Chapter 16: The Mysteries of the Seven Bodies and Seven Chakras
In yesterday’s talk you said that the seeker should first be concerned with his own receptivity and should not go begging from door to door. But the very meaning of a sadhak is that there are obstacles on his path of spiritual growth. He does not know how to be receptive. Is it so difficult to meet the right guide?
To seek and to ask are two different things. Actually, only he who does not want to seek asks. To seek and to ask are not one and the same; rather, they are contradictory. He who wants to avoid seeking asks. The process of seeking and the process of begging are very different. In asking, the attention is centered on the other - on the giver; in seeking the attention is centered on oneself - on the receiver. To say that there are obstacles on the path of spiritual growth means there are obstacles within the seeker himself. The path lies within, and it is not very difficult to understand one’s own hindrances. It will have to be explained at length what these obstacles are and how they can be removed.
Yesterday I told you about the seven bodies. We shall talk in greater detail about these and it will become clear to you.
As there are seven bodies, so there are also seven chakras, energy centers, and each chakra is connected in a special way with its corresponding body. The chakra of the physical body is the muladhar. This is the first chakra and it has an integral connection with the physical body. The muladhar chakra has two possibilities. Its first potential is a natural one that is given to us by birth; its other possibility can be attained through meditation.
The basic natural quality of this chakra is the sex urge of the physical body. The very first question that arises in the mind of the seeker is what to do in regard to this basic urge. Now there is another possibility of this chakra, and that is brahmacharya, celibacy, which is attainable through meditation. Sex is the natural possibility and brahmacharya is its transformation. The more the mind is focused upon and gripped by sexual desire, the more difficult it will be to reach its ultimate potential of brahmacharya.
Now this means that we can utilize the situation given to us by nature in two ways. We can live in the condition that nature has placed us in - but then the process of spiritual growth cannot begin - or we can transform this state. The only danger in the path of transformation is that there is the possibility that we may begin to fight with our natural center. What is the real danger in the path of a seeker? The first obstacle is that if the meditator indulges only in nature’s order of things he cannot rise to the ultimate possibility of his physical body and he stagnates at the starting point. On the one hand there is a need; on the other hand there is suppression which causes the meditator to fight the sex urge. Suppression is an obstacle on the path of meditation. This is the obstacle of the first chakra. Transformation cannot come about through suppression.