Each of the ten petals are emblazoned with a symbol. The symbols represent the Sanskrit syllables of pha, pa, na, dha, da, tha, ta, nna, ddha, and dda. Each of these symbols has a meaning. It is difficult to translate this symbol meaning directly, because the explanation often misses a great deal of cultural nuance. Essentially, each of these symbols corresponds to what could be called a vice, although it might more accurately be called a distraction or stumbling block. Respectively, the symbols on the petals represent sadness, foolishness, delusion, disgust, fear, shame, treachery, jealousy, ambition and ignorance in spiritual matters.
The Manipura symbol represents the awakening into true being, blending the base human nature with spiritual awakening. It recognizes the faults everyone has, but represents the ability to rise above them. It symbolizes a holistic sense of self, recognizing instinct and emotion as valuable while still aspiring to enlightenment.
Lizzy is editor in chief of Chakra Magazine and chakras.info. She is trained in several energy healing modalities including Reiki and Healing Touch. In addition she has spent many years studying ancient traditions such as the chakra system and Tibetan spirituality. She merges this knowledge with her passion for sharing information through journalism. Her mission is to offer accurate, up-to-date, reliable resources about topics that matter to readers with regards to the chakra systems.