Chakra 7 – Sahasrara (crown chakra)

SahasraraThe crown chakra Sahasrara represents our pure highest state of consciousness and divine nature. In higher yoga practice it is here we are trying to manifest and fuse kundalini energy and consciousness together and achieve the enlightened state of Samadhi, the ultimate goal of yoga and every human heart. Perhaps enlightenment is not our conscious goal right now, but this vision was the driving force embedded into yoga science and all its practices in the text books we now read.

There are not many people who have achieved this lofty state, but if we can just accept that every yoga class we do, will help us to feel better on many levels then that is surely good enough. As the years and months pass by we can see and feel the inner growth within ourselves, and if this should lead into higher practices of yoga then great, or if it can make us feel better in ourselves and about our life in general then great to. Yoga can help and adapt to any circumstance and personal goal, but once you get a glimpse through personal experience, the goal becomes numinous and kind of pulls you in.

Sahasrara is situated just above the crown of the head in the subtle energy body and drawn symbolically as a thousand pettalled lotus. The literal meaning of Sahasrara is ‘one thousand’ implying its magnitude and significance are vast and unlimited. Sahasrara is considered to be the very source of all things, including all the other chakras, which are under the control of this divine centre. We could say that Sahasrara at the crown of the head, is the connection to our God self, from which we came and also destined to return.

Sahasrara is also intimately connected to ajna chakra, with both having no related element, but there is a difference. Ajna chakra is still related to the ego self in terms of personal awareness and insight, whereas Sahasrara is beyond ego and self, in the most subtle and omniscient mind of God consciousness. This intimate relationship is again reflected in the hierarchy and function of the endocrine system, with ajna relating to the function of the pineal gland and Sahasrara controlling this function through a pituitary gland and hypothalamus situated in the brain. Basically they both control the function of the entire mind body system.

The male and female channels, ida and pingala stem out of mooladhara and unite and terminate at ajna chakra. Through the discipline of yoga it is possible to stimulate the kundalini at mooladhara to rise up through the sushumna (most subtle central channel in the spine) and cause the fusion of the two primal forces at ajna chakra at the brow. From here a profound state of meditation occurs as they both merge as one and lose the separateness and the subtle conflict it creates. The rational mind is eclipsed by the true light of consciousness, duality disappears and awareness becomes totally integrated. From here the scriptures say that the kundalini force can then further rise upwards from ajna into sahasrara at the crown of the head, culminating in the Samadhi experience and final dissolution of the self into a supreme and unsurpassed state of blissful consciousness.

This has been the ultimate goal of yoga; to cause the union of the kundalini (Shakti) with pure consciousness (Shiva) at the crown chakra and achieve the enlightened state of Samadhi. Yoga also states that its not our conscious goal perhaps but the very goal and process of evolution itself. We are riding this wave wether we recognise it, accept it, like it or not.

Keyword Associations

Divinity, God Consciousness, Samaddhi, Enlightenment, Bliss, Ruler, Brain, Pituitary, Hypothalmus Gland