In recent years, great efforts have been made to relate chakras directly to physical organs in the body. Also, people have tried to identify the kundalini with specific nerve pathways. We feel that this is not very valid. The chakras function on a pranic level. They definitely have an influence on the physical body, but the chakras should not be associated and identified with specific physical organs as such.
If you dissect the human body you will find no sign of the chakras. This does not mean that they don’t exist, but that they are more subtle. It is only possible to see them through methods of modern science, such as Kirlian photography, or to experience them in states of supersensitivity.
However, the focal point of the chakras can be assigned a definite location within the framework of the body. The chakras can be regarded as functioning at these definite points, though their influence and implications extend much deeper than the physical realms. Don’t make the mistake of identifying the chakras with the physical organs in the body.
Think of the chakras as mountains in the sea. Only the peaks are visible and these are comparable to the physical aspects or influence of the chakras. Most of the island, and certainly the base, lies hidden below the waves. It is the same with the chakras: they mainly lie below the surface of normal perception. Their root lies behind the scenes, just as the base of the chakras comes from the mind. Yet at the same time, stimulation of the physical aspects of the chakras will give some feedback to the psychic realms. There will be stimulation of the deeper realms of the mind. This is the purpose of chakra stimulation. This stimulation can be physical, as in the case of acupuncture, or both physical and mental as in the case of yogic practices, such as kriya yoga.
You should regard the physical location of the chakras as trigger points for deeper realms of the mind. Try not to become involved in relating the chakras to specific physical organs of the body.
The accompanying diagram indicates the physical locations of the trigger points of the chakras.
Don’t take these positions too literally, but rather take them as physical switches for the more subtle chakras. You should note that most of the chakras lie within the spine; mooladhara is outside the bottom of the spine and ajna is at the top of the spine; bindu, which is not strictly a chakra, is at the back of the head. We have shown sahasrara in the centre of the crown of the head. This is entirely symbolic. You should carefully note the exact locations and relate them to your own body. This is essential for the forthcoming practice of kriya yoga. Part 3 of this discussion can be found in the next lesson3.