There are many different ways of symbolizing the mooladhara chakra. The symbol in the diagram that we have adopted speaks for itself, though it is worthwhile explaining a few points.
In the middle of the diagram is a lingam called the swayambhu lingam (self-existent lingam). It is sometimes called the dhumra lingam (smoky coloured lingam). A serpent is wrapped three-and-a-half times around the lingam; this indicates the kundalini. The three coils have many meanings, the most obvious being the three aspects of nature: sattwa (harmony), rajas (action) and tamas (inertia and darkness). The half coil represents the potential of transcendence – the fourth state turiya. In many diagrams, the serpent is depicted with its head pointing downwards. This indicates that kundalini is asleep and that the individual is not treading the path of higher awareness. In our depiction, the kundalini is shown with its head pointing upwards, indicating that the kundalini has begun to wake up; the individual is beginning to awaken his potential.
It shows that the individual has the aspiration to awaken his potential. Until the serpent begins to look upwards, until one has aspiration, then one will never begin to unleash the great inner potential. And you, the reader, must be at this point for otherwise you would not have the interest in yoga. Therefore, we feel the upward facing serpent is more meaningful than the downward serpent for those who are following the path of yoga and who intend to practise kriya yoga in the future. The mooladhara chakra is the centre of the earth element, therefore, the bija mantra lam is shown coloured yellow.
Some symbolic forms
The mooladhara depict a square, this being the symbol of the earth element. We leave you to interpret the rest of the symbol for yourself, for little is to be gained by oververbose explanations.