We have reached the seventh chakra which is located at or near the crown of the head. Our journey began at the Muladhara chakra, progressed through the Svadhisthana chakra, the Manipura chakra, the Anahata chakra, the Vishuddha chakra to the sixth chakra known as the Ajna chakra. The seventh chakra is referred to as the crown or Sahasrara chakra and some actually locate it outside the body by almost a hand span from the crown. Others locate it on the surface of the skull and connect it to the pineal gland.
Clearing and opening the preceding 6 major chakras leads the ‘Seeker’ to this final subtle body energy wheel. Opening and balancing Sahasrara chakra leads the ‘Seeker’ to the plane of truth and knowledge of one’s inner guru. With the discovery of the divine spark within the ‘Seeker’ must be careful to balance the positive and negative aspects of opening this chakra. The positive influences are an affirmation of your connect to the universal consciousness. Should the chakra become unbalanced or cluttered the ‘Seeker’ may manifest a variety of psychological illnesses.
Sahasrara chakra controls the entry of universal consciousness to the subtle and physical body. It is associated with the following qualities.
Table of matching Universal Portals
|Crown / Sahasrara|
|Primary colour is Violet, can manifest all colours of the preceding chakras.|
Lotus Petal Count
|972 – 1000 Petals|
|Aum (as for Ajna) / all 50 Sanskrit letters repeated on each petal of the lotus|
The ‘Seeker’ who attains the required level of concentration to open and balance the Sahasrara chakra is said to experience ‘samadhi’ or the pure bliss of inactivity. With the movement of the mind up through the chakras, the ‘Seeker’ has begun to establish a connection to the higher realms of universal consciousness. Opening and balancing Sahasrara allows you to achieve the unconscious-conscious state or ‘asama-prajnata-samadhi’, which up until now has not been possible. Realisation of this state creates a blending of the ‘Seeker’s’ real, subtle and physical selves thus illuminating and enlightening them. It is said that upon reaching this place and raising the kundalini power to this height, one merges the divine spark within and the universal consciousness to achieve full self-knowledge.
Source: Kundalini – The Mother-Power by Sri Chinmoy (1992) ISBN 0-88497-104-x