This painting shows the chakras of Higher Consciousness
: the 6th
chakra and the 7th
chakra, as well as the Soma
Chakra and the Kameshvara Chakra, sub-chakras that lie in between the 6th
and 7th chakra.
The deity of the 6th chakra is Ardhnarishvara,
in which the duality of Shiva & Shakti, male & female, solar and lunar
ceases to exist. This duality is also the duality of the left
and right sides of our brain, as shown in the head of the yogi behind the
deities. It finds its final balance of male and female energies in the Kameshvara
When the I-Consciousness of the yogi has dissolved, the wish-fulfilling
cow Kamadhenu (who is located
in the Soma Chakra) provides nectar (soma) to the pineal gland that is the physical
counterpart of the 6th chakra.
In the Kameshvara Chakra, the Kundalini energy in the form of
Kameshvari is united with Lord Shiva in the form of Kameshvara. In this union
also merge the 3 gunas
(sattva, rajas and tamas), the 3 aspects of consciousness (knowing, feeling and
doing) as well as truth (satyam), beauty (sundaram) and goodness (shivam). The
final objective of Kundalini
yoga has been reached.
The thousand-petaled lotus represents the 7th Chakra in which
the deity becomes the inner Guru and immortality is achieved. The yogi is sat-chit-ananda
or truth-being-bliss, the highest state of existence. Even if he stays in the
physical body, he retains non-dual consciousness.
Full details on the symbolism of
this painting can be found inside the Chakras