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The purpose of this piece on the sahasrara is simply to clarify, for my own reference, the notes that I have taken from the book Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
Depiction of sahasrara.
Sahasrara is not really a chakra.
It is nothing and yet it is everything. It is beyond the beyond, parat-param, yet it is here.
It is the culmination of the progressive ascension of kundalini through the different chakras. Power does not lie in the chakras themselves, they are only switches, all power and potential lies in sahasrara. It has vast magnitude and unlimited significance.
Sahasrara literally means “one thousand” which is why it is referred to as a lotus with a thousand petals. It is the totality, with form yet without, transcending concepts yet the source of all concepts, the merging of consciousness and prana, the culmination of all yoga.
When kundalini shakti reaches sahasrara it is said to be the union of Shiva and Shakti, as sahasrara is said to be the abode of higher consciousness, Shiva.
At this point there is the death of individual awareness as the experience, the experienced and the experiencer are one; seer, seeing and seen are merged as a unified whole.
There is no multiple of dual awareness, only single. Religious and mystical traditions give this state different names – nirvana, kaivalya, samadhi, self-realization, enlightenment, communion, heaven etc.
Depiction of sahasrara.
My note as below, with reference to information contained within Kundalini Tantra by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
The tree of knowledge is often written about in various religious and mystical systems throughout the world. Now what if, by way of divine play, the real truth of the knowledge tree is that it is upside down? Lila, the divine play’s cosmic joke. So much so it leaves philosophers stoned to kingdom come when they find out…by way of direct experience. If it is so, that the tree of knowledge both exists, but not in the way commonly supposed, that the tip of the tree lies at the bottom and the roots of the tree in, multiple profusion, lie at the top, in the crown of the head of the human being, then it is like turning the world upside down. Once those roots are activated by way of the indescribable bliss they hold, they shower down throughout the whole of the head of the meditator into the body beyond, possibly that is why sahasrara has the reputation of being the lotus with a thousand petals.