Seventh Chakra: SahasraraThe seventh center (Sahasrara) is the chakra which integrates all the chakras with their respective qualities. It is the last milestone of the evolution of human awareness. Nowadays, we are at a level which corresponds to this chakra, and our consciousness is able to easily enter into this new realm of perception, which is beyond our limited mind and concepts, and which becomes absolute at the level of the Sahasrara. It is the direct, absolute perception of Reality on our central nervous system.
"Lastly, the seventh centre, the most important centre is the Sahasrara which has got, according to Sahaja Yoga, a thousand petals. Actually there are a thousand nerves and if you cut the transverse section of the brain you can see that all these petal-like structures of the brain are forming a lotus of the thousand petals. This centre of a thousand petals covers the limbic area of the brain before Realization like the closed bud of a lotus. Above this covering is the balloon-like structure of ego and superego. As the brain is covered completely when these two institutions join and calcification takes place on top of the head; that is how we become a closed personality. At the time of our awakening, of our second birth, this egg-like personality breaks at the top of the head."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji/Shri Sahasra-dala-padmastha Devi
(Sahasra-dala-padmastha [528th]: Residing in the Thousand-Petaled Lotus.)
"Without opening the Sahasrara, God itself was a myth, religion itself was a myth, all talk about divinity was a myth. People believed in it but it was just a belief. Now if the will of God is so important, it has to be proved. Now through Sahaja Yoga, after the breaking of the Sahasrara, you have now, for the first time, felt the will of God, which is such an important thing. Now the will of God you are feeling on your finger tips. After realisation, you have discovered the absolute science which is the will of God."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Shri Mataji: "The Sahasrar; last center is the center which is the limbic area where is the seat of all the seven centers. It’s all integration there. So far, everybody who has come – like, Christ has come on this center what you call the Agnya Chakra. Or, Krishna has come on this center which is the Vishuddhi Chakra. Like that, they have been appearing on every center of ours – giving us a new dimension to our awareness. And, that’s how our awareness has improved to this extent and now the time is for you to get your Absolute; to get your Spirit – that your Spirit must shine into your attention, that you should have your Self-Realization, that you should have your second birth. That’s the time! And, that is only possible if baptism, the real baptism works out. Real. Not artificial; somebody coming and putting the hand on your head and saying, 'Now, you are baptized.' That’s not the way. But it is a real thing that happens that you start feeling the Cool Breeze of the Holy Ghost coming out."
Shri Mataji 1983 TV Interview (Houston, USA: Live with questions)
The Sahasrara Chakra encompasses the crown of the head where all Chakras of the subtle system are integrated. When Kundalini passes through the top of the head, at the fontanel area, your Realization is manifested. Sahasrara is the Promised Land where absolute freedom and Truth is granted.
The beginner of Sahaja Yoga receives Self-Realization at the start with the raising of the Kundalini. Usually only a few strands rise at first and the Chakras will only open slightly. Meditation and other simple techniques provide daily opportunities to gradually cleanse and clear the Chakras, enabling more strands of the Kundalini to rise. Your ability to feel vibrations will increase. Vibrations will play a daily role to determine right decisions; to feel conditions of others; to ascertain the Truth; to develop a wise discretion; feel Nature; heal oneself and other beings; solve problems and more. "Wisdom doesn’t mean that you know how to argue things or you fight with people. No, it doesn’t mean that. Wisdom means how you take to the good side of everything to enjoy it. This is Wisdom and that you avoid all destructive things and take to something constructive."
The opening of the Sahasrara is the very special gift of Shri Mataji to humankind. Through years of selfless service and very hard work She has ceaselessly circled the globe to bestow on humankind the most benevolent spiritual power ever known.
At the point of the Sahasrara we go beyond the relative to the Absolute, and into the Absolute realization of Heaven on Earth. This is a country far beyond our wildest imaginings, so much more than our words can even seek to imply. This is our ultimate destination, stretching out forever. Our progress towards this goal is a living process. When the seed matures it naturally sprouts. When the Kundalini reaches the Sahasrara, the lotus petals open and enlightenment takes place. You may feel a pulsation in the crown of the head, followed by a melting sensation and a flow of cool vibrations from the fontanel areas. This is the baptism by which you know that you are truly born again.
Vibratory awareness begins at this point. As the Kundalini unites our individual consciousness with the Universal Consciousness (the atma to the Paramatma), we are suddenly tuned in to the Universal Wavelength of Vibrations. These vibrations pervade the cosmos but before Self-Realization, while we are still in the ego form, we know nothing of them. When the Kundalini breaks the shell of the egg, we emerge in His Kingdom, the Collective Unconscious. Very ancient and great realized souls, liberated from the physical body ages ago, are now able to reach this Kingdom of God within effortlessly. By taking birth again on this Earth they are living proof to the human race that they are pure spirit within, and all capable of attaining eternal life. "But the man who is ignorant, who has no faith, who is of a doubting nature, perishes. For the doubting soul there is neither this world nor the world beyond nor any happiness" (BG 4:40). We must have a positive basis for life, an unwavering faith to discover the Truth which stands the test of life. "Kill therefore with the sword of wisdom the doubt born of ignorance that lies in thy heart. Be one in self-harmony, in Yoga, and arise, great warrior, arise!" (BG 4:42).
As human awareness is united to the Divine, we move into the subtlest of communication, that is, into Collective Consciousness. We begin to feel the presence and guidance of His Spirit within us and in others as well. We learn to appreciate the real depth and beauty of another person through vibrations. The beauty of Nature now manifests itself as vibrations. Just ask the question and a positive answer comes as a flow of vibrations. It is conversation with the Universe at its most sublime.
The presiding Deity of the Sahasrara Chakra is Shri Lalita Devi. Her first ever complete manifestation on Earth is in the human form of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. Through Her Grace our kundalini is awakened, our spirit is enlightened, and we feel the Paramchaitanya also. Because of Her we can awaken the Kundalini of others after our own awakening. We can give Self-Transcendence to others, we can heal and cure sickness, and we can share the message of Divine Love with the entire world. Lord Jesus promised that He will send a Comforter, a Counselor, a Redeemer — the Holy Spirit — who will teach all things that He was unable to tell.
GENERAL ADVICE FROM SHRI MATAJI
The most effective way to clear or heal chakra problems ('catch" or obstruction) is to put attention on the affected chakra during meditation and allow the Mother Kundalini to heal. Remain in the thoughtless state while you work on the affected chakra. Always remember this quote of Shri Mataji:
"Kundalini will rise and She will cleanse you completely. Kundalini will rise and always cleanse the chakras."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Sydney, Australia, March 31, 1991
Once this is power is established no external rituals are required as catches will be healed instantly and constantly by the Mother Kundalini within. Until and unless external cleansing rituals are discarded this power will never be established. On the contrary, all these rituals only make matters worse according to Shri Mataji:
"The people who think that they can control their ego will eat less or use all types of methods to control ego. For example, someone is standing on one leg or other one on his head, all types of efforts they are doing to reduce their ego.
But with all these techniques, ego doesn't vanish. On the contrary, ego increases. Fasting, reciting the names, increases your ego. With Havans also ego increases because Agni, fire, is the right side element. Anything which is rituals increases your ego.
Human being thinks that they are alright, since they are doing these rituals since thousand years. All the wrong teachings they are still following. For this reason Sahaja Yoga is against Karma Kanda, that is rituals. No need to do any kind of Karma Kanda.
And to go to the extreme point is also dangerous. I had asked them to shoe-beat to destroy their ego and what I see that every morning all the Sahaja Yogis go in the line with their shoes for shoe-beatings. But I had asked to do this if you have ego in you.
All these rituals have entered into Sahaja Yoga. I got somebody in France with the list of the treatments of Vashi hospital. But that was for sick peoples. This is the nature of human being to follow the rituals because he thinks that he can do it."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
25 December 1997, Christmas Puja
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India
QUOTES OF SHRI MATAJI
"Now, actually what has happened in Realization? Your Kundalini has risen and has come up. Just like you can say a small, thin hair — one hair, say — and that has broken your Sahasrara. And now the Grace is flowing into it. But it is a very small movement that has taken place, of course, which is a very difficult movement no doubt, but it has taken place. Now you have not expanded like this. Your Chakras are only pierced in the center but the rest of the attention is still intact. Actually it is so intact that you do not even feel that it is pierced. Now you have to expand that. Open it out so that more strands of the Kundalini can rise and your attention, which is in these centres, expands. By expansion it drives out all that is mythical on the sides. On every centre we have our attention which is being enlightened in the centre through this Light passing through. But the Light is too small for the darkness that you have collected, specially for people in the West I would say. You must get rid of them."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji/Shri Durlabha Devi
Attention, U.K.—May 26, 1980
(Durlabha (188th): Hard to attain.)
"The last is the Virat. That is the state you have to reach is the Virat, is here, in front (forehead) as you know. And I was surprised when I went to Nepal, which is a temple of Shiva there. Despite they were worshipping Shiva, they were putting all the kumkum here. So I thought they don’t know why they are putting because even if you worship Shiva you must also worship here, the Virata. They don’t put it here, here, because they’re absolutely hundred percent only Shiva worshippers. So why should they put it here? Because somebody who knows, who was gnostic has told them this is the place of Virat.
Once you get into Virat, then all your ideas of separating or differentiating goes away. You do not have any more ideas of races left, of nationality, of your city, of your village or anything. At that stage, you don’t belong to any place. You belong to every place and you don’t belong to any place. Such a situation comes in. When you don’t hanker after any particular food, you don’t like any particular type of people, you can adjust yourself into any circumstance, into any families, into any kind of people. You can live with drunkards. I mean, I have lived with drunkards. Lived means I have shaken hands at least with so many of them. You can be with any kind of person. Nothing bothers you because you are in the Virata state because everything is absorbed by the Virat and you do not feel anything. Whatever sort a person may be, you do not feel it. The Virata has to suffer, not you and that is what is the best state where I want all of you to reach and to become absolutely free. Nothing can impress you, nothing can influence you, nothing can dissuade you, but you stand on your self-esteem and understanding about yourself that you are a Sahaja Yogi and that you are connected with this Power and you are a citizen of Kingdom of God."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Collective Conditionings, Cabella, Italy—August 16, 1992
As a thousand sparks from a fire well blazing spring forth, each one like the rest, so from the Imperishable all kinds of beings come forth, my dear, and to Her return.
Divine and formless is the Person; She is inside and outside, She is not begotten, is not breath or mind; Utterly pure, farther than the farthest Imperishable.
From Her springs forth the breath of life, the power of thought and all the senses, space, wind, light, and water, and earth, the great supporter of all.
Fire is Her head, the sun and moon Her eyes, the compass points Her ears. The revealed Vedas are Her word. The wind is Her breath, Her heart is the all. From Her feet proceeded the earth. In truth, She is the inner atman of all beings.
From Her comes fire with its fuel, the sun; From the moon comes rain, thence plants on the earth. The male pours seed into the female; Thus from the Person creatures are born.
From Her come hymns, songs, and sacrificial formulas, Initiations, sacrifices, rites, and all offerings. From Her come the year, the sacrificer, and the worlds in which the moon shines forth, and the sun.
From Her take their origin the numerous Gods, the heavenly beings, men, beasts, and birds, the in-breath and the out-breath, rice and barley, ascetic fervor, faith, truth, purity, and law.
From Her take their origin the seven breaths, the seven flames, their fuel, the seven oblations; From Her these seven worlds in which the breaths are moving each time seven and hidden in secret (i.e., subtle system).
From Her come the oceans, from Her the mountains, from Her come all plants together with their juices — With all beings She abides as their inmost atman.
The Person is all this — Work, ascetic fervor, Brahman, supreme immortality. Who knows that which is hidden in the secret cave, he cuts here and now, my dear, the knot of ignorance.
Mundakopanisad II, 1, 1-10
"(Sanskrit `thousand'). The lotus (padma) or circle (Chakra) which exits at or above the crown of the head, at the top of the sushumna nadi in Tantric esoteric anatomy of the suble body. It is the place where Shiva and Shakti are united, enjoying pepetual bliss. The guru is also thought to dwell there, at one with the divine. The sahasrara is envisaged as a lotus, a symbol of purity, with innumerable petals and all their possible combinations. In the center of the lotus is the nectar of immortality (amrta). The sahasrara is attained through the yoga of Kundalini.”
“Nicodemus visits Jesus in the night. Jesus reveals to him the meaning of the new birth and the kingdom of heaven.
1 Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews, and he was earnest, learned and devout.
2 He saw the master's signet in the face of Jesus as he talked, but was not brave enough to publicly confess his faith in him;
3 So in the night he went to talk with Jesus at the home of Jude.
4 When Jesus saw him come he said, Full blessed are the pure in heart;
5 Twice blessed are the fearless, pure in heart;
6 Thrice blessed are the fearless, pure in heart who dare to make confession of their faith before the highest courts.
7 And Nicodemus said, Hail, master, hail! I know you are a teacher come from God, for man alone could never teach as you have taught; could never do the works that you have done.
8 And Jesus said, Except a man be born again he cannot see the king; he cannot comprehend the words I speak.
9 And Nicodemus said, How can a man be born again? Can he go back into the womb and come again to life?
10 And Jesus said, The birth of which I speak is not the birth of flesh.
11 Except a man be born of water and the Holy Breath, he cannot come into the kingdom of the Holy One.
12 That which is born of flesh is child of man; that which is born of Holy Breath is child of God.
13 The winds blow where they please; men hear their voices, and may note results; but they know not from whence they come, nor where they go; and so is every one that is born of Holy Breath.
14 The ruler said, I do not understand; pray tell me plainly what you mean.
15 And Jesus said, The kingdom of the Holy One is in the soul; men cannot see it with their carnal eyes; with all their reasoning powers they comprehend it not.
16 It is a life deep hid in God; its recognition is the work of inner consciousness.”
Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ 75:1-16
“Also called the "Crown Chakra or Mystic Chakra" the seventh Chakra, which is located at the top of the head, is light years beyond the lower Chakras. The true nature of the seventh Chakra is beyond human comprehension. The advice of all teachers on the kundalini path, is not to ever try to push oneself into seventh Chakra consciousness. This experience will come, when one's nervous system is fully prepared for such infinite realization and union with the creative force of the universe.
However, in regular kundalini meditation, it is important to focus one's attention for at least short periods directly to this center so that one's energetic system can balance itself and you can open, to the inflow of energy from above. There should be no inhibition regarding direct focusing on the seventh Chakra. As long as one don't use special techniques for over stimulating this Chakra, a regular and quite natural inflow of white-light energy and insight can be received.
The sahasrara Chakra controls the pineal gland in the brain. Medicine claims that this mysterious gland is defunct. But Yogis for thousands of years have come to know intimately from the inside out that the pineal gland is awakened through kundalini energy and begins secreting only when we become spiritually awakened. In fact, bio-chemically, it is possible to talk about enlightenment as a state where the pineal gland is regularly secreting special hormones into the body's lower glandular system.
In more spiritual terms, to regularly include the seventh Chakra in our kundalini balancing meditations is to welcome the universal Holy Spirit to flow downward into our physical and energetic bodies, and to flood our lives with the ultimate healing and inspirational power of the universe.”
Sahasrara Chakra, mysticindia.com
“The seventh major chakra is Sahasrara, located on the top of the head. The color is white. Through Sahasrara chakra, we receive universal cosmic energy and energetic information from God or the Divine Center. Sahasrara represents the highest aspect of the Self as a cosmic organism. It is linked to the Absolute body (the conclusion of the development of all seven subtle bodies of a cosmic organism), and it relates to the whole being. Sahasrara chakra is a center of psychic energy. The crown chakra is the most purified and evolved energy level in the bio-energy system, a balanced and perfected universal wisdom.
The goal of a human is to improve one’s own karma by living a "good" life, and a healthy Sahasrara chakra regulates human behavior and personal characteristics to live a life in accordance with karmic law. Sahasrara chakra is a center of spirituality, refinement, and magnificence. Through the crown chakra, human spirit connects to Universal Spirit, and the spiritual being moves toward Universal Consciousness—the individual self is fully dissolved here. At the crown chakra level, the cosmic self opens to the Source, unites with cosmic principles, and governs the entire universe within the body. The crown chakra is associated with universal knowledge and spiritual understanding.”
Michael Nudel and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.,
Chakras as Psychic and Energetic Centers
"Sahasrara-cakra (thousand-spoked wheel), which is located at the crown of the head, is also known as the "brahmic fissure" (brahma-randhra) because at the moment of liberation, while still embodied, consciousness leaves the body through this exit point to merge with the Absolute (brahman). This psychoenergetic center is a luminous structure composed of a seemingly endless number of filaments that extend from the head upward to infinity. It corresponds to the level of ultimate Reality on the one hand and to the brain on the other. Symbolically, it is the peak of Mount Meru (corresponding to the spinal column), which is Shiva's divine seat. The Tantric practitioners aim at reuniting the Goddess Power (Shakti) with Shiva, thus bringing about the enlightened state overflowing with bliss. This unification, manifesting in ecstasy and ultimately enlightenment, depends on the arousal of the serpent power (kundalini-shakti) dormant in the lowest psychoenergetic center. In the ordinary person, the sahasrara-cakra is responsible for the higher mental functions, especially discernment (buddhi). In the yogin and yogini, its full potential manifests in the form of mystical experience and illumination."
Georg Feuerstein, Tantra: The Path of Ecstasy
"The seventh chakra is called sahasrana in Sanskrit. It is most often described in the yogic texts as a thousand petaled lotus. Some texts locate the chakra at the crown of the head, while others declare it is located above the crown of the head in order to differentiate it from the other six. By awakening the anja center, a person has achieved wholeness through the process of sychospiritual integration. S/he has transcended fear, and experienced unconditional joy.
In tantra , the awakening of the crown chakra corresponds to the union of shakti (the feminine principle) with shiva (the male principle). This union, once formed, lasts forever. By achieving this state, a person goes beyond the confines of sequential time and finds themselves centered always in the unchanging eternal present. S/he goes beyond the state where s/he chooses self unconsciously at every moment to the state where self doesn't exist, where self becomes the entire universe which is contained within it. By being the universe, the person ceases to understand his universe because to understand is to cease to be. When the anja center is awakened, a person experiences reunion with the all and everything contained in the all. There is no return from this state. There is no death when this state is achieved. There is nothing but emptiness, and in emptiness one finds himself in the all, the universal field of energy and consciousness. The crown chakra corresponds to the pineal gland which glows with a violet color when awakened and therefore corresponds to the highest level of spiritual perfection. Like the other chakras, it is a channel for higher energies - in this case from the causal plane. However, unlike the others, when fully active it can reverse itself and then it radiates like a central sun creating energy and forming above the head of the individual a veritable crown of pure light and divine energy."
Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing
"SAHASRARA CHAKRA ( SEVENTH CHAKRA )
Samadhi is the pure bliss of total inactivity. Up to the sixth chakra the yogi may enter a trance in which activity or form still remains within the consciousness. In sahasrara chakra the prana moves upward and reaches the highest point. The mind establishes itself in the pure void of Shunya Mandala, the space between the two hemispheres. At this time all feelings, emotions, and desires, which are the activity of the mind , are dissolved into their primary cause. The union is achieved. The yogi is sat-chit-ananda, truth being bliss. He is his own real self, and as long as he stays in his physical body he retains non dual consciousness, enjoying the play of lila without becoming troubled by pleasure and pain, honors and humiliations.
When the kundalini is raised up to Sahasrara chakra, the illusion of "individual self" is dissolved. The yogi becomes realized, one with the cosmic principles that govern the entire universe within the body. He obtains all siddhis ( power ) up to soma chakra, where he encounters Kamadhenu, the wish-fulfilling cow within himself. He is a siddha, but has transcended the desire to manifest those wishes.
According to the shastra, sahasrara is the seat of the self luminescent soul, or chitta, the essence of being here, chitta is like a screen upon which the reflection of the cosmic self is seen, and through it the divine is reflected. In the presence of the cosmic self it is possible for anyone to feel the divine and indeed to realize the divinity within himself.”
"Fixing their minds on psychic centres such as the Sahasrara (the thousand petalled lotus Chakra), yogis remain any lengths of time without awareness of their bodies. As long as this state continues, they appear to be immersed in some kind of joy. But when the mind, which has become tranquil emerges and becomes active again it resumes its worldly thoughts. It is therefore necessary to train it with the help of practices like Dhyana (meditation) whenever it becomes externalised. It will then attain a state in which there is neither subsistence nor emergence."
"When the cosmic energy manifests itself as the life energy of living creatures, it is called kundalini energy or force. This force is the substance and cause of all energies of the mind and body. Vedanta does not regard mind and body as distinct entities. Both are manifested kundalini energy and the apparant diversity is just a question of degree of fineness. In its process of coarsening, the kundalini force makes no leaps. Consequently, there is no divisionline between mind and body - both are part of one continuous whole. Like everything else in the universe, the kundalini energy is constituted by the gunas and whatever goes on in the mind and body is owed to the interactions of these three forces. - In its purer forms, the kundalini force moves in a net of subtle channels (nadis) which resembles a finer counterpart of the net of nerves. The main channels are directly connected to the central nervous system and run from the top of the head, along the spinal cord to slightly above the perineum. Along these main channels are located seven centres (chakras) which serve as reservoirs for the kundalini energy. In its purer forms, the kundalini energy or force is too subtle to be detected and comprehended by any other means than the mind."
"We have reached the top of the horizon, and have come toward the end of our journey. We stand on the threshold of pure thought, pure mind, and enlightenment. We have traveled from the depth of our physical selves, through the body, to the height of consciousness and have come to explore the soul of the universe, the mind. Within each living creature is a brain, one that thinks, feels, and reacts. It comprises thousands of neurons and thousands of electromagnetic pulses that make up who we are.
This is the seventh chakra, Sahasrara, whose symbol is the thousand petalled lotus, which represents infinity. The mind is infinite, encompassing many possibilities, constantly learning, frequently expanding, engaging new insights, new thoughts, and new horizons. The mind is infinite, as is the universe; the universe is conscious, as is the mind. Whatever thoughts we have affect some element of life around us, that is the workings of Karma, cosmic debt. It is important that we learn careful control of our thoughts so that we may acquire a greater sense of balance within ourselves and in the world.
The Seventh chakra is located on top of the head. It is known as the crown chakra, for it is considered the embodiment of all knowing power. The color of this chakra is white, the reflection of all colors, a reflection of the All. The All is mentioned here to represent more than the known universe. The All is in everything, and everything is in the All. We consider that because of our ability to connect on a conscious level with the universe, that there must be something of a higher power, something greater than ourselves. Chakra seven connects us to that higher power, that greater element, and brings us true enlightenment and a unity with GOD."
Czephyra Luna Sahasrara: The Universal Mind
"Humans are children of the cosmos. All our organs correspond to energies fluctuating in the cosmos. According ancient teachings subtle worlds of the cosmos create our individual bodies. Like the Universe, our energetic system consists of seven worlds, and has seven primary bodies (or auric layers) that interact with each other. These bodies consist of the energy of the corresponding universal worlds accordingly, deal with them, and receive the energetic information from them.
Besides the physical bodies, our individual energy system consist of ether, astral, mental, karmic, intuitive, nirvana, and absolute subtle energetic bodies, which form our aura - human energy field or bio-energy system. We call energetic bodies subtle because it is difficult to perceive them with our senses. Nevertheless, we can perceive them when specially trained and used bio-energy methods and techniques.
All subtle bodies in a human energy system communicate with each other, and with the physical body, through the energetic "transformers"- chakras. Chakras transform cosmic universal life-support energies into human energy systems. In Sanskrit, the chakra is a wheel of life. Indian tradition considers invisible chakras as centers of consciousness. All humans have chakras whether we aware of them or not. Chakras are, in fact, centers of different levels of consciousness, ranging from almost bodily to highly spiritual. . . .
The seventh chakra is Sahasrara (the Crown Chakra). It is located on the top of the head. The color is white. It is linked to Absolute body (the conclusion of the development of all seven bodies of a cosmic organism). Sahasrara chakra is a center of psychic energy, and the only chakra that follows its subtle body Absolute in cosmic spheres after death. It is the center of psychic energy of the human organism. Through Sahasrara chakra, we connect to the 'Divine Center'."
Michael Nudel and Eva Nudel, Ph.D.,
Health by Bio-Energy and Mind