The word Anahata actually means “unstruck” or “unbeaten”. This centre is known as such because of its relationship with the heart, which throbs, beats or vibrates to a constant unbroken rhythm. It is said in many of the scriptures that there is a sound which is non-physical and non-empirical, which is transcendental in nature, and this sound is endless and unbroken in the same way that the heart beats faithfully and continuously from before birth up until death.
Anahata chakra is situated in the spinal column on the inner wall, directly behind the centre of the chest. In yoga the heart centre is also known as “the space within the heart where purity resides”. This chakra is a very delicate centre, for it is directly connected with that part of the brain which is responsible for all the creative sciences and fine arts such as painting, dance, music, poetry, and so on. Anahata chakra awakens refined emotion in the brain and its awakening is characterized by a feeling of universal, unlimited love for all beings.
Many Masters have recommended visualization of the still lake within anahata hexagon. Upon this lake there is a beautiful Blue Lotus. In the tantric text Saundarya Lahari, anahata is described as the garden of devas.
The Blue Lotus in Buddhism is the symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, of intelligence and wisdom, of knowledge. It is generally represented as a partially opened bud, whose center is unseen, the embodiment of the “perfection of wisdom”.
The Blue Lotus of the Nile was the most sacred of plants, prized above all others. The plant was associated with the Sun God Ra as the Bringer of Light.
”Anahata is the seat of human love and divine love – they are not two things, they are one and the same”.
Swami Satyananda Saraswati, “Kundalini Tantra”