According to Vedic tradition, everyone has seven energy centers in one's body. These seven energy centers serve as junction points between the body and the Cosmos (the eternal energy source of the universe). These spinning plates of energy in our body, called the chakras in Sanskrit, receive, assimilate and express our vital life energy. When the flow of energy in one or more of the chakras becomes blocked, we may develop physical and mental illnesses. These blockages can happen to number of reasons, but the most important point is that we need to balance these chakras and allow the inflow and outflow of energy seamlessly from our bodies for a healthy, happy, stress free living.
The Seven Chakras
As I mentioned earlier there are seven chakras in our which help us to balance all the energies within the body with the external source of energy in the cosmos.
First Chakra: Muladhara in Sankrit (red in color)
This chakra is ruled by Saturn. This is located in the Gonads glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of disstress in our life.
Located at the base of the spine, the first energy center, sometimes called “the root chakra,” relates to our most basic survival needs and our sense of belonging, whether to our family or a larger group. When this chakra is clear and energy flows through it freely, we feel secure and confident that we can easily fulfill our needs. On the other hand, blockage in this area can cause us to feel anxious and worried. This chakra is also supposed to be the place where the Kundalini energy resides.
This chakra, which connects us to the earth, gives us vital information about whether actions we’re considering will nourish us or pose a threat. When we have a decision to make, we can listen to the signals of the root chakra: Uncomfortable sensations are a message to be alert and reconsider, while pleasant feelings indicate that a given course of action is likely to meet our needs for safety and nourishment.
Second Chakra: Svadhisthana in Sanskrit (orange in color)
This chakra is ruled by Neptune. This is located in the Lyden glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of mysticism in our life.
This chakra resides in reproductive area and is associated with creativity and birth―both literally to a new baby but also metaphorically to new aspects of ourselves, projects and ideas. When this chakra is healthy, we’re tapped into the source of higher energy that helps us write beautiful music, develop an innovative business, or create a loving family life. When this chakra becomes congested, we may experience a block in our creative powers and a sense of dryness or emptiness.
Third Chakra: Manipura in Sanskrit (yellow in color)
This chakra is ruled by Mars. This is located in the Andrenals glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of anger in our life.
The third chakra, which governs our will, self-esteem and sense of personal power, is located in the solar plexus. When energy flows freely through this center, we’re confident about our ability to manifest our intentions and desires. When the third chakra is blocked, however, we feel powerless and frustrated.
Fourth Chakra: Anahata in Sanskrit (green in color)
This chakra is ruled by Venus. This is located in the Tymus glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of love in our life.
This energy center is sometimes referred to as the "heart chakra” because it resonates in the heart and relates to compassion and love. When the fourth chakra is flowing and open, we feel deeply connected to everyone in our life. But when it’s obstructed, we experience loneliness and a sense of alienation.
Fifth Chakra: Vishuddha in Sanskrit (blue in color)
This chakra is ruled by Uranus. This is located in the Thyroid glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of Psyche in our life.
This energy center is localized in the throat area and relates to communication and self-expression . . . the ability to voice our dreams. When our center of communication is clear, we’re able to express our truth without worrying about what others may think. In contrast, with a congested fifth chakra, we feel anxious about how other people will react to our views and are likely to censor ourselves.
Sixth chakra: Ajna in Sanskrit (indigo in color)
This chakra is ruled by Mercury. This is located in the Pineal glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of Mind in our life.
The sixth chakra, also known as the ‘brow chakra” or the “third eye” is located between the eyes. It’s the center of insight, where we integrate all the information and intuition in our life. When energy isn’t flowing easily through this chakra, we have a sense of self-doubt and distrust. When it’s open and clear, we feel deeply connected to our inner wisdom and trust that it guides us in our choices.
Seventh chakra: Sahaswara in Sanskrit (violet in Color)
This chakra is ruled by Jupiter. This is located in the Pituitary glad of our body. This chakra deals with the aspects of strength in our life.
This chakra resides at the crown of the head and is therefore sometimes called the “crown chakra.” It connects us to higher consciousness and pure awareness. The seventh chakra is known as the “Thousand Petaled Lotus,” which bursts open when we remember our true nature and experience enlightenment.
In the ancient Hindu teachings, each chakra has a specific vibration or primordial sound that we can repeat to release any energy that may be congested in that region. We can open up blocked
energy by focusing our attention and intention on the location of a chakra, and repeating its associated sound or mantra aloud. The following is a list of the energy centers and their
corresponding vibrational sounds:
Base of Spine: LAM
Reproductive Area: VAM
Solar Plexus: RAM
The practice of sound healing is referred to as chakra tuning and helps heal the body and enliven the energy centers. We can tune all of the chakras during a meditation session, moving up the spine. Alternately, it’s also useful to focus on a single chakra related to a physical or emotional difficulty we may be experiencing. For example, if we have a nervous stomach and feel powerless about some issue in our life, we can focus on the third chakra and repeat the sound RAM.
Sixth chakra: Ajna in Sanskrit (indigo in color). This governs the Pineal Gland in our body.
This chakra is ruled by Mercury
According to the ancient Vedas, this organ is your spiritual vision apparatus, your bridge between two worlds – physical and metaphysical. It allows you to have mystical and lucid dream experiences that are essential to your spiritual evolution. They are the messages from the Soul, and the pineal gland is the antenna designed to receive them.
Yet most people’s pineal gland is shut down by the time they’re 12 years old. You probably noticed it yourself – kids are all intuitive and spiritual by nature, but we loose these abilities when we grow up. Why?
The problem is the calcification of the pineal gland. This gland actually has a water-filled interior, which means that it calcifies with age, and for other reasons. What specifically causes the calcification?
Use of Sound SHAM and chanting the Mercury Mantra, helps to clear this chakra.
From Astrological Point of View
As I explained in the example, how we begin to beleive that life experience involves more than just the Earth. In the reality, It involves our entire solar system. Through the principles of astrology, each solar system in the universe is like a "university" - a place for higher learning. Our solar system has nine planets and each planet is a physical representation of a particular afterlife realm (or dimension).
Like in university we undergo tests to pass the university same in on the planet Earth. It will be easy for you to understand that our universe (including the Earth) is the third realm in the afterlife hierarchy and represents three-dimensional life. The planets exert an astrological influence on us. These astrological planetary influences originate from the afterlife realms that our souls have sojourned before our current Earth experience and in between Earth lives. The purpose of these astrological influences is to provide certain life lessons we must learn and for which we are tested on Earth.
We are connected in mind, body and spirit, to various afterlife realms and astrological bodies such as the moon, sun, planets, and stars. In fact, everything is connected together as one. Our solar system is our larger body and our bodies act as a miniature solar system. While on Earth, we are influenced in strong ways by desires that originate from our bodies. These desires not only affect our bodies but our soul as well and how we deal with these influences can determine our level of spiritual development. Through meditation and prayer, one can unlock the doors to the many dimensions, the many mansions, of God's kingdom. But the door must first be unlocked here on this Earth realm.
There are seven locations or the glands within the body that act as spiritual energy centers (called chakras in the East). It is through these spiritual centers that our soul finds a means of expression. These are the parts within our body that function like a miniature astrological solar system with our hearts performing the function of the sun - the center of the system.