The Ajna Chakra

Sahasrara chakra
Guru chakra
Nirvana chakra
Indu chakra
Manas chakra
Ajna chakra
Lalana chakra
Vishuddha chakra
Anahata chakra
Hrit chakra
Manipura chakra
Swathisthana chakra
Muladhara chakra

The word Ajna means "command", in the sense of the Guru's command (spiritual guidance).  The Tantric Ajna or Brow chakra has two petals, is associated with the tattwa of Manas or Mind (not to be confused with the Manas-Chakra), which is beyond even the most subtle elements (although still part of embodied existence).  It is said to be white in colour.  More recently in Western occult and New Age thought the Ajna chakra has been identified with the "third eye" (eye of psychic vision), and other such concepts not found in the original Tantrika system.

the Ajna Chakra

the Ajna Chakra
The Ajna chakra showing the two petals, the itara-linga
(the upraised conical object in the triangle), and the Pranava or Aum.

Hakini shakti in the Ajna Chakra
The Ajna chakra with Hakini shakti in the center

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Terminology Tantric ajna, ajita-patra, ajna-pura, ajna-puri, ajnamhuja, ajnapankaja, jnana-padma, dwidala, dwidalambuja, dwidala-kamala, dwipatra, bhru-saroruha, triweni-kamala, netra-padma, netra-patra, bhru-mandala, bhru-madhya, bhru-madhyaga-padma, bhru-madhya-chakra, bhru-mula, shiva-padma
Vedic (late Upanishads) ajna, bhru chakra, bhruyugamadhyabila, baindawa-sthana, dwidala
Puranic ajna, dwidala, trirasna
Position externally, eyebrow-region
Petals number two
colour white, lightning-like
Matrika-letters on petals two in number: Hang Kshang, arranged from right to left
colour white, golden, variegated, shining
In the pericarp power Hakini
Concentration form of Hakini Hakini is moon-white, white, a mixture of white-black-red, dark-blue, or red in colour; she has one, two, three, four, five or six laces; six faces of red colour; three-eyed; six-armed, holding a book, a skull, a drum, and a rudraksha rosary, and making the gestures of granting boons and of dispelling fear; holding a rudraksha rosary, a drum, a skull, a book, and a bow, and showing the mudra; holding a skull, a spear, and a shield, and making the gestures of granting boons and of dispelling fear; two-armed; clad in red raiment with the white upper garment; seated on a white lotus
In the pericarp above Hakini a triangle
Within the triangle Itara-linga
colour moon-white, golden, red
Above Itara-linga a triangle
pranava (Ong) [=AUM] in the triangle
colour moon-white
Above pranawa-bindu subtle manas (manas 2) (in bindu pitha)
Above Manas 2 nada (manas chakra)
colour shining white

referenceLayayoga - an Advanced Method of Concentration by Shyam Sundar Goswami, p.281.  colour grafix on this pageare from same book

the Ajna System

the Ajna Chakra

The Ajna system showing:
the Ajna chakra (bottom) with the Manas, Indu, and Mahanada centers above it,
then the Nirvana chakra at the top of the head (frequently identified with the Sahasrara),
and above that the higher centers, culminating in the Sahasrara proper

Sixth Chakra

Associated minor chakras

Back of Head
upper forehead
middle forehead
lower forehead

List of major and minor Chakras

Further Associations

Although Tantra often refers to the Ajna Chakra as being located in the brow region, the implication is that this is its external manifestation, whereas the actual position is in the middle of the brain behind the brows.  I differ from this conventional explanation in positing a front (descending) and an internal "Ajna" centre, as well as the back-of-the-head (ascending) centre.

In Taoism, this primary chakra in the centre of the brain is variously referred to as the Square Inch [Amazon com Secret of the Golden Flower, p.25], the Heavenly Heart [Ibid], the Crystal Palace [Mantak Chia, Awaken Healing Light, pp.222-223], the Upper Tan Tien, the Original Cavity of the Spirit (Yuan Shen Shih) or the Ancestral Cavity (Tsu Ch'iao) [Amazon com Taoist Yoga - Alchemy and Immortality, pp.5, 9, etc].  As with the other mid-line chakras, the Ajna is not a Chi-energy chakra, part of the ch'i circuit or microcosmic orbit, but a subtle consciousness centre, located along the laser line or Sushumni nadi that extends from the Perineal (the lower or yin polarity) to the Crown (the upper or yang polarity).  It constitutes the central focus point or governing centre of the other head chakras.

The Brow Chakra corresponds to the eleventh or 772.0 Bode position.  There is no planet known in this orbital, although the 20th century alchemist Frater Albertus locates "Adonis" here [The Seven Rays of the QBL, p.40].  The reason why he puts such a "personal" myth-symbol in such a position (past Pluto, the Underworld), is not stated.  His association of Adonis with Pisces, and transference of Neptune from Pisces to Taurus [Ibid, p.45], seems to be very difficult to go along with.

major and minor Chakras

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web page The Ajna Cakra according to the Satcakra-Narupana of Purnananda Swami (Translated by Arthur Avalon in The Serpent Power)

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