August 5th, 2014

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Chakra and yantra, 040814

When prashanthchengi was tending his bike, he asked me to take this snap of the cycle gears:

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This was mounted on the bicycle wheel, which is called "chakra" in Sanskrit. It has 10 gears...or levels.

It reminded me of a spiritual aid, that has been worshipped for centuries in Hindu culture:

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(Pic from the net.)

Here is the wiki entry about


The Sri Chakra or the Sri Yantra

Which has nine levels.

How apt, I felt, that the cycle, which is a "yantra" or instrument, has two "chakras", with gears that so closely resemble an ancient "chakra" or "yantra"!

Kinetic energy does not, after all, seem to change much over many centuries! And cycling is a religion for many....