No Chakra Balancing

The modern view of the 6+1 system tends to based on Anodea Judith’s “Wheels of Life” orchakra-vert books that use her book as source material, which is based on a crude and partial translation of a Sanskrit text on the chakras by Arthur Avalon ( aka John Woodroffe) in 1918 and Leadbeater’s “The Chakras” written in 1927. The psychological associations are western and modern. Jung and Freud did not read Sanskrit work of any ancient Rishis (as far as I know). The same can be said for any association with bodily organs, herbs, teas, essential oils, crystals, angels, tarot, and anything else found in the western mystery schools.
Chakra and Chinese Medicine: Balancing Yinyang and zhangfu are based on classical texts of Chinese medicine. This is different as it is based on the context which is defined by the View of subtle body underlying Chinese medicine. Chakra definition that comes from classical Sanskrit texts does not have any attributes of physical/psychological aspect that is used in new-age and modern Chinese medicine texts. Not saying acupuncture does not work on subtle body, all I am saying is the descriptions of chakra in most western Texts does not align with classical tantric text from which they originated. And classical and canonical Chinese Medicine text do not define chakra. Also the regarding the work of  Dr. Mikio Sankey’ (Esoteric Acupuncture), I am not saying his work does not produce results, rather his  work and definition of Chakra is based on what was ‘channeled’ to him, not from classical Sanskrit text and is much far from it. So is Alice Bailey and Madame Blavatsky’s work.

Chakra and Holism: As far as I understand the concept of ‘Holism’ is Hermetic and/or Germanic, not of Vedic or Tantric origin. Yes, Vedic/Tantric does not define reality in terms of parts/whole. It is a misconception (or modern conception) that Ayurveda, Yoga, Tantra is about Holism. There is ancient mantra in Isha Upanishad: ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते पूर्णश्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते – Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate Puurnnashya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate – “That is Purna (full, whole, complete, without parts, no-dual); This is also Purna; From Purna comes Purna, taking Purna from Purna, Purna Indeed Remains.” And the same is described in Tantric texts as metaphor of Indra’s Net of Jewels – (the net of infinite jewels, so arranged and interconnected that each of the jewel reflects all the other jewels in the net, and each reflection of jewel reflects all of the others, so on so forth into infinite regression). It is only now after discovery of fractals and holograms that we are able to describe the nature of reality that is described in Vedic/Tantric texts in modern terms.

In the context of trauma and illness, it means that any dysfunction is felt at all levels of living-being, although it may have its epi-center in a specific physical or emotional space, its impact will be felt unfolding in all aspects of the being (and universe), sooner or later. And according to Vedic/Tantric so should the treatment be. That is why the vedic saying – healing oneself is, healing the universe. Chakra are gates in subtle-body that lead to different levels (or fields, Sanskrit: ‘kshetra’) of reality and perceptions. The inner(chakra)work is to move the awareness in/out of different fields of perceptions/reality. And this may to come you as a surprise – the inner(chakra)work is done when one is free of all illness and trauma. Yes, classical tantra does not recommend doing inner(chakra)work if one is in pain and suffering from any kind of illness, physical or emotional. Because a suffering heart-mind-body does not have required inner-resources to do the inner(chakra)work and can lead to more suffering and pain. That is why first and foremost is to heal, body-senses-mind. That also why the first six of the eight steps in Patanjali’s yoga-sutra are for working with body-senses-mind. In fact, the goal of Ayurveda to support longevity is by healing body-senses-mind, so a person can live fully and do the inner-work. And hence, the classical Ayurvedic text does not mention chakra. Inner(chakra)work comes after when one does not need Ayurveda or medicine. Only when one has clear, free and open, heart-mind-body then they are ready for doing the inner(chakra)work.

Classical Chakra Texts: The common ground of Siddha Lineages are  diverse set of internal practices (or internal work) to be done by person themselves (i.e., without relying on any external means) to gain the understanding and realization of the subtle-body-perception. This is based on  my personal understanding and experience of classical vedic, yogic and tantric traditions and specifically , ‘Siddha Tradition’ and  by ‘classical’ I mean, the ‘living lineages and traditions’ that originated in India prior to 7th CE.   Several Upanishads (Nada-Bindu, Tripura, Brihadaranyaka, Dhyana-Bindu, Kalagni-Rudra, Yoga-Kundalini, Yoga-Sikha, Yoga-Tattva, Yoga-Chudamani, Shandilya, etc) deal with this topic and also many tantric texts (Siddha-yogeśvarī-mata, Vijñāna Bhairava, Tantralokah, Tantrasar, Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, Hevajra, Guhyasamāja, Kalachakra, Kaulajñānanirnāya, etc) explain the practice and topography of inner-space. However, almost all of these require a qualified teacher to explain the layered meaning and view of practices.

 

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