Even though the cakras (energy vortices) of the subtle body have been identified by other cultures such as the ancient Egyptian and the Navajo, they have never been directly introduced in popular religion, for good reason. Having our Kundalinis unawakened and our chakras closed is actually a form of protection. Existence is possible for common embodied man because his chakras are blocked.
The chakras are the knots that bind ahamkara (EGO) into self-identification with the substances (the 5 great elements) that make up the universe.
Kundalini Yoga is also known as the Satcakra Yoga because in it we come across the six subtle centres called cakras.
The cakra system is one of the subtle power operations. The cakras are inner power phenomena and centres of psychic energy. The power that is hidden and waiting to be aroused is Kundalini. The term cakras refers to the internal centres symbolised as lotus flowers through which the Kundalini sakti flows producing various spiritual phenomena in life, body and consciousness. A cakra is called a lotus because it is composed of a constamtly whirling stream of energy that radiates outwards in a petal-like emanation. Further when the veils obstructing the cakra are lifted they open up more like blooming flowers from within.
In principle each cakra has a certain number of petals, numbering four, six, ten, twelve, sixteen and two. The number of petals indicate the rate of psychic vibrations of that particular cakra. Each petal of the cakra represents a syllable a sound vibration. They indicate the sound vibrations of these syllables and the varying degrees of energies working in the various centres. The syllable condenses one or several mystic sounds, the vibration of which correspond with the cakra. The sum of these sounds is the "mantra" of the cakra. Similarly each cakra has a colour, a set of light rays or wave-lengths, representing a subtle energy peculiar to itself. Apart from the sounds and the colours each cakra has a peculiar shape, represents an element called Deva and its principle, has a God and Goddess representing spiritual forces manifest and latent in the cakra. The Gods and Goddesses represented by the cakras are not of any religious pantheon, but just names given for the particular forms of consciousness manifested and exhibited in each cakra.
The cakras as lotuses are upside down except when the Kundalini passes over them, when they are right side up. Cakras in general indicate the levels of spiritual consciousness aeach caktis tained by the sadhaka or the aspirant. That is each cakra is identified with certain level of meditative achievement. The seven cakras are therefore then the thresholds or 'spiritual gates' in the human body leading one to the attainment of the Absolute Reality.
The Seven Cakras are:
1. MULADHARA - The Root Centre
2. SWADHISHTHANA - The Support of Life-Breath Centre
3. MANIPURA - The Centre embedded with Gems
4. ANAHATA - The Unstruck Sound Centre
5. VISUDDHA - The Great Purity Centre
6. AJNA - The Command Centre
7. SAHASRARA - The Thousand petalled Lotus Centre.
(details on Cakras... to be contd.)
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I am wondering and pondering...
do you have a secret up your sleeve dear Asavari.
can you deepen my insight into the physical practise of combining yin and yang within oneself to fuel the interaction of the wheels.
i am aware of the orbits and the harnessing of ones sexual energy instead of following the norm wherin sexual energy is released ... this has dramatically evolved my physical and physcic powers yet i of course seek more guidance.
it is for sound reasons that boxers are forbid to have s** months before fights as priest are also forbid to do so for a lifetime .... energy is energy ... unfortunately there is more to the story as i can clearly see that you know and i would like to hear of actual practise if that is of accordance with you ..