The Seventh Chakra

At the seventh chakra is the Window of God, from which a brilliant clear white light can be seen.

One mystical writing, the Shiva Samhita, describes this light as having the brilliance of tens of millions of suns and the coolness of tens of millions of moons. Strictly speaking, this chakra is outside the physical body, but when you get there, you can ‘see’ through this ‘window.’ A brief moment at this place destroys misfortunes. Staying here destroys death itself.

The Window of God
From Living the Mysteries, ©1999, Durga Ma and Terry Anne Preston, Ph.D. 

In deep meditation I once found myself taken into a three-story house by my Guide. In the center of this house was an elevator. We stepped into the elevator and went up to the top floor without stopping. We stepped out of the elevator into large, bright room. In the center of the room was a divan where there lay an infant sleeping. My attention was drawn to the infant, and as I watched, fascinated, this child, whose appearance resembled my own, woke and grew to maturity before my very eyes.

I looked around the room and was attracted to a bright light coming from a window. A woman was standing at the window looking out. She had fair skin and raven hair. I assumed it was the child’s mother, though she didn’t look like my own mother, the mother of this body. I could only see her from the back, so I walked over to where she stood. It was the Divine Mother whom I had met on my balloon ride to Heaven (siddhaloka) with Swami Kripalu. She directed me to look out the window. It was both exhilarating and frightening. I couldn’t take my eyes off of what I was seeing. We were in the midst of a brilliant light and traveling through space at the speed of light, and yet we were completely motionless at the same time.

I was in my own house, the body, and the elevator was the sushumna. The child had been me coming to higher and higher consciousness. The Divine Mother was God. The window was the brahmarandhra, the Window of God.

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The brahmarandhra, the Window of God, is the seventh chakra, the sahasradalpadma, the ‘thousand-petalled lotus’. This chakra is associated with the central nervous system with its multitude of nadis and functions, and is beyond senses and elements, and of crystal brilliance. With mastery of the seventh chakra, you attain knowledge of Truth and are never born again. 

Large numbers, especially thousands, are interpreted as an unspecified vast number. The ‘thousand petaled lotus’ represents the multitude of us, all divine individuals. Upon unconditionally accepting everyone, one merges with the Absolute. This is nirbija (seedless) samadhi (equanimity), the highest samadhi. Because you have accepted everyone as they really are (divine, like you), you become a ‘savior’—anyone whose unconditional acceptance includes you, has accepted everyone through you. It is taught in Christianity that one is ‘saved’ by accepting Jesus. This is true, for Jesus had accepted everyone.

All misfortunes are destroyed and immortality is attained. You are no longer someone being conscious. You are not someone who is being conscious of someone or something other than you, not even yourself, not even God. You have merged with Absolute God, paramatman, and your sadhana is compete.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Sixth Chakra

Your sixth chakra is your personal Command Center, your source of consciousness, your source of intuition, your unlimited power and your authority to access it.

The sixth chakra is located behind the center of the forehead between the two eyebrows. It is associated with consciousness, the pineal gland, the production of amrita, the nectar of immortality, and subtle sound. Its two petals are the two vibrational frequencies identified by the Sanskrit syllables hum and suh (ham हं and sa स), and the two channels associated with the outgoing and ingoing breaths and their energy forms (the upward-flowing warming energy, prana, and the downward-flowing cooling energy, apana, which terminate here). This chakras color is white. It is beyond the senses and the elements. 

The name of the sixth chakra is ajna ( आज्ञा ), which means ‘attention, perception, understanding; command, authority, and unlimited power’. Notice that this chakra is the location of our ability to perceive, even though it is ‘beyond’ the senses. The reason for this is that the type of perception available to us here does not require them. From this place, we perceive directly. In other words, perception requires no via, no indirect route through the eyes or the ears, etc. What is perceived is Real.

At the fifth chakra we experienced vocal sounds being made spontaneously in meditation, but now, with the sixth chakra’s vehicle of subtle sound, we hear sounds directly. This type of sound is called, nada. The word nada means ‘subtle spontaneous sound’. This phenomena is produced by Prana and can happen fairly early in Surrender Meditation.

Nada
From Living the Mysteries, © 1999, Durga Ma and Dr Terry Preston, Ph.D.

Nada became a frequent and common occurrence in my meditations and I experienced it in many ways. I discovered that nada came in many forms. Not only do the sounds heard in meditation become more and more refined, but the other senses—sight, smell, touch, and taste—are also experienced directly and become refined as well. 

One of my earliest experiences of … nada was the sound of thunder, or what I though was thunder. Thunder was not common where I lived. In fact I don’t believe I’ve ever heard thunder in that part of the world, but one day it brought me out of a very deep and pleasant meditative state. I lay there for a while amazed at hearing thunder. When I ended my meditation, I looked out the curtains to see if rain was on the way. It had been a nice day during our dry season, the middle of summer. Imagine my surprise when out the window I saw the same sunny blue sky. Inquiries verified that there had been no thunder or other sound of that kind in the area that day.

I had another nada adventure when I heard the sound of a train passing through my meditation room. I didn’t have to make any inquiries to confirm that I was indeed experiencing nada! Another time I experienced an earthquake, though there had been no earthquake.

Various kinds of nada continued to occur and become more and more refined until, one day, I experienced directly, the meaning of bells in church steeples: When union (yoga) occurs in the head, the steeple, a cacophony of wedding bells, large and small, can be heard and felt as the sound vibrates the body, the room, and seems to lift you right off your meditation mat.

Mastery of the Sixth Chakra

The sixth chakra has to do with consciousness, mind, understanding, and your perceptive ability. This is the seat of your inherent, unlimited power and your right to access it. The Divine Being who resides here is your source of consciousness and the giver of your salvation, your success in meditation, your freedom, liberation, and enlightenment. When you enter this place, you see the brilliant spiritual emanations of moon-lightening, see the ‘moon of mystery,’ experience the highest samadhi, and gain the respect of the adepts. All fear and all karma are destroyed, and you discover the secret of immortality (it doesn’t all happen at once).

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Durga Ma
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The Second Chakra

The second chakra is called svadhishthana, which means ‘own dwelling place’. It is the sex chakra, and even if you don’t feel that this is where you live, you live because of it. 

The second chakra is located at the genitals, has six petals, six vibrational frequencies identified by the sounds of specific Sanskrit alphabetical syllables, and is associated with procreation. Its mystical diagram is the crescent, the color is bright flame red, or orange, the sense organ is the tongue, the sense faculty is taste, the element is water, the elemental color is white.

Here again, we find ourselves in Brahma Loka, the world of creation. Loka means ‘world’, but it can also mean the universe, or refer to other kinds of worlds, such as the world of the ancestors, the world of the gods, other planets, or even simply a room or a parcel of land. The word brahmaa means ‘growth, evolution and expansion’. The world of Brahma is a world of passion, intensity and activity (rajas) and the physical-material world; a world of compelling desires and cravings, and relationship issues.

At its most benign, the second chakra is about creativity, self-expression, evolved relationships with others, developed intuition, and eventually, freedom from desire. As long as we are in Brahma Loka at the second chakra, we are dealing with all of these things, so getting through this chakra adds up to change. 

If you are someone who prefers to avoid things outside of your comfort zone (“I’m not comfortable with that”), you may have difficulty dealing with the changes that will take place as this chakra is developed, purified and dissolved. Change is rarely comfortable, so you may rather not go beyond this point, and perhaps not even this far. To progress through and from this chakra, you must be willing to be uncomfortable.

Change doesn’t always mean progress, but
progress always involves change

The second chakra is associated with the element water. Whereas earth tends to stay put, the nature of water is to flow. Water can be stationary when contained (tamas), or moving peaceably (sattvas) or even forcibly (rajas). Water is affected by outside influences in that when it is contained, it takes on the form of its container. In other words, it is adaptable. This expresses the nature of second chakra affairs in life. The state of water is dependent upon its relationship to something other than itself, so the second chakra is about your relationship with others as it affects your own state, as well as in the physical sense, body to body, hormone to hormone. The nature of relationships vary, but a relationship is at its best when flowing smoothly (sattvas).

The tongue is the organ of sense at the second chakra, and is involved with taste, but the tongue is also involved in speech and communication. We can look at food here, but we also have to look at communication, communication with others, and our relationships with them, and the things that go on in relationships of any kind. And then there is communication of a subtler kind, communication with your own inner knowing, your intuition, or psychic ability.

When Kundalini has evolved this chakra, you become the object of love to divine beings, you know things that were previously unknown to you, have access to inner wisdom and evolved intuition, taste the nectar of immortality (amrita), and are free of diseases. Clearly, this chakra is a turning point for anyone engaged in serious sadhana. Once you enter into this realm of yoga, change is imminent, powerful and evolutionary.

Jaya Bhagavan (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma
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