Sahasrara Chakra - Powering the Brain from Within - Center of Divine Powers
The human body (Microcosm) is said to be a small sample of the cosmos (Macrocosm). The entire body of a big tree is hidden in a tiny seed. In a small sperm lies the cast of the entire human body. The manner in which the mutual attraction and activities of the planets of the solar system are executed can be seen albeit at a microlevel within the atomic family represented by electrons, neutrons, etc. In the same way, the entire cosmos can be seen in a microform within this small human body. Whatever is visible/invisible in this gigantic cosmos is present within this tiny human body. All the special characteristics of the earth are found in the human body.
All the energies, special qualities, and glories of the earth are found in the point of balance i.e. the North and South Poles. From here all movements /activities of earth are controlled. As a result, this earth is an active ball and a playground for all creatures. If the North / South Poles lose their balance or they undergo some change, the entire earth will look like something totally different. It is said that even if a minor fist blow is executed on the point of the center of balance in the 2 Poles, the earth will change its orbit by leaps and bounds. As a result, this very nature of days, nights, seasons, etc. will change and take up a new extreme form. Further, this minor fist blow can induce earth to dash into other stars, galaxies, etc. and thus get powdered to a pulp. The cause is very clear. In that, the 2 Poles control all the movements of the earth. It is their energy centers that induce our earth to dance to its tunes like a puppet. All earthly activities are given the necessary capacity and inspiration to function aptly. The 2 Poles are the central points of earth’s activities and energy centers.
Just as the planet earth attains energy and activities from the 2 Poles, so too the human body has 2 Poles. The North Pole is Sahasrara Kamal in the Brahmarandhra (center of the brain). The South Pole is the Mooladahra Chakra of Kundalini or Divine Serpent Power center at the base of Sushumna (near the genitals). According to Indian Mythology, Lord Vishnu sleeps on Lord Shesha (1000 hooded serpent) in the Kshirsagar (ocean of nectar). This Kshirsagar is nothing but the intense white ocean of love in our brain. Sahasrara Kamal is that atom which instead of being round like other sheaths is like serrated teeth of a cog-wheel. These teeth are compared to the petals of a lotus. The central point of energy lies in this atomic Pole. This Vishnu Pole or Sahasrara Kamal (1000 petalled lotus in the brain) is the very basis of attainment of sensory and extrasensory knowledge pertaining to the innumerable conscious and unconscious units of the brain. This region is the central point of all spiritual practices like meditation/trance/ self-reflection / Yoga of devotion along with will power, soul power, and Siddhis attained due to a strong power of resolve (Sankalpa).
“I believe in Divine Connection. Some encounters are brief, but it can expand your perspective, and subsequently change the course of your life.”
The North Pole lies in the central point of the head called Sahasrara Chakra. In the center of the head is a subtle 1000 petalled lotus and is called the Sahasrara Chakra. Within it dwells divine energy or Shiva. It is over here that Kundalini or Divine Serpent Power rises from the South Pole to merge into Shiva in the North Pole. From this area, all bodily movements are controlled just as a puppeteer seated behind a curtain, controls his puppets via mere finger movements. It is also called the region of the soul etc. All energies and its sub-categories that create movements in this gigantic cosmos are found situated around the Sahasrara.
Sacred scriptures say that Kundalini is the very life force of all energies and Siddhis. A person who activates the otherwise latent (sleeping) Divine Serpent Power becomes the Lord of infinite grandeur of this world. In India, this has been discovered right since ancient times. There is no end or limit to the potency of Kundalini Shakti or Divine Serpent Power.
But activating the Kundalini is not the ultimate goal of a living being. The ultimate goal of all creatures is to attain salvation (Moksha) i.e. merging the individual ego into the cosmic soul (God). The aim of any human life is to merge into Brahman / God/ cosmic soul. Yoga and other spiritual practices are meant exactly for this purpose. The same holds true for Kundalini too. This has been commented upon in Hathayoga Pradeepika as follows –
“Just as a person tries to open the lock of a bolt, so too a Yogi finds the path of Sushumna via Kundalini based practices. He then enters Brahmaloka so as to attain salvation (Moksha).”
Only when a spiritual aspirant enters this Sahasrara Chakra, can he experience the joy of immortality, the vision of the cosmos, control of cosmic powers and Samadhi or trance. The Brahmaloka mentioned in the above lines is nothing but the Sahasrara Chakra. It is very difficult to reach this Chakra. Majority of spiritual seekers get stuck in the lower Chakras and merge into the lower type of bliss that they get in that region. Hence Siddhis (extraordinary powers) attained during preliminary Kundalini awakening are said to be obstacles. Just as a man thinks the material world to be the ultimate goal of life because of having immense wealth, grandeur and a beautiful wife, so too a person who activates his Divine Serpent Power thinks that Siddhis like hearing far off words, seeing far off objects, knowing other people’s thoughts, predicting the future accurately, etc. attained while activating the lower Chakras, is the be-all and end-all of life. Thus he totally loses sight of the supreme goal of rising up to the last Chakra i.e. Sahasrara and merging into it.
"Divine is all Love in its essential nature, and Love is all Divine in its truthful expression."
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Even if a person reaches the Sahasrara Chakra, he cannot dwell in this region for a great length of time. How long can a spiritual seeker dwell in the Sahasrara Chakra? This depends on the nature of spiritual practice which he follows and how much inner spiritual energy he possesses. Many spiritual seekers dwell in the Sahasrara Chakra for a certain length of time and then get demoted into lower Chakras and their levels of lower bliss. But he, who steadfastly “ripens” his Sahasrara Chakra, attains the omnipotent Lord and thus experiences infinite bliss eternally.
The Sahasrara Chakra lies 2 inches within the ears and 3 inches within the eyebrows. Its form is that of a ball of light in the hollow portion of the upper region of an opening called “Mahavivar” of the brain area. Via the process of Divine Serpent Power awakening, this Mahavivar opening has to be widened so as to enter the state of divinity. Hence it is called the “10th door” or Brahmarandhra too. In the Dhyanbindupanishad it is said that –
“A Yogi is one who knows the light akin to a jewel in the brain. That jewel akin to 7 golds that is lit up by an electrical like stream, is found in the lower region of Meru and 4 fingers above the fire region. It seeks shelter in the Svadhishthan Chakra and is subtle sound manifest”
The scriptures while describing the powers attained in reaching this region say –
“Such a person knows the ultimate knowledge, he becomes omniscient (i.e. knower of past, present, and future) and can do anything he wishes. He may perform any action, yet no sin accrues. None can gain victory over such a person.”
In one way Brahmarandhra is the head office of a creature. It is a laboratory which helps us attain whatever we see in this visible world and all those things which are beyond our knowledge. According to Indian philosophy over here, there are such rare auras of light made up of 17 principles which cannot be seen in the visible world with our gross eyes. All nervous elements and air tubercles come out from this area and spread out into the entire body. The Creator seated in this white lotus sends and receives orders and messages from any part of the body via any nerve. He can create movements in any area. He can clean and create a rain of vital force in any area without any technological paraphernalia which we limited creatures can never even dream of doing. All this takes place because of emission, contraction, and relaxation of auras of light. It is this ball of light that induces the nose to smell, the ears to hear, the eyes to see, the tongue to taste and speak. This ball of light is under the direct jurisdiction of Almighty God dwelling in the Sahasrara Chakra. In the initial stages of meditation, this light is seen either as glow-worms, twinkling stars, shining petals or half/ full moon.
Slowly and steadily its divine nature is experienced. As a result, the gross sense organs become lax and the working arena of the soul shines brilliantly in the entire world. An ordinary individual can worry only about his immediate family members. But a Yogi enfolds the entire world in the embrace of his soul and extends up to other Lokas (worlds) too. He also has to ascertain whether there is an imbalance in the movements of planets, galaxies, etc. In gross manner denizens of our planet earth to are influenced by these activities. Hence even unknowingly such a spiritual seeker, who enters the state of Godhood, can work only for the well-being of all creatures of the cosmos. Whatever rights and omnipotency is attained by such a great soul is taken up as a gigantic responsibility by him. He may seem to be having a human body yet he has no body-consciousness at all. He knows everything. He sees and hears everything and can predict future events very accurately.
"No one is good but God alone. What is good is therefore divine, what is divine is therefore good."
The substratum of the Intellectual Sheath and Mental Sheath viz. the intellect and mind dwell in this region. They unearth news of objects lying far away or those beyond the ken of the sense organs of knowledge. When one’s soul resolve progress into the intellectual arena after leaving the mental arena, one attains divine wisdom. It comes out from the Ajna Chakra so as to unite with the different types of rays of the cosmos and thus attains its knowledge. Just as with the help pf electrical waves, space shuttles can be directed to the right or left of planet earth (called traversing), just as with the help of a television you can see scenes of far off places so too man can see scenes in my part of the world or obstruct one’s cosmic movement with the help of the rays of his resolve (Sankalpa). In the Mundak Upanishad (Chapter 2) and Chandogya Upanishad (Chapter 9), details of this self-realization have been given as follows –
“A self-realized saint subtly experiences that God without Kalas (divisions) in the form of a light that is whiter than white and is present in the Golden Sheath.”
Many forms of Sahasrara based spiritual practices like Pratyahara (disallowing sense organs to contact their respective objects), Dharana (focusing of mind), Dhyan (meditation) and Samadhi (trance) have been put forth as studies. A description has been given about the good results attained due to their successful execution. The deep import of the success of that region has been given in the form of material and spiritual progress.
Today even modern scientists accept that there are extraordinary energy centers in the brain. According to research studies conducted by the brain specialist Smithy, a pure intellect is controlled by different centers of the human brain. It is a production of a cooperative endeavor of all of them. This is the gist (region) which creates a human character and nourishes it. A mental level is created by memory, analysis, synthesis, selectivity, etc. Where do its admixture and production take place? This has not been aptly deduced yet it is clear that this area should be in the cerebellum part of the brain. This is that very sensitive spot which if undergoes ripening, can induce advancement of one’s inner personality. Spiritual seers of yore had discovered this center and had named it Sahasrara.
While deeply analyzing the brain so many layers are discovered which not only help us think but also creates our very character. This region of special capabilities is the “Frontal lobe”. In it, one discovers man’s personality, imagination power, ambitions, social behavior, experiences, sensations, and other important functions. It is not possible to influence this area through medicines or surgery. Only those spiritual practices like Dhyan (meditation), Dharana (Concentration), etc. can be made use of which is a part of Kundalini i.e Divine Serpent Power awakening.
In the above paragraphs, we have merely made a minor reference of only one center of the brain. Yet it is well-known that the brain abounds with infinite mysterious powers. The conclusions drawn by today’s modern scientists specializing in brain research is very much in tandem with the discoveries of ancient Indian seers.
From a grosser type of classification, the brain can be categorized into 5 parts 1) Cerebrum 2) Cerebellum 3) Mid-brain 4) Pons 5) Medulla Oblongata. The last three parts that is mid-brain, pons and medulla oblongata together form a single unit called the “brain stem.”
According to Spiritual Sciences, 0.33 billion demigods dwell in heaven represented by the brain. But 5 of them are chief representatives. All of these control various divine centers. The 5 regions of the brain listed above can be said to be the region of the 5 demi-gods. With their help, the 5 energies of the 5 sheaths are produced and controlled. The 5-fold spiritual practices of Gayatri help evolve these 5 in unison. As a result, a creature dwelling in Brahmaloka or heaven experiences a heavenly atmosphere.
So far our discussion revolved around a certain type of classification. Many scholars right since ancient times have been describing this very fact albeit in various ways. Even today this type of discussion continues. This one single precept pertaining to the classification of the brain and Sahasrara Chakra are described in various ways.
The Sahasrara Chakra is also called the “pot of nectar”. It is said that Som juice emanates from it. The demi-gods drink this nectar and become immortal.
According to modern brain anatomy, the brain is filled with a special “Cerebro-spinal fluid.” This fluid nourishes and protects the various centers of the brain. It drips from the brain’s membrane and is absorbed by various centers of the brain and the Sushumna (subtle spinal nerve).
The “pot of nectar” has 16 coverings. In the same way at certain places, the Sahasrara is said to have 16 petals. These are nothing but 16 important centers of the brain. The Shiva Samhita too says that the Sahasrara Kamal has petals.
“One should meditate on the Sahasrara Chakra made of 16 Kalas situated in the center of the brain and which shines like the moon.”
"To err is human; to forgive, divine."
These 16 Kalas of the Sahasrara are the 16 points of the brain related to the cerebrospinal fluid. If the previously 5 grossly classified parts of the brain are classified more minutely, they will add up to 16 in number as follows –
1) Cerebrum 2) Cerebellum 3) Medula Oblongata 4) Pons 5) Midbrain 6) Corpus Colosum 7) Corpus Stratum 8) Pituitary Gland 9) Pineal gland 10) Thalamus 11) Hypothalamus 12) Subthalamus 13) Metathalamus 14) Epithalamus 15) Conrad plexuses 16) Ventricles.
All these above parts have centers full of ESP (Extra Sensory Potential) that control the body. By activating the pot of nectar of Sahasrara, we can make the brain more active and thus attain extraordinary benefits. The scriptures have clearly said:
“Due to activation of the Sahasrara Kamal, a Yogi’s psyche becomes equipoised and thus merges into his soul. He overcomes the bondage of the material world. He is full of all-round potential. He moves freely everywhere and his speech becomes nectarine.”
“One must meditate on the Ksheersagar ocean in the core of the forehead and on the moon-like light in the Sahasrara Kamal (1000 petalled lotus).”
“That Yogi who continuously drinks the nectar emitted by the Sahasrara Kamal can bring in a law to ‘kill death’. Meaning death is no longer death for him because he lives a life that has gone beyond death. It is in the Sahasrara region that Kundalini merges itself. At that time the 4 types of creation merge into God and everything becomes Godlike.”
“That Soma juice of Sahasrara Kamal which purifies Richas, Samveda, Yajurved, Brahmanas, may it purify me too.”
What exactly is the Sahasrara? This answer according to anatomists is that the electrical onrush from the center of the brain which controls bodily movement does not get emitted from a substratum but that a special center is responsible for it. This is not man’s creation but is a divine blessing. The liver, heart and other organs function as a result of this energy attained from a divine center. The blood nourishes various bodily organs and it is a fact. It is also true that the lungs are responsible for respiration and the stomach for digestion. Yet the question arises that when these organs carry out various tasks, where do they get the necessary energy to do so? It is not correct to say that respiration, digestion, etc. give us the energy to survive because if this were to be true, man could only die because of hunger or choking of breath.
This electrical onrush continuously gets emitted in spurts in the central region of the brain. It can be said to be an extraordinary electrical spring. From there a fire-worklike light is emitted in spurts. The heart experiences such rest in between heart-beats. There is a rise and fall even in wave-flows of heat, sound, etc. The same holds for the activities of the fount of energy in the central point of the brain. Scientists opine that the energy spurts are the main basis of the activities of various centers of the brain. This very principle has been elucidated by Indian Yogic scriptures in their way.
“In the center of the brain is a jewel-like light. From that, electrical streams are emitted akin to heated gold. He is a true Yogi who understands this mystery.”
“The light of Brahman (God) dwells in the Brahmarandhra as fire. It purifies our spiritual practice. This itself is the fire of Yoga.”
This brain dwelling energy fount can be called Sahasrara Chakra according to anatomical sciences. “Sahastra” means 1000 but here it means infinite. The Lord is said to have 1000 heads, 1000 legs, etc. The sparks of energy emitted from the brain fount are not 1000 in number but are infinite in number. The number of drops of that shower is not 1000 only but connotes infinite number of drops. Based on this description, this “1000” is the fount of energy called Sahasrara.
Today’s modern science accepts that infinite streams of electricity flow from the brain. As per requirements, those streams flow in infinite special nerves in infinite directions. Based on each one’s function, scientists have classified these nerves into various categories. For example, Ascending Reticular Activating System, Descending Reticular Activating System, Specific Thalamic Projection, Defused Thalamic Projection and Brain Stem Reticular Formation. From the standpoint of Yoga, the combined influence of the above systems can be seen in the form of thousands of streams of electrical onrushes in the brain.
This is the very basis of the Sahasrara Kamal (1000 petalled lotus) and Lord Shesha (1000 hooded serpent). The form of Lord Vishnu sleeping on Lord Shesha abounding with Kundalini Shakti in the midst of the Ksheersagar or Brahmaloka is meant for understanding the state of Sahasrara. Kshirsagar means marrow of the brain. The coiled 1000 hooded serpent means the teeth of the axle of Sahasrara Chakra. A wheel of a cart to has an axle. The Lord’s Sudershan Chakra (disc weapon) too has teeth. Thus Sahasrara can be correlated to the abovementioned details.
The Sahasrara has been compared to the sun (1000 rays) too. It is the energy that lights up the solar system and induces various activities in them. Every unit of human existence is influenced by brain energy. Hence if the sun is said to be the presiding deity of the ball called Bhuloka (earth), it definitely is apt. The divine existence of Sahasrara has been compared to the sun –
“O Deveshi! Within the stalk of the great lotus, Sahasrara dwells the soul akin to Mercury. Although it radiates likes crores of suns, yet during emotions, it is comparable to crores of moons. This supreme material is extremely grand and oozes with the Divine Serpent Power.”
"Because you're a creation of God, you reflect the Divine qualities of creativity, wisdom, and love."
“This sun is nothing but the divine principle and its material symbol is the material sun.”
“Your indwelling nectar is one who is the indweller in the sun whom the sun does not know, whose body is the sun and who controls the sun by dwelling within the sun.”
Just as our solar system gets energy from the sun, in the same way the brain gets the necessary capacity for various functions from the energy source of Sahasrara Kamal. Many machines are used in mills, factories, etc. These machines are attached to motors, transmitting electricity. When the motor functions, it transmits energy to the machine. But the electricity does not belong to the motor. It comes from another source. The brain is our motor and the bodily organs are small/big machines. The energy required for the smooth functioning of mills, factories, etc. comes from somewhere else. It is akin to the flow of grace attained by the earth from its polar regions. This is a gift of interplanetary energy. A man is free and the author of his own destiny. Yet the energy that creates man’s inner personality is said to be divine grace. The moment this stream of energy is obstructed, man dies instantly. Even if the heartbeats have stopped completely yet via artificial means it can be re-activated. But the moment the electrical onrush of Sahasrara stops, know for sure that this is ultimate death. Despite the fittings of a bulb being appropriate, if the electrical connection is cut off, we face the darkness. Despite the bodily organs being healthy, if the brain energy flow stops, we cannot remain alive.
Grossly we may describe the birth and death of creatures in a certain manner, yet according to subtle sciences like Yoga, birth and death are totally dependent on the activities of Sahasrara Chakra. This is not the end of the discussion because a lot more follows hereafter. Sahasrara is not merely the source of life but it is from here that the nature of one’s character and level is charted out and determined. Even a little extra tilt, will change the course of flow of rain. When a particular form of slant that induces rainwater to enter a particular river is changed, this rainwater will enter another totally different river. At the beginning of the slant, there was a difference of only a few inches yet when the rainwater enters a totally new river, the difference in a number of miles of the area covered amounts to thousands. Many trains standing in the queue at a railway junction travel in different directions because of change of levers. The changed levers are separated by the few inches only yet the trains that travel in different directions are separated by thousands of miles. The same holds true for the Sahasrara Chakra. In that, even an infinitesimal change in the Sahasrara can induce amazing transformations; both within and without.
For a modern scientist even to think of reduction/addition in the grants given by interplanetary space to earth, means facing fearful worries and turmoil. Even a mere thought of taking one step in this direction induces jitters in their minds. Even a slight bit of topsy-turvy can induce massive destruction. As against this if some conducive solutions are found it will greatly benefit all denizens of earth. Thus we can become lords of unimaginable comforts. Today scientists refuse to take big steps in this direction because of lack of knowledge. They have merely taken minor steps in conducting research on the earth’s polar region. They have yet not found the earth’s axis and nor have they made serious efforts in this direction.
But no such danger is encountered when we talk of the Sahasrara which is the axis of the brain situated in the polar region of the human body. Material / worldly energy is like a demon. Even minor misuse of electricity, fire, etc. can kill many people. As against this no major calamity comes in the way in the relationship of a body and its doting mother. This is the material difference between soul consciousness and material consciousness. Sahasrara is a center of the union of the individual soul and cosmic soul i.e. God. This is a consciousness-based give and take. Within it overflow high leveled sentiments. The nature of spiritual practices has been conjoined to the wealth of good-will. This divine grace of greatness overflows from it.
The Sahasrara Chakra is related to the Brahmarandhra. Brahmarandhra is the 10th door. The 9 doors are the 2 nostrils, 2 ears, 2 eyes, 1 mouth and 2 openings of feces and urine. The 10th door is Brahmarandhra. Great Yogis give up their life by passing through this 10th door. The very reason behind which the “Kapal Kriya’ (rite) is carried out after death, is that even if a bit of vital force has remained behind, it should pass out from this 10th door and thus induced go to a higher state.
"We are divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive."
A newborn baby has a bit of a hollow space in the center of the scalp. In it, there is a tissue instead of bone. It is situated between the parietal and activity bones. As the body grows the bones too augment in size and cover the above mentioned hollow region. The Yogic scriptures say that divinity or cosmic consciousness enters the human body through this hollow region.
From the standpoint of bodily design, this region is not merely made up of bones because below its frontal area there are other principles. There is also the cerebral cortex beneath the bones of our forehead that covers the brain region. Within it are carvings akin to those seen when a farmer plows his field. Thus it categorizes the brain into various parts. These parts are called sulks. The cortex is partitioned lengthwise by the longitudinal fissure and breadthwise it is called central cortex. The crossing or point of union of both these correspond to the Brahmarandhra of Indian Yogic scriptures. In front of this Brahmarandhra, lies the most mysterious gland in the upper region of the brain called the Pineal Gland.
This Brahmarandhra is a very special doorway for the individual’s bodily soul to establish a bond with the cosmic soul (God). Great Yogis give up their life force through this very doorway at the time of death. Thus they merge into the cosmic soul or God. It is very clear that while their bodies are alive the Brahmarandhra of great Yogis executes tasks of giving and take of divine experiences and divine powers via the medium of Sahasrara Chakra of the brain. The Sahasrara Chakra and Brahmarandhra work in tandem like a unit. Thus in Yogic practices, they are influenced and utilized in unison.