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What‎ are Chakras? – the history and beliefs of Kundalini yoga 

 

 

 

Yoga, meditation, chakras, and crystals: how does it all relate? I think we all have heard about rainbow colored chakras but how did the chakras get their colors? Personality, emotional, mental, physical and relationship problems; how does it all relate to the chakras? I was curious to understand where the information about chakras came from and how accurate the Information is that we find on the internet. I watched a film, created by a Hindu Swami Tadatmananda who wanted to translate the historical information  from the ancient Rishis regarding Kundalini yoga and the chakras. He translated the Vedas from Sanskrit from to English and followed the guidance. Kundalini yoga goes back 2,000 years but changed over time especially when it was spread to the West. CW Leadbeater, Sir Arthur Avalon, Yogi Bhajan, and Christopher Hills, we’re all people who spread kundalini yoga to the west but also used their own beliefs and practices when teaching others. The spread of kundalini yoga was heightened in the 70’s when people were searching for that out of body, crazy, ecstasy, experience. The new age yoga has become more physical than spiritual with a focus on yoga postures, healing physical ailments, fixing bad behavioral patterns, and energy healing. The purpose and focus of yoga is different in the west than the east. It’s not to say one belief is better than the other or one belief is right and the other is wrong. It’s to gain knowledge to create your own beliefs and awareness of what is right for you. 

 

 

History according to the dim, “The Swami and the Serpent 

A Non-Dualists Encounter with Kundalini” By Swami Tadatmananda

 

Kundalini yoga goes back 2,000 years, originating from India. The ancient Rishis of India were holy sages who created spiritual guidance for enlightenment, freedom of suffering. This Information was passed down verbally through generations until scribes were able to write the information  in Sanskrit, in what is known as the vedas. The vedas has 4 sections. The Rig Veda (hymns of praise), the Sama Veda (hymns about religious rituals) the Yajur Veda (instructions for religious rituals) and the Atharva Veda (philosophical teachings). (bbc.co.org) There are 108 upanishads. Twenty upanishads are related to kundalini yoga. This exercise was created by the ancient Rishis who believed we are all pure and divine within. But we are covered by a veil of ignorance blocking our connection to our true nature. Kundalini yoga is to remove the veil of ignorance and reveal our divinity or consciousness. Swami Tadatmananda translates the information in the Vedas from Sanskrit to share with us the true beginning of kundalini yoga.

 

“The value of a belief is by how much it helps you us.”

“Beliefs are not right or wrong, but helpful or harmful. (Swami Tadatmananda)”

 

 

 


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Masculine and Feminine 

The creation of the universe is through Shiva and Shakti, not the deities, but the masculine force and the feminine force. Shiva is the physical element of the universe, Shakti is the creative force. Shiva is the clay of the pot and Shakti is the artistic thought that created the pot. Shiva is every element in the universe to every atom in your body and Shakti is within you. 

 

 

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Veil of Ignorance 

 

The veil of ignorance must be lifted to experience consciousness: the state of enlightenment, free from suffering, feelings of bliss. It takes spiritual knowledge to achieve consciousness. Kundalini yoga is a portal to receive enlightenment to reach your true divinity. 

 

 

The pilgrimage 

 

A pilgrimage is one way to grow spiritually. A pilgrimage is a journey taken to a holy temple to be blessed by the god residing there. Different religions have different locations for their holy temples. Kundalini yoga comes from the Hindu religion. An inward visual pilgrimage to the sacred Hindu locations can be done through kundalini yoga. 

 

The inner pilgrimage 

Your visualization always starts from low and the energy rises. 

The crown of the head is the Himalayas. Your forehead is Lord Shiva. Between your eyebrows is the sacred city of Varanasi. The middle of your chest is Kurukshetra, this is the place of the massive Mahabharata fight. The heart is Prayaga, where the Ganya and Yamuna rivers intersect. 

 

 


 

Ancient Human Nervous System

 

The ancient Rishis mapped out a prescientific human nervous system. The nervous system always flows upwards. The routes are called nadis. There are 72,000 nadis but the main three are the Sushumna, Ida, and Pingala route. The nervous system has 5 Pranas or energy centers. The Sushumna route of the nervous system starts at the prana, Vyana, at the base of the spine. It flows upwards to the Samana,behind the naval. Then flows up to Alana, the heart area. Then flows up to Udana, the throat area. The energy is released through the crown of the head. The Ida route flows out the left nostril. The Pingala route flows out the right nostril. 

 

According to Sadhguru 

There are 114 junctions of nadis. But two are located outside of the body and four are just there as a consequence. This leaves 108 in the human body. The number 108 is important in the spiritual world because it appears multiple times in the solar system. 

 

“The distance between the earth and the sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun. The distance between the earth and the moon is 108 times the diameter of the moon. The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the earth (Sadhguru)”

 

The 112 chakras have seven dimensions. The seven chakras of yoga come from the seven dimensions of the 112 chakras. 

 

 

 


 

Lotus Flower

The sushumna route links together the seven chakras. The chakras are symbolized by lotus flowers. Lotus flowers grow in a muddy, dirty pond but they bloom with beauty, untouched by the mucky pond. The chakras are located in the impure human body but they remain untouched and pure. The visualization of symbols for the chakras is to have a focal point  for meditation purposes. 

 

“Kundalini Shakti is an exercise used to reach Sumahdi, a state of absorption.”

“The veil of your ignorance is lifted, your true self is revealed, consciousness is reached.” – the Vedas

 

 

Coiled Snake

 

Kundalini means coiled and Shakti represents energy. A coiled snake lays at the bottom of your spine.The serpent represents rebirth because it sheds its skin. You must wake up the sleeping serpent in you by agitating it. It will then move upwards through the sushumna route, piercing each chakra in until reaching the crown of the head activating the state of absorption.

 

 

 

Start the Fire

 

Certain yoga exercises can start the fire and awaken the serpent: Asanas, pranayama, and bandhas. 

  • The mula-bandha is to contract the anus. 

  • The pranayama, Bhastrika is to do fast and forceful exhalations with abdomen pulsation. 

 

When you start the fire, the serpent will escape upwards entering the Sushumna nadi. 

 

 


 

Meditation 

 

Start your meditation with a devotion or prayer. The coiled serpent begins in the yoni linga. The female and male parts that represent female and male energy, Shakti and Shiva, the balance of both energies. You start a fire to awaken the serpent. 

 

As you meditate, you envision the coiled serpent. Perform Mula-bandha or Bhastrika and feel the area become warmer. Envision the fire starting and you feel the warmth. The serpent wakes up and tries to escape the fire. The serpent rises upward; piercing each chakra and opening each chakra as it rises.

 

You then make the mantra sound, visualize the symbol, element and deity. When the area of the chakra feels warm, the serpent moves up to the next chakra. 

 

According to Sadhguru :

 

Kshetras 

 

The chakras are located inside the body in the physical plane. They are also located in the subtle plane. The chakra outside the body is called bahya kshetras, and the ones located inside the body are called antar kshetras. 

 

The antar kshetras is the normal intellectual state and the bahya kahetras is a higher state of being. You can go back and forth. The antar kshetras is your comfortable home and bahya kshetras is your exciting dream  vacation home.

 

The spiritual path from muladhara to sahasrara can be the basis of all spiritual journeys because you will travel through different dimensions, but the explanation of the seven chakras describes the intensity.

 

 

Guru

 

Most people do not know how to get past anja; the feeling of peace, untouched by external factors. 

Sahasrara, feelings of ecstasy, can be reached, but is difficult for the average person to get there, this is where a guru can be helpful. A guru can help show you the way.

 

“ Enlightenment means that you are lit from inside, so you cannot see darkness anywhere.”- Sadhguru 

 

 

 

 

According to New Age Yoga (sonima.com)

 

Yogi Bhajan 

 

Kundalini blends the physical and spiritual, using mantra, pranayama (breath control) meditation, and kriyas (repeated body movements designed to facilitate energy flow.) Both teachers and students wear turbans and white clothing. The color white, according to Yogi Bhajan, is considered to be cleansing, expanding the aura and guarding from negative energy. The head covering protects and contains the energy of the crown chakra, the uppermost energy center of the physical body. 

Yogi Bhajan spread kundalini Shakti to the west in 1969. Yogi Bhajan was Sikh and was influenced by Guru Nanak.. He established the organization, 3HO, healthy, Happy, Holy organization to spread Kundalini yoga and share the teachings .

 

“The Kundalini Research Institute describes Kundalini Yoga as “the practice of awakening our Higher Self and turning potential energy into kinetic energy (Anastatia  Nevin, Sonima .com) .”

 

 

 

New Age Kundalini Yoga Class

 

The teacher will start the class with the Adi mantra.

“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo,” (I bow to the subtle divine wisdom, the divine teacher within)

 

Next, the students will perform a series of breathing techniques called pranayama. Two pranayamas, having a count for the inhale and exhale and also vigorous inhales and exhales called breath of fire.

 

After the pranayamas, the teacher will perform kriyas. Such as, frog, to bend down and touch your toes on the inhale and then squat down in a frog position on the exhale. This movement is treated to warmth up the body, build strength , and improve blood circulation. This also opens up the heart chakra.

 

After the kriyas are finished, you lie down flat on your back with your palms facing upwards. Close your eyes and let the energies in your nervous system realign. 

 

At the end of class, the teacher will lead you in meditation and mudras.

 

“Class ends with the Irish blessing, “May the longtime sun shine upon you,” chosen in 1969 by Yogi Bhajan to close each Kundalini class Anastasia Nevin, Sonima.com)” 

 

 

Christopher Hills (tantricacademy.com)

 

The colors of the chakras were created by Christopher Hills. He published the book, Nuclear Evolution in the 70s. He associated the chakras with the colors and personality types. This correlation was created solely by him and has no ancient scripture regarding this correlation. But people from the western world loved the meaning of chakras, colors, and personalities; giving a psychological perspective and the tools to improve human behavior. 

 

 


 

CW Leadbeater

 

C. W. Leadbeater published his book, The Chakras, which were mostly formulated from his own meditations and insights on the matter. He has a very physical description of the chakras giving almost medical theory on the chakras.

 

 


 

Sir Arthur Avalon 

 

 Sir Arthur Avalon also known as Sir john woodroffe published a book, the Serpent Power, the secrets of tantric and Shakti yoga in (1918) it describes the right tantras chakras. He published books about tantra,  Hindu traditions, Hindu philosophy, and yoga. He describes each chakra with psycho-spiritual importance and presiding deities.

 

 


 

According to the Himalayan Academy:

 

People climb higher in their consciousness as they get older but if they don’t sustain their consciousness then they will regress to the muladhara. Stagnant in the stage of remembering, past memories, childhood memories. Stagnant in the reasoning stage. Asking themselves, “Why, why, why?” Why did this happen to me, why am I here, why don’t people like me?

A mature person will rise in consciousness through love, God realization, service to others, sadhana, pilgrimage, puja (worship), and meditation.

 

 

 

New Age Yoga

 

New age yoga uses the colors of the rainbow for each chakra, starting from the first chakra, the root chakra. Each chakra is connected to body organs. If you have a physical ailment such as, headache or digestive problems, a chakra may be imbalanced and needs to be corrected. The chakras are associated with personality attributes. The chakras energy can be too high or too low causing problems like narcissism or low self esteem. Depending on if the energy is too high, too low or well- balanced, the person will have effects in personality attributes or physical effects. Chakras can be balanced through yoga positions, meditation, sound healing, color healing, crystals, and professional practitioner healing. Sound healing can be done by bells, mantras and vibrations. For color healing you can eat foods of a specific color, wear clothes of a specific color, or surround yourself with a specific color. The color of the chakra that seems to be imbalanced is the color that needs to be absorbed. There are specific crystals used for specific chakras that need to be balanced. The crystals can be placed on the area of the chakra. There are energy healers such as Reiki practitioners that can balance a person’s chakras. 

 

New age yoga connects the chakras to emotions, physical health, and physical cleansing. Traditional yoga focuses on meditation to reach self realization.

 

“Yoga means meditation, defined as “the negation of the dualistic thought processes of the mind” (Yoga Sutra 1.2).”

 

Some of today’s yogis believe, opening the chakras can connect the person to the universe and different dimensions than the physical world. A person can experience energies, sounds, lights, and visions in the third eye.  To open the chakras is a spiritual journey to reach self realization, devotion to the Divine, or knowledge of your own divinity. Kundalini yoga is not for an outside experience or physical experience, it’s for inner knowledge, growth, and awareness.

 

Chakras in Buddhism 

the three universal chakras

  • crown

  • throat and

  •  heart

 

7 Chakras

 

According to the Vedas, There are seven chakras. They are represented by a lotus flower. The lotus flower represents a beautiful flower (your true divinity) blooming in muddy water (your physical body.) Each chakra is associated with an element. There is also deities in each chakra that can help you. There is a different mantra, or sound,  and symbol for each element. These associations can be thought of as, the chakras are the focal point and the rest is self reflection.  C W Leadbeater creates a physical visual of the chakras as a more physical connection to the nervous system.

Sir Arthur Avalon gives a psychoanalysis description of the chakras connecting it to behavioral patterns and problems. Listed are the chakras and their meaning and purpose, along with the different thoughts according to different influencers.

 

Starting from the beginning, chakras from Ancient India, to the influencers who spread kundalini yoga to the west. Starting from a spiritual and scientific description, to medical terminology , to psychoanalysis, and to personality/physical body/earthly experiences/spiritual connection.

 

 


 

-Bindu chakra (Sir Arthur Avalon)

 

  • lowest, below the Muladhara. 

 

-Muladhara or Root Chakra.

 

According to Ancient Sanskrit from 2,000 years ago,

  •  located at the base of the spine. 

  • The lotus flower has 4 petals.

  • The element is Earth

  •  Inside the lotus flower is a yellow square that represents its element, Earth. 

  • The deity is Brahma. This god is the creator of the universe and the reason for our existence. He sits on a lotus flower with 4 arms and 4 heads. 

  • The mantra is LAM. 

  • The Muladhara is a yoni and within it is a linga. Not the actual sex organs bu Shakti and shiva, the female and male principle. Yoni is kundalini Shakti and linga is pure consciousness. Kundalini Shakti is a serpent and shiva is a rounded linga. The serpent is wrapped around the linga. The intimate contact between the serpent and the linga starts a fire. 

 

Sadhguru explains the location is the perineum, between the anus and genitals.

 

According to CW Leadbeater, 1927

  • Has 4 spokes, looks like 4 quadrants, gives the shape of a cross

  • Has a red and orange hue

  • Symbolized by a cross or cross on fire

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon (Sir John Woodroffe), 1918

  • Associated with security, survival

  • Fight or flight response

  • The deity is Ganesha, with Dakini and Shakti

 

According to the Himalayan Academy

  • Associated with the memory center

  • 4 petals, 1 is past memories, the other 3 are memories related to karmas in this life

  • Associated with individuality, egoism, sexuality, dominance 

  • Stage of 0-7 year olds

 

According to New Age Yoga

  • Color- Red

  • Associated with the body parts; legs, colon, kidneys, prostate, bladder, and tailbone

  • The affirmation is: I am

  • Balanced attributes; secure, grounded, strong safe, basic needs are met

  • Imbalanced attributes; insecure, anxious , depressed

  • Basic need; survival

  • Understanding the cosmic earth energy

  • Experiencing qualities of the cosmic earth such as textures, vibrations, and fragrances.

 

-The second chakra is Svadhisthana or Sacral Chakra 

 

  • located at the sacrum. 

  • This chakra is associated with the water element. 

  • The lotus flower has 6 petals. 

  • The symbol is a white crescent moon. 

  • VAM is the mantra. 

  • Vishnu is the deity that sustains the universe as water sustains life. Vishnu has blue skin and 4 arms. 

 

According to Sadhguru 

  • Located  just above the genital organ

  • Pleasure 

  • You enjoy the physical life

 

According to CW Leadbeater

 

  •  Located at the spleen

  • Called the spleen chakra

  • Associated with the vitality which enters in us from the sun

  • thet vitality is exits out six horizontal streams, the seventh steam enters into the center of the wheel

  • The center has six petals or sections, each section has a different color that is bright like the sun; -red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon

  • located in the groin

  • emotion, sexuality and creativity

  • Connected to the sex organs, reproductive cycle, mood swings

  • White lotus with six petals and a crescent moon inside.

  • Deity is Brahma as its presidiy and Rakini as his Shakti

  •  source of creative and reproductive power.

 

According to the Himalayan Academy 

  • Once memory is established a person transfers to reason

  • Memories are dissected, edited, rearranged and stored

  • Reason manipulates memories

  • Theories and rational explanations based upon the intellect that was created through memories, instincts, and behavior patterns

 

According to the New Age Yoga

  • Color: Orange

  • Body Parts:  Reproductive Organs

  • Affirmation: I feel

  • Balanced Attributes: Creative, Joyful, Playful, Prosperous, 

  • Imbalanced Attributes: insecure, Anxious

  • May Have  experience of a water quality 

  • one becomes aware of the cosmic water element  and unity of liquid states of matter and the energy of consciousness. 

 

-Third is the Manipura or Nahbi Chakra located behind the navel. 

  • Manipura means abode of gems. 

  • This chakra is associated with the fire element. 

  • The lotus flower has 10 petals. 

  • The symbol for fire is a red tri

  •  RAM is the mantra for fire. 

  • Rudra is the deity who is the warrior side of Shiva. The power, fighter and boldness of Shiva. These are the qualities of this chakra. 

 

According to Sadhguru 

  • You are a doer

  • You accomplish things well

 

According to CW Leadbeater

  • receives a  force with ten radiations, which what gives it the image of ten petals or ten sections 

  • associated with feelings/emotions.

  • The color of different shades of red, with shades of green

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon

  • metabolism, energy

  • Connected to the digestive system

  • lotus with ten petals and inside is a downward triangle

  • Deity is Bradda Rudra, with Lakini as his Shakti

  • Will power

 

According to the Himalayan Academy 

  • The central nervous system where nerves merge to form the “second brain.” 

  • The ten petals can face up or down depending on the energy flow

  • Willpower

  • Individuality

  • The ego is at the highest stage

  • Intense emotions

  • Desire to conquer and fear of defeat

  • The chakra opens from 14-21 years old

 

According to  New Age Yoga

  • Color: Yellow

  • Body Parts: Pancreas, Stomach, Liver, Gallbladder

  • Affirmation: I do

  • Balanced Attributes: Confident, Positive, Empowered, 

  • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Confidence, Negative, Fearful

  •  one becomes aware of the cosmic fire element and the unity of  radiant states  of the energy of consciousness. 

 

-Fourth is the Anahata or Heart Chakra, located at the center of the chest.

 

  • Anahata represents the indestructible soul. 

  • The chakra is associated with the air element as it’s located close to the lungs. 

  • The flow of air gives us life so focus on the gratitude of each breath

  • . The lotus flower has 12 petals. The symbol is a smoky six point star. 

  • YAM is the mantra. 

  • The deity is a beneficent form of Shiva, with lots of heads to look in every direction to bless everyone. Shiva is known as the destroyer. As you destroy your precondition a new and better condition will manifest. Shiva is transformation and growth. 

 

According to Sadhguru 

  • Located just beneath where the rib cage meets

  • Creativity

 

According to CW Leadbeater

  •  each of its quadrants is divided into three parts, which gives it twelve sections

  • Golden color

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon

  • heart/emotions/passion

  • love, equilibrium, and well-being and acts as the source of emotional intelligence.

  •  Connected to the thymus, produces T cells to fight off diseases and is affected by stress

  •   lotus with twelve green petals and inside is two intersecting triangles, which form a hexagram, this represents the union of the male and female. 

 

According to the Himalayan Academy 

  • 12 petals-cognition can be expressed in twelve ways or as many masks or personae. 

  • well-balanced, content and self-contained. 

  • Understand life better

  • Tolerance towards others

  • Help others

  • Resolve conflict

  •  The chakra opens up Between ages 21-28 years old

  • People may regress to the previous stages

  • Mature souls will reach a ahaha consciousness with ease

 

According to the New Age Yoga

  • Color: Green

  • Body Parts: Heart, Lungs, Shoulders, Arms, Ribs, Breasts

  • Affirmation: I love

  • Balanced Attributes: Loving, Compassionate

  • Imbalanced Attributes: Lonely, Depressed

  • one becomes aware of the cosmic air element and the unity of all gaseous states of matter of the energy of consciousness. 

 

-Fifth is the Vishuddha or Throat Chakra. 

 

  • The meaning of Vishudra is to be untainted. 

  • This chakra is associated with the space element.

  •  The lotus flower has 16 petals. The symbol of space is  a transparent circle.

  •  HAM is the mantra of space. A bi-gendered form of Shiva, right is male and left is female. We are not just male or female but have both in us. 

 

According to Sadhguru 

  • Located at pit of the throat

  • Power

 

According to CW Leadbeater

  • Has sixteen sections with blueish green silver color like moonlight shining on the water

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon

  • sacred speech

  • communication and growth in expression 

  • (Panchavaktra Shiva) who performs the fivefold functions of creation

  • Shakini is his associated Shakti.

  • Connected to the thyroid which produces the hormone for growth and maturation 

  •  lotus with sixteen turquoise petals inside the lotus is a triangle and a silver moon

 

According to the Himalayan Academy 

  • Universal or divine love

  • Love for all; humans, creatures, earth and a connection through it all

  • No consciousness of emotion or thought when in this state

  • One is pure light

  • This chakra may open between the ages of 28-35 years old

  • Self realization-the inner being is the reality of himself.

 

According to the New Age Yoga 

  • Color: Light Blue

  • Body Parts: Throat, Thyroid

  • Affirmation: I speak

  • Balanced Attributes: Communicative,  Honest

  • Imbalanced Attributes: Shy, Withdrawn

  • one becomes aware of the cosmic ether element and the unity of space in the universe of the energy of consciousness. 

 

-Sixth is Ajna located between the eyebrows

 

  • This chakra is different because it has no element, mantra or deity

  • The Rishis said to Visualize a glowing linga. Focus on your pure consciousness within you. 

 

According to Sadhguru 

  • Intellectual realization that brings you peace.

  • Unrocked by what happens around you

 

According to CW Leadbeater

  • Appears as two sections

  • Each half is divided into 48 sections, making 96 sections

  • Rose colored  yellow, purplish-blue colors

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon

  • intuitive or psychic knowledge

  • dual state of Shiva as Shiva and Shakti, Ardhanarisvara

  • time, awareness and light. 

  • The pineal gland produces melatonin regulating sleep but it also may produce a psychedelic chemical dimethyltryptamine. 

 

According to the Himalayan Academy 

  • Third eye

  • Divine sight

  • 2 petals- one looks to the lower worlds the other looks to the higher worlds

  • The connecting link-the awakens soul relates to the lowest state

  • This chakra may opens between ages 35-42 years old 

 

According to the New Age Yoga 

  • Color: Indigo 

  • Body Parts: Nervous system

  • Affirmation: I see

  • Balanced Attributes: Intuitive,  Sense of Clarity

  • Imbalanced Attributes: Lack of Intuition

  • one becomes aware of the cosmic mind and aware of the unity of all minds in the universe 

 

-Seventh is Sahasrara or Crown Chakra. 

 

  • This may not actually be a chakra because it’s located outside of your body on the crown of your head.

  •  The lotus flower has 1,000 petals. The number 1,000 represents infinity. 

  • The serpent lands in the sahasrara becoming pure consciousness. At this time your mind will be in a state of absorption, somewhat of a feeling of being asleep while awake. Understanding that your divine self, your consciousness, is separate from your mind and body.

 


According to Sadhguru 

  • also known as brahmarandra,

  •  which is at the top of the head, where when a child is born, there is a soft spot. 

  • Highest energy, blissful, Ecstatic – there is no outer cause for these feelings but to have reached sahasrara

 

According to CW Leadbeater

  • Has different hues but mostly appears violet

  • 960 radiations of force in the outer circle, appearing as 960 sections

  • The inner circle has 12 sections and appears white and golden as it gets closer to the center

  • Last chakra to be awakened

  • Grows larger with spiritual growth with the potential to be as large as the whole top of the head

  • The divine force flows through each chakra

  • As the person realizes he is the king of the divine light, the chakra turns from a channel or tunnel to a dome like a crown of glory

 

According to Sir Arthur Avalon

  • highest intelligence (prajnanam)

  • pure consciousness

  • Control center of all chakras

  • destination of Kundalini

  • state of Samadhi or unified consciousness

  • Like the endocrine system connects to the nervous system controlling sensory and motor activity, the chakra controls wakeful consciousness

 

According to the Himalayan Academy 

  • governs 1,008 attributes of the soul body, shining through the golden soul body 

  • Self awareness 

  • Pure being

  • Brahmarandhra, or “door of God,” 

  • kundalini exits the body,

  • The spirit exits the body at death

  •  The chakra may open between ages 42-49 years old

 

According to the New Age Yoga 

  • Color: Violet or white

  •  Body Parts: Cerebral Cortex, Right Eye

  • Affirmation: I understand

  • Balanced Attributes: Spiritual, Enlightened, Connected to the divinity

  • Imbalanced Attributes:  Disconnect

  •  Self realization, pure consciousness 

 

The first information about chakras came from ancient India. The beliefs about chakras have changed over time and geography. Sir Arthur Avalon brought Kundalini yoga to the west in 1918. CW Leadbeater added his theories on chakras in 1927. Yogi Bajhan made the biggest impact on spreading kundalini yoga in the US in 1969. Christopher Hills, in the 70’s, made the biggest impact on adding the meanings of chakras associated with colors. You may choose to believe in the teachings of the ancient Rishi’s. You may believe that knowledge needs to adapt to changing times or believe that the information has been improved over generations. It doesn’t matter who chooses what to believe in. What matters is whether your beliefs are helping or hindering your mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Most of us have been through experiences that shook our world, like an earthquake, leaving an inner chaos that needs to be rebuilt. Whether you were left with a lack of security, lack of love, or lack of confidence, there is something out there that will heal you and rebuild you into a stronger person. What do you believe?

 

 

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http://Isha.sadhguru.org 

www.sonima.com

http://tantricacademy.com  

www.theosophy.world

www.hinduwebsite.com

www.himalayanacademy.com

http://zannakeithley.com

http://yogainternational.com 

http://buddhaweekly.com 

www.bbc.co.org 

 

 

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