The Anahata chakra, or chakra of the heart, is represented by a lotus flower with twelve petals. Each of them has a Sanskrit syllables representing twelve vrittis.

The vrittis mean in Sanskrit modifications of the mind, which are meant to be silent by the practice of yoga.

In the case of Anahata chakra, the syllables on its petals are kam, kham, gam, gham, ngam, cham, chham, jam, jham, nyam, tam and tham. They match the vrittis of lust, fraud, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, competence, discrimination and defiance.

Through a practice focused on opening the chakra of the heart, we are guiding our mind to silent those twelve vrittis, allowing us to be in a state of consciousness.

Swami Vivekananda uses the metaphor of a lake to illustrate this concept:

“[Chitta] is the mind-stuff, and Vrttis are the waves and ripples rising in it when external causes impinge on it. The bottom of the lake we cannot see because its surface is covered with ripples. It is only possible when the ripples have subsided, and the water is calm, for us to catch a glimpse of the bottom. If the water is muddy, the bottom will not be seen; if the water is agitated all the time, the bottom will not be seen. If the water is clear, and there are no waves, we shall see the bottom. That bottom of the lake is our own true Self; the lake is the Chitta, and the waves are the Vrttis.”

If we achieve to silent the vrittis that wave our mind, we will be able to see beyond. To see the bottom of our hearts. Thus, without any inconvenience, we can become completely love beings.

Namaste.

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