Who discovered chakras?

by Veronica Molinski

The chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas. Evidence of chakras, spelled cakra, is also found in the Shri Jabala Darshana Upanishad, the Upanishad Cudamini, the Yoga-Shikka Upanishad and the Shandilya Upanishad. Wait a moment and try again. The first Western reference to the chakra commonly accepted by modern scholars is from a disciple of Jakob Böhme, named Johann Georg Gichtel.

Gichtel, in his book Theosophia Practica (169), refers directly to centers of internal force that are strictly related to the doctrines of the Eastern Chakras. It is useful in a type of yogic rituals and in the meditative discovery of radiant inner energy (flows of prana) and mind-body connections.