and Internal Kalachakras
According to ancient yogic traditions, two major time wheels called
kalachakras are continuously at work maintaining our existence.
The external kalachkra represents the macrocosmic forces and is
an external zodiac comprised of the planetary zodiac ( the seven
planets) , the elementary zodiac (elements, weather, seasons,
weeks, sun and moon phases, lunar mansions, etc.) , and the constellation
zodiac ( the twelve zodiac signs ). The external kalachakra represents
the science of creation-the cosmology and anatomy and physiology
of the universe.
The external kalachakra is reflected on the microcosmic level
by the internal kalachakra of the human body . This internal zodiac
is composed of seven energy centres or chakras which are fed by
the universal energy carried in every breath or prana we take
in and disseminated throughout our bodies via the system of airways
called nadis . The chakra which is Sanskrit for "wheel"
is so named as it is said to look like a spinning wheel of color
and light. Prana meaning "pra", first and "ana",
food is the primordial food. It is the vital food that animates
the human body, giving life and activity to all mental, emotional
and physical processes. Kirpal Singh describes prana as the "sum
total of all energy that is manifest in the universe, the sum
total of all the forces in nature." This "life"
energy , carried by the specialized energy centres ( chakras )
located throughout the human body, is absorbed and distributed
to our cells, organs and body tissues.
There are seven types of prana which emanate from the solar wind
and sunlight . These generate prana cycles in the earth's atmosphere,
creating the seven seasons and the seven hours of the day. It
is these seven types of prana that are found within the seven
chakras in the human body. Each is associated with a particular
chakra, organ and tissue layer. The internal kalachakra - the
yoga chakras system or the Chakra Tree of Life is turned on and
off by interaction with the external kalachakra.
The quality of the solar pranas vary hourly, daily, weekly, monthly
and yearly and are also influenced by geography, levels of pollution
and weather conditions. All these factors are communicated to
our seven internal energy centres or seven biological vortex clocks
that generate major biocycles. Each major chakra is directly linked
to a particular part of the body as well as to a specific hormone-producing
gland and system of bodily nerves. These energy centres influence
the glandular and organ systems of the body by turning them on
and off. The chakras, however, are much more than regulators of
physiological functioning in the body's endocrine glands. The
chakras are also seen as spiritual and emotional processors of
energy. Each chakra records different emotional events and traumas
that we are affected by throughout our lives. We store various
kinds of "emotional memories" in these wonderous centres.
Chakras function as emotional and spiritual energy transformers
which input a coded energetic message used by our bodies to pass
along biological information that ultimately contributes to wellness
or dis-ease. Every moment of every day as we breathe in the energy
or gross prana of the universe we remain continuously connected
to the macrocosmic energy. When uninterrupted this connection
which is carried throughout the body in the form of subtle prana,
nourishes and sustains us and we experience good emotional, mental
and physical well being. When interfered with, we experience periods
of ill health.
The Lotus Flower
The seven chakras are also called the Seven Lotus Flowers of LIfe
since the lotus flower is the universal symbol of life, harmony,
purity, health and growth. In Buddhism it is a symbol of enlightment.
It is further associated with mental and spiritual perfection,
love, passion and compassion, the victory of the spirit over the
senses and the victory of intelligence, wisdom and knowledge.
In fact it is said that the universe itself may be unfolding in
the shape of a cosmic lotus flower.The seven chakras or lotus
flowers form an integral part of our link with the soul.
Each chakras can be seen as having a composition similar to that
of the petals of the lotus flower. The seven chakras together
contain fifty-two lotus petals, representing the fifty-two weeks
of the year, and the fifty-two days in each of the seven seasons
of the year. They represent the fifty-two letters of the Sanskrit
alphabet and the sounds of the Sanskrit letters.
Life, according to yogic philosophy can thus be seen as a manifestation
of cosmic time cycles, an expression of the macrocosmology within
us . The external kalachakra of the universe and the internal
kalachakra , the microcosmology of the human body are reflections
or mirror images of one another.The position of the sun, moon,
stars and planets influence our health by creating varying configurations
in atmospheric conditions which we, in turn , breathe in for dissemination
throughout the chakra system. The seven chakras which receive
the prana are named after the seven planets which directly influence
them. Each centre carries the characteristic mental, emotional
and physical attributes of one of the planets. It is this process
that forms the basis for Yoga medical astrology. Thus within man
lies the sum total of the universe. Due to its symbolic association
with the Lotus, the system of determining our inherited health
predispositions and lifetime health tendencies from the information
given through the kalachakras is also referred to as Lotus Medical
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