Anahata Chakra ~ Struck and Unstruck

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through all the eons
that I have lived
to see you once again
the hollow that remains
within my chest
forsaken in the sublime resonance
of the unstuck sound
that final sound
of the intonation of OM
that sacred syllable
that you draw from the depths
of my effulgent being
that lingers upon
my unkissed lips
the silence that hums
at the end of mmm
where sages hear
the unstuck chord
vibration of primal being
sound not made
of two things
striking together
but arising from the One.
Anahata Chakra
unfulfilled union
of Shiva and Shakti
of Purusha and Prakriti
a bell struck by love
a hollow filled
with sonorous resonance
but there is no
answering call.



Picture of the Sri Yantra at top is from:

From various sources:

All sounds within our range of hearing are created by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, creating pulsing waves of air molecules which our ears and brain interpret as sound.

So, sound that is not made of two things striking together is the sound of primal energy, the sound of the universe itself.

And the ancients say that the audible sound which most resembles this unstruck sound is the syllable OM.

Tradition has it that this ancient mantra is composed of four elements: the first three are vocal sounds:


A” It represents normal waking consciousness, in which subject and object exist as separate entities.

“U” This vibration represents the level of dream consciousness and lies mid-way between waking state (A) and deep sleep (M). From the sleep state of consciousness associated with “U”, object and subject become intertwined in awareness. Both are contained within us.

“M” This sound represents the realm of deep, dreamless sleep. There is neither observing subject nor observed object. All are one and nothing. This is the cosmic night, the interval between cycles of creation, the womb of the Divine Mother.

The fourth sound, unheard, is the silence which begins and ends the audible sound, the silence which surrounds it.

In the Sanskrit tradition, this sound is called “Anahata Nada,” the “Unstruck Sound.” Literally, this means “the sound that is not made by two things striking together.”

For millennia, mystics have recounted their experience of this energy, which is said to manifest in our hearing awareness as a humming vibration around and within everything else.


From Wikipedia:

Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, Anāhata) is the fourth primary chakra, also called the Heart Chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskrit, anahata means “unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten”. Anahata Nad refers to the Vedic concept of unstruck sound (the sound of the celestial realm). Ananhata is associated with a calm, serene sound devoid of violence.

Anahata is represented by a smoke-grey lotus flower with 12 petals. Inside is a smoke-coloured region made from the intersection of two triangles, creating a shatkona. The shatkona is a symbol used in Hindu Yantra, representing the union of the masculine and feminine. Specifically, it is meant to represent Purusha (the Supreme Being) and Prakriti (Mother Nature) and is often represented by Shiva and Shakti.

The Sri Yantra is a configuration of nine interlocking triangles, surrounded by two circles of lotus petals with the whole encased within a gated frame, called the “earth citadel”. The nine interlocking triangles centered around the bindu (the central point of the yantra) are drawn by the superimposition of five downward pointing triangles, representing Shakti ; the female principle and four upright triangles, representing Shiva ; the male principle. The nine interlocking triangles form forty three small triangles each housing a presiding deity associated with particular aspects of existence.

In the 1960s and ’70s Swiss engineer and medical doctor Hans Jenny performed experiments using sound frequencies on various materials such as water, sand, dust, liquid plastic and milk.  Dr Jenny placed the material on a metal plate attached to a crystal oscillator which was controlled by a frequency generator capable of producing a wide range of vibrations. He then filmed and photographed what happened on the plate.  He coined the term Cymatics (the study of wave-form phenomena), which is derived from the Greek ‘kyma’ meaning ‘wave’, and ‘ta kymatica’ meaning ‘matters pertaining to waves’.

The picture at top is of the Sri Yantra.  This is probably one of the most celebrated yantra in India, a symbol of Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari and is said to be in resonance with the energies of beauty and love. This is the pattern that the ‘OM’ is said to represent. Or rather, this is the image that the ancient Rishis envisioned when meditating on the ‘OM’.

When Om was chanted into the Cymatics apparatus, the Sri Yantra was said to form in the sand on the vibrating plate. If so, it confirms what the ancient Rishis experienced.

These pictures are said to have come from the OM cymatics experiment ~





18 thoughts on “Anahata Chakra ~ Struck and Unstruck

  1. Anyone’s thoughts on triangles? I see them most of the time when meditating. Some upward, some downward, more recently joining. Does anyone else see this? Why and from where? Beautiful poetry Cnawan … really beautiful.

    • Thank you, Susan. Regarding the triangles you see while meditating, does any of the discussion in the quotes above resonate with your experience?

      • I guess ” … this is the image that the ancient Rishis envisioned when meditating on the ‘OM’” … although I have seen triangles when not meditating on the Om! Don’t get me wrong, I see a lot of visions of places, people, and other shapes when meditating, including spirals/tunnels, squares, rectangles, but I do tend to see a lot of triangles, and have done so for years. For example, when I was first attuned to Reiki, in 2000, I saw a large purple, upward triangle, with an eye in the centre, pulsating and zooming backwards and forwards. I will never forget this, and can only think that this was a third eye activation, and the first image I remember seeing clearly in my mind’s eye. Then, in August 2012, I started seeing a lot of downward pointing triangles, a beautiful white/gold in colour, just before I was, literally, called by the Great Mother. Since then I have also seen diamond shapes and hexagrams, which I take to be the joining or combining of the divine masculine and feminine energies within me. As all our inner experiences are obviously subjective, it would be very interesting for me to learn if anyone else sees the same as I do. I’ve also received symbols, both triangular, although I’m not quite sure what they represent yet. Why do I these shapes? Where do they come from? I take them as 2 or 3d symbols of concepts or energies (probably the same thing). I just wondered if you, or anyone else, had any ideas or thoughts on this, prompted by your very poignant poem!

    • Thank you so much, Christine. I did my best to capture and express that sublimely bittersweet feeling. One inspiration for the poem that I neglected to reference – from the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah”, (which I’ve posted before) the line: “and from your lips she drew the hallelujah”. A warm embrace to you…

  2. Your depth is profound Cnawan..I found myself just sitting and watching the moon while in Minnesota…never made it to the city…the visual I get while reading your poem comes from such a connected inner voice that I see in you…Heart to heart Robyn

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