FOLLOWING IS THE ACTUAL MAIL from an advanced TATTVA SHAKTI VIGYAAN PRACTITIONER WHO OVERCAME HIS DECADES OLD ISSUE WITH THE POWER OF CONTINUOUS SADHANA!
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!
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.
It has been nearly eleven years, when I, for the first time visited Dhari Devi Mandir in Srinagar, Uttarakhand. Our driver started to share stories about the temple. Many people had experienced the divinity of the place. The presence of Shakti was prevalent there. Dhari devi is one of the Shakti peeth and the deity is believed to be guardian deity of Uttarakhand. The journey towards Dhari Devi was completely intriguing filled with talks about various miracles of the goddess.
Our Driver told that people come from far away places to visit the shrine and get their wishes fulfilled. When the wishes are fulfilled they come again and tie a bell in the temple. It is a way to show gratitude to Ma who takes care of all her children. Unlike most of the shakti peethas here the mandir is situated in a valley and reaching there is quite easy as we have to just climb down, which needs not much effort. But coming back is a bit tough climb. The moment we reached there, Dhari devi became Ma for me and I could feel her holy presence all around. From that very day I had a special connection with Ma Dhari Devi.
The temple has been in news for a bit of time, regarding its relocation due to construction of a dam, which posed a danger to it. The temple could be submerged as a result. It is not just a matter of chance and the 800 year old temple certainly has a strong deep mystical basis of existing there, and the biggest mistake we could do was counting it as just another temple. The Shakti peeth means “Place charged up with energies of nature i:e Ma Shakti”
The 300 MW hydel project for which the Dhari Devi had been relocated is now in ruins. Is it the first time when Devi has shown her anger on being shifted from her original abode (moolsthaan). This has happened for the second time, before this in 1882 a local king, when tried to shift the idol, a devastating landslide hit Kedarnath. Kedarnath is the abode of Shiva and when his beloved Shakti faces danger, Shiva opens his third eye of destruction. The locals have reported that Devi had given many warnings and had clearly stated that if her idol is moved there will be a calamity. The result is obvious and for all of us to contemplate.
All those people who have experienced the presence of God in their life (or may be I should say all those who have accepted the presence of God in their life) can understand the relevance of the events those took place on 16 June 2013. Why did the cloud burst just after the relocation of the idol? Could we merely use the word “coincidence” and turn a blind eye towards it? Can we see such a big tragedy as an isolated event? Does believing in such incidences make us less scientific? Why are we trying to save history by protecting ruins of palaces, dargahs and tombs and turning a blind eye to something that is even older than history and by all means the foundation stone of the oldest religion on Earth.
As a Shaakt, I feel pained on just ignorant acts of people, especially when they, despite their limited capacity in all domain start behaving like controller of “Prakriti”. Every Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner knows that Prikriti, the divine goddess dances only to please Sadashiva. Only blessed ones who understand this secret are able to look and be with this creation with sense of awe and reverence.
As I see, prikriti is clearly warning us… “O My Beloved Child! Better you don’t dare pinch my breasts.. I am your eternal mother and I can differentiate between your hunger and play.”
– Ma Shakti Devpriya