The word bindu comes from the Sanskrit root bind - 'to split', 'to divide'. This means that the bindu is the origin of individuality; it is the point where the oneness first divides itself to produce duality, the world of multiple forms. This division implies limitation in knowledge, action and so forth.
Bindu implies a point without dimension - a dimensionless centre. In Sanskrit texts it is often called cliidghana, that which has its roots in the limitless consciousness. The word bindu also means zero or voiclness - the shoonya. More correctly, bindu is the gateway to the shoonya. This zero orvoidness is not, how a total nothingness. It is a voiclness, an emptiness that contains the fullest potential. In fact, the word shoonya should be translated not a nothingness, but as no-thingness. There is a vast difference between these two words. The state of no-thingness is pure conscious ness. Bindu is therefore a mysterious, ineffable focal point where the two opposites - infinity and zero, fullness and no-thingness - coexist. Bindu is widely called the bindu visarga - 'the falling drop'. This means that bindu is one of many drops of nectar that continually trickle down from sahasrara, the primal fountainhead. This nectar irrigates life. This nectar is the real 'water of life'.
In summary we can say that bindu literally means seed, small particle, semen or sperm, a point, dot and so forth. It represents tbe focal point of individuality, whether animate or inanimate. It is the cosmic seed from which all things manifest and grow. It is an infinitesimally small point of infinite potential.
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