira (GV3) and Ardra (GV4) are located at the posterior of the sexual and navel chakras. The mythologies associated with their respective deities tell a cohesive story about Brahma lusting after Rohini who is shot down by Rudra’s arrow of restraint. In the context of the refinement of pranic energies in the sushumna, this can be read as an allegory about a yogic practice of bringing the sexual energy into the navel chakra where it is changed back into vitality so that it rejuvenates and strengthens the physical body, giving radiance and health through this center.
This is just a sample of the many things I have discovered. There is more to share and explore but I am now in the process of mapping out the meanings of all these points and am inviting you to contribute to my research. These meanings will be posted on my blog “Chakra Nakshatras” with ongoing updates and more details: chakranakshatras.blogspot.com
You can post comments there or contact me on the site.
I plan to eventually include the Chinese and Mayan astrological meridian systems as well because they also align on this acupuncture map. I am sure an original template must have existed that was known to these three cultures, probably around the start of Kali Yuga. This knowledge goes beyond the Vedic Astrology system, beyond any philosophical or cultural inheritance. My interest is in deciphering the core knowledge that these ancient systems understood and that anyone can access through right meditation and awakened Kundalini.
Author’s Website: chakranakshatras.blogspot.com