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SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY:
A note on KUNDALINI and
The Psychic Centres of the Body
Every human body has six yogic centres, called cakras,
elaborately described in texts on yoga and
tantra.
They are intimately connected to the body's endocrine system.
With the successive awakening or activation of each of these
cakras,
there are corresponding changes in one's body,
emotions, mind and degree of consciousness.
The progressive expansion of consciousness yields
an increase of knowledge about oneself and
a deepening awareness of the self-luminant
Atman.
The root or base of all these cakras is the nerve centre called mUlAdhAra ,
a manifestation of the
prANa-zakti, the vital force of human life.
This centre as well as the other ones are not physical, they are subtle;
in other words, they cannot be located by the surgeon's knife.
The spinal column contains two subtle nerve-currents,

idA
on the left and pingala on the right
and a central passage, called the
suSumnA.
The nerve centres are actually situated on the
suSumnA;
where we use the physical terms like the navel, the throat, etc. below
we are only using approximate indicators to the locations.
The mUlAdhAra is said to be situated
at the lowest extremity of the spinal column,
in the region midway between the anus and the genitals.
The other nerve centres are, respectively,
the
svAdhiSTAna, at the root of the genitals,
the
maNipUraka, at the spinal spot opposite the navel,
the
anAhata, opposite the heart,
the
vizuddhi, opposite the throat,
and the
AjnA, opposite the spot between the eyebrows.
Twenty-one fundamental principles or tatvas of the universe,
all insentient, are indicated by the six
cakras.

optic (eye)
auditory
(ear)
gustatory (tongue)
olfactory (nose)
tactile (skin)
Five senses of
perception:
Mind, that is,
the aggregate of the four parts
of the mental function,
namely, the Ego,
the Intellect,
the receiving antenna and
the storehouse of memories.
AjnA cakra speech
handling
locomotion
evacuation
reproduction & carnal
pleasure
Five senses of
Action:

vizuddhi cakra
Sound
Space

anAhata cakra Touch
Air

Fire
svAdhiSTAna cakra Form

maNipUraka cakra
Taste
Water

mUlAdhAra cakra
Smell
Earth

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