Hindus believe in chakras

Energy centers play an important role in Hindu religion and are closely related to certain colors

Seven important energetic centers lie along the human spine - this is the teaching in Hinduism. These centers, called chakras, influence the mental and physical health as well as the spiritual development of the person. Each chakra is assigned a lotus flower and a color that reveals something about its properties. According to Hindu ideas, the chakras can also be stimulated with colors.

Like a rainbow of thick lotus flowers, the seven main energy centers in Hinduism run vertically through the body. They are connected to one another via energy channels - ideally, energy flows freely between them, according to the Hindu idea. If this flow of energy is disturbed, it affects the psychological, emotional and physical well-being. Likewise if a chakra or a color is too dominant or too weak.

This teaching is difficult to understand for the western way of thinking and medicine. Especially since there is no scientific evidence that it is correct. However, it is increasingly finding its way into Germany through Eastern healing practices and relaxation exercises such as yoga and meditation. What sounds more like esoteric nonsense to many, means an alternative view of human beings and healing methods for others.

According to Hindu doctrine, people who have become sensitive through mental and physical exercise can already tell from their appearance whether a person is in inner balance and healthy. Because each chakra has its own color and this is also visible to the outside world as a so-called aura around the person for such sensitive people, disorders can be diagnosed using the aura. Because the colors of the weakened chakras do not shine so strongly. Such disorders and blockages can, however, be resolved and diseases can be healed. Because the weak chakras can be stimulated according to the Hindu idea. For example with their own colors, for example with certain colored lights, such as those used in color therapy. But massage techniques, yoga and relaxation exercises also serve this goal, according to Far Eastern teachings.

Physical health, including a healthy diet and lifestyle, is a necessary prerequisite for the perfect enlightenment sought by the Hindus. For the way there, the lowest and the highest of the seven main chakras are of great importance.

According to Hindu teachings, the lowest energy center, known as the root chakra, contains the sleeping spiritual potential of the human being, often referred to as divine cosmic power or Kundalini. It is symbolically represented as a snake sleeping in the lowest chakra. Only when she is awakened, for example through yoga techniques, can the path of enlightenment begin. It leads through all chakras up to the highest level, the uppermost crown chakra. Here the Kundalini power can unite with the so-called cosmic soul and find enlightenment.

The root chakra is at the end of the spine and is red, sometimes gold. It is called Muladhara and is represented by a four-petalled lotus. In Hinduism it stands for vitality and will, instincts, basic trust, stability, assertiveness. On the physical side, the pelvic floor, digestion, bones, legs and feet are assigned to it. If it is too weak, according to the teaching, there will be disorders in the corresponding organs, for example in the form of digestive disorders or mental sensitivities. The spiritual power sleeps unused. According to the Hindu belief, the color red can invigorate the root chakra.

However, if the root chakra is "healthy" and the Kundalini power awakens, it can rise further upwards, according to the teaching, to the sacral or sexual chakra (Svadhisthana) with the color orange or vermilion and the representation as a six-petalled lotus. As the name suggests, among other things it stands for sexuality - on a mental and emotional level. According to the teaching, disturbances in this chakra therefore have effects on the love life. The sacral chakra stands for sensuality, emotions, creativity and creative life energy. Among other things, the pelvic area, the sexual and abdominal organs, the blood circulation and the immune system are assigned to it.

An important energy center on the further upward path of Kundalini power is the following third chakra, Manipura. According to the Hindu belief, it contains will, power, personality and wisdom as the umbilical or solar plexus chakra. It glows yellow. Manipura is also the place where defense artists from Jiu Jitsu, Karate and Judo "breathe". The impulse for their movement comes from this center of the body. Many actors and singers also consider the umbilical chakra to be an energetic center. In the western world it is probably the most famous chakra. It is represented by a ten-leaf lotus flower. According to Hindu teaching, the stomach, small intestine, liver, spleen, the vegetative nervous system and the pancreas are assigned to it.

The heart chakra, anahata, is green, sometimes also pink, and in Hinduism it also stands for love, compassion, warmth of the heart, relationship, openness. If the flow of energy is blocked, this results in bitterness, loneliness and problems in accepting love. On a physical level, the heart, lungs, bronchi, bloodstream, upper back and shoulders are affected by poor energy flow in this chakra, according to the teaching. Its 12-petalled lotus is followed by the 16-petalled blue throat or throat chakra. Shoulders, ears, neck, larynx, jaw, esophagus and windpipe as well as breathing and voice are assigned to him and accordingly Visuddha in Hinduism stands for communication, musicality, singing and expression of creativity.

Ajna, the brow chakra, is at the level of the forehead. It is also called the third eye by the Hindus, because according to their beliefs, clairvoyant abilities should emanate from this chakra. It is depicted as a lotus with twice 48 leaves and is deeply indigo in color. According to teaching, intuition, wisdom, knowledge, perception and imagination find their origin in it. The organs assigned to it are eyes, nose and sinuses, the sense of touch, the brain and the pituitary gland.

According to Hindu beliefs, those who can let their Kundalini power rise up to this center are very far - shortly before the crown chakra Sahasrara, the thousand-petalled lotus that the Hindu locate on the head above the head. The crown chakra is based on the theory of the midbrain and the epiphysis, but has a protective effect on the entire organism.

Only a few Hindus manage to advance to enlightenment and let their spiritual power rise into this purple or white chakra. If violet stands for faith and divinity in Christianity, in Hinduism the color is a sign of enlightenment, the highest level of knowledge, universal consciousness, spirituality and perfection. However, a person with a purple aura would not be a healthy, enlightened person in Hinduism. According to Hindu beliefs, only when all chakras are in harmony, are equally strong and the colors are wrapped around a person like a rainbow as an aura, they are healthy inside and out, according to Hindu beliefs. (from)