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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

MAHĀṢODAŚĪ MANTRA महाषोदशी मन्त्र MAHA SHODASHI MANTRA


All mantra-s are considered secretive in nature and Ṣodaśī is not an exception.  Recitation of Ṣodaśī leads to liberation.  This mantra does not give any materialistic gains.  It leads straight to the Brahman.  Normally, one is not initiated into this mantra straight away.  Guru decides the timing of initiation into this mantra.  Generally one is first initiated into Bālā.  Depending upon one’s progress, Pañcadaśī is initiated.  If Guru considers that his disciple is fit for final liberation, he initiates him into Ṣodaśī. One should recite 900,000 times of this mantra followed by puraścaraṇa rituals to attain siddhi. Puraścaraṇa is only for 100,000 recitations. Then only liberation is possible. It is also said that initiation into Ṣodaśī depends upon one’s karmic account. 
Ṣodaśī vidyā is considered as Brahma vidyā, knowledge of the Brahman.  Brahman is revealed in the form of mantra-s in Ṣodaśī vidyā. Since Ṣodaśī reveals the Brahman in the form of mantra-s, it is treated as highly secretive in nature.  But the important aspect of its secrecy is the replacement of second Om in this mantra with the aspirant’s ātma bīja.  The third aspect of the secrecy is the worship of ninth āvaraṇa of Śrī Cakrā that deals with parā, parāpara and apara states (these states have been dealt with while discussing nāma-s).  If one is able to reach the fourth stage of turya or turīya, he gets prepared to attain liberation in the next stage of turyātītaTurya is reached without any difficulty when Ṣodaśī mantra is mentally recited regularly.
(Turya and turyātīta: Turya is the fourth state of consciousness, the other three being active, dream and deep sleep. Turya stage transcends all the above three stages by bundling them out. The level of consciousness at turya stage is very close to the stage of blissfulness, derived from experiment and observation rather than theory. Turyātīta is the stage where one’s consciousness transcends turya stage.  In this stage of blissful consciousness, the Brahman is realised where one feels that “I am That” or aham brahmāsmi. The final stage of merging into the Brahman is kaivalya, when a soul ceases to transmigrate.}
In Pañcadaśī one can transcend the fourth state of consciousness, the turiya state.  In Ṣodaśī one can merge with the Brahman, by reaching the fifth state of consciousness, turyātīta. There is nothing beyond this.  What happens if one transcends turya state? The self is replaced by SELF.  This transformative realization happens in a fraction of a second where near death-like situation is experienced. One is not the same person after that ‘second’.
Ṣoḍaśī mantra is superior to Pañcadaśī.  oḍaśan means sixteen and ṣoḍaśaḥ means sixteenth.  Ṣoḍaśī mantra is derived by adding one more bīja to Pañcadaśī mantra.  In fact, Ṣoḍaśī mantra consists of twenty eight bīja-s and formed like this. The first Om is excluded for computation, as all the mantras begin with .
1. Om
2. śrīṁ - hrīṁ - klīṁ - aiṁ - sauḥ: श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौः (5 bīja-s)
3. om - hrīṁ - śrīṁ ह्रीं श्रीं (3 bīja-s)
4. ka – e - ī – la- hrīṁ ह्रीं (5 bīja-s)
5. ha - sa – ka – ha - la - hrīṁ ह्रीं (6 bīja-s)
6.  sa – ka - la - hrīṁ ह्रीं (4 bīja-s)
7. sauḥ - aiṁ - klīṁ -  hrīṁ - śrīṁ सौः ऐं क्लीं ह्रीं श्रीं (5 bīja-s)
If this mantra is observed, one can find lines 4, 5 and 6 are the Pañcadaśī mantra and each line representing one kūṭa of Pañcadaśī.  If lines 2 and 7 are observed, the bīja-s contained in the 2nd line are placed in the 7th line in reversed order.  For example, the last bīja in line two is sauḥ: and this is placed as the first bīja of the 7th line. This is called saṃpuṭikaraṇa or encasing of a mantra so that the power of mantra remains within the practitioner.
This mantra is known as Ṣoḍaśī because of sixteen bīja-s, each kalā (kalā means a part) representing a kalā of moon.  This is arrived at by adding Lakṣmī bīja śrīṁ (श्रीं) at the end of Pañcadaśī mantra.   These sixteen bīja-s are arrived at by considering each kūṭa of Pañcadaśī mantra as one bīja.  This way, lines 4, 5 and 6 are considered as one bīja each, thus forming three bīja-s.  The sixteen bīja-s are arrived by adding 5+3+1+1+1+5 (from line 2 to 7).  There are two in this mantra.  The first is not considered for calculation.  The second in line 3 is replaced by ātma bīja of the practitioner and this is decided by one’s guru.  Such a decision can be made by a guru if he is conversant with mantra-s and bīja-s.  A wrong bīja can destroy the practitioner. 
Ṣoḍaśī mantra is meant exclusively for liberation and those who seek liberation alone should be initiated in this mantraṢoḍaśī mantra is the ultimate of all mantra-s and there is no other mantra superior to this. Those who are initiated into this mantra are not supposed to prostrate before anyone except his guru.  Śaktī is worshipped in ten different forms and this is known as daśa mahā vidyā and ṣoḍaśī is one among them.  Ṣoḍaśī vidyā has too many prescribed rituals.
Like every mantra Ṣoḍaśī mantra also has curse removal mantra, also known as śāpavimocana mantra. All along this mantra is not revealed to all the aspirants. If curses on mantras are not removed, mantras will not fructify. Śāpavimocana mantra for Ṣoḍaśī mantra is given below for the benefit of sincere aspirants. However, one should obtain prior approval from one’s guru. Śāpavimocana mantra, which consists of three parts should be recited before the commencement of mantra japa. First part should be recited seven times, second part three times and the third part one time.
First Part – should be recited seven times:
 ई ए क ल ह्रीं  ī e ka la hrīṁ
 ह स क ह ल ह्रीं  ha sa ka ha la hrīṁ
 स क ल ह्रीं  sa ka la hrīṁ
Second Part – should be recited three times:
 ह स क ह स क ह ल ह्रीं ha sa ka ha sa ka ha la hrīṁ
स क ल ह्रीं sa ka la hrīṁ
ई ए क ल ह्रीं ī e ka la hrīṁ
Third Part – should be recited one time.
ह ल भ भ भ भ भ अ ha la bha bha bha bha bha a 

Full text of mantra japa is available in this link

Mahāṣoḍaśī mantra is explained in detail here.

55 comments:

  1. Maha Shodashi mantra then is it the 16th syllable or 28th syllable ?
    Thank You for this wonderfull blog

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  2. The mantra for recitation has 28 bīja-s and ṣodaśī mantra is formed only with 16
    bīja-s. Formation is by adding śrīṁ after Pañcadaśī mantra. When a mantra is recited it gets modified so that effect of the mantra is retained with the practitioner. This is called sampuṭīkaraṇa.

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  3. Thank You for responding , what do You mean modified ?

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    1. I mean the arrangements of bīja-s. Mantras are generally extracted from verses which convey the bīja-s subtly. Once extracted from the verses, bīja-s are arranged in such a way that the benefits arising out of the recitation stays with the practitioner. This is called as modification of mantras or arrangement of bīja-s.

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    2. Thank You once again for responding so it looks like the Maha Shodashi is never the same really because its adjusted individually to each person correspondingly , I just got your book on Kundalini on Amazon
      regards, Savitri

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    3. No. It is the same for everyone. Only the second OM is to be replaced with atma bija, which differs from person to person. This is given by one's guru. However there are different versions of Shodashi. You can also mail me at ravi@manblunder.com

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    4. Can you please let me know who is eligible to get the initiation of Panchadasi mantra. What criteria a person should have.

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    5. One your desire to do sadhana is primary and Guru's will is secondary. A Guru will know on seeing the disciple, what is right for him.

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  4. What then is the 32 syllable Shodashi mantra

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    1. That is known as Guhya ṣoḍaśī and is not generally practiced. The Pañcadaśī mantra used here is Lopāmudrā Pañcadaśī.

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  5. Do have the Guhya Sodasi?What is the meaning of Guhya Sodashi?

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    1. I will publish Guhya ṣoḍaśī in a day or two.

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  6. thank you very much Manblunderji

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  7. There is a Para Sodashi also, can you tell us more about it and it related to Sri Paraprasada mantra

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  8. Please check this posting made on November 08, 2012
    http://www.manblunder.com/2012/11/variations-of-sodasi-mantra.html

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  9. There is a way of reciting a kharagmala strotam I read it on a guy's website who used to practice Shodashi. I have asked everyone no is able to tell me what is the secret to recite it, they say if done properly all desires frutify instantly..

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    1. It is khaḍgamālā, where khaḍga means attendants. There are several goddesses in Śrī Cakra and worshiping them is known as khaḍgamālā. Generally there are 181 nāma-s. Some gurus add gurumaṇḍala in khaḍgamālā. Beyond this there cannot be any significant variations in khaḍgamālā. There is no secret in khaḍgamālā with 181 names. There are two types of khaḍgamālā-s; they Śuddha Śakti and Śuddha Śiva. I have not gone into the details.

      Please follow only one deity and go with Him or Her. This alone will give results.

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  10. Sir, thanks for your valuable time, but I know that guy is not giving false information and he has mentioned on this website that says just hold on to any wish firmly and recite and it happens within 24 hrs.of course he is a tantrik and said that it is a secret how to do that, any comments?

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  11. You have mentioned earlier that one gets all the desires fullfilled after the oblations are made into fire after Shodashi, does the sadhak need to do separate anusthans for that, what does one mean when they say this,All desires get fulfilled, does everything goes in our favor how does it work sir?

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  12. Ravi - where can I find khaḍgamālā with 181 names - Śuddha Śakti and Śuddha Śiva.
    Thank You!

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    1. I will check on this and revert here in a day. Thank you.

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    2. In the Srividhyasadhana.org they have mentioned the third line differently as Om Srim Hrim instead of Om hrim srim.in the shodasi mantra. Are they same and can it be in any order?

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    3. According to me what I have given here is right and this is found in all the authentic texts.

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  13. chanting for 9 lakhs will take lot of time and many years too. In this present age, focusing for 10 minutes also is impossible? How can common man chant this mantra for so long to attain results

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    1. That is what mantra śāstra says. There are people who have completed 900,000 and still doing the japa. But many aspirants get the benefits of the mantra when they reach 10,000 counts. Ultimately, it is the mind set that counts, not merely the numbers.

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  14. chanting for 9 lakhs will take lot of time and many years too. In this present age, focusing for 10 minutes also is impossible? How can common man chant this mantra for so long to attain results

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  15. interesting to know that. mind set means living honest life or devotion? In this present corrupt world, do peoples really do all these or does things really work?

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    1. What is mind set? It is explained as "habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations". Do you mean to say that everyone living in a way that you have mentioned? Surely not. Word is a combination of both good and bad. If it is entirely good, what is the need to think about God? Good and noble do exist.

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  16. hello sir i am kushal 29 year old since childhood i am attracted to shri jaganmata dhyana, after a deep desire and regular practise of lalita sahashranama and ganapati japam. shrimata gave me my guruji who after 6 years granted me with maha sodashi and antarmukha puja with samayachara padhati,now after chanting it for 4 years i am in a state where i dont feel any bahirmukha situation,i feel hapiness within myself and couldnt balance between sansara and parmartha. i cant understand this state as my guru has taken sanyasa i havent met him since a year.please explain this

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    1. Please write to me at my email ID ravi@manblunder.com

      In fact, you are in a better state. Generally, it is difficult to switch from bahirmukha to antarmukha. When you feel the happiness within, where is the need for any external worship? Please write to me to proceed further.

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  17. Given to understand that a human mind matures according to age, what is the result of that with the spirituality? Meaning say, somebody starts a sadhana at the age of say 20 years where he is fairly free and not committed and when such a person reaches the age of say 25 and ready with responsibilities, there is definitely a shift in the mind and thereby a maturity in sadhana and life in general, right? So is it due to the sadhana or due to the natural process of growth that he transforms?

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    1. His transformation happens on both counts. Spiritual life and material life have to go like a railway track. The should not be mixed, which is often done, simply because of lack of proper guidance. In this present case, if a person begins his spiritual sadhana at the age of 20, under an able Guru, he would have far advanced in his spiritual path. His progress in spiritual path will take of his material life as well. He will become one of the best in the material world too.

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  18. Dear Ravi
    The shodasi mantra can only be attained through guru and has been EXPLICITLY prohibited by lord Shiva to utter in a casual manner. I appreciate your posting this mantran but I would like to point out this to the learned readers of this website. There are no restrictions though in panchadasi as far as my knowledge in tantras go.

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  19. Guruji

    Tara,Matangi,Varahi are worshipped in Sri Chakra.Is that mean, only after getting blessings of these Devis, Lalita Tripurasundari can be reached by an aspirant through Shodasi Mantra.

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    1. Yes, please open the following link and read the first section “Journey to Sri Chakra”. How different devis give us approval to go past them to have darshan of Lalitāmbikā. But it is wrong to say that She can be attained only through Ṣoḍaśī mantra. We must always remember that mantras are meant to protect our minds. Mantra should be used in proper way. This is explained in Shiva in conversation with Shakti

      Please read the book in this link

      Understanding and worshiping Sri Chakra

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    2. Sir

      Thanks. But Tara,Matangi are also seperate Mahavidyas similar to Sodashi. In that case, will Guru initiate the aspirant with Tara mantra also so that with her blessings he can reach the Sodashi ma easily?




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    3. Many will disagree on this. There is no need to practice different mantras for the purpose of realizing the Self. This will lead to confusions. There should be one mantra, one devata and one guru. If this is not followed, then we will be reaching nowhere. It is said "मननात् त्रायते इति मन्त्रः॥ mananāt trāyate iti mantraḥ ||" Trāyate means to protect and to preserve. Mind is protected and preserved by repetition of a mantra. How many minds we have? Therefore, we need only one mantra to work with our breath and with breath we have to purify our mind and with purified mind, we can purify our consciousness and when the consciousness purified, we realize Her. Realization is a simple process and not complicated as often projected.

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  20. Very good blog. Thank you very much for posting such good information which is helping many. My husband suffers from a chronic incurable disease and I love him a lot and I just cant bear to see him suffering. I am ready do anything for him. Can chanting shodashi mantra with complete devotion help me in it. Not necessarily nine lakh even if it is one crore time also I am ready to chant for him and want to save my life in half way that is troubled a lot. Can I go ahead and chant?

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    1. When you have complete faith in HER, mentally surrender to HER. She will surely help. Shodashi mantra for a specific purpose may not help.

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  22. Thanks for you reply. As you have written shodashi mantra is the ultimate mantra, I wanted to try with sincere devotion? What else should I try?

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  23. are there any remedies Ravi sir where I can twist the my destiny and have hoped?

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  24. Dear Ravi Sir,
    Thanks for your all efforts for us,
    I was reading through your book on "THE PRINCIPLES OF CREATION", prior to this i have read one book from "Ramtha" from USA who channels to a lady's body and teaches many things.
    i am now confused of our vedic way and the way of his teachings, are we (hindus) dwelling on something which does not exist as per his teachings?.
    We always say "karma" which is the deciding factor for rebirth, as we are unable to get soul consciousness due to materialistic world and our culture which is binding us with good and bad and sin things around us become the deciding factors of our life in vedic culture.
    What Ramtha says is there is no karma, only emotion( or feeling) has been recorded in soul, we take the form here on the earth planet to enjoy the material life on earth to see and enjoy the nature what we have created when we are in the form of soul, but after taking birth we hooked up into this materialistic world created by us as humanoids instead of enjoying the beauty of this our creation. due to these bad, good, sin and for survival all these emotions are recorded in soul and when we leave this material body then realizes that what i came here for and what i did until now and it comes back and takes again material body due to this there are many births are happening for one soul, due to this the soul wandering here in this earth plane(lower frequency plane) instead of leaving to higher frequency planes and other universes where there is joy unlimited whatever we say heaven no pains like here in earth plane, is this true?

    if you are interested i can send you that book as well.
    There are so many things i would like to clarify here but it will be like a book again with questions.
    Please clarify my confusion. i do practice Sri Vidya...!!

    Om Namh: Sivaya:

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    1. Let us analyze like this. What is soul consciousness? In the first place, soul does not have any consciousness, as It merely witnesses all our actions. It neither prompts us to do good things nor induces us to do sinful actions. It is just a witness; but at the same time, without soul our body cannot exist. Therefore soul is just the cause of creation (our body). He has also explained the same concept, but in a different way. We do all our actions only out of emotions, which is the resultant factor of our antaḥkaraṇa (mind, intellect and ego). No action can be performed without involving antaḥkaraṇa.

      Vedanta speaks about karma. Many times pains that we experience are explained due to the effects of karma. In other words, a bad experience that is inexplicable is safely explained under the pretext of karmic theory. All our actions are prompted by our mind and if the mind fails to take a decision on its own, it takes recourse to our intellect, which is nothing but knowledge gained through direct experience. Therefore, karma cannot be merely explained as something that decides our life; though it definitely sets the trend. Karmic imprints of this life can be cleared from our unconscious mind when we are able to meditate on third ventricle. What is making the life miserable is misinterpretation of Scriptural dictums. When the Self can be realized through simple means, we make this process complicated. Self can be realized only if we work on our mind, intellect and ego alone. Nothing else will help in realizing the Self. It is only the practice of controlling our antaḥkaraṇa, also known as sādhana that helps us in realization. Nothing else can help.

      I have not read the book which you have referred.

      Detailed explanation is given in the series Shiva in conversation with Shakti

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  25. Respected Sir,

    Obeisance to you.

    I see one thing in the article that any mantra is secretive and it is not disclosed to others so easily. Further you say that Maha Shodashi or any advanced mantras are not given initially and the Guru will decide whether he is eligible for these advanced mantras.

    So in this regard can you please let us know on what basis a Guru decides to give initiation on these mantras, moreover in the discussion we see that there are people who are initiating others by charging money for initiating them to advanced mantras, So what is the outcome of such initiations will it be good or bad?

    Further if we think from a flip side even if the initiation is done for money, if the initiated person is devoted to the service of the GOD and chants the mantra, does it not frutify?

    Again when we practice these there are multiple obstacles that we face to practice the mantra regularly, we are constantly driven towards pleasures such as food, sleep etc which are detrimental for progress. Hence if one is practicing these techniques will it make the persons mind to overcome such urges.

    Regards
    Jayanth

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    1. On what basis a Guru decides to initiate this mantra is best left to his intuitive power. He alone can decide what mantra can be initiated and to whom. A learned Guru will always know his initiation's emergence of consciousness.

      When as seed cannot be germinated, what is the purpose of getting the seed. Every mantra is like a seed and it is between the initiator and the initiatee to ensure the emergence of consciousness in the latter.

      Rest of your queries are explained in detail in various articles of this site. You can use the search engine to get these details.

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  26. Dear Jayant,

    As you know, a mantra is a combination of bija-(s). Result of chanting a mantra is depend not only on bija-s but also on the pronounciation. Different ways of pronounciation of a particular bija will give different results.

    Generally, any mantra will fulfill materialistic desires of the practioner. But Maha Shodasi will lead to salvation. It is generally said that Maha Sodasi is moksha karini and Panchadasi is bhoga karini. This is the reason why it is said in sastras that "give money, give life but not Maha Sodasi".

    So, a devoted practice of Maha sodasi will lead that practioner to stage of losing urge towards food, sleep etc. This is the first step towards salvation.

    Again it is important to note that "pronounciation" is important.

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  27. Dear OM RAVI sir,

    How long will it take for maha sodashi mantra to give results? For how much duration should one practice to get desired results? Does maha sodashi mantra also give material benefits along with salvation?

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    1. Maha sodasi is for salvation only. It will not give any material benefits. Instead, a properly practiced maha soadasi will remove sadhaka's urge about materialistic desires.
      We cannot say time duration about results. That totally depend upon Srimata's grace, sadhaka's guruji's grace and devotion of the sadhaka.
      Maha sodasi should be practiced throughout the life of the sadhaka irrespective of the results.

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  28. thank you aum ravi sir. Does it bestow any supernatural powers to the one who practices it regularly.? What should we understand by mantra siddhi. does it mean that it will bestow whatever the sadhaka wishes for.

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    1. Supernatural powers are temporary but not permanent. Supernatural powers are one of the benefit/result of the practice. But they are hindrance to the progress of sadhana. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa says "sidhis are ashudhas", they should not be touched. Hence, a sadhaka should not fall in the web of supernatural powers.
      Answers to your remaining queries can be seen from various articles of Sri V.Raviji in this web site.

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  29. Thank you aum ravi sir for all your answers. I am still young and a married person, reaching salvation is not my aim but to resolve the complexity of the personal probelms that is bogging me is what I am looking a way to solve those. I have no intention of misusing the supernatural powers if she graces on me. My intention is only to protect my family. So wanted to know does sodashi mantra give supernatual powers if chanted with utmost sincereity? or if any of the blog followers, or devotees of Ravi sir, who have chanted shodashi mantra, please share your expereinces.

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    1. Dear Simha,

      Why do you think of supernatural powers? Just you ignore that. What you have to do is have faith on god whoever you like ganesh, srimata, siva etc. A strong devotion is sufficient to get your problems solved automatically. If you have such deep and strong devotion & faith without thinking of anything materialistic other than Srimata, your problems will be solved without your notice. A sadhaka will never have intention to use supernatural powers but those powers will force him to use them. That is the first downfall step of a sadhaka.
      As per sastras maha sodasi should not be given just like that. As per the conventional sastras there is a procedure to get maha sodasi. Generally, a sadhaka will get maha sodasi after practice of Srividya in conventional way for a minimum period of five to six years. There is a lot of procedure involved in that to get Maha Sodasi.

      To satisfy your materialistic desires, you may contact a learned guru to get correct guidance. Based on your requirement he may give you best mantra which suits your requirement.

      Hope it cleared you. All the best.

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