The ancient Vedic tradition gave the name Ajna Chakra (the sixth chakra) to the Third Eye. In yogic literature, it is described as a subtle center of consciousness in the region between the eyebrows.
The word ‘ajna’ means ‘command’. The practice of meditation allows it to become the command center for the being, who receives instructions from Paramashiva Himself. It is also known as the command center because, once this chakra is activated, it gives the individual the power of clairvoyance, and the ability to control and influence the forces of Nature, as well as his own lower disposition
Ancient references to the Third Eye
Patanjali speaks on this power in his Yoga Sutras:
sūkṣmā-vyāvahita-viprakr̥ṣṭa-jñānam ॥ 3.25॥
By redirecting the inner vision (one achieves) the knowledge of subtle, veiled and remote (objects and events).
The ancient Yogi Sri Goraksanath of the Nath Sampradaya of Shaivism refers to the Third Eye as ‘bhruchakra’ in his work, Goraksha Vachana Sangraha (‘bhru’ meaning the eyebrows).
It is described to be the size of a thumb (angushtha maatra) and appears like a steadily burning light (deepa shikhaakaara). It represents the eye of Enlightenment (jnana netra).
iccha jñānā kriyāśakti
traya netrayutam smaret |
daśahatāḥ diśo daśa ||
His Three Eyes are to be remembered as symbolizing the three powers – Iccha, Jnana, Kriya – the power of Will, the power of Pure Wisdom, and the power of Cosmic Action. The moon crescent denotes Sarvajnāta, His power of all- knowing.
~ reveals Paramashiva in
Srimat Kamika Agama, purva pāda,
the primary Agama
Modern Neuroscience and the Third Eye
Based on the visible evidence of the effects of meditating on the Ajna Chakra, it is possible to postulate the neurophysiological pathways and structures involved in it.
Several studies have been done on the SPH Nithyananda Paramashivam, ranging from FMRI to PET Scan to qEEG. The studies clearly show continuous heightened activity in the infer-medial prefrontal cortex, and a simultaneous state of total restfulness with awareness across the entire brain, suggesting complete entrainment of neural activity.
Process of Third Eye Awakening
The process of activating the Third Eye as described by SPH Nithyananda Paramashivam includes:
Initiation or Deeksha
This is the process of directly transmitting the bio-energy (Kundalini energy of the Avatar) into the area of the Third Eye, located between the two eyebrows of the recipient.
The meditation consists of visualizing a light or golden light within the third eye, which directly connects with the SPH Nithyananda Paramashivam’s third eye. Timed meditation is performed alternatively, with eyes closed and eyes opened for three rounds.
Meditation using a blindfold
The application of the blindfold completely cuts off any sensory inputs in the form of photons falling into the retina of the eye. In the outer world, the maximum sensory input is through the visual system. Meditating in the darkness of the blindfold on the third eye allows one to focus with minimal distraction, while simultaneously activating the pineal gland (which produces melatonin in darkness). Melatonin is responsible for re-adjusting the circadian rhythm of the body, and has significant anti-aging benefits.
Effects of Third Eye Awakening
• Blindfolded reading
• Enhanced intuition
• Increased IQ
• Ability to use all aspects of the brain’s potential
• Parakaya Pravesham – the ability to enter and understand the other being.
• Many other siddhis (mystical powers) as well as health benefits
Your Personal Door to the Cosmos
Third Eye is like a door to Cosmos. You can receive anything from the Cosmos though the Third Eye. Same way, you can send any command to the Cosmos through the Third Eye. Anything sent through the Third Eye to the Cosmos is immediately, immediately experienced! Third Eye is not just the brow center; it is the Browsing Center also! Just like how you can upload or download anything through the Internet world through an internet browsing center, through the Third Eye you can download and upload anything in the Cosmos. It is the Cosmic browsing center. Any Akashic Records can be downloaded by you when you open your Third Eye.
Bridging Physical and Mystical Worlds
Third Eye is the bridge between the physical world and psychic and cosmic space. All the extraordinary powers, psychic powers, are achieved through Third Eye Awakening. All the extraordinary powers are lived when your Third Eye is completely awakened. Understand: whatever you are seeing with these two eyes is not reality and not enough. Third Eye makes you see the higher reality externally in your day-to-day life, and internally in your life and death journey. Third Eye Awakening makes you immediately experience God.
The Third Eye is a direct bridge to God. Third Eye is not just an eye; it is the very source of your Consciousness. If you align your thinking based on the principle of Advaita, Oneness, all your energy will become centered on Third Eye, all your energy will become stable in your Third Eye. The functioning of your Third Eye will enter into the next frequency.
Destroy Karmic Patterns and Incompletions
The more you use the Third Eye, the more the patterns and engrams engraved in your brain will start getting completed, because you are continuously working with Consciousness. The more you use Consciousness, the more you become Consciousness. What we call karma is nothing but the deep-rooted unconscious patterns and incompletions which force you into a vicious cycle of fear, greed and pain for lifetimes. When you start using the powers of your Consciousness freely, the unconscious parts of your mind are brought under the light of your Consciousness, and they automatically dissolve, clearing the karmas.