Did Jesus teach the existence of the "Third
Most yoga practitioners believe in seven
energy centers in the body called chakras. The position of the sixth is
supposedly in the middle of the forehead. It is often referred to as the ‘third
eye.’ This chakra is described as being one of the main exits out of the
body into the ‘astral realm’ (a spiritual dimension said to be directly
above this natural plane). Some feel that Jesus was referring to this
concept when he explained, "The light of the body is the eye: if
therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if
thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore
the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew
When subjected to proper methods of interpretation, this
one isolated passage is definitely not sufficient evidence that Jesus
believed in chakras or specifically, in the third eye. Jesus was rather
talking about the way we ‘see’ or ‘perceive’ what is important in
life, how we set our priorities. These two verses are sandwiched between
passages dealing with ‘materialism versus spirituality.’ Jesus started
by saying, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth" and
he concluded by saying, "You cannot serve God and mammon"
(material riches). (Matthew 6:19, 24) Plainly, Jesus was encouraging
his disciples to stay focused on that which is spiritual and eternal, even
if they have to function in a secular world. No one can be a slave to
material possessions and enjoy the abundant life that the Savior promised.
A popular, modern translation changes the archaic English
of the King James Version to say, "If therefore your eye is good, your
whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body
will be full of darkness." (Matthew 6:22–23 NKJV) Other Bible
versions use words like, "sound," "healthy,"
"clear" or "unclouded" for the word "good."
The exact meaning becomes all the more obvious in these newer renditions.
Very simply, if you ‘look’ at life with a good attitude—if your values
are sound and healthy, and your perceptions, clear and unclouded—the light
of truth radiates in you and through you. If Jesus were actually attempting
to enlighten his disciples concerning the existence of internal psychic
energy centers, he surely would not have been so vague.