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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.
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Mantra Vigyaan and Shakti Worship-Part III

Mantra Sadhana is an integral part of Shakti Sadhana. We have so far discussed, why is it necessary to get deeksha for a Mantra from an able Guru, various forms of Mantras and also the experience of various results with various Mantras. But there is a common issue faced by many of the Sadhak’s that is the feeling of being stagnated or stuck. It so happens that initially a Sadhak feels some progress but after sometime, there are virtually no experiences and this is when a Sadhak starts to question. Am I doing the right way? Am I doing the right Mantra? and Should I seek somewhere else?

Be Clear of Your Goals : Don’t Settle for Less

In this fast moving world such questions coming to mind are obvious. Many believe that once they have started doing Mantra Sadhana, enlightenment or siddhi is just around the corner. Sadly this is not the case with spiritual practices.

I always ask a person during initiation, “What do you want to happen in your life? I get various responses and those responses mostly decide their journey. One category of people who are absolutely clear about their material goals and say i want good happy life, i want financial stability, I want my children to be well settled and so on. And other set of people who say, I just want peace and want to be happy. The moment I ask what you keeps you from being happy, there are all worldly and material matters coming up. Sometimes it is health, sometimes wealth and sometimes relationships. Even if they do not open up at that very moment after few days will surely share all various matters that are bothering them and that they are trying to find solutions there. And there is one special category who actually does not know what they want. Although they are trying to search for something but are clueless.

The responses to such question actually determine the “Bhava” the emotion, feeling, undercurrent or thought with which Sadhana or practice is approached. The actual result of the Sadhana/ practice predominantly depends on this ‘bhava’. If you feel stalled or stagnated in your sadhana it is advisable to review your “Bhava”.

You are Divinity Incarnate, Not a Sinner

Mantra is embodiment of the pure divine energy or a particular form of Shakti. Mantra is divine bhava of your Guru. Therefore it requires purity and divinity in you to work. Your own perception about ‘self’ is vital to your progress in sadhana. Sadhana is to be approached with ‘Divya Bhava or Deva Bhava’.

So, to progress in Shakti Sadhana a sadhak/sadhika has to stay confident of his/her status as a legitimate son/daughter of the divine Mother. You must drop your material/social identity when you approach your practices or japa. In fact it is not only limited to treating yourself pure but goes even further. It is said देवो भूत्वा देवं यजेत …. meaning one should become a Divine being oneself before approaching a Divine sadhana.

A very common problem among Sadhakas is – If I have not taken bath, changed by clothes.. etc. etc. therefore I am impure. And how can I engage in the worship / sadhana of Devi without ‘snaanam‘ (bathing) and wearing clean clothes. This is called ‘Pashu Bhava’.  You must come out of this ‘bhava’. Know this – ‘The moment I remember divine Mother, I become free of all my impurities’. (I am not suggesting that you should not try to follow external shuchita.. that you MUST but if that is not possible you shouldn’t deny yourself that right to connect with divinity) निर्द्वन्‍द is the exact bhava here that you should aspire for.

So next time you are sitting for mantra japa, become aware of your bhava drop all your apprehensions of being limited or impure. See yourself as a radiant source of love, light and purity. It will remove many roadblocks of your progress.

Report Your Progress to Your Teacher

Staying in touch with your Guru is another must do. It is said that one should stay with one’s Guru while one is engaged in Shakti Sadhana. When that is not possible one should visit one’s Guru personally every day. If even that is not possible one should spend time with one’s Guru once every fortnight i.e. on Poornima & Amavasya. If that is also not possible you must visit your Guru at least on three important occasions and receive his/her blessings- the occasions are Guru Poornima, Anniversary of Guru’s deeksha or Birthday, Anniversary of your own Deeksha or Birthday.

Sitting in the company of your Guru is the best means of reducing the burdens of your previous sins. Both, Kabir and Tulsi say that such is the power of divine-contact with holy souls that it destroys off millions of your karmic defects in just few minutes.

एक घड़ी आधी घड़ी ,आधी की पुनि आध ,
तुलसी संगत साधु की ,कटे कोटि अपराध|

These meetings should be for the purpose of clarification of doubts, receiving more knowledge, offering service and absorbing the grace of Guru. If you have nothing to share its better to sit silently rather than engaging in absurd discussions on people, politics or parivaar-samsaara jaala.

Never think You are Indispensable

Ego is the biggest hurdle in spiritual progress. Beware the reasons for a disciple’s Ego inflation are created by Guru as well. Not because they want to harm us but only because they want the disciples to stay rooted in humility.

If your teacher asks for something from you or gives you some work it is actually a sheer matter of joy and not burden because true Gurus generally don’t ask for ANYTHING from us. Also it is true that it is being an instrument in the divine cause or service is a great privilege. What to talk of saying NO, I feel a disciple should never ever create a situation by one’s inaction that Guru is required to remind or follow up.  I can tell you only from my own experience and the truth is that whatever I have achieved till today it is only because I didn’t ever question any of my Guru’s commands whether they were against my personal, family’s or even social beliefs and norms.

If Guru chooses you for his work it is great personal fortune but beware there’s a  catch (Gurus are truly masters of their domain i.e. ‘keep testing the disciple’ ) – sometimes you may be driven to think that Guru is dependent on you. At times a disciple may feel as if he or she is the ‘chosen or favoured’ one. So much so that sometimes a disciple starts feeling ‘I am doing favour to my Guru’ or that ‘I am the only one who can do that’. Lo behold! A journey you started for the Heavenly kingdom of Mother divine… that started with surrender & humility reaches the ‘Ancient rocky Inn of Stagnation’ just because you could not keep the bhava of service (seva) and humility (vinamrataa) together.

Drop Your Expectations from Sadhana

When a teacher says drop your expectations from Sadhana most of people are unable to understand this statement. How can that happen when every mantra sadhana fact begins with a sankalpa i.e. an intent. This needs little explanation.

If I say that every karma you do starts with an intention I won’t be wrong. This intention should definitely be there in the beginning but then comes the phase of action. It is during this phase of action one should be completely free of expectations. Shakti Sadhana or mantra sadhana is a technique to create divine vibrations in your core of being therefore if during your mantra japa your mind splits in two entities – one that is engaged in creating the divine pulsations and another that is engaged in ‘expecting’ then the results of your sadhana can not be 100%.

It is sad though but even in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan some people, who are in the initial phases of their sadhana, seem to have taken this path up as a remedial tool  for alleviation of their physical or mental sufferings. These are the people that are NEVER 100% present in their practices. They are not only wasting their time but also becoming a case for scepticism and doubt about the Sadhana itself.

The efficacy of Spiritual practices need not be judged with the worse case scenarios. Sceptics should understand that all the surgeons in the world have the same tools available to them but what makes one ‘the best’ in their field is their 100% dedication during learning and 100% attention during their ‘action’. So, if you are stagnated look at your bhava with which you approach the sadhana. If a ‘sceptic’,  ‘doubting’ or ‘expecting’ fraction of mind is still there you should get back to training once again. Get back to basics – learn breathing, relaxation, detachment, service and discipline to calm your mind and finally bring your mind under control. Some learners aren’t self-driven. They need guidance during their practice as well. Such people should openly reach out to available guides around.. these can be your seniors, therapists, motivators and even good books that can bring in some light of enthusiasm and hope to you.

If you are stagnated in Sadhana… watch for your thoughts. Discuss your personal issues with your teacher. Shut your mind’s chatter and stop whining and complaining about self, people and situations. Look at people around you who are not as lucky as you, not as affluent as you, not as healthy as you. Learn to count your blessings and stay in the attitude of gratitude for what you have or own today is not what you ‘deserved’ but what you have been ‘blessed’ with. Sadhana is not a 30 minutes TDS prescription – it is your choice to live your life in perfect harmony without succumbing to virtual sufferings.

A sadhaka should be courageous enough to place the fruit of his/her sadhana in the hands of Mother Goddess with a request “Yathaa Yogyam Tathaa Kuru”. This is correct bhava in your expectations.

Stay Awake : Remember Your Vows

In the Shakti Sadhana – we are told by our teachers that the Mantra needs to be kept secret and that experiences of Sadhana need not be discussed with anyone. Mostly these instructions are one time ritual and not repeated.

Many times I have seen people failing to keep their Mantras secret. If you are still thinking that ‘my mantra’ is the same mantra that is written in so and so book – you missed the whole concept of Initiation or deeksha. Mantra is the Guru’s energy with you – It is not in the words of mantra. Mantra is just an envelope in which your Guru has packed his personal intent and the collective energy of his lineage to work for you. Once a mantra is revealed – it becomes merely bundle of words; The power of it is lost. If you have wrongly or by mistake revealed your mantra to someone – this need to be reported to your Guru immediately for it is only Guru who can limit (even he can not undo it fully) your personal spiritual loss now. Follow your Guru’s advice on repentance/penance that is typically known as ‘prayashchitta’ in the spiritual circles.

When a Sadhaka/Sadhika experiences something mysterious during their sadhana it is so overwhelming and joyous. But always remember – howsoever beautiful or out of the world that experience might be – never fall prey to your temptation. Instead keep a journal, record your experiences on daily basis. DO NOT share your experiences with ANYONE except your teacher. If you share your experiences even once it dampens your progress to the extent that it may get completely stalled.

Watch out : How do you Serve your Guru

Most of sadhakas in shakti sadhana do not understand what ‘bhava’ actually means it comes to Guru. I can not elaborate too much on it but let me say the essentials. The primary foundation of ‘bhava’ is about your attitude towards your ‘teacher or Guru, and the Deity.  Some seekers/sadhaks think they rightfully ‘deserve’ the success in sadhana through their ‘karmas’ (following the prescribed processes of mantra chanting). Such sadhaks/sadhikas apart from being rooted in ‘i deserve’ attitude also think deeksha to be a kind of barter or transaction.  This attitude takes a student nowhere!

If a person has found an able teacher it is sheer grace of Mother Divine because we can NEVER ever pay for Guru’s benevolent deeds. Kabir says..

यह तन विषय की बेलरी, गुरु अमृत की खान।
सीस दिये जो गुरु मिलै, तो भी सस्ता जान॥

Second grave mistake sadhaks/sadhikas commit is that they treat their teachers as ordinary human beings. I have seen people who treat their Gurus as one of their friends or the worse ‘a servant of a kind’ who should be ready to ‘serve’ the needs and demands of theirs. If you see this dohaa of Kabir you would know that a student should rather be at the service of Guru.

गुरू मूर्ती गती चंद्रमा, सेवक नैन चकोर |
आठ पहर निरखता रहे, गुरू मूर्ती की ओर ||

Guru is a divine incarnate one must keep in mind and therefore receive his blessings with ‘divya bhava’.  One should not ever criticize one’s Guru. It is told in Shakti Sadhana lineages and also finds mention in scriptures that Mother never smiles upon such people. And upon leaving this human body they are pushed into the cycle of 84 Lakh inferior yonis.

A protocol – That reflects your Bhava

Whenever you visit a temple or your Guru you should never go empty-handed. Always offer something at the deity and your Guru’s feet. It is not for the purpose of pleasing them but only to offload our karmic baggage. Offering money, clothes, flowers etc. is mandated in scriptures but this is in essence ‘cultivation of bhava’.

The secret in Shakti Sadhana is – If your Guru is not happy with you or even just indifferent of you, your mantras do not take you beyond a point!

I have still not given whole lot of things you should do in order to succeed but only preliminaries. I suspect even this much is much more than what you can currently prepare yourself for!

Shivoham!

-Ma Shakti

Mantra Vigyaan and Shakti Worship- Part II

Mantra is a significant aspect of Shakti Sadhana. Utmost importance is given to proper pronunciation of a mantra. Because the manner in which the mantra is pronounced decides its results. The most important thing in mantra sadhana as discussed earlier is deeksha into a mantra. For Shakti Sadhana there are thousands of mantras right from saabar to beeja to stotras, dhyaana mantras, moola mantra, mala mantras, sahasranama etc.  Shakti upasana, in particular MahaVidya upasanas requires proper deeksha from a Guru.

RECEIVE MANTRA ONLY FROM AN ABLE GURU

Mantra has to be received properly from a qualified Guru. Here we are less concerned about the personal attributes and academic qualification of the Guru rather focused on the fact that Guru himself should have done the desired number of recitation of mantra and should have experienced ‘Mantra Veerya‘ or essence of mantra. Mantra Veerya can not be defined in specific terms but generally speaking a particular mantra gives the practitioner a specific experience upon blooming. When mantra blooms it brings about two outcomes – first one is ‘specific inner experience’ in the practitioner and the second one is some modification in the energy-matrix of outer world (if it is a mantra belonging to that category). Mantra Veerya is that inner experience of particular mantra.

WHY THAT MANTRA DIDN’T WORK FOR ME?

Sadhaka engaged in Shakti Sadhana mostly receives standard mantric forms from the teachers. For example if someone has received Kamakhya Mantra from one teacher of course the other teacher shall also give the same mantra (verbatim).  But then it is also very commonly felt that mantras (though they are the same) from different teachers work differently. While disciples of one teacher start having enriching experiences, inner transformation and spiritual ascension quite easily and early and other practitioners reciting the same mantra (exact pronunciation and exact same words) received from some other teacher do not progress at all!

Now this sounds ridiculous but it is not. Tantric texts have clearly given out reasons for the same. It is written that mantras are like living entities and thus the same mantra can have different emotional and energy states like – Supta Mantra, Jaagrat Mantra, Keelit mantra, Krodhit Mantra etc. Now an innocent seeker would probably never know if that particular mantra which he/she received has been abused by his teacher or lineage. In case a mantra has been indiscriminately used/given out to undeserving people the mantra loses its power. Not only this! Mantra in its first phase becomes baadhit (withdraws its power) and if the abuse still continues it becomes angered. So much so that it can now cause harm to the practitioner!!

This is the most important aspect of mantra which most of the spiritual seekers don’t understand about Shakti Sadhana through Mantra yoga.  Most of people ask how to rule out the possibility of receiving a defective/angered or dead mantra and the answer lies in identifying whether Teacher is indiscriminately giving mantra to anyone & everyone who approaches him or he/she chooses the disciples. If a teacher is seen distributing mantras indiscriminately there is quite a danger in receiving mantra from such a teacher.

EACH SYLLABLE OF MANTRA WORKS ON YOUR TATTVIC COMPOSITION IN DIFFERENT WAYS

Now let us understand what are the results when an energized mantra is received and chanted properly. The letter that make a word are pronounced by five places. The five places are lips, tongue, teeth, palate and throat. Every point corresponds to a tattva or element. The lips correspond to Earth Element, the tongue to Water element, the teeth to Fire element, the palate to air element and throat to Space element. The Mantras or letters that use lips for pronunciation develop and strengthen the Earth element within the Sadhak. In the same way words or letters that use tongue for pronunciation develop and strengthen Water element, words and letter using Teeth, strengthen Fire Element, words and letter using palate, strengthen Air element and words and letters using throat strengthen Space element.

MANTRAS MANIFEST SWAROOPA TO SADHAKA

This human body is miniaturized universe – The Microcosm. It is personal universe of the individual. However within this Microcosm or personal Universe there are three discrete universes situated
in the middle, top and bottom parts of the body. The three universes are also related to three distinct energies. The middle portion of body is related to Kaaran Shaktis or Causal powers. The lower part of body is related to Sthoola Shaktis or Gross powers. The upper portion of the body is related to Sookshma Shaktis or subtle powers.  Knowledge about self, transcendental knowledge and also material knowledge is bestowed upon the Sadhaka when various Shaktis are activated. Various mantras activate various shaktis, For example the mantra “राम” activates Subtle energies. The mantra “ह्रीं” activates Causal energies and mantra “ध्रीं” activates Gross energies.
When these energies are activated completely, they manifest into a particular form depending upon the emotion and desire of the Sadhak. The Sadhak is blessed by the that particular form and his/her desires fulfilled and manifested. Mantra jap certainly gives its results but to attain the Siddhi where manifested form of God/Goddess are invoked and blessings are received, requires the Sadhak to go through complete Tattva shuddhi, Nadi Shuddhi and most importantly he/she should have control over his senses this also referred to as Dharana Siddhi. When the Shakti manifests in a form, there is no rule that she will be in Devi Swaroop only she can manifest in Dev roop also, it depends on the Sadhana of the Sadhak.
AVOID KAAMYA PRAYOGA & REFRAIN FROM WRONG MANTRAS
There is one more crucial aspect that should be discussed here. The Mantra’s are of two types- दैविक (godly and divine) पैशाचिक  (demonic and satanic). The result of the daivik mantra is explained above but when a Sadhak does a Sadhana of Paishachik mantras the Shakti is not manifested in front of him.  But a Sadhak himself enters into the region of Pishach and brings him under his control. The pishach in control can do any sort of work for the Sadhak, but the end result is painful and grievous, as the Sadhak enters into Pishach-yoni after death. The other secret is that the boon and results gained through Daivik Sadhana can be enjoyed freely without incurring any debt. Whereas the results gained through Pishachik Sadhana have to be re-compensated.
A Sadhak can gain anything through Shakti Sadhana. The Supreme goddess blesses with boons when is pleased and joyous.
देव्या यया ततमिदं जगदात्मशक्त्या
निश्शेषदेवगणशक्तिसमूहमूत्र्या।
तामम्बिकामखिलदेवमहर्षिपूज्यां
भकत्या नता: स्म विदधातु शुभानि सा न: ।।
Many at times practitioners feel their progress in Mantra Yoga gets stalled after few quick experiences. Why this happens, what are the causes and what should be done if such a thing happens, I shall deal with all such questions in my next post.
Shivoham!
– Ma Shakti Devpriya

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

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

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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