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Chapter 5: The Meeting of Sun and Moon

This sutra says: “Murdha jyotishi siddha darshanam”; the moment your consciousness meets with the sahasrar, you suddenly become available to the world beyond, to the world of the siddhas.

In yoga symbolism the muladhar, the sex center, is thought to be like a red lotus of four petals. The four petals represent four directions; redness represents heat, because it is the sun center. And the sahasrar is represented as a thousand-petaled lotus of all colors.a thousand petaled - sahasrar padma - a thousand-petaled lotus of all colors because it includes the whole. The sex center is only red. The sahasrar is a rainbow, all colors included, the totality included.

Ordinarily, the sahasrar, the one-thousand-petaled lotus, hangs downward in your head. Once the energy moves through it, the energy makes it upward. It is as if a lotus is hanging without energy, downward - just the very weight of it makes it hang downward - then energy rushes in it, makes it alive. It moves upward, opens to the beyond.

When this lotus moves upward and blooms, it is said in yoga scriptures, “It is as resplendent as ten million suns and ten million moons.” One moon and one sun meet in your being. That becomes the possibility of the meeting of ten million suns and ten million moons. You have found the key of the ultimate orgasm, where ten million moons meet ten million suns - ten million females meet ten million males. You can think of the ecstasy..

Shiva must have been in that ecstasy when he was found making love to his consort Devi. He must have been at the sahasrar. His lovemaking cannot be sexual; it cannot be from the muladhar. It must have been from the omega point of his being. That’s why he was completely oblivious of who was watching, who was standing; he was not in time, he was not in space. He was beyond time, beyond space. This is the goal of yoga, of tantra, of all spiritual effort.

The meeting of the male and female energy creates the possibility of the ultimate meeting of Shiva and Shakti, life and death. In this way Hindu gods are tremendously beautiful, and tremendously humane. Think of the Christian God - with no consort, with no woman. Looks a little rigid, looks a little alone, looks a little empty, looks a little too male-oriented, too sun-oriented, hard; no surprise if the Jewish and Christian concept of God is of a very terrible God.

Jews say, “Be afraid of God. Remember, he is not your uncle.” But Hindus say, “Don’t be worried, he is your mother.” Jews have created a very ferocious God, who is always ready to throw fire and thunder and destroy and kill. Just a small sin, maybe just an innocent sin, and he becomes terribly upset.seems to be almost neurotic.