Each chakra is related to one of the levels of consciousness. As flowers bloom when the spring comes, so the chakras bloom when the light of the consciousness expands.
We see that in every age people tried to introduce methods to unfold the chakras
1. by artificial means
2. by meditating upon them
3. through the process of meditation, purification, and expansion of consciousness
4. through initiations
The first two methods are considered very dangerous by certain Teachers. The third method is the safest method. The fourth method is exercised only by the Great Master, to meet certain planetary crises and prepare a certain number of people to handle the danger accumulating upon the planet.
The third, safest method is recommended in Ashrams and in true esoteric schools.
The artificial methods are hatha yoga, breathing exercises, certain exercises of will, and concentration upon the chakras. In far eastern countries, these are exercised with only failing results; but in western countries, because of our chaotic and polluted environment, such methods have very destructive effects.
Those who want to develop their chakras safely must lay a good foundation. When one carefully lives according to such a foundation, the rest will be easy. This foundation is build by
1. purity of life – physical, moral, and mental
2. sacrificial service – service to spread Beauty, Goodness, Righteousness, Joy, and Freedom
3. fearlessness – which is a state of consciousness not identified with material values
4. striving toward perfection – with one’s deeds, words, expressions, creativity, thought, and communication.
- Torkom Saraydarian (Education as Transformation vol.1, p.98)
One of the types of consciousness described in the Teaching is called extinguished consciousness. We are told that this kind of consciousness is an actual vampire. How does this happen?
When someone lives a life of crime, hatred, separatism, malice, and slander and destroys the bridge between human beings, his Inner Dweller withdraws its beam of light from the mental plane. It is this beam of light from the Inner Dweller or Transpersonal Self that meets the beam of light of the human soul on the mental plane, and through contact with it creates the field of consciousness.
When the Transpersonal Self withdraws its beam of light before the light of the human soul is strong enough, darkness descends on the field of the mental body, and the eyes of the human soul can no longer see in this darkness. Thus, the consciousness of the person is extinguished.
Such a person lives a life against all virtues. He cannot uphold any principle or standard because he lacks a foundation. Because of his state of inner darkness, his glamors, illusions, and self-deceptions attack him and control his life.
Sometimes such people succeed in destroying entire nations or civilizations. They are like decaying corpses in society that spread darkness, greed, and crime. Such an extinguished consciousness is often reborn with severe mental illness or totally deformed.
In the Subtle Worlds, these people are known as “fuming wood.” They appear as human beings who have no eyes; only dark holes exist where their eyes should be.
Consciousness is the root of the eyes. As consciousness unfolds and expands, the eyes become more beautiful. In the Subtle Worlds, they shine like torches.
As consciousness continues to expand more and fuse with the heart, the eyes not only become beams of light, but they also develop the power to create and destroy glamors and illusions in the Subtle Worlds. The eyes of a person who has an expanded and transmuted consciousness radiate healing, guidance, and strengthening energy. Consciousness provides the fire for such a transformation.
Between those who have a pure, clean consciousness and those who have a dark consciousness, there are those who have a grey consciousness. These are the people who use the fruits of labor of both parties for their own separative interests. They are the lukewarm people whose karma is more awful than the karma of dark ones.
Those with grey consciousness are the most dangerous people in the world. They pretend that they serve the clean ones and in the meantime serve the dark ones. They penetrate both parties and become a factor of infection, a factor of contamination. It is these people who are mostly responsible for the degeneration of morals, the degeneration of life on all levels of society.
The dark ones and grey ones steal the messages coming from higher centers, if the opportunity is given to them, and distort them in such a way that sometimes even the followers of the right path are deceived. Some of these grey ones work in religious institutions and under various groups and movements. Their motive is to mislead.
- Torkom Saraydarian (Consciousness)