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 Messiah-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 Messiah-Paraclete Shri Mataji
Interviewer: What does it mean to open the last center (the Sahasrara chakra)?
Shri Mataji: "The Sahasrara. 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."
Radio Interview, 1983 Oct 01, Santa Cruz USA
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.
OPENING THE SAHASRARA CHAKRA
Those who wish to open their Sahasrara Chakra are advised to follow instructions #16-18 of this Self-realization link. The Mother Kundalini will rise from the base Mooldhara Chakra and, after awakening all the chakras on Her path, reach the Sahasrara Chakra. There will be two self-verifiable signs of this kundalini awakening and opening of the chakras:
i) feeling Cool Breeze of Spirit (ruach, pneuma, rhuh, shekinah, chaitanya) from top of head and/or;
ii) feeling Cool Breeze of Spirit (ruach, pneuma, rhuh, shekinah, chaitanya) from finger tips/palm of hands.
You are assured of your own Divine Kundalini/Mother/Spirit within giving Self-realization and opening your chakras provided you follow those instructions. That assurance in the form of Cool Breeze, which is self-verifiable, manifests due to a far higher spiritual evolution. Rest assured that this experience is absolutely without any side-effects whatsoever.
On the contrary, your own Divine Mother/Holy Spirit within will over the years lead you to a state of mind, bliss, peace, knowledge and spiritual journey that has no parallel. This second birth of the Spirit/Mother Kundalini commences the promised Resurrection and, upon physical 'death', evolution into the eternal spirit as demonstrated by Jesus Christ and upheld, albeit with different wordings and interpretations, by the holy scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhsim.
But Jesus insists that for all this to manifest one must be born of the Spirit (Mother Kundalini), and the sure sign of that spiritual birth from within oneself will be the Cool Breeze (Wind):
COOL BREEZE (WIND) AND BEING BORN OF THE SPIRIT
Jesus and Nicodemus
1. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2. this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."
3. Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4. Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"
5. Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7. "Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8. "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
"Experience of the Spirit is of great importance to believers, and this is natural, if the Spirit is the source of new, eschatological life. However, experience of the Spirit must also take its place within a larger context. For every present encounter with the Spirit is one instant in a long history of pneumatic activity. Forgetting this point results in an overblown evaluation of the significance of experiences of the Spirit. It also results in those experiences losing much of their meaning. The Spirit encountered today is the same Spirit that spoke through the prophets, empowered Jesus and the apostles, and will someday bring about the complete transformation of all things. It is the eschatological Spirit. To experience the Spirit is to be drawn up into this pneumatic movement. Therefore, any experience of the Spirit must take its meaning from this larger historical context." (Beck 2007, 237)
Cool Breeze (Wind) experiences of those born of the Spirit
Judith Coney is a lecturer in the Department of Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She published her book in 1999 prior to this website and refrained from mentioning the eschatological significance of the "cool breeze" experiences felt by hundreds of thousands since the 1970s till date.
"The result, in all three settings [Royal Albert Hall, local meeting or private house], is that many people do feel a cool breeze. The coolness which is felt is usually associated with other sensations as well. Typically, the pupils of the eyes can be observed to dilate and the person will feel very relaxed and 'centred.' However, it is notable that, despite the very similar ways in which individuals 'get their realisation'—and even in the same setting—not everybody feels exactly the same thing. Sri Mataji teaches that the vibrations of kundalini can be felt as cool breeze on the palm of the hands and above the head. Sometimes breezes, in line with the teachings, are felt on the hands and head specifically. For others, the experience is more generalized:
The experience was extremely timeless, because I felt that it only lasted for about five minutes but somebody came behind me and said 'would you like a cup of tea' and I thought, 'this is silly, what's all this about tea?; But it turned out that it was about three quarters of an hour later. And I felt a strong cool breeze. I was actually told; you will probably feel some coolness or some nice feelings inside' but I felt coolness not just in my hands, where I was told it would be, but all over and I felt incredibly peaceful.
Generally, the feeling of coolness on 'realisation' seems to be discernible, but relatively weak. As with Kakar's description of his own 'realisation', many newcomers are left with the feeling that they felt something but they are not sure what:
Mataji grandly announced, 'He is realised' ... 'Sit in meditation for some time' she told me as I sat up. 'Do you feel a cool breeze on the top of your head and on your palms?' Indeed I did, though I could not distinguish the coolness due to kundalini from the gutsy breeze coming in from the sea. I felt well, though, calm and deeply relaxed. (Kakar 1984, 195-6)
A few, however, have an extremely strong experience. One such incident was described by one of the participating Sahaja Yogis:
He felt really cool, not just on his hands but all over. He said: 'This isn't a breeze, it's a wind'. We all felt it really strongly too. Then we picked up Mother's photograph and held it in front of him and he felt loads of vibrations coming from that. But I think the whole thing was so strong that it frightened him. He was very high and positive for two days, he brought us some flowers, and then he became wary and never came to [the ashram] again.
Others still, in contrast, do not feel much, if anything, on their first session. This lack of feeling on their part, however, may not be shared by the Sahaja Yogis 'working on them', who may remark enthusiastically about how cool the individual feels, and may also be at odds with the view of Sri Mataji herself. Here is the description of his initial contact with Sahaja Yoga by one such follower. He first went to a meeting at which Sri Mataji gave 'realisation' en masse, but felt nothing. Nevertheless, he was persuaded to go to a smaller workshop a few days later.
I really didn't feel anything there at all either but I was told by Mataji herself-she said 'Who hasn't felt it yet?' and I put my hand up with a few others. Mataji said 'Come forward' and then she said to me 'You've got it, you know'. And I said 'Have I?' and she said 'Yes, go through to that room and ask some Sahaja Yogis to work on you'. So that was my introduction to Sahaja Yoga.
It was only with repeated sessions that he developed the ability to feel a cool breeze. There are also those, a few, who may feel more calm, possibly as a result of sitting quietly for some time, but otherwise feel no different and never feel any sort of breeze. This is often explained by Sahaja Yogis as being because the chakras have been too badly damaged by negativity in the past (Rajasekharan and Venkatesan 1992, 98).
Kakar (1984, 208), a trained Freudian psychologist, having witnessed Sri Mataji's delivery of 'realisation' both en masse and on a one-to-one basis, concluded that much of this experience is built on suggestion and 'hypnotic induction':
Needless to add, because of the emotional pressures created in a group setting, the tendency to identify with the experience of other group members and the intense desire to please the leader, only a handful of people hold out against this mass suggestion. (ibid., 209)
Such a conclusion would undoubtedly be rejected by a Sahaja Yogi, convinced that they have experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji. It is not within the remit of my present enquiry, however, to seek to establish the 'real cause' of a cool breeze felt by an individual, but to try chart the social dynamics involved. Just as Goodman commented, in relation to religious experience:
The religious practitioners argue for it, either because it is part of their dogma, or because, as they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it. The hard scientists take the opposite position, again as a matter of conviction. As social scientists, our situation is a happier one: at least we can state that, without any doubt, the alternate reality is a social one. (Goodman 1988, 43)."
Judith Coney, Sahaja Yoga
RoutledgeCurzon, 1999, pp. 55-58
Since the 1970s tens of thousands of Sahaja Yogis "have [daily] experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji... they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it."
"Such a conclusion would undoubtedly be rejected by a Sahaja Yogi, convinced that they have experienced their Spirit through the grace of Sri Mataji. It is not within the remit of my present enquiry, however, to seek to establish the 'real cause' of a cool breeze felt by an individual, but to try chart the social dynamics involved. Just as Goodman commented, in relation to religious experience: The religious practitioners argue for it, either because it is part of their dogma, or because, as they affirm, they have 'been there', they have experienced it." (Coney 1999, 58)
Truth to be Achieved, Brighton, U.K.—7 October 1982
"The Cool Breeze is all around us and we can start feeling in our hands when the Kundalini emerges from the top of the head if our Vishuddhi is alright. This is what Christ meant by 'to be born again' and not just to call some people and say 'Alright, now we have some baptism.'"
We don't have to suffer, Bedford, U.K.—8 October 1982
"As prophesied in the scriptures, the phase of Last Judgment has started. The testing ground is of great illusion (Mahamaya). Kundalini is the indicator of our balance and wisdom. She will evaluate, correct and evolve us. Sahaja Yoga gives you a chance to be fully your meaning. Take full advantage of it. Establish your attention in the Absolute (Atman) and achieve the life eternal in the Kingdom of God."
London, U.K.—June, 1980
The Divine Mother in this Age has
come in the form of Shri Mataji
(1923-2011) who, as the promised
Paraclete, brought closure to Jesus'
message of the Kingdom of God
and commenced the Resurrection.
For Hindus, Sikhs and others that
should be understood as Kundalini
awakening and Atma jnana that is
absolutely essential for moksa. My essence is complete innocence in thought, word, and action. I came many times in the form of prophets, saints and gurus of each and every religion, giving you laws and principles whose observance gave inner balance and harmony.
Today when Kundalini awakens My presence in you (second spiritual 'birth'/'being born again' of Spirit), religion is no more a belief—it becomes a living state within. As you become the childlike disciple of your Mother, I make you your own master and in this lifetime strive to liberate you from ceaseless rebirths on this Earth (moksa) and lead you to residence and life eternal in My heavenly Paradise (Kingdom of God). These few names of mine confirm that I reside within you and so will be able to fulfill that promise:
Kundalini [110th] She is coiled like a serpent. She is stated to assume 3 1/2 coils - the form in which Sri Lalita resides in sacrum bone of every human as potential state.
Shri Muladharambujarudha Devi
(Muladharambujarudha [514th]: She is mounted on the four-petalled Muladhara-Padma at the level of the anus.)
Shri Svadhisthananambuja-gata Devi
(Svadhisthananambuja-gata: [504th]: Resides in the six-petalled Svadhisthana-Chakra at the level of the sex organ. This name means Herself resides as Fire in that Chakra.)
Shri Manipurabja-nilaya Devi
(Manipurabja-nilaya [495th]: She has Manipurna-Padma as Her abode near the navel. This Padma has ten petals.)
Shri Anahatabja-nilaya Devi
(Anahatabja-nilaya [485th]: She dwells in the Anahata-Chakra near the heart as Rakini.)
Shri Visuddhi-Chakra-nilaya Devi
(Visuddhi-chakra-nilaya [475th]: Dwelling in the Visuddha Padma of 16 petals.)
Shri Agnya-Chakrabja-nilaya Devi
(Agnya-chakrabja-nilaya (521st): Resides in the two-petalled Agnya-chakra. Residing in this Chakra, She controls various organs (Indriyas). Hence, it is known as Agnya-Chakra situated between the eye-brows.)
Shri Sahasra-dala-padmastha Devi
(Sahasra-dala-padmastha [528th]: Residing in the Thousand-Petaled Lotus.)
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."
Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1991
"I would say, with this, today's special celebration of Navaratri. Like yesterday you saw Shri Durga's nine forms, also. In that, one is Kushmanda, is one of the forms, that you absorb all the filth in yourself, in your stomach. But the Devi does that, not you. What the Devi can do, you should not do. That's her job, that She is supposed to do this, not you. What you have to do is to only be in silence so that you absorb whatever will increase that silence, will increase your depth. The Devi will look after all the rest of the things, she'll look after all the filth, all the anger, all the temper, all the everything that's going on in this world. She will absorb all that, but what you have to do is to just enjoy everything that is pure.
Enjoyment is only possible when you are beyond your mind. With your mind you can never enjoy. It is like a big load. It will not act, it will not help. Enjoyment comes when you are in complete silence, in a rippleless lake, the reflection of all the joy that is created on the shores of that lake are completely reflected, they are not deflected. If they were repulsed it would have been a different image altogether, and would have been something nowhere near the image of reality."
Navaratri Puja. Cabella Ligure, Italy—October 1, 1995
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."
Christmas Puja—December 25, 1997
Ganapatipule, Maharashtra, India
QUOTES OF THE DIVINE MOTHER 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 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.
The Messiah-Paraclete Shri Mataji/Shri Durlabha Devi
Attention, U.K.—May 26, 1980
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."
Collective Conditionings, Cabella, Italy—August 16, 1992
"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.
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
"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."
William EllisVibrational Energy Healing
John Living (Oct. 1 2008) p. 66
"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
Facts on File Inc. (1995) p. 149.
"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."
Keith Sherwood, Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing
Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2002) p. 155
"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.a
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.a
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 Lunaa 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
Bio-Energy System Services Inc (May 1, 2000) pp. 8-9