The human body is an intricate machine made up of flesh and bones. The coordination with which its various faculties function is indeed awe-inspiring. The body endows us with nourishment to create life on earth. But, how did life originate?
This conundrum has haunted philosophers and scientists alike. The quest for answers led researchers to study the human anatomy on cellular and genome levels. Despite their efforts, the origin of life still remains an unsolved puzzle.
What if the orchestration of life occurs from a deeper domain of existence? After all, ancient yogic sciences put forth a similar theory. Fourth century BC Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, makes a mention about life as a subtle life-force energy–a spec of awareness called prana. The prana is believed to have originated as the life-force energy from the sun. The Vedas and Upanishads state that this life-force energy comprises the five elements of the universe.
While we have begun to understand our physical body, our energy body remains a rather abstract concept to us. However, quantum physics has proved that we are all energy beings. Unlike our physical body, the energy body cannot be perceived through our sense organs. We cannot dissect it and study it.
But, mystic Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in his book Mystics Musings, writes: “As we become more aware of ourselves, we will notice this energy. We will notice it moving in established pathways within us.” He talks of 72,000 different pathways called nadis through which this life-force energy or prana moves. Further, he states that these nadis confluence at certain points. These junctions are called chakra. Of the 114 chakra, seven are fundamental to the yogic system.