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The pact with darkness – Mother! You have to help me break it..

“My life has been full of misfortunes, most of them never happened.”

A wonderful piece of wisdom I came across today.

This is truly a line that reminds me of eternal fear, each one of you is living through. Fear that keeps whispering in one’s ears that everything isn’t going well… that something bad or worse going to happen. This Ms. Fear or Mr. Fear, as you may like it, is everyone’s darling. Most of people around seem to have entered into a pact, a thrilling love-hate relationship with Mr./Ms. Fear. This Fear seem to be taller than the keepers’ ambitions and courage, duskier than the bright hopes and intoxicatingly attractive than their resolve to not pay attention to its luring overtures. Our relationship with ‘Fear’ is captivating and exciting at the same time; capable of keeping our attention focused on Ferociously Engaging Automatic Response of one’s mind.

 

It is truly a pact we have made with the darkness, so whenever there is a situation in front of us, we choose darkness instead of light.  There are many difficult times in life when the we feel that it is difficult to choose light over darkness but just unwantedly darkness hovers above our heads. And again yet again we fall prey to the plays of darkness and fear takes over. This pact made is renewed and gets stronger when we fail every time to see light but continue with darkness in life. A vicious circle goes on and on and we find difficult to come out of it. How to break this unending cycle of fear and darkness then?

Fear is always of something ‘unknown’.  As a Shaakta, what better way can there be for us than to take refuge in the divinely radiant lotus feet of Mother to ward of all the darkness, negative patterns and fears of life.

Avidyanam antas-timira-mihira-dweepa-naka-ree
Jadanam chaitanya-stabaka-makaranda-shruti jhari |
Daridranam chintamani-gunanika janma-jaladhau
Nimaghnam damshtra mura-ripu-varahasya bhavati ||
-Soundarya Lahari 3

The Mother’s Symbol

O Mother ! The divine dust of your lotus feet is:
Island city of the Suns.. the remover of darkness of ignorant,
these are the cosmic cluster of flowers from which gushes the nectar of intelligence for the dull-witted and it is the Necklace of wish yielding gems for the poor. The same shakti of yours becomes the tusk of the cosmic boar (varaha, incarnation of Lord Vishnu) uplifting the people immersed in the ocean of samsara! The samsara means the unending infinite cycle of birth and death..

Saundarya Lahiri’s this verse is loaded with the Mother’s specific power that removes darkness. With light comes knowledge and knowledge dispels fear. Its not coincidence that You are reading it – It is Her blessing. Anyone who is recites this powerful shloka is blessed.

Love and light

– Ma Shakti Devpriya

Guruma Shakti Devpriya ji and Acharya Agyaatadarshan are the present Teachers in the sacred lineage of tantra Masters of Krama System of SriVidya. Anyone who is willing to experience the depth and expansion of 'the inner self' through meditative, mantric or ritualistic processes under the guidance of the 'Gurumandala' can mail us at : shakti.multiversity@gmail.com
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SAUNDARYA LAHARI – SHAKTI SADHANA FOR ALL

Shivoham!

Shakti is a divine principle. She operates in its own freedom. It can not be made to change its ways. She has been worshipped and hailed since time immemorial. In Satyuga Devas pleased her to manifest her magnificent form that won over the asuras and blessed them with their kingdom and rights.

Treta Yuga saw Shri Rama worshipping Shakti to obtain the grace of Hers to be able to win over Ravana. Sita worships the Shakti in her Gauri form and receives Shri Rama as her husband through her blessings. In Dwapara Yudhishthira approaches Shakti in her Kameshwari form and gets assured of his win over Kauravas.  Of all forms of Shakti the power of Kameshwari is truly so overwhelming. Unlike many of her other manifestations this one has particularly soothing and gentle one…

नमस्ते परमेशानि ब्रह्मरुपे सनातनि । 
सुरासुरजगद्वन्द्दे कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ १ ॥ 
न ते प्रभावं जानन्ति ब्रह्माद्यास्त्रिदशेश्वराः । 
प्रसीद जगतामाद्ये कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ २ ॥ 
अनादिपरमा विद्या देहिनां देहधारिणी । 
त्वमेवासि जगद्वन्द्ये कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ३ ॥ 
त्वं बीजं सर्वभूतानां त्वं बुद्धिश्चेतना धृतिः । 
त्वं प्रबोधश्च निद्रा च कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ४ ॥ 
त्वामाराध्य महेशोsपि कृतकृत्यं हि मन्यते । 
आत्मानं परमात्माsपि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ५ ॥ 
दुर्वृत्तवृत्तसंहर्त्रि पापपुण्यफलप्रदे । 
लोकानां तापसंहर्त्रि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ६ ॥ 
त्वमेका सर्वलोकानां सृष्टिस्थित्यन्तकारिणी । 
करालवदने कालि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ७ ॥ 
प्रपन्नार्तिहरे मातः सुप्रसन्नमुखाम्बुजे । 
प्रसीद परमे पूर्णे कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ८ ॥ 
त्वामाश्रयन्ति ये भक्त्या यान्ति चाश्रयतां तु ते । 
जगतां त्रिजगद्धात्रि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ ९ ॥ 
शुद्धज्ञानमये पूर्णे प्रकृतिः सृष्टिभाविनी । 
त्वमेव मातर्विश्वेशि कामेश्वरि नमोsस्तु ते ॥ १० ॥ 

Sri Kameshwari Stuti by Yudhishthira

Many times seekers are confused over this question – ‘In which roopa she should be approached, connected with and worshipped?’ Sometime out of ignorance a sadhaka starts thinking of supremacy of Her one form over another. There are as many forms of Her as you may imagine and billions of other forms which we as a human are not capable of imagining.  Shakti sadhana is different than Bhakti Sadhana because here you make your intentions clear in terms of your personal need. She is capable of bestowing everything upon her sadhakas. Also She presents herself in the form of your choice.  Whatever way She manifests in your life it is sure way of empowering you always if not liberating (depending on your choice).
Each one of us are looking out for Shakti and what better way can it be to approach the Divine Mother through Saundarya Lahari in the benign company of Master. It is definitely a sadhana which can be taken up by everyone alike.

May you all be blessed with light of wisdom.

Blessings from Masters,

– Ma Shakti

Saundarya 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

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!

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.