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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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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

Tantra – The path for Modern Man

“Embrace all and negate nothing is the principle of Tantra” The whole existence is a cosmic play of the Divine, and nothing can be negated or left out. The physical body is as real as the world and as divine as the existence. The primary practices in Tantra involve the physical body much more than any of the spiritual practices. Tantra embraces all, and this is the exactly the reason that why it is the path for the Modern man.
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A quote from Bhagvat Gita says “In order to attain steady wisdom you should restrain your senses and focus your entire mind and being on me”


It completely bewilders most seekers when I say this. Restraining the senses, it seems not only difficult but just impossible. Living in a fast moving with so many engagements, it is not even considered feasible. The senses are the ones that connect us to the outer world and help us to function efficiently. So to restrain the senses, seems us to take nowhere. This is what an amateur can understand on the first go, and this is also exactly the reason that many people fear to take up Spiritual practices. Spiritual practices are meant to know our real inner self, to meet our ultimate goal, to merge with the Pure Consciousness. We have read and heard a lot about the blissful experiences of people who have merged with the Pure Consciousness, it seems so exhilarating and encompassing. But our mind interferes and says “Is it worth to stop experiencing the beautiful world around us” Many Modern Gurus read the mind and have changed spiritual practices into manifestation rites. Someone is trying to manifest better DNA’s or correcting present life by visiting the previous lives. There are so many rites offered that a serious spiritual seeker keeps on attending one workshop to other, just in search for the completeness that the his/her soul yearns for. Many times people come to us and proudly state the number of spiritual workshops they have attended. I just ask them “Did you get what you looked for?” Many a times they have even forgotten what were they looking out for.

Spiritual practices are not relaxation techniques or manifestation rituals, you are just beating around the bush if your practices are not taking you near your ultimate goal. Tantric rituals while embracing your being totally, with your strengths and weakness, with your desires and goals, does not let you go away from the Pure Consciousness even for a moment. Each and every step prepares you for divine merger. Tattva Shakti Vigyaan which connects you first to the substance of the universe- The Panchtattva (The five elements) The five elements are connected to your Five Tanmatras (Subtle medium of sensations), Five Karmendriyas (organs of action), five Jnanendriya (sense organs). The cleansing and balancing of Panchtattva cleanses the related tattvas too- Tanmatras, Karmendriya and Jnanendriya. It does not ask you to restrain but live completely with balanced and blissful being. As the related tattvas are cleansed, the inward movement of energies becomes habitual and automatic. Tattva Shakt Vigyaan is the Tantra for Modern Man.