What are chakras?

The chakras are subtle energy centres that are aligned with the Central channel (Sushumnānāḍī) of the Kunḍalinī system. There are seven main Kundalini chakras that are distributed along the Central channel. They provide subtle-energy to the functions of the body organs, mind and intellect. However, they are primarily associated with the subtle-body of a person. Their names, in descending order from upwards to below, are as follows:

Number

Sanskrit name of the Kundalini chakra

Western name of Kundalini chakra

7

Sahasrār-chakra

Crown chakra

6

Ādnyā-chakra

Brow chakra

5

Vishuddha-chakra

Throat chakra

4

Anāhat-chakra

Heart chakra

3

Maṇipur-chakra

Navel chakra

2

Swādhishṭhān-chakra

Sacral chakra

1

Mūlādhār-chakra

Root chakra

Below is a diagrammatic representation of the positions of the various chakras.

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The Brahmarandhra is a subtle-opening (conduit) above the Sahasrar-chakra from which Divine energy is received. The Kundalini passing the Brahmarandhra indicates the spiritually evolved merging with God. It is also the opening through which the spiritually evolved exit when leaving their body at the time of death.

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