C. W. LEADBEATER
with ten colour illustrations
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
WHEN a man begins to develop his senses, so that he may see a little more than everybody sees, a new and most fascinating world opens before him, and the chakras are among the first objects in that world to attract his attention. His fellow-men present themselves under a fresh aspect; he perceives much with regard to them which was previously hidden from his eyes, and he is therefore able to understand, to appreciate and (when necessary) to help them much better than he could before. Their thoughts and feelings are expressed clearly before his eyes in colour and form; the stage of their development, the condition of their health become obvious facts instead of mere matters of inference. The
brilliant colouring and the rapid and incessant movement of the chakras bring them immediately under his observation, and he naturally wants to know what they are and what they mean. It is the object of this book to provide an answer to those questions and to give to those who have not yet made any attempt to unfold their dormant faculties some idea of atleast this one small section of what is seen by their more fortunate brethren.
In order to clear away inevitable preliminary misconceptions, let it be definitely understood that there is nothing fanciful or unnatural about the sight which enables some men to perceive more than others. It is simply an extension of faculties with which we are all familiar, and to acquire it is to make oneself sensitive to vibrations more rapid than those to which our physical senses are normally trained to respond. These faculties will come to everyone in due course of evolution, but some of us have taken special trouble to develop them now in advance of the rest, at the cost of many years of harder work than most people would care to undertake.
I know that there are still many men in the world who are so far behind the times as to deny the existence of such powers, just as there are still villagers who have never seen a railway train. I have neither time nor space to argue with such invincible ignorance; I can only refer enquirers to my book on Clairvoyance, or to scores of books by other authors on the same subject. The whole case has been proved hundreds of times, and no one who is capable of weighing the value of evidence can any longer be in doubt.
Much has been written about the chakras, but it is chiefly in Sanskrit or in some of the Indian vernaculars. It is only quite recently that any account of them has appeared in English.
I mentioned them myself in The Inner Life about 1910, and since then Sir John Woodroffe’s magnificent work The Serpent Power has been issued, and some of the other Indian books have been translated. The symbolical drawings of them which are used by the Indian yogis were reproduced in The Serpent Power, but so far as I am aware the illustrations which I give in this book are the first attempt to represent them as they actually appear to those who can
see them. Indeed, it is chiefly in order to put before the public this fine series of drawings by my friend the Rev. Edward Warner that I write this book, and I wish to express my deep indebtedness to him for all the time and trouble that he has devoted to them. I have also to thank my indefatigable collaborator, Professor Ernest Wood, for the collection and collation of all the valuable information as to the Indian views on our subject which is contained in Chapter V.
Being much occupied with other work, it was my intention merely to collect and reprint as accompanying letterpress to the illustrations the various articles which I had long ago written on the subject; but as I looked over them certain questions suggested themselves and a little investigation put me in possession of additional facts, which I have duly
incorporated. An interesting point is that both the vitality-globule and the kundalini-ring were observed by Dr. Annie Besant and catalogued as hyper-meta-proto elements as long ago as 1895, though we did not then follow them far enough to discover their relation to one another and the important part that they play in the economy of human life.
C. W. L.
THE CROWN CHAKRA
The Meaning of the Word. Preliminary Explanations. The Etheric Double. The Centres. The Forms of the
Vortices. The Illustrations. The Root Chakra. The Spleen Chakra. The Navel Chakra. The Heart Chakra. The
Throat Chakra. The Brow Chakra. The Crown Chakra. Other Accounts of the Centres.
The Primary or Life Force. The Serpent-Fire. The Three Spinal Channels. The Marriage of the Forces. The
Sympathetic System. The Centres in the Spine. Vitality. The Vitality Globule. The Supply of Globules.
The Globule. The Violet-Blue Ray. The Yellow Ray: The Green Ray. The Rose Ray. The Orange-Red Ray.
The Five Prana Vayus. Vitality and Health. The Fate of the Empty Atoms. Vitality and Magnetism.
The Functions of the Awakened Centres. The Astral Centres. Astral Senses. The Arousing of Kundalini. The
Awakening of the Etheric Chakras. Casual Clairvoyance. The Danger of Premature Awakening. The
Spontaneous Awakening of Kundalini. Personal Experience. The Etheric Web. The Effects of Alcohol and
Drugs. The Effect of Tobacco. The Opening of the Doors.
The Hindu Books. The Indian List of Chakras. The Figures of the Chakras. The Heart Chakra. The Petals and
Letters. The Mandalas. The Yantras. The Animals. The Divinities. The Body Meditation. The Knots. The
Secondary Heart Lotus. Effects of Meditation in the Heart. Kundalini. The Awakening of Kundalini. The
Ascent of Kundalini. The Goal of Kundalini. Conclusion.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
The Crown Chakra
I.The Root Chakra
II. The Spleen Chakra
III. The Navel Chakra
IV. The Heart Chakra
V. The Throat Chakra
VI. The Brow Chakra
VII. The Chakras according to Gichtel
VIII. The Streams of Vitality
IX. The Chakras and the Nervous System
1. The Chakras
2. Representations of the Crown Chakra
3. The Three Outpourings
4. The Spinal Channels
5. The Forms of the Forces
6. The Combined Form of the Forces
7. The Ultimate Physical Atom
8. The Pituitary Body and the Pineal Gland
9. Hindu Diagram of the Heart Chakra
I. The Chakras
II. The chakras and the Plexuses
III. Prana and the Principles
IV. The Five Prana Vayus
V. Colours of Lotus Petals
VI. The Sanskrit Alphabet
VII. The Symbolic Forms of the Elements