According to Harish Johari, each of us takes birth in that cakra where we have our greatest unfulfilled desire. : Tantra Yoga : Chakras and Rebirth . (The fact that we are born implies that we are at one of the six cakrAs, not at the seventh, but we can get there.) Links to other posts on cakrAs : tantra yoga.
A third cakra person, motivated by achievement will do even tapas for siddhis or spiritual attainments, not for bhagavat sAkSAtkAra.
A second cakra person motivated by his desire for ‘family’ or swajana, will do even pUja for the welfare of the family, or even a yagnya in order to have a son. He may fight a war as a mercenary to have money to provide for his family. He may teach abroad to send money home.
A first cakra person is intent on his survival and possessions even if (s)he has all the wealth in the world. They may teach (a fifth cakra activity) but with an eye on the salary. With teaching institutions being run for profit (first cakra motive), the teachers that they get are also first cakra people who are there for the salary. A 5th cakra teacher may not last in a first cakra teaching institution.
So though everyone survives, has a family, achievements, does service, learns and teaches – yet their activity does not reveal the cakra.
gAndhIji did not spin the caraka to make khAdi for profit! So if you want to assess the cakrAs of people looking at their activities alone will not help you.
Lower cakra people judge others by themselves. They attribute the crassest motives to others.
As an example :
Some people have suggested that I write my blog because a) I am misguided b) I want time-pass c) I want fame d) I have desire to preserve Indian culture e) I have a desire to teach f) I have a desire to clear my thoughts g) I have a desire to express my thoughts h)I want to share my knowledge i) I want their guidance j) I want money etc etc etc.
From that I can assess them and guess their cakrAs. Since they are off the mark with assessing my motive, they are out-of-line with their advice – they don’t know what I want and they don’t know what I can do and what I can’t do. But their judgment of me is the clearest expression about themselves.
As a generalization :
Even your own parents do not know what unfulfilled desire you have taken this birth for. They do not know your motive or your strengths. So at some point you need to renounce their judgments of you. Similarly you have no clue about your children. You must renounce your judgments about them. Also when you are doing something that is extremely important to you, you must go ahead and do it and not bother with the opinions of all and sundry. Not only are they wrong, they cannot be right even if they want to be. You have to listen to your heart. Start as early as you can.
(I think that it is possible for people in higher cakrAs to understand the motives of those in lower cakrAs but not vice-versa. This is based on a very detailed observation of a very small sample in uncontrolled conditions, so you must treat it as my personal understanding.)
satyA s’AradA kandulA