Just the other day I was talking about the chakras; I talked about two chakras: muladhar chakra and svadhishthan chakra. Muladhar means the base, the root. It is the sex center, or you can call it the life center, the birth center. It is from muladhar that you are born. It is from your mother’s muladhar and your father’s muladhar that you have attained to this body. The next chakra was svadhishthan: it means the abode of the self; it is the death chakra. It is a very strange name to give to the death chakra: abode of the self, svadhishthan, where you exist really. In death? – yes.
When you die you come to your pure existence, because only that dies which you are not. The body dies. The body is born out of the muladhar. When you die the body disappears, but you? – no. Whatsoever has been given by the muladhar is taken away by svadhishthan. Your mother and father have given you a certain mechanism; that is taken away in death. But you? – you existed even before your father and mother had known each other; you have existed always.
Jesus says – somebody asks him about Abraham, what he thinks about the prophet Abraham, and he says: Abraham? I am, before Abraham ever was. Abraham existed almost two thousand, three thousand years before Jesus, and he says: I am, before Abraham was! What is he talking about? As far as bodies are concerned, how can he be before Abraham? He is not talking about the body, he is talking about I-am-ness, his pure being – that is eternal.
This name, svadhishthan, is beautiful. It is exactly the center that in Japan is known as hara. That’s why in Japan suicide is called harakiri – to die or to kill yourself through the hara center. This svadhishthan takes only that which has been given by the muladhar, but that which has been coming from eternity, your consciousness, is not taken away.
Hindus have been great explorers of consciousness. They called it svadhishthan because when you die then you know who you are. Die in love and you will know who you are. Die in meditation and you will know who you are. Die to the past and you will know who you are. Die to the mind and you will know who you are. Death is the way to know.
In ancient days in India the master was called the death – because you have to die in the master. The disciple has to die in the master, only then does he come to know who he is.
These two centers have been very much poisoned by the society; these are the centers easily available to the society. Beyond these two are five more centers. The third is manipura, the fourth is anahata, the fifth is vishuddha, the sixth is agya, and the seventh is sahasrar.
The third center, manipura, is the center of all your sentiments, emotions. We go on repressing our emotions in the manipura; it means the diamond. Life is valuable because of sentiments, emotions, laughter, crying, tears and smiles. Life is valuable because of all these things, these are the glory of life. Hence the chakra is called manipura, the diamond chakra.