Understanding the ChakraswithDebashish Banerji

Books Mentioned In This Interview

debashish banerji the alternate nation of abanindranath tagore debashish banerji meditations upon the isa upanisad debashish banerji integral yoga psychology debashish banerji critical posthumanism and planetary futures debashish banerji rabindranath tagore in the 21st century ramamurti mishra yoga and meditation for self-healing w leadbeater the chakras sir john woodroffe the serpent power sir john woodroffe the garland of letters sri aurobindo the life divine joseph campbell the masks of god prabhuji discourses on the taittriya upanishad henry corbin mundus imaginalis: or the imaginary and the imaginal

Debashish Banerji, PhD, is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and Chairman of the East West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is author of Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformative Yoga Psychology Based on the Diaries of Sri Aurobindo and also The Alternatate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, a book about his great grandfather. He edited an anthology about his great uncle, Rabindranath Tagore in the Twenty-First Century. His newest anthology is titled Critical Posthumanism and Planetary Futures.

Here he suggests that the current systems of chakras have antecedents going back to the Indus Valley civilization over 5,000 years ago. Much of our contemporary understanding can be traced by to a sixteenth century manuscript that was translated into English by Sir John Woodroffe as The Serpent Power. The discussion focuses on the deities, geometric shapes, mantras, and yantras associated with each of the chakras – as well as the koshas or sheaths that encompass the physical body. He notes that there are many different ways to count the number of chakras.

(Recorded on October 31, 2020)


Published on November 16, 2020


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