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Understanding the secrets of Yajna! (यज्ञभावनम्-1)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The mantras for twelve forms are as following –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

*arghya means – something that deserves respectful reception

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My Actions Beyond Me & Mine

“I bow at the lotus feet of my guru who guides me through it all. This is dedicated to my guru.”

I once asked a Wall Street business man known for his ruthlessness with his staff, why he donated his time to girls scout and money to institutions for terminally ill?  He said he was doing his bit to give back.

When I noticed that one of my ex-bosses was extremely generous during the holiday season with the cafeteria staff who served us, I asked her the reason behind her generosity. She told me to watch the events during after hour business receptions and dinner parties hosted in the office. Sure enough, the staff would be all around her, favoring her with best seating arrangement, asking her even before her drink in hand was over what she would have next and so on. At least she was honest and was clear about her motives.

I say it because so many of us don’t even know ourselves enough and do not wish to acknowledge our roots of selfishness. As Acharyaji says it, we as humans innately tend to serve the “I” more easily. So what if we don’t know or do not acknowledge our selfishness? Well then be prepared to be fooled again and again….. Here is a story

One of our very own special sadhaka, Krishnadasji, who has been a high school teacher in the US narrated this story. He taught at a public high school, which was once visited by a senior supervisor. After checking out several classes and teachers in action, he requested Krishnadasji and one of his young colleague teachers, Ms. Anna, to provide him with names of 5 underprivileged students from each of their classes. He said he believed in and practiced the philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means that whole world is my family. He took these kids on a tour of Manhattan city and the kids came back very happy, raving about the supervisor. Ms Anna was smitten by this act of kindness and discussed with Krishnadasji how she was truly impressed by his generosity. She eventually started dating the supervisor and then came the day when they decided to tie the knot. She once again shared her joy with Krishnadasji who advised her to see things as they were before making life’s critical decision. She shared that he had showered all his kindness and love on her through plenty of nice gifts and she was quite sure about her decision. After 2 years of marital bliss, Ms. Anna shared the news of her pregnancy with her husband. She was distressed to hear that he did want the child and asked her to go for an abortion. She pleaded to no avail. Finally she shared her sorrow with Krishnadasji. He agreed to meet with her husband along with her parents for an open conversation. Krishnadasji our true angel was simply point blank and asked her husband what happened to his philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, when it came to his own child? It eventually came to light that he did not want his wife to have kids lest she lost her beauty!!

Most of us are no different from the Wall Street business man, the ex-boss or Anna and her husband. We tend to live in silos; doing our “good” for the society, allocating time for bhakti, etc. In our everyday lives, however, we continue to be driven by our flawed perceptions; marred by fear, attachment, pride, and our endless desires. We may not even be aware of our own sub-conscious drivers for our behaviors and actions! It is only when we start breaking down this silo mentality and begin applying the principles of kindness, generosity, and sacrifice to our everyday ordinary actions and interactions with our family, friends, colleagues, teams and partners alike that we would have taken the first step to knowing ourselves.

So why do I need to know myself? Its only when we really know ourselves will we start seeing the shades of black, grey and white in the fabric of our own lives. We may struggle to accept ourselves for who we are in the beginning but it’s a struggle worth undertaking. Once we are able to dive into it, we will eventually see the definition of “I” expanding because the same shades are present within and without just in varying patterns.

Well if we can only easily cater to the “I”, can we really go beyond it? Acharyaji says there is no need to go beyond the I! We just need to slowly start expanding our definition of “I”. Lets start small by including our loved ones and anyone else we have called “my” or “mine”.

I thank my guru, Acharyaji for his blessings and guidance through whom I am able to see a new day everyday! The daunting failures in my attempt to practice his divine teachings only drive me each day to start all over again.

Shivoham!

This article has been contributed by Jhankhna Verma, a dedicated Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner from New Jersey US under the guidance of Guruma Shakti Devpriya & Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji. Jhankhna is a Yoga enthusiast & has deep interest in the field of ancient Healing Systems.

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

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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In the service of divinity in you..

Shivoham!

The Discipleship Programme – First Initiation (Deeksha)

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Pratham Koti Deeksha – The First Initiation

There comes a moment in the life of every spiritual student when one realizes the importance of commitment and dedication to the ‘chosen path’. A deeper intuition takes charge of life and makes one courageous to the core to be able to experiment with life-energies and be open to receive commands rather than just advices and so  much more… The Student-Teacher relationship is transformed and now Teacher becomes the Master and Student – The Disciple.

Discipleship Program – What is in it for me

If you are still asking this question it probably means you aren’t ready to receive ‘Initiation’. A bond between the teacher and student has to become trust centric before such a step is contemplated. The Tattva Shakti Vigyaan discipleship program marks the beginning of altogether different level of journey in spirituality. Having gone through this initiation process means you are now identifiable as the ‘sadhaka’ of an ancient Tantric lineage in the form of  ‘The Lodge of Masters’ – Gurumandala.

You receive a personal mantra from the ‘Lodge of Masters’ and with this mantra comes your connection and access to unbound support, guidance and protection of yours in your spiritual endeavours. It also means now onwards your genuine queries about ‘Sadhana’ and personal development shall taken up by Masters and appropriate shifts and course corrections shall be advised from time to time.

Every practitioner who receives ‘Initiation’ is monitored by the living and astral Masters in the lineage of Shiva for their spiritual conduct, challenges in Sadhana and obstacles in  growth. Upon receiving this ‘initiation’ you come a step closer  to ‘Shri Vidya – Krama Deeksha‘.

You are inducted in discipleship of Tantra Masters, in the pious lineage of adept Shri Hayagreevaananda ji by Ma Shakti and Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath.

Expected Conduct of the Disciple

There are no set rules for disciples at this stage however it would be unfair to say there are ‘No Rules’ because as a learner one has to strive to cultivate virtues conducive to one’s personal growth. Following pointers are just expectations except the last ones in REDs. These are indicative and open to your personal interpretation.  Receiving First Initiation ‘Pratham Koti Deeksha‘ is about:

  • Taking responsibility of your life and your actions.
  • Inform the Masters about any of other practices you are currently engaged in.
  • Initiation is the first formal step in the life of the practitioner to ‘Live’ in ‘Shakti Consciousness every moment. That you shall try to inculcate this attitude.
  • That you shall kindle your awareness and deepen it with time.
  • Update your progress/challenges at least every 3 months. That ensures Masters would be able to help you better.
  • Accept the authority of your Guru / the Master in the domain of your spiritual conduct.
  • Gurumandala requires  your commitment and dedication to the principles of particular Tantric lineage of your living Masters. Keep the practices and Mantra Secret.*
  • In case you wish to quit your Sadhana – You MUST inform the Gurus. This is needed to be able to suitably guide you through the proper ‘Tantric Process of Separation’**
  • DO NOT MISS TO READ THE FOOTNOTES

Who is Eligible

To become eligible for your Discipleship Program through First initiation you are expected to have gone through minimum of following courses –

  • Nadi-Shodhan
  • Panch-Tattva : Know Your Dominant Element
  • Secrets of Panch-Koshas and Chakras
  • The Tattvic Matrix

Another frequently asked question is I have already taken an initiation from some other Guru. Am I still eligible? The answer to this question is as following –

First scenario is for those who have received Proper Initiation*** in a lineage. If you have received proper Deeksha (Initiation) in a lineage and if your Guru is still in the body (alive) you should discuss your intent with him and ONLY with his permission you should come for this deeksha. If your Guru asks, you may be required to surrender his mantra (or go through the process of separation) as well.

In case your Guru is not in body you can humbly convey your intent to drop the practices he/she had given citing your own genuine reasons (lack of guidance, not able to progress etc.) and then you can proceed for Discipleship Program.

Second scenario is where your initiation is not proper (please read the footnotes for more information). In such situation it is purely your choice to go ahead and get into Discipleship program.

Can I continue my previous Practices

Spiritual practices are personalized regimes for the practitioners as decided by the Guru. If teacher feels it right you may be allowed to continue with your some/all the previous practices however you should keep in mind that mixing of many Spiritual practices from different Gurus generally doesn’t do any good (Ma Shakti & Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath don’t recommend that as well) therefore make up your mind to drop your current practices forehand because if your practices are found to be interfering in your Tantric path, you may be asked to stop practicing them.

How does it feel after Initiation

You don’t need fear for anything. Just to reassure you, there are thousands of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners across the globe. In case you want to speak with them over phone / internet just drop us a mail we shall be happy to connect you with anyone near you. Alternatively you can visit our YouTube channel and watch the glimpses of expressions of people who have received Initiation and are practicing regularly. In fact it is through regular practice and Sadhana the practitioners derive many beautiful experiences, wisdom and joy of transformation.

How will I receive my Initiation

The first initiation leading to Discipleship Program is done face to face. In unavoidable circumstances Masters may use the way of LIVE Transmission in case the disciple is unable to present himself/ herself physically before them. Generally the disciple is directed to perform certain rituals, chant prayers under the direct supervision of Ma Shakti or Acharya ji to assist in the process of initiation.

It should be noted that further higher initiations by Masters in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan and Krama are NOT available without making yourself physically present for the ceremony.

To register write to us** at shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

** NOTE – Only students who have completed requisite courses (refer eligibility section) need apply!

* Personal Mantras are to be kept secret to prevent the leakage of your own energies gathered in Spiritual Practices (Sadhana). There is whole lot of reasons about maintaining this secrecy and they are communicated to you during the ‘Initiation/Deeksha’.

** The Tantric process of separation is a mandatory ritual in many spiritual lineages. In the case of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan initiation also this is adopted. A dissenting practitioner may choose to leave the practices without undergoing this however that does not benefit the disciple in any way and he/she may find severe stagnation in his/her future spiritual endeavours.  

*** If you have gotten formal ‘deeksha or initiation’ in a Spiritual Lineage that means you must be given the names of your all the Gurus (minimum of four generation – known as ‘Guru Pankti’ ( Guru, Param Guru, Paraatpara Guru & Paremeshthi Guru). As per spiritual traditions if you have not been given these names you are NOT gotten proper DEEKSHA. Many teachers just tell you that they are ultimately in the lineage of Shiva etc. that doesn’t qualify as ‘Guru-Pankti’. Some of the Teachers tend to believe that they have received initiation from many Gurus in their dream/meditations etc., technically that also does not qualify them as representative Acharya/Disciple in any lineage.

Swar Yoga – Ultimate Science of Success from Shiva

S W A R    Y O G A

Ultimate Science of Success from Shiva!

The Swara Yoga – Workshop for Beginners

Success sutras from the First Yogi & Tantra Master – Lord Shiva  find elaborate mention in the Tantric discipline called ‘Swar Yog‘ or Swara Vigyaan. This is an ultimate practical science in the Tantric lineages for achieving greater success & siddhis in material life. What more can be said about it. It is said in the scriptures that “Swaras are the essence of ‘atman or consciousness’ itself. One who attains the knowledge of Swaras is capable of creating success on all fronts of life. The one who knows the essence of Swaras attains complete knowledge of Vedas and other scriptures.”

What is Swar Yoga

Breathing is an important aspect and function of the physical body. Breath carries the most vital aspect of life that is prana. Prana is the connection between mind, body and consciousness. Most of the people are aware of the long list of benefits Pranayama & various controlled breathing process offer for one’s physical and mental well-being. For any spiritual aspirant the breath is tool and a vehicle for attaining the ultimate goal—Self Realization.

Swar Yog moves beyond all this. It offers a deeper insight into the rhythms of breath and its Tattvic quality. Swar Yog utilizes the different cycles of the Elements (tattvas) in the body for mental and physical healing igniting perfect intuition needed for successful living. According to Swar Yog, the right side of the body has solar dominance while the left side has lunar dominance. When one breathes from a particular nostril, one is capable of absorbing certain type of psychic and Tattvic energies from the outer universe. Also, depending on the nostril one is breathing through different types of energies are generated within the body. All the mental and psychic faculties are greatly affected by the nasal dominance. A seasoned Swar Yogi uses his/her persistent state of awareness to use these Tattvic cycles for the benefit of self and others.

Benefits of Practicing Swar Yog

Swar Vigyaan is the science of creating all round success in life. Our lives are the sum-total of all the choices and decisions we made till now. We could change our lives only if we knew how to choose the best among the choices available.

The Master of Swar Vigyaan and Founder of The Shakti Multiversity, Ma Shakti Devpriya says “The best capacity endowed with the practitioners of Swara is wisdom of making right choices. A Swara Yog practitioner intuitively acts on the ‘best choice’ always. Therefore his/her life is free of obstacles and is always in synchronicity with the best divine has to offer.”

There are innumerable benefits of SwarYog practices

  • Increased Awareness
  • Able to heal instantly
  • Instant improvement in Brain Power and Memory
  • Balanced Pranic system
  • Increased Success and abundance
  • Capacity to Change your Luck
  • Access your hidden capacities
  • Change opportunities into success
  • Balanced mind and emotions
  • Change enemies into friends
  • Tune in to the Lunar and solar energies for best outcomes
  • Work according to the natural Swara cycles
  • Know the right time for everything you do
  • Change anytime to auspicious time
  • Assessment of Universal energies

Is it Easy to Learn?

One must keep in mind that Swar Yog is the highest practice in the domain of breath-sciences. Although the principles of this science had been available freely but true knowledge of Swar Vigyaan had been limited to the circles of Masters only as it requires rigorous discipline and dedication from the practitioner to achieve perfection in the subject. A SwarYogi needs to be extremely disciplined and free from all negative influences.

In a nutshell, barring few the practices of Swara Vigyaan are easy to learn but mastering them may require lifetime of efforts – Of course a living Master is mandatory who will decide how much to give you, depending on your capacity*. Swar Yoga Basic Workshop is a good beginning for anyone who is willing to explore this fantastic science.

Swar Yoga Basic Workshop & Its Contents

Swar Yog is a knowledge and practice based 6 Hr workshop by none other than Ma Shakti Devpriya ji for beginners that introduces you to the working principles of Swar Yog. You are given the ‘easy-to-do’ practices to quickly see the benefits of it. Along with you are given many secret tips which can be used in daily life. These practices and techniques help in harmonizing activities with the universal energies thereby bringing success and good fortune.

  • Secrets of Shiva-Swarodaya
  • Introduction to Nadis and their effect on human life
  • Introducing types of swaras
  • Meditating on the Swar
  • How to change the swaras voluntarily
  • Activities to be done during right nostril dominance
  • Activities to be done during left nostril dominance
  • Preparatory exercises for Swar Yog
  • Curing various ailments through Swar Yog
  • Assessing good & bad situations through Swar Yog
  • Introduction to Higher Practices in Swar Yog

What is path forward

There is a residential program for learning advanced techniques of Swar Yog. After you have genuinely practiced and implemented the learnings of basic module for minimum of 6-8 months you will surely be enthused to learn more about this science. Those practitioners who have given their energies to the learnings can request for the Higher Learnings in Swar Yoga.

SwarYog Basic – Who is Eligible to Attend

The purified and balanced Ida-Pingla channels are the prerequisite for being able to experience and learn the Swar Yog therefore those who have attended ‘Nadi-Shodhan Workshop’ and practised that discipline for minimum of 60 days are best suited for this workshop.

It in the interest of participants to not insist joining this workshop on Swara Yoga without having experienced the Nadi-Shodhan cleansing symptoms. Rest assured when you have acquired basic NadiShuddhi you shall be able to not only appreciate the subject but also make the most of it.

To register write to us on shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

*Note – Few Swar Vigyaan practices have always been closely guarded, primarily because they deal with very subtle energies of the body and cosmos. Such techniques allow the practitioner to take complete control of anyone’s mind and being but if done wrongly, in any manner they may not only harm the practitioner but completely derail one’s spiritual development. It is therefore advised to every practitioner that he/she should engage ONLY in the specified practices.

The Tattvic Matrix – Workshop on Tantra’s Core Philosophy

The Tattvic Matrix

Tantric Practitioner’s Endeavors in 36 Tattvas

A 6-Hour knowledge based Series on Tantra for You! by Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath & Ma Shakti

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From the perspective of a Spiritual practitioner, Tantra is the only discipline that can claim itself to be ‘the broadest canvas of spiritual practices’ in the world. Available number of major Tantra Scriptures are 64 and it is believed that there are 7 Crore mantras given out by Lord Shiva himself. But one must understand that all the tantric practices, styles, rituals and tools derive their significance from the principles of well known ancient Tantric philosophy – ‘Shaiva Siddhanta’This course ‘The Tattvic Matrix’ from Masters is a ‘must have’ catalyst agent in deepening and speeding up your spiritual practices.

A practitioner’s success primarily depends on three major factors – (a) Availability of Guru’s guidance in authentic practices (b) Sincere and disciplined engagement in the practices (c) supported with Proper understanding of the underlying Principles.  Understanding of working principles of the techniques boost the confidence and trust of the practitioner in the practices being undertaken.

This 6 Hour knowledge packed workshop by Masters caters to the inquisitiveness of a sincere Tantra practitioner of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan. In fact without this knowledge any modern mind would find it extremely difficult to accept and adopt the practices.

Content of the ‘Tattvic Matrix’ workshop –

The system of Tantric practices spring from the ancient eastern philosophy (darshan), Shaivism or Shaiva Siddhanta. Just like Samkhya darshan, Shaiva darshan also presents Tattvic model of creation but here is far more elaborate, comprehensive and definitely in unison with the modern scientific understanding of cosmic reality & consciousness. Whole lot of modern researches and advances in ‘Quantum Physics’ have validated the concepts of Kanchukas (Coverings / Limitations) as demonstrated in Shaiva Siddhanta.

In this workshop our beloved Masters Ma Shakti and Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath demystify the Shaiva model of cosmic reality from the perspective of a Tantra practitioner. The major concepts covered are –

  • Tattvic Matrix of ShivaThe 36 principles of Creation
  • Difference between Samkhya Model & Shaiva Model
  • Scientific Evidences in support of ‘MAYA
  • Extra Sensory Perceptions in the light of ‘Tattvic Matrix’
  • Tattvas, Panch-Mahabhutas and Gunas
  • Concept of Panchikaran clarified
  • Bhuta-Shuddhi and its relationship with capacity building
  • Indriya Shuddhi & easiest ways to achieve it – Role of Guru
  • Limitations of a Self-Realized Soul
  • Self-Realization & God-Realization
  • Various Stages of Self-Realization
  • Mantra and its relationship with Ishwara
  • Meditations in Tantric Traditions
  • Question & Answers

Who Should Attend ‘The Tattvic Matrix’

Anyone who is interested in pursuing Tantric Spirituality can attend this programme. Even those who are just curious and beginning their journey in spirituality will also find it useful in making the best of their practices the choose to work with.

This course is ‘Must Attend’ for those who are planning to get initiated in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan.

The Eligibility to attend this Programme – You should complete the workshop on pancha-Tattvas before applying for ‘The Tattvic Matrix’ series in Tantra by Masters.

To register write to us** on shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

**NOTE – Only students who have completed ‘Panch-Tattva Workshop need apply!

Tantric Healing Programme – 5D Shakti Healing

5D-Shakti Healing

The Ancient Tantric Healing System!


Healing and health has been integral part of almost every Indian spiritual systems. Yoga and Tantra are the two such systems that India has given to the world. While Yoga’s efficacy to health is a proven fact the Ancient Tantric Healing systems are mostly in the veils. Tantra as a discipline has always been a guarded secret cult generally away from the reach of the masses. The only reason about such secrecy about Tantric processes has been owing to the fact that these techniques are extremely powerful & double edged therefore if they fell in wrong hands they could have been misused and abused.

It is purely unconditional love of the Lodge of Tantric Masters** that, Ma Shakti and Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath have been ordained to make the 5D-Shakti Healing available to the world now. 5D-Shakti Healing has purely tantric approach to health and healing – presenting specific solutions and precise methods to alleviate disease, pain and suffering from human life within the framework of ‘Law of Karma’. It will be fair to say that 5D-Shakti Healing is India’s gift to the Healing needs of the modern world.

Why 5D-Shakti Healing

Tantra recognizes that a human being does not operate only on the plane of this physical body. A human soul is experiencing the pleasures and pains of this worldly plane through its 5 different sheaths it is covered in – the Pancha koshas. It also understands that every human soul comes on this physical plane with the sole purpose of enjoying the fruits (whether sweet or bitter) of its ‘karmic’ baggage. Therefore if you are trying to reduce your bodily diseases and sufferings by physically treating it through ‘Therapies’ and ‘Medicines’ you are not attending to the root cause of it. Through such methods you can only ‘treat’ but can’t ‘heal’ yourself.

5D-Shakti Healing is a TOTAL Healing system that works on the root-cause of your sufferings hidden deeper in koshas e.g. Mind body, Prana body, Karma body etc. It restructures all the layers of your being through appropriate practical methods. It works on your entire being making you healthy, peaceful, joyous, kind, loving and generous – A truly ‘Living’ being!

What are the tools of 5-D Shakti Healing

Tantra is a system of harnessing energies and intentions through exploration of inner and outer nature. The universe is storehouse of infinite variations of energy or Shakti manifestations from plants, animals, tattvas, sounds, celestial bodies. There are herbs, there are energy processes, stones, celestial energies and innumerable hidden powers within human body.

5-D Shakti Healing uses Tattvic Energies, Gems, Herbs, Yantras, Symbols, Mandalas and Body & Breath processes. Apart from using just these tangible means a tantric healer is capable of channelizing the finer energies of higher realms for one’s good through the application of powerful Yantras, Mantras and sacred energy  processes within and outside human body.

Why Tantric Healing System is better than Yoga

Yoga uses only two tools – body and breath while Tantra makes use of multiple energy processes, herbs and also heavily works on harnessing divine tattvic energies. While Yoga is a step by step process Tantra is quite flexible and can also be used SOS.

The most important aspect of ‘Tantric healing’ is that it teaches the healer to differentiate between ‘Aadhi’, ‘Vyaadhi’ and ‘Upaadhi’ and adopt suitable technique for healing rather than just be hooked on to medicines and bodywork. More often than not the suffering or disease is caused by external unknown (for normal people) forces which can be dealt with only through psychic means. Such paranormal influences can be removed with the use of ‘Tantric Healing’. Therefore 5D-Shakti Healing is far more effective and deeper in its understanding of suffering and also eradicating the physical/mental/spiritual suffering which Yoga is not capable of.

Can I heal others with 5D-Shakti Healing

There are two learners’ level in 5-D Shakti Healing. First level of this programme is about ‘Tantric Healing Essentials’. After assimilating the first level the phase of learning-experimenting usually lasts from 6 months to 2 years (depending on your sincerity and regularity). During this period the Healer is not supposed to heal others. However once they become proficient in the ‘Tantric Energy processes’ and develop sound understanding of ‘Mantric Energy Processes’ they may choose to go for Second level of “5D-Shakti Healing’ after which they can definitely serve others.

Can I heal paranormal influences through 5D-Shakti Healing?

Yes! A good healer is one who is able to identify the influencing negative energies and entities but a powerful healer is one who has strength and capacity to deal with these dreaded energies and ward them off. 5-D Shakti Healing gives the practitioner such powers that he/she can handle virtually every negative influence of this planet. This capacity is earned with healer’s discipline, devotion to the nature’s benign energies and through the mastery of tantric processes. Although a beginner is not advised to engage in such cases for he/she may get harmed but as one progresses under the guidance of Masters one take up paranormal influences head on and knock them off too.

What is the duration of Course?

This is an 18 Hour intensive programme by Masters that is available in residential setting or LIVE Workshop*. Since it involves learning few techniques around breathwork and bodywork, the LIVE Workshops are conducted under the local supervision of The Shakti Multiversity teachers.

Who is eligible for ‘5D-Shakti Healing’*

This programme is available ONLY to the Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners. One must be a Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner oneself to learn this.  WHY?

Getting initiated in Tattva Shakti Vigyaan means you are having knowledge ofHuman Energy Anatomy. With Tattva Shakti Sadhana comes direct experience of working with the energies of ‘Tattvas’, Symbols and Mantra’. Since Tattva Shakti Vigyaan is a tantric spiritual discipline it also readies the practitioner to be able to handle various aspects of ‘Body Centric’ healing processes’ that are essential part of 5-D Shakti Healing.

Tattvic purification and protection of Gurumandala which is available to a Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioners enables them to fearlessly experiment and benefit from higher energies. The Gurumandala’s presence also ensures that the healer shall not be endangered in case he/she is dealing with paranormal causes.

* LIVE Workshops are happening at designated Centres in India and USA.  Participants have to report at the centre on the programme days.

To register write to us** on shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

**NOTE – Only initiated (Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Pratham Koti)  practitioners may apply!

Assessing the Quality of Our Thoughts: A Simple-n-Silly Experiment

meditation

कलि कर एक पुनीत प्रतापा |मानस पुण्य होई नहीं पापा ||

Tulsidas astutely defines the character of Kali Yuga in Uttarkand in Ramcharitmanas. In this age of Kali, mental righteousness bears good while mental sins don’t bear evil. It is an amazing blessing of this yuga. Saints from Chaitanya to Prabhupada, Kabir to Raidas realized this and used nama-japa as the means to redeem themselves and many others.

Yet, if we dig a little deeper – we find that for all acts of impropriety (sins), the seeds are first sown in the mind. The seeds of war are already sown in the minds of men much before they fight the most ravaging wars on physical plane. Ma Devpriya writes in her book “Tattva Shakti Vigyaan”, “It thus becomes an endless circular activity; mind controls the physical body and then physical body controls the state of mind…” This manomaya kosha is so powerful that, if left to itself, can lead to ultimate ruin.

All the evil designs that ultimately lead to ruin does indeed start off as a ripple of thought in mind. We have a definite thought pattern which we carry as samskaras of previous lives. This makes it very imperative to assess the quality of one’s thoughts. The first step to improvement starts from knowing oneself intimately – and thereafter keeping a check on one’s destructive tendencies and reinforcing the constructive ones.

Here is a simple and practical experiment which might reveal a little about us:

Take a relatively routine and uneventful day to do this experiment. This is because on extraordinary days, the impressions of the day can substantially shift the normal thought process pattern of a human mind.

  • Sit down in any meditative asana with a piece of paper and pencil in front
  • Close your eyes and begin watching your thoughts for a brief period of time
  • As you watch these thoughts, stay aware of what you are thinking
  • Once your mind has raced through a few thoughts, open your eyes every few minutes and take notes of what you thought. This interval of taking notes depends upon how fast your mind is hopping one. Once you have 4-5 thoughts, write it down lest you forget them
  • After taking notes, close your eyes again and start watching your thoughts
  • Repeat the process unless you have a long list of thoughts
  • Over a period of 60 minutes of watching, you will have a string of thoughts written on paper
  • Next, get out of your meditative posture and start classifying these based on the quality. We are all aware of the three gunas – here are some broad observations:

o   Sattvik – Feelings of love, compassion, joy, piety, rendering someone help etc.

o   Rajasik – Thoughts of activity – workplace, assignments, pending work, approaching deadlines, home chores. Impulses to engage in sense pleasures etc.

o   Tamasik – Impulses to hurt or cause harm, anger, apathy, deceit etc.

o   Any moments of thoughtlessness

When we repeat this experiment a few times, we will have a deeper understanding of mind. Based on what our prominent thoughts are, our mind is either predominantly sattvik, rajasik or tamasik. Vivekananda said that what comes out of our mind during such meditative phases could be so vile that it might surprise us! Mind works in myriad ways and there are many demons of previous samskaras sitting to bounce back.

When we understand this mind, we will be able to control its vagaries more accurately. Awareness is the key!

Shivoham!

Niraj Mohan*

Niraj Mohan is a seasoned Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner under the guidance and initiation of our beloved Masters, Ma Shakti and Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji. He has been engaged successfully in many volunteering projects of Sacred Association and carries out the role of senior editor in The Shakti Multiversity’s publication wing.