Nectar and bindu
It is said that a divine fluid flows and cascades downwards from a higher point called bindu to vishuddhi. This fluid is symbolic and represents satchidananda (truth, consciousness and bliss) which originates in the sahasrara, the source of all being, but manifests through bindu5. Bindu can be considered as a gateway between sahasrara and individual existence – the gateway between the infinite and finite.
This divine fluid has many different names, tn English it can be called ambrosia – the food of the gods; the elixir of life. It is widely called amrita – the nectar of immortality. In the Vedas it is known as soma (nectar); in the Tantras it is called madya (divine wine). Many Sufi poets refer to the ‘sweet wine’ which brings instant satisfaction; they are not talking about the wine made from grapes, but the wine of bliss. The wine used in Christian ceremonies also symbolizes the same bliss; exoterically it represents the blood of Christ, but really it ref ers to the blissful nature that was the essence of Christ and is the essence of all beings. In the Bible Christ says: “But whoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14) This is not ordinary water; it is the divine fluid of bliss that descends from bindu to vishuddhi chakra.
Every religious system and every system concerned with opening up the potential contained within each being has its own symbolism for the unspeakable feeling of bliss. The meaning is the same.
The lalana chakra is a minor chakra that is closely associated with the vishuddhi chakra. It is located in the root of the palate at the back of the mouth. It is this centre that is referred to in the following quotation from the Bible: “But God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived . . . (Judges 15:19) Again, the water is not the liquid water, but bliss.
After the nectar leaves the bindu, it is stored in the lalana chakra before reaching vishuddhi chakra. Lalana chakra is sometimes called the kala chakra – the centre of division, because it is the centre where the nectar from bindu divides into either good or bad experiences in life. When vishuddhi chakra, combined with lalana chakra, is not awakened, life tends to be painful and unhappy. The nectar becomes poison. But when the vishuddhi and lalana chakras are awakened, then the nectar remains in the form of bliss. Life becomes a source of joyful experiences. Such is the importance of the vishuddhi-lalana chakras.
Incidentally, the purpose of the well known practice of khechari mudra is to stimulate and awaken this lalana chakra. Though it is a physical technique it induces more subtle changes on a psychic level.