Mantra Vigyaan and Shakti Worship- Part I

Shakti Upasana or ‘Worshiping Shakti’ is a very ancient tradition in the Indian subcontinent. The Shakti or Devi (as she is referred to in this region) upasana finds mention in Vedas as well. The followers and adherents of Shakti have been great Rishis, Tantra adepts, sages and Mahatmas but in present times we see that most of the people are not fully aware of even the basics of what Shakti Upasana is.

Goal of Shakti Upasana

Upasana (Upa = Near, Asana = To sit or Seat) essentially means to “sit nearby on being in vicinity”. So it can be said that the Sadhana is the way or the means by which one gets to sit near the “One who is worshiped or revered.” But the question would be where is that Shakti? The Shakti is a Tattva within us through which one can control and transcend the Maya (illusion). Thus, Shakti Upasana is the means or method by which one can control Maya and when Maya is subdued one gets freed from attachments leading to Moksha (Salvation).

So Shakti Upasana becomes the means to achieve Moksha or liberation from the clutches of illusory suffering that this worldly experience is all about.  However mostly we find that Shakti Upasana is done for various worldly achievements and success instead of its true goal. So here it becomes important for us to understand various forms of Shakti Upasana.

Yatha Pinde Tatha Brahmande

Human body is a small universe in itself. All the components of the universe are present within the human body, most of them in their subtle forms and some in grosser manifestations. Through Sadhana a Sadhak/Sadhika (practitioner) essentially tries to connect with the various tones and hues of energies within him/her only.. thus gradually acquires control over some or all of them to achieve success. Success is a subjective matter and shakti is capable of whatever your desire.. yet in Srividya tradition of Tantra a practitioner is primarily desirous of Salvation. Therefore connecting with the Shakti Tattva within and strengthening it to allow one’s passage to Shiva-Shakti consciousness is THE success in this case.

Shakti Upasana : Not means to an end 

Going by the principle of ‘Yatha Pinde Tatha Brahmande’ even if we are trying to connect to Shakti in “a form” outside us (as many at times in ritualistic methods done), we are essentially connecting to Shakti within us. Because the seemingly different Pramaataa-Prameya and Pramaan is unbroken continuum of Shakti only. The common thread always remains the same – the awareness of highest kind (Turya). So there should not be any doubt whatsoever in one’s mind  whether one is engaged in ‘antar-upasana’ (inner esoteric means) or ‘bahya upasana’ (ritualistic means).. both lead to the same experience at the end. The only superficial difference lies in the beginning.. later it leads to the similar experience of unified Shakti. The Shakti which is in ‘form’ is transmuted to ‘formless’ and vice versa. This ultimate experience is liberating in the sense that it destroys sadhaka’s all preconceived notions about the direction cognition of this world and most importantly about The Shakti herself.

Now comes the question what are the various means through which we can connect and experience communion with different overtones, hues and attributes of the Shakti.

Mantra Yoga : The Essence of Tantra

There are two means one is Yog Sadhana and other is Mantra Sadhana. Yog Sadhana has many branches like Ashtang Yog, Layayog, Rajyog, Surat shabdayog, and even Mantra Jap is one of them. So we can say there is only one means to the end and it is the end in itself too; connecting with Shakti is Yog. Remember in every spiritual system the means has to merge in the end. Therefore Tantra is that Yog where sadhaka merges in Shakti through use of mantra. Mantra Sadhana seems to be the most easy means in today’s time, as we see most of the people seeking Gurus do not want to be inducted in some Sadhana, but to get some Mantra that can be beneficial to them on all the levels.

Receive and use Mantra carefully

But there are rules and regulations under Mantra yog which are important to be known for all the seekers and concerned. The success of Mantra Sadhana depends on three things, one is pronunciation of the Mantra. In Chandogya Upanishad, importance is exerted on pronunciation of Mantras. It is said even a little mispronunciation destroys the effects of the Mantra. The other is method of Mantra jap. Wrong and incomplete methods also fail to bring desired results. We have seen people keep doing mantra jap without getting any results and finally lose hope and stop it. They further say that this is all fake and waste of time. But the reality is that they do not know the right way to do Mantra Jap. The third and most important thing is the emotional connect and Trust on Guru’s intent while accepting the transmission of the mantra.

Above all this – in Tantra, before starting any Sadhana, Tattva Shuddhi is an essential part without which a Sadhak cannot move further in his/her Sadhana. When Mantra received from a capable Guru is taken up and done properly (using complete method and correct pronunciation) after Bhuta Shuddhi it shall never fail to give its results to the practitioner.

Some people have doubt on the efficacy of Mantra but we all know that every spoken words releases a vibration in the universe. Majority of your personal life if not all is sum-total of words expressed by you. When words are spoken loudly, outer universe reverberates and when spoken mentally, the inner universe reverberates. The words spoken mentally are more effective. The vibration produced by the word forms a symbol and this symbol stays in the universe till it is absorbed by matter or till it becomes dull and inactive. Varying pronunciations of the same word form various symbols. Also regulated and determined articulation of sounds produces continuous symbols. By understanding the above principles we can say that every Mantra jap has to produce some result. And when Mantra jap is done the right way its results are also reproducible.

In the next post we shall talk about various forms of mantra jap and how do they produce their results…

Shivoham!

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

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Judge-Mentalism : A perspective

“It’s easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Friends & fellow travellers,

As I read this quote by Gandhiji, I get a deeper insight into what made Gandhiji undefeatable and unstoppable by the most sophisticated army and artillery the then leading nation of the world, Britain, could afford.

How can we live by this mantra? The first thing that comes to mind is we would have to drop the very notion of being judgmental!

Mankind today is lost in judging people and situations alike around them. Consciously or subconsciously we are constantly making judgments about people by color, caste, creed, religion, age, good/bad, financial status, values, strengths, weaknesses so on and so forth, the list is simply endless.  Of course, since we are in the twenty first century and have been taught to become aware of our intolerances, we now allow our senses and worldly experiences of pleasant and unpleasant drive this age-old addiction. Our loved ones are also not spared as our preference for “pleasing to the mind and senses” over “what is right” starts taking topmost priority

The question that comes up is how is judge-mentalism different from discernment or knowing when not to play with fire. One would easily argue, I cannot leave my jewelry collection with someone who has been labeled as thief. Which means, now I have to also drop my own attachments, fears and ego so that I can discern without feeding the fire? Exactly, and it worked for Gandhiji. His non-judgmental demeanor supported by fearlessness, humility and little attachment to the outcome of his endeavors is what gave us the most unimaginable outcome. He proved to the world that by being judgmental we are limiting our own choices, capabilities and unfathomable victories for self.

So far, the world has been focusing on how by judging others we are unleashing an unfair disadvantage to those we judge. While that is the obvious truth, in order to really adopt this non-judgmental demeanor, we need to get a bit selfish first. What’s in it for me to not be judgmental? If we try to understand just one example of Gandhiji’s life and his achievements it will be obvious that by being judgmental we are first hurting ourselves in the process. By letting our judge mentalism drive our actions we choose to deal with the familiar terrain that is oh so pleasantly comforting and we also choose to go in circles in the same place forever! We build a boundary around ourselves- “a circle of trust” and choose to live within our self-imposed prison of limits. Anyone who does not abide by my rules, definitions, expectations, etc etc shall be judged! But that’s when start losing out on opportunities along with self growth that our ego, in fear of being hurt and defeated, cannot even fathom.

Let’s break the invisible shackles and step out of that comfort zone sacrificing our attachment to “pleasantness” and embrace simply being there!!!

Judgmentally yours

Jhankhna

This article has been contributed by Jhankhna Verma, a dedicated Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner from New Jersey USA. Jhankhna is a Yoga enthusiast & has deep interest in the field of ancient Healing Systems.

Can chakras be awakened through Meditation

– Anonymous question at Quora

 

Lovely Soul,

Your question is not framed correctly. I guess you mean ‘activation/balancing & opening’ of chakra through this word ‘enlightening’. Assuming so your question becomes ‘Is chakra opening/balancing is practically possible through meditation?’

The brief answer to this : The manifestation of ‘expressed’ Kundalini is your being! The current state you are in, your body, mind, attitude, capacities.. virtually every aspect which you categorised as ‘my or mine’ is that expressed portion of kundalini. Individual kundalini is an infinitely miniscule stream deriving its qualities from the oceanic ‘Mahashakti’ – the Creative principle. As per Shaakta tantric principles the Mahashakti – divine creative principle manifests itself as energy and consciousness in its playful state. This creative principle in your body is always functioning despite you.

The so called illumination of activation of chakra means creating a capacity (through the use of expressed part of Kundalini in your body and being) and awareness to experience this divine dance of manifested active Energy in your body and being. The moment you become capable of experiencing one chakra you have taken a lean from the material to ethereal experience. Of course as your awareness and capacity increases you can experience and exploit the inherent capacities that exist within the framework of your body and mind. They are referred to as siddhis.

There are various ways of creating that awareness and sensitivity to experience the nodal centers of energies (chakras) but every method requires consistent and intense effort. The general principle is – move from outer to inner. Move from desires to desirelessness. Move from thoughts to thoughtlessness. Move away from expectations to witnessing. Move from Tamas to Sattva.

Tantric system has many ways (each one of them needs to be given out by a qualified/realized teacher) for facilitating this journey from impurity to purity. Purity means balance and minimal agitation in the system of body and mind. The highest and sureshot system of awakening/activating chakras (there is much more to it than just purifying and illuminating chakras) in Tantra is known as Sri Vidya Sadhana. In the Samaya and Mishra system of Sri Vidya sadhana one naturally works through various processes that awaken, purify and balance the chakras. This is a meditation system that beautifully utilizes the power of expressed kundalini shakti through use of Mantras. Yoga also works in this way but most of the times without much of reference to chakras.

Yet to be able to meditate effectively whether it is in the Tantric System or Yogic one needs to go through the various purification processes. In system of Yoga this purification is achieved by Yama-Niyamas, Shat-karmas and Nadi-shuddi. In the system of Tantra you have Nadi-Shuddhi, Bhuta-Shuddhi, Shaktipaata by Guru and taking use of processes like Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya and Mantras. So, whatever system you follow – you shall be directly or indirectly working through your chakras and to be able to activate and illuminate higher chakra you would need more purity and higher awareness.

So, do meditate but remember meditation begins with Dharana. And Dharana is capacity to focus and concentrate. Which means the movement of money mind must stop. Yet to be able to activate chakras through meditation you will have to use Dharana i.e. localized focus on certain points in the body-Energy matrix of yours rather than a non-local meditation which aims at relaxation of mind and a state of thoughtlessness.

Only thoughtlessness doesn’t lead to illumination of chakras.

Hope this clarifies.

Shivoham!

The above answer was given on Quora by Acharya ji on the question of a seeker. To read more of him you can visit Master’s blog

Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya – New Jersey, USA

Recently Divine Path Yoga in association with Sacred Association organized a  Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya LIVE programme for the benefit of seekers, learners, tantra enthusiasts and Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners in New Jersey, USA. The workshop concluded on 7th of November 2017.

The participants thoroughly enjoyed learning under the guidance of Gurumandala represented by our beloved master Acharya Shri Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji. Every participant was endowed with the blissful state of Kriya that ensued much after the practice session. Here’s a group photograph taken on just after the concluding session of this programme.

        || Blissful participants after LIVE Session of Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya workshop ||

The Divine Path Yoga founders and representative of Gurumandala in USA, Ms. Shuchi & Alpana coordinated and assisted in organizing and delivery of this whole programme. May the blessings of our Gurumandala and grace of Ma Shakti be upon every participant of Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya and its organizers.

Shivoham!

Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya – Mumbai

Revered Tantric Masters and propagator of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath and Ma Shakti offer the secret Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya that belongs to ancient Tantric lineage and is one of its kind. Acharya ji shares that this is the only one Kriya that despite being extremely powerful can be given to everyone and through the regular practice of Panch Mahabhoot Shakti Kriya every person can gain the immense benefits. He says “Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya takes the practitioner to a deep meditative state where healing and rejuvenation is accelerated five times as compared to what happens in deep dreamless sleep.”

CLEANSES AND BALANCES TATTVAS

Our whole being resonates with the rhythm of the universe. This unique amazing rhythm of the universe is created by the play of five elements also known as Panch Mahabhuta. The Five Great elements are not only supporting us on the gross level, but they are the foundation and basis of who and what we are. Our every thought and action arises from the play of these five elements and further affects them too. Working with the five elements simply means tending to the roots. Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya is an ancient Tantric Kriya that purifies and balances the five elements.

The Five Great elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The Chakras in our body are the abode of the five elements. The Earth element (Prithvi) resides in Root Chakra (Muladhara). The Water element (Jal) resides in Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana). The Fire element (Agni) resides in Solar Plexus (Manipura Chakra). The Air Element (Vayu) resides in Heart Chakra (Anahat) and Space element (Akasha) resides in Throat Chakra (Vishudh).

BALANCES & HEALS CHAKRAS

Health of the chakras determine our physical, mental and spiritual well being. Although the Chakras are a part of our energy body, but they are also connected to the various endocrine glands in the body. The endocrine glands release hormones directly into the blood influencing and controlling various aspects of growth, development and daily activities. When we start to work on the five elements with Panch Mahabhoot Shakti Kriya, the chakras are also cleansed and balanced. In turn they affect the related endocrine glands leading to better well being of the physical body. The physical body feels light and is completely de-stressed after practicing the Kriya.

 

PROMOTES HOLISTIC GROWTH

Almost all physical and mental disturbances are caused due to blocks in our energy bg-healthsystem. Our energy system is made up of Chakras and Nadis. If you feel sad, angry, irritated and depressed most of the times, it is because of blocked energy channels leading to sluggish chakras. The breathing techniques done during Panch Mahabhoot Shakti kriya cleanse the nadi system and free you from negative emotions like anger, worry, anxiety and depression. Practicing the Kriya just once makes you feel happy and relaxed. Having a perfect emotional well being leads to more creative and prolific life.

 

KRIYA FACILITATES MEDITATION

If you have been meditating for a long time or have just started to meditate, you must have certainly confronted the biggest hurdle that is of achieving a thoughtless state of mind. Every person who has practiced Panch Mahabhoot Shakti Kriya, have said to achieve that state. In exact words of a practitioner after practicing Kriya just once First time in life I have felt so calm and focussed both at the same time while doing a practice. Although it was just for a few moments, but I know now what I am capable of Achieving a state of thoughtlessness is dream of every meditator and by practicing Panch Mahabhoot Kriya you can surely achieve it.

 

WITH KRIYA – GROW SPIRITUALLY

Revered Tantrika and Tattva Shakti Vigyaan propagator Ma Shakti says If you really want to change things in your life do something about it. Through Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya it is so possible only by giving few minutes daily to yourself. This Tantric Kriya starts re-wiring your life-energies by harnessing the power of Five great Elements. The positive impact of this restructuring becomes visible in all life situations, health, relationships in less than 3 months itself. Pancha Mahabhuta Shakti kriya** opens the further growth avenues for spiritual growth.

KRIYA – A 24 MINUTES WONDER

By giving just few minutes to Panch Mahabhoot Kriya daily you change your life forever. The effects are incredible and benefits are immense.

To know more you can write to us at saral.org@gmail.com or info@sacredassociation.org

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Shivoham!

From #MeToo to #iam – You can do it Girl!

Everyday there are new hashtags invented, that make way to the social media headlines. Some are serious, some are for fun, some go trending and some are just to make noise. But this particular hashtag #metoo…. It came as surprise for many, dismay for some and distressing for all, concerned or not but more importantly it brought more awareness and feeling of connectedness among fellow sufferers. One thing every woman felt that she is not alone.

This particular campaign is not to be ignored. Everyone who has been affected even minutely by this staggering reality, feels something should be done.  But sadly, all feel that ‘someone’ has to do something about the predicament of women in the society. The government has to make stricter rules. Police should listen to the victims and take action. Courts should have empathetic view and should pronounce harsher punishments to the criminals. The biggest change maker however can be the woman herself. Only she has the power to change this grave reality.

Shakti is the word for the feminine energy pervading the universe. It is the power that is forming the whole universe. The woman (embodiment of Shakti) has to understand her role in the network of society. There is no man who is not at all related to any woman. This very woman is fulcrum of bringing about desired change. It is where from the biggest change can start. A male can be and should be taught to respect a female, only by a female. And it is the mother here who has to play the most crucial role. But most of the times we see that mothers fail in teaching their dear sons anything about clean conduct and morality.

Alas! Even mothers have fallen prey to the belief that just being a male means you can be/do whatever you want… a casual dater, an exploiter, a molester or worst a rapist.  The basic issue in the country like India is that Feminine energy is worshiped in form of idols and the Males are worshiped in form of humans. ‘Deviji’ has been reduced to ‘bivi or wife’ but ‘Patidev’ still lives on (at least in the hearts of fairer sex). This thought is so deeply ingrained even in women, that when a woman gives birth to a male child, she thinks she has achieved a higher status and her child is a special blessing. The fact remains every child is a blessing but who cares. A boy is after all a human, probably more restless and arrogant creature than a girl in the same place.. It needs to be understood by all mothers especially the ones who have mothered a male child. So mothers out there who write #metoo, please do change to #Iam.

“I am a responsible mother who teaches my son to respect all females. I am a mother who lets her boy know that not all mistakes are forgivable. I am a mother who treats my daughters and sons equally. I am a mother who tells her son to be a good human being, a gentleman before anything else.”

Why does a man see a female as an object and not as a human? Who will you blame for this mindset of a male. The open projection of the beauty of a female has made her more vulnerable. The poets, the painters, the sculptors all the have tried to express this beauty in the form of art. The whole world appreciates this beauty. Some in a subtle graceful manner and some through really crass means. It is the beauty of a woman which becomes the selling strategy for many products. This is the X-factor. This is given so much importance in the society, that a woman is seen only as an object of beauty. It is thought that, the God has made the woman beautiful only for man to enjoy her. And man by his primal nature, and blindly driven by biology instinctively gets attracted to this beauty for progeny. Is this the only truth posed as an excuse? Probably not!

#Iam responsible. Have I ever focused on  anything else than looking beautiful in this world where.. All other wonderful attributes and virtues of being a woman are not highlighted. Albeit today’s woman is struggling and striving to prove that “We are not only objects of beauty to be enjoyed, but humans who have many wonderful attributes.” But it is a paradoxical situation. How is it possible, that as we see around we find the exact opposite scenario. Turn on the TV, flip magazine pages, go through the internet, or just walk down the street, you will find women objectifying their own beauty. I do not say all of them are doing so, but yes there is a dominantly large percentage of women who try to influence the minds of the society only through their physical beauty. So before you write #MeToo, write #Iam

“I am a woman who respects her body. I am a woman who knows her body is not an object of exhibition. I am a woman who is not just the body, but is also having brains, talent, intellect, skills and many hidden capacities. I am strong and empowered to protect my dignity.”

For all those women who have gone through such horrible experiences in life. Know that your body may be violated, but your soul is untouched.  Your body is capable of giving you experiences related to the outer world, but your mind and heart can lead you to a inner world where  you meet with your pure, unsullied and perfect real Self.

“I am strong and have all the powers to protect my dignity but Alas! offenders and these criminals can sometimes be dangerously powerful and mean.”

I am really not able to stop quoting this to all my fellow sister lionesses and tigresses that you must fight till your last breath. Knowing the fact that world is cruel and has no place for mercy. You may lose a battle that is perfectly ok because ‘Yun to kutte bhi gher lete hain gardish me sher ko’.. never give up wait for your turn to give back!

You are the most valuable creation of the Supreme being. Each and everyone of you has the light of Mother Bhagwati (mother of the universe) hidden within you. Now, is the time you realize the light and find the way towards the Self. Initially it will be difficult to experience the Self in its entirety, but the journey itself from being a victim to a free soul is exhilarating. Worth giving a try. Change from a victimized #metoo to a free #Iam

“I am not the mind, Intelligence, sense of ‘I’  (Conditioned consciousness). I am not the sense organs  I am not the five elements. I am Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness”

I am neither the vital energy nor pancha vayu. I am not the seven fundamental principles of bodily constituents . I am not the Panchakosha. I am not the five action organs.   I am Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness

I am all pervasive, and without any form, pervade all senses and world. I have neither attachment to the world, nor to the liberation (mukti). I am Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.”

 

O woman you are not the weaker of the sexes, If all come together and wish to change the world for better and forever, the change we are dreaming of is not very far away.

For all the gentlemen I would like to say..

यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः ॥

The divine are extremely happy where women are respected where they are not, all actions (projects) are fruitless.

Shivoham!

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

The pact with darkness – Mother! You have to help me break it..

“My life has been full of misfortunes, most of them never happened.”

A wonderful piece of wisdom I came across today.

This is truly a line that reminds me of eternal fear, each one of you is living through. Fear that keeps whispering in one’s ears that everything isn’t going well… that something bad or worse going to happen. This Ms. Fear or Mr. Fear, as you may like it, is everyone’s darling. Most of people around seem to have entered into a pact, a thrilling love-hate relationship with Mr./Ms. Fear. This Fear seem to be taller than the keepers’ ambitions and courage, duskier than the bright hopes and intoxicatingly attractive than their resolve to not pay attention to its luring overtures. Our relationship with ‘Fear’ is captivating and exciting at the same time; capable of keeping our attention focused on Ferociously Engaging Automatic Response of one’s mind.

 

It is truly a pact we have made with the darkness, so whenever there is a situation in front of us, we choose darkness instead of light.  There are many difficult times in life when the we feel that it is difficult to choose light over darkness but just unwantedly darkness hovers above our heads. And again yet again we fall prey to the plays of darkness and fear takes over. This pact made is renewed and gets stronger when we fail every time to see light but continue with darkness in life. A vicious circle goes on and on and we find difficult to come out of it. How to break this unending cycle of fear and darkness then?

Fear is always of something ‘unknown’.  As a Shaakta, what better way can there be for us than to take refuge in the divinely radiant lotus feet of Mother to ward of all the darkness, negative patterns and fears of life.

Avidyanam antas-timira-mihira-dweepa-naka-ree
Jadanam chaitanya-stabaka-makaranda-shruti jhari |
Daridranam chintamani-gunanika janma-jaladhau
Nimaghnam damshtra mura-ripu-varahasya bhavati ||
-Soundarya Lahari 3

The Mother’s Symbol

O Mother ! The divine dust of your lotus feet is:
Island city of the Suns.. the remover of darkness of ignorant,
these are the cosmic cluster of flowers from which gushes the nectar of intelligence for the dull-witted and it is the Necklace of wish yielding gems for the poor. The same shakti of yours becomes the tusk of the cosmic boar (varaha, incarnation of Lord Vishnu) uplifting the people immersed in the ocean of samsara! The samsara means the unending infinite cycle of birth and death..

Saundarya Lahiri’s this verse is loaded with the Mother’s specific power that removes darkness. With light comes knowledge and knowledge dispels fear. Its not coincidence that You are reading it – It is Her blessing. Anyone who is recites this powerful shloka is blessed.

Love and light

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

Guruma Shakti Devpriya ji and Acharya Agyaatadarshan are the present Teachers in the sacred lineage of tantra Masters of Krama System of SriVidya. Anyone who is willing to experience the depth and expansion of 'the inner self' through meditative, mantric or ritualistic processes under the guidance of the 'Gurumandala' can mail us at : shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

SAUNDARYA LAHARI – SHAKTI SADHANA FOR ALL

Shivoham!

Shakti is a divine principle. She operates in its own freedom. It can not be made to change its ways. She has been worshipped and hailed since time immemorial. In Satyuga Devas pleased her to manifest her magnificent form that won over the asuras and blessed them with their kingdom and rights.

Treta Yuga saw Shri Rama worshipping Shakti to obtain the grace of Hers to be able to win over Ravana. Sita worships the Shakti in her Gauri form and receives Shri Rama as her husband through her blessings. In Dwapara Yudhishthira approaches Shakti in her Kameshwari form and gets assured of his win over Kauravas.  Of all forms of Shakti the power of Kameshwari is truly so overwhelming. Unlike many of her other manifestations this one has particularly soothing and gentle one…

नमस्ते परमेशानि ब्रह्मरुपे सनातनि । 
सुरासुरजगद्वन्द्दे कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ १ ॥ 
न ते प्रभावं जानन्ति ब्रह्माद्यास्त्रिदशेश्वराः । 
प्रसीद जगतामाद्ये कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ २ ॥ 
अनादिपरमा विद्या देहिनां देहधारिणी । 
त्वमेवासि जगद्वन्द्ये कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ३ ॥ 
त्वं बीजं सर्वभूतानां त्वं बुद्धिश्चेतना धृतिः । 
त्वं प्रबोधश्च निद्रा च कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ४ ॥ 
त्वामाराध्य महेशोsपि कृतकृत्यं हि मन्यते । 
आत्मानं परमात्माsपि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ५ ॥ 
दुर्वृत्तवृत्तसंहर्त्रि पापपुण्यफलप्रदे । 
लोकानां तापसंहर्त्रि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ६ ॥ 
त्वमेका सर्वलोकानां सृष्टिस्थित्यन्तकारिणी । 
करालवदने कालि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ७ ॥ 
प्रपन्नार्तिहरे मातः सुप्रसन्नमुखाम्बुजे । 
प्रसीद परमे पूर्णे कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ८ ॥ 
त्वामाश्रयन्ति ये भक्त्या यान्ति चाश्रयतां तु ते । 
जगतां त्रिजगद्धात्रि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ९ ॥ 
शुद्धज्ञानमये पूर्णे प्रकृतिः सृष्टिभाविनी । 
त्वमेव मातर्विश्वेशि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ १० ॥ 

Sri Kameshwari Stuti by Yudhishthira

Many times seekers are confused over this question – ‘In which roopa she should be approached, connected with and worshipped?’ Sometime out of ignorance a sadhaka starts thinking of supremacy of Her one form over another. There are as many forms of Her as you may imagine and billions of other forms which we as a human are not capable of imagining.  Shakti sadhana is different than Bhakti Sadhana because here you make your intentions clear in terms of your personal need. She is capable of bestowing everything upon her sadhakas. Also She presents herself in the form of your choice.  Whatever way She manifests in your life it is sure way of empowering you always if not liberating (depending on your choice).
Each one of us are looking out for Shakti and what better way can it be to approach the Divine Mother through Saundarya Lahari in the benign company of Master. It is definitely a sadhana which can be taken up by everyone alike.

May you all be blessed with light of wisdom.

Blessings from Masters,

– Ma Shakti

Saundarya Lahari – The Waves of Bliss – Introduction by Master AD

                    || SriVidya Poornabhishiktaa – Kramachaarini Ma Shakti Devpriya Devi ji ||

Shivoham!

If Sri Vidya is the highest Sadhana of advait bhrahman in personified form called – Sri MahaTripuraSundari.. RajaRaajeshwari, Lalitamba, Parvati then Saundarya Lahari is the book of highest order on this tantric way of worshiping and igniting the Shakti in one’s own body and mind. There are many systems of worshipping MahaShakti across Tantric traditions. Majorly three geographical regions on the map of India or Bharatvarsh can be pointed to when it comes to three distinct approaches in the worship of Supreme Mother. The regions are Kolkata that includes Kamakhya tradition (Eastern Part),  Kerala (Southern Part) and Kashmir (Northern Part).

Instead of understanding the differences and different nuances of these distinct approaches of Devi worship it is best for us to understand that they are following the same SriChakra Sadhana everywhere. When it comes to Sri Vidya Sadhana, Adi Sankara’s work in the form of Saundarya Lahari is pivotal to every approach, every aamnaaya (आम्नाय ) and every gotra or division on the basis of rituals i.e. Kaula, Mishr or Samaya because it basically enshrines complete Sri Chakra in it.  It also has many powerful Mantras of SriVidya tradition including the most revered and sought after mantra called ‘Shodashi’. For your curiosity the very first verse of this scripture has the highest of mantras in Sri Vidya. But all these things are embedded in Saundarya Lahari in coded form to save it from misuse and abuse.

I am sure each one of you shall benefit from these talks of Acharya ji. Rest assured you will be able to pick up only as much as you are capable of and there Master can’t help. Your devotion in your teacher and your attitude is responsible for your ascension. Corrupt vision of a disciple corrupts his/her whole journey.. and the most susceptible you are in your dwait Buddhi for if you don’t see Shiva-Shakti in your Teachers’ Vigraha ascension shall continue to evade you life after life.

“श्वेतंश्वेत विलेप माल्यवसनं …. वामेन रक्तोत्पलं….  शंभुस्वरूपं परम्…..  ध्याये शिरस्थं गुरुम्”

“I invoke my beloved Guru, who himself is Shambhu-swaroopa, gaura varna fair in color and wearing whites (representing divinity and piousness) with his Shakti sitting to his left radiant like a red-lotus. I see Shiva-Shakti seated on my forehead eternally.”

May you all evolve and grow. May you all be rooted in your true nature. May you all experience culminate in the oneness of Shiva with Shiva within.

Blessings

– Ma Shakti

Who is MahaShakti

To understand MahaShakti, firstly we need to understand three important concepts: Shakt(शक्त),  Shakti(शक्ति ) and Shakya(शक्य ). Here Shakt means one that is capable, shakti means the capability, and Shakya means the Karma or Kriya in which one is capable depending on his Shakti. For example we can understand that Fire is the Shakt, its Shakti is its power to burn, or we can say heat energy and the act of burning is its Shakya. So we can say Shakt is the reason, Shakti is its capability and Shakya is its act or work.

Now, the above principle is applicable to everything in this world. Earth, Water, Air, Space, Body, Karmaindriyas (organ of actions) and Gyanendriyas (organs of cognition) and  even the other immovable objects; everything has some or the other capability. Clearly we can understand that no object in this world is devoid of Shakti. If food has the capability (शक्ति ) of satisfying hunger then water has the capability of quenching the thirst. In the same way different fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, plants, trees, insects, animals, humans, devtas, asuras all have various potentials. There is nothing that has no role to play, everything is engaged in its Karma (कर्म  -action) according to its Shakti.

If fire is having the capability to burn grass then grass is also having the capability to burn in itself. So for a single kriya or karma, work or action, different causes come together bringing their Shaktis together. And  every Shakt or cause is also having capability of not only doing one action or work but many. Every entity  has different types of accomplishment with each of its causes. Where different causes come together to achieve one result, there every cause is also having various uses and activities. In inanimate objects also we can understand this, like in a simple process of pot making, the potter is doing something, the rod is doing its job, the pottery wheel is doing its own and even the thread has its work to do. In the same way in farming there are different people involved, doing various jobs depending on their abilities and capabilities. So if we see closely there is nothing in this universe that is devoid of Shakti.

The Fire is one – it also burns, protects in cold climate, helps in food preparation and also gives light. This is not all, it is the same fire that triggers the process of photosynthesis in the plants and also ripens the fruits and vegetables, strengthens our bones and so on. So we can now understand the vastness of the Shakti tattva. And if we start thinking about the greatness and expansiveness of it, our mind can get tired but there will be no end.But the question here is – Why do all objects, animate and inanimate have Shakti? Why there is nothing that is free from Shakti?

We get only one answer for this, without the presence of an all pervading Shakti it is not possible for every small and big objects to have Shakti. Obviously, there is an unending source of Shakti like a great sea which is all pervading like the space.  It is the only one that is reflected and filling everything with energy. It is known by different names like in Samkhaya Shastra it is known as original source, Vedanti use the word Brahman for it and is also known as Paramatma, Maya, Prakruti, Vishnu-Shakti and many more. It is the same shakti that manifests in prana and through its interaction with Panch-Mahabhutas creates the chakras. It is this MahaShakti in the form of kundalini that takes a Yogi towards Moksha through Samadhi. It is in the form of Durga that opens the gates of all 7 chakras. It is Trinity of Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and MahaSaraswati where from emerge the three Gunas- Tam-Raj and Sat. She is the one which accompanies every avatara in the form of Dash-Mahavidya worshipping and connecting with them a SriVidya practitioner reaches to the source – the one Oceanic Mahashakti, the Mother of All, the illuminator of paramShiva. What can be said about the vast, all pervading MahaShakti that is the Hari, Har and Brahma….

I bow down to that paramaaShakti..

Yaa devi sarva bhooteshu… shakti roopen samsthitaa
Namasstasyai! Namasstasyai! Namasstasyai Namo Namah:!!

Shivoham!

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

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

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