The science of chakras

This is the introduction video to the series of 7 major chakras, all of which is from Dada Sada’nanda. In our opinion, Dada’s videos are one of the most clear and succinct in explanation because he speaks from experience. We know because what he describes is exactly how we have experienced it, too. So, instead of us telling you about the chakras we would rather you hear it from a great teacher.

Below is a transcript from the video. Right at the bottom is a Journal Activity to help you increase your understanding of the chakra system.

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Today we are starting a very special practice where the yoga practice is based on a science of how the body and mind are related and how emotions are produced and acquired in the mind. As we gain knowledge over our emotions we can control and regulate our emotions through yoga practices. We can transform our lives in a positive way.

Two words that we will use throughout our talk: Chakra and Vritti. According to Patanjali, yoga is the suspension of all mental vrittis and to enter a deep state. Yoga is not possible when the mind is turbulent. So first we need to attain a stable and peaceful mind. The only way to do this is to control the emotions. It is not suppression, denial or rationalisation but an easy management. Emotion is an energy looking for an expression. Ideally, that energy should be expressed positively to achieve the highest ideals in life.

Chakra in Sanskrit means a circle. They are the controlling centres in the body much like in a city we have governors and mayors. The chakras are connected to the regulation of hormones of glandular systems. The chakras exist in the form of energy so they are psycho-spiritual energy centers. They are located at 7 major sites in the body. Crown, throat, heart, abdomen, genital and right below. They are described as whirlpools of life energy. Around the chakras are smaller whirlpools which are called vrittis.

The ancient sages depict the chakras as lotuses with different number of petals. Four, six, ten, twelve, sixteen, two and one thousand. They found out that the chakras control basic physical activities in the body. The physical universe consists of 5 elements – earth, water, fire, air, ether or space and time. The universe is reflected in our body. Earth or the solid element is our bones, skin, etc. Water element is our blood and body fluids. Fire is our digestion, body heat and warmth. Air is our voice and the production of sounds. The ether controls all the other elements.

Where in the body do you feel your emotions e.g. fear, love, anxiety, or curiosity? Most of the time we are correct about where we feel certain emotions – anxiety in our belly, love in our heart area and thinking in our forehead. Vrittis can be of different emotional families and are therefore located in different parts of the body. It’s like there is a family of 4 vrittis in the Root Chakra, 6 in Sacral Chakra, etc, etc. They are similar within the same family because they represent the same level of thinking yet they are different from the family above and below.

Therefore by looking at the chakras in our body we can see the evolution of our self from the lowest instincts to the highest spirituality. These different families of emotions are represented by an animal symbol in each chakra. Like an elephant in the Root, a crocodile in the Sacral, etc. These traits are there in our psyche. The crocodile instincts are still there together with the human instincts. Anger, hatred, greed, etc, all these will be there in the lower chakras. As we ascend higher to the heart chakra, we feel more of the human emotions of love, to do good, and to care. AS you go higher, you encounter the more super human emotions and you are in pursuit of knowledge beyond. At the top is where you aspire to experience consciousness on a cosmic scale.

Unlike animals we are carry the potential of the highest and the lowest evolutionary expression. It is up to us what choice we will make. Do we want to stay at the low level or to rise as high as possible in our evolutionary to the super human and divine level? Therefore the chakras is a description of the emotions that keep us mired at these different evolutionary levels. From here we learn how to use yoga to help us overcome our emotional bondages and direct the mental energy away from feeding the emotions to something higher. From destructive to constructive. Energy that is not refined will drag you into something nonsensical.

So the question is how to gently and without suppression and violence to transform our inner being so that the energy flows higher to our highest possible evolutionary level? It is not a trivial task as it can take many millions of years just to achieve one evolutionary level. This introduction will be enough and in future videos I will explain the vrittis for each chakra. The chakras when they are healthy and strong you can direct the energy of the mind and is used in a constructive way. You have become a demigod. We are striving to be first a human and then a divinity. The fullest expression of humanity is divinity.

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Journal Activity: For this activity, it’s time to do some Googling and to find out what the 7 major chakras are. You might want to add the Sanskrit names to each of the chakras with a simple drawing of each one of them so that as you proceed further into the series of videos by Dada, you can then add notes to your drawings. We often find this to be one of the best ways to retain information when you add image and visuals to words like for example a mind map. Or, if you like you could print out coloured pictures of the chakras and paste them into your journal. Do whatever gives you the most satisfaction and inspires you to want to learn more about the chakras which is really like a map of your inner self.

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