The Chakras
Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Centre)

Sahasrara Chakra (Crown Centre)

Location: The seventh Chakra, is the "Lotus of the Thousand Petals".
It is located four finger-breadths above the crown of the head.

Colour of petals: One thousand white or golden petals.

Element: Nothingness

Sense: Higher mind

Sahasrara is visualized as a thousand petalled lotus, unfolding into eternity. It is infinite in dimension, like a huge radiant dome. In the physical body, its point is at the very crown of the head from where it is visualized as extending outward in all directions. Sahasrara is associated with the body of bliss, or anandamaya kosha and can be awakened through daily meditation.

Sahasrara is the culmination of the progressive ascension through the different chakras. It is the master switch controlling the awakening of all the chakras from Muladhara to Ajna. The power of the chakras does not reside in the chakras themselves, but in Sahasrara.

Not actually a chakra, Sahasrara is the totality, the absolute, which results from the merging of cosmic consciousness with cosmic prana. When kundalini shakti reaches Sahasrara, it is known as the union between Shiva and Shakti. With this union, self-realization or Samadhi dawns. At this point, individual consciousness dies, and universal consciousness is born.

The crown chakra is the organic, and esoteric centre corresponding with the pineal gland. It is the psychological center for evolution of the will to intuitive capacity, essence experience, self-actualization, and the need for a sense of transcendent unification, or personal experience of the divine.

By means of the awakened crown centre one is in this world, but not of it and may function as an avenue of grace, healing, and spiritual power into the physical plane. If this centre is closed, the person will probably not have an experiential connection to their spirituality.

If this center is open, a person experiences their spirituality in a very personal form, unique to that individual. This spirituality is not connected to or defined by dogma, or easily related with words. It is rather a state of being, a state of transcendence of the mundane reality into the infinite. It goes beyond the physical world, and creates in the individual, a sense of wholeness, peace and faith, giving them a sense of purpose to their existence.

The Sahasrara Chakra - An artist's impression

Previous Articles:

The first & second Chakras:
(Root) & 'Swadhisthana' (Sacral)


The third & fourth Chakras:
'Manipura' (Solar Plexus) & 'Anahata (Heart)


The fifth & sixth Chakras:
Vishuddha' (Throat) & 'Ajna' (Third Eye)

Katy Kianush
February 2006

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