Sahasraradala padmam is described as a lotus flower with 1,000 petals. These petals are arranged in 20 layers, each layer with approximately 50 petals. Sahasraradala Padmam is considered sacred and should be drawn in Pooja rooms only and make sure no one steps on it.
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“The word Sahasradala-Padma denotes that this Chakra has 1000 petals: one thousand Yoga Nadis emanate from this centre.It should be noted that the Sahasrara does not belong to the body, and that it indicate a transcendent level. This Lotus has his head turned downward. within is the full Moon, it sheds its ray in profusion and is moist and cool like nectar. In this place it’s fulfilled the union (unmani) of Shiva and Shakti. Inside the Chandra-Mandala constantly shining is the Triangle and inside this, again, shines the great Void (Sunya , Bindu).Here is the Deva known to all as Parama-Shiva. He is the Brahaman and the Atma of all beings.Sahasrara is the abobe of Lord Shiva (the Visnaivas call it Parama Purusa; others call it the place of Hari-Hara; other sages call it the place of Prakriti-Purusa, others call it the abobe of Devi).This correspond to Satya Loka.
When Kundalini is united with Lord Shiva at the Sahasrara Chakra, the Yogi loses his individuality in the ocean of Sat-Chit-Ananda or the Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute and becomes one with the Lord or Supreme Soul.
The wise Yogi spaeks of it as the ineffable place of Liberation.
The Awkening of Kundalini Shakti
Kundalini in her pogress upwards, absorbs herself the twenty-four Tattwas commencing with the gross elements, and then unites Herself and become one with Parama Shiva. The nectar which flows from such union floods the Kshudrabrahmanda (human body). It is then that the Sadhaka forgetful of all in this world is immersed in ineffable bliss.
Thus Kundalini who has enjoyed Her union with Paramashiva, sets out on her return journey the way she came. As She passes through each of the Chakras all that She has absorbed there from come out from herself and take their several places in the Chakra. In this manner She again reaches the Muladhara Chakra.” The above infomation is from http://www.namaste.it/kundalini/kundalini_eng/saha.html
Steps to draw Sahasradala Padmam.
- Draw two concentric circles. Mark the centre and with a chalkpiece tied with a string draw two concentric circles by compass method . The same method we draw a circle with a compass in our geometry class.
- You can draw a freehand, still to start with it is advised to draw circles to guidance. Once you are fully confident you may draw a freehand Padmam.
Draw 8 cross lines as we draw for a eight petal flower kolam. First start with vertical and horizontal lines then draw lines in between the lines forming 8 lines. These lines should drawn within the inner circle.
Now divide the lines into 6 equal parts. First place the centre point (yellow colour dot) of the line, ie divide into two equal parts by placing a dot at the centre. Now again divide each part into two parts. So altogether there will be 5 dots.
In the same way, divide the inner circle into 6 equal parts. First divide into two equal parts and divide each part in to two which makes easier to divide into equal proportions.
Now join the lines parallel to the centre lines. Five such lines are created when you join the dots.
This is the complete image. The dots are joined in one direction with lines parallel to the horizontal line .
Now draw lines in parallel to the opposite main spike. Now diamond shapes are formed when two sides of the dots are joined with outer circle dots. Repeat the same in other segments too. When you complete all the eight segments, the centre forms a eight petalled lotus called as Astadala Padmam.
Now the outer petals. First join the lines ie the eight lines which was formed at the beginning with a petal shape/minaret or a curve ending at the second circle. Join all the lines with minarets.
Now divide the space in between the two curves into 6 equal parts. Now draw a minaret joining adjoining lines as shown in magenta colour dots. Now join 5 points to the adjacent points by minarets.
The below shows the joining method of the outer minarets. Join all the points to complete the kolam.