Chakras are energy centers that exist on our higher bodies. It is explained that they have the form of vortexes that are spinning and transforming energies that we receive in every moment. There are seven main chakras, covering seven different locations in the body. These chakras have their Sanskrit names, which is as follows:
1st chakra – Muladhara; known as the base or sacral chakra; located in the base of the spine. This is the place where Kundalini energy lies dormant in the person who has not yet awoken this serpentine force of Kundalini-Shakti. This chakra is related to Earth element, and thus enables us to do well in the physical reality when it is active. Muladhara chakra responds to sound SSSSSS.
2nd chakra – Svadhistana; known as the navel chakra, as it is located in the area right bellow the navel. In Buddhist tradition, this is one the most important center in the body because it is in the middle between the top and the bottom of the physical body. It is related to water element and sexuality, and it responds to sound MMMMMM
3rd chakra – Manipura; also known as the solar plexus chakra because it is located in that area. This chakra collects and transforms the solar energy, giving nourishment to entire body. It is related to fire element, and it responds to vowel UUUUUU.
4th chakra – Anahata; known as the heart chakra, located in the middle of the chest. Its element is air, and is known as the bridge chakras, or the reconciling chakra, due to its location between the three higher chakras and the three lower ones. This chakra when active, besides other functions, transforms and channels the love energies throughout our system, nourishing the body with this vital divine energy. It responds to vowel OOOOOO.
5th chakra – Vishuddha; also known as the throat chakra due to its location in the throat area. It is closely associated with creation through word or sound. Its element is Ether, and it responds to vowel EEEEEEEEE.
6th chakra – Ajna; also known as the third eye or brow chakra as it’s located in the brow area. Throughout history this chakra was known as the Eye of God, or the Eye of Shiva; giving ability of clairvoyance and deeper insight when functioning to its full potential. Its element is Maha-tattwa (a combination of all the four tattwas). It responds to sound IIIIIIIIII.
7th chakra – Sahasrara; also known as the crown chakra, located on top of the head. It is depicted as the lotus flower of one thousand petals. It develops as the spiritual work is performed, proportionally to the ascent of Kundalini and the death of the egos (inner defects). When developed, it connects the person with divinity and provides with the sense of oneness. Its element is divine energy.
Each of the chakras have very important function of transformation of energy, and in the esoteric sense it gives the aspirant on the path a higher form of senses, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, intuition, polyvision, empathy, ability to understand deep teachings etc.
Before the aspirant starts gradually incarnating his/her Being, these energy vortexes (chakras) can provide them with spiritual sensations and feelings, and give a much needed boost.
When Kundalini rises up the spine, it has direct effect on the chakras, making them more active, purified, and can stimulate psychic perceptions that correspond to each of the seven main chakras, depending on readiness of the aspirant to receive such abilities.