Chapter 16: The Mysteries of the Seven Bodies and Seven Chakras
If suppression is the obstruction, what is the solution? Understanding will then solve the matter. Transformation takes place within as you begin to understand sex. There is a reason for this. All elements of nature lie blind and unconscious within us. If we become conscious of them, transformation begins. Awareness is the alchemy; awareness is the alchemy for changing them, for transforming them. If a person becomes awake toward his sexual desires with total feeling and with total understanding, then brahmacharya will begin to arise within him in place of sex. Unless a person reaches brahmacharya in his first body it is difficult to work on the potential of other centers.
The second body, as I said, is the emotional or etheric body. The second body is connected to the second chakra - the swadhishthan chakra. This also has two possibilities. Basically, its natural potential is fear, hate, anger, and violence. All these states, these qualities, emanate from the natural potential of the swadhishthan chakra. If a person stagnates at the second body, then the opposite qualities needed for transformation - love, compassion, fearlessness, friendliness - do not arise. The obstacles on the meditator’s path at the second chakra are hate, anger and violence, and the question is of their transformation.
Here too the same mistake is made. One person can give vent to his anger, another can suppress his anger. One can just be fearful; another can suppress his fear and make a show of courage. But neither of these will lead to transformation. When there is fear it has to be accepted; there is no use hiding or suppressing it. If there is violence within there is no use in covering it with the mantle of nonviolence. Shouting slogans of nonviolence will bring no change to the of violent state within. It remains violent. It is a condition given to us by nature in the second body. It has its uses just as sex has a function. Through sex alone other physical bodies can be given birth. Before one physical body falls, nature has made provisions for the birth of another.
Fear, violence, and anger are all necessary on the second plane; otherwise man could not survive, could not protect himself. Fear protects him, anger involves him in struggle against others and violence helps him to save himself from the violence of others. All these are qualities of the second body and are necessary for survival, but generally we stop here and do not go any further. If a person understands the nature of fear he attains fearlessness, and if he understands the nature of violence he attains nonviolence. Similarly, by understanding anger we develop the quality of forgiveness.
In fact, anger is one side of the coin, forgiveness is the other. They each hide behind the other - but the coin has to be turned over. If we come to know one side of the coin perfectly we naturally become curious to know what is on the other side - and so the coin turns. If we hide the coin and pretend we have no fear, no violence within, we will never be able to know fearlessness and nonviolence. He who accepts the presence of fear within himself and who has investigated it fully will soon reach a place where he will want to find out what is behind fear. His curiosity will encourage him to discover the other side of the coin.