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Chakras of your Body

Chakras of your Body


Yogic science recognizes that spiritual health is activated by a system of chakras or “nerve” centers, said to be located within the spinal column. Cosmic energy lies coiled within these chakras and has to be awakened for self-realization. 


Chakra
Chakra



Modern technology has provided us with the means to examine the state of our bodies. But nothing has helped us discern character, personality, or the potential for goodness. The most important aspect of a human being is the part which lies between the outer skin and the nnermost soul—the shakti, which includes the mind, intellect, emotions, vital energy, the sense of “I,” the powers of will and discrimination, and the conscience. These are different in every human being, and that makes us individually both mysterious and unique.
In yogic terminology, the soul is called purusha shakti, while prakriti shakti or the energy of nature, came to be called kundalini by the ancient yogis. Kundalini is the divine, cosmic energy which exists as a latent force in everyone. When the prakriti shakti is awakened, it gravitates toward the very core of the soul or  purusha shakti (male energy).

seven chakra of body
Seven Chakras


Awakening cosmic energy 

This fire of divine, cosmic energy is ignited by yoga- agni, the fire of yoga. When a fire is covered with ashes, it goes out. In the same way, if our senses are inert, or if we are motivated by pride, self-indulgence, and envy, the kundalini is kept in a dormant state. If we allow such negative qualities to dominate our thinking over long periods, our spiritual evolution is not merely hampered, but actually halted. We have always known that health is important, but it is time to realize, as proponents of yoga have known for generations, that our physical condition is inextricably linked to our state of mind. Yogic science recognized this connection from the very beginning. In order to achieve perfect physical health, the ancient sages concluded, you must activate the body’s chakras. Chakras are notionally located along the spine, from the brain to the tailbone. But while the spine is a physical entity, chakras are not composed of matter. Although they possess no physicality, they govern all the elements of the body.

Awakening cosmic energy
Cosmic Energy


The meaning of chakras 

Chakra means “wheel” or “ring” in Sanskrit and our personal chakras have energy coiled within them. They are the critical junctions which determine the state of the body and mind. Just as the brain controls physical, mental, and intellectual functions through the nerve cells or neurons, chakras tap the prana or cosmic energy which is within all living beings and transform it into spiritual energy. This is spread through the body by the nadis, or channels. Being invisible, chakras are tangible only through their effects. They can be accessed once the student of yoga has achieved all the eight aspects of yoga when the human self merges with the divine self There are 11 chakras of which 7 are crucial  and the others dependent. The most important is the Sahasrara chakra, where prakriti shakti or energy, unites with purusha shakti, or soul. The practice of yoga is directed at awakening the divine energy within every human being. Asanas and pranayama uncoil and alert the chakras. In the process, the nadis are activated. This causes the chakras to vibrate and to generate energy, which is then circulated all over the body through the nadis. The emotions rooted in the chakras are transformed as divine energy is awakened and circulated. To achieve self-realization the sincere student of yoga will, with persistent, rigorous practice, conquer the 6 main obstacles to happiness—desire, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, and envy.