Q&A for Advancing Students

“There is nothing more practical than a good theory.” – Kurt Lewin

Q: How many bodies does a human being possess?

A: Three. The well-known physical body and two much lesser known non-material bodies. These are the subtle body, the source of our feelings and the causal body which is the source of our thoughts. Just as radio waves pervade the “solid” walls of a room, so  do the nonmaterial bodies pervade each other and the material body. They were first mentioned in Indian scriptures several thousand years ago. Recently, they have been described by Jay Alfed “Our Invisible Bodies” and related to quantum theory.

Q: What is “eight-fold nature?”

A: Eight-fold nature refers to the building blocks of all existence—just as the periodic table of elements forms the building blocks of the material world only. Eight-fold nature consists of five elements and three qualities. The five elements are earth, water, fire, air and aakaasha.  These terms are italicized to distinguish them from similar terms referring to the physical world only. The term aakaasha cannot be translated into English. The closest approximation would be “space” or "ether."

    The three qualities are tamas (e.g. inertia, darkness, ignorance); rajas (e.g. high energy, activity, impulsivity, restlessness) and sattva (e.g. light, purity, truth).

Q: What are the main energy channels of the subtle body?

A: In the Indian classical literature, according to a common view, the subtle body contains over 72,000 channels. There are three main channels: a solar right channel, a lunar left channel and fiery central channel.

     These parallel channels run along the spine throughout its length. It is stated that together they occupy a diameter no greater than 1/10,000 the thickness of a human hair.

     Our personality is based on activity in the right and left channels. The central channel is the seat of parapsychological abilities and is dormant in most people.

Q: Where are the chakras located?

A: The chakras are located within the subtle body. There are seven main chakras (spinning vortices of energy). These chakras, are adjacent to the three channels and are distributed along the spinal column from the sacrum to the crown of the head. Like the channels, their existence has been known for thousands of years. 

Q: What is a microchakra?

A: A microchakra is a ray which emanates from a chakra.It connects the chakra to the physical body as it terminates at a space in the spine.  Each chakra contains 7 microchakras within each of its 3 channels for a total of 21 microchakras.

    The microchakras were discovered by Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar in 1967. Before then, there is no known reference to them.
 Each microchakra represents the element of its main chakra. Hence, the first microchakra in all chakras contains the earth  element; the second microchakras contain the water element, etc. 

Q: Why are chakras said to be perfect?

A: Like the sun, chakras are in their original state. Rays from chakras are transmitted to the human spine by open microchakras. Blocked microchakras make the chakra appear imperfect.  

Q: What are the goals of each chakra?

A: Each chakra (with its microchakras) functions as a mind (information processor) seeking to fulfill its own sub-goals and find contentment--the ultimate goal. 

  • First Chakra goals
    • physical security
    • food
    • shelter
  • Second Chakra goals  
    • gender identity
    • family
    • sensual pleasure
    • honest exchange (including sexual and business exchange)
    • conditional love
  • Third Chakra Goals
    • leadership
    • rationality
    • competitiveness
    • career success
  • Fourth Chakra goals
    • compassion
    • compassionate society
    • selfless service
    • unconditional love
  • Fifth Chakra Goals
    • self-expression
    • creativity
    • spiritual practice
    • silence
    • awakening of Inner Guru which points to the world of the Gunas
  • Sixth Chakra goals
    • utilize intuition
    • experience daily the 3 parts of the brain
    • balance the three qualities
    • utilize the Witness to meditate
    • discriminate between the Real and the Unreal
  • Seventh Chakra goals
    • transcend 8-fold nature
    • immerse in contentment leading to bliss
    • become One with Consciousness

    Q: How does Microchakra Psychology use the concept of the ego?

    A: The third microchakra in each chakra functions as the ego of its  mind and attempts to achieve its goals.  Hence, we have seven egos. We also have one Self which lies beyond 8-fold nature.

    Q: What are the three desire principles?

    A: All human motivation derives from three desire principles: a) primary desires, b) subtle desires and c) causal desires.

        Primary desires are based on the energies and goals of the first three chakras. Many people spend their entire lives rarely using their minds above the third chakra.

         Subtle desires are based on the energies and goals of the fourth and fifth chakras. A large minority draw upon the fourth chakra through their sincere love for someone or something. People who discover their unique talents are tapping into the fifth chakra mind.

         Cosmic-oriented desires are based on the sixth and seventh chakras. They function beyond the five elements and employ more abstract qualities. The sixth chakra is the source of refined intuition; the seventh, of contentment and bliss.  For millenia, saints have pondered the question, "Who am I?" Socrates advised "Know thyself!" It is in the sixth chakra that one passes beyond the elemental minds and can confront these matters seriously.

    Q: How does Microchakra Psychology represent memory?

    A: Memory is represented in two ways: The first way recognizes the existence of pods connected to the microchakras. There are two types of pods: praanic and apaanic. The former  contain positive memories of events  where the vital life force of praana had been flowing freely (such as experiences of happiness and joy). The praanic pods contribute to the opening of the microchakras. Apaanic pods, on the other hand, contain memories of unpleasant or tamas filled events. They contribute to microchakra blockage.

    The second way of representing memory utilizes the concept of “schema” which was introduced to psychology by Jean Piaget in the 1920s. It is modified to fit the overall system of Microchakra Psychology. Memories of specific events are stored in both the pods and in the cerebral cortex. In both cases, schemas are used to describe them.

       Any change in our personality involves changing both a pattern of openings or blocks and their related schemas.

    Q: How are affects (emotions and feelings) formed?

    A:  Affects are formed whenever an ego encounters an object. An object may be a physical object, a person, a thought or other affects.

        Examples: First chakra Joy when a new home is purchased. Second chakra joy in findiing a new mate. Fourth chakra Joy when helping another. Third chakra Fear when threatened with dismissal by an employer. Third chakra Gratitude shown by offering service to a civic group.

    Q: What is the position of Microchakra Psychology on rebirth?

     A: Rebirth is a basic assumption of Microchakra Psychology. It was part of early Judaism and Christianity, though often ignored or repudiated today. It has always been part of the Tantric-Vedic tradition of India.

    Q: What is the position of Microchakra Psychology on random causation?

    A: The law of cosmic causality (karma) states that there are no random events. Apparently random events are due to causes more complex and/or subtle than we can comprehend.

    Q: What is the relationship between spiritual evolution and eternal law?

    A: The law of cosmic duty (dharma) states that we should make decisions that support eternal duty (sanatana dharma).

        These are the moral laws of the universe. If we make decisions in accordance with eternal duty, we will evolve spiritually and higher microchakras will open. On the other hand, if we make decisions contrary to eternal law, some microchakras will become blocked and we will devolve.

        Different cultures have placed differing but often overlapping items on their lists of eternal moral laws. The Ten Commandments is one example; the Eight-fold path of Buddhism is another.

    Q: What are the three main functions of the human brain?

     A: The three main functions of the human brain are intuition, feeling and reason.

           In the physical body, intuition is expressed primarily through the subcortical brain; feeling through the right cerebral hemisphere and reason through the left cerebral hemisphere. These three functions become more and more integrated as an individual grows spiritually. The integration of these three functions is closely related to the integration and harmonization of the three bodies.

    Q: How can sound help in the integration of the three bodies?

    A: Pure sound and mantras, when chanted properly (with pure praana breathed through the nose) create soorya aakaasha. As it deposits in seventh chakra, integration begins.