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Sahasrara Chakra

Sahasrra = thousand, infinite

The Qualities and Symbols of

The Sahasrra Chakra is located on the crown of the head beneath the Fontanelle, which is easily
visible in a new-born child. It is also known as the Thousand-petalled Lotus, Brahmrandhra
(door to Brahma) and Source of Light (because a supernatural light as bright as the sun radiates
from it).

the Sahasrara Chakra

No other light approaches the brilliance of the sun. In the same way the radiance of all other
Chakras fades before the incomparable radiance of the Sahasrra Chakra. The Sahasrra
possesses no special colour or quality. Its light contains all colour vibrations united in the
incomparable brilliance of pure light. The energy of all Nds flows together here, just as the
water of a thousand rivers comes together in the sea.

Exercises for the Sahasrara


Chakra
Meditation Practice on the
Sahasrara Chakra

The element of the Sahasrra Chakra is DI TATTVA or SHVARA TATTVA . It is the source of
creation, the pure light and one reality God. This Tattva is di Andi. di means without
beginning, Andi means without end therefore infinite. As soon as this Tattva unites with a
quality (Guna) it is bound and therefore limited just as pure water has no taste of its own, but is
modified by and takes on the taste of whatever is added to it. In the Cosmos there are diverse
manifestations of this one Tattva with various qualities and functions such as fire, water, air
and earth but the basis is always the same, the pure essence.
The awakening of the Sahasrra Chakra means revelation of the Divine Splendour and
attainment of Supreme Consciousness. It is the seat of Lord Shiva, whom we have met in three
forms in the Chakras:
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1. In the Mldhra Chakra as Pashupati, Lord of the Animals.


2. In the Mldhra and gy Chakras in the symbol of the Shiva Lingam.
3. In the Sahasrra Chakra as di Andi, Supreme Divine Consciousness and original
foundation of the Universe.
di Shiva is the uncreated creator of the Cosmos (Svayambhu). He represents nanda (bliss),
Purusha (pure consciousness) and Moksha (liberation). He is perfect, eternal and divine, and
radiant like a million suns. No Karmas can touch Him, all impurities melt and burn in his
proximity. Only purity, clarity, light, love and truth emanate from Him.
In each individual (Jvtm), the Self (tm) resides with the Supreme Self (Paramtm),
appearing in the form of di Shiva in the Sahasrra Chakra. In essence tm and Paramtm are
the same. The tm also possesses divine consciousness, but until it has attained liberation
(Moksha) it is closely linked to the personal I and the Koshas , and through this is qualified and
limited. But Paramtm is unlimited and therefore impersonal it is the Universal, Supreme
Self, the Light of Life. When the consciousness of the Jvtm reaches di Shiva in the
Sahasrra Chakra and merges with it, it is illuminated and freed from any shackles and
limitations. Just as night gives way to sunrise, the darkness of ignorance fades with the opening
of the Sahasrra Chakra. We can attain this through Kriy Yoga meditation and Guru Krip .
The Jvtm strives lifelong for reunion with its source, the Supreme Self, either consciously or
unconsciously. Or, expressed another way, our lifelong striving for happiness and fulfilment is, at
its deepest level, the union of Jvtm and Paramtm, which, translated in the symbolism of the
Chakras, is the union of Shiva and Shakti.
Shakti is located in the Mldhra Chakra and Shiva in the Sahasrra Chakra. Between the two
exists an irresistible attraction, and we experience the distance between them as a dark zone of
unclarity and ignorance. The trench that separates Shiva and Shakti (otherwise known as
Purusha and Prakriti consciousness and nature) is not-knowing, and the consequence of
not-knowing are emotions full of suffering, such as loneliness, sadness, bitterness, fear, doubt,
etc., that accompany us through life. The bridge across this gap of ignorance is blocked by
barriers and the rocks of numerous Karmas and restrictive qualities.
Icch Shakti (willpower) is the force that finally provides the impulse for the removal of the rocks
of Karmas and cumbersome qualities once and for all. Once this Sacred Will arises within the
Jvtm, it leads inexorably to union with the Divine Self. In line with the Karma and personality
structure of the aspirant, this process can either continue in tumultuous and intense circles or
unfold gradually and calmly.
The union of Shiva and Shakti occurs when the stream of energy in the two main Nds, Id and
Pingal , unite and rise through the Sushumn Nd. There is, however, one important condition.
As written in the chapter on the Anhata Chakra, the seat of the tm is in the heart, and
realisation of the tm takes place only when a simultaneous awakening of the Anhata Chakra
and the Sahasrra Chakra occurs. With this a direct connection from the Sahasrra Chakra to the
Anhata Chakra through the Brahm Nd (also known as Gyna Nd) is established. If the
Anhata Chakra is blocked and the flow of Bhakti, love and devotion, has also dried up the
Sahasrra Chakra does not open.
Only with the complete awakening of the Anhata Chakra does the flame of light, which is the
tm, rise from the heart and reach the level of Divine Consciousness through the Door of
Brahman. Then, in the ocean of Brahma Gyna the thousand-petalled Lotus unfolds, and in its
centre the pearl of Paramshakti shines. Like a swan the Jvtm dives into the splendour of
eternal, Divine existence. When it unites with the Supreme Self its existence dissolves just as a
river loses its name when it flows into the ocean. Now it is in the sphere of pure consciousness.
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Its form is perfect divine consciousness and eternal, divine bliss SAT CHIT NANDA
SVARPA TM. The Realised Ones and Saints of all ages have reached this level of
consciousness, which cannot be described with words.
When we are unable to see or experience anything in meditation, it is because our vision is
obstructed by the barrier of the limited I. Though our tm is directly connected to God, and is,
in fact, God, we are not yet conscious of this.
We will again return to the image of the Lotus. The root of the Lotus represents di Shakti, the
original, divine power, which is located in the Mldhra Chakra. The Blossom in the Sahasrra
Chakra is di Shiva, the Divine Consciousness and Supreme Self. In Rja Yoga these two primal
principles are known as Jvtm and Paramtm. When they become one it is said that we are
one with our Self, whereas in reality there is no difference between them. The division is only
apparent, because we are not conscious of the real unity. And yet the Jvtm must wander along
a lengthy and often very difficult path until it again discovers this oneness within the
consciousness.
The development of the consciousness progresses step-by-step; just like the seed of a Lotus when
dropped into the soil first produces a delicate bud, then continues to grow upwards towards the
light. The journey leads from the root of the Lotus (Mla Prakriti) through the water (the World,
which is My), upwards along the stem of the Lotus (the different Chakras and levels of
consciousness) until it finally reaches the blossom, the Sahasrra Chakra.
All individuals travel along their own pathway, have their own history and their own experiences
but at the end all inevitably reach the same goal, the same truth and the same reality. However,
until then it is a long journey. Only those who purposefully follow the spiritual path throughout
their life with consistency and discipline, come through. Those who pursue happiness in the
external world, lose their way. Eternal, true happiness is found within us and not outside. Just as
a stag runs after the scent of musk not realising it is he himself who is producing it, we seek
fulfilment of our wishes in the external world and are not aware that everything we are missing
and seeking is carried within us.
As Saint Francis of Assissi so concisely expressed it:
That for which they seek is that which searches.
Only when we turn towards the inner Self do we find fulfilment and peace.
Seek only God; do not look for spiritual sensations, or Siddhis , or extraterrestrial adventures.
Hand your life over to God and pray in this way: Oh Lord, may Your will be done. May my
destiny be fulfilled.
The greatest happiness that can be bestowed upon us, due to good actions in earlier lives, is a
meeting with a spiritual Master. The Masters assist us through techniques with which we are able
to purify our inner field and open our consciousness to the Divine Light. They accompany us on
all levels through our development, wherever our destiny takes us. Under their protection our
soul cannot be harmed, no matter what happens.
The greatest misfortune is to die without attaining God-Realisation. Painfully, the Jvtm comes
to the realisation that it has missed the opportunity of human life and must re-enter the cycle of
death and rebirth.
After death we move unavoidably into the astral level appropriate to our Karma. In the astral
world we are fully aware of all events but are incapable of taking any action. We see our life
running past us like a film. We recognise the mistakes of our earthly life, and also joyfully
experience the bliss of divine light and divine love resulting from our spiritual progress and good

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actions. But there is no possibility whatsoever of any further resolution or intervention. The
direction and goal of our journey is determined solely by the trend of our Karmas.
Here the Jvtm follows one of three possible threads of destiny: Two lead to a new birth in the
world of My, and the third to Realisation and union with the Supreme Self.
In the Bhagavad Gita (8/24-25) Lord Krishna explains the circumstances by which the soul
comes to one of these paths.
Anyone who still has some Karma adhering good or bad will take on a mortal body again.
Those who in their earthly life load themselves largely with bad deeds, were unkind and lacked
compassion for others will be born into an animal level of consciousness. With complete
justification this can be described as hell. In an animal life form the ability of expression and
development of the soul is greatly limited. It does not possess free will, intellect, speech or the
capacity to reason. In this existence there is only a very small and slow development of
consciousness; all karmas must be lived through over the pre-determined period, and be cleared
away. But those whose good karmas predominated have the opportunity to aspire to human birth
and liberation. In line with the ratio of good and bad karmas their existence is either happy or full
of sorrow. The most beautiful fruit from existences which were full of good and noble actions, is a
happy life enriched with numerous opportunities for development in a spiritual and peaceful
environment.
Those who finally attain liberation through knowledge and selfless deeds (Nishkma Karma), and
with the help of the Master and Gods grace are not born again unless they voluntarily decide to
return to the earth as a helper or a teacher.
These are the paths the soul takes after earthly death. Normally the soul (together with the astral
and causal bodies ) leaves the physical body through one of the nine doors the mouth, eyes,
ears, nostrils, excretory organs or genitals. Occasionally it can be clearly seen through which door
the soul departs. If a dying person eliminates excrement or urine it is an indication that the soul
is wandering in a lower level of consciousness. These souls, particularly, need our prayers so they
can find their way to a higher consciousness when they again finally obtain a human birth after a
long waiting period. Many dying people open their mouths or eyes; with others a drop of blood
comes from their nose or ears. These souls wander in the astral level appropriate to their Karma.
But the tm of liberated Yogis and Masters departs through the tenth door the Sahasrra
Chakra. (This is occasionally visible through a drop of blood or ray of light appearing at the
crown of the head). Realised souls go to the highest level of the Cosmos where they are
honourably welcomed as triumphant heroes.
The path of development through the Chakras, the process of change in the consciousness and
the investigation of our own thoughts and feelings, is no easy undertaking. Many old habits must
be given up, and much must be overcome. Unfortunately we continue to perform ill-considered
actions, speech and thoughts. But for all the errors that we committed in ignorance we can ask
for forgiveness and pray:
Oh Lord, lead us from ignorance to wisdom, from darkness to the light of knowledge. May
Your Divine Light always enlighten my heart and my consciousness.
Though the way may still be onerous and thorny, when we reach the goal we forget immediately
all pain, and the effort expended appears to vanish when compared to the bliss we now
experience. Therefore we should stay strong and under no circumstances give up our goal.
The most important thing in life is that our spiritual practices are always performed with Bhakti
love and devotion. Through Bhakti, tma Chintana (constantly thinking about the tm),
Mantra and meditation the Chakras are awakened. Sttvika Bhakti is a safe and certain pathway
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to God, because while the flame of pure love and devotion burns within us no shadow or
destructive forces can approach us.
Allow the river of love to flow within, and hold the candle of wisdom firmly in your hand. Be a
light to anyone you meet and help them on their path. In this way you will continue to progress
and develop further on your spiritual path.

Medh Shakti
An inexhaustible stream of energy radiates from the Sahasrra Chakra MEDH SHAKTI. It is
one of the most influential and important forces in the body; mental power, intelligence and
memory depend upon it. Medh Shakti is food for the memory and all other functions of the
brain. It is of great importance to preserve and strengthen the Medh Shakti.
Medh Shakti is quickly used up by excitement, stress, hustle and bustle, sexual intercourse,
strong emotions, empty chatter, crying, shouting, brooding and worrying. Anger, hate, jealousy,
unresolved conflict, feelings of revenge and resentment that we carry with us from the past
weaken and destroy it.
We strengthen our Medh Shakti through relaxation of body and mind, quietening our thoughts,
trusting in God, inner peace, joy and contentment. Therefore, all Yoga exercises exert a positive
influence on this Shakti, which has an overall balancing and calming effect on body and mind. All
inverted postures such as Shirshsana (headstand), Sarvngsana (shoulderstand) Vipartkaran
Mudr (Energy Regeneration Pose), Yoga Mudr (Forward Bend sitting on heels) and
Shashanksana (Hare) are particularly beneficial. Agnisra Kriy , Prnyma, concentration and
meditation practices also strengthen Medh Shakti. This mental and spiritual power is also
supported through prayer, recitation of Mantra, reading of holy scriptures, singing Bhajans,
Satsang, Pj and Sev - putting it briefly, through positive thoughts, speech and actions.
A very valuable technique to quieten thoughts and strengthen the Medh Shakti is MAUNA
(silence). Mauna leads to perfect inner peace and helps us reach deep meditation.
A food recommended to strengthen the Medh Shkti is Almond milk. It is also beneficial for
headache and tiredness, and is an excellent drink for promoting concentration and memory
performance.
Take 10-15 unpeeled almonds and soak them overnight in a water-filled pottery bowl that has
not been glazed or fired too strongly (the water should be able to soak into the pottery - the clay
should still be able to breathe). Next morning peel the almonds and grind them to a fine paste.
Warm a glass of milk, add a teaspoon of honey (or as desired) and stir in the ground almonds.
Sip the almond milk slowly about half an hour before breakfast.
Some people are unable to drink milk. In this case one can also crush fresh peppermint leaves in
a mortar, or chop in a processor. Place the minced leaves in a glass of hot water and mix well
by covering the glass and shaking strongly. You can then strain the liquid but this is not
absolutely necessary. Add a spoonful of honey and sip the drink slowly. As well as this, chew the
almonds, which have been peeled and soaked overnight in water, slowly and thoroughly. After
just 10 days you will become aware of how good this drink is for your body and mind.
Medh Shakti can also become too active and produce inner restlessness and excitement. It is a
strong power, like fire. Once it becomes active its movement cannot so easily be stopped.
Therefore, occasionally the Medh Shakti must be cooled off and quietened. And this is the
reason that during a Pj the Shiva Lingam, which is also a symbol for power and activity, is
symbolically sprinkled with water to cool it down.
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