Our Power Body
We are born with this magnificent energy/soul body that is driven by universal life force and cosmic consciousness, that is filtered through our self-limiting individuality as we express ourselves ignorantly through the chakras, through seven major centers of light and consciousness. The physical body is a gift of Nature. Our soul body with the chakras begins as a tiny orb of light that slips into the physical body at birth (some say at conception) and moulds itself to fit inside perfectly like a hand in a glove, becoming more gross and elongated as it does so...and the ego becoming so attached to it forgets itself, becoming completely identified with it. At birth, the beautiful pure white light that we are has entered the prism of our "bodies" (we have three basic bodies or energy fields - causal, astral and physical) and then separates into the rainbow colours of the chakras. Each chakra is "docked" at a nerve plexus "station" corresponding to the physical body locations we see in the image below.
These chakras and the energy system that emanates from them have been depicted in all kinds of ways because every culture has its own way of interpreting them. Paul Hougham's The Atlas of Mind, Body and Spirit is a wonderful coffee table book that I wish one day children could have at primary school when they learn about the physical body, so they learn about their other bodies too. It was written by an acupuncture practitioner and well researched:
Our Chakras Help Us Drive the Physical Body
It's important to make these mystical things relevant in our daily lives, so we use the chakras consciously and are not driven by them.
As you become more aware of your soul power you will realize that there is a chakra in every area of the body that can drive the body to become fit, healthy, strong and resilient to make life’s full journey. It is important to understand, "What are the soul powers that I carry? What are the powers that I carry in my energy body? What are the powers that I carry in my chakras that can help me to drive my body – powerfully and positively, in the human experience?"
There are chakras in the brain...that can stimulate the brain, open the awareness. There is a chakra in the throat that can bring power to speech. There is a chakra in the heart that can help you to free yourself from emotional stress and lift you into that space of emotional freedom. There is a chakra at the navel that can bring such strength to the body and such vitality that the body is always energized. There is a chakra in the sexual area that can help us to manage the sexual power and to use it appropriately. And there is a chakra at the base of the spine, in the root area, that we call the Muladhara chakra, that can help us to ground in the physical body. When these are awakened, when these are understood, when these are experienced, when these are used in the human experience, we can make this body a healthy, fit and strong body, to make this journey.
The Chakras as Non-Linear Spiritual Stations of Unfoldment
We need spiritual awakening on the path. We need to become awakened to that consciousness of this power inside of us that is pushing us to evolve. That Divine power with in us is called Kundalini. It is a metaphysical word. You don’t find it in the normal science or education, you find it in the mysticism. Kundalini is that power that pushes us to evolve. It is the power that would have veiled our consciousness in the first place to come into contraction, limitation, separateness. That power which has veiled us is that same power that will take us through the path of evolution.
The awareness that comes out of that spiritual experience, and how it changes a person's behaviour, is what matters most. It changes us or challenges us into becoming nicer people.
You have these different points within you that are called chakras that allow you to connect to different planes in the Universe, different levels in the Universe - levels of energy. These planes of existence are called lokas.
p.s. If you liked my interpretation of Sri Vasudeva's teachings and are curious about my own spiritual practice you can follow my forum posts here.
p.p.s. Sri Vasudeva, at this writing, has not taught about the minor chakras. There are various systems of thought regarding these and quite a lot of confusion about them. I have located only a few in my own meditation practice. All of them are connected to the seven major ones. Here is a link that introduces them (link). I cannot vouch for the accuracy of these online sources. Sri Vasudeva has warned us to be careful when reading about the chakras as many of these things are based on research not direct personal experience. There are also minor disagreements between enlightened Gurus as to their placements in the body. Also each philosophical school within a culture has disagreements. To view a chakra clairvoyantly does not constitute understanding of it. To understand something we need to be immersed in its consciousness. I believe that the nakshatras reflect this type of understanding, which is why I am so amazed by the implications of this. These understandings come from awareness of over 5,000 years ago, at a time before Kali Yuga, when human beings were much more aware of their soul powers. This is the context in which I study them.