Friends, in the previous post, I was telling how the name ‘Chakra’ got its name. Actually Chakra literally means wheel itself. For example, chariot chakra, water chakra etc. I also explained why chakra is called the center of energy. This is written everywhere about the chakra, but it is not proved why it is said so. It smells of mystery. I proved it scientifically and empirically why it is called so. That is why the name of this website is “Demystifying Kundalini”. It was also proved psychologically that how Kundalini is formed by mixing Prana energy and Manas energy. Actually this mixed form of Prana energy and Manas energy is called Kundalini. This is the shortest definition of Kundalini. This is also called time-space mixing. Prana energy represents Time, and Manas energy represents Space. In this post I will explain how the Sahasrara Chakra is represented as the abode of Shiva.
The gods go to Kailash to persuade Shiva, who is angry with Dakshayagya
Lord Vishnu along with other gods went to Mount Kailash to persuade Shiva, who was angry with Daksha. Apart from humans, that mountain was serviced by eunuchs, apsaras or fairies and yogic sages. That was very high. That was adorned with pearls all around. That seemed strange with many types of metals. That was full of many types of trees and vines. It was surrounded by many types of animals, birds and springs. Siddanganas or wives of accomplished used to reside on its summit with their respective husbands. It was adorned with many types of cisterns, peaks and many types of tree species. Its radiance was as white as silver. That mountain was full of animals like big tigers etc., devoid of horror, full of splendor, divine and causing great wonder. The mountain was surrounded by the holy Ganges river and was extremely serene. Near that Kailash mountain was the divine city of Shiva’s friend Kuber named Alka. Near the same mountain there was a divine forest called Saugandhik, which was adorned with divine trees, and where the wonderful sound of birds etc. was being made. The divine and holy rivers named Nanda and Alaknanda were flowing from outside that mountain, which destroy sins by mere sight. God women come daily from their own world and drink the water of those rivers, and after taking a bath, being attracted by Rati or lust, they live with men. Then leaving behind that Alkapuri and Saugandhik forest, while going forward, those deities saw the banyan tree of Shankar ji nearby. That banyan tree was spreading shade around that mountain. Its branches were spread on three sides. Its circle was a hundred yojana high. It was devoid of nests and barred from heat. It is visible only to the pious souls. It was very delightful, His Holiness, Shiva’s place of yoga, divine, worthy of being consumed or inhabited by yogis, and very perfect. The deities saw Shiva sitting under that banyan tree, which gave shelter to Mahayogamayi and Mumukshu or liberation seeking people. Absorbed in the devotion of Shiva, having a calm body and mind, and being Mahasiddha, who are the sons of Brahma, Sanak etc., were worshiping that Shiva with pleasure. His friend Kubera, who is the leader of the guhyakas and demons, was doing special service to him along with his family and servants. He was wearing the true form of Lord Shiva, the favorite of the ascetics. He seemed to be friend from all over the world with affection, and was equipped with ashes etc. He was sitting on the carton of kusha, a holy grass, and on being asked by Narada etc., he was preaching knowledge to all the listeners gentlemen. He was seated in the truth-beautiful-logic posture with his left foot on his right thigh, and his left hand on his left knee, with a rosary of Rudraksha on his wrist. He tells the matter of supreme knowledge that salvation is not attained by action, but by knowledge. Therefore one should act with non-dual knowledge, which means one should do Karma Yoga. Those who distinguish between him, Brahma and Vishnu, go to hell. Meaning that Lord Shiva negates the discrimination.
Mutual equivalence of Mount Kailash and brain
Mount Kailash is the brain. There not only the common people, nymphs and dance-singing artists enjoy the pleasures, but sages and rishis also get the pleasure of meditation there. It is located at the highest point in the human body. Its manimaya Shikhars or pearly peaks means the many ridges or bulges made of its walnut-like shape, which keep shining with the bright thought-waves of the mind. Various types of metals mean its various structures and colored parts, such as skull bone, white matter beneath it, gray matter beneath it, fluid-soft eyes, ears, nose, teeth etc. The inner part of the brain is also divided into a variety of sizes and colors, such as the pons, hippocampus, pineal gland, etc. Various types of trees and vines mean different types of hair, such as hair of the head, hair of the beard, hair of the mustache, hair of the ear, hair of the nose, etc. You can also add nerve fibers in the list that have varying shapes and sizes. It appears as fibrous flesh on gross viewing. From this it seems that the ancient sages also had a good knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. Its detailed description is in Ayurveda. Many types of animals and birds mean microscopic parasites found entangled in the hair. The meaning of many types of springs is the biological secretion coming out of the glands of the eyes, ears and mouth etc. Visiting Siddhanganas or wives of accomplisheds on its summits means tantric romance by tantra yoginis, from which they derive great pleasure. The place of joy is the mind itself. There are many types of pores or cisterns around the brain, such as eyes, nose, ears etc. The peaks and trees have already been told above. That mountain being like silver means the bright thoughts of the mind full of consciousness. Carnivorois Animals like tiger mean lice, fleas etc. which can hide in the moisture of the hair. ‘Without horror’ means these minute creatures are not horrific. Divinity is in the mind. All divine expressions are accompanied by the functioning of the mind. Kundalini awakening is the most divine, that is why the activity of the brain is at its peak in it. Similarly, the brain is also a model of wonder. In this, there’s the physical expression of life or consciousness. Scientists have not been able to solve this puzzle till date. The river Ganga is the symbol of Sushumna Nadi here. Because she irrigates the Sahasrara, to which the whole brain is attached, that is why it is said to surround the entire mountain. It cleanses the whole brain with energy. The city of Shiva’s friend Kubera ie. Alkapuri has been called Agya Chakra. The word “Alka” is derived from Sanskrit’s Alakshit and Hindi’s Alakh words. It means invisible. The invisible Kundalini is visible from this chakra. That is why it is also called the third eye. In fact, when meditation is done on the Agya Chakra, the Kundalini appears on the Sahasrara. Because Shiva is in the form of Kundalini in the Shiva Purana, that is why Kuber, the arrogant deity of Ajnachakra, is said to be a friend of Shiva. If Shiva is depicted as energy continuum, even then kuber is proved as friend of Shiva for energy continuum is achievable only by means of Kundalini. The agya chakra is a symbol of intelligence. Therefore, it is natural that the wheel of agya chakra is associated with wealth, because wealth is earned only by intelligence. That is why its god Kuber is the richest in the universe. Near that mountain there is a forest called Saugandhik or nice smelling. Because it is being described immediately after Alkapuri, it means that the forest is near to it. That is the nose. Fragrance is experienced inside it, so it is believed that fragrance is being originated in it. Because the fragrance emanates from trees and flowers, the nose has been given the form of a forest. That forest is called divine because, despite being so small in size, it provides all the divine fragrances around the world. An ordinary forest cannot do this. The follicles or hair located in it can be considered as the divine tree. They are called divine because they are so small in size and few in number yet they help in providing divine fragrances around the world. They also provide protection to the odor-receptor cells. It may be that in the mythological era, the nose-hair was considered the only responsible for the aroma. There was a wonderful sound of birds etc. in that forest. That sound is actually the slow sound of breathing. It cannot be called sweet voice. That’s why it is called wonderful. Outside that mountain there are two rivers named Nanda and Alaknanda, ie. Ida and Pingala. The spinal cord is connected with the brain. If the spinal cord or vertebral column is called the mountains at the bottom, then the brain is made up of the mountain tops. Sushumna flows in it. She is called Ganga. Ida nadi flows outside the spinal cord to the left of it. Through this, man enjoys materialistic, limited, logical and judgmental or critical enjoyment of worldliness. That is why its name is Nanda or visibly enjoying. The second Nadi or channel, which is Pingala, flows on the right side of the mountain or vertebral column called Alaknanda. Through this man enjoys a status as spiritual, as void or space or sky, as darkness, as irrational or illogical, as unlimited, as nonjudgmental. Its name is Alaknanda or invisibly enjoying. As mentioned above, the word Alak is indicative of Alakh or Alakshit or non sensual. Because the sky is inexhaustible due to being infinite, that is why pingala’s name is Alaknanda, which means the bliss of Alakshit or invisible or undefined. Sins are destroyed by the sight of both the rivers. The river alone is not being talked about, but both the rivers are being talked about together. This means that by the simultaneous functioning of the left and the right brain, Advaita arises, which is the formlessness itself. Duality is the greatest sin, and non-duality is the greatest sinlessness. God women mean here noble women of a good and well-mannered household. Because they are affluent, they do not get caught up in the mess of worldliness. This keeps them immersed in the joy of Advaita or nonduality. The joy of this Advaita is depicted by the metaphoric writer in the form of drinking the water of both the rivers. They have a beautiful and graceful body. While bathing, Kundalini energy rises through their back, as I mentioned in a previous post. The same happens with those god-women as well. As the Mooladhara’s energy climbs up, their Mooladhara becomes powerless. It is only to give energy to Muladhara that they are attracted to Rati or pure lust, and lives with men. According to another metaphor, the god’s women are symbols of beautiful and human thoughts. Such thoughts are accompanied by Advaita bhava, that is, with them both the Ida and Pingala nadis flow. When both these nadis flow very fast, only then the divine sexual feeling is awakened. This is done only to give energy to Muladhara, because the energy of Muladhara keeps on climbing up through non-dualism. The non-material based Kundalini picture starts developing in the brain due to non-duality. Non material based means that kundalini image is fully mind based without any physical copy or counterpart outside. It requires a lot of energy, because being out of the reach of the senses, it does not get the support of the physical senses to strengthen itself like ordinary mental images. To fulfill this need, the energy rises up from the base chakra. Rati play done in that situation is very pleasurable and soul-developing, that means energy is flowing by means of it. Entering sushumna channel, this energy reaches Sahasrara.
Along with Kundalini, the brain also develops well from muladhar energy. That is why it is said that Kundalini is very important for the rapid development of mankind. The above Kundalini rituals can also be called tantric rituals. When a man is away from worldliness, has sufficient accumulated amount of energy in muladhar chakra due to low consumption, and his energy is already flowing in the sushumna, he is in a sadhu or sage state. He does not have much interest in Ratikrida or lustful play. Those women come from Devlok or god abode, meaning those human thoughts come out of the mind and start performing the work of worldliness with a non-dual spirit. This is said to be bathing in the Nanda and Alaknanda rivers by the goddesses. The gods and goddesses are themselves symbols of non-duality always. In ordinary people filled with duality, the upward effect of this energy is less marked. Therefore, their sensual feeling is only a momentary pleasure, which is called sex. Due to the duality in them, there is no Kundalini in their mind. Therefore, the energy of Muladhara does not climb up due to lack of need. That is why the energy of Muladhara is not conserved but gets destroyed. You can call Kundalini as the sexual-energy storing and delivering battery. Divinity resides in the mind itself. After crossing Saugandhik forest and Alkapuri, all the deities come to a banyan tree, whose branches spread over the entire mountain and cast shadow. Actually, Kundalini is depicted in the form of all those deities. The whole creation resides in the mind. It means that all the deities reside in the mind, because it is the deities who run the universe. Within a single Kundalini picture or meditation picture, the whole mind is absorbed in the same way as a sugar grain contains a whole sack of sugar or a whole sugarcane field. If someone wants to see sugar, then we do not pick up the whole sack of sugar but take one grain of sugar. This makes the job a lot easier. The amount of energy that can lift a sugar sack one foot high, the same amount of energy can lift a sugar grain thousands of feet high. Whatever work will be done with a sack of sugar, the same work will be done with a grain of sugar. Similarly, if the mind is to be taken up to Sahasrara to be united with Shiva, then we do not carry the whole world of the mind but carry only the Kundalini. This makes the task of reconciliation of Shiva-Mana or Shiva-Jiva very easy. The amount of energy with which the whole mind can be raised from the Muladhara to the Swadhisthana chakra or lower, the same amount of energy can elevate the Kundalini to the Sahasrara. What is the need of mind containing a heap of innumerable pictures, when the same thing will be done with a single Kundalini picture sorted out of that heap. Many deities have been shown in place of Kundalini, so that it can add interestingness and mystery to this psychological narrative. The banyan tree is sahasrara, because sahasrara is connected to the whole brain through nadis. Those nadis can be called branches of the tree of Sahasrara Chakra. Its branches were spread on three sides, it means that from the Sahasrara to the left brain, right brain and then forward down to the front channel, energy is transmitted in three directions. It is getting energy from the back channel located in back and below direction. It is in the fourth direction, which we can call the trunk or root of that tree. Energy always flows from the root to the branches. Its upper extension is said to be 100 yojan high, which is a distance of around one thousand miles. It’s a big height reaching the outer space. Actually it means that the Sahasrara Chakra is associated with the energy continuum, which extends into the eternal sky. Probably, one thousand mark has been chosen as sahasrar itself literally means one thousand branches. It is barred from the nest, meaning no normal creature can reach there. It was barred from heat, which meant the very calm Sahasrara Chakra. The duality from which heat is created was not there at all. It was very delightful. This means that the beauty of all places is due to Sahasrara. At delightful places the energy gets condensed in the Sahasrar, that is why those places seem delightful. That’s why you must have seen that after roaming in a delightful place, the body does not feel like working for some time due to exhaustion. This happens because most of the body’s energy has gone to Sahasrara. After roaming in the delightful place, one becomes refreshed and serene. The old burden of sins seems to have been removed. That is why there is so much craze for tourism in the world. Pilgrimage also involves this very same principle. All this happens because of the Sahasrara Chakra. That is why it is called His Holiness. Only virtuous souls can see that tree. There is nothing surprising in this, it is clear from experience that the Kundalini consciousness falls down due to acts of violence etc., and rises up by virtue of humanity. It was divine. All divinity happens only in the Sahasrar Chakra. The word divine is derived from diva or light. The origin of light is the Sahasrara and the eternal energy associated with it. It was yogamayi or full of yoga and was the favorite abode of yogis and Shiva. Shiva is also a yogi. Connection or yoga with Brahman or energy continuum is possible only in Sahasrara. Obviously, Mumukshu people who desire salvation will go there, because it is possible to get rid of limited consciousness only in Sahasrara. Shiva was sitting at the root of that tree. Brahma or the unbroken energy or energy continuum is called Shiva here. He was in the guise of being dear to the ascetics. Meaning that he was in the form of non-dual form of unbroken energy, which is liked by the ascetics. Where did ordinary people immersed in duality start liking him? The sons of Brahma, Sanatkumar, etc., who are always absorbed in the meditation of Brahma, are said to be worshiping Shiva, because Shiva is also the greatest Tantrayogi of the universe. By concentrating on Ajna Chakra and Mooladhara, the prana energy gets channelized and centralized and comes to Sahasrara. It is said by Kubera to serve Shiva along with his guhyka or low level servants and family members. The Guhyak here symbolizes the Muladhara, as the Mooladhara and the Agya chakra are intertwined. Guhyaks are also dark tamoguni like Muladhara. The family members of Kubera are symbols of the prana or psychic energy scattered all around in the brain. The family members are under the control of the head of the family. Vatsalya or child-affection will be there in Shiva only. Lord Shiva, the lord of infinite consciousness, will think us as children with limited consciousness.. He was having bhasma or ash put on his body. Bhasma is a symbol of detachment, essence and loyalty. The essence of the whole world lies in the ashes. Why Shiva, who enjoys in the unbroken and unlimited energy, will like the limited energy called as world? Many people take inspiration from Shiva for Tantra Yoga and attain Kundalini awakening. This is depicted as preaching of divine knowledge of enlightenment by Shiva to his devotees.