Asadha Gupta Navaratri

Thursday, July 12, 2018

           Sri Varahi Navaratri / āṣāḍha gupta navarātrī ( आषाढ गुप्त नवरात्री )

The month of āṣāḍha in the Lunar calendar, falls during June and July and sometimes may end in August. This month is generally considered inauspicious for any undertaking related to material affairs. It is the belief that most undertakings that begin during this month, face great hurdles and some may eventually fail. Some religious matters are also postponed and not conducted during this month (āṣāḍha māsa), due to this very reason. Having said that, Ashada Navaratri is considered excellent time for Spiritual pursuits and progress. The second part of this lunar month starting with the first day of the waxing moon, marks the first day of the secret navarātrī, or the nine nights of Śrī Vārāhī, Śrī Durga and also Śrī Lalita for the destruction of all enemies, internal and external.

In the year 2022, the event is between 30th June till 8th July 2022. One can check on www. Drikpanchang.com, to determine the exact date and time of the start of the event, pertaining to their location.

Navratri: Navratri or 9 Nights of Goddess are considered ...Read More

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Sri Bhuvaneshwari Ashottarasatanamavali

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Śrī Bhuvaneśvarī Aṣṭottaraśatanāmāvalī

(श्री भुवनेश्वरी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावली)

Prologue - Śrī Bhuvaneśvarī Devi is the fourth Daśamahāvidyā as per the specifications of the Toḍāla tantra. There are other śāstras (scriptures) that list different numbers and deities, but the most popularly followed are the Daśamahāvidyās. The word ‘vidyā’ literally means knowledge and it also an attribute that is assigned to the mantras of the Divine Feminine (Śakti). The Supreme Divine Mother Parāśakti, also referred to as Śakti, devolves from a dimensionless state of pure consciousness (Super-consciousness) into time, energy and matter. The Divine Mother Parāśakti manifests various universes called as brahmāṇḍas, meaning cosmic eggs. Each brahmāṇḍa has its own set of trinities to carry out the functions of Creation, Sustenance and Destruction (Annihilation and Resurrection) and there are also many dimensional worlds called lokas. The devolution is extremely complex as the Divine Mother manifests Herself as Time (Samaya), trinities, various śaktis carrying out designated responsibilities and the manifestation of space and matter with the aid of the energy śaktis. Within the constituent sentient beings itself, the designation of powers to various entities such as devas, daityas, yoginis, piśācas, siddhas etc. residing in the numerous lokas is very complex and there is a constant interplay among these higher entities and the lower beings such as ourselves.

Although the Super-consciousness (Brahman/Parabrahman) permeates everything and is everywhere and ever-present, the awareness of itself is absent in the devolved matter and amongst the sentient beings. This happens due to the presence of Mahā-māyā, the fabric of cosmic illusion that deludes everything present in the brahmāṇḍa, from realizing its true self and to continue in the process of evolution and quest to find their true origin through the cycle of life and death and transformation from ...Read More

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Sri Guru Ashtakam

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

INTRODUCTION

Śrī Guru Aṣṭakam,which consists of eight verses, was composed by आदि शंकराचार्या Ādi Śaṁkarācāryā. This explains how a disciple should hold his/her Guru for spiritual development and for ultimate Self-realisation. Shiva revealed in detail to His Consort, Śakti, the greatness of a Guru, in Śrī Guru Gītā. Everyone cannot become a Guru. He should be pure and intelligent. He should have studied śāstrā-s and should be able to clear the doubts of his disciples. He should have come from a good lineage. Such Guru will first initiate his disciple with a mantra and observe his progress. When a mantra is initiated, Guru – disciple relationship is established. Then, Guru will patiently and gradually take him to higher levels of Self-realisation. When Guru is sure of his disciple’s progress, the disciple is also elevated to become a Guru and thus the lineage is carried on.

Role of a Guru is extremely important in Self-realization. Kulārṇava Tantra discusses in detail about the qualities of a Guru. This is in the form of a conversation between Śiva and Śakti. First, Śiva enumerates the qualities of a disciple (śiṣya). Śiṣya is the one, who has the will, aptitude, perseverance, patience and faith to transform from the state of aniṣpanna (imperfection) to the state of niṣpanna (perfection). (aniṣpanne niṣpanna-śabdaḥ śiṣyaḥ).

There are several descriptions for a perfect disciple, which may not suit the present world. Following are the qualities of a disciple that a Guru needs to avoid in this hyperactive world. Those who are devoid of good qualities; disciple of another Guru; egoistic; unclean; laziness; cunning; divulging mantras given by Guru; finding fault with others; ungrateful; indecency of speech; untrue; traitor to his Guru; jealousy, shameless; getting angry, short tempered and unsteady mind are to be avoided, as they can never get liberated in this birth or can be spiritually uplifted. Any effort spent on these disciples could only be a waste of time for a Guru.

After having spoken about the disciples who are to be avoided, Śiva speaks about qualities that are needed in a perfect disciple. They should have enthusiasm in meditation; constant communication with Guru; following the mind of Guru; engaging in japa and meditation and aspiring for liberation.

What about the characteristics of a Guru? A Guru should be with a clean apparel; charming; knowledgeable; application of mantras; sweet looking; ease of access; capable of clarifying disciples’ doubts; always keeping his attention within; capable of instructions; knower of past, present and future; should have conquered desire, anger, greed, delusion, jealousy and pride; equal minded to Śiva and Viṣṇu; ever content; independent; dear to devotees; not selling mantra and yantra and without partiality.

Śiva also speaks about higher level of Guru-s and their qualities. He says that it is difficult to obtain a Guru who gives to the disciple, his own status in a moment without any ceremonies; difficult to obtain a Guru who goes on giving knowledge with facility and without strenuous practice. Many are the Gurus who are proficient in Vedas and Śāstra-s, but rare is a Guru who has realized the Self (Brahman). Many are the Gurus on the earth who give everything else other than the Light of the Self. Many are the Gurus who know petty mantras, but rare to find one who knows mantras handed down by Nigama (name of a deity into a liturgical formula, leading to the realization of the deity), Āgama (acquisition of knowledge through traditional doctrine) and Śāstra-s. Many are the Gurus who rob the disciples of their wealth; but rare is the Guru who removes the afflictions of the disciples.

Śiva further says that knower of Truth alone is the Real Guru, as knower of the Truth alone is liberated, and he alone can make others liberate. Only the liberated can liberate others; how can un-liberated liberate others? Only those with knowledge can impart knowledge; only a boat can ferry the stones and a stone cannot ferry another stone.

Śiva classified Gurus under six categories and they are Preraka (setting in motion, the process of liberation – making a disciple to enter the right spiritual path in the quickest possible time), Sūcaka (subtle conveyance – subtly conveying the ‘attributes’ of Brahman), Vācaka (expressing and declaring – declaring the omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotent Brahman in stages), Darśaka (pointing out; for example ‘tat tavam asi’ or you are That Brahman), Śikṣaka (teaching or instructing; imparting knowledge so that the disciple realizes that he is Brahman. Guru says, ‘You are That’ and the disciple investigates, explores, analyses the teaching of Guru ‘You are That’ and the disciple after many interactions with the Guru realizes and affirms ‘I am That’ or ‘ahaṁ brahmāsmi’) and the last one Bodhaka (awakening; In fact, this the combination of the previous five).

Most importantly Śiva says that if one happens to get a Guru who does not fall in any of the above qualities, he can move to a learned Guru and this migration is not considered as a sin. Śiva draws the example of honeybee here.

 

Prologue

जन्मानेकशतैः सदादरयुजा भक्त्या समाराधितो

भक्तैर्वैदिकलक्षणेन विधिना सन्तुष्ट ईशः स्वयम् 

साक्षात् श्रीगुरुरूपमेत्य कृपया दृग्गोचरः सन् प्रभुः

तत्त्वं साधु विबोध्य तारयति तान् संसारदुःखार्णवात्

janmānekaśataiḥ sadādarayujā bhaktyā samārādhito

bhaktairvaidikalakṣaṇena vidhinā santuṣṭa īśaḥ svayam 

sākṣāt śrīgururūpametya kṛpayā dṛggocaraḥ san prabhuḥ

tattvaṃ sādhu vibodhya tārayati tān saṃsāraduḥkhārṇavāt

 

Lord Shiva, the Supreme Guru, is happy because of His disciples who strictly followed the scriptural dictums and respect during their previous births. Such disciples are born as Gurus in this Yuga (fully Blessed by Lord Shiva) and transmits pure spiritual knowledge to their disciples, thereby making them cross the ocean of saṃsāra. That is why, Gurus are compared to Lord Shiva. In other words, Shiva imparts pure spiritual knowledge to these Gurus. Thus, these select few, are also known as genuine Gurus. These Gurus do not have rebirths. Only such Gurus are eligible for initiating his disciples into spiritual path. They are called Sri Gurus.

 

शरीरं सुरूपं तथा वा कलत्रं

यशश्चारु चित्रं धनं मेरुतुल्यम्

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

    ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् १॥ 

śarīraṃ surūpaṃ tathā vā kalatraṃ

yaśaścāru citraṃ dhanaṃ merutulyam .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim 1..

 

One may wear expensive clothes, one’s wife may also adore herself with expensive clothes, one may be highly respected by others and may also have lots of wealth. But these are of no use, unless he fixes his perpetual attention on the lotus feet of his Guru. What then, what then, what then, what then. (tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim is used four times at the end of each stanza, which means what is the use, if one does not concentrate on the lotus feet of his Guru).

 

कलत्रं धनं पुत्रपौत्रादि सर्वं

गृहं बान्धवाः सर्वमेतद्धि जातम्

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् २॥

kalatraṃ dhanaṃ putrapautrādi sarvaṃ

gṛhaṃ bāndhavāḥ sarvametaddhi jātam .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim  2

 

One (disciple) may have wealth in abundance, wife, grandsons and he also may have, well decorated posh house. But these are of no use (material wealth), unless he fixes his perpetual attention on the lotus feet of his Guru.

षडङ्गादिवेदो मुखे शास्त्रविद्या

कवित्वादि गद्यं सुपद्यं करोति

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ३॥

ṣaḍaṅgādivedo mukhe śāstravidyā

kavitvādi gadyaṃ supadyaṃ karoti  

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim .. 3..

 

If one is well versed in Vedas and Upanishads and other sciences; he may have the necessary knowledge to compose poems and prose. Unless he fixes his perpetual attention on the lotus feet of his Guru, he cannot progress.

विदेशेषु मान्यः स्वदेशेषु धन्यः

सदाचारवृत्तेषु मत्तो चान्यः

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ४॥

videśeṣu mānyaḥ svadeśeṣu dhanyaḥ

sadācāravṛtteṣu matto na cānyaḥ .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim .. 4..

 

He may be famous in motherland as well as in foreign countries. He may think that he is supreme in his righteous conduct. But these are of no use, if he does not fix his attention on his Guru’s feet all the time.

क्षमामण्डले भूपभूपालबृन्दैः

सदा सेवितं यस्य पादारविन्दम्

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ५॥

kṣamāmaṇḍale bhūpabhūpālabṛndaiḥ

sadā sevitaṃ yasya pādāravindam .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim .. 5..

 

One may be highly honoured in the assembly of emperors, what is the use if he does not fix his attention on the lotus feet of his Guru.

 

यशो मे गतं दिक्षु दानप्रतापा-

ज्जगद्वस्तु सर्वं करे यत्प्रसादात्

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ६॥

yaśo me gataṃ dikṣu dānapratāpā-

jjagadvastu sarvaṃ kare yatprasādāt .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim  6..

One may have travelled all over the world; he may have all the presents. He may have all the sacred things with him. If he has not concentrated his attention on the sacred feet of his Guru, they are of no use.

भोगे योगे वा वाजिराजौ

कान्तामुखे नैव वित्तेषु चित्तम्

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ७॥

na bhoge na yoge na vā vājirājau

na kāntāmukhe naiva vitteṣu cittam .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim .. 7..

 

One may enjoy and experience the effects of yoga; he may possess war horses. He may also stay with rich people, etc., But they are of no use If he is not concentrating on his Guru’s lotus feet,

 

अरण्ये वा स्वस्य गेहे कार्ये

देहे मनो वर्तते मे त्वनर्घ्ये

मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे

ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम् ८॥

araṇye na vā svasya gehe na kārye

na dehe mano vartate me tvanarghye .

manaścenna lagnaṃ guroraṅghripadme

tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kiṃ tataḥ kim .. 8..

 

If someone wants to get Liberated, his mind will not wander, think about what is to be achieved, nor ponder about his own body. Still, if he does not fix his attention concentrating on his Guru’s lotus feet, Liberation is not possible.

epilogue

 

गुरोरष्टकं यः पठेत्पुण्यदेही

यतिर्भूपतिर्ब्रह्मचारी गेही

लभेद्वाञ्छितार्थं पदं ब्रह्मसंज्ञं

गुरोरुक्तवाक्ये मनो यस्य लग्नम्

guroraṣṭakaṃ yaḥ paṭhetpuṇyadehī

yatirbhūpatirbrahmacārī ca gehī .

labhedvāñchitārthaṃ padaṃ brahmasaṃjñaṃ

guroruktavākye mano yasya lagnam ..

If one strictly follows what is revealed in these eight verses and fixes his attention on his Guru’s feet, he becomes one with Brahman (attains Libertaion)

Who is Guru? Is he a spiritual teacher or a propagator of religion? Does he have metaphysical powers? Is he different from you? You must find answers for these questions to define Guru. Shiva says, Guru is a concept by itself. Unfortunately, this word is often misused these days. A person born in this world must pay obeisance to four persons. The first is your mother, followed by your father, your Guru and finally to me (Shiva). If you do not take care of your parents in their old age with love and affection, you will be adding tons of bad karmas. Therefore, your first Guru is your mother followed by your father and then only Guru. Who is this Guru and what he has to do with your life? Shiva says, Guru is neither a spiritual teacher nor a propagator of religion. He has explicitly made clear that religions are all our own making. Metaphysical powers are a form of maya. Shiva says, that Shakthi endows with such powers while leaving you at a place closer to me (Shiva). Surely Gurus will have such powers but will not exhibit it. Occasionally, he may help a few with his healing touch. He is sent as my (Shiva) representative to give salvation to those, whose karmic account has come to zero, or near zero.

When you are destined not to have rebirth, Guru will come in search of you. Guru does not mean a person who merely initiates you into a mantra. Mantras will enable you to concentrate. Mantras are a form of shakthi. All mantras will not suit everybody. The person who initiates you into mantra must satisfy himself that a particular mantra will suit you. If you are initiated into a mantra that does not suit you, both you and initiator will face problems. That is why mantras should be initiated by a person who understands the world of mantras properly. Proper chanting of mantras will give you enough energy. But Guru is the one who guides you into the final stages of liberation. You may have a doubt. If Guru is a liberated person, why he is reborn? They are not reborn on account of their karmas. Rebirth due to karmas is to endure sufferings. Gurus are not reborn to undergo sufferings. Guru is a representative of mine (Shiva), to guide a select few to show the path leading to my shakthi. He is the person who will take you to my vimarsha form. So, finding a Guru will be difficult for you. I (Shiva) observe that a lot of persons are calling themselves as Gurus. They have huge gathering around them. They are not the Gurus about whom I am discussing here. However, these so-called gurus also play an important role in making you to understand God. Most of them are right in their approach in identifying me. But they have ego. A true Guru will never attach importance to money. He will not like any material comforts. In short, a true Guru is a representative of mine, to guide you towards self-realization to attain total liberation and will expect nothing in return from you, except your dedication and sincerity.”

In a nutshell, one may be rich and command respect from the society. He may have a wife and grandsons. He may have well decorated bungalow. He may be thorough about Vedas and Upanishads. He may be well known in his mother land as well as foreign countries. He may think that he is following righteous conduct. He may be honored everywhere. He may have travelled all over the world and may have acquired wonderful gifts. He may be an authority in yoga. He may have acquired war horses. He may mingle only with rich people. He may explore forests, think about his achievements, and always thinks about his body. These are of no use, if he does not concentrate on his Guru's lotus feet.

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Sri Tripura Bhairavi Ashtottara shatanamavali (108 names/attributes)

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Śrī-Tripura-Bhairavī Aṣṭottara-śata-nāmāvaliḥ

(श्री त्रिपुरभैरवी अष्टोत्तरशतनामावलिः)

Prologue: The Divine Mother Śrī-Tripura-Bhairavī, is classified as the 5th Mahāvidyā (repository and grantor of great knowledge) in the schematics of the 10 - Daśamahāvidyās of the Toḍāla tantra. She represents the triads of the highest spiritual levels manifested in the entire Creation. She is thus, the Pañca-siṃhāsaneśvarī, the One who governs all the five thrones of the Divine Mother Tripura Sundarī, in the realm of Śrī Vidyā. The five thrones represent the five aspects of Creation, Preservation, Destruction, Annihilation and Regeneration and all other pentads manifested in the entire Creation.

                Śrī Tripura Bhairavī is prayed to for removing all miseries and misfortunes afflicting us and also for seeking material wealth and spiritual progress.

We express our sincere gratitude to Shri Sean, for translating the meanings of all the namās of the Divine Mother. He expresses his wish to dedicate his work to all the sincere sādhakas of the Divine Mother! May the Divine Mother bless him ...Read More

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Shri Chaturakshara Shakti Vinayaka Mahamantra

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Atha Śrī Caturākṣara Śakti Vināyaka Mahāmantraḥ!!!

अथ श्री चतुराक्षर हेरम्ब गणपति महामन्त्रः!!!

 

Source :- Mantra Koṣa.

Purpose :- To attain knowledge of the Divine, Spiritual wealth and accomplishment of all desires, material and spiritual. Removal of all obstacles in our progress and ushering in auspiciousness.

Introduction :- Śrī Gaṇapati is verily the eternal singular reality – Brahman Itself. He bestows spiritual knowledge, removes all obstacles in our progress and dispels all ignorance to help us expand our consciousness to its highest level. This one lettered mantra is also His seed bīja mantra, which also represents the Virāṭ mātṛkā śakti, enhances the faculties of discernment, assimilation of knowledge and progress on material and spiritual fronts. The sincere devotees of Lord Gaṇeśa will experience great comforts and well-being in their lives and He is adored and duly worshipped before the start of any new beginnings. Śrī Śakti Vināyaka is invoked to remove all obstacles in our progress, remove all fears, worries and doubts and grant success in all endeavors.

1. Viniyogaḥ (विनियोगः) :-

asya śakti vināyaka mantrasya ।

bhārgava ṛṣiḥ ।

virāṭ chandaḥ ।

śakti gaṇādhipa devatā ।

grīm̐ bījaṃ ।

hrīm̐ śaktiḥ ।

abhīṣṭa siddhyarthe jape viniyogaḥ ॥

अस्य शक्ति विनायक मन्त्रस्य ।

भार्गव ऋषिः ।

विराट् छन्दः ।

शक्ति गणाधिप देवता ।

ग्रीँ बीजं ।

ह्रीँ शक्तिः ।

अभीष्ट सिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ...Read More

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Dvatrimshatyakshara Haridra Ganapati Mahamantra

Friday, March 11, 2022

Atha Śrī Dvātriṃśatyakṣara Haridrā Gaṇapati Mahāmantraḥ!!!

अथ श्री द्वात्रिंशत्यक्षर हरिद्रा गणपति महामन्त्रः!!!

 

Source :- Mantra Koṣa.

Purpose :- To attain knowledge of the Divine, Spiritual wealth and accomplishment of all desires, material and spiritual. Victory over all enemies and competitions and ushering in auspiciousness.

Introduction :- Śrī Gaṇapati is verily the eternal singular reality – Brahman Itself. He bestows spiritual knowledge, removes all obstacles in our progress and dispels all ignorance to help us expand our consciousness to its highest level. This one ...Read More

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Sri Para Maha Yoni Kavacham - Part 2

Monday, March 22, 2021

Śrī Parā-Mahā-Yoni Kavacam (श्री परा-महा-योनि कवचम्) - Part 2

Disclaimer for the recitation of the Kavacam : strict warning and restrictions, must be followed! Please note the public access and publication of this kavacam is for educational, research, and pedagogical purposes only. Specifically, it should be effectively noted that the publishing of this secretive kavacam, for recitation, is only permissible for senior and accomplished Śrī Vidyā upāsakas who have received the krama dīkṣā, which is the procedural initiation of the Aṅga devatas (subsidiary deities) associated with Lalita devi, in an associated manner as specified by the tantras and the particular tradition of the initiating guru.

Eventually, one will be conferred with the Mahāṣoḍaśī mantra, thereby bringing the sādhaka (devotee) to the point of pūrṇābhiṣekha dīkṣā, which is akin to graduation in the discipline of Śrī Vidyā. Do not regularly recite this kavacam if you are not of this caliber and level. Mahashodasi Maha Mantra initiation is the minimum requirement for recitation of this Kavacham.

Please also note, we are NOT initiating or authorizing such recitation to anyone directly. One must, and may, ONLY obtain initiation and guidance from their specific gurus and recite after gaining the permission. The warning associated with this kavacam for non-adherents must be respected and taken seriously; we therefore caution everyone. Reading the kavacam to understand its significance may be permitted, but regular recitation without the explicit permission of one’s guru is prohibited. Respecting and adhering to this restriction maintains safety and generates trust for future publications of advanced practices.

This is article is continuation of Part 1

‘krīm̐ hūm̐ hrīm̐’ dakṣiṇā pātu maṇipuraṃ tathā mama

namo bhagavatyai ‘hskhphrem̐’ kubjikāyai ‘śrām̐ śrīm̐ śrūm̐’ (‘s-hrām̐ s-hrīm̐ s-hrūm̐’)

ṅañaṇaname aghorā mukhi ‘chām̐ chīm̐ kiṇi kiṇi vicce’ 8

क्रीँ हूँ ह्रीँ’ दक्षिणा पातु मणिपुरं तथा मम ।

नमो भगवत्यै ‘ह्स्ख्फ्रेँ’ कुब्जिकायै ‘श्राँ श्रीँ श्रूँ’ (‘स्ह्रां स्ह्रीं स्ह्रूं’)

ङञणनमे अघोरा मुखि ‘छाँ छीँ किणि किणि विच्चे’ ॥ ८ ॥

The mantra ‘krīm̐ hūm̐ hrīm̐’ of Dakṣiṇa Kāli protects and activates the navel maṇipūra cakra. The mantra “namo bhagavatyai hskhphrem̐ kubjikāyai śrām̐ śrīm̐ śrūm̐ ṅañaṇaname aghorā mukhi chām̐ chīm̐ kiṇi kiṇi vicce”

The Kālī bīja (seed) mantra krīm̐ (क्रीँ ) consists of – ‘k’ is Kālī = one who heralds deep inner transformation, ‘r’ is Brahma, as well as fire and drive within us, ‘ī’ denotes Mahāmāyā, the cosmic illusion that separates our true identity and confers the ego. She is also the energy and the source of all power that helps us ascend, nāda is Viśvamātā, the omniscient Divine Mother and vindu () is duḥkhaharaṇa, that removes misery.

The Kūrca bīja (seed) mantra hūm̐ (हूँ) consists of – ...Read More

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Kundalini - The Mystic Power

Friday, March 12, 2021

Divine Mother Kundalini

Have your ever been intrigued/fascinated by the word Kundalini and wanted to know more as well as explore the deeper aspects of the Divine Mother in the form of Kundalini? The six/seven chakras in the human body, their importance and other related aspects, are all part of the Kundalini activation. Not everyone is attracted to mantra japa and many prefer Kriya Yoga and related meditational practices. Ravi Guruji has written many articles on this subject and the Manblunder Team's top pick on this topic, is the series of 30 articles written on this topic and you may read them here. We do hope that those who have not read these articles may find valuable information to guide them on their spiritual journey.

All About Kundalini

 

 

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Sri Varahi Dvadasa Nama Stotram

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Śrī Vārāhī Dvādaśanāmastotram  (श्रीवाराहीद्वादशनामस्तोत्रम् )

Prologue - This stotraṃ was recited by Lord Hayagrīva, who is an avatar of the Preserver Lord Viṣṇu, praised and worshipped as the knowledge bestower. He is said to be the composer of many hymns associated with Śrī Lalita Mahā Tripura Sundarī, including the famous Śrī Lalitā Sahasranāma Stotraṃ consisting of Her thousand attributes. The setting for this present stotraṃ, is in the theatre of war between the forces of the Divine, led by Śrī Lalita Mahā Tripura Sundarī and the war mongering evil and demonic Bhaṇḍāsurā and his vast army. The Divine Mother Śrī Vārāhī, joins the Divine Mother Śrī Śyāmalā and Śrī Lalitā Devis, in the battle against Bhaṇḍāsurā. Śrī Vārāhī is dark in complexion, boar faced, and terrifying in Her looks. She is the commander of all armed forces of the Divine Mother Śrī Lalita Mahā Tripura Sundarī. Her arrival in the battle is marked by a very loud and tumultuous war cry (yuddha-ghoṣa). She rides Her Kiri Cakra (Hog wheel represented as Śrī Vārāhī Yantra) pulled by a thousand hog like warriors. The Kiri Cakra is always aligned with the Geya Cakra and Śrī Cakra of Śrī Śyāmalā and Śrī Lalita Mahā Tripura Sundarī. She gets down from Her chariot and mounts a huge lion called Vajra-ghoṣa. This terrific lion possessed invincible diamond teeth that could tear into any being or object and nails that could reach the nether worlds and other dimensions. Its roar could disrupt the harmony of all beings in the world. Trembling with fear and deeply concerned that the Divine Mother Śrī Vārāhī Devi in Her rage, could split the Earth with Her mace ‘Musala’ and/or plough the oceans with Her ‘hala’ weapon, the celestials began singing Her twelve praises to appease the Divine Mother and ensure that mass destruction does not happen. One of the enemy commanders and a brother of Bhaṇḍāsurā, by name Viśukra, possessed with great magical powers, flings his magical obstacle causing Vighna yantra at the opposing forces and freezes them. However, this has no impact on Śrī Bālā, Vārāhī and Śyāmalā devis, due to the grace of the Divine Mother Śrī Lalita Mahā Tripura Sundarī, who in turn manifests Lord Mahāgaṇapati, to spring forth and destroy the vighna yantra and reanimate the army of the Divine forces.  Viśukra finally meets his fate in the hands of Śrī Śyāmalā. Viṣaṅga, another brother of Bhaṇḍāsurā and Viśukra, who is also the enemy commander-in-chief, hurls his thirst inducing tarṣāstra at the opposing forces and ...Read More

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Shiva the Supreme - Part 1

Monday, May 04, 2009

This article is the first in the series, Shiva the Supreme. The concept of Shiva cannot be explained in a nut shell and it needs a thorough and detailed study. Rudra, Shiva, Mahadeva, Sadhashiva, and Bhairava are the popular names of Shiva. There are various interpretations for Shiva. We will discuss all these aspects and try to understand Shiva, the Supreme. Let us first take up Rudra. Brahma the creator did penance with a desire to create. But nothing materialized for Brahma. He got angry and started crying. From his tears appeared deadly snakes. Brahma got upset on seeing these snakes and lost his senses and ultimately died. From the body of Brahma appeared 11 Rudras. They are called eka dasa (eleven) Rudras. The name Rudra is formed out of ru and dru. Ru means cry and dru means move. Therefore Rudra means roaming around crying. This explanation is given in puranas. But Upanishads give different interpretation. The eleven Rudras represent ten sensory organs in the human body and eleventh Rudra is mind says Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. This explanation seems to be logical. There is yet another explanation for Rudra which says he is the remover of misery. Dru also means dissolve or melt and ru also means fear. This meaning also appears to be appropriate. Rudran removes all miseries of men. This is the reason for performing eka dasa rudram. Eka dasa Rudram names 11 Rudras. They ...Read More

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PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS - 1

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Patañjali Yoga Sūtra-s has 196 aphorisms, classified under four chapters. First Chapter is known as samādhi pāda and has 51 aphorisms. Second chapter is known as sādhana pāda and has 55 aphorisms. These two chapters deal with the practice of controlling the mind and to enter into different stages of meditation. Third chapter is known as vibhūti pāda and has 56 aphorisms. This chapter deals with siddhis (super human powers) that we may acquire due to sincerity and intensity of practice, as explained in the first two chapters. Fourth chapter is known as kaivalya pāda and has 34 aphorisms.

We have covered chapters one and two through various articles on meditation. Now, we will take up for brief study, chapters three and four vibhūti pāda and kaivalya pāda.

Further Readings:

PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS - 2

PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS - 3

Understanding Philosophies - Part 6 - Patanjali Yoga

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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 the river bed, I perform my yogic exercises.  I prefer the river bed as you have plenty of natural unpolluted air around.  The more oxygen intake helps to rejuvenate the body better. When I begin ...Read More

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Soundarya Lahari सौन्दर्यलहरी - Verse 1

Monday, May 07, 2012

Soundarya Laharī consisting one hundred verses was composed by Ādi Śaṁkarācārya in praise of Supreme Goddess Śaktī. Soundarya Laharī has two parts. The first part has 41 verses and this part is known as Ānandalaharī and the next part consisting of 59 verses is known as Soundarya laharī. Ānandalaharī deals exhaustively with the Bliss attained while worshipping Her and the next 59 verses dwell on Her physical description that can be explained both grossly and subtly.

Soundarya Lahari Verse 1

Śivaḥ śaktyā yukto yadi bhavati śaktaḥ prabhavituṁ
na cedevaṁ devo na khalu kuśalaḥ spanditumapi|
Atastvāmārādhyāṁ hariharaviriñcādibhirapi
praṇantuṁ stotuṁ vā kathamakṛtapuṇyaḥ prabhavati||

शिवः शक्त्या युक्तो यदि भवति शक्तः प्रभवितुं
न चेदेवं देवो न खलु कुशलः स्पन्दितुमपि।
अतस्त्वामारध्यां हरिहरविरिञ्चादिभिरपि
प्रणन्तुं स्तोतुं वा कथमकृतपुण्यः प्रभवति॥

 Śivaḥ - tāntric Śiva i.e. God Himself; yadi - if; yuktaḥ - joined with; Śaktyā – Śakti; bhavati – becomes; śaktaḥ - capable of; prabhavituṁ - manifesting; (but)  ced – if; na - He is not; evam - thus (i.e. if He is not united with Śakti); devaḥ - Śiva;  na khalu  api - is certainly not even; kuśalaḥ  - able; spanditum - to vibrate; Atas - For this reason; katham – how; akṛtapuṇyaḥ  - is the one who has not accomplished meritorious acts;  prabhavati - able to; praṇantuṁ  - bow; – or; stotuṁ – praise; tvām  - You; ārādhyām  - who are to be worshiped; api – even; by hari -Viṣṇu;  hara - purānic Śiva; viriñca – Brahmā; api – etc.

Meaning of this verse: Śiva becomes inert without Śaktī. When Śiva is not united with Śaktī, He cannot manifest the universe. Because of Her functional nature, Divine Mother becomes supremely important. Even gods and goddesses find it difficult to bow before Her and sing Her praise.

Śiva is Self-illuminating.  Without His existence, the universe will be plunged into darkness. Śiva is present in prakāśa (illuminating) form.  Prakāśa can be explained as visible, shining, universally noted, brightness, lustre, splendour, etc.  Śaktī is His vimarśa form.  Vimarśa can be explained as reasoning, knowledge, consideration, reflecting etc.  In spite of Śiva being the grandeur amongst the cognized existences, He cannot realize His own incomparable splendour without something that is able to reflect His grandeur.  This is like a human not able to see his own form without an object that is capable of reflecting his image.  Śaktī acts like a reflecting mirror where Śiva is able to realise His Reality, like a mirror reflecting the image of a person who stands before it.  Pure consciousness is Śiva and realizing the Pure Consciousness is Śaktī.  If Śiva is not present, the consciousness itself does not exist.  If Śaktī is not present, the presence of consciousness cannot be realised.  In the state of prakāśa ‘I’ and ‘This’ stand united and in the vimarśa aspect ‘This’ is separated from ‘I’.  Therefore prakāśa aspect is ‘I + This’ and vimarśa aspect is ‘This’ alone.  ‘I’ is the origin of the universe and ‘This’ is the expansion of the universe. Śiva is cit and Śaktī is citiCit means foundational consciousness and citi means the consciousness that brings about cognitive operations. Śaktī segregates I and This.  Without Śaktī this vital segregation cannot take place. Śiva causes the initial pulsation for creation that is carried forward by Śaktī.  Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad describes this Supreme Consciousness as ekātmapratyayasāram and the worldly process as Prapañca.

Śaktī pushes forward the throb created by Śiva through different principles or tattva-s (thirty six, where Śiva is tattva one and Śaktī is tattva two) and sustains it through Her māyā or illusion.  Māyā is the sole factor that separates a soul from the Brahman.  She is the manifested conglutination of Śiva and Śaktī and therefore She is both the seed and the sprout.  This also drives home the point that for creation, two objects are required.  For example, a soul alone cannot be born on its own.  It has to come into contact with prakṛti or Nature in order to manifest.  Procreation is not possible without conjugation of masculine and feminine energies. 

Moving on from the perceptible to subtle, a lot more is said about Their subtle conjugation.  They are referred as two bindu-s (dots), white and red, denoting Śiva and Śaktī respectively.  These two bindu-s in mutual conjunction expand and contract.  When they expand, the creation takes place by means of vāc (word) and artha (lit. meaning).  Vāc means the Śabda Brahman and artha means thirty six  tattva-s or principles.  These two bindu-s which enter one another are known as Kāma-Kāmeśvarī.  Śiva, the Supreme is in the form of the first alphabet of Sanskrit A (अ), is the cause of all sounds of Veda-s.  He attains the form of a bindu after having entered His own vimarśa form, Śaktī, in whom the entire universe is dissolved.  Like prakāśa form of bindu entering the vimarśa form of bindu, vimarśa form of bindu also enters prakāśa form of bindu, which is already within it.  As a result of this conjugation, a third bindu called as miśra bindu is born.  Miśra means combined.  Now there are three bindu-s, white, red and miśra.  These three bindu-s form a triangle, red and miśra are below and the white bindu is placed above them causing a perfect triangle.  The miśra bindu has all the tattva-s or principles within itself and is the cause for further creation.  This is the innermost triangle of Sri Chakra.  When these three dots are connected, the three connecting lines represent all the triads such as three guṇa-s, three stages of consciousness, icchā, jñāna and kriyā śaktī-s, etc.  This triangle becomes the cause for creation beginning with Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Rudra.  These three dots are also referred as sun (top), moon (right) and fire (left).  There is an inverted triangle below the three dots.  The three connecting lines of this lower triangle represent three kūṭa-s of Her Pañcadaśī mantra (nāmā 89).

Śiva and Śaktī together are known as Paramaśiva. Śiva alone has got independent power of autonomy, known as svātantraya śakti, which comprises of cit, ānanda, icchā, jñāna and kriyā śakti-s. These five śakti-s are known as Consciousness, Bliss, will, knowledge and action.  Śiva transfers His exclusive and independent power of autonomy, comprising of these five powers to Śaktī. Śiva always prefers to remain alone in a state of Bliss. He carves out His svātantraya śakti and transfers it to Śaktī. As He has transferred His Power to Her, this verse says that He cannot act without Her. It must be remembered that whatever power She has, they represent the Powers of Śiva only. She acts on behalf of Śiva alone. There is nothing in this universe that is not Śiva. Therefore, unless one understands Śaktī, he or she cannot realize Śiva, the Ultimate. She alone can reveal Śiva, says Lalitā Sahasranāma 727, Śivajñānapradāyinī.

In the process of creation, there are so many energies in action. For example, creation is taken care of by Brahmā, sustenance by Viṣṇu and death is caused by Rudra. These three are only the primary acts of the Divine. There are many other innumerable energies and every such energy is represented by a deity, either a god or a goddess. For example, water is under the control of Varuṇa, fire by Agni, etc.  All these acts are overseen by Śaktī. Without Her command, none of these gods and goddesses becomes active.

She is worshipped in Sri Chakra, where the Divine Couple, Śiva and Śaktī are seated in the central bindu (dot). Before worshipping Them in this bindu, all other gods and goddesses are worshipped in various coverings known as āvaraṇa-s. Only after obtaining the blessings of all other gods and goddesses, the Divine Couple can be worshipped. This concept is symbolically represented through Sri Chakra worship.

Lalitā Sahasranāma adores Her through 1000 nāma-s. This Supreme Sahasranāma was composed by eight Vāc Devi-s and these nāma-s highlight all Her activities. If one needs to understand Her, he or she should first understand the meaning of these nāma-s. For example the first nāma adores as the Supreme Mother and the last nāma reveals Her name as Lalitāmbikā. In between these nāma-s, She is adored for each of Her quality. Nāma 250 adores Her as pañca-brahma-svarūpiṇī. Pañca-brahma refers to Her five primary acts – creation, sustenance, death, annihilation and re-creation.

To sum up, this verse adores the Supreme Mother, who is ever compassionate, carrying out all the activities to sustain the universe. Those who have good karmas accrued over past births alone become capable of seeking Her through various forms of Her worship. When it is not easy for Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Purānic Śiva to worship Her, the kind of good karmas one needs to worship Her through Śrīvidyā Upāsana is subtly explained in this verse.

Related articles:

Soundarya Lahari - सौन्दर्यलहरी - Verse 2 

Soundarya Lahari - Verse 3

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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 is a tiny nāḍi (often explained as a nerve or an artery or a vein) inside the spinal cord known as suṣumna, where all the three guṇa-s (sattva, rajas and tamas) are present. Within suṣumna, there are two other nāḍi-s, one within the other. Outer nāḍi is suṣumna and within suṣumna there is another nāḍi vajra (literal meaning – impenetrable) and within vajra, there is a very tiny nāḍi known as citriṇi and this citriṇi nāḍi is referred as the pathway to Brahman, who is seated at the top of the head in a tiny orifice known as brahmrandra (the orifice of Brahman). Yoga Cūḍāmaṇi Upaniṣad (39) says, “When kuṇḍalinī is awakened, ascends through citriṇi nāḍi and opens the door for the practitioner to realize Brahman.” We need the help of only mind and prāṇa to awaken this Divine Power Kuṇḍalinī which lies dormant in the base chakra and through practice have to make Her unite with Her Consort of Śiva. When this Divine Union takes place, the yogi is liberated.

How importance kuṇḍalinī is in the path or liberation is explained in Haṭhayoga Pradīpaka in the chapter samādhi. “When kuṇḍalinī is awakened through various means, one enters into the state of samādhi automatically. The one, who knows the path abandons all actions when his prāṇa enters into suṣumna (technically speaking it is through citriṇi nāḍi, which is the inner most nāḍi in suṣumna. He is liberated when kuṇḍalinī enters into sahasrāra.” Therefore, the main purpose of understanding and practicing kuṇḍalinī meditation is only to attain liberation. Some supernatural powers that are attained during practice are to be ignored, if one is able to attain these powers; however, these powers are rarely attained. Kuṇḍalinī Yoga is also known as Mahā Yoga, which itself indicates its importance and supremacy.

Before practicing kuṇḍalinī, we need to have thorough understanding of the subtleties of kuṇḍalinī, which is the subtlest and yet the most powerful form of Parāśakti. As we know, She has three forms, Gross (different forms with which we worship Her, such as Kālī, Ṣoḍaśī etc. Her subtler form is Kāmakalā and Her subtlest form is Kuṇḍalinī. All these three forms are discussed in Lalitā Sahasranāma in detail.

It is always advisable to practice kuṇḍalinī meditation under the direct supervision of a learned Guru, who has experienced the Bliss of kuṇḍalinī and got liberated. Expertise of a Guru is needed in case of wrong practice which could cause serious damage to the whole body, particularly, the nervous system. While practicing kuṇḍalinī meditation, certain biological, hormonal and chemical changes happen in the body and such changes in general do not cause any harm, provided, this meditation is practiced step by step in a slow pace.

This series will discuss all possible angles of kuṇḍalinī meditation, including theory, practice, required āsana-s, prāṇāyāma, mudra-s, bandha-s, yoganidrā, activating and balancing psychic centres apart from discussing spiritual, scientific and biological angles. However, extreme caution should be exercised while practicing these procedures. Most importantly, one should have absolute faith on Her Grace.

(to be continued)

Further Readings:

Kundalini Syndrome

Kinetic Kundalini Energy

Is Kundalini Deaf

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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 devatā || (right palm on the heart chakra)॥

ॐ बीजं। नमः शक्तिः। शिवायेति कीलकम्॥

श्री सांबपरमेश्वर दर्शन भाषण सिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः॥

om bījaṁ (right shoulder)| namaḥ śaktiḥ (left shoulder)| śivāyeti kīlakam (on the navel)||

śrī sāṁbaparameśvar darśana bhāṣaṇa siddhyarthe  jape viniyogaḥ (open both the palms and run them over all parts of the body; from head to ...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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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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Finding God - 1

Thursday, February 19, 2009

There are various steps to become a yogi. To become a yogi we need guidance from another yogi, who is called spiritual Guru. We have discussed certain things in my earlier postings like Self Realisation. Now, we will go a little deep into this subject. First step is to understand consciousness thoroughly. This plays an important role in various stages of meditation. The consciousness can be defined as “understanding the subject and the object”. The consciousness cannot be defined with a relative term. This can also be interpreted as “knowing your self”. In Sanskrit, consciousness is referred as “cit”. The word “cit” can be defined as ‘self knowing self’.

Giving a proper explanation or understanding the explanation is difficult. But without understanding this, we cannot proceed further. ‘Knowing your self’ and ‘self knowing self’ is one and the same. Here the second usage of self means Atman. Consciousness is not Atman. Consciousness or cit is trying to know the atman. How is that Self appearing? It is ‘prakasha’. Prakasha means light. So, the consciousness or cit is trying to know the Self which is in the form of light. It is just not another light. This light is self illuminating and also illuminates things around it. Does it not sound like our electrical lights? When a bulb is burning, we see the burning bulb and also the things around that bulb, because of the light from the bulb. With our eyes we see both, the subject and object, whereas the Self or atman is only the subject and there is no object to see here. This is what Kato Upanishad also says. Whatever we see around us is due to the illuminating inner Self or atman. The illuminating atman cannot be seen with our physical eyes.

We can see this only with our consciousness. With consciousness we can see the ...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 Liberation. The path of bhakti leads to the path of moksha. We cannot get master’s degree without going to school and graduation. These are prerequisites for post-graduation. We begin our education in an elementary school and gradually progress to middle school, high school, graduation and finally post-graduation and research. Similarly, spiritual path, which is full of subtleties and negations can be pursued only after experiencing bhakti. What is bhakti? In bhakti, we worship a form which is mostly loved by us. Here, God and we are not on the same plane; god is always kept on a pedestal and we adore that form with clothes, flowers, ornaments, offer food for god to eat. Though god does not eat, we get satisfaction and happiness when innumerable food items are offered to god. When bhakti is intense, we also shed tears in front of this god. But, we don’t get tears in the beginning, but over a period of time, when we consider that form as our own, we become emotional. A strong relationship is established between god and us. This is the infantile step in the path of moksha. Many of us continue our lives by pursuing only the path of bhakti, without seeking the ultimate goal of our life. Human birth is God’s gift and we should not waste this without attaining Liberation. Both birth and death are always painful. Hence, it is important that we should get relief from transmigration. Śaṃkarācārya in simple terms laid the path to Liberation, which is easier to follow than the ritualistic path.

Nowadays, ritualistic path is commercialised and turned out to be crowd pulling events. Some may argue that ritualistic path is prescribed by Vedas. But, they are not aware that Vedas have subtle conveyances too. Aurobindo was the first one to give subtle interpretation to Vedas. He said yajña-s refer to inner oblations, burning ego, anger, greed, pride, attachment, desires, etc. These are the impediments in spiritual path, which is always internal. We should not be lured by crowd pullers in spiritual life. Spiritual life is always in seclusion. Nothing is needed for spiritual life; no wastage of money and no physical strain. All we need is only a pure mind. Spiritual path cannot be pursued where pomp and vanity are predominant; even bhakti takes a beating in this scenario. Now, we can understand why sages and saints went to forest to meditate. There are several instances about this in Upanishads. Kṛṣṇa also speaks of meditating in seclusion. Dualism or ritualistic path cannot be denounced. However, they are like pre-graduation period. Goal of our life is to attain moksha, for which Śaṃkarācārya clearly laid down instructions for us to follow. This path is simple and inexpensive and is the only path for Liberation.

After remaining in spiritual path for some time, the next move is towards mantra sādhana. Mantras are meant to protect and purify our mind. Mantras are to be initiated by a Guru. There are two types of Gurus. Some Gurus go deeper and deeper into mantra sādhana and barrages his disciples with scores of mantras. Other Gurus take us to the path of Liberation through the path of mantra sādhana and meditation. It is always better to approach the second type of Gurus, who guides us properly in our ultimate goal, step by step. But these types of Gurus are rare to find. No purpose would be served if we practice more than one mantra at a time. Mantras, as such, do not lead to Liberation. They only prepare our mind for the ultimate goal of realizing the Self, as Self-realization happens only in the mind. While pursuing mantra sādhana, again step by step approach should be pursued. In the initial days, we can use rosary beads for counting. After sometime, when we become conversant with the mantra, we have to discard beads and chant the mantra mentally. Then mantra should be meditated upon, which results in the mantra percolating into our subconscious mind. Thus, we unconsciously chant the mantra throughout the day. At this stage, we are ready to begin our spiritual journey. The mind needs to be cleansed with ritualistic path and mantra sādhana. Only in a fully cleansed mind, true spiritual path can be pursued. Without strong foundation, a tall building will always be unstable and similarly, without a pure mind, proper meditation cannot be pursued.

We need the help of our Guru from this point onwards and the Guru should be capable of leading us to the path of enlightenment. Spiritual path begins with three things. They are spiritual knowledge, prāṇāyama and meditation, exactly in the similar order. There is no point in reading books after books. The ultimate teaching of all the books is “you are That”. After acquiring the requisite knowledge, we have to unlearn what we have learnt, after grasping the essence and revelations of these spiritual texts such as Upaniṣad-s and non-dualistic texts authored by Śaṃkarācārya. Why unlearning? Otherwise, we will continue to dwell in doubts and there will be no end to such doubts. While acquiring knowledge, we should have absolute concentration. If we are not able to understand, we have to clarify our doubts with our Guru.

Before proceeding to the final path viz. meditation, we have to practice prāṇāyama, as advised by Guru. Prāṇāyama helps to cleanse the mind of all impurities and develop our concentration, which is important in meditation. Along with prāṇāyama, we have to learn to slow down our breathing rate, which helps to increase our awareness during meditation. To begin with, twenty minutes of meditation (which excludes prāṇāyama) twice a day. Nothing will happen in the first few minutes. After approximately 10 to 20 days, the first signs of silent mind can be observed. Under the guidance of Guru, one has to increase the duration of meditation over a period of time. Those who have responsibilities should not practice meditation for longer duration, as long duration meditation will lead to samādhi or trance. Remaining in samādhi for long time, will lead to detachment from the family. Hence, age factor should be taken into account while practicing higher meditations. Guru will properly guide us in this regard.

Once we have completed our responsibilities, we can meditate for longer duration, which will make us to remain first in savikalpa samādhi and later on in nirvikalpa samādhi, where we become one with the Self. We continue to exist in this world as long as the last trace of karma remains. Once, all our karmas are exhausted, we cease to transmigrate and merge into Brahman forever. This is the right path to Liberation. There is no short cut method to Liberation. Without a proper Guru, Liberation is not possible.

Further Readings:

ATMA BODHA - 9

ATMA BODHA - 10

ATMA BODHA - 11

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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 in different ways. It is not necessary to study all these Scriptures, as the goal is always the same viz. Brahman. Too much of reading will distort spiritual knowledge, leading only to confusion. The crux of all these Scriptures is the advice not to seek Brahman outside by getting too much into rituals and visits to sacred places. They advise us to sit and meditate and look for Brahman within. Most of the spiritual seekers fail to transform into a yogi because of practicing too many mantra japas, rituals, attending workshops and classes, etc. Knowledge about Brahman is always imparted one to one between a Guru and his disciple, that too in seclusion. But, one should be fortunate enough to get a learned Guru, who can impart the ultimate knowledge in a proper way and in stages. As has been repeatedly emphasised in this series, proper and regular prāṇāyāma and meditation alone will help, in reaching the ultimate goal of one’s life.

Lord Dattātreya, an avadhūta, is worthy of worship; because he has warded off all bondages and ever lives in the state of Ānandha. Ānandha because he perpetually stays connected with Saccidānanda (Brahman). He lives his own life, as directed by the Self within. He neither cares for society nor follows any dictums of Śāstra-s. There is no need for him to follow any of the Scriptural dictums, as there is nothing for him to attain, after being Liberated. After all, every serious spiritual aspirant, aims only for Liberation in this birth itself. If someone asks him about non-performance of rituals as prescribed in Śāstra-s, he shoots back by asking, as to whom He should do these rituals. He says, ’I am fully aware that I am the Self. Let those who teach Vedas and Scriptures think whatever they like. I am not worried, as I am the Self and I have no doubt on this. (source – Avadhūta Upaniṣad). There is no need for me to meditate, as I have no confusions or doubts. I know that my body is not me and hence I do not give importance to my body at all. I am the Self and I have no doubt about it and I do not attach any credence to what others say about me.’ Mere darśan of such an avadhūta will initiate us into higher spiritual evolution. But, it is always rare to see such avadhūta, as he always hides himself from inquisitive crowd.

What about consciousness of an avadhūta? His consciousness is not conditioned by any upādhi or māyā or avidyā. His consciousness is the purest and remains un-afflicted by any type of adjunct. It always remains pure, like the purest consciousness, which is called Brahman. For him, there is no duality, as he fully understands that everything is Brahman. He is not worried about what he wears. He does not wear any religious symbols; he does not even hesitate to shed his clothes. For him, his body is worthless.

Liberation is the toughest thing to attain. This can be attained only through practice and that too with the help of a Teacher. Spiritual evolution involves various stages beginning from a mantra japa, cessation of mantra japa, meditation, cessation of meditation, experience of Bliss, remaining in perpetual Bliss, etc. If we are stranded in any one of these stages for too long, spiritual advancement will regress, making it difficult to attain the logical goal of human birth. When the last trace of duality is dissolved, stage is set for Liberation. 

With this, series on “Spiritual Journey” is concluded.

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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 pronunciation, which is posted by Ramya Giri.

It is said that this hymn should be repeated three times a day for best results. It is important that this hymn should be chanted at the time of sunset.

ॐ उग्रं वीरं महाविष्णुं ज्वलन्तं सर्वतोमुखम्।
नृसिंहं भीषणं भद्रं मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहम्॥

om ugraṁ vīraṁ mahāviṣṇuṁ jvalantaṁ sarvatomukham |
nṛsiṁhaṁ bhīṣaṇaṁ bhadraṁ mṛtyumṛtyuṁ namāmyaham ||

श्री ईश्वर उवाच śrī īśvara uvāca

वृत्तोत्फुल्लविशालाक्षं विपक्षक्षयदीक्षितम्।
निनादत्रस्तविश्वाण्डं विष्णुं उग्रं नमाम्यहम्॥ १

vṛttotphullaviśālākṣaṁ vipakṣakṣayadīkṣitam |
ninādatrastaviśvāṇḍaṁ viṣṇuṁ ugraṁ namāmyaham || 1

सर्वैरवध्यतां प्राप्तं सबलौघं दितेः सुतम्।
नखाग्रैः शकलीचक्रे यस्तं वीरं नमाम्यहम्॥२

sarvairavadhyatāṁ prāptaṁ sabalaughaṁ diteḥ sutam |
nakhāgraiḥ śakalīcakre yastaṁ vīraṁ namāmyaham ||2

पदावष्टब्धपातालं मूर्धाविष्टत्रिविष्टपम्।
भुजप्रविष्टाष्टदिशं महाविष्णुम् नमाम्यहम्॥ ३

padāvaṣṭabdhapātālaṁ mūrdhāviṣṭatriviṣṭapam |
bhujapraviṣṭāṣṭadiśaṁ mahāviṣṇum namāmyaham || 3

ज्योतींष्यर्केन्दु नक्षत्र ज्वलनादीन्यनुक्रमात्।
ज्वलन्ति तेजसा यस्य तं ज्वलन्तं नमाम्यहम्॥ ४

jyotīṁṣyarkendu nakṣatra jvalanādīnyanukramāt |
jvalanti tejasā yasya taṁ jvalantaṁ namāmyaham || 4

सर्वेन्द्रयैरपि विना सर्वं सर्वत्र सर्वदा॥
यो जानाति नमाम्याद्यं तमहं सर्वतोमुखम्॥ ५

sarvendrayairapi vinā sarvaṁ sarvatra sarvadā ||
yo jānāti namāmyādyaṁ tamahaṁ sarvatomukham || 5

नरवत् सिंहवच्चैव यस्य रूपं महात्मनः।
महासटं महादंष्ट्रं तं नृसिंहं नमाम्यहम्॥ ६

naravat siṁhavaccaiva yasya rūpaṁ mahātmanaḥ |
mahāsaṭaṁ mahādaṁṣṭraṁ taṁ nṛsiṁhaṁ namāmyaham || 6

यन्नामस्मरणाद् भीताः भुतवेतालराक्षसाः।
रोगाद्याक्ष्च प्रणश्यन्ति भीषणं तं नमाम्यहम्॥ ७

yannāmasmaraṇād bhītāḥ bhutavetālarākṣasāḥ |
rogādyākṣca praṇaśyanti bhīṣaṇaṁ taṁ namāmyaham || 7

सर्वोऽपि यं समाश्रित्य सकलं भद्रमश्नुते।
श्रिया च भद्रया जुष्टो यस्तं भद्रं नमाम्यहम्॥ ८

sarvo'pi yaṁ samāśritya sakalaṁ bhadramaśnute |
śriyā ca bhadrayā juṣṭo yastaṁ bhadraṁ namāmyaham || 8

साक्षात् स्वकाले सम्प्राप्तं मृत्युं शत्रुगणान्वितम्।
भक्तानां नाशयेद् यस्तु मृत्युमृत्युं नमाम्यहम्॥ ९

sākṣāt svakāle samprāptaṁ mṛtyuṁ śatrugaṇānvitam |
bhaktānāṁ nāśayed yastu mṛtyumṛtyuṁ namāmyaham || 9

नमस्कारात्मकं यस्मै विधायाऽऽत्मनिवेदनम्।
त्यक्तदुःखोऽकिलान् कामान् अश्नन्तं तं नमाम्यहम्। १०

namaskārātmakaṁ yasmai vidhāyā''tmanivedanam |
tyaktaduḥkho'kilān kāmān aśnantaṁ taṁ namāmyaham | 10

दासभूताः स्वतः सर्वे ह्यात्मानः परमात्मनः।
अतोऽहमपि ते दासः इति मत्वा नमाम्यहम्॥ ११

dāsabhūtāḥ svataḥ sarve hyātmānaḥ paramātmanaḥ |
ato'hamapi te dāsaḥ iti matvā namāmyaham || 11

फलश्रुतिः॥ Phalaśrutiḥ ||

श्ङ्करेणादरात् प्रोक्तं पदानां तत्त्वनिर्णयम्।
त्रिसन्ध्यं यः पठेत् तस्य श्रीर्विद्याऽयुश्च वर्धेते॥

śṅkareṇādarāt proktaṁ padānāṁ tattvanirṇayam |
trisandhyaṁ yaḥ paṭhet tasya śrīrvidyā'yuśca vardhete ||

Meaning:
Śrī Īśvara said:
  1. I offer my salutation to the ferocious Lord, who has big round eyes; who has vowed to destroy the enemies and by His fierce roars shaking the entire world.
  2. I offer my salutations to the valorous Lord with sharp nails, tore into pieces Hiraṇyakaśipu, son of Kaśyapa and Diti, who could not be killed by anyone.
  3. I offer my salutations to Lord Viṣṇu, whose feet touch the earth, whose head touches the heaven and whose hands spread in all directions.
  4. I offer my salutations to the Lord, whose lustre illumines the sun, the moon, the stars and fire.
  5. I offer my salutations to the Lord, who knows everything, all the time, and at all places, without the help of the senses, to such primal person who has faces in all directions.
  6. I offer my salutations to Lord Nṛsiṁha, who is half-man and half-lion with mane and canine teeth.
  7. I offer my salutations to the Lord whose mere name frightens demons. Dreadful diseases get cured by chanting His name.
  8. I offer my salutations to the Lord, who is the store house of good things and worshipping Him, everyone gets all auspicious things in life.
  9.  I offer my salutations to the Lord He who is the Lord of death, who destroys death and destroys enemies of His devotees at the right time.
  10. I offer my salutations to the Lord and surrender unto Him. He will protect everyone from all kinds of miseries. He fulfils all kinds of prayers.
  11. I offer my salutations and surrender unto Him. I offer my prostrations to Him, the Supreme Being to attain His Grace.
Benefits of reciting this Stotram.

Whosoever reads this Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram with faith, thrice a day will surely get prosperity, knowledge and long life.  

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Mahaganpati Mantra Japa

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Chakra Cleansing and Energisation

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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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