Category: Seven Chakras
The crown chakra or sahasrara is one of the 7 major chakras. The word sahasrara means “one thousand.” For this reason, it is said to be a lotus with one thousand petals. However, while literally meaning one thousand, the word sahasrara implies that its magnitude and significance is vast or unlimited. The crown chakra is the energy center associated with transcendental consciousness and the destination of awakened Kundalini.
It is said that when Kundalini Shakti rises up to the sahasrara (crown chakra), Shiva and Shakti unites. The crown chakra is the dwelling place of higher consciousness or Shiva. This union marks the beginning of a great experience because the moment of self-realization is initiated when it takes place. At this point the individual man dies. This is not a physical death, of course. Some call this experience “ego death” or the death of the mundane individual awareness. In Christianity, this is symbolized by the “crown of thorns” placed on Christ’s head before he was crucified – a representation of the person experiencing samadhi. At this time, your experience of name and form disappears, and you will not remember the “I”, the “you”, the “it”, and the “they.” The seer, the seeing, and the seen are merged as a unified whole. In other words, there is no multiple or dual awareness; there is only single awareness.
The Crown Chakra & Samadhi
Samadhi is the final step in Yoga. When you succeed in becoming so absorbed in something that your mind becomes completely one with it, you are in a state of samadhi. Through spiritual practice, when your mind is perfectly concentrated, you transcend the limitations of the conscious state, get the vision of truth or illumination, and enter a superconscious state.
Various mystical and esoteric traditions all around the world have their own way of naming and relating this phenomenon. In common language, samadhi is defined as self-realization, enlightenment, communion, liberation, and so on. If you try reading scriptures from various religious and mystical traditions, you will find numerous references to the crown chakra and samadhi.
Spiritual Powers of the Crown Chakra
In many systems of yoga, meditating on the different chakras of the body allows the person to attain different kinds of spiritual power or what the Hindus call "siddhis." The following is a list of siddhis associated with the crown chakra:
- Knowledge Of Past Lives Or Previous Births
- Foreknowledge Of The Time Of Death
- Knowledge Of Other Worlds, Realms, And Universes
- Visions of Siddhas (Perfected Beings)
- Intuitive Knowledge or Spontaneous Illumination
- Knowledge Born Of Awareness Of The Ultimate Reality
- Intuitive Discernment: Ability To Distinguish & Differentiate All Things
- Higher Knowledge And Wisdom
Awakening The Crown Chakra
There are many practices for controlling or balancing the energy that goes through the crown chakra. One of these practices is called samyama meditation. Samyama meditation is a combined simultaneous practice of dhāraṇā, dhyāna, and samādhi. These techniques primarily belong to the classical yoga called Raja Yoga or "royal union." According to this system of yoga, meditating on the crown chakra using this technique allows the practitioner to have full control of its power.
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