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The Beginning

Buddha Jayanthi! Full Moonday in the month of May. Midsummer! The land locked city baked at 45 o C in the Sun the whole day, is trying to cool itself in the reflected Sunlight. The cool, comfortable and consoling moonlight, in vain. The oppressive heat,

coupled with the pollution from the vehicle exhausts is suffocating. I sat up in the bed, unable to sleep. The room was filled with moon

water body hereby, unable to quench

the thirst of the people, is trying to cool the air, in a loosing battle with

light. The cool air…

but………The

the heat. The air was polluted with the stench from the foul. Oh! God grumbled the earth. In response the skies granted and then it happened!

“Tatillatha” (Sanskrit word) The clarion call, of the onset of Monsoon. Cutting across the skies from one end to the other end of the earth. Curving like a rainbow, traveling at a high speed, illuminating every thing along the path, paling the moonlight, reaching beyond the horizon.

My mind filled with joy! Never before I knew such a joy! realisation dawned like the lightning itself.

Prologue

World is people. People of different kinds of nature and capability. Some are gifted. Some acquire the ability to be distinct. Some, more fortunate are born with the ability to excel and retain the same through out their life. Of all these who is great? The obvious answer the noble. Noble are those with all the superlative capability still remain humble, Spartan and selfless un-attachment. They are with us. One among the normal people. Yet distinct in their altruistic temperament. They live, breathe and work for the good of humanity. For, simplicity leads to selflessness, this inturn leads to giving and this is the outcome of Spartan living. These are manifestations of a pure, unfettered soul. Who live, within us untouched by the world outside. If you are in the know of such person one is blessed. For, that person is a face in the crowd. To spot that face is difficult.

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It was my good fortune, I came to know, that face in the crowd, so special, is Prahlada Sastry Nishtala. About whom any thing said in praise is like holding a torch to the Sun. But I decided to do just that. I want to tell the world that here is a great person who gave to the people around the peace they sought, the solace they required, the guidance they begged for, yet remained humble and self effacing. He is the darling of the Goddess Sri Lalitha, who led him by hand and built a home for herself: an abode of her choice and made him her representative. Through him she listens to the people in distress and reaches out to them with love and affection.

First Experience

“Prahlad!”

“Sastry!”

“He is falling!”

“Some body hold him”

“What hit him?”

“He will fall off the step”

“Did he not eat?” “Is he unwell?”

“Mom! Come fast”

A melee’ of tongues, Running feet! Nothing could stop him. He fell of the step, unconscious. His father came running. Carried him inside. The doctor arrived. He examined the eleven year old kid, carefully and thoroughly and declared “Nothing is wrong” No cause for worry! He will be alright soon. Tomorrow we will test him for Malaria possibly” and left.

Next day he was down with high temperature.

The doctor as

promised tested him for Malaria and diagnosed & put him an Quinine.

The Quinine treatment did more damage than good. It dulled the photographic memory” of the boy. The doctor did not know

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neither about his wrong diagnosis nor the effect. It was not Malaria. Infact it was not any physical syndrome that caused the fall or the

It was beyond the reach of the ordinary instruments.

Something unfathomable and in explicable. For the little boy it was the first of its kind. He could not withstand the impact of the experience, nor the suddenness with which it hit. He was fully shaken. He was afraid. He could not explain it in words.

fever.

Sastry took sometime to recover. But not able to forget the experience. By nature he is a quiet boy. Not particularly interested in the games of the boys of his age. He silently sat in the verandah steps watching his friends play. Only once he tried to join in but hurt himself so he quit. He is spectator, lost in his own reveries, or the romantic, fanciful dreaming world. He would suddenly hear the melodious notes of flute played by a maestro. He looks around for the musician and finds the smiling image of Krishna with his peacock feather head gear in the leaves of a tree in front of him. He would declare to his friends “There did you see? Krishna! Lord Krishna!” His friends would laugh it off. They called him the “Dreamer”, “absent minded Prof.” Only his sister a few years elder, believed him. She felt her brother is some one special. How innocently true!

After a few days Surya Lakshmi neared her brother and asked

him.

“Why did you fall like that day, dear?”

“I do not know sister!”

“Did anyone push you?” she was concerned.

“No! It just happened! Suddenly I felt the world around me is turning at a high speed like a spinning wheel, a whirlpool. Every thing was losing its shape. A big spool of light! and I feel”

“While you are falling did you see anything clearly or did you hear any thing?”

“Not sure. But I heard or not I went traveling into the sky. There were so many beautiful places. I visited them at the high speed of the whirlpool!”.

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“You did not contact Malaria.

scared you. So, the fever. The experience is too high for the little mind of my kid brother” she declared fondly.

It is the revelation that you got which

“Sister! Why do I get so many doubts?”

“What doubts?”

“So many! Constantly I am …

“You are what?”

grumbled the kid.

“I keep inquiring people about these. But none give me a satisfactory or convincing reply”

“What type. Ask I will try” she readied herself.

“How did this world came existence?”

“God created it”

“Why?”

“He loves us all so he made it!”

“Why does he love us? Does he know us?”

“Yes!”

“How? But where is He? Where does He live?”

Suryalakshmi’s wisdom stopped here. She has no answer “How? I do not know. Only the elders will know the answer.” She evaled.

“But they are not explaining”

“Just now your said they know”

“But……

She stalled.

“I want to know where God is? Why did He create this world? If He created it why does not He enjoy it. Why cannot we see Him? How are you or anybody is sure that it is Him who created this world. If so why do not I get a clear cut answer?”

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“Oh! God! You have too many questions. Many may not even know their existence. Do not bother people with the Questions they cannot answer” She chided the little brother.

“But

I

helplessness.

always

have

them

in

my

mind

bothering

me”

Sastry’s

“Dear! Listen to me. Do not bother your little mind looking for answers. Concentrate on your studies. excel, earn well, live a happy and comfortable life” she counseled.

The roots

1934! A year in the first millennium. But for the family of Nishtala, a small middle class family in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, it has a special day to remember. 26 th September, The elder son of the family was born to Nishtala Narasimha Rao and Smt Lakshmi Narasamma. Their first child was a girl, Suryalakshmi. After four years gap the boy was born. The sister was thrilled at having somebody to play with. She was very fond of the stories from the epic Bhagavatha, the story of the Lord Vishnu and his incarnations. Particularly as a child she liked the child devotee of the Lord, Prahlada. As soon as she saw her brother she called him as “Prahlada” which stuck as his name.

Nistala Narasimha Rao was a Gandhian. Though he never took part in the freedom struggle of India directly, he believed in the principles of Gandhian thought, namely “Swadeshi”; self reliance and the simplicity in every walk of life. Not much of worldly needs. He ran his photographic studio on these lines. Though not highly educated he earned enough to run his small family. His Gandhian attire bespoke his life style. His studio at Visakhapatnam has trained many a budding photography.

Under such guidance naturally, Sastry along with his brother and sister also turned out to be highly principled and exemplary individuals.

From the beginning Sastry was considered a special child. He is quiet and calm. Always in an inquisitive mood. His mind used to pop

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up questions which he went asking the elders to clarify. The root cause of the creation and the creator are not the questions everybody can answer. So he was bothered about where to go to get the answers. That made him an introspect and introvert; and unlike the other children of his age. He used to sit quietly all by himself, lost in thought; at those times he used to hear extraordinary noises, music, flute notes. There were so engrossing and endearing he used to be carried away by them. He used to feel that he is traveling on the clouds into unknown luminous worlds. Sometimes he will here percussions of the jingle bells, or the temple bells which makes him feel like dancing. All these experiences which he could not fathom made him concentrate. In trying to understand the phenomena he developed a photographic memory. This helped him in his later years to achieve the goals set by the life with uncanny ease.

The atmosphere in the home and his friendship and kinship with his sister made him read the epics

frame a very early age of 8. He could reach the tip of the tongue to the tip of the nose and held it. This particular “mudra” in yogic terminology is called “Khechari”

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Sastry’s father died at the age of 55. Then the boy was 15 years old. As the elder son of the family he had to take over the responsibility of the family along with personal and his brother’s education. Even though he topped in the 12 th standard and got admission at Kharagpur IIT, he could not attend the interview for want of funds. So he decided to graduate from the Andhra University locally, and did Post Graduation from the same University in Nuclear Physics.

His personal disappointment made him fulfill his brother’s dream to become an engineer (a professional degree) though with lot of difficulty and financial problems, he had to wade through.

The point of introspection was the various voices and the beautiful image of associated with the musical notes, remained with him for a lot of time. He was unable to explain or explicit his feelings. So that his questions will be clarified. At the end he decided to postpone his quest, to a later period and plunge himself into studies which was his primary concern at that age. Infact that was the advice his sister gave him at an early age.

From his school days he was constantly thinking about the religious rites, religions and the believes associated with it. The question, doubts he expressed with people around did not get any satisfactory explanations or he was not convinced with the given

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explanations. To add to this he was experiencing the visions. He wanted to find out why? But of no avail. Probably he would have been successful in this if he had proper guide or Guru who would be able to understand him. Pout then it did not happen. So when he decided to postpone this spiritual journey. It was a correct decision. It gave him a breathing space and more ahead with his normal day routine. He wanted to get to the root of all his quest but the life decided for him to chook his route. Thus his journey of the material world started. Though, with an inward and introspective companion to keep company.

The family was not really rich on the normal standards. Every expense has to be rated and weighed for its purposefulness and be

When a rupee had to be spent on recreation the

alternative use of the same must be considered before expending. All

these and the family trait of span tan simplicity formed the strong points of Sastry’s personality.

prioraritised.

Doubt forms the basis of deeper perception. A doubt gives you an opportunity to study more and get an in-depth knowledge of the subject. As the

study deeper the clarification from this realisation and command on the subject. These are the steps of progressive study and knowledge acquisition.

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Recently when Sastry’s visited our house, we had the opportunity to discuss with him on this subject of spiritual quest “The spiritual high, as I may put it, is very difficult to understand and put it in words. These who have these experiences prefer to keep it to themselves or sahom these quietly. The inquisitive people feel restless when no answer comes their way. Sometimes one feels is there any thing in this so called spiritual high? Yes? Or no? Probably No! or nothing is! That may be the answer. Nothing is!”

At a different level of understanding the world around, the moving all pervading living or non living, seen and unseen is not it. May be that is its natural state of existence. To come to this

is

realisation of the spirituality!

real state

of the

world is

what we could say

To quote an incidence Paramhamsa Yoganand once asked his guru Sri Yukteswaragiri “when will I be able to see God?”

The Guru smiled “You have already seen him!”

The explanation to this reply could be “The nameless, shapeless, brilliance one perceives beyond the blackhole is God! This revelation is the ultimate realisation!”

Through the ages, from time immemorial the inquisitive mind (Jignasa) was led through a line of thought which progressively over time and perseverance of the thought process led him to the understanding of the God. The Almighty and this existence. This was the process of education called “Rishi Sampradaya” (way of the seer).

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Along the way this particular way of refining the mind. Although thought and more thought an analytical reason was lost. The reasons were unknown probably it needed more concentration and demanded more involvement. This led to a routine way of learning not understanding the real meaning of the process which further deteriorated overtime to routine practice of the ritual. This ritualistic learning did not focus on understanding but the process of practice of the method. Blind folded people were led to follow a rite unquestioning. If any one raises their voice it was smothered by the ‘elders’ as unnecessary or unruliness. The mind was smothered with a rile or methodology formally called belief or say religion. This is the beginning of the fall of the learning. People started to learn for a living. To ekk their living they started to learn professionalism or professional techniques.

Sastry was victim of this professional learning techniques when his inquisitiveness was smothered

by the elders as untimely and unworldly.

He was interested in the Stars, moon, Sun, the Clouds, water and everything in the nature. He was amazed at the way all these work with precision and perfection tirelessly keeping the time

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maintaining a unbreakable balance in and amongst themselves, create, kill and destroy recreate. These were the questions that dogged him from childhood. His choice of the subject Nuclear Physics for his post graduation and further Ph.D. com be termed as an uncanny choice, to find these answers for them how far he was successful in this endeavour makes an interesting study of his life. Since the subject deals with life on the earth at a subatomic level. This made the first slip towards his goal.

Philosophic approach to the understanding of the universe and its functioning is highly IQ based. That is, it is like a journey into the truths and depths of the universe through observation, analysis and hypothesis. Science’s approach to the same is through experimentation, inference and proof. This needs the labs equipment and data processing. When both are combined the result is phenomenal as proved by the progress in Sastry’s life. The scientific approach may lead to

Different results warranted and unwarranted useful or destructive. The final result or outcome can be or may be used for good or destruction of the life on the earth. It is dependent on the mind set of the user. But the philosophic deductive logic of the vedantic method is always, almost, useful for the uplift and constructive and positive.

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This is the only way for the humanity to cleanse, change and move forward peacefully. Sastry was blessed to have both the methodology working for him.

When he joined Andhra University at Visakhapatnam, the Nuclear Physics Department was headed by Prof. Swami Gnanananda. A sanyasi by choice and scientist by nature and education. Then PM of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was supposed to have requested him to take up this Professorship.

Prof. Swami Gnanananda was born Kshetriya (The warrior caste). He got his Doctorate from a German University. He was educated at the Oxford University. After all this he decided to give up every thing and went to Himalayas. He practiced Yoga for eighteen long years. It was said he could keep himself warm by his yogic powers in those icy mountains. His power was such that others sitting with him also get the effect and keep warm. He returned to the normal life after eighteen years as

Sri Gnanananda. He was nick named 1008 Gnanananda whatever his methods to reach this level of yogic excellence and who his Guru way, is not clearly known. But he was renowned for his powers and study of “Kundalini Yoga” (The serpent power harnessing). He was 65 years old when he joined the University Department. Attired in Orange

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robes or white robes he was the Prof. Nistala Prahlada Sastry studied under. The department was newly commissioned and the students’ strength was just three besides Sastry. There was Bhagavatula Nageswara Rao and Kandula Sitarama Sastry.

On one of his visits to the Professors quarters which was a small hut (parnasala) Sastry’s interest was held by a picture of two great snakes twisted in a spiral around a bunch of lotus flowers. He asked his professor about the symbolism of that picture this professor impressed by his inquisitiveness smiled and said “so you are interested in these also! Well, it is interesting but it is not the right time to know more about this. The future will give you more information as and when the time is ripe. Do not worry!”

His student was no ordinary. The professor was no ordinary teacher. The enlightened teachers proximity helped the inquisitive student immensely. The natural bent of the student to the spiritual way of life led to the discussions with

professor. These discussions coupled with the chosen subject helped Sastry to some what understand his state of mind. The likeness between Science and the creation was awesome. The chosen subject became more closer to his heart. The association with the well learned maverick teacher seemed to have started his journey to the world

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beyond. Mind and body in sync with the learning seemed to have set offer a luminous path.

After completing his studies at the University Sastry got married Smt Annapoorna. The same year he got employment at Tata Institute of Fundamental Sciences for monthly salary of Rs. 175/- He moved to Bombay with family. The year was 1956. Till 1977 he was immersed in his job, study research and other routine. He got three children.

When he was with TIFR, Homi Baba was the Head of the Institution. He was abo heading the Bhaba Institute of Atomic Research. Sastry was very active during his 21 to 22 years of stay at TIFR Bombay. He worked as various subjects like Nuclear Physics, Solid State Physics, Material Sciences, Solid State Electronics and the like. He along with Prof. Ramanathan was working on Solid State of Electronics. They developed a technology

to develop integrated circuits in chips. Which was later transferred to Bharat Electronics Corporation, Bangalore for the production of the chips. He later got interested in computer designing. Using Integrated circuits in chips he designed 8 bit processor. Using TTL

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chips he designed Floating Desk Calculator. His Ph.D. thesis was on Nuclear Gama Resonance on Mossabaner Effect. He got his Doctorate from Bombay University.

He grew with TIFR and in his 20 odd years of service saw the formation of Bhaba Atomic Energy Corporation, Themba Rocket Launching Station, ISRO and Electronic Corporation of India as the projects of TIFR.

In the year 1979 while working for project in the Air Defence project his mind started questioning him, about the constructive prospect of the project and his involvement in the project. He was very uncomfortable about the research he has to do for the project, for, the success means more destructive weaponry, in there. That was the time his life took a turn due to an amazing experience.

The Second Experience

During seventies Sastry was located in Bombay. But his job took him to various places visiting and attending and formulating about various projects or of Industries.

On one such job he went to Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.

to discuss the mini computer project with ECIL.

He was

After the days work

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he was restless, struggled to get some sleep but in vain. He decided to go on a stroll. It was 5 A.M. In the morning the roads were empty. The day was just breaking. The twilight was soothing; with cool breeze calming his body & soul. Sastry started to walk. After sometime he came to a stop looking in wonder and happiness at a white marble structure, which he recognized as a temple. It was situated a top of hillock called Nanbat Pahad. He located steps going up The Hillock. He started to climb. After sometime he came to a temple of Hanuman. Suddenly, he was remanded of the Hanuman temple in his hometown, Visakhapatnam. He remembered his regular visits to that temple. After praying at that temple he proceeded further upwards. For a long long time nearly 35 years he never visited any temple. But here he was in a hurry to visit the deity. His stroll became a jog. Entering the temple which was sparsely populated with devotees he saw some old-man prostrating at the feet of God. Involuntarily he also prostrated in obeyance and closed his eyes. Then it happed!! He felt all over his body a lightness. He was filled with an explicable joy which traveled through his body like an electric current. He was

In a trace. In that state he was Balaji! The reigning God of that temple. He felt a transfer of energy from him. He saw Balaji in two forms. One of “Bala” (Goddess Sri Lalitha) and Balaji (The God Venkateswara). Like his first experience at Eleven years of age seems to recur again. He felt the whole world was reeling about him and he

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become a part of the whirlpool. He was one pervading about the world. He was feeling aghast! “What is this? What is happening to me? Is it happening? Or am I dreaming about it? He was trying to catch his breadth! Then the deity returned as Venkateswara. He heard as someone was whispering in his ears. I am Bala! I am Balaji! I came to visit you! “As this whisper ended he saw that the God raised his hand. From that raised hand a ray of light emanated and touched Sastry between the eyes. As it reached him, Sastry was in an immense joy and started to recite slokas from the Upanishads with ease. How long it lasted he did not know. By the time he came to the temple premises was empty except one or two late comers. He slowly lifted himself went into sanctum and completed the rituals of the temple visit turned back came down the steps on to the road below. The journey of the spiritual has started

The experience made him rethink his life style to be precise. He started to retrospect about the job he has been pushed, namely the Department of Defence. “Why? Why am I in this not definitely constructive field?” This question bothered him so much, it came in the way of the research he was doing. He felt he was in the wrong

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path “This defence jobs are not for Brahmins. This is the way of the Kshatriyas (The warrior caste) something in me is stirring. It is beckoning me where? But I should not ignore the call. Probably I am in for something extraordinary. I must probe deep into this no more

He decided. After reaching this decision he felt

hesitation nor…

comfortable. Where he returned to Bombay he went back to his job & daily routine. When ever he wanted to put into practice the thought

he was not sure where to start frame or how.

?”

The Spiritual Leads

In Bombay he has a friend called Radha Krishna Murthy. He has a collection of the books he was being led on. So he went to his home and started reading them. He was engaging Radha Krishna also in the discussion. Amongst various readings he chanced upon the “Upanishad Esa”. To his surprise he found the first sloka in this Upanishad is the one he heard in his trance at the Birla Mandir, Hyderabad. Since then on he got interested in the Upanishad and the books on Indian Philosophy. Balaji (Lord Venkateswara)

(Telugu script

-

Eesavasya vindham sarvam yathkincha

Jagatyaam

Jagat)

 

Became his spiritual, unseen Guru. Sastry felt he was being led by the Lord on an extensive spiritual tone of the Great Indian classics, philosophy and the thought. Like the seers he was taught through transmission of the knowledge. He felt he was one cloud nine, traveling like the rainbow, along the bright lit paths of awareness.

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Sastry decided to start to meditate, in the hope of getting the transcending feeling and the inexplicable voices he used to hear in his childhood. In his childhood they meant nothing, now he feels that there is some message which he is not able to receive but asked to receive, so the effort. His effort was fruitful. To his happiness he heard them again. They have always been with him he felt. He knew by then he is the favoured one of the Goddess Lalitha. She is leading him by hand. He did not leave her side.

Previous to all this he was not a regular ritualist. He believed in God. But no more than that. Now after all the experiences he got into a routine of regular chanting of the Goddess praise Namavali (The thousand names of Lalitha) Sahasra namavali, and the “Khadgamala” (The power chant in praise of the Goddess and her various forms taken to help the good and threw out the evil in the human beings).

Through all this his scientific mind was restless. His approach to all these was more logical and knowledge seeking in to the depths

of the life and its meaning. Whatever his approach the routine continued his visions were more often in occurrence.

He will sit up in meditation at the early morning hours of 2 AM. As soon as 10 – 15 minutes he will hear the temple bells continuously.

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He feel a sense of peace and calm comfort. Two days it was only the bells, one the third day he experienced on altogether different feeling. After the temple bells he got transcended into a state of in explicable void. Suddenly there was a volcanic eruption of great brilliance. The radiant light mass broke into pieces revealed stars, planets and the like. The whole process felt like the birth of new star. In that state of trance he saw embedded in the radiance. Transcript in Sanskrit. There were many slokas but he remembered only one that he read at the Birla temple. The first one in Esavasopanishad.

(Telugu script -

Eesavasya vindham sarvam yathkincha Jagatyaam Jagat!

Eesavasya vindham sarvam yathkincha Jagatyaam Jagat!
Eesavasya vindham sarvam yathkincha Jagatyaam Jagat!
Eesavasya vindham sarvam yathkincha Jagatyaam Jagat!

Thena tyakthena Bhumjidha Magnathah kasya swid dhanam!)

“The God is all pervading. In every at one of this changing world the god insides. One has to live with ones own selflessness. He should never want that which is not his”.

After this Sastry came to. He felt afraid. He was doubtful about the procedure and practice of meditation. May be, he felt, he is getting into a world which he can, not fat hone. A simpleton who is minding his own business, may be transgressing into other area which is not for him. “It may lead to some danger which with be harmful. If

it is and if I am hurt how will my family, my wife and children live. Who will take care of them. They are my primary responsibility. I cannot experiment on myself to the detriment of the primary

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responsibility”.

meditation.

Thinking so he

decided to

put

a

stop to

this

He could hold on to this decision for one week. His mind & body was asking for more of the experience. He started rethinking. “Why should I stop! Yes; I got this great feeling of fear coupled with happiness. True! I was shaken. But I am alive” he thought positively. “Let me go through it again, if it happens and see the outcome. Possibly it may not happen. If so let me see how far I can go. What do I loose?” He decided to meditate.

For two three days nothing happened. The third day again he started to feel the volcanic eruption effects. It started like a small comfortable feeling. It started at the base of the spinal cord, as a small tickling sensation and traveling upwards. As it traveled there was a soothing feeling; like the vibrations of the musical melody. As it reached the novel he started lights. Voiced coloured lights bright and radiant. The vibrations traveled further up toward the heart. There he felt tempestuous feeling. He was getting scared. He felt as if he was sitting on the mouth of a volcano and lava is trying to spill out. The heat vibrations were disconcerting. He was looking for something to latch on. He remembered his child hood prayers of Goddess Saraswathi.

(Telugu script –

Saraswathi Namastubhyam varade kamarupini

 

Vidyarambham karishyami siddhirbhavathume sadha!

Padma patra visalakshi padma kesara varnini

 

Nityam padmalayam Devi!)

 

He reached with the prayer to Saraswathi for help. To his solace she appeared with all her splendor smiling in front of him.

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She told him : Do not be worried or afraid. This is an experience of unique nature. Please take in!

“No! I am unable to hold on to this for long. Please help me extricate myself from this. Only you can do this.”

“I know it is difficult. But nothing to be afraid of. Whenever in this state of fear of unique communion think of me. I will be with you and steer you clear of your fear and helplessness.”

Since then on Sastry continued with his meditations. As the time progressed the communion because less and less fearful more and more enjoyable and creative. Artistic presentations of universal bodies in all their grace and glory was always formed part and parcel of these communions. He started enjoying and engrossed in these experiences. Once in a while he felt that the Goddess is beckoning him to follow Her. As she led him by hand the visions were beautiful. He could see as she walked at her feet lotuses spreading out to protect Her beautiful tender feet. Over the clouds into the clouds on to the varied coloured rainbows she led him. Into the unknown worlds; into the previous births and through the great literature of ancient wisdom. Sastry passed through in his meditation led by hand by the Goddess Saraswathi Herself.

After these enviable or exclusive experiences Sastry had an other physical experience. Whenever he visited the University or other library he felt any of the classics he opened, felt very familiar and read through. At this stage the scientist in himself a little small. The

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scientific mind started to accept the fact that there is something beyond the reach of the logical mind. Some thing that is not totally explainable by logic or experimentation nor deductive logic inference. That knowledge attainable through meditation and reaching out the Omniscient by prayer and perseverance and obeyance.

The transcendental trips through meditation made him realize his strengths and weaknesses through births and re births. Ever loving, all knowing all pervading power of the universal mother bestowed him with the knowledge he did not sought but weeded in his future endeavours. She named him “Hladini”. She is the positive force of Lord Krishna, who is commonly known as Radha. He felt one with Her. At times he used to feel that way but for a split second time. He came proficient and favoured disciple of the Goddess. He told him his education received through Her, made him “Saraswathi”. A group of the highly learned sanyasis one called, referred as Saraswathi she explained.

Her

Mentally!

suggestion

Telugu script –

was

obvious,

Denunciative.

He

obliged!

Koupeena vantham Khalu Bhagya vantham”

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Meeting with Guru

During this period of divine bliss Sastry visited his paternal aunt Mrs. Annapurna. She was at Visakhapatnam. During conversations she came to know of his experiences and process of meditation. She was of the opinion that such deep mental exercises should be under the surveillance of accomplished Guru. She wanted him to look for one and follow his advice. Her own guru was accomplished but he is a stickler to procedure and disciplined following of rules and regulations. This may be difficult for Sastry to follow. Hence she was hesitant. At that time her cousin Sri G. Subrahmaniam visited her. He said that he knows one at Anakapalli. This per was in the practice of the vedic rites like tapas and chanting the lords name (Japam), since eight years of age and a maestro in these ways. He was 60 years. Sastry declined a personal visit immediately. But he asked his uncle Subrahmaniam if he would carry a questionnaire to his guru. Depending on the response from him for these questions if necessary he would meet with him otherwise he does not want to disturb the old sage.

The following were the questions he has been in quest for answers. Is there a difference between the visions and the imagery mind conjoiners? Are they just wistful imagination or really happen? Are they conjoined up? Or involuntary? Are they an entry into the unknown world? Or they dream like sequences of inner consciousness? What is the difference between sleep and trance? How different a trance is different from death?”

Along with these questions he wrote about the list of books he read looking for answer and also about the various communion like experiences he had been having.

When the yogi at Anakapalli went through the papers he wanted to meet the person concerned face to face. Reluctantly Sastry made the visit. On meeting with the yogi Sastry was sort of restlessly enquired “will you explain these questions”. Yogi wanted him to come again at 4 AM next day.

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Next day when he meet the Yogi at 4 AM. Yogi wanted to know if Sastry would accept some “Upadesham” (Granting the disciple with a particular mantra for chant).

Sastry was not ready for that “I came to clarify my doubts”.

“I won’t answer your questions but I want to upadesham” insisted the Yogi.

give you the

Sastry was in dilemma. He could not say ‘yes’

For he does not know what it involves. He did not want say ‘no’ for there the yogi may clam up without further dialogue. He was desperate to get answers.

“Will they be useful to me or will it bring harm?”.

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“They will not harm you. It is all for your good”.

“But I cannot promise to

a regular chanting of

necessary I would rather not accept”.

these, if

that is

“That is up to you. But then I will not insist. The very fact I have decided to give upadesham means I am accepting you as my responsibility”. Said the Yogi. For this type of transmission of the mantra from guru to the disciple means, it involves, the guru is a responsible mistuner with the disciple. Any short comings with the disciple has to be born by the guru and corrective procedure to be followed by the guru for the good will of the disciple.

With this assurance; Sastry accepted the Yogis proposal and had the ‘Upadesham’.

This is human manifestation of the energy transfer he had at Balaji temple at Hyderabad.

The Yogi, Swaprakasananda, gave him nine “mantras” at the same sitting. They are “Maha Ganapathi”, “Subrahmanya”, “Chandi”, “Dattatreya”, “Prasada Panchakshari”, “Bala Tripua”, “Guru” and “Sowbhagya Vidya”.

After the “Upadesham” Sastry wanted to know the procedure to follow in the recitation and other essential formalities of the chanting. Like time, place, no. of recitations per day and how long to practice etc.

The Yogi replied saying “Nothing is binding on you. I wanted to teach you these ‘mantras’ and I did. If you feel like you do otherwise

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do

binding you.”

not. Neither way it is alright you

are not like others nothing is

“If suppose I get doubts in this regard, can I write to you?”

“You will not need to write to me your doubts will be answered on their own. They will be clarify by themselves. The chanting of these “mantras” will give you the power to seek and clarify within yourself.”

He returned to Bombay along with to this daily routine. “The mantras” because a pout. He had a picture of “Ma Santoshi” (an incarnation of Goddess Sri Lalitha). In that picture she holds a sword in her hand. Sastry used to concentrate on that Sword while doing that chant. As the chant proceeds he will feel that sword is a leh and goddess is offering it to him with a smile. She taught him how to go about the prayer. She taught him to understand the prayer. She taught him that prayer and the prayed are one and the same. She taught him various ways of prayers methodology and the specifically “ Sri Suktam” (in praise of the Goddess), Purusha Suktam (in praise of the Lord) under Her tutorage he became adept in all these rites and ritualistic prayer methods.

In Bombay there is a Yoga centre since many years it was a centre of learning in Yoga asanas for the maintenance and health of a supple body; also the other yoga practices that of the mental and spiritual development of the human beings. Mr. Krishna Moorthy was very active in the goings on this centre called “Yogasakthi”. He used to organize get together. Lectures by renowned spiritual personalities

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and yogis of higher order to benefit the members of this centre. Once during such get togethers Sastry met with Mr. Moorthy. Instantly Krishna Moorthy took a liking to Sastry and started to take special interest in him. He asked Sastry to give lectures at the centre and take interest in the centre’s activities. Sastry obliged willingly and took to visiting the place often whenever time available.

The puja and prayer activities at the centre were very elaborate and long drawn. Sastry was not sure whether people, though interested and religious could afford the time for every one is employed at various places for their living. So he developed a shorter, more precise version of prayer procedure after a thorough and detailed study of various manuscripts. These prayer meetings and yagnas were conducted not only in Bombay but at various other places out side Bombay. On one such occasion at Kolluru at “Mookambika temple (other incarnation of Goddess) on the final day of the yagna Sastry attended with his wife. At this “purnahuthi” (final offering to the Goddess) Sastry and his wife were given the ‘Deeksha’. The final

acceptance by the Guru, as a qualified disciple who can transfer or bestow more disciples with spiritual initiation. He was given the title “Amritananda Natha Saraswathi” later his disciples made it Guruji.

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After this he visited his guru Swaprakasananda at Anakapalli and informed him of the same. Now he sprinkled some water on Sastry’s head and said he also accepts him as arrived. Now Sastry is caught between two teachers. One gave him free hand in every thing he did, the other constrained him in procedural rituals.

According to Hindu philosophy a man (human) evolves spiritually through births and rebirths. The good and bad effects of the previous births is carried forward as Karmic residues which will influence his/ones behaviour in the present birth. Accordingly, the ritualistic procedural methods and methodology, called the “Kaula Acharam” has already been over in Sastry’s previous births. Now it is only the mental process that gives him the visions and the power to receive the communion, is happening for Sastry. Accordingly or befittingly Sastry’s entanglement with Krishna Murthy weaned out gradually. He settled with “Swaprakasananda” tutelage. He totally surrendered himself to the chosen Guru “Swaprakasananda”. But he always remained respectful to Krishna Murthy for the awareness his teachings has given.

Zambia Sojourn

On the job front also there were changes happening. His restlessness about the Defence research project was one such. At that

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time he was selected and offered professorship at Lusaka University, Zambia. Sastry immediately accepted. He was sent to Zambia on a sponsorship from the TIFR. He went to teach Nuclear Physics at the University. He was accompanied by his family.

The sojourn at the University Was two years. During his stay in this foreign land he made many friends, mostly like minded people. Sastry was all in all “Dhyanavastita Tatgatena manas”. He continued with his prayers, chanting sessions. There also he used to puja of “Navavarana” (Goddess Sri Lalitha’s abode and her entourage) more clearly explained in the later chapters. Where ever there is this type of congregations he used to attend judiciously along with his family. He became a very regular with those groups. At these congregations he made acquaintance with Prof. Vijay Haran, Ramanathan and Bala Subrahmaniam.

Indians have a peculiar trait once they leave the motherland in quest of better living they became very homesick. Develop a held instinct. Grouping into religious, cultural and literature groups. Everybody starts to look for their roots, as they are never at home on the foreign soil nor accepted by the new land people as their own. In this process they become more and more inclined to celebrating which they

Never would have given a second thought at home. The regionalism is lost and everyone becomes a true Indian and want to represent India in all its glory and grace. So usually the visitors from India feel highly satisfied that their people never forgot the homeland. This was the case even with the Indian settlers in Zambia. There were many families who fall in their cultural shock treatment. So it was a weekly

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affair to have a religious congregation. Whoever is slightly learned, they were given full respect. In such situation a real learned person like Nishtala was a boon. Bala Subrahmaniam was responsible for this. He took Sastry to all these congregations in the beginning and introduced him to the people of the group.

Under Sastry’s guidance or supervision the recitations and chanting which was haphazard, became regularized and took more organized way. The intonation and pronunciation of the Sanskrit words was clearly executed under his guidance. He used to explain the meaning of the words and correct the pronunciation. So they have taken him like fish to water. He became the chief advisor in the prayer meetings. His word was respected with awe. To cite a small example, there was a Gujarati family. Their daughter’s marriage was fixed. The family wanted to perform the marriage in the Hindu way. There was no purohit/pundit to solomnise the marriage thus. They approached Sastry. Sastry was taken a back. He explained to them that he cannot do that. Since he does not know ‘abc’ of the marriage solomnisation. But the family of the both Bride & Bridegroom insisted on his ‘priest’. Do solomnise with what you know

He had to oblige. While he chanted “Lalitha” the marriage was performed. Both families felt happy. The couple felt blessed. Such was the state of affairs.

In an other incident the faith in Sastry was again evident in all its essence. Gujarati’s are by far very pious people. They have a puja

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room in their houses as a necessarily as kitchen. One of the family at Lukasa University town went a little far. They have allotted a room and more than that same area attached to the puja rituals. They almost made it like a temple’s sanctorum. Sanctorum with their daily ritualistic puja offerings. People used to visit it like they do a temple. One of the devotees commented it would be ideal to have a stone statue instead of a picture or photograph for people to pray, like in the temple. Every body liked the idea. But there is a catch. The consecration of the Deity’s idol is necessary. No one knows the procedure and the associated puja with it. They approached Sastry. He refused saying he is just a believer in God, nothing more than that. The vedic way of consecration of the Deity’s idol is not his forte. But the people insisted. The Deity involved here is Sri Lalitha. So it should be Sastry’s job only. Relenting, he went to meditate to find a solution. The unnerving faith of people and the Goddess’s grace solved the problem. In his meditation he was communicated the whole procedure along with related “Mantravidhi” by the Goddess Her self. The consecration was performed at an appointed time.

The place of worship at the Gujarati’s home became the temple. Even today the Deity is worshiped by the Indian community, in all its glory at “Cafuway” city Zambia.

Prof. Bala Subrahmaniam had a friend by name Vijay Haran. He is a native of Sri Lanka, and a Tamilian. He was an Architect by

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profession. At a very young age he was given a ‘Mantra’ by a sanyasin. She made him repeat and recite the mantra sincerely and faithfully. The sanyasin herself was a disciple of Swami Sivananda. Vijay Haran, by virtue of practice of the mantra became highly pious. He wanted to follow the Sakteya puja method which will elevate him to a higher level of spirituality. He was in search of a teacher who will help him in this pursuit. People in general are very much afraid of “sakteya” approach of worship for the associated belief of power of Goddess Sakti. If not practiced in the proper way it may result in the destructive force rather than positive help. Also, non Brahmins are, sort of, out of bounds for the practice. It is supposed to be a rightfully belonged to Brahmins. Saying thus many people were dissuading Vijay Haran. But he was persistant in his search. He was almost loosing hope of fulfilling his desire when he met Sastry through Prof. Bala Subrahmaniam. He on hearing about the various activities of Sastry in spreading the awareness and practice of the puja & methodology and the Bhajans organized, enquired with Subrahmaniam

Would it be possible for Sastry to teach him what he wanted. Mr. Subrahmaniam replied in the positive, so they set out to meet Sastry. He also told Vijay Haran about his own experience. “My wife went to India for the same reason to Kanchipuram and met the presiding Swami or Peethadhipati Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswathi. But the swami told her that he is not her guru. Her Guru’s name is

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Amritananda Natha Saraswathi (that is Sastry) and resides in Africa. So she came back and received the “mantropadesham” at Africa.

Vijay Haran was excited. But he was doubtful about the objection by way of caste. He expressed his doubt to the professor. He smiled and said “that should not be a problem! Since Sastry never enquire, about the caste. Whoever shows interest. He will encourage”.

“Shall we go to meet him tomorrow?”

“Why not?”

That was in the month of Navarathri festivals. During Navarathri Goddess Lalitha is worshiped in all Her different incarnations for nine days. Each day signifies one Avatar. On the fifty day of festival they met Sastry and he readily agreed to do the necessary and gave him the “upadesham”. At long lost Vijay Haran’s dream came true and he felt blessed. Now he leads a spiritual life of high order in U.S.A.

His stay at the University of Lusaka was successful both in material and spiritual gains. He was paid a very high salary and the perks attached to it were also liberal. His status in the society was noble, as professor. On the spiritual side apart from the communal and priesthood activities his personal growth was also highly satisfying. His meditation most often resulted in communions and

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visions. He became seer like under the able, meaningful, purposeful guidance of the Goddess. He became restless to spread “Her word”, whatever he learnt from her to as many people as were interested. During all these activity he always felt that his purpose in life is more related to the spread of ‘Her word’ & good will than earning money and mundane living. But he was unsure about how his duty to his family can be relinquished just like that. Their was not rich family without a salary they will have difficulty to cope with day today routine. Children are still young and education was not completed. Other wise richness does not carry any weight when it comes to living. Whenever he felt that the Goddess is beckoning him to Her feet, he used to argue with Her mentally “what about my family responsibility in this world? What would happen to my wife and children?”

He felt that the Goddess was smiling indulgently. “You fool? Are you the care taker? It is my family. I am the Mother. I am the provider. You are also a beneficiary. None else.”

“Between you and the worldly duties I am torn. I am not able to do justice to anything. This is not fair on your part.” He would plead with the Goddess. But the happiness sand the bliss that was bestowed on him through the communions is some thing he can not but cherish in all its glory. He could not give up either.

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By the end of the term at Zambia he was more and more tilting towards the spiritual life. About 1980 he came back to Bombay to his sponsor company. The final decision to quit the job came in a dramatic way. On his return he was again assigned to the research wing of Air Defence. This was not to his liking. He was not given choice. All his requests to be posted in a different department fell on deaf ears. Basic disinterest in the job coupled with his instinctive disinterest in the life as such made him to arrive at a decision which was to change his life totally. It is a total ‘U’ turn. So he discussed with his wife. She was not one to argue her husband’s decisions. “Whatever, wherever I am with you” is her stand. She was sure that he will not do anything that is against the good of the family. That was very responsive, yet, constructive weight on the decision to be made. That of quitting the job and live with whatever money so far earned or not earned. With the silent & tacit support given by his wife he decided to resign and go back to his native place, Vizag. He was Forty Seven years old and it was 1981.

The money he received as his retirement benefits he apportioned in to five lots. One to each of his children, one portion for him & his wife and the fifth one was for the Goddess. Thus settled the finance he was relieved. What happened was more than coincidence. When he was a small kid bothering people with his questionnaire that never got a proper satisfactory answers vexed he decided to quit the

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enquiring to put a stop to the inquisitive mind. He went to mundane

living taking a oath mentally not to get into the spiritual enquiry till he

The turn of events and they falling in place and

pulling him totally (completely) into spiritual has happened at 47 years of age. Such was the power of his childish decision, precise to the dot.

is past 45 or 47.

Now, he is on a regular routine of a different kind. Mostly chanting of Sri Lalitha’s names, puja, and related activity. In India though Durga is worshipped; to do the worship from home was not done. Since Durga, Lalitha or any of the incarnations of the Goddess is truly and fully associated with lot of energy and power. She has taken different forms to vanquish evil powers the ‘danavas’. So to do the worship at home should be meticulous and carefully carried out. Any slip ups would be punished the Her wrath. So many people would prefer to worship Her at the temple rather. Even the chanting of Her glory is done in groups at the temple premises. In their innocence they forget that

God is not only omniscient. He/she is all pervading love. Man is not infallible. He will be pardoned for small sins. Bu then it takes a strong mind to believe this and trust implicitly. Someone has to bad. All cannot be leaders. Once in a while the nature throws up such leaders. Sastry and his family could be called as such leaders. The regular chanting of ‘Lalitha’ at his house by one and all gave people some

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courage to join them. Later organize the same groups’ prayers at their own homes. Slowly it caught on with people mostly ladies of the house, who have more time on hand felt spending in prayers will add value to their free time. They were convinced by Sastry anytime one thinks of God in the night time to pray. Not necessarily a fixed or appropriate time. There is nothing in appropriate in prayer. It is the mind set, pure and since that is important. The sense of subtle surrender is all that is needed to think of God and pray to Him/Her. The absolute surrender is ‘bliss’ In one such blissful state Sastry heard the Goddess saying “Where is my house? I need a house to stay”. He was taken a back.

“Your House?”

“Yes!” “You better construct one for me.”

“A house for you to stay? How? I do not have a house for myself. house for you? I am broke. I cannot promise nor afford to promise.”

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“If you build one for me it would become yours too” she smiled.

“That may be true. But how? Was the big question.

“You will see” was the confident and cajoling answer.

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On one his meditative prayers he saw the model of the House/Temple. It has many storeys. Angular periphery with the different Idols of various avatars of the Goddess. This he recognized is the ‘Manidwepam’. The abode of Goddess Sri Lalitha as described in the Sri Lalitha chants. He kept recalling the vision again and again and felt very happy, it was unbelievable vision of a temple. He had never before visited any such temple. It is so unique in its shape, size and the detail. It got etched in his mind so permanently he decided to make a model of the temple in wood. He called a carpenter to whom he explained the design so that the miniature temple could be made in wood. The carpenter, under Sastry’s super vision created the wooden model. Thus the preliminaries were finished. The finals are awaited.

Sagaragiri Fort

Visakhapatnam is located on the western side of Bay of Bengal. A part of the land with small hillocks jettisons in to the Bay of Bengal. This from above, on the bird’s eye view looks like the ‘Dolphin’s Nose’. So the place is called “Dolphin’s Nose”. This incidentally is a part of the natural harbour of Visakhapatnam Coast. The Hillock is called “Sagargiri” (Sagaram in Sanskrit means Sea and Giri means Hill/Hillock). A top this hillock there is a temple of Goddess Durga. To this temple the sea temple model will be carried to be consecrated. This was the bidding of the Goddess.

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The wooden model should be carried with reverence on the head in accompaniment of the 108 people mostly ladies, chanting Lalitha. The procession should walk all the way up the temple barefoot upon reaching the Durga temple, the model should be placed on the temple premises and the appropriate puja and offerenings should be made. Till then the chanting should be continued.

Sastry decided to carryout Her order. They decided on a specific date. The procession should start at the most flawless time of the day. That is 6 A.M. This particular time is called “Abhijith” (Na = Nil Prijith = flaw) Lagnum. To start on that day and time will result in the successful completion of the job undertaken. All the preliminary preparation was done. 108 ladies have been informed and agreed to accompany Sastry on his trek to the hillock top temple; as prescribed.

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Some offering to be made to the Goddess after the consecration was to be prepared at home with utmost care and cleanliness. Sastry’s sister and his wife were to prepare it. On the eve of the set day.

The clear skies suddenly become clouded with dark clouds and all too suddenly the skies opened out and started to rain. It was torrential unwarned and untimely. The power was off. The work had to go on. No body knew. How? But God wills no obstruction is too big to cross. Ideal flow and the undaunted move on.

Suryalakshmi is resourceful. She made a live torch and in the torch light set out to finish the cooking of the offerings. Sastry’s wife helped her. The ladies and the people to accompany the procession felt it may be wise to postpone the trek. But Sastry said it has to be on schedule and nothing stops the trek. He kept the wooden model in the rain outside. It got a washed in the rain water for 15 to 20 minutes. After sometime the rain stopped as it started all a sudden. Every body was relieved. The procession started on schedule at 6 A.M. The trumpet sound alerted the people who were heart broken at the cloud burst. The hurriedly to join the procession chanting “Lalitha”.

With the accompaniment of Band and the people procession proceeded along reaching the beach. There they got in to boats and alighted at the foot of the Sagaragiri further they proceeded on foot to climb the hillock and reached the temple of Durga. All along the chanting of ‘Lalitha’ continued non stop. On reaching the temple Sastry sat on the Goddess mount, the Lion carved in stone. The model of the proposed temple was still held atop his head. Ms.

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Suryalakshmi offered camphor lit in a plate (Aarati) and broke a coconut. Only then Sastry came down and placed the model down. Puja was performed elaborately and the sweet meat prepared at home by the family was offered. Later on this was distributed around as pout of the token of the blessing the Goddess.

Afterwards they came down the hillock and went home satisfied. Leaving the model of the proposed temple at the temple premises. After wards one of the trust members of the Durga temple visited the temple. He was surprised to see the model left behind. He enquired with the chief priest who narrated the happenings of the previous occasion. The trust member asked the priest that model be returned to the owners. Since the puja was over. Accordingly the priest informed Sastry who too kit back.

He told his wife on her query “may be they do not deserve the unique piece” referring to the temple authorities.

After this for six, seven months nothing happened. Then onwards the voices started in his meditation. The Goddess was goading him to take up the construction. He was helpless. He pleaded

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with the Goddess “I do not have the money, nor the where with all of the construction. If you wish, you may have to make it happen”.

“I am the One! You are only a medium. Do as bid!”

“What should be done?”

“You perform the “Devi Yagna” (An Yagna is a long puja offered to a particular deity to attain a particular wish at the end of which offerings are made in the name of the deity into the fire; which is supposed to carry the offerings and reach them to the particular God/Goddess)

“But I am not………….” He protested.

“I know but carry on that is my bidding” was Her reply.

He decided to learn more about the procedures of the “Yagna”. But this involves lot of expenditure, time and people power. He did not know where to start. First of all he need to find out who can perform the ‘Yagna’ guide him in this Endeavour. Not all can be proficient in this line. His argument about the family responsibility was brushed aside by the Goddess with a protective gesture, adopted. He had no other way but go about as directed by Her. He took to it willingly.

At the village Parvathipuram a man named Krishnayagi was supposed to be proficient in this sort of Yagna performance. He was the Lead and founder of “Surya petham” at Parvathipuram. So Sastry visited the person and explained his need of the homam.

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Krishnayagi readily agreed to perform the yagna. He explained to Sastry the necessary accompaniment to the main event: the Yagna offerings, which would be carried out by the priests (Ritwiks) and himself. There should be group chanting of “Lalitha”; “Vishnu Sahasranama” and puja of the Goddess with Red turmeric (kumkum). This particular puja should be performed by married ladies whose husbands are alive. This should be done regularly every day as long as the ‘yagna’ is performed.

At this juncture Sastry intervened saying “why only ladies with their husbands alive, why not widow’s”.

“That is not done! Not agreed by the code of the set rules.”

“Set rules! Code!” who created these codes who set the rules?” Sastry phoophooed. When some body has every thing why do they want more those who are having nots. Pray for having what they do not have. When the husbands are with them and life is hunky downy there is no need to load them with more of the same. One should allow the hour nots to pray at least so that in their next births they will be more blessed”. Was Sastry’s stand.

Krishnayagi stood his ground saying “if that is so and you insist the widow’s participation in the “kumkum archana”. I can not co- operate with you in “this project”.

Sastry returned home, unrelented. He started to wonder what would happen. How will this project go on. All these procedural

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strictures, money, place and other mammoth needs of the project. He felt it is beyond his capacity. He resigned himself to let it happen as and when it happens. But, he was wanting to obey the Goddess too! He was clueless.

One afternoon Krishnayagi stood at his doorstep, smiling. Sastry was pleasantly surprised and invited him in cordially. After the preliminaries Krishnayagi said “You won! Your will is very strong and powerful. The Goddess appeared in my dream and chided me about my stand on widows. She told me that my ideas are unorthodox and stick in the mud mind set. I should do what you want me to do and comply every way. So here I am! Let us start. Priests will be there I will manage and over see the process; you arrange the rest. Start the plan and execution right away”.

Thus started! First thing to select is venue. It should be large enough to contain the congregation and also the “Yagnasala” (place where the Yagna proper will be). Must have water supply other essential amenities and away from the crowd but reachable by the participants and the audience.

Visakhapatnam is the abode of Lord Laxmi Narasimha’s famous temple, at the Hillock Simhachalam”. It is a very old temple built a few hundreds of years ago. The temple is managed by a trust which carries out, amongst the temple maintenance; regular puja & offerings at the temple, it also takes up many philanthropic works in and around the city and also outside the city. One such activities was construction

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of big and accommodate halls to perform religious as well as mundane activities like marriages, thread ceremonies and the like. They are called “Kalyana mantapam” (Marriage Pandals). The hall in question was the one located at the Jagadamba centre, arrayed in the city. The construction was just and the inauguration awaited. Sastry approached the temple trustees. He explained to them the purpose on his shoulders and the urgency of the situation. The trustees felt to perform the “Devi Yagnam” at the venue is a perfect way to inaugurate the hall. So they readily agreed to loan the mantapam. Thus settled he moved on the next step. This was 1983 April 27 th .

Since the yagnam is to appropriate Devi, they wanted to install an idol of the Goddess. The idol has to be made to fit the occasion. He was undecided whether to get the sculptor to make one or look around for one already available.

Sometimes at the most unusual places the most valuable things will be located. Like the old books stops containing the rarest of rare classics.

Exactly the same thing happened to Sastry. At the cinemas a movies by name “Raja Rajeswari Mahatyam” (Mahatyam = greatness) was

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running to full houses. The Theater proprietor to attract more and more audience installed an idol of Goddess at this theater. A regular carriphar lit flame of fragrance accompanied by mantra, aarati and puja was conducted everybody. The movie just concluded it’s run. The idol remained at the cinema idle. On knowing this Sastry visited the cinema hall manager and the idol therein. It was a fairly large idol and a graceful sculpture. He requested the proprietor to loan him the idol, for the auspicious purpose on hand. The proprietor felt honored by the request and readily agreed to the proposal. Happily, Sastry and his wife put the idol in a rickshaw (A three wheeler man handled vehicle). On their journey to the mandap. As they preceded some shehnai and nadaswaram (wind instruments of music) also accompanied them. He and his wife were pleasantly surprised at this and thanked the God for it’s grace. With little touch ups the idol was installed. Thus everything arranged Sastry was ready for the performance, the titanic project.

It started on 27 th April 1983 and continued for fifteen days non stop and with no disturbance. The whole city of Visakhapatnam went agog with devotion, more than a lakh people visited and prayed and offered abeyance at the feet of the Goddess. It was a collective celebration but the expenditure was foot by Sastry.

The rituals starts

at the

break of dawn say

by

5

A.M. and

Some

special rites were conducted by only Sastry couple. The other

continues into late in the evening.

It covered many rites.

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necessary accompanying rites were conducted by the select groups. These include the Vedic chants, Devi praise chant, The red turmeric puja, and Navavarana puja. With all this the mandapam echoed a sentiment that was reminiscent of the seers and “Naimisaranya”.

After the chanting of “Lalitha” 18 ladies were honoured in the classic method and offered obeyance. These 18 ladies, infact were representatives of 18 presiding deities of the 18 “Shakti Peethas.” (A Sakthi Peetham is a place where Goddess Shakti revealed herself on her own to people who were blessed by her. Remained stay put to the request of the same to protect, help and bless the people of the Earth). Small kids who are under puberty were also treated with respect and honour. Every one is an incarnation of Goddess herself. She is with us and amongst us. So no one should be ill-treated or chased away. That was the rule that was followed at the “Yagna site”. After all there events, they will have meals and restart for the second half of the day.

Along with the religious rituals. There were cultural shows, Pravachanas (Lectures by the wise men), dance and music performances to keep people in the mood of the hour. At 12 th hour there will be 360 wick candle lit offering to the Goddess to announce the close of the day.

The Land donation – The final farewell

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On the third day of the fifteen day yagna a significant thing

happened. A man by name Putrevu Baburao owned a few acres of cashew nut plantation. The plantation was located 20 miles away from

Vizag. He attended the “yagnam” like many like him.

happy and in return he wanted to do something. He approached Sastry with offer of donation. He would like Sastry to accept 3 acres of the Cashew plantation in the name of God. This was in the village Narlapadu. Sastry was hesitant saying the land so far away from the city would be difficult for any kind of activity. But Baburao was insistant. He suggested a visit to the place before declining the offer. “I would rather you accept right away.” Thus he received the land in the name of God. He had no idea that it is the beginning of a great future. The seed was sown the plant will grow to give shade and protection to many that came under it.

He felt so

After the fifteen days, the 16 th day was the day of farewell. The whole city turned up to bid farewell to the Goddess so endearingly held to their before. They took the idol in a procession along with 18 sacred pots (kalasam) representing 18 sakthi sthals, to immerse in the vast expanse of water; the Sea. Everyone followed the idol barefoot

To the sea shore. Men formed a human chain, holding hands, to stop the highly emotional women wanting to go into the sea along with the Goddess. After the emotions subsided, the idols immersion in the sea. They waited for the idol to completely submerge in the water. It popped three times as if she is also heart broken to part with her

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devotees and finally disappeared into the sea. People left the sea- shore with heavy heart. Then Sastry couple took a dip in the sea denoting the end of the yagnam. This dip is called the “Avabrith snanam” (Bond relieving bath). They walked back to the pandal and did farewell puja concluding the great job that was well done.

The expenditure turned out to be Rs.70, 000/-. But donations in the way of offerings to the Goddess was Rs.73, 000/-. Thanking the God for keeping the promise he deposited the money in then account with the bank.

The venue shifts to the cashew groove in Narlapadu, out skirts. The place is called Dongalamarri Sitaramapuram later came to be known as Devipuram.

Devipuram

The divine choice of people to represent. There in this world is unique. The chosen ones are more often the people who never even follow day routine rituals or traditional customs. Be the hunter who turned the best of poet Valmiki; or the Kannappa the girijan who became the greatest devotee of Lord Shiva who blessed him with His darshan (manifestation of Lord in material form)

Such was the case with Prahlada Sastry becoming the Guru Amritananda Natha Saraswathi. He was guided by the Goddess to such creation excellence as to make a whole city/puram in Her name. The land that was donated by the Putrevu Brothers is about 20 miles from Visakhapatnam. When Sastry first visited the place he was

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disheartened about the wisdom of the acceptance. The area concerned was a small wood with plants grown in thickets and wild groups. They are practically useless and the soil is a type of virgin forest. The land has to be cleared and made habitable for anything of value to happen. On his regular weekly visits to the place and survey there on Sastry found it is sparsely inhabited by the cowherds or shepherds who roamed the area with their herds. The occasional human being is a passer by on a bicycle who is head of the village or a landlord of the small village nearby. The foot trail was so narrow and beset with stones and thorny growth. Incessantly Sastry roamed the place week after week. Every weekend looking at the landscape that is very harsh. He was not sure what he was looking for. But he was relent less in his pursuit of the area. He was infact searching for a place to sit and meditate so that he could fathone the purpose of the Goddess’s gift. Up the hill, down the road over the ridges, along with paths he roamed week after week.

He would arrive early in the morning trek the land in one direction or the other and go back to the city by evening. On one of these aims less walks he went up a hillock one day. There he saw some thing of interest. It was ditch feet wide and six feet deep. It was triangular. At the bottom of the ditch was pure crystal clear water. There was a

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structure in there which was like the female ejenitals; also there was a Sivalinga (God Siva idol as represented in the symbolic way). He was happy to see water he collected some in his hands drank on the spring. It was sweet and tasteful. He was happy about the discovery and decided to thank God for this. He washed his feet with the water and sat down on the rocks to meditate along with Lalitha chant. He started to feel vibrations of special nature. He gradually went into a state of sub consciousness. His mind started on a time travel into past deeper and deeper. 250 or more years into past. There he saw with his minds eye an yagna being performed to the accompaniment of “Samaveda chant”. This is an unique type, different from other types of yagnas. Here the stress is on the notes and its pitch. As the Rishi’s performed the yagna in the “Yagnakunda” (the central fire place of offering) the Goddess appeared as “Nadabindu Kaladhari”. As it appeared the whole universe lever berated with an echo proclaiming. “I am the power! I am the originator! I am the birthplace of the

Universe! I am Universal Mother!” Sastry was shaken. Even in that subliminal state the revelation was beyond limits.

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The oracle continue to say “I am here as ‘Ananda Bhairavi!” I am birth centre of the Universe! I am here to help creation! Along with Lord Shiva I help to create and sustain life! We are here to help you all. This is “Kamakhya Base!”

I am the happy state of the mother Bhairavi here as “Kamakhya!” Shiva is here as the care taker. So this place, with His natural presence, is very special and auspicious. The shape of this ditch, triangular is as seen in “Adhara chakra”, inggestive of the universal birth place. You build a temple to the chief care taker of this place, Lord Shiva, atop the hillock. The water in this ditch has alchemic powers. I am here to bless you all with success bestow you all with love.”

She further instructed him (Sastry) to dig deep in the ditch to locate the “panchaloha” (Five metal alloys) “Sri Chakra” (symbolic image of Goddess abode). Which he should install with due ritual and respect, at the sanctum of the future temple to be built atop the hill. As modeled in the form of “Sri Chakra”. She further instructed him to create the images of the different presiding deities as per the descriptines in the scriptures. They must be life like both in measurement and appearance. They will be feminine structure and as and when necessary. I will give you the descriptines of these images. They are all to be surrounding the central idol of Sri

Raja Rajeswari installed at the central point of the “Sri Chakra!” “Sarvejana sukhino Bhavatu!” (This is a blessing in the scriptures meaning let them be happiness to one all).

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Coming out of the transient state, Sastry did as instructed digging in the ditch, he found the precious panchaloha “Sri Chakra”. He decided to build the Shiva temple atop the hillock with the money deposited in the Goddess trust Account. On completion he requested his sister Smt. Suryalakshmi to be the chief priest of the temple and carry on the daily puja and other rituals. She, Suryalakshmi to her credit was very happy and started to live alone at the lonely foreign place. She never felt alone or fear. She spent her time house keeping the temple premises; or surveying the nearby surrounding or stargazing and feeling elated for the job entrusted to her. Strange are the ways of the people blessed by the divine!

On one such night a little girl approached her. She was in her skirt and blouse, smiling “Are you afraid to be alone!” she teased Suryalakshmi. The old lady replied with the same casualness “You are with me. We are two! Not alone”.

“That is right. I am with you.” She replied.

“All the same! Who are you? Why are you here?” Suryalakshmi asked.

“I am me! I came to be with you to give you company.” The little girl smiled in reply.

“Fine! So I am your company! You are my company!”

“No! I am your company! Infact I give company to one and all.”

“So be it!” Suryalakshmi smiled.

In the morning Suryalakshmi looked for the little kid. She saw her walking towards the “Sri Meru” temple site. The temple is not yet built, preparations were on. She called to the girl to wait for her. But the girl continued her walk without turning back. The old lady followed her.

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She saw her clearly, when the girl stopped at the temple site. The girl was dark coloured but extremely beautiful and graceful without any ornaments on her body. For a minute she felt very happy. Uttered to herself “Shyama” (the dark skinned). The next minute the girl disappeared, not to be seen any more. The old lady could not search much, due to the thickest surrounding the temple site. That weekend when Sastry came to visit his sister; she narrated the whole experience, finally she asked “who could that be?”

“Who else? The Goddess Herself!” was the instant reply. Smt. Suryalakshmi stay at the Shiva temple was peppered with many such happy incidents, which she translated to herself as the Goddess’ presence to alleviated loneliness and fear. Blessed soul!

Sri Meru

Narapadu, the sleepy hamlet man Visakhapatnam, woke up to a frenzied activity. It got up shaking off its shimber, stretching and yawning to a bright future. To the dawn of fame and culture. To become the famous centre of religious favour.

A feverish activity of building future shrine has started with the initial preparations of the statue sculpture. It all started with the arrival of Sri Gopalachari, a sculptor of renown, from “Kuppam”. He was invited by Sastry to sculpt the statues of the presiding deities of

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“Khadgamala” as per the visions he received from the Goddess Herself. He was meticulous about the details to dot. He was always with the sculptor to make sure that no deviations of any sort be made in the process. This necessitated his constant presence at the site. So Sastry decided to shift bag and baggage to Narapadu. A small thatched hut was prepared for his residence. He moved into it with the family. Before the shift he was a bit worried about the education and marriages of his children. But the projection hand was none pressing and made him leave everything to the grace of the God and move on. Goddess kept her promise! So to say!

The “Mulavirat” (The main deity was brought from Thirupathi. This is “Sahasrakshi Sri Raja Rajeswari” was sculpted by a sculptor, netranandam.

All in all the presiding deities of the “Khadgamala” are 108 in no. and are all female forms, life like and highly graceful. Apart from the visions, Sastry depended on the descriptions of these deities in “Soundaryalahari” of Sri Sankaracharya and Lalitha Sahasranama Stotra. It was a long dawn

laborious process. It took; start to finish, about 11 years completing the construction and installation of the statues. All though this period his wife Annapurna took care of the family with love and perseverance.

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She gave least resistance to Sastry’s move to shift to building site, into the hut. She understood his fervene and devotion and stood like pillar of support in everything he did.

The village was so desolate there were no houses nearby nor any human habitat. The whole area around was a sort of bushy jungle. Nobody to look forward to incase of emergency nor a shop to depend on for ration. Every thing of the daily supply has to come from Visakhapatnam. The occasional human, was somebody passing by on the foot track made by the cowherd. The add to all there was this fear of snakes and robbers (sounds like a game) but she took it like a game and played it well too. To be rewarded profusely by the Goddess Lalitha. Now she is the ‘mother’ to many of Sastry’s disciples. The universal mother incarnate. The Goddess never leaves the side of Her chosen ones!

After the statues were made the construction of the temple has started. It was to be made according the mode, the wooden model which was sanctified at Sagaragiri Durga temple. This means again meticulous care to be taken to create the 44 angles and nine avaranas

There should not be over lapping nor over shadowing of any part by any other part. They have to be clearly formed the mathematical precision to be maintained. This means super vision with care.

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On October 1983 the foundation stone was laid for the temple. This again was a unique occurrence. No temple of this sort was built any where in the world. The temple on the lines of “Sri Chakra” model is called “Manidwepa” or “Chintamani Griha” the abode of Goddess as described in the scriptures. Now a poor scientist, poor in the material possessions, was chosen to become the rich spiritual ambassador by the Goddess. He has to carry on the orders of the Great one. But the materialisation needs material riches. He was at a loss as to where to look for this. His small apportioned money from his retirement benefit for these activities was spent on the building of the Siva temple on the Hillock at the village. Now he was penniless.

Here again the hand of God the “Varada Hasta” was with him. During his sojourn at Zambia, Sastry made his presence felt at the religious gatherings of the place. He was already “Amritananda Swami” who can bestow people with the “Mantropadesha”. Many of the Indians who were interested in pursuing a religious and

devotional life received the “Mantropadesham” from him. They latee on prospered in their life and were ready to donate for the cause. They not only did donate, they helped raise on more funds from the others.

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So the money problem was taken care of by such devotees like Vijay Haran and the others.

Mr. Vijay Haran, as described in the earlier pages was one among first few who was blessed by the ‘mantra’ by Sastry, at Zambia (University of Lusaka). He later on moved to United States of America and spread the Saakta bhavana among Indians there. He insisted on his guru to make a visit. He wanted the others to benefit from the lectures and the religious ambiance that follows his guru wherever he went. On his insistence Sastry made a visit to United States of America along with his wife. As expected by Vijay Haran, he made the impact on the people he meets there and many took the “Manthropadesham”. The disciples increased.

At the same time Sastry met Devi Parvathi who later became an important or so to say special devotee of Goddess Lalitha by birth. She was very much into Indian philosophy and it’s far reaching ambiance. She took “Bala Mantra” from “Shri Shringeri Swamiji” and changed her name. An Indian name, Parvathi. She was well versed in Saakteya and Vedic literature. Devoted herself to learning and Vedic way of life and living. She learnt

Sanskrit to get the diction of the slokas correct. She learnt the puja offering in the Vedic way, and her recital of the slokas and chanting of “Mantra” was flawless. Be it “Lalitha” or “Vishnu” Sahasranama or any

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other ritual related cantitation was effort less and meticulous. She was into it whole hearted by and the presentations were sincere and clear. She was the chief priest at the Shri Raja Rajeswari temple at Strasburg, Newyork. This temple was built by the American devotees of Shri Shringeri Swami.

When Sastry, along with disciples visited this temple, during his visit he met with Devi Parvathi. They spent sometime together discussing conversing about their common interest. One of the people who accompanied Sastry was Vijay Haran. He was awed by the beauty and ambiance of the Rajeswari temple. When everybody went back to their routine chores, the rich tabala player and Architect carried a wish with him in his heart of heart. “To serve at temple like this would be all I would need to make my life worth while”. Strange are the ways of the mind!

The chance acquaintance was to bond firmly through the common cause that is the building of “Sri Meru” temple at Narlapadu. After his return to India many changes took place in Sastry’s life which resulted in his litanie project of building the “Sri Meru” temple and the hamlet around it the Devipuram.

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Sometime later, Devi Parvathi called Sastry at Visakhapatnam. She has renounced world and she wanted to handover the temple at Strausburg, Newyork to someone who would be interested and capable. She asked him if he can find a successor for her. Sastry promised to help. When he asked Vijay Haran about this he was too happy to accept the responsibility if Sastry finds him capable. Readily both of them agreed and Devi Parvathi became free to help good causes. All these occurred while Sastry was working with TIFR. After retirement/resignation also he kept touch with all the friends and disciples he made during his visit of U.S.A and sojourn at Lusaka University.

Coming to the present the temple and the development of the area around is not a small project. The man assigned by the Goddess to do this is a person with simple means of living and high responsibilities. His greatest qualification is his simplicity and the family support. The lady of the house Smt. Annapurna was his greatest asset. She never questioned his decisions nor pressurized him for anything. She lived with him as one with him while at the beginning of their stay at Narlapadu, now Devipuram. They were not having any electricity power supply. Living on candle lamps or oil tamps was imperative. She took it easy and carried on as happily as she was in the A/c powered houses of Bombay and Lusaka. Such was her patience and perseverance of purpose. In that small house everything went as normal as ever, including the

Festivals, celebrations and Satsang meetings.

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One such occasion Sastry’s friend Mr. Nageswara Rao who works with State Electricity Board offered a promise. If he, who was childless after many years of marriage, is blessed with father hood, he would electrify Devipuram free of cost. Sastry smiled and said “As she wishes!”. To his surprise Nageswara Rao sired three daughters; in exchange he kept his promise. One of the hurdles surpassed both for the family and for the township.

The temple construction started in October 1986 on the tenth day of Aswayuja, i.e. Vijay Dasami the day of success of Goddess over evil; the day Rama killed Ravana. The most auspicious day, the foundation stone was laid. It was originally to be carried out by Sri Dronamraju Satyanarayana. But since he could not arrive on the day, by the auspicious time set for the reasons unavoidable, M/s Sudharani replaced him. She became the luckiest of both.

The foundation stone laying for the temple is done in an elaborate process. First they would place a “Matsya yantra” (copper plate with the symbolic representation of the “Matsyavatara) which would be first placed in the small pit over that the model of Sri Chakra Meru will be placed before all this was carried out, the previous day these would by chanting of “Gayathri mantra” by the ritwiks (the Brahmins entrusted, empowered to carry out the process) would sit around and chant Gayathri.

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As everything that was happening in his life this time also, there was an aura of spiritual fervor and divine intervention. The Gayathri mantra the most powerful yet most easy to recite was to be chanted for over 1000 times minimum before the consecration of the “Sri Chakra” to be laid in the pit over the “Matsya yantra”. Sastry sat down to do the “Japam” (that is chanting). But before the commencement he had vision of Goddess instructing him, to do Gayathri over two crore times. Sastry was at a loss. He was constrained by the time. Overnight he has to do the chanting and finish it before the auspicious time set for the installation. He had to obey for it is Goddess bidding. He resigned himself and set forth to do as bid.

There she was! In all her grace! Smiling with Her beautiful lotus petal like eyes (Padmanetri). She told him to sit and watch. As he watched in his trance: there appeared the macrocosm of Universe. The huge Sri Chakra formation occupying everything visible in the Universe. All in all ‘Sri Chakra’ only! Nothing else! Sitting on the 108 points of the macrocosm were the rishis, 1000 at each point, chanting Gayathri melodiously, the ‘Nada’ created by the chants pervading the Universe in an unique ‘Sabda’. The power of the Mantra entering the mind & body of the Universe creating a wave like deep roar. There was only one Nada, the not distinguishable Nirvikalpa vibration firing the utmost centers of the spirit creating ‘Satchitananda bhava’ (total consciousness along with blissful happiness) invigorating, changing the mind with inexplicable bliss. As the day downed the set no. of two crore chant finished and the whole “macrocosm” disappeared along with the rishis. He

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Opened his eyes to see a small “Panchaloha Sri Chakra” in front of him as originally set forth. Sastry’s joy was boundless.

Panchaloha (Murthy) Statue: Hindu pooja idols are made out of an alloy like mixture of five metals, namely: Brass; copper; bell metal; gold and silver. Usually there are the idols that are kept in the sanctum sanctorum along with the “Mulavirat” (The main idol) and given the shodasopacharam along with it. On occasions like Rata yatra these are taken out in procession. So they are also called the “utsava murthy” (procession idols).

The “Sri Chakra” which was powered by the two crore Gayathri chant as was Her wish, was laid at the temple site on October 1983. It was the tenth day of Aswayuja month, the most auspicious.

This achievement is no less than any described in the classics. In one such case Sri Mata appeared to Sri Maha Sambhu after the Devi Yagna was completed. Here the Goddess appeared to Her chosen devotee Sastry before the yagna (chant) and directed him in the process. Since she wanted to create a place where she can communicate with Her children and relieve their pain and problems. That was the wish Sastry expressed to Her when she was in conversation with Sastry during Her visions. He expressed a wish to share his experience with one and all. He wanted every one to benefit by Her presence in the place. She decided to grant Sastry. This benevolent wish at Devipuram. Thus the construction started. It took eleven years to complete the project. If it were a normal residence of the same proportions, probably, it would have taken less than two years. But it is not. Many things have to be taken care of, precision, puja and the sculptures above all the public appeal.

The man entrusted with the task is not just an ordinary human being with six foot personality. He is a man of higher genre with a lofty

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and chosen presence bestowed with the power and grace of the Goddess. The worldly material support came from Her devotees all over the world.

The temple is constructed on the model of Sri Chakra. It has 108 presiding deities of “Khadgamala”. Out of the 108 idols which were meticulously moulded, sculpted, carved as per the visions Sastry received in his “Dhyanam”; so were moulded in cement and concrete, rest of 18 were moulded “Panchaloha idols”. Out of there 70 were placed in outer circle of “Earthpuram”, 10 were in the next circle and 10 were in the inner circle of the “Earthpuram” of Sri Chakra. The 18 metal idols were placed in the “Astadalapadma”. The third circle of the Sri Chakra. In the sanctum sanctorum at the centre of Bindu was “Sri Sahasrakshi Raja Rajeswari”, pure stone sculpture by the sculptor Netranandam.

Care was taken to recreate the three dimensional Sri Chakra, (temple facade). All the 108 angles were placed in such a way. So that one will not come in the way of the other or overlap the one below. The whole temple was 108 feet long 108 feet broad and 54 feet tall. The building was three storied and finally in the centre was the sanctum sanctorum (Bindu sthanam)

Before going into details of the Sri Chakra and further; a few doubts have to be clarified. The author feels it is her duty to quell the

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doubts raised by the people as per sculptures of Khadgamala deities. Before we go further to comment on this subject let me recall the circumstances which led to the project temple construction Devipuram.

Sastry’s visions which were constant and more frequently dotted with requests of the place to house the Goddess were bogging him down. His financial condition apart his capabilities to take on such a marathon task was doubtful to him. He was not ready to take up a project that he may have to abandon for any reason. He was unsure about the acceptance of the materialization of the visions as described to him by the Goddess. But she was insistant when man proposes God disposes! When God proposes!? – Man has to become the tool as always he is more so he is the chosen one and more specifically so for a project of Her choice. The Goddess understood his hesitation and set forth to explain to him in Her unique way; and prepare him for the proposals whole hearted execution.

In 1983 on receiving a land for the temple construction after the “yagna”, successful completion Sastry made many visits to the land to assess the suitability of the place. The thickly, bushy land with no habitation and also not really approachable by the common man; was in front of him. He wondered what is it that the place holds that attracted the attention and acceptance of the Goddess. He set forth to find out. If became a regular habit with him to go over there every weekend and

Roam the place on foot. The ore he roamed more he felt futile. He was looking for a reason to latch on. But he could not get any for a long

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time. Then it happened one day! It was a Saturday Sastry set forth on foot among the bushes his trek. When he reached the out skirts of Narapadu he felt a sensation. It was a positive signal. He saw a hillock and climbed it. There he saw a nine feet wide, six feet deep water hole. It is natural spring. Triangular in shape but it was more like female genitals (Yoni). There was the “Siva Linga” above that was again the triangular ‘yoni’. It was a stunning visual. Highly unexpected yet clear and carved like. The water in the spring was sweet and thirst quenching. After washing himself he sat there chanting “Lalitha”. Lo! Behold! He was shaken by the positive vibrations all through his chanting. The vibrations of a very higher order he thought there on must be something great about this place. His thought preceded the trance he went into. He lost his sense of the external world. Lost in there he traveled back in time 25 years. So much was happening at the place. Many Rishis (saints) were conducting yagas on the Samaveda way. A specific way, where in the Samaveda is chanted in a melodious tune and tone which should be set in the right notes and pitch. Any discrepancy in the note or tone will be prohibited. The yaga was going against the back drop of musical Samaveda chant. It was an audio treat pervading the whole Universe. The ‘sabda’ mode of the “nada” was exhilarating, enticing and engulfing. The effect is inexplicable happiness that is satisfying and elevating at the same time. He was in that state of pure bliss!

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stood up in reverence folding his hands. She smiled and announced Herself “I am Kamakya!” “I am Kamakya!” the word resonated through the Universe. He stood stunned but all ears.

“So many centuries ago these yogis were here. They were my devotees. They prayed to me, this place is holy. Here there was regular chant of the Vedas; regular “yaga” offerings to propiate the Gods. It was a day to day affair. The whole thing stopped over the ages. Those were the days when a heightened religious atmosphere was prevailing here. You yourself witnessed it now. The ‘sakti’, who is “Pranavatmika (Uam Kara rupa), and was known as “Kamakya”; who is A` kara; Au` Kara; and rides half moon Anuswara is known as Shringara Kamakala, that is Me! “Sakti” in Her Nada state joins the Siva who is static then creation happens. From that great union one born The Sun, The Moon, The Fire Siva; Vishnu and Brahma also the

and other prakritis. I am the creative power of the

Universe. I am the place of creation; I am the “Yoni” swaroopa of the Universe. These things I will be explaining to you time and again. Right now you listen to me carefully. The ‘Yoni’ and the ‘Shiva Linga’ in the triangle is the place where “Kamakhya” is seated is the place of worship. You have to establish to the world. There on that small hillock you make Shiva’s abode. He is the

Marut’s (Vayris)

Protector of this place (Kshetra palaka). Look there she pointed.

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The disciple looked at the place pointed by Her. There he saw a great illumination. “There” she spoke “you make a temple in the form of “Sri Chakra” or “Manidwepa” you install the presiding deities of “Khadgamala” as per the text. Now you have the idea of the shape of the temple and the idols there on” so saying she stopped.

He was feeling a sense of peaceful calm a kin to bliss. He waited. There appeared the luminescent shape of “Manidwepa” like Sri Chakra. At the tip is the “Bindu-sthanam” the abode of “Sri Sahasrakshi” at various lower levels the 108 “Sthree Sakthi’s” of Khadgamala deities. The beauty was unparalleled and grace beyond human concept. He was thrilled; excited and dumb founded with the happiness that followed the vision.

“Now, tell me! Are you able to get an impression of this beyond doubt; and can you recall” she asked.

“But…………… ”

“Yes! They are naked. Is that your question? There are the energy centers. Energy does not be clothed.”

“But we are showing the energy in the human form. Form needs……….” His doubt

“The child is born with a form. But it is not clothed. Clothing is a later, but a social need. No society exists in the creation. Creation is truth. Creation is of a Dharma. Nothing more binds it” Kamakhya said. She continued “Here again, the whole process of.

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Installation of these deities is with a purpose. That is to make one aware of the power within, develop it further to strength their own personality and move forward in the right direction. How a covered “Sakthi” be absorbed or identified. These are such powers so they do not need the cover (A Na-achaditane). These are the “naked truths”. Once the truth is covered it causes to be clear.

“But the material world may not accept this”.

“They will! They soon will! For, people come to the temple to pray in times of need and distress. They came to relieve themselves of the pain, and the painful experiences. To realize their dreams to fulfill their wants. When they come to this place, with all their selfish, worldly needs they shall be rewarded. They will be blessed. Once this happens, time and again people will start believing in the power of the

God. The Almighty, all pervading and all

power. Once that

happens they will not look at these idols as Moorthis but powers; Rest is ignored.” She said.

surtaing
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“But in the beginning there will be great objection” His hesitation.

“Every good deed or bad deed has that state of resistance. That is part of the process. You do not worry about it.

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“But why the female form” His next question.

“Sakthi” is Mother! The Universal Mother! She is the seat of all pervading love. She takes all forms as per the need of the hour. The most lovable Mata will take the form of “Mahishasura mardini” when she needs to eradicate the evil power of the Rakshasas (Rajoguna puritha) and dissolute the erring. Even while this dissolution is on she remains the loving Mother who is chiding the erring son/child so that erred will be protected from the child and the child itself from the child’s own mischief. This is to stop the further suffering of the erring and the erred. So the power/energy symbols/centres are of female form.”

He bowed to Her in reverence. He then decided to carry on the project resting every thing in Her hands. As expected the question was raised “why the nude forms”. They are still on even after 15 years. But Sastry’s reply is only one. Please try to pray with concentration and your wish will be fulfilled. Nobody who came here with pain or problem on hand have left empty handed. Such in the power of the prayer.

Now is the time to express my view point. On this subject of Nude sculptures. If someone went about creating nude sculpture out of curiosity it is understandably, vulgarity of expression. But here is a man who is a mature

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and enlightened individual; whose main interest is to help the humanity in self realisation and selfless need to alleviate the pain and suffering in the society. End justifies the means, they say. It is very true in this instance. It is not personal erotic satisfaction that Sastry was seeking. But a forceful altruistic purpose. This purpose must be having an irrepressible support and guidance that is divine. Otherwise why would an individual with high education and higher status in life would leave everything to build a temple single handedly going through object poverty and loneliness. Only the person whose needs are simple and principles are high. Spartan simplicity and elevation of purpose marks altruist from the common man.

As Aurobindo says “All the living creatures feel satisfied with the food they get except humans. He needs to get what he wants rather than what he gets to be happy”.

This perservence to reach beyond the daily bread what demarcates the man from the other living creatures. Among these Sastryji is one in million who strived to fulfill the bidding of the Goddess. He cannot be doing this project for his personal gratification. He was beyond the conception of the ordinary. But there to think the way their cultural upbringing is one of the prerogatives of the human mind and the society there in.

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Again to make a point of observation; it is not uncommon to have nude sculptures in the temples. Khajuraho is famous for the depiction of Kamasutras in stone sculpture. If it is denigrating, then the creation itself is so for these are the rules of creative act. Every coin has two sides. Depending on the eye of the perceiver it is used. For those who understand the purpose of the same is the way of instruction used in the ancient times. The art of love and romance and creative activity. That is Godliness in itself.

Uam Devyahkagra Aasith! Saiva jagadhanda Masrujat! Kamakalethi Vignayath! Srungara Kakethi Vignayathe!
Uam Devyahkagra Aasith! Saiva jagadhanda Masrujat! Kamakalethi Vignayath! Srungara Kakethi Vignayathe!

Uam Devyahkagra Aasith! Saiva jagadhanda Masrujat!

Kamakalethi Vignayath! Srungara Kakethi Vignayathe!

But, there is the other temples the idols are fully clothed? Are they not powerful? Will that mean any thing different? Yes! It is different, in the fact, in the temples; there would be the idol in the sanctum sanctorum which is set on an empowered ‘Yantra’ which is the actual power centre. The idol is the point of concentration in the puja of the deity for the devotee. That is how it is even in Devipuram temple of the “Sahasrakshi”. The idol is fully covered with clothed and jewelry.

The Khadgamala presiding deities are the power centres which are in the Universe occupying the position in the macrocosm of the Srichakra in the cosmos as also in side our body in the Microcosm of Srichakra

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In our daily life we come across different forms of the female power, which is basically material in its instinctive nature. The Goddess in Her revelation has created the different angles of this female energy giving them a shape and name. So that, Her devotee will have a clear picture of Her nature and the duties she has; as the Supreme Power that guides the Universe.

To show the beauty of this creative energy without any inhibition is the meaning of the nude figurines of the temple. Not only that, human beings are born naked and depart naked. Their whole journey in this world is a single handed fight for survival. They are always all the time, alone is in the group or otherwise. This is the natural state of the mankind.

The motive behind the temple construction is not one of selfish gains. It is to spread spirituality and good will among the people. The devotees who visit the temple with a wish on their lips should be happy to have a place to pour their heart out and get the relief in response to it. It is this blissful atmosphere that is to be enjoyed, this serene ambience of the temple that is more important than the shape, size of the God or Goddess or the dress and the make up thereon. It is highly demeaning to talk about or criticize about it as if one is

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Talking about a movie. This is not a cinema, this is a sacred place of worship and the people who come to visit here are not looking for entertainment or a fashion update. They are here to enrich their mind power, the essence of life meaning. Their concern should be the ambience and the serenity of the place not otherwise. They are here to develop an immense happiness and lofty ideologue rather than pitch their tongues. The concentration should be on the prayer not one the player. This place, Devipuram is inspired by the spiritual elevation of the individual concerned. He was led by hand by the Goddess Herself to do a certain duty, that is the temple construction. He did as he was given instruction. The whole structure, façade was described and visualized by a higher force beyond the reach of the Human intellect. This is the directing force. The product is human workmanship. So do not point a finger at the modify of the figurines but develop an out look beyond the material world of appearances which clouds once vision. But reach the clear conscience of pure thought and mature understanding through prayer and purity of the thought. This approach will make one understand that these are not Gods or figurines. These are power centres that are in one body.

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Which are responsible for the functioning of the human system with regularity beyond the material controls. These are “Navavarana” God/Goddess that create, maintain and regulate the human mind & body at the same time and give it the individuality that boasts of. This, in essence is what is explained to Amritananda (Sastryji) by the Goddess Kamakya.

The Consecretion

In 1993, Eleven years after the foundation was laid the consecration was performed. Before this in a ceremony, that was described as a small affair, but lasted eleven days, the installation of the Goddess was performed in 1990, June 4 th at the “Bindu Sthanam”. After this the other presiding deities of Khadgamala (109 figurines) was carried out.

Even though the starting was hesitant, the work progressed without break for the long period of Eleven years. Money came from various parts of the world; collected, donated by the disciples of Guru Amritananda. They believed in the project and stood by him in everyway; manual support; financial support. The moral support came from the conviction of the Guruji and trust bestowed on him the Goddess.

On one of his dialogues with the goddess Guruji was exhilarated by the happiness and the communion he received he told Her “Mother! I want to share this ecstasy with my people”.

“That is the reason I want you to build this place “Devipuram” she answered with a smile.

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In his own words the power of the presiding deities is such that any body who has a wish in fulfill he needs to sit in front of the appropriate ‘Sakti rupine’ and pray in total concentration for a few minutes. That is all that is needed “Total concentration! The wish will be fulfilled”.

For a person who never had been ritualistic about the religious sentiment, his belief in the prayer is very high. His ritualistic methods started with the visions he was bestowed by the Goddess. So he believe, it is not ritual that is important it is the total surrender and the belief that, the world created by God, is pure and flawless. To maintain this state of affair is the first duty of the humanity. Like the pure mind of the child which is so because of his blissful ignorance; the grown up adult should also maintain. This is mature and deeper due to experience and understanding the person develops through the life. This gives a dignity beyond the bounds of human intellect which conveys through the behaviour and personality of the person concerned. Such people will be chosen by God to spread peace and good will amongst mankind. No amount of negation and resistance will help to deny the divine presence. This is what happened with Prahlada Sastry. N.

The all pervading presence of God is unquestionable. But to know the presence of God one has to look within. This is what is preached by all holy books and Holy men.

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“Thou art Me” This is what the upasana (puja/prayer) tells you to know. This all that is to be know. Once this is realized one’s education is completed. Just literacy is not education. In the olden days when the written word is not known people still were educated. The education that leads to self realisation is the education necessary for the Rishis. They, through a series of thought process found the meaning of the

word “Thou art

This is called the “Sri Vidya”. To understand the

meaning of this “Mantra” is “Brahma Vidya”. The ultimate education. This is what the wise Rishis and seekers go for. This is what the education the Goddess imparts on Her disciples. It is she the Guru of all Gurus; knower of all that is to be known; ultimate target of all that is knowledge. She is the reason, cause and executor f the creation. She is the universal Mother. Like wise she is the dissoluter (Laya karini). So she is called or referred as “Nilaya” She is present in the “Lalitha” Sahasranama in the “subtle” form; in Sri Chakra as the (geometric) line and angles, in Sri Vidya as ‘mantra’ (word and pronunciation). In Devipuram she is there in all Her grace and Blissful Grandees and Astral Presence.

Me”, “I

with thee Brahman”

(Yekamava

am one

Dvithiya Brahma!)

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Any learning needs a Guru (master/ trainer). Particularly if it is related to ‘yoga’ and ‘sadhana’. Sadhana is nothing but a regular practice to achieve a goal. Be it a foot ball goal or any other aimed target aimed at. Here in this particular context it is the ultimate goal, that is God; Realisation of self. In this case where it is ‘Sri Chakra’ upasana (prayer) Guru is an all in all necessary medium to help the Sadhaka to proceed in the right process and in the right targeted approach.

“Sri Guru Ssarwa saranabhoota sakti”

Since it is so the choice of the Guru is the most difficult task. Since he is not in anyway different from the ‘Sri Chakra’ itself. He is the embodiment of the Nine layered (Navaavarana) Sri Chakra. He will be able to enlighten the Sadhaka in realizing the potential of Mantra; Energy created by the mantra and the capabilities of the Mantra. He is three folded or ideated in three forms. Subtle, casual and gross forms.

In one body we carry Nine great Gurus. The Nine points which can be demarcated as subtle, casual and gross. Out of the Nine openings of the body (Navaradhana). Two ears and speech can be termed as subtle Guru, two eyes and the genital opening as casual guru and Two nostrils and the tongue as gross guru.

The ‘Sushamma’ Nadi which is the basic Nadi of all these starts from the “Muladhara” chakra (travels up to) extends up to the Head.

Since the Muladhara holds all the Maha Kundali (the power

of all these Indriyas, the

ten das
ten das

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The Supreme power. That is the dynamic power (Chetana Sakti) spreads to all Indriyas and help them or causes them to operate. The power sauce of all that is work, workforce. That is the Supreme power none other than the Para Sakti. When one pray in obeyance to this, or these Gurus the Supreme power that is helps us to be what we are. It becomes the power behind the life that is one’s own. It is necessary to know and understand this inherent, immanent power with in ourselves is the life’s goal of any human being. It is in this realisation process one precedes in the right path led by the right guru to reach the ultimate goal, God. The purpose of creating a place where this type of necessary guidance can be received is the idea behind the building the ‘Sri Meru’ temple at Devipuram. A lofty goal indeed!

Amritananda a scientist by training and education. It is this scientific approach is applied in all his doings. Even the religious view point is an expression of his scientific approach. It is in this way he refuses to do any thing that is against the morality and good will of the society. His main aim in building this temple ‘Sri Meru’ or Manidweepa is to reach out to the need of both spiritual otherwise and create awareness in them that through prayer and practice. They could alleviate the elevate themselves. Hence, the creation of the Khadgamala figurines as he has seen in his vision. But this does not necessarily mean that this is the only way. That is never canvassed the “Kaulachara” method of prayer is

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very effective and instantaneous relief is achieved through this. He is of opinion only those who believe n this method could come there and practice as per the method. There is no compulsion of any sort from him. Those of his devotees or disciples who went through process were successful and happy, and vouch for the effectiveness of the principle and the process. They all fell they all belong to one family that of “Sri Rajarajeswari” and go about living happily, with the group or otherwise. They are all adopt in conducting the ritualistic Homa (offering to the God through fire) Chandi yaga, Navaavarana puja and the like. They do not change rare things in these days monetary mind set.

Amritananda also is freely mingling with the devotee groups unlike the other Gurus. He does sit on a pedestal a few feet away from the devotees or disciples. He is one among them, one with them. This informal friendly happy approach is infectious.

Khadgamala is a garland of Mantra flowers. (Mala literally means garland) through these Khadgamala chant one offers a garland of flowers to the goddess. She is return gives a power which helps the devotee to lead a life pure, fearless, happy life. Guruji keeps chanting ‘Lalitha’ and ‘Khadgamala’ in all his wakeful hours. In his visions he once saw the Goddess giving him a Khadgam (a sword) which

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He held aloft toward the sky. That is all the dream. In the dream state itself he felt a power transfer from the Khadgam in to him; Like Chatrapati Sivaji got a sword from the goddess Tuljabhavani after many days of chanting Khadgamala. The sword here symbolic to the power that is necessary to fight evil. Power centre that takes care of the people and eradicate the evil. The sword is like the scalpel of surgeon, at once hunting yet helping to quell the pain and give relief in the process. Khadgamala is power. A power does not have a body or shape. Here he created the figurines so that the devotee could concentrate while at prayer. They are the points of concentration.

Any debate about the nudity of the figurines against this back ground is silly and unwarranted.

The prayer on the devotee’s lips should be to remove the ‘evil’ that covers the Avidya (ignorance) so that one becomes Vignani (wise man) by knowing that is to be known.

Kamakhya

Kamarupini Vikhyatha Harikshetre sanathini

Kamarupini Vikhyatha Harikshetre sanathini Yoni mudra trikhandesi mase mase vidharmatha!
Yoni mudra trikhandesi mase mase vidharmatha!

Yoni mudra trikhandesi mase mase vidharmatha!

The place where the genitals of ‘sati’ have fallen has become a “Swayambhu Sakti”. This place is in Assam, India nearly 7 Km away from Gauhati. The locals call the hillock as ‘Kamakhya’ after the deity. The locals believe every year the deity have the mensturation on Ashada Shukla Navami to Ekadasi when the water taken a red hue. (Ninth day to Eleventh day of the first half of the “Ashada” month the temple is closed as she is mensturation)

“Listen!” She continued, “Here I am residing with “Ananda Bhairava” (Shiva in his happy mood). As I am happy I want to bless the devotees to the same happiness. So many centuries ago there was celebrations and happy rejoicing in this place of worship with yagnas, vedic chant and clouds of offerings in the yagna.

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This place is that way invigorating to the people who visited here. It gave the devotees a religious pervour and filled their minds with total and Supreme blissful consciousness (Child Ananda paripurna prakasam). This sanctimonious place had to be made into the place of religious place of worship and it has to be you! You carry the took of reinventing this place. Guruji was all ears “The social scene is highly polluted now. Many have become slaves of the materialism which takes than away from self realisation. They are like the creator who fell in love with his own creation.

The act of union in love as the root of creation has become ridiculed out of lust/passion since the divinity of the love is lost in the temporary act of satisfying the momentary need (Indriya prakopam) so as the atheist looks at it with a sneer; when stringara (loving for love sake) is mentioned any where in any other context. All these misconceptions, greed and the false hood is making life miserable for him. Because of this (vain put on) behaviour he is loosing peace of find hence happiness. This, so called right social behaviour, is causing him so much of unease and unpleasantness. All this should change. Before these irritants degrade him further he should be taught or reminded of the easy comfortable generine way of life. So that he can be happy and have enough time to think beyond self. Reach out to those use fortunate to help himself.

The institution of marriage can be taken as an example. People through generations and time immemorial has believed in it but with a difference. These marriages of love one sanctified religious duties there; now the marriages are acts of convenience and gain. Hence

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not binding on the couple. It was a way of life; now it is one act of loveless life. It is time people should understand the beauty and comfort of co-existence to bring children who are happy, well behaved and self satisfied and altruistic. It is the need of the hour.

Shringara (Shring = peak; horn; ara = half, nasal sound producing, half moon shaped notion of zero u; also an angle corner) is nothing but the preparation or getting ready for the union of the couple in love. Also decorating one self in the most beautiful appealing way. (What the present generation calls it makeup) In the ancient love it is one of the sixty four arts of life (chatushasti kalas) one should know for happy living that is successful. Now a day the word is translated as lust alternative which is demeaning the art to its lowest degree.

Shringara is known in the ancient literature as Kamakala it aides on the horns of ‘A’ Kara, ‘U’ Kara, ‘ma’ Kara of one shabda. It resides in the ‘muladhara chakra’ coming down the ‘Sushamna nadi’ as this ‘Vaikhari’ Shabda. Through this its ideated on the earth. This type of a planned out creation and its exotic execution is the beautiful and ecstatic.

In the human body ‘Muladhara’ is the seat of creation.

From the Supreme void the Supreme Consciousness (Chicchaleti) ideates itself as Sun and Moon energy and the Fire energy and enters the human body through ‘Sushamna’. The ‘Muladhara’ works through the South Pole on the Earth, and in solar family through Saturn. The Muladhara is four petaled Lotus

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Wherein each petal represents one Veda; or four sides of the Earth. Here, in this square Earth in its ‘Bija’ form rides an elephant holding an infant in her lap. This infant is nothing but Lord Shiva Himself. Here we are called ‘Batuka’. The Elephant is ‘Iravat’ the ride of Indra ‘Iravat’ means lightning. When two heavy clouds rub against each other lightning is generation. This is nothing but the inherent electrical discharge. Thus the Iravat represent the imminent seed of the Earth.

The “Muladhara” is also seat of “Swayabhu” in ‘Linga rupa’ (self created phallus). This is again the in the red form. This is the subliminal aura first presented itself from the homogenous consciousness (Para Sakthi). The static energy of the Lord Ishwara. The ‘Shiva Linga’ of the lore. He is self crated. But He creates all. This is the truth of life. This is also the duality of the creation too.

At Kamakya (The Devipuram) the presentation that appeared was this. The six feet deep water hole with the Shivalinga and the Triangular shape that surrounded it confirms the fact that it is the “Muldhara centre” representation. Here the Devi appeared as Universal creation, the Universal Mother (Yoni), Universal father (Linga). The seat of all creation (Viswa Yoni).

Hence, there is no place for lust at this place. There exists only controlled behaviour that is divine. Shringara control in the love play is something a commoner would not understand. This is an oxymoron. But this is the traditional behaviour of the Rishis (The seers).

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When this happens, the materialistic approach takes a back seat. The love is expressed and experienced in a controlled manner. This conservation means more energy. This energy in the body that is in the “Muldhara” centre travels upward through the “Sushamna Nadi” toward “Visuddhi” chakra where it transform into positive energy, Kinetic energy which further travels upward toward “Sahasrara” where it becomes the light energy which emanate, as a Halo, or aural emanation which is pleasant and energizing light energy.

“Visukra prana harana Varahi Virya vandhitha” – Lalitha Sahasranama

The above mantra explains the concept fully. This concept is explained with the description of the Lalitha congratulating “Varahi” one of Her Commander-in-Chiefs. Killing the Bhandasura in the war. Visukra and Vishanga are the commanders of the Bhandasura like two arms of him. While they were invincible they were also sin feet. They create sinful behaviour with their influence on the human mind. Visukra misleads people in the potency of their sexuality and leads them to prostitutions and other acts of lust. Vishanga aids him in these transgression. “Varahi” killed these two by controlling the human sexual behaviour and directing it in the direction of “Visudhi” chakra and “Sahasrara” chakra. In the process the human being received the conserved potential of the ‘Sukra’ (male semen) energy and evolved to a higher level.

All this Kamakhya explained to Guru Amritananda in Her graceful way. Receiving the wisdom of such vision is very difficult. To retain and absorb the essence is time and energy consuming which happened to Guruji. It took him years to accept himself as one the Goddess has described. The chosen one! He was

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doubtful about his ability. Being of humble nature he was not sure to carry the project to the finish. To add to this there is fear of the society. What would be their reaction? How will it affect the day to day living of his family? “Family is my responsibility first and foremost. But Goddess’s bidding cannot be dishonored.”

She has answer to this dilemma too. She explained “The humanity is in need of direction. They need a leader to lead them into the righteous path. I am here with this explicit purpose. I am happily residing at this place with Bhairava, as Ananda Bhairavi. I need a tool to fulfill the job. You are the tool. I want you to take up this job. I will be with you. I know the society will come at you ridiculing, unbelieving, criticizing you, your methodology and the very concept. Since it is not explicit. They want an explanation from you. They are hard to convince. They may feel betrayed, they may get angry with you and they may try to punish you. Put you behind bars or even terminate you? But why are you afraid? These are all the actions one has to face to carry out a good deed. Are you afraid of getting behind bars? But you are already encaged by Buddhi, Ahamkara and Ego? Are you afraid of death? But this is not your first birth nor the last one. You were born before you will be born later. One more death how does it mater? Be brave and enterprising. Take the job and be my tool. I will lead you! Come with me! We shall work together. This place will soon become a religious citadel!

Which will protect, improve their spiritual and mental health.”

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With this assurance from the goddess Guruji decided to say ‘Yes’. But he was not sure, She told Guruji further “You build a “Gurupetha” (place of worship) here at the place where you have seen the water hole. Here I reside as “Kamakhya”. On the hillock you make a temple for the Universal father Shiva (Ishwara). The place where you can see a bright light you build “Sri Meru” Mandir. This is your took. Physically you are spiritually, divinely mine”. She told him many more things which are not for us to reveal. But one point that is of most important is the uproar the project created against Guruji; unprecedented and unwarranted. Guruji gave me permissions to put forth the facts as they are; nothing more. The comments are my own.

At the “Kamakhya Peetham”; Kalavahana pooja is performed. These are done for the well being of the couples. The couple in question will be involved in the pooja process. These are the process that must be carried out by those people who are highly self controlled and wise. So only Guruji takes up these poojas. For the basic necessity of the process is there is no place for lust.

Almost all Guruji’s disciples have gone through this process. No outward behaviour nor irreverence and blasptiemy about the atmosphere. Infact after this Kalavahana has been carried out the couples felt elevated. They feel there is a remarkable change in their out look towards life at large; and self in particular. Some people even report they have achieved a higher level of social & financial status. All this does not encourage any casual approach toward the pooja process. Only those

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who are willing will be encouraged.

As far as the author is concerned neither she is for it or against it. She believes in freedom of expression. All roads leads to God. Everyone has a right to choose their own path. She is impressed by the benevolent, friendly, selfless, self erasing Spartan personality of Guruji. She developed a respect toward him and his way of living; this made her take up the task of explaining to those opposing the Guruji’s ‘Kaula’ method of pooja process in all it’s purity and gracefulness.

‘Shringara’ in Sanskrit is a collective word like crowd, people audience etc. It covers living, loving creation and also many more things. It is named as one of the 64 arts in the ancient Indian culture. It means preparation both mental and physical, presentation, ambience, loving, atmosphere time and approach towards the art of creation. The Goddess is called “Shringara Lahari.” When one looks at the statue of venues one feels a high level of happiness which is inexplicable so is the case with the Shringara. For want of better world/an equivalent word in English. I prefer to use the same Sanskrit word. It is colloquially used to refer cannal need; which it is not.

The ancient Indian literature has many examples to the contrary.

When “Swayanmbhu” Manu wanted to marry off his daughter “Devahuti”, to the prajapati ‘Kardama’ who was very old with white beard and hair tangledness. But Devahuti was given to him, after a prolonged persuasion, by her father. Convincing him for the marriage. After the marriage Devahuti followed him to the forest.

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Where he continued his penance. She took care of his needs and kept the house. She took good care of the Ashram. Never once she complained. In reward Kardama wanted to give her happiness. When he decided to this. He changed himself into a good looking youth created people to help his wife in her chores. Created beautiful houses, with chariots to move around the city, Vimanas to fly in the air. He gave Devahuti nine options of his appearance and set about to give her marital bliss. She mothered nine girls and many children; and Kapila the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. When we read this we understand the meaning of Shringara. It is all in all of living and loving.

The best example that is most misinterpreted and misquoted in the Atheist circles, is “Krishna’s rasa leela.”

The life of modern times has become highly vain. For reasons unknown many a time people like to hide their real feelings. The behaviour is modulated to suit the occasions; not withstanding, the real feelings. This may be the reasons why the relationships have become superficial. In such circumstances the love and understanding between the husband and wife, also became stressful. The relationship remained the same but the love is lost. The interaction between them has become a momentary need of the hour. Sanctity of the romance is lost, replaced by mechanical reaction to one’s need. Such mechanical transaction breeds distance and disrespect. The sanctity with which man and woman are bound through marriage ritual have become a subject of ridicule. Result a generation

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Which neither respects themselves nor the others. Such a generation’s contribution to the morality to society is nil. The social justice that is due to the society is next to nothing. Street wise smartness is applauded selflessness and magnanimity is ridiculed. Automatically the word love has become synonymous to lust. This is the time the society needs to be taught the meaning of Shringara in its fullest sense. What bother example can there be than “Krishna’s Rasalila”.

As described in the 10 th chapter of Sri Maha Bhagavatha (Purana expostulating the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu). Krishna was centre of the play that was played on the banks of River Yamuna, in a glade called Brindavan with lots of shade giving trees and green pastures. The time is night of full moon day in the month of Kartika (appropriately in the month of Oct – Nov). The moon lit green pastures Krishna in his splendor wacky a head band adorned with the peacock feather. Playing the flute, silence broken by the melodious tunes of the flute beckoning the Gopikas (the milk maids of the village) who come running to be with him in all their splendour with flowers and fruits to offer him. They play through the night with each Gopika with her own friend Krishna. Here is the beauty of the Rasalila. Gopikas are many Krishna one. But they are in their devotion have felt him. Near them. Each and

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Angana Mangana manthare Madhavo! Madhavam Madhavam Anthare

Mangana!!

 

Yithha

kalpithe

mandalo

madhyago!

Sanjanov

Venuna

devakinandanam!!

 

To explain the Krishna and Gopika tattwa one more fact must be clarified.

In the human body at the neck part there is the “Visuddhi Centre” (Lotus). This Lotus is 16 petaled. Where the Sadhaka, here the Gopika reaches to this “Visuddhi” centre through his Sadhana, his/her power (prajna) expands multifold. It spreads and reaches all around like the skies. The skies are the place where there is continuous silent vibrations of the ‘subtle’ sound (Nada). It is like dying down vibratory reminisand resonance of the bell. These when it is resonating in the skies as aural in its nature. These vibrations when they reach the static Siva in the ‘Bindu’ sthana of the Sri Chakra, causes vibratiny. The colour of this bright luminescent light in blue. That blue colour belongs to the flute of Krishna. He is the “Paramatma”.

This blue is that of ash grey blue. This blue is the colour of 16 petaled “Visuddhi” centre (Lotus); which is again “Akasa” tattwa. If one joins each petal of “Visuddhi” lotus with thousand petaled Sahasrara, the result is 16 thousand lines. Each one represents one Gopika and the “Sahasrara” is the centre of Supreme power (Ishwara) here in Sri Krishna. This is in essence the Rasalila. When sadhaka reaches Sahasrara his soul and mind dances with joy and abandon endlessly.” Pragnanam Brahma.

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In the same way “Kaula” tantra way of “Sri Chakra” pooja methodology (Upasana) is pure. People who engage in foul mouthing, villainous thoughts and behaviour; wasting time in endless gossip; who are Atheists, who follow the caste discrimination and sinful people are not welcome here, at the “Kaula Tantropasana”. Only those who are in the pursuit of Atmabrahman and pure hearts are welcome. In other places like Kamakhya off Guahati, Tibet and some other countries it is rumored there may be other type of “Upasana”; but not sure. The power of the Chakropasana tantra is such that if misused it may do more harm than good. That may be the reason for the diffident commoner keeps away from it. Even though Sri Adishankara set forth to explain the upasana of Sri Vidya and Sri Chakra pooja methodology it took quite same time to become popular. “Dakshinachara” followers may be the reason for the delay. But the “Kaulachara” upasana method gave them a confidence to get over their fears. Since it explained to them that it is both materialistic and spiritual at the same time. Everyone can do it for their own good. Thus for “Samayachara” followers the Guru is Dhakshina Moorthy; for the “Kaulachara” followers the Guru is Dattatreya.

At Devipuram “Kamakhya Peetham” the Tantropasana followed is of “Divyabhava” sadhana (The ultimate happiness) because of this the atmosphere at the temple is scene, peaceful and energizing.

First time when Sastry was blessed by the Goddess, she appeared to him as a sixteen year old beautiful maiden with a Grau that is beyond

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This world he was dumb founded and stood transfixed. She smiled at him and beckoned him to do the necessary pooja to the guest of honour, Herself.

“There is nothing here! Not a drop of water! What do I offer to you” he questioned Her. As he was completing his sentence there was sudden cloud burst! With that water he gave Her “Argyam” (Water to drink) Padhyam (Water to wash Her feet) and did the pooja process.

She was pleased! He was satisfied choked with happiness.

The grace and Her aura filled the Universe. The beautiful of Her smile and Her Attire is beyond the cognigence of the normal human mind. It was so bright it felt the Universe draws it’s light from the radiance emanated. She accepted Guruji’s offerings and took his hand in Her hand. The rain continued. They walked together in the rain. One leading, the other in a trance. Jivatma and Paramatma together they came down the hillock and moved towards the ‘Sri Meru’ temple (future temple).

Just like one who is walking in sleep, not knowing where and how Sastryji walked with Her. He has no identity of his own. It has become one with Her. He is Her! She is him! He is insignificant miniscule in the hands of the Great Power that is. The Supreme Leader taking him into the Luminescent worlds one by one. He was praying to Her. “Please! I would like to be with you! A part of you! One with you! The happiness this blissful state which mine is all I want. Nothing else would be important; to me, anymore. You love

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Your tenderness! Your kindness! They are drenching me in a torrent of “Amrit”. This is what I want! How can you be so benevolent to me. This is beyond every thing I expected! This is what I live for! For without life I can not experience this. This experience I want to treasure for many lives that one my future. Please Mother! Let me!” His physical being became none existent. His mind and soul were dancing with in explicable joy! He was conversing with Her. They reached the “Sri Meru” temple site. There, as he observed in his transcendental happy state; she left him slowly, gradually and silently. As he was standing there in awe. She like a lightning, en lightning every thing around disappeared. She gone! But the experience lived with him.

The Kamakhya guru Peetham is the centre of all that one needs to aspire for. It is the place where people in pain get relief. Those in want get what they desire. The place is the “Kalpatam” (The tree that fulfills all the wishes) of the Earthlings.

Mani Dwepam – Sri Chakra

All human beings ultimate desire is to reach God. To attain salvation. For this different people adopt different methods but all lead to one point, God! The knowledge that every thing is God created and in every one/ every living thing God resides. This knowledge that says “Tattwamasi” is called “Brahma Vidya” (Vidya learning)

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Devotee of Devi declares that he is God! This realisation “Aham Brahmasmi” is “Sri Vidya”. Both are same. But a little or subtle difference in the knowledge method and methodology.

“Sri Vidyopasana” (Sri Vidya = Goddess Sakti) is also called as “Sakteyam (Sakti puja). This has a prayer methodology that can be followed by everyone and anyone. There is no limitation nor differenciation as to who the devotee or Sadhaka is! Or which caste creed, place country he/she belongs. That makes it easy and simple for the individual to adopt and become Sadhaka. It has an Universal appeal.

Every devotional procedure prescribes to a particular predetermined path of ascent. This is the “Tantra” part of the prayer. The point of concentration is called the “Yantra” part; final the manifested word to chant is the “Mantra” part of the devotional prayer. “Sri Chakra” is the point of concentration in the Devi upasana; the “Nava varana” (Nava = Nine, Avarana = Veil/steps) puja is the “Tantra”; “Shodasi” (Shodasi = 16 lettered word/sentence) is the Mantra. All in all “Lalitha” (the thousand names of Goddess Devi) is the mantra that is the comprehensive chant that includes all three stages of the Devi upasana. It is the “mantra” of the “Yantra” of the “Tantra” of the prayer in question.

Sri Chakra is the ultimate “Yantra” the Nava varana puja is the ultimate prayer method. They are unequalled and unique. The unique point of the

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“Sri Chakra” is it has “Bijakshara” (seed letter) nor it has a particular Deity to concentrate on; nor any specification. It is by itself highly powerful and sacred at once. In the upasana of the “Sri Chakra” no name of any Deity was uttered. The mantra gives (Shodasi) no reference to any Deity such that no images of any, other than the “Sri Chakra” is done.

This is not human made. None was or can be credited to its creation. It is there in the Universe. In the Universe as macrocosm in the human body as the microcosm. Such that when a devotee is doing the upasana of “Sri Chakra” he/she is praying on themselves in other words he/she is doing on effort less attempt to realize. One self in the process realize God within the Universe.

“yantra” is realized? There are various

explanations given as to its ‘birth’ or ‘ideation’ so to say or more precisely to the realisation of its existence, the ultimate ideation.

How

this

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It is said that a great soul, ‘Vedpurush’ by name “Adharva” visioned this in the Universe and for the good will of the humanity, since all the visionaries (Darshaniks) ultimate aim is well being of humanity, he explained it to the other as a gift to the mankind.

In the Brahmanda Purana (saga); story of the birth of the Universe; concept of time related subjects were given. Recording to this text the birth of Sri Chakra

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is in response to the prayers of troubled and terrorized Devas to the Goddess to relieve them of the torturous supremacy of Bhandasura, the Danava (Rakshas). In response “Goddess Parasakti (The Supreme Power) asked them to conduct an Yagna (Ceremonial offerings to propiate the Goddess through fire). For this a place of celestial fire (Chitagni) was need. For this they were asked reclaim the land by drying up one of the four oceans. Thus created land was used to lit the yagnasthal and fire was lit. Devas offered the parts of their body and conducted the “Yagnam”. From this great celestial fire; in the fire place there appeared the Goddess in the form of “Sri Chakra”. Then she set about to fulfill the purpose of Her emanation; i.e. to kill Bhandasura. This she completed when she ideated in the celestial fire (Chithagni), the purana describes Her thus:

Kotisurya Prathikasam chandrakoti seethalam

 

Thanmadhyatha samudhbhurcha Krakara manupam!

Thasmadrutho Mahadevi mudhayarka samaprabham!

Even though she came out such a magnificent fire Her Brilliance equivalent to a thousand Suns, nullified the brilliance of the fire in the fire place. Even though she was so bright Her demeanor was as cool as that of a million moons. Her aura was a red as the morning Sun light. Only She can be so brilliant and so cool at the same time.

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Another account gives a different version as to the birth of “Sri Chakra”. According to this version, Parvathi the co-Lord of Shiva was concerned about the different methods of approach to be followed by the mankind to achieve separate goals. That keeps them engaged in dilemma as to which one to go for; on a priority. So she spoke to Lord Shiva as to what is the way to help the mankind so that one method is be all end all of them. Which is all inclusive, all giving and at the same time easy to follow. In response to this benevolent approach Lord Shiva explained to Her this omniscient, omni present, all powerful at the same time easy way of approach. That is “Sri Chakra” and upasana through Sri Vidya.

the

mankind. It is, and remains the ultimate “Yantra” and ultimate upasana (prayer/puja).

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the

reason

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“Sri Chakra” is the macrocosm. It is microcosm. It is Atomic structure. It is the cause of creation. It is the geometrical figure of the Universe. It is not an imagined or theorized structure. It is self created. It has identity that is based on highly intricate mathematical and methodological approach to solve the problem of the Universal life forms. It explains the deepest of deep secrets of life and it’s varied nature. Sadhaka will not be able to get a more complete vehicle to clear his/her questioning mind’s dilemma. That is the reason why “Sri Chakra” is called the ultimate Supreme power house and the “Sri Vidya” upasana an independent approach to reach there and understand the intricacies of its existence and meaning. At the same time it creates a path of salvation

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When it comes to the root of the point, that is life, everything in the Universe is created by the union (Sam yoga) of Shiva (Lord Ishwara) Sakti (the Goddess). The Universal Parents (Adhi Deva and Adhi Sakti). The omni presence of “Sri Chakra” in the Universe, in the human body and also in the Atomic structure makes one wonder. What is it? Is it a scientific explanation of life? Or spiritual? The Science and the discoveries are still at the base level of (Pancha bhutas) five elements? So it can be only spiritual beyond the physical approach.

No one, No one who ever experienced the great experience of actually feeling its presence ever been able to explain or describe it to the commoner the Divinity of this phenomenon explicitly. They were knew about the subject as to how and what it is like to feel it’s presence nor the ecstasy of those higher reaches of understanding and happy states. But they were trying in an indirect way to hint at it. The puranas (18), The Upanishats (1008+), the Mythologicals, the Sastras (various) make a reference in a subtle way and point at it as the ultimate goal of human existence. They told in the form of stories, folklore so that it would register in the minds of people and carried forward in to next generations to word of mouth. That create, an enthusiasm; an urge to know more, better, clear and cognizant information

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This inquisitiveness is/forms the basis of further study, learning or approach to know more and more. Since the story telling is a word of mouth process and the stories by themselves are secretive about his point and made only a veiled reference, the validity of the point is questioned by the new world. It brushes them away as the out come of a fertile imagination of story teller usually an elderly person. But the fact remains even fertile imagination needs a seed of thought. There seeds one picked up by the great souls (sadhakas) and through studies and cognitive inquires results in the learning of those Mahatmas. One such great soul is the Guru of Paramahamsa Yogananda Sri Yukteswara Giri Yogananda. He affirmatively pronounced about the experiences of Heavens, their greatness and their rich experience.

John Bunyan in his saga “The pilgrim’s progress” refers and in details describes the Heaven, its rich feeling, Gods, Divinity and the successful Sadhakas experience about them.

This Blissful state of happiness can be achieved only when man gets detached from the material mind set and dwells into spirituality with abandon. “Sri Vidya Upasana” is one such which at once, both detaching from the bonds and connects with the world beyond in slow, steady process. While this happens the human mind feels a sense richness due to elevation of purpose and understanding it so (Bhogam).

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The process is gradual so that the Sadhaka is able to absorb the feeling of the revelation and develops a Universal love, grows out of the selfish interests which restricts ones out look; towards mankind. The main reason being in “Sri Chakra Upasana” one does not dwell upon any particular deity. One dwells on the macro and microcosm of the Universe and the human body. That means he is moving toward self realisation. The microcosm is with in himself. His search is with in. He turns inwards looking for it. The first step of self realisation.

“Thenavarandra Rupo deha”

In any prayer methodology described in the Hindu mythology, there is a pre-requisite. That is when the prayer proceedings start the devotee is required to invoke the deity/ or the point of concentration, into one’s self (Nyasam). A kind becoming one with the prayed. In “Sri Chakra Upasana” automatically it is there within oneself all he needs to connect with it and the one with in the Universe. A state of union with the Universe at once. This is easy and difficult at the same time. For the sadhaka should have reached a level of competence to receive the power of Universe without getting adversely affected. So the presence and guidance of Guru who is competent to transfer his ability to the disciple is necessary. Adhi Shankara’s great poem “Soundarya Lahiri” describes this ‘nyasa’ process in detail.

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For Sri Chakra the lines, angles, the triangle are all arranged in a methodical way. None of the lines nor the angles can be separated nor they are separable. The central point is the ‘Bindu’ which is above and independently placed. Even though the representation of the Sri Chakra is single dimensional, one should visualize it as it is in a three dimensional way. So the position of “Bindu” is higher and in the centre not connected to any of the lines or angles. This is the Bindu (Para), the seat of Universal womb (Viswa Yoni) the seat of the Goddess. Where she reigns Supreme, like a priceless diamond and in blissful ultimate happiness. The ultimate consciousness (Satchitananda). Sri Chakra Tripura Tapinopanishat is described.

Thus :

Bindu Trikona Vasukona Dhasarayugme

 
 

Manvasra Nagadhala Shodasa patrayuktham

 
 

Vrutha Thrayantha Dharani sadana Thrayancha

 

Sri Chakra raja vudhitham para devathaya

 

In Sankara’s Soundarya lahiri: Thus :

Charibhi Sri kantaika Siva yuvathibhi panchbhirapi

 

Prabhinna bhissambhorna vabhirapi mula prakruthibhi

Chathu schatwarimsa Dwasu kalasratrivalaya

 

Trirekhabhi saaradham tavasrana kona parinathah

 

“Oh! My Mother! With Four Rudras, Five Shiva Sakti’s, nine basic Prakritis and eight petalled, 16 petalled circle and three circles this Sri Chakra with its 44 angles is thy abodes”

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In the centre petal succession the arrangement of these angles and the lines are thus:

The first or outer most is Earth or Dharani sadan. Second (inner to the first) is the 16 petalled lotus/Chakra. Inner to the third is the 8 petalled lotus/Chakra. Inner to the fourth is Manvasra. Inner to the fifth is Bahirdaram (Outer Chakra) Inner to the sixth is Antardasaram (Inner Chakra) Inner to the seventh is Vasu konam (Triangle) Inner to the eighth is Triangle (Trikonam) Inner to the ninth and in the centre is Bindu.

The first outermost chakra consists of three layered with four openings (breaks in the lines) they are called the door ways. They represent the four directions of the Earth (East, West, North, and South). This outer circle or Chakra is a square. The three lines represent three worlds. Heaven, Earth and Hell (Bhoo, Bhuva and Swarlokas). The tree circles also represent the three gunas Satwa (calm and peaceful), Rajo (powerful or restless) and Tamo (ignorant or dark) gunas. The 16 petalled chakra represents the lunar phases. From day one to 15 the full moon or no moon day (thithis). The 8 petalled Chakra represents. The five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) mind (Manas), Buddhi (mind), Ahamkara (ego).

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Out of the Nine Triangles that are inner to 8 petalled

Chakra/Lotus four have their vertex (Vertex (Mathematical): The point on a geometrical figure furthest from the base. Astronomically it means the point on the celestial sphere towards which, or from which

a star appear to move) facing upwards (Urdhwa), they are called the

“Shiva Angles”. The other five triangles have their vertex facing downwards (Adhomukha), they are called the ‘Sakti’ Angles. All in all

the nine triangles represent the Goddess “Para Sakti” (The Supreme). They the nine Chakras are the nine avaranas (veils) have their own presiding deities residing on (in) them. They have been described in detail in the Bhavana Upanishad.

In brief:

The first avarana that is Dharanipuram (Earth circle), is the “residence” of the 10 types of powers (Siddhis) Anima, Lagima, Mahima, Isatwa, Vasitwa, Prakamya, Bhukthi, Iccha, Prapthi, Sarvakama, 8 types of Matrukas and other 10 “Mudra deities” all together 28 of them.

The Second that of 16 petalled (Chakra) avarana. They are 16 deities who does not reveal themselves unless for a cause. They are called the ‘Hidden Deities’ (Gupta)

In the third reside more deeper (Gupthatara) eight Deities on all eight petals of the circle/Lotus.

The fourth circle/Avarana is 14 angled and it is the seat of 14 Yoginis of traditional yore (Sampradhaya yogini).

The fifth circle is the seat of as name indicates 10 angled and seats 10 Sakti’s (power). The same is the case sixth with 10 th circle. Ten angles and ten Deities.

The seventh circle in of eight angles and is called Vasukonam. It

is

seat of Deities of speech eight in numbers.

The eighth circle is a triangle and it is most important circle. This

is

seat of three powerful Deities

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Who are yoginis and not reveal themselves unless evoked. The last is the ‘Bindu’. There 15 daily Deities (Each representing a day of lunar stage. Lalitha the presiding Deity is the 16 th or Shodasi (which in Sanskrit means 16 th ).

All these presiding Deities / Saktis of the various nine circles one called the “Khadgamala” Deities. They direct, lead and organize the systematic functioning of the day to day affairs of the human body also the natural occurrences like planetary movement, Sunrise, Sunset; the time, space, and the seasonal change, infact everything that happens in the Universe. They are the omnipotent administrators of the Universe as a whole human beings in specific.

This description is seen in the ‘Lalitha’ 18 slokas starting from “Vudyadh bhanu sahasrabha” to “Nakhadhithi samachchanna namajjitha thamoguna” describe the “Sri Chakra”s structure in a technical terminology. The lower, middle and upper parts of the structural aspect.

The meaning full structural magnum opus the Sri Chakra is much more interesting and awe inspiring. The basic structural angles (9 in all) one differentiated into Shiva and Sakti angles.

The five “Sakti angles” that represent the five physical components of the human body are Skin (Twak), blood (Ashrik) meat, mind the tendous (muscles) and finally bones (Asthi). They are also referred to Yonis (birth centers). They have a presiding deity each that caitrds

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the functioning. They are Vanuea, Jyeshta, Roudri, Ambika and Pashyanthi. Here Vanea is the Universal mother (Sakti represent) “Jyeshta” is the most auspicious of the Sakti; Roudri is the health and well being and benevolent incarnate; Ambika controls the complete

being and benevolent incarnate; Ambika controls the complete analytical intelligence and Prudence (ref page 329

analytical intelligence and Prudence (ref page 329 Saivasiddantha

intelligence and Prudence (ref page 329 Saivasiddantha Somabham) Pashyanthi is the ideation power. All these five

Somabham) Pashyanthi is the ideation power.

All these five angles have the vertex facing down or inverted triangles. Each triangle has three points. Thus there are fifteen points (Bindu). The centre is one point. Ideated here is Devi by name Sada

The centre is one point. Ideated here is Devi by name Sada which is a constant

which is a constant (Druva). The fifteen points are the different stages

(States). These are referred to represent the 16 stages of lunar stages. The sixteenth the full moon/no moon stage. Alternatively they are referred to represent 16 powers of the material (gross) body of the human being. They are senses (5), sensory organs (5), elements (5) and the mind (1) – 16 in all.

The four triangles which have the vertex pointing upward (Vrdhwa) are called the Siva angles. They represent bone marrow, semen, breath, life (jeevam). Also they represent the four stages of the word. Para (Vibration), Pashyanthi (nada), Madhyama (sabda) and vaikhari (word).

Bodiless consciousness (Jiva pragna, atmam) ideates it self inform stages. These are the four stages of word (vaikari). They are the four triangles.

The first one has three points nada (the vibratory sabda stage), Bindu (the point), bija (the seed). The other three triangles represent wish (Itcha), knowledge (Jnana), action (Kriya) saktis. These four triangles are

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Also known to represent Maya (the veil), Maheswara (Ishwara), Suddha Vidya (real learning/knowledge), Sadasiva (Ever auspiciousness). These are the four divine capabilities.

Human body needs, other than the nine basic continent elements, 44 other important materials to run the machine called human body. These are represented by the 44 angles of the “Sri Chakra”. These are also part of the nine triangles. These nine triangles interlock with each other to form a single central point the “Bindusthana”. The inter locking nine triangles are responsible for the nine veils (Navavarana) that are an integral part of the “Sri Chakra”. The cognitive Bindusthana is the seat of the divine womb (Universal birth place) (Viswayoni).

The central triangle of the nine triangles is the inner most or eighth chakra/circle of the ‘Sri Chakra’. This is the all powerful, all giving (Sarva Siddhi prada). Here the total presiding deities work in coordination with the Goddess and termed as inner consciousness (Antaryami). The collective consciousness.

The three points on this omniscient collective consciouness (prajna) are subtle (unuttered, unideated), mahathu (power, Sakti) Ahamkara (Ego state). The unideated, kinetic sakti is peaceful and subtle state; (Satwagunatmika); Power Mahathu is Rajastatwa and Ahamkara is ignorance (Tamognna) represents. The nine triangles are collectively known as Tripura the Bindu is Mahatripura as the seat of the Goddess Para.

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The nine triangles are representive of the individual creation (microcosm) while the five senses, five sense organs, five elements mind are representive of Goddess; same way ‘Maya’, ‘Suddha Vidya’, ‘Maheswara’ and ‘Sadasiva’ represent Siva Saktis. These are collectively responsible for the creation of the Universe. (Kamikagama Tantra) (Macrocosm)

The central point in the 8 th Chakra/circle of the “Sri Chakra” is the most important point of this “Magnumopus”. This is seated in the central triangle which has three points which are represented by the

triangle which has three points which are represented by the first and last letters of the

first and last letters of the Sanskrit alphabet namely A (Aa) and Ha ( )

and the zero (purna) letters. They together form the ward ‘Aham’. This is the soul of this triangle. As a word (Vaikhari) it is the ‘mantra’ of the ‘Sri Chakra’. The centre is the Bindu which is ‘Para’. This is the seat of the undiffierentiated, nameless, shapeless, hallowed light. This is the birth place (Yoni) of the entire Universe, word (Vaikari). It forms the (Pragnana Ghana) undifferentiated consciousness; such that it is the cansative seed (matruka) of the nine avaranas (Veils) and also the ‘Mantra’ in its four forms of Nada (para), Sabda (Pashyanthi) word (Madhyama) and the spoken word (Vaikari). Thus it carries the different names like the “Rytam” (female seed), Jiva (soul), Parabrahman (consciousness), Satchitananda (Blissful consciousness).

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The Supreme infinite consciousness (Antaryami) before creation held the seed of creation. This is called creative Saktis (Itchcha). It is in seed form. This seed is also called the Sakti i.e. Itchcha Sakti. This Brahman playing through maya created itself into a triangle. These contain the ideating bases of word, Para, Pashyanti, Vaikhari. They are also called Vakbhava, Kamaraja and Sakti.

The points of the Triangle surrounding the Para Bindu are variously called as representive of Moon (Chandra), Sun (Surya) and Fire (Agni); Satwa (peaceful), Rajo (action), Tama (ignorance); Itchcha (idea), Jnana (Knowledge), Kriya Sakti (power); Brahma (Creation), Vishnu (maintaining) and Shiva (dissolution); Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi (three goddess); Triputi Jnana (knowledge), Jnathru (knower), Jneyam (knowable) and so on.

The collective consciousness in the macrocosm is Kamakhya. The Bindu is static energy (Shiva Sakti) while the triangle enclosing it is Mahatripura Sundari. This is also called Sri Raja Rajeswari (The kinetic energy).

The creative power is basically Shiva. The second being the triangle (womb) occupant ‘Pashyanthi’. This is the ‘subtle sound’ energy which is Nada Rupatonakam) (energy of the vibratory sound). From this nada arises all the sabda. This is the ‘Pranava Nada’ the ‘Omkara’.

In the book ‘Sarada Tilaka’ this is described as ‘Kundalini’. This is the collective energy

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Of ideation energy (Itchcha Sakti), consciousness (Jnana Sakti) and the active energy (Kriya Sakti). It further says it is ‘Kundalini”, the hallowed light energy (Chitrupini) also. From this vibratory energy (Para Sakti) arises the sabda which was in a latent state in the Para Bindu”. This takes the final form of word, through casual (Pasyanti) gross (Madhyama) and ideated (sabda) stages. This is the root of all letters and forms the garland of letters (Varnamala) from ‘Aa’ to ‘Ha’.

According to “Kaula” tantra (Kaula way of prayer methodology) the ‘Para’ un differential sabda is in Muladhara Chakra, Pashyanthi and Madhyama (the casual and subtle; nada and sabda) are in Anahata Chakra and Vaikhari (the word) is in the neck region of the Human body.

According to “Kamakala vilasa” book, the ‘para’ is in Sahasrara Chakra, Pashyanthi in Muladhara Chakra, Madhyama in Anahata Chakra and Vaikhari in Visuddhi Chakra. This makes us understand that the word in its vibratory state is ideated in the Sahasrara itself or when it finally reaches Sahasrara it becomes the undifferentiated air and dissolution in the Para Bindu.

In any case the four stages of the word (Vaikhari) formation indicate the creation happening in four stages. “Paramatma”. The undifferentiated consciousness has four feet of these three are invisible. Only one descended to the Earth where creation of

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Visible individuals occurred.

Padhosya viswa bhuthani tripadha syamruthamdhivi Tripadhurgya vudwaitpurushah padhosyeha bhavatpunah
Padhosya viswa bhuthani tripadha syamruthamdhivi Tripadhurgya vudwaitpurushah padhosyeha bhavatpunah

Padhosya viswa bhuthani tripadha syamruthamdhivi

Padhosya viswa bhuthani tripadha syamruthamdhivi Tripadhurgya vudwaitpurushah padhosyeha bhavatpunah
Tripadhurgya vudwaitpurushah padhosyeha bhavatpunah

Tripadhurgya vudwaitpurushah padhosyeha bhavatpunah

The nine spaces (Avaranas) in the “Sri Chakra” are denoting the

nine

numbered as six (shat chakras) but there are three more lesser (Sushma) circles are names as Muladhara, Swadhishtana, Manipura, Anahata, Visuddhi, Ajna, Mahasunya, Lalana or lambikagra and Sahasrara. In the Sahasrara they are present in a micro level. Nine energy centres. They are

iduses/chakras referred to in ‘Kundalini’ yoga. They are usually

referred to in ‘Kundalini’ yoga. They are usually Rohini or Bodhini - This controls Buddhi (intelligence)

Rohini or Bodhini -

This controls Buddhi (intelligence)

Nada

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This controls the Sabda (sound)

Nadanta

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Unheardable sound / Resonance control

Samana

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Happy and awareness control

Unmana

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Minds dissolution control

Chandra mandala

&

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Beyond everything timeless, limitless, great

Artha Chandra mandala

void state.

To comprehend the discussion of this chapter, the chapter dealt with “Sri Chakra’s” structure as visualized by the Rishis or visionaries. It is present in the Universe as macrocosm and in the human body a microcosm. It has nine puras or avaranas each one with a specific number of triangles, petals, structure of its own presided by deities with specific duties. The central

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Bindu is the seat of Mula Prakriti (Supreme consciousness) with Shiva as the static energy. This contains the seeds of all forms life/non life carried from previous ideations. Those impressions carried by the seeds when the lost dissolution happened. The creation starts when the Shiva’s state energy starts the kinetic energy of the Mula prakriti through the Supreme aura energy. Since the Bindu is said to be encompassed Universal womb (Viswayoni) the vibrations that happen here ideates into matter through a process of forming subtle, casual and gross formations and finally the mater is created. The Bindu is a collective seed of all energy. That is represented with the triangle points carrying fire (Agni), light (Sun), and the sound (Moon) energy. Thus the universal womb is the Goddess which initiating creation puts the material form on the earth with its impressions formed from the previous birth. The Bindu that is Chit (Real). All knowing, all caring one helps the soul to become aware of its presence and helps in reaching Him and dissolute into Him finally. So the death of a material body is not end of human being it is the beginning of his self realisation, selfless state that is one with Divinity. It is the beginning of process of evolution.

Sri Chakra represents 14 worlds (7 above the Earth & 6 below the Earth) with it 14 angles. The Upasana of “Sri Chakra” helps Humans to achieve the higher worlds. Since it is present in our body it is like seeing oneself in the mirror and cleaning one self. To talk

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about this is an endless journey, for any amount of explaining falls short of complete account. One should feel by a process of Upasana under the prevalence of a competent Guru to reach the blissful consciousness (Satchitananda) that is Goddess chitdrupini, Para Sakti.

Kundalini – Six Chakras/Lotuses

During the dissolutions all life forms become dissolved in the Brahman. These dissolved forms carry impressions of the previous birth (Vasanas) in their seed. For, the Hindu philosophy believes in births & re-births. According to this philosophy nothing is created a new it is a repetition of the pre-existent matter. Only a different form shape or life as per the rewards of the Karmic impressions. These seeds that are present in the undifferentiated, Omni present, Omniscient all pervading Brahman (Hiranya garba), Antaryami by a process of ideation by the Supreme power i.e. creates itself as matter. So the Paramatma/Antaryami/Brahman/Hiranya garba is called the Karana Bindu (Karana Beeja/seed). The vibrations lead to subtle casual and gross bodies/matter. This Karana Bindu is present in the Mooladhara Chakra in the human body. This is called “Kundalini”. The sakti that is present in the Universe (macrocosm) is called Maha Kundalini, to differentiate from that in human body (microcosm). Through a Sadhana (Persuasive practice) the sadhaka arouses the Kundalini from its silent in active (Sushupti) state and makes it move upwards.

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Toward the “Sahasrara” lotus. Through its travel the Energy breaks through five more major chakras “Swadhistana”, “Manipura”, “Anahata”, “Visuddhi” and “Ajna” Lotuses to reach the ultimate “Sahasrara” as a bright, lumini scene. Thus the “Jivatma” in the body gets liberated from the material body and merges with the infinite, timeless, immensable, undestructable and unique Universal power. The Supreme blissful consciousness (Satchitananda).

This whole process of awakening, travel and merging is explained by Dattatreya (In the Hindu Mythology He is the incarnation of the Triune Siva, Vishnu, Brahma in a single form born as the son of Atri and Anasurya the Rishi couple). In the mild upasana way, that of “Sri Vidya” (prayer method) was explained by “Sri Adi Sankara” (again incarnation of Lord Shiva). The whole process either way is not many way an offering to any particular deity perse. It is awareness, of the power with in communion with the power in the Universe that carry out and control the day to day living process of human body at a micro level; the Universe with all its planetary system, five elements, time and nature with its regular changes and everything living on the earth; at a macro level. So it is like seeing and recognizing one’s self in the mirror.

The process goes on whether one is aware or not since it is so created. When one becomes aware of it the mirror throws up the image, only when you stand in front of it. This power is inside the body as a latent energy. For the sadhaka seeking to know it; this becomes the mine of delightful knowledge, great energy sources and finally the most blissful divine life experience. The Goddess!!

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To know more about this unusual play of the Supreme power is an awe inspiring exercise. The deeper one goes the unfathomable its surprises. One bows to the Supreme power in total surrender.

The backbone that starts as skull in the head continues through. The body to the awal region as vertebral column. The scientific terminology calls it backbone and the spiritual terminology names it “Merudanda” (Meru – strong, Danda – column). The references to this Merudanda are many. Some say refer to it as the “Veena” of Goddess Saraswathi. The goddess of learning and knowledge; some feel it is the flute of Lord Krishna. With it seven points of spirituality in the likeness of 7 holes in the flute. Whatever be it; it remains the most important part of the human body as it gives the support to the whole body. The seven points are the points through which energy permeates into the body to perform the biological and physiological process of the body; that is called the life processes.

In an ascending order the seven spiritual points are: at the Anal/groin region is “Muladhara” chakra. At the cervical region above the Muladhara is “Swadhistana”. Above this and around the naval region is “Manipura”. Above this and around the cardiac region is “Anahata”. Above this and around the neck region is “Visuddha”. Above this and around the forehead region at the centre of the eyebrows is “Aajna Chakra”.

Finally the brain region or cerebral region is the seat of “Sadhana” chakra. Sadhaka’s ascent starts from Anal region.

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Muladhara Chakra/Lotus

As the name indicates it is the base of the backbone or Merudanda. This is the centre of the ideated material world’s creation (Bhoutika Sristi). In the Universe, the axis on which earth rotates on itself and going round the Sun, is the backbone of the Earth. This is commonly known as “Polaris axis” and takes its central rotating point in the South Pole. The “Anahata” chakra in the human body can be taken as its “Sun” Since it forms a connecting and balancing point. Also it is highly luminescent. This is explained / in detail in the coming chapters. The point of interest now, is to know more about as to how the “Kundalini” energy works through the “Merudanda” and its activation and arousal by the puja process called “Sri Vidyopasana” or “Sri Chakra upasana”.

The undifferentiated Supreme Power that is “Moola Prakriti” when it is about to create the matter from the subtle and casual ideation it descends down to “Mooladhara” through “Sushamna” nadi. One end of the “Sushamna” is “Muladhara Chakra”. This is also called the “Gateway of Brahman” (Brahma Dwara) or Brahma knot (Brahma Grandhi). Brahma – one of the triune of Supreme power associated / entrusted with creation of matter – creator.

The Mooladhara Chakra is a four petalled lotus. This is red in colour. These four petals are supposed to be the four faces of God Brahma (The Creator). They are seed (Bija) Kshetra, water (jalam) and season (ritu). We can take it that they represent the fom basics necessary for creation of matter.

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The male semen (Bija); The ‘Womb’ of female (Kshetra) the land to sow; The vaginal fluids (jalam) as water and the fertility period as ritu (time of ovum delivery).

There is a four angled (square) chakra that is the place where the Earth’s seed (Dhara bija) is seated on an Elephant with a baby on her lap. This is four arms.

In the context of Universe it is explained thus. The Universe has three types of energies that work in tandem. They are (Sun) the light energy (Pragnamaya); (Moon) the energy of Power (Saktimaya); and the (Earth) water energy (Drayamaya). Sun revolves round Earth (The ancient concept where the Earth is the Centre of Universe) in a circular way. The path of which is the “Mooladhara Chakra”. In Hindu mythology Sun’s chariot has only one wheel, as explained above). The Earth sits in the centre with eight arms (Shulas or spears). Earth glows in “amber” colour. This means the time has started ticking even before the creation started. The movement of Sun and moon in relation to Earth creates the day, night, months, years etc. The four angled chakra represents the four stages of the day (24 hours) i.e. Sunrise; midday; Sunset; midnight. These indicate the movement of Sun and are helpful to the creative activity.

The eight spears of the Earth seed (Dhara bija) are the eight directions of the Earth namely (East, West, North, South, and the four relative corners).

The Elephant, the seat of Earth seed (Dhara Bija) is white in colour and luminescent. This is called “Iravat” when two clouds rub against each other they produce light energy that is “lightning”. The lightning is harbinger of rain. The rain is most important for the seed to grow that means the creative atmosphere. The baby/kid/child

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That is in the lap of Earth seed is called “Batuka” (The Brahmanda purana – dealing with birth, time and the concepts of past, present and future its calculation on the cosmic calendar).

Another explanation given is the kid is ‘Brahma’ himself – (The creative part of triune of Trimurthi). This concept is more clearly understandable when one takes the Earth seed (Dhara bija) as the womb (Yoni). The Universal Yoni (Viswa Yoni). Seat of creation let is be creation on the earth or cosmic creation human or planetary creation.

The four angles of the square are variously described as four Vedas; which are the store house of every knowledge; another concept says they are the faces of the Lord Brahma – the all knowing; creator of life and beyond.

Sun is the light energy (Pragna maya) Moon is the power (Saktimaya). He is the lord of the world of the departed souls (Pitruloka). The growth and development of the child is the womb takes place during the Moonlight phase of the day. He carries the directions of the earlier departed souls (one can understand this concept when we remember that creation is a repetition of the previous births which are embedded in the Sakti as impressions carried forward during previous dissolution).

After this square there is a triangle in this Mooldhara Chakra. In this there resides an aerial energy (Vayu) by name “Kandarpa” (In the mythology of India this name is one of the names of Eros/Manmadha). Above this aerial form rests a clear and clear Golden coloured Swayambhu Shiva (Self created). He is ornated by half man.

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In His hair and this triangle has the vertex facing down words. He is the pioneer of all that is born, subtle is self created. The triangles three points represent the birth (life form ideation), born (the actual body) and creator (the life giver). The self created Shiva is in the form of egg (round without variation) and He is worshiped as “Hiranyagarbha”. This is nameless and shapeless denoting Shiva’s natural state.

Above this there is a net work of fibrils with a fire passage way. Through this passage the energy flows/travels from below in an ascending manner. This flow is called “Akasa Ganga”. This travels to all six lotuses through “Sushamna” Nadi. The energy that helps in the cell division and growth of the cell protoplasm is called “Soma”. This is derived from the Moon energy. (Sa + Uma = Soma). Here Shiva is in Divine form of Sakti and Shiva. With flow of the Akasa Ganga and half moon in His hair ornately held. Thus Soma is the combined energy of Shiva’s luminescent and Saktis veil (Maya).

So in short in every human being in the Mooldhara Chakra three energies are in force Aerial Kandarpa Bija (seed) self created Swayambhu in divine form of Shiva and Sakti. Sun, Moon and the power of departed souls (Pitru devatalu) help in the process of creation in their natural way.

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In the Universe of space the Mooladhara Chakra is pivotal in Earth related matter formation; In the man or other life bodies in the formation and development cell structure and growth.

The creation is done in four stages by the Goddess. 1.Sleep State (Nidra state). 2. Dream State (Swapna). 3. Awakened State (Jagruthi) 4.Total awakening (Arounsed state).

Saasanasane abhi thasma Dviradajayathah

- Purusha Suktham

Meaning in the inert forms or non living forms or the inorganic forms like minerals, the divine energy is in a sleepy state (static, imminent). In the plants, it is in the inherent (Supta). The life activities are present but sense organy or senses are not openly visible. In the animals the awakened state of energy is present. Here the senses and sense organy are present but they are not able to express explicitly. They have a mind but this also acts in reaction but not on it’s own. The fourth total awareness/consciousness that is seen in human beings. This is the natural state of humans. They have senses, sense organs, mind and ego state which are active in the action way.

These four states are the three and half coils of “Kundalini”. The four the total awakened or aroused state is a half coil with the hood raised (Kundalini is represented as a huge snake coiled in three coils and a hood raised half coil. This is also called as serpent power) (Kundal – coil = Kundalini is coiled serpent)

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The three coils represent material form, the life with in and life energy. Thus the human being develops and identity of its own independent of Gods luminescence. He starts feeling himself as an entity “I”. This is what helps in the growth and development of the cells and cell material.

The other representation is Earth revolving round the Sun; rotating on its own and Moon going round the Earth. By rotating on its own axis Earth helps in creating the material for the material world creation. Moon’s revolving round the Earth helps in the development of mind and the sensory organs. The Sun’s energy that is received by the Earth in its revolving round Sun is the energy source for the functioning of the sense and the creations thus.

Along with this happens the clarity in the eight directions; four important points/times of the 24 hour day.

Now the meaning of the raised hood or the half coil. It is the Divine energy that is present in the human beings. The “Kundalini” as explained can be thus likened to the sleeping. Reclining posture of Narayana (Yoga Nidra of Lord Vishnu). This is the integrating Antaryami or Omni present divine energy connecting the human soul with the divine super power. The sadhaka by his upasana process arouses this half raised hood of Kundalini and makes it

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Travel upward to reach Sahasrara and merge with the divine luminous soul. That is Moksha (ultimate goal).

The four coils (or 3 + ½) represent the Nada Brahma Swarupa’s four stages. Para (Supreme), Pasyanti (subtle), Madhyama (Casual), Vaikhari (Gross) forms of Nada.

Of the four feet of the Supreme consciousness. Three are raised upward reaching the higher worlds. Only one foot descended onto the Earth to create the material world. The upper worlds were created by the subtle and casual stages; the Earth forms needed the form or material or matter. This is the expression, word, or Vaikhari.

Padhosya Viswabhuthani, tripadhasyamrutham divi, Tripadhurdwa Vudaithurrushah padhosyeha bhavathupnah
Padhosya Viswabhuthani, tripadhasyamrutham divi, Tripadhurdwa Vudaithurrushah padhosyeha bhavathupnah

Padhosya Viswabhuthani, tripadhasyamrutham divi,

Padhosya Viswabhuthani, tripadhasyamrutham divi, Tripadhurdwa Vudaithurrushah padhosyeha bhavathupnah
Tripadhurdwa Vudaithurrushah padhosyeha bhavathupnah

Tripadhurdwa Vudaithurrushah padhosyeha bhavathupnah

When the child is born the first indication of life is the wailing of the child. While in the womb the connection with the God, mental, is maintained. His appearance on the Earth reverse it. Then the soul of the new born, becomes lost. He feels afraid and rest less will fear and he wails. When the natal connection is cut the child becomes new born. He comes a new person and his physical activities start. When the body smiles in his sleep people say he is seeing God so he is happy. But the research, if any, on this line says that God. He sees in none other than his mother; so the first ‘word’ (Vaikhari) is “Ma”! Beautiful concept.

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His first subtle ‘sound’ is that of ‘Aham’, the individual identity: first word ‘Mother!’ The human has taken birth or created in the material form.

The presiding Deity in the Mooladhara chakra is “Dakini”. The controller of the creation on the Earth. She is one of the various forms of Goddess! She is ‘Kundalini’ Sakti.

When the Sun rays pass through prism, they disperse into seven colours. The last of the colour spectrum is Red, most prominent. That is what happens when the Sun rays pass through ethereal layer of the atmosphere in the morning at an angle. So the see wise colour is Red. Gradually turns to yellow and white. The Red colour appears even before the Sun. This dawn, is called ‘Ushas’. ‘Dakini’ who is presiding deity of the Mooladhara is red in colour; and by similarity of colour and the purpose (that is the piostal place of creation) is also called ‘Ushas’:

also it is called Mother’s lap (Matarishwaim). By the combined power (Sakti) of light energy (Sun’s) power energy (Moon’s) water energy (Earth) and the Air energy’s ideation (Kandarpa) the creation happens.

The three powers Prana (Air) Sakti (physical energy of Agni) and the matter (body) are also variously denote. Bhoo (Earth), Bhuvah (Heaven) and Suvah (Beyond Heaven) worlds. For the bodyless

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Consciousness (Alman) to help in the metabolic and physical activities of the human body, it is necessary that these three worlds (Bhoo, Bhuvah, Suvah) must coordinate in perfection. Any imperfection will have a halting or impairing effect on the human body.

The ‘Kandarpa’ in the triangle helps in the formation and control the appearance and mental abilities through the three gunas (natures), Satwa (calm and peaceful disposition), Rajos (aggressive and active), Tamas (laid back and lazy disposition). This triangle is called ‘Tripura’ (Three towns).

The ‘Sushamna Nade’ which passes through the backbone from the ‘Sahasrara’ to ‘Adhara’ chakra has a very fine fibrillarcanal passing through it. This fire tubule is called ‘Chitrini’. This is the conductor of the electrical energy. This is the undifferentiated, Sakti. (Aryaktam) The Supreme consciousness (Moola prakriti). This is the most luminiscent energy. The flow of this luminiscent energy causes un audible vibrations (spandana). This vibration originated from the light energy which is ultra sound when becomes audible (nada) is like the humming of the mouth (Bhramara nadam). This when ideates into sabda is Pranava (Uam). This is the pivotal force of creation.

Before the creation there was great void (Soonyam) and darkness. The undifferentiated light or luminescence (which cannot be visible or blinding) is described as Para (Supreme Energy) by the Vedas.

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This is the Solar energy. The Solar energy that became concentrated mass of light during the dissolution becomes visible light by the power of the Supreme celestial luminescence (Chit Sakti). Some of the unnulted or revenants of masses of the solar mater have become the planets. This process of Universe creation and the planetary formation is controlled by the star in the Sagittarius constalation in the space. This is the ‘Mooladhara’ of the cosmic macrocosm. The star is called ‘Moola’ (Indian astrology Moola = root / pivotal). From this ‘Mooladhara’ of the macrocosm. The solar families (Sourya mandala), minerals, materials are created. Also this star Moola helps in the degradation of Atoms into molecules and further micro electrically changed ions. The space, This Star is the cause of the atomic and cellular coordination in the microcosm that is human body. Otherwise the shape and structure would not have been possible. This powerful effect of this star is Dakini.

Madam Blavatsky in her book “Secret Doctrine” points out, the gaps in the undifferentiated Supreme consciousness nest power dispersal caused the formation of the matter, thus creation. Even the planets are also formed thus. Metabolic process and physical phenomena and spatial laws are all differently named as deities in reality they are the energy centres.

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Earth takes 365 days to go round the Sun (year). To rotate on it’s own axis. 24 hours/day. This rotating Earth going round the Sun is calculated in the time phraseology into lour, days, weeks, months and years. In this rotation and revolving process of the Earth changes it’s position in relation to Sun. This in turn effects it’s position on the solar system and the distance from the Moon. This causes the lunar changes / phases. The moon going round the rotating takes approximately 28 to 30 days. So in the month either the moon is nearer the Earth that is full moon half of the month or moves away from the Earth that would be the no moon half of the month. Sukla paksha (white, moonlit half) Krishna Paksha (dark, less moon light half). Each day of the 15 days is given an identity by the Indian Astrology., it is called the Tithi (Date to precise). This is the way the wheel of time is formed and calculated. This also started along with creation of the matter on the Earth. Thus the undifferentiated Supreme consciousness differentiated itself into various forms and senses sensitivity and takes care of their birth, existence and dissolution process. This happens both in micro level and macro level. This is the concept of Kamakala

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Ideating to become many from its singleness (Eka mevaneka). The Bija state (seed state) of the macrocosm is Brahmanda (mega seed), microcosm is pindanda (mini seed). Once it becomes many its variety is endless, invincible, innumerable and unfathomable.

Swathistana Chakra/Lotus

Above the ‘Mooldhara’ chakra and below the ribcage is the region of ‘Swathistana’ chakra. This is a six petalled lotus. The five elements and the mind, or the six major feelings of the Human beings, passion (karma), Anger (Krodha), Greed (lobha), want (moha), arrogance (Mada), jealosy (Matsarya) are represented by the six petalled of this Lotus.

Even though the overall energy that is present in the form of ‘Kundalini’ is same, that is Supreme consciousness (chithagni) in every chakra. One of Her many various energy forms takes more control. Like in ‘Mooladhara’ where it is the Earth seed (Dhara Bija). Here it is Etherial energy form, called “Rakini”. It is the “Prana Sakti”. Since it is this energy all the six chakras draw their power from this main source. That is why it is described as –

“Shadgunya paripuratha”

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In this place the six differentiations is determined. In the body of the Human being the male characteristics are attributed to solar energy. The female characteristics to Lunar energy and the matter/material body to the Earth energy. Here is the “Swathistana” the growth of the ‘being’ occurs. It draws the energy from the “Prana Sakti” that is the presiding deity/force.

In the space, after the dissolution, the first visible mass of energy is the Sun. He was in that static solid state of the Supreme power. When the vibrations of ideation started and Sun was formed the small bits and pieces of energy that remained in the space as ruminants took the shape of different planets like Mars, Saturn, Venus, Neptune and others. These emanated light energy which occupied the void as an ethereal energy. Thus formed the skies as the first layer f enveloping the space between the planets. This is the ethereal layer that that is called the sky. This draws energy from its source as the light and heat energy. This is the ‘Prana’ from the Sun. This enters the feel the existence. The feeling of ‘Me’ ‘I’ or ego. That makes him stand apart from the originator (Supreme). This all pervading “Supreme Kinetic energy” is the solar space is the “Swathistana” chakra in the ‘macrocosm’. This gives support for the development of life forms on the Earth. From the Sun light energy plants absorb the life power and grow and make food. From these plants, the animals and

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And Human being get their food and growth is supported. Thus it is

this “Swathistana” which is “Prana Sakti”. That is pervading the skies

is the kinetic state of the Super consciousness (Chit Sakti). Like in the

human body, this occupies the central place in the Universe. This emanates it’s life energy (Prana Sakti) and holds the life being on the Earth. This is responsible for maintaining the body temperature constant. The Prana Sakti reaches the Earth’s life through Moon. (It is

a known fact that the growth & development of human / life forms take place at the night).

The presiding deity Rakini is Blue in colour and very luminiscent.

It is fully armed and bedecked with most previous jewellery.

Lord Vishnu resides in the skies (Etherial) as it’s energy form. Rakini in this representative (anema). Nothing in this world dies. It only takes a different form. The external appearance gets erased but not life. The external material body is formed of the five elements when the ‘Prana’ leaves this body it perishes and reunites with the five elements. From the same five elements it reforms as and when necessary. This happens through the moulds/impressions that the previous body carried. This is a ocean. The space that is enveloping the Earth is blue and is called the primordial mass ocean.

The Rakini is said to be jeweled and armed. These are nothing but the different forms of Energy

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for the formation / creation of the varied life forms on the Earth and the space. They are ‘Prana’, ‘Apana’, ‘vyana’, ‘udana’ and ‘samana’ Saktis (these are the different names given to the ethereal forms in the body that help in the metabolic activities in the life form).

The jewellery is nothing but the light, luminescence, planets, stars and the milky way meteors, the comets, the zodiac systems and many such astral characteristics that allure amaze and stun.

The Rakini is also responsible for the various types of desires and need that the human / life forms feel. The ‘Kundalini’ moves in this ‘Swathistana’ Chakra as ‘passion’/karma. When the sadhaka by his sadhana able to control this passion and channelise this upward to ward the ‘Visuddhi’ lotus and further into ‘Sahasrara’ this very desire/passion (karma) becomes his power, his hallowed luminescence and energies the sadhaka.

The bija (seed) that was laid (formed) in ‘Mooladhara’ grows to become the seedling nursed by the ‘Prana Sakti’ in the ‘Swathistana’ Chakra.

Manipura Chakra/Lotus

In the naval region there is a ten petalled lotus/Chakra. This is ‘Manipura’ chakra. Here there is the fire called ‘Vaiswanara’ which is like the Sun light. This ‘Vaiswanara’ is in a triangle guarded by three “Swaslikas”. The mild force that is in there is called “Jattaragni”.

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The naval is the centre of static and magnetic electrical impulses both negative and positive changes. This is the solar plexus. This dark grey coloured like the cumulus cloud. Like the sky carrying the clouds to rain, this place is the centre of water in the body. The fire that is present in this place helps to balance the distribution and flow of all liquids, juices and water in the body. In the cosmos the whether, cloud formation, the atmospheric humidity is controlled by this “Manipura” of the macrocosm. The whole process & management is under control of Gandarver (half God/Minor God) called ‘Soma’. This is described in the Vedas where water is referred as ‘Apas’.

In the “Manipura” chakra, the fire vaiswanara helps in the digestion and absorption of the food that was taken by the human being. Thus He is the one responsible to provide the body with the necessary minerals and salts that help in the development of the cells and cell material. The fire that is present in the water is nothing but electrical energy or luminescence. Thus in the plants this energy helps in the growth of the seedlings into bigger plants. This means the plants absorb

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Solar energy through the rain water and also from the Moon and the Earth. So that these three energy sources help the growth of the plant into a full fledged plant. The energy is incorporated into the food that is prepared by the plants. This inturn reaches the human body through the food that is taken in either through vegetarian or animal meat.

The triangle in the chakra represents birth, growth and death. This triangle is that (Janana, jivana, marana) formed by the three chakras Mooldhara, Swathistana, Manipura. The three Swastikas are representing development (Rriddhi), Good will (Shreyas) and Austerity (Subh).

This chakra in the Universe is responsible for the rotation of the Earth, thus responsible for the movement of time and inversely for the creation. The seasonal changes are brought about by the position of the Zodiac groups in the sky in relation to the Earth. Thus the inverse relationship to the act of creation.

For example it is said under the influence of ‘Aries’ constellation grass and related cereal plants are formed; the effect of ‘Taurus’ is on the formation of medicinal plants, food grains and gardens. ‘Leo’ effects

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The forest growth; ‘Cancer’s effect is on the rain; ‘Virgo’ is controlling the River, streams formation their flow; ‘Scorpio’s effect is on the ‘wells’ and such water bodies. The effect of ‘Pisces’ is more on ponds, tanks and sea’s (Serpent power).

After these in animate forms are formed under the influence of the same Zodiac signs effected the animal creation. Pisces – fishes another aquatic form. Cancer – crabs, shrimps etc; Scorpio – Scorpions, snakes, birds; Capricorn – Crocodiles; Alligators and whale etc. This happened after many many million years later to the inanimate forms formation.

After many more million years the goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes, lions, tigers, cats, donkeys and the related animals were created. There is 84 lakhs of these different species; variety under the influence of Gemini is the sex determination.

After many million years under the influence of Gemini; Virgo; Libra; Sagittarius the Human being were created (serpent power). Since they are formed under these constellations effect, the stars and planets of the Universe do effect the feelings and actions of the living beings; mostly prominently the human beings. The affects are transitory, that is they came and go. But there are on, they are responsible for the outcome. That is called human behaviour.

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The fire Vaiswanara in the “Manipura” Chakra is incarnation of Rudra (the powerful angry form of Lord Shiva). In the space, He occupies the void. The power waves of Rudra traverse the space. The Indian Mythology describes these power waves as “Pramatha ganas” (the Troup of Lord Shiva). Science describes/identifies them as the powerful light radiation of the electro magnetic rays namely X-rays, Laser rays and so on. These rays have a capacity to destroy or dissociate the matter into its original form of atoms, minerals and molecules. In the Indian mythology Lord Shiva is described as responsible for the dissolution of the matter. His attire is animal skin and His body is smeared with Ash from the burnt matter, He resides in the smashana. The allegory is clear. It indicates that the atomic structure is Lord Shiva Himself. His energy is atomic energy and electro magnetic energy waves are formed by the Atomic structured fission. The Sun is centre of such fission and His light and Heat energy causes from the constant process of atomic fission. In the Indian Mythology Sun is the concentrated luminescent form of Rudra’s power energy (tejas). In the Vedas, Sun is worshipped for his omni presence and His benevolence that descends on to the Earth as light and Heat rays. This helps the growth of life.

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The Centre, Nucleus, n the atom is Sun and the sub atomic particles the planets, their revolving routes are the planetary paths. That is the micro level solar family is the atomic structure.

The Sun’s powerful rays are responsible for the atomic fission. Here Sun is synonymous to Rudra, Lord Shiva incarnates. In the normal sense Rudra is layakara (Dissolution causing). But in the deeper sense He by his presence in the Manipura as Sun’s energy burns the desires, fears, passion and angst in the human beings and helps them in their journey to become one with the Supreme power, that is God.

This happens thus; In the ‘Agna’ Chakra the one present in the centre of Eyebrows and the point of the nose, (Bhrukuti) there is a bright light that helps in the process of burning of all the above mentioned. This is the third eye of the Lord Shiva.

The destruction all these happens by the development of other positive feelings like love for the humanity; this is possible only there is knowledge and analytical learning and understanding all living beings are apart of the whole that is God. By Introspection and clarity

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Of thought and action one could develop an Inner eye. (Antar netra/Divya chakshu) which elevates the human mind and thought and opens out all the doors to a Universal love and one ness. This results in the removal of all fears and makes place for the kindness, understanding sympathy and synopsis. This is the state that the sadhaka aspires to reach, where nothing is dependent or independent of God. This in short is the dissolution that Rudra does. He destroys the materialistic outlook and develops a Universal tenderness and peace beyond description.

When this happens the semen power as it is diverted upward from ‘Swathistana’ Chakra to ‘Manipura’ and ‘Anahata’ chakra it becomes the Universal love. In the ‘Visuddhi’ chakra transforms into powerful realisation and as it reaches “Sahasrara” it becomes the pleasant and bright luminescent aura. Since Rudra helps the sadhaka (human being) to attain this state of oneness with the immortal or immortality. He is “Mrityunjaya” (Conqueror of death).

Mr. G.S. Arandale in his book “You” says death means “a gateway to a new and better world”. That is it is the first step to change. There is no death in this world; it is only a change into a new form/shape. For example there will be leaf fall in the winter as the spring arrives new buds are formed at the same place to make a new leaves.

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Anahata Chakra/Lotus

This is Hexagonal and twelve petalled lotus in the Cardiac region of the body. This is like the Kalpataru (The benevolent tree of the Nandana vana – Garden of Eden of the heavens) where this lotus gets aroused or awakened in the heart of the human being he has reached the road to heavens (Divine path).

This Hexagonal is formed by two triangles placed one above the other. One of the triangles with its vertex facing downward. The other triangle with the vertex facing upwards. One of them is called the triangle of joy (Ananda tricona). The other is called the triangle of ecstasy (Avesa tricona).

When the downward pointing triangle attains an equivalence with the lower lotuses namely “Mooladhara”, “Swathistana” and “Manipura”; the animal instincts of the human beings gets erased and give place to love and affection. The person who has arrived at the stage he absorbs this equivalence into himself (takes to heart). Thus he is able to develop an altruistic, pure, happy universal love. This helps in the development of Universality, Goodwill, wellness appeal to one and all. He becomes inclined toward benevolence moving away from selfishness. He becomes elevated in his thinking and reaches out. Those who has, rather the sadhaka who has these qualities can be said he has arrived at this stage of his sadhana. He becomes more knowledgeable.

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More under Aanding. Once this awakening occurs he becomes pure, genuine, truthful to oneself and others kind and peaceful and for giving. So to say the first step to become a complete man and further, to reach to God. This gives the sadhaka the capability to receive the power of the other three chakras/lotuses above the “Anahata” namely “Visuddhi”, “Agna” and “Sahasrara”. He becomes prudent to receive the knowledge he will be bestowed upon.

The Element that is in this chakra is Air (vayu). The divine presence here is called “Hamsa”. This is where the breadth happens. The power that acts to make it happens is “Hamsa”. When we breathe in a sound ‘so’ is felt, when the air is let out the sound is ‘Ham’. Together they form as breadth; ‘Soham’ when Soham is said in regular succession it hears like ‘Hamsa’. Vice verse; so the human being whether he is aware or not is depending on this, for life. So this is the unuttered, unintended Japa (Ajapa japa). The life is this, when breathing stops life departs. The Hamsa (Prana) has flown away. The divine swan is also called “Hamsa”. Andhra Pradesh may be in other parts of India the elderly refers/announces the death as “the Hamsa has flown away” or “the Bird has departed”.

The twelve petals of this lotus represents the twelve months of the year, the time taken by the Earth to revolve round the Sun once.

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In the summer water evaporates from the earth and it comes back as rain in rainy season. When Sun sets in the west (for the Easterners). He rises for the Westerners. That way the death is only transitory and for the better. It is a process of evolution. A process of reform. The dead matter becomes the part of the five elements to reform into a new form/life. Hence death is not the end it is the beginning. It is dissolution not eradication, change, recycling, evolution.

The presiding deity of “Manipura” chakra is “Lakini”. She is attired in golden yellow and she is black. The glowing bright black. She controls the rotation of Earth thus helps in the formation of day and night. She is responsible for the Earth’s atmosphere. The changes where in. So she is the nature. She controls the material creation. Flowering, fruition, water flow in the rivers and streams. The beautification of the Highlands with Ravines and peaks decoration of these lands with gardens and flowers, trees. She with her grace bestows the man kind with one great solace from the restlessness and angst.

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In this six months the Sun will be in the tropic of the Capricorn (Makara Raasi Zodiac sign) and six months the Sun will be in the tropic of Cancer (Cancer, the constellation) when the Sun is in tropic of Capricorn it is Uttarayana (north side of the Earth’s equator). When the Sun is in the tropic of cancer it is Dakshinayana (Southern side of the equator). In India the Sun ness is during Uttarayana (between Jan to June). So the evaporation of water takes place during this period allegorically Sun takes in water during this period and gives back it as rain during the Dakshinayana (July – Dec). This is a seen as re energing of water by the Sun. When the recharged (Prana Sakti) water is absorbed by the Earth or fills the rivers and streams and fields the like forms are invigorated and reborn. The nature blooms and the fields are filled with food and new life.

These phases Uttarayana and Dakshinayana are described in the mythology as inhalation and exhalation of the Sun. That is His breathing. They day and night are described as Earth’s breathing.

In the human beings the “Ajapa japa” (the breathing) happens through day and night and 24 hours of the day. Approximately 21000 times this mantra “Soham” is chanted silently, involuntarily in all three worlds. The three worlds that are described here are world of Human being (Earth), world of departed Souls (Pitruloka), this is the Moon; and finally

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heavens (Visvedevata world). These people are able to wander all over the Universe namely Aditi, Kashypa and others.

Kashypa represents the skies. He is the centre of Solar family. Inversely He is Sun Himself. Around this great luminescence is an atmosphere which is like a mist, the Etherial layers. This is the Air (Vayu) of Anahata Chakra/Lotus.

God lives in the hearts of Human being. That means in the Anahata Chakra resides God. So the feeling of love is Universal or dispassionate. The presiding deity of this Anahata Chakra is “Kakini”. She is the goddess of feelings (rasas). In the classics nine different instructive feelings are described (Nava rasas) namely Shringara (romantic love), Hasya (Joviality), Karuna (kindness), Bhayanaka (fearful), Veera (chivelry), Adbuta (amazement), Soka ((tearful), Bibhatsa (Adhore) and Shanta (calm and peaceful). These feelings are felt instinctively because of the presence of the deity “Kakini”.

Anahata Chakra’s position it self is indicative of its effect on the human beings goal. One sets heart about their goals. Heart is place of Anahata Chakra. In this chakra resides ‘Shiva’ as an ‘Arrow’. Arrow means (alternatively) the goal. Here on this Banalinga is Ujmini (means Sun). Those sadhakas who could reach this level of elevation will be

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Highly brilliant and principal. Their life goals take turn toward realisation and selfless service to the fellow living things. In the Universe the Sun with his brilliant radiation helps each and every thing he towhees without discrimination. He is the Ujmani in the “Anahata” chakra of the macrocosm the Universe. He, the Ujmani illuminates the place he resides as well as the life of the sadhaka. This is the power of solar energy magnetism. This is the magnetic force that holds the planets in their path steadily. Many many solar systems, known and unknown work on this electro magnetic principle of mutual attraction.

Visuddhi Chakra/Lotus

The very nonee indicates it is the most pure. This is place of mind (thought). It is in the neck region opposite to the Thyriod gland and on the backbone. Smoky grey coloured. It is representative of the sky (akasa) of the five elements (Etherial). It sits on a white elephant.

Ideation of the material world happens in the enlightened path. This is also called “Shukla Paksha” (The full moon period of the fifteen days of the month). The dissolution, of the matter into the total consciousness (Infinite, Supreme consciousness) happens in the darkened path or Krishna paksha (the no moon half of the month)

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Visuddhi Centre is of 16 petalled lotus. Since it is seat of the Etherial element, the sound and the Swara (sound with a limited or specific Octave). Swara also means a letter of the Alphabet. A to Zero. These give the rest of the letters a specific sound. They are also called “Pranas”. They are the prana of the other set of letters. Each petal of this lotus carry one ‘Swara’. The sixteen petals represents the 15 days of each day of the Paksha (half). She, the Goddess is the full moon or the not visible on the no moon day. The fifteen phases of moon. She is

on the no moon day. The fifteen phases of moon. She is (Prathi panmukya rakantha thidhi

(Prathi panmukya rakantha thidhi mandala pujitha). The moon prays

to Her chanting a name of the phase. (One per day) or thidhi. The no moon day represents the state of dissolution; full moon day represents the ideation.

The 16 petals represent the 16 notes of the music. The permutation and combination of these 16 notes (swaras) gives raise the countless number of ragas which form the pivotal base of musical world. The 16 notes are names as: Pranava (Uam), Udgita, Humphat; Vashat; Swatha; Swaha; Namah; Amrit; Shadja (sa); Vrishabha (Ri); Gandhara (Ga); Madhyama (Ma); Panchama (Pa); Dhaivata (Da); Nishada (Ni).

As the description clarifies it is this Visuddhi chakra that is centre of the vibration to ideate sound (Sabda). Through stages of nada (Pashyanti), Sabda (Madhyama) and the Sabda (Vaikhari)

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Visuddhi chakra is the Etherial in nature. So pervades like the skies in a glowing icy blue colour. ‘Ham’ is the bija of this chakra. In the human body it is the place where the Atma (bodiless consciousness) presence is felt. Atma is felt in the mind. The feeling ‘I’ is felt in the thought not physically in the body. When the mind grows beyond the material world and its trappings, the heart becomes free from anxieties. When the expectation is not there, whatever is achieved or received makes one happy and content. When the contentment is the prime feeling there is no place for pain and disdain or disappointment. This state is blissful. This is the truth of living. This is a illumination of the mind, thought or very process of thinking. Hence the brightness that sooths not dazzles. Cools not excite; calms not agitate.

The mind, the thought is originally in the cosmos. It was restricted by the ‘Maya’ (the selfishness). The path is thus restrained or constrained. But the mind of sadhaka who reached the ‘Visuddhi’ chakra through his sadhana, is liberated. It is on the royal path. The right royal path of self realisation. So his mind relaxes. He grows into a fruitful, happy successful individual in his body & mind. The selflessness erases the selfishness (ego layer) and his love pervades like the Etherial layer all over beyond the world, into the Universe and reaches out to one and all.

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When the mind reaches this state it becomes the place where it started. That is it becomes the Akasha (Ether). Only then it can receive the knowledge of the cosmos creation. That is the birth nature of the solar system planets, stars and their properties and the like.

That means the ‘Visuddhi’ chakra in the microcosm is nothing but the Akasha (Etherial layer) like a top the earth rotates on its own on a singular axis which joins the north and south poles. This axel is called the Polar Axis. This is the backbone of the Earth. This was discussed in full detail in the previous chapters. (In Ramayana when the Sagara’s sag went searching for the sacrificial horse. They enter the Earth’s belly by digging the Earth. When they reached the deepest part they found a huge mammoth of an elephant holding the Earth on its tusks. This elephant is called the “Virupaksha”. Aksha is axis). The visionaries say this earth is held by a circular icy white ‘Akasha’ (ham) elephant. Thus corroborating the puramic story/description. This is nothing but the imaginary polaris axis described by the scientists of modern era.

In the Visuddhi chakra Shiva accompaniment of Devi Parvathi. She is sitting in His lap on the left side. He has ten arms. He has five heads. Here Shiva represents mind. When the sadhaka reaches to this state of self realisation His mind is fully set on Her. It could hold Her in a constant presence as it she is sitting permanently. The five faces

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of Shiva are the five elements. The ten arms are the ten stages of spiritual development of the sadhaka to reach God. They are the five elements, mind, intelligence (buddhi), ego (ahamkara), prakriti (nature), Purusha (Supreme Consciousness) all together ten stages. In the human body there are eleven natural activities (pravruthi). They are five sense organs, five senses and mind. Shiva is supposed to be having eleven natural forms. They are called the Ekadasa Rudras (eleven Shivas). These eleven corroborates with the eleven natural activities of the human beings. Shiva is also called “Sadapurva” (One who has no past that means always present).

Sakini is the presiding deity of this Visuddhi chakra. A armed and with four weapons. The four weapons are Pasam (whip/rope). Abhaya (Hand held upwards with open fingers denoting the kindness of the Goddess toward one and all). Ankusa (the prod) and Mudra (This again a hand signaling ever presence of Goddess protection. Here the hand is held facing the feet with the open finger. Indicating her feet the ultimate ever present lost resort.)

The Sakini with her Ham Prija power removes all the ties of the sadhaka with the world that is he develops detachment to the material world. The punishments that must be received for the actions good & bad is the prodding that the sadhaka receives from the Goddess. Thus releaving him of all his ill as well as good effects of his actions

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Thus freed he reaches the lotus feet of the Supreme power to be in Her protection. “Varadabhaya Pradata” (The Protector).

Sakini is symbol of the unwavering mind. In Her four hands there are four arrows. These are four stage of the word ideation. Para, Pashyanthi, Madhyama and Vaikhari. (These were clearly explained in the previous chapters.) The different symbolic letters that are in the six chakras at this Visuddhi chakra, which is in the neck, become words to express the feelings.

For the sadhaka who has attained a state of total self control this Sakini is the gateway to the ultimate goal; the nirwana (moksha). “Mind is in its own place can make a heaven of hell and hell of heaven” John Milton – Paradise Lost. That is very clearly explains the statement that this Visuddhi chakra’s presiding deity Sakini, mind control, is the Gateway to ones own destiny. Here after the detachment the freed mind of the sadhaka is crystal clear and strong. The mind and intelligence (Buddhi) become one unison. The paradox is even at the stage sadhaka has some wants; which by virtue are not selfish but for the goodwill of humanity.

By the time the sadhaka reaches this stage the progress of his journey toward

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The final goal, is in full throttle. Here he ceases to be a common among the common He has rise above this world. His life is dedicated to the goodwill of the humanity. He links for them. All the duality is lost only the unique feeling of oneness leads him to a sense of responsibility to the truth and utterance of truth and nothing but truth. To know what one does not know; or know that he does not know is the real knowledge. To search and find out what it does not know is what the scientists are good at. That very reason they can also be called in a way Yogis/sadhakas.

The set idea of a Yogi in the world/society is one who has left his family, wears saffron clothes not bothered about where he eats or what he eats nor about his lodging. This need not be the case. The need of the Yogi’s detachment is not of his personal cleanliness nor the appearance it is the detachment from the material needs and sensitivities and inward look; spiritual outlook. He need not give up his responsibilities but give up the outcome expectation. Sri Krishna in his preaching’s to Arjuna says “Do you duty leave the rest to Me”.

‘Karma syevadhikarste ma faledhu kadhachana”

With discipline and selfless approach to every out, or duty one must live a life of detached but dutiful life. By being truthful to oneself and to the

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Humanity at large one develops into a total individual. The right way to live and achieve the peace and quiet of life’s fruit is Spartan. Simplicity and elevation of purpose. Through this approach they may even be able to erase their past karma effect.

Agna Chakra/Lotus

“Dhyanavastitha Dgathena manasa pasyanthi yogino”

When the sadhaka reaches this chakra

described in the above sloka. Here is this chakra there is a two petalled lotus. The two petals represent the meditation and meditated

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This chakra is located at the centre of two eyebrows “Bhrukuti” (Base of the nose). This is precisely between the two ductless glands that are at the back of the skull thin the brain. The pineal gland and the pitutory gland. These are controlled by this chakra. These gland produce hormones. The presiding deity of this important yet micro chakra is Hakini. She is residing on a white lotus attired in white clothes and aura of white light. She has six arms. Each with a weapon which are not violent but powerful. She has in Her hands Book, a chain of beads, a skull damaru (A hand held permission musical instrument made of thin, animal skin) and the one hand held upwards palms facing away from nee (Abhaya). The other hand fingers facing downward pointing the feet (varada). This cholera

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has one single triangle. In the centre of this triangle is Pranava symbol (Uam) with a half moon and a dot on it. Inside the Pranava symbol is the nadi Chitrini or Brhamanadi which has traveled from the lower part of the body through “Sushamna Nadi”.

“Uam Devihyekagre aseeth saina jagadhanda masrujatha Kamakalethi vijnayathe, srungara kalethi vajnayathe”
“Uam Devihyekagre aseeth saina jagadhanda masrujatha Kamakalethi vijnayathe, srungara kalethi vajnayathe”

“Uam Devihyekagre aseeth saina jagadhanda masrujatha

Kamakalethi vijnayathe, srungara kalethi vajnayathe”

“Uam Devihyekagre aseeth saina jagadhanda masrujatha Kamakalethi vijnayathe, srungara kalethi vajnayathe”
“Uam Devihyekagre aseeth saina jagadhanda masrujatha Kamakalethi vijnayathe, srungara kalethi vajnayathe”

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Bruhadopanishath

The dot in the Pranava symbol has a Hydraulic sound (that which is created/hidden in the water). The sadhaka who is blessed by the guru dissolute his mind in this great kinetic energy. Thus releaving himself from all his bodily attachments. Thus he is liberated. As he is unbound he pervades the Universe. The sadhaka when reaches this state of unbound free state of mind can hold himself in that place as long as he wants. Thus he will be able to here the ‘Pranava Nada’ (Uam) of the breath (The silent sound of Ajapa Japa). This makes him aware of God’s presence in him and the unity in the diversity of the Supreme Consciousness. This realisation makes him one with the God. This Agna chakra is the centre of meditation. This two petalled lotus is meditator and meditated upon. Sun and Sunlight. Singer and song. The Supreme Consciousness and bodiless consciousness. Love and mind. Energy and brilliance. Road/path

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And goal. This is how it can be described. The meditation is not simple meditation but the total union (Ikyatha).

This union with the Supreme Consciousness is described as Vaishnavism or Shiva Yogam. Only in the Agna chakra this type of union possible for by there the sadhaka is already liberated and on the divine path. The endless brilliance that is like a end less ocean is symbolic of Ocean of the milk (Ksheera samudra) and the antratma is Lakshmi Narayana. Alternately the white cool pleasant brilliant light is the Kailash and the Supremo is Shiva with His cohort Parvathi. This Agna chakra is pure sacred and brilliant, this is also called “Susubhra” (meticulously clean).

The sadhaka who could reach to this chakra will be highly knowledgeable. As the “Hakini”, the presiding deity has armaments books; He will be able to understand the deeper meaning of the knowledge and be able to express himself both in signs (Mudras) and also through nada (dhamaru). Hakini is the mine of all that is knowledge. She indicates that the thought of the living beings is Her; as the skull indicates; and the row of beads is indicates of Her intention to improve the concentration of the human mind. The presence of Brahmanadi (Chitrini) is indicative of the presence of creative fibre’s presence and it awakens the sadhaka’s mind to a better dawn.

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At this stage the mind is at a micro level of awareness, with in the process of Egoless ness. That is to say beginning of the higher level of divinity/divine life.

The lotus is heterogamous. That is having both male and female characteristics. This is because the originator (Moola prakriti) that descended to the “Mooladhara” chakra to carryout the creation and ideation process disengaging from Purusha’s (Shiva). This ‘Kundalini’ sakti after the creative process or when it feels the ideation is over travels upwards to the ‘Sahasrara’ to reunite with the energy of Purusha. On it’s way it rests in the Agna chakra. Thus it becomes heterogamous. This togetherness, in the material world is the union of the married couple (man & woman).

On the spiritual level this is the process of generation of “Pranava Nada” (Uam). The Pranavam is a combination of A, U and Am of the swaras. The half moon on the head is half anuswara ( ) with a nasal sound and high resonant vibration. This with its triangle of A, U and AM is the evolved “Kamakala”. This is of three notes and hence shringara (three half moons or angles. This is the incarnation of the Goddess as Kamakala”.

Uam Devi hrukagre aseeth saivajagadhanda srujitha Kamkaleji vijnayathe srungara kakethi vijnayathe
Uam Devi hrukagre aseeth saivajagadhanda srujitha Kamkaleji vijnayathe srungara kakethi vijnayathe
Uam Devi hrukagre aseeth saivajagadhanda srujitha

Uam Devi hrukagre aseeth saivajagadhanda srujitha

Kamkaleji vijnayathe srungara kakethi vijnayathe

Uam Devi hrukagre aseeth saivajagadhanda srujitha Kamkaleji vijnayathe srungara kakethi vijnayathe

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Bruhyavopanishath

The union of man and woman after marriage is called union of Shiva (Purusha) and Sakti (prakriti) in Yoga.

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Even before the gender differentiation was clear or appreciated there were Lakshmi Narayanan, Shiva Sakti. Even though they are the undifferiated consciousness of Supreme power. Human beings for their own convenience of points of concentration (Sagnnopasana) they gave it a shape name and a structure. He who created this material world from himself illuminates this life through His own radiance. By His omni presence and Inner aura (Antaryami). This is the cause, effect and the differentiation and the ego state. The reunion of bodiless consciousness with the Supreme consciousness has been explained through the previous discourse.

The sadhaka by the time he reaches the Agna chakra will be in control of the all things in the creation, since he will be able to acquire certain divine power. For example the Maharishis (great saints) could influence, the normal human minds, with an inclination toward spirituality, to think in the interest common good will, good deeds and helpful nature. They could by their unusal power of transportation could travel by will to any place, in the air; were the pain of the wounded people/ living beings; worldless communication (telepathy) vehicle less transportation (tele transport) walk on water or burning embers are also possible. Through not necessarily exhibited. It is said one sitting in the Himalayas could instigate a person, not well versed in the subject given, to write books with authenticity. This is a process of “Tele communication”

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The Agna chakra is the originator of triangle. It is filled with Pranava nada (Uam). This is the Para (static and vibratory nada). The soul is enriched with an aura that is generated from the nada. This is chit (Consciousness), chinmayi (Para). This is ‘Aham’.

The cycle of life and death is the ‘Soham’ of the soul. This Ajapa japa is the Para (the static nada) when the sadhaka concentrates on the breath, there is the dissolution of mind and intelligence (Buddhi) forming one pivotal point, that is the Uam (Pranava). The sound of ocean, this is the static energy of the nada. From this sparks the divine powers. This is the manifestation of Kundalini Sakti, Lalitha. The sadhaka who reaches this state in his sadhana is omnipotent.

Sahasrara Chakra/Lotus

This lotus is in the head, at the end of ‘Sushamna’ nadi. This is pointing downward. The garland of letters is all there in this chakra. The Moon here is in his full brilliance. He is spotless. He lumen of the Moon has a triangle. This triangle has a deep void. This void is the Bindu, undifferentiated unfathomable and endless. In this resides Shiva. He is Hiranyagarbha. Paramatma, sixteen phased. This great lotus holds the energy that is Kundalini. The Kundalini is the seat of the half moon shaped ultimate light (Nirwana kala). This ultimate light energy is seat of the Supreme lumini scence (A Poorva Maha kala).

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This is the acestere, above and beyond to the human imagination, unveiled luminescent light energy of the Shiva. The Mokshapada. The Shivapada. The state of dissolution is Nirwana. Here the matter looses its shape smell and differentiation and becomes one with the Supreme power. When the ideation starts by the Goddess the creation starts. This is the act of ‘Mahanirwana kala’ which fills the ideated beings with life energy (Prana Sakti). The presiding deity here is Yakini. This is the state of boundless forever happy state. (Nityananda)

Here ‘Kundalini Energy’ is in state of non ideation (Visarga). This kundalini has nine mini chakra within each other. First Bindu or lunar land, half Moon, Rodini (the soundless nada); Nada (The vibration). This is the dissolution energy, Nadanta or Mahanada (resonance) Sakti (The energy of the sound) Vyapika (all pervading nada), Samana (the equalizer), Unmana (the inter nalisa). These are meditated upon as the Navavarana (queils/spaces) of the Sri chakra.

According to the prayer methodology (Tantra) the human body also has Nine chakras/centres. Over and above the six chakras Mooladhara, Swadhishtana, Manipura, Anahata, Visuddhi and Agna. Seventh Sahasrara. The other two are “Mahanada” or “Mahasunya”. This is located below the Sahasrara and above Agna. The ninth one is called ‘Lambika’ or Lalana. This one is located at the proglottis and epiglottis region.

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(at the base of the tongue and above the aesophagical region). All these nine chakras or centres are enroute to Sahasrara centre. These are formed during the developmental stages of the human body incorporated in the back bone.

The Bindu in the Sahasrara is the united state of Nada and ideation; the union of static and kinetic energy; Shiva and Sakti; dissolution of all mater and energy. Above this is the state beyond all conceptual understanding. Endless, shapeless, nameless unfathomable. This full yet void is variously called cosmos, space, deep space, black hole, The Cosmic fire, cosmic luminescence, Antaratma, Hirnyagarbha and many more names for the nameless. Sudhasagara, Manidwepa the seat of Goddess.

When once the sadhaka reaches this state he ceases to be reborn. He becomes one with the Universe. This beyond the three known states. (Sushupti, Swapna and Jagriti). He reached a blissful state of no return; Kaivalya pada.

Beyond the realm of thought. He is freed being already freed.

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The Knots

We learnt so far about the Sri Chakra structure, the Kundalini with it seven/nine centres in the body. Now about the knots. There are three important knots. Brahma Knot, Vishnu Knot and Rudra Knot. A Knot is the kinetic form of energy. This cannot be seen by the naked eye but is responsible for the flow of life in the body. The basic life energy of the Universe king with the unit, that is living individual. (Human animal or plant). They are more clearly noticeable in Human being for the human being is endowed with expression in the form of word, a mind that can think and intelligence (Buddhi) that can explain a mood or state of the particular reaction to the stimulus (sensitivity). These work from “Mooladhara Chakra” to “Agna Chakra”.

Brahma Knots

This one controls the moods that occur between or along Mooladhara centre and Swadhistana centre. They are 118 numbers. These are related to creation. In all living things and the minerals the creation happens through these chakras. The presiding deities are Brahma and His consort Saraswathi. Hence the name “Brahma Knot”.

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This has the seed (Bija) of the creation. The conscientious sensitivity (Chit kala) is the form of sabda bija which influence the mind into ignorant ways (Avidya) which in effect causes the ego (Jiva branthi). Because of this develops a feeling of separate identity from the Supreme consciousness (Paramatma). The thought is affected by this ego and shouts thinking in terms of ‘Me’, ‘Mine’. That is selfishness. This selfishness is responsible for the change in the Universal outlook. He becomes from “Viswa” (Universe) to Jiva (individual). Now it is “Brahma Knot”, when the individual through sadhana gets elevated to those higher levels of awareness as to be able to realize the “pure consciousness”, this ego state is erased or Brahma knot opens up. The clear and radiant conscientiousness (chit kala) starts traveling upwards to the higher levels. This is possible only through “Divine blessing”. The erasing of ego state is opening of Brahma Knot.

The Brahma Knot works through 118 moods to help the creation of the material body, its growth formation and upkeep, through metabolic activity.

Vishnu Knots

This is present amidst “Manipura” and “Anahata” centres chakras. This is the seat of passion (Kamaraja bija). The presiding deities are Lord Krishna and His consort Lakshmi. The brilliant, radiant and luminous energy (tejas) in the life (Prana), mind (manomaya) and the prudent understanding

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(Vijnana maya) is in a state of “stream” (swapna – neither sleep not awake a mid way of semi sleep or deep sleep). This is the state of duality and paradoxical dilemma. The reality and the image; infinite and finite states coexistence. Nothing is as it is. Ego state of Me & mine and the selfless conscious state negating it. This state can be resolved only by the realisation of the Super consciousness Supreme power and its omni potential. This realisation has started in the opening of Brahma Knot and continues further to a more clear identification with the Supremo. The Vishnu knot opening is the reaching beyond the dilemma state and getting nearer to the subtle body state and under standing. That the bodiless consciousness is only a part of the super consciousness not separate from it.

The Goddess insides in the Anahata centre as the kinetic electro magnetic impulse. (Para nadi, Nadi = Electrical impulse). There is a direct connection with the Anahata centre to the Sahasrara through the electrical impulse. The bija of the Anahata centre is air (vayu). There 106 modes that work through this Vishnu knot. This material body, the visible world is untrue only the undisputable truth is the super consciousness (Paramatma). This realisation not as heard as statement but felt through the mind and Buddhi liberates the sadhaka from attachments and bondage.

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Such liberated sadhaka through deep sense of thoughts. Analytical ability, coupled with the blessings of Guru would be able to realize that both subtle as well as material world bodies are like dreams. Such that they are not him. This realisation elevates him above the breathing, thinking and prudent knowledge seeking world. When this happens the sadhaka will be able to hear the divine music like the Gopika’s in the Brindavanam. This is the Vishnu knot opening.

Rudra Knots

This is in the near about of Visuddhi and “Agna” centres but exactly between the brows, that means inside the Agna centre. Even when the sadhaka has elevated himself. He is still in a confused stated. He feels that the real nature of the Supreme Consciousness is clear yet not clear. Near yet so far. But he tries to hold on to this ethereal, wavering thought gives him such happiness as one gets seeing himself in the mirror. He enjoys the beauty of the selfless self and feels the “Soham” in his hearts of hearts. He is in a state of half sleep and half dreamy. He sees but not able to grasp. But this he enjoys for he is in an explicable happiness state. A trance like blissful state. He is calm peaceful and all loving but still holds on the remenants of (Rajoguna) actions. The thought that “I should grasp this happiness” is one such. So he is in a state of “Rajos cheetah Satwa”.

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(In musical notes the pitch of each ‘Swara’ (Sa, Re, Ga, and so on) has three stages between each note. Thus one that is almost the next note “Re” that almost sound like “Ga” is called Gandhara (Ga) cheeta Rishabha. This is a pitch that is nearby to Ga than Re). Now the sadhaka is nearer to Satwaguna than Rajoguna with traces of Rajoguna (Action) in a predominant. Satwaguna (peaceful, calm state) Kalushita (polluted, diluted as case may be) Satwaguna pradhana.

The gross body, that is visible material body has many aspects. The subtle body indicators, 24 aspects of feelings or natural instincts, five centres, three knots etc. references (Samgna). These are gross so incapable of the 52 letters the first letter Aa and the last letter Ha with the zero (Purnanuswara) ‘0’ together form the word or ‘mantra’ ‘Aham’. This is the mantra of the human soul (atma mantra). These two letter hold the complete cosmos or Universal sounds (Sabda Brahma) between these (The permutation and combination of the 52 letters make the language literature) In the Sahasrara the Goddess is in Bindurupa is all pervading and omniscient. The prudent knowledge of Her presence is (Rudra grandhi). Opening of the Rudra Knot. In the Rudra knot she is the luminescent. Transcendetal light energy. The sadhaka who is able to open out (Rudra knot) and enter this final state of realisation ices this energy as the cool, conforting peaceful luminescence between the eyebrows or Agna centre. He arrived at the feet of ‘Chitkala’. ‘Chitramayi’, ‘Chitra rupini’. A point of ultimate bliss and permanence.

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Nadi

(Static and Kinetic electro magnetic negative and positive impulses)

In the human body, the central point is naval. Below this naval region is Solar plexus. This is the centre of all electrically changed (+ and -) impulses. These are the transmitters of the impulses to the various parts of the body, i.e. ionic transmission excluding, or not counting Ida, Sushamna, Pingala that traverse the backbone through and on either side from ‘Mooladhara’ to ‘Sahasrara’ which are described as representing, Moon, Fire, Sun aspects in the body. There are 72000 nadis in the body of human being, so says “Bhutasudhi Tantra. There are 360 rays in a circle forming 360 half angles. Total 720. for convenience of expression ‘0’ is taken as base number to count the countless angles and rays in the micro level. The numerable number thus arrived in 72000. This is the energy variation that are acting in the Solar space. Earth rotates on an axis of 360 degree angle, going round the Sun on a path of 360 degree circle for 360 days to complete once round. Thus it takes one year which has 12 months each month having 30 days. A healthy human being life span is 100 such years. So the number 100. The energy that supports the human life for these years is given to him in the form of light rays that is the 72000 light rays. (720 x 100). This works or received in the 7 centres of the body and transmitted through the

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7 different forms of energy bands/groups.

In the human body the most active impulses working are 3300 in no. of these 1001 are more important. Of these again 30 are most important. These most important control the functioning of the body in groups. Thus 3300 nadis have become 33 groups. These are the important Nadi centres each one is controlled by a deity, the presiding deity (33 in no. again). These 33 are; 12 Suns (Dwadas Aditya). These are 12 layers of consciousness; 11 Rudras (Ekadasa Rudra). These are 11 vibrations; 8 vas us (Astavasuvu) these are the 8 Gods of materialization; two Aswini Devas (the twins) presiding over the dual functions; All together 33.

Besides these 33, there are 14 special nadis; which control the bowel movement, kidney functioning; the genital process and related; nerve functioning are under the control of these special nadis.

The most explicable impulse that is the wine of honey (Amrit) is the one that connects “Anahata” chakra with “Sahasrara” centre.

Of the Ida and Pingala, the Moon & Sun energy transmitters are the ones we have already discussed, work along with “Sushamna” (the neutral) nadi. These two are on either side of “Sushamna” which passes through the backbone cavity (through the spinal that pass through the seemen of backbone.)

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Of these two one is positively changed the other is negatively changed as explained earlier. ‘Ida’ is one the left side of the ‘Sushamna’ nadi. This is called the (path to the pitruloka – world of departed souls) or Pitru Yana. This has control of the mind or controls the mind.

Pingala nadi is on the right side of the ‘Sushmna’ nadi. This is called ‘Devayana’ (the path to the heavens/devaloka). This is under the control of soul. Integrity, altruistic tender and good will of humanity form the core of this nadi. All these good intentions and mature behaviour is the product of the functioning of the Pingala nadi, which is also called the Sun nadi (Surya nadi).

Sushmna nadi arises from the centre of the eye brows travels upwards into the brain from there takes a down ward turn to travel to “Mooladhara”. Ida and Pingala nadis start from left and right eye brows travel upward to the brain where they join the course of Sushmna. The place where these three joins together is called “Triveni Sangamam”. (Tri – Three; Veni - flow; Sangamam – Union). They are even called Yamuna, Saraswathi and Ganga rivers and the triveni sangamam as their caughence

Ida is water aspect (Jalatmak) pingala (tejasatmak) light aspect. To balance these into one useful force is called Yoga. The sadhaka concentrates, while sadhana on the central point between the brows. This point is called “Amaravathi” the city / abode of Gods.

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This is the place of divine thought (Daiva bhava centre). This is the East side of the our body. Sun is the force of awakening (Chaithanya). This is the ‘I’ in the human body. (Prana, or ego) when one / sadhaka concentrates on the central point between the brows and meditates, the realisation of ‘Aham’ dawns. This is the ‘Sunrise’ of our body related ‘Aham’ Brahmasmi.

The knots opening and the ‘Nadi’ responses are related. When the impulses (Nadi) charges are balanced and under control, the opening of knots is possible. Once this happens, the goal, the ultimate point of no return is reached.

Sakteyam – Kaula Tantra

The word ‘Tantra’ arouses a sense of misgiving in people. Many believe it is a shortest; not preferable, to prayer process. That is not true. The mis concept is because of the ritualistic approach of prayer. The atheist believes it is a way of attracting attention. The rituals are seen with a cynical way as wanton procedures, cruel and improbable rites to impress. The unway and illiterates trusting devotees. But this is not true it is a method not a conspiratorial actions. This is an accepted age old process of sadhana; (Agama vidhana). This set method postulated and followed the creation, its cause and effect is understood through a process of logical reasoning, detailed observation, understand

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And establish its vedic authenticity and base they arrived at a process of prayer methodology which is appropriate for a given cause/deity/need. This is done over a discussions of the absorbed values and observed understanding. Hence the Tantric is not a can man but well versed, educated vedic scholar of higher standing. Not a mean person a non grata. This Agama is branch of spiritual education. These processes are of two types. One is Shiva doctrine; the other Sakti doctrine. The Sakti doctrine of Sakteyam as commonly called, is more of material world i.e. It deals with getting over the elemental fears and conquest of the material world dissatisfaction. But it is a way of Devi Upasana, thus away of salvation.

This upasana is of three steps. The three things necessary for this are “Yantra” (The point of concentration and puja idol) “Mantra” (The energized sabda) and finally “Tantra” (the prayer methodology).

“Thasyathe vistaryathe jnanam anena yithi thantram”

Mans one that expands or increases the knowledge and understanding is “Tantra”.

The ‘Tatwa’ (nature: as in nature of salt) defines the spiritual doctrines. Spiritual vibrations that is subtle nada that is ideated to become the gross word, is Mantra. When Tatwa and mantra came together is Tantra they help to reach the higher levels of spiritual development. In the modern world these Tantric incartation reach out to the common man’s brain more the deep meaning vedic chants.

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All roads lead to the same place. All these varied forms of “Tantra” actually nothing but vedic sadhana process. Infact some of the Tantric rituals made the vedic rituals more easy to follow and perform. Thus this is not different from Hindu prayer methodology nor independent of Hinduism. It is part and parcel of vedic culture. Infact an important part.

“Nasyah Pantha mukti hethuriha mutra sukhapthaye Yatha thantro chitha margo mokshayatha sukhayathe”
“Nasyah Pantha mukti hethuriha mutra sukhapthaye Yatha thantro chitha margo mokshayatha sukhayathe”

“Nasyah Pantha mukti hethuriha mutra sukhapthaye

“Nasyah Pantha mukti hethuriha mutra sukhapthaye Yatha thantro chitha margo mokshayatha sukhayathe”
Yatha thantro chitha margo mokshayatha sukhayathe”

Yatha thantro chitha margo mokshayatha sukhayathe”

- Maha Nirwana Tantra

Sadhaka experiences very valuable and notable experiences at every stage and state of Tantric upasana, also reaps good results it.

The Goddess loves Her devotees: she is there for the devotees always. She says that “I do not reside Kailasa nor in Vaikunta. My residence is the heart of my devotee.

“Naham thirdhena Kailasena Vaikunte vasakarhichith Vasami thanthu madh znani hrudhayembho mathyathe”
“Naham thirdhena Kailasena Vaikunte vasakarhichith Vasami thanthu madh znani hrudhayembho mathyathe”

“Naham thirdhena Kailasena Vaikunte vasakarhichith

“Naham thirdhena Kailasena Vaikunte vasakarhichith Vasami thanthu madh znani hrudhayembho mathyathe”
Vasami thanthu madh znani hrudhayembho mathyathe”

Vasami thanthu madh znani hrudhayembho mathyathe”

The giving principle in the Tantra is the Adwaita doctrine of Vedanta. “It shows a new brilliant world infront of us. Those who cannot understand Tantra do not understand Hinduism.”

- Arthur Avalon.

The varied and large no. of tantric procedures create a sense of non belief and misconception. As many of them are pro-rata self discount (self styled temporary conjured). These types of the Tantra popularize in the people’s mind would naturally give

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Rise to doubt and mistrust. These five types of Tantra sadhakas namely Sakta (of Goddess), Shaiva (of Shiva), Vaishnav (of Vishnu), Sourya (of Sun) and Ganapathya (of Ganapathi) of the five elements. There 500 different tantras. Each one for a particular cause/need. Sakteya – 66, Saiveya – 32 & Vaishanva – 75 and so on.

These are different sub sects of Tantric upasana: Upatantra; Yamala; Damara, Samhita and so on. Buddism and Jainism also have different Tantras. They helped the popularity of the tantric ways of prayer.

“Tantra is peaceful, calm way of proffering (Satwik): Yamala is action oriented (Rajoguna), Damara is (Tamoguna) laid back slow and dull. There are variation in the Yamala that is the action oriented Tantra (Rajoguna). They are Tantra Yamala; Skanda yamala (Skanda is God Kumara Swami). Brahma Yamala (Lord Brahma related). Rudra Yamala (of Rudra). Thus all in all eight variations. These are expostulated by Asta Bhairava.

According to Kaula kala vilasa there are 64 tantras. Most of the them preach ‘Vama chara’. Some are mixed variations. Of these “Chandra Kala Astakam; Chandra Kala; Kuleswara, Bhuvaneswara are popular. Besides these eight there are more popular “Subhagama Panchaka” (5 of welcome variety). They

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Vasista; Sanaka; Sanandana; Sanat Kumara and suka samhita (proposed by the Maharishis of the same name as the Tantras, probably)

The 64 Sakti Tantra are supposed to be associated with the 64 arts (Chatushasti kalas). These are mostly sharpen the inner most, deep rooted minute mental powers of the sadhaka and give him the unusual, magical, capabilities. These also help to awaken the Sakti in ‘Mooladhara’ chakra. These procedures are called the ‘Kaula gamas’ (Agama is way/method of prayer procedure).

The ultimate goal is, as always the salvation; to reach the Goddess. Who is omni present; Karunya Moorthy (benevolence incarnate) who is cause and effect of all creation; the individual and the collective consciousness; the finite and infinite. The daily routine of any human being. Though appears as mundane, is infact, a part of the soul’s search for the Super consciousness. This routine living when organized and principled forms a prayer one offers to giver. This is sadhana.

Sakti Upasana

(Prayer to the Goddess)

There is a frequent reference to the Sakti, in the spiritual and philosophy literature Sakti, the all knowing, all powerful, all pervading. Is this all or is there more to know? Ofcourse there is no end to the knowledge to the inquisitive minds. Who is it/he/she? How does it/she/he look? Where is

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Her/His/It residence? What is the way to reach there? Many why? What? When? How? Whence? Thence? Since we are Sakteyam we shall the super power, as She. Since there is no structure shape. We give the shape and structure as we want to see Her. Since there is no name, specific we can call Her by any name we want? Lalitha, Durga, Parvathi, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Kali, Chandika, Uma, parameswari and so on. A sadhaka or a devotee envisages a personality that one like or respect and give a name to it. The Goddess takes that form and name and appear to the devotee to the happiness and satisfaction of the devotee. Like water, like air, like the earth, like the ether, like the fire takes the form of the container. Here it is the mind of the devotee that shapes and names!.

The upasana of the Goddess. What is the method? When to perform? What is the all then tecity? Where it was first described? The list is endless. The Devi upasana as it is followed is first described in Rigveda (the first of the four Vedas). The Devisuktam (Ode is praise of Goddess) is the proof. It is thus the most ancient. Here is Rigveda, the Goddess is referred by name ‘Aditi’ in Rigveda. Aditi is lumini scent world (Duloka). She is the Etherial sky (Anthariksha). She is the mother, father and children. She is the numerable no. of devas. She is the creator and she is the created. The whole Universe is ‘Aditi’. ‘Aditi’ literally means “boundless”, bountiful, endless all pervading, infinite.

‘Diti’ means finite. ‘Aditi’ (Not Diti) infinite. Diti is born from Aditi. The Rigveda Sukta says thus. ‘I am the Rudras, Vasus, Aditi as dud all the

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Other innumerable Devas. Indra, Agni, Varuna, Aswini twins all are my different forms. I am the power of all these. I maintain all the living beings and life forms giving them the “Soma Rasa” (life juice) as Soma (Sanskrit Sa + Uma – Soma). I am the finite. I am the infinite. I am individual. I am the collective. I pervade all the worlds. I am the source of all creation but I am independent of all ercation. I am the Supremo.

This description of form in Her own words tells all. It gives us the unfathomable nature of Her. She is beyond all imagination and perception. She union with static (Jada). Shiva causes the material world creation. She is the five elements. She is the knowledge and she is the ignorance. She is Vedas. The cycle of birth & death and the ultimate union is also Her. The evolution change is Her. The blissful Supreme consciousness in Her. She is with us, above us beside us, within us, without us. Breath and breathing all in all everything.

Aditi and Diti also symbolize luminescence and darkness. According to A.C. Clayton “Aditi” is a personification of light as the cause of the Universe. In Devi Saptasati (700 names and forms of Devi). Diti is described as the holder of Darkness thus ‘Night’. She is described as “Kalaratri” (Kala – Black, Ratri – night). Maharatri (Great darkness). Aditi is the symbol of luminescence. These dual opposing qualities are referred

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‘Kali’ in the Tantric worship. ‘The god of wrath and god of love is one” – Aurobindo Ghosh.

The Goddess referred as ‘Sakti’ is a trance of ideation (Itchcha) cause (Kriya), knowledge (Jnana) energies. She is great cosmic power. At the same time Blissfully happy state (Sat chit – Ananda) of the consciousness.

“Nishedha vyapara roopasakti”

The creation happens when the (negative energy) Shivani (the positive energy) Shiva come together. Like a circuit of energy transfer up formed and pursuit out as light energy.

Tantra accept both the mild (Sowmya) energetic (Roudra) forms of the goddess accepting the two forms the two faces of the same concept.

‘Kali’ : This incarnation of the Goddess is most ferocious, violent both in appearance and power. She is pitch black in colour. She fond of blood. She wears a row of human skull as garland. She will be seen as standing on / dancing on the human corpse with a bellowing guffaw. Those who want to acquire exorcist capabilities or practice exorcism are supposed to be worshipping this violent, ferocious looking power form. But it is not true! She was there from the beginning of the Universe. She is the time. Before the creation the Universe was a great void engulfed in Darkness. Nothing was ideated. It was all one undifferentiated infinite darkness. This is KALI. The super power of darkness. (A great sense of visualization! Visualizing time!!).

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Sangama Tantra, chapter on planets and stars (Tara Khanda) describes this unique form of Goddess their:

“Thavarupam Mahakalo Jagatsamhara karaka! Maha samhara samaye kalam Sarvam grasishyathi!”
“Thavarupam Mahakalo Jagatsamhara karaka! Maha samhara samaye kalam Sarvam grasishyathi!”

“Thavarupam Mahakalo Jagatsamhara karaka!

“Thavarupam Mahakalo Jagatsamhara karaka! Maha samhara samaye kalam Sarvam grasishyathi!”
Maha samhara samaye kalam Sarvam grasishyathi!”

Maha samhara samaye kalam Sarvam grasishyathi!”

That time is in the form of : (Visualising time the dissoluter of All!)

“Kalanath Sarvabhuthanam Mahakalah Prakrithah Mahakalasya kalanath Twamadhya Kalakaparah:
“Kalanath Sarvabhuthanam Mahakalah Prakrithah Mahakalasya kalanath Twamadhya Kalakaparah:

“Kalanath Sarvabhuthanam Mahakalah Prakrithah

Mahakalasya kalanath Twamadhya Kalakaparah:

“You have dissolved unto yourself. The great dissoluter of all. Mahakala, you have become the first dissolutive energy so you are Kali.

This explains the first concept. That before the creation there was a great void of pitch darkness. This by virtue of its capacity holds all that is power, bija (seed) and the beginning. Thus she is the beginning and she is the salvation (One gets dissolved into).

Super

consciousness (Paramatma). He has seven tongues (not the

languages, but the physical tongue)

Fire, (Agni)

is described as

the visible

form

of the

Kali Karalicha Manojavacha sulohithacha sudhamravarna! Spulingini viswarupinicha devileraya mana yithi saptajihva!!
Kali Karalicha Manojavacha sulohithacha sudhamravarna! Spulingini viswarupinicha devileraya mana yithi saptajihva!!

Kali Karalicha Manojavacha sulohithacha sudhamravarna!

Kali Karalicha Manojavacha sulohithacha sudhamravarna! Spulingini viswarupinicha devileraya mana yithi saptajihva!!
Spulingini viswarupinicha devileraya mana yithi saptajihva!!

Spulingini viswarupinicha devileraya mana yithi saptajihva!!

These are the seven tongues of Agni! Wanting to lick all is nothing but the fire (Agni) with these seven flames of tongue. (Fire is the incinerator of the nature; suggestively kali is, also but the cosmos).

Some are of the opinion. She, Kali, is the tune form of Diti and

Aditi.

In the East, accepted symbol is a so dark blue that she

womdu
womdu

nude with flowing hari,

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Seems in colour to be black, four handed, two hands in the act of blessing and two holding a knife and a bleeding head respectively, garlanded with skulls and dancing with protruding tongue, standing on the prostrate figure of a man with all ashes………Yes. This image so fearful to the western mind, is perhaps dearer than any other to the heart of India” --- Sister Nivedita.

When one of the multitudinous crowds asked Sri Rama Krishna “Why is Kali black in colour?”

He smiled with affection “You are seeing Her from far. Go nearer! You see that she is not black. Infact she has no colour” (Great message beautifully expressed).

Pure water, from far appear coloured black but nearer you are colour less it becomes. The blue colour, blue-green colour, dark blue colour of the sea/ocean are but reflections. The more clean a mirror the more etched the reflection!

“She is naked and dark like the thunder cloud (kalamegham).

She is dark, for she, who is Herself beyond mind and speech, which reduces all things into the worldly nothing ness, which void (Shunya) of all which we know; which at the same time the all (Purna) which is

the light and peace - letters.

“John Woodroffe (Arthers Avalon) in garland of

“She is naked being clothed in space alone (Digambari) because the great power is unlimited; further she is in herself beyond Maya (Mayaleela).

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“She stands upon the white corpse like body of Shiva. He is “White” because he is illuminating transcendental aspect of consciousness. He is inert, because he is changeless aspect of the Supreme and she is apparently the changing aspect of the same. (John Worroffe Garland of letters).

Shiva is the transcendental aspect of the power and she unlimited aspect of energy. Kali is about all senses of Maya. So she is black. For black is a neutral colour and has all colours in it. The great resource of visible colours.

Vaishnavites call and worship Sakti as Lakshmi; others as Radha; Shaivites as Uma (Parvathi). Buddists as Tara (All branches of Buddism. Kala chakra, Vajra, Sahaja, Mahayana).

The tantric form of this great Sakti is “Sakteyam”. There are nine different methods of the same. They are 1. Vidya 2. Sakti 3. Shiva 4. Ganesh 5. Chandra 6. Swayambhuva 7. China 8 Bouddna 9. Vedic. They are further variations. Kerala, Kashmira, Gowda and Vishala. The further variations of each are Purva (East) Paschim (West), Dakshina (South), Uttara (North), Oordha (of the skies) Pathala (nether). Further ramification into Divya, Kaula, Vama sadhanas.

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Gowda tradition is followed in Assam to Sindhu. Visala is most widely followed tradition of this tantric form. This is used in the rest of India and in many countries outside India.

In Kerala tradition Goddess is worshiped as Tara, Nila and Saraswathi. In Kashmiri tradition she is Tripura Sundari; Gowdas tradition calls Her as Kali. While the Visala tradition worship all forms of Goddess. Sakteyam does not belong to one caste, religion or status of society. It belongs to all and its tradition is for anybody who wants to worship the Goddess.

The Sakteya tradition, be it any branch or variation propounds, transcending the six ‘Chakras’ in the Human body. The Upanishads namely, Tripura tapini, Seetha, Devi; Sowbagya Lakshmi; Saraswathi; Bhavani; Bahriveha, Annapurna, Savithri are mainly discuss and after to Sakthi. Many of other commonly known Upanishads make a reference to Sakti.

Of all these ‘Tripura Tapinyopanishat’ is of importance to our discussion; as it enumerates in detail, in five chapters, the ‘Sri chakra’ and it’s ‘Upasana’ details.

It is in five parts. In the first part the theme is ‘Gayathri mantra’ and it’s meaning explained in detail. Second chapter deal with the structural detail and their meaning of ‘Sri Chakra’.

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The third part explains the Yogamudra ‘Khechari’ and ‘Kamakala chakra’. Their significance and worship method and the outcome. The fourth chapter propounds the vocal recitation (Vagiswara Gayathri of Gayathri Mantra and says it will result in the attainment of wine of nectar (Amritatwa prapti). The last and final chapter is of significance, in the sense, it authenticates the Adwaita philosophy of Sri Sankara the Esa vasopanishad’s mantra – “Purnamadah Purnamidah”. The mantra goes thus

Navikodho nachotpathirnabadho nachasadhakah! Namumushurna vaiyuktha yityasha paramardhathah!
Navikodho nachotpathirnabadho nachasadhakah! Namumushurna vaiyuktha yityasha paramardhathah!

Navikodho nachotpathirnabadho nachasadhakah!

Navikodho nachotpathirnabadho nachasadhakah! Namumushurna vaiyuktha yityasha paramardhathah!
Namumushurna vaiyuktha yityasha paramardhathah!

Namumushurna vaiyuktha yityasha paramardhathah!

“There is no birth and death cycle, nor attachment detachment, nor the salvation seeking nor the sought. This is the Truth”.

Whatever may be the no. or variations in the different forms of Sakti Tantra practicer, the most commonly and popularly used form of worship are basically three. They are “Samaya”, “Dakshina”, and “Kaula” methods.

Samaya method of worship puts the sadhaka through rigorous and strict conditional “yoga practices”. While “Dakshina” method is mild on the sadhaka. His main approach is to forget the duality and the multiplicity of the divine forms. In every deity a Dashinachara sadhaka sees the form o his choosen deity (Ista Devata murthy).

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The Kaula chara is the third way. There are many misconcepts about this method of worship. Many do not understand even the “Lalitha”, the most commonly, and daily chanted by the ladies of their households or in group gatherings there is a reference to this accepted method of worship. Even Lord Hayagriva the profounder of “Lalitha” accepted this practice “Lalitha” is nothing but the worship mode (Tantric method) of Gayathri. Because of the misconcept even in the regular “Lalitha” chanters; it is seen as something that should be avoided as far as possible. But it is not so. Before we arrive at any decision one should understand completely what is (Is with a stress) “Kaula” method means.

Basically, it is believed as an independent way of worship. But it is a mixture of all three Samaya, Dakshina, Kaula methods in parts that is.

This is an integrating way of Mantra dissolution/layam of mind and Buddhi into oneness devotion (Bakthi) and knowledge (Jnanam). This is propounded through a thorough understanding of the wellness giving five methods (Subhagama Panchaka) of the great Rishis. Sanaka, Sanandana, Samat Kumara, Vasista and Suka Samhita.

In this method sadhaka worships the incorporated ‘Siva’ & ‘Sakti’ powers of the ‘Sri Chakra’. His first step is to identify and recognize. These Sakti points (energy points). In ‘Samaya’ method

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The prayer is mainly and uniquely method. There is less of external puja manifestation in actions. It is purely spiritual and internal devotional prayer. Puja action (external) is avoidable and optional but not condemned. (It is more spiritual than action oriented “Antaryaga” inner purification/offering). This is infact the best practice in any prayer. This type of prayer practice is explained in detail in the “Bhavana Upanishad”. In the ‘Kaula’ practice the ‘sadhaka’ forgets his identity (‘I’) and surrenders to the Goddess and feels one with the Goddess.

About 1000 years ago a great soul by name “Abhinava Gupta” has popularized this tantric method. He is a great visionary, a wizard and man of the letters. He is a spiritualist (Vedanthi) of highest order. He wrote many books; most of them were lost overtime but a few that remained are most authentic and books of reference even today. They are Trika, Kaula, Pratyabhijna, Spanda, Krama and others. The above named books real with the popular Tantric methodology. One of these is ‘Kaula’ method.

Now, to know more about ‘Kaula’ and the meaning of the word ‘Kaula’.

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The concept of Shiva is called “Kula” (Akula being one of the names of Shiva, the Lord). Akula (Akula with short ‘A’ first letter) is Sakti concept. Together they are Kaula (Samyukta concept).

One of the meanings of the word ‘Kula’ is ‘body’, ‘being’. “Kuralayam” in Sanskrit means Earth. The body has the ‘nectar’ of the Gods (Amrit). It is known as “Kulamrit”. The holder or the place of this “Kulamrit” (container so to say) is the ‘Sahasrara’ chakra. The ‘Amritsthan’.

There is another concept namely ‘Triputi’. The Tantric aspect of knowledge, that is knower, known and knowable is collectively called (Jnatru), (Jnana), (Jncyam), Triputi or Kulam (group).

(Jnatru), (Jnana), (Jncyam), Triputi or Kulam (group). “Meyamatra mithi kulam” The measurable or measure is

“Meyamatra mithi kulam” The measurable or measure is ‘Kulam’

mithi kulam” The measurable or measure is ‘Kulam’ “Mooladhara dhikam Shatchkram kulamithi smrutham” The

“Mooladhara dhikam Shatchkram kulamithi smrutham”

The six centres

together are called Kulam (group).

in

the

Vayusamhitha Kamakala vilasam

body

The food dependent (food for the body) people/human body have become dull and lost their brightness. To alleviate and brighter them of better worlds is the purpose of Kulatantric method.

- Maha Nirwana Tantra 9:12

“Khidhyamthe samsaya, Sarvekshayamthe papasamsayah Dhahyamthe karmajalani kuladharma nishevanath”
“Khidhyamthe samsaya, Sarvekshayamthe papasamsayah Dhahyamthe karmajalani kuladharma nishevanath”
“Khidhyamthe samsaya, Sarvekshayamthe papasamsayah

“Khidhyamthe samsaya, Sarvekshayamthe papasamsayah

Dhahyamthe karmajalani kuladharma nishevanath”

“Khidhyamthe samsaya, Sarvekshayamthe papasamsayah Dhahyamthe karmajalani kuladharma nishevanath”

- Maha Nirwana Tantra 14:192

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Sakteyam accepts Adwaita philosophy, but it does not agree with the concept of ‘Maya’ (meaning that all visible worlds is an unreal as the images in the dream). According to them the world exists for living being who are part of the infinite real existing power. Since it exists world also exists the power is the keeper of the world. The world bows to Him. Except this concept of existentialism, Sakteyam complies with the Adwaita philosophy of Sri Sanakara.

“Sakaropi nirakara, mayaya bahuripini”

- Maha nirwana thantram

“The amazing capacity of the Formlessness is to exist in many forms by the ‘Maya’ or magical capability”.

The world is created because of the previous births impressions (vasanas) carried forward through dissolution. This is the belief that is prominent of Sakteya philosophy.

This world is created by the Goddess. It is the brilliance of the Sakti that ideated into shape and form i.e. creation. The Shiva is luminescence Sakti is the form (Vimarsa). Siva and Sakti are not separate. They are one Shiva has Sakti in Him. He is the dissolute ideation. He has no death. He has the whole Universe in Him. So He can created Himself or He can take form on His own (Swayambhu Sakti). This is His innate capability. So the Sakta Tantra says

This is His innate capability. So the Sakta Tantra says “Sivasakthi samayogath jayathe srushti kalpana” They

“Sivasakthi samayogath jayathe srushti kalpana” They together create,

the world and life forms.

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To ideat into different forms creation.

from the

Union

of

Siva &

Sakthi is

“Saiva charachara makhilam janayathi jagadetha dapisamharathayithi”

“Sayeva rupam Sakthi rahasyo”

- Bhaskara Bashyam

 

Knowledge and ignorance are two aspects of the Goddess. It is ignorance that creates the attachments. Knowledge makes him capable to detach. Here the knowledge means not the worldly knowledge but the spiritual consciousness. The former of Shiva aspects the later is Sakti concept. According to Sakteya form of thought – (Tripura Rahasyam). The realisation and reaching the all pervading and omnipotent presence of the Goddess is the ultimate goal of living. But Human being, being what they are, and what they are engulfed and entrenched in the Maya, the veil of ignorance; the mind is full of worldly wants, problems and passions. To liberate from the hitches of ignorance Human beings seek solace and support of the infinite. This is worship.

The worship, according to “Devi Bhashya” is of two types external (Samkhya way), internal (Jnana way). The external karmic or the methodological way is of two types. The Vedic and Tantric.

“Dwividha mama puja syadbahyam khyam thara pichah Bahyampi dwividha proktha vaideki thantriki thadha!”
“Dwividha mama puja syadbahyam khyam thara pichah Bahyampi dwividha proktha vaideki thantriki thadha!”
“Dwividha mama puja syadbahyam khyam thara pichah

“Dwividha mama puja syadbahyam khyam thara pichah

Bahyampi dwividha proktha vaideki thantriki thadha!”

“Dwividha mama puja syadbahyam khyam thara pichah Bahyampi dwividha proktha vaideki thantriki thadha!”

The

Vedic

method

is

long,

slow

and

steady

process.

It

progresses very slowly toward the goal.

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The tantric way is faster and instantaneous strange it may sound but this is possible because of the sadhaka is total involvement in the process. Here, the sadhaka tries to concentrate all his mind and body powers into the prayer process. He diverts them all towards the one great power source of all his energies and feels the Goddesses presence in that source of power. This affect is to bring about dissolution of his minimal powers into the great power that he feels the presence in himself. So the result is immediate. But this process is not easy to execute, it needs a demanding, unwavering concentration. No mistake about it. This tantric prayer process is accepted by the

about it. This tantric prayer process is accepted by the Lord Hayagreeva in that He refers

Lord Hayagreeva in that He refers to the Goddess as “Kaula marga

tatpara sevitha” (one who is worshiped in the Kaula marga) in the

“Lalitha”. Thus it is not a short cut of the mean people but practiced way of the serious sadhaka.

of the mean people but practiced way of the serious sadhaka. ‘Suka’ and ‘Vamadeva’ method suggested

‘Suka’ and ‘Vamadeva’ method suggested is also the same type. Both the Rishis are liberated souls. But the prayer methodology suggested by Suka Maharishi is faster like the birds flight. That of ‘Vamadeva’ Maharishi is slow steady like the train of ants but sure and successful one.

In any case all these methods are propounded after a detailed and in-depth study of human being mental and psychological capacities and analyzing at length to understand

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the intricacies of the working of human psyche.

To understand the infinite and it’s unique powers is the real knowledge (Vidya). That is final goal of all types of worship. The Adwaita followers believe in the concept of ‘Maya’ and denounces the visible, sensitive world goes into a state of delieniation, delinking himself from this and follows the path of God alone, with single minded concentration. But the Tantric who believes in the reality of existing world goes about his liberation process by gradually controlling him and his material needs; seeing the infinite in everything and anything around Him and within himself. Accepting the Universality of the super power and consciousness and tries to because one with it in a unique, unwavered concentration and realistic process.

Sri Adi Sanakara is called the torch bearer of the field of Tantra as well as Adviata. For he was the one who propounded the divine nature of Shiva and Sakti in his favour, literary work “Soundarya lahari” song a ode to the most exotically beautiful. He gave a new out look toward Tantric puja. It becomes the most popular, potent method of Sakti puja method.

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Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih
Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih
Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih

Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih

Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih
Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih

Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih

Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih
Bahujanamarjithaih punyah thapodhana druvapavruthaih Ksheena ghanam sadhakanam kulachare mathivarbairavaih

- Maha Nirwana thantram

Kulacharam vinadevi kalao sidhirna jayathe

 

Thasmath sarva prayatnena sadhakayath kuladhanah

Sarva dharmoth math kalauth parodharmona vidyathe

- Maha Nirwana thantram

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- Maha Nirwana thantram

Maha Nirwana thantram

Acharam kuladharmasya jivonmuktho bhavennarah

- Maha Nirwana thantram

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- Maha Nirwana thantram

Maha Nirwana thantram

Also other books like “Parasurama Kalpasutra”, “Kularmava Tantra” also refers to the Kulachara in a positive way. It is said even Bhagavan Krishna and Maharishi Vasista of the puranas are also Sakti upasana sadhakas. They felt happy in the process. Radha the eternal lover of Sri Krishna is supposed to be his “Hladini” (one who gives happiness) Sakti.

Why all these methodology, procedures and supporting or non supplying stands. May be a question that should be cleared so that the people who follow and those who doubt and are skeptic about will be satisfied about the positive effect of the Tantric prayer method.

The world is full of duality. Every positive aspect has a negative aspect to it. Like light and darkness; night and day; etc. In such a world to choose the right path to be always happy and peaceful is very difficult. Some leading light, some helping hand some guiding force is all the human being seeks. This is what, in a selfish way, in essence is the cause of prayer.

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Every process needs procedure. A procedure nothing but a planned way of moving forward. So that any unwanted or unwarranted hurdles can be surmounted with ease. This what prayer and worship does to humanity. It gives a strength of mind and etiquette in behaviour and life and living. So that while helping himself one can help the community he lives in. Voluntarily or involuntarily he would be spreading wellness and altruism and strength of life approach. The spirituality that is under lying quality of the human beings comes to the fore and makes him a perfect human being. The one unique quality of mankind is he has a thinking mind and spatial approach to a problem. This makes him superior living or ganism at the same time interferes with his growth and development. Thus he becomes the problem and the solution; hurdle and the pathway. Again duality. This gives him a wavering mind, which interferes with the five elements trying to control, capture and direct. That is what makes him use fire to cook, to pray as God on one side and torch other living or nonliving, Earth atmosphere. This negative tendency has to be curbed so that he would not spoil his own chances of survival. Here is the reason why a method is necessary. Which helps him divert his energy potential for the goodwill of his fellow humans and make the planet Earth a heaven in its own.

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This is the endeavour of all great souls, seers and the visionaries. So they created literature of highest order to teach, guide and channel the potential of human being to a spiritual awakening. Before he goes searching the meanings and the truths of the Universal phenomena he must look inward to recognize the inner self. This is meditation. “Man is more than what he can know about himself.” “Unity in diversity is the plan of Nature”.

This inward bound soul searching is the first step toward the realisation process. By which he understands the Unity in diversity.

The Sakti Upasana is “Sri Vidya”. This Sri Vidya by virtue of it’s method of recognizing and allogery (Nyasa) makes him to take the first step towards the understanding of creation and creativity, creative power and human individual are one and the same. This gives a great feeling of happiness and an Universal outlook which again leads him to deeper soul searching journey. This in essence is Sakti upasana. This is through modes. One animal instinct, action mode and final divine feeling.

The beginner on the journey of divine path is more like a sheep in the herd. He goes with the crowd. He feels that he should follow in the ritual activity that is apparent to him easily in the others. So goes about imitating the ritualistic procedures.

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The Vedic, Shaiva and Vaishnava procedures. By a process of habitual and routine practice and chanting he, the face in crowd, is drawn into the first step of spiritual journey. He starts seeing the world with a different eye. His routine procedural chanting does not give him satisfaction. He seeks more and more clarity in his thought which leads him to further study, research and soul search. This takes him to Dakshina and Vamachara practices which insists on concentration unwavering elevation of purpose. Any time the concentration is lost his abilities so far developed will be a burden on his mind which will be a bane unless contained. Otherwise it leads him to disaster. There are many such cases in the history of mankind, which has chronicled such people’s distress and downfall. The unwavering soul searching single minded sadhaka reaches on to the path of divine. He, the sadhaka at this stage is one who can control his instincts and the impulses at will. Fully self controlled and self crasing. In search of a way of furthering his search for the dissolution of mind and buddhi in to the oneness, that is blissful Supreme consciousness. In “Lalitha” the text, The Goddess was described as “Shadwatita Swarupini”. One who is beyond all the centres, that is in “Sahasrara”; also she

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She is beyond all these six Upasana techniques. The sadhaka who has reached a state of mind which is unwavering, blissfully passionless, detached and uniquely serious deep minded is said to be in a state of bliss. Now he can be called a ‘Kaula’. The ‘Kaula’ state his highest level of awareness. Now he can be called the member of ‘Gurukula’ hierarchy. This is the meaning of ‘Kaulam’ or ‘Kaula chara’. At this stage he is one among the people around but above and unique among them. Also he does not belong to this world.

“Acharam kuldharmasya jeevanmuktho narah Sarvachara paribrashta Kaulacharam Samasrayeth”
“Acharam kuldharmasya jeevanmuktho narah Sarvachara paribrashta Kaulacharam Samasrayeth”

“Acharam kuldharmasya jeevanmuktho narah

“Acharam kuldharmasya jeevanmuktho narah Sarvachara paribrashta Kaulacharam Samasrayeth”
Sarvachara paribrashta Kaulacharam Samasrayeth”

Sarvachara paribrashta Kaulacharam Samasrayeth”

-

Aryokthi

One who has practiced the Kaulachra becomes relieved of all earthy attachments, when a sadhaka is not happy with any of the other practices he will be practicing “Kaula chara”.

“Kaulachara paribrashta raravam narakam prajeth” say the

Jnani. When he fails to comply fully with ‘Kaula’ and fails at it he will be going to the deepest of Hell, hence he ‘Raurava’ (one of the nether worlds)

of Hell, hence he ‘Raurava’ (one of the nether worlds) To the “Kaulachara” sadhaka the most

To the “Kaulachara” sadhaka the most venerable is “Mooladhara” centre. This according to the ‘Kaula’ tradition is the seat of Goddess ‘Para’. ‘Mooladhara’ and ‘Swathistana’ Chakras are the important points of worship. All the other

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Four are evolved from these two; according to their belief. They etch/embellish the centre most triangle of the “Sri Chakra” or the triangle form of female genitals on the dried palm leaves or copper plates and perform pooja of these and woman. These are external rituals. Not the internalized. The Mooldhara centre and the group are the worship idols and “Kundalini” arousal is the salvation they seek.

“Jnanarnava” enumerates 12 leaders or pioneers in this line of ‘Kaula’ Sakti worship. They are Manu (the first law maker known); Moon; Kubera (the celestial treasurer); Lopamudra (wife of Agasthya); Manmadha (the Kama incarnate); Agasthya (The great Rishi of Vedic literature); Fire (Agni); Sun; Indra (The ruler of Heaven) Kumara Swami (Son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi); Iswara (The Siva Himself) and Durvasa (The Maharishi, supposed to be ‘brain child’ of Shiva). These twelve have purported the twelve types of Sakteya Tantra that is practiced in the world.

“Kutarnava Tantra”; “Kamikagama Tantra”; “Parasurama Kalpa” and other books say, the union of Shiva and Sakti is responsible for the creation. To reach this unique place and the dissolution into this oneness is the sadhana of the sadhaka. That sadhana is ‘Sri Vidya’. They uphold the greatness of ‘Kaula chara’ method. Whatever be the method, every one of them preaches detachment and dispassionate outlook to one and all.

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This ‘Sri Vidya’ is practiced by the Devas, the Munis and the human beings. There are three methods (probably there is difference in the rigorousness of the practice among the three). They are Divyaugha (of the Deva practice), Siddhaugha (of the Munis), and Manavaugha (of the human beings). Brahma and others like him are the examples for the first one; ‘Sanaka’ and others of his cadre are example for the second; finally of the third variety is Gowda and his like. The belief is that the sadhaka’s body is the abode and the meditation place for the great maharishis.

About ‘Kaulachara’ and ‘Sakti sadhana’; the great authority in ‘Kundalini’ study Sir John Woodroffe says; ‘They (Tantras) have really ’

open before me a flood of new light…

and subtle philosophy, but many of the missing links in the development of the different system of the Hindu philosophy, which I could not discover before but which I have been seeking for, for some years past….I really feel I have discovered a new world. Much of the mist and happiness has now been cleared away”.

I find in them not only a great

“A failure to appreciate its (the tantras) real significance renders our understanding of the ancient spiritual knowledge shallow and superficial” says Mr. P.G. Bakshi. According to Sir John Woodroffe those who do not understand Tantra will fail to understand the

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Hindu philosophy properly.”

All this to point that Kaula is not non vedic practice. Saktam, Tantra and ‘Kaula’ all there try to help people to be on the right path toward self realisation and awareness of the powers beyond the world and also of the nature around. It helps them to fulfill their wishes. The Lord Shiva while explaining these to Goddess Parvathi says this vedic methods are the only way for the Human beings to reach the feet of the Super power, namely “Kaivalya pada”.

The “Meru Tantra” which is famous as the fifth ‘Veda’ says that the Tantra are part and parcel of the Vedas. Kaulachara is described as the fifth stage in the life of Human being. (After the childhood, youth, married life and the renunciation (vanaprastha). These tantras are adopted from ‘Brahmanas’ (a branch of Vedic texts). So it is more appropriate to study the tantras along with Brahmanas is the view held by Swami Vivekananda.

There many Tantra variations. Some of them are authentic. They are the reason for the peoples misconception and misunderstanding. People are afraid to practice and follow the tantric methodology for they believe the rigors of the tantric procedures and if failed the punishments there on so it is better not to attempt rather than be punished and depressed. This is no way responsible or prove that the tantra

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Sadhana is wrong. It is the sadhaka who is at fault. One has to pass through tests to achieve higher levels. Unless tested how can there be judgment or result. To face the odds is part and parcel of progress. Keep faith in the Goddess that is the Giver through sincerity of the word, action and thought. One would be able to progress toward the goal of the one’s choice.

Sakteyam – Physics

(Study of matter and it’s properties)

“Sri Vidyopasana” is the worship method of “Sri Chakra”. Sri Chakra is the geometrical figure of the Universe. This in the human body is in micro level (the microcosm). In the atom it is the atomic structure and the motion of the atomic ions (the electrically changed particles) round the atomic nuclear. In all these the principle is same. Electromagnetic forces and attractions between the materials.

In this world the five elements, that is Earth, water, fire, air and the ethereal atmosphere has a capacity to change it’s natural states and get into one another is physical state or get absorbed and embedded into one another and re-enter their own state as the need or changes in the atmosphere occur. For example the Solar energy absorbed by the plants. Changes into food and get embedded in the plant as fire energy in the wood for future use, in seed, for future growth. The physical state of water, the fluid state, on absorbing the fire energy (on heating) changes into air (vapour) solidifies on cooling into ice which on heating converts back to fluid state that is the original state of water. All this explains the fact that the five elements are not the basic matter. The matter is much more

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Different by observation and analysis. Coupled with comprehensive research into the depths of the subject. Scientist have been able to arrive at the discover of materials which they named as metals and non metals. Starting with Hydrogen to Uranium they gave them names and classified into groups. Through all this they found that these 92 materials have one thing in common at the micro level. That is atomic structure. A central nuclear’s revolving round it in a definite or bit finer particles which does not change their orbit like in the solar system where the Sun is revolved around by the planets in a fix orbit which is not changed. They whole of this system is floating in the cosmos loosely but firmly. What is it that maintains or controls this statuesque. They found that it is the electro magnetic and gravitational forces of the object mentioned. They also found the basic atomic structure is that of Hyrogen all the other 92 metals and non metals atomic structure is an evolved variation of this structure. They further studied the atomic structure has a central nuclears which is neutral. The orbiting particles are electrically changed. Those that are positively charged are called protons and those negatively changed electrons. The magnetic field that is formed due to their attraction to each other is the force that keeps them in their orbits and the controller is the nucleus. Like the Sun in the solar system and other objects in the Universe also follow this rule.

Now the question arises as to how this whole structural phenomena is put in place and by whom? Did it happen on it’s own accidental or promoted by some unseen force, of higher power. Hindu mythology as well as philosophy feels it is this force that controls, maintains and created the cosmic