The System of the Chakras

In some Hindu and Buddhist forms, certain energetic centres of the body have an important role to play in occult physiological practices. Traditionally, there are a great number of chakras in the human body. A total of 88,000 are mentioned in literature, and of course nobody can know them all. In Hinduism, seven are of particular importance (in Buddhism there are four), and are associated with specific colours which, naturally, can vary from interpretation to interpretation. Known elements can also be assigned to the seven colours of the chakra ladder: earth, water, fire, air, sound, light, thought (existence), emotions, metabolism, love, creativity, imagination and understanding. Reality arises from their swirling interplay. (Detailed text)

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Bibliography: B. Walker, Hindu World, London 1968; C. W. Leadbeater, Chakra, Triest o.J.; Katya Walter, Chaosforschung, I Ging und genetischer Code, Diederichs, München 1992; H. Zimmer, Indische Mythen und Symbole, Diederichs, München 1984.