Aum Shri Gurave NamaH!
In my Previous posts, I have given the general account about these beautiful, subtle, invisible, non material, nerve centres or energy centres present in the Astral body of each and every human being, One can visualize the Astral body like a key chain with three leaves cut out like a human body, one is your physical body which is visible and second is the Astral body and the third is called the causal body, pull them together it is one body, separate them you can see three.
The Seventh and Crown Chakra, the Shasrara Chakra Fig A
Shasrara Chakra- drawn by me. :-)) Imagine this Chakra as a cap which covers the Brahma randhra, the soft spot on the head of the new born babies, slowly this area gets covered by growth of bones of head, when elders kiss this spot of children, both are blessed.
The awakened Chakra has its petals upwards and the petals of a chakra at rest are downwards. Only Sushumna Nadi reaches this Chakra.
The Zodiac sign is Capricorn/Pisces.
The Mantra is AUM, Pronounce it as Ooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaammmmmmmm.
The Endocrine Glands connected is Pineal gland, melatonin -photoreceptors,
The no of Petals are 1000, which are 1000 yoga nadis which appear like petals and each petal vibrates with the sound of alphabets of Sanskrit, 50 letters are repeated till they finish all the 1000 petals.
The space in this chakra is Round, The color of this Chakra is white.
The area of Knowledge is Super-Conscious.
The Deity for this Chakra is Shiva, Lord Shiva resides here and Shakti has to reach him and Shakti is Kundalini Shakti.
The Loka is Satya Loka.
Swami Sivananda Maharaj Said:
The SAHASRARA CHAKRA is the thousand-petalled lotus at the top of the head and is the
Abode of Lord Siva. When the Kundalini is awakened, it pierces one Chakra after another and
finally unites with Lord Siva and enjoys the Highest Bliss. Now the Yogi attains super conscious state and becomes a full-blown Jnani. He drinks the Nectar of Immortality.
When the Kundalini is awakened, it does not directly proceed all at once to the Sahasrara
Chakra. You will have to take it from one Chakra to another. You will certainly live even after it is taken to the Sahasrara. But remember that even after it is taken to the Sahasrara, it may drop down to the Muladhara at any moment! Only when you are firmly established in Samadhi, when you have attained Kaivalya, the Kundalini cannot and does not drop down.
Do your Sadhana with patience, perseverance, cheerfulness and courage, till you get
the Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
It is easy to awaken the Kundalini, but it is very difficult to take it up to the navel, to the Ajna
Chakra, and thence to the Sahasrara in the head. It demands a great deal of patience and persistence on the part of the practitioner. But there is nothing impossible for a man of determination and iron-will. That Yogi who has taken the Kundalini to the Sahasrara is the real master of the forces of Nature. Generally Yogic students abandon their Sadhana on account of false satisfaction. They foolishly imagine that they have reached the goal, when they get some mystic experiences and powers. This is a mistake. Complete Asamprajnata Samadhi (Nirvikalpa Samadhi) alone can give final emancipation.
“Brahmarandhra” means the hole of Brahman. It is the dwelling house of the human soul.
This is also known as “Dasamadvara,” the tenth opening or the tenth door. The hollow place in the crown of the head known as anterior fontanelle in the new-born child is the Brahmarandhra. This is between the two parietal and occipital bones. This portion is very soft in a baby. When the child grows, it gets obliterated by the growth of the bones of the head. Brahma created the physical body and entered (Pravishat) the body to give illumination inside through this Brahmarandhra. In some of the Upanishads, it is stated like that. This is the most important part. It is very suitable for Nirguna Dhyana (abstract meditation). When the Yogi separates himself from the physical body at the time of death, this Brahmarandhra bursts open and Prana comes out through this opening (Kapala Moksha). “A hundred and one are the nerves of the heart. Of them one (Sushumna) has gone out piercing the head; going up through it, one attains immortality” (Kathopanishad).
Sahasrara Chakra is the abode of Lord Siva. This corresponds to Satya Loka. This is situated
at the crown of the head. When Kundalini is united with Lord Siva at the Sahasrara Chakra, the Yogi enjoys the Supreme Bliss, Parama Ananda. When Kundalini is taken to this centre, the Yogi attains the superconscious state and the Highest Knowledge. He becomes a Brahmavidvarishtha or a full-blown Jnani.
The word Sahasradala-Padma denotes that this Padma has 1000 petals. That is, one
thousand Yoga Nadis emanate from this centre. There are different opinions about the exact
number of petals. It is quite sufficient if you know that innumerable Nadis proceed from this centre.
As in the case of other Chakras, the vibrations that are made by the Yoga Nadis are represented by the Sanskrit letters. All the 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are repeated here again and again on all Yoga Nadis. This is a Sukshma centre. The corresponding centre in the physical body is in the brain. The term “Shat-Chakras” refers only to the chief six Chakras, viz., Muladhara, Svadhishthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha and Ajna. Above all these we have Sahasrara Chakra. This is the chief of all the Chakras. All the Chakras have their intimate connection with this centre. Hence this is not included as one among the Shat-Chakras. This is situated above all the Chakras
Only Yoga is not enough to attain this feat, Develop virtues like generosity, forgiveness and so forth. Mere Yogic Kriyas alone will not help you much. Do self-analysis and eradicate your faults and evil habits. Rectify your defects like selfishness, pride, jealousy, hatred, etc. Develop your heart. Share what you have with others. Do selfless service. Then alone you will get purity of mind.
Vishuddha Chakra is the stage where the conscious world ends, above this Chakra everything is beyond the physical world, it is Samadhi stage.
Aum NamaH Shivaya!
Sianala, Montreal, April, 2008