Human as a Microcosm
The human being is a microcosm of cosmic existence, reflecting all aspects of creation as a multi-layered vibrational structure which is simultaneously expressed at the physical level, the subtle energy level, the psychic/mental level and at the level of pure consciousness.
Each of the chakras are related to vibrational frequencies within cosmic expression. The cosmic “biija” sounds or vibrational frequencies are found within the human chakras and the solid, liquid, luminous, aerial and ethereal factors as they are expressed within the human being are controlled by the first five chakras.
The human mind is understood to operate at a number of different levels or Kosas. These are as follows:
- Kamamaya kosa – the conscious and sensory mind, interacting through the sense organs and motor organs.
- Manomaya kosa – the subconscious or subtle mind dealing with reason, memory and dreaming.
- Atimanasa kosa – the supramental mind, the first layer of the unconscious mind and functioning at the level of intuition, collective unconscious and extra-sensory perception.
- Vijinamaya kosa – the subliminal mind, the second level of the unconscious (or astral) mind and related to spiritual discrimination and perception of subtle energy expression.
- Hiranyamaya kosa – the subtle causal mind which experiences intimate communion with cosmic mind.
Each of these layers of the mind is also related to and expressed through each of the first five chakras respectively (root, genital, naval, heart and throat chakras).
The higher two chakras, third eye and crown chakra, embody the pure consciousness of the macrocosm; cosmic consciousness and are what allow humans to be divine spiritual beings.
Tantric spiritual practices include meditation on the biija sound vibrations and Tattvas (elements) within the chakras. By doing this meditation practice the chakras become purified and blocks to the experience of higher states of consciousness are removed.
Subtle “kundalini” spiritual energy moves upward via the subtle energy channels (Shushumna) through the chakras. As it does so, higher states of consciousness are experienced and eventually the merger of individual consciousness with cosmic consciousness is attained.
As the kundalini energy rises through the chakras the layers of the mind recede one into the next. The conscious mind recedes into the subconscious and the and the subconscious recedes into the unconscious. Thus the conscious mind becomes conscious not of material existence but of that which lies in the unconscious and that which is at the purely spiritual level.
In this process the mind goes from a concentrated state to a meditative state, to a state where consciousness is in a state of flow. Then as this flow becomes more and more focused the mind enters into a state of intense absorption that is called Samadhi or union with “cosmic consciousness.”
This experience is profound and evokes fundamental changes in the individual, their experience of themselves and their perception of the world around them. They become very close to the divine and their capacity for love of others will develop. They will feel that they are in love with every living being. They will experience the entire universe as the manifestation of the divine and they will not draw distractions between themselves and others. This is the state of self-realisation that spiritual practitioners from all traditions seek to achieve.