Kundalini, Chakras, and Vrittis
All energy is lodged in this first chakra, the house of the Shakti and there are four fundamental vrittis, or human desires associated with this chakra which are-
The first chakra is not the “lowest” chakra, it is actually the seat of our spiritual longing for both liberation and Dharmic action. According to Tantra, we are meant to quench our thirst for spirituality, for dharma and for joy, these are our natural state.
“There is no fulfillment without the body. Hence obtaining the wealth of the body, engage thyself in works of merit.” –Kularnava Tantra
Certain vrittis are more psychologically challenging than the four primary ones located in the Muladhara chakra. But there are also positive ones, including hope, effort, discernment, and perhaps the most important of all, the love vritti located in the heart chakra.
The human capability for awakening spiritual knowledge is the famous para vritti located in the ajina, or eyebrow chakra.
The Tantric science of kundalini, chakras, and vrittis—and how these esoteric, inner expressions are awakened, balanced and alchemically tuned by hatha yoga and meditation is complex. But the heart of this science is reflected in both the coiled labyrinth of the earth and the coiled kundalini of the body.
Our spiritual practice, our yoga, helps us uncoil and liberate the kundalini labyrinth and thereby free us from its containment in the earth chamber of the first chakra.
“The rush of bliss that ensues upon the meeting of the Pair, the Supreme Shakti and the Self (Shiva) above, is the real Congress. All else is mere copulation.” –Kularnava Tantra
By K. Nagori