Muladhara is a Sanskrit word “Mula” means the root, base or bottom, which is the Kundalini, and “adhara” means support; it literally means "Root Place or Root Support."
Animals also have chakras; the main difference between man and animal is that animals top most chakra is Muladhara and for the man, the bottom chakra is Muladhara. Mooladhara chakra is transitional, where the animal reaches the top of its existence and where human existence begins. That is why; this chakra has animal instincts and functions.
The basic quality of this chakra is innocence based on every righteous character. This innocence is visible and expressed in babies and small children. It represents the action without motive or desire for gross personal gain. This innocence is apparent by the innate child wisdom. A baby knows fundamental aspects of nature by instinct; it knows how to show discomfort by crying, or how to suck to obtain food. This chakra makes us strive for basic family needs such as looking a job, earning money, and acquiring home. This chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
Muladhara chakra location is the base or root of the spine between the genitals and the anus. It is just below the junction where Ida, Pingala and Sushumna Nadis meet. In male, its location is in the perineum, midway between the anus and penis. In the female, its location is near the cervix, where the vagina meets the uterus.
Muladhara chakra symbol is a lotus flower with four red-colored petals. There is a yellow square surrounded by eight shining spears. There is an inverted triangle just below the bija seed mantra "लँ" LAM. Inside the triangle is Dhumra Linga (Dhum means smoky) with Kundalini in three and half coils and a crescent moon on the top of the lingam. It has a white elephant “Iravatham” with seven trunks.
Mooladhara symbol explanation
- Red color petals indicate the color of Shakthi; it means energy, movement, awakening and development. Additionally, it symbolizes awakening the sleeping consciousness to active, alert consciousness.
- There are four petals indicates four nadis in this energy center. Each petal bearing the Sanskrit letters va( वं ), scha ( शं ), sha( षं ), and sa ( सं ). Each petal has specific qualities called vrittis means "whirl pool," a term indicates the contents of mental awareness or disturbances in the medium of consciousness. The four vrittis in Muladhara are four blisses: Greatest or highest bliss (paramananda), Innate or natural bliss (sahajananda), Heroic bliss in the control of desires (virananda), and Bliss of the divine union in meditation (yogananda). These four petals represent the four functions of the psyche: Manas (mind), Buddhi (intellect), Chitta (consciousness) and Ahamkara (ego). Mind has strengthened when the Vrittis (thought-waves) destroyed; however, it is not easy to destroy Vrittis.
- Yellow Square indicates the earth element, representing the beginning of life. When awakened it manifests as a magnetic force within that person.
- This yellow square has surrounded by eight shining spears; beautiful like lightning facing the eight directions as in the compass.
- Inverted red triangle has three meanings; the cosmic energy is pulling in & guided downwards like a funnel, an upward expansion of consciousness, and it indicates a female gender (Sakthi).
- Lingam within the triangle indicates a male gender (Siva). The lingam has three, and a half coiled-serpent lies dormant (the state of ignorance). These three coils represent three gunas such as sattva, rajas, & tamas and half a coil represents human transcendence by kundalini. The serpent's head usually laid downward, which shows kundalini, is in asleep. The mouth of this serpent cover (guard) the entrance to svayambu linga (the lower end of brahma nadi), which maintains the respiration airflow of ida and pingala. Deep meditation suspends respiration, which open the entrance help raise kundalini through brahma nadi.
- Muladhara chakra has a white elephant named Iravatham with seven trunks represents the seven minerals, seven negative qualities, seven positive qualities, seven forces in human, seven forces in nature, seven principal substances in man (chyle, blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow, and semen).
Muladhara chakra color is red representing anger and/or vitality. Red is the color of blood, strong symbolism of life and vitality.
Muladhara chakra governs bones, teeth, nails, anus, prostate, adrenals, kidneys, lower digestive functions, excretory functions, vigor, heredity, survival, security, passion, trust, feet & legs. Muladhara Chakra regulates muscular system, mechanism of bones, manufacture of red blood cells and relationship with money, home, & job.
Muladhara chakra mantra is “Lam” (लँ ) How do you pronounce the mantra: The bija mantra (seed sound) for this chakra is pronouncing as LANG by placing the tongue behind the upper teeth. Pronounce LA & NG roughly of equal duration of the 5 to 15 sounds based on your lung capacity. Make NG sound with a nasal intonation creating a resonant humming sound halfway between an ‘M’ and ‘N’. Imagine the mantra is emanating from within the root chakra. Chant the mantra rhythmically several times while exhaling. As you inhale, continue to chant the mantra mentally (without sounding).
Sense of Muladhara chakra is Smell. Sensory organ is the nose. Element of this chakra is Earth. As roots grow inside the earth, so does the root chakra connect us with the Earth element and draw in earthy energies. Musical note for the mooladhara chakra is “C.”
Endocrine glands for Muladhara chakra are two adrenal glands; two glands each one located on top of the kidneys. The adrenal medulla secretes the hormone adrenaline. The adrenal glands govern the fight/flight response, when survival is under threat. Adrenaline causes fear, anxiety, and rage. It narrows the blood vessels (thus the bloodstream flows faster), stimulates the heart, and breathing becomes faster and consumes more energy.
Muladhara chakra is associated with coccygeal plexus. The coccyx is in the lower back and is described as a triangular bone formed usually by fusion of the last three or five coccygeal vertebrae.
People with Balanced Muladhara chakra may exhibit innocence, security, humility, surrender, satisfied, lovable, attentive, brave, calm, pleasant, hopeful, cheerful, flexible, acceptable, stable, reliable, independent, and making friends easily. Physically, they are energetic, good health, sound sleep, strong bones, teeth & immunity, optimal weight, healthy eating and proper elimination.
People with Unbalanced Muladhara chakra may exhibit guilt, insecure, self-importance (pride), dominate, jealous, hatred, negligence, fear, anxiety, depression, anger, grief, fixed (rigid), unacceptable, unstable, unreliable, dependent, difficult making friendship and tendency of suicide. Physically, they may be fatigue, chronic illness, sleep debt, weak bones (joint pains, osteoporosis), teeth & immunity, over/under weight, renal disorders, intestinal disorder, unhealthy eating, constipation/diarrhea and anemia.
Gemstones for Muladhara chakra are Red Jasper, Black Onyx, Blood Stone, Indian Agate (better known as Bloodstone), Snowflake, Red Tiger eye, Red Jasper, Dalmation Jasper, and Black Obsidian.
Essential Oils for Muladhara chakra are patchouli, Neroli and sandalwood, cinnamon, clove and ginger.
Yoga to balance Muladhara chakra are grounding into feet poses like Tadasana, Parsvakonasana, Virabhadrasana, Uttanasana, Setu Bandhasana and Mulabandha. Specifically, you can practice moola bandha, ashvini mudra, and siddhasana to balance Muladhara chakra.
Nutritional foods for the Muladhara Chakra are foods grown under earth such as carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, radishes, onions, garlic, etc. or protein-rich foods such as nuts & seeds, beans, tempeh, quinoa or nut butter.
Mudra for Muladhara Chakra is Chin Mudra. Both hand's thumb and index finger should join to make zero, other fingers extended straight.