Food habits and Kundalini Awakening!

Will egg consumption lead to stop Kundalini awakening?

-Nanje

Shivoham!

Dear Nanje,

Kundalini awakening as per classical systems of Yoga do require you to maintain a sattvic lifestyle that includes keeping our thoughts, behaviour, food and attitude under persistent awareness. Most of popular systems ask for it albeit it depends which path or way your teacher has chosen for you because some systems such as Aghora and Kaula etc. make judicious and ritualistic usage of things such as meat, alcohol etc. Nevertheless these things are used only as part of certain processes rather than the careless inclusion of such tamasic elements in daily living.

Those who claim that food habits have nothing to do with your kundalini miss the critical and healthy balance of ida and pingla. As spontaneous (at the moment of the event) equilibrium of Surya and Chandra Nadia is mandatory for the event to commence and progress without causing any deformation in the psyche and prana body of the practitioner. Keep in mind that this balance is obtained through strict discipline on all fronts that does include food you eat.

Keeping awareness on all the aspects of life by a seeker of truth always pays in long run. However I will once again advise you to consult your teacher in this regard.

Shivoham!

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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Secret alchemy of Hridayaadi Nyasa in Tantra Yoga

Shivoham!
Respected Ma,
I have been doing the Mantra Sadhana as directed by you from last five years and needless to say with your blessings I have been blessed with so many magical experiences. I don’t know how come but after these many years, today this question popped up in my mind. What is the real reason and effect of these Nyasas we do in our Sadhana? Please forgive me for putting this question despite getting so many miracles through this very Sadhana and after so much time.

– Ms M. Goel, Gurugram, Haryana (INDIA)

Shivoham!
Dear M.,

Yes, I know your progress has been really good all these years with the grace of Ma Bhagwati and blessings of Gurumandala. There is nothing to feel sorry, It is good you asked about the reasons for Nyaasa, its purpose & benefits.

The most evident reason for Nyaasa is invoking divinity in our body and being. It is said Devo bhootvaa devam yajet‘, Meaning one should worship the Divine after having become divine oneself. These beejas/matras that are associated with Nyaasa sequence are also deeply connected with the same process. For your understanding let me take up Hridayaadi Nyaasa’s every step in sequence.

The first effecting mantra in Hridayaadi Nyaasa is Namah.

This Nyaasa you do at heart. Right? And the correct way to perform this first step is by joining all the fingers (including thumb) and touching the centre of your chest. You have also been told to bow down your head towards heart in the process. Here Namah means bowing down to the divinity and humbly placing the divine aspect at heart with all your body constituting 5 Tattvas (all fingertips joined). It also indicates the process of ‘Tattva-padaarth Sanshodhan’ meaning – separating the chaitanyam from the matter by surrendering the 5 Bhutas to the heart, abode of chaitanyam. This step creates a feeling of submission and invoked humility instead of the ego of individuality. The heart is the place for love and devotion and once you invoke the power of love it makes you capable to absorb the infinite.

The second effecting mantra in Hridayaadi Nyaasa is Swaha.

This is done by placing the soft middle part of your palm on the top of your head (shira). Here you are surrendering (burning) your ego with swaha mantra at the lotus feet of your Guru-Shakti-Dwaya who are seated in the sahasraara chakra. By surrendering your ego at the lotus feet of your Guru you are becoming a little child who is now protected in the lap of her mother. This gives a feeling of inner security and does not allow any kind of doubt and fear come in the sadhana. This is the most beautiful part of Hridayaadi Nyaasa.

The third effecting mantra in Hridayaadi Nyaasa is Vashat.

The place for invoking is shikhaa (the crest or top knot) which represents the divine (teja) fire element. You touch the crest of your head by touching with your right hand’s thumb (fire) and keeping other fingers closed in a fist like position. This pace invokes the divine vision as you know this is the place for receiving the cosmic energy in the body. The subtle messages are received at this place of the body. The divine glow of deity is invoked at this place with a request to the divine power of deity to descend upon us.

The fourth effecting mantra in Hridayaadi Nyaasa is Hum.

This step is done with both the hands by touching the tip of left shoulder using right hand’s base of pinky and left hand is crossed at chest over the right hand to similarly touch the left shoulder. This position of hands creates a cross-like shape at the heart level, invoking a sense of security. The purpose of this step is to create an impenetrable shield (kawacha) around us, to shield our body from unwanted negative forces that might disrupt our sadhana. This mudra is beneficial in creating a feeling of self-reassurance in the practitioner and definitely creates a sphere of protective divine energy around. The mantra is also about warding off the unwanted entities from your place of practice and reclaiming your space.

The fifth effecting mantra in Hridayaadi Nyaasa is Vaushat.

This step is performed at our three eyes using first three fingers. The forefinger touches the right visible eye, the ring finger touches the left eye and the middle finger touches our invisible and dormant third eye. This process is done to ignite the power of divine vision. Use of middle finger (Space – that contains fire seed) at third eye is a trigger for energizing this centre and thus be blessed with the divine vision by the grace of deity. The power to see the Truth is dormant here and this step invokes the same in the sadhak.

The sixth and last effecting mantra in Hridayaadi Nyaasa is Phat.

This is performed using both the hands. The first two fingers i.e. the forefinger and middle finger of the right hand are stretched (while pinky and ring fingers are pressed over by thumb) and these are encircled around head (just above level of shoulders) in anti-clockwise direction starting from the left shoulder, bringing them in the front. Upon completing of this circle these two fingers are forcefully hit on the left palm ( that is kept at the level of manipura chakra ) creating clapping sort of sound (Phat). This process is done to burn one’s all the three types of bondages (taapa – daihika, daivik and bhautika) or sufferings in the pyre of Agni Chakra fire. The sound created in the process represents the sounds emanating from a real burning of  wood in fire of pyre.

As we always say that Tantrik processes work even when done without any understanding of them but if you know what they really signify nothing like it. Now you know the inner meaning of this process as well so use it to your advantage fully.

Keep progressing in your sadhana.

Blessings from Masters..

-Ma Shakti Devpriya

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Supplementing Astrology with Swara Yoga

स्वरहीनश्च दैवज्ञो नाथहीनं यथा गृहम् |
शास्त्रहीनं यथा वक्त्रं शिरोहीनं च यद्वपुः ||
— शिव स्वरोदय
An astrologer without the knowledge of Swara Yoga is akin to a house without its master; or a mouth without scripture; or a body without a head.
Śiva Swarodaya

What is Swara Yoga?

Swara Yoga has a compelling utility for the material as well as the spiritual man. For the material man, it can be leveraged effectively to gain insights into the right time for taking decisive steps towards his material well being – starting a business, joining a job, constructing a house, negotiating a deal and such myriad dilemma we face every day. It is the best divination technique for everyone common man who is ready to spend his life in this discipline. For the spiritual, it is the invaluable tool to knowing one’s own self.

Tying Astrology to Swara Yoga

Prediction through astrology follows a process, with its own pitfalls and problems. When you reach out to a conscientious astrologer, he will ask for the birth details and duly cast a horoscope.
Then starts a grueling process of reading a multitude of charts, divisional charts, various types of daśā, planetary positions, strength of planets, aṣtakavarga, transits, so on and so forth. There are way too many parameters to be reckoned – and the process of reconciliation of these disparate and often contradictory indicators is a difficult task and needs a lot of focus, time and experience. Even so, there are many times when the reading remains ambiguous and it is easy to make a mistake.
The concomitant question that follows is – whether there is another system of knowledge to supplement astrology with? A system that can stand on its own, even without astrology?
That answer lies in Swara Yoga, as enunciated in the nigama scripture Śiva Swarodaya. Swar Yogīs have been predicting for ages based on this scripture, many even without the knowledge of astrology.
It therefore, behoves astrologers to get versed in this discipline as well and render service to others by guiding them in life.

Workshop Experience: where to learn

I had the great fortune of sitting in a Swara Yoga workshop in Pune in the first week of August, propounded by Ma Shakti Devpriya under the auspices of The Shakti Multiversity. As Ma led the participants through the intricacies of this scripture, it became evident it was coming from someone who has lived the scripture in her life. Replete with personal experiences and practical tips, the session turned out to be a gold mine for the seeker, both from material and spiritual perspective.
Those interested in Swara Yoga may log onto www.shaktimultiversity.com and register for any upcoming course/workshop on the subject.
This article has been contributed by Niraj Mohan a triteeya koti Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Practitioner. Niraj is a well placed officer at management level in a multinational company at Pune and has interest in practical astrology only to help people around him through this divine knowledge. He can be reached at: https://www.facebook.com/nirajmohanastrology/

Menstrual Hygiene Day- Keep yourself clean energywise

In the praise of Womanhood! 

Today is  International Menstrual Hygiene Day, which came into existence in 2014 to bring awareness regarding menstrual hygiene. Yes, this is a very important issue and needs a great force to bring in this awareness. The world is coming together on various platforms to address this issue by organizing events, rallies and even concerts.

We are today thinking of bringing awareness on the hygiene part of menstruation but there are still questions about menstrual impurity and cultural bondage’s that comes with it. Women today are getting aware and want to know why is it that they are considered impure during the five days of periods. Many women have somehow just accepted this fact that there is something wrong with their bodies during this period and therefore keep on questioning on what they can do and what they cannot. And one more important question that generally women have is why do they feel upset, frustrated and overly irritated and is there some way to deal with this. I will cover all these aspects in the post today, and most importantly from a Tantrika’s view of it.

The play of energies is different during this phase and we should understand it.

In Tantra, menstruation is not a taboo nor a thing to be ashamed of. Primacy of Body is one of the fundamental teachings of Tantra. The basic practices of Tantra do not actually require any abstinence during the periods. But advanced practices where deity worship is done there are some rules to be followed. There is no question of impurity for such rules. My Vidhya Guru once gave a simple explanation for such rules. He said that there are three types of energies in the world, Sattvic, Tamasic and Rajasic. During periods the Tamasic energies in the female are heightened. Doing deity Sadhana at this time is not preferred. Because you can offer only what you have and when your Tamasic energies are high you offer only these energies of inertia and darkness. You want to offer pure and active energies. Isn’t it? The explanation is simple and offers us insight into why deity worship is not considered during the menstrual cycle.

Although the patriarchal society  made this whole natural phenomenon into a big taboo that caused shame and embarrassment to the women at large. Which certainly should not be so. As these ideas of being impure and dirty during these times have a deep impact on the psyche of the women. Unawareness, lack of education and poverty are the main reasons which are the cause for such baseless ideas.

I would also like to share about how my Tantra Guru dispelled this notion of impurity completely. In my initial years of Sadhana he taught me few very powerful Yagnas. When I started doing them, I too had this question in my mind could I continue during those special days of mine. And he said “YES!” You should continue your Yaganas, You are a Shakti performing Yagna for MahaShakti, such things do not matter here. And moreover there is Fire in Yagna, that will burn all the negative energies and make them pure and holy. I have immense respect for all my Gurus so do follow what they have said to me and none of them considered Menstruation as a taboo, or a dirty phase. It is an essential and natural process of the body.

pH Balance is okay, but keep the Energies in Balance too.

My all Guru’s recommended Jap during the periods. Mantra Jap can be done at anytime and by every initiate. There is a deeper meaning to why Mantra Jap should be done during these periods. During this time, we tend to lose lots of energy and need loads of rest. And this is not because we cannot do anything. In today’s times when we have modern facilities through which we can manage the periods hygienically and also continue with our daily routines as efficiently as ever, but this is the time to internalize and rest.

You are not untouchable on those days but others are! ..because of your extremely high receptivity for subtler energies.

So, women are not only losing energies but are also very receptive during this period. So it is essential to be aware of what type of energies you absorb during this phase of yours. Of course there are hormonal changes, and everything that you managed to ignore initially is going to surface now. This is  the time for inner growth and flowering. Great insights and ideas can come during these times if you allow them to happen. I always ask to rest and internalize for the initial two days of your menses as this is an important time. Do Mantra japa, contemplate, write your journal and wait for the periods to be over before you go out and share your ideas and fruits of contemplation with people around. This is the time when you should nurture your inner self. With the blood you lose you also lose ojas from your body, and so in Tantra there are also practices that help in decreasing this loss . Although such practices are not given away carelessly as it requires some serious practitioners to learn and perform them.

You can practice Panch Mahabhut Shakti Kriya to keep your energies and thoughts in balance during this phase.

Menstruation is great period of healing and mystery. This period of great heightened energies and receptivity can bring profound changes in a woman when lived with total awareness. As we bring awareness towards the menstrual hygiene it is also vital now to bring our awareness back to the mysterious play of energies going on in the body of a female during this sacred period.

Shivoham!

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

About Ma Shakti Devpriya

Ma Shakti Devpriya is a Tantrika in the Krama System of SriVidya. Having authored the book; Tattva Shakti Vigyaan - Tantra for Modern Man, she is authority on Swar Vigyaan, Prateek Vigyaan and Tantric Mandala divination, Mantra Yoga etc. She offers her wisdom through her workshops organized under the aegis of The Shakti Multiversity. Her ONLINE courses on various occult sciences are also available on www.shaktimultiversity.com

Understanding the secrets of Yajna! (यज्ञभावनम्-1)

The following post by Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji captures the exact understanding as given by VedaGuru Shri Atharvan ji. On one hand SadhGurudev Shri ‘Atharavan’ elaborates on the principles of yajna on the other he simplifies it for the ordinary man. Gurudev  Shri says “Just as rivers flow towards and merge in the ocean, just as every drop from cloud falls on earth, in the same way only due to grace of Lord almighty the rays of deep secrets of Rishis shine in my heart and I humbly imbibe that knowledge in my personal life and disseminate for all.”
Describing the simplest process of a powerful yajna he goes on to say “Nurturing a lamp’s flame – keeping it uninterrupted, continuously is an eternal yajna. Wherever it happens that place becomes the abode of divine energies (shakti-peetha). In my place we have two flames that are uninterrupted from last 17 years and the impact of this continuous yajna  is magical. For an ordinary materialistic man the flame is embodiment of divinity just as sun. In the places such as temples house a flame – these are abode of divinity. A temple that has no jyoti or flame is like cremation ground.”
I am sure Acharya ji’s efforts to place the rare knowledge of Sadhguru Shri Atharvan ji for the benefit of public at large would bring in light, penance and spirit of renunciation in each one of you.
-Ma Shakti Devpriya


Yajna
has one generic meaning – giving or offering something with respect and it has specific meaning – offering aahutis in fire while pronouncing ‘swaahaa’. What is aahuti, whatever agni can burn to ashes such as havya, havan samagri, samidhaa, fuel and food. Human life is a yajna in process. Giving while receiving and receiving while giving is unavoidable. The world moves through this exchange, giving and receiving. When this giving and receiving is impregnated with reverence, faith, devotion and sense of responsibility (kartavya) it is called Yajna. Through such a process an individual discovers oneself. Self-illumination’s another name is yajna. Lighting up a flame is yajna. Fire expressing itself in flames is yajna. Whatever we have, offering that to deity (divine) without considering that as our own, is yajna. Idam na mama (इदं न मम  ) –  is the principle of yajna. Idam tubhyama tasmai vaa ( इदं  तुभ्यम् तस्मै वा  ) –  ‘this is for you or for him’ – is the complementary principle of yajna. From being focused or attached on ‘things’ (वस्तुनिष्ठ) to being focused or centred in ‘self’ (आत्मनिष्ठ) is the goal of yajna. वस्तुनिष्ठ – means being attached to things & sense enjoyments, considering them as your own. आत्मनिष्ठता – is to be free from such attachment and delusion.

Yajna is considered to be the head of dharma, it is the very life force (prana) of Rishi culture; it is the organ of action – the hand of aaryan (respectable) civilization and conduct of noble life. Yajna is practice of ‘kriya yoga’ , beginning of charity and picture of renunciation.

Sun if performing yajna continuously giving heat & light and eradicating darkness and cold. Vayu is performing yajna – giving motion and absolving inertia. Aapas (water) is performing yajna – supplying moistness and destroying dryness. Bhumi (land) is performing yajna –  giving us annam (food) while digesting the dirt and filth. When for the benefit of this world this yajna of prakriti  (nature) goes on why should we not perform yajna  in the service of world? We must offer the devas (deities) and other creatures what they need. Some force has ‘given’ us it all, therefore it is essential (unavoidable thing) that we ‘give’ to someone or the other. This compulsion karma (action)  is dharma (essential nature). This is called yajna.

In day to day we use a word ‘धूमधाम’ (dhooma-dhaama) in Hindi generally for expressing ‘celebratory mood’. It is said that noble deeds, prescribed rituals, dhaarmic events etc. must be done in a celebratory mood (धूमधाम से ). The real meaning of this word is – Dhaama (abode) of Dhooma (smoke) = Yajna-sthal (the place where yajna is performed). In this physical yajna the smoke goes up disappearing in the sky and there is light around the homakunda (pitfire). Thus the real meaning of yajna is – Expulsion of  smoke (negativity, ignorance) and production of light. The one who is free of ignorance, negativity & sin and full of knowledge, unperplexed & unwavering, is true yajnik ( person who performs the yajna ). The abode (body) of such a man is dhooma-dhaama.

Wherever there is yajna there is fire. Worship of fire is another name of yajna. In physical sense – After making a fire by burning wood and offering therein ghee (clarified butter), tila (sesame seeds), yava (barley), fragrant spices and herbs, charu (other agreeable items) with recitation of ‘swaahaa’ is the process of yajna. Gaining happiness and joy by offering food and gifts at the end of a yajna  marks its completion. Yajna is counted in both nitya (prescribed to be done daily) and naimittika (prescribed to be done on specific occasions or for specific purposes) karmaas (actions). In view of vedic science performing daily yajna is dharma (duty).

[ Guruji says that he performs the yajna on daily basis and therefore is rightfully speaking on this subject without a speck of doubt or confusion ]

Divya (divine) agni (fire) is up there in the sky situated at the core of the Sun. The same fire when descends on earth (is transmuted and stored in objects) in materials like wood etc. it is called paarthiva (terrestrial or earthly). Further the same fire working in the digestive systems of creatures is known as jathara (जठर  ).  Since there are three types of fires there are three types of yajnas. 

  1. Offering jala (water) in the divya (divine) fire – known as tarpana (तर्पण) and arghya known as saurayajna (सौरयज्ञ)
  2. Offering havya (हव्य – articles agreeable to be used in yajna) in fire prepared by consuming woods is called paarthivayajna (पार्थिवयज्ञ)
  3. Offering morsels of food in the mouth is known as praaniyajna (प्राणियज्ञ)

Praaniyajna is performed by offering (feeding) food to aitithi (guest) or brahmin. In this yajna the havya comprises of – milk, curd, gheeksheera, delicacies, sweets etc. Even when you eat (feed your own body) you are performing a yajna and one should chant these three mantras remembering some great rishi or your guru while accepting first three morsels. The mantras are –

अग्नये कव्यवाहनाय स्वाहा (agnaye kavyavaahanaaya swaahaa)
सोमाय पितृमते स्वाहा
( somaaya pitrimate swaahaa)
प्रजापतये विश्वकर्मणे स्वाहा (prajaapataye vishwakarmane swaahaa)

Remembering twelve forms of Sun, early in the morning or any other time when you put water drops in your mouth you perform saurayajna by offering arghya* or tarpan. 

The mantras for twelve forms are as following –

Udyate Namah, Udaayate Namah, Suraaje Namah, Viraaje Namah, Samraaje Namah, Astanyate Namah, Astameshyate Namah, Astamitaaya Namah, Swaraaje Namah, Vyaraaje Namah and Samaraaje Namah

उद्यते नमः , उदायते नमः , सुराजे नमः , विराजे नमः , सम्राजे नमः , अस्तंयते नमः , अस्तमेष्यते नमः , अस्तमिताय नमः , स्वराजे नमः , व्यराजे नमः , समराजे नमः

Material (physical) yajna is to be done in early morning. For a dwija, the person who wears sacred thread ( yajyopaveeta ) cow ghee (clarified butter) is most suitable havya. In case there is no availability of cow ghee any suitable havya (item that can burn completely in fire) is alright. The dwija is ordained to do this yajna  using Vedic Hymns but adwija (one who does not legitimately wear sacred thread) should do yajna only using Ishta Names. The mantras that use names (ishtanaama) only can be used by all. Vedamantras are only for the one’s who have gone through re-birthing process and wear sacred thread. One should do yajna  as per one’s sect, branch and noble discretion and culture.

For those who are not able to (due to non-availability of Vedee or firepit for yajna ) do full fledged yajna using various materials (havya) they should also complete the daily yajna by considering the deepaka (lamp with wick) as Vedee. After lighting up the flame of lamp you should pour the ghee drop by drop offering aahuti (havya) to 33 Devas (deities – belonging to shakti varga) and 3 Mahadevas (deities belonging to Shaiva Varga).  The mantras to be used are as below –

kaaya swaahaa, khaaya swaahaa, gaaya swaahaa, ghyaaya swaahaa, ngaaya swaahaa, chaaya swaahaa, chhaaya swaahaa, jaaya swaahaa, jhaaya swaahaa, (g)nyaaya swaaha, taaya swaahaa, thaaya swaahaa, daaya swaahaa, dhaaya swaahaa, naaya swaahaa, taaya swaahaa, thaaya swaahaa, daaya swaahaa, dhaaya swaahaa, naayaa swaahaa, paaya swaahaa, phaaya swaaha, baaya swaaha, bhaaya swaahaa, maaya swaahaa, yaaya swaahaa, raaya swaahaa, laaya swaahaa, vaaya swaahaa, shaaya swaahaa, sHaaya swaahaa, saaya swaahaa, haaya swaahaa, aaya swaahaa, iye swaahaa, uve swaahaa.

काय स्वाहा | खाय स्वाहा | गाय स्वाहा | घाय स्वाहा | ङाय स्वाहा | चाय स्वाहा | छाय स्वाहा | जाय स्वाहा | झाय स्वाहा | ञाय स्वाहा | टाय स्वाहा | ठाय स्वाहा | डाय स्वाहा | ढाय स्वाहा | णाय स्वाहा | ताय स्वाहा | थाय स्वाहा | दाय स्वाहा | धाय स्वाहा | नाय स्वाहा | पाय स्वाहा | फाय स्वाहा | बाय स्वाहा | भाय स्वाहा | माय स्वाहा | याय स्वाहा | राय स्वाहा | लाय स्वाहा | वाय स्वाहा | शाय स्वाहा | षाय स्वाहा | साय स्वाहा | हाय स्वाहा | आय स्वाहा | इये स्वाहा | उवे स्वाहा |

There originate, in these 33 devas and 3 mahadevas (33 consonants and 3 vowels) innumerable (infinite) words (steps) therefore in these the whole creation is contained. Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners can clearly see the hidden meaning behind these mantras.

Fire is indestructible divine light. To gain splendor and light in persona and being one should perform yajna (Worship of Fire/ Contemplation on Sun). Yajna (sacrifice/giving) is the duty (dharma) of a householder. Accumulation of wealth (limited) is also duty of a householder. Yajna’s benefits are indestructible and never go in vain. The one who performs yajna becomes eligible for artha (money). By performing yajna one gets money, power, teja (brilliance of being),  children and health effortlessly. There are various forms of yajna. As many people are there that many kinds of yajnas  are there. Yajna  is done to become a devata (divine being). The worshipper of fire (pure, above the ordinary) is fire himself. All other devatas (deities) are dependant on fire therefore worshiping fire is superior. Agni (fire) is braahman (ब्राह्मण), it is mouth of devas – mean to say, Fire is the superior most. The one who does not perform yajna (worship of fire) is unlucky. Once your spirit (prescience) becomes pure, once you rise above selfishness every action of yours becomes yajna. Once you start living a yaajnik (charity/service and dutiful) life, your conduct becomes pure, your sins are destroyed, your teja shines forth, ojas improves, you become source of positivity, fearlessness rises and you do not remain an individual but become divine. To become deva is the fructification of yaajnik life.

In all auspicious works jyoti (fire) finds first place. This creation is interplay of fire & soma (अग्नीषोमीयtherefore we establish a kalasha-brahma (a metallic or earthen pot filled with water) representing this interplay. Kalasha contains amrita (water) and above it is a deepa flame (fire). This is representation of poorna-brahm (पूर्णब्रह्म) as described in scriptures.

Yajna  is our ancient most dharma (duty). Rishi Vishwaamitra protected this dharma through Shri Rama. The one who performs yajna must be protected and saved therefore Bhaagawaan Rama is nurturer of yajna. Those who want to destroy people or the rituals of yajna are raakshasas (devils). The foundation of paarthiva yajna is  Go (gau – cow). The cow (ox/bull) helps in agriculture to make havya (annam – material that can be sacrificed in fire-pit or fire of stomach) available. Cow gives us milk, ghee. Annam and ghrita (clarified butter)  are used in fire sacrifices. In offering aahutis (havya) Vedamantras are used. The one who performs this sacrifice (Hotaa)  is dwija. If you remember our scriptures say that Vishnu awataras (incarnations) happen only to protect Go (cow), dwija (performers of yajna), Vedas, and Yajna (dharma).

Performing yajna is actually equivalent to protecting yajna. This creates the element of Rama (protector of nature) in us. The form of Yajna keeps changing due to situations and the times (Ages) but yajna never becomes extinct. It never dies. Maintaining a dhooni (a pit of fire where fire never dies) is yajna. The household ritual of Agiyaara (offering havya/ghee on burning coal) is yajna.

Praanaayaama is yajna. In this the praana in apaana and apaana in praana is offered with the chanting of omkaara (ॐ ). Praana – Inhale, Apaana – exhale. Offering apaana in Praana is Antarkumbhaka. Offering praana in apaana  is – Baahyakumbhaka. Omkaara mantra is  a-kaara brahm. With inspiration and expiration recitation of mantras like Raam (राम ) or Hamsa (हंस ) is  japa Yajna. The gentle manifestation of Sun (surya) is Raama (रम्यते अनेन) and strong one is Hamsa (हन्ति अंधकार सनोति प्रकाशम्). Contemplation on self (swaadhyaaya) is yajna  of intellect(buddhi-mahad).

In fact Yajna is violent in nature. It is something in which the impure, inauspicious is killed, in this ignorance and darkness is destroyed. For the larger benefit of mankind even war is yajna. Herein to eradicate the vibrations of devilish nature the blood and flesh of terrorists and destroyers of peace and harmony are offered to this earth as aahuti. In the times of avataras unfailingly there have been violence based yajna for the larger good of humanity. The blood of the inhuman, unjust and cruel people becomes aajya  (molten clarified butter – Ghee) in this yajna. Without an iota of doubt or confusion you must know that violence is also dharma (duty) but the non-violence (ahimsaa) is parama-dharma (ultimate / higher / superior duty) in which the negativity and cruelty filled hearts are changed without killing those people with weapons but through deep love (prema).

In yajna there is dominance and importance of karma (action). When your actions like sleeping-waking, getting up-walking, speaking, thinking are done with the noble intention of larger good these become yajna. The divine intentions behind actions (karma) makes them yajna. Karma Yogi (the one who is engaged in actions of larger good without any selfish motives) is mahaatmaa (great soul). The son of karma is praarabdha (actions stored only to fructify at later times). The father of praarabdha (Fate) is the karma. Sanskaarita (perfected, well articulated and selfless) karma (action) is Yajna. 

The yajna is the conduit of life. Performing benevolent actions for the upliftment of self and world is yajna. यज्ञधर्माय नमः !

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

*arghya means – something that deserves respectful reception

Swara Yoga Lessons by Tantra Master Ma Shakti Devpriya ji

Question:

Shivoham! Ma,

I am noticing my swara since few days. I take a note right at the time of sunrise. And few more times in the day. I have noticed that during the sunrise, some days it is as per the tithi. but some days it is not and even if I try to change it, it does not change. During the day, i have understood that most of the times it is surya that is active. I remember you said that chandra should be active during the day and surya in the night. So what should i do to correct it. Although i try few methods to change but it does not change for a long time. And how do i ensure that the correct swara is active during sunrise.

K.P.

Shivoham!

Dear K.P.

This is almost a common query, that all the new practitioners and enthusiasts of Swar Vigyaan have, that Swara is not according to the tithi. There are few reasons for this. Although I did share in the class, about how we can predict about our coming day, paksha, month and even year by reading our Swara during sunrise. But I had also mentioned, to predict correctly, we need to achieve proper working of the Swara.

When the swara is not according to the tithi, the first thing that should be attempted is to change the swara. This can be done by any of the method I had taught during the class. As you mention, that even if you try to change the swara it does not change and you also share that most of the times it is the surya swara that is active, so let us understand what can be the underlying causes for the same.

The first point to understand here is that there is certainly some problem/issue or disease. It can be on mental level and/or physical level. So try to contemplate on the following pointers.

Health of respiratory system

First step is to understand the health of your respiratory system. It means right from the nose to the lungs. Nose is a very important organ when it comes to understanding of the swaras and so its upkeep is very much necessary. Have you ever suffered from sinusitis, or currently are you having blocked nostrils or nasal passages. Also understand if there is unusual dryness in the nostrils? Do remember to do Jal Neti every morning, it will ensure you have clear nasal passages. Applying ghee (clarified butter) in the nostrils once daily will be helpful if you experience dryness in the nose. Also be sure of any anatomical issues like nasal septum deviation etc. There can also be some swelling in the throat or nasal area. If you are suffering from any of the above issue, proper treatment should be taken.

Health of Digestive system:

Problems with digestive system actually reflect on the overall health of our body. If you study and correct your swaras daily, you will soon realize that they are first ones to tell you that there is some problem with your digestive system. Over active pingala nadi or surya swara, can mean too much heat in the body. It can be reflected as hyper acidity in the system. Too much toxin buildup in the body is also a cause for overactive surya swara.

Posture:

This is also an important but many times overlooked cause for disturbed swaras. Overactive surya swara can simply mean that nerves in the left side of your body are weak. You must have noticed yogis sitting with a straight back and maintain the graceful posture for longer period of time. It has a reason behind it, when you sit with a straight back, you actually let proper functioning of the nadis to happen. Even a little bit of bent on either sides, affect the subtle nadis and that can be easily understood by reading the swara. Do you find yourself bent mostly towards your left side. Suppose you sit for longer periods of time, which side do you bent to?

Other less known Factors

If you are into any spiritual practice, especially mantras.. notice which mantras you are chanting because certain mantras (the most potent of those are of Agni, Surya, Narsimha and Hayagreeva) tend to increase fire-activity in the body thus disrupt the swara cycle.

Tattvic imbalance is another factor which come in the way of restoring normal swara cycle. In our lineage for the uninitiated ones we suggest Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya for this issue.

Nadi-Shuddhi is not just desirable but mandatory for achieving perfection in Swara Yoga discipline. Anyone who wishes to achieve greater success in Swara Vigyaan must conduct oneself through the Nadi-Shodhan practice on daily basis because it is a Complete Wellness Programme in itself and removes all diseases from body.

Weight shifting is general phenomenon that impacts swara cycle. Notice which leg do you tend to put your weight on, when standing for long time? Which side of the body do you use more?  As you will answer these questions you will find insight into functioning of your swaras.

Further any infection, pain or even dental filling in your left jaw can trigger surya swara dominance.

Once you are able to understand the underlying cause, for one swara dominance and rectify it, the functioning of the swara according to the tithi during sunrise will also start happening.

Finally, I would add a word of caution here. We tend to think about our bodies like machines, and feel that just tightening some screws here and there is going to heal it. You should understand that your body is a play of subtle energies and your lifestyle, emotions, situations has caused wear and tear to your body over many years, so it will take time in bringing harmony and balance in it.

If you do not take care of these minute things it may not be possible to bring perfect balance. If you continue having erratic lifestyle (includes sleep cycles, food quality and timings, exercise, pranayama and of course stress) there is less hope.  So minimize the damage you do to your body and experience the wonderful support of swaras in your life mentally, physically and spiritually.

-Ma Shakti Devpriya

Ma Shakti Devpriya is a Tantra Master in Krama System, Founder of 'The Shakti Multiversity' and non-profit 'Sacred Association for rejoice and Love'. Her book on Tantric Spirituality "Tattva Shakti Vigyaan - Tantra for Modern Man' is the best-seller at Amazon in its category. She along with her beloved consort Master AD takes workshops on Swara Yoga, Prateek Vigyaan, 5D Shakti Healing, Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya and also initiates sincere seekers in Tantric practices through Tattva Shakti Vigyaan deeksha.

Dharana- The power of concentration

“In   the   beginning   of  meditation,   lights  of  various colours, such as red, white, blue, green, a mixture of red and green lights, etc., appear in front of the forehead. They are Tanmatric lights. Every Tattva has its own hue. Prithvi Tattva has yellow colour. Apas Tattva has white colour. Agni has red colour. Vayu has green colour. Akasa had blue colour. The coloured lights are due to these Tattvas only.
Sometimes a big sun or moon, or lightninglike flashes appear in front of the forehead during meditation. Do not mind these appearances. Shun them. Try to dive deep into the source of these lights.
Sometimes Devas, Rishis, Nitya Siddhas will appear in meditation. Receive them with honour. Bow to them. Get advice from them. They appear before you to help and give you encouragement. 
In the beginning of meditation and concentration you will see in the centre of the forehead a resplendent, flashing light. This will last for half or one minute and then disappear. The light will flash either from above or sideways. Sometimes a sun of 6 inches or 8 inches in diameter with or without rays will be seen. You will see the form of your Guru or Upasya-Murty also.
When you get glimpses of the Self, when you see the blazing light, when you get some other extraordinary spiritual experiences, do not fall back in terror. Do not give up the Sad-hana. Do not mistake them for a phantom. Be brave. March boldly with joy”  says Swami Sivananda in one of his articles on Meditation.

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN MEDITATION?

Everyone, who has ever tried to meditate knows how difficult it is to bring this dragon of mind under one’s slight control, what to talk of experiences. Majority of the first timers in meditation are so bogged down by this phenomenon called mind that they think it’s better to go fishing or listen to a soothing piece of music rather than sit in lotus posture on a meditation mat to tame this invisible nuisance-creator – The Mind.

Mind’s ways are peculiar and who understands that better than the eastern mystics and Yogis who not only deeply studied the patterns of the erratic mind but also discovered wonderful ways to bring this mind to its legitimate stature of a Servant!

This 3 Hr programme on Dharana gives you clearer understanding of the techniques you can use to control your mind better.

Can’t Concentrate BUT YOU CAN Meditate!

In fact There are two diagonally opposite methodologies adopted by the eastern Masters to tame the devil – One has its roots in Yoga and the other in Tantra. Although there are stark differences in these two yet somewhere Tantra has liberally and successfully integrated the static and dynamic ways of meditation and therefore Dharana is synonymous with ‘Meditation’ in Tantric scriptures.

A common student of Patanjali Yoga knows a sequence that places concentration before meditation. This translates to – If you can’t concentrate you can never be able to meditate. This is perfectly true but since ways of minds are innumerable hence there are other ways to meditate for sure. Did you hear me saying ‘You can surely skip practice of concentration to be able to enter meditation?’ Yes! This is exactly the point.

Dharana – Using the Power of Mind!

‘Mind over matter’ is a very common phrase.  A strong and controlled mind is capable of healing chronic and life threatening diseases. But this same mind, when not in control can become the biggest obstacle when one tries to practice meditation. A Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner knows how delicately the mind is placed in the cosmological map of existence that is the 36 Tattvas. The mind is the origin of Jnanendriyas (Sense organs) , which further form the karmendriya (Action organs), from which originate the Tanmatras (Subtle organs) and finally the Panch Mahabhutas (material elements) are formed. The mind itself originates from Buddhi (Intellect) and if we trace the map towards its origin, we come to know about Ahankara (Ego),  Pakriti(Nature), Purusha (Individual soul) Maya(Illusion),  the five Kanchukas( the five limitations) and the five Shuddha Tattvas (Pure Elements)  and reach right till the Shiva Tattva (Pure Consciousness). The mind has the capability to move in any direction, but we mostly find it attracted towards material side as it becomes stronger when it enters into the cycle of formation. While moving towards the Pure Consciousness makes the mind lose its identity and is certainly not an easy journey for it. When you have control over your mind and can focus and concentrate on anything you wish for long period of time, it means you have perfected the practice of Dharana. The Dharana in itself converts into meditation, triggering the journey towards Pure Consciousness. You will be given practices to calm the continuous chatter of mind and perfect your concentration in the Dharana Workshop. So that the art of keep mind over matter is achieved.

Dharana Workshop & Its Contents

Since the practice of concentration is not possible unless the activity involved is of interest you would be given some utterly simple but effective ‘Active-Handles’ to gain the firm grip over your mind and loads of useful information on how mind works that you would love to put to test.

It is Knowledge cum Practical Workshop by our beloved Master Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath.  Following are the contents in brief –

  • What is mind – A Master or Slave
  • Brief introduction to Nadis & their impact on Mind
  • How Prana Fuels the mind – Useful tips on it!
  • Replacing Control with Awareness
  • Emotion as an Active Handle
  • Perfection before Manifestation
  • Practicing Dharana in daily life
  • Takeaway Practices

Duration & Mode of Delivery

It is a 3 Hour LIVE Interactive Workshop taken on Skype Session by  Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath.

More info & How to register?

For Registrations and more information on this programme –
Drop a mail on shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

Applied Wisdom of Saundarya Lahiri – by Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

With permission of our beloved master, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath we are placing the excerpts of a discourse that he delivered on the topic of Saundarya Lahari Sadhana for the benefit of every seeker. Read on..

Shivoham!

Saundarya Lahiri sadhana in Tantric system is a means to attain the highest spiritual experience i.e. pratyaksha darshanam of Devi in all her grandeur and glory. If you aspire for that kind of experience then you MUST be initiated in Tantric discipline. Once initiated as and when you become capable your Guru shall allow this sadhana and also tell you some secret keys of this. A Tantric practitioner is supposed to takes up ANY sadhana ONLY with the Guru’s permission. 

But those of you who are not initiated should not get disheartened because you can equally benefit from it.. gain higher wisdom, material wealth, perfect health… great relationships and much more just by rendering the chanting of different verses to the Mother divine in prescribed manner. So.. Irrespective of your status of initiation or deeksha Your connecting with Shakti shall grant you all the resources, powers and toys needed for leading a comfortable and engaging life. I think that is what most of you have come for. (Smiles)

In fact this very first verse of Saundarya Lahiri can be said to be a Kalpa-Vriksha or wish-granting tree. It is oozing with power to fulfill ALL YOUR DESIRES FOR OBJECTS. Everyone who seeks fulfillment of one’s material desires can use this verse for obtaining divine mother’s grace. Within this verse there are concealed and coded vibrations of the panchakshari  mantra i.e. Shiva’s Mantra and also the maha-mantra of SriVidya that is called Panchdasi Maha-Mantra -Vidya. Since none of you are yet inducted in these mantras I shall not be uttering the mantras. I hope soon all of you shall progress and become eligible for initiation into SriVidya..

SO… now let’s look at the first  verse of this great mantra-stuti.. it is:

                                          || Sanudarya Lahiri – Verse 1 ||

As I told this shloka is a boon-granting, wish fulfilling energy… this energy or Shakti is contained in its specific sounds. It is chanted to remove the obstacles from our life. It is also used in getting the desired objects in our life. Like every other shloka of Saundarya Lahiri this shloka is also reverberating and overflowing with energy. So You shall need a Yantra to hold it. Some of you have already been introduced to the concept of Symbology and Mandalas by Ma Shakti Devpriya ji.. so you know what a Yantra does. This verse uses a specific Yantra. Most briefly explained….  Yantras and mandala have a mysterious quality that they can store the generated energies during the worship or practice and then they can also reflect it back to the worshiper. This reflected energy has a transforming effect on the practitioner. It is for THIS PURPOSE a mandala or Yantra is used otherwise your energies dissipate without creating any impact. OK?

Now I shall be drawing the mandala…

Have a look.

There are two yantras that can be used in your prayoga..

The most popular one is this… (draws a yantra)

Another Yantra I am drawing now… (draws another yantra)

This Yantra shall be made on an elevated platform. You can use a big round plate what we call thali for it. The material used in drawing this particular mandala is red coloured rice-flour.

Now let me first share the practices for those who are not initiated in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan. Take a beautiful photograph of Mother MahatripuraSundari. The picture should be such that you love and feel great to look at… Not just any picture. Get that framed and place it at your sadhana place. The day you place this picture at your puja place you shall be offering ‘Panchopachaara‘ to this divine mandala (picture) of Devi. Since that day every morning and evening you shall continue with this panchopachara for the days your chanting continues. Ideally you should continue offering panchopachara even after your prayoga is over. After all you have now invited and installed Mother – The creator and ruler of Cosmos at your place!

What is panchopachara? If you do not understand what is panchopachara then do not worry.

These are simple humanly offerings made to the object of reverence such as a Yantra, Idol or Mandala… believing them to be a living entity… rather more like a living being. So you offer water for bathing, offering fragrant sandal paste for anointing, offer vermilion or turmeric for smearing on devi’s forehead, offer flowers to show your respect, light up fragrance and a deepam. Finally you offer something to eat.. generally something sweet is offered followed by water offering. That is it!

The same ritual shall be followed with the Yantra you shall make everyday. Looks simple…??  It is!!! But you should remember it is a ritual mandated only to cultivate the required attitude of reverence and forge a connect with saguna swaroopa of Primordial Shakti in the form of Mother Goddess MahatripuraSundari. Therefore it can not be done mechanically… there should be this feeling of Shakti – The Mother Goddess being there in the Yantra to receive your offerings. In a nutshell the more you feel Devi’s personal presence in your rituals more effective and successful your Prayoga will be.  Right?

Now listen to the exact sequence in which you shall be doing this chanting. Please keep in mind this method is for those who do not have ‘deeksha’. For dixits (initiated ones) I shall discuss after this..

  1. After taking bath wear clean clothes.
  2. Sit facing east (for this particular prayoga) at the specified place. Preferably on a red woolen blanket (asani).
  3. Light up a deepam (vertical wick) of clarified butter (ghee). Preferably cow’s ghee should be used.
  4. Now make the perfect shaped Yantra on the elevated platform with red flour of rice (for that mix the powdered rice with red color)
  5. Invite Mother to assume her seat in this Yantra. Offer panchopachara to the Yantra with love and reverence. Keep the offerings little away from Yantra and take care while you make offerings especially water as if that gets sprinkled upon the Yantra it might distort its shape. A distorted or disfigured yantra should not be used in any circumstance.
  6. Visualize Devi accepting your offerings.
  7. Convey the object of your desire or the obstacle you want to win over to the mother.
  8. Now chanting of this first shloka begins.

I repeat the chanting for you..

9. You are supposed to chant this shloka minimum of 108 times. (You may use rosary beads to keep the count).

10. Once your chanting gets over make a prayer submitting your being to mother with folded hands. Request Devi to accept your energies and bhava and bless you with your desired object.. Thank her and request her to leave for her heavenly abode.

11. Sprinkle some water below your asana and offer namaskaram to king of gods Indra and pick up that water with your finger and rub it to your forehead.

Always remember that Shakti can not be manipulated forcefully and therefore even if you are provided with every tool for your prayoga or application you shall have to be humble and in the receiving mode.

Precautions you should take –

  1. Always take permission from your Guru. Share your intentions of doing the prayoga and request for permission.
  2. You MUST share the tithi (date and time) of your starting the prayoga in advance.
  3. No one should be physically present while Prayoga. Neither watching over of this process by anyone is allowed.
  4. If you are chanting only 108 times then this chanting should be done for 120 days. The ONLY other possible combination is 10×108 times per day for 12 consecutive days. I don’t think you will have that much time at your disposal. So.. my suggestion would be that you take up chanting of 108 times on a day.
  5. Best time for this sadhana is night however you can choose any convenient time but the rule is maintain that same timing everyday for four months.
  6. Keep everything you need during Prayoga within your reach. Once you get seated for chanting you should not leave the seat without completing the number of counts decided. In life-threatening situations around (or any such emergency) you can terminate your sadhana prematurely but then all your previous counts go in vain. For example if you started 10 days ago and on 11th day you had to terminate your prayoga prematurely without completing 108 (or 10×108) chants. All your counts so far become null and void. In that case you should give yourself a break and do not continue your sadhana. Start afresh, requesting for obstacle free passage through prayoga.
  7. Ensure deepam keeps lit up during entire chanting… till the end. If deepam is put off due to any reason your sadhana is said to be khandit.. or interrupted.  The same rules apply here also.. means your sadhana done so far will become null and void.
  8. You completely abstain from sex and sexual stimulating material or activities during the entire period of sadhana. Keeping an attitude of reverence towards opposite sex is desirable.
  9. During this sadhana consumption of alcohol and meat etc is not allowed.  Stay vegetarian.
  10. One of the most important precaution is to stay away from anger. But even if you get angry due to any reason you are not supposed to raise your voice in spat of anger. Such a behaviour creates havoc around you and also leaks your energies.
  11. Finally… You should not throw any articles like flower, burnt wick, dust or ashes of Dhoopam etc. that are used in Puja here and there indiscriminately.  Never throw these things in dustbin. The best way is to dig a pit and bury those items (nirmaalya) there. Avoid disposing Nirmaalya in rivers/water bodies either as that causes water pollution.

At the end.. Let me clarify… Especially for those who are not initiated in Tantra or Tattva Shakti Vigyaan  ‘Bhava’ or the attitude is extremely important. A childlike innocence and enthusiasm during chanting is the key. Like a child you should feel that you are secure in the assuring and protective company of the Divine Mother. You should know within that ‘She’ is your mother and she is listening to you.  It is with this Bhava you should conduct your chanting and japa. … then… you shall reap the immediate benefits invariably. Of course absolutely correct pronunciation should be learnt and be maintained during the chanting!

Hope you all shall surrender your false ego at the lotus feet of the Beautiful Goddess of the Three Worlds and receive Her grace.”

Acharya ji further gave some more instructions on the subject –

For the higher practitioners (Krama initiates) all of the above rituals are going to be completely different. These are more elaborate and would require more precision… because you will be given beeja mantras for these verses. So you shall require personal guidance on this sadhana. You already know that more than your own efforts Gurumandala’s blessings do the magic for you. Here in these rituals also you shall be invoking Gurumandala and carrying out protection rituals as the first few things. You shall be using the personal mantra (that is given during your ‘deeksha’) as well. For the rest of period (when you are not engaged in prayoga) practice of ‘samyama’ and ‘witnessing’ is the key for receiving grace of mother.

Jai Ambe Shri!

The Shakti Multiversity keeps organizing LIVE sessions of Masters on different subjects such as Shiva Sutras, Tantric Healing, Saundarya Lahari, Shiva Swarodaya, Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, Vigyan Bhairava Tantra etc. To attend Acharya ji's and Ma Shakti's LIVE discourses and workshops on Ancient Wisdom please write to us at: shakti.multiversity@gmail.com or saral.org@gmail.com

TSV- A Sadhana to bring fulfillment at all the three levels- material, physical and spiritual

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