Akasha – space, ether
Indriyas– the 10 sense organs
- Karmendriyas – The 5 sense organs of action with which we gain karma.
Karen comes from karma, which means action. The actions we perform or fail to perform with these 5 bodies carry consequences. For example, dexterity encompasses everything you do with your arms and hands like throwing a stone or fondling a child. Similarly, Vishuddha’s jnanendriyas are the ears and its karmendriyas the vocal cords; listening and speaking, both essential for good communication.
- Jnanendriyas – The 5 sense organs of knowledge (the known 5 senses)
Jnana means knowledge. So these are the five senses that we use to understand the world in which we live. We perceive everything around us, ourselves, similarities and differences, what we like, what we do not like… The nose, tongue, eyes, skin and ears are our windows to the world.
Tattvas – the elements. There are 10 elements, ten tattvas. The five known elements, earth, water, fire, air, and Akasha, and the subtle elements, smell, taste, vision, touch, and hearing. I decided to put the subtle elements under the bodies of knowledge in this diagram to better visualize the relationship between the two.
The petals indicate the rate, rhythm, and vibration of each chakra. You can see that as the chakras ascend, they acquire more petals. The numbers are also important. Not coincidentally, Manipura has 10, Ajña has 96, and Muladhara has 4.