This article was written by David Allen Hulse
posted under Chakras & Energy Work
|Blue Violet||6||Ascended Master|
|Purple||The Higher Levels||Leading to the Godhead|
If we look at the spiritual traditions of the world, color symbolism plays an important role. White in many cultures is associated with purity and light (such as is the case with Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism). However, in China and Japan, white is associated with death. But in the scale of the soul's evolution white is not the ultimate color of perfection, but rather the color of innocent beginnings of the soul. It is the soul's color in it its pristine state of inception, but not its final evolutionary hue.
The rainbow is stretched from the lowest vibratory rate of red to its highest vibratory rate of ultraviolet. Here red symbolizes the first hue of the rainbow that the soul radiates as a beginner on the spiritual path.
Violet represents the highest vibratory level of the soul that Newton was able to chart. Level 1 through Level 5 are progressive points of the soul's evolution while still acquiring a physical body through the process of reincarnation. Level 6 and beyond represents the soul no longer requiring a physical incarnation to further develop the soul. So Level 5, which is associated to deep blue, is the last aura change that the soul acquires while still using a physical body to further evolve along spiritual lines.
In the Golden Dawn tradition of ritual magic the use of the rainbow as a rich source of symbolism is deeply woven into the teachings of this esoteric magical order. The rainbow is stretched over the body as twelve gradations of color, with red at the head symbolizing the zodiac sign of Aries while red violet at the opposite end of the spectrum is associated with the feet and the zodiac sign of Pisces. Here the aura of the body is twelve toned with red at top and red violet at the bottom.
In modern chakra systems, the symbolism of the colors of the spectrum are reversed from the astrological symbolism of color in the Golden Dawn. Here the lowest chakra at the base of the spine is associated with the color red while the other six higher chakras become the rainbow scale of orange, yellow, green, blue, blue-violet, and ending in violet (at the crown of the head). This rise of spiritual energy (kundalini) through the chakras moves up the rainbow from red to violet. This rise of energy neatly parallels the levels of the souls as charted out by Dr. Newton.
As I have stated at the beginning of this article, my spiritual retreat triggered by the millennium brought much new knowledge to assimilate. The traditions of Sri Vidya in India and Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet completely opened up to me, where before they stood half veiled, half revealed to me. In studying the symbolism behind all yantras and mandalas (diagrams which chart the spiritual structure of the cosmos) I discovered a color symbolism system that neatly dovetails into Dr. Newton's "Color Spectrum of Spiritual Auras." That system is the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Five Medicine Buddhas.
There are many published books that give the basic symbolism of the Five Medicine Buddhas. These Five Medicine Buddhas represent a classification system of spiritual development as five basic clans. Although Tibetan Buddhism premises neither a Soul nor God Absolute, this system still reveals the color gradation of the soul as outlined by Dr. Newton. The source of this symbolism, which ties the four directions of a mandala and its center to the Five Medicine Buddhas is the symbolism of Sri Vidya in India (which embraces both the Soul and God Absolute). This esoteric symbolism, which has its origin in the secret teachings of Sri Vidya, gives the following elemental/color divisions to the directions. East is below, white, and water. West is above, red, and fire. South is to the left, yellow, and earth. North is to the right, green, and air. The center of the mandala is blue and spirit.
Using the diagram known as Sri Yantra, the matrix for all mandalas and yantras, here are the four gates of the mandala and its center as traditionally colored by their elemental associations:
A future book is in development that will give in great detail all the symbolism found in the Sri Yantra (Her Diagram) as revealed in the Tantric tradition known as Sri Vidya (Auspicious Wisdom). All this symbolism embodies a very beautiful tradition of representing God Absolute as the Mother of the Universe (in the form of the Goddess Sri Lalita-Ambika).
In Robert Thurman's Inside Tibetan Buddhism, the directional symbolism of the Medicine Buddha Mandala is shown on page 71 as follows:
|Mandala Direction||Color||Element||Soul's Level||Soul's Progress|
|Above||Red||Fire||Level 2||Advancing Soul|