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

Shivoham!

Gururbrahma Gururvishun Gururdevo Maheshwara

Guruh: saakshaat Para-Brahm Tasmayi Sri Gurave Namah:

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

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

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

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

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

Twadnyah Paanibhyaamabhayavarado daivat ganah:

Twamekaanaivaasi prkatitavaraabheetyabhinayaa|

Bhayaat Traatum Daatum Phalamapi cha Vaanchhaa samadhikam 

sharanyelokaanaam tavahi charananaiva Nipunau ||

With this prayer lets begin!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yantra- Visual tools in Tantra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shivoham!

– Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath

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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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To get initiated in Tantra write to us at:
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In the service of divinity in you..

Shivoham!

5-Day Swara Yoga Retreat : by Ma Shakti

THE 5-DAY SWARA YOGA RETREAT

 5-DAY   RESIDENTIAL  PROGRAMME    FOR       SWARA-YOGA  LEARNERS  BY  MA  SHAKTI   The   Ultimate  Secrets   of    Swara – Vigyaan

Swara-Yoga 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. The one who possesses the knowledge of Swaras is capable of creating success, attain great health, predict future events and even know about one’s destiny beyond the Golden Gate of Death.

 

With Swara Yoga Everyday is a ‘Present’ –

The Swar Vigyaan is a complete science of success working on the principles of aligning individual actions with the cosmic cycles of ‘Energy Principle’. Human Life on planet Earth is not an isolated event. The whole cosmic arrangement supports life on it. The sun, the moon and the 5-Great Elements regulate the activities on mental, psychical and spiritual levels. A seasoned Swar-Yoga practitioner is capable of identifying the most productive energy cycles and knows how to use them for benefit of others and self. The true SwarYogi is one who can turn any moment to an auspicious moment, any endeavour to a success,  mend relationships and even warn about the probable fallouts. With this unparallel intuitive knowledge which comes through persistent practice the Swara practitioner turns everyday to ‘the rewarding gift’ of cosmos.

Few things everyone should understand that Swara-Yoga is a science of breath and has nothing to do with the religion. Not a single mantra or deity salutation is to be done during the practices. The practices can be learnt by anyone who is willing to experiment with one’s body and breath. Most people feel this science to be an open source due to availability of books on the subject but that is not true. The knowledge presented in the every Tantra book has always been encrypted and Swara-Vigyaan is no exception.  All ancient systems were presented to able and dedicated disciples in Guru-Disciple system (the great Guru-Shishya parampara). With all the experience at my command and great humility I say that  without my Guru I would have not succeeded in it. There are various secret ‘Keys’ that are revealed to students only by able teachers upon seeing their capabilities. Without understanding those keys the true practical  knowledge of Swara Vigyaan can never be gained. Also you evolve in your practices as you continue your discipline with SwayYog. Therefore what you learn in these 5-days you must be ready to apply it because Swara Yoga is a lifelong learning. ” says Ma Shakti Devpriya.

Contents of 5-Day Swara-Yoga Retreat

Swar Yoga 5-day retreat is a residential program by Ma Shakti that takes the participants on a magical adventure with their body-breath rhythms in the lap of mother nature. You shall begin here from ground zero to reach the zenith – in just 5 days!

This retreat is unique in a sense as it trains the learner in all aspects of Swara Vigyaan. It begins with covering all the topics of Swara Yoga basic workshop. You are given many secret tips that will be useful in your daily life and those advanced ‘keys’ which are capable of elevating you to the stature of an accomplished ‘Swara Yogi’.

The cursors to the contents of programme are as below –

Swara Yoga Retreat – Day 1

One the first morning of your retreat the day starts with mild Yoga practices. There are two sessions of classroom teachings scheduled during the day. The first session happens just after breakfast and the second session is taken later in the afternoon. The evenings will be an opportunity for you to experience and immerse your being in the unconditional love of maiden nature. Unforgettable!

Swara Yoga Retreat – Day 2

The day shall begin with learning Yogasanas and Neti practices. The first class-room session on Swar Vigyaan with Ma Shakti will be happening after the breakfast.

Your second day shall reveal many secrets about Swar Vigyaan practices over the two classroom sessions. The second classroom session will be conducted after lunch and karma-yoga session. As a participant in the retreat you shall be assigned some service work that provides an opportunity for karmic cleansing. The day shall end in star gazing for 1 hour.

Swara Yoga Retreat – Day 3

A day full of experiential learning. Swara Yoga is more practice oriented than any other stream. When you are trying to recognize the 5-Tattvas in your being it becomes really important for you to understand what is the best suited method for your personality type. You should be able to recognize rhythm and beauty of Tattvic currents and that doesn’t come without opening  to them.

This day shall deliver all the good experiences of morning and night light every other day but the experiences with Tattva Dharana will be extremely profound. This process once you know and experience becomes your guide for choosing the best way to connect and recognize the Tattvic energy in your being.

 Swara Yoga Retreat – Day  4

Learning Swara-Yoga is one thing but what matters the most is its continuous practice and application. Many participants think this science to be a subject of intellect and memory but contrary to that Swar Vigyaan is a practice work. The classrooms and even practical sessions are there just to introduce you to the techniques, make you recognize different patterns, train you in identifying tattvas and many more things but real fun is in its application.

There’s hardly any activity of the day which is not connected with the swaras. Right from the day you get up to the time you go to the bed your success and failures are governed by how much you were able to pay attention to swaras and what measures did you take to orient/plan/execute your activities according to the best suited patterns.

Swara Vigyaan helps you in planning your day, estimate the outcome of an effort, predict the success of an endeavour, improve the quality of your interactions with others, help you resolve your conflicts effortlessly, help you decide your projects, improve your intuitive muscle, give you powers to communicate with others just using your mind, deepens your meditations, accelerate your spiritual growth and award you with the highest – Liberation from cycle of birth and death if you choose that to be. All the above and even much more is there to accomplish and master but remember that comes with applying Swara-Principles in life diligently and consistently. Correctly it has been stated ‘Practice makes the man perfect.”

Day four of your stay will be more practice and experience oriented. You will learn various mudras and take up practices pertaining to Vayu and Akasha Tattva as well. The day will be populated with variety of activities to keep you in high spirits and best of your moods.

 Swara Yoga Retreat – Day 5

The retreat’s last day is refreshingly loaded with wisdom and path forward. Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath ji speaks about Swara’s connection and reference in spiritual practices.  He shall also guide you to many practicals & amazing swara-vigyaan applications.

The centre of attraction for all of you will be revelation of the secret practice of ‘Laghu Chhaya-Purush Upasana’ by Ma Shakti Devpriya ji. This particular practice has also been taught in its elaborate form in the Islamic Tantra traditions in another name (it is called ilm-e-hamzaad there). This is for those courageous and fearless students who wish to amaze themselves with their own super-human capabilities.

The day generally ends with a musically uplifting evening. Local artists showcase their talent to thrill and sway the group. We plan a visit to an Energetic place like temple, lake, mount or forest as well.

Important scribbles

One thing that a learner should keep in mind is that this residential programme mark the beginning of a New phase in your life. From hereon things will not remain the same for you, the only condition being the learner should continue with the practices and conduct his/her life according to learnt principles of Swara Vigyaan.

Second important point is that by application of the practical tips and secrets of the Swara system that are offered by Ma Shakti ji in this 5-day residential programme you ensure your growth in the Swara Yoga Practices.

Third point, this science is a lifetime learning process therefore once you have attended this retreat you should try and attend refresher courses on Swara-System (that are offered from time to time by Ma Shakti Devpriya ji) to elevate your calibre, understanding and knowledge.

*The program is open only for those who have taken ‘Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Discipleship Programme’ as advanced Mantric processes of Swara-Yoga and Laghu Chhaya-Purush sadhana are transmitted only in Guru-Shishya parampara.

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

Benefits of Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya!

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“The success and failure is in one’s unique way of perceiving the reality. Skewed perception is the root cause of deranged emotional health and obstructions in personal growth.”  – Ma Shakti

Tantra offers many guided processes to its practitioners which create opportunities of inner transformation. These processes are handed down from the teacher to student and they have enormous capacity to naturally deepen and correct the practitioner’s  perception through bringing about a profound inner awareness. Such a change in one’s personality and outlook is made possible by purifying and reorganizing one’s personal energies. The tantric process taught by Ma Shakti to the aspiring Tantra practitioners is Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti KriyaThis Kriya invokes the power of Panch-Mahabhutas (Five Great Elements) to trigger and maintain the transformation through balancing and purifying the practitioner’s Tattvic Energies.

Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya  gives multiple benefits on different levels in your life –

Health Benefits (Body) –

Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya works on your whole body. Through regular practice it restores complete health. List of some of ailments which can be controlled and alleviated are as below –

  • Hypertension
  • Allergies
  • Headaches & Migraine
  • Heart Diseases
  • Pain
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Asthma
  • Insomnia
  • Low Immunity
  • Anxiety
  • Hormonal issues
  • Menstrual issues
  • Obesity

Health Benefits (Mind) –

Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya mends the way mind works.  It relaxes and the mind and brings about the capacity to control mind. Regular practice shall show its effect in following areas –

  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Reduces Stress (thus the risk of stroke and heart diseases)
  • Enhances attention
  • Improves mental capacities
  • Effectively helps in managing PreMenstrual Syndrome
  • Better Concentration
  • Better memory and recall
  • Boosts self-confidence

Benefits (Spiritual) –

Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya is the foundation stone for one’s spiritual progress. It paves the path for getting into discipleship program and initiation. Things it does to you on spiritual levels are –

  • Capacity to become thoughtless at will
  • All benefits of Meditation
  • Moves person from Tamasik to Rajasik
  • Movement from Rajasik qualities to Sattvic
  • Triggers & sustains the process of Bhuta Shuddhi
  • Improves sensitivity to Higher Energies
  • Optimally balances Ha (Sun)-Tha (Moon)
  • Improved self-understanding
  • Disciplines life and develop faith in divine

Tattva Shakti Vigyaan Camp in New DelhiPanch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya is the most powerful process of Bhuta-Shuddhi (Tattva Shuddhi) in the Tantric system for the uninitiated. It requires only 27 minutes of yours on daily basis and its impact on mind and body becomes visible from the first time itself!

If you wish for professional and personal excellence, Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya  shall help you immensely by creating a better understanding of your own interiority thereby empowering you to handle the day to day challenges of modern life with fluidity of ease. Alongwith this Kriya you are taught the correct way of breathing and the process of Energy-Cleansing.

A 27-minute practice in the form of Panch-Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya is gem from antiquity that Tantra Masters Ma Shakti and Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath are giving out for Introducing Tantra to Modern Man. Brought to the modern world by Masters this ancient Kriya tunes your entire system with the cosmic rhythms of Tattvic Energies helping your body, mind, emotions and energies function in unison with Nature’s healthy vibrations.

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

Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya

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                             || Panch Mahabhoot Shakti Kriya- A Kriya from Tantric Lineage ||

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Are you desiring to achieve a perfect state of physical, mental and emotional well being?

Do you wish to improve your relationship with self and others?

Do you yearn for spiritual growth & balance in life?

Normally such holistic growth requires one to enter in a spiritual path with complete dedication and spend huge amount of time with the able Master or Guru but neither everyone has so much of time nor everyone is ready to take the plunge.

If you too are looking for success, health and peace; If you are searching for answers in your life Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya* is your answer.

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Revered Tantric Masters and propagator of Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath and Ma Shakti offer the secret Panch Mahabhut Shakti Kriya that belongs to ancient Tantric lineage and is one of its kind.  Acharya ji shares that this is the only one Kriya that despite being extremely powerful can be given to everyone and through the regular practice of Panch Mahabhoot Shakti Kriya every person can gain the immense benefits. He says “Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya takes the practitioner to a deep meditative state where healing and rejuvenation is accelerated five times as compared to what happens in deep dreamless sleep.”

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Our whole being resonates with the rhythm of the universe. This unique amazing rhythm of the universe is created by the play of five elements also known as Panch Mahabhuta. The Five Great elements are not only supporting us on the gross level, but they are the foundation and basis of who and what we are. Our every thought and action arises from the play of these five elements and further affects them too. Working with the five elements simply means tending to the roots.  Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya is an ancient Tantric Kriya that purifies and balances the five elements.

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The Five Great elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The Chakras in our body are the abode of the five elements. The Earth element (Prithvi) resides in Root Chakra (Muladhara). The Water element (Jal) resides in Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana). The Fire element (Agni) resides in Solar Plexus (Manipura Chakra). The Air Element (Vayu) resides in Heart Chakra (Anahat) and Space element (Akasha) resides in Throat Chakra (Vishudh).

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Almost all physical and mental disturbances are caused due to blocks in our energy bg-healthsystem. Our energy system is made up of Chakras and Nadis. If you feel sad, angry, irritated  and depressed most of the times, it is because of blocked energy channels leading to sluggish chakras. The breathing techniques done during Panch Mahabhoot Shakti kriya cleanse the nadi system and free you from negative emotions like anger, worry, anxiety and depression. Practicing the Kriya just once makes you feel happy and relaxed. Having a perfect emotional well being leads to more creative and prolific life.

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If you have been meditating for a long time or have just started to meditate, you must have certainly confronted the biggest hurdle that is of achieving a thoughtless state of mind. Every person who has practiced Panch Mahabhoot Shakti Kriya, have said to achieve that state. In exact words of a practitioner after practicing Kriya just once”First time in life I have felt so calm and focussed both at the same time while doing a practice. Although it was just for a few moments, but I know now what I am capable of” Achieving a state of thoughtlessness is dream of every meditator and by practicing Panch Mahabhoot Kriya you can surely achieve it.

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Revered Tantrika and Tattva Shakti Vigyaan propagator Ma Shakti says “If you really want to change things in your life do something about it. Through Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya it is so possible only by giving few minutes daily to yourself. This Tantric Kriya starts re-wiring your life-energies by harnessing the power of Five great Elements. The positive impact of this restructuring becomes visible in all life situations, health, relationships in less than 3 months itself. Pancha Mahabhuta Shakti kriya** opens the further growth avenues for spiritual growth. ”

By giving just few minutes to Panch Mahabhoot Kriya daily you change your life forever. The effects are incredible and benefits are immense.

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*Learning Panch Mahabhoot Shakti kriya does not require Deeksha or Initiation in to the lineage. 

** To learn Panch Mahabhuta Shakti Kriya one needs to mail the organizers at shakti.multiversity@gmail.com

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

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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.

A tale of four Gurus by Niraj – रज्जब तूने किया गज्जब बांधा सिर पर मोर…

|| Falling in love with Gurus is not easy ||
|| Falling in love with Gurus is not easy ||

A tale of four Gurus

Guru’s often beseech their disciples to have immense patience on the path of self realization. Faith in Guru and patience in practice eventually lead the to glorious dawn which every seeker strives towards.
It is ironical, however, that the same disciples test the patience of their masters in intended and unintended ways!

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The great saint Rajjab rung eloquent when he saw his disciple, who once resolved to be a celibate his entire life, sitting on a mare and about to proceed to meet her bride to be. The saint, quite exasperated, almost rushed to his disciple’s place and addressed him thus!
रज्जब तूने किया गज्जब बांधा सिर पर मोर|
आया था हरि भजन को किया नरक में ठौर||
It is said that the disciple immediately realised his destiny at these words of his master, flung himself down from the horse and fell on the lotus feet of his master, to remain in his communion forever. But the saint had already had a dramatic day!

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Think of the immense consternation which Kabir would have faced when he left his mortal body. Kabir preached the unity of religions his entire life, only to find the Hindu and Muslim disciples squabbling over whether to bury or cremate his body! Legends say when the body was uncovered, there were just a few flowers, which needed neither burial nor cremation.

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Sri Yukteshwar, the Guru of Yogananda Paramhansa would often tell him – “…you will be much kinder to your disciples… A teacher could not spread India’s message in the West without an ample fund of accommodative patience and forbearance”. Yogananda had his patience tested by his disciples in the West, when he slowly and patiently tried to bring his disciples, steeped in materialism, on the path of spirituality. He recalls, “I refuse to state the amount of truth I later came to find in Master’s words!”

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The last tale is the untold story of my Gurus, Ma Shakti Devpriya and Acharya Agyaatdarshan! In this age, deeply steeped in materialism, they patiently guide their disciples from ruin to glory. I have seen AD’s words becoming more strident for his disciples. From “do whatever little you can” to his latest exhortation of  “Udyamo Bhairavah – put forth all your enterprise to become Shiva” during his interpretation of Shiv Sutras, the paradigm he shifted for his disciples! Patiently waiting for their disciples to understand the wisdom in their words, they have stood by their disciples through the ordeals with the material and the spirit.
While I can only surmise how I might have tested their patience over the years, I bow to them in reverence and beseech them to be more direct, open and critical towards this wavering disciple of theirs!

Shivoham!

Niraj