Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.- Voltaire
The final Bija Mantra we will be covering is Om, for the 7th Chakra, the Sahasrara Chakra. It may seem familiar because we were discussing the Bija Mantra of the 6th Chakra last week, and it was indeed the same. The sound that in mythology started the universe, Om. Sahasrara translates from Sanskrit to English as thousand-petaled.
The 6th Chakra represents the witness, the objective observer, the clear-sighted. We command or receive from this center. The sound Om, or just chanting, in general, stimulates the homeostasis systems and helps us to return to balance. From balance, we can be open to our intuition.
The location of the 7th Chakra is the crown of the head, where your anterior fontanelle or soft spot was when you were an infant. The image for the Sahasrara is a 1000 petaled lotus, of pure light, representing all colors. If you think about the location and the anatomy, the petal translation makes sense; it was our first contact point of our body with the world if we were delivered naturally without complication. It was the first place that we had sensation; it was a place that needed to be protected because of vulnerability. Some think, that as we grow older, our connection to the universe and the infinite becomes complicated. We become closed off to our spiritual purpose and by chanting, meditation, or prayer we can reconnect and open that energetic center.
What do you think about this?
The Sahasrara Chakra represents the goal of Yoga, to yoke to unify. To give you the key to Samadhi, liberation, where the soul unites with supreme consciousness. The 6th Chakra is to engage in meditation, and the 7th Chakra is the receive.
Through our studies of the Bija Mantras, we have learned that there is a physiological benefit to chanting. Neuroscience agrees. But the question really is, does chanting have a metaphysical component? Or is it just making noise to you?
Find a comfortable seat in your home. Close your eyes and chant Om, for 2 minutes. Notice, the physiological differences first. Then look inward is there a spiritual component to you or is it just science. Here you can delve into Svadhyaya (self-study) and determine what your Satya (truth) is.