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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!

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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

Saundarya Lahiri – The Tantric Way of invoking Divine Beauty in Life!

Shivoham!

Gururbrahma Gururvishun Gururdevo Maheshwara

Guruh: saakshaat Para-Brahm Tasmayi Sri Gurave Namah:

I request the Gurumandala to accept  my humble salutations… Namaste!

I have been taking up Shiva Sutras for US based Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners & all of you here in India felt deprived of ongoing learning with Gurumandala.  So, that’s one of the reasons for taking up this new series for you. Also we see, some of you have truly grown with your Sadhana and we feel that you can be given more to experiment with and deepen your experiences before anointing you with Higher Deeksha.

The last but the most ‘mattering’ reason is that – in all these years of our public interaction Ma Shakti Devpriya ji and I have received innumerable requests from people to speak on some tantric text that not only helps one in raising one’s consciousness but also saves them from the hardships of day to day life. It took some time before we really accepted the fact that there are some issues of your day to day life which occupy your mind and body hindering your sadhana. But as it sank in…  the choice of book for this purpose was unanimous. And in fact there was no other book in the lineage of tantric masters which could prove better than this – The Saundraya Lahiri… by greatest of all great acharyas Shri Adi Shankaracharya. In fact it will be apt if I say that this book has teachings, upayas and practices for everyone.. whether one has been initiated in Tantra or not however more can definitely be revealed to those who are in ‘discipleship’.

I know that… The task of presenting the practical learnings hidden in this greatest ever tantric book ‘saundarya lahiri’ is not going to be easy especially for the uninitiated but I Sa-Shaktikayeiya surrender our souls in the grace field of Gurus and almighty divine Mother to bless us with ability to retrieve all the teachings our Gurus have given us from time to time and thus enabling to sing Mother’s glory beyond our personal capacities..

From my Gurus I have learnt that she is capable of giving boons and unbound grace without having to show “Abhaya” and “Vara” mudras.. Even devatas draw miraculous powers through darshan of her divinely beautiful lotus feet.

Twadnyah Paanibhyaamabhayavarado daivat ganah:

Twamekaanaivaasi prkatitavaraabheetyabhinayaa|

Bhayaat Traatum Daatum Phalamapi cha Vaanchhaa samadhikam 

sharanyelokaanaam tavahi charananaiva Nipunau ||

With this prayer lets begin!

Saundarya Lahiri has three beautiful subtler dimensions of your being – Mana or Mind. It includes its finer aspect of intellect also. Then comes Bhakti or Transcendence of Mind. Finally there are methods to arouse your Prana or individualized portion of Shakti or Kundalini to be able to reach a Total transcendental state. So…

There is beauty of literary excellence and it is in shabda vinyasa. It is so beautiful to see how Shankara, like a grammarian of highest order is concealing the transcendental sounds… what we call beejas…. in tantric system within these ordinary sounding words. And that too with so much ease! This aspect of Sundarya Lahiri appeals and astonishes our mind. And only an astonished mind is capable of perceiving something of beyond.. “Vismayo Yog Bhoomika”

|| Shiva Sutra – Shambhavopaya – Sutra number -12||

Then.. There is devotional and musical content in this tantric marvel that appeals to our heart and emotions. An astonished mind is ready for cultivation of Bhava.. As you chant and sing each verse you start immersing in the oceanic beauty of Devi. Devi’s mandala starts revealing its true nature creating a divine emotion in you. The appreciation and assimilation of that bhava leads to bhakti.  Bhakti leads to one-pointedness of mana and dissolution of Ahamkara or Ego. Paving path for kundalini to unwind and reach its destination – the crown or sahasrara.

But the most important  aspect of these verses is their hidden spiritual meanings pointing to various tantric means of Shiva-Shakti-Realization. And yet another beauty is that the same verses and methods when used in material realm are capable of taking away all your pain, misery and suffering.

Our Gurudev told us that in Tantra there are 7 crore mantric ways to raise sadhaka’s capacities.  These mantras are pertaining to various gods and mother-goddesses, yaksha, kinnar, tattvas, yoginis.. responsible for ongoing organic and karmic cycle. Out of those around a thousand mantras are associated with the Highest Ruler Goddess Raj-Rajeshwari or Lalitaambaa or Parvati and her direct transmutations collectively known as Dash mahavidya or Shri-Vidya.

He says that Pertaining to Raja-Rajeshwari there are 1000 great ways methods.. 1000 great mantras that are mentioned in Lalita Sahasranama. Another 100 more potent compound mantras are given out here… in Saundarya Lahiri. There are 10 mantras for dash-mahavidyas and 1 master key mantra that is the Guru-Paduka mantra.

In krama system the first ever mantra that is given upon initiation is known as Shri Gurupaduka mantra. It is with this mantra and of course Guru’s permission and blessings a dedicated disciple can use 1100 odd ways of creating favaourable ripples and for piercing through the cosmic web of Shakti.

Yantra- Visual tools in Tantra

It should be born in mind that each and every verse of Saundrya Lahiri is not one but what we can call ‘the mantra complex’ in itself. Every verse has a Yantra associated with that mantra. You can connect with these verses and Yantras to to create what you like and desire….. and get what you want. Apart from spiritually helping a sincere sadhaka every verse has a practical application in the material world as well…. Each one of you who are initiated in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan can take benefit from. All of you who have been connecting with Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Sadhana on regular basis.. and seeking protection of Gurumandala each day..  definitely get to know more. It is very extensive as you get deeper into it. Each Yantra is different.

Each Yantra has a beeja sound.. or what you call beej mantra.. each yantra requires a different ink… different base.. and also the method of creation and carving it. Many things like auspicious day and time for carving, the nyasa during japa, homam ingredients.. all these things shall be shared with those who have gotten diteeya koti sadhana . Well.. a simple reminder – you shall not be using these Yantras for others. If your loved ones who are not initiated … not received deeksha.. ask them to request a personal consultation session Ma Shakti Devpriya ji to receive a suitable Mandala for them.

Also the good news is that.. even if someone is not initiated in Tantric System and doesn’t have a Teacher even then he or she can take great benefits from the wisdom of Saundarya Lahiri. For those who are not initiated the use of beeja is not permitted instead they shall chant the whole verse. The yantras can be told.. in fact they have already been told… those shapes of Yantras are already available in different books but….. my suggestion would be to refrain from using those yantras ritualistically until you are guided by your Guru to do so. Simply because there are so many nuances and also risks involved if you are not protected by your Gurus through the way of deeksha.

If you are single pointedly and with full faith make yourself engaged in the Upayas then there is nothing impossible. Virtually every areas of your day to day life which you can imagine can be ironed-out and the adversities warded off through invocation of Ma Parvati through Saundarya Lahiri prayers. Very briefly some applications (but not limited to) are put below to just give a glimpse of the power of Ma TripuraSundari. She is capable of giving you everything..

  • Attaining desired objects of luxury
  • Wish fulfillment
  • Protection from danger
  • Solving fertility problem
  • Return of loved ones from foreign lands
  • Purification of body
  • Improvement of poetic & creative acumen
  • Attractive personality
  • Winning over difficult people
  • Protection from unnatural or untimely death
  • Success in business
  • Immunity from wasting diseases
  • Healing of wounds
  • Avoidance of bad dreams
  • Protection from infections
  • Dream prophecy
  • Counteracting adverse planetary influence
  • Attaining fame & popularity
  • Doing away with insomnia
  • Proficiency in music & vocal ability
  • Solving motherhood issues
  • Power to remove evil & negative spirits
  • Gaining immense beauty
  • Release from prison
  • Attracting a person in your life
  • Gaining knowledge about future
  • Making your husband return to you
  • Gaining control over wild animals
  • Pratyaksh Darshanam of Devi

That I is what I shall be covering in this series. I bow down to the ‘Jagadeshwari’s lotus feet’ again and again for her blessings.

Ah! beautiful it is to be immersed in Shakti Sadhana.

Shivoham!

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

Shiva Sutra Classifications : Unique perspective by Acharya Agyaatadarshan

Shiva Sutras – One of the most highly regarded book of original Tantric amorphisms is divided in three segments. These pertain to the three categories of practices and also three categories of seekers/practitioners. In this small video tantra master Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath chooses to pick an apt allegory from modern man’s daily life to explain the practical aspects of these three categories of Sutras.

Acharya ji & his beloved consort Ma Shakti Devpriya ji offer Tantra initiations to interested seekers by way of inducting then in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan discipleship programme.

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Shivoham!