Monday, September 1, 2008

The Third Eye.

The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a metaphysical and esoteric concept referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra in certain Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. It is also spoken of as the gate that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.

In the Hindu & Buddhist Stream:

In the Indian tradition, it is referred to as the jnana-chaksu, the eye of knowledge, which is the seat of the 'teacher inside' or antar-guru. The third eye is the ajna chakra (sixth chakra) also known as brow centre. This is commonly denoted in Indian and East Asian iconography with a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or enlightened beings, such as Shiva, the Buddha, or any number of yogis, sages and bodhisattvas. This symbol is called the "Third Eye" or "Eye of Wisdom", or, in Buddhism, the urna. In Hinduism, it is believed that the opening of Shiva's third eye causes the eventual destruction of the universe.

In Taoism …

In Taoism and many traditional Chinese religious sects such as "chan", "third eye training" involves focusing attention on the point between the eyebrows with the eyes closed in various qigong (Breathing exercises like pranayama & vipasana) postures.

In Science.

The third eye is in fact the partially dormant pineal gland, which resides between the two hemispheres of the brain.

A popular chakra model
Sahasrara chakra of consciousness
Ajna Chakra of envisioning (Third eye)
Vishuddha Chakra related to communication (Throat)
Anahata Chakra related to complex emotions (Heart)
Manipura Chakra related to transition of base to complex energy (related with adrenal glands & Pancreas)
Swadhistana Chakra related to swing moods & sexuality.
Muladhara Chakra related to human potentiality.

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva has got a third eye, and the rest is known.

In Greek mythology, Zeus, the sky god, believed to be having a third eye.

It is believed that the Dalai Lama’s have a third eye, (Dalai Lama is not a name, and it’s a post. The first Dalai Lama is Gendun Drup). More about Dalai Lama’s and the present Lama, and his Himalayan connections in the next post.

Until then.. What else (?)…

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