CHIANG MAI EVENTS
Oct 7, 2020
Ajna (third eye chakra)
Other Names: "eye of intuition", "third eye", "divya chakshu" (divine eye), "jnana chakshu" or "jnana netra" (eye of knowledge)
English translation: "command", "source of knowing"
Location: situated slightly above the midpoint of the two eyebrows
Diety: Ardhanarishvara (half man, half woman god, a composite of Shiva and Parvati)
Vayu (energetic wind):
Shakti (power): hakini (imagination, clairvoyance, intuition and inner knowing toward self-realization and spiritual understanding)
Mudra: sambhavi mudra
Mantra: Om Hakini Namaha
Form: ajna chakra is symbolized by a two-petalled silver lotus representing the 2 major nadis, Ida (full moon) and Pingala (glowing sun). In the center is a black lingam and an OM mantra sign
Statement: "I am intellectually realized. I have clarity of vision and thinking. My intuition is accurate. I see things without the cobwebs and clutter. I see the world in black and white with a very minimal shade of gray (uncertainty, doubt, indecision). Nothing can touch me, nothing can disturb me. But experientially, I still do not feel the spontaneous ecstasy of life."
Ida and Pingala Nadis
At the level of the ajna chakra, ida and pingala become one and end the duality of yin-yang, male-female, sun-moon, etc. From their initial root at the muladhara, winding up and meeting at the chakras (svadisthana, manipuraka, anahata, vishuddhi), they become one with sushumna. These three psychic nadis merge to become part of the sushumna. (It should be noted that in Yoga Makaranda, T Krishnamacharya says that ida and pingala start at the muladhara and end at the opening of the nostril. They do not extend all the way up to the ajna chakra). This is very symbolic. Prana (energy rising up through the sushumna) and consciousness are revealed to be one and the same thing - prana (energy) reaches up beyond the spine, into and beyond the brain stem and into the ajna chakra (consciousness). The principle of ida (moon, female, chandra) merges with the principle of pingala (sun, male, surya) to become one. At this point, the ego no longer exists and duality ends.
Ajna's existence and significance are so important in mind-expansion that no further development of wisdom and unlayering of the self follow unless the ajna is awakened. Ajna is the bridge between man and the infinite, the bridge between source and man. It is through ajna that man sees the supreme and it's also through ajna that the supreme sees man.
Ajna is also the last chakra where man can follow a blueprint in ascending the kundalini power. From the Ajna going up the higher chakras (bindu, sahasrara, bramaguha, etc.), there are no set procedures, no paths to follow - only a leap of faith into the ineffable realm.
Characteristics: The Witnessing Center
This is the center where one becomes an actor on the stage of the world, seeing everything as almost a dream. All actions, thoughts and objects, including one's own body and mind, are observed from the center of one's being. This is the witnessing center - there is no personal identification. You become the objective, non-reactive observer.
At the muladhara chakra level, the mind and body react to the sensation - the mind becomes agitated, the breath becomes fast and shallow and the body gets ready for a flight or fight response. However, at the ajna chakra level, there is no such mind-body reaction - just observation. The mind simply witnesses the sensation of anger without reacting to it. It observes anger calmly, equanimously, without losing its balance.
Siddhis (Supernatural Powers)
The ajna chakra is pervasive in many cultures because it is powerful. The ajna is so revered that in Hindu tradition, they mark this sacred spot with a vermilion bindi.
If caitanya (consciousness or cosmic intelligence) is focused on the ajna chakra, one acquires the power to control everybody. Through the movements of recaka (exhalation) and puraka (inhalation) in the nadis (energy pathways) of the two nostrils, if one practises pranayama by keeping the breath in the nostrils and circulating and moving the prana vayu, then the nadis below the nostril get purified. One develops a divine lustre, one is able to see the atman (true essence, soul) and through this blessing will be able to see all the events that are occurring around the world without moving from their position. Caitanya citta vritti (cosmic intelligence in the activities of the mind) in the ajna chakra is extremely helpful for a long life.
Ajna bridges a direct mind-to-mind communication between two people, usually between a guru and his disciple. It is inferred that Ramana Maharshi communicates silently with his followers, saying that verbal words are too limited to convey ideas from a higher realm.
There are other reasons for the use of neti (nasal cleansing using a neti pot filled with saline solution) such as the stimulation of various nerve endings in the nose; this leads to improvement in the brain and organs to which these nerves connect and also helps in the stimulation of ajna chakra, the midbrain psychic center.
Vishuddhi and ajna, are higher and positive chakras in the satvic realm (above tamasic and rajastic). One tends to follow dharma (eternal and inherent nature of reality), where one's actions and thoughts indicate progress in spiritual life with a progressively more illuminated states of mind.
The granthis are psychic knots or hurdles present in specific chakras. They are hindrances representing ignorance and attachment and prevent ascension to higher levels. There are three granthis - brahma, vishnu and rudra granthis.
Rudra granthi resides in the ajna chakra. It is associated with attachment to psychic powers such as telepathy, clairaudience and other mind phenomena. This psychic knot is an attachment to power. One must dissolve the ego for further ascent, in the same way that a moth leaves the chrysalis to fly away as a butterfly. All these psychic knots prevent the kundalini power to ascend to the sahasrara chakra. However, when the rudra granthi is pierced (transcended), a flute-like sound is perceived - the kundalini is said to be rising.
I think this is where most evolved people (gurus, swamis, sensei, etc) get stuck. When they realize a certain power (miracles, turning water into wine, walking on water, producing ash from thin air, etc.) and can attract a following, it becomes intoxicating - people give you money, women spread their legs, intellectuals abandon critical thinking, zealots beg you to command them. The ego is god-dified and the progression on the path comes to a screeching halt. The kundalini shakti or prana vayu (energy) cannot go beyond the rudya knot and is therefore stuck and stagnates.
A noteworthy mention is this pea-sized organ inside the brain whose present-day function is not known to science. It is widely regarded as a vestige of primal man when humanity was in its early stages of evolution. However, on a per-unit count, this has the highest blood flow in the body next only to the kidney. This phenomenon suggests that the pineal gland performs a vital function that is not currently known or quantified.
In yoga however, the pineal gland plays a powerful role as the physical organ translating the subtle levels of the ajna into a human experience. Ajna is the eye of intuition and intellect. Together, they activate telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, and other siddhis.
Sirsasana takes center stage as it activates the pineal gland and ajna chakra. As a general rule, any inversion asana (forward bend, headstand, handstand, downward dog) causes the energy flow towards the ajna chakra. Additionally, any asana requiring focus and balance (tree, eagle, hand-to-big-toe, etc.) also enhances the activation of the ajna chakra.
Ajna Chakra allows us to see the big picture. What big picture? I would liken this to my experience of Burning Man. Before Burning Man, I was a working stiff toiling from 9-5, a boss looking from my back, and my self-worth contingent on the 'job'. Without the job, I'd be lost. It defined me. Food on my table, payment for the mortgage, social standing, self-image - they were all defined by the job. That was the horizon for me.
But with Burning Man, where I marinated under the scorching heat of the desert for a full week, experiencing a utopian reality unimaginable in the default world, I saw the big picture. I saw an infinite horizon that was far more animated, far more colorful, and teeming with endless possibilities, that revealed the illusion of the 'job horizon'.
I was a different man when I came out of the desert. I left my corporate job, followed my bliss and surrendered to the greater forces at play. For 10 years now, I had been traveling homeless with very little money, no job, no property, but I always end up in amazing places, meeting the right people, and stumbling upon opportunities that open up doors.
Metaphorically, I can say that Burning Man gave me a glimpse of how I can architecture my reality when my Ajna Chakra is activated. To the extent that this realization and empowerment were brought about by the third eye, anyone who has experienced this transformation will attest to the Ajna Chakra and all the possibilities that lay ahead. I am not claiming that my Ajna Chakra has opened up. But I will claim that I had been given a rare glimpse of just how powerfully it can transform you and align the universe to manifest your karmic process.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily
Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families
La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup
ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment
Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
- crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
- hot season begins March and lasts until June
- wet season begins July and lasts until September
- best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
- you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
- to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
- get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
- shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
- for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
- FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
- North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
- Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
- Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
- B60 Chiang beer
- B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
- B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
- B50 noodle soup with meat
- B50 coffee
- B40 pad thai
- B30/kilo wash-only laundry
- B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
- B100-150 dorm bed/night
- B250 fan room/night
- B30 internet cafe/hour
- B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
- B130-150 Movies weekdays
- B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
- B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
- B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
- B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
- B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)
- B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
- B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
- B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
- B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
- B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
- B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B50 red taxi fare from point to point
- B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city
- B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
- B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
- B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station
For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)
(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)
- take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
- Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
- daily train schedule:
- 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
- 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
- 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
- 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
- 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
- From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
- As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
- The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
- Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
- Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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- Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
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- Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
- Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
- Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
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- Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
- Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
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- Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
- Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
- Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
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- Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
- Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
- Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
- Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
- Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
- Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
- Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
- Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
- Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
- Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
- Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
- Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
- Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
- Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
- Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
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- Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
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- Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
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- Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
- Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
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- Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
- Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
- Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
- Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
Travel Tips for Thailand
How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days
- Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
b) flight booking to Thailand
c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
d) filled-in tourist visa form
e) 2 passport pictures
f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
g) passport with at least 6 months validity
- After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
- NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.
60-Day Thai Tourist Visa
NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.
- bring the following to the Immigration Office:
a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
b) Baht 1900
c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
- submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
- when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
- when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
- when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.
General Travel Tips
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
- power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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