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Millions and millions of tiny vital life forces whirling through the body are concentrated into centers called chakras. Chakra means "wheel" in Sanskrit. They are called wheels because energies spin at these points, rotating clockwise at a certain frequency. The activity resembles a galaxy of planets, each spinning on its axis. The seven main chakras that you will learn about are located in the spinal cord region and are reflected, and felt after Self-Realization, in various parts of our bodies. Each chakra is designed to supervise and maintain the perfect operation of the bodily systems under its control.

An understanding of what each chakra attracts and what can disturb it is important for our well-being. Every thought and action influences the sensitivity and performance of these centers. As a beginner, the initial task is to clear away the gross negativity; this may take time but the results will be felt from the outset. The source of all this information is available to you once you experience Self-Realization and your chakras are gradually cleared.


The Kundalini is the power of pure desire within us - a maternal, spiritual energy which resides in a latent state in the triangular sacrum bone at the base of the spine. (Sacrum means “sacred or holy bone,” from the ancient Greek, and is the medical term still used today.) The awakening of the Kundalini was always the goal of all the religions and all the spiritual traditions throughout the world. "The Kundalini cures you, improves you, and showers you with blessings. It keeps you free from all the problems of the material world," says Shri Mataji, the founder of Sahaja Yoga.