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Perfect Sri Chakra By Adi Shankaracharya Sringeri


The Sri Chakra of Devi is perfect synchoronization of Universal Reality and the Individual Soul.

The Advaita system propounded Adi Shankaracharya,based on the Mahavakyas of the Vedas define Reality as Brahman .

It is is beyond Attributes.

It is beyond senses and a Noumenon.

It is Absolute with no reference to relate to.

The Individual Soul,Jiva is but a part of Brahman.

It is not separate,different from Brahman.

The individual soul,the world of Names and Forms are illusory in the sense that they are Relative.

The Individual Soul and the world of Names and Forms is because of Illusion.

This Illusion,at the Individual level is Avidya,Nescience,absence of Absolute Knowledge or loosely put Ignorance.

At the Universal level it is,Called Maya.
The Reality ,Brahman is the emobodiment of Being,Consciousness and Bliss.

SAT,CHIT,ANANDA.

Once ignorance,Avidya is removed the false ,Relative knowledge gives way to Absolute Knowledge,Brahma Gnana,when the Individual soul becomes aware of its original state,that of Reality,Brahman.

This,in short,is Advaita.

As it is impossible for the human mind to concentrate on mere principles,Hinduism,as a first step,recommends Personal God.

To facilitate the process of integrating the Universal Soul with the Individual soul,four tools are suggested.

1.Gods/Goddesses.

2.Sounds in the form of Mantras

3.Geometrical shapes and

4.Combination of Sound and Geometrical shapes,Mantra and Yantra,which form Tantra.

One of the most effective Yantra is Sri Chakra of Devi.

For details of Sri Chakra,google sri yantra+ramanan50.

Sri Chakra and OM are interchangeable.

Adi Shankaracharya established Sri Chakra invmany places,including Kolluru and Sringeri.

The perfect Sri Chakra can be found at Sringeri,the Mutt established by Adi Shankaracharya.

The ancient temple of Sri Sharada, the presiding deity of Sringeri has a glorious history that begins with the setting up of the Dakshinamnaya Peetham by Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada. Originally it was an unpretentious shrine with the Murti of Sharada made of sandalwood, installed over the Sri Chakra that Sri Adi Shankara carved on a rock. Subsequently Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha and Sri Vidyaranya had a temple built in the Kerala style, with timber and tiled roof. Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha substituted the sandalwood idol with the present golden idol.

Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati raised the present structure in granite with polished granite walling round the sanctum and Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati consecrated the new temple in May 1916. Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha made several improvements in the temple. The Mahamandapam has huge stone pillars exquisitely carved with deities like Durga, Raja Rajeshwari, Dwarapalakas and Devis which are all sculpted according to the Shilpa Sastras practised in Tamilnadu.

Sanctified by the worship of an unbroken succession of Acharyas of the highest purity, loftiest devotion and unsurpassed mantric powers, the Murti of Sri Sharada radiates grace and blessings.’

Reference and citation.

https://www.sringeri.net/temples/sri-sharadamba

Sri Yantra. Image.

Sri Yantra Pasupathaye Namaha Construction Site  Banks of Mississippi Iowa


Worship of Gods,Goddesses with human/Super Human Attributes,though not advocated by the Vedas,they stress on the Realisation of Reality,Brahman which is beyond Attributes,the Vedas and the later Smritis,realizing the inability of Human Mind to concentrate on a Vacuum or Attribute-less Principle recommended as a first step the Worship of Reality as One with Name and Form.

This is called Saguna Aradhana,while fixing Mind on the Attribute-less Brahman is called Nirguna Aradhana.

There are others methods recommended.

The Realization through Sound,Mantra.

Through Geometrical Shapes,Yantra.

Through esoteric practices,involving Mind and Body,Tantra.

One of the most powerful Yantras is the Sri Yantra.

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Though generally attributed to Lalitha Devi and by some texts to Lakshmi as an Attribute of Lalitha,Sri Yantra is Nirguna Upasna.

Please read my articles on Lalitha,Yantras,Devi Aksharas.

The Yantra contains the Beeja Mantras ‘Sreem,Hreem,Kleem’ among others.

One of the readers of this blog,Sri. Linn Honeycutt sent me a message thus,a couple of days ago.

Greetings, 

      I met a man when I was in Wisconsin and he showed me a picture and said he found it. He was on a construction site on the banks of the Mississippi. I sent him a message and trying to get more details.

    Do you know what language is written on the yantra?’

The language written on this Yantra is Sanskrit.

What is intriguing is that the Yantra contains the phrase ‘ Pasupathaye Namaha’

The Epithet Pasupathi is for Lord Shiva and is not generally found in Sri Yantra.

I request scholars and Sri Vidya Upasakas to throw more light on this.

*The Yantra was found in a construction site on the banks of River Mississippi,Burlington,Iowa,US.

just confirmed it came from Burlington, Iowa where the Mississippi river runs east of the town.’

There is a debate about the Pasupathi Seal found in Mohenja Daro in Indus valley,dated 5000 years ago.

One of the points of the debate is whether the seal contains Male or Female figure.

Shall be writing on this.

Dasa Maha Vidya Stuthi For Grand Children Wisdom


I have written a couple of blogs on Dasa Maha Vidya, as a part of Vidya Upasna.

 

I provide the Dasa Maha Vidya Stuthi below fo the benefit of Sri Vidya Upasakas.

 

Mahakali
(The goddess with ten heads , black as night and has a horrific and fearful appearance. She is represented to be standing on Lord Shiva who is lying down.She is considered to represent all the ten Maha Vidhyas. While she blesses her devotees with all their wants, worship of her is believed to remove Sani dosha)

1.Maha devi maha kala Priya sakhi ,
Gauri Kaushikhi nama Vikhyate ,
Maha Kali Namosthuthe

Salutations to Maha Kali,
Who is the great goddess, the great companion of Lord Shiva,
Who is well known as Gauri and Kaushiki.

Tara Devi

(She is blue in colour , wears a necklace of corpses . She has only one head stand on Lord Shiva . She is supposed to shower motherly instinct and is the Goddess of knowledge . She is suppose to give wisdom, profit in business and is suppose to be effective against Guru Dosha)

2.Munda mala vibhooshithe neela rupinee ,
Yeka jata neela Saraswathi nama Vikhyathe,
Tara devi namosthuthe.

Salutations to Goddess Tara ,
Who wears the necklaces of dead bodies,
Who is blue in colour ,
Who is well known as Yeka Jata and Neela Saraswathi.

Chinna mastha
( The very ferocious form of the goddess. She is red in colour , with severed head , drinks blood and stands on a couple in copulation. She is supposed to grant courage to fight with enemies. Magicians also worship her to cause harm to someone.)

3.Rudhira pana priye , khaditha Siro rupini,
Rakthakesi , chinnabala nama vikhyathe ,
Chinnamastha namosthuthe

Salutations to Goddess Chinnamastha ,
Who likes to drink blood , who appears without head,
Who is well known as Rakthakesi and Chinna bala.

Shodasi or Laitha Maha Tripura Sundari

She is of golden colour and is normally depicted together with Lord Shiva. Sitting on a throne or seat with four legs. She is the supreme goddess and removes the dosha due to Budha.

4.Shodasa Kala paripoorne AAdhya Shakthi roopini ,
Sri Vidhya Pancha vakthra nama Vikhyathe ,
Shodasi namosthuthe

Salutations to the Goddess Shodasi ,
Who has completed sixteen years of age ,
Who has the l,ook of the primeval power ,
Who is well known as Srividhya and Panchavakthra

Bhuvaneswari

She is the goddess of the universe. She is normally depicted with four hands, with goad, rope and the other two showing giving boons and another protection. She removes Chandra Dosha.

5,Pasankusa dari durgam asura samharini,
Shatakshi sakambari nama Vikhyathe ,
BHuvaneswari namosthuthe.

Salutations to Goddess BHuvaneswari,
Who holds the rope and the goad ,
Who kills very ferocious asuras ,
Who is well known as Shatakshi and Sakambari

Bhairavi

She is mother to the good people terror to bad ones. She is seen holding book, rosary, and making fear-dispelling and boon-conferring gestures. She is also known as Baala or Tripurabhairavi.

6.Arunambara dari , pranava roopini ,
Yogeeswari , Uma nama vikhyathe ,
Tripura BHairavi Namosthuthe

Salutations to Goddess Tripura BHairavi ,
Who wears cloths of the red purple colour,
Who has the form of letter “Om”,
Who is well known as Yogeswari and Uma

Dhoomavathi

Dhumavati represents the fearsome aspect of Devi, the Hindu Divine Mother. She is of smoky colour , an old, ugly widow (I,e Withoutr Shiva) and is associated with things considered inauspicious and unattractive in Hinduism, such as the crow and the Chaturmas period. The goddess is often depicted on a horseless chariot or riding a crow, usually in a cremation ground.She is supposed to remove Rahu Dosha.

7.Dushta abichara dwamsini , kaka dwaja Radha roode,
Suthara thamasi nama Vikhyathe ,
Dhoomavathi namosthuthe

Salutations to Goddess Dhoomavathi ,
Who destroys the attack of black magic ,
Who rides on a chariot with flag of crow ,
Who is well known as Suthara and Thamsi

Bagalamukhi
Bagalamukhi has a golden complexion and her dress is yellow. She sits in a golden throne in the midst of an ocean of nectar full of yellow lotuses. A crescent moon adorns her head. She is believed to have the power to remove Kuja Dosha,

8.Pitambara dari shathru bhaya nivarini,
Jwalamuki Vaishhnavi nama Vikhyathe ,
Bagala Mukhi namosthuthe

Salutations to Goddess BHagalamuki ,
Who wears yellow silk cloths ,
Who removes fear as well as enemies ,
Who is well known as Jwalamukhi and Vaishnavi

Matangi
She is considered as the Tantric form of Sarasvati, the goddess of music and learning. Like Sarasvati, Matangi governs speech, music, knowledge and the arts. Her worship is prescribed to acquire supernatural powers, especially gaining control over enemies, attracting people to oneself, acquiring mastery over the arts and gaining supreme knowledge.. Those with family problems worship her to get peace .

9.Ardha chandra dhari , Kadamba vana vasini,
Vaagdevi Saraswathi nama Vikhyathe ,
Matangi namosthuthe.

Salutations to goddess Matangi,
Who wears the crescent and lives in a garden of Kadamba trees,
Who is well known as Vaagdevi and Saraswathi

Kamalathmika

She is of golden complexion, sits on a lotus flower and is bathed by four elephants, She removes the Shukra dosha.

10.Suvarna kanthi samanvithe , maha Vishnu sahacharini ,
BHargavi Mahalakshmi nama vikhyathe ,
Kamala Namosthuthe

Salutations to Goddess Kamala,
Who has a golden aura and is companion of Maha Vishnu ,
Who is well known as Bharagavi and Mahalakshmi

Phala Sruthi
Dasa maha vidhya stotram sarva shathru roga nivaranam,
SArva sampath karam, puthra pouthradhi vardhanam.

Effect of chanting

This prayer addressed to the ten great Vidhyas ,
Destroys all diseases and all enemies ,
Gives all types of wealth and leads to increase of sons and grand sons.

 

Translation by P.R.Ramchander.

 

Related.

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/devi-upasana-dasa-mahavidya-details/

 

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/devi-worship-dasa-mahavidya-names-introduction/

What is Tantra? Devi Upasana


Sriividya Upasana is very complicated and it needs a lot of patience and perseverance and most importantly familiarity with the terms in Tantra Shastra and a passing knowledge of Sanskrit is necessary.

Sri Meru Yantra, produced by the Devipuram tem...

Sri Meru Yantra, produced by the Devipuram temple, Andhra Pradesh, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is Tantra?

“Tantra is that (Scripture) by which knowledge (Jñana) is spread (Tanyate, vistaryate jñanam anena, iti Tantram). The Suffix Tra is from the root ‘to save’. That knowledge is spread which saves. What is that but religious knowledge? Therefore, as here and generally used, Tantra means a particular kind of religious scripture. The Kamika Agama of the Shaiva Siddhanta (Tantrantara Patala) says:

Tanoti vipulan arthan tattvamantra-samanvitan

Trananca kurute yasmat tantram ityabhidhyate.

(It is called Tantra because it promulgates great knowledge concerning Tattva and Mantra and because it saves.)-Arthur Avalon.

There is a feeling that the Tantra Shastra is related only to Shakti or Devi Worship.

It is not correct.

There are Tantras of other sects of the Agama, Tantras of Shaivas andVaishnavas.

The Tantra Shastra belongs to the Agamas, and not the Vedas.

The Agamas are divided into the following parts.

1.Shakta Agama,

2.Shaivagama, and

3.The Vaishnava Agama or Pancaratra.

Tenoktang sattvatang tantram yaj jnattva muktibhag bhavet

Yatra strishudradasanang sangskaro vaisnavah smritah

There are Agamas which follow the Vedas called, Vaidik Agama and others,Avaidikagama,Non Vedic.

Avaidika Agamas.

The Kurma Purana (XVI.1) mentions as Avaidika Agama, the  Kapala, Lakula, Vama, Bhairava, Purva, Pashcima, Pañcaratra, Pashupata and many others.

Pashupata again is said to be both Vaidika and Avaidika such as Lakula.

Kurma Purana (Uttarabhaga, Ch. 38) says “By Me was first composed, for the attainment of Liberation, Shrauta (Vaidika) Pashupata which is excellent, subtle, and secret, the essence of Veda (Vedasara).

The learned devoted to Veda should meditate on Shiva Pashupati.

This is Pashupata Yoga to be practiced by seekers of Liberation.

By Me also have been spoken Pashupata, Soma, Lakula and Bhairava opposed to Veda (Vedavadaviruddhani).

These should not be practiced. They are outside The Veda.” Sanatkumara Samhita says:

Shrautashrautavibhedena dvividhastu shivagamah

Shrutisaramapah shrautah sah punar dvividho matah

Svatantra itarash ceti svatantro dashadha pura

Tatha’ shtadashadha pashcat siddhanta iti giyate

Itarah shrutisaras tu shatakoti-pravistarah.

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The Shaiva Agama is of Two Kinds.

Sharautha and Ashrautha.

Shrauta is Shrautisaramaya and of two kinds, Svatantra and Itara.

Svatantra is first of ten kinds and then Siddhanta of eighteen kinds

(This is the Shaivasiddhanta Agama with 28 Mula Agamas and 207 Upagamas. It is Shuddhadvaita because in it there is no Visheshana).

Itara is Shrutisara with numerous varieties.

There are many schools of Shaivism and so are the Tantras associated with Shaivism.

The Devi Worshippers or Shaktas are of many kinds,of which three are important.

1.Those who follow 64 Tantras.-Ananta Shastry in the introduction to Anandalahari.(Kaulachara.

2.Eight Tantras-Mishra and

3.Five Tantras-Samaya sect.

There are many more.

But these five will do .

What are the Common Practices in Tantra?

Mantra,

Bija,

Yantra,

Mudra,

Nyasa,

Bhutashuddhi,

Kundaliyoga, construction and consecration of temples and images (Kriya), religious and social observances (Carya) such as Ahnika, Varnashramadharma, Utsava; and practical magic (Maya-yoga).

Where there is Mantra, Yantra, Nyasa, Diksha, Guru and the like, there is Tantra Shastra.

There are some extreme practices in some schools,

As also variations.

The Kaula rites are philosophically based on monistic doctrine.

Now it is this Kaula doctrine and practice, limited probably, as being a secret doctrine, at all times to comparatively few, which has come to be known as “The Tantra”.

Nothing is more incorrect. This is but one division of worshippers who again are but one section of the numerous followers of the Agamas, Shaiva, Shakta and Vaishnava.

The basis of all these schools is the Lalitha Sahasranama, which recognises various sects and interpretations.

“Samayachara Thatpara”

‘Kaulamarga Thatpara Sevitha_

-Lalitha Sahasranama.

These relate to the schools.

We also have how he Lalitha Saharanama speak of various Yoga Practices.

“Srimad Vakbhavakudaika Swarupa Mukha Pankaja(Sloka 34)

‘Kandaatha Kadparyandha Madhya kudaswarupini

Sakthikoodai Kathapanna  Katyatho Bhaagadhaarini( Sloka 35)

Our goal is to realize Her and follow one system faithfully with out getting into academic discussions as these discussions are useless.

As Adi Shankaracharya says in The Bhaja Govindam.

Sampraapthe Sannnihithe Kaale,

Nahi Nahi Rakshasi Rok Tukung Karane”

As we near Death, decided by our actions, these philosophical discussions will not help us.

I plan to follow Bhaskararaya and shall be posting on these lines.

Citation.

Arthur Avalon.  http://www.sacred-texts.com/tantra/sas/sas03.htm

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Shakti Worship Methods Devi Upasna


The worship of the female principle  is one of the basic tenets of Hinduism

Devi.

Sri Vidya

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Right from the Vedas, where the one of the Fundamental principles elaborated is Prakriti, the Female principle.

This, in conjunction,  by mere Sparsa, meaning touch, slight rubbing, grazing,the word Sparsa is difficult to translate, with Purusa, the male principle is the cause for the evolution of this illusory world of Names and Forms.

Shaiva Siddhanta has two aspects Shiva and Shakti.

Lord Vishnu is described as the Ultimate Conjurer,in His Maya Form.

Samkhya Philosophy also speaks of Prakriti.

Prakriti is Nature ,

It is the Potential energy.

Kinetic Energy is The Purusha.

Yoga Sasra describes the Kundalini as a female.

Lalitha Sahasranama startts with the salutation, The Mother,-Sree Matha, Maharjne SrimadSrimad Simhasaneswari’

The worship of Devi is considered very effective and the methods of worship are strict and are tough.

So varied have been the forms of worship and methods that Adi Shankaracharya classified Shaakatam as a part of Shanmatha.

Please read my post on Six Forms of Worship, Shankaracharya.

Noe this system of worship of the Devi is broadly divided into two aspects.

One is the worship of Shakti, where the Shakti and Shiva are considered the same.

Those who follow this are called Samayin-s.

Adi Shankaracharya follows this in the Soundaryalahari, starting with,

‘Sivasaktiyaayuktho…’

The other form of worship is called the Kaulamarga.

This is mentioned in the Lalith Sahasranama

‘Kuchala Komalakaara Kurukulla Kuleswari,

Kula Kundaalaya kaulamaarga Thtpara Sevita.

here the sleeping Kundalini is worshipped, the Solar Plexus, called the Kula/Muladhara.

Tha Samayins believe in rising the Kundalini, through Upasna, through the Six Chakras, the latter is worshiping  Kundalini direct , by worshiping which one obtains temporal gains and as a spin-off Liberation.

Being an extremely heavy subject, I shall be posting shorter posts on the subject.

More to follow including the Drawing of Sri Chakra, procedure for worship and common myths about Devi Upasna