Sahasrāra – pārasaṃgate

Gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā

In various traditions at death the awareness is extracted via the Sahasrāra, the Antahkarana and Sutratma are withdrawn, and the lower vehicles cease to be animated by the causal reincarnating jiva. The time taken for this varies according to tradition and being. The lower vehicles fade away. The body is burned or buried. Legend has it that what people see as ghosts are not lost Souls rather empty shells, lower vehicles, which have not yet disintegrated. They are largely vital/etheric and astral/emotional forms.

I have been experimenting mixing mantra in deep voice chanting with raja yoga visualisation over the years. In my case one aids the other and in particular the above mantra is brilliant for going beyond and going beyond the beyond. It does what it says on the tin.

A part of the central column meditation starts with om mane padme hum, or the jewel in the centre of the lotus in which one opens the petals of the “heart” chakra enabling direct communication with the causal jiva.

The next stage is to elevate the jewel and then transfer consciousness “above the jewel”. After a while a second fire can be seen rotating atop the jewel in the centre of the lotus. This is the first sign of monadic contact. The colour indicates upon which of the three rays the monad of a being is.

If physical plane death is extraction of the two threads, might one prepare for it so that the process is relaxed and practised?

In theory yes, but one would have to open the Sahasrāra.

This is on the central column directly above the “heart” chakra, on the same axes as the rotating diamond.

Just as the jewel in the centre of the lotus rotates on its axis, there is circular motion in the Sahasrāra. To take awareness beyond Sahasrāra is not for the foolhardy nor the feint of heart. Mess it up and it is curtains.

Using the pārasaṃgate mantra, at correct pitch and with significant intent, it is possible to “unscrew” the Sahasrāra and take awareness beyond. There is a loss of sense of body if one does this and one needs to take care to stretch the threads only a tiny bit each time.  If one or both of the threads snapped, you would be deep in the Sierra. The wife would find a lifeless piece of meat sat in a chair.

It took me several months of effort to even start to budge the Sahasrāra one tiny bit. It is like a cast iron manhole cover. In my inner space it does not resemble any of the drawings which can be found by an image search. What amazes me about the illustrations of these things is that they are generally gaudy and are in no way sufficiently ephemeral.

I suspect that a lot of what is written  and drawn is borrowed, or imagined and not based on personal experience.

What lies above Sahasrāra extends {this is a massive understatement}. If I am not kidding myself, then it is possible to stretch the Antahkarana and Sutratma in an analogous way one does a corporeal yoga stretch.

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