(Brahmā Granthi): The “knot of Brahma,” is the first energetic and psychic contraction preventing the free flow of prana (energy) in the human being. Such a knot is seen as a tangle of nadis (energy channels). It is situated in muladhara chakra and symbolizes the attachment to the material world. It is linked to the survival instinct, the urge to procreate, instinctive tendencies, passivity, desire, and tamas (inertia). When Brahma granthi is pierced (or transcended), kundalini is able to rise beyond muladhara chakra without being held back by the attractions and instinctual patterns of the personality. See Granthi, Vishnu Granthi, and Rudra Granthi.