Sahasrara is the Sanskrit name for the crown chakra. Sanskrit, known as the mother of all languages, is one of the oldest languages in the world. It has mainly been used as a philosophical language within the religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
The crown chakra is known as the thousand petal lotus chakra located at the crown of the head and extending slightly above it. It holds our divine intellect and wisdom that goes beyond our human mind.
When this chakra is in balance we feel we are living out a higher purpose and are in touch with our underlying current of inner peace.
The Meaning Behind It
The mantra Sahas Rara Eem is used to connect to the power of the crown chakra. It is used to open up our minds to divine wisdom and to expand our consciousness beyond a singular identity.
In other words, it is used to open the gateway to higher states of being and to dissolve human suffering. It is used to connect to the core center of our being and our pure awareness.
- Sahasrara – The crown chakra Sanskrit name
- Eem – The sound of creativity, self-knowledge, and universal wisdom
This mantra initiates the activation of cosmic wisdom and the expansion of self-knowledge. It is used within Deepak Chopras 21 day meditation challenge, where he guides you through a meditation lesson each day.
The challenge will connect you to your infinite potential of abundance and teaches you many mantras to enter this higher realm of being. Don’t worry though you do not need to follow this exact challenge to be successful in meditation, try these mediation tips.
How To Use Mantras
A mantra is a sacred intention you repeat in a meditative space in order to align with its message. To begin, find a comfortable and quiet space where you can be undisturbed.
You can set the mood by lighting candles, finding a nice space outside, or cleaning the area you plan to meditate in. The environment you meditate in can have a direct impact on your ability to focus.
- Bring your awareness to your breath and take note of the state it is in without trying to change it
- Scan your body with your mind’s eye and focus on where your body makes contact with the earth
- Spend at least five minutes arriving into a more calm and centered mental space before beginning chanting
- You can use mala beads to assist you in chanting, chant in your head upon each exhale, or verbally chant aloud
- Repeat the chant for at least ten minutes to reap all the benefits of the meditation
- You can set a timer so that you know when to bring your focus back and so that you do not lose your mental focus wondering how long it has been
- Bring your focus back to your breathe and take notice of the state of your mental body once it has returned to silence
- Feel your body connecting with the ground once again and when you are ready, open your eyes
If your mind wanders off during meditation try these tips to gently bring it back. It is called a meditation practice because it is not meant to be perfect and every day you will be in a different mental state.
Continue to practice anyway and with a non-judgemental attitude. Allow yourself to take note of how your practice affects you and how you feel afterwards.
Connecting To The Crown Chakra
You can visualize the colors white or purple while meditating or you can surround yourself with these colors. Dressing in the colors white or purple will also open and heal the crown chakra.
Listening to crown chakra meditation music is another simple way to activate the wisdom of the crown chakra. You can incorporate this into daily life such as while doing laundry, washing dishes, or even while sleeping!
Other ways to open and connect to the crown chakra include working with crystals such as amethyst, selenite, clear quartz, or lepidolite.
Incorporate This Mantra
You can incorporate this mantra into your yoga practice by chanting it upon the exhale. To maximize its effect on the crown chakra you can combine it in dynamic movements with the rabbit pose, Sasangasana.
Come into childs pose, take a deep inhale and raise into Sasangasana. On your exhale return to Childs pose and chant the mantra “Sahas Rara Eem”. Continue this dynamic movement at the pace of your own breath.
Focus on extending your breath while keeping your inhale and exhale the same length. Repeat this movement at least five times, then arrive in childs pose to take notice of its effect on your body, mind, and spirit.
You can learn and work with other mantras such as:
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Eem bija is the seed sound of the Rig Veda as Om is not in the oldest of the Vedas. Eem is also the primordial sound of Shakt archetype i or the Dakinis as they are known in Vajrayana. Ironically it IS also the seed sound of Shakrah Idandrah ( Indra of the Rig Veda and Upanishads).