Types of Chakras
The simplistic position asserts that there is only one type of chakra,
or at best two (major and minor). This in fact is quite incorrect,
and comes from the obscure nature of the aura and the subtle
body (yogic anatomy), and the fact that the different grades, organs,
strata, and so on are frequently confused and jumbled, owing to a lack
of an overall systematic framework.
It seems to me that there are at least five different chakra series
(and probably more). These are:
The Seven Primary Major Chakras - these are
archetypal and pertain to emanated levels of Consciousness and Being - the "inner subtle, causal and supracausal being. In each of these regions or hypostases they represent the original microcosmic vertical axis
("Mount Meru"), and contain (links to) gods and major planes
The Tan Tien ("Cauldren" for the processing of ch'i), of which there are
at least three, which seem to constitute the etheric
counterparts of the Primary Chakras, and are located with the body.
The (at least 18, if not much more) Secondary
Major Chakras. These are etheric and pertain to the subtle physical being. They ideally constitute - or rather can be awakened into - a rhythmic microcosmic orbit (although this is very rarely the case because of congested energy flow etc)
The ten(?) important "chakras" (if they can be called such) are obviously
also associated with the internal organs. Chinese medicine speaks
of the five pairs (one major and one minor) of internal organs, each pair
associated with specific correspondences
such as an emotion, a taste, colour, cardinal point, etc etc. These
body chakras would seem to constitute a different series again.
A larger number of Tertiary, Minor Chakras.
These are associated with acupunture points, sensitive points in the body,
An even much larger number of Quaternary, Quinternary etc chakras (minor
acupuncture points etc), associated along the meridians.
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page uploaded 3 January 2000, last modified 24 November 2005