Kriya 15: Sushumna Darshana (Inner Visualization Of The Chakras)

The word sushumna has profound implications in yoga and spiritual life. Among other things, it indicates balance between:

1. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the physical body.

2. The cooling and heating currents of the pranic body.

3. Introversion and extroversion of the mind.

The sushumna is the middle path between the ida and pingala aspects of life. It is the razor’s edge along which one must tread in order to progress in spiritual life. If you stray off the sushumna path then you will get lost, remain in ignorance and cease to open up the potential and knowledge contained within your being. It is the only route to self-realization. For a deeper explanation refer to our previous discussion entitled ‘The Balance of Life’.

In the physical body, sushumna is symbolized by a thin thread passing up the centre of the spine, passing through the principal chakras in turn, starting from mooladhara chakra and culminating in sahasrara.

The word darshana in the context of this kriya means ‘vision’. Therefore, the practice of sushumna darshana can be translated as ‘the vision of the sushumna passage’. It is the fifteenth kriya and comes immediately after chakra bhedan.

The practice is based entirely on mental visualization. Many people will find it difficult. Please don’t worry; only do your best.

Diagrams for visualization

In the practice you have to visualize symbolic pictures of the chakras, one after the other and then all together in the following order:

  1. Mooladhara
  2. Swadhisthana
  3. Manipura
  4. Anahata
  5. Vishuddhi
  6. Ajna
  7. Bindu
  8. Sahasrara

We suggest that you refer to the diagrams of the chakras given previously.

Remember that any diagrams you are using are only symbolic; they are our symbolic representation of the chakras. If you have your own system or prefer a more traditional system of diagrams, then these can also be used in the practice of sushumna darshana. You are not obliged to use the diagrams that we have given.


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