Monday, June 20, 2011

Al Buraq

Al Buraq is an angelic being with the body of a horse, the head of a woman, and a peacock's tail, who carried the Prophet Muhammad, PBUH, on the Miraj, the Night Journey through the Seven Heavens to Jerusalem.
Al Buraq is a manifestation of the feminine divine energy, known in India as Kundalini. She ascends through the seven chakras of the subtle body and raises the awareness of a person to the Sahasrara or Crown Chakra, if the person sincerely desires it, and if there are no serious impediments.
The Holy City of Jerusalem is a symbol of the Sahasrara Chakra, where prophets and yogis experience union with the Divine.
Strictly speaking, in yoga subtle anatomy, there are six chakras above the Kundalini (located in the sacrum  at the base of the spine) and the first chakra is below it, so really she ascends through six centres; however the base chakra is also nourished by her awakening; so the symbolism of "seven heavens" is still correct.
This knowledge of Kundalini is very ancient, but I owe my understanding of it to the lectures of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.

There are obvious similarities to the Hindu Goddess Kamadhenu, who took the form of a wish-fulfilling cow, often depicted with wings and a peacock's tail, like Al Buraq.


Anonymous said...

Grazie grazie grazie

thanks to you I'm finding the way

Angela Burico

jeronimus said...

Hi Angela. I am happy you found this helpful. All the best.

Unknown said...

Hey can you please tell me some information about this painting like who made it and when was it made

regards Lamha

jeronimus said...

Hi Lamha. Thanks for commenting. I lost the source for this image but I am fairly sure it is a Persian miniature painting, probably from the 15th century. The artist is anonymous. It could also be an Ottoman miniature, but looks Persian to me.