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Chakras - Some Misconceptions

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The terms Chakras and Adharas are well-known to those who are pursuing Yoga.

Many of us have likely encountered these.

We have acquired knowledge through reading subject-related books and listening to experts in this field. The acquired knowledge often results in numerous misconceptions, as much of this information is derived from diverse philosophical perspectives offered by various schools of thought. Shaiva Aagamas discuss 144 chakras, Baudha Tantras mention five chakras, and Shakteya Tantras refer to six chakras. However, the Yoga Darshanas do not make any mention of chakras or adharas.

Chakra illustration by Hathavidya

According to the Hatha yogic system, the human body has sixteen adharas (or focal points) and six chakras.

The physical structure of a living organism, including all its parts. Chakras and adharas are essential for the aspirant to attain yogic objectives.

The human body has several adharas, which extend from the big toe to the crown of the head. The focal points between the middle part of the body and the mid eyebrows hold great significance. The Sadhak can precisely experience various stimuli at these points while engaging in subtle practices. Due to their cyclical nature, these energy centers are referred to as chakras.

All hatha yogic philosophies clearly reflect the influence of tantra, as they derived from it.The Tantra Shastra is a body of knowledge about Tantra's spiritual and ritual practices. Sir John Woodroffe, also known as Arthur Avalon, authored the renowned book 'Serpent Power' which provides an explanation of the chakras. The book is based on excerpts from 'Shad Chakra Niroopanam' and 'Paduka Panchakam' written by Poornananda Natha in Sri Tatvachinthamani. The book 'Serpent Power' has gained popularity among yoga enthusiasts worldwide. Regrettably, as a result of a deficiency in comprehension regarding the fundamental information and precise objective of the subject, numerous misinterpretations ensued. In the introductory note of "Mysterious Kundalini" by "Rene," Sir John Woodroffe explicitly states that he did not write the book based on personal practical experience.


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