<1>Although there are many propensities
(desires) existing in the universe, without
energy (raja guna)
which is the activating force, they would have remained dormant.
<2>The solar plexus is the coordinator of the
throughout the body. It is located to the left of the navel area.
<3>When the flow of
energy is directed downward (woman, passion), the lower
propensities, which reside in the lower
energy centers (chakras),
<4>When the same
energy is directed upward (Mother,
compassion), higher propensities will become active.
is directed toward any center as the kundalini (the awakening force
chakras) rises into each
chakra and attracts the
energy toward it to
activate its propensities.
center (chakra) controls
solid factor. The first sheath or kosha corresponds to this
chakra. The first kosha
is related to the physical body. The influence of this kosha brings
the longing for physiological and safety needs to be fulfilled.
<7>The propensities in this
chakra are: physical longing (physiological and safety needs),
psychic longing (desire to know), psycho-spiritual longing (desire
to know the unknown --
and spiritual longing (desire to know
God). <8>The last two longings are the effect of the
kundalini which resides in this
controls liquid factor. The second sheath (kosha) corresponds to
chakra. The second kosha
is related to pranic functions in the body. <10>Sexual
activity is a bodily pranic function. That is why this
chakra is so powerful. It uses
guna, Grace) directed
toward the external world (absence of The Divine Logic).
<11>The influence of this kosha results in
heedless actions and excess sexual desires. Some propensities in
chakra are distrust,
proudfulness, overindulgence, pitilessness, or mercilessness, and
fear of annihilation.
controls luminous factor (heat in the body which is mostly generated
from the digestive system). This
chakra is related to the third kosha or lower mental world. The
of the mind is directed toward the mundane external world. <13>General
longing is to gain control over others by misuse of power. Some of
the propensities of this
chakra are: backbiting,
slandering or betraying, over-attachment even though the person
knows it is not good, melancholy, cruelty, lethargy, jealousy, fear,
aversion and hatred, shame, and bashfulness.
<14>The propensities in the first three
chakras above are most
prominent in normal humans.
controls the aerial factor (lungs). The corresponding kosha is the
fourth kosha or higher mental world. The
energy starts to flow upward when the kundalini reaches this
chakra. That is why the unconditional Love is experienced in
chakra for the first
<16>The healing power also starts when
energy begins to flow upward to the fourth
chakra and higher.
<17>However, to raise the kundalini from the
chakras (lower nature)
to the fourth and above is the hardest part of the spiritual
journey. When this is done, a person "will be
from the lower self to the higher one. <18>Because of this
difficulty and overlap of
chakras into each other,
the complete transformation of the
energy to higher propensities and eventually to higher
chakras is very gradual in this level. That is why there are
still some negative propensities present in the fourth level. Some
of the propensities in this
chakra are: sense of
possessiveness, anxiety, arrogance and vanity, covetousness,
hypocrisy, indecision (being in the crossroads of falling back to
the lower nature or progressing further), unnecessary argument,
regret and misery, endeavor, discrimination between right and wrong,