--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "sparaig" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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> Quick google search yields little about chakras as spiritual 
thingies. There are "wheels" 
> mentioned, but not spiritual nexi specifical called "chakras." This 
appears to be a Tibetan 
> Buddhist term,

?????

In Hinduism and in some related Asian cultures, a chakra is thought 
to be a nexus of metaphysical and/or biophysical energy residing in 
the human body....

The chakras are described in the tantric texts the Sat-Cakra-
Nirupana, and the Padaka-Pancaka, in which they are described as 
emanations of consciousness from Brahman, an energy emanating from 
the spiritual which gradually turns concrete, creating these distinct 
levels of chakras, and which eventually finds its rest in the 
Muladhara chakra. They are therefore part of an emanationist theory, 
like that of the kabbalah in the west, lataif-e-sitta in Sufism or 
neo-platonism. The energy that was unleashed in creation, called the 
Kundalini, lies coiled and sleeping at the base of the spine. It is 
the purpose of the tantric or kundalini forms of yoga to arouse this 
energy, and cause it to rise back up through the increasingly subtler 
chakras, until union with God is achieved in the Sahasrara chakra at 
the crown of the head....

The earliest known mention of chakras is found in the later 
Upanishads, including specifically the Brahma Upanishad and the 
Yogatattva Upanishad. These vedic models were adapted in Tibetan 
Buddhism as Vajrayana theory, and in the Tantric Shakta theory of 
chakras.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

The word chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for "wheel" or disk" and 
originated within the philosophy of the ancient yoga systems of 
India, most specifically from the Tantric texts. In this system, 
there are seven major chakras arranged vertically along the spine, 
starting at the base of the spine and ending at the top of the head. 
In the physical body, these seven chakras correspond to major nerve 
ganglia, glands of the endocrine system, and various bodily 
processes, such as breathing, digesting, or procreating. 

http://www.llewellynencyclopedia.com/article.php?id=249



> 
> Paul? How much did Gurudev say about chakras and kundilini, for 
that matter?
>







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