Chakra symbolism

The Sanskrit scholar Sir John Woodroffe, lectured under the pseudonym Arthur Avalon in his book “The Serpent Power” (Arthur Avalon, The Serpent Power, 1918/ published in German translation with the title “Die Schlangenkraft”, Otto Wilhelm Barth Verlag, first published in 1961, here 7th edition 2003, quote: p.17, p.222), in great detail about the Indian chakras. The lotus centers are strung together like on a ribbon. The chakras symbolize the energy flow along the spine. On each of the petals there is a Sanskrit character, in its inner circle different geometries are represented, like square, triangle and six star and animals and gods are also shown on it.

In verse 23 of the Sanskrit translation there is poetry about one aspect of the Anãhata chakra (heart chakra): “Meditate inside on the lovely and sublime Pavana Bija, it is grey like a cloud of smoke, it has four arms and rides on a black antelope. And meditate further inside on the ‘dwelling place of divine mercy’, on the immaculate Lord who shines brightly like the sun, who makes the gesture of mercy with both hands and dispels fear from the three worlds.”

The chakra symbols are masterful symbols, which in their completeness are an expression of the Veda=knowledge of the scriptures from which the Hindu religions founded themselves. Avalon writes: “In the Indian system the total number of petals corresponds to the letter number in the Sanskrit alphabet {50/51} and the number of petals of any lotus results from the arrangement of the subtle ‘nerves’, determined by the arrangement of the nadis surrounding it.

The first five chakras differentiate the energy flow that runs from bottom to top along the spine. Their Sanskrit-transferred names are: Mūlãdhãra chakra (root chakra), Svãdisthãna chakra (navel chakra), Manipūraka chakra (solar plexus chakra), Anãhata chakra (heart chakra), Manipūraka chakra (throat chakra). The sixth Ãjñã chakra (forehead chakra) is located in the middle of the two sinuses, the sinus frontalis. The seventh Sahasrãra chakra (crown chakra) is located above the fontanel and is already an expression of union with the supreme divine principle.
The chakras distinguish the different qualities, whose inherent stages of development also describe qualities of purification, which are considered decisive for the process of self-knowledge and consciousness and ultimate oneness with the divine energy.