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In the book "Autobiography of an Avadoota by Avadhoota Nadananda", author says Kailasa (mountain) literally means Sahasrara (7th Chakra which has 1000 petals and hence the name).

As per Kundalini Yoga, Sahasrara is seat of SadaShiva and when Kundalini shakti (goddess Shakti metaphorically) unites with Sadashiva in Sahasrara, which is called as Shiva- Shakti union, Yogi attains Kaivalya (liberation).

This is what author says in his book:

My mind was questioning the idea of Shiva actually residing in Kailash. To me, Shiva is not a form but pure consciousness. ‘Kailash’ literally means Sahasrara. I wondered of my mind that was eager to search for Shiva externally; but is not Shiva in the form of pure consciousness already dwelling in everyone’s body in their Sahasrara? Instead of this external journey towards Bhukailas or earthly Kailash, I felt that I should instead have traveled to the Kailash within me. To reach Shiva means to attain the pure consciousness level, which will give the realization of ‘what I am’ or the ‘theory of existence’. I had read in books that this state was known as ‘Turiya’

But according to Shakteya theory, the journey does not end there. One has to travel one more step to reach Shakti or ‘Turiyateeta’ or ‘being’. This is known as awareness, when you experience the practical existence. In scientific terms, Shakti is energy. The oneness of these two: theory and practical, Shiva and Shakti, knowing and being, is termed Ardha-Nareeshwara, which is Advaita Siddhi.

Since man is macrocosm whatever present in Universe is present in him metaphorically. For example, Yogic or esoteric meaning of Varanasi (Kashi) is given in this answer. So, there must be similar esoteric meaning of Kailasa. I have searched some Yoga Upanishads but couldn't find any correlation between Kailasa and Sahasrara.

My question is : What Scriptures describe correlation between earthly Kailasa and Sahasrara in Sukshma Sareera (subtle body)?

  • Kailash Chakra is present between Sahasrara and Ajna Chakra: "Above that is the Kailâs'a Chakra; over it is the Rodhinî Chikra. O One of good vows! Thus I have described to you all about the Âdhâra Chakras. The prominent Yogis say that above that again, is the Vindu Sthân, the seat of the Supreme Deity with thousand petals. O Best of Mountains! Thus I declare the best of the paths leading to Yoga." sacred-texts.com/hin/db/bk07ch35.htm – Tejaswee Oct 23 '17 at 14:07
  • @Tezz From Shakti perspective, beyond turia there exists Shakti. Maybe it is referring to some chakra of Supreme Shakti. You can post it as answer. – The Destroyer Oct 23 '17 at 14:15
  • yes, it maybe partial answer... but let's wait if someone can post more nice answer... – Tejaswee Oct 23 '17 at 14:16
  • Indeed, whatever exists on microcosm exists on macrocosm too, here's a good example in context to this question. Himavant & his daughter being parvati being metaphor to kundalini shakti & our spine. – Aoi. T_015 Dec 4 '18 at 12:27
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Well, that the SahsrAra Lotus is the abode of Lord Shiva-SadAshiva-Parashiva is mentioned in numerous Tantras and Agamas. And, by the Abode of Shiva, we only mean KailAsha.

I have the KulArnava Tantram book. While, commenting on 5.107 (which talks about the Shakti Pithas besides other things) of the aforementioned Text, the editor/translator quotes from YogAsAra Tantram as follows:

According to YogasAra Tantram MulAdhAra is KAmarupa Pitha, AnAhata Chakra is Purnagiri Pitha, Visuddhachakra is JAlandhara, AjnA Chakra is UddyAkhyA or the UddiyAna Pitha and SahasrAra is KailAsha.

In JyAna BhAshya Tantram, Lord Shiva discusses about Shatchakra Nirupuanam (determination of the six-chakras). While discussing the Ajna Chakra he says:

AjnAnAma bhruvor madhye chakrancha dvidal param |
Hakshya dvakshara samyuktam nirmalam sumanoharam ||
ItarAkhyAm mahAlingam tanmadhye kAnchanaprabham |
AjnA samkramanam tatra gurorAjyeti vishrutam ||
KailAsAkhyAm tadurdhe tu vodhini tu tadurdhatah |

.......

Between the eyebrows, there is two-petalled Supreme Chakra attached with the two letters Ha and Ksha. Within that Chakra lies the Great Linga called Itara whose brilliance matches that of gold. Here the transmission of Guru's orders (AjnA) takes place, hence the name. Above this Chakra lies the KailAsha (the 2nd Bindu), and above KailAsha lies the Vodhini Shakti.

Commentary on Vodhni Shakti is as follows:

Above Ajna Chakra lies Shiva-Swarupa 2nd Bindu (KailAsha). Above which lies half-mAtrA-kArA (unable to translate mAtrA) Vodhni Shakti; Above which lies the half-moon (crescent)-shaped NAda which is Shiva-Shakti combined. Above that is present AjnirupA VyApikA Shakti; above that Samani and even above lies the Unmani- These seven KAran Rupa are present in that order. Bindu, Vodhini, NAda--- These three are forms Bindumaya ParAshakti.

Then, while discussing the SahsrAra Chakra, he says:

SahasrAram mahApadmam nAdabindu samnvitam |
Shunya rupah Shivah sAkshAd vrittam parama kundali ||
SArddha trivalayAkArA koti vidyut samaprabhA ||

.................

[Above Vodhini] exists the Great SahsrAra Lotus, which is comprised of NAda-Bindu. The void in this place is SAkshad Shiva (Shiva Himself) and the circle (Vritta) is Supreme MahAkundali, which embraces [Shiva] in three-and-half circles and which shines with an electrifying brilliance.

So, while the first few verses say that KailAsha is above AjnA, and the second few verses say that SahsrAra is also the abode of Shiva. So, there can be two KailAsha, Subtle-Gross or something like that.

Now, in YAmala Tantram too, Lord Shiva explains this Circle and the Void further:

Vrittam kundalini shaktir gunatraya samanvitA |
Shunyo bhAgo mahAdevi shivrupo maheswaraha ||
SarpakArA shivam veshtya sarvadA tatra samstithA ||
Shiva shakyAtmako bindur bhukti mukti phalapradAh |

..........

Hey MahAdevi- The Circle is the MahAkundalini Shakti which comprises the three Gunas. And the Void [in the thousand-petalled Lotus of the SahsrAra] is Shiva-Maheswara Himself. The snake-form Kundalini, embracing Shiva, is always present at this place. The Bindu, which is verily of the form of Shiva-Shakti, is the giver of both worldly pleasures and liberation . That Eternal Kundalini Devi when unites with the NAdarupa Shiva (Shiva who is of the form of NAda, Sound) becomes the Prakriti.

So, without doubt the SahsrAra is the abode of Lord Shiva.

The next block quote is from the Gandharva MAlikA Tantram, which explicitly mentions the abode of Shiva as the SahsrAra. Here the verses describe not only the Abode briefly but also tell us how to meditate upon Shiva (or SadAshiva) who presides over this Abode.

SahasrAram shivapuram ramyam dukkha vivarjitam |
sarvato halankritairdivyarnityapushpaphalaidrumaihi ||
SadAshivapuram ramyam kalpavriksham sushobhitam |
Pancha bhutAtmakam taccha guna traya samnvitam ||
Chaturveda chatuh shAkham nityapushpa phalAnvitam |

...........

The SahsrAra Lotus is the abode of Shiva. That place is pleasant, beautiful, devoid of sadness and is filled with beautiful fruits-flowers-full trees. The abode of SadAshiva is supremely pleasant. Here is present the Kalpavriksha which is of the form of the Trigunas as well as the form of the Pancha MahAbhutAs ( five elements; earth, fire etc). The four Vedas form the four branches of the Kalpa-Tree.

In the next few verses from the same Tantra, Lord Shiva teaches how to meditate upon Shiva who lives in the SahsrAra:

DhyAyet sadAshivam devam suddha sphatika sannibham ||
Bahu ratna samAkirnam dirghabAhum manoharam |
Sukha prasanna nayanam smerAsyam satatam priye ||
shravane kundalopetam ratna hArena shobhitam | ....
Ashtabahum trinayanam shivam padma dale kshanam |
PAdayor nupuram ramyam shabda brahma mayam vapuh ||
Evam sthuula pustasya bhAvayet kamalekshane |..

..............

Meditate upon the pure and the crystal-like-white SadAshiva thus- He is decked with ornaments made of varied and many precious stones. His arms are long and attractive. His eyes are happy and they are shining with bliss. On his face is present a pleasant smile. In ears he is wearing Kundalas. The body (neck) is decked with a precious stone-made necklace as well as with a garland which is made of thousand lotuses. His arms are eight in number; His three eyes are wide resembling the lotus-petals. The legs are decked with beautiful Nupuras. His body is of the form of Shabda-Brahman- Hey lotus-eyed one! Shiva and his gross body is to be meditated upon thus.

In Shakti MAheswra Tantram, Lord Shiva teaches Kundalini Yoga. And in that context he teaches how to move the MahAkundali upwards towards ShasrAra where lives SadAshiva.

Gacchanti brahmarandhrena bhittA granthim chaturdasha |
Shatchakra sandhi mArgena sushumnA vartmanA tathA ||
Hamsena manunA devim sahsrAram samAnayet ||
SadAshivo mahAdevo yatrAste parameswari ||
Tatra gatvA mahAdevi Kundali paradevatA |...

..........

Bring the Kundalini-Shakti, which is travelling up towards the Brahmarandhra, through the Sushumna channel, by piercing the 14 Granthis (14 Knots as explained below), by employing the Hamsa Mantra, to the SahsrAra Lotus. Where MahAdeva-SadAshiva resides...

Commentary on the 14 Granthis or Knots which the Yogi has to pierce through his SAdhana:

14 Knots- Three lingas (Swayambhu, BAna, Itara); ShatChakra; Pancha Shiva viz: BrahmA, Vishnu, Rudra, Iswara and SadAshiva)

Update:

Reason for the update is the fact the question was updated.

Well, what the Avadoota Yogi has realized by his practice is also supported in the scriptures.

For example, Lord Shiva says:

Shatchakram parameshAni sadAshivapuram samam |
Shaktipuram maheshAni sadAshivapuropari ||

......

The Shatchakra is the abode of SadAshiva. Above that SadAshivapura lies a similar Shaktipura-the Abode of Shakti.

So, what this verse says is that Lord SadAshiva presides over the Shatchakra. His abode itself is the Shatchakra. And, above that lies the Shaktipuram or the Abode of Shakti. Note that its also said that Shaktipura is similar to SadAshivapura.

Also, although Shat refers to six, by Shatchakra all the seven Chakras (from MulAdhAra to SahasrAra) are always implied, with the SahasrAra as the chief and controller of the lower Chakras.

So, upto SahasrAra is the Abode of Shiva, and above that lies the Abode of Shakti. I am not sure though which scriptures discuss the details of this Shaktipura.

Note: Since i am following all Sanskrit-Bengali books hence i sometimes find translating some of the words in the texts, in English troublesome. The Bengali translations, more often than not, simply leave the original Sanskrit in them since the same words are also used in Bengali. So, in order to find the most appropriate English words i have to consult a dictionary which becomes time consuming. That's why in my answers i often use Sanskrit as it is sometimes.

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    Good answer. In second verse, it is said Sakshat Shiva lies above kailasa chakra or Sahasrara. Where exactly moksha is obtained? In Sahasrara or above Sahasrara? Also, this is close to what author said in next passage which i will add tomorrow. – The Destroyer Oct 24 '17 at 18:33
  • It is stated the Bindu (which is Shiva+Shakti) is the giver of Moksha. And Bindu lies in the Sahasrara. Actually some of these concepts (of Yoga-Tantra) are difficult for me to understand. @TheDestroyer – Rickross Oct 25 '17 at 6:36

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