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Sahasrara, which means 1000 petalled lotus, is generally
considered to be the chakra of pure consciousness, within
which there is neither object nor subject. When the female
kundalini Shakti energy rises to this point, it unites with the
male Shiva energy, and a state of liberating samadhi is attained.
Symbolized by a lotus with one thousand multi-coloured petals,
it is located either at the crown of the head, or above the
crown of the head. Sahasrara is represented by the colour white
and it involves such issues as inner wisdom and the death of the body.
Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to that of the
pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the
rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central
nervous system via the hypothalamus. According to author Gary
Osborn, the thalamus is thought to have a key role in the
physical basis of consciousness and is the 'Bridal Chamber'
mentioned in the Gnostic scriptures. Sahasrara's inner aspect
deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation,
mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and
emotional action with "beingness".
In Tibetan buddhism, the point at the crown of the head is
represented by a white circle, with 32 downward pointing
petals. It is of primary importance in the performance of phowa,
or consciousness projection after death, in order to obtain
rebirth in a Pure Land. Within this chakra is contained the White
drop, or Bodhicitta, which is the essence of masculine energy.