"What is visible is transient; it is perishable. When the mind is merged in 'Bindu' and 'Nada', Nirvikalpa Samadhi is attained. Our attention is then entirely towards Ananda (eternal joy). Fixing the attention between the eyebrows, the Prana should enter the holy BrahmaRandhra. Here the light of lights becomes visible to the divine eye. This is Mukti. This eternally supreme joy. This is the place where the Manas ought to dwell; this is the eternal being whence the Vedas have sprung. This is seeing Paramatman in all; this is the real place of Jeevatman."Baba Nityananda, The Chidakasha Gita stotra #59.
ब्रह्मरन्ध्र Brahmarandhra Chakra & Self-Realization (Nirvana)
"...of the lunar mansions I am Abhijit"
To understand this point GV20 百會 (bǎi huì) , where 100 yang (solar) channels meet at the top of the head, we need to go deeper than the astral field dealt with in acupuncture. Deep in the causal brain of Brahmarandhra is a fantastic place, a heavenly-celestial portal that leads to even higher celestial heavens beyond physical existence, where the devas live. According to Shyam S. Goswami's research into Laya Yoga scriptures (Layayoga: The Definitive Guide to the Chakras and Kundalini), this is the Nirvana place of Buddhism. The ultimate goal in the human experience is to transcend this place and come back to it as a fully self-realized being. In meditation it may manifest outwardly at this kshetram point at the top of the head which is the GV20 acupuncture point, but really the entrance to the crown chakra from the brow chakra is going on deep within the subtle body at the core of the physical brain. (The chakras are energy fields and they can manifest in any part of the physical body.)*
|100 petalled Brahmarandhra Chakra where all the yang channels join.|
- The astral sushumna nadi(meridian) inside the spinal chord, beginning with muladhara chakra (the root) at the base of the spine.
- The astral vajra nadi(meridian) inside the sushumna nadi, beginning with swadhisthana chakra (sacral).
- The astral chitrini nadi (meridian inside the vajra nadi, beginning with the manipura chakra (navel).
- The causal brahama nadi inside the chitrini nadi beginning with the anahata chakra (heart) at hrit chakra (see my post on GV8).
These all merge at brahmarandhra chakra which is felt at the top of the head, but in reality this is a ksetram point connected with the brow chakra in the middle of the brain (I think in the pineal gland). Paramahansa Yogananda writes that brahmarandhra chakra is the "brain" of the causal body brahmanadi "cerebrospinal axis". It is as far as the "I"-maker (the ego) of the soul - the jiva - can go in the human experience. The next stop is transcendence, no more "I", no more experiencer. I really don't know because I'm not there yet. That soul who transcends the Brahmarandhra Chakra attains moksha (liberation) from reincarnation, but out of compassion may return to rest in the Brahmarandhra Chakra in order to serve humanity. This is what Krishna did, and all avataurs or true Gurus/Teacher do - they transcend and they return. This is as I have been taught by my Guru.
The causal body is the inactive mind, the storage space of everything that "I" (I am, I know, I own). Beyond this is the Guru Chakra related to the Crown Chakra, and the transcendental Bindu and all that is knowable beyond the astral worlds. One transcends the mind and "I" in Enlightenment ultimately and may come back into the causal body at the Brahmarandhra Chakra where Krishna and all avataurs are bound by the only attachment to the human experience left: compassion. According to Sri Vasudeva, without some kind of attachment an "I" could not exist, and he calls this the "golden" chain.
The Brahmarandhra point is a place of complete self-mastery. All siddhis are available to the soul here. The one who has transcended and returned to this point, lives in a selfless space. Their actions are completely aligned with that of God or Higher Self. When ordinary (unenlightened souls) leave the physical body, they exit through the swaha point of manipura chakra. When souls with some degree of enlightenment leave the physical body, they exit through one of the chakras below the brow chakra. When souls who have become ascended masters come back to the physical body only to be selfless Teachers living in complete surrender/humility to the Divine, they exit through brow chakra. When their job is done, after so many lifetimes as a Teacher, they exit through the Brahmarandhra chakra never to return in a physical body. This is the philosophy I have learned.
According to Paramahansa Yogananda's writings, the Brahmanandhra chakra is the cerebrospinal brain of the causal body through which only the most enlightened beings exit at "death" (mahasamadhi):
"When the yogi retires his life force and processes of consciousness through the brahmanadi, he sees, from that point of divine origin, wondrous phenomena. He is warned not to be attached to them (as any form of attachment forces the yogi to come down again to the sensory surface of the body). He should bypass the miraculous phenomena until he reaches the Universal Essence."
Paramahansa Yogananda, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita, vii. v6-10
Where enlightened people go astray is when they attain the level of enlightenment at brahmarandhra chakra but remain there, not surrendering their "I", so they are still pulled by selfish desires below the crown chakra.
To summarize: Abhijit, Krishna's nakshatra, corresponds to the Brahmarandhra Chakra (GV20), a point at the top of the head, also called Nirvana in Buddhism. This chakra is connected at the top of the brahma-nadi, where 100 yang (pingala) channels converge but, according to Paramahansa Yogananda, it is actually the "brain" of the causal body "cerebrospinal axis" of brahmanadi of the causal body.
These are likely the "100 physicians" associated with Satabhisha nakshatra. The Brahmarandhra chakra leads to the Guru Chakra which leads to the Sahasrara, so it makes sense that Satabhisha, the nakshatra of the Guru, is associated with it.
|Brahmarandhra Chakra iconography from |
Layayoga: The Definitive Guide to the Chakras and Kundalini
by Shyam Sundar Goswami
|The brow chakra system from Layayoga: The Definitive Guide to the Chakras and Kundalini by Shyam Sundar Goswami|
The Brahmanandhra is as far as the Governor Vessel goes so that suggests the limit of the Chandra's powers as Mind. This highlights for me the truth that mind cannot go into the transcendental space, because the transcendent is made of far finer stuff than thoughts, emotions and images. It cannot, for that is the space of Consciousness. Consciousness and mind are very different things. Consciousness is the root of everything. Mind is the Maya that emanates from it, the Shakti to the Siva. This is the tantric philosophy I have been taught. In meditation we seek to still the mind to get into that space of Consciousness, that space beyond Brahmanandhra Chakra, and then, a higher goal still, to come back, as loving free beings.
Taoist neidanMantak Chia calls this point the Taoist sacred peak/mountain #18 Muddy Pill centre of the crown (because the soft spot on top of the head feels like soft mud when its open when we are newborn - and it bursts open for the transcended yogi in mahasamadhi). This point connects Big Dipper points in the astral body to the Hypothalamus Gland. This center functions as a two-way street meaning that you can project your energy (soul or spirit) upward or you can receive the energy flowing downward - connecting with the Cosmic "I" or Self of the crown chakra.
|See my post on GV11 (link)|
|One of Mantak Chia's diagram showing the link between the GV20 point, the Big Dipper and Planets (as Elements)|
Abhijit in Vedic Astrology is situated in Capricorn and therefore linked to the 10th house. The 10th house represents the pinnacle of ego's attainment in community. It is the high noon hour, when the Sun-Ego is highest in the sky. Ego is the "I" maker. This makes perfect sense to me.
Abhijit is Vega, the pole star from 12,000 years ago. You can read all about different cultures' astrological ideas Vega on this amazingly researched site: Constellations Of Words (link here).
In Taoist Neidan it is an important point associated with the experience of the crown chakra during meditation is represented in the mind as the Big Dipper (pointing to Vega and the pole star of today). He has posted all kinds of slides and explanations online (link).
It is the highest point that the mind can reach. It is the full moon place.
Chinese Lunar General 軫 Zhen
GV20 軫 Zhen "The Cross-piece of a Chariot" [Abhijit]
[to be continued]
*It's easy to be deluded by linear thinking. In reality our existence is beyond time and space realities. But we are also able to experience transcendence whilst simultaneously living in a physical body, so while a part of us is living somewhere that is nowhere, another part of us is remaining grounded in the physical body - and it is feeling the effects of our transcendental experience. When a physical body is cast off and the soul transitions out of this experience, it takes the chakras with it in a subtle field of many dimensions. And in finer forms of expression the chakras shrink back into the soul until it manifests as a tiny point. This why we see souls manifesting in photographs as orbs of light. The chakras are not stretching out. That stretching happens when the soul is attaching itself to a bodily form. We all experience this disembodied soul when we have dreams in sleep. Think about it!