The chakras are the seven major energetic intersections in the body that run from Muladhara chakra, the ‘four-petal lotus flower’ at the base of the spine to Sahasrara chakra, the ‘thousand-petal lotus flower’, just beyond the crown of the head.
Each chakra has a certain number of energetic pathways, also called nadis, which pulse through them, giving them their ‘flower shape’. accordingly, each chakra has a specific number of ‘petals’, the same in every human body.
But how do these energy centers relate to the Sanskrit language?
If you think of the chakras in their lotus flower form, and add up the number of petals from Muladhara, the base chakra, to Ajna, the sixth chakra, (excluding the seventh, crown, chakra), you would count exactly 50 petals.
Muladhara has four ‘petals’ or corners to its shape. The second chakra, Swadhisthana has six. The third, Manipura, has ten. Anahata has 12. Visuddhu, 16. And Ajna has 2. Together, 50 petals.
HERE’s THE THING. Those 50 petals, or nadis, each emits its own vibration, its own specific sound.
The ancient Yogis became so still and silent in their meditations that they could hear these universal sounds and they became the 50 syllables of the Sanskrit alphabet. Put together as a chant, the Sanskrit alphabet becomes the Mantra Laya. But that’s another story ;)
And the seventh chakra? Sahasrara is the culmination of all of the Sanskrit sounds which combine to become the sound of AUM, or OM. The collective sound of creation, containing all of the sounds of the universe.
Sounds like magic, but it's science!
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