LEADBEATER, C.W. The Chakras. A Monograph.

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LEADBEATER, C.W. The Chakras. A Monograph. Adyar, Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1927.

Large 4to., original publisher's purple cloth boards, ruled and lettered in gilt to upper cover and spine; [v], vi-viii, [iii], 2-78; with nine full-colour plates behind tissue-guards, along with numerous other black and white figures and tables throughout the text; aside from the odd spot and some discolouration to the lower board; an exceptionally bright copy, scarce thus.
First edition. The purple publisher's boards are very prone to fading and sunning - it is highly unusual to find an example so bright and fresh.
The Chakras (from the Sanskrit meaning "wheel") refer to the ancient Hindu concept of seven vortices of energy located along the spine from the tailbone to the crown of the head. These centers define the physical and spiritual contact points in the human body. In yoga they are bridges to higher consciousness which symbolise the journey from the material world to the divine, and alternative-medicine healers recognize them as a dynamic resource for health.
The Reverend C. W. Leadbeater was a famed clairvoyant who was the first to introduce the chakras to the West. In this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated work, he explains what each chakra means regarding our well-being, insight, and personal power, with the illustration of each chakra showing how they may actually appear to those who can see them. Anyone can perceive the chakras, he says. We must merely become sensitive to vibrations finer than those to which we normally respond.

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