SELF-INITIATION OF MANTRAS

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mantra Initiation (dīkṣā paddhati) - śrī dakṣiṇāmūrtī ( श्री दक्षिणामूर्ती ) invocation and other essentials.

 

As much as possible, one must try and obtain a guru, to guide with mantras and properly initiate the devotee or sādhakā. But often, we are faced with a situation, where we cannot find an appropriate guru to guide us. In such situations, one can go ahead and initiate themselves. The procedure to initiate, as well as guidance from the śāstras or scriptures, is provided below.

One must note that all mantras are not suitable. Care and caution must be exercised in this aspect. It is best to check the suitability, before venturing into the mantra japa.

gurorabhāve mantrāṇāṃ grahaṇa krama mucyate

kṛṣṇapakṣe trayodaśyāṃ dakṣiṇāmūrti sannidhe

गुरोरभावे मन्त्राणां ग्रहण क्रम मुच्यते

कृष्णपक्षे त्रयोदश्यां दक्षिणामूर्ति सन्निधे॥

labhitvā rājate pātre tālapatre'dhavāpunaḥ

mantraṃ tatstaṃḍile stāpya pūjaitvā maheśvaram

लभित्वा राजते पात्रे तालपत्रेऽधवापुनः

मन्त्रं तत्स्तंडिले स्ताप्य पूजैत्वा महेश्वरम्॥

pāyasādi nivedyaṃ ca kṛtvā taṃpraṇi patyaca

śatākṛtaḥ paṭhenmantraṃ dakṣiṇāmūrti sannidhau

sarveṣāṃcaiva mantrāṇāmevaṃ grahāṇa miṣyate

पायसादि निवेद्यं कृत्वा तंप्रणि पत्यच

शताकृतः पठेन्मन्त्रं दक्षिणामूर्ति सन्निधौ

सर्वेषांचैव मन्त्राणामेवं ग्रहाण मिष्यते॥

āgama rahasyaṃ caturtha paṭhale (śloka 42-44)

आगम रहस्यं चतुर्थ पठले (श्लोक ४२-४४)

The above ślokas state that anyone interested in initiating himself, due to the non-availability of a proper guru, may do so on the 13th lunar day (trayodaśi) of the dark phase of the lunar cycle (kṛṣṇapakṣa). The devotee must visit a śiva temple and pray to Lord dakṣiṇāmūrti, who’s placed in the southern direction within the same temple. If the Lord dakṣiṇāmūrti idol is not present, then one can seek the idol of Lord śiva or nandi (the bull facing the śiva liga) and on a silver sheet, or if not available a brass sheet, or further a palm leaf or just a simple paper, write the mantra related to the mantra japa, that one wishes to perform. Place the sheet in front of the aforementioned idol and sincerely perform the puja or prayer to seek the guidance from the Lord, requesting Him to be the guru and praying for the success of the mantra japa. If a temple is not accessible, then one can pray to the idol or image of Lord dakṣiṇāmūrti also.

After this, offer pāyasam or rice pudding to the Lord as prasādam (offering) and then take back the mantra sheet previously placed in front of the idol, further offering a Namaste.

The mantra related to the mantra japa, must now be recited 100 times and with a final namaste or a sāṣṭāṅga namaskāra (prostrate in front of the idol), one can depart from the temple.

The above procedure can be repeated by those who have a guru dīkṣā too. Choosing sage dakṣiṇāmūrti, an avatar of Lord śiva as a guru, is considered very auspicious for mantra sādhana.

There is another siddha guru mantra, that can be repeated by those who wish to do so. This mantra can be repeated on a daily basis before and after the regular mantra japa. One japa mala is sufficient or a few repetitions are also good, if one is short of time. This siddha guru mantra is said to invoke the grace of gurus who are very powerful and in their astral bodies, roaming around the Earth blessing sincere sādhakās.

     oṃ hrīṃ siddhaguro prasīda hrīṃ oṃ

     ॐ ह्रीं सिद्धगुरो प्रसीद ह्रीं ॐ

Meaning of Mantra :-   

makāraṃ mananaṃ prāhustrakārastrāṇa ucchyate।

manana trāṇa saṃyukto maṃtra ityabhidhīyate॥

मकारं मननं प्राहुस्त्रकारस्त्राण उच्छ्यते।

मनन त्राण संयुक्तो मंत्र इत्यभिधीयते॥

“Manana” means deep contemplation. “tra” means protection. One that protects the sādhaka from all kinds of hardship, is “mantra”.  One who has complete faith in the mantra and does deep contemplation/japa with the mantra, will surely derive benefits from it.

Meaning of Japa :-

 jakāro janmavicchedaḥ pakāraḥ pāpanāśakaḥ।

janmapāpa vināśitvā jjapa ityabhidhīyate॥

जकारो जन्मविच्छेदः पकारः पापनाशकः।

जन्मपाप विनाशित्वा ज्जप इत्यभिधीयते॥

“ja” in the śloka denotes, “that which prevents janma or life, from reoccurring (reincarnation) again and again, due to the karmas.”

“pa” in the śloka denotes, “that which dissipates pāpa or sins and burns all the karmas.”

“japa”, therefore helps in burning all the karmas and in turn helps us achieve liberation in this lifetime itself.

puraścaraṇa ( पुरश्चरण ) :-

puraścaraṇa is nothing but the prescribed process of mantra japa.

 

 pañcāṅgopāsane neṣṭadevatā prītidānaḥ

purascarati bhaktasya tatpuraścaraṇaṃ priye

पञ्चाङ्गोपासने नेष्टदेवता प्रीतिदानः।

पुरस्चरति भक्तस्य तत्पुरश्चरणं प्रिये॥

A body that has no prāṇa or consciousness, is useless for accomplishing any tasks. Similarly, a mantra japa does not become siddhi or fruitful, if the puraścaraṇa process involving the five procedures such as mantra japa, homa, tarpaṇa, mārjana and bhojana are not completed as per the prescribed format.

More details on puraścaraṇa are available here.

Mantra – Deity – Guru Relationship :-

It is said that the mantra and the deity are one and the same. Likewise, the guru who provides the mantra, may help us reach the Guru or the Universal Consciousness or SELF. One must treat all three as the same and offer our reverence to them.

śloka:  yadhāghaṭaśca kalaśaḥ kuṃbhaścaikārdha vācakāḥ

             tadhā mantro devatā ca guruścaikārdha vācakāḥ

श्लोक:  यधाघटश्च कलशः कुंभश्चैकार्ध वाचकाः।

       तधा मन्त्रो देवता च गुरुश्चैकार्ध वाचकाः॥

śloka:  yadhādevī tathāmantre yathāmantre tathāgurau

            yathāgurau tathā smātmānyevaṃ bhaktikramaḥ smṛtaḥ

श्लोक:  यधादेवी तथामन्त्रे यथामन्त्रे तथागुरौ।

       यथागुरौ तथा स्मात्मान्येवं भक्तिक्रमः स्मृतः॥

Just the way ghaṭa, kalaśa and kuṃbha come to represent the same entity, a water pot, Similarly, mantra-deity-guru represent the same and must be treated as Guru or Self.

One who reveres the deity must have the same faith towards the mantra and the guru, to obtain success at the earliest.

The guru represented here need not be a physical person. One can choose the Guru or the Universal Self to be their guru, if they cannot find a suitable guru.

Muhūrta ( मुहूर्त ) Timing:-

 In general, One must get a proper time to get the initiation, based on their birth horoscope and the general timing of the day, that could be suitable for them. An astrologer or the guru himself might find the suitable timing for the initiation. There are jyotish software, that can also help find the appropriate muhūrta or auspicious time, for the mantra initiation.

Some mantras do not require any specific time and can be initiated at the discretion of the guru or can be self-initiated.

Place of worship for japa sādhana :-

The below śloka from śāradā tilakaṃ tells us that, any secluded place such as mountains, caves, river fronts or sea beaches or parks or temples or wherever there’s seclusion without any disturbance from people, would be an ideal location for mantra japa sādhana. If no such place is available, then our home itself is suitable for this purpose. We just need the privacy and a calm environment to continue with the japa.

puṇyakṣetraṃ nadītīraṃ guhā parvata mastakaṃ

tīrtha pradeśā ssindhūnāṃ sangamaḥ pāvanaṃ vanaṃ

udyānāni viviktāni bilvamūlaṃ taṭam gireḥ

devatāyatanaṃkūlaṃ samudrasya nijaṃ gṛhaṃ

sādhakeṣu praśastyante sthānānyetāni mantriṇaṃ

-- (śāradā tilakaṃ)

 

पुण्यक्षेत्रं नदीतीरं गुहा पर्वत मस्तकं।

तीर्थ प्रदेशा स्सिन्धूनां सन्गमः पावनं वनं।

उद्यानानि विविक्तानि बिल्वमूलं तटम् गिरेः।

देवतायतनंकूलं समुद्रस्य निजं गृहं।

साधकेषु प्रशस्त्यन्ते स्थानान्येतानि मन्त्रिणं॥

 -- (शारदा तिलकं)

Preliminaries or aṅgās for Japa :-

The following have been identified as aṅgās or pre-requisites for a japa sādhana. Out of the below 10, a sādhakā or devotee, must strive to perform as many as possible, for obtaining best results.

 

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

1

bhūśuddhi

भूशुद्धि

2

kūrmacakralekhanaṃ

कूर्मचक्रलेखनं

3

āsanaparikalpanaṃ

आसनपरिकल्पनं

4

śikhābandhanaṃ

शिखाबन्धनं

5

bhūtaśuddhi

भूतशुद्धि

6

diśādigbandhanaṃ

दिशादिग्बन्धनं

7

ṣaḍaṅga nyāsaṃ

षडङ्ग न्यासं

8

prāṇapratiṣṭha

प्राणप्रतिष्ठ

9

bahirmātṛkā nyāsaṃ

बहिर्मातृका न्यासं

10

antarmātṛkā nyāsaṃ

अन्तर्मातृका न्यासं

 

A few important ones are being presented here. Please note that prāṇapratiṣṭha can be done through the ṣoḍaśopacāra pūjā as well.

Bhūśuddhi ( भूशुद्धि ) :-

The sādhakā must pray to his guru and Lord gaṇeśa and then clean the place he has chosen for performing the mantra japa. This place can be cleaned using the darbhā grass or any other long stalk grass that may be available, if not just clean with any device or cleaning mop that may be available. Then recite the following ślokas and mantras. Some unbroken rice or akṣatās can be sprinkled on the floor after the recitation of each śloka and mantra.

śloka:-     viṣṇuśakti samutpanne śaṃkhavarṇa mahītale

    anekaratna sampanne śrī bhūdevī namostute

श्लोक:-  विष्णुशक्ति समुत्पन्ने शंखवर्ण महीतले।

    अनेकरत्न सम्पन्ने श्री भूदेवी नमोस्तुते॥

Bhūgāyatrī mantra ( भूगायत्री मन्त्र ) :-

The gāyatri mantra to appease the Earth goddess bhūdevi is below. It should be repeated 10 times. :-

oṃ dhanurdharāyai vidmahe

sarvasiddhyaica dhīmahi

tanno dharāḥ pracodayāt

ॐ धनुर्धरायै विद्महे।

सर्वसिद्ध्यैच धीमहि।

तन्नो धराः प्रचोदयात्॥

Now recite the mūla mantra that one is initiated into, and sprinkle some water and using the darbha grass or equivalent substitute, strike the ground uttering the mantra huṃ phaṭ ( हुं फट् ).

 Now recite the following śloka:-

śloka: āpasarpantu ye bhūtāḥ yebhūtāḥ bhūmisaṃsthitāḥ

            ye bhūtā vighna kartāraḥ te naśyaṃtu śivājñayāḥ

श्लोक: आपसर्पन्तु ये भूताः येभूताः भूमिसंस्थिताः।

      ये भूता विघ्न कर्तारः ते नश्यंतु शिवाज्ञयाः॥

After this, sprinkle some unbroken rice or akṣatās on the floor.

kūrmacakraṃ ( कूर्मचक्रं )

The kūrma cakra shown below, can be drawn on the floor, where the mantra japa is to be performed. Alternately, one can print the kūrma cakra and place it under the āsana or seat, that one would sit on, during the mantra japa. 

Upon the kūrma cakra, Place some unbroken rice or akṣatās during and after reciting the below mantras. They can be placed after the recitation of each individual mantra. This is to activate the kūrma cakra and gain the blessings for a fruitful mantra japa.

 

S.no.

IAST

Devanagari

1

oṃ kūrmāya namaḥ

ॐ कूर्माय नमः

2

oṃ anantāya namaḥ

ॐ अनन्ताय नमः

3

oṃ varāhāya namaḥ

ॐ वराहाय नमः

4

oṃ pṛthivyai namaḥ

ॐ पृथिव्यै नमः

5

oṃ sudhārṇavāya namaḥ

ॐ सुधार्णवाय नमः

6

oṃ navaratnadvīpāya namaḥ

ॐ नवरत्नद्वीपाय नमः

7

oṃ svarṇaśailāya namaḥ

ॐ स्वर्णशैलाय नमः

8

oṃ nandanavanāya namaḥ

ॐ नन्दनवनाय नमः

9

oṃ kalpavṛkṣebhyo namaḥ

ॐ कल्पवृक्षेभ्यो नमः

10

oṃ ratnabhūmikāyai namaḥ

ॐ रत्नभूमिकायै नमः

11

oṃ svarṇaprākārāya namaḥ

ॐ स्वर्णप्राकाराय नमः

12

oṃ ratnamaṇḍapāya namaḥ

ॐ रत्नमण्डपाय नमः

13

oṃ svarṇavedikāyai namaḥ

ॐ स्वर्णवेदिकायै नमः

 

Āsana ( आसन ) :-

ātmasiddhi pradānaśca sarvaroga nivāraṇāt

navasiddhi pradānāśca āsanaṃ parikīrtanaṃ

आत्मसिद्धि प्रदानश्च सर्वरोग निवारणात्।

नवसिद्धि प्रदानाश्च आसनं परिकीर्तनं॥

The letter ‘ā’ means that which provides the essence of the self or ātma.

Similarly, ‘sa’ means that which rids us of all diseases and conditions or rogas.

And finally, ‘na’ means that which provides the 9 siddhis or magical rites.

In short, the āsana, which literally is the seat upon which the mantra japa is performed, is regarded as that which can rid of all diseases and fulfill all our wishes and may even provide us the secret siddhis.

kuśāsane mantrasiddhirnātra kāryā vicāraṇā

कुशासने मन्त्रसिद्धिर्नात्र कार्या विचारणा

The above statement tells us, that the kuśā or darbhā grass mat, is best suited to get mantra siddhi. It is to be noted, that in general, a red color woolen cloth is preferred for all wishes. A yello color cloth may be used to obtain victories. Black is generally preferred to cause destruction of enemies.

A woolen cloth may be placed over the kuśā mat

āsana mantraṃ ( आसन मन्त्रं ) :-

After sitting on the āsana, the following mantras should be repeated in the respective geographic corners.

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

Direction

1

gaṃ gaṇapataye namaḥ

गं गणपतये नमः

SE

2

duṃ durgāye namaḥ

दुं दुर्गाये नमः

NW

3

saṃ sarasvatyai namaḥ

सं सरस्वत्यै नमः

SW

4

kśaṃ kṣetrapālakāya namaḥ

क्शं क्षेत्रपालकाय नमः

NE

 

Shower some unbroken rice or akṣatās, as well as flowers on and around the āsana.

Japa recitation method :-

Mantra japa can be performed with verbal chanting or with a very low voice with lip movement or simply in the mind. The latter, is considered the best. The mind needs to be calmed before the mantra japa begins. The alternate nostril breathing or nāḍī śodhana ( नाडी शोधन ) praṇāyāma, must be practiced at least 3 times prior to the start of the mantra japa. The mantra alignment discussed here must be followed as well, for best results.

akṣarākṣara saṃyuktaṃ japenmauktika paṃktivat

अक्षराक्षर संयुक्तं जपेन्मौक्तिक पंक्तिवत्

The above quote states that one must recite the mantra with each letter or akṣarā, pronounced correctly appearing like a pearl necklace. There are no silent letters and all letters should be pronounced in a similar manner. The japa should not be very slow nor very fast, it should be normal and the speed should be in synchronization with the mind.

satyenāpi na bhāṣeta japahomārcanādiṣu

anyathānuṣṭhitaṃ sarvaṃ bhavatyeva nirardhakaṃ

सत्येनापि न भाषेत जपहोमार्चनादिषु।

अन्यथानुष्ठितं सर्वं भवत्येव निरर्धकं॥

The above śloka tells us NOT to get into conversations during pūjas, homas or mantra japas. Doing so, will invalidate the task and we may have to repeat it again. Utmost care must be taken to also prevent thoughts from disrupting the japa as well. This is the reason for the praṇāyāma. Initially, it will be very difficult, but after due course of time, more stability can be expected and the quality of japa will improve.

digbandhanaṃ  ( दिग्बन्धनं ) :-

Mix some unbroken rice or akṣatās with kumkum or any red color powder, to make the combination red in color. Then recite the following śloka and the mantra and sprinkle the combination, all around ourselves.

śloka    sudharśanasya  mantreṇa diśābandhanaṃ samācaret

                  bhūtaśuddhiṃ tataḥ kṛtyā prāṇasthāpana mācaret

श्लोक ॥     सुधर्शनस्य  मन्त्रेण दिशाबन्धनं समाचरेत्।

                     भूतशुद्धिं ततः कृत्या प्राणस्थापन माचरेत्॥

 

mantraoṃ namo bhagavate mahācakrarājāya sahasrārāya sarva diśobandha, bhūtāṃ

               stāḍaya

    rākṣasānmāraya, sahasrāra huṃphaṭ kroṃ raṃ svāhā

मन्त्र॥      ॐ नमो भगवते महाचक्रराजाय सहस्राराय सर्व दिशोबन्ध, भूतां स्ताडय।

                  राक्षसान्मारय, सहस्रार हुंफट् क्रों रं स्वाहा॥

japa saṃkalpaṃ ( जप संकल्पं )

This process is for taking the oath to perform the puraścaraṇa. First perform ācamana with the following 3 mantras.

S.no.

IAST

Devanāgari

1

oṃ keśavāya svāhā 

ॐ केशवाय स्वाहा

2

oṃ narāyaṇāya svāhā

ॐ नरायणाय स्वाहा

3

oṃ mādhavāya svāhā

ॐ माधवाय स्वाहा

 

Now recite the below śloka substituting the country name and the current location for ‘deśe’, the current year for ‘samvatsare’, phase of the year for ‘āyane’, season for ‘ṛtau’, month for ‘māse’, phase of the moon for ‘pakṣe’, the lunar day for ‘tithau’, day of the week for ‘vāsare’ and the star constellation of the day for ‘nakṣatre’. The gotra can be said, if known and the name of the devotee itself for ‘ahaṃ’ and the name of the deity to which the mantra is being recited for, for ‘devatā’.

mama upātta samasta duritakṣaya dvārā śrī mahāviṣṇo rājñayā pravartamānasya ādya brahmaṇaḥ dvitīyapadhārthe śvetavarāhakalpe vaivasvata manvantare kaliyuge pradhamapāde ---- deśe  bhagavat sannidhau asmin vartamāna vyavahārika candramānena ---- samvatsare ---- āyane ---- ṛtau ---- māse ---- pakṣe ---- tithau ---- vāsare ---- nakṣatre śubhayoge śubhakaraṇe evaṃ guṇa viśeṣaṇa viśiṣṭāyāṃ ---- gotrodbhavasya ---- ahaṃ ---- devatā prītyardhaṃ puraścaraṇa pūrvaka śrī ---- devatā japaṃ kariṣye

मम उपात्त समस्त दुरितक्षय द्वारा श्री महाविष्णो राज्ञया प्रवर्तमानस्य आद्य ब्रह्मणः द्वितीयपधार्थे श्वेतवराहकल्पे वैवस्वत मन्वन्तरे कलियुगे प्रधमपादे ---- देशे  भगवत् सन्निधौ अस्मिन् वर्तमान व्यवहारिक चन्द्रमानेन ---- सम्वत्सरे ---- आयने ---- ऋतौ ---- मासे ---- पक्षे ---- तिथौ ---- वासरे ---- नक्षत्रे शुभयोगे शुभकरणे एवं गुण विशेषण विशिष्टायां ---- गोत्रोद्भवस्य ---- अहं ---- देवता प्रीत्यर्धं पुरश्चरण पूर्वक श्री ---- देवता जपं करिष्ये

After the saṃkalpa, the following prayer to Lord gaṇeśa and the guru must be made, to prevent any obstacles to the mantra japa.

śrī gaṇapati prārthana ( श्री गणपति प्रार्थन ) :-

vakratuṇḍa mahākāya koṭisūrya samaprabhā

nirvighnaṃ kuru me deva sarva kāryeṣu sarvadā

वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय कोटिसूर्य समप्रभा।

निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्व कार्येषु सर्वदा॥

guru vandanaṃ ( गुरु वन्दनं ) :-

gururbrahma gururviṣṇuḥ gururdevo maheśvaraḥ

gurussākṣāt parabrahma tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ

गुरुर्ब्रह्म गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।

गुरुस्साक्षात् परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः॥

sampuṭīkaraṇa ( सम्पुटीकरण )

For those who are performing the initiation by themselves, some additional purification rituals may be needed for some special mantras.

In some cases if there’s any problem with the mantra and one wishes to reject it, they may do so by performing one mala of the mantra with the words pronounced in the reverse order. For example if the mantra ‘oṃ vakratuṇḍāya huṃ’ could be reversed as ‘huṃ vakratuṇḍāya oṃ’.

The reversing sequence when added to the mantra itself, is called sampuṭīkaraṇa and it can be employed in situations where the mantra is not suitable for the individual or if it’s causing some issues. After sampuṭīkaraṇa, the sādhakā or devotee can continue with the mantra japa.

This article is scripted by Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy. Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy. He can be contacted at  krishna@manblunder.com

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Sri Rudram - Introduction

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Śrī Rudram is considered as the heart of Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda, because Śrī Rudram occupies the central part of Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda. Out of entire Śrī Rudram, नमःशिवाय (namaḥśivāya), the Pañcākṣara mantra occupies the central point. Śrī Rudram is also known as Rudra Upaniṣad. It is called so because, recitation of Śrī Rudram removes our vāsanā-s (the impression of anything remaining unconsciously in the mind, the present consciousness of past perceptions), by imparting higher spiritual knowledge like Upaniṣad-s.  It is also said that gods are satiated if Śrī Rudram is chanted and hence it is also called Śatarudrīya, which means extolling one hundred ways of glorifying Rudra. If a tree is watered regularly, it grows with huge foliage. Similarly, if Śrī Rudram is chanted, all gods are pleased. Further, recitation of Śrī Rudram is considered as a remedy for all types of sins. References are available in certain Upaniṣad-s about Śrī Rudram.

Śrī Rudram is an exclusive gift of Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda and only selected verses are found in Rig Veda. It is also known as “namakam” as it contains number of नमः namaḥ. There are 11 stanzas (anuvāka – division or subdivision of Vedas) in Śrī Rudram. These anuvāka-s are arranged in an order. In the first anuvāka is a prayer to an angry Rudra. Rudra is upset with those who did not obey His orders and in order to calm Him, prayers are offered to Him. Rudra becomes angry when adharma prevails over dharma. Anuvāka-s 2 to 9 praise Him with His glories. Most of the नमः namaḥ are used in these 8 anuvāka-s. In anuvāka 10, prayers are again offered to Him for material prosperity and spiritual upliftment. In anuvāka 11, prayers are offered to attendants of Rudra known as Rudragaṇa-s. There is 12th anuvāka, which is considered as part of 11th anuvāka.

Śrī Rudram is often chanted with Camakam, because entire benefit of Śrī Rudram is derived only if it is chanted with Camakam. There are five types of Śrī Rudra pārāyaṇa.

1. One recitation of Śrī Rudram followed by one recitation of 11 stanzas of Camakam (here also, 11th anuvāka has extension). This is called ordinary or general recitation.

2. One recitation of Śrī Rudram (all the 11 anuvāka-s) followed by first anuvāka of Camakam, again full recitation of Śrī Rudram followed by second anuvāka Camakam and so on. Thus, there will be 11 repetitions of Śrī Rudram. This is known as rudraikādaśinī  (रुद्रैकादशिनी).

3. If rudraikādaśinī is done 11 times, it is known as laghurudram.

4. If laghurudram is done 11 times, it is known as mahārudram.

5. If mahārudram is done 11 times (14,641 times), it is known as athirudram.

Why Rudra attains such an important place in Vedas? There are differences between Purāṇic Shiva and Vedic Rudra. Veda adores Rudra as “Mighty one of Heaven” He supplies force for our very existence. He does not like evil forces and sinners. Even Vedic sages and saints were afraid of Him as He at any cost upholds dharma. Maruts (storm gods referred in Vedas) are children of Rudra and they, in association with Agni (fire god) help us move forward in our quest of realising Brahman. In our spiritual quest, Rudra destroys all defects both in our outward and inward life. He is not only the destroyer of evil, but also heals. Such is the importance of Rudra. It is important that we understand His Glories as His Glories are beyond any logical explanation. For example, Śrī Rudram says that Rudra is a thief and lord of thieves, etc.

Honest attempt will be made in this series to interpret every verse of Śrī Rudram, though it is a difficult job.

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UCCHISTA GANAPATI SHODASHA UPACHARA PUJA - PART 1

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

PROLOGUE

Prior to the time of performing any major events, or at the time of festivals or any other joyous occasions, The ṣoḍaśa upacāra pūjā is performed for the chosen deity, to receive the grace and blessings. Sometimes, the pūjā is also performed to ward off any evil and cure diseases, as well as to prevent any undesirable outcomes.

Ṣoḍaśa means 16, upacāra represents articles or procedures or rituals and pūjā is worship. The chosen deity is primarily worshipped using the 16 procedures or rituals. These procedures or processes mimic our daily existence and in this context, they apply to inviting the deity to come and visit our home or the place of worship, ...Read More

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MINDFULNESS AND CONCENTRATIVE MEDITATION

Saturday, December 02, 2017

This article is authored by Dr. L. Gandhi Bhaskar Patrudu, MBBS, MD (Physiology), MA (Psychology), M.Sc (Biotechnology), Dip in Yoga. He is an Assistant professor of Physiology.

Recently I got some insights about the use of mindfulness and concentrative meditation in our daily lives.  In this article I want to share these insights.  In mindfulness there is some duality. You are centered on your true state (consciousness) and witness everything which is not you (emotions, thoughts etc). But in deep concentration or Samadhi there is no duality.  You lose awareness of ...Read More

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UCCHISHTA GANESHA SAHASRANAMA STOTRAM

Monday, October 09, 2017

This Ucchiṣṭa Gaṇeśa Sahasranāma Stotraṃ is translated into English with IAST font by Shri. Krishna Vallapareddy. This Sahasranāma is from Ucchista Gaṇeśa Kalpa related to Śrī Vidyā. He says, “According to Shiva, all that is needed is faith for reciting this Sahasranāma. No bath or any pūjā rituals necessary and can be recited anywhere, anytime. It removes negative forces and bestows great victory.”

Ucchiṣṭa Gaṇeśa Sahasranāma Stotraṃ

oṃ asya śrīmaducchiṣṭa gaṇeśa sahasranāma stotra maṃtrasya śrī bhairavaṛṣiḥ gāyatrī chaṃdaḥ śrīmahāgaṇapatirdevatā | gaṃ bījaṃ | hrīṃ śaktiḥ kurukuru kīlakaṃ |mama dharmārtha kāma mokṣa siddhyarthaṃ jape viniyogaḥ

oṃ hrīṃ śrīṃ klīṃ gaṇādhyakṣo glauṃ gaṃ gaṇapatirguṇī

guṇāḍhyo nirguṇogoptā gajavaktro vibhāvasuḥ II 1.

viśveśvaro vibhādīpto dīpano dhīvarodhanī

sadā śāṃto jagattrātā viśvāvarto vibhākaraḥ II 2

viśraṃbhī vijayovaidyo vārāṃ nidhiranuttamaḥ

aṇimāvibhavaḥ śreṣṭho jyeṣṭho gādhāprayo guruḥ II 3

sṛṣṭikartā jagadbhartā viśvabhartā jagannidhiḥ

patiḥ pīta vibhūṣāṃko raktākṣolohitāṃbaraḥ II 4

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SHIVA IN CONVERSATION WITH SHAKTI - AN OVERVIEW

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shakti: My Lord! You have taught me 64 tantras several yugas ago. The universe that you have created billions of years ago is undergoing constant changes. Is there anything you would like to teach me, which is more relevant to the present time period, I mean kālapuruṣa ………..

Shakti: Then what is the difference between mind and intellect?

Shiva: Mind is explained as “saṁkalpa-vikalpātmākaṁ manaḥ संकल्प-विकल्पात्माकं ...Read More

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GURUJI SPEAKS - AN OVERVIEW

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guru Pūrṇimā this year (2017) falls on July 08/09. Full moon tithi begins at 07.31 hours Indian Standard Time on July 08 and ends at 09.20 hours IST on July 09. Therefore, Guru pūrṇimā can be celebrated either on July 08th evening or July 09th morning before 09.20 hours IST.

A series of articles titled GURUJI SPEAKS have been published in the year 2013. Some snippets ...Read More

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SRI SUKTAM - Part 12 (Concluding Part)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In the original Khilasūkta, there are 29 verses, out of which we have discussed 16 verses so far. These 16 verses are the main part of Śrī Sūktam. Now the balance of 13 verses are being discussed. These verses do not form part of homa procedure of Śrī Sūktam.

पद्मानने पद्मविपद्मपत्रे पद्मदलायदाक्षि।

विश्वप्रिये विष्णुमनोनुकूले ...Read More

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AVADHŪTA GĪTĀ - 7

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bhagavān Dattātreya continues:  

Upaniṣad-s explain how māyā projects objects as different things from Brahman (It is the māyā that makes us to think that the objects we see are real and different from Brahman; the fact is that everything is Brahman, hence It is called Omnipresent or all pervasive). Brahman is not divisible (hence omnipresent) and hence, there cannot be any comparison for a non-dual Brahman (comparison is possible only if more than one object is present). It is free from actions ...Read More

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PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS - 10

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Samādhi is attained through the mind that is free from all kinds of thought processes or desires. If the mind has traces of thought processes or desires, they will disturb samādhi after sometime. First ten or fifteen minutes of samādhi is important. Thoughts, if any, compromise the quality of samādhi during this time. (Different types of samādhi-s are discussed in GURUJI SPEAKS). Patañjali speaks about dharmamegha samādhi ...Read More

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Ashwatthama – The Saptarishi of 8th Manvantara

Sunday, July 30, 2017

(This article is published by Santosh Kumar Raja)

In Indian mythology, I think there is no other name that evokes more curiosity, mystery and mixed feelings than that of Ashwatthama. If you punch in “Ashwatthama” in google or any other search engine, you will get umpteen sites, videos, TV channel programs and legends about Ashwatthama each describing a different aspect. But ...Read More

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DAKSHINA KALI MANTRA JAPA

Friday, December 23, 2016

Śrī Dakṣiṇakālī Mahā Mantraḥ || श्री दक्षिणकाली महा मन्त्रः॥

1. Ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ ऋष्यादि न्यासः

अस्य श्री दक्षिणकाली महामन्त्रस्य। भैरव ऋषिः। उष्णिक् छन्दः। दक्षिणकालिका देवता॥

asya śrī dakṣiṇakālī mahāmantrasya | bhairava ṛṣiḥ । (open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead | uṣṇik chandaḥ (right palm on the mouth) । dakṣiṇakālikā devatā || (right palm on the heart ...Read More

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Theory And Practice of Kundalini Meditation - Introduction

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kuṇḍalinī is not just a force, but Parāśakti Herself in Her subtlest form. It is one of the quickest methods to liberation. Even without practicing kuṇḍalinī, She ascends to higher chakras depending upon one’s level of love (the highest form of devotion) for Her. Ascension of kuṇḍalinī is directly related to the purity level of one’s mind. Yoga Cūḍāmaṇi Upaniṣad talks abou90t the importance of kuṇḍalinī. Verse 37 says, “Kuṇḍalinī rests in the passage of Brahman. If one goes through this passage, Brahman is attained.” Passage of Brahman that is referred here ...Read More

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Maha Shodashi Mantra Explained

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mahāṣoḍaśī mantra is formulated like this.

First line:  om - śrīṁ - hrīṁ - klīṁ - aiṁ - sauḥ (ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौः)

Place śrī bīja, then place māyā bīja, then kāma bīja, then vāgbhava bīja and finally parā bīja. Thus the first line of this mantra is formed.

There is a common doubt whether to include ॐ in the beginning or not. Any mantra should start with ॐ. Kulārṇava Tantra (XV.57) says that not beginning a mantra without ॐ causes impurity of birth. Further, Chāndogya Upaniṣad begins by saying “om iti etat akṣaram udgītham upāsīta ॐ इति ...Read More

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ATMA BODHA - THE EPILOGUE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Śaṃkarācārya who had authored many works on dvaita or dualism such as Saundaryalaharī, etc. had also authored Supreme Advaita Scriptures or non-dualistic Scriptures like Ātmabodhaḥ, Tattvabodhaḥ, Vivekacūḍamaṇi, etc. What is the need for Śaṃkarācārya to author both dualistic and non-dualistic Scriptures? He was a loka Guru (Guru for the world) and he had the dual responsibility of developing bhakti (devotion) and at the same time, leading elevated souls to the path of ...Read More

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Will You Come Back Guruji - Part 1

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Part 1

Guruji in the horizon is a short story about a rustic boy ultimately transforming into a Spiritual Guru. The story will be published as a series, containing a number of parts. Here is part 1:

It is yet another day.  I always like the dawn - the creeks of birds, misty leaves and the redness of the dawn. Red stands for compassion.  I used to wonder how the sun being so red at the time of dawn gradually turns white.  I live near river Cauvery. It is good to walk on the sandy river bed.  The tiny sand grains acupressure my feet and I used to enjoy this.  The river was flowing with the rustic sound that changes every minute.  In ...Read More

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SHIVA PANCHAKSHARI MANTRA JAPA

Saturday, December 17, 2016

श्री शिवपञ्चाक्षरी महामन्त्रः Śrī Śivapañcākṣarī Mahāmantraḥ

 1. Ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ ऋष्यादि न्यासः 

अस्य श्री शिवपञ्चाक्षरी महामन्त्रस्य। वामेदेव ऋषिः। पङ्क्तिछन्दः। सांबपरमेश्वरो देवता॥

asya śrī śivapañcākṣarī mahāmantrasya । Vāmedeva ṛṣiḥ|(open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead)| paṅktichandaḥ (right palm on the mouth)| sāṁbaparameśvaro ...Read More

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Spiritual Journey - 20

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Avadhūta and Paramahaṁsa are essentially jīvanmukta-s. After evolving into a jīvanmukta, one decides how he or she pursues his or her life, till he or she becomes videhamukta (mokṣa – after death). Only a yogi can evolve into a jīvanmukta. A perfect yogi is the one, who has realized the Self within. He is shaped into a yogi by his Guru, without whom, imparting higher spiritual knowledge and practice is not possible. All Advaita Scriptures ultimately convey that Brahman is within and what is within, pervades the entire universe. This essence is conveyed to his disciples by a Guru. There are hundreds of Scriptures in Advaita such as Upaniṣad-s, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, Pañcadaśi, etc. Each of these Scriptures reveal Brahman ...Read More

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ŚRĪ DURGĀ SAPTAŚLOKĪ

Saturday, December 03, 2016

श्री दुर्गा सप्तश्लोकी Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī

Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī consist of seven verses, which is considered as the essence of Śrī Durgā Saptaśatī, also known as Śrī Devī Māhātmyam consisting of 700 verses. It is said that Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī should be chanted daily, three times. It is also said that proper recitation of this removes, poverty, ailments, fear and mental afflictions.

ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवी भगवति हि सा।

बलादाकृष्य मोहाय ...Read More

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MANTRA RĀJA PADA STOTRAM

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

श्री मन्त्रराज पद स्तोत्रम्॥ Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram ||

Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram is one of the powerful mantras. It cures serious diseases and ailments. It also gives knowledge, wealth and all types of auspiciousness. It is said that this hymn should be recited, first with mantra rāja mantra which is given below (commencing with om ugraṁ vīraṁ mahāviṣṇuṁ).  There are highlighted words in each of the first ten verses. If we place these words one after another, we will get mantra rāja mantra. There are eleven verses in this hymn and one verse for phalaśruti. There is a YouTube clipping at the end of this article for correct ...Read More

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Kundalini Meditation - Video (for Turiya and Turyatita Stages of Meditation)

Friday, August 01, 2014

This audio is on kundalini meditation for turiya and turyātīta stages. Duration of this audio is 30 minutes. 

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Mahaganpati Mantra Japa

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mahaganapati Mantra Japa

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Chakra Cleansing and Energisation

Monday, June 13, 2016

This is another audio in YouTube for cleansing and energising psychic chakras. Duration of this audio is 15 minutes. This is different from YouTube audio uploaded for kundalini meditation which includes turya and turyātītā stages. This audio is meant for practicing cleansing and energizing chakras.

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