I think the usage of the words physical and chakra in conjunction is miselading (to not say, wrong.)
Already there is a materialist perception of yoga’s higher aspects, and this does not help.
Not that I’d really know what I am talking about, but what I become to comprehend.
The artwork is very important. The chakra indeed is the residing place of a spiritual entity (a god). It is not just “artwork” in the sense of giving some food for the mind, but it is a tangible representation of a spiritual reality.
We are living and being supported by these entities, called angels, or devis. Life could not go on without them. When one is able to direct and perform one’s own digestion, for example, than one might say that there is no spiritual entity doing that instead of him. But only than. ( I am not going into what today’s science think to know about it, that would take too long)
Ever questioned why angels are depicted as babies and little children ? Todays emancipated minds assume that in their silly faith, artists have created these naive imagery. They are the silly ones who in their intellectual pride and arrogance, cannot accept anything that does not fit into their self enforced limits.
In babies, and little children, when the Self is just starting it’s descent to become the individual human being, most of the babies and child’s activity, it’s growth, is directed and ruled by these spiritual entities. Seeing them is seeing the angels/devis in action. That’s why angels are often painted as babies or children up to the age of three.
Chakras are the acting places of these spiritual beings. Spiritual advancement is becoming more and more aware how these beings operate. It is a mistake when one pictures the delicate processes of life as “energies”, because when we use this word, we do not realize that there is no dead energy as we picture it in the form of electric energy driven by wires. One might say that this is an animist approach, but this is more close to the truth that the all deadening assumptions of natural science.
So, my question is … how one becomes able to witness and face these beings, and how one becomes a co-worker in their actions ? All siddhis are born through this.
When, after the forty years of fasting in the desert, Jesus is tempted, and than he succeds in resisting the temptations, it is said that God’s angels came and served him. Or when Jesus meets Nathan, and says to him, I have seen thee under the fig-tree, -public use of clairvoyance - and than Nathan believes that he’s the Messiah, Jesus says: Now that I told you I have seen you under the fig tree, now you believe ? This is but nothing … from now on you will see the angels of God coming up and down on the Son of Man.
What does this mean ? That Jesus’ disciples became initiated to a certain degree. Probably to the degree they were capable to bear. To what extent this happened is an interesting question, as the gospels show that until after forty days of being crucified, when the Holy Ghost was granted, most disciples did not have a clue about who Jesus really was. Even Peter who identified Jesus as The Son of God, still denied him when things apparently turned an ugly direction. They might have had theoretic, or an obscure intuitive spiritual knowledge, as result of Christ’s external activity as the teaching Jesus. But that was far from direct spiritual knowledge. They recieved that only after Jesus has been crucified, in the Form of The Holy Ghost.
Those who see in all this some obscure legend suitable for some dumb fishermen, throw the baby out togheter with the bathing water. Important is that for the inquring mind, there are answers, for the thirsty soul there is comfort, for the aspiring soul there are great heights of understanding until all becomes clear, and first hand experience.
Christianity is not any sillier than any other religion, and as all religions, in it’s apperently silly ways and statements, there are great truths hidden. (And because as one of the largest religions, is also one of the latest, it’s more suitable to world karma than more ancient ones Not in i’s orthodox, or external ways, but in the need for a contemporary understanding of it’s main tenets, and the figure of Christ.)
We just need to be able to decipher these truths, as they are always codified. Not to hide things, but because there is no other way to make a mind used to the sensorial world to make much sense of it. Any time when you read, hear something what just does not make sense to you, instead of just throwing it away, keep an open attitude, keep the option open, because comprehension might follow in due time. Flashes of truth, until all is one in a greater glorious picture.