Above the Crown Chakra

Sutratma (devanāgarī: सूत्रात्मन् sūtrātman) is a Sanskrit word composed by sūtra (“thread”) and ātman (“self”), usually translated as the “thread-soul”.

H.P. Blavatsky defined it as follows:

Sûtrâtman (Sk.). Lit., “the thread of spirit”; the immortal Ego, the Individuality which incarnates in men one life after the other, and upon which are strung, like beads on a string, his countless Personalities. The universal life-supporting air, Samashti prau; universal energy

sutratma or life thread of the antahkarana

Antahkarana (devanāgarī: अन्तःकरण Antaḥkaraṇa) is a Sanskrit term that means “internal organ”. In Hindu philosophy it refers to the totality of the mind, including the thinking faculty, memory, the sense of I-ness, and the discriminating faculty.

In Theosophy the term is used with a special meaning that differs from the Hindu. According to H. P. Blavatsky the antahkarana is an aspect or function of the lower mind that retains its original purity, active whenever there is a spiritual aspiration. It is, figuratively speaking, a “path” or “bridge” that acts as a two-way communication. Through antahkarana the spiritual influence of the higher manas is conveyed to the personality, and all good and noble activity of the lower manas can reach the higher, to be assimilated in Devachan


I mentioned in an earlier post that during the rājā yoga visualisation I constructed for myself the buddhic and atmic sheaths. The idea being that should I be able eventually to raise my consciousness above the mental plane onto the buddhic and then atmic plane I would need to keep my awareness in a “bag” otherwise it would dissipate, perhaps to the point of death.

Also, in daily working at elevating consciousness I built elasticity into the sutratma and antahkarana. The thinking being here that they should not experience plastic deformation or snap.  

Having built the jewel in the centre of the lotus, opened it to reveal the jewel. Om mane padme hum. I then took my awareness above it to observe the monadic light arriving along the central channel onto the prismatic jewel. Following this channel up one reaches the thousand petalled lotus jewel. Which acts like a manhole cover keeping the awareness inside the human bag so to speak. The bag of soft wet matter which is our temporary abode.  I figured that if I followed the phowa of death and opened the crown chakra, I might be able to explore beyond the form.

There is a big caveat should the sutratma and/or antahkarana snap I would deep in the do-do and/or dead.


It is possible to start to “unscrew” the crown chakra. By this I mean start to apply mental torque to it, just as if it was a manhole cover. At first it does not budge but after many weeks it does. When it is “unscrewed” it is possible to elevate the manhole cover. At first only a little.

IMPERATIVE If you unscrew the cover and elevate it you must meticulously reverse all the actions you have taken. What goes up must come down by exactly the same root.

Once I had managed to do this with some control I began taking my consciousness out and above the manhole. At first this was very difficult, and I did it in tiny little steps. A tiny bit further each day so as to do a yoga stretch with the sutratma and the antahkarana.  In time I could get sufficiently above the crown chakra so as to see it from above. Let me say this, it looks pretty damn splendid.

When I got my cancer diagnosis I worked on this over and over. Just in case clog popping time was imminent. Or in case I got stage four. I figured I might be able to check out myself rather than go to Dignitas if things got bad or unbearable. I have rehearsed my own death, which might sound morbid but is pretty practical really.

I know what it feels like out there, so I have no fear of being dead. Dying could be tad painful but being dead is OK.

When we went into town yesterday the manhole cover in the road outside the pharmacy was up and some dudes were doing something down there. A manhole cover does not sound so glamorous as a thousand petalled lotus, but the analogy works from one angle.

Sahasrara padma

Written by Dr Satish K Kapoor in The Tribune of India

Lotus of a thousand petals

Sahasrara padma, the lotus of a thousand petals, also called the Crown chakra, is symbolic of supreme consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.

Sahasrara padma, the lotus of a thousand petals, also called the Crown chakra, is symbolic of supreme consciousness and spiritual enlightenment. It is connected with the universal mind and holds the elixir of life. It is the domain of supreme truth, beauty and bliss that can be reached after one balances and aligns all the energy vortices in the body – from the root, the sacral, the navel, the heart, and the throat to the brow – and embarks on a journey to the ultimate source of everything. The magnetism of  root chakra, passion of sacral chakra, power of navel chakra, un-struck sound of  heart chakra, pure expression of throat chakra, insight and command  of brow chakra – all these currents of vital energy join to bring about the loftiest state of  awareness in which one perceives the microcosmic self in the macrocosmic reality. 

Finite mind to infinite mind

During meditation, when consciousness reaches the brow chakra level, one is able to decode one’s propensities, thoughts and dreams, but as one goes higher, one experiences shunyavastha, the voidless void of being, that is bereft of observable matter but full of potential energy. While the blossoming of the brow chakra triggers reflective awareness and paranormal experience, the crown chakra opens one to supreme silence, and the mystery beyond. The former governs the function of the higher mind, the latter is a no-mind-state. If the brow chakra can be called the eye of wisdom, the crown chakra is the wisdom that liberates. The former is a portal to infinity, the latter is blossoming of consciousness in the infinite state. Consciousness precedes any cognitive experience. It is said to be ‘without an object and without a subject.’ When the Supreme Self is experienced, one receives flashes of divine inspiration, and becomes silent. Whispers of eternity ensue due to expanded awareness that transcends the physical senses. 

Colour and aura 

Located at or above the head, the crown chakra is associated with the cerebral cortex, the pituitary and the pineal glands. It is pictured as adhomukha mahapadma – a downward- facing, great lotus, having 20 layers of 50 petals each, radiating light of all hues, coming straight from the heaven. Its basic colour is white as that of the full moon, which symbolises purity, divinity, death and rebirth. The human aura absorbs whiteness, splitting it into different colours that reflect in various chakras, corresponding to their nature and functions. Since the aura of an enlightened person is believed to emit hues of violet or magenta – the colours which have a positive impact on the limbic system of the brain – some argue that the crown chakra must be depicted through these colours.

Awakening crown chakra

To awaken the crown chakra one needs to draw one’s consciousness from lower chakras, one by one, using spiritual techniques, and observe inner silence – the key to self transformation. In moments of deep silence alone, are the profound truths of existence unveiled, and prophecies made.

Daily practice of physical postures, body-locks, mudras, breathing exercises, chanting of mantras, yoga-nidra, mind-focusing, meditation, and such other methods, are helpful in increasing self awareness. Yet, spiritual enlightenment does not come by planning or external acts, howsoever perfect they may be, but by divine grace. It occurs suddenly after one has totally surrendered to the Supreme Lord.  The crown chakra is the ground of all being. All polarities – male and female, negative and positive, matter and mind, light and darkness – merge, when Shakti, coiled like a serpent at the root chakra, rises up through sushumna, the central axis of the spinal column, to be in Shiva’s lap here. It is the renaissance of the inner self – the birth of a new being who perceives all existence as one.