The following exposition will explore perceived connections between the Biblical Seven days of Creation (BSC) and the Yogic Chakra System (YCS). Each have their own, specific, teleology but both follow a progression. From the higher less and tangible to the more solid and seemingly non-active aspects of existence in the earth plane. To look beyond the given narrative of this or that concept of creation is the beginning of grasping creation in its’ totality</p)
Correlations between the BSC and the YCS can be obtained when they are compared side by side Doing this provides information about one’s outer environment in relation to their inner landscape. That is to say, that the outer environment can be more easily internalized. For some, that would provide a means to create more harmony. This side by side comparison is meant to reveal that religion and spiritual practice can, in ways, be supportive of people searching to be at harmony within themselves.
To be true, there are similarities that exist between all spiritual and religious systems. Similarities do not imply sameness. Christianity is not Hinduism is not Islam is not Judaism, etc. However, when similarities are examined, such that one’s concepts within their specific faith path can expand, new vistas are elucidated along the lines of what can and what does comprise creation.
Religion was / is key for providing origins of what is. Now, scientists lean toward emphasizing facts about our origins over the philosophies associated with them. At the same time, they create new theories, which are sometimes prejudiced and do not take into account all of current knowledge.
Take the following pattern. Although simplified, it is common to the majority of the world’s religions:
- 1. Only the God exists. He is supreme and is alone.
2. The heavens and earth are without form. Darkness / the primordial waters cover everything.
3. Then there is light.
4. Heaven and earth are split apart.
5. The land is separated from the waters. Day and night are created with the new sun.
6. The land brings forth vegetation and eventually creatures.
7. Birds and animals are created.
8. Man appears.
This pattern, if noted, is also common to the current theories regarding the origin of species without the acceptance of the existence of God.
It is completely in line with the so-called big bang theory and yet seems to have emerged thousands of years ago. These patterns were especially notable in ancient Egypt, one of the mysterious forerunners of the world’s faiths.
The Divine Heavens / Sahasrara Chakra
Gen1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
The First day of creation is concerned with that which is other than the heavens, here spoken of as “the earth” but including “the Deep,” in a state of “utter chaos” (Wenham I, 15-16), translated in the KJV as “without form and void” From here the celestial night and day come to be. The night and day are the substantive expressions of GOD’s essence into the lower realm. They are symbolic of the higher, spiritual levels of GOD’s materialized essence in the mundane world. Night is an expression of Chaos. This is so because in darkness there is confusion, lack of orientation: however, this does not relegate night / Chaos into the realm of non-functionality. There must be night in order for the individual to go within and orient thoughts / intentions / projections prior to their coming forth in the daytime. The day gives rise to activity. The contemplations that were pondered during the night can be fully expressed during the day.
The awakening of the Sahasrāra Chakra means revelation of the Divine Splendour and attainment of Supreme Consciousness. The awakening of the Sahasrāra Chakra means revelation of the Divine Splendour and attainment of Supreme Consciousness. Bliss, Consciousness, Liberation, Contemplation (Silence) is a must. The higher levels of awareness can only be achieved through the melding of opposites. Night = Contemplation / Day = Liberated, Blissful Consciousness. The seeker cannot be free until they have resolved their inner turmoil and strife. Night and Day reveal that attaining the higher levels of realization require that one must realize opposites can exist only in mind and their separation, once unified, can be utilized to the benefit of the seeker.
Sea and Sky / Agna Chakra
Gen1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven.
The Sea and Sky are the major divisions of matter on mundane world. Both extend out on the horizon, as far as one can see. Though appearing to be separate, there are elements of each in the other. All water contains some oxygen, else the fish would not be able to breath: the air contains water vapor, which forms clouds and coalesces into rain. These aspects of the 2nd day of GOD’s creation are the beginnings of tangibility in the mundane world. Water and Wind can be touched and or felt. Humans cannot naturally exist in either environment but have devised ways to navigate them.
The Lotus in the Āgnā Chakra has two petals that contain associated syllables / qualities. The syllables GU (darkness/ignorance) and RU (light/knowledge), the syllables form word GURU (master). The Mantras HAM and KSHAM which represent the polarities of the sun and the moon, Sea and Sky, the “masculine” and “feminine” principles, Shiva and Shakti, Purusha (consciousness) and Prakriti (nature) are also part of the petals. These principles, when imbalanced, cause psychic or physical disturbances or illness. It is from the imbalanced state that the world of duality, from which our desires, wishes and striving after happiness originate, arises.
Duality prevails in the mundane world. Every state, every expression exists as an opposite: Masculine-feminine, positive-negative, hot-cold, good-bad, big-little, long-short, light-dark, wet-dry, clever-stupid, industrious-lazy, the list can go on ad infinitum. In reality, however, the apparent opposites are merely manifestations of the same principle – simply extremes of the same thing. Though a simple example, the complexities of life often obscure the recognition of the unity behind the duality. Union, through Āgnā Chakra, leads to balance, liberation, non-attachment, contentment and the realization that everything existing is a manifestation of GOD.
Land / Vegetation = Vishuddha Chakra
Gen1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The third day of creation finds GOD imbuing his energy into matter such that it becomes Self-expressing. GOD’s spirit brings land into existence. This same spirit is the causation of the land giving rise to the plant based life forms that inhabit the earth. These plant-based life forms, that give rise to and maintain the habitable aspects of various ecosystems in the biosphere, are Self-replicating / Self-expressing as an extension of GOD. And God said, let the earth bring forth grass the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind whose seed is in itself upon the earth Gen 1:11. Each produce seeds according to their nature, which, being sown, produce the like. So there is a continuance of them upon the earth
As with the Visshuddha Chakra, the energy locus of vocalization, sound and expression. It is from this point the expression of Self emanates. As to seeker develops the Inner Self and becomes more aware of the connection to SOURCE / GOD, then the impediments to being comfortable with one’s authentic Self fall to the wayside. From here, Expression of the True Self can unfold. Those Ideas, thoughts, ideas, and visions, that are unique to the person, they are the seeds that develop into expressions of the True Self. They can take root, develop wings and be exposed to the world, with confidence, as evidence of one’s connection to the Higher Universal power.
Stars / Sun / Moon = Anahata Chakra
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament ofb> the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
The fourth day Creation establishes lights as permanent fixtures in the heavens. The initial radiance from the light of creation was the expressed energy of GOD giving substance to the unformed aspects of the universe. The primary light of the First Day of Creation is the highest emanation of GOD’s Supreme Essence throughout the Universes. The light of the Fourth Day of Creation is the light that visibly designates days, nights, signs, seasons and years. The rising and setting of the Sun, phases of the Moon, and positions of the stars allow for marking the passage of time and for determining courses of action, in accordance with natural cycles, that are to be taken.
Anahata Chakra is comprised of Air and Space. These qualities are indicative of the infinitude of boundlessness. As one discovers the infinite within themselves, they move beyond illusions of boundaries and limitations in every sense of the word – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. So, freedom of the heart, through spaciousness and boundlessness, is very important for the well-being of self and society. For many, patience is required to free up the tightness and stagnation present in the body, anchored in the heart. As this process unfolds, wisdom expands. The heart, then, becomes actualized as the Seat of ‘Living Light’. This Living Light will reside as a permanent fixture within man(kind) and be supported by the spaciousness and boundlessness of the Actualized Heart.
Sea Creatures / Birds = Manipura Chakra
Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
The appearance of living, moving creatures takes place on the fifth day of creation. These words distinctly claim that the creatures of the sea and of the air, perhaps evolved from material elements, were produced in obedience to Divine command, and not spontaneously generated by the potentia vitae, the life potential, of either land, sea, or sky. Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life literally – the living breath (Nephesh chayyah). The creatures of the sea are distinguished from all previous creations, and, in particular, from vegetation, as being possessed of a vital principle. And fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. Literally, let “winged creatures” fly. The fowls include all tribes covered with feathers that can navigate the fluid of air. Both, of these aspects, of GOD’s creation exhibit a vital principle. This principle manifests physiologically in the forms of respiratory organs, to which, doubtless. there is a reference in the term nephesh from naphash, to breath. To breath is to respire: respiration is an energy generating / utilizing process, as is the creation and use of fire.
Thus, the fire element, which manifests within the body as body heat, is represented by Manipura chakra, also known as the Fire or Sun Centre. Manipūra Chakra controls the function of the Pancreas, physiological energy balance and supplies the digestive organs with energy. When it fans and regulates the “digestive fire” it also makes an important contribution to a stable and healthy constitution. As the centre of the HARA , a power centre or “Lion’s Centre” it bestows balance, stability, strength and activity. It functions as an energy transformer to convert and supply the body with the cosmic energy (Prāna, Breath of Life, Chi) that is absorbed with our food.
Animals / Mankind = Svadhisthana Chakra
Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The sixth day of Creation relates to the subconscious. Humankind, along with the animals of the earth, were made on the sixth day. Humankind is (promoted to be) the pinnacle of GOD’s creation. As drawn from the earth and animated by GOD’s spirit, Mankind is the nexus point betwixt heaven and earth. The spirit of GOD flows through the body. His physical form is derived from the earth. However, when looking at the biblical progression of creation. The earth arose from the oceans. As the earth is 75% water, so to is mankind comprised mostly of water. On a deeper level, the primordial waters existed as Chaos until they were brought to order. So to, one’s job is to bring order to their subconscious. Water is indicative of the subconscious aspect of existence, the part that many people ignore, the part that influences habits, tendencies, and desires.
The Svadhishthana Chakra marks the second level of consciousness awakening. The evolution of consciousness towards pure, human consciousness begins here. It is the seat of the subconscious mind; the point from which pure human consciousness can eventually develop. However, before this can happen, we must purify our consciousness of negative qualities. These qualities include anger, hatred, jealousy, cruelty, desire and pride; those that are often ignored, suppressed, or dormant. One may not even realize that they are influenced by these qualities as they may exist in the subconscious. Svādhishthāna Chakra is associated with the SUBCONSCIOUS level of consciousness; it operates between the sleeping and waking states. A vague concept of what is contained here, but no complete or clear knowledge. Even when consciousness is centered, other levels of consciousness always influence our perceptions and actions. The goal then, is to bring the subconscious to the fore so that mal-tendencies can be normalized and the more beneficial ones can be magnified.
Rest = Muladhara Chakra
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
The seventh day of Creation is designated as the Day that GOD rested. God rested on the seventh day from His work of creation, but He continued (and continues) to be active in providentially sustaining all of creation. Rest does not necessarily imply inactivity; Rest, in Scripture, is not static. The Seventh Day of Rest, Sabbath, conveys, primarily, the idea of sitting still, So then, GOD is desisting from his creative labors, and assuming a posture of quiescent repose. There is energy contained in object at rests, the smallest of vibrations must occur or perceived reality would cease to be. The active definitions of the ‘Rest’ are given as states of ‘Being Quiet’, ‘Being Still’ and ‘Being Present’. Notice that one must BE these states. ‘To be’ implies ‘Action’. This ‘Action’ is what comprises the ‘Rest’ of the Seventh Day.
Muladhara Chakra is where one’s potential is stored. This potential, in many cases, lies dormant. Most are unaware of its’ existence, of this power that is in their possession. So, this potential is at rest, defined as non-activity or unconsciousness. However, as one becomes aware that there is more, the journey ensues. Rest takes on a different meaning, moving from inactivity to activity., from non-knowing to Being-ness. The power within begins to awaken as the mind becomes aware, thus establishing the Foundation for Expansion. The foundation is the birthplace of consciousness as it is mined from unconsciousness, from unawareness. So, Muladhara chakra is place from which Unconsciousness is replaced with the Journey to (the) Light; Light to indicate Being Present in the Oneness with GOD, the realization of Paramatma / Bhagavan. This Being Present emanates due to the mind, in quiescence, expanding into the awareness of SELF and Existence.
There are Creationism and the Chakras. Each are comprised of their own guidelines and specific iconography / symbology. Each provide their adherents with a supporting framework for views on how the world(s) came to be. However, the contention here is that all concepts of how the world(s) came to be have grounding in similitudes between their various components. A Seeker on the path to bringing forth these similarities realizes that promoted differences along religious and spiritual lines serve to limit how individuals conceptualize their reality. The preceding comparisons divide solely along the lines of outer perspective and inner awakening. They are mirror images of each other. When one undertakes, overtakes and innertakes the endeavors to explore this, they begin to look beyond the veils of separation. They begin to connect the dots, so to speak, in order to bring order to perceived inconsistencies that are sustained by adherence to one point of view over another.